Monsanto pesticide found to infect plants with AIDS-like disease

Monsanto pesticide found to infect plants with AIDS-like disease

When Dr. Don Huber, professor emeritus at Purdue University and internationally-recognized plant pathologist, wrote a letter back in January to US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack, warning him about a new mystery disease showing up primarily in genetically-modified (GM) crops, the notice fell on deaf ears.

Research conducted by a team of senior plant and animal scientists found that Monsanto's glyphosate chemical, which is the primary ingredient in its popular RoundUp herbicide formula, appears responsible for infecting plants with an AIDS-like syndrome that destroys their immunity, blocks their absorption of certain vitamins and minerals, and eventually kills them.

Dr. Huber explains in his letter that the destruction caused by glyphosate does not appear limited to plants, either -animals and humans alike that consume foods tainted with the chemical, or that are exposed in some other way to it, are potentially susceptible to developing the same autoimmune disorder. For this reason, Dr. Huber urged the USDA to further investigate RoundUp, as well as to deny the deregulation of GM alfalfa.

You can read a copy of Dr. Huber's letter for yourself here:

The key factor of Dr. Huber's discovery was a microscopic pathogen specifically prevalent in GM crops. The pathogen, he explained in an interview withFood Democracy Now!(FDN) as well as in his letter, is common. But an apparent weakening of plant immunity by glyphosate makes plants treated with the chemical more susceptible to contracting the harmful pathogen. And as a result of exposure, large swaths of GM farmland have died, and many animals that feed on GM-tainted meal have become infertile or have had abortions.

But instead of listening to the scientifically sound advice of Dr. Huber and withholding deregulation of GM alfalfa until more intense safety studies could be conducted, the USDA decided to ignore it all and approve the "Frankencrop" anyway.

To watch the full video interview between FDN and Dr. Huber, visit:
by: Ethan A. Huff

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Keith Bell 8 years ago

Ron Seale, do some research into the differences between types of bacteria and fungi. Microbes react differently. The mechanism is RoundUp disabling/killing commensal bacteria allowing pathogens like fungi to become more virulent, killing plants and animals. Also, spore-formers such as clostridium bacteria overgrow and release dangerous toxins. The same thing is happening in our bodies due to imbalanced flora. You'd do well to educate yourself about the microbial foodchain and the microbiome in general. Most doctors such as yourself remain unaware of gut origin of disease, both physical and mental illness. Farmers don't recognize the symptoms of RoundUp injury in plants in the same way people don't recognize symptoms of poor sanitaiton or poor medical choices such as routine vaccination. Malabsorption syndrome (nutrient deficiency) causing disease in both plants and animals is caused by disrespecting microbes which keep systems healthy.

Ron Seale 9 years ago

Huber's claim of a 'submicroscopic pathogen' are complete bullshit. His fans are quick to cite his military credentials (non sequitor) and his emeritus status at Purdue, but fail to notice that his own colleagues at Purdue discredit his claims. For my own part, I am a molecular biology PhD alumnus of Purdue who has followed the GMO controversy both as a scientist and as a chef. Huber's claim that the negative effects of glyphosphate are due to sequestration of micronutrients seemed interesting on the surface, but it does not explain why pathogenic microorganisms could prevail undermthe same conditions. Also, his additional claim that glyphosphate also acts as an endocrine disruptor flies in the face of molecular biology , physiology and medicine. This guy is a fraud, a crank and an ignoramus. The anti-GMO crowd would do well to select their apostles more carefully.

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