WHAT IS IT?
Welcome to Stop Spraying Glyphosate.
Glyphosate, more commonly known as Roundup®, is the most widely used herbicide sprayed on farming crops such as wheat, corn, soy and cotton to keep weeds from growing in farmers’ fields.
Since it was first registered in 1974, its ingredient is now found in more than 750 products, with Monsanto’s Roundup® being the most widely used herbicide in the world. Americans use glyphosate chemicals to improve their crop yields, ripen their fruits—and kill dandelions in their front lawns.
The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer, in 2015, found glyphosate to be a “probable” cause for cancer in human beings, with growing research linking it to cases of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. California’s state environmental protection agency also declared it a “probable carcinogen”.
HOW CAN IT AFFECT ME?
The usage of glyphosate on crops in the US has exponentially increased over decades
along with an exponential increase in autoimmune diseases including type 1 diabetes, autism, multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease, coeliac disease,—among many others.
Glyphosate exposure can result in leaky gut—an increase in intestinal permeability which develops when the integrity of the intestinal lining is compromised.
Glyphosate can affect the mitochondria—the energy or powerhouse of all cells, wreaking
havoc on the body’s ability to produce energy, which can cause chronic fatigue.
Anxiety & Depression
Glyphosate can disrupt chemical processes that impact the production of serotonin, an
important neurotransmitter that regulates mood, appetite and sleep. Evidence also
suggests that pesticide poisoning – a heavy dose in a short amount of time – doubles
the risk of depression.
Glyphosate herbicides may be responsible for uterine infertility which acts as an EDC (Endocrine Disrupting Chemical). Exposure to EDC’s, like glyphosate, during early life could alter female fertility.
Glyphosate can affect the central nervous system and can cross over the cell membrane,
disrupting the brain’s ability to focus, resulting in confusion and feelings of disorganization.
Glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup®, is a dangerous cancer causing chemical.
Meet Laurie Gagan and her colleagues who stand beside her mission- the dangers of glyphosate.
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