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Roundup Weed Killer Called Out as a Bee Killer

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  • According to researchers at the University of Texas at Austin, glyphosate may kill bees by altering the bacterial composition in the bees’ guts, making them more prone to fatal infections
  • Researchers call for improved guidelines for glyphosate use, as current guidelines assume bees are not harmed by glyphosate-based herbicides
  • Roundup reduces beneficial bacteria in the colon of female rats. Regardless of the dose — 0.1 ppb, 400 ppm or 5,000 ppm — the animals’ gut bacteria underwent significant changes
  • Glyphosate’s primary mode of action is that it shuts down amino acid synthesis, followed by inhibition of protein synthesis necessary for plant growth. This also causes the plant to be more susceptible to soil microbes, including pathogens
  • Roundup, dicamba and 2,4-D promote antibiotic resistance by priming pathogens to more readily become resistant to antibiotics; all three herbicides increase antibiotic-resistance of E. coli and salmonella specifically

By Dr. Mercola

Use of glyphosate, a weed killer registered in 130 countries, has risen exponentially since the introduction of genetically engineered (GE) glyphosate-resistant crops. Between 1974 — the year glyphosate entered the U.S. market — and 2014, glyphosate use increased more than 250fold in the U.S. alone. Today, an estimated 300 million pounds are applied on U.S. farmland annually.


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