Is your favorite honey contaminated with glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide?
Chances are good that is might be. A private Pennsylvania based diagnostics company Abraxis found glyphosate residues in 41 of 69 honey samples that it tested for the herbicide, according to Reuters news service. Several of the brands that tested positive were organic.
But why would honey have glyphosate in it if the chemical is not used in beekeeping?
Bee keepers and experts say that the honey can become contaminated when bees are within a few miles of farms where glyphosate is used.
The EPA does not test for glyphosate in honey in the United States, and has no set level for tolerance. The European Union has a tolerance level set at 50 ppb.
FDA testing of three samples showed two of them below that amount, and one sample at more than twice that level.
According to Monsanto, the company that makes the herbicide Roundup, ingesting trace amounts of glyphosate poses no risk to human health.
“According to physicians and other food safety experts, the mere presence of a chemical itself is not a human health hazard. It is the amount, or dose, that matters,” Monsanto senior toxicologist Kimberly Hodge-Bell wrote in a blog post. http://monsantoblog.com/2015/04/01/concerned-about-pesticide-residue/
Some food safety critics disagree, pointing out that the World Health Organization labeled glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans.”
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Elizabeth Poteat says
Just how are we to know if it is contaminated ?
You don’t, nor should you care. Glyphosate is probably in a lot more products than you know. It’s common in well water too. It is relatively inert and not harmful. They are finding trace amounts in all spectrums of foods, Don t sweat it. It’s just more b.s. about nothing.
You must be an inept ignorant nut head just pretending to know about it. All scientific testing and records show that we are ending bee life and our own for that matter. We need to go back to nature for techniques and stop poisoning mother earth and our kids. Calling b.s. to facts won’t change reality and just misinform people, that later get cancer.
Monsanto put profits above human safety. They need to fix this
Is that why Monsanto/Bayer has to pay millions because it causes cancer?