Is it possible that RoundUp and other glyphosate products kill only weeds?
Commercial farmers use protective clothing when they spray the crops they sell at market for us to eat. RoundUp sold for public use contains the same chemicals including glyphosate. On the label it warns people not to spray on anything you like – it will kill it. People and pets shouldn’t come in contact with the sprayed area until it dries. The label also informs us that it shouldn’tbe sprayed where it can run off into storm drains, drainage ditches, gutters, or suface waters.
How safe can this be?
Glyphosate poisoning is an ambiguous term. Accidental or intentional ingestion/exposure of glyphosate or products containing glyphosate is rare but nearly always fatal. According to the makers of glyphosate and products that contain glyphosate and the National Pesticide Information Center, the incidence of poisoning is low. The symptoms and effects are downplayed leading us to believe that glyphosate is fairly harmless.
Glyphosate cannot be washed off and is used on so may foods that eliminating exposure is unlikely, if possible, at all.
While some sources say that glyphosate doesn’t stay in the system very long, it may have long-lasting health effects.
Glyphosate impairs the ability of the liver to detoxify the body! A toxic chemical that impairs the ability of the liver to detoxify the body of not only glyphosate but all other toxins as well.
Symptoms of glyphosate poisoning/sensitivity are nausea, diarrhea, skin rashes, macrocytic anemia, and depression. It has been linked to autism, autoimmune diseases, birth defects, cancer (breast, pancreatic, kidney, thyroid, bladder, liver, and brain cancers), cardiovascular diseases, depression, ADD/ADHD, hypothyroidism, obesity, Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s, Crohn’s, infertility and other reproductive disorders, ulcerative colitis, Celiac Disease, IBS, and other diseases and conditions of a compromised gut microbiome.
Glyphosate is found in corn, soy, sugar beets (sugar), canola, and cotton. While we don’t eat cotton, it’s used in everyday products such as clothing, sanitary napkins/tampons, coffee filters, etc. Nearly all processed foods contain these products and any animal products derived from animals that eat these products. (i.e. Livestock and some fish eat corn. Milk, cheese, yogurt, etc. may come from affected livestock.)
Reducing our exposure to glyphosate will take monumental effort in our day to day lives and extreme pressure on the government to ban the use of glyphosate and similar products.