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Sunday, May 22, 2016

PaleoJay's Smoothie Cafe #129- Roundup and Glyphosate SUCK!

PaleoJay Plays On Cover

One of the most common chemicals spread on the lawns of America is Roundup, made by Monsanto.  The active ingredient is glyphosate, which we have been told is completely safe for humans for years now.
It’s NOT!  The exact method by which glyphosate hurts is becoming clear, as we increasingly find out the immense importance of the human gut micro biome.  The little bugs that live in our guts actually determine our mood, whether we are fat or thin, and even provide us with essential nutrients for life!  No one knew this back in 1970, when Monsanto came up with the chemical compound.  So far as they knew, it was safe, or so they said.
It may be safe for human cells, at least in the short term, but not for our crucial gut bacteria, without which we cannot survive.  Glyphosate has also been linked with killing our essential honey bees that pollinate crops, along with butterflies and other creatures that share the earth with us.
But the main reason to avoid it entirely, as now most of the nations of the world are uniting in banning it (except for the United States, of course), is again the damage to the human gut micro biome.  Autoimmune diseases are now rampant, and becoming worse over time- these have been shown to be caused by a leaky gut, or intestinal permeability, which is in turn caused by a damaged gut micro biome- caused by glyphosate.
This can set us up for type 1 diabetes, diverticulitis, arthritis, and all the other plagues of modern civilization. Roundup or some other brand of glyphosate is used on pretty much all standard corn and soy crops in the US.  Monsanto also sells Roundup resistant varieties of corn and soy seeds, so that the crops are more immune to the chemical, and more can be used!  This means more and more Roundup is being used on our food crops.
Just another reason for those of us of the Paleo persuasion to avoid grains and soy!  But it also gets into our drinking water, especially if you live near to big agribusiness operations of chemical farming.
The most irksome thing to me is the usage by homeowners on their lawns!  To get rid of dandelions, which are actually quite a pretty and very healthy to eat flower, most homeowners are more than willing to pour poison all over their lawns and gardens!  It makes me feel sick, and I’m sure it is making the folks that do it sick as well, but really physically sick, since they walk on it, sit on it, and let their children play on this chemical nightmare.

My suggestion?  Mow your lawn.  Hoe your garden.  Avoid grains.  And please, tell you neighbors that you would appreciate their lawns much more it they were more diverse, with yellow flowers, creeping charlie, burdock, and all of the other wonderful plants that make up Nature, and that so many of us have been brainwashed by the media and advertising to try to kill!