To the Editor:
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are a major health concern for humans, animals, insects and our planet. Peter Graham’s article of a couple weeks ago, is nothing short of corporate promotion for a chemical company that is destroying farmers’ livelihoods, their land and the health of anyone eating GMOs.
Monsanto has steadfastly claimed that glyphosate, the chemical in Roundup sprayed in ever increasing amounts on GM crops, is harmless to animals and humans because the mechanism of action it uses (which allows it to kill weeds), called the shikimate pathway, is absent in all animals. However, the shikimate pathway is present in our bacteria.
Our body’s bacteria outnumber our cells 10 – 1, and those bacteria are responsible for the digestion and absorption of nutrients we all need to survive. When the shikimate pathway is damaged it causes widespread harm in both humans and animals. Chronic diseases caused by GMOs include: autism, gastrointestinal diseases such as inflammatory bowels, colitis and Crohn’s disease, obesity, allergies, cancer, infertility, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, ALS and more.
Glyphosate is killing the bees and butterflies. Have you noticed the dramatic decline in Monarch butterflies? They are the canary in the coal mine. — Julie Schueller, Little Falls