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Monsanto GMO Seeds Are Not As Great as They Seem

In 2017, 815 million people worldwide were in need of emergency food assistance.

The world is facing a food crisis – and Monsanto GMO seeds claim to be the solution. But what do you really know about Monsanto food?

Monsanto GMO foods may be putting your health at risk. They also have devastating effects on our environment and the future of food security.

If you thought you knew Monsanto – think again. Keep reading to learn more about the truth behind Monsanto and GMO.

Why Monsanto GMO Isn’t as Great as It Seems

Monsanto is an agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology company that got its start in 1901. Headquartered in the US but operating across the globe, they’ve earned a reputation for being one of the evilest companies in the world.

Not only have they played a significant role in the agricultural changes of recent decades thanks to extensive government lobbying, but they’re also the creators of some of the world’s most deadly products. They’re responsible for polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), dioxin (Agent Orange), and are also a leader in genetically modified (GM) seeds.

While the company itself claims that genetically modified seeds are safe for human health as well as the environment, research shows us otherwise. Below, we go into some of the reasons why Monsanto GMO isn’t as great as the company reports.

1. GMO’s Won’t Feed the World

It’s no secret that the world is facing a hunger crisis. Millions of people around the world already face hunger. But by 2050, when the global population approaches 10 billion, the demand for food will be 60% higher.

One argument in favor of GMOs is that they’ll help to mitigate that crisis. The argument is based on the belief that GMO crops have higher yields with fewer inputs.

Studies into GMO crops have found that this claim isn’t true. GMO crops in both Canada and the US haven’t produced higher yields. Nor has it reduced the number of chemical pesticides used to produce those yields.

What’s more, we don’t need GMO crops to solve the pending crisis. Studies have shown that organic farming can match the yields produced by conventional agriculture. All without harming our health and our environment.

2. GMO’s Aren’t More Nutritious

One of the selling points for Monsanto and GMO, in general, is that they offer nutritional benefits – especially benefits that are needed to cure some health crises.

Take for example vitamin A deficiency in the developing world. This is the number one cause of childhood blindness, and proponents of GMOs say that golden rice will help solve the issue.

While golden rice might be high in vitamin A and easy to produce, it can’t be absorbed by the body without a diet that contains other fats and oils. People in the developing world don’t have access to these necessary dietary components and, thus, won’t benefit from this GMO.

3. Monsanto’s GMO’s Are Toxic and Dangerous

One of the biggest problems with Monsanto GMOs is that there hasn’t been sufficient testing to prove their safety. They’re being introduced into our diets without any significant reliable research into their safety. And much of the research that does exist is conducted by corporations that benefit from their production.

Monsanto research consistently shows that laboratory rats eating their GMO corn don’t show any toxicity. But further reviews of these studies have shown that the research ignores signs of toxicity in the liver and kidneys of those rats.

Furthermore, outside rat studies conducted on that same Monsanto GMO Roundup Ready corn found shocking results. Over the course of two years, rats had developed organ damage from eating the corn. They also showed hormone problems, tumors, and reduced life expectancy.

4. GMO’s Use More Chemicals

Many Monsanto and GMO crops are engineered to withstand pesticides and herbicides. These include sugar beets, corn, and soy. All these crops, as well as others, can withstand even the most lethal dose of chemicals.

That means that farmers require stronger chemicals. It also means they need a lot more of them. And as weeds and insects become resistant to those chemicals over time, the need for ever more, ever stronger, chemicals will arise.

These harsh chemicals end up in our soil and poison our environment. They also threaten the health and the lives of people working on farms and the communities that they operate in. Beyond that, these toxic chemicals are ending up in our food.

5. Chemicals Are Ending Up In Our Food

Monsanto’s herbicide, Roundup, is actually a chemical called glyphosate.

This chemical is considered a probable human carcinogen by the World Health Organization. In fact, some lawsuits have ruled in favor of Roundup causing people’s cancer.

Glyphosate has also been linked to the endocrine disruption that leads to reproductive problems, obesity, diabetes, and early onset of puberty. It’s also known to kill the good bacteria in your gut, which can lead to a number of conditions and diseases.

Despite these health concerns, glyphosate is in our food. It’s been found in carrots, almonds, soy, corn, quinoa, and various oils – and in dangerously high amounts.

6. GMO’S Threaten Organic Farms

As GMO seeds are used more and more, the ability to control them decreases. GMOs can contaminate farms that are miles away, as the seeds are carried by the wind into other fields. But seed supplies can also be contaminated with GMO seeds.

Sometimes, those seeds end up on organic farms. Organic farmers aren’t allowed to use GMOs, and this threatens their crops and their livelihood.

Seeking Justice From Monsanto?

Monsanto GMO crops and seeds are not the innovative biotechnology that the corporation wants the public to trust. They’ve actively withheld research that shows how dangerous these products really are. Monsanto and GMO are a true threat to your health and our environment.

As the negative impacts of GMO crops and seeds become more certain, the likelihood of getting justice increases. If you’ve been affected by Monsanto and GMO, contact us today to find out how we can help.

Five Tips to Avoid Foods Tainted by Glyphosate

A California jury just found the infamous herbicide “Roundup” was the cause of a man’s cancer. This man was diagnosed with non-Hodkin’s lymphoma after years of spraying his property with glyphosate, aka “Roundup”.

This isn’t the only case linking Monsanto’s herbicide to causing cancer. Last year, a man was awarded 289 million dollars for the same reason.

This is scary information to learn. Roundup is one of the most popular herbicides used on produce and plants in the United States, which means a product that’s been linked to numerous cancer cases is being sprayed on a majority of your food.

You’re now probably wondering what you can do to avoid Roundup and the chemical in it called glyphosate. Short of growing all your own food, you can start by following the following 5 tips for avoiding foods with glyphosate.

What Is Glyphosate?

Glyphosate is the chemical found in the herbicide called Roundup. Glyphosate works by interfering with enzymes in plants, which leads to plant death.

Over 80% of the crops in the United States are sprayed with this herbicide. Besides commercial agricultural applications, Roundup is sold to towns, cities, homeowners, and businesses to treat lawns, gardens, fields, etc.

Because of the ubiquity of this chemical, it’s almost inevitable that you’ve experienced long-term exposure to it.

This could be by eating foods that have glyphosate residue on them, laying in the grass in a local field, eating foods with ingredients contaminated by glyphosate, working on farms, or even breathing it in from the air without realizing.

Why Is Glyphosate Bad for You?

You might think that since the chemical is only supposed to interfere with plant enzyme that you, as a non-plant, would be OK with exposure. That’s not the case.

Evidence shows that the chemical also interferes with microorganisms like the bacteria found in our digestive system and mucous membranes, which could explain why it affects human health. The World Health Organization has also reported that glyphosate is a probable carcinogen, meaning it can lead to and cause cancer.

Short-term exposure to glyphosate can cause skin and eye itching and irritation. People who breathe it in report feeling itching in their airways, throat, and eyes.

Other more long-term studies show far worse effects. Numerous reports show that glyphosate leads to cancer and tumors in mice and rats.

And as the recent court cases have also shown, scientific studies have linked herbicide and glyphosate use to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of cancer that affects white blood cells and the immune system.

While more research is needed to definitively link this chemical to cancer, the anecdotal evidence and studies we have right now are concerning and scary. There are currently more than 11,000 lawsuits against the makers of Roundup for the alleged cancer-causing properties of the herbicide.

To be on the safe side, you’re best off avoiding foods and products containing glyphosate. Keep reading to learn how.

1. Look for Labels

There are two labels on food that can indicate less (or no) glyphosate residue: USDA certified organic and Glyphosate-Residue-Free.

In order to be labeled as USDA certified organic, the food and all of the ingredients in it must be 100% organic, meaning that no herbicides or pesticides were used on them.

While this label gives you the best chance at avoiding glyphosate, it’s still not a guarantee. Because use of the chemical is so widespread, it can carry in the air, soil, or water from other non-organic sources and make its way to organic foods.

A relatively new label launched by The Detox Project (an organization dedicated to eliminating glyphosate and other harmful chemicals from our lives) is the “Glyphosate-Residue-Free” label. While you won’t see this label on too many products yet, the organization is working hard to test and label food products with manufacturers, growers, and more.

2. Common Products and Foods with Glyphosate Residue to Avoid

Certain foods are more prone to having glyphosate residue. The big and ubiquitous crops are going to have the most: corn, soybeans, and canola.

That means byproducts of these as well, like:

  • Corn syrup
  • Vegetable oil
  • Soybean oil
  • Canola oil
  • Soy products (tofu, soy sauce, etc)
  • Fructose and other sugars derived from corn

If you buy these as organic products, they should be safe.

You should also limit or avoid the following (if non-organic):

  • Wheat/grains (including products like cereal, bread, rice, oats, flours, etc)
  • Prepared/processed foods (chips, cookies, muffins, etc)
  • Potatoes
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Beets
  • Leafy vegetables (lettuce, greens, etc)
  • Carrots
  • Wine/beer
  • Cotton products (including tampons, cotton balls, and clothes)

Remember, this is just a short list. With over 80% of crops sprayed with this chemical, it’s safe to say it’s on your produce. Don’t forget that these things can be found as ingredients, too.

3. Wash All Produce Thoroughly

You can’t avoid all produce forever. When you do buy produce, make sure to wash it with regular water. You can also buy (organic!) produce cleaners.

Don’t use soap, as the produce will soak up the soap. While this can’t remove all of the chemical (it can be found inside the plants/ingredients), it will remove any outer residue.

Dry with a cloth or paper towel.

4. Peel Produce

Washing can’t always remove outer glyphosate residue, so if you can peel the skin, you have a better chance of removing the chemical. Do this for carrots, potatoes, celery, beets, etc.

Be sure to remove outer layers of produce like lettuce, brussels sprouts, artichokes, etc.

5. Discard Fat and Skin of Meat

When crops sprayed with glyphosate (like corn, wheat, and soybeans) are fed to animals, the chemical stays trapped in the meat and skin of the animal.

It’s found in the highest concentrations in the skin and outer layers of fat. To eliminate the possibility of ingesting glyphosate this way, remove those parts of the meat and discard.

For Your Safety, Stay Up to Date on This Issue

We continue to learn more and more about the dangers associated with foods with glyphosate residue. We expect numerous more lawsuits just like the one we described above in the years to come.

To stay informed, continue to visit our blog for updates and tips on how to stay safe. Questions or concerns? Don’t hesitate to reach out.