By Dr. Mercola
Independent testing on popular food products has found Monsanto’s weed killer, glyphosate (aka Roundup), in cookies, crackers, cereals and chips, The Huffington Post reports. What’s interesting is that although the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) routinely tests foods for other pesticide residues, it never tested for glyphosate until this year, the news agency said.
Why it’s taken so long for this to come to light is anybody’s guess, but glyphosate is now showing up virtually everywhere, in blood and urine samples, breast milk, drinking water and more. This is partly because wheat, oats, lentils, potatoes and many other crops may be sprayed with glyphosate just days prior to harvest in a process known as desiccation — and then it doesn’t just go away like Monsanto claims.
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They can deny it all they want, but for now, the analysis suggests that eating non-organic, genetically engineered (GE) foods (the prime candidates for Roundup spraying) is associated with higher glyphosate levels in your body. This herbicide is also poisoning our air and water, posing a risk to animals, plants and humans.
Your best bet for minimizing health risks from pesticide and herbicide exposure is to avoid them in the first place, by eating organic as much as possible and investing in a good water filtration system for your home or apartment. If you know you have been exposed to herbicides or pesticides, try including fermented foods in your diet; the lactic acid bacteria formed during the fermentation of kimchi may also help your body break down pesticides.
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