Roundup and food grown with roundup

Very low levels of some chemicals can cause serious, potentially fatal, for example 0.43 mg or even 0.000 001 gm. In some cases, only some people are sensitive (for example, 0.5 – 1% for Celiac Disease). In general most safety testing is done on normal healthy individuals and not a representative cross section of society.

This too often results in MDs’ saying it’s in your head until such time as testing is developed and accepted. This was the case for Ulcers for almost 30 years after a MD discovered that a bacteria was involved.

Glyphosate (N-(phosphonomethyl)glycine) is a broad-spectrum systemic herbicide used to killweeds, commonly known as RoundUp.

A friend forward this:
“Monsanto’s glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup is an endocrine (hormone) disruptor in adult male rats, a new study shows.The lowest dose tested of 10 mg/kg bw/d (bodyweight per day) was found to reduce levels of corticosterone, a steroid hormone produced in the adrenal glands. … a 2012 study detected a 35% testosterone down-regulation in rats at a concentration of 1 part per million.” [Source]

“The presented results evidence that the highly pathogenic bacteria as Salmonella Entritidis, Salmonella Gallinarum, Salmonella Typhimurium, Clostridium perfringens and Clostridium botulinum are highly resistant to glyphosate. However, most of beneficial bacteria as Enterococcus faecalis, Enterococcus faecium, Bacillus badius, Bifidobacterium adolescentis and Lactobacillus spp. were found to be moderate to highly susceptible. Also Campylobacter spp. were found to be susceptible to glyphosate. A reduction of beneficial bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract microbiota by ingestion of glyphosate could disturb the normal gut bacterial community. Also, the toxicity of glyphosate to the most prevalent Enterococcus spp. could be a significant predisposing factor that is associated with the increase in C. botulinum-mediated diseases by suppressing the antagonistic effect of these bacteria on clostridia.” [2013]

  • “Glyphosate has antibiotic properties. Monsanto filed for a respective patent in 2003 and received it in 2010.[41]” Wikipedia

“Celiac disease, and, more generally, gluten intolerance, is a growing problem worldwide, but especially in North America and Europe…we propose that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide, Roundup(®), is the most important causal factor in this epidemic.” [2013]

“Chronically ill humans showed significantly higher glyphosate residues in urine than healthy population” [2014]

“Glyphosate was significantly higher (P<0.0002) in humans feed conventional feed[diet] compared with predominantly organic feed[diet] humans… Interestingly, the glyphosate concentration in German dairy cows kept in a GM free region excreted much less glyphosate than conventionallymanaged cows. Thus, the prohibition of GM grains and soy prevent these animals from consuming glyphosate with their feed.” [2014]

” There is a reasonable correlation between the amount ingested and the likelihood of serious systemic sequelae or death. Advancing age is also associated with a less favourable prognosis.” Glyphosate Poisoning [2014]

” Although glyphosate is only slightly toxic to rats, ingestion of GlySH may lead to severe effects, including death, in humans.” [2009]

” In March 2015 theWorld Health Organization‘s International Agency for Research on Cancer published a summary of its forthcoming monograph on glyphosate, and classified it as “probably carcinogenic in humans” (category 2A) based on epidemiological studies, animal studies, and in vitro studies.[5][11][12]“wikipedia

Crops likely to contain residue Roundup or equivalent

Some people could naively claim that it is not a problem because stuff is washed and so it is washed off. If you apply something to the surface (in a sticky manner), a percentage will be merged into the organism. Why do you think that roundup resistant plants had to be developed?

See  http://www.isaaa.org/gmapprovaldatabase/ for a list of GM crops

  • Soybean [source] “In 2011–2012, soybeans were planted on about 30 million hectares in the USA, with Roundup Ready GM soy contributing 93–94% of the production” [2014] EPA allows up to 40 ppm [source]
  • Canola
  • Carrots EPA allows up to 5 ppm [source]
  • Chicory
  • Sesame Flax – EPA allows up to 40 ppm [source]
  • Maize / Corn [source]
  • Wheat
  • Sunflowers [source]
  • sugar beets [source]
  • potato [GM]
  • sweetpotatoes   EPA allows up to 3 ppm [source]
  • rice [GM]
  • sugarcane
  • Drinking Water  0.7 mg/L

Possibly Safe

  • Rice (roundup damages rice crops)
  • Potatoes (roundup damages source]
  • Rye [“Cereal rye is easily killed with glyphosate and can be controlled at any growth stage” source]
  • Most ORGANIC root vegetables [Roundup is suggested for many of them for weed control thus conventional root vegetables are a risk, source]
  • Crops grown in the El Salvador and  Sri Lanka (be careful, some countries have banned retail sales but not commercial use)

Current EPA Allowed Limits

The following was likely based on tests of what was actually seen, and thus likely a guide to what is expected.

Needless to say, you want food with the lowest levels

Commodity Parts per million
Acerola 0.2
Alfalfa, seed 0.5
Almond, hulls 25
Aloe vera 0.5
Ambarella 0.2
Animal feed, nongrass, group 18 400
Artichoke, globe 0.2
Asparagus 0.5
Atemoya 0.2
Avocado 0.2
Bamboo, shoots 0.2
Banana 0.2
Barley, bran 30
Beet, sugar, dried pulp 25
Beet, sugar, roots 10
Beet, sugar, tops 10
Berry and small fruit, group 13-07 0.20
Betelnut 1.0
Biriba 0.2
Blimbe 0.2
Breadfruit 0.2
Cacao bean, bean 0.2
Cactus, fruit 0.5
Cactus, pads 0.5
Canistel 0.2
Carrot 5.0
Chaya 1.0
Cherimoya 0.2
Citrus, dried pulp 1.5
Coconut 0.1
Coffee, bean, green 1.0
Corn, pop, grain 0.1
Corn, sweet, kernel plus cob with husk removed 3.5
Cotton, gin byproducts 210
Custard apple 0.2
Date, dried fruit 0.2
Dokudami 2.0
Durian 0.2
Epazote 1.3
Feijoa 0.2
Fig 0.2
Fish 0.25
Fruit, citrus, group 10-10 0.50
Fruit, pome, group 11-10 0.20
Fruit, stone, group 12 0.2
Galangal, roots 0.2
Ginger, white, flower 0.2
Gourd, buffalo, seed 0.1
Governor’s plum 0.2
Gow kee, leaves 0.2
Grain, cereal, forage, fodder and straw, group 16, except field corn, forage and field corn, stover 100
Grain, cereal, group 15 except field corn, popcorn, rice, sweet corn, and wild rice 30
Grass, forage, fodder and hay, group 17 300
Guava 0.2
Herbs subgroup 19A 0.2
Hop, dried cones 7.0
Ilama 0.2
Imbe 0.2
Imbu 0.2
Jaboticaba 0.2
Jackfruit 0.2
Kava, roots 0.2
Kenaf, forage 200
Leucaena, forage 200
Longan 0.2
Lychee 0.2
Mamey apple 0.2
Mango 0.2
Mangosteen 0.2
Marmaladebox 0.2
Mioga, flower 0.2
Noni 0.20
Nut, pine 1.0
Nut, tree, group 14 1.0
Oilseeds, group 20, except canola 40
Okra 0.5
Olive 0.2
Oregano, Mexican, leaves 2.0
Palm heart 0.2
Palm heart, leaves 0.2
Palm, oil 0.1
Papaya 0.2
Papaya, mountain 0.2
Passionfruit 0.2
Pawpaw 0.2
Pea, dry 8.0
Peanut 0.1
Peanut, hay 0.5
Pepper leaf, fresh leaves 0.2
Peppermint, tops 200
Perilla, tops 1.8
Persimmon 0.2
Pineapple 0.1
Pistachio 1.0
Pomegranate 0.2
Pulasan 0.2
Quinoa, grain 5.0
Rambutan 0.2
Rice, grain 0.1
Rice, wild, grain 0.1
Rose apple 0.2
Sapodilla 0.2
Sapote, black 0.2
Sapote, mamey 0.2
Sapote, white 0.2
Shellfish 3.0
Soursop 0.2
Spanish lime 0.2
Spearmint, tops 200
Spice subgroup 19B 7.0
Star apple 0.2
Starfruit 0.2
Stevia, dried leaves 1.0
Sugar apple 0.2
Sugarcane, cane 2.0
Sugarcane, molasses 30
Surinam cherry 0.2
Sweet potato 3.0
Tamarind 0.2
Tea, dried 1.0
Tea, instant 7.0
Teff, forage 100
Teff, grain 5.0
Teff, hay 100
Ti, leaves 0.2
Ti, roots 0.2
Ugli fruit 0.5
Vegetable, bulb, group 3-07 0.20
Vegetable, cucurbit, group 9 0.5
Vegetable, foliage of legume, subgroup 7A, except soybean 0.2
Vegetable, fruiting, group 8-10 (except okra) 0.10
Vegetable, leafy, brassica, group 5 0.2
Vegetable, leafy, except brassica, group 4 0.2
Vegetable, leaves of root and tuber, group 2, except sugar beet tops 0.2
Vegetable, legume, group 6 except soybean and dry pea 5.0
Vegetables, root and tuber, group 1, except carrot, sweet potato, and sugar beet 0.20
Wasabi, roots 0.2
Water spinach, tops 0.2
Watercress, upland 0.2
Wax jambu 0.2
Yacon, tuber 0.2
Commodity Parts per Million
Canola, seed 20
Cattle, meat byproducts 5.0
Corn, field, forage 13
Corn, field, grain 5.0
Corn, field, stover 100
Egg 0.05
Goat, meat byproducts 5.0
Grain aspirated fractions 310.0
Hog, meat byproducts 5.0
Horse, meat byproducts 5.0
Poultry, meat 0.10
Poultry, meat byproducts 1.0
Sheep, meat byproducts 5.0
Soybean, forage 100.0
Soybean, hay 200.0
Soybean, hulls 120.0
Soybean, seed 20.0

Bottom Line

  • Organic food with a preference for rice instead of wheat
  • 100% Rye Bread instead of wheat (ideally 100% Organic non GMO Rye Bread)
  • NO SUGAR or sugar substitutes added — say good bye to that sweet tooth!
    • Honey is NOT safe, the bees gather pollen from sprayed crops and many organic honey had high levels. [2014]
    • Organic Maple Syrup appears to be the exception [cannot find any evidence of significant level, plus the trees not co-cohabiting with crops likely to be sprayed]
      • Non-organic may have roundup sprayed along the roads.

“Tropical Traditions has sold organic grains for years. After reading new research about the issue of “crop desiccation” done by using glyphosate on wheat and other grains just prior to harvest, Tropical Traditions decided to first test some commercial wheat products with wheat grown in Montana, North Dakota, and Canada…All tested positive for glyphosate residue. The range was from 0.07 mg/kg to 0.09 mg/kg….. For a GMO crop such as GMO soybeans, which are sprayed heavily with glyphosate, the range is typically between 3.3 and 5.7 mg/kg. (Source.)

…. the presence of glyphosate residue was found in organic wheat and other organic grains, including organic barley, oats, spelt, and einkorn. The range was from 0.03 to 0.06 mg/kg, just slightly lower than the conventional grains that were tested.

The only organic grains that tested clean were organic rye and organic millet. There was also one variety of organic wheat from small-scale farmers in Wisconsin that tested clean from glyphosate.”[Source]