The Dangers and Impact of Glyphosate and How to Reduce your Exposure
Glyphosate is the active ingredient found in the most popular herbicide – RoundUp, made popular by the company Monsanto. RoundUp was promoted for making crops healthier without any environmental implication, but we now know that it contains one of that most harmful chemicals out there – glyphosate – linked to a whole slew of diseases.
Since glyphosate not only kills weeds, Monsanto started to genetically modify glyphosate tolerant crops that could withstand being sprayed – soy, corn, canola, cotton, and sugar beets. Enter in all the lovely genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) that have become prominent in our grocery stores. Most of us know the dangers of GMO’s, but unfortunately the problem with glyphosate runs much deeper. While buying organic produce will keep you away from GMO’s it won’t necessarily protect you from glyphosate exposure. Since RoundUp is sprayed, a lot of the chemicals get carried into the air – traveling to near-by crops that could be organic or entering rivers and streams that are used to water organic crops. This is what is known as the “herbicide drift”.
What’s the real danger of glyphosate? Let’s just scrape the surface! The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared glyphosate carcinogenic, meaning that it is very closely linked to cancer. Unfortunately, the effects of glyphosate aren’t seen right away, it takes time to wreak havoc in the body and begin changing DNA.
While humans technically are void of the shikimate pathway that processes glyphosate, it is present in our gut microbiome. Therefore, glyphosate can greatly impact the health of the gut and we know that gut disfunction and dysbiosis is linked with countless diseases – autoimmunity, Chron’s, and IBS. There are now starting to be findings linking glyphosate exposure to Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and depression.
Reducing the impact of glyphosate:
Obviously, buying organic and local products will reduce your exposure to glyphosate. Take time to talk to your local farmer’s market vendors. Some of them aren’t labeled as “organic” because of the money it takes to be certified organic. Learn about their farming practices and what they do to ensure the best possible produce.
Limit or eliminate soy, corn, and canola. They are the most GMO foods out there, and even when certified as organic can still carry some risk. Go for organic tempeh, natto, or miso instead of soy. Trade in canola oil for olive or avocado oil, or try coconut oil, ghee, or tallow.
Reduce your toxic load! Limit the amount of chemicals that are in your life – take a look at your skin care, household cleaning products, and your environment.
Detoxify! Your body is detoxing every single day, so give it some assistance. Include lots of greens, cook with onions, garlic, and leeks, and be sure to get in good fiber to helps clean the pipes! Think about do a full detox reboot 2-3 times a year (ask me how!)
Change the system! Get involved with your local or state legislation. We can make a difference. Every time we go to the grocery store or the farmer’s market, we are casting a vote – either supporting these big, harmful, government back companies or favoring those companies that have our best interests and our health in mind! What will you vote for?
**Monsanto and parent company Bayer, were sued and are now going to have to pay $2 billion in damages to a cancer couple. This is just the beginning for Monsanto! They are having to pay for what they did. Read more here.