Should we try to avoid glyphosate?
YES, if we make some sensible inferences from US court decisions that accept that glyphosate causes certain cancers.
Glyphosate - the main ingredient in Roundup, a weedkiller developed by Monsanto in the 1970s - is:
- toxic to cells and damages DNA
- causes inflammation and immunological damage
- an antimicrobial, therefore harmful to our gut microbiome
- a chelating agent, therefore robbing us of essential minerals
Roundup is widely used in the UK, so we are all at risk of consuming glyphosate. There are traces of it in non-organic cereals, lentils, peas, corn and sugar beets to name but a few. It is also present in the meat, milk and eggs of animals fed with glyphosate-sprayed cereals.
Before you panic, consider checking your personal situation by measuring the amount of glyphosate in your body. There are many labs offering the service online. I used https://glyphosat-test.de/
Should we be looking to reduce our exposure to glyphosate? Without a doubt.
How? By buying only from producers who are sympathetic to, and supportive of, the ecological system within which they work and look for harmony, not a fight, with Nature.
PS - the market reopens in September.