Effects of Roundup Chemical Glyphosate

 Roundup Ready Grains – Carcinogenic?

In the wake of the March 20, 2015 announcement by the International Agency for Research on Cancer that glyphosate is ‘probably’ carcinogenic, Dr. Thierry Vrain, a retired soil biologist and genetic engineer who spent his research career with the Department of Agriculture in Canada, says that we need a social movement to advertise this issue in Canada.

What is Glyphosate?

Glyphosate is a broad-spectrum systemic herbicide and desiccant. It is an organophosphorus compound, specifically a phosphonate. It is used to kill weeds, especially annual broadleaf weeds and grasses that compete with crops. (Wikipedia)
Many of us know of its use as a herbicide, but how many realize that once crops like wheat have ripened, and are ready for harvest, its use as a desiccant come into play. Desiccants are chemicals that have an affinity for water – they dry things out. Spraying Roundup on a ripening wheat crop will accelerate the drying of the plant and the heads of wheat. This makes the crop easier to harvest – easier because the plants are dry and withered, not alive and harder to harvest.

Using Roundup as a desiccant on the wheat fields prior to harvest may save the farmer money and increase profits, but it is devastating to the health of the consumer who ultimately consumes those ground up wheat kernels which have absorbed a significant amount of Roundup!

The bulk of food in the US now originates primarily from mass plantings of monocultures of “Roundup Ready” crops, genetically engineered to withstand Roundup, which is repeatedly sprayed to exterminate weeds between the crop plants. Glyphosate residue remains on the crops, which then enters the food chain of animals & humans. About 90% of the world’s high volume grains (corn, soy and canola) are now “Roundup Ready”.


How Widespread is Glyphosate?

Glyphosate residues cannot be removed by washing & they are not broken down by cooking. They remain in food for a year or more, even if the foods are frozen, dried or processed. Eating strictly organic doesn’t protect you.

Several studies have shown that it is even present in the air we breathe, water we drink & rain that falls from the sky. Essentially, no one on earth has been spared. A recent study of non-farmworker, urban dwellers in Germany found glyphosate in the urine of every person tested, at levels five to 20 times the legal limit for drinking water.

“In the US, the EPA has set a legally enforceable maximum contaminant level (MCL) for glyphosate of 700 micrograms per liter in drinking water, which is 7,000 times higher than the limit set in Europe. Not surprisingly, urine testing of US residents showed levels 10 times higher than those of European residents.”

Many European countries have already banned glyphosate herbicides. This quote from the Swedish environment minister:

“We won’t take risks with glyphosate and we don’t think that the analysis done so far is good enough. We will propose that no decision is taken until further analysis has been done and the EFSA scientists have been more transparent about their considerations.”

Interested in becoming more knowledgable about the foods you eat?

You can read Dr. Thierry Vrain’s entire editorial feature here:

Editorial Feature the effects of chemical Glyphosate.

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