SOURCE: Watershed Sentinel

Watershed Sentinel

March 30, 2015 16:06 ET

Editorial Feature: The Effects of the Roundup Chemical Glyphosate

COMOX, BC--(Marketwired - Mar 30, 2015) - In the wake of the March 20 announcement by the International Agency for Research on Cancer that glyphosate is 'probably' carcinogenic, Dr. Thierry Vrain, a retired soil biologist and genetic engineer who spent his research career with the Department of Agriculture in Canada, says that we need a social movement to advertise this issue in Canada.

The GMOs currently in our agriculture in Canada and the USA are RoundUp Ready crops and the only GMOs in our food supply are from these crops. RoundUp Ready crops are engineered to be sprayed with the herbicide RoundUp and this technology has become so successful that RoundUp has become a major pollutant and food contaminant.

Glyphosate is the active ingredient of the herbicide RoundUp, a molecule created in 1960 by Stauffer Chemicals, a US company with a business of cleaning mineral scales from industrial pipes and boilers. This means it binds to minerals indiscriminately and does a great job at dissolving and preventing minerals from being reactive or bioavailable in solution.

As Dr. Vrain explains in a recent article in the Watershed Sentinel, "GMOs and the Roundup Chemical, Glyphosate," "This chemical pollution is antibiotic, it impacts the microbiome, impairs CYP enzymes, and depletes food of essential mineral micronutrients. That is all you need to know about GMOs and engineered foods -- they are all contaminated with a chemical that demineralizes the food and will make you sick in the long term."

"We have no official data on residues of glyphosate in food or in water in Canada. No epidemiological studies of any kind have ever been done. All we have are human cell studies and animal feeding studies, and they show acute and chronic effects. We learned last year that glyphosate bio-accumulates in animals that eat the plants after they have been sprayed. It accumulates in the lungs, the heart, kidneys, intestine, liver, spleen, muscles, and bones... and chronically ill people have higher residues in their urine than healthy people."

Over 60 governments around the world have found the evidence compelling enough in the past few years to legislate some form of labeling, or to ban RoundUp Ready crops and the herbicide RoundUp. Their numbers are growing steadily.

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