Apples, Oranges and… Roundup? The Truth About Pesticides in Our Food

Glyphosate. Gly-pho-sate. What is it? Well, if you think it sounds like something you don’t want to eat, you’re right. It’s the active ingredient in Roundup, Monsanto’s leading pesticide, and it’s what’s sprayed onto our corn, soy, beets, wheat… and more. What’s worse? Glyphosate was recently classified as a “probable carcinogen” by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, an important division of the better-known World Health Organization. And it’s no mistake that Monsanto has been using the harmful glyphosate in its products. In fact, some evidence suggests that the company has known about the compound and its harmful effects since 1981. These people are not friends — they must be stopped.

Pesticides, Roundup and You

Glyphosate cannot be washed off and can remain stable for more than a year, according to this article that delves deeply into the subject. And what’s more, glyphosate actually becomes more toxic when it’s applied to genetically engineered foods. Unfortunately, the USDA doesn’t test for glyphosate — it’s just too expensive, they say. Not only that, but the EPA actually recently raised allowable glyphosate levels in food.

What does all this mean for you? It means that without realizing it — because there are no warnings or other alerts at the grocery store, or anywhere else — you could be filling your family’s fruit basket, afternoon snacks or favorite stews with cancer-causing carcinogens. In fact, one 2013 study suggests that glyphosate may be the single most important factor in the development of a variety of chronic diseases. The human body can only take so much — and the terrible effects of pesticides are already making themselves known as young children develop chronic diseases far earlier than ever before. This trend is shocking — and frankly, we deserve better.

What You Can Do

You may feel powerless in light of all this discouraging information — I certainly wouldn’t blame you if you did. I would blame you, however, if you didn’t at least try to stop companies like Monsanto from contaminating our vulnerable food supply. But what can you do? Try incorporating these steps into your life today:

  • Buy organic and locally-grown food whenever possible
  • Know which produce items are more likely to carry lots of pesticides (Hint: strawberries, bell peppers and spinach are just a few — click here for many more)
  • Start a garden to grow your own produce
  • Refuse to use toxic methods for controlling insects in your yard or garden — diatomaceous earth is one excellent organic alternative.
  • Talk to your friends and family about the dangers of pesticide-ridden food

Preventing companies like Monsanto from putting toxic chemicals into our food isn’t easy, but it’s something we simply must strive toward. And it all starts with you. Educate yourself today — for the health of tomorrow.