Monsanto Monday

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US government scientists have detected a weedkiller linked to cancer in an array of commonly consumed foods, emails obtained through a freedom of information request show.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been testing food samples for residues of glyphosate, the active ingredient in hundreds of widely used herbicide products, for two years, but has not yet released any official results.

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But the internal documents obtained by the Guardian show the FDA has had trouble finding any food that does not carry traces of the pesticide.

“I have brought wheat crackers, granola cereal and corn meal from home and there’s a fair amount in all of them,” FDA chemist Richard Thompson wrote to colleagues in an email last year regarding glyphosate. Thompson, who is based in an FDA regional laboratory in Arkansas, wrote that broccoli was the only food he had “on hand” that he found to be glyphosate-free.

That internal FDA email, dated January 2017, is part of a string of FDA communications that detail agency efforts to ascertain how much of the popular weedkiller is showing up in American food. The tests mark the agency’s first-ever such examination.

“People care about what contaminants are in their food. If there is scientific information about these residues in the food, the FDA should release it,” said Tracey Woodruff, a professor in the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine. “It helps people make informed decisions. Taxpayers paid for the government to do this work, they should get to see the information.”


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9 Responses to Monsanto Monday

  1. Den says:

    Nice to know that your guts are lined with their toxic waste.


  2. Den says:

    Jumpin Jupiter!


  3. Den says:

    Grizzly Gooliahnee:


  4. David B. Benson says:

    Sunny finally. Stayed in bed all day but now at the Nuevo Vallarta and after dinner to the grocery store.

    TNYT today has an article on Charles Koch and George Mason University.


  5. Den says:

    Put your best face on


  6. °¿º Carol says:

    Started working on my lilac wall. Some branches stick way out on the lawn and keep me from mowing. I used my handsaw and cut 4 branches with the diameter of a little bigger than my wrist. Even that job is getting hard for me. I had to drop the saw and sit on my tractor seat constantly, but I got it done.

    I had the cart so I hauled the prunings and big branches to a spot on the front lawn. I’m going to call my tree people to chew it up for me in their chipper, that pile and my other 5 piles around the ranch. My days of burning all that stuff are done. It’s too scary, my old brain worries about everything now.


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