It has only taken nearly one year for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to start testing food for residue of a chemical called glyphosate.
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared about one year ago that glyphosate, which is the active ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide roundup, likely causes cancer in humans. Glyphosate has also been named as the leading cause of the substantial decline in the monarch butterfly.
Canola, sugar beets, milk, corn, eggs, and soybeans are among the list of foods that the FDA intends to test for glyphosate residue.
Even though the nation’s chief food safety regulator (FDA) annually test for hundreds of other less commonly used pesticides, they have been strongly against testing for residues of glyphosate. Their decision not to conduct tests has baffled many scientists, with multiple scientific studies in recent years linking glyphosate to cancer, and causing a range of other health and environmental concerns.
The Huffington Post reported that Dr. Nathan Donley, a scientist with the Center for Biological Diversity, said:
“In the wake of intense scrutiny, the Food and Drug Administration has finally committed to taking this basic step of testing our food for the most commonly used pesticide. It’s shocking that it’s taken so long, but we’re glad it’s finally going to happen.
“More and more scientists are raising concerns about the effects of glyphosate on human health and the environment. With about 1.7 billion pounds of this pesticide used each year worldwide, the FDA’s data is badly needed to facilitate long-overdue conversations about how much of this chemical we should tolerate in our food.”
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Ever since Monsanto patented the herbicide in the 1970s use has been on the rise, and then in the mid-1990s it introduced “Roundup Ready” crops. These genetically engineered crops are immune to glyphosate, and changed the way farmers use the pesticide. Now farmers spray the pesticide directly over their crops.
There are many non-GMO crops, including wheat, that farmers spray glyphosate directly onto before being harvested in order to help dry them out.
Even though Monsanto’s patent on glyphosate has expired it still makes roughly $5 billion annually off glyphosate herbicide sales. There are other agrichemical companies, which includes Dow Chemical and Syngenta AG, who now sell their own glyphosate herbicides.
According to The Huffington Post:
“Farmers and homeowners alike have embraced Roundup for the ease with which it knocks out troublesome weeds.
“But just how much of the pesticide is making its way into our food supply has been hard to determine, thanks largely to a U.S. regulatory community that has repeatedly said it’s a waste of time and money to test for residues of a pesticide that the agrichemical industry says is proven safe.
”Monsanto says that trace amounts of glyphosate in food aren’t harmful, and points to 40 years of toxicological studies the company says show glyphosate poses no “unreasonable risk” to people or the environment.”
Leading scientists, including medical and biological science experts from the U.S., Canada, and Europe, published an article about the expanding use of glyphosate around the world in the journal, Environmental Health.
“Animal and epidemiology studies published in the last decade… point to the need for a fresh look at glyphosate toxicity,” the scientists stated in the report. “Regulatory estimates of tolerable daily intakes for glyphosate in the United States and European Union are based on outdated science.”
The scientists wrote their concerns over the rapidly increasing use of outdated science and the WHO’s finding. The authors also called on the regulatory agencies to take a new look at the real-world impacts of glyphosate, and to start monitoring its levels in people and in food.
Watch this interview by The Next News Network with an MIT Doctor that has linked glyphosate to a spike in autism:
In government studies it has shown to be pervasive in air and water sampling, with testing by private organizations showing glyphosate residues in a range of food products, as well as in human breast milk and urine.
According to Eco Watch, Donley said:
“The alarm bell is ringing loud and clear. The current cavalier use of glyphosate and lax regulation, cannot remain in place.
“It’s long past time to start reining in the out-of-control use of this dangerous pesticide in the United States and around the world.”
Many U.S. states and Congress are debating whether or not foods made with GMO crops should be labeled, most of which have been engineered to be sprayed with glyphosate. However, Vermont did pass a law mandating labeling of GMO foods, with concerns about glyphosate residue helping drive the decision.
However, large food industry players, agribusinesses being one, are not only trying to block the Vermont law, but are calling for a federal bill that would nullify Vermont’s law or any other mandatory labeling action.
Monsanto said in a statement:
“While FDA hasn’t officially confirmed to us that they plan to move forward with residue testing, glyphosate’s 40-year history of safe use has been upheld by the U.S. EPA and regulators around the world following decades of study and review.
“No data have ever indicated residue levels of more than a fraction of EPA’s very conservative Allowable Daily Intake or any level of concern. If FDA does move forward with additional testing in a scientifically rigorous manner, we are confident it will reaffirm the long-standing safety profile of this vital tool used safely and effectively by farmers, landowners and homeowners around the world.”