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5 Steps for Avoiding and Detoxing the Bt-Toxin Found in GMO Crops

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"It will make agriculture more efficient," they claim. "It won't hurt anyone but the bugs," they say. But despite all of their promises, Big Agriculture has a vested interest in "selling" us the benefits of their frankenfoods. After all, this is how they make their millions and billions. Regardless of what they tell us, however, the vast majority of people are waking up to the game and recognizing the current big agricultural system for what it is: a capitalistic machine devoid of moral concerns.

Just one example of their disregard for human health is in the use of Bacillus thuringiensis, also known as the Bt-toxin. This bacterial toxin has been used for decades as an insecticide, sprayed directly on crops to kill off problem bugs. The toxin works by literally exploding the stomachs of the bugs who ingest it. Nice, huh?

Well, Big Ag had the evil-genius idea of actually splicing the Bt gene with that of crops, creating corn, soybeans and cotton that already had the Bt built in. They said it would increase crop yields. They said it would decrease pesticide use. But, on both accounts, they were wrong. In addition to failing on both of these fronts, Bt crops have been found to cause both known and unknown damage to human health.

In example, some research has shown that Monsanto's 'biopesticide' known as Bt is killing human kidney cells. Scientists found that the Bt pesticide, in addition to Monsanto's best-selling herbicide Roundup, exhibit direct toxicity to human cells even in low doses.

While research is ongoing, there is growing evidence that Bt triggers an immune response in humans and animals. It elevates antibodies associated with allergies, infections, arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and cancer, just to name a few. Even more frightening, it can now be found in the majority of people on traditional Western diets-both in them and their unborn fetuses.

While it would be great if the industry would recognize these problems and stop using the Bt-crops, we know that won't happen. Nor will our government step in and regulate it (they side with Big Ag on this one too). So, as with most things, it's our responsibility to reduce our exposure and decrease the potential damage on our own bodies. 


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