The Dangers of Glyphosate in Food (and what you can do about it)
A tractor uses a sprayer to disperse pesticides in a field.
Every once in a while you will hear about a food item being recalled. Often this occurs with fresh meat, like ground beef, or fresh produce, like lettuce.
When this happens, companies have to recall millions of pounds of food and refund your money because there is just a small chance that you might be affected by the contaminant. And yet…
Your food supply is known to be perpetually tainted with something that is doing actual, documented harm to your body – and the agencies meant to protect you from such harm just ignore it.
What are we talking about? Glyphosate.
There has been – and continues to be – much debate over the effects of glyphosate in the food chain. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says glyphosate is “practically non-toxic and not an irritant”.
In contrast, the scientists at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (part of the World Health Organization) report that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic” (cancer-causing).
But before we get into the dangers of glyphosate, let’s look at what it is and how it’s getting into your body.
What is Glyphosate?
So what is it and why is glyphosate in food?
Glyphosate is a powerful herbicide. Commercially it’s most commonly known under the brand name “Roundup”. In 1974, Monsanto started selling Roundup as a weed killer.
It’s so powerful, it destroys almost all plant matter it touches. It does this by preventing the plant from creating certain proteins that they need to grow.
For this reason, Monsanto started developing plants that resist glyphosate. In order to preserve crops so farmers had higher yields with less risk, Monsanto then created seeds for plants that do not die when sprayed with RoundUp.
Kills the weeds. Leaves the crop.
These kinds of plants are usually what people are discussing when talking about GMOs — Genetically Modified Organisms. Widespread use began in the mid-90s, and since then the use of Roundup and glyphosate skyrocketed!
That is primarily how glyphosate gets into your food. The farmer plants the GMO seeds, soaks the crop in Roundup, and then sells that crop to food manufacturers.
That food could be the lettuce in your salad… (1)
The wheat of your bread, cake or cereal…
Your oats or oat products…
The food given to the cows that you eat as a steak…
Or even their milk…
The berries of your smoothie…
Or your baby’s formula.
Norwegian researchers found that soybeans grown from “Roundup Ready” (GMO) seeds contain glyphosate within the beans themselves.
Even Monsanto has admitted that there is glyphosate on and in crops that are heavily sprayed with Roundup–such crops as corn, canola and cotton. (2)
In addition, there is a process known as “desiccating” where farmers douse their crops with glyphosate just before harvest. This is most often done to grains, in order to make sure they dry out sufficiently for storage and transport. AND, because this process essentially “kills” the plant and dries it out, this method is used on NON-GMO crops.
It doesn’t end there, though. Glyphosate actually “binds” to soil and can remain there for up to 6 months. This means that any food grown in that earth could still absorb glyphosate, even if not sprayed with it directly.
Two-hundred and fifty million pounds of glyphosate is used in the USA, alone, every year!
It’s been found in water supplies – probably from run-off from fields. It’s in foods like Oreos, Quaker Oats, Cheerios, hummus and dog food. (3) Glyphosate has even been found in breast milk and the urine of unborn babies! (4)
Is Glyphosate Bad For You?
Reading the above, it’s easy to see how glyphosate is getting into your body via your food and water supply.
But is glyphosate really dangerous?
Over the last ten years, and especially the last 3-5 years, more studies and information has come out surrounding the dangers of glyphosate.
A senior research scientist with the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Stephanie Seneff, has been studying the long-term effects of glyphosate on humans for a long time. As she puts it, the use of Roundup and glyphosate is “a gigantic experiment that has been going on for 40 years.” (5)
More research is needed, but there is increasing evidence that glyphosate is harmful to humans, on multiple levels.
For example, an analysis of current studies published in 2019 found that exposure to glyphosate increases the risk of non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (NHL) — a type of cancer — by a whopping 41%. (6)
A very recent study, just published in July 2020 found that glyphosate (as a separate ingredient) and Roundup affect male fertility. They reported that glyphosate and Roundup reduce both sperm motility and mitochondrial activity, as well as compromise sperm viability and integrity. They noted that Roundup had worse results than glyphosate on its own.
Further, glyphosate is a hormone disruptor. Australian researchers found that low levels of glyphosate lead to a drop in the hormone progesterone. In addition, this study demonstrated once again that Roundup as a source of glyphosate combined with other chemicals created even more of a hormone disruption. (7)
Studies on rats have revealed that low levels of glyphosate damage the kidney and liver (8) and in 2013 a study found that by mimicking estrogen, glyphosate causes breast cancer cells to proliferate (spread). (9)
You may have heard the expression, “Health begins in the gut”. This is because about 70% of your immune system and response is led by your microbiome – the complex ecosystem of organisms that reside in your digestive system.
That’s important to know because research shows that glyphosate negatively impacts gut bacteria. It does this by killing “good” flora, while supporting “bad” flora (such as E.coli) growth and in becoming antibiotic-resistant. (10)
In fact, glyphosate has intense antibiotic capabilities and can destroy the balance of your microbiome and gut. In addition, it depletes your body of specific minerals and amino acids, while impairing metabolic enzymes. (11)
Many experts believe that glyphosate and GMO plants made to absorb/withstand Roundup are responsible for the sudden surge in leaky gut and gluten sensitivity we see today.
Glyphosate Tricks Your Body Into Absorbing It
In most cases, if your body absorbs a toxin, you have a built-in filtration system to get rid of it. Most of the hard work is done by your liver. Often toxins are stored in fat when your body is overloaded and cannot deal with them immediately. It’s a good system.
Unfortunately, in a world filled with so many environmental toxins, our bodies are constantly confronted with them. It can easily become overwhelming to your delicate biological systems. It’s logical that if our food is filled with glyphosate and we’re constantly consuming even more…
Our bodies can easily get overwhelmed with trying to filter out the bad stuff and keep us in homeostasis (balance).
That’s a challenge in and of itself, but glyphosate is one of the worst toxins around because not only does it permeate the food we are eating, remain in the earth when we grow something else, enter the animals’ food supply and bodies, and our water…
Glyphosate mimics glycine, an important amino acid. One important role for glycine is supporting your Central Nervous System (CNS).
Your body uses glycine to create glutathione, which is a powerful antioxidant that helps your liver detoxify. But, instead of helping create glutathione, glyphosate can trick your body into absorbing it and storing it in tissues and organs.
Essentially, as it degrades, glyphosate creates glycine and your body can mistake the glyphosate for the healthy kind of glycine you need for proper detoxification.
When this happens, your body is not only taking in a toxin and working to detoxify, it’s doing the opposite – mistakenly keeping the toxin stored, and thereby able to create more havoc in your body.
Little wonder MIT researcher Stephanie Seneff, whom we mentioned above stated, “I see very strong correlations between the rise in a long list of debilitating autoimmune, neurological and oncological diseases exactly in step with the rise in use of glyphosate on core crops.” (12)
With all this information about how easy it is to be consuming glyphosate, and just a few of the examples of the incredible damage glyphosate does to your body, you must be wondering…
How Can I Avoid Glyphosate?
Thankfully, as research grows, some governments are wising up. Austria and Germany have banned glyphosate completely (13), and more than 40 total have “restricted or banned the use of glyphosate in food supply productions, or areas that can lead to inadvertent pollution of water, etc.” (14)
In the United States and Canada especially, this is doing little to stop the use of glyphosate in commercial farming.
Eating Organic Isn’t Enough
Now, you may be thinking, “If herbicides are the problem, I can just eat organic foods.”
While that would seem like an easy solution, sadly, buying organic is not enough to avoid glyphosate. How can that be?
Well, again, glyphosate has been used so extensively that there are traces of it almost everywhere.
- Was the water used for irrigation or for animals contaminated?
- Was it still in the earth growing the organic food?
- Did it travel through the air to a neighboring field? (15)
Are we implying there can be glyphosate in organic food? Absolutely.
It’s probably disappointing to discover that even eating organic foods doesn’t guarantee glyphosate free…
But the solution there is to choose foods that are certified glyphosate free!
That includes bone broth.
In fact, because of the way mammals store glyphosate, bone broth is one of the worst offenders. That’s because once glyphosate is in a mammal’s system, it accumulates in the bones and collagen. (16)
For this reason, much commercial and even home-made bone broth contains glyphosates.
At Kettle & Fire, we are very proud to say that all our products not only use only organic ingredients, but all our soups and bone broths are certified glyphosate-free.
Even better, many of our flavors include healthy foods (no glyphosate) that actually help your body to get rid of harmful toxins…
As well as help you create true glycine, which can help you purge harmful glyphosate from your body!
Foods to Help Detoxify
Foods that contain glycine, enhance glutathione and other antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity include: (17)
If you are reading this, you probably already know that bone broth is one of the best foods for healing your gut. That’s partially because bone broth from clean meat and poultry contains beneficial amino acids like glycine and glutathione. These keep your gut working properly, aiding digestion and boosting your immunity.
So why not pair the wonderful benefits of detoxifying foods with a glyphosate-free bone broth or soup?
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This is the difference wholesome, glyphosate-free cooking makes.
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