As the next international March Against Monsanto draws near, the company will once again find itself in squarely in the crosshairs of many thousands of protesters with a bone to pick with their unabated poisoning of the food supply.
Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s best-selling weedkiller Roundup, was declared a probable human carcinogen by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer back in spring 2015, and since then many people have been shocked to learn just how pervasive the chemical really is in our food supply.
It has come as a surprise to everyone from the most ardent health nut to people who grew up in simpler times when far fewer pesticides were sprayed on our food.
And it may have even come as a surprise to one prominent FDA official, according to recent emails revealed by a Freedom of Information Act Request showing what tests on his own food revealed.
Crackers, Granola Cereal and More Covered in Glyphosate
According to internatal documents obtained by The Guardian newspaper, the FDA has had trouble finding virtually any food that does not contain doses of the controversial pesticide.
The information was revealed through the words of FDA chemist Richard Thompson, whose own snacks were found to be covered in the cancer-linked weedkiller.
“I have brought wheat crackers, granola cereal and corn meal from home and there’s a fair amount in all of them,” Thompson is quoted as saying according to the leaked emails, adding that he also had some broccoli on hand, which was the only food he found that did not contain the chemical.
An article on the events from the newspaper did not state whether the broccoli was organic or not, nor did it say what brands or types of food were tested.
At any rate, the internal email, which was dated from January 2017, is part of a string of communications from the agency showing its efforts to figure out exactly how much of the controversial weedkiller is in our food supply, and represent the first-ever carrying out of such experiments in order to find the answers.
Previously, experiments from the Moms Across America grassroots organization have shown high levels of the weedkiller in many other favorite foods including Cheerios and oatmeal.
“People care about what contaminants are in their food. If there is scientific information about these residues in the food, the FDA should release it,” said Tracey Woodruff, a professor in the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine. “It helps people make informed decisions. Taxpayers paid for the government to do this work, they should get to see the information.”
The FDA has only recently started testing for the chemical, although it has been used for over 40 years in food production. It does test food samples for pesticides annually, however.
How to Avoid Glyphosate in Food
While our current organic system is far from perfect, buying organic and from a trusted farmer or company is still the most practical way to avoid glyphosate contamination in your food.
You can also look for glyphosate-free certified products from the Detox Project, and starting this summer look for a brand new organic label that will hold itself to higher standards than the USDA one.
For more information on the FDA findings, check out the article from The Guardian by clicking here.