Toxic pesticide turning up everywhere we don’t want it

Consumers should be concerned that the toxic chemical glyphosate, shown here being sprayed on crops, is being found in places we really don't want it to be

Consumers should be concerned that the toxic chemical glyphosate, shown here being sprayed on crops, is being found in places we really don’t want it to be

The push to get glyphosate – – a key ingredient in Monsanto’s cash cow RoundUp – banned by the U.S. EPA as a highly toxic pesticide continues. Even more of a concern to consumers is the fact that traces of glyphosate are showing up in a lot of things Americans use every day.

The latest news shows that this harmful substance is in women’s organic panty liners. Over 3,000 packages of these feminine hygiene products were taken off the shelves in France and Canada. The findings, revealed in a study by 60 Millions de Consommateurs, saw trace amounts of potentially toxic substances discovered in Always sanitary pads and Tampax tampons, which are manufactured by Proctor & Gamble. Nett and o.b. tampons – produced by Johnson & Johnson – were also listed in the report as containing dioxins.

Last year, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that glyphosate is a probable human carcinogen.

Feminine hygiene products found to contain traces of glyphosate

Feminine hygiene products found to contain traces of glyphosate

But the news gets worse.

Glyphosate has also turned up in German beer.  A report issued today by the Munich Environmental Institute (Umweltinstitut München) detailed that laboratory tests on 14 of the most commonly sold beers in Germany showed that all 14 contained glyphosate, the world’s most commonly used herbicide.

The German Brewers’ Association, which called the report “not credible”,  admitted that low residues of this probable human carcinogen could not be prevented, because “the herbicide is now found virtually everywhere after decades of use in agriculture”.

A study from March 2015 stated that the health costs to the European Union of hormone hacking chemicals is over $ 150 Billion per year. The study stated that lower IQ, adult obesity and 5% or more of autism cases are all linked to exposure to endocrine disruptors. According to independent science, glyphosate is likely to be one of those hormone hacking chemicals.

So what can consumers do?

14 German beers tested positive for glyphosate

14 German beers tested positive for glyphosate

It’s not enough to read labels, although that’s practically a given these days. These reports highlight the need for action by the EPA to move ahead, update and finalize its listing of harmful chemicals and ban this toxic substance from use. The U.S. is lagging behind the rest of the world. It’s time for our federal agencies and agents to step up.

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