The organic and non-GMO movement has made huge strides in recent years, but one of the most pervasive issues is that of glyphosate, the infamous agricultural chemical that is being found in everything from drinking water to vaccines to food.
Glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller, was deemed a “probable human carcinogen” by the World Health Organization in spring 2015, and levels higher than what is deemed safe (even by the government, which is known for working closely with industry interests) are being found in many popular foods.
Now, the latest round of lab tests has revealed that glyphosate may be lurking in surprising places, including many popular items found in the health food section of your local grocery store.
Is Glyphosate Hiding in Your Lunch?
According to new lab tests from the grassroots organization Moms Across America, glyphosate has been found in many popular health foods, including some organic, gluten free and whole wheat breads, almond milk, veggie burgers and more.
The results lend even more urgency to calls for increased organic farming in the United States, in order to prevent the ongoing spread of glyphosate from coast-to-coast.
One of the most surprising results of the testing came in the organic bread category, where batch testing of multiple organic brands (including Dave’s Killer Bread and Ezekiel Bread in the mix; individual results were not given) found an effective glyphosate level of 12.24 parts per billion (see the full results here).
Samples of conventional whole wheat and white bread were also taken, and it was found that wheat tends to be higher in glyphosate levels, likely because of the controversial process of dessication, during which the bread is sprayed with glyphosate in order to “burn it down” before harvest. White bread, while generally not as healthy for various reasons according to most nutritionists, is thought to be lower in glyphosate because the hull is removed; a part that contains a higher amounts of glyphosate and other pesticides.
The conventional breads tested included King’s Hawai’an Rolls, Sara Lee Classic White, Wonder Bread, Bimbo Pan Blancho,Francisco International French Sliced Bread and BallPark hot dog buns. Wheat bread brands tested included Orowheat 100% Whole Wheat, Nature’s Harvest Stone Ground, Nature’s Own Honey Wheat, Alfaro’s Artesano Golden Wheat. See the results by type of bread by clicking here (no individual glyphosate stats by brand were listed).
It’s also worth noting that gluten-free brands also tested surprisingly low for glyphosate residues.
Popular Health Foods Also Test Positive
Batch testing of conventional almond milk showed low levels of glyphosate contamination at a recorded .87 ppb, while organic almond milk contained just .07 ppb, thankfully.
However, this still may be problematic, especially for people whose systems are sensitive to the chemical, because even the lowest levels of glyphosate, .1 ppb and 1 parts per trillion, have been shown to cause potential endocrine disruption. Glyphosate also bioaccumulates, meaning it can be stored in the tissues over time and add up before causing potentially serious harm in the long run.
Veggie burgers, another favorite of the health food crowd, showed levels of 52.20 ppb of glyphosate in batch testing. The organic varieties tested clocked in at 3.27 ppb in batch testing, 17 times less than conventional.
“This is particularly disturbing because health conscious consumers are spending far more money to be ‘healthy’ and are yet eating harmful herbicides,” the blog post said.
“It is likely that most non-organic processed vegetarian and vegan foods will be contaminated with glyphosate herbicides because, considering the 7,800 food sample test results from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency in 2017, the highest levels of glyphosate herbicide residues were found in garbanzo beans, white beans, lentils, buckwheat, bean, soy and wheat flour as well as other grains that are often sprayed with glyphosate as a drying agent.
“These crops are commonly found in vegan and vegetarian foods, and if they are not organic, or are fraudulently labeled organic, will very likely contain high levels of glyphosate residues,” it continued.
For more information on the brands and types of foods that tested particularly high in Monsanto’s glyphosate, as well as additional information on the safety hazards of the chemical and what the levels mean, check out the full blog post from Moms Across America by clicking on this link.