Is Roundup’s Toxic Chemical Glyphosate Really Found in 100% of California Wines?

(Is Roundup’s Toxic Chemical Glyphosate Really Found in 100% of California Wines?)

Recently, many reports were claiming California wines contain the toxic chemical glyphosate.

This chemical is the most agriculturally used chemical of all times. It’s used in 700 different herbicides, Roundup being the most popular. There’s around 1,8 million tons of glyphosate sprayed on fields across the U.S. since 1974. A larger part of this amount was applied in the last decade.

One research showed U.S. farmers applied amounts of this chemical in 2014 enough to apply 0.8 pounds of glyphosate to each acre of U.S. cultivated cropland, or 0.5 pounds to worldwide cropland.

However, no scientific evidence supports these claims made from groups such as Moms Across America.

The lack of credibility and the secret funding of the small research which involved only 10 sample wines make the whole claim false. What’s more, the method of testing was not validated, and the results were not per-reviewed.

But,  there are some groups which say this chemical is also present in many other food products. A report from Food Democracy Now group claims many U.S. foods also contain glyphosate. The problem is the health dangers they link to this chemical.

In 1985, the United States Environmental Protection Agency undertook the first assessment of the carcinogenic potential of glyphosate. They classified it as a “group C carcinogen” on the basis of rodent studies and little to no human data.

This means the chemical is possibly carcinogenic to people. However, later analysis showed the chemical is non-carcinogenic to people, so they reclassified it as “group E carcinogenic,” back in 1993.

Most studies used mice, rats, and fish exposed to unrealistically high amounts of glyphosate. Recent studies showed potential side effects of low levels of the chemical, but others question this claim.

After numerous researches and analysis, the International Agency for Research on Cancer concludes this chemical has some carcinogenic potential. But, regulatory agencies throughout the world consider it non-carcinogenic at low levels and safe for consumption.

Even though the public is concerned about the method of preparation of the foods and drinks they consume, including wine, it doesn’t mean they want junk science.

A facts about glyphosate:

  • The “discovered” level of glyphosate present in wines is well below the safe limit for drinking water, set by EPA. Even though EPA has set a tolerance for the chemical only for drinking water (700 ppb), the assumption is that the glyphosate tolerance in wine shouldn’t be higher than that.
  • The testing on wines claims the highest level of the chemical found is 18.74 ppb (parts per billion). This is actually three percent less than the safe levels of glyphosate in drinking water. So, you’ll have to drink over 500 glasses of wine daily to exceed the glyphosate safe level in drinking water.
  • International governmental agencies and EPA are reviewing every herbicide before approving it for use in America and other countries.
  • Worldwide landscapers, farmers, and homeowners use glyphosate all the time. That’s why many foods and drinks might contain trace amounts of this chemical. Therefore, EPA has set safe levels for it in more than 150 food and drink products.

What Experts Say about The Wine Testing for Glyphosate

-Professor Carl Winter from the University of California says the levels of glyphosate discovered in wine are extremely low and therefore not dangerous.

In fact, an adult would reach the preliminary level of health concern set by the U.S. EPA 70 years after drinking 2,500 glasses of wine every day containing 18.74 ppb glyphosate (the highest level of the chemical measured in wine.)

-Vice President Laura Kennedy from the Kennedy/Jenks Consultants, California states the testing of wines for glyphosate levels are neither scientific nor validated.

But, even if the results are true, the levels of the chemical are still far below the safe concentrations established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, European Union, and the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment. So, it means the discovered level of glyphosate doesn’t pose any risk to our health.

-The Medical Toxicologist and Associate Professor Michael E. Mullins from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, explains few things. He says the laboratory where researchers conducted the wine testing is neither a forensic, nor clinical one. Also, there was only one wine sample with 18.7 ppb of glyphosate. The rest had it in much lower amount.

According to the “Acute Reference Dose” set by the European Food Safety, ingesting up to 0.5 mg/kg of glyphosate in one sitting is safe.

Source: themagicoflife.info

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Is Roundup’s Toxic Chemical Glyphosate Really Found in 100% of California Wines? (Is Roundup’s Toxic Chemical Glyphosate Really Found in 100% of California Wines?) Recently, many reports were claiming California wines contain the toxic chemical glyphosate. This chemical is the most agriculturally used chemical of all times. It’s used in 700 different...