You’ve got weeds. You hate them because they wreck your picture-perfect lawn. What do you do? You run to Home Depot or Lowe’s and pick up a container of Roundup. Easy! Round Up will take care of your weeds. You probably don’t give a second thought to it!
Roundup (glyphosate) is one of the top-selling lawn and agricultural chemicals in the world. The United States uses 25% of Round Up.
You’re probably eating a lot of Roundup, too. The typical American diet consists of processed foods. 80% of the corn, soy and sugar beets, which are commonplace in a Western diet, are genetically modified. The plants themselves are made resistant to the effects of Roundup. It is a systemic herbicide meaning the plant absorbs it into all its cells. Because the plant has genetically modified organisms, (GMO) – repeated applications of Roundup will not kill it as it will non-GMO plants.
Contrary to what Monsanto will tell you, Round-Up is known to kill embryos, (miscarriages) placental and umbilical cord cells and cause low birth weight. It is an endocrine (hormone) disruptor. (read CANCER here!) It is shown to increase instances of cancer like non-Hodgkin lymphoma, breast and myeloma – bone cancer.
The inert chemicals in it – which are NOT harmless, by the way – intensify its toxicity. One specific inert ingredient, polyethoxylated tallowamine, or POEA, was found to be more deadly to embryonic cells than the glyphosate alone! This inert chemical is intended to let the Round-Up penetrate the plant’s exterior cells.
Roundup is designed to disrupt cells in a plant. It also does this in the human body. Many studies have confirmed that Roundup causes disruption in benefits of beneficial gut bacteria and destroys the “good” gut bacteria which has been found to correlate to the immune system and digestive system functioning. Autoimmune disease, heart disease, autism, Alzheimer’s and leaky gut syndrome are other maladies caused by cell disruption. The depletion of critical nutrients, which in turn protect us from an array of diseases like cancer and heart disease, is another indication of the effects of Roundup.
A study in Argentina in an area of prolonged Round-up usage has found a high incidence of birth defects and cancers. This is also the disturbing trend here in the United States in the Midwest where a lot of the (GMO) crops like corn and soy corn are grown.
Additionally, there has been a strong link to amphibian mutations as a result of contaminated groundwater. Runoff from yards and fields where Roundup has been sprayed has led to a rise in birth defects in frogs. There is a large amount of evidence that Roundup is also responsible for decline in the North American tadpole species. It is also suspected that Roundup is responsible for decimating the Monarch butterfly population.
Monsanto has continuously derided all claims of its toxicity, despite numerous studies to the contrary.
For an in-depth look into the dangers of Roundup and GMO crops, watch this video by Jeffrey Smith. It’s long but worth the watch!