Glyphosate might not be recognized by most people, but if you’ve ever used a non-organic weed killer, you’ve probably used Roundup, the creation of Monsanto. Another chemical this company created (one of nine chemical company manufacturers) was what became known as Agent Orange.
Then and Now Weed Killers
This chemical defoliate was used to kill jungles in Vietnam during the war. This destructive weed killer contained dioxin and was also commonly sold on the American market as a weed killer. It caused serious health problems, such as cancers, tumors, birth defects and even psychological ills not just among the Vietnamese people, to American soldiers. Anyone exposed to it had some form of symptom (1).
Fast forward to several decades later. Same company, just a different kind of weed killer, Roundup has been shown in many studies to have serious health risks, such as immune systems and endocrine disruptors, Celiac disease, gluten intolerance as well as long list of potential illnesses. What makes the risks even higher was Monsanto moving into GMO seeds. Designer seeds were created to withstand high levels of Roundup in order to boost farmer’s yield, but inadvertently created super weeds resistant to the potent doses of Roundup sprayed across America’s crop fields.
What is most disturbing is the realization that America’s food supply is being contaminated more and more with the harmful chemical found in Roundup, glyphosate.
According to The Union, America’s food supply “is highly contaminated with residues of glyphosate and we are not aware of this insidious danger to our national health.” (2)
The website references a research paper authored by Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneff. The two researchers layout a body of evidence that, “the herbicide glyphosate (Roundup) causes extreme gut dysbiosis in which pathogenic bacteria kill off healthy gut bacteria interfering with complex nutrient assimilation.” What should be setting off alarms for all Americans is the 2013 EPA decision to raise the “allowable concentration of glyphosate” in food crops and animal feed.” This means Americans are exposed to higher concentrations from crops and animals eaten.
High Levels Glyphosate Found in Foods
The increase in acceptable levels of this harmful chemical (glyphosate) is showing up in foods previously not seen, such as organic foods and meat/poultry. How is such a thing possible with organic foods? It is possible that ground water contamination is at fault since glyphosate is capable of leaching very deeply into the soil, which in turn can contaminate groundwater. Runoffs into rivers and streams can further contaminate water supplies.
In addition to the disturbing presence of glyphosate in organic foods, higher levels are also showing up in previously none to low levels of foods.