Here is my “roundup” (pun intended) of what is known of the worlds most widely used insecticide. It’s the primary controversial active ingredient in Monsanto Chemical’s “Roundup” as well as in many other herbicides.
Glyphosphate levels have increased. The chemical was introduced in 1974 as a weed killer that works by targeting the plant enzymes that produce required amino acids for growth. It also targets certain bacteria.
Glyphosphate usage has increased significantly with the introduction of genetically modified, Glyphosphate resistant, crops (GMO) that grow well in the presence of this chemical in the soil. This chemical can enter the body via direct skin absorption, by eating treated foods or by drinking contaminated water. It has been found in breast milk at higher than permitted levels in drinking water.
Many scientists believe that Glyphosphate is toxic well below the currently accepted standards. It appears from my review of these maximum standards that when there is suspected toxicity, the standards are raised to accommodate the increased levels found in these foodstuffs. Nevertheless, in 2017, some countries, including Belgium, Malta, Sri Lanka, and the Netherlands have banned or are in the process of banning the use of Glyphosphate on crops.The World Health Organization for cancer research lists Glyphosphate as a potential human carcinogen.
Angelika Hilbeck, PhD., senior scientist at the Institute of Integrative Biology in Zurich says that “Glyphosphate has become a ubiquitous chemical in terms of presence and persistence” in everything and everywhere.
I found it interesting to note that pathogenic bacteria such as Salmonella, and Clostridium Botulinum are resistant to Glyphosphate, but most beneficial bacteria including Lactobacillus are moderately to highly susceptible.
Looking at the health risks of Glyphosphate, I note that nutritional deficiencies occur with ingestion of a treated crop as well as systemic toxicity, imbalance of gut bacteria and food intolerance such as with gluten. A by-product of the breakdown of Glyphosphate by certain microbes is ammonia, which can lead to brain inflammation associated with Alzheimers Disease.
Many foods are contaminated because the crops are being sprayed with Glyphosphate just weeks before being made in the cereal and grains that you eat. This is a process called dessication. Crops associated with this spraying process are wheat and oats in addition to lentils, peas, soybeans, corn, beets, potatoes and others. Oats seem to be particularly susceptible to high levels of Glyphosphate.
I have reviewed many other cases of kidney, liver and bone diseases that seem attributable to food and environmental contamination. There is a case of a 54 year- old man who accidentally sprayed himself with “Roundup” prior to developing multiple skin lesions within hours of the exposure and subsequent Parkinsons disease within one month.
How to avoid Glyphosphate in your food:
Two of the best ways to avoid Glyphosphate in your food are eating organic non-GMO (genetically modified organism) foods and drinking reverse osmosis water.
People eating certified organic food have considerably lower concentrations of Glyphosphate in their urine. Drinking extra water may also be helpful since Glyphosphate is water soluble. Note that more than 90% of soy and corn are GMO type, and treated with the crop drying (spraying) procedure and it will take diligence to avoid these foods.
Eating organic food will not only support your health but also protect the environment from chemical pollutants and the spread of genetically engineered seeds.
You may wish to review the U.S. maximum allowances for Glyphosphate in foods as I have done but the site is cumbersome and the levels seem arbitrary and are essentially what the foods actually contain so as not to be a limiting factor.
As I am writing this information it seems that the German company Bayer has agreed to buy Monsanto. Should this come to pass, as it likely will, I am reminded of who produced “Zyklon B”, the poison gas that was used to exterminate millions of people by Germany in WWII. Yes, it was Bayer (of the popular aspirin brand) as a corporate unit of IG Farben. So, they are a perfect partner for Monsanto.