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Scientists Find ‘Extreme Levels’ of the Herbicide Roundup in Our Food

Scientists Find ‘Extreme Levels’ of the Herbicide Roundup in Our Food

A study by researchers at the Arctic University of Norway has found high levels of herbicides in GMO soybean plants

Scientists have found that every time we eat genetically modified soy (it’s in almost everything), we consume high levels of Roundup.

Scientists have long theorized that chemicals found in herbicides like Roundup, a brand-name weed-killer, may be toxic. The study, which analyzed the chemical breakdowns of 31 different soy plants in Iowa, found high levels of Roundup on 70 percent of the studied plants.

In fact, scientists discovered 9 milligrams of Roundup per kilogram of soybeans — well over the 5.6 milligrams considered “extreme” by the Monsanto standards published in 1999.

Originally, Roundup was meant to kill weed pests that could stunt the growth of Monsanto crops, but a group of “superweeds” grew immune to the herbicide. As a result, more and more Roundup has to be used on crops for it to be effective. And that could prove toxic for humans. A recent study by professors Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneff of MIT has found that consuming large amounts of produce with Roundup residue (specifically the chemical and major herbicide ingredient glyphosate) can make us “vulnerable to the damaging effects of other chemicals and environmental toxins we encounter.”

“This study demonstrated that Roundup Ready [GE]-soy may have high residue levels of glyphosate… and also that different agricultural practices may result in a markedly different nutritional composition of soybeans,” the Nordic researchers concluded in their study. “Lack of data on pesticide residues in major crop plants is a serious gap of knowledge with potential consequences for human and animal health.”

Hummus from Whole Foods, Sabra, and Other Brands May Contain Herbicide, According to New Report

But there's no reason to give up your favorite snack, according to our nutritionist.

Despite its well-earned health halo, hummus is now being added to a list of foods that could contain levels of glyphosate, a herbicide that's the basis of the popular weed killer Roundup.

The Environmental Working Group, the same organization responsible for the annual Dirty Dozen produce list, says its new findings suggest popular store-bought hummus products as well as raw, canned, or boxed chickpeas contain various amounts of glyphosate. Like the EWG's similar report that examined popular breakfast cereals and oat bars, the group made the discovery after sampling a wide range of hummus and chickpeas sourced from across the country &mdash this time, however, they also found evidence that suggests products labeled "organic" may also contain traces of the controversial chemical.

After collecting 27 samples of hummus, the EWG concluded that 80% of non-organic varieties tested positive for the herbicide: One-third of the samples in all (based on a sample size of four tablespoons) exceeded the group's recommendations for daily intake of glyphosate. The group's press release implicates Whole Foods Market's Original Hummus as containing "15 times the EWG benchmark" for glyphosate, the highest amount of herbicide discovered in its tests (about 2,000 parts per billion, PPB)."At Whole Foods Market, our highest priority is to provide customers with safe, high-quality products. All food sold in our stores must meet our rigorous Quality Standards, which prohibit 100+ preservatives, flavors, colors and other ingredients commonly found in food," a Whole Foods spokesperson said in a statement to Good Housekeeping. "All Whole Foods Market products tested by the Environmental Working Group are fully compliant with EPA tolerances for glyphosate. Whole Foods Market requires that suppliers meet all applicable limits for glyphosate through effective raw material control programs that include appropriate testing."

The EWG also tested products from Aldi, Costco, Giant, Harris Teeter, Safeway, ShopRite, Target, Trader Joes, and Walmart. Two different Sabra hummus variations, Cava Traditional Hummus, and Harris Teeter's store-brand traditional hummus rounded-out the list of products that contained more than 160 PPB, which is the agency's own threshold (equating to about 0.01 milligrams per day). But that level of exposure is significantly lower compared to the Environmental Protection Agency's own exposure limit, which the EWG says doesn't adequately protect Americans &mdash the EWG's threshold is also lower than rules set in California, which is largely viewed as conservatively appropriate.

"Glyphosate is indeed classified as a group 2A carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, which is part of the World Health Organization," says Stefani Sassos, MS, RD, CDN, the Good Housekeeping Institute's registered dietitian. She adds that most research on the effects of glyphosate has been conducted on animals, and long term side-effects may depend on how much glyphosate you consume. "But the EWG's prescribed threshold for having 'too much' of the agent is very limited. Their limit is practically zero, at 0.01 milligrams per day, so their results shouldn't be too shocking."

Making hummus yourself may not solve the issue, as organic varieties were also implicated in the test: The EWG tested 12 different hummus and chickpea samples that were labeled as "organic" and still found "detectable concentrations of glyphosate." Organic farmers aren't allowed to spray herbicides or pesticides by law, but these agents may simply drift over from conventional crop fields (or organic products become contaminated at processing facilities). "These excellent foods would be much better without glyphosate," Olga Naidenko, Ph.D., the EWG's vice president for science investigations, said in a press release. "Toxic weed killers should never be allowed to contaminate these products, or any other foods, that millions of American families eat every day.&rdquo

‘Where are all the bodies?’ The inconclusive data

The reason glyphosate was thought to be completely safe for many years is that it works by inhibiting an enzyme pathway behind plant growth, which does not exist in humans. Since the introduction of Roundup-resistant GM food crops – genetically engineered to resist glyphosate – in the mid-1990s, farmers in the US have been able to use it in large quantities to get rid of weeds selectively, while in the UK it is used as the weedkiller of choice, outside of the growing season.

But in the past two decades, some research has suggested that glyphosate may not be as benign as once thought. Last month, a high-profile collaborative study by three US universities reported that individuals with particularly high exposures to glyphosate-based herbicides, for instance those spraying it, could have a 41% increased relative risk of developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

“The lifetime risk of developing NHL is usually around 1 in 50, so what this means is that in populations who are exposed to the very highest levels of glyphosate, it moves to around 1 in 35,” explains Michael Davoren, a molecular toxicology researcher at the University of California. “But the bulk of the risk, as with any cancer, is still going to be due to other factors, including in part strings of ‘bad luck’ mutations in a given set of cells.”

Multiple theories have been voiced as to why this increased risk might arise, such as the idea that glyphosate may mimic the behaviour of certain hormones. One study, by researchers in Thailand, suggested that by doing so, even low levels of glyphosate could increase the rate of breast cancer cell growth in petri dishes.

Edwin Hardeman, who has non-Hodgkin lymphoma, is suing Monsanto for failing to warn him about the risk of Roundup. Photograph: Courtesy Andrus Wagstaff PC

However, the trouble is, for every research paper that purports to show a link between glyphosate-based herbicides and cancer, there is another which finds the exact opposite. This hasn’t been helped by the fact that many of the studies may not have been entirely objective. “A lot of the studies backing glyphosate have been funded by entities in a position to profit from the continuing sales,” Davoren says. “And many of those which point towards significant risks are funded by groups who are either engaged in lawsuits against the makers of glyphosate, or are in the position to benefit from sales of glyphosate alternatives. So it gets very, very tricky.”

But even some of the largest independent population-based studies have failed to find any sort of definitive proof. Last year, a two-decade-long analysis of data of nearly 45,000 farmworkers who applied glyphosate-based herbicides to their crops, conducted by the US National Institute of Health, showed no association with non-Hodgkin lymphoma or overall cancer risk.

“This is the strongest argument that Monsanto has,” says Deborah Kurrasch, a neuroscientist at the University of Calgary who has been researching glyphosate for several years. “If it’s so damn bad, then where are all the bodies? The scientific evidence, as it stands right now, is not at all conclusive.”

But one of the factors that have left commentators suspicious of the potential toxicity of these herbicides has been incidents of combative corporate behaviour. In the latest trial, Monsanto has caused eyebrows to raise by obtaining a ban preventing attorneys for the plaintiffs from presenting information regarding its alleged influence on research.

Versatile, Popular Weedkiller

Glyphosate doesn’t merely kill weeds. It also helps get crops ready for harvest. Farmers spray it on oats and other grains so they can move into the field to harvest them sooner. It also helps to promote even drying so they can harvest more of their grain at the same time.

For years, the chemical, which was first used in the U.S. in 1974, was considered to be virtually nontoxic to people and other animals. That’s because it works by blocking an enzyme that’s only made by plants. Since people don’t make the enzyme, the chemical was thought to be basically inert in the body.

But some studies in cells in petri dishes and animals have found that glyphosate and the weedkillers that use it may be able to damage DNA.

Internal company emails presented as evidence in Dewayne Johnson’s trial show Monsanto knew it was “very vulnerable in this area” and that the company hired outside scientists in an effort to discredit this science.

Exactly how the weedkiller might be causing this damage isn’t clear.

Davoren says new studies are pointing to a possible explanation. Though animals don’t contain the enzyme that’s blocked by glyphosate, bacteria do.

In fact, in addition to marketing the chemical as a weedkiller, Monsanto patented glyphosate as an antibiotic in 2010.

Davoren says that because glyphosate is so popular -- it’s the most commonly used weedkiller in the U.S., with more than 250 million pounds used each day -- it’s really hard to avoid.

“We’re learning more and more about the complexity and the importance of the human microbiome,” says Davoren. The microbiome refers to the genes of trillions of bacteria that live in and on our bodies. Our bodies contain about 100 times more bacterial DNA than human DNA. “What’s going on in your microbiome can end up affecting your cancer risk.”

Davoren says the science is still early, but it seems like glyphosate may be most harmful to “good” bacteria -- the kind that dampen inflammation in the body.

“You’re potentially adding one more subtle environmental factor that could tip the scales from a healthy microbiome to an unhealthy microbiome,” he says, though this is still just a theory. Much more research is needed before this can be accepted as fact.


Michael Davoren, PhD, molecular toxicology program, University of California, Los Angeles.

Olga Naidenko, PhD, senior science advisor for children’s health, the Environmental Working Group, Washington, D.C.

Alexis Temkin, PhD, toxicologist, Environmental Working Group, Washington, D.C.

Environmental Working Group, Children’s Health Initiative: “Breakfast with a Dose of Roundup? Weed Killer in $289 Million Cancer Verdict Found in Oat Cereal and Granola Bars.”

International Agency for Research on Cancer: “IARC Monograph on Glyphosate.”

EPA: “Draft Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessments for Glyphosate.”

U.S. Right to Know, accessed Aug. 15, 2018.

The New York Times: “Germany Aims to End Use of Glyphosate in This Legislative Period: Spokesman.”

The New York Times: “Monsanto Ordered to Pay $289 Million in Roundup Cancer Trial.”

Breakfast with Monsanto: Glyphosate Found in Nearly Half of Breakfast Foods, Study Finds

Food safety tests released by the Alliance for Natural Health-USA show the presence of glyphosate, the most widely used industrial weed killer best known as Monsanto&aposs Roundup, in 46 percent of popular breakfast foods tested.

24 breakfast food samples were tested by an independent laboratory, and 11 tested positive for the chemical, including oatmeal, bagels, eggs, potatoes, and non-GMO soy coffee creamer. Surprisingly, some of the highest levels of the chemical were found in organic products, such as organic, cage-free eggs and organic bread.

“We decided to do this testing to see just how ubiquitous this toxin has become in our environment. We expected that trace amounts would show up in foods containing large amounts of corn and soy,” Gretchen DuBeau, executive and legal director of ANH-USA, said in a statement. “However, we were unprepared for just how invasive this poison has been to our entire food chain.”

While glyphosate is often sprayed on corn and soy genetically designed to withstand the chemical, its presence in eggs and dairy points to the possibility that glyphosate is building up in the tissue of animals who eat the sprayed crops.

"The fact that it is showing up in foods like eggs and coffee creamer, which don’t directly contact the herbicide, shows that it’s being passed on by animals who ingest it in their feed," says DuBeau. "This is contrary to everything that regulators and industry scientists have been telling the public."

This may also point to the same problem for humans who਌onsume it in their food.

This new data will likely increase the urgency with which the FDA begins testing for the industrial weed killer in foods, an initiative announced in February.

While most of the products’ glyphosate contents were lower than what U.S. regulators consider allowable, what is considered safe in the U.S. is higher than what is allowed in other nations, particularly the EU, Carey Gillam, research director for U.S. Right to Know reports.

Last year, glyphosate was added the International Agency for Research on Cancer list of foods that are “probably carcinogenic to humans” by the World Health Organization.

Scientific Consensus Statement Reveals Monsanto’s Roundup Herbicide a Major Health Threat

A powerful new review on the toxicity of glyphosate signals a growing consensus among non-industry-sponsored scientists that the relatively unmonitored and unregulated exposure to this ubiquitous toxicant can no longer be promoted as a justifiable risk. The review is open access and can be downloaded as a PDF and/or read in its entirety here.

The newly released consensus statement published in the journal Environmental Health and titled, “Concerns over use of glyphosate-based herbicides and risks associated with exposures: a consensus statement,” identified the broad spectrum herbicide glyphosate (common trade name “Roundup”) as major threat to human and environmental health.

Identified as having increased in usage 100-fold since the late 1970’s, the study predicts glyphosate usage will increase to even greater amounts due to,”widespread emergence of glyphosate-resistant weeds and new, pre-harvest, dessicant use patterns.” Oats, for example, are commonly sprayed with glyphosate as a pre-harvest dessicant, even though it is legal to label them “non-GMO,” as we recently reported on in connection with the product Cheerios.

The study also identified a key regulatory problem associated with increased glyphosate exposure: “To accommodate changes in GBH [glyphosate based herbicide] use patterns associated with genetically engineered, herbicide-tolerant crops, regulators have dramatically increased tolerance levels in maize, oilseed (soybeans and canola), and alfalfa crops and related livestock feeds.” In a previous report titled, “EPA to America People: ‘Let Them Eat Monsanto’s Roundup Ready Cake,” we discussed the EPA’s role in covering up the increasingly dire glyphosate accumulation in our food supply by arbitrarily increasing its permissible levels without regard to the obvious health risks. This is all the more disturbing considering recent research has demonstrated it has the potential to act as a carcinogenic/estrogenic endocrine disrupter in the parts per trillion range.

Owing to the fact that animal and epidemiology studies clearly point to glyphosate exposure having serious health risks (see the toxicity database on glyphosate to read the first-hand literature on the topic), as well as the fact that the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer recently concluded that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic to humans,” the scientists who authored the new paper produced a Statement of Concern, summarized into the following seven concerns:

(1) GBHs are the most heavily applied herbicide in the world and usage continues to rise

(2) Worldwide, GBHs often contaminate drinking water sources, precipitation, and air, especially in agricultural regions

(3) The half-life of glyphosate in water and soil is longer than previously recognized

(4) Glyphosate and its metabolites are widely present in the global soybean supply

(5) Human exposures to GBHs are rising

(6) Glyphosate is now authoritatively classified as a probable human carcinogen

(7) Regulatory estimates of tolerable daily intakes for glyphosate in the United States and European Union are based on outdated science.

While there are dozens of glaring problems addressed in this report, we would like to highlight the following five points of concern:

Food Contamination Not Adequately Studied: “Adequate surveys of GBH contamination in foodproducts have not as yet been conducted on a large scale, even in the U.S. The first and only in-depth USDA testing of glyphosate and AMPA residues in food targeted soybeans, and occurred once in 2011 [13]. Of the three hundred samples tested, 90.3 % contained glyphosate at a mean level of 1.9 ppm, while 95.7 % contained AMPA at 2.3 ppm. In contrast, the next highest residue reported by USDA in soybeans was malathion, presentat 0.026ppm in just 3.7% of samples. Thus, the mean levels of glyphosate and AMPA in soybeans were 73-fold and 83-fold higher than malathion, respectively.”

Toxicity Research Not Valid: “Most toxicological studies using advanced, modern tools and experimental designs within molecular genetics, reproductive, developmental, endocrinological, immunological and other disciplines have been undertaken in academic and research institute laboratories, and results have been published in peer-reviewed journals. Regulators have not incorporated, formally or indirectly, such research into their risk assessments. Rather, they rely on unpublished, non-peer reviewed data generated by the registrants. They have largely ignored published research because it often uses standards and procedures to assess quality that are different from those codified in regulatory agency data requirements, which largely focus on avoiding fraud [ 79 ]. Additionally, endocrine-disruption study protocols have not been codified by regulators 8.”

Industry Allowed To Hide Ingredients: “The full list of chemicals in most commercial GBHs is protected as”confidential business information,” despite the universally accepted relevance of such information to scientists hoping to conduct an accurate risk assessment of these herbicide formulations.”

Biomonitoing of Human Exposure Absent Globally: “Large-scale and sophisticated biomonitoring studies of the levels of glyphosate, its metabolites, and other components of GBH mixtures in people have not been conducted anywhere in the world. Biomonitoring studies should include measurement of glyphosate residues, metabolites, and adjuvants in blood and urine to obtain meaningful insights into internal contamination levels and the pharmacokinetics of GBHs within vertebrates 7”

The researchers suggest that in order to fill the gap created by an absence of government funds to support essential research on glyphosate based formulations a system should be employed through which manufacturers fund the process:

[W]e recommend that a system be put in place through which manufacturers of GBHs provide funds to the appropriate regulatory body as part of routine registration actions and fees. Such funds should then be transferred to appropriate government research institutes, or to an agency experienced in the award of competitive grants. In either case, funds would be made available to independent scientists to conduct the appropriate long-term (minimum 2 years) safety studies in recognized animal model systems. A thorough and modern assessment of GBH toxicity will encompass potential endocrine disruption, impacts on the gut microbiome, carcinogenicity, and multigenerational effects looking at reproductive capability and frequency of birth defects.

As the world becomes increasingly aware of the dangers of glyphosate-based formulations, and the scientific community begins to muster the courage to speak out, there is a growing sense of hope that glyphosate and glyphosate-based farming techniques will be phased out in favor of non-toxic, far more sustainable food production methods. Perhaps the best way to enact this change is to vote with your fork and dollar, making sure to buy only truly organically produced food and related commodities whenever possible.

Recommended articles by Sayer Ji:

About the author:

Sayer Ji is on the Board of Governors for the National Health Federation and Fearless Parent, Steering Committee Member of the Global GMO Free Coalition (GGFC), a reviewer at the International Journal of Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine, and founder of – an open access, evidence-based resource supporting natural and integrative modalities.

In 1995 Sayer received a BA degree in Philosophy from Rutgers University, where he studied under the American philosopher Dr. Bruce W. Wilshire, with a focus on the philosophy of science. In 1996, following residency at the Zen Mountain Monastery in upstate New York, he embarked on a 5 year journey of service as a counsellor-teacher and wilderness therapy specialist for various organizations that serve underprivileged and/or adjudicated populations. Since 2003, Sayer has served as a patient advocate and an educator and consultant for the natural health and wellness field.

‘Extreme Levels’ of Monsanto’s Roundup Herbicide Found in Soy Plants

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A new study led by scientists from the Arctic University of Norway has detected "extreme levels" of Roundup, the agricultural herbicide manufactured by Monsanto, in genetically engineered (GE) soy.

The study, coming out in June's issue of Food Chemistry and available online, looked at 31 different soybean plants on Iowa farms and compared the accumulation of pesticides and herbicides on plants in three categories: GE "Roundup Ready" soy, conventionally produced (not GE) soy, and soy cultivated using organic practices. They found high levels of Roundup on 70 percent of GE soy plants.

Crop scientists have genetically engineered soy to survive blasts of Roundup so farmers can spray this chemical near crops to get rid of weeds. But some so-called "super weeds" resistant to Roundup have developed. In turn, some farmers use yet more Roundup to try to kill those hardy weeds. This leads to more Roundup chemicals being found on soybeans and ultimately in the food supply.

Who says when Roundup contamination can be considered "extreme?" Monsanto itself. In 1999, the chemical giant defined an "extreme level" of the herbicide as 5.6 milligrams per kilogram of plant weight.

Astonishingly, the Norwegian scientists found a whopping nine milligrams of Roundup per kilogram, on average. What it boils down to is this: every time we eat GE soy we are taking a dose of Roundup with it. This is alarming, because Roundup has been found to be hazardous to human health and sometimes kills human cells. The authors conclude:

This study demonstrated that Roundup Ready [GE]-soy may have high residue levels of glyphosate [. ] and also that different agricultural practices may result in a markedly different nutritional composition of soybeans [. ] Lack of data on pesticide residues in major crop plants is a serious gap of knowledge with potential consequences for human and animal health.

Roundup Chemical Doubles Your Risk of Lymphoma

There’s been a striking increase in the number of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma cases over the past three decades, and a major new scientific review suggests chemical pesticides—particularly glyphosate, the active ingredient in the popular weedkiller Roundup—are playing an important role in fueling the cancer.

The Roundup-Lymphoma Connection
The review, recently published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, examined 44 papers to see how 80 active ingredients in 21 different chemical classes impacted farmers’ risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer researchers found that exposure to glyphosate doubled a person’s risk of developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. That’s problematic, since the chemical is now so heavily used it’s winding up in the rain! The reason for the surge in glyphosate use can be attributed to the rise of genetically engineered crops. Monsanto, the manufacturer of Roundup, developed genetically engineered seeds that were designed to withstand heavy Roundup sprayings. In the last 20 years, the use of these seeds has skyrocketed.

Despite being hailed by industry as a way to reduce chemical use in farming, Professor Chuck Benbrook, PhD, a research professor at Washington State University, recently found that between 1996 and 2011, GMO technology actually increased herbicide use by 527 million pounds—that’s an 11 percent bump. For 1 pound of insecticide avoided, four pounds of herbicides are used. Since weeds are developing resistance to glyphosate because it’s being overused, farmers are applying higher levels of glyphosate more frequently. In fact, Norwegian scientists recently detected extreme levels of Roundup in a popular U.S. food ingredient.

Roundup and its active ingredient glyphosate have been linked to:
• death of human embryonic cells
• breast cancer and other cancers
• infertility
• hormone disruption
• birth defects
• eye, skin, and respiratory irritation
• spontaneous abortions in farm animals.

“Data has been emerging that point to various health and environmental consequences resulting from glyphosate and Roundup use. These include an increased risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, genetic damage, neurological impacts, as well as water contamination, impacts on amphibians and immune function, and increasing weed resistance,” explains Warren Porter, PhD, professor of environmental toxicology and former chair of zoology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

The chemical is so widely used—farmers sprayed approximately 57 million pounds in 2010 alone—that glyphosate is routinely detected in human and even cow urine. Scientists have shown that incredibly tiny doses can trigger health problems, including potentially irreversible biological changes.

“A compound that supposedly degrades rapidly due to sunlight has been measured by the United States Geological Survey in the atmosphere and water—in abundance—all over the Midwest over multiple years,” Porter adds. “This compound can affect the rate of conversion of testosterone to estrogen, which implies effects on sexual development and sexual preferences.”

Aside from the Roundup-non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma connection, researchers also found 2,4-D exposure in farming led to a 40 percent higher increase in non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma risk. That’s worth noting, too, since the federal government is considering the approval of GMO seeds designed to withstand both 2,4-D and glyphosate.

More From Rodale News: The Biggest GMO Myths, Busted

Scientists believe many of these farming chemicals—substances commonly detected on and in the nonorganic foods we eat—are negatively impacting white blood cells, throwing our immune systems out of whack.

To avoid Roundup in your food:
• Eat organic whenever possible. GMO seeds designed to be sprayed with glyphosate these GMO seeds are banned in organic agriculture.

• Avoid nonorganic processed foods as much as possible.

• If you do opt for nonorganic processed foods, look for “Non-GMO Verified” options, or foods without corn, soy, canola, or cotton oil ingredients. (Note: These foods could still contain other harmful systemic pesticides.)

To avoid Roundup around your home:
• Use safer weed-killing products, like Burnout.

• Raise your lawnmower deck to at least 3 inches, which is usually as high as most residential lawnmowers go. This height will eliminate a lot of broadleaf weeds. Mowing your grass too low could turn your green grass brownish, and eliminate taller grass’s weed-suppressing shade.

To avoid Roundup in your water:
• If you have well water, find a certified water-testing source to determine contaminants, including pesticides, in your water supply.

• If you are hooked up to a public water system, look at your water bill and contact your water utility to ask to see the most recent “consumer confidence report” or water quality report so you can identify contaminants in your area. If you use a well, you can request a report from a nearby utility to gauge potential local contaminants, including chemical pesticides.

• To remove levels of glyphosate from your water, the Environmental Protection Agency recommends using granular activated-carbon filters.

More Food Chemicals Linked to Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
Carbamate insecticides. Found in bug sprays or baits, including Sevin products sold in many home-improvement stores, to kill cockroaches, ants, fleas, crickets, aphids, and other bugs found in the home and garden. In federal pesticide-residue tests, this type of chemical most commonly turned up on nonorganic frozen strawberries, hot and sweet bell peppers, and peaches.

Organophosphate insecticides. Highly toxic to birds, bees, and humans, organophosphate pesticides are also linked to the most common form of childhood cancer, acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Foods more commonly containing organophosphate insecticide residues include nonorganic strawberries, celery, and corn.

Lindane. A common ingredient in lice and scabies treatments, this possible carcinogen has recently been banned for agricultural use globally.

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What Is Glyphosate? EWG Finds Weed Killer in Popular Cereal Brands

Nearly all products tested had levels of the main ingredient in the controversial herbicide Roundup.

  • A new report from the Environmental Working Group found that 26 of 28 popular cereals and snack bars tested contained levels of glyphosate, the main ingredient in the weed killer Roundup.
  • The report states that the levels found in the products tested, including Cheerios and Nature Valley products, were &ldquohigher than what EWG scientists consider protective for children&rsquos health.&rdquo
  • A toxicology expert explains what glyphosate is, how it could get into cereal products, and what to know about potential health effects.

Breakfast cereal seems like pretty innocent stuff&mdashbut a new report from the Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that many popular brands actually contain trace amounts of weed killer.

The EWG recently tested 21 different cereals and found that all of them contained levels of glyphosate, the main ingredient in the controversial herbicide Roundup. The levels were &ldquohigher than what EWG scientists consider protective for children&rsquos health,&rdquo a report the EWG released Wednesday states.

This isn&rsquot a new thing. Back in October, the EWG released a report that found that 26 of the 28 popular cereals and snack bars it tested contained levels of glyphosate. And a report they published in August 2018 found glyphosate in 43 of 45 samples tested.

Among the most recent samples that contain higher-than-recommended levels of glyphosate include several Cheerios and Nature Valley products, along with Fiber One Oatmeal Raisin soft-baked cookies. (Find a full list of the newly tested products here.)

The report comes on the heels of two big court cases against Roundup manufacturer Monsanto that determined that the popular weed killer caused cancer in plaintiffs.

What is glyphosate, exactly?

Glyphosate is a commonly used herbicide that&rsquos designed to fight broadleaf weeds and grasses. It&rsquos been registered as a pesticide in the U.S. since 1974, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Since its initial registration, the EPA says it has &ldquoreviewed and reassessed its safety and uses.&rdquo

While glyphosate has repeatedly been linked to cancer, the EPA maintains that &ldquothere are no risks to public health when glyphosate is used in accordance with its current label and that glyphosate is not a carcinogen.&rdquo

However, the World Health Organization (WHO) says otherwise. The organization maintains that glyphosate is &ldquosafe when workers wear full protective clothing,&rdquo but its International Agency for Research on Cancer classified glyphosate in 2015 as &ldquoprobably carcinogenic to humans,&rdquo meaning it&rsquos likely that it causes cancer.

How is this specific weed killer getting into your cereal?

Some farmers use glyphosate on oat crop to dry it out, making it easier to harvest, explains Jamie Alan, PhD, an assistant professor of pharmacology and toxicology at Michigan State University. &ldquoThis is why oat cereals tend to have higher levels than wheat cereals might,&rdquo she says.

It&rsquos also possible that glyphosate is ending up in your cereal from water runoff from nearby areas that were sprayed with glyphosate, Alan adds.

How worried about this should you be?

Like a lot of things with glyphosate, it&rsquos really hard to say. In this case, the cereals have detectable levels of glyphosate that the EWG doesn&rsquot consider safe. However, the levels are within what the EPA considers safe. &ldquoIt depends on which agency you believe,&rdquo Alan says.

&ldquoI think a small amount of concern and scrutiny is appropriate,&rdquo Alan says. &ldquoWhile the EWG and EPA both have levels they consider &lsquosafe,&rsquo we really don&rsquot understand the consequences that ingesting this amount of glyphosate will have.&rdquo

Alan says it&rsquos &ldquoreasonable&rdquo to look for organic alternatives to big-name oat cereals and products, which are much less likely to contain glyphosate. However, if you or little ones in your life can&rsquot do without a bowl of Cheerios here and there, you&rsquore probably okay. &ldquoIt&rsquos not very likely that this will have long-lasting deleterious effects,&rdquo Alan says. &ldquoThe glyphosate is there, but it is in relatively small amounts.&rdquo

Extreme Toxicity of Roundup Debunks GMO / Non-GMO “Substantial Equivalence” Argument

If Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide were actually ‘safer than table salt’ as they once advertised, the consumption of GM food wouldn’t be nearly as controversial. The truth, however, is that virtually all GM food today contains residues of a toxic chemical. This fact disproves that GM and non-GM foods are “substantially equivalent”, which is the primary doctrinal justification for GM foods not being properly safety tested and millions of Americans who eat them becoming living and breathing guinea pigs.

There was a time when Monsanto claimed their patented herbicide Roundup was “safer than table salt” and “practically non-toxic”, and aggressively marketed this message until 1996, when they were ordered by Dennis C. Vacco, the Attorney General of New York, to pull the ads.[1] Fast forward 15 years. Millions of farmers around the world bought into the false advertising and, as a result, are now driving the production and use of several hundred-million pounds of this chemical annually.

Roundup herbicide is beginning to look eerily like Monsanto’s Agent Orange 2.0

Indeed, within the scientific community and educated public alike, there is a growing awareness that Roundup herbicide and its primary ingredient glyphosate is actually a broad spectrum biocide in the etymological sense of the word: “bio” (life) and “cide” (kill) – that is, it broadly, without discrimination kills living things, not just plants. Moreover, it does not rapidly biodegrade as widely claimed, and exceedingly small amounts of this chemical – in concentration ranges found in recently sampled rain, air, groundwater, and human urine samples – have DNA-damaging and cancer cell proliferation stimulating effects.

You don’t have to look very far to find research documenting its extreme and wide-ranging toxicity. Anyone with a smart phone can now access the accumulating body of experimental and epidemiological research freely available on the National Library of Medicine’s citation database MEDLINE, proving that glyphosate-based agrichemicals have been linked to over 40 health conditions, from Parkinson’s to Leukemia, and over two dozen modes of toxicity, from causing damage to the DNA to disrupting hormone receptors, from suppressing the immune system to damaging neurons.

To view all 26 adverse physiological actions, visit GreenMedInfo’s open access, MEDLINE-derived Glyphosate Formulation research page.

Once the public begin to let the reality of Roundup’s parts-per-trillion toxicity sink in, then another realization naturally follows: the vast majority of GM crops are designed to survive chemical poisoning with Roundup. So-called ‘Roundup ready’ or ‘glyphosate-resistant’ plants are sprayed with this chemical, ensuring they are contaminated with toxic residues. This means that the potentially endless, impossible to resolve debate over whether GM transgenes inserted into food and feed crops produce ‘allergenic’ or ‘potentially toxic’ proteins only scratches the surface of the problem, acting like a smokescreen distracting from the more obvious problems associated with the clear and present threat of glyphosate/Roundup toxicity.

Essentially, if you are eating anything that is not explicitly labeled non-GMO or USDA certified organic (and there are reasons to doubt the veracity of this logo), you are being exposed to Roundup and its toxic metabolites. And when we say ‘exposed’ we are using a euphemism for poisoned. This also means that the primary doctrinal justification for not labeling, adequately safety testing and regulating GM foods – namely, the view that they are “substantially equivalent” – no longer holds any water.

Roundup poisoned food is never equivalent to Roundup-free food.

In order to drive momentum towards mass awareness of the toxicity of Roundup and Roundup-Ready agriculture, we are offering a free PDF download of GreenMedInfo’s accumulated research on the topic to be shared far and wide. It is a 100% peer-reviewed and published research document, with hyperlinks back to the original citation location on the National Library of Medicine’s MEDLINE. Please download it here today.

For additional research and articles on the dangers associated with GMO food, visit GreenMedInfo’s research page on the topic: Health Guide: GMO Research.

[1] The New York Times, Monsanto recruits the horticulturist of the San Diego Zoo to pitch its popular herbicide, May 29, 1997

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About the author:
Sayer Ji is the founder and director of and an advisory board member at the National Health Federation, an international nonprofit, consumer-education, health-freedom organization.

He co-authored the book Cancer Killers: The Cause Is The Cure, and is currently co-authoring another book with Tania Melkonian entitled EATomology: An Edible Philosophy of Food.

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