Herbicides, pesticides and fungicides are used as formulations. They contain adjuvants which are called inert and are often kept confidential(1)
When toxicology studies are done on these formulations, only the the active principle is tested for toxicity but not the adjuvants. This is very deceiving because the adjuvants may be much more toxic than the principle ingredient. In March 2014, Biomed Research International published an article that documents the deception. Studies on human cell lines demonstrates toxicity by up to 1000 times more for the formulations compared to the active principle alone.
So we read the toxicology studies on these chemicals and feel reassured of their safety. When the reality in this study, for human cells is that their toxicity exceeds be hundreds of times in most cases that of the active ingredient alone. So when we read about the toxicity these products have on the plants and animals we really don't know the reality.
This is another reason to discontinue the use of these poisons.
Biomed Res Int. 2014; 2014: 179691.
Manitoba is where I was born and where I have spent most of the five and one half decades of my life. I lived on the outskirts of the town of Portage La Prairie at a time when tadpoles and frogs inhabited the ditches and ponds, when there were many Monarch butterflies each summer along with dragon flies and grasshoppers. Redwing blackbirds perched the cattails of the ditches. As children we picked dandelions for bouquets and made wishes before blowing dandelion seed heads. We searched clover for lucky four leaves and rolled on the grass…there was no concern of poisonous herbicides. The grass was thick. Wherever we dug…there were earthworms