The Dangers of Glyphosate: How Roundup is Poisoning Your Family Everyday

There’s a danger that has been spreading across this country, a toxic chemical that is so harmful to your food, your lawn and your family that it may be banned in Europe soon. What’s the name of this poison and how is it spreading? It’s called glyphosate – although you might know it as the active ingredient in Roundup, Monsanto’s popular weed killer. This chemical is also found in other herbicides and is at the crux of today’s GMO debate.

Glyphosate: It’s Everywhere

While glyphosate first hit the market as a weed killer, it has been genetically engineered into Roundup Ready Crops- GMO crop. They include soy, corn, canola, alfalfa, cotton, sugarbeets, sorghum and wheat, all produced by Monsanto. In the past, the company claimed that glyphosate was biodegradable, but residues have been discovered in groundwater, streams, air and soil. In a 2011 article about U.S. glyphosate pollution, Reuters quoted Paul Capel, environmental chemist and head of the agricultural chemicals team at the U.S. Geological Survey Office as saying, “It is out there in significant levels. It is out there consistently.”

It’s not only out there now, but glyphosate use is on the rise. As weeds surrounding the Round Up Ready crops that we feed our families grow more resistant to herbicides, farmers use more weed killer. This now ineffective chemical is blasting crops that make up the majority of our diet.

Some frightening numbers have shown up in studies lately, demonstrating our childrens’ exposure to this toxin. Moms Across America recently conducted a study and found that high glyphosate levels have been found in 30% of breast milk samples from American women. Those statistics are 10 times higher than the amount found in Europe mothers, however, these high levels are deemed below “safe” exposure as defined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Because of this study, there is concern that glyphosate is actually accumulating in the body. According to Moms Across America, the EPA has determined a level that is safe of 7,000 times the safety rate in Europe! The EPA has set these high rates based on the claim that glyphosate does not accumulate in body fat or human tissue and that dosages need to be very high to be toxic. However, rising exposure due to increased spraying of Roundup are increasing the amount a person is commonly exposed to.

The Dangers of Glyphosate

Despite claims by the EPA that American families are at “safe” exposure levels, glyphosate has been shown to be toxic and can cause a host of problems. Here is a list of confirmed and potential dangers of glyphosate:

1. Endocrine (Hormone) Disruptor

In 2009, Toxicology published an article with evidence that these herbicides act as endocrine disruptors in human cells. Endocrine disruptors interrupt the hormone system in, and can lead to tumors, birth defects and developmental disorders. Hormone disruptors can be toxic at very low levels, and can have different effects at higher levels. According to The Ecologist.com, that means that dosage may not matter – and that a smaller can be even more toxic than a bigger dose. A 2012 study published in the scientific journal Toxicology shows that mice exposed to glyphosate-based herbicides at levels lower than the EPA safety recommendations  suffered liver and kidney damage, breast tumors, hormone imbalance and early death. Endocrine disruptors also have the potential to put excess weight on you, increasing your chance of obesity.

2. Birth Defects and Tumors

Since the 1980’s, many studies have shown glyphosate at high levels can cause birth defects and malformations in experimental animals. A recent one was published by the American Chemical Society in 2010, showing malformations in frog and chicken embryos. This could be due to its role as an endocrine disruptor.

3. Chelator

A chelator, such as glyphosate, is a chemical compound that binds to metal ions in molecules and removes them. Glyphosate, therefore, strips these crops of micronutrients, like iron, magnesium and zinc, according to Mercola.com. Studies have shown, for example, that Round Up Ready soybeans have far less manganese than other soy beans. Micronutrients are critical for developing fetuses, babies and children and a deficiency can cause disabilities and defects. Since these crops are such an essential part of the American diet, people are missing crucial micronutrients, which can lead to illness. Cancer, for example, is linked to low magnesium, and is often given to cancer patients. Stripping this element from our everyday diet could be contributing to the rise in cancer in our country.

4. Antibiotic

Acting as an antibiotic, glyphosate kills not only bad bacteria but also destroys good bacteria and other beneficial organisms in both the human body as well as in the soil. Good bacteria is needed to help fight the bad. This imbalance means that healthy flora in your intestines gets pushed out, creating problems that can lead to gut related diseases, like gluten intolerance, leaky gut, diarrhea and more. Read more about that at “Toxicology Expert Speaks Out About Roundup and GMOs” on Mercola.com.

5. Possible Link to Autism

Dr. Stephanie Seneff, Senior Research Scientist at MIT, and retired science consultant Anthony Samsel, recently published a peer reviewed report on how glyphosate leads to and exasperates nutritional deficiencies. In fact, Seneff found that glyphosate and autism are associated with many of the same things: low melatonin, low Vitamin D, sleep disorders and disrupted gut bacteria to name a few.  Seneff believes that glyphosate is largely responsible for the sulfate deficiencies that may lead to autism as well as other disorders. Read more about their study at GMO Evidence.

7. Linked to Cancer and Other Illnesses

Three studies from early 2000’s link Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma to glyphosate, and a newer study dated April 2014, supports this theory. As reported by GMO Watch, a study done in 2013 also showed that glyphosate induces human breast cancer cell growth. This link has been denied by Monsanto, however, given its role as an endocrine disruptor, it’s a real possibility. Other devastating illnesses being studied for a link to glyphosate include Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

8. Damages Cellular DNA

According to Institute of Science in Society, a 2012 research shows that glyphosate damages DNA of the cells and the cells themselves, in the mouth and throat, most likely from inhalation of the toxic herbicide.  This has also been observed in the lab, where freshwater fish suffered DNA damage after being exposed to glyphosate-based herbicides.

What Can I Do About It?

There are a number of steps that concerned parents can take to fight the widespread use and approval of products containing glyphosate.

First, keep your family safe by avoiding all of those GMO crops, eating non-GMO foods and avoiding herbicides and pesticides on your own lawn. Shopping organic not only has more health benefits, it may save your life.

Next, if GMO labeling is an issue on your state, get involved with getting it on the ballot and spreading the word.

“A New Resistance”

The same group who made “Unacceptable Levels” is working to put together a film called “A New Resistance,” exploring the dangers of glyphosate on our society and what we can do about it. Watch the preview:

A New Resistance Teaser Trailer from Unacceptable Levels on Vimeo.

“A New Resistance” will expose glyphosate, show how we have allowed unrestricted use of it here in the U.S. and abroad, and highlight how the role the EPA and chemical companies have played in its widespread use. This film will be provided as a free educational tool to educate anyone interested in the effects of Roundup. Learn more at the fund raising site for “A New Resistance.” Bookieboo LLC is assisting in the producing of this film.

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2016-11-16T11:01:16+00:00 July 15th, 2014|Activism, Featured|3 Comments

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  1. Cindi Vernon July 26, 2014 at 6:25 pm - Reply

    I have fought the use of herbicides for over 20 years. I was told over and over that these toxic chemicals were nothing more than compared to using table salt to kill a weed….please, how dumb do these giant chemical makers take us for! Due to the fact that I have an organic business that grows organic herbs and makes products from these herbs, I was able to have the spraying banned from anywhere around my property. I still have to constantly try to talk surrounding “herbicide sprayers” into not spraying or using these chemicals. It is a constant fight and has been for the past twenty years even though there is definite evidence on how badly they can affect our health. At one point I compiled so much evidence to the harm of roundup and other herbicides that I was the contact person for the Sierra Club for pesticides and herbicide harm, people called all the time with stories of dead birds, trees and plants harmed or killed etc. after a neighbor or power company or landscape co. sprayed herbicides. What really breaks my heart is the safety issue of these toxic chemicals around children, the elderly and our pets. These three groups in my opinion are really put in harms way by being around the use of these chemicals. Children have played where these herbicides have been sprayed and it states on the label to stay out of the area for up to 3 days ! The same with our pets, I have read story after story of pets dieing after being on lawns sprayed with herbicides. Elderly people who have asthma or other lung problems or weakened immune systems also can suffer greatly by being in an area being treated. Add to these terrible health issues is the fact that now it is a proven fact herbicides and pesticides are killing our birds, fish, frogs, butterflies, hummingbirds, insects and native plants. Speak out and up if someone is applying these deadly chemicals anywhere near you, your family, your home and water source, it IS your right to protect you and your families health.

  2. Shawn April 5, 2017 at 8:24 am - Reply

    And don’t forget to vote for Trump…see those people believe anything thing get on the internet too w/o proper research and understanding!

    See I wound up at this terrible article because I was reading on how to prevent constipation and the the link said that GMO are bad…which is simply wrong. So I followed the link to this anti RoundUp article and to be honest…has little todo with the multitude of GMO out there. Just because one thing has some questionable data doesn’t mean all GMOs are bad. You’ve been eating GMO for centuries ever since Mendel figured out how to tweak mother nature.

    Stop with the hysteria.

    • Leah Segedie April 26, 2017 at 6:34 pm - Reply

      The vast majority of GM foods are herbicide resistant which include spraying with glyphosate. So that’s the majority. It’s not like this is only 5% we are talking about…it’s the far majority. Glyphosate in case you haven’t heard has been added to the Prop. 65 List of carcinogens in California and has been deemed a “probable carcinogen” by the World Health Organization. It’s bad shit and we are eating it.

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