The Everywhere, All the Time Toxin
If you’re here, it’s probably because you already know where I’m headed with this: Glyphosate.
The active ingredient in the commonly known agrochemical called RoundUp, glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide in the world. And because it’s a water soluble chemical, it means anything with water absorbs glyphosate. This includes the rivers and lakes around you, your tap water, your body, and even the rain that falls from the sky.
Here are some quick facts about the harmful effects of glyphosate, specifically in our food supply:
More than 80% of GMO crops are “RoundUp Ready,” meaning they are actually designed to flourish with the use of Round Up (see: glyphosate). Considering 4 companies now hold 90% of the seed patents in the world, this should concern us.
Even non-GMO crops get assaulted by glyphosate. Many wheats and beans are sprayed with glyphosate/RoundUp right before harvest to dry the crops out, making them easier to store and transport.
Peer-reviewed research indicates that glyphosate is a:
Chelator, which means it binds with minerals making them unusable by the body.
Antibiotic, meaning it preferentially kills beneficial gut bacteria, rather than pathogenic forms.
Endocrine disruptor, which means at medium and doses, it can disrupt hormones, including the sex hormone balance
Mitochondrial toxin, potentially damaging the energy source of our cells
Teratogen, meaning it can lead to birth defects
Probable Human Carcinogen, classified by the World Health Organization’s top cancer committee
Glyphosate blocks the absorption of our essential amino acids, which are the building blocks of life. Specifically, glyphosate has shown to block something called the Shikimate pathway, which can damage cellular integrity in humans.
Glyphosate has been found in 75% of samples in our air and water in the US.
To get a fuller understanding of glyphosate’s impact on the human body, watch Dr Zach Bush’s interview with Rich Roll on YouTube here.