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What is Glyphosate and why you should avoid it

by Sean Martu

I’ve always said, all disease has its genesis in three behaviors, what you eat, what you drink, and not getting enough sun. Glyphosate is a cancerous herbicide that falls under the category of what you eat and possibly what you drink. Most people do not even read labels of the processed foods they eat, but Glyphosate as well as other harmful herbicides, pesticides, and GMO’s are not even on the label.

What is Glyphosate?

Glyphosate, a synthetic herbicide patented in 1974 by the Monsanto Company and now manufactured and sold by many companies in hundreds of products, has been associated with cancer and other health concerns. Glyphosate is best known as the active ingredient in Roundup-branded herbicides, and the herbicide used with “Roundup Ready” genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

Herbicide tolerance is the most prevalent GMO trait engineered into food crops, with some 90% of corn and 94% of soybeans in the U.S. engineered to tolerate herbicides, according to USDA data. A 2017 study found that Americans’ exposure to glyphosate increased approximately 500 percent since Roundup Ready GMO crops were introduced in the U.S in 1996.

Potential dangers of Glyphosate

In May of 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) classified glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” They based the classification on research largely done on animals that showed that glyphosate caused tumors and/or higher incidences of cancer.  The WHO investigation also found that glyphosate is probably genotoxic (it causes mutations in DNA) and increases oxidative stress, which triggers inflammation and while accelerating the aging process.

Cancer  

1.“A comprehensive analysis of the animal carcinogenicity data for glyphosate from chronic exposure rodent carcinogenicity studies,” reviewed chronic exposure animal carcinogenicity studies of glyphosate and reported toxicologically plausible pathways for why glyphosate may cause various cancers in rodents.

2.  the U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry issued its draft toxicological profile for glyphosate, which reports an increased cancer risk from glyphosate exposures.

3. March 2019 study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology analyzed data from more than 30,000 farmers and agricultural workers from studies done in France, Norway, and the U.S., and reported links between glyphosate and diffuse large B-cell lymphoma.

4. January 2019: An analysis published in Environmental Sciences Europe argues that the U.S. EPA’s classification of glyphosate disregarded substantial scientific evidence of genotoxicity the negative impact on a cell’s genetic material) associated with weed-killing products such as Roundup.

Endocrine disruption, fertility and reproductive concerns

1. New research adds evidence that weed killer glyphosate disrupts hormones, by Carey Gillam,

2. July 2020 paper published in Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology, Are glyphosate and glyphosate-based herbicides endocrine disruptors that alter female fertility?” summarizes the endocrine-disrupting effects of exposure to glyphosate and glyphosate-based herbicides at low or “environmentally relevant” doses in the female reproductive tissues. Data suggesting that, at low doses, glyphosate-based herbicides may have adverse effects on the female reproductive tract fertility are discussed.

3. June 2020 paper published in Environmental Pollution, Neonatal exposure to a glyphosate-based herbicide alters the uterine differentiation of prepubertal ewe lambs, finds that neonatal exposure to glyphosate-based herbicides decreased cell proliferation and altered the expression of molecules that control proliferation and development in the uterus, potentially affecting the female reproductive health of sheep.

4. 2011 study in Reproductive Toxicology reported that glyphosate impairs male offspring reproductive development by disrupting gonadotropin expression.

Liver disease

1. A 2017 study associated chronic, very low-level glyphosate exposures to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in rats. According to the researchers, the results “imply that chronic consumption of extremely low levels of a GBH formulation (Roundup), at admissible glyphosate-equivalent concentrations, are associated with marked alterations of the liver proteome and metabolome,” the biomarkers for NAFLD.\

Microbiome disruption

1.November 2020 paper in the Journal of Hazardous Materials reports that approximately 54 percent of species in the core of the human gut microbiome are “potentially sensitive” to glyphosate. With a “large proportion” of bacteria in the gut microbiome susceptible to glyphosate, the intake of glyphosate “may severely affect the composition of the human gut microbiome,” the authors said in their paper.

2. A 2020 literature review of glyphosate’s effects on the gut microbiome concludes that “glyphosate residues on food could cause dysbiosis, given that opportunistic pathogens are more resistant to glyphosate compared to commensal bacteria.” The paper continues, “Glyphosate may be a critical environmental trigger in the etiology of several disease states associated with dysbiosis, including celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome. Glyphosate exposure may also have consequences for mental health, including anxiety and depression, through alterations in the gut microbiome.”

More than 42,000 people have filed suit against Monsanto Company (now Bayer) alleging that exposure to Roundup herbicide caused them or their loved ones to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) and that Monsanto covered up the risks. As part of the discovery process, Monsanto has had to turn over millions of pages of internal records. We are posting these Monsanto Papers as they become available. For news and tips about the ongoing legislation, see Carey Gillam’s Roundup Trial Tracker. The first three trials ended in large awards to plaintiffs for liability and damages, with juries ruling that Monsanto’s weed killer was a substantial contributing factor in causing them to develop NHL. Bayer is appealing the rulings.

Monsanto influence in research: In March 2017, the federal court judge unsealed some internal Monsanto documents that raised new questions about Monsanto’s influence on the EPA process and about the research regulators rely on. The documents suggest that Monsanto’s long-standing claims about the safety of glyphosate and Roundup do not necessarily rely on sound science as the company asserts, but on efforts to manipulate the science.

List of Foods with traces of Glyphosate

Below is a list of oat-based breakfast cereals that contain glyphosate residues.

Data obtained from this EWG Report.

Granola Quaker Simply Granola Oats, Honey & Almonds

Instant oats Quaker Instant Oatmeal Cinnamon & Spice

Instant oats Quaker Instant Oatmeal Apples & Cinnamon

Instant oats Quaker Real Medleys Super Grains Banana Walnut

Overnight oats Quaker Overnight Oats Raisin Walnut & Honey Heaven

Overnight oats Quaker Overnight Oats Unsweetened with Chia Seeds

Oat breakfast cereal Quaker Oatmeal Squares Brown Sugar

Oat breakfast cereal Quaker Oatmeal Squares Honey Nut

Oat breakfast cereal Apple Cinnamon Cheerios

Oat breakfast cereal Very Berry Cheerios

Oat breakfast cereal Chocolate Cheerios

Oat breakfast cereal Frosted Cheerios

Oat breakfast cereal Fruity Cheerios

Oat breakfast cereal Honey Nut Cheerios

Oat breakfast cereal Cheerios Oat Crunch Cinnamon

Snack bar Quaker Chewy S’mores

Snack bar Quaker Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip

Snack bar Quaker Breakfast Squares Soft Baked Bars Peanut Butter

Snack bar Quaker Breakfast Flats Crispy Snack Bars Cranberry Almond

Based on another report from the EWG.

Granola
  • Back to Nature Classic Granola
  • Quaker Simply Granola Oats, Honey, Raisins & Almonds
  • Back to Nature Banana Walnut Granola Clusters
  • Nature Valley Granola Protein Oats ‘n Honey
  • KIND Vanilla, Blueberry Clusters with Flax Seeds
More Foods with Glyphosate
  • Quaker Dinosaur Eggs, Brown Sugar, Instant Oatmeal
  • Great Value Original Instant Oatmeal
  • Umpqua Oats, Maple Pecan
  • Market Pantry Instant Oatmeal, Strawberries & Cream
  • Giant Instant Oatmeal, Original Flavor
  • Quaker Steel Cut Oats
  • Quaker Old Fashioned Oats

How To Avoid Glyphosate in Foods

You cannot remove glyphosate contamination from foods by washing them because it is absorbed into the plant’s chemistry while it’s growing. Glyphosate can’t be broken down by cooking or baking, and glyphosate contamination has been detected in processed foods.

How you can avoid glyphosate in food:
1. Always Look for Organic and/or Non-GMO Project Verified food labels.

Look for products with labels that are NON-GMO and USDA Organic, which make it very unlikely you should encounter glyphosate. Also, Round-Up(Glyphosate) can only be applied to genetically altered plants that are resistant to glyphosate.

USDA Organic does not exonerate your foods from Glyphosate, as there could be cross-contamination from other farms, but the USDA Organic authority states that contamination cannot be more than 5%.

2. Look for Glyphosate Residue Free Labels

verifies that your product/s do not contain glyphosate.

A third-party ISO 17025 accredited laboratory tests the products to make sure they do not contain glyphosate residues.

3. Start growing your own food if possible

Growing your own food is not only a great way to ensure your food is grown glyphosate-free, but also nutritionally sound.

 

References:

Healthy and Natural World : Glyphosate in Food: Full List of Products that Contain this Cancerous Weed Killer

Necessary internet disclaimer: All information and resources found on Nothingsincurable.com are based on the opinions of the author unless otherwise noted. I am not a doctor nor do I have any medical training, all information is intended to motivate readers to make their own nutrition and health decisions after consulting with their health care provider. The author of this site encourages you to consult a doctor before making any health changes, especially any changes related to a specific diagnosis or condition.

 

 

 

 

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