Glyphosate [gly·pho·sate] n.
a systemic organophosphate herbicide C3H8NO5P used to control herbaceous and woody weeds especially on croplands
ION* Intelligence of Nature was founded on a radical idea: soil health and gut health are not so different. What's good for the ground, is good for the gut. And what's not so good for either, as it turns out, is glyphosate.
We are digging down into our dirt-loving roots with a focus on glyphosate usage, the downstream effects it has on health, and beyond that, what we can collectively do to turn the tide.
What: Glyphosate is a broad-spectrum herbicide, the active ingredient in Roundup, and more widely used on our farmlands. It is non-selective, meaning it will kill most plant life by inhibiting proteins needed for growth via what's known as the shikimate pathway.
Who: While Monsanto (now Bayer) holds the patent to glyphosate, when it comes to who glyphosate affects, think bigger. In 2015, Glyphosate was found in 93% of Americans tested at 3 parts per billion (ppb), well over the permitted levels for tap water in the EU (.1 ppb).
Where: Public parks, lawns, golf courses, and most notably, our farms. 280 million pounds of glyphosate are applied annually to 298 million acres of farmland.
Why: While it may seem that glyphosate's main use is weed control, crop desiccation (used to dry and harvest wheat and other crops more uniformly and quickly) is responsible for the largest amount of residue that ends up in our food supply.
Watch the replay of this exclusive Farmer’s Footprint event exploring how we arrived where we are today in regards to the most widely used pesticide in our food system, the real experience of land stewards utilizing glyphosate, and the complexity of transition, impact on human health and policy reform.
This is an invitation to embrace your curiosity to see a more broad and balanced look at the topic and become aware of the most powerful forms of action we can participate in today to create change.
The health implications of glyphosate exposure go far beyond the widely covered Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma cases. With chronic disease on the rise against the backdrop of an ever-increasing reliance on glyphosate, we need to take a deeper look at our collective health.
Kelly Ryerson, aka Glyphosate Girl and one of the panelists on the upcoming Farmer's Footprint webinar, recently teamed up with ION* to focus on the health risks associated with glyphosate, personal reflections on its use as a wheat desiccant, and the change she hopes to see as we collectively move forward to end its use.
Our opportunity – as consumers, farmers, businesses, local governments, and beyond – is to build a new food system to support the health of all the creatures, great and small, that create the web of life that has supported the origin and arc of human life.
Through regenerative agriculture and fundamental changes in our approach to soil and food system management, we can revitalize this planet beginning at the foundation of healthy soil and water systems.
One action we can collectively take today is to sign and share this petition to phase out the use of glyphosate as a desiccant and GMO crop treatment. Tell the EPA, USDA, FDA and President Biden to phase out the use of glyphosate and other chemical desiccants.
The health of our planet and its people depends on our collective advocacy, and every signature matters.
"For millennia, we've been trying to derive medicine from plants. What if soil had a medicinal property to it that we'd never seen before?"
— Zach Bush, MD, CEO and Founder of ION*
All-natural and soil-derived, ION* Intelligence of Nature is a proud bearer of The Detox Project’s Glyphosate Residue Free Seal. Beyond that, ION* has been scientifically shown to counteract the effects of glyphosate at the gut lining.
By strengthening tight junctions (cellular seals), ION* not only reverses the ability of glyphosate to tear apart those critical seals, but further defends your body from the damages of toxins and foreign particles that would otherwise seep into the bloodstream.