A large body of peer reviewed research links glyphosate (which is sprayed on the majority of crops in this country) to cancer, reproductive problems, liver, kidney and skin cell damage, antibiotic-resistance, and more. The WHO International Agency for Research on Cancer has deemed it a probable carcinogen. One of the biggest sellers of glyphosate, Monsanto, has been colluding with the EPA to keep it on the market. It’s truly outrageous and I’m as angry as you are.
A few months ago when the story broke that popular foods like Cheerios and Stacy’s Pita Chips contain glyphosate weedkiller – we were outraged. If you didn’t hear the news, Food Democracy Now! and The Detox Project commissioned these tests which found glyphosate in many popular American foods… even some that are organic and non-GMO! My reporting on this was my most shared post of 2016, with millions of views. It struck a chord with so many of you and for good reason.
Since all of this has come out, I’ve received thousands of comments and emails from people who want to know how to avoid glyphosate and know if the food we buy at the store contains it. I’m right there with ya, I want to know too.
The FDA and USDA (who are in charge of regulating the safety of our food) are not testing food for glyphosate. This is a real problem.
The only way to find out if the food you are buying contains glyphosate is to literally send it to a lab and get it tested. It’s ridiculous. We are totally in the dark and have no clue whether the food we are buying is tainted with this poison. There could be an insane amount of glyphosate in the food we are eating every day, and we’d never know.
Thankfully, a BRAND NEW FOOD LABEL just launched that will give us all what we are asking for – the “Glyphosate Residue Free” label by The Detox Project!
When Henry Rowlands from The Detox Project told me about his latest project and this label, I was bursting at the seams and couldn’t wait to tell you all about it! The “Glyphosate Residue Free” verification program has begun labeling products that have been tested and are free of glyphosate. They are working with food manufacturers and grocery chains, so that soon we will see labels like this on products!
Although we already have the Non-GMO Project label to avoid GMOs, that’s the only information that it provides. The “Non-GMO Project” label only verifies that a product doesn’t contain GMOs. While that is good, it’s limited to GMOs only and unfortunately won’t tell you if those non-GMO Cheerios you are buying are free of glyphosate.
The new Glyphosate Residue Free label takes this a step further and just offers more transparency and information about the food you are buying. This label applies to any GMO, non-GMO, or organic food. This is important because glyphosate doesn’t discriminate.
Most Americans are eating glyphosate every day…
No matter how healthy we eat or how much we try to protect ourselves from it, this weedkiller is being used on most major conventional food crops – such as wheat, tomatoes, sugar, nuts, oranges, apples, beans, and corn. It isn’t just used on GMOs but on 70 different food crops in the U.S. – and winding up in practically everything Americans eat.
Glyphosate is also so rampant in our environment that it is contaminating even food that isn’t directly sprayed with it – such as organic food. It’s been found in honey, cereals, meat, drinking water, breast milk, infant formula, chips, cookies… the list goes on. There is only so much glyphosate-free food out there and it is going to take awhile to rid it from our food system.
That’s why this label is such a game-changer. When brands start testing their food and finding glyphosate, they will take steps to clean up their supply chains. This will improve the integrity of the organic label and our food system as a whole.
We are working towards creating a safer food system for everyone. We should all feel like the food we are buying is safe and properly labeled.
The very first product to be verified “Glyphosate Residue Free” is Leaf & Love Organic Lemonade, which you can find at some natural grocery stores and also online. This is just the beginning and many more products are in the process of getting verified right now!
I’ve partnered up with The Detox Project to help spread the word about this new label and verification program, but I need your help. The success of this label is going to depend on us. We need to spread the word to food companies and let them know that we want them to verify their products and why. We need to educate our favorite food brands as to why this label is important and why they’d want to make sure that their products don’t contain glyphosate.
ACTION: Ask your favorite food companies to get verified! Here’s how:
- Contact them via email. This is the most effective way to reach them, so don’t skip this step! Send them a link to this post and ask them to get verified by The Detox Project here.
- Post on their Facebook pages or Twitter feeds and send them a link to this post asking them to get verified.
I can’t wait to start seeing this label in stores! Share this post with your friends and family and tell them about this exciting new label. Spread the word!