Do you know how much glyphosate is lurking in your glass of wine, beer, or cocktail? Or how much is in your bowl of conventional cereal?
In short, poison. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in common herbicides like Roundup. It’s highly carcinogenic (causes cancer) and widely used in the US. You may have heard about the lawsuit regarding a school groundskeeper, Dewayne Johnson v Monsanto, who was awarded millions of dollars because his exposure to Monsanto’s toxic Roundup caused his terminal cancer (Non-Hodgkin lymphoma). Tragic story, and if carcinogenic chemicals like these were banned in the US, stories like this would be 100 percent avoidable.
While heavily debated, it is consensual that glyphosate exposure should be very limited. In fact, many countries ban the use of glyphosate altogether. Since herbicides and pesticides are so commonly used in the US, it’s impossible to know how much exposure we’re actually getting. Glyphosate is found in our drinking water, oceans, air, rain and therefore, even on our unsprayed lawns and gardens. However, it’s in our best interest to do our due diligence and control our exposure as much as possible.
To put this into perspective, one measly serving of Honey Nut Cheerios cereal contains 18.8 mg of glyphosate, which greatly exceeds all recommended limits for the entire day. And who just eats one serving of Cheerios?
One Coors Light beer contains 0.03 mg of glyphosate residue. Here is a handy calculator you can use to convert ppb to mg.
While it’s impossible to avoid altogether, the most important thing you can do is limit your exposure.