Monsanto’s list of misdeeds over the years has been well-documented. They’ve never been a friend to our food, our environment, or our health. And yet, somehow they find ever more ways to make our world a more toxic and hazardous place.
This time they’re at it again, wreaking havoc with one of their flagship products, Roundup herbicide. Roundup has already been found to cause an alarming number of health problems including autism, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, liver disease, kidney disease, just about every kind of cancer there is – the list could probably go on for days.
But to make matters even worse, a team of researchers from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand has recently discovered that it could also be responsible for creating antibiotic resistant bacteria.
Why The Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Fire Did Not Need More Fuel
The threat that antibiotic resistant bacteria, or superbugs, pose to our health is becoming an increasing concern in America. And rightfully so, the risk that a strain of bacteria could develop a strong resistance to the antibiotics we currently use to treat patients is all too real.
Usually when we think of what is contributing to the problem, however, we think only of overprescribing by doctors for patients and indiscriminate use by farmers on livestock. Now we have an entirely new factor to be worried about.
What Exactly The Worry Is
The team took different species of disease-causing bacteria and exposed them to Roundup and other common herbicides. “In most cases, we saw increased resistance even to important clinical antibiotics,” said professor Heinemann, who led the group.
In fact, they were so shocked by the results that they called in a team from Massey University to see if their results could be duplicated. To their dismay, the results were the same.
What this means is that anywhere people, pets, pollinators, or animals can come in contact with Roundup there is the potential for bacteria to develop resistance to antibiotics.
Though the concentrations of herbicide required to have these effects are higher than the levels currently allowed for residue on food, it should certainly make you think twice about what you are buying at the supermarket.
Another Reason To Go Organic
To avoid contributing to the superbug problem, and to avoid the plethora of other health concerns associated with Roundup, you should consider the alternatives.
More and more grocers are carrying organic products, but if you can’t find what you are looking for anywhere, there are a number of good online stores that have just about everything. You can check out a good list here.
Of course, another great option is to grow your own produce, which can be a fun and rewarding hobby. If you’re just getting started you can try these easy to grow vegetables, like tomatoes, beets, and carrots.
You don’t necessarily need a lot of space, just some patience, love, and a little bit of sunshine. Something we could all use a little more of to help escape the dark cloud of Monsanto.