Nearly one BILLION pounds of Roundup are used each year for conventional crop production around the globe, but genetically engineered (GE) crops see some of the heaviest use. This is especially true for Roundup Ready crops, which are designed to withstand otherwise lethal doses of this chemical.The issue of glyphosate contamination is well worth considering if you value your health. Recent research suggests glyphosate may in fact be an instrumental driver of many chronic diseases, and in my view, avoiding glyphosate is amajor reason for buying organic, in and of itself.Labeling GMOs could help you select products that are less likely to have heavy contamination, although you’d also avoid many other hazardous chemicals used in conventional farming by opting for products labeled 100% organic.It’s important to understand that these glyphosate residues CANNOT be washed off, as the chemical is actively integrated into every cell in the plant. Dr. Don Huber, who is one of the most prominent scientific experts in plant toxicology, firmly believes glyphosate is FAR more toxic and dangerous than DDT. A number of other studies have raised serious questions about the safety of glyphosate, including but not limited to the following:
- Research published in the International Journal of Toxicology7 in January revealed that glyphosate-based formulations like Roundup pose a threat to human health through cytotoxicity and oxidative effects. Such formulations were also found to be lethal to human liver cells
- A 2012 study8 found that 3 ppm of Roundup in water induced morphological changes in frogs
- A German study9 on poultry, published in 2013, showed that glyphosate tends to be more harmful to beneficial gut bacteria like Lactobacillus, while pathogenic bacteria like Salmonella entritidi tend to be largely resistant to the chemical. Subsequently, the microbial balance tends to shift toward pathogenic overgrowth when exposed to glyphosate, and can predispose the animal to botulism
Victory! Vermont Passes First Effective GMO-Labeling Bill
On April 16, 2014, the Vermont Senate passed the first
no-strings-attached GMO labeling bill (H.112) by an over
whelming margin—28-2. The bill sailed through a
House/Senate conference committee and was approved
by the House of Representatives on April 23.
Governor Shumlin has already indicated he will be signing
the bill into law—which will require any genetically engin
eered food sold in Vermont to be labeled by July 1,
2016.10 Food served in restaurants, alcohol, meat, and
dairy products would be exempt from labeling however.
Foods containing GMO ingredients would also not be
allowed to be labeled “natural.”
“I am proud of Vermont for being the first state in the
nation to ensure that Vermonters will know what is in
their food,” Governor Shumlin said in a statement.
“The Legislature has spoken loud and clear through
its passage of this bill. I wholeheartedly agree with
them and look forward to signing this bill into law.”
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