What About Glyphosate/Roundup?
Monsanto (now Bayer), the producer of Agent Orange during the Vietnam War, is the manufacturer of glyphosate, also known as Roundup, the most commonly used herbicide in the United States. Glyphosate started being applied to crops in the 1970s but its use has sharply increased by 15 times in the last two decades due to the development of GMO crops that are 'Roundup Ready' meaning they have been genetically engineered to tolerate glyphosate. As such, larger amounts of glyphosate can be sprayed on these crops without killing them.
Glyphosate is now not only used to kill weeds, it is also used as a drying agent, or desiccant, so that crops, particularly wheat, can be harvested quickly without the usual drying time. In particular, glyphosate as a desiccant is applied to wheat used in bread making (called hard wheat) grown in colder regions of northern United States and Canada where the growing season is short.
Dr. Zach Bush, triple board certified doctor of internal medicine, endocrinology and metabolism, and hospice and palliative care is an authority on how glyphosate impacts human health.
Here are some of his findings:
Glyphosate is patented as an antibiotic
Glyphosate is indiscriminate in the microorganisms that it kills
Glyphosate kills microorganisms in the soil
Glyphosate disrupts gut health
Glyphosate is the single biggest problem threatening human health today.
We have learned so much recently about the importance of having a healthy gut microbiome and the wide-ranging effects of insufficient microbes within our gut. Yet, within two weeks of harvest, wheat that is turned into bread, is heavily sprayed with an antibiotic that kills microorganisms.
Additionally, evidence is mounting that ingesting the combination of hybridized, genetically altered wheat, which no longer has a complete amino acid chain, along with glyphosate, an antibiotic that kills microorganisms, is resulting in some people producing an autoimmune response as the body tries to defend and protect itself against this invading enemy.
Roundup Ready crops include soy, corn, canola, alfalfa, cotton, sorghum and wheat. This is why at Lucky Star Bread Co. we never use canola oil and always choose certified non-GMO flours. Additionally, we do our best to source all of our ingredients organically.