By now most people have heard about the dangers of Monsanto’s Roundup and it’s toxic, potentially cancer-causing ingredient glyphosate. But did you know that it has now been estimated that 80% of all our food is said to be contaminated with this herbicide and that even products labeled “organic” are tainted?
Testing for Glyphosate
Tropical Traditions, a website that sells organic grains, decided to test certain products from Montana, North Dakota, and Canada. They sent samples to a well-respected lab and these were the results:
- All commercial wheat products submitted tested positive for traces of glyphosate residue. The range was from 0.07 mg/kg to 0.09 mg/kg and these samples were taken from non-GMO crops. The typical range for GMO crops has an average range of between 3.3 and 5.7 mg/kg.
- The organic grains from their suppliers also tested positive for traces of glyphosate with a range of 0.03 to 0.06 mg/kg. “The presence of glyphosate residue was found in organic wheat and other organic grains, including organic barley, oats, spelt, and einkorn.”
- The only organic grains that didn’t have glyphosate were organic rye and organic millet.
- There was only one variety of organic wheat from small-scale farmers in Wisconsin that tested clean from glyphosate.
What Do These Tests Mean?
While these numbers seem extremely small, consider that most of the food that we eat – even the more expensive and “safer” organic versions – have this potentially toxic chemical in it. When you add up each tiny amount in each ingredient that we eat, who knows how much glyphosate we’re actually ingesting?!?!
Compromised Organic Farming
Organic farms can become contaminated with glyphosate in a variety of ways which can include overspray from nearby farms, run-off caused by rain, or the food can get cross-contaminated at a manufacturing plant that also handles non-organic foods. Also, if there isn’t an alternative ingredient available that is non-GMO, a company can claim that a product is organic. For example, there are currently no GMO varieties of sugarcane, allowing it to be labeled as certified USDA organic.
Glyphosate has been linked “to kidney disease, antibiotic resistant bacteria, inflammatory bowel disease, obesity, depression, ADHD, autism, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, ALS, multiple sclerosis, cancer, cachexia, infertility, and developmental malformations,” states Health Impact News. It’s clear that this herbicide is dangerous and should be eliminated from our food supply or at the very least food should be more closely monitored to protect the “organic” label of safety and integrity.
“The Glyphosate Contamination of Organic Food: An Update”. Natural News. Accessed December 19, 2018. https://www.naturalnews.com/047868_glyphosate_contamination_organic_food_pesticide_residue.html#
“ALERT: Certified Organic Food Grown in U.S. Found Contaminated with Glyphosate Herbicide”. Health Impact News. Accessed December 19, 2018. http://healthimpactnews.com/2014/alert-certified-organic-food-grown-in-u-s-found-contaminated-with-glyphosate-herbicide/