Common pesticide kills beneficial gut bacteria, allowing disease-causing bacteria to thrive

A study recently published in Current Microbiology shows that glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup, is toxic to beneficial gut bacteria in poultry. Disease-causing bacteria, such as Salmonella and Clostridium, on the other hand, are resistant to glyphosates. Beneficial gut bacteria usually suppress the growth of the harmful bacteria, keeping the harmful bacteria numbers in check. If glyphosate is introduced to the system, those good bacteria will die off, allowing the harmful bacteria to burgeon and leading to potentially deadly levels of toxins. Unfortunately, these symptoms aren’t limited to the poultry being fed feed with Roundup residue, but could also affect people who consume the poultry.