Radio-Canada recently reported on the foods we eat and cancer – and what pesticides has to do with it. Monsanto and Glyphosate in the spotlight.
An agency known as Canadian Food Inspection Agency or CFIA, analyzed thousands of foods commonly consumed by Canadians over a three-year period. Their goal: to find a worrisome pesticide known as glyphosate.
The results were not entirely unexpected, to say the least. Glyphosate was found in more than one third of foods we eat – regularly.
So, you may be wondering what is glyphosate anyway.
Created by MONSANTO, glyphosate is a chemical pesticide.
This pesticide is regularly used in agriculture to deal with unwanted weeds and such by inhibiting photosynthesis. Ultimately, it kills all plants.
It’s sprayed directly onto the crops as they grow and more aggressively so just before crops are harvested.
The reason farmers do this is to save time during the drying process. Unfortunately, this also leads to food contamination.
Foods that contain Glysophate
Basically, foods that Canadians consumed daily, from wheat and oats to legumes and soy, and of course, corn.
Of the foods sampled that tested positive high on the list, according to Radio-Canada include:
Pizza, flour, fresh and dried pasta, and even those healthy lentils!
Of course, the list is much longer, and you can find it here.
These are all products most consume on a regular basis.
How Bad is Glyphosate for You?
It can be pretty bad. Studies have shown the chemical pesticide to develop lymphomes, which are known to lead to certain types of cancer. There is suspicion that it may also cause reproductive system problems as well.
There are many uncertainties associated with Monsanto’s pesticide in question. However, many insist that these levels found in foods are harmless to humans. Nonetheless, the European Union is doing all it can to reduce and eliminate it altogether.