FDA and Cornell reports find glyphosate in corn, soybeans, and pet food
Published: December 6, 2018
Category: Glyphosate Controversy, The Organic & Non-GMO Report Newsletter
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found high but legal levels of the herbicide glyphosate and its metabolite, AMPA, in corn and soybeans—and pet foods.
“The levels of glyphosate found in soybeans and corn are of great concern,” said Sustainable Pulse Director Henry Rowlands. Of the whole grain corn samples, 66 percent tested positive for glyphosate from 241 samples, and 39 percent were positive for AMPA (of 238 samples). Mean average was 40 ppb, with the highest measurement reaching 4500 ppb.
In soybeans, 66 percent tested positive for glyphosate of 264 samples, and 61 percent for AMPA. Mean average for glyphosate was 790 ppb, highest 10,000 ppb. In 1999, the Environmental Protection Agency raised the “safe” level of glyphosate in soybeans from 100 ppb to 20,000 ppb in the U.S. and Europe. In Brazil, safe glyphosate levels in soybeans rose from 200 ppb to 10,000 ppb, probably in response to observed increases in the herbicide residue.
Cornell University found glyphosate concentration ranging from 80 to 2,000 micrograms per kilogram in 18 pet food samples.
While those levels are deemed safe, Dr. Michael Antoniou of King’s College London says the study authors are “ignoring established scientific principles and evidence,” in that assessment. He points out the toxicity present in low doses—endocrine disruption, for example, doesn’t follow the linear “dose makes the poison” model.
In addition, levels of daily glyphosate ingestion well below supposed harmless levels cause damage to liver, kidney, and reproductive organs.
Source: Sustainable Pulse
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