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 glyphosate of 0.1 parts per billion. The foods tested contained between 289.47 parts per billion up to 1,125.3 parts per billion.
Currently U.S. regulations allow a daily acceptable glyphosate intake of 1.75 milligrams per kilogram of body weight. The European Union tolerance is 0.3 milligrams per kilogram of body weight.
New research shows that Roundup causes liver and kidney damage in rats as reflected in changes in the functions of 4,000 genes at only 0.05 parts per billion of glyphosate.
The foods with the highest levels of glyphosate residues were: 1. Original Cheerios at 1,125.3 parts per billion. 2. Honey Nut Cheerios at 670.2 parts per billion. 3. Oreo Originals at 289.47 parts per billion. 4. Kashi soft-baked cookies, oatmeal dark chocolate at 275.58 parts per billion. 5. Ritz Crackers at 270.24 parts per billion.
Following is a short video on the report: