We’ve all been motivated to eat better. Maybe we wanted to look and feel better for a New Year’s Resolution, an upcoming wedding or that dreaded class reunion. Regardless of the reason, you probably rummaged through your pantry and tossed the sweets, abandoned carbs and stocked up on clam shells of lettuce, big bags of carrots to juice and a bunch of other veggies that taste nothing like chocolate cake.
While your intentions were better than good, and the pounds may have slowly dropped off, eating healthy isn’t truly healthy these days. We know that sugar, processed flour and dairy causes us to gain weight, but there are other things to consider about your well-being, too. For example, did you know that the Center for Disease Control reports that there are traces of 29 different pesticides like Roundup (a weed killer) in the average American’s body? The very produce we eat to fuel our health and wellness just may be causing us to get sicker.
What is Roundup?
One of the biggest culprits for causing our foods to be potentially toxic is the well known pesticide Roundup which is made by the Monsanto Company. The active ingredient in this popular weed killer is glyphosate and it works with GE (genetically engineered) seeds that are glyphosate resistant. Roundup allows farmers to kill the weeds without killing their GMO crops.
Roundup is one of most popular weed killers used today. In 2007, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reported that approximately 185 million pounds of glyphosate was used by U.S. farmers which was double the amount used in 2001. Rodale’s Organic Life reported that “Professor Chuck Benbrook, PhD, a research professor at Washington State University, recently found that between 1996 and 2011, GMO technology actually increased herbicide use by 527 million pounds—that’s an 11 percent bump. And for every pound less of insecticide used, farmers used four pounds more of herbicides.” Additionally, Roundup isn’t just used on farms; it is a common product used for private lawns and gardens and on golf courses.
Roundup and the Risk of Cancer
On Jun 26, 2017, the state of California shared that the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) determined that “glyphosate (CAS No. 1071-83-6) would be added to the list of chemicals known to the state to cause cancer for purposes of Proposition 65 with a delayed effective date due to the pending case Monsanto v OEHHA… Monsanto’s challenge was unsuccessful in the trial court. Although the case has been appealed, no stay of the listing has been granted. Therefore, glyphosate is being added to the Proposition 65 list on July 7, 2017.” This means that glyphosate is considered by the state of California to have a high likelihood of causing cancer.
Currently, there is a class action lawsuit against Monsanto involving more than 800 cancer patients who are claiming the company failed to warn consumers about the risk of cancer associated with Roundup products. In fact, The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) found that exposure to glyphosate doubled a person’s risk of developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer of the immune system. In 3 out of the 4 human studies of American, Canadian, and Swedish agricultural workers, the IARC panel found a link between glyphosate and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
How Does Roundup Cause Cancer?
“While glyphosate probably doesn’t initiate cancer by causing gene mutations, it appears to promote malignancies by spurring tumor growth. Such a carcinogen is more dangerous to humans than to rodents, because people live much longer and thus accumulate more lesions susceptible to glyphosate’s catalytic effect, [explained] panelist Barbara Parsons, a molecular toxicologist with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration… She warned that mixing a tumor promoter such as glyphosate in formulations with other chemicals that have ‘any genotoxic potential would be a significant public-health concern,” states an article on Bloomberg Businessweek.
Further cell studies also found abnormal changes to cell DNA when it was exposed to glyphosate. This can cause rare kidney and pancreatic cancers.
How Much Roundup Do We Consume?
The scary fact is that “over 99% of GMO acreage is engineered by chemical companies to tolerate heavy herbicide (glyphosate) use and/or produce insecticide (Bt) in every cell of every plant over the entire growing season,” sites Natural Society.
If you aren’t buying organic or growing your own non-GMO, organic produce, chances are you’re consuming dangerous pesticides everyday. Here is a list of produce that contains the highest levels of pesticides. They’re called the “Dirty Dozen”:
- Sweet Bell Peppers
- Hot Peppers
Unfortunately, Roundup can’t easily be washed off the fruits and vegetables we eat. While washing can reduce pesticide residues on the surface, pesticides can still be absorbed by the roots and transferred into the tissue of the fruit or vegetable. So while you can reduce the poison, chances are you still are consuming a decent amount of it.
It is also important to consider that rainwater has been tested and is found to have traces of glyphosate in it. The U.S. Department of the Interior conducted a U.S. Geological Survey in where, “Weekly composite high-volume air and wet-only deposition samples were collected from April through September 1995 at paired urban and agricultural areas in Mississippi, Iowa, and Minnesota, and at a background site in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula… Each sample was analyzed for 49 compounds, including several pesticides not examined in previous atmospheric studies. Eighty-five percent of the herbicides, 70 percent of the insecticides, and 100 percent of the transformation products that were targeted for analysis were detected in one or more samples at each paired site.”
Even if you wanted to grow your own outdoor garden, you still could be growing contaminated herbs and produce from rainwater. So what should you do? First of all, think twice before feeding your kids random fruits and veggies from the local grocery store. Choose organic whenever you can. Next, get rid of the Roundup weed killer that you use in your garden. Finally, the risks of pesticides and its effects on the human body is one of the main reasons ROOT was created. Our seeds and fertilizers are 100% organic without pesticides, GMOs, preservatives, or roundup ending up in your food. Never. Ever.
With ROOT, you control what you grow and eat. Every herb, vegetable, and medicinal plant you grow and eat that is harvested from your ROOT hydroponic garden system will be 100% organic, Non-GMO, and sustainable. You’ll taste the difference immediately and know you’re eating the richest nutrients that have no pesticides, preservatives, or genetic modification.
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