Jun 02 2019

What do you really know about Glyphosate

Published by at 12:11 pm under Damngerous Chemicals

Now here is something to whine about.
Glyphosate is everywhere…yes even in wine and beer.

Glyphosate, You’ve heard of it. Or you haven’t. But you’ve probably consumed some of it in the past week. Maybe even today.*

Glyphosate is the active ingredient in RoundUp, Monsanto’s (now Bayer’s), ever popular herbicide. It is the “…most used agricultural chemical in history…” While glyphosate is used in over 700 herbicides, RoundUp is the most widely used and recognizable brand name. RoundUp was introduced in 1974, with more than 1.8 million tons having been applied to agricultural fields in the US so far and with 2/3 of that amount being applied in the last 10 years. (1,2)*

Scientist Anthony Samsel, PhD dug up the patents showing glyphosate is a biocide and antibiotic. According to Samsel, “…chronic low dose oral exposure to glyphosate causes a disruption of the balance of gut microbes, leading to an over representation of pathogens, a chronic inflammatory state in the gut and impaired gut barrier…” A study in poultry found the chemical destroys beneficial gut bacteria and promotes the spread of pathogenic bacteria. (1,2,3)*

His research also revealed Monsanto knew in 1981 that glyphosate caused adenomas and carcinomas in rats.3*

Other research shows glyphosate may have the following effects:

  • May disrupt the endocrine system, affecting reproduction and the development of the fetus.
  • Stimulate the growth of breast cancer cells
  • Induce neurotoxicity and oxidative damage in the brain
  • Affect the balance of sex hormones(1,2)*

Also in RoundUp are many inactive compounds that when isolated are not harmful, but amplify glyphosate’s effects. They can contribute to an ingredient’s toxicity in a synergistic manner. “…a 2012 study revealed that inert ingredients such as solvents, preservatives, surfactants and other added substances are anything but “inactive…” They “…contribute to a product’s toxicity in a synergistic manner. Even if they’re non toxic in isolation…”(1,2)*

So what about the wine?

There was a small sample test done by the advocacy group Moms Across America. (And who doesn’t love wine more than moms?) In this sample study, 10 wine samples were sent to be tested for glyphosate. All ten tested positive…even the organic ones, even though they tested lower. The highest levels was 18.74 parts per billion (ppb) which was an unnamed 2013 cabernet, and the lowest was a 2013 Syrah that came in at 0.659 ppb. The alarming part about this is that glyphosate is not sprayed onto grape vines, as it would kill the vine. Instead it is used to spray the ground on either side of the grape vines, and it is most likely absorbed through the roots and bark of the vines where it is translocated into the leaves and grapes. The organic wines most likely became contaminated by the glyphosate drifting over into the organic and biodynamic vineyards from conventional vineyards nearby. (1,2)*

Additionally, glyphosate remains in the soil for more than 20 years, so it could also be due to an organic vineyard growing on what was once a conventional farm. (1,2)*

The Munich Environmental Institute also found glyphosate in 14 best selling German beers. All beers tested had levels above the 0.1 microgram limit allowed in drinking water. Although no test have been done on American Beer, it is most likely to show the same results. This was a huge blow to the German beer industry as they pride themselves on having only the purest beer. (1,2)*

Lab tests commissioned by Moms Across America and Sustainable Pulse revealed that glyphosate is showing up everywhere, in blood and urine samples, breast milk and drinking water. (1,2)*

Now keep in mind, Round up became the most popular weed killer for a reason. It works! People don’t want weeds in their yards, and farmers want to see their agricultural crops thrive. It has become a highly successful agricultural tool. Ignoring weeds could affect food production, and with it we have higher yields needed to feed a growing planet population. Farmers see economic gains and there has been a decrease in other toxic herbicides.  The EPA has set tolerance levels at 200 to 400,000 ppb…the amount found in wine was 51ppb. According to a beer spokesman and reported in USA today, “…It’s such a small amount that an adult would have to drink more than 140 glasses of wine or beer daily before causing a real problem…” (1,2)*

According to regulatory agencies around the world, the Accepted Daily Intake for glyphosate is “…based on animal studies, human epidemiological evidence and knowledge of how glyphosate is metabolized. As a general rule, a hundred fold safety factor is built into the ADI based on the maximum amount that causes no observed adverse effect in animals. The consensus is that an ADI of around 0.5 mg intake per kg body weight is supported by the available data. In other words, a 70 kg person can take in 35 mg glyphosate a day without the chemical causing any problem. In the wines tested, the maximum amount detected was 18 ppb, or 0.018 mg per Liter. This means that to approach the ADI someone would have to consume 35/0.018 or 1944 Liters…”4*

The long term affects of ingesting glyphosate in humans is not known, as tests are only done on animals. Only time will tell. Avoiding pesticides in our foods is the safest pathway. But how can we avoid it? Follow these practices:

  • Eat organic
  • Invest in a good water infiltration system for your home
  • Take Probiotics. The lactic acid bacteria helps break down the pesticides in your body and helps you to detox
  • Include fermented foods for the same reason.
  • Eating organic means avoiding genetically engineered seeds which means glyphosate being used less in the environment. (1,2)*

While ingesting glyphosate seems unavoidable, regardless of how hard we try to eat a clean diet, you can do your part to help keep your body free of this chemical by taking Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consorita™ regularly to continue to break down and detox from the unwanted chemicals in our system. Staying informed and staying on top of your health is your best defense.  

Healthiest wishes,





  1. http://winewaterwatch.org/2018/02/roundups-toxic-chemical-glyphosate-found-in-100-of-california-wines-tested/
  2. https://www.forbes.com/sites/jennysplitter/2019/02/28/no-panic-glyphosate-beer/#36cb7acb49be
  3. http://www.tonu.org/2018/04/12/glyphosate-papers-of-samsel-seneff/
  4. https://www.mcgill.ca/oss/article/you-asked/should-we-worry-about-glyphosate-residues-wine

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