How GMO Farming and Food Is Making Our Gut Flora Unfriendly

by DailyHealthPost Editorial

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The story keeps getting worse, like a snaking nightmare, spreading its tendrils everywhere we look.

Roundup–the most-used herbicide in the world, made by Monsanto–and its toxic ingredients (the most insidious of which is glyphosate) are killing not just unwanted weeds: it is killing the necessary bacteria that live in our bodies to fight disease and that are a critical part of our digestive systems.

Through the genetically modified food we eat and the chemicals used in their manufacture, residual poison invades our bodies, killing whatever it finds with impunity.

Gut Flora Imbalance

Pathogenic bacteria are more free to proliferate and we get sick.[1] Funnily enough, glyphosate acts on killing “good” bacteria but “bad” bacteria like salmonella and Clostridum botulinum (botulism) are largely unaffected.

“Consider that botulin is the most acutely toxic substance known, and that despite the fact it is FDA-approved for use “cosmetically,” e.g., Botox injections, it is being looked at as a potential bioweapon because it only takes 75 billionths of a gram (75 ng) to kill a person weighing 75 kg (165 lbs). It has been estimated that only 1 kilogram (2.2 lbs) would be enough to kill the entire human population.”

Ever wonder why in the last 30 years there has been an astronomic increase in the incidence of cancer, severe allergies, and gastrointestinal conditions like Crohn’s disease?

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This is one reason why. To counteract the situation, you can increase the amount of bioactive foods you eat; fermented foods like kimchi and sauerkraut are great probiotics.

Dire Consequences of GMO Farming Practices

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Let’s back up for a minute. Who is eating the plants that have been treated with glyphosate? Humans, yes. It’s in most of the corn and soy produced in the United States. But animals are also eating those grains.

Poultry and beef eat vast amounts of these crops and the effects of the herbicide are found in them also. Scientists in Germany studied cattle there to find out why there has been a sharp increase of C. Botulinum in the animals in the last fifteen years. They concluded:

“Ingestion of this herbicide [glyphosate] could be a significant predisposing factor that is associated with the increase in C. botulinum mediated diseases in cattle.”[2]

If you care about the health and well-being of the animals themselves, you should know that they suffer similar gastrointestinal distress and illness that humans do. If we consume the meat, milk, cheese, butter, yogurt, and eggs of these animals, we’re getting a dose of the herbicide with each serving. Add to that the amounts we eat in GMO (genetically modified organisms) grains and their processed products, we’re ingesting more than you might have thought.

What’s the Big Deal if we Eat Traces of Chemicals Like Glyphosate?

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Just to put things in perspective, one study of Roundup found that even diluted to 1/450th of its normal strength was enough to change the DNA in fish in less than twenty-four hours.

Herbicides used on the grains we eat filter into the soil in which they grow.

One study found that toxicity increases with repeated application and the result was a change in the microbiology of the soil.[3] In other words, we are poisoning not only the plants but the earth from which it grows. If this continues, the soil may become sterile, preventing the growth of ANYTHING. Then what?

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