Glyphosate and skyrocketing disease rates… connecting the dots.

Plant-killer Glyphosate (Roundup) was assumed to be harmless to humans because it interrupts the shikimate pathway in plants and kills them, and humans do not have this pathway.

What has now come to light is that our gut bacteria DO have the shikimate pathway, and by killing our good bacteria (we have 10 gut microbes for every human cell), a cascade of effects occurs which are devastating to health and are linked to autism, inflammatory bowel disease, chronic diarrhea, colitis and Crohn’s disease, obesity, cardiovascular disease, depression, cancer, cachexia, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and ALS, and more.

In this video which is about one hour, GMO expert Jeffrey Smith talks to co-author of the new groundbreaking article just published in the journal Entropy, Stephanie Seneff, PhD, a Senior Research Scientist at MIT.

I consider this information to be of the utmost importance and it’s absolutely critical to understand. It shows how intimately our biology is connected to nature, how complex it is, and that by doing unnatural things to our food, we are on a path to more and more sickness, disease and suffering.

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Long term toxicity of a Roundup herbicide and a Roundup-tolerant genetically modified maize

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I took the copy of “Long term toxicity of a Roundup herbicide and a Roundup-tolerant genetically modified maize” to bed with me last night for some late night reading. It got me so wound up that I almost got out of bed to write this. However, I pulled in the reins and waited until today. If you want to read it and I suggest you do, click here.

This is such great research for the following reasons:

  • It was undertaken by individuals without conflicts of interest.
  • It was long-term. This was a life-long rat feeding study. The study was over a two year period.  Much of the GE (GMO, genetically engineered) research has been criticized for being so short term that it misses any chronic health problems that would occur from ingesting GE food. This study gives us a good idea of what happens when human beings eat GE food long-term.
  • They used the actual formulation of Roundup that is used in agricultural use. Most research takes the active ingredient out and studies only the active ingredient called glyphosate. Glyphosate (active ingredient in Roundup is only able to penetrate target plant organisms with the help of adjuvants that are included in various formulations on the market. So these researchers used the actual Roundup formulation available on the market with adjuvants so it would mimic what people actually get in their food or what has been found in tap water.

The corn

The type of GE maize researched was MON-00603-6, also known as NK603. This is a Roundup-tolerant variety of corn owned by Monsanto. They compared it with a control group that was fed the nearest isogenic, non-transgenic corn. (So basically they compared Monsanto’s genetically engineered corn to a non-genetically altered corn that has similar DNA structure. (Remember,  Monsanto claims their corn is theoretically genetically identical to this isogenic corn and they claim they should not have to study long term effects of their GE corn for this reason.) Thank goodness, these researchers did not agree with Monsanto. Continue reading

Why we fight for a GMO-free world

by Andrew Kimbrell, Center for Food Safety

“For those of us who have a true sense of wonder and love for the natural world, and a vision of a new relationship with it, that’s what we love.

And when we see the kind of horrific technological manipulation represented by biotechnology; when we see what it does to the bodies of salmon or the bodies of animals, or when we understand that they’ve somehow turned a corn plant into a poison for butterflies and caddisflies and potentially for bees; when we realize that they’ve actually changed the heredity of corn and soy so they can withstand ever more and more chemicals; when we see all that, it’s an assault on something that we love.

So we respond, not for the sake of attack, but because things that we value and love are being attacked. Anybody would feel that way with their child or pet or anything they care about.”