Updated: Apr 25
Yes, you have read it right we are all sick that's right, we're all sick.
Both physically and mentally.
Yeah, I was hoping you disagreed. Excellent. So instead of natural ways to farm, we use pesticides. They are systemic pesticides, which means they enter the plant and run from the roots and through the leaves of a plant. There is a long-term residual effect on plants and soils. There is a link between pesticides and cancer, autism, and other illnesses when we eat these plants. Glyphosate systemic herbicide and crop desiccantHowever, glyphosate is a systemic herbicide as well. This substance is used to kill weeds, especially annual broadleaf weeds and grasses that compete with crops. weeds, especially annual broadleaf weeds and grasses that compete with crops glyphosate Exposure in Your Food Glyphosate can also be found in your food. Many farmers use glyphosate products in their fields and orchards. They spray it on crops like corn and soybeans that are genetically engineered to withstand glyphosate, also known as GMOs. They also spray it on non-GMO crops like wheat, barley, oats, and beans, to dry out the crops so they can harvest them sooner. It gets into foods early in the food chain, before raw food is harvested and before it’s processed. Herbicides and Your HealthGlyphosate is a popular herbicide used to kill certain plants and grasses, manage how plants grow, get crops ready for harvest, and ripen fruit. It’s been in the news recently because of concerns about health risks. Where Is Glyphosate Used? Glyphosate is one of the world’s most common herbicides. It’s the active ingredient in popular weed-control products like Roundup, Rodeo, and Pondmaster. Many farmers use it during food production. It’s often used on:
Fruit and vegetable crops
Glyphosate-resistant crops like canola, corn, cotton, soybeans, sugar beets, and wheat
Plantings, lawns, greenhouses, aquatic plants, and forest plantings
Exposure to Glyphosate in Your Lawn and Garden If you use a weed killer with glyphosate on your lawn or garden, you may be exposed to glyphosate by breathing it in, getting it on your skin, or getting it in your eyes. Your risk goes up if you:
Eat or smoke after applying it and don’t wash your hands first
Touch plants that are still wet from it
Exposure to Glyphosate in Your Food You may also be exposed to glyphosate in your food. Many farmers use glyphosate products in their fields and orchards. They spray it on crops like corn and soybeans that are genetically engineered to withstand glyphosate, also known as GMOs. They also spray it on non-GMO crops like wheat, barley, oats, and beans, to dry out the crops so they can harvest them sooner. It gets into foods early in the food chain, before raw food is harvested and before it’s processed. Which Foods Have Glyphosate? You may have heard in recent news that oat-based products like oatmeal, cereal, granola bars, and snack bars have glyphosate. In one report from California scientists and the World Health Organization, 43 of 45 oat-based products tested had it. Popular breakfast foods like Quaker Old Fashioned Oats and Cheerios had above-average levels. It’s also in grain and bean products like pasta, buckwheat, barley, kidney beans, and chickpeas. Some foods may surprise you, like avocados, apples, blueberries, cherries, cucumbers, dates, dried peas, garlic, lemons, olives, peanuts, pomegranates, potatoes, rice, spinach, sugarcane, tobacco, tomatoes, and walnuts. Is It in Organic Foods? To limit your exposure, buy organic products. Glyphosate is banned in organic farming. But that doesn’t eliminate it. In the World Health Organization report, one-third of organic oat products tested had traces of glyphosate. But they were below levels associated with risk. It’s possible glyphosate drifts over from nearby fields with conventionally grown crops or during cross-contamination at processing facilities that handle non-organic crops. Long-Term Health Risks Short-term exposure to glyphosate isn’t something you need to worry much about. Experts say it’s less toxic than table salt. But its long-term risk may be a concern. Scientists are divided on how much risk is involved. Reports show conflicting results. And keep in mind that most studies involve animals, not people:
Cancer. Some studies suggest glyphosate may be linked to cancer. Others suggest there’s no link. It’s a controversial topic. The International Agency for Research on Cancer categorizes glyphosate as a probable carcinogen for humans. In 2020, the EPA released a statement that glyphosate does not pose a risk to humans as long as it is used according to directions. They also stated that it is unlikely that it causes cancer in humans.
Liver and kidney damage. Glyphosate may affect your kidney and liver. Studies of dairy cows eating a diet of soybeans with high levels of glyphosate had higher risks of liver and kidney damage.
Reproductive and developmental issues. The EPA released a statement in 2020 that there was no evidence that glyphosate interfered with the endocrine system or hormones in humans.
Risk for pregnant women and children. Some scientists are concerned that pregnant women and children may have higher risks because children and developing fetuses may be more susceptible to carcinogens. But the EPA says there’s no evidence that glyphosate is a developmental or reproductive toxin, so they don't feel that they are at any higher risk.
Other forms of pollution
The pollution we already know the consequences of fumes from the exhaust gas fossil fuels again cancers and others sickness
Plastic pollution microplastics
Microplastic pollution has been detected in human blood for the first time, with scientists finding the tiny particles in almost 80% of the people tested.
The discovery shows the particles can travel around the body and may lodge in organs. The impact on health is as yet unknown. But researchers are concerned as microplastics cause damage to human cells in the laboratory and air pollution particles are already known to enter the body and cause millions of early deaths a year.
Huge amounts of plastic waste are dumped in the environment and microplastics now contaminate the entire planet, from the summit of Mount Everest to the deepest oceans. People were already known to consume the tiny particles via food and water as well as breathe them in, and they have been found in the faeces of babies and adults. The scientists analysed blood samples from 22 anonymous donors, all healthy adults and found plastic particles in 17. Half the samples contained PET plastic, which is commonly used in drinks bottles, while a third contained polystyrene, used for packaging food and other products. A quarter of the blood samples contained polyethene, from which plastic carrier bags are made. “Our study is the first indication that we have polymer particles in our blood – it’s a breakthrough result,” said Prof Dick Vethaak, an ecotoxicologist at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in the Netherlands. “But we have to extend the research and increase the sample sizes, the number of polymers assessed, etc.” Further studies by several groups are already underway, he said.