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Glyphosate (main ingredient in RoundUp weedkiller) found in Ice Cream

Touch the Soil News #834 (Feature photo – CCA SA 2.0 Generic) We can discuss all day about GMO foods and take positions as well. However, when it comes to finding glyphosate (main ingredient in Roundup) in one’s ice cream – well that’s something else. The Organic Consumers Association has been leading the drive to have foods tested for the presence of glyphosate. As we’ve discussed in earlier news pieces, the rage is on that glyphosate is a potential human carcinogen as announced by the World Health Association two years ago. Earlier this summer, tests sponsored by the Organic Consumers Association found glyphosate in 11 of 12 samples of Ben…

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Monsanto is Sweating This One

Touch the Soil News #619 California officials have been wrestling with the health risks of Roundup (a Monsanto product) whose primary active ingredient is glyphosate. Glyphosate has been determined to be a probable carcinogen by a study group sponsored by the World Health Organization. Before California could take action on requiring labeling on RoundUp products, Monsanto brought a lawsuit against California. Monsanto insists that its product poses no risk to people. Less than a week ago, Fresno County Superior Judge Krisit Kapetan ruled in favor of the state of California. California can now move forward to forcing Monsanto into putting cancer warnings on its glyphosate products – RoundUp. Farmers in…

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Is This For Real?

Touch the Soil News #615 (feature photo courtesy of Food Democracy Now) Food Democracy Now http://www.fooddemocracynow.org/ recently published a report on the levels of the chemical glyphosate (Roundup) in popular American foods including Cheerios, Doritos, Oreos, Goldfish and Ritz cracker and Stacey’s Pita Chips. Following are some of the highlights of that report: Glyphosate – the active ingredient in Roundup – is the most heavily used chemical weedkiller in food and agriculture production in human history. 29 foods were tested for residues of glyphosate at the FDA registered laboratory – Anresco Laboratories of San Francisco. Scientific evidence shows that probable harm to human health could begin at ultra-low levels of…

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A Wrench in the Spokes of Monsanto’s Bike

Touch the Soil News #333 Organizations and movements around the world have been fighting the likes of Monsanto and GMO foods that rely on heavy chemical use – particularly glyphosate – aka Roundup. Come to find out, the European Commission of the European Union had planned to rubber stamp a new 15-year license for the chemical. But not so fast, the nations of Italy, France, Sweden and the Netherlands decided to step in and block the approval. This international wrench in the spokes is being praised by Greenpeace and other anti-GMO organizations. International pictogram used to designate hazardous substances like glyphosate. So what was the reason we are we putting…

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