Glyphosate, a toxic chemical found in popular weedkiller Roundup, is classed by the World Health Organization as a probable carcinogen. Roundup is commonly used across America in gardens, public parks and for agriculture – but studies have found that one of its ingredients – glyphosate – is dangerous to human health.
What is glyphosate?
Glyphosate is a herbicide that is sprayed on crops
to reduce the number of undesirable weeds that grow in agricultural
fields, as stated by the National Pesticide Information Center. It is
non-selective, meaning it is toxic to most plants. Glyphosate is
therefore mostly used in combination with Genetically Engineered crops (GE crops) that have been designed to be resistant to this powerful chemical – such as GE corn and wheat.
Harvesting glyphosate-soaked crops
Of particular concern is the use of glyphosate just before harvesting crops such as wheat – also known as desiccating. According to The Organic and Non-GMO Report
this is done to completely kill the crop one to two weeks before the
harvest, which aids with the drying out of the grain. This pre-harvest
spraying means that the level of glyphosate on the wheat is far higher
than necessary – or desirable.
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