Study Shows Glyphosate Messes With the Ecosystem

A study in the Journal of Applied Toxicology showed that frog embryos that were exposed to glyphosate developed deformities.[1]

This study is one of a growing body of research that shows that glyphosate not only affects plants and soil systems that were directly sprayed. It also affects the surrounding life.

Other ways that glyphosate disrupts the biology of humans and ecosystems in and surrounding agricultural areas:

  • Glyphosate harms bees. Glyphosate isn’t a pesticide, so it doesn’t kill bees outright. Instead, researchers found that it disrupts bees’ gut bacteria, which makes entire bee colonies more susceptible to deadly diseases.[2] Flowering plants cannot reproduce without bees, so the decline of bee populations directly affects the food supply.
  • Glyphosate affects the health of earthworms, which affects the integrity of the soil. Even the glyphosate that ran off from a simulated light rainfall was enough to cause a significant change.[3]
  • Glyphosate is linked with cancers such as lymphomas. More and more cancer patients are bringing lawsuits against the manufacturers of glyphosate, and winning. You can read about the billion dollar verdict here.
  • Glyphosate is toxic to human cells and DNA. Even though the government says it’s safe, researchers have found that glyphosate kills human cells in laboratory studies.[4][5]

RELATED: Why Eating Organic Really Does Matter

Avoid glyphosate when you can

The Bulletproof Diet recommends organic food as much as possible. Organic farming practices are more sustainable than massive agricultural operations, and they keep toxic chemicals out of our soil and your body. It also builds healthier, more nutrient-rich soil, and healthy soil grows more nutritious vegetables for your plate.

Glyphosate destroys soil bacteria, which disrupts the balance of beneficial bacteria and insects that help your food grow. Organic food is glyphosate-free, free of antifungals and antibiotics, and it supports healthy soil way more than conventionally-grown food.

Glyphosate doesn’t stay where farmers put it. Support small, sustainable farms — your dollar decides who stays in business and who has to change their practices or close up shop. As much as possible, keep glyphosate away from your skin, your food, and your soil.

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