Monsanto push seeds resistant to their own weedkiller

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In the late 1960s, the world’s population was a measly 1.3 billion. That’s right – today’s population of China was the equivalent of the total number of human beings living on the planet when rock and roll was born. In the last 50 years that number has jumped to 7.3 billion. In a desperate attempt to keep up with the almost impossible demands of feeding that many mouths, global corporations like food giant Monsanto have devised some serious shortcuts. But like everything in life there is no such thing as a free lunch.

It is believed food supply is lagging behind by between 3 and 4 billion people who go hungry permanently. The World Health Organisation call this catastrophic shortfall food poverty. Which is why Monsanto have developed a seed for farmers which is resistant to a particular kind of weedkiller –  their weedkiller, Roundup. It means farmers can spray their crops with Roundup without harming them,  destroy harmful weeds and therefore maximise food production.

There is only one major problem – research suggests the active in ingredient in the weedkiller may have harmful side-effects when eaten.

Monsanto’s infamous Roundup contains the hotly debated compound called glyphosate. This merciless herbicide is also found in 750 or more U.S. products. An herbicide like this infiltrates the landscape and accumulates in mammals, especially bone, hindering cellular detoxification along the way.

A destroyer, glyphosate annihilates a plant’s building blocks of life, tearing apart amino acids. By disrupting the “shikimate pathway” in plants and microorganisms, glyphosate creeps inside leaves and stalk, raping natural life processes. Glyphosate also destroys the beneficial microorganism in the human gut, destroying the human immune system.

To make matters worse, glyphosate is often mixed with adjuvants – chemical agents that increase glyphosate’s destructive power. It’s often mixed with surfactants and foaming agents that allow the liquid to bond to and penetrate the structures of a plant’s leaves. This mass infiltration has created a chemical environment for the growing of our food.

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