New packaging identifies glyphosate-free goods.
Glyphosate is one of the main ingredients used in popular pesticides across the world, including the number one seller, ‘Roundup’ by Monsanto.
Agrochemical companies insist that farmers need to use heavily chemical pesticides to protect their crops against infestation, but what are the health implications?
The World Health Organization have marked glyphosate as a ‘probably human carcinogen’, meaning it is probably harmful to our health.
We ingest tiny amounts of these chemicals all the time, but Monsanto claim that they are safe due to the minute amounts that are found within a range of foods.
But the testing is not so rigorous, there are actually unknown amounts of these chemicals in our foods, how can Monsanto say that we are ingesting ‘safe’ amounts if no-one knows hoe much we are eating?
One company, BioChecked aim to stop people having to worry about glyphosate levels in their foods. They have launched a scheme in which packaged foods are tested and can proudly carry a ‘glyphosate free’ label if they pass the test.
Scott Prentice, executive director of BioChecked has spoken to Food Dive about his project.
“It does seem like the heartland farmer, the heartland cowboy and middle America gets it,”
“People got results back from UCSF and said, ‘Well, what do we do now?’ I got more than 3,000 emails asking me that,”
“So, in 2016, we started thinking about how to come up with solutions.”
The Detox Project was started by him to allow people to be sure they are not eating anything with glyphosate in, no matter how small the amount. Prentice has been in the food industry since 2010 and is passionate about food standards.
In the past, many foods have tested positive for glyphosate, even foods that you would have imagined came from glyphosate-free environments, including foods labelled ‘organic’.
Company Chief Operating Officer Jason Longden said:
“There is a growing public awareness over glyphosate entering the food chain, so customers are becoming concerned about whether their food is contaminated, and some even asked us to assure that our grain products do not contain glyphosate residues,”
Via Food Dive