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Jack Dykinga

AS THE WORLD TURNS (MONSANTO’S WORLD THAT IS) 

OK, let’s recap a little bit. First we told you about the World Health Organization declaring that glyphosate — the main active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup pesticide — is probably carcinogenic to humans. This was a really big deal because Monsanto has been claiming for years that this stuff is completely harmless and as result, the whole world has dumped tens of millions of tons of this crap on itself.

Well, the next thing to happen in this ongoing chemical soap opera was for Monsanto to demand a retraction from WHO of its conclusion that glyphosate isn’t good for you.

WHO responded something like “stick it.”

This week the saga continues with multiple news outlets reporting that this “probably carcinogenic” glyphosate is being found in products we use everyday including honey, baby formula and even the breast milk of new moms. That’s scary stuff. Why is this happening?

According to Ken Cook, president and co-founder of Environmental Working Group, “When chemical agriculture blankets millions of acres of genetically engineered corn and soybean fields with hundreds of millions of pounds of glyphosate, it’s not a surprise babies are now consuming Monsanto’s signature chemical with breast milk and infant formula. The primary reason millions of Americans, including infants, are now exposed to this probable carcinogen is due to the explosion of genetically engineered crops that now dominate farmland across the U.S.”

Wow, sucks to be us. Too bad our country won’t ban or require labeling of GMOs like all the other nations of the civilized world.

So what happens next? Apparently we are getting ready to hear about a lot of additional foods that we eat being contaminated by this “probable” cancer-causer. According to Reuters, there has been a major increase in requests to have food products and people tested for glyphosate ever since the WHO report came out.

Stay tuned.

ARE HUMANS TOO STUPID TO LIVE?

A funny thing has occurred over the last half-century or so: Our eyesight has gotten steadily worse when it comes to what’s known as nearsightedness. According to a report in the journal Science, myopia — aka nearsightedness, which requires corrective lenses —is getting out of hand globally. In China, for instance, 90 percent of young adults have it today compared with only 10 percent or so 60 years ago. In the U.S. and Europe, we’re also losing our vision in the same way. Our rates of nearsightedness have doubled in the last six decades.

So what’s going on? Has some strange virus infected us? Are solar flares blinding us? Is it because we now binge watch entire seasons of our favorite shows on Netflix in a single session? Nope. Well, that last one might have a little to do with it.

The truth is, we are going blind as a species because we no longer are exposed to sunlight. Not kidding. Our newer generations are spending so much time indoors that the shapes of their eyes are actually being distorted causing nearsightedness.

We really are too stupid to live. If we weren’t already so blind, we could probably look into the future and see our final evolutionary stage, the one where we’ve become six foot tall sightless mole people covered in loose pink skin… still watching back-to-back episodes of Breaking Bad.