U.S. PIRG Education Fund
Most of us take it for
granted that the food and drinks we buy from the store are not
putting our health at risk.
This is a potential
health problem because in 2015 the World Health Organization
found that glyphosate is a probable carcinogen, and in 2017,
the state of California agreed.
Of the 20 samples we tested,
19 contained glyphosate.
The highest level of glyphosate found was
in Sutter Home wine, at 51 ppb.
In 2018, a jury in California found that Roundup was a major cause of a man's cancer, and awarded him $78 million in damages. Thousands of other people, mostly farmers, are now alleging that their incurable cancers may have been caused by Roundup.
And in January 2019, France banned the use of Roundup, citing it as a "serious risk" to human health. Other countries in the EU are considering similar bans.
is growing at such a rapid pace
that there is enough Roundup sprayed every year
to spray nearly half a pound of glyphosate
every cultivated acre of land in the world.
Roundup in our food,
beverages, and water
As we've confirmed in this study, Roundup is found in beer and wine. This confirms past studies on the topic, which found that glyphosate is found in almost all adult beverages.
For example, in 2016, beer testing in Germany also revealed residues of glyphosate in every single sample tested, even in independent beers.
After that study was released, German brewers managed to severely limit the amount of glyphosate used in brewing, and saw marked improvement in a 2017 follow-up study.
A study from 2018 in
Latvia came to similar conclusions as the original German study,
finding glyphosate in all products tested.
The wine brands tested included,
Beer brands tested included,
"Brewers do not want glyphosate
used on barley or any raw brewing material,
and the barley grower organizations have also
come out strongly against glyphosate."
The Brewers Association,
which certifies small independent and craft beers,
glyphosate use in their beer.
For example, in one study, scientists found that 1 part per trillion of glyphosate has the potential to stimulate the growth of breast cancer cells and disrupt the endocrine system.
Due to glyphosate's many
health risks and its ubiquitous nature in our food, water and
alcohol, the use of glyphosate in the U.S. should be banned unless
and until it can be proven safe.