Roundup and Glyphosate - 2017

Roundup is a broad spectrum systemic herbicide-(It is a pesticide used to kill unwanted plants) which mean, it kills most plants that it come in contact with.  Roundup is also the most widely used herbicide in the world.


Roundup is the brand-name for this herbicide produced by Monsanto.  Its active ingredient ‘glyphosate’ was patented in the 1970s and first brought into the market in 1974.

Glyphosate is the active herbicidal ingredient in Roundup.  Many genetically modified food crops, such as corn and soybean, have been scientifically designed to be resistant to glyphosate.

Current glyphosate-resistant crops include soy, maize (corn), canola, alfalfa, sugar beets, and cotton, with wheat still under development.

In 2015, 89% of corn, 94% of soybeans, and 89% of cotton produced in the US were genetically modified to be herbicide-tolerant.

Farmers spray Roundup on their fields and kill all the weeds, leaving only the food crop  standing. 


This greatly simplifies weed control, but it also means the food crops are literally covered with Roundup. 


And so is any food you eat that’s made from these crops, like corn chips, bread, cereals, biscuits and other packaged food.

Roundup Ready crops are crops genetically modified (GM) to be resistant to the herbicide Roundup. 

  • Monsanto also produces seeds which grow into plants genetically engineered (GE) to be tolerant to glyphosate.

  • The genes contained in these seeds are patented.

  • Such crops allow farmers to use glyphosate as a postemergence herbicide against most broadleaf and cereal weeds.

  • Soy was the first glyphosate-resistant crop.

  • In 2003 Monsanto patented the use of glyphosate as an antibiotic.

In South Africa Roundup is manufactured by ‘Efekto’!

® Registered trademark of Monsanto Company

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