Is glyphosate to blame for the overgrowth of deadly bacteria? New research suggests Monsanto may, in fact, be responsible for yet another disaster.
Among the beneficial bacteria suppressed were Bacillus badius, Bifidobacterium adolescentis, Enterococcus faecalis, Enterococcus faecium, and Lactobacillus spp. Nasty bacteria that didn’t mind glyphosate, and so remained, included Clostridium botulinum, Clostridium perfringens, Salmonella Entritidis, Salmonella Gallinarum, and Salmonella Typhimurium – none of which are exactly things you want hanging out in your gut.
Deadly botulism outbreaks in cattle, in fact, have recently been linked to poultry litter contamination in Ireland.
What Does This Mean For Our Food?
One of the obvious implications of this research is that poultry fed glyphosate-laced genetically modified corn or soy, for instance, would likely experience unhealthy changes in the make-up of their intestinal flora (known as dysbiosis), resulting in increasing harm not only to the animals, but to those consuming them.
Factory-farmed chickens are already routinely fed antibiotics, arsenic and even antidepressants, all of which represent serious health threats, both by contributing to the generation of communicable disease vectors, as well as contamination of the meat itself.
This new study adds to a growing concern that concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) chickens may becoming a breeding ground for botulism, and related pathogenic organisms. Deadly botulism outbreaks in cattle, in fact, have recently been linked to poultry litter contamination in Ireland.
Also, this month the FDA broadened the use of highly controversial food irradiation by increasing the allowable dose in poultry from 3 to 4.5 Kilograys (keep in mind a Kilogray is equivalent to 2,500,000 chest x-rays (40 millirems each) or 166 times a human lethal dose (5 Grays)), citing concerns that lower levels do not eliminate radiation-resistant spore-forming bacteria such as Clostridium botulinum.