Have You Checked Your Food Label Lately?

85% of foods that are tested contain residue from pesticides. Pesticides help crops grow by killing weeds that could destroy them, but if it’s poisonous to the weeds, are they not also poison to consumers?

Roundup, Monsanto’s herbicide, is a pesticide used in gardens, on lawns, and in on crops. However, this pesticide can be found in far more than that. Not only can it be found in food, but it is reportedly in clothing, breast milk, urine, rain, drinking water, and wildlife. So what exactly is wrong with Roundup?

Roundup is a pesticide with an active ingredient called glyphosate. Glyphosate has been linked to causing ADHD, Alzheimer’s Disease, birth defects, autism, obesity, several types of cancer, depression, and reproductive problems, just to name a few.

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, not only will ingesting products containing glyphosate potentially cause humans harm, but one can also suffer from the illnesses it may cause simply by living close to crops that are treated with the weed-killing chemical. In fact, there is a strong correlation in farming communities between Roundup exposure and ADHD.  

Glyphosate also has the potential to disrupt vitamin A which is crucial to fetal development. In a study, it was shown that the babies of women that lived closer to crop fields treated with glyphosate were twice as likely to be born with birth defects.

Not only can this dangerous chemical do physical harm, but it has also been shown to cause an impact in the production of serotonin which is a chemical in the brain responsible for mood, appetite, and sleep.  The impairment of this chemical has been linked to depression.

“It’s frightening to think that there are chemicals in our food that could be harmful to us,” said HHS senior Rachel Baez. “I don’t really think about what I’m eating when I’m eating it,” she added.

Although the students here at HHS are aware of the fact that there is poison in their food, and they are aware of the consequences it may bring, very few are willing to take the necessary steps of reading the ingredients before consumption.

HHS juniorJake Boehm finds it off-putting that the chemicals in pesticides in his food could be hazardous to his health. “I don’t really know what they’re doing to me,” he said.  Although concerned about what he is consuming, Jake rarely checks what’s in his food. “I’ve never really thought of food being dangerous to ingest,” he added.

HHS senior Sarah Lewis rarely thinks about what the pesticides in her food may be doing to her. “They’re obviously a threat to my health,” said Sarah, “but it doesn’t concern me that much. I never really thought about it.” Sarah also doesn’t bother checking what may be going into her food.

Everyone should be aware of what they’re putting into their body. It takes less than a minute to read and check what’s in your food, and doing so could help you avoid a whole lot of problems now and in the future.

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