Jurors have just given a $289 million settlement to a man they say got cancer from Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller, and many more cases are to come.
But how you are asking does that affect me?
Well it does affect you, it affects us all and yes you can do something about it.
First some further information on glyphosate. The man in the $289 settlement Dewayne Johnson had non-Hodgkin's lymphoma which could be directly linked to glyphosate but glyphosate is an endocrine disruptor which disrupts our hormonal systems and creates many health issues including testosterone processing, early menopause, cholesterol, obesity, onset of puberty, immune function, bone health and cardiac function and mental states.
If you would like to understand more on the role of Roundup, and/or glyphosate and endocrine disruptors I would like to recommend the independent scientific studies of gmoseralini.org/en
The specific role of Endocrine Disruptors was something I felt was involved in my developing three separate breast cancer. Where I lived every public place and most designer gardens were obsessively sprayed with Roundup.
BUT WHAT CAN YOU DO???
1. STOP USING GLYPHOSATE
The first and most obvious thing is stop thinking you need Roundup or one of the other glyphosate infiltrated weedkillers to make your garden weed free.
Do not respond to the marketing hype. You don't need these weedkillers.
If you do need to spray something white vinegar or one of the many other natural homemade recipes on Google will do the job just as well.
Anything you use at your home adds to the glyphosate in our ground water and in the air we breath. With glyphosate now found in the urine of 93% of Americans tested the first step to stop this cancer causing build up in our bodies is to stop our personal use of products that include glyphosate.
2. EAT ORGANIC
Every time you buy organic you are supporting a farmer who is does not use glyphosate based products in the production of their crops. Sometimes this makes their food more expensive but there are always farmer's markets where you can buy directly from the farmer.
Once you have eaten organic food other food will taste weak. There is nothing more special than the taste of a freshly picked organic tomato.
My local health food shop does not add profit on their organic vegetables. It makes their fresh produce on a par with the local supermarkets and supports these farmers and their efforts to create a healthier food system.
If it is difficult to source organic food you can always grow your own.
3. GROW YOUR OWN FOOD
Growing your own food may seem overwhelming at first but it can be done anywhere. There is an amazing collection of great articles on Google which show you how to grow food in even the smallest and darkest of apartments, and then there are community gardens. For city dwellers these are inspiring places where food growing ideas and new concepts on food are shared. I was lucky enough to have one starting nearby when I moved to my sustainable house. What a lot I have discovered about food growing at this garden.
4. SAY NO TO GMO
High levels of glyphosate can be ingested when you eat GMO food. Over eighty per cent of Genetically Modified Crops are engineered specifically so they can be sprayed with glyphosate based herbicides and these crops use amazing amounts of glyphosate. These foods are saturated with Roundup Residues.
In America more than ninety per cent of all soybean, and corn acreage is genetically modified. Canola is another common GMO crop.
Personally I don't eat soy, or corn and definitely do not use Canola Oil, but I would suggest you check that foods are labelled GMO free before you purchase. Restaurants of course are difficult because you do not know what you are getting, although I have a selection of eat out venues where I live that do not use GMO food and I stick with these.
5. AVOID WHEAT
You don't need to be gluten intolerant to avoid wheat. It is now a common practice for nonorganic farmers to spray their wheat with glyphosate just days before harvest to dry off the crop for processing. The use of these pesticides so close to harvesting makes their presence in your wheat products stronger. Wheat products today are not the foods that were eaten by our parents or grandparents.
6, CREATE HEALTHY SOIL
Learning about healthy soil was one of the first lessons taught at my community garden. When the soil is strong and healthy the brix index in the plants is high and they are able to withstand predators.
Building healthy soil is a sustainable solution to eradicating weed killers such as Roundup. With strong food grown in healthy soils you do not need to use the quick fix spray and strong food builds strong bodies.
7. BE PROACTIVE
The more individuals stand up against the use of unnecessary and life threatening chemicals such as glyphosate the sooner they will be eliminated.
Petition your local school or council against the use of glyphosate. We now know it is not safe in our environment.
No one wants someone to have to fight a tough court battle while they are dying but what a courageous man to fight for a ruling that will alleviate the suffering of so many.
As I said before where I live the council is contracted to spray all public spaces with Roundup. Someone is making money from the suffering of others. Young men are still out there spraying without protection, people are still wondering why they are suffering from cancer.
This special court ruling is raising voices against this situation. I hope it will end soon.
8. BECOME FURTHER INFORMED
I hope the concepts mentioned here are starting points for you gaining further knowledge on how to eliminate glyphosate from your life and the lives of those around you.
This product has already caused pain and suffering for too many people around the world. It is now time to look at new ways to farm living, healthy food.