Friday, November 21, 2014

Monsanto is dumbing down America with glyphosphate

If you have a garden, you might be familiar with RoundUp, Monsanto's famous weedkiller. If you follow agriculture and GMOs in general, you know that Monsanto developed and sells seeds for corn and soy that are "RoundUp Ready". But what you might not know is that there is a definite correlation between the use of glyphosphate, the active ingredient in RoundUp and autism. See the chart below:

Sorry, Jenny McCarthy. Autism shows a stronger correlation with glyphosphate than vaccines.

When asked about the safety of their products, Monsanto will routinely point to the FDA, which is conveniently staffed with former Monsanto employees and executives. But what they can't get around is the science. The FDA will then tell us that we need to ask Monsanto about the safety of their food. Perhaps we need to frame that inquiry in a class action lawsuit.

Monsanto says their data proves the safety of their products, that 30 years of using RoundUp and GMOs proves their safety. Yeah, if you want to use Americans as lab rats, you could say that's science, but their methods are very unscientific when it comes to food safety. Fortunately for the rest of us, there's a really cool thing about science. Science learns from being wrong. It's self-correcting. This data used in the chart above, is not only conclusive, it's alarming. This trend has been confirmed by Dr. Stephanie Seneff, a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

This is the price we pay for Monsanto to have their patents, and the royalties that accrue from them. The patents create perverse incentives to create, build and defend monopolies to the point where Monsanto now pays millions to lobby against labeling of genetically modified foods to state and federal legislators. They not only want to keep their monopoly profits as the owner of 90% of the seed market, they want protection from liability for their products. That's why at the federal level, you're just not going to see a law that requires the labeling of GMO food any time soon. The money is just too good for any Congressperson to pass up (save for Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren).

GMO apologists and lobbyists say that GMOs are safe. Maybe that's so, but the research on the topic has never really been done. All that we hear when we ask about GMO safety is this, "Hey, we've been using it for 30 years, so what's the big deal?"

Here's the big deal: for years we've been told that artificial sweeteners were safe. Now we are learning that they change the environment in our gut and increase our tendency to gain weight. When artificial sweeteners were introduced, no one even looked at the effect that they might have on our gut bacteria. Until recently.

The problems with glyphosphate have been known for some time, but now hard data is starting to show up, proving that there is a real health issue building. But don't worry, the elite in Congress know what's best for us and they will try to hide or ignore this issue for as long as they can. This isn't a Republican or Democrat issue. Both parties have been feeding at the Monsanto trough.

If Congress won't help, there is something you can do. Buy clearly labeled organic products.
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