Results from Microbe Inotech Lab in St. Louis are in and they are showing that glyphosate, an active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer was present in ten different wines — 100% of those tested.
No brand names have been released, but the selection includes both conventional and organic wines. Although the conventional wine showed to be 28 times more contaminated than organic wine, the revelations are still alarming.
The World Health Organization considers glyphosate to be a carcinogen. Digestion as small as 0.1ppt of glyphosate can increase breast cancer cells. Indeed, the wines tested were from Napa Valley, Sonoma, and Mendocino counties in California. The breast cancer rate in these three counties is 10 to 20 percent higher than the national average according to the California Department of Health.
With cancer-causing chemicals spreading throughout the world, it’s becoming more and more crucial to understand what is being digested in our bodies. Borup Pedersen, a farmer who fed his pigs with glyphosate-containing feed after his regular feed ran low, discovered that glyphosate caused birth defects and health issues not only in the pigs but also the piglets that were born. After this discovery he quickly switched back to his old feed and pleaded for Roundup to be banned.
In a statement released by GMWatch.org Pederson stated “It shocks me to know that the industry does not take the evidence of Roundup’s and glyphosate’s harmful effects more serious than it does, The National Institute of Animal Science already showed 25 years ago that Roundup could harm animals…But the unfortunate and incredible [thing] is that the authorities do not take this evidence serious.”
Yikes is right — they did not take it seriously when the National Institute of Animal Science provided evidence over twenty years ago or when Pedersen provided evidence that glyphosate had endangered his pigs. Now traces are being found in conventional and organic wines — with this new discovery it is clear that Monsanto Roundup Weedkiller should not be so carelessly dumped into the food supply.