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Is This GMO Chemical Worse than DDT?

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Glyphosate Persists in Soil and Promotes Disease-Causing Pathogens

According to Dr. Huber, glyphosate can accumulate and persist in the soil for years. Persistence is determined by biological activity, soil PH, clay content, and how firmly it’s sequestered or absorbed in the soil. This is bad news, because glyphosate not only decimates the soil’s beneficial microorganisms, essential for proper plant function and high quality nutrition, it also promotes the proliferation of disease-causing pathogens.

“The organisms that are stimulated are the pathogens,” Dr. Huber says. “…all of the natural biological control organisms are very sensitive to that concentration of glyphosate. What we see with the fusaria, which causes sudden death syndrome in soybeans, is that it can be stimulated by glyphosate… so we find [up to] 500 percent increase in root colonization by this fungus. It’s a very serious pathogen, not only on soybeans. Fusaria on most of our crops is a major disease organism that we have to deal with.”

This 500 percent increase in root colonization of the fusaria fungus occurs even on Roundup-ready crops, because the technology does not ‘cancel out’ the effects of the glyphosate in the plant in any way.

“All it does is make it possible for that plant to survive and to accumulate more glyphosate. We still change the soil ecology, microbial ecology, and… our intestinal microbiology.”

To quickly recap what we discussed in part one of this interview, while glyphosate promotes the growth of more virulent pathogens, it also kills off beneficial bacteria that might keep such pathogens in check—both in the soil, and in the gut of animals or humans that ingest the crop.

“[W]ith glyphosate, we also see an additional stimulation of virulence, so we see increased ability to cause disease, as well as the loss of the natural biological controls,” Dr. Huber says.

It’s important to understand that the glyphosate actually becomes systemic throughout the plant, so it cannot be washed off. It’s inside the plant. And once you eat it, it ends up in your gut where it can wreak total havoc with your health, considering the fact that 80 percent of your immune system resides there and is dependent on a healthy ratio of good and bad bacteria.

Glyphosate—The Most Abused Chemical in the History of Man

Interestingly enough, when asked which toxin he would prefer to use if he had to make a choice between two evils, Dr. Huber says he’d take DDT over glyphosate any day.

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Dr. Mercola

Dr. Mercola has been passionate about health and technology for most of his life. As a doctor of osteopathic medicine, he treated many thousands of patients for over 20 years. In the mid 90’s he integrated his passion for natural health with modern technology via the internet and developed a website, to spread the word about natural ways to achieve optimal health.


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10:42AM PDT on Jun 22, 2013

Thank you Dr. Mercola, for Sharing this!

7:18AM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

Scary stuff. I just wish more people were paying attention and supporting the organic food industry.

8:24AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Oh talk about noms, GMO foods and all the toxins? What will they think of next? Rats in the studies becoming aggressive and not getting along, purhaps someone has the arms industry in mind when humans become even more quarrelsome after downing decades upon decades of GMO foods. Organic all the way without GMOs and toxins!

4:30AM PDT on Jul 28, 2012

Boycott monsanto and buy organic.

3:32AM PDT on Jul 5, 2012

This world is getting scarier by the day. But, perhaps what's most scary is the fact that a lot of those who are in the position to do something about it are just looking on with arms folded! Why?!?! Don't they have children and grandchildren to think about? Or is it because they really do believe that GMO stuff is really really safe?

11:07PM PDT on Jul 3, 2012


1:37PM PDT on Jul 3, 2012

It is very interesting that Dr. Huber says "I would take DDT over glysolate, any day". I don't think that there are many people in favour of GE or GMO's foods, but we don't seem to have any say, what with Monsanto being such a Big Corp., which does not want we the people to be in the know.
Thank You very much for this information Dr. Mercola.

10:26AM PDT on Jul 3, 2012

thanks for the info!!

9:59AM PDT on Jul 3, 2012


6:16AM PDT on Jul 3, 2012

Why isn't it researched well enough before things go wrong.

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