December 26, 2016
The use of Monsanto's Round-up herbicide has increased substantially over the last 40 years.
Many researchers are starting to believe that increased use of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Round-up, correlates to the rise in many modern diseases.
According to Dr. Stephanie Seneff, a senior research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), glyphosate appears to be strongly correlated with the rise in Celiac disease, and, more generally, gluten intolerance.
Rise in Glyphosate Use in the United States
According to the report published in Environmental Sciences Europe, titled "Trends in glyphosate herbicide use in the United States and globally" by Charles M. Benbrook, there has been a dramatic increase in the amount of glyphosate sprayed on crops since the mid-1990's.
The report states:
Use of Glyphosate on Non-GMO Wheat Crop
Glyphosate, via the product Roundup, is known to be commonly sprayed on,
But what many people may not realize that glyphosate herbicide is also commonly used on non-GMO wheat crop.
The practice is so common, that wheat has become the third most common crop to be sprayed with glyphosate.
In 1990, wheat crop in the U.S. was sprayed with over 497,000 pounds of glyphosate. In 2014, this increased 35 fold to over 17.7 million pounds sprayed just in that one year.
In comparison, GMO crops such as corn and soybean were sprayed with over 69.9 million pounds and 122.5 million pounds of glyphosate, respectively, in 2014. The amount used on cotton crops was similar to wheat at 17.4 million pounds.
These statistics were reported by the National Agriculture Statistical Service (NASS), which is part of the United States Department of Agriculture. (Trends in glyphosate herbicide use in the United States and globally)
The NASS also conducted the Wheat - 2012 Agricultural Chemical Use Survey among wheat producers in 15 U.S. states. In the report, the NASS revealed that 61% of winter wheat, 99% of durum, and 97% of other spring wheat were treated with herbicides.
Glyphosate use was mostly reported by durum wheat farmers.
Desiccation of Wheat
One would wonder why wheat is sprayed with glyphosate, even though wheat is not a GMO crop.
This was the exact question asked by Dr. Stephanie Seneff as she researched the connection between the rise in celiac disease and the use of glyphosate.
Through her research, Dr. Seneff found that wheat farmers are using glyphosate on their crop just before wheat harvest for two reasons:
As a result, farmers get higher yield, and therefore glyphosate can be found in one of the most-common ingredients of the modern western diet - wheat.
Is this practice of desiccating the wheat crop mean the decimation of the gut?
Dr. Seneff believes so: