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Glyphosate, Linked to Cancer, Found in 80% of U.S. Adult and Child Urine
Bayer/Monsanto's glyphosate, aka Roundup, is on your food. Buy organic when you can...
So…we have evidence linking Monsanto’s weed killer glyphosate (Roundup) with cancer. It may also be a neurotoxin. Glyphosate is used on food crops.
And we find out that 80% of Americans have trace amounts of glyphosate in their urine, so most likely from food consumption.
And by the way, did you know that Bayer, yes, that Bayer, the one on the aspirin bottles…bought Monsanto in 2018? Yes, a pharmaceutical company decided to buy an agricultural biotech company that sells a cancer-causing weed killer. Hmmm….
According to Brittanica, Bayer bought Monsanto knowing that lawsuits were pending about Roundup:
During this time Monsanto began to be perceived in a negative light by the public. There was opposition to its promotion of genetically modified organisms, and the company was involved with chemicals that were alleged to cause health issues. In the 2010s numerous lawsuits were filed claiming that its weed killer Roundup, which contained glyphosate, caused cancer. Against this backdrop, in 2016 Bayer, a German chemical and pharmaceutical company, announced that it was purchasing Monsanto in a deal valued at more than $60 billion. In 2018 the acquisition was finalized, and shortly thereafter the first Roundup lawsuit was decided in favour of the plaintiff. Faced with the possibility of extensive legal liabilities, Bayer saw its value decline. Later that year Monsanto was folded into Bayer’s crop science division. In 2020 Bayer agreed to pay more than $10 billion to settle claims regarding Roundup.
However, American regulatory agencies, including the EPA and FDA, negate the cancer claim. (Meanwhile the FDA actively targets purveyors of colloidal silver and other supplements! Infuriating!)
The FDA only started monitoring glyphosate residue on food in 2016, but claims the amount of glyphosate is negligible:
Results for both FY 2016 and FY 2017 assignment samples for glyphosate and glufosinate testing showed no pesticide residue violations for glyphosate in all four commodities tested (corn, soybeans, milk, and eggs).
Of the 879 corn, soybean, milk, and egg assignment samples tested for glyphosate and glufosinate, approximately 59 % of the corn and soy samples tested positive for residues of glyphosate and/or glufosinate, but all were below the tolerance levels set by the U.S. EPA. No residues were found in any of the milk or egg samples.
Where else is glyphosate used? On suburban lawns. In fact, I just checked and my parents have a big bottle of Roundup in the garage. (My stepmother died of cancer in March.)
What to do?
First, STOP putting Roundup on your lawns. You are hurting plants and animals. A lot of the so-called “weeds” out there are actually useful herbs. Find a more natural way to landscape.
Two, buy organic when possible.
Here are some vegetables and fruits that are more susceptible to pesticides and thus, will be more likely to absorb glyphosate…so it’s better to choose organic:
Sweet bell peppers
Let’s not forget corn and soy, two biggies.
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