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Monsanto’s Roundup Devastating Gut Health, Contributing to Overgrowth of Deadly Bacteria

Lisa Garber
Natural Society / News Report
Published: Monday 17 December 2012
While good bacteria died, highly pathogenic bacteria were unaffected by glyphosate.
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Much of the public forgets the gut when it comes to warding off the flu and other more threatening diseases, but the gut—and its army of beneficial bacteria—are essential in protecting us from harm. That’s why eating genetically modified and/or conventionally farmed food could be a direct assault on your own health. Most recently, research has shown that Monsanto’s herbicide, known as Roundup, is destroying gut health, threatening overall health of animals, people, and the planet significantly.

The journal Current Microbiology recently published a study that caught Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide’s active ingredient, glyphosate, suppressing beneficial bacteria in poultry specimens. Given that gut health is directly linked to chronic illnesses and overall health, this isn’t exactly welcome news for people who can’t always afford or who lack access to organic, locally grown food.

But it gets worse. While good bacteria died, highly pathogenic bacteria were unaffected by glyphosate. These pathogens include several strains of Salmonella and the class Colstridia, anaerobic bacteria known to be some of the deadliest known to us, including C. tetani (tetanus) and C. botulinum (botulin). Although botulin is used to ease overactive muscles and in Botox, America’s most popular cosmetic procedure, it takes but 75 billionths of a gram to kill someone weighing 75 kg (165 lbs).

“A reduction of beneficial bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract microiota by ingestion of glyphosate could disturb the normal gut bacterial community,” the authors of the study wrote. Glyphosate, they added, “could be a significant predisposing factor that is associated with the increase in Clostridia botulinum-mediated diseases by suppressing the antagonistic effect of these [good] bacteria on clostridia.”

Dangers of Pesticides

This is hardly the first time eyebrows have been raised over glyphosate. The toxic ingredient is also known for causing sterility in men, obesity, and Parkinson’s and related diseases, and not just in field workers of conventional farms but also in locals and animals that drink the groundwater polluted by such establishments.

Finally, the researchers also noted that glyphosate can cause bacteria to genetically mutate with chronic exposure. And the food we eat, the animals we eat, and we ourselves are already victims of chronic exposure, which is partially why concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) are today known for being hotbeds of botulism and other pathogens. (Cattle in Ireland have already been victims of botulism thanks to contaminated poultry litter.)

Pesticides and Food Irradiation Not the Answer

To eradicate the problem of food contamination, the Food and Drug Administration recently loosened their grip on the conventional use of food irradiation, allowing now 1.5 Kilograys more than last month to dose poultry. One Kilogray, by the way, offers the same amount of radiation as 2,500,000 chest x-rays. Food radiation by itself is another hotly debated health dilemma and, frankly, a dead end.

That’s because food irradiation doesn’t solve the problem that glyphosate causes direct harm to workers, consumers, animals, and the planet—even the very soil we grow our food in that we find lacking in nutrients of late.

There are simple ways to avoid pesticides in food and overall exposure. Read our updated list of the dirty dozen foods you should always buy organic, plus 15 that are low in pesticide residue.

Pesticides are really

Pesticides are really dangerous.
Because of our technology today, we use instant bug repellants for our plants like vegetables and flowers.
These pesticides might affect our bodies in the future.

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ROUND-UP is AGENT ORANGE have you forgotten or are you just leaving out this piece of information in your artificial about the horrifying effects to our Vietnam Veterans and Vietnamese people?

This issue has already been

This issue has already been put to rest. Gut bacteria is being killed due to antibiotic use, period. This has been proven over and over since the late 70's. Washing your hands after using the bathroom also contributes to the killing of good bacteria. Antibacterial soaps and surfaces are to blame and far more unhealthy than Roundup. Then we could spend days on how unhealthy and unsafe it is for the environment to use antibiotics in animals and humans.

Secondly, Glyphosate is NOT a pesticide. It is a herbicide - plant killer. It is very hard to take this article or the author seriously when Ms. Garber does not no the difference between the two. Ms. Garber's sole purpose is to whip people who lack education in agricultural chemistry and plant science into a frenzy.

Monsanto is many evil things, you don't need to use trumped up story lines to frighten the bee-geezes out of people. The truth is that everything we eat has been genetically modified. We cannot escape it. We need bacteria to live. Here is another fact that we must live with, EVOLUTION DOES EXIST and regardless of GMO or antibiotics, bacteria, bugs, and weeds will always be adapting to whatever we throw at them. If we are smart (which really is in doubt) we will allow our bodies to adapt (read evolve) to stay one step ahead. That's the best we can hope for.

The term "pesticide" can

The term "pesticide" can include weed killers as a "pest" can be plant, insect, etc.:

Wiki: A pesticide is generally a chemical or biological agent (such as a virus, bacterium, antimicrobial or disinfectant) that through its effect deters, incapacitates, kills or otherwise discourages pests. Target pests can include insects, plant pathogens, weeds, molluscs, birds, mammals, fish, nematodes (roundworms), and microbes that destroy property, cause nuisance, spread disease or are vectors for disease.

We can hope that someone pass

We can hope that someone pass laws or create policies that demand that the company administrators that create food products that are engineered or genetically modified be required to eat them for a year!

Herbicides are one form of

Herbicides are one form of pesticide, a general term. When I wash my hands I do not eat the soap & poison my gut bacteria. Not everything we eat has been 'genetically modified' in the GMO sense. Please don't spread idiotic propaganda.

The post doesn't even mention

The post doesn't even mention the effects of bt toxin which is also being produced within the GM plants themselves, and which cannot be washed off with any amount of soap and water.

It is time to close Monsanto

It is time to close Monsanto

Better get used to a

Better get used to a starvation death because Monsanto is not the only company making seeds. And Organics are ALL GMOs too. My suggestion is that you form an army and go raid old seed banks in Europe and try and make a raid on the Doomsday Seed Vault in Norway.

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