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New Study on the Dangers of Round-Up and GMO Crops

A recent study has been released which tracked chronic health issues in rats related to intake of Round-Up and genetically modified corn, both produced by Monsanto.  This is a long-term study that analyzed the health impacts in the rats over their entire life span and the results are alarming.  Intake of GMO corn at only 11% of their diet is linked to higher rates of cancer and impaired kidney and liver function in all animals, especially females.  An even worse result is found in animals given Round-Up in their water supply.  The amounts given to the rats are often found in our human water supply today.  From the summary of the article we read, “In females, all treated groups died 2–3 times more than controls, and more rapidly,” and, “Males presented 4 times more large palpable tumors than controls which occurred up to 600 days earlier.  Biochemistry data confirmed very significant kidney chronic deficiencies”.  The data shows that laboratory testing up to this point has been insufficient to determine negative health impacts of Monsanto’s GMO crops and its glyphosate based herbicides.  What this means is that WE are the lab rats in this ongoing “study” in America.  If we don’t want to be lab rats, then we need to educate ourselves and start making different food choices.

If you haven’t taken any time to read about what is going on in the agricultural industry in the US, I’d encourage you to do so.  Corporate conglomerates have been heavily marketing products which have not been sufficiently tested and may well be harming you, your family, and the future of our nation’s farms.  This study should be enough to convince you to become an informed consumer.  The stakes are too high to remain unaware.  I also encourage you to find a farm near you that uses natural, sustainable farming practices and send them some business!  Local farms are the best way to insure that you are receiving a product that is raised using healthy and ethical farming practices.  Know your farmer!

And now for a marketing plug.  A few years ago some friends and I started a farm together.  One of the reasons behind our desire to start a farm was the pitiful state of present day factory farming methods and its potential impacts on human health.  The farm, Shady Grove Ranch, located near Jefferson, TX, raises livestock (beef, chicken, turkeys, pork, eggs) using all natural methods.  That means zero hormones or antibiotics, no unnatural fertilizers, no GMO feed, true pastured grazing practices, and the list goes on.  The end product is a truly delicious, sustainable, and healthy alternative to what you normally find in the supermarket.  If you are in the East Texas or Shreveport areas, then give Shady Grove Ranch a look.  You won’t be disappointed!