Are you eating Roundup? You might be if you don’t know where your food comes from or how it was grown.
In continuation of my Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food blog, let’s talk about a common household chemical that you probably have in your garage – Roundup – an herbicide that is also used on the vegetables you are eating.
(UPDATE 9/18/2016: the FDA announced that it found Round Up in honey! We’ve all heard about the honey bees disappearing, and pesticides were suspected. Sadly, it now seems we have proof.)
Roundup dumped on our vegetables
The majority of Roundup dumped last year on our soil was on vegetables and plants, not in our yards. The most popular vegetables are genetically engineered to withstand heavy doses of chemicals like glysophate. Roundup is a systemic chemical which means that it travels up through the plant. And that means that we, and the animals we eat, ingest Roundup when we eat the plants and animals.
A Norwegian study of US soy found alarmingly high levels of glysophates inside the food. Even if you don’t eat soy directly, such as tofu, soy is an ingredient in many different food products on our store shelves. (To learn which foods may contain soy, read Foods to Avoid on a Soy-Free Diet.)
Double the chances of developing Lymphoma
A review of 44 different studies found that farmers who were exposed to glysophates had double the chance of developing non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. The theory is that Roundup affects how our white blood cells function which disrupts our immune system.
Traces found in the air and rain
So many pounds of Roundup has been dumped on our soil that it is now found in the rain and the air. Exposure to Roundup could potentially affect our hormones, which can lead to diabetes, obesity and heart problems.
Where are the Monarchs?
Have you noticed that there aren’t as many Monarch Butterflies as there used to be? It is because glysophates have killed most of the milk weed, the Monarch’s main source of food and needed for reproduction. Research has shown an 81% decrease in the butterfly population.
Roundup kills human cells
In 2009 a French paper was published, Chemical Research in Toxicology, showing that even low levels of Roundup kills human cells. Umbilical, embryonic and placental cells all died with 24 hours of being exposed to glysophates.
It destroys good microbes in your tummy
Glysophates are not just a herbicide, they are also antimicrobial agents. Because Roundup may be in food you eat, it may be destroying the good microbes in your digestive tract. Protective microorganisims could be killed off, exposing you to toxins and harmful bacteria.
Roundup isn’t working!
Just as over using antibiotics has led to bacteria becoming antibiotic resistant, excessive abuse of herbicides has led to super-resistant weeds. Roundup is not killing the weeds.
You are what you eat. You are what your food eats.
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