Why You Should Be Concerned About Glyphosate
What is glyphosate? According to Wikipedia, glyphosate is defined as:
a broad-spectrum systemic herbicide and crop desiccant. It is an organophosphorus compound, specifically a phosphonate. It is used to kill weeds, especially annual broadleaf weeds and grasses that compete with crops. It was discovered to be an herbicide by Monsanto chemist John E. Franz in 1970. Monsanto brought it to market in 1974 under the trade name Roundup®.
Farmers may appreciate the weed-killing benefit of glyphosate, but we believe it's a major contributing factor to leaky gut syndrome, or intestinal permeability, and low-grade G.I. infection. In the way that glyphosate kills weeds in the soil, it also kills the bacteria ("weeds") in the G.I. tract. Research links glyphosate to antibiotic resistance and hormone disruption. In 2016, the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) labeled the glyphosate herbicide a "probable human carcinogen". The IARC review committee made this determination based on their review of studies which found glyphosate in farmworkers' blood and urine, chromosomal damage in cells, and increased risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in some people who had been exposed; tumor formation in some animal studies has also been reported. A study published in 2017 concluded that consumption of small quantities of glyphosate (Roundup®), well below the permissible concentration levels, were associated with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in rats.
Glyphosate is the world's most widely-used herbicide with more than 160 countries applying 1.4 billion pounds of it annually. Just about every corn, soybean and cotton crop grown in the U.S. is sprayed with glyphosate. Data from California shows that in 2012 glyphosate was applied to five million acres of almonds, peaches, cherries, citrus, grapes, cantaloupes, onions, and other edible crops. Pre-harvest use of glyphosate on crops results in very high residues.
Glyphosate causes gut dysbiosis (microbial imbalance in the gut) which frequently leads to inflammation of the gut lining, leaky gut syndrome, and an overgrowth of pathogens. Glyphosate also destroys the villi in the gut, which in turn, reduces the absorbability of vitamins and minerals. The increased use of glyphosate since the mid-1970s appears to correlate with the spike in celiac disease and other autoimmune conditions. So much of the American diet is comprised of corn, wheat, and soy that it's easy to make this connection. We are literally eating herbicides on a daily basis.
If you believe glyphosate in food is unhealthy and you choose to eat organic (glyphosate-free), you may not be eating what you think you are. This is because when glyphosate is sprayed, it often drifts to other crops, even ones that are not being treated with glyphosate. In other words, an organic farmer's cotton crop could become contaminated by virtue of a neighboring, crop that has been sprayed. Unfortunately, even foods that are grown organically and subjected to glyphosate drift can still be labelled "organic". Testing the amount of glyphosate in food generally is not a common practice, but as more people sound the alarm, testing will be done in the hopes that one day, glyphosate will be banned in the United States as some countries have already done.
Colostrum-LD™ has been independently analyzed for glyphosate residues, and certified to be glyphosate-free. That means that the dairy cows providing colostrum to Sovereign Laboratories are grazing in pastures that are not contaminated with glyphosate.