Over the past few years, the use of Glyphosate has been greatly increased. Glyphosate is actually a kind of herbicide. It’s applied to the leaves of plants to kill both broadleaf grasses and plants.
In addition, it was first registered for use in the United States in 1974. It’s among the most commonly used herbicides in the U.S. It’s applied in forestry and agriculture, on gardens and lawns, and for weeds in industrial areas.
It’s used in Roundup herbicide manufactured by Monsanto. This ingredient is used in many different herbicides (about seven hundred), but Roundup is definitely the most commonly used.
In case you buy organic beverages or foods, you may be safe from exposure to glyphosate, because it isn’t allowed in organic foods.
Ten Wine Samples Tested Positive for This Chemical
A supporter of advocacy group Moms Across America sent ten wine samples to be tested for this chemical. Additionally, each sample did test positive for it, including organic wines, even though their levels were greatly lower.
A 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon from a conventional vineyard contained the highest levels (18.75 ppb (parts per billion)). The levels were more than twenty-eight times higher compared to the other samples tested.
A 2013 Syrah from an organic and biodynamic vineyard contained the lowest levels (0.659 ppb).
Even though this chemical is not applied directly to grapes in vineyards (it’d have a detrimental impact on the vines), it is usually sprayed onto the ground on one side of the grape vines. The above mentioned advocacy group noted that during this process, the vine stems are sprayed as well as this chemical is probably absorbed through the bark and roots of the vines from where it’s transferred to the grapes and leaves.
What’s more, the organic wines can also become contaminated, since this chemical drifts over onto the biodynamic and organic vineyards from conventional ones nearby.
That’s not all, they may also become contaminated in case glyphosate is left in the ground after a conventional vineyard is converted to an organic one. It might stay in the soil for over twenty years.
Fourteen German Beers Also Contained This Chemical
The Munich Environmental Institute carried out a study that found this chemical in fourteen popular German beers. The beers contained levels of glyphosate above the 0.1 mcg limit permitted in drinking water.
The levels of this chemical did range from a low of 0.47mcg in 1l found in the beer Augustiner to a high of 29.75 mcg in 1l found in the beer Hasseroeder. Even though no studies have been done on U.S. beer, it may possess this chemical, too.
Sustainable Pulse and Moms Across America conducted laboratory testing that suggested this chemical is currently showing up almost everywhere, like in drinking water, breast milk, urine and blood samples, etc.
The beer findings may be a real blow to the German beer industry particularly, because Germany is largest beer manufacturer in Europe as well as it’s prided itself on manufacturing the highest-quality beer for years.
It May Lead to Cancer and Many Other Illnesses
A lot of people do not know that this toxic chemical is used as an antibiotic. It is used to destroy bacteria. That’s why it may harm human health as well as soils. New research has found that Roundup could contribute to antibiotic resistance.
Moreover, Anthony Samsel, eminent scientist, dug up the patents suggesting glyphosate is an antibiotic and biocide. Furthermore, a study done on poultry showed that it could destroy the good bacteria in the gut and stimulate bad bacteria growth.
The scientist also said that frequent, low-dose oral glyphosate exposure can disrupt the gut microbe balance, resulting in a pathogenic over-representation, which’s a weakened gut barrier and chronic gut inflammation.
The research conducted by Anthony Samsel also proved that in 1981, the American multinational agricultural and agrochemical biotechnology corporation, Monsanto, was familiar with the fact that glyphosate triggered carcinomas and adenomas in rats.
The research carried out by Monsanto supported the International Agency for Research on Cancer’s determination that the chemical acts as a “probable human carcinogenic agent”.
Monsanto is currently attempting to get that determination retracted. Also, other studies have found this chemical to:
– Lead to birth defects
– Result in sex hormone imbalance
– Cause neurotoxicity and oxidative damage in the brain
– Disrupt the endocrine system and interfere with fetal development and human reproduction
– Induce human breast cancer cell growth
Inactive Ingredients in Herbicides Can Also Increase the Toxic Effects of Glyphosate
Almost all studies examining the toxicity of glyphosate have analyzed glyphosate (the “active” ingredient) as well as aminomethylphosphonic acid (its breakdown product). However, the inactive ingredients found in the herbicide could increase the harmful effects of glyphosate.
A study carried out in 2012 found that inactive ingredients like surfactants, preservatives, solvents, etc. resulted in an herbicide’s toxicity synergistically, no matter if they were non-toxic in isolation.
Other ingredients present in herbicides possessing glyphosate have also been associated with human cell toxicity, increasing the toxic effects of glyphosate.
Experts concluded that this cell death or cell damage could occur at a residual level found on crops, gardens and lawns sprayed with Roundup.
Namely, pesticide formulations were found to possess co-formulants and active ingredients. Experts examined the endocrine disruption of co-formulants in 6 herbicides containing glyphosate.
The formulations and co-formulants were comparably cytotoxic below the agricultural dilution of 1% (8-142 times for formulations and 18-2000 times for co-formulants).
Experts concluded that the endocrine disruption by using herbicides containing glyphosate couldn’t just be caused by glyphosate but by co-formulants, as well.
Here Is How to Minimize Your Health Risk from Pesticide and Herbicide Exposure:
You should eat organic foods and invest in a filtration system for your apartment or home in order to minimize your health risk from pesticide and herbicide exposure. In addition, organic foods do not contain genetically engineered ingredients, which can help you avoid glyphosate exposure.
The consumption of locally grown organic food can help support your overall health as well as protect the environment from toxic chemicals and the spread of chemical-resistant pests and weeds and genetically engineered seeds.
In case you think you’ve been exposed to pesticides and herbicides, the lactic acid bacteria created during kimchi fermentation could help increase your body’s ability to break them down.
This means that you can help detoxify the pesticides, which get into your body, if you add fermented foods, such as kimchi to your diet.