There is a good chance everyone hasn't heard of Glyphosate but you've more than likely heard of the corporation Monsanto's weed killer "Roundup". The two are one in the same.
Glyphosate has been popping up in the news lately and not in a good way. Monsanto first put Roundup on the market in 1974. The company followed that with developing and marketing Glyphosate resistant, Roundup ready, seeds crops. Farmers could then use the weed killer without killing their crops.
Soybean was the first GMO Monsanto developed by genetically altering the chemical structure of it to be tolerant of Glyphosate. Soon to follow was corn, sugar, cotton seed, and beets.
Monsanto has been known as one of the most evil companies on the planet. With the EPA and USDA putting corporate interests above farmers and the general public. At this point exposure to Glyphosate is unavoidable. It is in the air, our soil, our water and in our foods. It can't be washed off our foods because its inside.
In 2009 a French court found Monsanto guilty of lying, falsely advertising its Roundup herbicide as "Biodegradable" "Environmentally friendly" and claiming it "Left the soil clean" Monsanto insists Roundup is as "safe to humans as aspirin". All the research to date begs to differ.
An FDA food safety laboratory tested a variety of foods on the market. They were testing for residues of Glyphosate. A very low level of exposure to humans is distressing but what was found from the testing was worthy of panic.
A low level of residue would be 0.1 ppm. The test revealed 1,000 times that amount. The World Health Organization has declared Glyphosate as a probable carcinogen. Organ damage in animals has occurred at levels as low as 0.1ppm. Safety studies have been preformed but the results have not been made available to the public.
Dr. Seneff a controversial senior research scientist says Glyphosate is possibly "the most important factor in the development of multiple chronic diseases and conditions" including but not limited to Autism, Crohn's disease, Colitis, Cardiovascular disease, Parkinson's disease, Multiple Sclerosis, ALS, and so many more.
A group of international scientist in New Zealand reported that widely available commercial formulations of Roundup, 2,4-D and Dicamba "can lead to the development of antibiotic resistance in common disease causing bacteria". It causes destruction of red blood cells, lung dysfunction, low blood pressure, kidney damage, dizziness, fever, nausea, miscarriages, premature births, disrupts hormones that regulate oestrogen synthesis, important reproductive hormones, has a role in bone growth and testicular function.
Roundup is the most commonly used herbicide in both Canada and the United States.
Something needs to be done to stop the use of these poisonous weed killers because it's not just weeds they're killing. No farmer should have to choose between cancer striking their families and making a decent living.
All the best
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