Monsanto

Mar. 29, 2017

Monsanto

For millennia farmers have save seeds from season to season. Monsano has disrupted this ancient practice. Founded in 1901, Monsanto was one of a handful of companies that produced Agent Orange, and its main poison, Dioxin. It sold DDT, PCBs, the controversial dairy cow hormone, rBGH, and the cancer-linked Aspartame sweetener. Starting in the ‘80s, however, Monsanto shed its chemicals and plastics divisions, bought up seed companies, invested in bio genetics research, and ultimately reincorporated itself as an agricultural company. Also in 1980, the Supreme Court ruled that a live human-made organism could be patented, which laid the groundwork for a few companies to take control of the world’s food supply. Monsano’s first GMO product, the patented Round Up ready soybean, was approved by the USDA in 1994. Monsano’s patented Round Up ready seeds cannot be saved for the next season or sold to other farmers. Monsano has made huge profits from selling seeds every year as well as the pesticide designed for the seed. What people don’t seem to realize is that, although the plant is genetically altered to be able to withstand large amounts of glyphosate, humans are not. More than a million pounds of this chemical have been used in the U.S. alone. This pesticide is now in our food chain and is being found in corn syrup used in so many processed food products and also in cereal, soybeans, and other grain products. If it is showing up in grains, then our livestock is exposed as well. Milk from dairy cows who ingest these grains is also being affected. Glyphosate has also been found in honey, which means endangered bees are highly exposed to this chemical. The USDA’s 2015 report found that only 15% of the 10,187 samples tested were free from pesticide residues. Lobbyists for these agricultural companies are pressuring congress to reduce testing for pesticides. Doesn’t this alarm you? It does me.

Monsanto has steadfastly claimed that Roundup is harmless to animals and humans because the mechanism of action it uses (which allows it to kill weeds), called the shikimate pathway, is absent in all animals. However, the shikimate pathway IS present in bacteria, and that’s the key to understanding how it causes such widespread systemic harm in both humans and animals. The bacteria in your body outnumber your cells by 10 to one. For every cell in your body, you have 10 microbes of various kinds, and all of them have the shikimate pathway, so they will all respond to the presence of glyphosate! Your gut bacteria are a key component of glyphosate’s primary mechanism of harm because they affect the beneficial gut bacteria. Do you wonder why so many need to take probiotics these days?

While Monsanto insists that Roundup is safe, a peer-reviewed report authored by Anthony Samsel and Dr. Stephanie Seneff reveals how glyphosate wrecks human health. Glyphosate is possibly the most important factor in the development of multiple chronic diseases and conditions that have become prevalent in Westernized societies, including but not limited to: autism, allergies, cancer, MS, depression, infertility, Alzheimer’s and gastrointestinal diseases such as Crone’s, inflammatory bowel disease, colitis and chronic diarrhea. In a study published last year, researchers concluded that glyphosate is a xenoestrogen that is functionally similar to estradiol, the most potent human estrogen, and concentrations in the parts-per-trillion range had carcinogenic effects. Glyphosate may stimulate hormone-dependent cancers even at extremely low environmentally relevant amounts.Do you ever wonder if agriculture companies are in cahoots with big pharma?  

From: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/04/15/glyphosate-health-effects.aspx

Nutritional deficiencies, as glyphosate immobilizes certain nutrients and alters the nutritional composition of the treated crop

Disruption of the biosynthesis of aromatic amino acids (these are essential amino acids not produced in your body that must be supplied via your diet)

Increased toxin exposure (this includes high levels of glyphosate and formaldehyde in the food itself)

Impairment of sulfate transport and sulfur metabolism; sulfate deficiency

Systemic toxicity—a side effect of extreme disruption of microbial function throughout your body; beneficial microbes in particular, allowing for overgrowth of pathogens

Gut dysbiosis (imbalances in gut bacteria, inflammation, leaky gut, and food allergies such as gluten intolerance)

Enhancement of damaging effects of other food-borne chemical residues and environmental toxins as a result of glyphosate shutting down the function of detoxifying enzymes

Creation of ammonia (a byproduct created when certain microbes break down glyphosate), which can lead to brain inflammation associated with autism and Alzheimer’s disease

 

Companies like Monsano have deep pockets and great influence over our politicians. We have to be bigger and louder to influence government in a way that insures the health and well-being of our citizens. People are more important than profits.