"I'd say Roundup
is our public enemy number one probably,
but that's one of 260 chemicals
that are now prevalent
in our food system.
So, we have completely chemicalized
the human experience and the planet itself,
and so the level of toxicity has superseded
the planet's capacity for life."
Dr. Zach Bush
October 14, 2019
interview published in Salon.
Two important articles about pesticides, food and health were published this week.
In an interview with Salon, Dr. Zach Bush outlines the, literally, gut-wrenching impact of Monsanto's Roundup on human health.
Gillam also reveals the lengths to which the FDA goes to protect the agri-chemical industry by insisting that all these chemicals on our food are nothing to worry about.
All roads lead to Monsanto's Weedkiller
Dr. Zach Bush used to research and develop chemotherapy treatments.
But he told Salon that at some point he realized he was "missing the point" because he was doing nothing to prevent cancer.
So Bush started to focus on nutrition.
Bush told Salon:
Eventually, all roads led Bush to glyphosate.
According to Bush, glyphosate acts as an antibiotic in the soil, and in the human gut.
We think that our exposure to glyphosate is limited to the residue that remains on our foods. But glyphosate is actually taken up by the plants that become our food.
Bush blames today's epidemic of chronic disease on the collapse of the microbiome - a condition commonly referred to as "leaky gut," and for which consumers are now bombarded with remedies they can buy to solve the problem.
Bush thinks we should focus instead on preventing the problem. That means getting rid of pesticides, and going back to farming using methods that restore biodiversity and soil health.
The FDA - So Many Pesticides, so Little Concern
Roundup is "probably public enemy no. 1," according to Bush, but it's only one of 260 chemicals now prevalent in our food system.
According to Gillam's account,
In other words, good luck finding any non-organic fruits, veggies or grains that aren't contaminated with pesticides.
The volume of pesticide residues on our food is staggering. But it's not even the worst news. The worst news is that the FDA found significant traces of some of the worst chemicals for human health.
The list includes,
Does any of this concern the FDA? Not really, according to Gillam, who writes:
The regulators echo the words of Monsanto executives and others in the chemical industry by insisting that pesticide residues pose no threat to human health as long as the levels of each type of residue falls under a "tolerance" level set by the EPA.
In fact, the FDA - under increasing pressure from agribusiness and agrichemical industry lobbyists - continues to raise the allowed "legal" limits for pesticides on food.
This despite the fact that no test exists than can prove without a doubt that any of these chemicals are "safe," at any level, according to Andre Leu, author of "The Myth of Safe Pesticides."
Leu makes that same article in another of his books, "Poisoning Our Children."
Meanwhile, as Gillam notes, the $215-billion agrichemical industry continues to ignore the evidence and defend its right to poison our food.
Gillam reports that this month, a group of three researchers with,
Despite mountains of evidence to the contrary, the report claims that there's,
That leaves consumers to try to minimize their risk by choosing certified organic whenever possible, and by relentlessly hounding our lawmakers to ban chemicals like,