Having a gut feeling about glyphosate is the first step in understanding how it is affecting all of us, especially children. Processed food makes up 70% of the American diet and we are completely addicted to it as our main source of nutrients. As an example, sugar by itself is completely astounding, and a lot of it has glyphosate within it. We each eat an estimated 70 pounds of sugar per year, and at least half of that comes from GMO sugar beets and syrups. Not only do we see detrimental effects directly on our growing waistlines, but in other areas as well.
Within processed foods, we are consuming residues from RoundUp® and numerous other herbicides, pesticides, fungicides and insecticides quite often, if not every single time that we eat. As we understand it, the bacterium within our GI tract play an incredibly important role in how glyphosate could act as a primary mechanism for harm. Our bacteria that comprises all of our bodies, outnumbers our cells 10 to 1. This is incredibly important concept for all of us to understand. Consider that for a moment. We are essentially made up of bacteria, which is often demonized across the board as "bad". So, when a broad spectrum herbicide is introduced into the mix, it could mean serious health consequences for all of us. Why would that happen, you may ask? Because the active ingedient in the herbicide is designed to kill bacteria, and it doesn't discriminate. It is also a chelator, which means that molecules from herbicides wrap themselves around other molecules, making them unavailable to the host organism. This is fundamentally important, especially for developing fetuses, as their gastrointestinal tract is exceedingly sensitive. We also need to understand that glyphosate "chelates" zinc, iron, manganese and calcium, making these minerals unavailable. This is damaging as they are necessary for a healthy immune system.
Also, early in the year 2015, glyphosate had been regarded as a "probable carcinogen" based on the IARC study in tandem with The World Health Organization. To make things even worse, the compliment herbicide working in tandem with glyphosate in the fields, is 2,4 D, which has been deemed a "likely carcinogen" as well. What does this mean for us? Something? Nothing?
As this film has progressed, we have come to a very clear realization. Many people still do not fully understand why there is a conversation regarding GMO crops in the national media. However, this is where a full and rational discussion needs to be clearly delineated via this project. We have allowed an herbicide into the food supply that is designed to kill bacteria. It does not discriminate in any way as to what kind of bacteria that it eliminates, not to mention there are hundreds of other adjuvants associated within the herbicide to increase the effectiveness. The chemical industry itself states that we do not have a specific pathway (shikimate) that plants posess, so we cannot be affected by these types of chemicals. Now, also consider for a moment, that every single life form tested for glyphosate has this chemical inside of its body right now, whether we have that pathway or not. What could that mean for all of us? It is important to note that even if we do not have the same pathway as a plant that allows glyphosate to be effective as an herbicide, the microbes that help to make up our bodies certainly do, which makes this an urgent issue.
Do babies have glyphosate in their bodies at birth? Mothers have it in their breast milk. It is in all forms of infant formula, unless it is
100% organic, and even then parents could still unintentially put it in through the liquid (water) mixed into it. Farmers working with mixtures of glyphosate and other chemicals have shown a higher incidence of cancer in themselves, which is troubling enough for the people growing our food. Also, numerous health impacts such as neurological effects, reproductive issues, birth defects and genetic damage have implicated herbicides as playing a significant role in their outcomes.
Even while understanding this, in 2014 the EPA had decided to increase herbicide contamination levels for many crops and allowed their use to become much higher as a result. So, not only are we not slowing down with herbicide use, we are now using even more of it.
Ask yourself the question, would you put even a little bit of RoundUp® into a baby bottle? Then ask yourself another question. Did I already do that today?