When the FDA caved to demands for more stringent food contamination tests, things were bound to get interesting. And oh boy, did they ever. Folks, it turns out that glyphosate is hiding in our honey.
What is GLYPHOSATE?
Glyphosate is the active ingredient in a number of herbicides, including Monsanto’s Roundup.
As the most-used herbicide on the planet, it’s quite fair to say that glyphosate is awesome at killing weeds. Unfortunately, it’s also quite awesome at killing people.
Glyphosate really doesn’t like humans, apparently.
In case you need more reason to hate glyphosate, it’s also a large part of why GMOs have become so popular. Products like Roundup would damage regular crops with ease. Roundup-Ready crops, on the other hand, are genetically modified to withstand harsh chemicals like glyphosate.
Monsanto makes an absolute killing selling Roundup-Ready crops which, unlike conventional seeds, are single-use and readily available.
Back To The Honey
Several months ago, consumer advocacy group U.S. Right to Know filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the FDA. Their goal was to obtain documents with the results of the FDA’s pesticide testing.
Those documents painted a very troublesome picture.
You see, the levels of glyphosate in the U.S. honey tested were staggering. Some of the honey tested had glyphosate levels at 107 parts per billion. That’s more than twice the legal limit in the European Union. U.S. law does not set a legal tolerance level for glyphosate in honey.
How widespread was the issue? Well, as part of the document release, the FDA supplied an email shared between FDA staff which reads:
It is difficult to find blank honey that does not contain residue. I collect about 10 samples of honey in the market and they all contain glyphosate.
The Plight Of Beekeepers & Where To Find Safe Honey
All of this is very unfortunate for independent American beekeepers located near to fields that spray glyphosate-based herbicide.
“I don’t understand how I’m supposed to control the level of glyphosate in my honey when I’m not the one using Roundup,” said one beekeeper to the Huffington Post. “It’s all around me. It’s unfair.”
Indeed, the FDA tests show that even organic honey in the U.S. is now tainted with glyphosate.
To protect yourself from the effects of glyphosate, you’re best off purchasing honey harvested by local organic beekeepers far away from major farming areas. You can also buy honey produced in countries that have banned glyphosate.
Glyphosate honey contamination is just one way humans are messing with bees. Take a look at what happened when one county in South Carolina sprayed for mosquitoes. Terrible!