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Glyphosate in Your Urine, Tap Water & Breast Milk

 

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(Source: blog.wondercide.com)

 

High glyphosate levels are turning up everywhere:
  • In our blood
  • In urine
  • In water supplies
  • In breast milk
“Glyphosate levels have been found to be significantly higher in the urine of humans who ate non-organic food, compared with those who ate mostly organic food. Chronically ill people showed significantly higher glyphosate residues in their urine than healthy people.” (Robinson, Antoniou & Fagan, 2015)

 

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(Source: www.scoopnest.com)
This post may bring at least part of the discussion of GMO foods from the general to the personal – the effects of glyphosate on your own health.

 

 

WHAT IS GLYPHOSATE

Glyphosate is the key chemical ingredient in Monsanto’s RoundUp weedkiller, which the genetically modified seeds produced by Monsanto – called “RoundUp Ready” – are engineered to withstand. These “RoundUp Ready” seeds can be doused with glyphosate and survive while the other non-GMO plants around them are killed. (GMO Awareness, 2011)

 

 

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(Source: hitek.fr)

 

Glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide in the world.
“Since 1974 in the U.S., over 1.6 billion kilograms of glyphosate active ingredient have been applied, or 19 % of estimated global use of glyphosate (8.6 billion kilograms). Globally, glyphosate use has risen almost 15-fold since so-called “Roundup Ready,” genetically engineered glyphosate-tolerant crops were introduced in 1996. Two-thirds of the total volume of glyphosate applied in the U.S. from 1974 to 2014 has been sprayed in just the last 10 years. The corresponding share globally is 72 %. In 2014, farmers sprayed enough glyphosate to apply ~1.0 kg/ha (0.8 pound/acre) on every hectare of U.S.-cultivated cropland and nearly 0.53 kg/ha (0.47 pounds/acre) on all cropland worldwide.” (Benbrook, 2016)
That’s a huge amount of poison being sprayed on the fruits and vegetables we eat and in the feed of most of the animal products we consume.

 

(Source: Frompovich, 2015)
(Source: Frompovich, 2015)

“Worldwide, 8 GMO crops have been approved for commercial production; soy, cotton, corn, canola, sugarbeet, papaya, squash or yellow zucchini, and alfalfa, and the biotech industry is in the process of pushing forward additionally modified foods such as rice, apples, and salmon. The four major crops that account for virtually all of the biotech output are soy, cotton, corn, and canola. The remaining GMO crops are exclusively grown in the United States with the exception being papaya which is grown in China in addition to US cultivation.”

In the US, nearly 300 million pounds of glyphosate were used on crops in 2013. (US Department of the Interior, 2016)

 

Glyphosate Use in US by Year and Crop, 1992-2013

(Source: water.usgs.gov)
(Source: water.usgs.gov)

 

The following information is from the National Pesticide  Information Center (NPIC, 2015):
  • Glyphosate is an herbicide applied to the leaves of plants to kill both broad leaf plants and grasses.
  • Glyphosate has been one of the most widely used herbicides in the United States since 1974.  It is used in agriculture and forestry, on lawns and gardens, and for weed control in industrial areas. Some products containing glyphosate are used to control aquatic plants.
  • As of 2015, there were over 750 products containing glyphosate for sale in the US.
  • Glyphosate is a non-selective herbicide – it will kill most plants by interfering with plants’ ability to synthesize aromatic amino acids.  This pathway is necessary for plants and some microorganisms’ survival.
  • Glyphosate exposure can take place via the skin, eyes, nose, and ingestion.

 

 

 

 

HEALTH CONSEQUENCES OF GLYPHOSATE

 

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(Source: gmo-awareness.com)
This list was published by GMO-Awareness.com in 2011. See More About Glyphosate (RoundUp) for more information on glyphosate and links to numerous studies on its health consequences:
  1. Glyphosate causes disease and biological / physiological disorders in crops
  2. Glyphosate is no longer effective at killing weeds
  3. Glyphosate use is increasing steadily
  4. Glyphosate is not breaking down as promised by Monsanto
  5. Glyphosate causes birth defects, tumors, and reproductive disorders in animals, as well as sharp declines in beneficial insects
  6. Glyphosate is a genotoxic endocrine disruptor to human cells and gut bacteria
  7. Glyphosate is linked to cancer and deadly kidney disease in humans
  8. Glyphosate causes DNA damage
  9. In spite of considerable evidence, t he EPA is still deciding whether glyphosate presents any health risks to humans
  10. Glyphosate resistance is the primary purpose of genetic crop engineering

 

For additional information, including references to articles published after 2011, also see GMO Myths and Truths: A Citizen’s Guide to the Evidence on the Safety and Efficacy of Genetically Modified Crops and Foods, 3rd Edition. (Robinson, Antoniou, & Fagan, 2015)

 

 

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(Source: www.moyoway.com)

 

 

 

 

MY GLYPHOSATE TESTING RESULTS

Here’s where it gets personal.
In 2015, I sent urine and tap water samples to The Detox Project for glyphosate residue testing. Their testing uses a scientifically validated LC/MS/MS method – a powerful and highly sensitive procedure for detecting and measuring chemicals in liquid samples. (Wikipedia, 5/20/2016)
To my surprise, the sample of water from my kitchen sink contained an insignificant amount of glyphosate residue but my urine sample was a different story:  3.5ppb (parts per billion) (ng/mL) – higher than the 2.8ppb (ng/mL) average for my area of the country, the Northeast.

 

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(Source: rounduprisks.com)
My urine glyphosate finding is disturbing. 3.5 ppb possibly increases my risk for a number of serious health consequences down the road. The relatively high number possibly also explains, along with repeated doses of antibiotics, how my colon came to be overrun with a Clostridium difficile infection in 2010. If my gut microbiome had been diverse and strong, my gut wouldn’t have become overrun with C. diff bacteria.
There’s also the fact that I grew up and lived a large part of my life in the Midwest. If you look at the map and chart above, you’ll see that this area has been doused with a high concentration of glyphosate.
Also, it has been only since I recovered from that C. diff infection that I started to read up on GMO vs organic and began to eat more organic foods. Yet, my life is fairly complicated with many moving parts and most of my work is conducted at my home. I’m able to get to the Union Square Greenmarket only one afternoon a week to shop for organic fruits, veggies, cheeses, and meat. The grocery stores that are convenient to my home carry a limited variety of wild caught fish and organic meats. My social life generally involves meeting friends for meals a few days a week and I take myself out to eat maybe one additional day to avoid cabin fever. I have a gluten allergy and sensitivities to several other common ingredients so am somewhat limited in dishes I can safely eat. And the kicker is that, even in New York City, the majority of well priced, interesting restaurants serve GMO food, much of it very tasty and locally produced) – meaning I’m still getting an ongoing dose of glyphosate in my salads, sushi, and chicken tikka masala.
My glyphosate score doesn’t mean I’m doomed to get any serious health conditions. It has, however, made me realize that I have to work even harder to keep my gut immunity strong.
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THE DETOX PROJECT’S FINDINGS

The Detox Project issued a press release on 25 May 2016 entitled UCSF Presentation Reveals Glyphosate Contamination in People across America summarizing the project’s glyphosate testing results so far from their study launched in 2015. These findings are alarming!
Glyphosate, the most frequently used herbicide in the world, was found in the urine of 93% of people across American during this unique project.
Even worse, the highest levels of glyphosate were found in children!
Additionally, as The Detox Project points out, people who had themselves tested were likely already knowledgeable about the dangers of GMO foods so were inclined to avoid them – and, even so, glyphosate was found in the urine and breast milk samples from 93% of us.
Urine samples were tested by a laboratory at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF)  during this first ever comprehensive and validated LC/MS/MS testing project to be carried out across America.

 

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(Source: www.newparadigm.ws)
Glyphosate was determined to be A PROBABLE HUMAN CARCINOGEN by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer in 2015 (IARC, 2015) – and now this toxic product has been shown to exist in the bodies of over 90% of the US population.

 

 

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Information from The Detox Project’s press release (Detox Project 2015-2016):

Urine and Water Testing Results

“93% of the urine tested by the University of California San Francisco lab tested positive for glyphosate residues. No glyphosate was found in the tap water samples. These results are only from a small percentage of the total samples collected. More data will be released later in 2016 that shows a very similar percentage contamination rate in a much larger number of people, according to the UCSF laboratory.

“The results of this bio-survey come from the first in-lab validated LC/MS/MS testing method used for glyphosate testing of the general public in America.”

Is Glyphosate Safe at Real-Life Exposure Levels?

“Glyphosate has never been studied by regulators or the chemical industry at levels that the human population in the U.S. is being exposed to (under 3 mg/kg body weight/day). This is a huge hole in the global risk assessment of glyphosate, as there is evidence suggesting that low levels of the chemical may hack hormones even more than at mid and high levels, according to independent science – a higher dose does not necessarily make a more toxic, hormone disruptive effect.

“Industry funded science from the dark ages suggested that the higher the dose of a chemical the more dangerous it was. However, modern independent science has discovered that many toxic chemicals have as much or even more of an influence on our health at low doses– these chemicals are known as hormone hackers (endocrine disruptors).

“A study from March 2015 stated that the health costs to the European Union of just some hormone hacking chemicals, in connection with a subset of illnesses known to be linked to hormone interference, is over EUR 150 Billion per year! The study stated that lower IQ, adult obesity and 5% or more of autism cases are all linked to exposure to endocrine disruptors.

Unique Testing Project
“The Detox Project is a unique platform for the testing of toxic chemicals in our bodies and in our food. The aim of the project is to cut out all conflicts of interest in chemical bio-surveys by allowing the public to pay directly for chemical testing that they are interested in.”

The Results

“The regions with the highest levels were the West and the Midwest with an average of 3.053 PPB and 3.050 PPB respectively.

“Glyphosate residues were not observed in any tap water samples during the early phase of the project, most likely due to phosphorus removal during water treatment.

“The results from the UCSF urine testing in America showed a much higher frequency and average glyphosate level than those observed in urine samples in the European Union in 2013. The average level in Europe was around 1 PPB with a frequency of detection of 43.9%.”

“Glyphosate is likely to be one of these hormone hacking chemicals at real-life exposure levels down to 0.1 ppb or below, according to independent science. Regulators and the chemical industry have simply not studied the toxic effects of glyphosate at real-life exposure levels. Find more information on this here.”

 

 

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(Source: www.treehugger.com)

 

 

 

 

YOU CAN’T WASH GLYPHOSATE OFF YOUR FOOD

 

(Source: www.geneticliteracyproject.org)
(Source: www.geneticliteracyproject.org)
Glyphosate incorporates into each cell of a plant so WASHING PRODUCE DOES NOT REMOVE IT. And it accumulates in animal tissues so you get a dose of glyphosate whenever you eat meat and dairy products from animals fed GMO grain feeds. (Carnahan, 2015)
Glyphosate damages the gut microbiome and we know that a dysbiotic gut microbiome can lead to a long list of health problems. See Moms to EPA: Recall Monsanto’s Roundup (Hardin, 2014).
Also see Functional Medicine doc, Jill Carnahan’s, well researched and written article Glyphosate Toxicity: What You Don’t Know Might Kill You!! for information on  glyphosate’s link to:
  • Autism
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Cancer
  • Parkinson’s
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Inflammatory bowel diseases (Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis)
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Depression
  • Infertility
Carnahan also includes her own Detox Project’s Glyphosate Analysis Report in her article along with an explanation of why she thinks the glyphosate residue level in her urine is so high.  (Carnahan, 2016)

 

 

 

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(Source: www.motherearthnews.com)
If you’re interested in learning more about GMOs and glyphosate, I highly recommend GMO Myths and Truths: A Citizen’s Guide to the Evidence on the Safety and Efficacy of Genetically Modified Crops and Foods, 3rd Edition.
See also my post The Cost of Not Eating Organic. (Hardin, 2016).

 

 

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(Source: articles.mercola.com)

 

 

 

TO GET YOUR OWN GLYPHOSATE LEVELS TESTED

“The Detox Project provides glyphosate level testing for urine and water. This testing will provide you with an accurate report on the levels of glyphosate and 150+ man-made chemicals in your urine and water in parts per billion (ppb) and also gives you information about the results of independent peer-reviewed lab studies on rats and other animals that have been completed on glyphosate and glyphosate-based herbicides.

“If you want to be tested, go to http://detoxproject.org/glyphosate-testing-test-yourself/ and give them your email address and they will contact you when the project starts up again in Summer 2016″ (The Detox Project, 2015-2016)

The site also provides other useful information, including telling you how to go about detoxing your body of glyphosate.

 

 

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(Source: uk.pinterest.com)

 

 

 

REFERENCES

Benbrook, C.M. (2016). Trends in glyphosate herbicide use in the United States and globally. Environmental Sciences Europe, 28:3. See: http://enveurope.springeropen.com/articles/10.1186/s12302-016-0070-0

 Carnahan, J. (2015). Glyphosate Toxicity: What You Don’t Know Might Kill You! See: http://www.jillcarnahan.com/2015/11/22/glyphosate-toxicity/http://www.jillcarnahan.com/2015/11/22/glyphosate-toxicity/

The Detox Project. (2016). Glyphosate Testing: Test Yourself. See: http://detoxproject.org/glyphosate-testing-test-yourself/

Detox Project. (5/25/2016). UCSF Presentation Reveals Glyphosate Contamination in People across America. See: http://detoxproject.org/1321-2/

Detox Project. (2015-2016). Glyphosate Testing: Test Yourself. See: http://detoxproject.org/glyphosate-testing-test-yourself/

Frompovich, C. (2015). What’s Your “Daily Value” Of Glyphosate? See: http://www.activistpost.com/2015/03/whats-your-daily-value-of-glyphosate.html

GMO Awareness. (2011). More About Glyphosate (RoundUp). See: https://gmo-awareness.com/resources/glyphosate/

Hardin, J.R. (2016). The Cost of Not Eating Organic. See: http://allergiesandyourgut.com/2016/05/13/cost-not-eating-organic/

Hardin, J.R. (2014). Moms to EPA: Recall Monsanto’s Roundup. See: http://allergiesandyourgut.com/2014/05/30/moms-epa-recall-monsantos-roundup/

International Agency for Research on Cancer, World Health Organization. (2015). IARC Monographs Volume 112: evaluation of five organophosphate insecticides and herbicides. See: http://www.iarc.fr/en/media-centre/iarcnews/pdf/MonographVolume112.pdf

Moyoway.com. (2016). What Is Food Poisoning Today? See: http://www.moyoway.com/food-poisoning.html

National Pesticide  Information Center. (2015). Glyphosate General Fact Sheet. See: http://npic.orst.edu/factsheets/glyphogen.html

Robinson, C., Antoniou, M, & Fagan, J. (2015). GMO Myths and Truths: A Citizen’s Guide to the Evidence on the Safety and Efficacy of Genetically Modified Crops and Foods, 3rd Edition. See:  http://www.amazon.com/GMO-Myths-Truths-Citizens-Genetically/dp/0993436706

Us Department of the Interior. (2016). Pesticide National Synthesis Project. See: https://water.usgs.gov/nawqa/pnsp/usage/maps/show_map.php?year=2012&map=GLYPHOSATE&hilo=L

Wikipedia. (5/20/2016). Liquid chromatography–mass spectrometry. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liquid_chromatography%E2%80%93mass_spectrometry

 

 

 

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DISCLAIMER:  Nothing on this site or blog is intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

The Cost of Not Eating Organic

Updated 5/15/2016 & 5/16/2016.

 

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(Source: naturalfamilymedicine.com)

 

 

Comments made by people I’d thought understood why growing and eating genetically modified and other non-organic foods are dangerous to humans, other animals and the planet spurred me to write this post.

“Why should I pay more for organic carrots? They’re not any bigger than the other kind.”
– heard at a farmers’ market

“Organic is just a label for getting us to pay more for our food.”
– said by an MD

“Genetically modified foods have been tested and are safe to eat.” 

“The US government protects the safety of our food supply.”

Really?

 

DEFINITIONS

GMO
“GMOs (or “genetically modified organisms”) are living organisms whose genetic material has been artificially manipulated in a laboratory through genetic engineering, or GE. This relatively new science creates unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacteria and viral genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods.” (Non-GMO Project, 2016)
Although at least 90% of Americans want labeling, genetically engineered  foods generally are not labeled in the US – thanks to powerful efforts by Monsanto and other big agribusiness companies.
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CONVENTIONALLY GROWN
Conventionally grown foods are grown using synthetic chemicals such as fertilizers and pesticides, chemicals which get absorbed into the soil and cannot be removed. The purpose of conventional farming is mass production,  out of season growing, and creating a longer shelf life. This type of farming uses monoculture. This means crops are often planted over and over in the same place which leads to more insect infestation and disease, and depletes the soil of nutrients which then leads to more fertilizer use. This endless cycle often leads to massive topsoil erosion. It is also argued that conventionally grown foods are tasteless due to all the chemical treating. (Raj, 2012)
Conventionally grown foods are also not labeled in the US and often contain GMOs along with synthetic chemical fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides.
(Source: foodbabe.com)
(Source: foodbabe.com)
ORGANIC
Organic foods are grown in nutrient rich soil and are free of synthetic chemicals. They are not treated with pesticides or chemical fertilizers. Organically raised farm animals are free of antibiotics and added hormones. They are not fed GMO’s or other drugs. Organic animals are not allowed to have their genes modified. They are raised in healthier environments, are organically fed, and generally eat a wider range of nutrients than animals in factory farms. Organically raised animals are not bred from a test tube. (Raj, 2012)
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GMO FREE
GMO Free means not genetically modified or fed feed containing GMOs.

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A SUMMARY OF THE ISSUES

 

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SAFETY FOR HUMANS

The only way to avoid consuming the cocktail of toxic chemicals in genetically modified and otherwise commercially grown foods is to eat organic. “More than 600 active chemicals are registered for agricultural use in America, to the tune of billions of pounds annually. The average application equates to about 16 pounds of chemical pesticides per person every year. Many of these chemicals were approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) before adequate safety testing.
“The National Academy of Sciences reports that 90% of the chemicals applied to foods have not been tested for long-term health effects before being deemed “safe.” Further, the FDA tests only 1% of foods for pesticide residue. The most dangerous and toxic pesticides require special testing methods, which are rarely if ever employed by the FDA. ” (Loux, 2011)

 

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(Source: www.hematimefitness.com.au)
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Contrary to Monsanto’s and other GMO manufacturers and supporters’ claims, the pesticides associated with GMO crops are unsafe for humans, other organisms, and the environment.
A primary example is glyphosate, a broad-spectrum, non-selective systemic herbicide, that is the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup and Dow AgroSciences’ Rodeo and  is found in many other herbicides as well.
Exposure to glyphosate has been linked to a host of serious health effects: (Robinson, Antoniou & Fagan, 2015)
  • Severe liver and kidney damage
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Disruption of hormonal systems, potentially leading to multiple organ damage and hormone-dependent cancer
  • Developmental and reproductive toxicity, including sperm damage, miscarriage, and premature birth
  • DNA damage
  • Birth defects
  • Neurotoxicity
  • Cancer

 

(Source: www.geneticliteracyproject.org)
(Source: www.geneticliteracyproject.org)

 

High Glyphosate levels are now turning up everywhere:
  • In our blood
  • In breast milk
  • In urine
  • In water supplies
“Glyphosate levels have been found to be significantly higher in the urine of humans who ate non-organic food, compared with those who ate mostly organic food. Chronically ill people showed significantly higher glyphosate residues in their urine than healthy people.” (Robinson, Antoniou & Fagan, 2015)

 

 

 

SAFETY OF THE PLANET

 

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Those more than 600 agricultural chemicals the US government has approved for agricultural use are contaminating our environment and destroying the ecosystem:
  • Polluting the soil and water with toxins
  • Depleting nutrients from the soil, destroying its fertility
  • Destroying  organisms in the soil necessary for growing healthy crops and animals
  • Killing and mutating insects, frogs, birds and other wildlife
Organic farming, while avoiding use of these chemicals, supports the tapestry of ecology, achieving eco-sustenance.
“Certified organic standards do not permit the use of toxic chemicals in farming and require responsible management of healthy soil and biodiversity.
“According to Cornell entomologist David Pimentel, it is estimated that only 0.1% of applied pesticides reach the target pests. The bulk of pesticides (99.9%) is left to impact the environment.” (Loux, 2011)
Also see Repair the Soil’s Microbiome to Resolve the Climate Crisis for clear thinking writer Michael Pollan’s cogent advice on how climate change can be reversed by organic farming. (Hardin, 2016)

 

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(Source: raesidecartoon.com)

 

 

 

 

MORE NUTRIENTS

 

(Source: www.healthychild.org)
(Source: www.healthychild.org)
Organically grown foods are more nutritious than non-organic foods. They contain more vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and micronutrients than commercially grown foods because the soil they’re grown in is managed and nourished with sustainable practices by responsible standards. “The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine conducted a review of 41 published studies comparing the nutritional value of organically grown and conventionally grown fruits, vegetables, and grains and concluded that there are significantly more of several nutrients in organic foods crops.
“Further, the study verifies that five servings of organically grown vegetables (such as lettuce, spinach, carrots, potatoes, and cabbage) provide an adequate allowance of vitamin C, whereas the same number of servings of conventionally grown vegetables do not.
“On average, organically grown foods provide: 21.1% more iron (than their conventional counterparts); 27% more vitamin C;  29.3% more magnesium; 13.6% more phosphorus.” (Loux, 2011)

 

 

 

ORGANIC VS FACTORY FARMED ANIMALS

Even aside from the huge issue of the heart breaking, inhumane treatment of factory farmed animals, the meat and dairy products they provide are the foods at highest risk for contamination by harmful substances. For example, over 90% of the pesticides Americans consume comes from the fat and tissue of meat and dairy products. (Loux, 2011)

 

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(Source: bodybalance4you.wordpress.com)
(I’ll also point out that the corn fed to the factory farmed cow on the right above is almost certainly genetically modified. )
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(Source: infograph.venngage.com)

 

The EPA reports that a majority of human pesticide intake comes from meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and dairy products because these foods are all high on the food chain. “For instance, a large fish that eats a smaller fish that eats even smaller fish accumulates all of the toxins of the chain, especially in fatty tissue. Cows, chickens, and pigs are fed animal parts, by-products, fish meal, and grains that are heavily and collectively laden with toxins and chemicals.” (Loux, 2011)
The antibiotics, drugs, and growth hormones fed to factory farmed animals are passed directly into their meat and dairy products. “Tens of millions of pounds of antibiotics are used in animal feed every year…. The hormones fed to cows cannot be broken down, even at high temperatures. Therefore they remain in complete form and pass directly into the consumer’s diet when meat is eaten.” (Loux, 2011)
“Between 1985 and 2001, the use of antibiotics in feed for industrial livestock production rose a startling 50%.  Today, antibiotics are routinely fed to livestock, poultry, and fish on industrial farms to promote faster growth and to compensate for the unsanitary conditions in which they are raised.
“According to a new report by the FDA, approximately 80 percent of all antibiotics used in the United States are fed to farm animals. This means that in the United States only 20 percent of antibiotics, which were originally developed to protect human health, are actually used to treat infections in people.” (Grace, 2016)

 

 

ORGANIC TASTES BETTER

Organically grown foods are generally more flavorful and easier to digest than foods treated with synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. They’re more environment-friendly too.  (Quinn, 2000)

 

(Source: organiceatttts.blogspot.com)
(Source: organiceatttts.blogspot.com)

 

 

 

ORGANIC IS ACTUALLY COST-EFFECTIVE

 

(Source: www.economiesofkale.com)
(Source: www.economiesofkale.com)

 

To decide whether it’s worth it to pay more money for organic foods, you have to factor in the additional costs of eating non-organic:
  • Widespread and ever increasing suffering with acute and chronic illnesses
  • The financial  cost of treating these illnesses
  • Treatment of bacterial-resistant infections
  • Subsidies paid to farmers
  • Egregious treatment of animals on factory farms
  • Cost of pesticide clean ups
  • Destruction of the environment
  • Loss of export markets for US-produced GM products
Organic farming produces nutritious foods that keep us and other animals well instead of making us sick as most of our food supply is currently doing. Organic practices also preserve the environment for the future.

 

 

(Source: www.slideshare.net)

(Source: www.slideshare.net)

 

And then there are these additional, hidden costs in figuring how much you’re actually spending for non-organic foods:
“Buying organic food is an investment in a cost-effective future. Commercial and conventional farming is heavily subsidized with tax dollars in America. A study at Cornell University determined the cost of a head of commercial iceberg lettuce, typically purchased at 49 cents a head, to be more than $3.00 a head when hidden costs were revealed. The study factored in the hidden costs of federal subsidies, pesticide regulation and testing, and hazardous waste and cleanup.
“Every year, American tax dollars subsidize billions of dollars for a farm bill that heavily favors commercial agribusiness. Peeling back another layer of the modern farming onion reveals a price tag that cannot be accurately measured but certainly includes other detrimental associated costs such as health problems, environmental damage, and the loss and extinction of wildlife and ecology.” (Loux, 2011)

 

 

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(Source: www.glogster.com)

 

 

 

 

 

(Source: foodrevolution.org)

(Source: foodrevolution.org)

 

 

 WHAT IS FOOD?

Having apparently lost the ability to understand the function of food – to provide nourishment that keeps us well, we’ve reached the point of calling everything we put in our stomachs ‘food’.

 

(Source: www.darkgovernment.com)

(Source: www.darkgovernment.com)

 

 

 

 

READ MORE ABOUT GMO MYTHS AND TRUTHS

 

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If you’re interested in learning more about GMOs and the research on them, I recommend this clear, easy to read source of information:
GMO Myths and Truths – A Citizen’s Guide to the Evidence on the Safety and Efficacy of Genetically Modified Crops and Foods, 3rd Edition. Its authors are Claire Robinson (an editor at GMWatch), John Fagan (PhD in biochemistry, molecular biology, and cell biology, pioneer of genetic testing methods for GMOs, researcher on biosafety and sustainable agriculture, and Director of Open Earth Resource), and  Michael Antoniou (PhD in Molecular Genetics and Head of the Gene Expression and Therapy Group, King’s College London School of Medicine).

 

 

 

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REFERENCES

Grace Communications Foundation. (2016). The Issue: Antibiotics and the Food Animal Industry. See: http://www.sustainabletable.org/257/antibiotics

Hardin, J.R. (2016). Repair the Soil’s Microbiome to Resolve the Climate Crisis. See: http://allergiesandyourgut.com/2016/01/29/4404/

Loux, R. (2011).  Top 10 Reasons To Go Organic: Choosing fresh foods can help you feel better and preserve the environment. Prevention. See: http://www.prevention.com/food/healthy-eating-tips/top-reasons-choose-organic-foods

Non-GMO Project. (2016). See: http://www.nongmoproject.org/learn-more/

Raj, T. (2012). Conventional vs. Organic vs. GMOs. See: http://www.examiner.com/article/conventional-vs-organic-vs-gmos

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