Breaking News: Alarming Levels Of Monsanto’s Glyphosate Found In Popular Foods
Breaking News: Alarming Levels Of Monsanto’s Glyphosate Found In Popular Foods
Do you eat Cheerios, Doritos, Goldfish, Oreos, Lays, or Stacy’s Pita Chips? If yes, I want you to think twice next time you reach for one of these iconic American foods. Your breakfast and snacks probably contain the toxic herbicide, glyphosate and may be causing you more harm than you realize. Chances are you have never heard of glyphosate… BUT you are familiar with what it is – it is the main ingredient in Roundup weedkiller. – And yes, this toxic weedkiller is in our food! Nasty, don’t you think?!
Results from a recent report called, “Glyphosate: Unsafe On Any Plate” by Food Democracy Now! and the Detox Project show disturbing levels of the herbicide glyphosate in many of America’s most popular foods. Among 29 food products analyzed, some that tested positive for high levels of glyphosate contamination included:
- Back To Nature crackers
- Kashi cookies
- Ritz and Goldfish crackers
- Stacy’s Pita Chips
Where was the testing performed?
The testing and analysis was performed by Anresco Laboratories, San Francisco. Anresco is a FDA registered laboratory that has performed food safety testing since 1943.
What is glyphosate?
- Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, is the world’s most heavily used chemical herbicide/weedkiller in food and agricultural production.
- Glyphosate is used in more than 160 countries, with more than 1.4 billion pounds applied per year.
- Glyphosate was first patented in 1964 by Stauffer Chemical Company in Westport, Connecticut as a chelator (binder), for removing mineral deposits from metal pipes (like Drano).
- In 1974, Monsanto brought glyphosate to the market as a water-soluble herbicide with a specific mechanism of action: the directed interruption of plant development through metabolic poisoning.
- Glyphosate’s use skyrocketed after seeds were genetically engineered to tolerate and resist the chemical.
- These GMO seeds produce plants that are not killed by glyphosate, allowing farmers to apply the weedkiller to acres of fields without destroying crops. Between 1987 and 2012, annual United States farm use grew from less than 11 million pounds to nearly 300 million pounds.
- Between 1987 and 2012, annual U.S. farm use grew from less than 11 million pounds to nearly 300 million pounds.
- In agriculture, glyphosate is most used on soy, corn and cotton crops. However, it is also used on other crops such as almonds, peaches, onions, cantaloupe, cherries, sweet citrus, grapes, etc.
Why should we care about glyphosate in our foods?
- Scientific evidence shows that probable harm to human health could begin at ultra-low levels of glyphosate – even at 0.1 parts per billions (ppb). Anresco’s analysis showed that some of the foods tested for glyphosate measured at levels as high as 1,125.3 ppb (General Mill’s Original Cheerios), which is well over the probably harm level of 0.1 ppb. Please see the test results chart below for more information.
Note: Washing cannot remove glyphosate contamination or can it be broken down by cooking or baking. Glyphosate residues can remain stable in food for one year or more, even if the foods are frozen or processed.
Daily glyphosate tolerance guidelines: United States versus European Union
The European Union’s acceptable daily intake (ADI) of glyphosate is much lower than the United States’ ADI.
- Currently, United States’ regulators allow a very high level of daily glyphosate residue in America’s food. The acceptable daily intake limit in the United States is set at 1.75 milligrams per kilogram of bodyweight per day (written 1.75 mg/kg bw/day).
- The European Union’s ADI of glyphosate is set at a much more cautious 0.3 mg/kg bw/day.
Glyphosate food testing results chart
The chart below displays the results from Food Democracy Now! and The Detox Project’s glyphosate in food study. When looking at these test results, remember that research shows that probable harm to human health begins at only 0.1 ppb of glyphosate. Analysis shows that many foods have over 1,000 times this amount – well above what regulators throughout the world consider to be “safe.”
- Full laboratory reports for this food testing can be found here.
- A searchable database of results can be found here: Food Testing Results
Weedkiller for breakfast and snack?
Below are two popular foods which contain high levels of glyphosate due to pre-harvest spraying. When tested for glyphosate, Original Cheerios had 1,125.3 ppb while Stacy’s Pita Chips had 812.53 ppb.
- Original Cheerios
- Stacy’s Pita Chips
Glyphosate is everywhere, even in organic products
It’s strange to imagine that a weedkiller is in our food. How is this possible?
Glyphosate is the active ingredient found in Roundup, the world’s most used herbicide. Because it is used so often, it has polluted our air, water and soil, which in return has contaminated our food system.
- Conventional, non-organic farmers use Roundup as a weedkiller and a drying agent on crops (such as barley, oats and wheat). When used, glyphosate seeps into the seed/plant. Because glyphosate cannot be washed off, it then ends up in our food.
- Millions of people use Roundup weedkiller on their lawns, gardens, at parks and other public spaces. This use causes glyphosate to seep into our soil and water systems.
- Glyphosate is also contaminating organic and non-GMO foods. How? Experts believe that glyphosate might be falling on crops through rainwater or irrigation as well as through herbicide and pesticide drift by crop duster aircraft. If an organic farm is within proximity of a conventional farm that uses an herbicide with gylophosate, its crops are in danger of contamination.
Where else has glyphosate been found?
Other than food, glyphosate residues have also been found in:
- Breast milk
- Farm animal meat
- Tap water
Real world glyphosate exposure at detected levels
Potential health risks associated with glyphosate
On March 20, 2015, the World Health Organization’s cancer agency, IARC, declared that glyphosate is a probable human carcinogen. This decision was formed after 17 cancer experts from 11 countries met to assess the carcinogenicity of five pesticides. There are specific concerns over the link to glyphosate and the following cancers:
- Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
- Bone cancer
- Colon cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Liver cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Thyroid cancer
Human epidemiological studies have found a connection between Roundup exposure and two types of blood cancer: Myeloma and Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma:
- A study of pesticides in the United States found that exposure to glyphosate was associated with higher incidence of multiple myeloma. – http://www.ncbi. nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15626647
- A systematic review of the literature published in 2014 concluded that there was a link between exposure to glyphosate herbicides and Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. – https://www.ncbi. nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24762670
- Swedish epidemiological studies found that exposure to glyphosate was connected to a higher incidence of Non- Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. – http://onlinelibrary. wiley.com/doi/10.1002/%28SICI%291097- 0142%2819990315%2985:6<1353::AID- CNCR19>3.0.CO;2-1/full
For more information on glyphosate and cancer, please visit:
2. Endocrine disruption and hormone hacking
Glyphosate has not been officially declared an endocrine disruptor/hormone hacker, but evidence suggests that glyphosate may be exactly those two things. Emerging studies point to the fact that low levels exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals can cause:
- reduced fertility
- reproductive problems
…and that changes in hormone levels can result in:
- behavioral issues such as ADHD
- early onset puberty
Studies performed on rodents have shown that:
- Glyphosate herbicide was an endocrine-disrupting chemical in rats, causing disruption in reproductive development after exposure during puberty. – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20012598
For more information on glyphosate and hormone hacking, please visit:
3. Antibiotic resistance and chelating effect
In 2010, Monsanto patented glyphosate as an antibiotic/biocide and chelating (binding) agent.
a) Glyphosate as a chelator (binder)
- Just as it’s initial purpose as a drain/pipe cleaner, glyphosate also binds (chelates) vital nutrients such as boron, iron, manganese and zinc in the soil, preventing plants from absorbing them. This may negatively impact the nutritional value of food and could have serious implications for humans, farm animals and pets that consume genetically engineered Roundup Ready crops. – https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/11741277. pdf?repositoryId=393
- Genetically Modified (GM) soy plants treated with glyphosate herbicide have lower levels of essential nutrients and reduced growth, compared with soy controls not treated with glyphosate. – http://link.springer.com/ article/10.1007%2Fs11104-009-0081-3
For more information on how glyphosate binds with vital nutrients, please visit:
b) Glyphosate as an antibiotic
- Emerging scientific evidence suggests that glyphosate can alter human and animal intestinal flora. This may cause a decrease in beneficial gut bacteria and a rise in more toxic and harmful bacteria. Poor gut health leads to inflammation and disease.
- Research lead by a team from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand found that herbicides, including Roundup/glyphosate, can cause bacteria to become resistant to antibiotics. – http://mbio.asm.org/content/6/2/e00009-15
4. Kidney and liver damage
Research shows that glyphosate/Roundup causes liver and kidney damage in rodents and fish.
- A 2015 study published in Environmental Health Journal shows the levels of glyphosate herbicides which the public are commonly exposed to (in drinking water) changed the gene function of over 4000 genes in livers and kidneys of rats. – http://ehjournal. biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12940-015- 0056-1
- Research has found that glyphosate levels as low as 10 ppb have toxic effects on the livers of fish.
Glyphosate/Roundup damage by the numbers (ppb)
Call to action
The results from Food Democracy Now! and The Detox Project’s “Glyphosate: Unsafe On Any Plate” study are alarming. Glyphosate should not be in our food, as it poses a serious risk to our health.
We need to get Monsanto’s Roundup off all our plates, ban glyphosate and label GMOs! Luckily, there are things you can do to help make this happen.
- Spread awareness about this issue by sharing this article with others. Click the social media share buttons above or below this article.
- Be the change you wish to see and vote with your dollar. Stop supporting Monsanto and improve the environment – ditch the Roundup. Don’t buy it and don’t use it. Tell your friends and family members to do the same.
- Sign the petition demanding that our regulatory agencies, like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Food And Drug Administration (FDA) and U.S Department Of Agriculture (USDA) protect the American people from glyphosate in our food, soil, water and air! See below:
***SIGN THE PETITION***
Food Democracy Now! has created a petition you can sign, which calls for the EPA’s Inspector General to launch an investigation into the harmful effects of glyphosate on human health and the environment. By signing, you are also demanding the end to pre-harvest spraying of Roundup as a drying agent. The petition also requests the release of all data that Monsanto originally submitted during the approval process of glyphosate and Roundup Ready GMO crops.
Put your name on the petition by clicking the link below:
The results from Food Democracy Now! and The Detox Project’s study need to be a wake-up call for all Americans regarding unacceptable levels of pesticide residues in our nation’s food. Their findings showed that glyphosate levels in common, iconic processed foods are well above levels international regulators have deemed to be safe.
Ultra-low levels of glyphosate can cause damage to human health starting at 0.1 parts per billion (ppb). Analysis from this study showed the highest levels detected were found in General Mills’ Original Cheerios, which was at 1,125.3 ppb – nearly TWICE the level considered potentially harmful according to the latest scientific research in a single serving.
Sadly, glyphosate contamination is everywhere. The combination of exposure through drinking water and processed food diets has caused human contamination to be extremely high, putting health at risk.
We all know so many people who have these foods on their plates and in their pantries. It’s time step and demand that the EPA, FDA and USDA dramatically reduce the acceptable daily intake level of glyphosate and ban the practice of pre-harvest spraying of all food crops, especially wheat, oats and barley, immediately.
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