(Editor’s note: In part one of this series (link) Kent professed his love for milk, introduced us to some cows and (cue the scary music) the GMO connection. In part two (link), Kent detailed the case study of his friend’s dairy, GMO hay and similar reactions between cows and humans. Kent also introduced (cue the mysterious music) the depletion of important minerals such as calcium, magnesium, manganese, copper and zinc. Here in part three, we dive into the GMO geopolitical waters. In part four, we circle back to essential oils.)
Why is it important for us to understand the role of some of these herbicides in our diet? This discussion looks at the milk part of the diet. Milk products are used in many foods and food preparations. Since we have given some examples of how it interacts with other mammals, it would stand to reason that we as the human version of a mammal would not fare differently.
One of the big problems is that these herbicides bind various minerals so that they can't be assimilated by a mammal through their digestive process. That translates into about the same thing as not having them there. So many of our health issues can be traced to a lack of minerals.
We have another aspect to this, which I mentioned in part two – alfalfa. Why do I throw this off-the-wall item in a discussion about milk? Because alfalfa is one of the staples of the diet of a milk cow in the US. Alfalfa is very nutritious. Many of you eat alfalfa sprouts. A fair portion of the alfalfa produced in the US is of a GMO-type plant designed to tolerate herbicides such as glyphosate. This herbicide is applied on these varieties, generally to clean up the weeds and grasses, resulting in a higher quality crop. The companies that produce the herbicides are the same ones that own the patents on the GMO varieties.
Officially the herbicides break down into inert base stuff in a very short period. Officially – as in what the companies that produce the herbicides say.
On the other side of the fence, we have observations and creditable case studies that can pretty well be documented to present a different story. To extend this we have several foreign countries that have passed laws and have policies that make GMO crops illegal. For example the alfalfa market was really hot for a number of years in the area where I live (Utah). For many years the export market for alfalfa to Japan and China have been stable. Then China stopped the imported GMO hay. Next, Japan stopped importing GMO hay. Why? These countries concluded that they did not want GMO and/or glyphosate-contaminated products coming into their countries. The US said that there was nothing wrong with these crops. Those two countries said that they saw it differently.
Many other countries see the glyphosate in the same light and have outlawed it. Some figures that I have seen are more than 60 as to the countries outlawing GMO and related technology. Anyway, since China and Japan were the buyers, they refused to buy the stuff. Needless to say it rippled back and the ships that hauled a lot of the alfalfa over across the waters were stuck with a lot of containers that couldn't be off-loaded. Some places in the US were faced with paying freight both ways. Many containers were dumped at high sea. The alfalfa market price dropped by at least one-third overnight, so this year many alfalfa producers that were sending their alfalfa overseas are stuck with lower prices (well, for that matter, everyone is stuck with the lower prices).
Some brokers tried to pull a slick one and say that the alfalfa wasn't the GMO/glyphosate type. Yeah, right, you know there are some pretty smart Chinese and Japanese scientists. They aren't the idiots that they were played to be. It didn't take them long to figure that one out. It really gave the US a black eye.
Why is this whole alfalfa aspect important? Because the natural foods arena uses alfalfa as a source of natural folic acid. How many products do you use that contains folic acid? Have any of you really studied what the role of folic acid is in general health of a human version of a mammal? The list is long. These two countries must understand it very well. That is a major factor in what they have done and the position they have taken. They, like the US, use a considerable amount of alfalfa for a natural folic acid source as well as many other natural sourced minerals, acids, vitamins and so on.
Although alfalfa is used for animal feed in many cases, it is not limited only to animal use. In order to get around this issue, I am aware of several plants being built in the US and Canada that essentially extract certain items from the alfalfa. Then in turn they feel confidant that the products will be able to make it through customs. I wonder if that will work, as glyphosate comes in at the 169 mark on molecular weight, pretty light stuff, so harder to separate. But I guess time will tell.
Oh, by the way Russia is another major country that is saying no, no and no to the GMO stuff. One wonders if that since the respective governments of these countries pay for the health care more directly than here that their concern is the health care costs brought on by the use of these products. Just wondering ... thinking out loud.
The purpose here is to educate you on some of the issues that a lot of people they have a handle on (and they really don't). In part 4 of this series, we will look at corn and soybeans, their role in our diet and then we will turn the issue back to milk and the role of rBST (growth hormone) in milk production.
Hey, we need to come full circle here don't we? We will eventually get to the essential oils part, so stay with me. However, when working with essential oils, we have to formulate and teach about them in light of people being compromised by the types of products that we have discussed. They end up messing up the whole constructs of the past, so we look at new approaches. Thank you for your time. See you on part 4.
Written by Kent King.