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One of the main arguments proponents of GMO crops give is that they are just as safe as regular crops. Possibly one of the most well-known of the GMO crops are those that are “Roundup Ready”, meaning farmers can spray their fields with the herbicide Round-Up (chemical name glyphosate) and it won’t kill the crops, only the weeds. This works because the plants have been modified to resist the active ingredient in the herbicide. The genetic engineers who developed this technology say it is totally safe for humans because they are not plants. Sounds logical? On the surface yes, but since we really encourage critical thinking here at Well Fed Family we aren’t going to take something just on the surface – we ask questions and dig a little deeper!
Here is what a simple search of Wikipedia revealed. Normally I tend not to trust Wikipedia with highly controversial topics simply because either side of the issue can come in and rewrite evidence they don’t agree with. GMO-related posts on Wikipedia are constantly changing depending on who gets hold of them that day. However the following quote is actually fact-based. It tells the mechanism that makes a plant Round-Up Ready.
“One of the most famous kinds of GM crops are “Roundup Ready”, or glyphosate-resistant. Glyphosate, (the active ingredient in Roundup) kills plants by interfering with the shikimate pathway in plants, which is essential for the synthesis of the aromatic amino acids phenylalanine, tyrosine and tryptophan. More specifically, glyphosate inhibits the enzyme 5-enolpyruvylshikimate-3-phosphate synthase (EPSPS).
The shikimate pathway is not present in animals, which instead obtain aromatic amino acids from their diet.”
So again, on the surface it sounds fine. We aren’t plants, we don’t have a shikimate pathway. We get our amino acids from the food we eat. We can eat GMO crops that have been heavily sprayed with glyphosate and it won’t matter one bit – what do you think? Well think about this – our gut flora, the trillions of microorganisms living in symbiosis within our digestive tract, DO have shikimate pathways. They DO need this pathway functioning in order to make essential amino acids for their survival. When we eat foods doused in glyphosate/Round-Up we ARE harming our gut bacteria!
Let’s dig a little deeper – not only does glyphosate/Round-Up kill our gut bacteria, it also shuts down our own body’s production of CYP (cytochrome P450) enzymes. CYP enzymes are critical to our ability to detoxify foreign substances that enter our body whether through food, drink, medicines or vaccines. This leaves us more vulnerable to inflammation of all kinds when we can’t detoxify dangerous substances.
Many if not most of the diseases we face today are directly related to the deteriorating health of our gut flora and our inability to overcome inflammation. Everything from Alzheimer’s to cancer, diabetes to heart disease, depression to digestive disorders can be linked to either or both of these key areas.
Just because we are not plants doesn’t mean eating herbicide, or eating crops designed to be heavily sprayed by herbicides, is a safe thing to do. Look for the Non-GMO Project Verified logo on packages. Purchase organic whenever possible to avoid food sprayed with glyphosate.
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This was shared with Wellness Wednesday.