By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness
November 13, 2015
- Cancer causing glyphosate runs amuck in your food supply
- The revolving door between Monsanto and the Government
- Don’t eat your way to cancer and disease
These days Monsanto is none too happy. Earlier this year, the World Health Organization classified the main chemical in their Roundup weed killer as a probable human carcinogen. That chemical is a poison called glyphosate.
Now, Monsanto introduced this weed killer back in the 1970’s. You’ve probably even used it to kill weeds in your flower beds. But then they came up with an ingenious idea.
They started selling genetically engineered seeds…with the explicit purpose of selling more Roundup!
That’s right. Monsanto created a suite of genetically modified crops that allow – even encourage – farmers to spray as much Roundup on them as necessary to get rid of weeds.
This is great news for Monsanto. But the foods grown from those glyphosate-laden crops are landing right in the center of your dinner plate.
To get an idea of how much of this poison is being added to your food supply today, consider this. Here in the U.S., GMO crops have increased the use of glyphosate from 10 million pounds in 1990 to around 250 million pounds today. That’s a 2,500% increase!
The truth is, these days nearly all soy and corn crops are planted using Roundup ready seeds. They’re genetically altered to withstand fatal doses of glyphosate.
Unfortunately, the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency doesn’t agree with the WHOs findings. Instead, our own government concludes that “glyphosate does not pose a cancer risk to humans.”
But I wouldn’t take their word for it. It’s no secret that there’s something of a “revolving door” between Monsanto and the U.S. Government. The employees between the two are constantly swapping jobs back and forth. This helps to easily push things through on a Federal level.
On the other hand, I applaud new efforts being undertaken in California. Recently, California’s EPA announced it will list glyphosate as a chemical known to cause cancer. This means businesses will be required to place a health warning on Roundup and other glyphosate products. This is the first state to make a stance.
However, that’s not enough. It’s not going to do anything to keep glyphosate out of your food supply. That’s because all of those farmers using Roundup ready seeds can use it with reckless abandon.
In addition to potentially raising your cancer risk, eating foods containing Roundup ready soy, corn and sugar beets can cause you a boatload of other problems.
Glyphosate damages DNA and acts as an endocrine (hormone) disruptor in human cells. It could even cause cell damage and death at the levels found in Roundup ready crops. And even low-dose exposure on a regular basis can lead to liver and kidney damage.
It also disrupts your body’s ability to detoxify itself. This means it can cause the toxic load in your body to build up over time. Eventually, the accumulation of toxins may reach a tipping point. That’s when disease sets in.
To make matters worse, glyphosates create an imbalance in your gut microbiota. It destroys healthy strains of intestinal bacteria, and causes overgrowth of some very nasty and unhealthy bacteria. These days we know that this type of imbalance is at the root of many chronic diseases linked to aging.
Need I say more?
Here’s what I suggest:
- Watch out for the Big 3 GMO foods. Here in the U.S. a surprising 95% of sugar beets, 93% of soybeans and 86% of corn grown are genetically modified. So make an effort to avoid foods containing processed sugars, corn syrup, corn oil, corn starch and soy.
- Buy locally grown produce. Stop by your neighborhood produce stand and talk to them about their farming methods. If they’re not using GMO seed, support them by becoming a regular customer.
- Look for the 100% Certified Organic label on the products you buy. This includes your fruits, vegetables and dairy products. You can also use this Non-GMO Shopping Guide when you go to the grocery store. If you have an iPhone, you can download it as a free app as well.
California to List World’s Most Commonly Used Herbicide as Carcinogen. Press Release. Center For Biological Diversity. Sept 2015.
2013 Federal Register Notice (FR 25396, Vol. 78, No. 84, May 1, 2013).
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