The Dangers of Glyphosate

Glglyphosateyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup, is the world’s most widely used herbicide. Anresco, an independent FDA-registered food safety testing labratory has found extremely high levels of glyphosate in many popular foods. This list includes General Mills Cheerios, Kellogg’s Corn Flakes, PepsiCo Doritos, Oreo’s ,Goldfish, Stacy’s Simply Naked Pita Chips to name a few. Other foods that have high levels of glyphosate include lentils, corn, beets, potatoes, millet, peas, flax, sunflowers, and non-GMO soybeans.

The World Health Organization has labeled glyphosate a “probable carcinogen.” Anresco Labs tested Cheerios and found levels as high as 1,125.3 ppb. New research has shown that levels as low as 10ppb can have toxic effects on the livers of fish and 700ppb, which is the allowable level of glyphosate found in US drinking water; caused significant damage to the livers and kidneys of rats.
Even more alarming, glyphosate is showing up in breast milk!

Glyphosate is linked to many serious health disorders, including cancer, endocrine (hormone) disruption, birth defects, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, MS, ADHD, obesity, diabetes, lowered immune function, celiac and irritable bowel syndrome. Children and the elderly are particularly at risk.

Food Democracy Now and The Detox Project are calling for a federal investigation into the harmful effects of glyphosate on human health. Later this month, I will be taking a continuing education class with Dr. John Bagnulo; to learn more about how glyphosate impacts the micro-biome and how to remediate it effects.

For additional information on glyphosate and the complete list of foods to avoid go to: Glyphosate: Unsafe on Any Plate or http://www.sustainablepulse.com. To learn more about GMO crops, Monsanto and how Roundup, glyphosate; impacts out food sources I recommend the following books. The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan, Altered Genes, Twisted Truth by Steven Druker, Harvest for Hope by Jane Goodall .

A simple solution and the best way to protect yourself and your family from the harmful effects of glyphosate is to eliminate all processed foods, eat locally sourced organic produce, humanely raised, hormone free and antibiotic free chicken beef, milk and cheese, wild caught fish. Whole Foods and Thrive Market are dedicated to selling non-GMO, chemical free food. Know what you are putting in your body and remain informed about the food the choices that you are making.

Marlene Dickinson
Holistic Wellness Coach/Consultant
BA Psychology/Sports Nutrition/Food as Medicine