45 Foods from major retailers found to have HIGH levels of GLYPHOSATE By Ramon Tomey for Ingredients
A report found that 45 food items from major U.S. retailers contain high levels of the herbicide glyphosate. The controversial weed killer manufactured by Monsanto had been found to cause cancers.
The report by The Detox Project titled “The Poison in our Daily Bread” examined the glyphosate levels of food items purchased from groceries like Walmart, Hy-Vee, Target and Natural Grocers. It also scrutinized food items purchased from Whole Foods and Amazon – both owned by technology bigwig Jeff Bezos.
Three whole wheat breads made it to the top five of the list of products with high glyphosate levels. Whole wheat bread from Iowa grocery chain Hy-Vee took the No. 1 spot with 1,150 parts per billion (ppb) of glyphosate. Whole wheat sandwich bread from Whole Foods followed at No. 2 with 1,040 ppb. Quaker Oats landed at the fifth spot with 535 ppb. Interestingly, both the Whole Foods wheat bread and Quaker Oats were verified as non-GMO.
“More than half of the foods tested – a total of 45 – contained alarming levels of glyphosate,” said the report. “While none of these foods are genetically engineered, they still contain ingredients that are at high risk of glyphosate contamination.”
The Detox Project added that the findings of its report “uncover the disturbing reality that many Americans seeking a healthier diet are regularly consuming foods that are contaminated with dangerous levels of glyphosate that can compromise their health.” (Related: Kellogg’s commits to phase out use of wheat, oat products produced with glyphosate by 2025.)
“It is not without a pinch of irony that some of the highest levels of glyphosate are found in foods marketed as non-GMO. Consumers buy these products to avoid GMO ingredients, but are now exposed to high levels of [the Roundup] weed killer instead.”
According to NaturalHealth365 staff writer Wendy Miller, glyphosate exposure levels that authorities consider acceptable are not necessarily safe. The U.S. considers daily exposure of 1.75 milligrams per kilogram of body weight (mg/kg BW) as an acceptable level, while Europe has a lower exposure level of 0.3 mg/kg BW per day. Nevertheless, Miller pointed out that both exposure benchmarks “have already been proven too high to be safe.”
Bayer executives insist on glyphosate’s safety despite evidence saying otherwise
According to Oregon State University‘s National Pesticide Information Center, glyphosate was first registered for use in the U.S. by Monsanto in 1974. German chemical company Bayer acquired Monsanto in 2018, with the latter branding being dropped in favor of the German parent.
Miller pointed out that glyphosate is sprayed on over 70 different crops, including rice, almonds, grapes, garbanzo beans and sunflowers. People who use Roundup herbicide – which has glyphosate as its main ingredient – are at risk of ingesting the cancer-causing compound. Those living next to a large farming operation are also at risk of glyphosate contamination via the farm’s run-off.
The World Health Organization‘s International Agency for Research on Cancer deemed glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen. Many individuals who suffered from the long-term use of Roundup, such as gardeners, groundskeepers and farmers, have come forward to attest to the chemical’s cancer-causing properties. Because of this, Bayer has been forced to pay record amounts in damages.
“Comprehensive studies have already shown the link between developmental and reproductive issues in both female and male rats. DNA damage and alterations in how genes function have also been found in many peer-reviewed studies,” added Miller.
“Even as serious and credible claims of scientific harm and corporate malfeasance pile up, [Bayer] executives continue to declare that Roundup and its alleged active ingredient glyphosate are perfectly safe. [They] even [urge] scientists to regularly claim that glyphosate is ‘safer than table salt’ and caffeine,” the report pointed out. “It is simply not yet possible to set a safe level for glyphosate exposure, and anyone who attempts to do so is bending the science.”
Read more stories about the dangers of glyphosate at Glyphosate.news.
Watch the Russia Today report about glyphosate levels in grains and cereals below.