The harmful effects of Glyphosate residue in food items

According to a paper published in Interdisciplinary Toxicology in 2013, Celiac disease, and, more generally, gluten intolerance, is a growing problem worldwide, but especially in North America and Europe, where an estimated 5 per cent of the population now suffers from it. Symptoms include nausea, diarrhoea, skin rashes, iron & Vitamin B12 deficiency, and depression. It is a multi-factorial disease associated with numerous nutritional deficiencies, and with increased risk of thyroid disease, kidney failure and cancer.

It is suggested that glyphosate, the active ingredient in a herbicide, is the most important causal factor in this problem.

As we’ve noted in our previous posts, glyphosate is a serious concern because of increased presence in products, and its contribution to a variety of physical diseases.

Since the late 1970s, the volume of glyphosate-based herbicides application has increased approximately 100-fold. Glyphosate has made its way into our food supply, as about 90 per cent of all corn and soy, as well as a significant amount of wheat, are treated with this toxic chemical.

Glyphosate is applied heavily in GM crops.

It is estimated to be the most widely produced herbicide in the world. Other diseases associated with glyphosates include diabetes, obesity, asthma, Alzheimer’s, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and Parkinson’s disease. Clearly, no one knows the exact causes and effects of the disease burden afflicting us today and they may be multi-factorial, but the fact is that there has been an exponential rise in diseases since the emergence of GMOs and use of glyphosates.

A call to action against their use is urgent. Governments and regulatory bodies need to be urged to reconsider policies regarding the safety of glyphosate residues in our food supply and treat glyphosates as an important health threat.

Source: Diet Diary: The harmful effects of Glyphosate residue in food items
Written by Ishi Khosla, clinical nutritionist and founder of www.theweightmonitor.com and Whole Foods India

Glyphosate General Fact Sheet

This informational list was compiled/checked by the National Pesticide Information Center. It contains general information about glyphosate and some warnings about immediate exposure dangers and long term effects. Check our previous posts for more in-depth examination of the effects.

Second item on the list is worth a note:

What are some products that contain glyphosate?

Glyphosate comes in many forms, including an acid and several salts. These can be either solids or an amber-colored liquid. There are over 750 products containing glyphosate for sale in the United States.

750 products is a pretty hefty number. As with food, always read the labels!

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Always follow label instructions and take steps to avoid exposure. If any exposures occur, be sure to follow the First Aid instructions on the product label carefully. For additional treatment advice, contact the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222. If you wish to discuss a pesticide problem, please call 1-800-858-7378.

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Doubts About the Promised Bounty of Genetically Modified Crops – NYTimes.com

The promises made regarding genetic modification of crops was twofold: By making crops immune to the effects of weedkillers and inherently resistant to many pests, they would grow so robustly that they would become indispensable to feeding the world’s growing population, while also requiring fewer applications of sprayed pesticides.

The controversy over genetically modified crops has long focused on largely unsubstantiated fears that they are unsafe to eat. Extensive examination by The New York Times indicates that genetic modification in the United States and Canada has not accelerated increases in crop yields or led to an overall reduction in the use of chemical pesticides.

Continue reading … Doubts About the Promised Bounty of Genetically Modified Crops – NYTimes.com

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