Glyphosate effects on soil rhizosphere-associated bacterial communities

Study on the long-term effects of glyphosate…

Glyphosate is one of the most widely used herbicides in agriculture with predictions that 1.35 million metric tons will be used annually by 2017. With the advent of glyphosate tolerant (GT) cropping more than 10 years ago, there is now concern for non-target effects on soil microbial communities that has potential to negatively affect soil functions, plant health, and crop productivity. Although extensive research has been done on short-term response to glyphosate, relatively little information is available on long-term effects. Therefore, the overall objective was to investigate shifts in the rhizosphere bacterial community following long-term glyphosate application on GT corn and soybean in the greenhouse.

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Roundup (Glyphosate) and Nerve Damage. – Rainbow Grocery

“The Herbicide Glyphosate Causes Behavioral Changes and Alterations in Dopaminergic Markers in the Male Sprague-Dawley Rat.”

Glyphosate* is a powerful herbicide which has been reported to be neurotoxic. Male rats were injected with glyphosate of 50 mg, 100 mg, or 150 mg over two weeks, and the effect on dopamine neurotransmitter activity was evaluated in the rats to determine the effect on nerve activity. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dopamine Pathways. In the brain, dopamine plays an important role in the regulation of reward and movement. As part of the reward pathway, dopamine is manufactured in nerve cell bodies located within the ventral tegmental area (VTA) and is released in the nucleus accumbens and the prefrontal cortex. Its motor functions are linked to a separate pathway, with cell bodies in the substantia nigra that manufacture and release dopamine into the striatum.

CONCLUSION: Glyphosate (as found in Roundup herbicide) alters dopamine neurotransmitter activity of the brains of rats. This is most likely to be true for humans as well. Further testing is needed to see if other neurotransmitters are altered by glyphosate.

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Glyphosate Pretending to be Glycine

Stephanie Seneff, PhD Senior Research Scientist at MIT has been researching autism for the past 10 years, focusing particularly on environmental toxins’ contribution to autism.

This is a great video for everybody, not just those concerned with autism.  It appears glyphosate contributes to a wide number of diseases that have increased dramatically, including diabetes, obesity, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, ALS, adrenal insufficiency, anemia, spina bifida and of course, autism.  In this talk, Stephanie  presents an amazing story about biochemistry gone awry.

Worth a watch!

 

Alarming Levels of Glyphosate Found in Popular American Foods

From the EcoWatch website:

Independent tests on an array of popular American food products found many samples contained residue levels of the weed killer glyphosate. The nonprofit organizations behind the tests—Food Democracy Now and The Detox Project—released a report Monday that details the findings. The groups are calling for corporate and regulatory action to address consumer safety concerns.

According to the report, the herbicide residues were found in cookies, crackers, popular cold cereals and chips commonly consumed by children and adults.

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