Breast milk composition varies from day-to-day depending on what you eat, and the nutrients in your breast milk for your baby will come directly from the nutrients in your own body.
When women choose to breastfeed their children it’s for all of the great nutritional benefits along with the protective and strength-building qualities breast milk has for newborns and infants.
But earlier this month, the World Health Organization (WHO) took to the labs after several requests to test foods and breast milk for the popular herbicide glyphosate came pouring in.
This active ingredient in Roundup was recently classified as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” This means the WHO believes Roundup, and glyphosate, can be directly involved with causing cancer.
And the Results Are In
The WHO found traces of glyphosate in all kinds of foods, including dry cereal, as well as breastmilk and baby formula.
“When chemical agriculture blankets millions of acres of genetically engineered corn and soybean fields with hundreds of millions of pounds of glyphosate, it’s not a surprise babies are now consuming Monsanto’s signature chemical with breast milk and infant formula,” said President and co-founder of Environmental Working Group (EWC) Ken Cook.
Abraxis, a diagnosis company, also had requests to test for glyphosate after the alarming classification change of the herbicide. They found residue of glyphosate in almost 60% of honey samples and in 35% of soy sauces.
Microbe tests also found glyphosate in almost 20% of breast milk samples and 15% of infant formula.
Cook states, “The primary reason millions of Americans, including infants, are now exposed to this probable carcinogen is due to the explosion of genetically engineered crops that now dominate farmland across the U.S.”
The Research is Increasing
As more people find out about the carcinogenic properties of glyphosate, there will be more research on specific foods that Americans eat every day and should be tested for traces of the herbicide.
Reuters Laboratories has even been sent a request to test urine samples to see just how much of this toxic chemical is being leaked into our bodies.
“People should be concerned,” Cook said. “If a few lab tests have found glyphosate in honey, soy sauce, baby formula and breast milk, it’s a fair bet the herbicide is in a number of other products most Americans are consuming or in contact with daily.”
What Can We Do About Glyphosates in Our Food?
Request for more testing! Contact the food companies of your family’s favorite products and demand for more testing and information on glyphosates.
In the meantime, stick with organic foods and locally grown when possible.
When it comes your baby, the foods you eat lead directly to your breast milk composition and into your child’s stomach. So eating healthy, local food could save not only yourself from ingesting glyphosates, but also your baby.
For more information on glyphosates, its link to cancer, and its role in our food source, please read the original press release from Environmental Working Group.
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