GMO Scare: 93% of People Test Positive for Glyphosate

September 1, 2016
by Annalise Mantz for Thrive Market
GMO Scare: 93% of People Test Positive for Glyphosate

Synthetic chemicals are practically impossible to escape. They’re lurking in lipstick, canned soup, and cleaning products. Even in the furniture in your home and the paint on your walls. As organic food activists are quick to point out, they’re often in conventionally grown crops, too. And now, according to new data, they’re definitely in our bodies.

A report released today on lab tests carried out at the University of California, San Francisco revealed that 93 percent of the 131 people tested had residue of glyphosate—an industrial weed killer—in their urine. Scary, especially considering that, last year, the International Agency for Research on Cancer labeled glyphosate a “probable carcinogen.”

The test was organized by the Detox Project, a group that allows the public to have samples of their urine or water tested for a fee, and commissioned by Organic Consumers Association.

Though this data is certainly startling, the researchers involved noted a few limitations. For one thing, the small number of people willing to pay for personal glyphosate testing were likely not representative of the United States. Not to mention, scientists still don’t know much about the potential side effects of glyphosate.

They also don’t yet know if it’s possible to lower glyphosate levels in the body. But you can err on the safe side and make an effort to prevent further contamination by choosing certified organic foods. Organic crops can’t be genetically modified—or sprayed with synthetic pesticides and herbicides.

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3 thoughts on “GMO Scare: 93% of People Test Positive for Glyphosate”

  • Tregan P. Albers
    Tregan P. Albers May 28, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    There is simply not a shred of truth to this article.... It is just a scare tactic to get people to buy their products.........

    • alykatma

      And you know this how? I bet you didn't know that Monsanto recommends applying Roundup to crops days before harvesting to desicate and increase yields of crops, and that Roundup has never been tested in amounts we are being exposed. What is not true? You need to elaborate. Any hack or corporate tool can say someone is not true.

      • Tregan P. Albers
        Tregan P. Albers June 5, 2016 at 1:25 am

        I have found when I elaborate I get called a liar, a Monsanto Rep..... Just as you have implied I am a hack or corporate tool,,, I guarantee I am not....
        I bet you do not know why applications to some crops to kill late season weeds and have the side benefit of drying out the plants from which grain is to be harvested is recommended to happen within a time window just prior to harvest.....
        This article was written simply to make you think there products listed in their store are somehow superior and/or more safe than anything else, but they are not...
        Just as their statement about 93% of the people.... You got to know the background on that test to see if it even applies. Where did the test come from? How Many People were tested? What is those people relationship to the product being tested for? I have yet to find when researching such comments as made here that there is ever a correlation in safety between the test, the statement. Most, if not nearly all, of the stories written with the theme as in this one take a part of a sentence out of context and apply it to a broad umbrella statement that is then completely incorrect.....
        Well, enough of this for now,,, I have some spraying to get done,,, And yes, it includes glyphosate this morning....

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