If you thought weed killer wasn’t edible, you were right. But that hasn’t stopped Monsanto from adding it to your breakfast cereal and other foods. It also hasn’t stopped Beyond Pesticides and Organic Consumers Association from recently filing a lawsuit against Monsanto.
This latest lawsuit claims Monsanto’s labeling is “false, deceptive, and misleading, because the enzyme targeted by glyphosate,” can get into the bodies of pets and humans and is unsafe for both, according to Corporate Crime Reporter.
More than 700 lawsuits have been filed against Roundup weed killer from people who are claiming that it caused their cancer.
Roundup weed killer contains glyphosate; a chemical associated with causing cancer in humans. However, Monsanto has denied the data, calling it “junk science,” NRP reported.
In the current political climate under complete Republican control, the Trump administration seems hell-bent on calling all science ‘junk.’ Those efforts are manifesting in a call for substantial defunding of the EPA, and the deregulation of toxic waste dumping on a scale that should terrify everyone, especially when it comes to food safety.
Glyphosate is one of the chemicals EPA chief Scott Pruitt is about to re-evaluate.
Based on Pruitt’s recent decision to ignore the science on chlorpyrifos, a Dow Chemical pesticide known to cause nervous system damage, Pruitt could also give the ‘green light’ to the unregulated use of glyphosate.
Mother Jones reports,
Also known by its household name, Roundup, glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide on the planet. It’s used to kill weeds that compete with a lot of crops, namely wheat, sugarcane, soybean, and corn. Traces of the chemical have even been found on breakfast cereals.
According to a report in the Huffington Post,
Tests conducted by Anresco were done on 29 foods commonly found on grocery store shelves. Glyphosate residues were found in General Mills’ Cheerios at 1,125.3 parts per billion (ppb), in Kashi soft-baked oatmeal dark chocolate cookies at 275.57 ppb, and in Ritz Crackers at 270.24 ppb, according to the report. Different levels were found in Kellogg’s Special K cereal, Triscuit Crackers and several other products.
For all the Americans out there who have been voting Republican because they were duped into believing that less regulation is better, your dreams are about to come true. But there’s a catch. Those regulations were stopping companies like Monsanto, and others, from putting pesticides and other carcinogens in your food and water supply.
Of course, all this mattered less when there was a Democrat in the White House. Now that it’s inhabited by a narcissistic kleptocrat with more conflicts of interest than most of us care to count, ‘deregulation’ has become a dangerous word in every conceivable way.
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