Got Monsanto's Glyphosate in Your Lunch?


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 New test results show the presence of Glyphosate, a proven neurotoxin and the declared active chemical in Monsanto’s Roundup, to be contaminating more and more American foods, many considered fit for a “healthy” lunch. Instead, we are finding that these foods are likely contributing to poor mental and physical health.

Batch testing of popular almond milk (1), vegetarian burgers (2), and various breads (3), including organic, gluten free and whole wheat breads, revealed up to 140.98 ppb. Individual brand testing of Skippy’s “100% Natural” peanut butter and Lipton’s “100% Natural” Mint and Green tea up to 208.29 ppb of glyphosate herbicides.

How much was present and is that amount harmful?

Screen_Shot_2018-02-15_at_8.59.50_AM.pngConventional Almond milk batch testing contained glyphosate and AMPA (effective glyphosate) at low levels 0.87 ppb and organic almond milk contained 12 X less at .07 ppb, however even the lowest levels, between .1 part per billion and  1 parts per trillion have caused endocrine disruption harm, which could lead to miscarriage, birth defects, infertility, sterility or stimulate the growth of cancer cells. Glyphosate can bioaccumulate, so any amount consumed is harmful. Glyphosate herbicides are known to be sprayed in between the almond trees to prevent “competition” for water resources by grass or weeds. Plant pathologist Dr. Don Huber has explained that plant or tree roots can uptake the glyphosate and therefore glyphosate gets into the fruit, vegetable or nut from the inside of the plant or tree.


Bread:  Glyphosate herbicide were also found in all four batch tests of bread, separated into groups of conventional gluten free (3), organic (5), conventional white  (7 samples), conventional whole wheat (6). Results ranged from an average of 6.47 ppb of effective glyphosate in gluten free, 12.24 ppb in organic, 14.13 in conventional white bread and 140.98 ppb in conventional whole wheat bread. These results are directly contrary to what nutritionists and the media has been promoting - which is that whole wheat breads are healthier than white breads. This would be true if they were not sprayed with glyphosate. Now we know conventional whole wheat bread is likely to have much higher levels of glyphosate residues due to the fact that glyphosate is sprayed on wheat as a drying agent and the hulls on whole wheat would retain those residues. The processing of white bread means that the hulls, and therefore much of the glyphosate residues, would be removed. The contamination of organic bread is also of great concern. This could be happening through irrigation water, rain, or air. Reports of fraudulent organic labeling from imports has also been reported, confirming the call for increased funding for organic farming on American soil.

Screen_Shot_2018-02-15_at_8.58.41_AM.pngConventional veggie burgers batch testing revealed 52.20 ppb of glyphosate herbicide. Organic veggie burgers contained 3.27 ppb, or 17X less glyphosate than conventional. This is particularly disturbing because health conscious consumers are spending far more money to be “healthy” and are yet eating harmful herbicides. It is likely that most non-organic processed vegetarian and vegan foods will be contaminated with glyphosate herbicides because, considering the 7,800 food sample test results from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency in 2017, the highest levels of glyphosate herbicide residues were found in garbanzo beans, white beans, lentils, buckwheat, bean, soy and wheat flour as well as other grains that are often sprayed with glyphosate as a drying agent. These crops are commonly found in vegan and vegetarian foods, and if they are not organic, or are fraudulently labeled organic, will very likely contain high levels of glyphosate residues.

“100% Natural” Skippy peanut butter was found to have 11.71 ppb of glyphosate. Peanuts are one of the most highly sprayed crops in the world. Peanut crops are also the alternate crop to cotton, which is probably the crop sprayed with the most toxic chemicals on the planet. Peanut butter has long been a childhood favorite, but many schools now ban peanuts completely due to health hazards. Life-threatening allergies, especially to peanuts, have increased 400% since glyphosate herbicides were allowed into the food market...could it be that our children are really allergic to the toxic chemicals but their bodies connect that allergy to the peanut?

It is misleading for any food product to be labeled with “100% Natural” and to contain glyphosate herbicide, which has been proven to be neurotoxic, cause liver disease and endocrine disruption at ultra-low levels, and probably carcinogenic. Chemicals that cause these health issues are not natural, they are an assault on our body. Our food should nourish and support our health, not destroy it.

Screen_Shot_2018-02-15_at_8.58.01_AM.png“100% Natural” Lipton Tea was found to have high levels. Lipton’s “100% Natural” Mint Tea had 108.90 ppb and Lipton’s “100% Natural” Green Tea had 208.29 ppb of glyphosate herbicides. This is because chemical companies have advised farmers to use glyphosate herbicides as a drying agent on tea crops just before harvest, to speed up the harvesting process. The chemical company representatives told the farmers that this herbicide was safe. Glyphosate absorbs into the crop and residues on sprayed tea crops are allowed by the EPA to be as high as 1 ppm, an amount shown to be unsafe.  0.1 parts per million of glyphosate has shown to destroy gut bacteria, which is the stronghold of our immune system. Tea drinkers have been led to believe that drinking tea is not only relaxing but can improve many different health issues such as stress, stomach disturbances, headaches, anxiety and more. Consumers are not being told that if they do not buy organic tea, their “100% Natural” tea will likely contain high levels of glyphosate residues. Now we know that drinking tea sprayed with glyphosate herbicides is likely contributing to many health issues, not helping.

Since glyphosate is being found to be present in tea and these other foods, it is likely that other toxins, such as arsenic and heavy metals might also be present, as a recent study by Seralini et al. showed these known poisons to be found in all of the glyphosate herbicides tested. The CA EPA Office of Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) placed glyphosate on the Prop 65 carcinogen list on July of 2017 and by July 2018, citizens and NGOs may be able to sue food manufacturers for not labeling their foods and beverages which contain high levels of glyphosate. The problem is, citizens should be able to sue for even nanograms of glyphosate in our food products, not just high levels, because again, ultra-low levels, levels in the part per trillion, have been shown to cause harm and stimulate the growth of cancer cells.

Screen_Shot_2018-02-15_at_8.44.41_AM.pngMonsanto and 11 states have sued the CA EPA OEHHA for listing glyphosate as a carcinogen and demand it be removed, claiming one reason is that having to label glyphosate-containing products, which may include many food products, could lead to a loss of profits. Moms Across America and the National Health Federation filed an Amicus Brief and pointed out that the Office of Health Hazard Assessment makes determinations based on impact to public health, not on impact to the profits to corporations. Sri Lanka, Italy,  Austria, Germany, France and six Middle Eastern countries have declared or begun to ban or restrict the use of glyphosate herbicides.

If our American health agencies will put our citizen’s health first and do their job, food and beverages containing glyphosate will be labeled and they would be lobbying our government to ban glyphosate herbicides altogether.

If our food manufacturers value their customers and the health of Americans they will heed the warning from numerous studies that have been published for years showing serious harm and death from glyphosate and toxic chemicals, and ask their suppliers discontinue the use of these chemicals and source organic ingredients instead. We certainly hope they will. Our lives literally depend on it.

 

Brand names that were batch tested:

  • Almond Milk

Blue Diamond Almond Breeze, Pacific Foods Almond Milk, Sprouts Almond Milk, Dream Boosted Almond Milk, Silk Almond Milk. Batch results 0.87ppb

  • Veggie Burgers:

Hilary’s Veggie Burger, Morning Star Farms Garden Burger, Boca Veggie Chicken Patties- Batch results- 52.20 ppb

  • Breads:

Conventional White- King’s Hawai’an Rolls, Sara Lee Classic White, Wonder Bread, Bimbo Pan Blancho,Francisco International French Sliced Bread, BallPark hot dog buns,

Conventional Whole Wheat- Orowheat 100% Whole Wheat, Nature’s Harvest Stone Ground, Nature’s Own Honey Wheat, Alfaro’s Artesano Golden Wheat-

Pita Breads Non-Organic-Toufayan, Goglanians, Food For Life Ezekiel 4.9 Pocket Bread

Batch results- 140.98 ppb

Organic- Dave’s Killer Bread Good Seed, Food For Life Ezekiel 4.9, Alpine Valley Sprouted Honey Wheat, Eureka Top Seed,-12.24 ppb

Gluten Free -Non-Organic- Udi’s Soft & Hearty Whole Grain, Canyon Bake House Deli Rye, Simply Balanced 7 Grain- 6.47 ppb


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  • commented 2018-03-03 11:08:09 -0800
    Here is recent research (2016 vs 1994!) suggesting that current allowed levels are too low and that more testing needs to be done to ensure consumer and environmental safety, which they suggest should be paid for by pooled funds extracted from the pesticide manufacturers (rather than non-profits with relatively minuscule testing funds!):
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4756530/
  • commented 2018-03-03 10:49:08 -0800
    Juan, you can drink as much of this stuff as you want. In fact, lawyers for Monsanto at the California Prop 65 hearings are on record stating that you can consume infinite amounts without harm. We do not believe that the science is settled on this issue. If we are wrong, then we’ve only encouraged people to look for alternatives that support smaller producers, but if you are wrong then you are contributing to the harm.
  • commented 2018-03-02 20:12:30 -0800
    If you look at the “tests”, the sample sizes for each food item are obscenely small. 7, 6, 5, 3 and (unbelievably) 1 are not even close to being statistically significant, even if you added them all up together.

    Also, the largest amount of “effective glycophosphate” found (in a single sample of Lipton green tea) is listed at 208.29 nano-grams per gram (of tea I guess).

    This article from Cornell University found zero organ toxicity in humans who were given 500 MILLIgrams of glycophosphate PER kilogram of their body weight.

    http://pmep.cce.cornell.edu/profiles/extoxnet/dienochlor-glyphosate/glyphosate-ext.html

    In fact, they had to give 100 rats 5600 mg of glycophosphate per kg to kill 50 of them (LD50).

    To sum up, none of the amounts from the test linked are anywhere close enough to damage a human… or even a rat.
  • commented 2018-02-27 17:05:44 -0800
    Hey Richard, we have links to studies showing harm from glyphosate at 0.1 ppm, and we have established the presence of glyphosate in tea at twice that level. Our stance is that glyphosate and similar pesticides are unsafe at any level and we don’t see conclusive evidence that it cooks off as you indicate. Looks like you are getting your conclusions from a study done with help from Monsanto back in the 1990’s. Here is another study from the 90’s that demonstrates the harm of glyphosate to both animals and humans in a variety of consumption methods and also details the fraudulent registration practices for glyphosate which are again coming to light: http://fundacionterrazul.org/Archivo/Glyphosate_Fact_Sheets.pdf
  • commented 2018-02-27 14:52:05 -0800
    Hi Todd, I simply wanted to ensure that readers of the article are made aware that a brewed cup of tea does not contain glyphosate even if the tea leaf has been contaminated – very often contamination of tea leaf is caused by wind drift from herbicide applications on different crops many miles away from the plantation itself, and is not the result of direct application. The article gives the impression there is a potential health risk associated with drinking tea made from leaves containing detectable levels of Glyphosate but you do not have evidence to support this assumption as you have not tested the product as consumed.
  • commented 2018-02-27 10:11:56 -0800
    Glyphosate is sparingly soluble in common organic solvents. The alkali metal and amine salts are readily soluble in water.

    http://www.cdpr.ca.gov/docs/emon/pubs/fatememo/glyphos.pdf
  • commented 2018-02-27 10:11:11 -0800
    Here is information from a farmer on tea farming: “Sri Lanka is one of the world’s leading tea producing countries. In the production of tea, the leaves of the bush are harvested. Tea harvest is typically in the dry season. Highlands – January to April. The well-managed tea plantations will typically spray herbicide 4 times per year. The well-managed plantations will not harvest tea when spraying, but not all Tea Estates are not so sophisticated. The higher quality plantations do not have weeds in the plantation only between the rows. In the row, it is too dense for weeds to grow. Weeds are typically on the outer perimeters. In lower quality tea plantation, tea bushes are not so dense. Hence more weeds in between the bushes. and even overgrowing bushes. In this scenario, weedicide might be sprayed onto bushes, but typically not on the leaves and buds. They are higher up.”
  • commented 2018-02-26 09:54:37 -0800
    Richard – do you have any studies you could share? We have the same issues about context with studies that purport the safety of glyphosate.
  • commented 2018-02-26 09:01:37 -0800
    “This is because chemical companies have advised farmers to use glyphosate herbicides as a drying agent on tea crops just before harvest, to speed up the harvesting process” Please can you provide evidence or reference to support this nonsensical statement?
    You might also consider sharing with any concerned tea drinking readers the FACT that even if a tea was heavily contaminated with Glyphosate you will never detect it in a brewed cup of tea since the chemical is completely insoluble in water. So there is no consumer safety issue here at all.
    Publishing the results of a few analyses without being aware of the bigger picture is both misleading and irresponsible.
  • commented 2018-02-22 15:35:29 -0800
    We have not tested all bread. So we cannot say which ones are not contaminated. The bread testing was batch testing, not individual brands.
    We suggest organic ancient grains without oats, which are the most likely ingredient to be contaminated.
    We also suggest making your own.
    With further funding we can do more testing- if you know someone who will donate- it costs about $300 per test.
  • commented 2018-02-22 11:25:38 -0800
    What organic bread is clean? Could we get a list of safe items?
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