Glyphosate Shown to Disrupt Microbiome

According to an article in The Guardian UK online, levels of Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide found in the human bloodstream have spiked by more than a 1,000% in the last two decades. It goes on to say that the substance was recently re-licensed for a shortened five-year lease by the EU despite scientists saying that it poses “a significant public health concern”.

Their study’s three peer-reviewed papers will be published in Environmental Health later in May, ahead of a €5m follow-up study that will compare the safe level against multiple other doses. Source

The UK is viewed as having a restrictive approach towards GMOs and crops but recently there appears to have been a shift toward acceptance. GMO crops are currently not grown commercially in the UK, but they are imported as animal feed. Source

Media reports depict the British public as averse to the use of genetically modified crops and food products, with newspapers describing Britain as a country that is impenetrable by biotech companies interested in developing and selling GM products, and this resistance has been criticized by the government’s former chief science adviser, who estimated that Britain has lost around £4 billion worth of revenue and the current government is apparently moving the UK towards eating more GMO foods.

The laws that govern the environment and the use of GMOs are mostly based on EU law. So what will happen when (or if) we leave the EU and will the import of chlorine -washed chicken from the USA be a minor concern compared to the GMO grains they are fed on.

British farmers fear US pressure on GMOs after Brexit

Large quantities of GM soya and maize are imported into Europe, including Britain, as animal feed. Meat and dairy products fed on GM animal feed are not labelled as GM-fed in British supermarkets. The EU has also decided to allow GM feed to include trace levels of crops which have no safety approval in Europe.

Only two GM crops have been approved for commercial growing in the EU. One is a variety of pest-resistant maize (Bt maize) produced by Monsanto (known as MON810). This is grown mainly in Spain (and in smaller quantities in some other countries) for use in animal feed. Cultivation of MON810 is banned in France, Germany, Greece, Austria, Luxemburg and Hungary.

Another GM crop was approved for cultivation in the EU in 2010, a potato known as the Amflora potato, which has been genetically modified by BASF to produce starch for use in paper-making. It was grown in small quantities in Germany and Sweden in 2011. BASF then withdrew from planting GM crops in Europe in January 2012 and in late 2013 the European Court annulled the authorisation, arguing it had not been granted lawfully.

In 2014, following another court case, the EU considered approving the commercial cultivation of another insect-resistant maize (Bt maize 1507) produced by DuPont.

No GM crops are currently grown commercially in Britain. The Bt maize that is grown in Spain is not suitable for growing here and the pests it is resistant to do not occur in Britain. Attempts to introduce herbicide-tolerant GM crops into Britain have been very controversial, because of the expected harmful effects on wildlife and the likely emergence of superweeds. None of these crops are currently approved for commercial growing. Scotland has a GM-free policy, as does Wales.

Excerpt from Genewatch:

Evidence from the USA should give us all concern, as disturbingly covered in this documentary

Further Resources: Renowned neurologist Dr David Perlmutter, whose expertise includes gluten issues, brain health & nutrition, preventing neurodegenerative disorders and author of the #1 best seller Grain Brain, interviews Dr Stephanie Seneff on the effects of Glyphosate on the human body.

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