Glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s flagship Roundup weedkiller, was said to be a “probable human carcinogen” by the World Health Organization in spring 2015.
Since then the veil has been lifted off of this controversial substance found in everything from food to wine to drinking water. Glyphosate is becoming harder and harder to avoid which is why so many organizations are scrambling to find new ways to detect it.
But did you know that it may actually be possible to taste pesticides like these in our food and drink? According to a new study, that may in fact be the case.
New Séralini Study Shows That Humans Can Taste Pesticides
The work of Professor Gilles-Eric Séralini of France has been controversial according to some, but it has definitely opened new doors and presented new theories into what’s really going on as the result of the ongoing experiment involving GMOs and synthetic pesticides.
This time around Séralini and his team have discovered something remarkable: human beings can actually taste pesticides in wine, according to a series of blind tests they conducted.
Through the experiment along with chef Jérôme Douzelet, the results were obtained through 195 blind tests done by professionals working in the wine and culinary industry.
It began with 16 pairs of organic and non-organic wines produced from seven different regions in France. These wine selections included the same varieties of grapes in similar soils, in the same climate and in the same year.
At the end of the experiment, it was found that organic wines were preferred a whopping 77% of the time, out of a sample size of 71 different people. The results of the study were published in the Food and Nutrition science journal.
Resulting Wines Tested for Pesticides
The wines were later tested for pesticide residues, over 250 different ones in total to be exact. Traces of these pesticides were only found in one of the organic wines, according to this report from the Séralini website.
The difference between the organic and non-organic wines was startling: 4,686 ppb (parts per billion) of different pesticides were detected in total in the non-organic wines marked by 6 different pesticides, which were mostly fungicides and glyphosate-based herbicides according to the study, which can be read in full by clicking here.
How to Avoid Pesticides in Wine
Unfortunately for wine lovers everywhere, glyphosate and other harsh pesticides are a major problem in the wine industry. Buying organic is the best way to avoid it, but it is not 100% foolproof because because the industry is so dirty (pesticide drift is a serious problem in wine country where so many vineyards spray and are located close to each other).
At the end of the day, it is important to know the source of your wine whenever possible.
A recent test from Moms Across America, a grassroots organization working for non-GMO, organic and chemical-free food, found glyphosate in 100% of 12 wines they tested, including two organic brands.
The good news, however, is that they later discovered two organic brands from California that were 100% glyphosate free. For more information, you can check out this blog post from Moms Across America.
What do you think about glyphosate and other pesticides in wine, can you taste the difference? Let us know in the comments section on our Facebook page.