The Soil Association has released new findings at a presentation held in London revealing that the use of glyphosate has increased by 400% in the last 20 years. The pesticide is heavily used in farming and has been found in 30% of bread samples tested in the UK. The results raise serious concerns as to the presence of glyphosate in the U.S. bread supply as there are no labelling requirements mandated by the FDA.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has specified that a glyphosate is a probable carcinogen to humans. The Soil Association is calling for a ban on the use of glyphosate in the UK.
One of the co-authors of the IARC glyphosate carcinogenic report, Prof. Christopher Portier, was on the panel that tested the samples of bread for the presence of glyphosate. “Glyphosate is definitely genotoxic”, Portier said.”There is no doubt in my mind.”
Peter Melchett, Soil Association policy director commented on the findings as follows: “If Glyphosate ends up in bread it’s impossible for people to avoid it, unless they are eating organic. On the other hand, farmers could easily choose not to use Glyphosate as a spray on wheat crops – just before they are harvested. This is why the Soil Association is calling for the immediate ending of the use of Glyphosate sprays on wheat destined for use in bread.”
“We heard today that we shouldn’t rely on regulators to protect our health, the battle will be won by consumers ensuring retailers and bread manufacturers insist their products don’t contain any Glyphosate. Although the quantities found are below the official safety level, that limit was agreed before the latest scientific findings about the dangers of Glyphosate. The Glyphosate spraying season starts now, and in the interests of human health and the quality of British bread, the government needs to call a halt to the spraying before it starts.”
The Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics at King College in London has revealed that Roundup is 1,000 more toxic than glyphosate on its own. The presence of toxic additives increases the toxicity levels.