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The Harmful Effects of Glyphosate

The Harmful Effects of Glyphosate

Glyphosate is found in many popular foods, including a wide range of cookies, crackers, cold cereals, and even food items that are labeled as “organic.” However, glyphosate drift appears to be a bigger problem than anyone might have initially thought.

Monsanto points out glyphosate has extremely low volatility, and as such, will not evaporate from surfaces such as soil or treated plants. Glyphosate will move through the air after application. If glyphosate-treated crops are located near organic crops, the glyphosate can drift during spraying, thus contaminating the organic crops.

What Is Glyphosate?

Glyphosate is an herbicide that is commonly used to kill weeds and grasses that compete with food crops. It originally was registered by Monsanto for use in the United States in 1974 under the trade name Roundup®.

Today, glyphosate is one of the most widely used herbicides in the United States. But glyphosate has been shown to cause a number of short- and long-term health problems.

There are growing concerns around the globe about the safety of glyphosate. Thus far, the following countries have banned Monsanto:

  • Austria
  • Bulgaria
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Japan
  • Latvia
  • Luxembourg
  • Madeira
  • New Zealand
  • Peru
  • Scotland
  • South Australia
  • Switzerland

How Does Glyphosate Work?

Glyphosate is a non-selective herbicide, and it has been shown to kill most plants.

The herbicide prevents plants from creating proteins that are essential for growth. Glyphosate blocks the shikimic acid pathway, an enzyme pathway that is necessary for plants and microorganisms to grow. 

According to the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC), at least 750 products for sale in the United States contain glyphosate.

Products that contain glyphosate have been shown to cause eye and skin irritation. If an individual breathes in glyphosate from spray products, he or she may experience nose and throat irritation.

In addition, consuming products that contain glyphosate may result in increased saliva, burning in the mouth and throat, vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea.

The NPIC also notes fatalities have been reported in cases of intentional ingestion of glyphosate.

Does Bovine Colostrum Contain Glyphosate? 

Some bovine colostrum supplements contain glyphosate, and it is important to know the source of a colostrum product to ensure it is glyphosate-free.

Colostrum-LD™ from Sovereign Laboratories consists of colostrum from pasture-fed Grade A dairy cows that consume healthy, green grass. They are certified to be healthy, rBST, BSE, and antibiotic-free. Furthermore, independent laboratory analysis confirms Colostrum-LD™ to be glyphosate-free.

Because other brands of bovine colostrum may come from cows that are fed grains and processed feed, it is likely that their colostrum is not glyphosate-free. 

Ultimately, all bovine colostrum supplements are not created equal – in terms of efficacy and safety.

With Colostrum-LD™, individuals can enjoy a colostrum product that contains verified quantities of growth and immune factors necessary for optimal health.

Colostrum-LD™ has been shown to help individuals modulate the immune function, fight off and eliminate infectious processes, and stimulate growth and rejuvenation of body systems.

Plus, Colostrum-LD™ is glyphosate-free. This bovine colostrum supplement can be consumed safely in any quantity by both people and pets without any drug interactions or side effects.