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A FDA-registered food safety laboratory tested iconic American food for residues of the weed killer glyphosate (aka Monsanto’s Roundup) and found ALARMING amounts.
Just to give you an idea of how outrageous these amounts are, independent research shows that probable harm to human health begins at really low levels of exposure – at only 0.1 ppb of glyphosate. Many foods were found to have over 1,000 times this amount! Well above what regulators throughout the world consider “safe”.
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All the stories of farmers successfully shifting away from industrial agriculture give me hope that momentum for real change is building.
—Kristin Schafer, PAN executive director
Like our overuse of antibiotics, targeted plants with herbicides are also resisting and bouncing back, stronger than ever, while the residue of the poisons we apply leech their way into our soil, air and water.
Below is a photo I took yesterday when I went on a follow up walk in Zone 3, a regeneration site cleared and mulched with lantana 8 years ago. The regrowth of a variety of rain forest trees is incredible. Next to find an expert botanist who knows the id of emerging plants.
10 years on……what a fiasco.
There’s growing concern about the use of antibiotics in the animal industry and agriculture.
Australia imports about 7 hundred tonnes of antibiotics annually. More than half of that goes into stock-feed, about 8% is for veterinary use, leaving only one-third for human use.
Antibiotics are used widely in food animals as growth promoters and to prevent and treat infection. Avoparcin, a glycopeptide related to the human last line drug Vancomycin, is used in Australia as a growth promotant in pigs, chickens and feedlot cattle. Virginiamycin is used as a growth promotant but also for treating resistant human bacteria.
As well as oral administration and injection of antibiotics, small amounts are mixed into animal feed for weeks or months at a time. Feed dosing provides ripe conditions for the emergence of resistant strains.
Antibiotics are also sprayed onto fruit trees to prevent and treat infection. Traces of antibiotics that remain after the initial spraying may encourage emergence of resistant strains of bacteria. During spraying the wind can spread low concentrations of the antibiotic further afield, possibly increasing the risk of resistant bacteria. In both cases, it is possible for antibiotic resistant bacteria to enter the food chain, ultimately reaching humans.
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are slated to become a more common cause of death than cancer by 2050 worldwide, according to a new study sponsored by the British government.
“Antimicrobial Resistance: Tackling a Crisis for the Health and Wealth of Nations”was issued by the Review on Antimicrobial Resistance on Thursday. It combines data from two models that mostly concern stats on E. coli, malaria, and TB infections. It also notes that areas with high malaria, HIV, and TB rates are likely to suffer the most from the effects of these bacteria. India, Nigeria, Indonesia, and Russia are probably the countries most at risk, the report said.
According to a statement from Jim O’Neill, the economist who is chairing the review, “Drug-resistant infections already kill hundreds of thousands a year globally, and by 2050 that figure could be more than 10 million.” Cancer killed 8.2 million people in 2012, the most recent year with complete data. It’s worth noting that cancer deaths, at least in the United States, have declined by 20 percent since 1991 according to the American Cancer Society.
Source. Vice.Follow Mike Pearl on Twitter
Regrowth of ‘jumpseed’, 3 weeks after being sprayed with glyphosate.