My column in today’s JEP is about how harmful glyphosate is to your body and why we need to get it banned. There’s not much I can cover in 400 words, so you can find a fuller glyphosate report here.
Fancy some health damage this year?
Then let us carry on using glyphosate, that toxic chemical used world-wide to kill weeds and desiccate crops; the chemical we have been assured by the States is safe to carry on using in Jersey.
However, research online and you’ll find it’s in bodies and foods; for example, in tests Defra found almost 2/3 of wholemeal bread sampled contained glyphosate.
Glyphosate is a poison and for the States to claim glyphosate does not cause cancer, so it’s all right to carry on using it is disingenuous on many counts.
Don’t be fooled: glyphosate is associated with many aspects of poor health, especially as it is part of a much bigger toxic load.
Add in poor diets, ‘good’ diets lacking in essential nutrients (because of our depleted soils and pesticide use), numerous environmental toxins, poor water quality, medications, social isolation and stress, and we have yet another addition to our burgeoning health problem.
What health issues are associated with glyphosate exposure? They are too many to talk about in this short column, but a few include fatigue, nutrient deficiencies, eczema, a decrease in vital gut bacteria, leaky gut, mental health issues, high cholesterol and undermining the liver’s ability to handle toxins.
Severe and even fatal glyphosate poisoning does occur, so consider how ‘lucky’ an Islander was earlier this year when she got away with chest pains, muscle aches, rhinitis and severe headaches after inadvertently touching a contaminated patch when picking up dog poo from the edge of a treated field that had not been cordoned off and (nicely breaking the law) which had no warning signs up.
There are also many stories about dogs being poisoned when out on walks.
I first voiced concern about glyphosate in the JEP the year before last (JEP, 26.10.17); my concerns then and subsequently were summarily dismissed.
However, this is a story we cannot keep denying or ignoring; at the time of writing, we do not have glyphosate testing facilities at the hospital and neither Environment nor Health are taking responsibility for following up the incident, despite being chased up by the ill Islander.
What you can do: Stay away from yellowed fields, buy produce that hasn’t been sprayed with glyphosate and petition States members to ban its use in Jersey; please also ask that the debate is opened as to how we support the transition to organic farming.
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Jacqui Carrel is an environmental nutrition consultant. You can contact her on firstname.lastname@example.org
JEP – 400 words – The Glyphosate Saga Must be Ended – Jacqui Carrel
Glyphosate is toxic to you