That headline should grab your attention, it did mine. The headline was the name given an article published in the Journal of Organic Systems on November 2, 2014. http://www.organic-systems.org/journal/92/JOS_Volume-9_Number-2_Nov_2014-Swanson-et-al.pdf If you would like to read the details, click on the link.
Before you dismiss this as some crackpot swipe at GMO’s and glyphosate, let me explain that the Journal mentioned is not about organic foods, its about organic systems. Organic systems are systems based on organic chemistry, or anything containing carbon. We human beings are carbon based, therefore we are an organic system. Just to clear that up. This is a peer reviewed professional journal, not Mad Magazine.
At this point I would like to make you aware that this is not the only scientific research that has ever been done on the effects of glyphosate. In 2012 Dr/ Gilles-Eric Seralini published in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology, a paper outlining the effects of feeding GMO corn, Monsanto Roundup ready corn, to his lab animals. In that paper Dr. Seralini and his team found that rats fed for two years with this glyphosate treated corn developed many more tumors and died earlier than the control group that was fed a regular diet.
That paper was so hotly debated, and I am sure a lot of pressure from ‘you know who’ (Big Agra and certain chemical companies), it had to be retracted by the journal in 2013. However the journal publisher, Elsevier in Amsterdam stated, “no evidence of fraud or intentional misrepresentation of the data“. If that sounds a little fishy to you, it did to me too.
Fast forward to June of 2014 and the paper was again published in the journal Environmental Sciences Europe, an open access publication. This time Dr. Seralini also published all his raw data stating that he wanted to be a “paragon of transparency” and stated that he hoped companies making and selling genetically modified foods would follow his example. On that one I am still waiting, how about you?
Back to the research paper just published in the Journal of Organic Systems where the team led by Dr. Nancy Swanson looked at data since the introduction of GMO crops and related chemicals that started in 1974. There is mounting evidence that glyphosate (Roundup and others similar) interferes with many metabolic processes in both plants and animals. Research also shows that glyphosate residues have been found in both plant and animal, and yes, that would include us humans.
Dr. Swanson and her team looked at the incidence and prevalence of chronic diseases reported in the United States over the past 20 years. They chose 22 diseases: stroke, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, lipoprotein metabolism (cholesterol problems), Alzheimer’s, senile dementia, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, autism, inflammatory bowel disease, intestinal infections, end stage renal (kidney) disease, acute kidney failure, cancers of the thyroid, bladder cancer, pancreatic cancer, kidney cancer, and myeloid leukemia. The majority of these conditions had a strong correlation showing the effects of glyphosate and GE (Genetically Engineered) corn and soy. So much so that the researchers suggest more advanced research to further investigate this correlation.
When we look at the percentage of our corn and soy, as well as other crops, that are GMO or GE, something becomes very alarming. The percentage of corn that is GMO is at least 88 to more than 90%. Even though you may not eat a lot of corn in the form of just corn, you are getting it via the animal products that you eat. The majority of animal feed is GMO corn and other grains, think soy.
Let’s look at soy. 93% or more of all soy is GMO. And even if you are a vegetarian and don’t get it via animal feed, start reading labels. Soy oil is one of the foundation oils used in so many processed foods it is almost impossible to avoid. Oh, and let’s not forget canola oil, 90% of that is GMO. Get the picture?
When we look at the food dollar that is spent in the U.S. we see that 90%+ is spent on processed foods. WOW. The only safe thing to do is cook from scratch. I know, it sounds like hard work. However, when we see the results of the above mentioned research, we know that is the only way to actually stay healthy. Buy organic foods wherever possible. Local is great. Just read labels.