Glyphosates pose threat

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

Last fall, Dr. Eil­ish Cleary, New Brunswick’s chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer, was study­ing the ef­fects of glyphosate on pub­lic health when she was placed on leave. We now hear that Dr. Cleary has reached a set­tle­ment?

In the U.S.A., glyphosate is sprayed on sug­ar­cane be­fore har­vest­ing to in­crease its su­crose con­tent by up to 15 per cent. Such spray­ing is re­ferred to as ‘ripen­ing.’ The stan­dard ap­pli­ca­tion rate of glyphosate is 90 grams per acre but re­sults are in­con­sis­tent so farm­ers spray larger amounts; mul­ti­ple ap­pli­ca­tions also in­creases yield. The max­i­mum per­mis­si­ble residue of glyphosate for cane sugar is 2.0 mil­ligrams per kilo­gram (2 parts per mil­lion (PPM)); mo­lasses 30 PPM; car­rots 5 PPM; canola 40 PPM; pep­per­mint tops 200 PPM.

Glyphosate is used for weed con­trol on ce­real and oilseed crops. Th­ese crops are also sprayed be­fore har­vest to boost yield. Trace amounts of glyphosate are found in down­wind soil, air and rain; we are all by­standers: bats, birds, worms, snakes, in­sects, the un­born, the young, the old. Gut bac­te­ria ac­count for 80 per cent of hu­man im­mune func­tion. The hu­man gut is an or­gan which bidi­rec­tion­ally com­mu­ni­cates with our brain. Our gut is now be­ing called our ‘se­cond brain’ and our ‘win­dow on the world.’

Dr. Stephanie Sen­eff of MIT has iden­ti­fied bio­chem­i­cal path­ways in the gut dis­rupted by glyphosate for the fol­low­ing dis­eases: obe­sity, mood and be­hav­ior dis­or­ders, au­toim­mune dys­func­tion, ul­cer­a­tive col­i­tis, di­a­betes, can­cer, heart dis­ease, Parkin­son’s, de­men­tia, Alzheimer’s and autism. Pup­pet sci­en­tists con­tinue their pro­pa­ganda cam­paigns in an at­tempt to lo­bot­om­ize and si­lence the Cana­dian peo­ple about glyphosate. The ex­ter­nal­ized costs of de­clin­ing pub­lic health and de­clin­ing bio­di­ver­sity be­come in­creas­ingly ap­par­ent. The fore­go­ing dis­ease and ca­su­alty lists are con­se­quences of a tra­di­tion of bi­o­log­i­cal and chem­i­cal warfare by the mil­i­tary in­dus­trial com­plex. Tony Lloyd, Mount Ste­wart

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