I’ve just been doing a little light reading, and watching. There is so much that we need to know, that is not shared on the daily news. Take GMOs (genetically modified organisms) and our microbiome for example.

Take a look at the Institute for Responsible Technology site. This page addresses the “Big GMO Cover-up. GMOs are so much more than just a little bit of changed DNA.

In the U.S., three major commodity crops are raised predominantly from GMO seed:  field corn (92%*), soybeans (94%*), and cotton (94%*).  *percentages are based on U.S. acreage as of 2015 (USDA)

There is the fact that the plant is no longer what it once was, literally. At one time the argument for going GMO was to increase crop yield, addressing world hunger and all that. But science has since shown that crop yields are not expanded as a result of GMO, and in some cases drop.

GMO typically allows the farmer to use glyphosate, or ‘Round Up’ as Monsanto (now purchased by and hidden inside the Bayer corporation – who include crop science in their list of business groups). And many farmers are switching to organic as a result of becoming sick (poisoned) by the pesticides and herbicides they use with GMO crops.

Glyphosate weakens the immune system of plants while also enhancing the undesirable microbes in the soil. When glyphosate is applied to the plants, it is absorbed. And it is in our food. It (both GMOs and the glyphosate that comes along with it) are linked to: brain fog, weight gain, gastro-intestinal issues, autism symptoms, asthma, diabetes, irritable bowel, and at least a half a dozen additional chronic health issues. Veterinarians have reported that pigs who had experienced diarrhea for years on a GMO grain diet returned to normal bowel function within 2 days after changing to a non-GMO diet.

Glyphosate is a strong antibiotic, meaning it kills bacteria. In humans it seems to kill the good gut bacteria. If you know anything about our microbiome (gut bacteria) you know that science is continuing to discover reasons we ought to keep it happy and flourishing. As reported in The Human Microbiome Project

In fact, humans rely on microbes to perform many important functions that we cannot perform ourselves. Microbes digest food to generate nutrients for host cells, synthesize vitamins, metabolize drugs, detoxify carcinogens, stimulate renewal of cells in the gut lining and activate and support the immune system.

Moral of this short story? Read more – check out the Institute for Responsible Technology, and feed your microbiome some organic pre-biotics like kale.  🙂

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