The World Health Organization (WHO) today said that Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup, or Glyphosate, can probably cause cancer. Here is a Reuters article.
First what is Roundup, or glyphosate? It is a very powerful herbicide that is used to kill weeds and just about anything which grows. If you went to Home Depot and bought a bottle of Roundup and sprayed it on your vegetable garden, you’d have a dead garden in a day or two. It is very potent.
So what does this have to do with Genetically Modified foods (GMOs)? Monsanto and other seed companies have modified corn, soy, canola, and other crops to be resistant to Roundup. By doing this the farmers can save money by not having to remove weeds from the fields by hand, now they can spray the fields with Roundup, it will kill the weeds, but it won’t kill the genetically modified crop. Sounds great doesn’t it? Well read on.
When the field is sprayed the Roundup lands on the corn, soy, etc. The weeds, and the soil. The corn for example will absorb the Roundup just as the weeds do, but it won’t kill the corn. The Roundup just stays in the corn, soy, etc and every part of the plant has Roundup in it.
When you eat a GMO food, or foods made form GMO foods, you are getting a small dose of Roundup with every bite. Even baby formula has GMO ingredients in it. Here are the top 10 GMO containing foods:
- Canned soups
- Frozen foods sweetened with HFCS
- Baby Formula
- Juices and dried fruit sweetened with HFCS
- Many cereals
- Vegetable and Canola oils
- Tofu & Soy Milk
- Meats – Cattle, pigs, chickens, and farm raised fish are fed GMO corn & Soy
- Milk – Dairy cattle are fed GMO corn and soy
- Soft Drinks – sweetened with HFCS
How do you keep GMOs and Roundup off of your families kitchen table? Simple, look for Certified Organic foods or those that bear the Certified Non-GMO Project Verified label.