Roundup Reshapes the World

Glyphosate, the active chemical in Roundup–the blockbuster Monsanto herbicide used on crops, gardens and lawns– is found in breast milk.

Not a surprise, really. The toxic chemical is liberally dumped on corn, soy and most fields across the planet now that GMO seeds—also made and licensed in perpetuity by Monsanto—ensure survival against Roundup.

How convenient. Genetically modified seeds grow into tough plants, impervious to Roundup’s toxicity. But scrappy weeds are no match for withering blasts of Roundup. More seeds sold, more Roundup withstood. A win-win for Monsanto.

But for the world?

More food, of course, feeds more people which is welcome relief. But all too quickly, the problem has transitioned into obesity and all the chronic disease it ignites. Poor countries such as Egypt where 75% of women are overweight can ill-afford such health costs.

Glyphosate is a known endocrine disruptor. Its ubiquity makes that a problem.

One recent study on male rats showed glyphosate to damage or kill testicular cells at high exposures and to decrease testosterone by 35% at low exposure levels.

Does glyphosate also contribute to globesity?

Maybe. Appetite systems and energy metabolism depend on endocrine systems. Glyphosate is likely to harm in many ways: This review appears in Entropy, April 2103:

“Glyphosate’s inhibition of cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes is an overlooked component of its toxicity to mammals. CYP enzymes play crucial roles in biology, one of which is to detoxify xenobiotics. Thus, glyphosate enhances the damaging effects of other food borne chemical residues and environmental toxins. Negative impact on the body is insidious and manifests slowly over time as inflammation damages cellular systems throughout the body. Here, we show how interference with CYP enzymes acts synergistically with disruption of the biosynthesis of aromatic amino acids by gut bacteria, as well as impairment in serum sulfate transport. Consequences are most of the diseases and conditions associated with a Western diet, which include gastrointestinal disorders, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, depression, autism, infertility, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease…”

For an interesting look into a look at how science intersects with the leviathan forces of profit, read this discussion of research into both GMO seeds and glyphosate, in Food and Chemical Toxicology.

How to undo this? Demand organic food, use natural weed killing methods on lawns, replace lawns with attractive stones or ground cover or march on Washington as a group called Moms across America are doing today as they demand the EPA pay attention to their concerns about Roundup.

 

 

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