Monsanto’s Roundup. Enough to Make You Sick.

Monsanto used to manufacture DDT (until it was banned in 1972 after 20 years on the market). Then Monsanto started manufacturing Roundup in 1974. Roundup is Glyphosate. Glyphosate is a poison. Glyphosate is sprayed on crops to kill weeds.

Monsanto has now genetically-engineered Glyphosate into the DNA of seeds that grow the food we eat (GMOs).

Not Salad DressingIf you want to know how this is affecting your health, please read the following article I have re-posted by Alexis Baden-Mayer at the Organic Consumers Association.

Monsanto invented the herbicide glyphosate and brought it to market under the trade name Roundup in 1974, after DDT was banned. But it wasn’t until the late 1990s that the use of Roundup surged, thanks to Monsanto’s ingenious marketing strategy. The strategy? Genetically engineer seeds to grow food crops that could tolerate high doses of Roundup. With the introduction of these new GE seeds, farmers could now easily control weeds on their corn, soy, cotton, canola, sugar beets and alfalfa crops–crops that thrived while the weeds around them were wiped out by Roundup.

Eager to sell more of its flagship herbicide, Monsanto also encouraged farmers to use Roundup as a dessicant, to dry out all of their crops so they could harvest them faster. So Roundup is now routinely sprayed directly on a host of non-GMO crops, including wheat, barley, oats, canola, flax, peas, lentils, soybeans, dry beans and sugar cane.
Between 1996 – 2011, the widespread use of Roundup Ready GMO crops increased herbicide use in the U.S. by 527 million pounds—even though Monsanto claimed its GMO crops would reduce pesticide and herbicide use.

Monsanto has falsified data on Roundup’s safety, and marketed it to parks departments and consumers as “environmentally friendly” and “biodegradable,” to encourage its use it on roadsides, playgrounds, golf courses, schoolyards, lawns and home gardens. A French court ruled those marketing claims amounted to false advertising.

In the nearly 20 years of intensifying exposure, scientists have been documenting the health consequences of Roundup and glyphosate in our food, in the water we drink, in the air we breathe and where our children play.

They’ve found that people who are sick have higher levels of glyphosate in their bodies than healthy people.

They’ve also found the following health problems which they attribute to exposure to Roundup and/or glyphosate:

ADHD: In farming communities, there’s a strong correlation between Roundup exposure and attention deficit disorder (ADHD), likely due to glyphosate’s capacity to disrupt thyroid hormone functions.

Alzheimer’s disease: In the lab, Roundup causes the same type of oxidative stress and neural cell death observed in Alzheimer’s disease. And it affects CaMKII, an enzyme whose dysregulation has also been linked to the disease.

Anencephaly (birth defect): An investigation into neural tube defects among babies born to women living within 1,000 meters of pesticide applications showed an association for glyphosate with anencephaly, the absence of a major portion of the brain, skull and scalp that forms during embryonic development.

Autism: Glyphosate has a number of known biological effects that align with the known pathologies associated with autism. One of these parallels is the gut dysbiosis observed in autistic children and the toxicity of glyphosate to beneficial bacteria that suppress pathogenic bacteria, along with pathogenic bacteria’s high resistance to glyphosate. In addition, glyphosate’s capacity to promote aluminum accumulation in the brain may make it the principal cause of autism in the U.S.

Birth defects: Roundup and glyphosate can disrupt the Vitamin A (retinoic acid) signaling pathway, which is crucial for normal fetal development. The babies of women living within one kilometer of fields sprayed with glyphosate were more than twice as likely to have birth defects according to a study from Paraguay. Congenital defects quadrupled in the decade after Roundup Ready crops arrived in Chaco, a province in Argentina where glyphosate is used roughly eight to ten times more per acre than in the U.S. A study of one farming family in the U.S. documented elevated levels of glyphosate and birth defects in the children, including an imperforate anus, growth hormone deficiency, hypospadias (an abnormally placed urinary hole), a heart defect and a micro penis.

Brain cancer: In a study of children with brain cancer compared with healthy children, researchers found that if either parent had been exposed to Roundup during the two years before the child’s birth, the chances of the child developing brain cancer doubled.
Breast cancer: Glyphosate induces human breast cancer cells growth via estrogen receptors. The only long-term animal study of glyphosate exposure produced rats with mammary tumors and shortened life-spans.

Cancer: House-to-house surveys of 65,000 people in farming communities in Argentina where Roundup is used, known there as the fumigated towns, found cancer rates two to four times higher than the national average, with increases in breast, prostate and lung cancers. In a comparison of two villages, in the one where Roundup was sprayed, 31 percent of residents had a family member with cancer, while only 3 percent of residents in a ranching village without spraying had one. The high cancer rates among people exposed to Roundup likely stem from glyphosate’s known capacity to induce DNA damage, which has been demonstrated in numerous lab tests.

Celiac disease and gluten intolerance: Fish exposed to glyphosate develop digestive problems that are reminiscent of celiac disease. There are parallels between the characteristics of celiac disease and the known effects of glyphosate. These include imbalances in gut bacteria, impairment in enzymes involved with detoxifying environmental toxins, mineral deficiencies and amino acid depletion.

Chronic kidney disease: Increases in the use of glyphosate may explain the recent surge in kidney failure among agricultural workers in Central America, Sri Lanka and India. Scientists have concluded, “Although glyphosate alone does not cause an epidemic of chronic kidney disease, it seems to have acquired the ability to destroy the renal tissues of thousands of farmers when it forms complexes with [hard water] and nephrotoxic metals.”

Colitis: The toxicity of glyphosate to beneficial bacteria that suppress clostridia, along with clostridia’s high resistance to glyphosate, could be a significant predisposing factor in the overgrowth of clostridia. Overgrowth of clostridia, specifically C. difficile, is a well-established causal factor in colitis.

Depression: Glyphosate disrupts chemical processes that impact the production of serotonin, an important neurotransmitter that regulates mood, appetite and sleep. Serotonin impairment has been linked to depression.

Diabetes: Low levels of testosterone are a risk factor for Type 2 diabetes. Rats fed environmentally relevant doses of Roundup over a period of 30 days spanning the onset of puberty had reduced testosterone production sufficient to alter testicular cell morphology and to delay the onset of puberty.

Heart disease: Glyphosate can disrupt the body’s enzymes, causing lysosomal dysfunction, a major factor in cardiovascular disease and heart failure.
Hypothyroidism: House-to-house surveys of 65,000 people in farming communities in Argentina where Roundup is used, known there as the fumigated towns, found higher rates of hypothyroidism.

Inflammatory Bowl Disease (“Leaky Gut Syndrome”): Glyphosate can induce severe tryptophan deficiency, which can lead to an extreme inflammatory bowel disease that severely impairs the ability to absorb nutrients through the gut, due to inflammation, bleeding and diarrhea.

Liver disease: Very low doses of Roundup can disrupt human liver cell function, according to a 2009 study published in Toxicology.

Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS): Sulfate deficiency in the brain has been associated with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Glyphosate disrupts sulfate transport from the gut to the liver, and may lead over time to severe sulfate deficiency throughout all the tissues, including the brain.Multiple Sclerosis (MS): An increased incidence of inflammatory bowel disease (IBS) has been found in association with MS. Glyphosate may be a causal factor. The hypothesis is that glyphosate-induced IBS causes gut bacteria to leak into the vasculature, triggering an immune reaction and consequently an autoimmune disorder resulting in destruction of the myelin sheath.

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma: A systematic review and a series of meta-analyses of nearly three decades worth of epidemiologic research on the relationship between non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) and occupational exposure to agricultural pesticides found that B cell lymphoma was positively associated with glyphosate.

Parkinson’s disease: The brain-damaging effects of herbicides have been recognized as the main environmental factor associated with neurodegenerative disorders, including Parkinson’s disease. The onset of Parkinson’s following exposure to glyphosate has been well documented and lab studies show that glyphosate induces the cell death characteristic of the disease.

Pregnancy problems (infertility, miscarriages, stillbirths): Glyphosate is toxic to human placental cells, which, scientists say, explains the pregnancy problems of agricultural workers exposed to the herbicide.

Obesity: An experiment involving the transfer of a strain of endotoxin-producing bacteria from the gut of an obese human to the guts of mice caused the mice to become obese. Since glyphosate induces a shift in gut bacteria towards endotoxin-producers, glyphosate exposure may contribute to obesity in this way.

Reproductive problems: Studies of laboratory animals have found that male rats exposed to high levels of glyphosate, either during prenatal or pubertal development, suffer from reproductive problems, including delayed puberty, decreased sperm production, and decreased testosterone production.

Respiratory illnesses: House-to-house surveys of 65,000 people in farming communities in Argentina where Roundup is used, known there as the fumigated towns, found higher rates of chronic respiratory illnesses.

Would you knowingly take a tablespoon of Monsanto’s Roundup poison with every meal? I would hope not.  However, you are probably eating those foods that have been genetically-engineered to include Roundup poison and have also been topically treated with Roundup poison as well. If you are eating the following GMO food products, and/or food products with these as an ingredient (GMO), then you are getting your daily dose of Roundup poison…

In case you aren’t sure which products are GMO, below is a list of the top Genetically Modified and Genetically Engineered Foods by Monsanto.

Top 10 GMOs

GMO 101 – Always Buy Informed

A good chart from “Follow Your Heart” for those health-conscious people that are looking to find out more about GMO’s. Grow your own vegetables and rediscover what real food tastes like. If you can’t grow your own, then buy from your local/regional organic farmers or health food store.

GMO 101 - Follow YOur HeartFor more information on GMO’s I have included links to a couple of my previous blogs below:

https://rationalopinionsblog.com/2015/02/28/gmo-we-have-the-right-to-know-whats-in-our-food/

https://rationalopinionsblog.com/2014/02/20/you-dont-eat-gmo-think-again/

 

Where Our Food Comes From – Sustainable Farms Versus Industrial Factory Farms

Sustainable agriculture takes many forms, but at its core is a rejection of the industrial approach to food production developed during the 20th century.

Unfortunately, most food produced in the U.S. is no longer grown or raised on sustainable farms. During the mid-1900s, U.S. agriculture began to industrialize, becoming increasingly mechanized and reliant upon resource-intensive inputs like synthetic fertilizers and chemical pesticides. Over time, farms became larger, more specialized, and centralized, creating a process of extreme consolidation that drove many small farms out of business, and ultimately resulted in large factory farms and a food market controlled by a handful of powerful corporations.

Industrial Crops.  Today, industrial crops are produced on huge monoculture crop farms, which rely extensively on chemical pesticides, synthetic fertilizers and genetically modified crop varieties. This system has made food abundant and affordable, however, the ecological and social price has been steep. These practices deplete and degrade soil, reduce biodiversity, and generate air and water pollutants that contaminate the environment and threaten the health of farm workers, neighbors, and consumers.

Sustainable Crops.  Food production should never come at the expense of human health. Since sustainable crop farms avoid hazardous pesticides, they’re able to grow fruits and vegetables that are safer for consumers, workers, and surrounding communities.

Industrial Livestock Production.  The majority of meat, eggs, and dairy products are now produced on enormous industrial livestock facilities. Also known as factory farms or CAFOs (concentrated animal feeding operations), these facilities confine thousands (and, in some cases, hundreds of thousands) of animals in cramped conditions without access to the outdoors. In addition to compromising animal welfare, factory farms generate a huge amount of waste, which pollutes air, water, and soil, degrading the natural environment and threatening public health.

Please watch this video to learn more about Industrial Livestock Production:

THE MEATRIX RELAUNCHED by gracelinks

Since 2003, The Meatrix has educated over 30 million consumers about the problems caused by factory farms. Since then, interest in sustainable food has grown – but so have the number of factory farms.

Sustainable Livestock Production.  Sustainable livestock farmers and ranchers raise animals without dangerous practices like use of non-therapeutic antibiotics or arsenic-based growth promoters. Through careful, responsible management of livestock waste, sustainable farmers also protect humans from exposure to pathogens, toxins, and other hazardous pollutants.

Sustainable farmers and ranchers treat animals with care and respect, implementing livestock husbandry practices that protect animals’ health and wellbeing. By raising livestock on pasture, these farmers enable their animals to move freely, engage in instinctive behaviors, consume a natural diet, and avoid the stress and illness associated with confinement.

A Sustainable Food Future.  Although industrial agriculture currently dominates the U.S. food system, public awareness of the problems caused by this model has grown rapidly, building extensive support for sustainable agriculture, creating a robust market for sustainable foods, and inspiring formidable demand for agricultural policy and regulatory reform.

Please join the cause for a better food system! Join the Revolution – Take action and get the facts at http://www.sustainabletable.org/ 

Don’t Believe Big Food Industry’s Propaganda

The big food industry (corporations) is trying to convince the public that the only way we can continue to feed the world is to increase the use of genetic engineering (GMO) and chemicals (pesticides, fertilizers, etc.). This means turning our current sustainable farms that nurture the soil into industrial farms that rely on more and more chemicals.

The big food industry is slowly, but surely, forcing our family farmers to become part of their big corporate farming system.

Through marketing, the big food industry is trying to convince us that they are working hand-in-hand with farmers and only have our best interests in mind.

This BULL****!

The following video from Food MythBusters does a great job of explaining what the big food industry is trying to do and thoroughly debunks it all. Please watch.

For more valuable information and to Get Involved, go to Food MythBusters website –> http://foodmyths.org/

I have many more blogs related to GMO in the “GMO & Monsanto” category on my blog.

GMO – We Have the Right to Know What’s in Our Food

Americans are being force-fed GMO’s without their knowledge or consent. On average, Americans consume more than their weight in GMOs each year – 193 pounds of GMOs per person.

What is GMOAccording to the Grocery Manufacturing Association, an estimated 75-80% of processed food in the U.S. contains genetically engineered foods.

GMO CropsDo you want to know if the food you are buying, eating and feeding to your children has been genetically engineered? If so, you are not alone. According to a poll by Thompson Reuters, 93% of Americans believe genetically engineered foods should be labeled.

We have the right to knowThe right to know and the freedom to choose are at the core of our consumer rights as Americans. These GMO’s may contain toxic chemicals, allergens and other potential health risks that are not present in foods that are not genetically engineered.

The biotech food industry is making tremendous profits, but their business models are based on keeping Americans in the dark about what they’re really eating. By requiring food to be labeled if it contains genetically engineered foods we also give the consumer the ability to make their own decision.

Requiring labeling of genetically engineered foods and food ingredients will also prohibit genetically modified foods from being advertised as “natural.”

Genetic Engineered Food use Experimental Technology

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not require safety assessments of GMO foods and does not review all GMO products hitting the market. FDA guidelines are entirely voluntary and the patent holders themselves determine whether their products “warrant analytical or toxicological tests.”

Almost all commercial GMOs are engineered to withstand direct application of herbicide and/or to produce an insecticide. Despite biotech industry promises, none of the GMO traits currently on the market offer increased yield, drought tolerance, enhanced nutrition, or any other consumer benefit. Meanwhile, a growing body of evidence connects GMOs with health problems, environmental damage and violation of farmers’ and consumers’ rights.

GMOS are not safe

Over 60 countries require labels on GMOs, and many of these also have severe restrictions or bans against GMO food production or sale. We deserve the same level of protection and information as citizens in other nations around the world.

Countries with mandatory labeling include:

  • Australia
  • China
  • Japan
  • New Zealand
  • Russia
  • and all of the countries in the European Union.

Some of the countries with severe restrictions or bans against GMO food production or sale include:

  • Germany
  • Switzerland
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Philippines
  • Australia
  • Peru
  • Japan.

The U.S. and Canada are two of the only developed nations in the world without GMO labeling. If GMO food is labeled or banned in all these countries around the world, WHY NOT AMERICA?

GMO-Any Politicians Tells you safeGeneticist David Suzuki, CC, OBC, PhD, LLD:  “We are performing a massive experiment. The results will only be known after millions of people have been exposed to (GMO foods) for decades…Any politician or scientist who tells you these products are safe is either very stupid or lying. The hazards of these foods are uncertain. In view of our enormous ignorance, the premature application of biotechnology is downright dangerous.

Haven’t we been down this road before? Remember Saccharin, statin drugs, trans-fats, and high-fructose corn syrup.

Haven't We Been Down this RoadIf you want to learn more about GMO’s, I have numerous postings on my blog in the “GMO & Monsanto” category. I have also developed a simple video explaining GMO’s. Just click on the video link below.

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For more information or to get involved in fighting against GMO, please visit:

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Americans Have Become Intellectually Lazy

During my lifetime I have come to know or be exposed to a lot of diverse people. These are people that come from different backgrounds; some smart and some not; some blue collar and some white collar; some highly educated and some not; some white, some black; some hard workers and some not; and some with common sense and a whole lot with none.

What I have observed, across this diverse group of people, is that most people today are so caught up in living their lives and just trying to survive, they aren’t really aware of what’s going on around them that has a major influence on their life. Their knowledge and opinions, if they have one, are solely based on what they see on television and/or hear from a friend, neighbor, or relative without ever seeing the big picture for themselves. They either lack the intellectual curiosity to find out for themselves, or they have become intellectually lazy.

Intellectual curiosity means you want to know more than the basics or the common knowledge. It is the desire to invest some time and energy into learning more about a person, a thing, a way of life, or a concept. Basically, it is the desire to learn more.

Child CurisoityChildren have an over abundance of intellectual curiosity. To a young child, everything is new. They want to know more. They want to learn more. They are like a sponge, absorbing more than just the obvious or the basics. What is a cloud? How did they get there? What makes them move? How does rain come out of a cloud?

However, children grow up, they have responsibilities, and they get distracted by the day-to-day worries and challenges of life in today’s environment.

At some point intellectual curiosity has taken a backseat for a lot of people. As a result, people have become gullible, submissive, and intellectually lazy. Everyone is running so hard and fast just to survive, they don’t have time to pay attention to what’s going on around them. We have become a populace of sheep, such that we just follow along, don’t ask questions, and do whatever we’re told to do by the talking heads on television and radio. This is especially true of politics.

Teabaggers smallCase in point: Teabaggers and their followers.

Most of the editorial staff of the Tea Party News Network resigned this past week, stating in their resignation letter “The audience is regarded as unsophisticated simpletons.”

Why do they think this of their followers? Because they know their followers won’t question them, they will believe what they are told and will do whatever they are told to do. Typical sheep mentality.

We are living in such a toxic environment around us, it is critical for people to be informed and knowledgeable of current events. In a world where the internet is available to us 24 hours a day on our computers, even on our telephones, there is no excuse for not being informed and knowledgeable, it’s ridiculous.

CuriosityHow can anyone sit back and not question what’s happening with our food supply (genetically modified foods); industrial pollution of our water and air; militarization of our police; voter rights suppression; climate change; income inequality; fracking; politicians and government being bought and paid for by the ultra-rich; climate change; radical religious ideology; and more. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, then look it up. Do a little personal research. Develop your own opinions based on your own knowledge of the issue, not on what someone else tells you to think. Then when you are conversing with others and someone starts spewing the typical uncontested talking points about a topic, you have the knowledge to enhance the conversation with facts.

 “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” – Albert Einstein

If you have children, don’t shut down their intellectual curiosity, encourage it. We need them to grow up to be informed, knowledgeable, and intellectually curious adults.

Regardless of your age or position in life, it is not too late to jump start your intellectual curiosity and become informed and knowledgeable of the events and activities that are impacting your life on a daily basis.

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