Glyphosate is the controversial active ingredient in the world’s most widely used herbicide, Roundup. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) that informs the World Health Organization (WHO) and many other health authorities on cancer risk factors, classified glyphosate as a ‘probable carcinogen’ last March.

In this article, we take a look at the maximum residue levels (MRLs) permitted in the USA and in the EU. We think its one of the best ways of finding out where the highest residue levels are present. Armed with this knowledge, you can then choose  to avoid consuming these crops directly or, in the case of animal feed, indirectly.

Any moratorium on the herbicide would also affect the most common type of genetically modified (GM) crops, Roundup Ready crops, that are engineered specifically to withstand Roundup. Not only does the US government not want you to know which foods contain GMOs, it doesn’t publish details on actual glyphosate residues in foods, as it would rather have us to believe the products are safe.

If, like us, you disagree, you can vote with your wallets, and avoid those crops with the highest allowed residue levels. You can also use our suggested template letters and let your stores and political representatives know of your concerns [see Call to Action below].

Testing for glyphosate levels in food

Since 1991, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has been annually testing thousands of food commodities for pesticide residues, through their Pesticide Data Program (PDP). According to Reuters, they — astonishingly — do not consider it necessary to include glyphosate in the testing (with the exception of soybean testing in 2011), “in part because it has been considered safe”. However, Reuters also report that they received a response from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in April 2015, saying “Given increased public interest in glyphosate, EPA may recommend sampling for glyphosate in the future”.

Unlike in the USA, UK HSE quarterly reports produced by the Department for the Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA’s) Expert Committee on Pesticide Residues in Food (PRiF) do check glyphosate residue levels in selected home produced and imported foods. Detected glyphosate residues are reported as within the permitted ranges, with the odd exception eg. a sample of mung beans from China contained a residue of glyphosate at 2.3 mg/kg (MRL is 2 mg/kg). But what are the permitted ranges?

Glyphosate maximum residue levels

Glyphosate Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) or tolerances can be checked through registering and checking the US EPA and USDA databases. We found the following information about MRLs on the US Government Publishing Office website.

With different MPLs set for individual groups of foods, it appears to be much less about safety, and much more about the levels being set to accommodate and reflect what actually is. There has been much criticism of this. When a breach of the MRLs is threatened, the remedy appears to be to simply increase the allowed MRLs. GMO soy in the USA is a case in point. As weed resistance to Roundup increased, heavier doses of the herbicide have been applied, leading to higher residues being detected in crops, soil and groundwater. Following US EPA simply announced in 2013 that they would increase the permitted amounts of glyphosate residue in certain crops.

Food in which higher glyphosate levels are permitted in the US

It is perhaps telling that among the highest MRLs permitted in the USA are the following foods (measured as mg/kg or parts per million):-

400 ppm: for animal feed, nongrass, group 18
310 ppm: for grain aspirated fractions
300 ppm: for grass, forage, fodder and hay, group 17
210 ppm: for cotton gin byproducts
200 ppm: for peppermint and spearmint tops, soybean hay, leucaena and kenaf forage
120 ppm: for soybean hulls
100 ppm: for soybean forage, corn, field, stover, grain, cereal forage, fodder and straw, group 16, except field corn, forage and field corn, stover, teff hay and forage
40 ppm: for oilseeds, group 20 (includes sunflower and cottonseed), except canola
30 ppm: for barley bran, grain, cereal, group 15 (includes rice, sorghum, wheat, barley, buckwheat, millet, oats, rye) except field corn, popcorn, rice, sweet corn, and wild rice, sugarcane molasses
25: for almond hulls, beet, sugar, dried pulp
20 ppm: for canola seed, soybean seed
13 ppm: for corn, field, forage
10 ppm: for beet, sugar, roots and tops
8 ppm: for dried peas
7 ppm: for hop, dried cones, certain spices, instant tea
5 ppm: for carrot, quinoa grain, teff grain, legumes except soybean and dry pea, cattle, hog, sheep, and goat meat byproducts, corn, field, grain,
3.5 ppm: for corn, sweet, kernel plus cob with husk removed
3 ppm: for shellfish, sweet potato
2 ppm: for Mexican oregano leaves, sugarcane

Maximum Residue Levels in the EU

MRLs in the EU are determined by European Commission regulation (EC) No 149/208, and these vary among certain foods. MRLs are also set for Trimethyl-sulfonium cation, a residue that results from glyphosate use. In the UK, EU glyphosate MRLs can be checked easily using the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Search form. Some Member States, such as the UK, use specific MRLs for certain processed foods, since the raw MRLs do not take processing factors into account, such as removal, dilution or concentration of pesticide residues. In the case of bread, white bread has an MRL of 1.05 and for wholemeal bread, it is 3.6.

Food in which higher glyphosate levels are permitted within the EU

Among the highest MRLs permitted in the European Union are the following foods (measured as mg/kg or parts per million. MRLs for animal foods are not provided):-

  • 20 ppm: for soya beans (most of the soya eaten by humans in Europe is not genetically modified, whereas soya used in animal feeds is mainly GMO), sunflower seed, barley, oats and sorghum
  • 15 ppm: for sugar beet roots
  • 10 ppm: for wheat, rye, linseed, dried lentils, dried peas, rapeseed, mustard seed, dried lupin beans and cotton seed
  • 3.6 ppm: for wholemeal bread
  • 2 ppm: for dried beans, tea leaves and dried herbal infusions, bovine kidney
  • 1.05 ppm: for white bread
  • 1 ppm: for olive oil, maize
  • 0.5 ppm: for potatoes, oranges and mandarins, and pig kidney.

GMO crops, animal foods, cereal grains, oil seeds and dried pulses top the bill

To summarise: although glyphosate is used in the production of a very wide range of crops including non-organic fruit and vegetables, the foods in which the most glyphosate residue is permitted include GMO crops, animal foods, cereal grain, oil seeds and dried pulses. Roundup Ready GMO crops currently include soy, corn, canola, alfalfa, cotton, and sorghum, with wheat ‘under development’. Perhaps the main reason that grains, seeds and pulses are at the top of the list is because these are the types of crops that receive a dose of Roundup immediately prior to harvest — a process know as desiccation. The justification for this is that the destruction of the plant around the seeds makes harvesting the crop easier for farmers, and water loss enables farmers to gain a better price for the crop.

Time to end the madness

Roundup use is burgeoning in the USA, and has been found in drinking water, urine and even human breast milk. Concerned organisations are calling for long-term independent testing and research on glyphosate herbicide formulations, “including their health effects, how they get into the human body, and current levels of accumulation in people, animals and the environment”. We agree with Friends of the Earth (Europe) 2013 recommendations calling for comprehensive and transparent national glyphosate monitoring and reduction programs, banning of the practice of dessication, re-evaluation of MRLs, and the halting of  EU authorisations of glyphosate resistant GMOs.

Call to Action

  • Where possible, avoid GMOs and all the non-organic foods we have highlighted and which have higher MRLs —including cereal grains, oil seeds and dried pulses. If in doubt, buy organically certified foods or ones in which farmers can guarantee no glyphosate has been used
  • EU residents should let your retailers and government representatives know you have serious concerns about glyphosate. These draft letters for different audiences can be modified as you feel appropriate. Download letter templates from the following list:

Garden centre glyphosate letter
Supermarket glyphosate letter
EU MEP glyphosate letter
Elected national representative glyphosate letter 

  • US citizens can support GMO labeling initiatives, including ANH-USA’s recent Action Alert, urging senators and representatives NOT to support the House and Senate bills that would leave it up to food companies to decide whether to label GMOs.

 

 

 

Comments

  1. Firstly, I don’t think I should be required to ingest ANY agricultural chemicals at all. We have so called “safe levels” of these poisons, but there is a scarcity of research out there on long term chronic effects of Glyphosphates on humans and the entire biosphere.
    I need a smoking gun. I need a study that takes food off my supermarket shelf, and tests not only for levels of Glyphosphate and neonic insecticides, but also for the adjuvants that chemical companies use to make the products more effective.
    Until we do that, we can’t begin to study the long term chronic effects on humans, or determine “safe” levels in our food and environment.

      1. I cut out wheat sugar dairy from my diet and within weeks started to feel more energetic. Buyi g organic is one way to deal with this until we lobby those who are in charge of laws concerning this. Monsanto are a big rich powerful company and I wouldn’t be the least surprise if bribery of political leaders was goi g on to allow this disgusting cull on humanity. Glyphosate IS more toxic than DDT.

      1. Amy, I am sorry to hear that you are suffering from Crohn’s. I’ve researched the cause and treatment of inflammatory bowel diseases a great deal for two close family members. Usually, people who develop an inflammatory bowel disease do so after various physical, chemical, and emotional stressors have assaulted the body over a period of time. One of these stressors is undoubtedly glyphosates hidden in the food supply.

        However, there are many other stressors adding to the toxic load that have weakened your body’s defenses and compromised your gut health over the years – old vaccine residues in the body, repeated courses of antibiotics, multiple courses of anti-inflammatory drugs that do nothing to solve the root cause of the bowel disease, refined sugars, oxidized fats in the diet, emotional stress, water contaminated with chlorine and fluoride, too many cooked foods (and too few raw or fermented foods) deprived of their enzymes and natural probiotic bacteria, etc. !

        If you are undergoing standard medical treatment for it, there is where a lot of your continuing illness and frustration originate, because the standard medical treatments only attempt to treat the symptoms of your disease but never cure you. That said, there is a growing consensus among doctors now that probiotics help with gut diseases. YOU THINK?? If you would like to experience true healing, start at the root cause and address it! – not the symptoms.

        I HIGHLY recommend your reading a short book by Jordan Rubin titled “The Maker’s Diet” detailing Jordan’s personal experience with Crohn’s, if you would like to gain an understanding of what causes Crohn’s and what can be done BY YOU AT HOME to heal your body from the disease.

        This information can give you the knowledge you need to approach your long-term healing through diet and supplementation with confidence, instead of your continuing to feel victimized by everything that has happened to you through the modern western diet and the symptom-based medical treatments that are never intended to heal you.

        BONUS: You can watch Dr. Axe’s videos regarding gut health on YouTube. Jordan Rubin appears with Dr. Axe in some of these videos. Although they will sometimes put in a plug for a product in Dr. Axe’s line of supplements in the videos, the majority of the information they present is intended to teach you how to heal yourself through diet – with some supplementation.

        Good luck to you!! Staci

    1. You can’t allow them to call it food. It contains poisons which is a crime to sell as food. The soils are depleted and dead and it would only get worse. Boycott try the farmers market and plant a food garden. You can also study wild foods.

  2. This is why everyone is dying of cancer people ! These rich bastards are killing us!!! I only buy organic!! GMO-free products! Trust me they taste a lot better! Do not buy your baby soy baby formula either it’s the worst. At least buy them organic baby formula

    1. I totally agree!!! My husband died from non hotchkins lymphoma. He had the “healthiest” diet of anyone I know. Never smoked, avid cyclist, exercised every day. He was treated at Yale. The amount of people with cancer is shocking, and they just built a gigantic cancer center. This is insanity!!!! These morons in congress and the senate are also poisoning their own families and themselves. Guess they don’t make the connection in their little brains.I always wondered why little kids and babies have cancer. These chemicals have to be passed on through the mother. European studies have found the chemicals in breast milk and cows, baby food, everything!!!.
      I have Crohn’s disease. A chronic inflamation of the intestine that causes malabsorbtion and other very serious issues including death. I try my best to eat healthy, organic as much as possible… what a joke!!! I think back at foods I’ve consumed thinking they were healthy. OMG… We’re all screwed. This world is run by a pack of sociopaths. You can’t make them grow a conscience…

      1. A.R. My heart goes out to you. It is heinous to know that our health and the health of our loved ones are being assaulted daily by industrial agriculture chemicals. Anyone following this genocide can see the blind eye that the EPA, FDA, and our government have for what should be our top priority. I cared for my mother as her health continued to plummet. When people ask me what she died from I tell them Monsanto killed her. Wishing you strength and health.

    2. I’m trying to organize 100+ studies about glyphosphate, BPA and other things, does anyone have a tool where I can type in the studies, and people can search for them by tags? Like the tag ‘#glyphosate’ would show all studies that studied glyphosate. Zotero.org gets me part way there but I’m still learning to see if I can make my library of studies searchable.

      1. I watched a video “Genetic Roulette” It was shocking and made me want to investigate more! I hate to ‘spread conspiracy theory drama’ but it is a MUST see for anyone who wonders why some things are the way they are. Other things to look for:
        Monsanto Corp. or Co., gut leakage, premature aging, seed monopolies, GMO’s states requiring labeling and ones who do not, etc…

      2. This is an incomplete collection going back to 2000:

        https://ehjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12940-016-0117-0
        John Peterson Myers, Michael N. Antoniou, Bruce Blumberg, Lynn Carroll, Theo Colborn, Lorne G. Everett, Michael Hansen, Philip J. Landrigan, Bruce P. Lanphear, Robin Mesnage, Laura N. Vandenberg, Frederick S. vom Saal, Wade V. Welshons & Charles M. Benbrook. Concerns over use of glyphosate-based herbicides and risks associated with exposures: a consensus statement. Environmental Health 2016, 15:19, DOI: 10.1186/s12940-016-0117-0

        http://www.gmoevidence.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/IPTG-1-104.pdf
        Fiona Young, Dao Ho, Danielle Glynn & Vicki Edwards. Endocrine disruption and cytotoxicity of glyphosate and Roundup in human JAr cells in vitro. Integrative Pharmacology, Toxicology and Genotoxicology. 2015. Volume 1(1): 12-19

        http://www.surgicalneurologyint.com/article.asp?issn=2152-7806;year=2015;volume=6;issue=1;spage=45;epage=45;aulast=Samsel
        Anthony Samsel, Stephanie Seneff. Glyphosate, pathways to modern diseases III: Manganese, neurological diseases, and associated pathologies. Surgical Neurology International. 6:45. 2015, March 24.

        http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanonc/article/PIIS1470-2045%2815%2970134-8/abstract Kathryn Z Guyton, Dana Loomis, Yann Grosse, Fatiha El Ghissassi, Lamia Benbrahim-Tallaa, Neela Guha, Chiara Scoccianti, Heidi Mattock, Kurt Straif. Carcinogenicity of tetrachlorvinphos, parathion, malathion, diazinon, and glyphosate. The Lancet Oncology, on behalf of the International Agency for Research on Cancer Monograph Working Group, IARC, Lyon, France. Published online 2015.

        http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25067936 Tizhe EV, Ibrahim ND, Fatihu MY, Igbokwe IO, George BD, Ambali SF, Shallangwa JM. Serum biochemical assessment of hepatic and renal functions of rats during oral exposure to glyphosate with zinc. Comp Clin Path. 2014;23:1043-1050. Epub 2013 May 3.

        http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3955666/#!po=65.0000
        Mesnage R, Defarge N, de Vendômois JS, and Séralini GE. Major Pesticides Are More Toxic to Human Cells Than Their Declared Active Principles. Biomed Res Int. 2014; 2014: 179691.

        http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3958316/#!po=61.1111
        Alvarez-Moya C, Silva MR, Ramírez CV, Gallardo DG, Sánchez RL, Aguirre AC & Velasco AF. Comparison of the in vivo and in vitro genotoxicity of glyphosate isopropylamine salt in three different organisms. Genet Mol Biol. Mar 2014; 37(1): 105–110.

        http://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/11/4/4449 Schinasi, L, Leon, ME. Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and Occupational Exposure to Agricultural Pesticide Chemical Groups and Active Ingredients: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(4), 4449-4527.

        http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24434723 Chaufan G, Coalova I, Molina MD. Glyphosate Commercial Formulation Causes Cytotoxicity, Oxidative Effects, and Apoptosis on Human Cells: Differences With its Active Ingredient. Int J Toxicol. 2014 Jan 16 Epub

        http://www.mdpi.com/1099-4300/15/4/1416 Samsel A, Seneff S. Glyphosate’s Suppression of Cytochrome P450 Enzymes and Amino Acid Biosynthesis by the Gut Microbiome: Pathways to Modern Diseases. Entropy, 2013, 15(4), 1416-1463

        http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23756170 Thongprakaisang S, Thiantanawat A, Rangkadilok N, Suriyo T, Satayavivad J. Glyphosate induces human breast cancer cells growth via estrogen receptors. Food Chem Toxicol. 2013 Sep;59:129-36.

        http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0891584913003262
        Vera Lúcia de Liz Oliveira Cavalli, Daiane Cattani, Carla Elise Heinz Rieg, Paula Pierozan, Leila Zanatta, Eduardo Benedetti Parisotto, Danilo Wilhelm Filho, Fátima Regina Mena Barreto Silva, Regina Pessoa-Pureur, Ariane Zamoner. Roundup Disrupted Male Reproductive Functions By Triggering Calcium-Mediated Cell Death In Rat Testis And Sertoli Cells. Free Radic Biol Med. 2013 Jun 29.

        http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22331240 Koller VJ, Fürhacker M, Nersesyan A, Mišík M, Eisenbauer M, Knasmueller S. Cytotoxic and DNA-damaging properties of glyphosate and Roundup in human-derived buccal epithelial cells. Arch Toxicol. 2012 May;86(5):805-13. doi: 10.1007/s00204-012-0804-8. Epub 2012 Feb 14.

        http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23000283 Mesnage R., Bernay B., Séralini G-E. Ethoxylated adjuvants of glyphosate-based herbicides are active principles of human cell toxicity. Toxicology 2012 Sep 21 (ahead of print.)

        http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22120950 Marco Aurelio Romano, Renata Marino Romano, Luciana Dalazen Santos, Patricia Wisniewski, Daniele Antonelo Campos, Paula Bargi de Souza, Priscila Viau, Maria Martha Bernardi, Maria Tereza Nunes, Claudio Alvarenga de Oliveira. Glyphosate impairs male offspring reproductive development by disrupting gonadotropin expression. Arch Toxicol. 2012 86(4):663-73

        http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22200534 Emilie Clair, Robin Mesnage, Carine Travert, Gilles-Éric Séralini. A glyphosate-based herbicide induces necrosis and apoptosis in mature rat testicular cells in vitro, and testosterone decrease at lower levels. Toxicol In Vitro. 2011 Dec 19.

        http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20012598 R M Romano, M A Romano, M M Bernardi, P V Furtado, C A Oliveira. Prepubertal exposure to commercial formulation of the herbicide glyphosate alters testosterone levels and testicular morphology. (2010) Cell Biol Toxicol. Aug;26(4):331-9.

        http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20043237 Elie-Caille C, Heu C, Guyon C, Nicod L. Morphological damages of a glyphosate-treated human keratinocyte cell line revealed by a micro- to nanoscale microscopic investigation. Arch Toxicol. 2010 Apr;84(4):309-17.

        http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19539684 Gasnier C, Dumont C, Benachour N, Clair E, Chagnon MC, Séralini GE. Glyphosate-based herbicides are toxic and endocrine disruptors in human cell lines. Toxicology. 2009 Aug 21;262(3):184-91.

        http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/tx800218n Benachour N and Séralini G-E. Glyphosate formulations Induce Apoptosis and Necrosis in Human Umbilical, Embryonic, and Placental Cells. Chem. Res. Toxicol. 2009;22(1):97–105.

        http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17486286 Benachour N, Sipahutar H, Moslemi S, Gasnier C, Travert C, Séralini GE. Time- and dose-dependent effects of roundup on human embryonic and placental cells. Arch Environ Contam Toxicol. 2007 Jul;53(1):126-33.

        http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18320126 Martínez A, Reyes I, Reyes N. Cytotoxicity of the herbicide glyphosate in human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (in Spanish.) Biomedica. 2007 Dec;27(4):594-604.

        http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16276681 Monroy CM, Cortés AC, Sicard DM, de Restrepo HG. Cytotoxicity and genotoxicity of human cells exposed in vitro to glyphosate (in Spanish.) Biomedica. 2005 Sep;25(3):335-45.

        http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15929894 Richard S, Moslemi S, Sipahutar H, Benachour N. and Seralini GE. Differential effects of glyphosate and Roundup on human placental cells and aromatase. Environ Health Perspect. 2005 Jun;113(6):716-20

        http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15451553 Benedetti AL, de Lourdes Vituri C, Trentin AG, Domingues MA and Alvarez-Silva M. The effects of sub-chronic exposure of Wistar rats to the herbicide Glyphosate-Biocarb. Toxicology Letters 2004, 153, 227–32.

        http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12765238 Dallegrave E, Mantese FD. et al. 2003. The teratogenic potential of the herbicide glyphosate-Roundup in Wistar rats. Toxicol Lett 142(1-2): 48

        http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12148884 Hardell L, Eriksson M, Nordstrom M. Exposure to pesticides as risk factor for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and hairy cell leukemia: pooled analysis of two Swedish case-control studies. Leuk Lymphoma 2002, 43,1043–1049.

        http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/tx1001749 McDuffie HH, Pahwa P, McLaughlin JR, Spinelli JJ, Fincham S, Dosman JA, et al. 2001. Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and specific pesticide exposures in men: cross-Canada study of pesticides and health. 2001, Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2001,10,1155–63.

        http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1638308 Welsh, L.P. et al. Roundup inhibits steroidogenesis by disrupting steroidogenic acute regulatory (StAR) protein expression. Environ. Health Perspect Volume 108, No 8, August 2000, 769-776

  3. I have stage4 colon cancer, cancer is not hereditary in my family. I’m the first to acquire cancer. When I went to my first cancer orientation I saw all nationalities; all ages. I use to get Mad when Daddy use to make us dig ours and my aunt’s garden. Now I wish I had kept that tradition. It’s something in the good chain. I get chemo every other week. And I’m on an illeostamy bag. I believe your findings. When I was growing up, cancer was an elderly disease. I’m 56, I see babies and all ages.

    1. Check out “cancer us a fungus”. Many people with colon cancers gave been cured with sodium bicarbonate in weeks. I personally know people who were cured this way. There are Integrative medical doctors who could do this. Please get another opinion.

      1. It is believed that some cancers are caused by an acidic body, and sodium bicarb reduces the acidity. I’m not sure why others claim vinegar (another acid) is so helpful either.

    2. The Cancer Industry goes hand in hand with Monsanto. Don’t poison yourself further with Chemo and radiation treatments.

    3. I have recently been diagnosed with breast cancer. Believe it or not, a nurse in the hospital where I got my med-port put in, told me about this book called Radical Remission. The author is Kelly A. Turner and it is about how one can change their diet and actually cure themselves. Please do not give up hope. Keep fighting and you can beat it!! I am going to!

  4. So funny….We have the FDA and they will tackle you at the airport for trying to bring home a salami from Italy but they are ok with spraying roundup on our food….

  5. We should have the right to eat foods which are not contaminated with herbicides, pesticides, PCBs and genetic modification. This contamination is not done for we who eat the food, but to enrich farmers, processors and chemical companies. The level of herbicides, pesticides and PCBs, as well as genetic modification, should be required by law to be posted in a conspicuous place on labeling and packaging.

    If our leaders will not require this, then there should be some class action law suits.

    1. Sorry, wrong link. Here’s who says glyphosphate is safe or not. Organizations, countries, states, cities that say glyphosphate is safe: 3. Unsafe: 53. With links to official statements. http://goo.gl/urG79T

  6. I have been saying for years to deaf ears for years on the dangers of roundup. The landscapers and grass companies mislead co sumers telling them that the toxins are safe after 24 hrs. This is simply not true. The residue take a long time to break down . So people pour it like water on their lawn 3 to how many times a year? The cities residue levels are probably majorly high. It is a bad idea to use this product anytime. Pray for some help cause we are gonna need it. Your organic idea is great except because of cross contamination in food storage warehouses they also are also reading positive for some toxic residue. Sorry.

  7. wow, just read this, particularly in the case of oats being contaminated with glyphosate. I eat oats all the time, as my doctor has narrowed my food choices down so radically….I have felt like I was doing my health good by eating oatmeal once, even twice a day, now I’m not so sure. could I buy non-GMO oats at a Whole Foods or similar-type market? I hate to go w/o my oatmeal. I actually do enjoy my breakfast! I will be 75 this year. My cholesterol is high and I’ve refused statin drugs (as my brother passed away from a reaction to statins) so I thought, ‘oatmeal is the answer’ maybe not?

    1. Hi Kay, thank you for sharing how you’re hoeing your own health road. We agree, oats are a positive addition to the diet, but where possible – especially if you live in the US – try and choose GMO free and organic oats where you can. Whilst we’re aware that glyphosate is turning up in many foods, it’s likely to be lesser amounts in GMO free and organic foods. We eat oats too – particularly before a big cycle ride!

    2. Yes, you can and should buy organic oats. You should be able to significantly lower your cholesterol by adding ground flax seed to your oatmeal. You can buy it already ground (store it in the fridge) or grind your own. I would add extra water when I made my oatmeal to make it almost watering then dump a bunch (like a quarter cup) of ground flax seed in when it was done amd ready to eat. I did that years ago approximately at least 5 days a week for probably 4-6 weeks and dropped my cholesterol like 30 points. It was the only change I made and I’ve never had an issue since. I eat oatmeal now maybe 1-2x month. And good for you for avoiding prescription drugs!

    3. Hell yeah, check out Bob’s Red Mill organic Whole Cut Oats, that’s what I eat for breakfast most mornings, the best oatmeal I’ve ever had.

  8. I’m so annoyed. Being educated is always a great thing, but it is awful and a shame on this government for not securing our food. I’m
    not naive to deception, but how can we the people make significant changes with Monsanto and the watchers that clearly have chosen not to watch the right thing.
    This sucks. Our government sucks. Our American people are seating ducks and being suckered by the powers that be. I hate this betrayal.
    People are hurting. People are getting sick. People are dying, PEOPLE! To me, organic is helpful, but my reality is… cross contamination. If this government supposedly sent “Man to the moon,” then why can’t the system STOP willfully killing its people and allowing the big food coroporation to get away with “FOOD MURDER?”
    Yeah, yeah the almighty dollar and greed. These folks do know that they are hurting their families, too, or are they.
    Well, this is how deep their deception goes. It’s a shame.

  9. I am shocked that at 72 year I have found out that the food I have been consuming has so many contaminants and the Government hasn’t done a thing with our food products. I was diagnose with prostate cancer and Diabetes type II. I have battling these two Illnesses for about 20 year and now I find out that Glyphosate, Roundup and God knows what other chemical product has been sprayed the food I have been eating thinking that my food was healthy and free of contaminants. In Europe all of Monsanto’s products has been banned due to its danger to the animals, and human beings. I am going to file lawsuit blaming my condition due to the toxic food I have been ingesting and un-be-know to me and some of the poorly mis-informed American People. And I would suggest the rest of the American People to do the same for to stop this Criminal atrocities infringed on us. It saddens me that at my eyes have been opened of this human Genocide.

  10. This is poisoning the masses, population control at its peak! Dirty, disgusting inhumane way to feed society and our future generations. What can we do? I try my best to search for foods that’s safe to eat, but it’s in the soil and crossed contaminated with organic products, there doesn’t seem to be anywhere to turn. Very frightful world we leave in!!! We must pray people, for our protection through this mess!

  11. People calm down. This is simply population control, no need to stress. The issue here is that there are simply too many of us and sick people make other people rich. Also sick people still die because the treatment is not intended to make them better. Plus by the time you get cancer and put all the dots together you will be missing one important detail, you don’t know how to treat your condition. We are getting to the point where cigarettes are becoming safe than our own food at the grocery store hahahahahahahah. Anyway good luck.

  12. I suspect that the U.S. government wants to see a reduction in the elderly population so that they don’t have to pay the social security to them that they are due. There is a spreading evil, which I believe stems from immorality (loss of faith in our culture BIG TIME) where people believe in things like population control through euthanasia (becoming legal in the U.S.) and abortion, etc. Allowing the contamination of our foods so that more and more of the vulnerable people (the elderly, people who have health problems of other types, and the young) are getting sick with cancer is just the inevitable result of an immoral population of people. Government is made up of people who are shaped by the culture. People need to realize that these attitudes are evil and are forming a death culture. The current administration is evil and so will be the next one. So we will have a total of perhaps 16 solid years of evil mentality leading the U.S.

  13. Yes, we all say “no herbicides, no pesticides, no antibiotics in our meats”, etc. but you know you all skip over the fruits and vegetables that aren’t perfectly shaped with no imperfections. THAT is why you have the herbicides, pesticides, etc.

    Like Joni Mitchell once sang:
    “Hey farmer, farmer
    Put away that DDT now
    Give me spots on my apples
    But LEAVE me the birds and the bees”

  14. No way can anyone avoid pesticides completely (and other bad chemicals) no matter how organically grown your diet is. I would suggest taking liver detox supplements.

    1. Cook with ‘cilantro’ daily….it rids the blood of metals, contaminates, etc.
      I use it in meatloaf, spaghetti sauce, chili, pasta salad–lots of dishes.
      No taste. Inexpensive at restaurant supply stores.

      And, you can grow it but I haven’t been successful–better to buy.

  15. If this is a theory it certainly is happening as a reality

    The Secret Covenant

    http://omnithought.org/secret-covenant-agreement-illuminati/1739

    An illusion it will be, so large, so vast, it will escape their perception.

    Those who will see it will be thought of as insane.

    We will create separate fronts to prevent them from seeing the connection between us.

    We will behave as if we are not connected to keep the illusion alive.

    Our goal will be accomplished one drop at a time, so as to never bring suspicion upon ourselves. This will also prevent them from seeing the changes as they occur.

    We will always stand above the relative field of their experience for we know the secrets of the absolute.

    We will work together always and will remain bound by blood and secrecy.

    Death will come to he who speaks.

    We will keep their lifespan short and their minds weak while pretending to do the opposite.

    We will use our knowledge of science and technology in subtle ways so that they will never see what is happening.

    We will use soft metals, aging accelerators and sedatives in food and water, also in the air.

    They will be blanketed in poison everywhere they turn.

    The soft metals will cause them to lose their minds. We will promise to find a cure from our many fronts, yet we will feed them more poison.

    The poisons will be absorbed through their skin and mouths. They will destroy their minds and reproductive systems.

    From all this, their children will be born dead, and we will conceal this information.

    The poisons will be hidden in everything that surrounds them; in what they drink, eat, breathe, and wear.

    We must be ingenious in dispensing the poisons for they can see far.

    We will teach them that the poisons are good with fun images and musical tones.

    Those they look up to will help. We will enlist them to push our poisons.

    They will see our products being used in film and will grow accustomed to them and will never know their true effect.

    When they give birth we will inject poisons into the blood of their children and convince them it is for their help.

    We will start early on, when their minds are young. We will target their children with what children love most, sweet things.

    When their teeth decay, we will fill them with metals that will kill their mind and steal their future.

    When their ability to learn has been affected, we will create medicine that will make them sicker and cause other diseases for which we will create yet more medicine.

    We will render them docile and weak before us by our power.

    They will grow depressed, slow, and obese, and when they come to us for help, we will give them more poison.

    We will focus their attention towards money and material goods so that the many never connect with their inner self.

    We will distract them with fornication, external pleasures, and games, so that they may never be one with the oneness of it all.

    Their minds will belong to us and they will do as we say. If they refuse, we shall find ways to implement mind-altering technology into their lives. We will use FEAR as our weapon.

    We will establish their governments and establish opposites within. We will own both sides.

    We will always hide our objective but carry out our plan.

    They will perform the labour for us and we shall prosper from their toil.

    Our families will never mix with theirs. Our blood must be pure always, for it is the way.

    We will make them kill each other when it suits us.

    We will keep them separated from the oneness by dogma and religion.

    We will control all aspects of their lives and tell them what to think and how.

    We will guide them kindly and let them think they are guiding themselves.

    We will foment animosity between them through our factions.

    When a Light shall shine among them, we shall extinguish it by ridicule, or death, whichever suits us best.

    But if they ever find out that they are our equal, we shall perish then. THIS THEY MUST NEVER KNOW.

    If they ever find out that together they can vanquish us, they will take action.

    They must never, ever find out what we have done, for if they do, we shall have no place to run, for it will be easy to see who we are once the veil has fallen. Our actions will have revealed who we are and they will hunt us down and no person shall give us shelter.

    This is the secret covenant by which we shall live the rest of our present and future lives, for this reality will transcend many generations and life spans.

    This covenant is sealed by blood, our blood. We, the ones who from heaven to earth came.

    This covenant must NEVER, EVER be known to exist. It must NEVER, EVER be written or spoken of, for if it is, the consciousness it will spawn will release the fury of the PRIME CREATOR upon us and we shall be cast to the depths from whence we came and remain there until the end of time of infinity itself.

    Author unknown.

    1. organic although I would think garden grown is best and wild foods like weeds can be got and these have a natural energy, they are wild, haven’t been farmed at all that will give you some wild components. It shoud be possible to make good money selling top notch fresh garden grown food from a clean environment even if it is weeds. Right now weeds are an especially good option since there really isn’t enough organic to keep up with demand.

  16. Watch Ty Bollinger on the quest for the cure regarding cancer. He interviews lots of integrative doctors on their different methods
    Don’t forget to remove cordless landlines and wifi which also cause cancer
    http://www.bioinitiative.org
    and are far worse than glyphosate as they act in a shorter time but the two together makes a nasty cocktail

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