Glyphosate, used primarily with GMO crops, is also found in most of the world’s supply of wheat and other grains as well.
Health Impact News Editor Comments
A new study carried out by the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Germany has found that 99.6% of the German population has been contaminated by the herbicide glyphosate. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in the world’s most widely used herbicides, such as Roundup.
This study follows another study released in February (2016) that found glyphosate in each of Germany’s 14 most popular beers. Germany is known around the world for its reputation or “pure” brewing when it comes to German beer. Under the “Reinheitsgebot,” or German purity law – one of the world’s oldest food safety laws and celebrating its 500th anniversary this year – brewers have to produce beer using only malt, hops, yeast and water.
Most malts are produced from barley, and in the U.S. the barley crop is among the most polluted crops contaminated with glyphosate. Grown in colder climates where farmers typically “desiccate” their crops of grains right before harvest (see: Why Is Glyphosate Sprayed on Crops Right Before Harvest?), the barley crop in the U.S. has such high levels of glyphosate, that the EPA has had to continually raise their limits of allowable glyphosate residue.
Dr. Don Huber, Professor Emeritus of Plant Pathology at Purdue University, has stated:
Beer brewers are having a problem with glyphosate. A few years ago, when one of my colleagues wanted to get more Abraxis test strips for testing materials for glyphosate residue, he was told that they had a 3 month backlog. He asked, what was causing this? He was told that every load of malt barley coming out of North Dakota has to be tested, because the glyphosate levels were so high that it kills the yeast in the brew mix. (Source.)
Almost all Germans contaminated with glyphosate
A new study shows that 99.6% of Germans are contaminated with the herbicide glyphosate, writes Nicole Sagener. The news comes as the EU puts off a crucial decision on whether to re-authorise the chemical, described by IARC as ‘probably carcinogenic’, until 2031.
All but 0.4% of the German population have been contaminated by the controversial herbicide glyphosate, according to a study carried out by the Heinrich Böll Foundation.
The study analysed glyphosate residue in urine and concludes that 75% of the target group displayed levels that were five times higher than the legal limit of drinking water.
A third of the population even showed levels that were between ten and 42 times higher than what is normally permissible.
Glyphosate residues were recorded in 99.6% of the 2,009 people monitored by the study. The most significant values were found in children aged from zero to nine and adolescents aged 10 to 19, particularly those individuals raised on farms.
Meat eaters also displayed higher levels of glyphosate contamination than vegetarians or vegans. This finding may reflect the high levels of glyphosate found in the ‘Roundup-ready’ GMO soy and corn used in animal feeds, which are sprayed with the herbicide many times over their growing season.
Read the Full Article at The Ecologist.
* The backup image section of this tag has been generated for use on a
* non-SSL page. If this tag is to be placed on an SSL page, change the
* This noscript section of this tag only shows image banners. There
* is no width or height in these banners, so if you want these tags to
* allocate space for the ad before it shows, you will need to add this
* information to the tag.
* If you do not want to deal with the intricities of the noscript
* section, delete the tag (from … to ). On
* average, the noscript tag is called from less than 1% of internet