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Contamination of U.S. Food Supply Worsens as 50% of Foods Tested Contained Cancer-Causing Glyphosate Herbicide

(by Brian Shilhavy | Health Impact News) – The Detox Project recently published their latest results from the most comprehensive glyphosate testing of food products ever conducted in the U.S., showing that the contamination of the U.S. food supply with the cancer-causing herbicide glyphosate is becoming significantly worse since their first report published 5 years ago.

In our first report nearly five years ago, we found alarming levels of glyphosate residues in 29 bestselling foods from major food companies in the continental United States, as increases in the spraying of more toxic pesticides was skyrocketing across rural America.

In this new report, we disclose the glyphosate residue testing results of 83 foods found in major Big Box, grocery and natural  food stores purchased in Des Moines, Iowa, including Walmart, Whole Foods, Target, Natural Grocers, and Hy-Vee and foods bought online through Amazon.

Incredibly, more than half the foods tested, a total of 45 foods out of 86 products, contained alarming levels of glyphosate,  ranging from 12 parts per billion (ppb) in “sprouted wholegrain bread”6 from Whole Foods to as high 889 ppb in Walmart’s brand chickpeas,7 to 1,040 ppb in Whole Food’s 365 Brand Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread, to the highest level detected of  1,150 ppb in Hy-Vee’s 100% Whole Wheat Bread.

While none of these foods are genetically engineered, they still contain ingredients that are at a high risk of glyphosate  contamination. There is no GMO wheat or chickpeas on the market in North America. For the past two decades, farmers in  the U.S. and Canada have regularly sprayed Monsanto’s (now Bayer) Roundup on wheat, oats, barley and dry bean crops as a ‘pre-harvest drying agent’ to get the harvested crop to market faster.

Glyphosate is the active ingredient in the world’s most heavily used herbicide, Roundup. So even though it has widely been shown that glyphosate is linked to higher rates of cancer, getting it out of the food supply is no easy task.

This report, like our last one, confirms that this practice, known as crop desiccation, exposes the American public to  dangerous and unacceptable levels of glyphosate contamination in foods that consumers are led to believe are healthy.

In 2015, leading international scientists at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) found compelling  evidence linking glyphosate to cancer in humans, while a 2019 meta-analysis by independent scientists at the University of Washington found glyphosate increased cancer risks by 41%, specifically non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a cancer of the immune system that develops from abnormal lymphocytes, and is common in farmers, pesticide applicators and those regularly exposed to glyphosate.

Lymphocytes are a type of immune cell made in the bone marrow that are found in the blood and lymph tissue. If that weren’t concerning enough, in 2017 researchers found that rats exposed to Roundup developed nonalcoholic fatty liver  disease (NAFLD) over a 2-year period, even at “extremely low doses”, 0.1 ppb, while in 2018 peer reviewed research  revealed that glyphosatebased herbicides were able to alter important biological markers relating to sexual development, genotoxicity and damage the gut microbiome of rats in as little as 13 weeks at levels allowed in drinking water in America and considered to be “safe” by the U.S. government.

What is particularly concerning is that even foods labeled as being “USDA Organic” or labeled as free from GMO contamination, also test positive for levels of glyphosate contamination.

Many people, for example, choose gluten free alternatives to wheat, thinking that it is a healthy choice, but the grains, nuts, and seeds that make up most gluten free products are heavily contaminated with glyphosate as well.

Unfortunately, a Non-GMO label on a food or supplement product does not mean that it is free of glyphosate contamination. Of the 26 foods tested that made Non-GMO claims, 18 tested positive for glyphosate, including 2 of the top 5 foods with the highest levels of glyphosate contamination. The levels found in Non-GMO labeled food ranged from 12 ppb to 1,040 ppb.

It  is not without a pinch of irony that some of the highest levels of glyphosate are found in foods marketed as Non-GMO,  which means they do not contain genetically engineered ingredients, since consumers buy these products to avoid Monsanto’s (now Bayer’s) GMO ingredients but are now exposed to high levels of their bestselling weedkiller instead.

With this major test sampling completed, we found that organic foods were significantly less likely to be contaminated with  glyphosate and at much lower levels than either conventionally produced foods or foods certified as Non-GMO.

Of 23 organic foods tested, only 5 were found to contain glyphosate residues and their range, from 13 ppb to 54 ppb, while still deeply concerning, is significantly lower than other foods.

My own company, Healthy Traditions, began testing all of the food we sell for the presence of glyphosate back in 2014, when we did our own testing and investigation and found that most of our certified organic grains that we were selling at the time were contaminated with glyphosate. Read Full Article >

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