The Real Plumber’s Helper
No investigative reporter (as far as I know) has FOLLOWED UP on glyphosate’s widespread use in the plumbing and industrial descaling industries.
Glyphosate was patented in the United States in 1961 (US Patent 3,160,632) as a “Descaling and Chelating Agent” by the Stauffer Chemical Company.
It was first synthesized in 1950 by Swiss chemist Henri Martin (who held its first patent in 1950), who worked for the Swiss company Cilag.
In 1959, Cilag “joined the Johnson & Johnson family of companies.”
Due to its powerful metal chelating properties, glyphosate was used as a descaling agent to clean out calcium, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, zinc, and other mineral deposits in pipes and boilers of residential and commercial hot water systems.
Descaling agents are effective metal binders, which grab hold of minerals, making them water-soluble and easily removable.
They might even be the LESSER OF TWO EVILS in water areas served by “lake districts” and groups of “pit lakes.”
Backfilling in mining? It’s often “too expensive” for the mining industry’s pocketbook, but what about public health?
Glyphosate was also ALLEGEDLY ADDED TO CANNED FOOD PRODUCTS, an allegation that should be followed up on — what if this allegation WERE true and/or still *IS* true?
Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) WAS and *IS* used for the same purpose.
Environmentalists are concerned about EDTA’s use in cosmetics, but what about its use in plumbing?
Glyphosate’s use as a pesticide is only the SNOWFLAKE ON THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG.
Maybe we’ll discuss citric acid’s use in the plumbing industry in a future blog entry.