A 2018 study tested common children lunch food products sold in Canada and found glyphosate in 80 per cent of the samples.
Glyphosate is an organophosphate chemical that inhibits photosynthesis (the process of making new tissue) in plants, making it a very effective weed killer. Monsanto (now owned by Bayer) first introduced glyphosate to the market as Roundup in 1974.
In particular, glyphosate has been shown to contribute to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, an aggressive form of blood cancer in kids and adults. Scientific studies on animals have also demonstrated that exposure to glyphosate is linked to endocrine or hormone disruption, can adversely impact the digestive system by harming healthy gut bacteria and may be linked to birth defects and reproductive health issues.
Traces of glyphosate were found in multiple children’s foods and snacks sold in Canada, including:
- Kraft Dinner Original macaroni and cheese
- Ritz Original crackers
- President’s Choice tortillas
- Two brands of hummus
- Breakfast cereals like General Mills’ Cheerios and Kellogg’s Froot Loops
- Tim Hortons chocolate glazed Timbits and sesame seed bagels
The revelation from WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in 2015 that glyphosate is a ‘probable carcinogen’ has led to consumers across the globe asking for transparency regarding the levels of glyphosate in their food, The global success of the Non-GMO food market has shown that consumers are pushing for more and more transparency and pesticides is even higher on their list of concerns than GMOs.
Even more alarming previous studies have found traces of the chemical in human urine, breast milk, beer and several common foods. If we are obsorbing this into our bodies and passing it to our children through breast feeding then there is a major issue.
Babies, toddlers, and young children have kidneys and livers which are underdeveloped and do not have the ability to detox toxins the way adults do. Their bodies are less capable of eliminating toxins and therefore are particularly susceptible. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) (link here) has stated that children, especially, should avoid pesticides because, “prenatal and early childhood exposure to pesticides is associated with pediatric cancers, decreased cognitive function and behavioral problems.”
Children are exposed through food, air, contact with grass and pets. How much they are being exposed to daily from all these possibilities is simply not something that we have been able to determine. Therefore no one is capable of assessing what levels are safe from any one modality of exposure because an additional low level from other modalities could add up to a high level of exposure.
Glyphosate does not wash, dry or cook off, and has been shown to bioaccumulate in the bone marrow, tendons and muscle tissue. Bioaccumulation of low levels over time will result in levels which we cannot predict or determine; therefore there is no scientific basis to state that the low levels are not dangerous, as they can accumulate to high levels in an unforeseeable amount of time.
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