It's to be expected that anything produced by the world's most evil corporation would be distinctly harmful, and that has certainly proven true of glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup weed killer.
Beyond Pesticides – a non-profit watchdog organization – estimates that 300 million pounds of glyphosate are dumped on U.S. crops each year, in addition to a further 300 million pounds being used along roadsides, in parks and in other areas. While Monsanto stands 100 percent behind its product, insisting repeatedly that it is totally safe, the reality is that as the use of Roundup has steadily increased, so have the number of people with chronic diseases like diabetes, celiac disease, asthma, heart disease and others.
This is hardly a coincidence, and the explanation for the link between glyphosate use and chronic disease is quite simple: As reported by Natural Health 365, glyphosate destroys the "good" bacteria in the gut, bacteria which are vital to a host of functions, including boosting immunity, fighting infection, nutrient absorption, the production of fatty acids and vitamins, and the neutralization of toxins.
As this toxic chemical destroys good bacteria it affects multiple bodily functions, creating a perfect storm for the development of disease. (Related: Monsanto's Roundup Triggers Over 40 Plant Diseases and Endangers Human and Animal Health.)
The link between glyphosate and disease
So, if glyphosate kills good bacteria, why do organizations like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) dogmatically insist that it is safe? Since glyphosate operates by blocking an enzyme in the shikimate pathway, a pathway which exists only in plants but not in humans or animals, theoretically it should be safe to eat products which have been sprayed with this chemical.
Nonetheless, glyphosate wreaks absolute havoc on human health, as was highlighted in a 2016 Pesticide Action Network (PAN) report, which noted:
Glyphosate-based herbicides can interfere with numerous mammalian organs and biochemical pathways, including inhibition of numerous enzymes, metabolic disturbances and oxidative stress leading to excessive membrane lipid peroxidation, and cell and tissue damage. Genotoxicity and endocrine disruption also lead to chronic health and developmental effects.
Specifically addressing the link between glyphosate and the destruction of beneficial gut bacteria, the report added:
Glyphosate has long been known to have antimicrobial properties, and was patented by Monsanto as an antimicrobial in 2010, with claims to be active against a very wide range of organisms. Recent studies show it can cause imbalances in the normal gastrointestinal microbiome, increasing vulnerability to pathogenic bacteria and influencing the response to antibiotics and intestinal functioning, in humans and animals. (Related: New PAN report warns of global contamination of health damaging glyphosate.)
In other words, glyphosate destroys bacteria, but not the bad kinds like Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus (which are actually resistant to it), but the good kinds that we need to destroy bad bacteria. This creates a condition known as dysbiosis, upsetting the delicate balance of the microbiome and creating a breeding ground for disease.