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Wheat: Proceed with caution


Previously in this blog I’ve expressed the opinion that the prevalence of gluten intolerance is exaggerated. Less than 1 percent of the population has coeliac disease. Still, gluten sensitivity seems to be increasing. Something must be going on. What could that be?

Recently I came across an article about a renegade MIT scientist who has a new theory about this. She thinks that the gluten problem is caused by glyphosate — that is, the herbicide Roundup, which is made by Monsanto and other companies.

I have no way of knowing whether this theory is valid. However, this scientist mentions a fact that is new to me, and it’s shocking. That is that wheat farmers are spraying Roundup on their crops just before harvest, to dry out the wheat and make the harvest process easier for the combine machine.

When I first read this, I was skeptical that farmers would do anything so obviously dangerous. But a little Googling shows that, not only is it true, Monsanto promotes this use of Roundup as a way of boosting combine output by up to 30 percent. How long Roundup persists on plants and soil after it is sprayed is highly variable. Under some conditions, it takes months for it to break down. When Roundup is sprayed on a field to clear weeds before planting, there probably is usually time for the Roundup to mostly break down before the crop reaches our kitchens.

However, if Roundup is sprayed on wheat three or four days before harvest, you can be very sure that it remains in the wheat, and therefore in the flour, until we eat it.

I take two lessons from this.

First is that our industrialized farmers cannot be trusted. If poisoning us yields them higher profits, then they’ll poison us. Unless we’re paying attention, we won’t know what they’re doing.

Second is that, from now on, I will use only organic wheat.


  1. Jo Anne Sapp wrote:

    Thanks so much for this information. We have to remain ever diligent.

    Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 8:15 pm | Permalink
  2. Henry wrote:

    Thanks for the heads up….


    Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 1:27 am | Permalink
  3. Wow David, how is it that I am just now discovering your blog? Silly me. Love this blog site. Onto the wheat….

    I’m with you 100% and the gluten intolerance is more than likely man-made from our use of those Roundup uses. Add to that the issues of those who claim allergies to wool. I’ve read that in truth, there are almost none truly allergic to wool. It is an environment issue once again. Whether we are talking about how the wool was raised or the individual’s consumption of present day crud, go back several centuries and wool was darn near the only covering of the body besides hides. Now how many people do you now find with allergies to any animal fur or dander?

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 7:54 am | Permalink

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