Last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the main chemical ingredient in Monsanto’s best-selling weedkiller Roundup – Glyphosate – is “Probably carcinogenic to humans”. According to WHO, glyphosate is used in more than 750 different weedkillers and is routinely detected in the air, water and our food.
But for the past two decades Monsanto has led a campaign of deception, repeatedly claiming that both Roundup and glyphosate were perfectly safe, going so far as to say that it is “safer than table salt” and so safe, you can “drink it”. Based on these dubious safety claims, an estimated 75 percent of processed foods in America contain ingredients that have been genetically engineered to survive being sprayed with massive doses of Roundup and, if you’re not careful, your food is potentially covered with glyphosate residue.
Rather than consider growing scientific evidence of possible harm to humans, in 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency increased allowable limits of glyphosate residue on food crops from 200 ppm to 6,000 ppm, in some cases. Fortunately, in 2015, the EPA is reviewing glyphosate’s toxicity and will take the WHO announcement into consideration.
Incredibly, less than a week after Monsanto’s Roundup is declared “Probably carcinogenic to humans”, Congress introduces a bill to Outlaw GMO Labeling and make it voluntary!