GMO foods, a hotly debated topic, seems to be on everyone’s lips these days. This is mainly because of glyphosate, a pesticide used specifically on GMO crops. It is a probable carcinogenic that may lead to cancer, diabetes and neurological effects. But now, a new food label allows us the opportunity to once and for all say “no” to products with glyphosate residue. And that may keep you and your loved ones from being poisoned.
What is glyphosate and why is it in our food?
Glyphosate is a pesticide. Pesticides are substances used to repel, kill or control animals or plants that are considered to be pests. Under the umbrella of pesticides come:
- Herbicides: used to destroy weeds and other unwanted vegetation
- Insecticides: used to control a wide variety of insects
- Fungicides: used to prevent the growth of molds and mildew
- Disinfectants: used to prevent the spread of bacteria
- Compounds: used to control mice and rats
As you can see from the list above, pesticides are everywhere; they are in farmer’s fields, the foods we eat, our gardens and even in our homes. Because these chemicals are so widespread, people are exposed to low levels of pesticide residues through their diets.
Glyphosate is one of the most widely used
Glyphosate falls under the category of an herbicide. It is applied to kill both weeds and grasses. It prevents plants from making certain proteins needed for growth. A sodium salt form of glyphosate is also used to ripen fruit. According to the National Pesticide Information Center, glyphosate was first registered for use in the United States in 1974. Today, it’s one of the most widely used herbicides in the U.S. It’s used in agriculture and forestry, on lawns and gardens, and for weeds in industrial areas. Some products that contain glyphosate are even used to control aquatic plants.
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