Here’s an article about how North American wheat is regularly sprayed with RoundUp. The idea is that the Roundup dessicates the wheat so it’s easier to process. The same is regularly done with potatoes. So it’s not just Roundup resistant crops like canola that get sprayed with the stuff these days.
Be careful what you eat!
A new study in a European environmental journal links glysophate, one of the products in Roundup Ready (TM) to kidney disease.
Read the article and download for free at http://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/11/2/2125
Here is the summary:
The current chronic kidney disease epidemic, the major health issue in the rice paddy farming areas in Sri Lanka has been the subject of many scientific and political debates over the last decade. Although there is no agreement among scientists about the etiology of the disease, a majority of them has concluded that this is a toxic nephropathy. None of the hypotheses put forward so far could explain coherently the totality of clinical, biochemical, histopathological findings, and the unique geographical distribution of the disease and its appearance in the mid-1990s. A strong association between the consumption of hard water and the occurrence of this special kidney disease has been observed, but the relationship has not been explained consistently. Here, we have hypothesized the association of using glyphosate, the most widely used herbicide in the disease endemic area and its unique metal chelating properties. The possible role played by glyphosate-metal complexes in this epidemic has not been given any serious consideration by investigators for the last two decades. Furthermore, it may explain similar kidney disease epidemics observed in Andra Pradesh (India) and Central America. Although glyphosate alone does not cause an epidemic of chronic kidney disease, it seems to have acquired the ability to destroy the renal tissues of thousands of farmers when it forms complexes with a localized geo environmental factor (hardness) and nephrotoxic metals.
A new study argues that GE crops are not substantially equivalent to non-GE crops because of the substantial RoundUp (TM) residues found in them. In case you didn’t know, the Canadian government doesn’t require independent testing of GE crops because they are meant to be substantially equivalent.
A just published study synthesising about 300 research papers makes clear linkages between round up™ and the rise in a number of diseases. Like so many people now, the paper calls for proper independent testing of GE crops (as the only testing done right now is by Monsanto).
Glyphosate’s Suppression of Cytochrome P450 Enzymes and Amino Acid Biosynthesis by the Gut Microbiome: Pathways to Modern Diseases
“Consequences are most of the diseases and conditions associated with a Western diet, which include gastrointestinal disorders, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, depression, autism, infertility, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. We explain the documented effects of glyphosate and its ability to induce disease, and we show that glyphosate is the “textbook example” of exogenous semiotic entropy: the disruption of homeostasis by environmental toxins.”
Bee colony collapse is taking on new proportions with up to half of bees now dying. Our current dysfunctional agricultural system is destroying itself from within by monoculture, massive use of pesticides and herbicides, and an unsustainable industrial agricultural model. Read the New York Times piece here, and below a quote, one of the first mainstream media stories that accept there may be a link between colony collapse and GE crops.
Neonicotinoids are hardly the beekeepers’ only concern. Herbicide use has grown as farmers have adopted crop varieties, from corn to sunflowers, that are genetically modified to survive spraying with weedkillers.
A new study cites significant health and environmental risks with glysophate, the main ingredient used in Round Up, the most commonly used herbicide with genetically engineered crops. A summary of the study can be found at:
Amid all the furore about the Seralini study, another study came out on October 1st which you may have missed – pesticide use has actually increased with the use of some GE crops.
PULLMAN, Wash. — A study published this week by Washington State University research professor Charles Benbrook finds that the use of herbicides in the production of three genetically modified herbicide-tolerant crops — cotton, soybeans and corn — has actually increased. This counterintuitive finding is based on an exhaustive analysis of publicly available data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agriculture Statistics Service. Benbrook’s analysis is the first peer-reviewed, published estimate of the impacts of genetically engineered (GE) herbicide-resistant (HT) crops on pesticide use. Continue reading