Monday, August 7, 2017

Herbicides in Food

Almost 300 million pounds of glyphosate weed killer was used on crops in the U.S. in 2013, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.  It is the most widely used agricultural chemical in history.

And genetically engineered (GE) seeds (herbacide resistant) are planted on more than 80 percent of U.S. corn acres and more than 90 percent of soybean acres. Chemical companies are making a killing on this, since they produce both the unnatural GE seed and the herbacide used on those crops.

Roundup is a systemic chemical, meaning Roundup is taken up inside of the plants that we—and farm animals—eat. In fact, Norwegian scientists studying U.S. soy found "excessive" levels of glyphosate inside of the food crops.

Common wheat harvest protocol in the United States is to drench the wheat fields with Roundup several days before the harvest. It has since become routine over the past 15 years and is used as a drying agent 7-10 days before harvest within the conventional farming community.

Roundup significantly disrupts the functioning of beneficial bacteria in the gut and contributes to permeability of the intestinal wall and consequent expression of auto-immune disease symptoms. Gluten intolerance isn’t a food allergy. It’s a physical condition in your gut when undigested gluten proteins (prevalent in wheat and other grains) hang out in your intestines and are treated by your body like a foreign invader.

You're Probably Eating Roundup In "Excessive" Levels. Data collected by the United States Geological Survey scientists reveal exposure to Roundup could potentially alter your hormones, leading to obesity, heart problems, and diabetes.

The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) reported an association between non-Hodgkin lymphoma and glyphosate, significant evidence that the chemical caused cancer in lab animals, and strong evidence that it damaged human DNA.

In 2009, French researchers published a scientific paper in the journal Chemical Research in Toxicology showing that low levels of four glyphosate formulations kill human cells within 24 hours. According to Dave Mortensen, PhD, weed scientist at Penn State University repports that 2,4-D has been linked to hypothyroidism, suppressed immune function, Parkinson’s disease, and cancer, among other ills.

So how can we get Roundup out of the air, soil, and our bodies? There's only one way: Buy organic food. In doing so, you're sending farmers a clear message.