Seeds of Death movie: Unveiling the Lies of GMOs

Seeds of Death movie

On March 19, glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, was declared a probable carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. The announcement was published in the prestigious medical journal Lancet Oncology.

This declaration is of critical importance to people who eat, because 85 percent of the genetically engineered (GE/GMO) crops grown today have been engineered to be able to withstand massive spraying of Roundup. As a result, hundreds of millions of pounds more Roundup have been sprayed on GE crops than would have been used otherwise.

Even if you never touch a GE food, the reality is that your environment, like the environment of everyone on earth, is impacted.

And cancer deaths continue to mount. According to the World Health Organization, in the U.S. one in two men and one in three women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.

Monsanto’s Best-Selling Herbicide Has Cut Monarch Population by 90 Percent

In 1996, when GE crops made their entrance, there were close to 1 billion monarch butterflies across the US. Today, their numbers have dwindled by 90 percent. Their rapid demise is tied to escalating glyphosate use, which kills the monarchs’ sole food source, the milkweed.

In the past, even as prairies and forests in the Midwest were converted to cropland, the deep, extensive root system of the common milkweed allowed it to survive tillage, mowing, harsh winters, and even the application of most herbicides, which typically didn’t affect their roots.

This changed when farmland was converted to GE crops and heavy Roundup application became the norm. Between 1995, the year before the first Roundup Ready crops were introduced, and 2013, total use of glyphosate on corn and soybeans increased 20-fold, according to a report18 by the Center for Food Safety (CFS).

A 2013 paper19 published in Insect Conservation and Diversity also links the monarchs’ decline to increased use of glyphosate, in conjunction with increased planting of genetically modified (GM) glyphosate-tolerant corn and soybeans.

 

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