Roundup Glyphosate Beekeeping

E. Coli & How it Affects You and Honeybees

With the latest outbreak of E. coli, Freshway Foods has made their mark more than once. This commercial company declares themselves as a fresh fruit and vegetable processor, repacker, distributor, and logistics provider for 27 states of the eastern United States. Their practices with glyphosate (Roundup®) is a growing concern to our plants, animals, and humans. Continue reading this article to learn more about E. coli, why it is a growing concern, how it affects our crops, you, and our honeybees.



It has been surmised that unwashed hands, chemicals, and harmful pathogens are the reasons for food contamination. However, I’d like to propose another reason that most companies, federal agencies, university studies, and others do not or will not mention.


I’m assuming everyone knows what Roundup® is and who makes it. If you don’t know, Roundup® is “glyphosate” – a broad-spectrum herbicide, meaning that it has negative effects on nearly every plant with which it comes in contact. It is used for spot treatment of gardens, lawns, paved areas, and some agricultural crops. Monsanto is the creator of Roundup® and brought it to the market in 1974. Many other companies now manufacture it such as BASF, Bayer CropScience, and Dow AgroSciences. Glypohosate makes up 41% of Roundup® Concentrate while many other brands contain 50% or more.


Glyphosate is an herbicide antiobiotic that uses a chelation process to block the plants’ minerals like sulphur, boron, magnesium, calcium, manganese, zinc, potassium, copper, nitrogen, and iron. These minerals are required for the immune system of plants, as well as animals and humans. Blocking these minerals is essentially what kills all plants – except genetically modified organisms (GMO) and crops. GMO seeds have been genetically altered to receive glyphosate without killing GMO plants.


It takes about 80 years for one application of glyphosate to break down into the soil. The more you use it, the more exponentially the effects will grow. This horrendous chemical will travel in the air for miles and miles until rain forces the herbicide to go into the ground.


Glyphosate kills the good bacteria in the Lactobacilli family that are needed by all living elements of the earth, including the soil. In the soil, Lactobacilii acts as a barrier between the plants and the bad bacteria group called Clostridium botulinum, also known as “botulism.” Killing the good bacteria allows the pathogens in the botulinum family, like salmonella, listeria, and E. coli to travel up through the plant’s stem and into our digestive system. These pathogens have been appearing in our food supply since early 2000s – several years after the major growth of monoculture. While Roundup® has been used since its creation in 1974, glyphosate has been globally used since 1994 on GMO crops.


Glyphosate also affects the Lactobacilli/Biobifidobacterium in the human gut by destroying the shikimate pathway in the gut bacteria. This is discussed in a YouTube interview between Jeffery Smith of the Institute for Responsible Technology and Dr. Stephanie Seneff, Ph.D, a senior research scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).


“The way glyphosate works is that it interrupts the shikimate pathway, a metabolic function in plants that allows them to create essential amino acids. When this path is interrupted, the plants die. Human cells don’t have a shikimate pathway so scientists and researchers believed that exposure to glyphosate would be harmless.


The problem is that bacteria DO have a shikimate pathway and we have millions of good bacteria in our guts – our “gut flora.” These bacteria are essential to our health. Our gut isn’t just responsible for digestion, but also for our immune system. When glyphosate gets in our systems, it wrecks our gut and as a result our immune system.”


Dr. Don Huber (a plant pathologist and emeritus professor from Purdue University) and Jeanne D’Brant (associate professor of Biology & Applied Health at the State University of New York) have written a 77-page article explaining nearly all the effects of glyphosate on health and crops. This article was written for TECA-FOA, an international organization of exchange groups to the United Nations.



Organic Foods Affected by E. Coli


If you ever wondered whether glyphosate is used on organic foods, the answer is “no.” However, there are questions regarding organic crops being fertilized with animal manure (feces) and whether that manure comes from organic animals.


There is a growing concern because the news indicates that pathogens called Clostridium Difficile (also known as a form of colitis) comes from the soil that grows our foods, and not just when taking antibiotics. The Organic Consumers Association states the following:


“The higher incidences of fecal contamination in organic foods were linked to heavy reliance on composted animal manure for fertilizer. Though conventionally grown produce may use some manure, it chiefly relies on chemical fertilizers. Past research has shown that animal manure is the principal source of pathogens such as salmonella, campylobacter and E. coli.”


Unfortunately, we just don’t know if animal manure is coming from animals that were raised organically or not. If the manure came from a cow, chicken, or pig fed GMO crops, it would stand to reason that the pathogens would be in the animals’ feces. The manure is plowed into the soil, so the pathogen is already there and will travel into the plants, into our foods, and into our digestive tracts.


However the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) does state that certified organic foods must follow standards to be labeled as such. They must go through a transition period for at least three years of “prohibited” substances before being labeled. According tho the British Journal of Nutrition, organic crops do contain significantly higher antioxidants, substantially less cadmium, and considerably less pesticide residues. In fact, non-organic crops were found to be four times higher in pesticide residue than organic crops.



The Damage Glyphosate & Neonicotinoids Causes Honeybees


Dr. Huber also writes how glyphosate works synergistically with neonicotinoids (neonics) which are chemicals used to coat GMO seeds. Neonics effect the endocrine system, thereby affecting the honeybee queen’s laying abilities. Neonics also affect the worker bee’s ability to remember how to come back to the hive after harvesting. Everyone (including bees) is having a rough time with their immune systems being chemically destroyed by the smallest organisms in the “gut.”


Glyphosate and neonics are not the only chemicals found in the hive. Studies indicate that over 250 different chemicals have been found in the honeycombs, and the main concern is the exponential damage that is caused when even two chemicals are combined.



Further Research


Regarding fast facts on E. coli outbreaks, CLICK HERE. This article is interesting as it indicates how often outbreaks have occurred since 1992. Since 2006, it has become a yearly occurrence. Further, the article indicates how the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates 265,000 “Shiga toxin-producing” (STEC) infections occur each year in the United States while E. coli causes more than 36% of these infections.


For more information on Clostridium Difficile, CLICK HERE.


Learn how much glyphosate has been used since 1974 by CLICKING HERE.

An Answer to Roundup

July, 2017 Newsletter

Lady Spirit Moon

In the spring of 2011 I noticed a queen was acting all nervous and jumpy and hadn’t lain anything since her mating. A few weeks later, I pulled a frame out and she was holding on to it with her back legs and weaving back and forth and there were very few bees left. I killed her. This so bothered me I dug deep into research to discern her behavior. In February, 2012, I came across an interview between Dr. Mercola and Dr. Don Huber, Emeritus Professor, Purdue University, about Roundup and how devastating the glyphosate in Roundup was on us, animals, and our environment.

Something clicked and I contacted Don. We hung up and a couple days later he called back and said that glyphosate was killing the honeybees and sent me the information. I did the interview with him in June, 2012. We were the first to recognize that Roundup was the major cause. I have been on the campaign trail ever since. Word got around fast and studies and discussions on bee deaths have popped up globally since that time.

Today the news is again reporting on how neonicotinoids are affecting honeybees and other pollinators. A lot of us in beekeeping knew that the neonics were the major cause of CCD. What you are reading in the news today is not the first regarding the effects of neonics on honeybees. The Guardian mentioned a study done in 2013.

Nicotinoids have been around since before the 19th century. But according to Wikipedia they changed when Byer added 5 other chemicals were added making them neonicotinoids:

“In 1985, Bayer patented imidacloprid as the first commercial neonicotinoid. During the late 1990s, primarily, imidacloprid became widely used. Beginning in the early 2000s, two other neonicotinoids, clothianidin and thiamethoxam, entered the market. As of 2013, virtually all corn planted in the United States was treated with one of these two insecticides and various fungicides. As of 2014, about a third of US soybean acreage was planted with neonicotinoid-treated seeds, usually imidacloprid or thiamethoxam.”

Acetamiprid, dinotefuran, nithiazine, and, and thiacloprid were also added and all share a common mode of action that affect the central nervous system of insects, resulting in paralysis and death. Beyond Pesticides explains the different chemicals in the neonicotinoids and how each affects honeybees.

I live in a GMO community where a farmer sprays Roundup on his GMO corn. Whenever they spray their crops or my neighbor sprays around their sheep fence, I feed 1 dose of my lacto water formula, both neonics and glyphosate affect the immune system, to my bees and they are fine. But before my formula, I had a few hive deaths in the beginning of my beekeeping career until my notes showed me what was happening.

“Neonics” are the coating on GMO seeds and some non-GMO seeds. These chemicals not only stay in the soil for up to 3 years, but they also rise up through the plant into the nectar and pollen. The bees harvest and store pollen and nectar from a GMO crop in the fall and ingest them the following spring. That following spring time you will have a thriving colony only to discover in a couple weeks that you have nothing but an empty hive. Imidacloprid affects the bees laying abilities; that glyphosate and neonics are synergistically working as endocrine interrupters. Clothianidin is one of the new chemicals that affect the honeybee’s learning abilities. The bees go out to harvest but forget how to go back to the hive.


A while back Don informed me that he knew of a couple field trials that were showing good results in reversing the effects of glyphosate. He put me in touch with Frank Dean, BS, Biological and Physical Science, working for LidoChem, Inc. When I asked what NutriSmart did, Frank wrote:

“We have been concerned about the amount of glyphosate being used and its toxicity. As you know glyphosate has been found in all honey including organic and wild honey.

“Dr. Stephanie Seneff has also suggested the impairment of the P450 set of enzymes …. (Ed. Note: Dr. Seneff did a study in January, 2013, “Glyphosate’s Suppression of Cytochrome P450 Enzymes and Amino Acid Biosynthesis by the Gut Microbiome: Pathways to Modern Diseases,” with Dr. Anthony Samsel.

“We have been using NutriSmart, an organic bio fertilizer, to lower the concentration of glyphosate in soil, increase soil organic matter, support the native microorganisms, and, supply nutrients to crops and gardens.

“NutriSmart contains 6 different yeasts, Saccharomyces cerevisiae ,” [They are brewer’s or baker’s yeast.]

Frank sent a PPT with the information on NutriSmart. I have included the information here, along with picture and graph.

  • NutriSmart® is a patented environmentally friendly microbial fertilizer & soil amendment developed by CK Life Sciences, a world-wide leader of eco-responsible agricultural practices.
  • NutriSmart® components are naturally occurring substances; free of any chemical constituents.
  • NutriSmart® provides humate, humic acids, patented strains of microbes, and microbial activators to the soil.
  • NutriSmart® is acceptable for bio-fertilizer registration in most countries, including the United States, even meeting the more stringent requirements of states such as California.

How does NutriSmart benefit a Fertilizer Program?

  • Documented to improve the Nutrient Use Efficiency (NUE) of conventional chemical fertilizers
  • Documented to Solubilize Soil Minerals releasing P & K, Silicon and other trace minerals
  • Proven to fix elemental Nitrogen (N2) into Ammonium (NH4)
  • Proven to Retain soluble fertilizers in the soil and reduce leaching
  • Proven to Stimulate the proliferation of desirable soil organisms
  • Proven to Increase root growth and plant uptake of nutrients
  • Assists in reclaiming soils damaged by overuse of herbicides, synthetic fertilizers, and other residual chemicals

It Grows With Glyphosate

  • Growers typically spray 1 quart of a 39% glyphosate per acre.
  • One quart of the 39% glyphosate in 20 gallons of water is 80:1 or a dilution of 1.25% Glyphosate.
  • 6 ml of the 1.25% Glyphosate solution was added to 300 ml of Difco Plate Count Agar.
  • NutriSmart was dropped into the media as the Agar cooled.
  • Control on the left, SGN 150 center and SGN 250 on the right.

Frank also wrote:

“What we have found is this: when we take soil samples before and after the treatment the glyphosate is substantially reduced. When we work with petri dishes we find the bacteria counts in the presence of glyphosate go up.”

L: NutriSmart Only (no added food source) M:  *NutriSmart SGN 150 with Glyphosate

R: *NutriSmart SGN 250 with Glyphosate

* These slides clearly show that NutriSmart Microbes thrive in the presence of Glyphosate (Roundup) and apparently utilize it as a food source

Glyphosate levels from 10 fields:

Glyphosate reported in parts per billion (ppb) – Before and after treatment with NutriSmart over a growing season.

** Trials were conducted in 10 fields with recorded Glyphosate reductions of up to 94 Percent **


For more information on NutriSmart and LidoChem:

LidoChem, Inc.

Performance Nutrition Division

20 Village Court Hazlet NJ 07730



Frank also shared, “We have been working with Dr. Kanga, Florida A&M, with Bacillus amyloliquifaciens (a bacteria used as a source for an enzyme that is used in agriculture, aquaculture and hydroponics) to combat the insect attacking bee hives.

Now if we can just find something to fight the effects of neonicotinoids.