Monsanto’s Roundup Found in the Breast Milk of U.S. Mothers

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Glyphosate-containing herbicides, which fall under many trademarks such as Monsanto’s ‘Roundup,’ are top selling herbicides in the world and now they are popping up in the breast milk of women. In past research, glyphosate levels found in breast milk tests have been 760 to 1600 times higher than the European Drinking Water Directive allows for individual pesticides, but lower than the 700 ug/l maximum contaminant level (MCL) for glyphosate in the U.S. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) set those pesticides limits based on the idea that glyphosate won’t accumulate in the human body — and organizations like Monsanto are quick to back up that theory. However, new glyphosate testing recently commissioned by Moms Across America and Sustainable Pulse analyzed 35 urine samples and 21 drinking water samples from across the US and found ‘high’ levels of glyphosate in 3 out of the 10 samples tested, which both organizations feel points to glyphosate levels building up in women’s bodies over a period of time. Initial testing, which clearly included very small sample sizes, was completed at Microbe Inotech Labs, St. Louis, Missouri, and as Sustainable Pulse points out, “Is not meant to be a full scientific study. Instead it was set up to inspire and initiate full peer-reviewed scientific studies on glyphosate, by regulatory bodies and independent scientists worldwide.” Further testing and possible higher standards of regulations would be a good deal, because as of right now, there’s zero regulatory limits on the books regarding glyphosate-containing herbicides in breast milk anywhere in the world.

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