Fears and Facts About the World’s Most Common Herbicide
Recently, a “news” website dredged up a 5-year-old report on the herbicide glyphosate. Or, as it’s better known, Roundup®.
The report found links between glyphosate and many human health issues. Especially gluten intolerance. (Gluten is a protein in wheat and some other grains.)
The report has been hotly debated in scientific circles, but two facts stand out…
- Gluten intolerance is growing by leaps and bounds.
- The use of glyphosate is up more than 100-fold since the late 1970s. It’s now the world’s most common weed killer.
New studies also link glyphosate to cancer.
So what’s the truth? Should you fear glyphosate? Is it dangerous? And what are its actual effects? Read on to discover what scientists know.
Will Glyphosate Wreck Your Digestion… or Worse?
Celiac disease is a rare – but serious – disease. It damages the small intestine. An autoimmune reaction to gluten, it can block nutrient absorption.
In 2013, two scientists published a paper in the journal Interdisciplinary Toxicology. The paper was one of a series on glyphosate’s effects. It claimed gluten intolerance was caused by glyphosate.
The paper has now been largely debunked. For example, researchers from Kings College London found problems with the authors’ reasoning.
But other issues may be more serious. The Kings College team found “evidence exists that glyphosate-based herbicides are toxic below regulatory set safety limits…”
This may be due, in part, to overuse. For example…
- Farmers now use over 100x more glyphosate than when first introduced.
- The International Agency for Research on Cancer recently found glyphosate likely causes cancer in humans.
- Glyphosate is a serious pollutant in air, drinking water, and even rain.
- “Safe” exposure limits are based on outdated science.
How Much Is “Safe”? Not Much
In 2015, French researchers looked at glyphosate risks. They found it may pose a threat at levels below those first deemed safe. These risks include…
- Liver and kidney damage
- Abnormal embryonic development.
Scientists at the University of California also question glyphosate’s safety. In 2018, they found cancer risk is higher than originally thought. They pointed to several situations – hard to test in the 1970s – that may explain the new findings.
A 2018 international paper – published in Environmental Health – also found a problem. Analysis shows industry-sponsored studies have found glyphosate safer than independent studies. And favoring industry studies is a weakness in current European regulations.
Meanwhile, we may be overlooking another serious issue with glyphosate.
The Rise of the Superweeds
Glyphosate is designed to boost crop yields. Genetically engineered crops could be safely doused. This would kill weeds, but spare Roundup-Ready® crops.
But this has the same effect as overusing antibiotics. The targets are developing resistance.
Many bacteria are now resistant to even our strongest antibiotics. Repeated exposure let them build defenses against these drugs. Now some bacteria are almost impossible to kill.
The same thing is happening on farms around the world. Crops designed to resist glyphosate let farmers use more weed killer. Now some weeds are resistant.
In 2014, scientists identified 24 species of weed resistant to Roundup®.
By 2018, that number had grown to 38. According to U.S. scientists, these resistant weeds are common in 37countries. And they affect 34 important crops. Scientists also found resistance in 6 non-crop scenarios.
This report also noted we haven’t developed a new type of weed killer in over 30 years.
Fortunately, you’re not stuck with this situation.
How to Avoid This Potential Poison
Farmers are dumping huge amounts of glyphosate on their crops. It’s invading our air and water. But you can lower your exposure.
The easiest way to cut your exposure is to go organic.
Organic foods are produced without commercial fertilizers, insecticides, or herbicides. Yes, organic food is more expensive than conventional crops. But it doesn’t come with the load of toxins found on non-organic foods.
Glyphosate may not raise your risk of gluten issues. But there’s good evidence it may boost your risk of cancer. Which is far worse. And far harder to deal with.
Going organic can help you avoid exposure to toxins like glyphosate. Organic foods may also be higher in key nutrients. So it’s a win all the way around. A win that may spare you or a loved one the heartache of cancer down the line.
About the Author: Jason Kennedy is a celebrated investigative health writer and the author of The X-Factor Revolution and Beyond the Blue Zone. With over 10 years of experience working with today’s leading alternative and anti-aging doctors, Jason shares his insider status and access to the latest breakthroughs with thousands of readers from around world.
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