The biggest threat posed by genetically modified food to humanity by far is the spraying of deadly herbicides on plants that we call food. Not only is this poison directly toxic to plants, animals and humans, but by binding to metal ions it also significantly reduces mineral availability to the plants and to the people eating them.
In the world today there are about 500 million acres of genetically modified food crops, 90% of which have been engineered to be sprayed with the herbicide roundup.
In this article we will look at what is happening to the quality of our food as a result of herbicide spraying, beginning with a quick history of the active ingredient in roundup.
A Brief History of Glyphosate
Glyphosate, chemical name Glycine Methyl Phosphonate, is a tiny molecule that was invented in the late 1950’s by a chemical company called Stafford chemical. Stafford was in the business of removing mineral deposits from the sides pipes and boilers – a process called descaling or demineralizing. And since a worker wouldn’t be able to fit inside many of these pipes to physically remove the deposits, the company employed chemicals to complete the task.
“So you use a chemical that will basically grab onto atoms and ions of metals. And if you find a really really good one, then you patent it, and glyphosate got a patent in 1960 by Stafford chemicals because it is an incredible descaling/demineralizing agent,” said biotech industry whistleblower Dr. Thierry Vrain. “It basically grabs onto metals and puts them back into solution. And it’s an incredibly broad spectrum demineralizer – it basically grabs onto all metals in a very powerful way, it’s a really wonderful product.”
Glyphosate: The Weed Killer
Within a few years of its discovery, it became known that glyphosate kills all bacteria and all plants that it comes in contact with. This caught the attention of the company Monsanto who bought the molecule and repatented it as a herbicide in 1969.
As a herbicide, Glyphosate effectively kills all plants that it comes in contact with. How exactly does this molecule send plants to their soily graves? Remember how its first use was to demineralize industrial pipes and boilers? Well, when plants are sprayed with glyphosate, the chemical binds to metal ions inside the plant and as a result – all of the metal-ion containing enzymes critical for the plants survival are disabled – and the plant dies.
This is how genetic engineering works: Genetically modified food crops are engineered to withstand the herbicide poison while regular weeds die quickly from the same exposure. And as a result, when fields of food are sprayed with roundup/glyphosate the weeds die and the food products survive. However, the practice of spraying poison on our own food is quite possibly the most foolish thing the human mind has ever conceived. It’s a wonder that we let it continue.
Spraying Poison on Our Own Food: Brilliant!
In 1974, Monsanto developed the glyphosate-containing herbicide roundup, which contains the active ingredient glyphosate as well as a number of other chemicals.
If you have a garden or a field and you spray your weeds before you plant, you can expect some residue of the chemical in the soil and probably also in the plants that are then grown in that soil.
Today it has become common practice to not only spray the weeds in the soil pre-planting, but to also spray the plants directly multiple times during each growing season. By far the most damaging aspect of GMO crops on human health is the spraying that occurs just days before harvest.
The government of Saskatchewan encourages Canadian farmers on their website to spray even non-GMO crops (ones that haven’t been genetically modified) right before harvest to ‘dry’ and ‘ripen’ them; also to eliminate weeds so the combine has an easier time harvesting. These crops include wheat, oat, barley, soybean, canola, flax, peas, lentils, dry beans, sunflower, hemp and potatoes. According to Dr. Vrain, this practice has been happening since around 2005 and it has resulted in levels of pesticide residues in foods that are literally millions of times greater than what has been demonstrated to cause cancer.
A Closer Look:
- In 2013, a group of researchers from the Chulabhorn Graduate Institute in Bangkok, Thailand investigated the effects of herbicide Glyphosate on human breast cancer cells in vitro. The study found that Glyphosate induces breast cancer cell growth via induction of estrogen in the parts per trillion range. A part per trillion is a million times less than a part per million and a cancer-causing effect has been demonstrated at this minute level. It’s also worth noting that in this studies the researchers found a synergistic estrogenic effect between Glyphosate and the phytoestrogen genistein in soybeans, which are heavily sprayed with Glyphosate.
If it was your job to ensure the food being produced today was as toxic and unhealthy as it could possibly be, then spraying crops multiple times during the growing season and again right before harvest with glyphosate – just as farmers do today – would be the most efficient way to achieve this. How did we get so far off track? It makes you wonder who is behind the push for this technology and their true intentions.
When Dr. Vrain was in school, roundup was ‘the new kid on the block.’ He was told that it’s ‘the perfect herbicide,’ it kills all plants, is not harmful to animals and degrades very fast in the soil.” In the years since then, we’ve discovered that much of these original claims about the safety of roundup by the biotech industry have turned out to be untrue.
A quick list of some of the findings in published studies regarding the toxic effects of roundup include:
- Glyphosate kills important soil bacteria, insects and microorganisms 
- Glyphosate kills amphibians, fish, birds, mice and rats 
- Glyphosate causes infertility
- Glyphosate inhibits detoxification 
- Glyphosate causes immune dysregulation 
- Glyphosate accelerates aging
- Glyphosate causes birth defects 
- Glyphosate damages the liver and kidneys
- Glyphosate decreases testosterone
- Glyphosate causes autism, Alzheimer’s and dementia
- Glyphosate induces tumor growth
In future articles, we will focus more on the specific physiological effects of glyphosate poisoning underlying the negative health effects listed above, but for now let’s focus our attention on the other side of the coin – the impact of roundup herbicide on the nutrient content of foods.
How Glyphosate Creates Nutrient Starved Foods (And Humans)
As a remarkable non-specific binder of metals, glyphosate will bind to virtually all metal ions that it comes in contact with – including the ones in the soil where plants grow.
It is from the soil where plants obtain the minerals they use for growth, and when you spray roundup onto a field of crops the glyphosate will bind to the soil minerals rendering them biologically unavailable to plants. So what you end up with are plants that are severely depleted of minerals and for those who follow the government food recommendations, these nutrient deserted- crops become their primary source of calories.
When you consider the fact that glyphosate is a binder of minerals, it makes sense that plants sprayed with glyphosate-based herbicide formulas would exhibit reduced nutrient profiles, and this has also been confirmed and quantified scientifically.
Remarkably, the weight of a bushel of corn has changed as a result of this mineral depletion. Whereas a bushel of corn has traditionally always weighed 56lbs, a bushel of the genetically modified type of corn weighs only 54lbs, according to Dr. Vrain.
That’s two pounds less! A bushel of genetically engineered corn is missing a full 2lbs of minerals when compared to original strains of corn.
From the high concentrations of toxic herbicide residues present in our food supply as a result of glyphosate spraying to the significant reduction in nutrient content in these same foods – is it any wonder why everyone is sick? Is it any wonder why cancer is now said to be 1 in 2 people? Is it any wonder why autism is also rising exponentially? As 2x nobel prize laureate Dr. Linus Pauling once said, “Every disease, every ailment can be traced to a mineral deficiency.”
Based on the intense upsurge of autism diagnosis’ in recent decades, Dr. Stephanie Senoff, Biologist and senior research scientist at the MIT Computer science & Artificial intelligence laboratory, has predicted that by the year 2025, 1 in 2 children will be born autistic.
What Can We Do About This Disaster?
It’s clear that governments don’t care enough to do anything about this, and perhaps it is their plan to poison the population and keep human populations low, docile and more-easily manageable. Spraying poison all over the food a population consumes would certainly be an effective strategy for accomplishing these objectives.
There are a number of powerful nutrients, drugs, hormones and healing technologies that can be found on our Life Hacks page that you can use to compensate for glyphosate poisoning. These can also be used to treat conditions that may be caused directly be the herbicides sprayed on genetically modified foods such as autism.
However, in the long run it’s clear to me that probably our only way to permanently fix this situation is to get enough people to completely reject foods sprayed with pesticides. The most surefire way to dismantle a corporation is to not purchase the products that it offers.
It’s great that we have brave and intelligent people working away on the scientific, political and economic fronts to try and ban the use of glyphosate as an ingredient in herbicides, but enough information to justify banning it has already been scientifically published 10 years ago and not much has changed.
I think one of the most sensible solutions is to grow as much of your own food and become as self-sufficient and independent as you possibly can. There is an enormous satisfaction that comes with growing your own food and knowing everything that went into producing it.
A stern conclusion/warning to humanity: Given that one autistic child requires one non-autistic adult to care for them full-time, I think we better wake up and stop the disaster of glyphosate spraying before it’s too late. If the spraying of deadly chemicals onto our own food has not ceased in about 7 years or less, humanity can kiss its ass goodbye.
“When future historians write about our time, they’re not going to write about the tons of chemicals that we did or didn’t apply. When it comes to glyphosate, they’re going to write about our willingness to sacrifice our children and jeopardize our existence, while threatening and jeopardizing the very basis of our existence; the sustainability of our agriculture.”
– Professor Don Huber, Retired professor from Purdue University; Expert in plant pathology
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