We often hear arguments both for and against genetically modified crops — commonly referred to as GMOs — but perhaps more alarming than this trend is the one toward pesticides. Since GMOs are engineered primarily by chemical companies to tolerate obscene amounts of pesticide, it stands to reason most of us may be consuming more herbicides than we otherwise would.
93% of Americans tested by the CDC had metabolites of chlorpyrifos — a nuerotoxic insectide — in their urine. This chemical has been banned from home use because of its risks to children. Chlorpyrifos is part of a family of pesticides (organophosphates) linked to ADHD.
99% of Americans tested positive for DDT degradants, even though DDT hasn’t been used in the U.S. since 1972. Women who were exposed to DDT as girls are 5 times more likely to develop breast cancer.
The ramifications of the pesticides leeching into our foods and into the air, for those living near GMO farms, vary based on the type of crop and herbicide, but nearly all of them have disturbing long-term effects. Read more on this issue at The Mind Unleashed.