How to Protect Yourself from This Toxic Chemical
Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, which is used in a number of different herbicides (700 in all). It is now showing up even in foods and it is used to make the organic wine.
Since it was introduced in 1974, 1.8 million tons have been applied to U.S. fields. It is also known that two-thirds of that volume has been sprayed in the last 10 years.
According to the experts, if you want to consume organic foods or beverages, you should be sure that you are safe from glyphosate exposure. This chemical is, actually not allowed in organic farming, but a new analysis discovered that it is somehow infiltrated even in the production of the organic wine.
How Does Glyphosate End up in Wine?
Sometimes, when the grapes are not sprayed directly onto in vineyards with the glyphosate, it can be used to spray the ground on either side of the grape vines.
Dr. Don Huber in his speech given at the Acres USA farm conference in December of 2011, explained that the vine stems are inevitably sprayed in this process and the Roundup is likely absorbed through the roots and bark of the vines. It is farther translocated into the leaves and grapes. As the glyphosate can be drifted over onto the organic and biodynamic vineyards from conventional vineyards nearby it gives the possibility that organic wines became contaminated,.
The contamination can be by glyphosate left in the soil after a conventional farm converted to organic. This chemical may remain in the soil for more than 20 years.
Glyphosate Detected in 14 German Beers
The Munich Environmental Institute conducted a study of glyphosate residues and found the glyphosate in 14 best-selling German beers. In all of the beers tested they found above the 0.1 microgram of glyphosate, which is limit allowed in drinking water.
The highest amount (29.74 micrograms per liter of bear) is found in a beer called Hasseroeder to a low of 0.46 micrograms per liter (found in the beer Augustiner).
Until now the testing hasn’t yet been conducted on American beer, but the experts believe that it’s likely to be contaminated with glyphosate as well.
In the laboratory testing ordered by Moms Across America was revealed that glyphosate is found virtually everywhere, including in urine and blood samples, drinking water, and breast milk.
As Germany is the biggest beer producer in Europe and has long prided itself on brewing only the purest beer, those shocking findings are a serious concern. The Monsanto’s chemicals are now threatening this German tradition and their reputation.
Glyphosate May Cause Cancer and Many Other Health Problems
Glyphosate is, actually original antibiotic, invented to kill bacteria, which is one of the primary ways of harming both soils and human health. According to the recent research the Roundup (and other pesticides) promote antibiotic resistance.
The scientist Anthony Samsel, Ph.D. in a study in poultry found that the chemical destroys beneficial gut bacteria and promotes the spread of pathogenic bacteria. He, also reported that chronic low-dose oral exposure to glyphosate is a disruption of the balance of gut microbes. This process can lead to a chronic inflammatory state in the gut, and an over-representation of pathogens.
Other research has shown that glyphosate may:
• Have endocrine-disrupting effects and affect human reproduction and fetal development
• Stimulate the growth of human breast cancer cells
• Modify the balance of sex hormones
• Induce oxidative damage and neurotoxicity in the brain
• Cause birth defects
Glyphosate is More Toxic Due to Surfactants
According to 2012 study, the inert ingredients such as solvents, surfactants, and preservatives, are actually active, not as expected. They can contribute to a product’s toxicity in a synergistic manner, even if they’re non-toxic in separately.
It is the same with the certain adjuvants in glyphosate-based herbicides, which were also found to be “active principles of human cell toxicity.”
How to Avoid Glyphosate in Your Food
Here some measures that the people can do to avoid minimize) the health risks from herbicide and pesticide exposure:
– Invest in a good water filtration system for your home
– When you’re exposed to herbicides and pesticides you can use the lactic acid bacteria
– Include fermented foods like kimchi in your diet
– Eat organic foods
Eating locally produced organic food will protect the environment from harmful chemical pollutants besides the supporting your family’s health,
–  Enveurope
–  Bloomberg
–  Reuters
–  Detox Project