What is Glyphosate and why is it so harmful?

What is Glyphosate

Glyphosate is the active ingredient in the poison, Round-up, the widely used, a harmful herbicide sprayed on most GMO crops and soils. 

The vast majority of conventional farmers spray glyphosate to eradicate weeds and directly onto crops as a drying agent before harvesting. A genetically modified organism (GMO) is any organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. Many of our staple diet crops have been genetically modified for a number of reasons. The most notable of these being Maize and Soya beans, which have been specifically genetically modified to withstand the effects of Glyphosate, allowing a more efficient broad scale application. 

Maize and Soya form an alarmingly large portion of our every day diet, either directly, through the meat we consume (Soya is used in most animal feeds) or through the processed derivatives.  For example, corn syrup is used in many of the breakfast cereals, snacks foods, chips, sodas, ready-made frozen meals, juices, sweetened yoghurts, granola bars, ice cream, energy drinks, jams, breads and sauces we so readily give to our children. 

Glyphosate is highly toxic and carcinogenic to humans and it simply cannot be removed by washing or cooking our food. We can, however, avoid glyphosate by knowing your farmer and knowing what to look for on food labels. Many progressing farmers are now aware of the great harm Glyphosate is inflicting and are pursuing alternative farming techniques, to great success. It has been banned in many countries and is known to be linked to the increase in chronic diseases in children and adults around the world. 

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