In this fast-paced and information-packed interview, Dr. Zach Bush lays out the reasons why making the shift to regenerative agriculture is essential to human health but also life on earth as we know it.
Just in case you don't have time or energy to wade in, here's a brief synopsis of the major facts he shares about why glyphosate is a problem.
-Patented as an antibiotic. Kills beneficial bacteria in the gut that produce amino acids necessary to build proteins that make all sorts of human cells and neurotransmitters.
-Interferes with mitochondria, the structures that produce energy in human cells
-Damages tight junction between cells that make up the intestinal wall, allowing macromolecules to pass through. Immune cells just outside the intestinal lining react, creating chronic inflammation and food sensitivities.*
-Glyphosate is water soluble. As it travels through the body it damages all tight junctions that it encounters including cells that act as filtering barriers in all internal organs—most notably the liver, kidneys and blood brain barrier. This leaves the body open and more vulnerable to all sorts of environmental pathogens.
*Recent research shows autism, asthma, allergies, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and cancer—our chronic diseases that are epidemic and rising precipitously since the 1990s—all map back to disruption of the gut and chronic inflammation.
Do I need to be concerned about my potential exposure? At what concentrations does glyphosate begin to have an impact as an antibiotic?
-At 2-5 parts per billion—typical in a lot of municipal water systems. Because it is water soluble and we use literally tons of it now, it is present in the water we drink, the rain, and the air we breathe. Because runoff from midwest farms flows south to the Mississippi, it is most concentrated at the mouth of the Mississippi River, an area called “cancer alley” that has the highest cancer rates in the developed world.
-Glyphosate levels have been measured at 2-20 parts per million on conventional root vegetables — at this level it damages the protein structures causing leakage of cell membranes.
-Glyphosate is present at 400-1000 parts per million in livestock feed and pet food. 100,000 times the lowest threshold for biological damage.