I’m guessing that you wouldn’t intentionally swallow Monsanto’s Roundup, particularly after it has been classified as a probable carcinogen by the World Health Organization and has recently been added to California’s list of cancer-causing substances.
But, you may be getting a lot more of the main ingredient, known as glyphosate, than you want in your daily diet. That’s because a recent study by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) found the highest amount of glyphosate in foods most people might never suspect as problematic. Worse than that, the study found that nearly one-third of all foods tested now contain glyphosate.
The CFIA, a Canadian federal government agency, tested 3188 foods over the previous two years and recently released their findings, which include:
Food Tested Percentage of Foods Found to Contain Glyphosate
Fresh fruits and vegetables 7.3 percent
Processed fruits and vegetables 12.1 percent
Grain products 36.6 percent
Juice and other beverages 16.3 percent
Bean/pea/lentil products 47.4 percent
Soy products 11 percent
Infant cereal 31.7 percent
Other infant food 30.7 percent
Overall, 29.7 percent of the thousands of foods tested contained glyphosate. While the government agency indicates that 3.9 percent of grain products and 1.3 percent of overall foods exceed maximum residue limits (MRLs) set by the government, these MRLs have never been scientifically determined or tested. I have read many studies and reports on glyphosate and have never seen a single study that shows that there is actually a safe amount of glyphosate to ingest, so the MRLs used in the study are truly a moot point. It is far more significant that almost a third of the food supply tested in the study contained glyphosate. That’s alarming and unacceptable.
Here are the top 10 foods to buy organic to avoid eating Monsanto’s Roundup:
Buckwheat Products 100 percent tested positive for glyphosate, with an average of 118 parts per billion (ppb)
Pizza Products 97 percent tested positive for glyphosate, with an average of 152 ppb
Chickpea Products 94 percent tested positive, with an average of 668 ppb
Bean Flour 91 percent tested positive, with an average of 1359 ppb
Oats 83 percent tested positive, with an average of 509 ppb
Millet products 82 percent tested positive, with an average of 69 ppb
Flour (other than those already indicated) 81 percent tested positive, with an average of 116 ppb
Soy Flour 73 percent tested positive, with an average of 534 ppb
Lentil Products 68 percent tested positive for glyphosate, with an average of 272 ppb
Pea Products 50 percent tested positive for glyphosate, with an average of 283 ppb
It’s also alarming and unacceptable that nearly one-third of all the infant foods tested contained glyphosate residues. Obviously, there are many possible factors for the skyrocketing rates of cancers, including childhood cancers, but I can’t help but wonder how many children’s cancers or deaths could have been stopped if we simply stopped feeding them food with residues of cancer-causing pesticides.
While many people shrug their shoulders with apathy and resignation that the whole food supply has been contaminated or that it is too late to do anything, it is important to recognize that not too far back, perhaps in the time of our grandparents or great grandparents (depending on your age), food was pure and natural. Just because toxic herbicides and other chemicals currently have widespread use doesn’t mean that we should accept the poisoning of our food supply as normal or acceptable.
My own life is an excellent example. I recall many hours spent in my grandparents’ garden, regularly picking whatever fruits and vegetables my grandmother wanted for the dish she was making for dinner. I spent hours picking everything from raspberries, peas, beans and even kohlrabi whenever I visited my grandparents’ huge farm. I recall a conversation with my grandfather in which we noticed some bugs had eaten parts of the produce. He told me that it was becoming common for people to spray their gardens with chemicals to kill the bugs but he refused to do that. “After all,” he said, “if it kills the bugs, what will it do to us?” Looking back I realized that, not only were my grandparents wise in their choice to grow organically, but that their decision meant that it was safe for me to spend hours barehandedly picking produce and breathing in the air while picking our food. Equally important, it was safe to eat the food.
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Dr. Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, DNM is the publisher of the free e-news World’s Healthiest News, the Cultured Cook, president of PureFood BC, and an international best-selling and 20-time published book author whose works include: Boost Your Brain Power in 60 Seconds: The 4-Week Plan for a Sharper Mind, Better Memory, and Healthier Brain.