Roundup Ready?

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Roundup Ready?

Before we move on from the topic of chemicals and their devastating effects on our health, there’s one more chemical – or, rather, combination of chemicals – we need to discuss.

Its brand name is Roundup.

Roundup is the most widely used weed killer in America, thanks to the intensive marketing efforts of its manufacturer, Monsanto.

Weeds are both a real problem for farmers and an aesthetic one.

In the fields, weeds compete for energy with crops, but a weedy field also looks messy (which, believe it or not, truly matters to a lot of farmers).

There are many organic solutions for weed control, including the planting of cover crops, mulches, burning, and good old manual labor, but the easiest way to get rid of weeds is to spray them with Roundup.

Roundup is a broad-spectrum herbicide – which means it kills many plants, including crops.

For decades, farmers used Roundup to clear the fields of weeds before planting, then as a spot herbicide thereafter.

Monsanto then developed corn and soybean seeds altered into genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to resist being killed by applications of Roundup.

Since 1998, when “Roundup Ready” GMO seeds were first introduced, growth has been both controversial and fast.

Currently, 91% of all soybeans, 85% of all corn, and 88% of all cotton in the US are grown from GMO seeds.

These plants are exposed to heavy applications of the herbicide and survive – all the way to our tables.

Like many of the toxic chemicals we talk about, Roundup is used by homeowners, too.

You’ll see commercials for Roundup on television during spring and summer sporting events, being promoted as the manly way to get rid of weeds.

It’s used on farms, golf courses, home lawns, roadway berms, and railway corridors.

Hunters use it in the woods and city dwellers use it in sidewalk cracks.

Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup, which also contains surfactants and fat-soluble solvents.

Glyphosate has always been promoted as being fairly inert.

And surfactants are supposedly no bid deal – they just help the glyphosate stick to the plants.

The majority of farmers, foresters, hunters, and gardeners believe Roundup is totally safe.

They think it breaks down after a few months and is no problem.

Well, the scientific literature says that’s not true.

And because the surfactant is considered inert, the manufacturer doesn’t have to tell you what’s in it.

But the surfactant allows Roundup to get inside the plants we eat.

You can’t wash off the contaminants.

Roundup is in the plant, not just on the plant.

The fat-soluble chemicals in Roundup have the master entry key into the plant and into our bodies, because every cell in our body is a fatty membrane.

So anything fat soluble can cross the blood-brain barrier and also the placental barrier.

Fat-soluble chemicals are the solvents in these chemical mixtures.

In order for any kind of pesticide to have a biological effect on a plant, it’s got to get inside a cell to kill it.

Before Roundup Ready soybeans were on the market, the tolerance for Roundup was 3 ppm (parts per million).

Soybean seeds were meeting this requirement, as farmers weren’t using excessive amounts of Roundup on their crops.

Once the Roundup Ready soybeans showed up at the marketplace, they had concentrations up to 20 ppm, indicating farmers upped the application rate since it wouldn’t kill the plants.

So Monsanto went to the EPA and asked to have the tolerance raised.

Otherwise, the soybeans couldn’t be sold.

The tolerance was raised not only in the US, but in Australia and other countries where substantial amounts of the Roundup Ready soybeans were being grown.

(But not in the European Union, which has still banned GMOs.)

This is why genetically modified crops will have higher concentrations of pesticides in them.

You might be thinking this isn’t such a big deal if you don’t eat much soy anyway, right?

Wrong.

Soy is in everything, from Crisco to infant formula, nondairy creamers to vegetable oil, ketchup to crackers, crayons to veggie burgers and vegan cheese.

So if you’re a vegan or vegetarian who’s not eating primarily organic foods, you and your family could be eating a lot of contaminated GMO foods.

And in the US, none of those products need to be labeled as containing GMOs.

But given the extent of their usage by farmers, you can pretty much assume they’re in everything not labeled organic or non-GMO.

Just to be clear:  GMO foods might contain higher levels of chemicals inside of them than organic foods.

And they’re getting inside us.

Fortunately, some people are brave enough to keep an eye out for us.

A recent report has called for an immediate moratorium on genetically modified food.

The report claims several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with GM food consumption including infertility, immune dysregulation, accelerated aging, dysregulation of genes associated with cholesterol synthesis, insulin regulation, cell signaling, and protein formation, and changes in the liver, kidney, spleen and gastrointestinal system.

There’s more than a casual association between GM foods and adverse health effects.

There is causation . . .

Also, because of the mounting data, it’s biologically plausible for genetically modified foods to cause adverse health effects in humans.

The report’s goal is to alert and educate doctors, who’re noticing increases in strange symptoms and maybe not understanding the food people eat every day might be causing them.

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