Monsanto’s Roundup Found in 70% of Drinking Water
If we are what we eat and drink, then we might be in trouble. Not only is a growing amount of research finding the pesticide glyphosate in our food, it turns out that glyphosate is allowed in excessive amounts in our drinking water, too.
According to a small research study cited by the national coalition Moms Across America and Sustainable Pulse, the amount of glyphosate (Roundup) allowed in American drinking water is much higher than the limit should be.
According to the study, close to 70 percent of household drinking water tested contained between 0.085 and 0.33 parts per billion of glyphosate. The current limit in the United States is 0.4 parts per billion, which might not sound like much, but research shows that even with only one-fourth of that amount, which is the limit in the European Union (EU), glyphosate can damage 4000 genes and can cause many serious health problems. The higher allowable amount of glyphosate translates into ten times higher amounts of glyphosate found in urine tests in Americans than in Europeans, which is serious cause for alarm.
Glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide in the world and is currently allowed for use in 130 countries worldwide. The United States uses approximately 20 percent of all Roundup. That works out to be about 280 million pounds of Roundup in the U.S. alone, or the equivalent of almost a pound per person, so it really shouldn’t surprise us that our drinking water contains glyphosate at all.
While the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a while back that glyphosate—the primary ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup and other pesticides—is a “probable carcinogen,” the chemical is used in droves on farmer’s fields and lawns and gardens around the world. Just walk through any hardware store and you’ll find stacks of Roundup lining the aisles. So, if we know how dangerous this nasty stuff is and we’re seeing record numbers of cancer, why does the government continue to allow it?
It seems that corporate lobbyists (the ones who manufacture, distribute or sell this toxic stuff) have their hands in the pockets of government officials. Not convinced? Check out my blog “EPA Classified Roundup as Carcinogen 30 Years Ago…but Mysteriously Reversed Decision” and an article by the Organic Consumers Association entitled “Monsanto’s Sealed Documents Reveal the Truth Behind Roundup’s Toxicological Dangers.”
Independent studies have linked glyphosate to Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and autism, to name a few of the health concerns. According to a study published in Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology, it is also causing reproductive and hormonal health issues.
Not only is glyphosate in our drinking water, it is turning up in an increasing amount of our food. Check out my blog “Common Breakfast Foods Contain the Carcinogen Glyphosate.” In that study, conducted by the Alliance for Natural Health USA (ANH-USA), 10 out of 24 breakfast foods contained glyphosate.
Shouldn’t federal regulators be learning from the Flint, Michigan example of corporate lack of ethics influencing government agencies at the expense of Americans’ health? It’s time to ban glyphosate altogether, once and for all.
Dr. Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, DNM, is an international best-selling and 20-time published author whose works include: Weekend Wonder Detox: Quick Cleanses to Strengthen Your Body and Enhance Your Beauty.