The glyphosate saga may not garner as much attention for a while now that Bayer’s Cropscience division owns Monsanto’s chemicals and GMO division, but the concerns, and questions, still remain.
Bayer has officially said that it will be keeping the Monsanto portfolio of synthetic, toxic agricultural products intact, and that includes the controversial weedkiller, which was deemed a “probable human carcinogen” according to the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer in spring 2015.
Meanwhile, the lawsuits will continue, and now a co-op of French beekeepers has officially filed a legal complaint against the chemical giant after the controversial substance was found in batches of its honey, greatly threatening its business ventures.
French Beekeepers’ Lawsuit Coincides with Bayer Purchase of Monsanto
As noted in this article from the website Sustainable Pulse, Bayer is being sued by French beekeepers due to the presence of glyphosate in its honey samples.
The tainted honey came from one producer whose hives were near large fields of sunflowers, beets and rapeseed (canola oil), according to the report.
While many consumers still purchase (mostly unlabeled) foods with glyphosate in them despite the safety concerns, other buyers are far more selective and do everything in their power to avoid it.
In this case, suppliers’ entire shipments can be rejected because of the discerning markets they sell to, the article said.
The lawsuit was filed to coincide with Bayer’s purchase of Monsanto, the corporation whose Roundup herbicide is the most common way that glyphosate finds its way into our food and environment.
Glyphosate to Be Phased Out by 2021 (But Not Soon Enough for Beekeepers)
Also noted in the article is the coming plan to phase out glyphosate by the year 2021 in France, according to a plan approved by President Emmanuel Macron.
For now, however, the agricultural battle rages on, as natural and organic farmers fight to keep their products pure from glyphosate and other chemical forms of contamination.
Famille Michaud, one of the country’s largest honey marketers, found the chemical in three batches supplied by one of its members, the article said, leading to their lawsuit against Bayer.
“It’s also a matter of knowing how widespread this might be. Famille Michaud tells me this isn’t an isolated case,” he said.
According to Vincent Michaud, the president of the organization, foreign substances like glyphosate are regularly detected, which can greatly hurt their bottom lines.
The goal now is to find out just how widespread it is, and how much damage it may be doing to human health in the levels that it is currently being found.
Glyphosate isn’t the only danger that may be lurking in honey supplies here in the U.S., of course.
Recent tests have found that many store bought brands of honey may be adulterated with high fructose corn syrup, high amounts of sugar and other filler products, and glyphosate contamination is also rampant.
To prevent these issues, buy from a trusted (preferably local and certified) organic supplier or brand whenever possible. The purity and potency of honey is important as it is one of the most medicinal foods you can buy for myriad reasons.