According to a recent article by Rodale Institute , this chemical can be found in much of our food crops and hence, part of the crops that our animal stock eats. A white paper released by GMO Free USA (gmofreeusa.org/#) reported that out of ”44 food samples taken from popular chain restaurants (some that profess being “clean”), 39 tested positive for glyphosate residues.” That’s 88%.
What is glyphosate?
…a weed killer and one of the most popular ones. It is found in Roundup along with other pesticides/herbicides.
According to GMO Free USA – “Glyphosate based herbicides are the most widely used in the world and their use has increased exponentially with the introduction of Genetically Modified (GM) crops. According to the most recent USDA data, in 2016, 94% of soybean and 89% of corn acreage in the U.S. were planted with GM herbicide tolerant varieties. (United States Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service 2016) Of the sugar beet acreage in the U.S., over 99% is GM herbicide tolerant. (Fernandez-Cornejo 2016) The majority of herbicide tolerant crops are engineered to be sprayed with a glyphosate based herbicide, sometimes in combination with other herbicides such as dicamba or 2,4D.”
And unfortunately, it doesn’t stay where it was applied – it can drift onto surrounding fields, through the air, into water sources, etc.
Check out this page for more detail on where it is used and its strength as weeds get more accustom to it. https://gmofreeusa.org/research/glyphosate/glyphosate-overview/
Why should you avoid?
Our bodies were not created or evolved to be able to process chemicals like these. If we eat the estimated 25 tons of food during our lifetime, even if there is only a small amount of chemicals in each meal, think of the build up with 25 tons! And, then we will have asked our bodies to find a place to store, hide or eliminate a chemical that it doesn’t have an arsenal for. Consequently, the origins of many of today’s chronic diseases have been associated with glyphosate and similar chemicals – cancer plus immune system, kidneys & liver, endocrine system disruption.
Organic food choices! Organic farming prohibits the use of any synthetic pesticides or herbicides. According a review of environmental research (http://www.fao.org/organicag/oa-faq/oa-faq6/en/)
the benefits of organic farming go beyond the food that is produced – it is a more sustainable practice over the long term, helps to build/restore the soil through rotation, inter-cropping, cover crops as well as protecting are other natural resources – like water, air.
And, a study referenced in the Rodale article (The Morning Call, Sept. 26, 2019, pg 6), noted that our amazing bodies are so responsive to a change to organic choices – “families who switched to an organic diet saw pesticide levels in their system drop an average of almost 61% after just 6 days.”