FDA to Test for Glyphosate Residue in Food, It’s About Time

The alarm bell is ringing loud and clear. The current cavalier use of glyphosate and lax regulation cannot remain in place.
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The alarm bell is ringing loud and clear. The current cavalier use of glyphosate and lax regulation cannot remain in place. (Image: Mike Mozart via flickr/ CC BY 2.0 )

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:

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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:

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.

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:

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:

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