What is Glyphosate?
Glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide in the world. It is applied to the leaves of plants to kill both broadleaf plants and grasses. People apply it in agriculture and forestry on lawns, gardens, and weeds. Its residues are found on the staple crops of the Western diet like sugar, corn, soy, and wheat as well as in many processed foods made with these crops. Monsanto pioneered the genetic engineering of corn, soybeans, and other crops to survive the chemical, which turned the Roundup Ready franchise into a multibillion-dollar franchise. These Monsanto items are full of glyphosate since they are genetically modified to be immune to its withering effects.
Glyphosate in the U.S.
In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a unit of the World Health Organization, classified glyphosate as likely having the potential to cause cancer. The classification prompted a wave of lawsuits and regulatory challenges in the United States, Europe, and elsewhere. However, the United States is far behind Europe in banning chemicals in food.
New EWG (Environment Working Group) tests have found glyphosate in all of Cheerios and Quaker Oats Cereals sampled. “How many bowls of cereal and oatmeal have American kids eaten that came with a dose of weed killer? That’s a question only General Mills, PepsiCo, and other food companies can answer,” said EWG President Ken Cook.
How does Glyphosate Affect Us?
The Journal Entropy strongly argued how toxic glyphosate is to humans by shedding light on exactly how glyphosate disrupts mammalian physiology. Dr. Seneff described the mechanism by which the glyphosate in Roundup disrupts human biological processes. Glyphosate disrupts the functioning of beneficial gut bacteria and inhibits the cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes produced by the gut microbiome. CYP enzymes are critical because they detoxify the multitude of foreign chemical compounds that we are exposed to in our modern environment today. Because of this, we are even more vulnerable to the effects of other chemicals and environmental toxins.
The negative impact of glyphosate exposure is slow over months and years as inflammation gradually gains a foothold in the cellular systems of the body.
The consequences of this systemic inflammation are most of the diseases and conditions associated with the Western lifestyle:
- Heart Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Alzheimer’s disease
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