GLYPHOSATE: Why do we need to pay attention to what we eat?

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Look at this little peanut. Think the 10 billion cells swimming around in her little body. All of the millions of reactions taking place every second to keep her little brain and body running. Her body is making new nerve tissue, bone, connective tissue, blood, and brain matter every day. What type of food do you want to offer as raw material for that growth?

Finding clean, non toxic sources of nutrient dense food is getting more challenging. It is not so easy as sourcing all of your food as organic or even non GMO. The expansive use of glyphosate, also known as round up, has pervaded our food supply. In fact, according to John Bagnulo, MPH, PhD Cheerios have one of the highest levels of glyphosate. It’s also found in foods made with oats, barley and wheat and soy based products. Bagnulo also notes in his presentation, Using Food As Medicine to Support Gut Health as a part of the Arthritis Summit, glyphosate is incredibly harmful to the lining of the gut and the balance of gut flora. Glyphosate also can become concentrated in the tissues of conventional animal protein. If your cows, chickens or pigs are eating glyphosate soaked foods then their tissues are laden with glyphosate. This is also true with dairy products. How can you avoid glyphosate…well, it is difficult because it is so widespread. However, it can be done with some diligence.

  • Ask your farmer at the farmer’s market if they are using glyphosate products on their produce
  • Avoid cereal grains (they are the most concentrated source)
  • Avoid non organic/GMO food products
  • Choose grass finished meat and dairy
  • Seek out glyphosate free foods (check the labels, sometimes it is listed)

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How can you do this on a budget? Is it possible to feed a family on the highest quality food possible? I would argue, yes.

  • Find a local farmer. Small scale farms are often growing more nutrient dense and cleaner foods that large scale farms.
  • Plant a home garden. Focus on the riskier crops like greens, peppers, beans and peas. Use pots or a raised beds if your soil quality is poor.
  • Plant your own fruit trees or berry bushes.
  • Buy your grass finished meat in bulk from your local farmer. Ask them about special pricing for bulk purchases.
    • I recently purchased 35 pounds of grass finished pork for $4.50 per pound! I store it in an upright freezer in the garage. It will last us about 8-10 months.
  • Choose cheaper cuts of grass finished meat. Look for ground beef and roasts. Steaks run very high and cannot be stretched as easily.
  • Avoid spending a lot of money on nutrient poor organic chicken breasts. Chicken meat in general is very high in arachidonic acid. Chicken has to be supplemented heavily with grain to grow enough meat.
    • I would rather spend $5-$7 per pound for grass finished beef than chicken breasts. Grass finished beef is a rich source of omega 3 fatty acids and that is very important to me!

 

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WHAT IS THE TAKE HOME? 

My mission is to share the valuable information that I have learned through my studies. We vote with our dollars! We, as moms have the power to tell big food that we are not ok with our kids being fed these chemicals. It is not the easiest choice, it takes planning and time in the kitchen. But, it is worth it. We need to pay attention to what we are feeding ourselves and our little ones.

When you take the perspective that food really can heal or prevent many chronic conditions….it is a no-brainer. There is nothing more valuable to me than feeling well. I want that for myself and for my kids.

 

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2 thoughts on “GLYPHOSATE: Why do we need to pay attention to what we eat?

  1. I understand your concern, but, have all the facts before giving advise to others.
    Genetically modified wheat is wheat that has been genetically engineered by the direct manipulation of its genome using biotechnology. As of 2015, no GM wheat is grown commercially, although many field tests have been conducted. Wikipedia

    Monsanto’s MON 71800, which is glyphosate-resistant via a CP4/maize EPSPS gene. Monsanto received approval from the FDA for its use in food, but withdrew its EPA application in 2004, so the product was never marketed.

    Monsanto provide farmers seeds in eight row crops: alfalfa, canola, corn, cotton, sorghum, soybeans, sugarbeets, and wheat. Monsanto also produce more than 2,000 vegetable seed varieties covering 22 crops.

    The vast majority of Monsanto’s vegetable seed crops are produced without biotechnology, although biotechnology is used to support insect resistance for select varieties of sweet corn and disease resistance for some squash varieties.

    General Mills’ decision to stop using genetically modified organisms to make Cheerios (and, more to the point, its decision to brag about it on cereal boxes) was relatively easy: there’s no such thing as genetically modified oats.

    Golden rice, the poster child for the potential of genetic engineering, was designed to provide the world’s poor with a more nutritious rice. Swiss scientists engineered the rice to contain beta-carotene, which the human body turns into vitamin A. Vitamin A deficiency is the scourge of Asia and Africa, causing death and blindness in hundreds of thousands of children every year.

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    In the early 1970s when glyphosate was first discovered, Monsanto marketers were perplexed. They were accustomed to selling herbicides that were selective, which killed certain weeds but left crops unharmed. Glyphosate was non-selective, killing virtually all plants with which it came in contact. But because it was environmentally friendly, marketers continued to try to find ways it could be used commercially.

    Glyphosate-based herbicides have a 45 year history in agricultural (farming weed control).
    To date there is not one solid repeatable science based study that can/has proven that the use of glyphosate-based herbicides is a danger to human health.

    I applaud your concern for you and your families health and if avoiding glyphosate based herbicides in your healthy living plan then by all means continue to do all that you can to avoid GM, GMO grains, fruit and vegetable crops that may or may not have been treated with glyphosate-based herbicides.

    Happy Gardening

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to comment in such a positive light. You made some good points. Through my studies the negative health consequences of ingesting roundup and roundup ready crops are just too great for my family. 😊

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