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False Promises

One of Monsanto’s favorite (false) claims is that the proliferation of GMO crops leads to reduced pesticide use. The latest study to refute that claim, published this week in Environmental Sciences Europe, says that glyphosate use has risen almost 15-fold since Monsanto’s "Roundup Ready" genetically engineered crops were introduced in 1996. (Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup).

Monsanto also loves to falsely claim that glyphosate is harmless, despite study after study suggesting otherwise.(Not to mention that last year the World Health Organization classified glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen).

How much should you care about a 15-fold increase in the use of glyphosate?

"The dramatic and rapid growth in overall use of glyphosate will likely contribute to a host of adverse environmental and public health consequences," said Dr. Charles Benbrook, author of the new study.

One of those (many) consequences, according to the world’s leading natural health website, Mercola.com, is that glyphosate damages your mitochondria. Damaged mitochondria are linked to hypertension and diabetes, allergic inflammation and autoimmune inflammation—conditions that are all on the rise, especially in the U.S. where 75-85 percent of all processed foods contain ingredients derived from Roundup Ready corn, soy, canola and sugar beets, to name a few.

A mere coincidence that instances of diabetes, allergies and autoimmune disease have risen, alongside the increased use of glyphosate? You decide.

Meanwhile, glyphosate is up for review by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which promised a decision by the end of July, then pushed the deadline to end of 2015. And then went radio silent.

While the EPA drags its feet on whether or not to renew approval of glyphosate, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) refuses to tell consumers how much glyphosate is left behind on the foods they eat.

It’s enough to send your blood pressure soaring.

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