For the last decade, we’ve been hearing more and more about glyphosate, and for good reason. Learn more about what it is and what it means for your health, those you feed and the animals, water, and environment around you.
Glyphosate is an herbicide (designed to kill weeds without killing crops) which in theory would help farmers grow healthier crops, higher yields and maintain healthy land year on year. So it should be a win for farmers, plants, animals and us!
Unfortunately, it hasn’t been the case with resistant weeds threatening crops, with considerable scientific health evidence of harm (it’s listed as a potential carcinogen – which means implicated in causing cancer), and yields have not improved year on year when compared to organic farming. So glyphosate turns out to be a win for the company that makes it (incidentally, they also make and sell the seeds that are genetically modified to be resistant to glyphosate too) and no one else.
When it comes to human health, there are significant health concerns raised by scientists and licensed medical practitioners about exposure to glyphosate from infancy through adulthood. There is no “safe” level currently confirmed by research that would help professionals like me assess your risk and create personalized better health recommendations. Exposure to glyphosate occurs through eating, through breathing it in and through skin and eyes too. Thus, the fact that glyphosate use has increased exponentially and looks to continue on that trajectory should concern us all.
From a farm and environmental perspective, we know that seeds and the resulting plants modified to resist glyphosate receive more glyphosate – on soil and sprayed on plants – because there is no concern that the herbicide will damage the plant. As a result, bugs, animals, and water in those areas are exposed to higher amounts of glyphosate. Glyphosate-resistant weeds are sprouting about farmlands prompting new, stronger herbicides and blends must be used to attack those too. Despite evidence of these resistant weeds, there’s no call to reduce or remove glyphosate use.
So what can you do?
While helpful, as GMO seeds and plants are likely to receive glyphosate, often in higher amounts as explained above, this isn’t your better choice.
MYTH: Choosing non-gmo products will remove your exposure to glyphosate.
FACT: Non-gmo refers to the seed, and yes, because non-gmo seeds will not be resistant to glyphosate, less or no glyphosate will be used. However, glyphosate is still used on ingredients like wheat – which are currently not genetically modified – especially at late stage harvesting to help ensure more wheat can be harvested.
YOUR BETTER CHOICE: Certified USDA Organic is a better option to reduce your exposure to glyphosate. Additionally, if you live near a farm where glyphosate is sprayed, you may want to take measures to avoid being outside when spraying occurs. I also recommend extra effort to support your body’s detoxification system like eating broccoli and supplemental glucoraphanin, and foods / nutrients that support a healthy digestive tract and immune system. Consider my Better Supplement Evaluation as well as other better digestion and detox tools as part of my Better Nutrition Membership.
You can read more about farming with glyphosate from my partners at NaturesPath
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