Food for thought: Are Herbicides a Factor for the Increase in Allergies and Autism?


  • Erik Peper San Francisco State University



diet, glyphosate autism, diabetes, allergies


Over the last 30 years autism, allergies, Type 2 diabetes, and autoimmune disorders have significantly increased. A possible contributing risk fact is the ingestion of residual herbicides and pesticides in foods in our diet. Presently, more than 95% of all grain, corn, and soy aregenetically modified to be tolerant to Monsanto-produced herbicide Roundup® (glyphosate). Almost all human and animal food now contains low levels of glyphosate and its inert but poisonous additional ingredients. The increased glyphosate use over the last 25 years correlates nearly perfectly with the increased incidence of autism, diabetes, and celiac disease. Glyphosate selectively disrupts gut bacteria balance, acts as an endocrine disrupter, and is toxic to human beings. To optimize health and neural development, adopt a precautionary principle and avoid eating glyphosate and other types of herbicide- and pesticide-contaminated foods.

Author Biography

Erik Peper, San Francisco State University

Professor Institute for Holistic Health Studies Department of Health Education


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