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Glyphosate in your Wine and Beer…

OK, so I would tell you to really control your consumption of wine and beer in the first place… but… I hate that roundup has made it into them!  According to tie FOX News Report, it is a big problem.

If you aren’t aware, Monsanto was on the wrong side of a $289M award to a man who claimed his cancer was caused by exposure to round-up back in August.    This case has opened the door… not only to those who would say that Monsanto caused their cancer, but also to those who would say that they had no idea they were involved with a cancer causing agent.  Round up is obviously a dangerous product, as it kills your weeds with one little spray on the green.  Any product that has that level of killing needs to be considered with great caution.

DeWayne Jonson at the trial that awarded him $289M, most of it punitive for Monsanto’s actions

Which brings up the question, how is it possible that this product has shown up in our beer and wine too now?  I have told the story many times, of the soy farms that extend through the area in central New York, between the finger lakes.  Beautiful lush fields of GMO soy, all ready for a plane to crop dust them with roundup (if you weren’t aware, GMO soy is known as roundup ready soy because it withstands roundup,  leaving everything around it dead, except for the soy).  The problem with these fields of soy, is that this area of the finger lakes is known for its wine trail, with literally hundreds of wineries within a couple hundred square miles.   Crop dusting easily spreads this deadly little chemical to neighboring fields, and into the water table.

From the FOX News Article:

Though the levels of glyphosate in the drinks tested aren’t necessarily dangerous, the World Health Organization said in a 2015 report that the pesticide is “probably carcinogenic to humans.” In 2017, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment announced glyphosate “would be added to the list of chemicals known to the state to cause cancer.”…

…The only brand that had no detectable traces of glyphosate was Peak Beer, the study found.

The wine with the highest glyphosate levels was Sutter Home with 51 parts per billion (ppb) and the beer with the highest levels was Tsingtao Beer with 49.7 ppb.

“Conventional brands” such as Coors and Miller Lite all had glyphosate levels of at least 25 ppb and even organic drinks were susceptible, such as the Samuel Smith Organic Lager with 5.7 ppb.

However, none of the levels exceeded the Environmental Protection Agency’s risk tolerance for beverages.

“No matter the efforts of brewers and vintners, we found that it is incredibly difficult to avoid the troubling reality that consumers will likely drink glyphosate at every happy hour and backyard barbecue around the country,” Kara Cook-Schultz, of the U.S. PIRG Education Fund, who authored the study told USA TODAY.

I find it disturbing.  Not because I completely disagree with the EPA’s risk tolerance.  But I completely disagree with disregarding it.  The potential combination of sources from many different products over the course of a day could easily add up to too much.  My first recommendation would be that you avoid all SOY in products not labeled as non-GMO as those will all carry levels of roundup.

Be smart, Be well, and Be blessed! – Dr. E

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