I admit it. I love bread and pasta. But the next time I’m in a restaurant, I will think twice before grabbing a chunk of out-of-the-oven baguette. And it’s not because I’m gluten sensitive or counting calories. It’s because that delicious, mouth-watering bread probably contains poison.
Before a plant dies, it puts out a large number of seeds to make sure it perpetuates itself. Monsanto, one of the world’s evil empires, supplies farmers with glyphosate—the main ingredient in the herbicide Roundup. Farmers douse it on wheat, corn, oats, beans, and other crops before harvesting because it helps dry the crops, which in turn helps the plant produce seeds. This process called desiccating began in Scotland in the 1980s by farmers who had trouble getting wheat and barley to dry evenly, according to Charles Benbrook, Ph.D., who published a paper on the increasing use of glyphosate. The crop is killed with glyphosate a couple weeks before harvest to speed up the drying of the grain.
The problem is, we are being poisoned, folks. Glyphosate is a carcinogen. Its job is to kill weeds, but it is also killing us.
According to EcoWatch A growing body of research is documenting health concerns of glyphosate as an endocrine disruptor and that it kills beneficial gut bacteria, damages the DNA in human embryonic, placental and umbilical cord cells and is linked to birth defects and reproductive problems in laboratory animals. Other studies have found that glyphosate causes liver damage and many scientists believe it causes cancer.
Not all farmers understand that the chemicals they are using are carcinogenic. One farmer who wished to remain anonymous made this observation. “I think farmers need to realize that all of the chemicals we use are ‘bad’ to some extent,” he said. “Monsanto has done such an effective job marketing glyphosate as ‘safe’ and ‘biodegradable’ that farmers here still believe this even though such claims are false.”
Lentils, non-GMO soy, corn, flax, rye, triticale, buckwheat, millet canola, sugar beets (the source of white sugar), and potatoes are also sprayed with glyphosate before harvest. Glyphosate has also been detected in honey, baby food, and oatmeal products such as Cheerios.
The FDA and USDA jointly test the food we eat for hundreds of toxic chemicals to make sure our food is safe. In 2016 the two agencies did a study that detected glyphosate in 85% of all food tested! Then a strange thing happened. The agencies stopped tested for glyphosate without an explanation, although it was most likely because of pressure from Monsanto.
Because of strong input from the public, doctors and scientists, and environmental and health groups, the FDA began testing again for glyphosate in our food this past June, 2017. The results are not pretty. Glyphosate has been found in hundreds of popular American processed products including some of Whole Foods’ 365 Organic products.
There is NO safe level of glyphosate in our food.
What can you do?
Probably the only way to stay clear of glyphosate is to eliminate all processed foods from your diet, never eat in a restaurant and eat only organic foods. That is not going to happen for most families. But it is important to familiarize yourself with the products that have been found to contain glyphosate and to eat organic whenever possible.
Click on this link to see analysis of the presence of glyphosate in some popular foods: Five Samples of General Mills Marked As Follows:
If you consider yourself to be gluten sensitive, unless you have been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease or Celiac disease, you might be sensitive to glyphosate and not gluten. Individuals who report that they can’t eat pasta made in the U.S. can eat pasta made in Italy, where the pre-harvest use of glyphosate – a process known as desiccation – is banned.. For another viewpoint on the topic of eating wheat check out Dr. John Douillard’s new book “Eat Wheat.”
Become an activist
- Alert your friends and family to the dangers of glyphosate.
- Contact the companies that manufacture your favorite processed foods and tell them you will stop buying their products unless they can guarantee the ingredients are free of glyphosate.
- Let your senators and representatives know that you insist on the vigilant testing of foods for contaminants by the FDA and USDA.
- Support health and environmental groups such as Food & Water, EcoWatch and Food Democracy Now.
- Shop at groceries stores that sell only organic products.