“At today’s rate, by 2025, one in two children will be autistic.” That is the conclusion senior MIT research scientist Stephanie Seneff PhD drew from her extensive body of research examining the impact of environmental toxins on human health. The main culprit? Monsanto’s herbicidal glyphosate and its increasing use on American crops.
Dr. Seneff presented her dire findings at a recent conference, telling a panel discussing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) that autism and glyphosate toxicity not only shared very similar side effects, but there is a remarkably consistent correlation between the use of glyphosate (marketed by Monsanto as Roundup), the Monsanto crop seeds genetically modified to withstand massive doses of Roundup, and rising rates of autism in American children.
Americans have 10 times the amount of glyphosate accumulation in their bodies as Europeans, whose governments either heavily restrict glyphosate use or have banned it completely. According to the Alliance for Natural Health, studies have found that American mothers have extremely high levels of glyphosate in their breast milk, where the toxin is present at 760 to 1,600 times the maximum allowable limits in European drinking water.
Autistic children also have biomarkers that indicate excessive glyphosate levels, including zinc and iron deficiencies, low serum sulfate levels, mitochondrial disorder, and seizures.
Perhaps most disturbing is that the trend of using Monsanto’s Roundup and GMO “Roundup Ready” seeds shows no sign of slowing down, let alone stopping. Almost all American corn and soy is produced with Roundup and GMO seeds. These grains form the base of the U.S. food supply, so glyphosate can be found in everything from cereal and chips to anything sweetened with corn syrup or GMO sugar cane. American livestock are also fed GMO corn and soy, so beef, poultry, dairy products, and eggs also contain glyphosate.
Farmers often spray Roundup on wheat just before harvesting, so glyphosate also works its way into non-organic bread and other foods made with wheat. Even though the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulators and other pro-GMO forces say that the amount of glyphosate in these products is trace, they ignore the cumulative effects that glyphosate toxicity is having on human health.
A study conducted by the Department of Public Health Sciences at University of California Davis and published in June found that pregnant women who live near farms where pesticides are applied had a 60 percent higher risk of having children with autism. Present and future generations of children aren’t the only ones being harmed by excessive use of Roundup and GMOs. Studies have shown the same correlations between glyphosate and autism are found in deaths from senility.
Tragically, government regulators who are supposed to shield Americans from such public health disasters seem to be complicit in the widespread use of glyphosate and prevalence of GMO crops. In December, the USDA reported that pesticide residues are found in more than half of the food it tested, but said that 99 percent of these samples contained pesticide levels it considers “safe.”
Additionally, the USDA reported that 40 percent of food tested showed no trace of pesticides at all. The Alliance for Natural Health, however, points out that the agency failed to test these samples for glyphosate, the active ingredient in the most widely used herbicide in the U.S., because of unspecified “cost concerns.” The agency also failed to test for herbicide ingredients considered “inert,” yet scientists have found that those ingredients can radically intensify glyphosate’s toxic effects. “In my view, the situation is almost beyond repair,” Dr. Seneff said after her presentation. “We need to do something drastic.” I agree with that assessment and hope our government officials are listening.
Sources: Alliance for Natural Health, Reuters and Discovery News
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