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Dangers of Glyphosate – What You Need to Know

- Posted 06/1/2015 Tags: , , ,
Dangers of Glyphosate – What You Need to Know

RoundUp is a common household name, and this product is used in parks, farms, and yards all over the world. This weed killer is one of the most common chemicals used today, but researchers are finding that it is quite dangerous to human health. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in the herbicide known as RoundUp, and it is important that you learn more about the herbicide so that you understand the potential health problems that it can cause for you and your family.

 

Prominent Use of Glyphosate

 

This herbicide is very widely used, and it is difficult to avoid because it is so common. It is estimated that approximately 100 million pounds are applied in the United States each year. There are a number of research studies that have shown the dangerous health effects that Glyphosate has on human cells, especially when the ingredient is used as a concentrate.

 

RoundUp has been on the market since the 1970s, and the manufacturer of the herbicide, Monsanto, claims that the product is safe if it is used as directed. Despite the manufacturer’s claims, there are hundreds of studies that have proven otherwise.

 

How is Glyphosate Used in Conventional Farming?

 

When it comes to farming, typically Glyphosate is used with genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Plants such as corn and soybeans are genetically engineered to withstand the effects of the chemical herbicide. Then, the herbicide is applied liberally to these plants in order to kill the weeds that are growing around the plants.

 

As a result, the plants are heavily coated in the chemical ingredients, and then those harmful chemicals are ingested when you eat the food. Corn and soy are added to a number of processed foods in a variety of forms, and some of these ingredients have concentrated levels of the chemical pesticides because of the processing that occurred to manufacture the ingredients.

 

Additionally, these plants are fed to factory farmed animals, and the herbicides and pesticides build up in the meat before the animal is butchered to be sold at the grocery store. The use of chemicals in farming has a domino effect in all areas of our food supply, which can have dire consequences on the health of the population.

 

Chronic Health Problems from Herbicides

 

Researchers have uncovered a number of health problems from the use of herbicides, and the most noticeable health problems are impacting our kids. The herbicides create inflammation within the human body, which can lead to a number of health problems and chronic diseases, such as:

° Autism

° ALS

° Multiple Sclerosis

° Infertility

° Depression

° Cardiovascular Disease

° Obesity

° Gastrointestinal Diseases

° Cancer

° Allergies

° Parkinson’s Disease

° And more!

 

Doctors are still trying to understand how these chronic diseases are impacted by Glyphosate. There are several theories, including the fact that the herbicide causes higher levels of inflammation which leads to chronic disease. Another theory is that the herbicide impacts the hormonal balance within the body, which causes a domino effect that leads to chronic disease.

 

How to Avoid Glyphosate in Your Diet

 

If you aren’t proactive with your food choices, then you are likely consuming a lot of foods that have been contaminated with Glyphosate. There are ways that you can decrease your exposure to this herbicide, especially if you take a proactive approach when you are grocery shopping.

 

Organically grown ingredients are more often grown without the use of Glyphosate, although some reports have suggested that some of the organic food supply in the United States have been contaminated with the herbicide. It is best to research the company that produces and manufactures the products that you are buying to learn more about their practices.

 

For example, you can buy foods labeled by the 3rd party Non-GMO Project. These labels give you the peace of mind to know that the products are free from genetically modified ingredients, which decreases the likelihood of Glyphosate contamination.

 

Another option is to start your own vegetable garden and be selective about the types of seeds that you are using. When you are growing your own food, you can control the products that are used to grow the food, so that you have a reduced risk of exposure to the harmful pesticides and herbicides that are used in conventional farming.

 

Also, consider shopping for food at your local farmer’s market. This food isn’t guaranteed to be GMO or Glyphosate free, but you can get a better idea about the quality of the food by talking with each of the farmers that you are buying from. Ask them about the products that are used on the plants, and some farmers might even let you visit the farm to see the practices that are used to grow high quality food.

 

If you would like to test the Glyphosate levels in your environment, you can take a test from the Feed the World Organization. This test is available for breast milk, urine, and tap water to help you understand Glyphosate levels in your body and the water you are drinking.

 

Resources:

http://www.motherearthnews.com/nature-and-environment/dangers-of-glyphosate-herbicide-zmgz13onzsto.aspx
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/weed-whacking-herbicide-p/
www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/hazards-of-the-worlds-most-common-herbicide.aspx
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/04/15/glyphosate-health-effects.aspx