A federal health panel recommended that Americans should eat less meat because it’s better for the planet, but the majority of produce sold in grocery stores are genetically modified to encourage farmers to use more herbicides and other toxic chemicals.

If Americans adopted the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s recommendation to cut down on meat consumption, most of them would simply eat more GMO fruits and vegetables, which doesn’t exactly help the environment because ever since GMOs were introduced, the use of toxic herbicides like Monsanto’s Roundup have increased 1500%, which pollutes streams and soils.

“USDA and HHS will use the committee’s report and recommendations, along with public comments, to update the dietary guidelines for Americans due out later this year,” The Hill’s Lydia Wheeler reported. “The panel’s decision, however, to incorporate environmental factors into the guidelines for the first time this year has created a public food fight between green groups and industry, which contends the committee is neither required nor equipped to recommend people eat less meat because it’s better for the planet.”

Now, if the committee wants to talk about saving the planet, it should start with the harmful impact GMOs are having on the environment, especially if the committee actually thinks that eating more plant-based GMOs is “environmentally friendly.”

For example, glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, was linked to cancer in humans.

“Monsanto’s glyphosate has been found in 75% of air and rain samples, so it isn’t just ‘hanging out’ with our plants,” Christina Sarich reported. “It doesn’t just magically disappear once it is sprayed on weeds in our gardens.”

“In recent years, Roundup has been found to be even more toxic than when it was first approved for agricultural use, and now people across the U.S. are waking up to the fact that Monsanto’s Roundup alters gut bacteria, leaches important minerals from the soil (and thus our food and bodies), pollutes our water and generally decimates healthy human cells.”

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