May 30, 2016

Glyphosate found in 93% of tested urine

Eco Watch

Glyphosate, the most used herbicide in the world, has been found in the urine of 93 percent of the American public during a unique testing project that started in 2015.

Glyphosate, labeled a “probable human carcinogen” by the World Health Organization’s cancer agency IARC in 2015, has now been revealed to be ubiquitous ...

The European Union is currently in the process of putting restrictions on the use of glyphosate due to health concerns, with member states so far unable to agree on the re-approval of the chemical beyond June 2016.

Glyphosate-containing herbicides are sold under trademarks such as Monsanto’s Roundup.

In a unique public testing project carried out by a laboratory at the University of California San Francisco, glyphosate was discovered in 93 percent of urine samples during the early phase of the testing in 2015.

The urine and water testing was organized by The Detox Project and commissioned by the Organic Consumers Association.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Glyphosate has become ubiquitous in modern industrial agriculture. Its use isn't exclusively reserved for the herbicide tolerant GMO crops, but has over the past three and a half decades been incrementally employed as a pre-harvest desiccant on a variety of conventional crops starting with wheat in the late 1970s. The practice is so widespread now that it is nearly impossible to guarantee that the grains, beans, or potatoes one consumes are glyphosate free. Non GMO labeling, as a consequence, has been rendered somewhat meaningless these days as one of the primary concerns over GMO products is the wish to avoid exposure to the herbicides for the the crops have been made genetically tolerant.
Glyphosate acts upon plants by translocating through the entire plant system, it is therefore present in all tissues, including the seeds which humans ultimately consume.