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Holistic Horse Issue 112

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There is such open concern about the use of glyphosate herbicides being used on our food products, that a movement has been started to educate us and warn us on the products that we buy. Many large brands are showing interest in the new certification. Our horses are affected by the crop spraying and toxicity so it is important to stay aware glyphosate usage.

Glyphosate is an organophosphate herbicide produced by Monsanto under the name of “Roundup Ready.” It is used to control weeds in agriculture, forestry, lawns, and gardens, and in industrial park areas. You can purchase some to spray on your own yards and lawns under the name of Roundup Weed Killer.

Food Democracy Now! and The Detox Project have announced it is now being found in alarming amounts in a wide range of best-selling foods across the U.S. “Results have come back from independent glyphosate residue testing of popular American food products performed using liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS), the regulatory recognized ‘gold standard’ testing methods at an FDA registered laboratory.”

“Last year, 17 leading global cancer experts from the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) sparked a firestorm when they classified glyphosate as a class 2A ‘probable human carcinogen’”.

“On the heels of the growing controversy surrounding glyphosate’s safety, this unique testing project that started in 2015, has so far found alarming levels of glyphosate in General Mills’ Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios, Kellogg’s Corn Flakes, Raisin Bran and Frosted Flakes and PepsiCo’s Doritos Cool Ranch, Ritz Crackers and Stacy’s Simply Naked Pita Chips, as well as many more famous products at levels that present significant risks according to the latest independent peerreviewed science on glyphosate.” “California has recently added [glyphosate] to their Prop. 65 list of carcinogens. It’s been linked to endocrine disruption, birth defects, tumors, possibly autism, and it’s harmful to healthy gut bacteria and cellular DNA.”

“Glyphosate has been found in breast milk, women’s blood, urine, animal organs, air, rainwater, and streams. The problem is so bad that Monsanto is facing hundreds of new cancer lawsuits across the U.S. from people alleging that Roundup caused their non-Hodgkin lymphoma.”

Increasingly common chemicals used in agriculture, domestic gardens, and public places can induce a multiple-antibiotic resistance phenotype in potential pathogens. The effect occurs upon simultaneous exposure to antibiotics and is faster than the lethal effect of antibiotics. The magnitude of the induced response may undermine antibiotic therapy and substantially increase the probability of spontaneous mutation to higher levels of resistance. The combination of high use of both herbicides and antibiotics in proximity to farm animals and important insects, such as honeybees, might also compromise their therapeutic effects and drive greater use of antibiotics. Addressing the crisis of antibiotic resistance requires broadening our view of environmental contributors to the evolution of resistance.

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