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“Extreme” Levels of Roundup Detected in Food
GMOs, resulting from “Roundup Ready” crops, are receiving increased scrutiny as more research becomes available. Some of this increased scrutiny can be attributed to a French court, who in 2009 found Monsanto guilty of lying concerning its claims that the herbicide Roundup was “biodegradable,” “environmentally friendly,” and that it “left the soil clean.” Recent research has shown that the active ingredient in Roundup, glyphosate, disrupts normal body functions and induces disease. You can bet that if you are eating processed foods, you are getting a high dose of glyphosate. Not only that, but meat from animals that were fed GMO feeds also contain high levels of glyphosate. Glyphosate is now being looked at as a factor in many modern diseases and conditions such as Autism, Obesity, Crohn’s Disease, Allergies, Depression, Cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, MS and more. The marketing campaign behind GMO crops was very well funded. However, claims that “we can feed the world” with the “next generation” of genetically engineered (GE) crops is far from the truth. GE crops are not sustainable because they rely heavily on the use of chemicals; chemicals that are making our food toxic. And to make matters worse, GE crops are far less nutritious that non-GE crops. So, toxic chemicals and less nutrition: How are GE crops supposed to feed the world?

As farmers, we need to focus on sustainability. We need to enhance our soil microbial activity, which in turn leads to healthy soils and healthy crops. Conventional farming should be termed “mining” because it is removing hundreds of necessary minerals from the soil and trying to replace them with three, N:P:K (Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium), in the form of synthetic fertilizer. Do you see the cycle? The same company that sells the farmer GMO seed, sells them the chemicals these crops require, buys the crop at harvest time, and lobbies the government to subsidize their practices. Chemical Agriculture, as it is now termed, is highly profitable for these companies, but the farmer only sees a fraction of this profit. I would liken Chemical Agriculture to crops on steroids. It may look great for awhile, but it can’t last, it is not sustainable, and the results will be costly for all. Read more here.

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