Dangerous Levels of Roundup Found in GMO Foods Across U.S.

GMOIn a recent report released by Norwegian scientists and researchers studying genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and other genetically engineered produce in the Unite States, GMO foods across the U.S. have been found to contain absurdly dangerous high, levels of Roundup, a product used to kill weeds and ward off various harmful insects.

As Roundup is known as a weed-killing poison, one should probably ask why this particular substance would be used in the very food which keeps humans alive. The answer lies in customer demands at the grocery store for flawless produce and goods, but this demand comes at a cost. Hence, the Monsanto Corporation in particular has both used this demand, as well as utilizing cheaper means of producing food, which looks delectable and sells quickly.

However, the chemicals and pesticides used in growing food products across the country, specifically GMO produce, present a grave health risk to many Americans who continue to purchase these foods containing pesticides like Roundup and others every single day.

Showing dangerous levels of glyphosate (the chemical manufactured to kill weeds, and used in Roundup), genetically engineered soy is frequently used in feed for animals such as cows, chickens, pigs, as well as feed for turkeys. Glyphosate has also been frequently found in non-organic foods, mostly in packaged food items and a range of GMO products and foods across the U.S.

According to the study published by ScienceDirect, not only do glyphosate GMO soybeans retain higher traces of glyphosate, but “Organic soybeans showed a more healthy nutritional profile than other soybeans.” The study also says that even though organic soy contained less fiber and omega-6, that organic soy “showed a more healthy nutritional profile than other soybeans.” The study concluded that overall, GMO soybeans are not equivalent to non-GMO soybeans.

GMO foods, with the aid of the kinds of chemicals found in Roundup, are altered in such a way that would not and could not ever appear naturally in nature. Corn, soy, beets, and canola are some of these main crops which are both GMO and are often treated with Roundup.

As the Norwegian study states, weeds are now becoming resistant to glyphosate. Farmers producing GMO produce spray more and more Roundup, and the chemical has infiltrated crops that consumers purchase on a day-to-day basis. Allowed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), non-organic farmers have been allowed to use such chemicals, and this has resulted in increased levels of glyphosate in foods across the U.S. The rise of hard-to-kill super weeds has only seduced the EPA to raise these residue limits by 200 percent, specifically in soybeans.

The conclusion of the report shows that between genetically engineered soybeans, traditional (non-GMO) soybeans and organic soybeans, all GMO soybeans had high levels of glyphosate, and were found to have less nutritional vitamin content than what is found in traditional soy. Organic and non-GMO soybeans did not show any traces of glyphosate. Soybeans which were organic also provided more nutritional benefits, including higher levels of protein and less saturated fats than GMO soybeans.

Based on the studies mentioned, are dangerous levels of Roundup in GMO foods found across the U.S. something that Americans actually want? The general consensus seems to be negative. GMOs in general have already been recently banned in Bavaria, Germany, and the U.S. state of Vermont has now required complete labeling of all products with GMO origin. The task now is to determine how such powerful companies, Monsanto especially, will work to help repair the current system of allowing GMO produce cultivation, or must citizens act in order to halt GMO production?

By Scott Gaudinier

Sources
Science Direct
Rodale News
Sustainable Pulse

10 Responses to "Dangerous Levels of Roundup Found in GMO Foods Across U.S."

  1. Cat   January 12, 2015 at 5:21 am

    Im an American and Im deeply upset about GMO food.Our news media wont do stories on GMO. I didnt know anything about it until I stumbles upon it.

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  2. First Officer   November 16, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    Indeed, Langberg. The Article is also misleading in saying it is found in foods. The study declares dangerous levels found in foods, as if ready to eat out of the box. 1) as you point out, the actual levels are nowhere near dangerous and 2) These are raw soybeans, not soybean oil, etc. Typically, no glyphosate is found in foods the consumer is actually eating, save for trace amounts in some produce.

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  3. Liv Langberg, Norway   August 26, 2014 at 2:53 am

    What Robert How’d said.

    If you actually read the study, it clearly states that the highest measured value of glyphosate was around 50 % of the legal tolerance level (EU standards).

    In addition to the deceptive headlines, the study and the article deliberately leads the reader away from the obvious question: What are the alternatives to glyphosate?

    The answer is: Several different weed killing chemicals are used on non-GMO crops during growth season, ALL of which have a worse environmental impact quotient (EIQ) than glyphosate/Roundup. Because these other herbicides are less effective, farmers also typically needs to spray with different herbicides several times per year, whereas if they can use glyphosate, one round of spraying every 2 or 3 years usually does the trick.

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  4. Non-Gmo FTW   May 2, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    I think some of the trolls commenting need to read something other than FOX News, but I think the author could have used more sources. When it comes to food matters, I generally like this site: http://earthopensource.org/index.php/4-health-hazards-of-roundup-and-glyphosate

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  5. First Officer   May 2, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Well, of course there’s no justification, no links, no numbers. It’s from Sustainable Pulse and Rodale. Absurdly high levels of stupidity in this article.

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  6. chimel31   May 1, 2014 at 9:34 am

    “ward off various harmful insects” really?
    You may want to remove that sentence about an herbicide, not an insecticide.

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    • Sam   May 1, 2014 at 11:39 am

      That paper is BS. Despite what they say, there was no SIGNIFICANT different in between samples. In addition, organic farming does allow pesticides, they just have to be a particular type. No way they sprayed NOTHING. Just by the tone of the paper, it shows an agenda, and leaves out certain things, like at what age the plants were samples… were they ready for harvest or no?
      And as another commenter said- RoundUp is an herbicide, it does nothing to insects.
      In addition, the author crucifies GMO…but says nothing about other GMO crops, like disease resistant varieties or nutrient rich ones.

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  7. Reggie Eubanks   May 1, 2014 at 12:57 am

    no one should have GMOs in their food

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  8. Corbin R   May 1, 2014 at 12:05 am

    I read into this and I have to disagree with your comment. Perhaps levels of glyphosate have not reached the point of utter contamination, but GMOs have been found with this chemical – a result of Roundup, and it is very unhealthy, causing cell death. So, excuse me if I don’t want even any of this in my food…

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  9. Robert Howd   April 30, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    No justification is provided in the article above, nor in the cited article, for calling the levels of glyphosate “dangerous levels,” nor labeling it as a “grave health risk.” It appears that none of the samples exceeded the tolerance level for glyphosate in soybeans. Irresponsible reporting? You decide.

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