Recently, Moms Across America received test results from Microbe Inotech Lab which showed 10 different California wines tested positive for glyphosate contamination, including organic brands. These shocking results follow in the footsteps of similar news published in February, when Germany’s 500 year old purity law for beer was questioned after finding 14 of the country’s most popular beers contained glyphosate.
Ten different brands of California wines were tested, including organic varieties. Of these 10, 100% were found to contain what the World Health Organization has deemed “a probable carcinogen.”
This is a huge problem. Organic vineyard owners who claimed to have never sprayed their property with chemicals are finding glyphosate in their product, likely due to over-spraying, or airborne drift. Because glyphosate can remain active in the soil for over 20 years, a farmer who uses Roundup can effectively contaminate a neighboring organic farmer’s crops for decades without them knowing.
There is so much information available regarding the dangers of glyphosate, and how harmful it is to humans, animals, and the environment, yet some people are still on the fence.
In fact, Vytenis Andriukaitis, the European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, released a statement yesterday requesting an extension on glyphosate use. In the statement, Andriukaitis asks for the extension so further scientific testing can be done to see if glyphosate is indeed carcinogenic.
“As a Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, I reiterate that for my high level of protection of human health and the environment, as provided for by the EU legislation, is paramount. At the same time, I remained deeply convinced that our decisions should remain based on science, not on political convenience.”
So let’s talk about that science.
Glyphosate has been shown to alter estrogenic receptors, and induce breast cancer growth.
In 2014, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation counted for more than 100,000 pounds of glyphosate use in Somoma, Napa, and Mendocino county vineyards.
The breast cancer rates in these three counties are 10 – 20% higher than the national average.
48 farmers, their partners, and 79 children were found to contain high levels of glyphosate in their urine, up to three days after spraying the herbicide. Even when they were wearing gloves.
And guess what? It’s not just glyphosate which is harmful, even the “inert” ingredients in Roundup are toxic and considered deadly. An excerpt from Scientific America reads,
“ ‘This clearly confirms that the [inert ingredients] in Roundup formulations are not inert. Moreover, the proprietary mixtures available on the market could cause cell damage and even death [at the] residual levels.’
The research team suspects that Roundup might cause pregnancy problems by interfering with hormone production, possibly leading to abnormal fetal development, low birth weights or miscarriages.”
And last year in Sweden, scientific researchers found that exposure to glyphosate is a risk factor for people developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Yet, even with all this information, you will still find the Monsanto website to contain blatant lies. Such as this one: “Since IARC classified glyphosate [as a possible carcinogenic], regulatory authorities in Europe, Canada, Japan and Australia have publicly reaffirmed that glyphosate does not cause cancer.”
Yes, well I guess that’s why the European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety had to submit a press release begging the undecided voters to choose an extension- because “uncertain” equates to “publicly reaffirmed.”
There are toxins and poisons everywhere.
Trying to control what is really going in your body is becoming harder and harder. Even our organic products are becoming unknowingly tainted. If this isn’t proof that we need to be growing our own food, then I don’t know what is…
By Raven Fon