The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been doing its best to protect Monsanto and the entire GMO industry by dragging its feet and hiding information regarding glyphosate content in foods.
Glyphosate, the most widely-used herbicide on the planet and an essential component in GMO agricultural methods, has been the subject of increasing concern – particularly since the World Health Organization (WHO) classified it as a “probable human carcinogen” in 2015.
For many years, the FDA avoided testing foods for glyphosate residue at all, parroting Monsanto’s assurances that the herbicide poses no threat to human health, but under mounting public pressure it finally began conducting tests in February of this year.
Although the agency routinely tests foods for other pesticide residues, it has rather suspiciously left glyphosate off of the list until now.
From The Huffington Post:
“[FDA testing] came after many independent researchers started conducting their own testing and found glyphosate in an array of food products, including flour, cereal, and oatmeal. The government and Monsanto have maintained that any glyphosate residues in food would be minimal enough to be safe. But critics say without robust testing, glyphosate levels in food are not known. And they say that even trace amounts may be harmful because they are likely consumed so regularly in many foods.”
And the results of the FDA’s own tests are truly disturbing.
Glyphosate residue found even in “100% all-natural” honey
Documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) reveal, for example, that glyphosate residue was found in all of the honey samples tested by the FDA – even honey marketed as being “100% all-natural.” Some of the samples contained twice the European Union’s allowable amount of glyphosate residue, and there is no allowable limit for glyphosate in honey produced in the U.S. – at least not yet.
This means that U.S. honey producers are technically in violation of the law – at least until tolerance levels are set by the FDA.