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US study finds high glyphosate levels in foods. Why isn’t the most-used herbicide, a probable carcinogen, in routine food testing for pesticides?

Canadians don’t have access to routine pesticide data for foods, but the US EPA report indicates that 85% of US foods tested contain pesticides. As in Canada, the most common herbicide, glyphosate is still not measured.

The US group Food Democracy Now! published glyphosate testing results, showing high levels in common foods – levels shown in research to be harmful. No wonder glyphosate limits in foods have been increased.

Health Canada announced that glyphosate can continue to be used, based up 1990s US dietary data, but PCN highlighted no Canadian data on glyphosate in crops, foods, water or people. [request full Health Canada report here]

Get a further taste of the chequered recent history and science of glyphosatehere .

Scientists Call for International Action against Glyphosates

About 100 scientists call for EU and international community to form a UN panel, to take strong steps against hormone mimicking, endocrine disrupting chemicals. Scientists draw parallels with scientific obfuscation on climate change. Endocrine disruptors act together at low concentrations, contributing to escalating cancers of breast, prostate, testes and ovaries, as well as obesity, diabetes, birth defects and infertility.

Prevent Cancer Now called for least-toxic chemical approvalsand consideration of endocrine effects under a revised Canadian Environmental Protection Act. Eight examples of unnecessary, harmful everyday exposures demonstrate the importance of making best choices based on broad questions and the most reliable information available. If you agree, email ENVI@parl.gc.ca

Among multiple effectsof the most common pesticide, glyphosate can alter adrenal function and steroids, and sex hormone production and actions, so is an endocrine disruptor.

Europeans are rejecting the world’s most popular, probably carcinogenic weedkiller

April 12th, 2016

European politicians voted in favour of a resolution to severely restrict glyphosate (Roundup) weedkillers, and to ban their use to dessicate grains before harvesting… CONTINUE READING

April 4th, 2016

In the leadup to a vote on a Roundup Resolution, EU Parliamentarians had a pissing contest – urine samples were analysed for glyphosate, that has been found widely in Europeans’ urine, as well as their food and drink… CONTINUE READING

March 4th, 2016

EU states rebel against plans to relicense weedkiller glyphosate — vote to approve relicensing of ingredient in herbicides including Roundup had been due early next week, but it might be postponed… CONTINUE READING | STORY UPDATE (04/08)

February 4th, 2016

EU food safety agency must correct its website information on glyphosate, says the head of the International Agency for Research on CancerCONTINUE READING

Are glyphosate weed killers killing us?

Potential dangers of glyphosate weed killers
Oxford University Press / By Devra Davis, March 19th, 2016

What do Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Sri Lanka, El Salvador, Brazil, and India have in common? They have banned the use of Roundup—the most heavily applied herbicide in the United States. Why have these nations acted against what is the most heavily used herbicide in the world today? This is because of growing reports of serious illness to farmworkers and their families.


The world’s most used weed-killer is probably carcinogenic – so what?

The world’s (and Canada’s) most used herbicide, glyphosate, was recently classified as a probable cause of cancer by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Within the World Health Organization (WHO), IARC’s chief goal is to identify causes of cancer…


Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health (03/04/2016)

Does glyphosate cause cancer? Canadians are among 94 scientists parsing the experimental details and concluding, “probably yes,” in the ongoing dispute between the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer “probable carcinogen” designation, and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) “probably not” finding. The independent scientists conclude that the ECHA under-rated and misinterpreted human studies, and over-rated secret animal studies.


Thank you for taking action…

Thank you to all of you who spoke up for up-front pesticides data. We asked Health Canada to end the granting of data-deficient pesticide registrations, as well as to revoke dozens of “temporary” registrations, including for “bee-killing” neonicotinoid pesticides… CONTINUE READING  |   READ PCN’s SUBMISSION (PDF Format)