A chemical that’s being dumped on food crops has now been PROVEN to be dangerous to humans.
So there’s been quick action to ELIMINATE every trace of this cancer-causing nightmare in our food supply, right? Plus, an urgent push to BAN its use in the future too, right?
WRONG. In fact, they’re doing just the opposite.
A shocking new report finds the use of the chemical glyphosate – aka the weedkiller Roundup – is SURGING across America’s farmland. And that includes right in the “breadbasket,” where many of our nation’s vital crops are grown.
Despite the risks… and a $2 billion jury award over its cancer link… the chemical is being used now more than ever before.
And that means it’s getting close to impossible to avoid. Well, that is unless you know my two Roundup-dodging secrets.
Glyphosate use is SKYROCKETING
The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting finds America’s factory farms have turned glyphosate into an “everywhere” and “everything” chemical.
In other words, thanks to their overuse, it’s now EVERYWHERE.
And it’s in practically EVERYTHING.
Back in 1992, U.S. farms used 13.9 million pounds of glyphosate. By 2016, they were using 287 million pounds… or 20 TIMES the 1992 levels.
Much of Roundup was used in the Midwest, which was responsible for 188.7 pounds of glyphosate that was sprayed on crops in 2016 alone.
Most of that was dumped onto genetically modified corn and soy, two ingredients you’ll find used in countless products sitting on your local grocery store’s shelves.
The genetic tweaks allow the corn and soy to withstand the Roundup chemical, which kills weeds so crops can thrive more easily. That leads to bigger and more robust yields… not to mention higher profits.
Drilling down to the TRUTH about killer weedkillers
But this surge in use comes amid a wave of reports that find the chemical is:
- MORE dangerous than expected
- LESS effective the more it’s used
See, just as antibiotic overuse has led to antibiotic resistance and the creation of “superbug” bacteria, all this glyphosate use has led to SUPER weeds.
There are now 41 species of weed that can withstand the Roundup chemical, making them harder to control than ever before.
But what’s happening to the weeds is nothing compared to what happens in humans.
The chemical has been linked to cancer so frequently that the World Health Organization’s cancer agency has listed glyphosate as a “probable carcinogen.”
The company that makes it has lost multiple court cases over the risk, including a $2 billion jury award to a couple that said they developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma from their use of the chemical.
And that’s only the beginning of the risks.
Physicist Mark Buchanan warned in a column for the Bloomberg news service: “there are indications glyphosate can cause disease in mammals even several generations removed from the initial exposure.”
How to avoid cancer-linked Roundup
It’s frustrating AND frightening.
But don’t panic. There are two key ways you can minimize your own exposure to Roundup and avoid those risks.
- Only buy and eat NON-GMO foods: There are no standard labels yet, but some companies now voluntarily disclose it on the packaging.
- Go organic: Organics by law can’t be genetically modified, and can’t be grown with chemicals such as weedkillers.
Your grocery bill will rise a little. But probably not as much as you fear. And the extra cost is well worth the peace of mind that comes with eating safer food.
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