But there’s one particular practice that most people don’t know about involving the “probable human carcinogen” glyphosate, found in Roundup, and your food.
When Monsanto first began creating its genetically engineered seeds in the laboratory, the main goal was to make them resistant to Roundup so that farmers could spray them throughout the life of the plant, killing off any weeds nearby without harming the crops.
Now, however, farmers are using glyphosate for a slightly different purpose: it’s also being sprayed on major crops like wheat, beans, oats and more right before they are harvested, raising red flags that even more glyphosate could be in our food than previously expected.
Carcinogens Added to Your Food Right Before Harvest
Many people don’t realize that glyphosate is actually being added to food before harvest these days. As Ken Roseboro from The Organic & Non-GMO Report notes in his article quoting Prof. Charles Benbrook:
“Farmers there often had trouble getting wheat and barley to dry evenly so they can start harvesting. So they came up with the idea to kill the crop (with glyphosate) one to two weeks before harvest to accelerate the drying down of the grain.”
Roseboro continues in the article:
“The pre-harvest use of glyphosate allows farmers to harvest crops as much as two weeks earlier than they normally would, an advantage in northern, colder regions,” he says. “The practice spread to wheat-growing areas of North America such as the upper Midwestern U.S. and Canadian provinces such as Saskatchewan and Manitoba.”
One unnamed farmer is quoted as having serious concerns about the practice, which is widely used in Canada as well and is being used more in the U.S. where growing seasons have been wetter:
“I think farmers need to realize that all of the chemicals we use are ‘bad’ to some extent,” he said. “Monsanto has done such an effective job marketing glyphosate as ‘safe’ and ‘biodegradable’ that farmers here still believe this even though such claims are false.”
As we all know this is problematic because the WHO recently declared glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic” to humans, and large amounts are already used often on these crops.
While wheat is not genetically engineered yet (in the traditional sense), it is often created using an unnatural technique called mutagenesis which can allow for glyphosate resistance much like GMOs, often leading to heavy rounds of glyphosate sprayings. The instructions for Monsanto’s PowerMAX Roundup herbicide even specifically mention how to spray it on wheat pre-harvest.
For more on this health-damaging phenomenon, check out the full article from Roseboro on EcoWatch by clicking here.