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California Fights Monsanto on Labels for Popular Weed Killer

In a move against Big Ag and the poisons that go with genetically-engineered crops, California wants Monsanto’s Roundup labeled with warnings that it could cause cancer, according to Of course, Monsanto is fighting back, claiming the labeling could lead consumers to have “unfounded” fears of its product.

Monsanto’s products include saccharin, aspartame, Agent Orange, PCBs, DDT, Roundup (the active ingredient of which is glyphosate) and herbicide-resistant genetically engineered seeds. Since 1974, 1.8 million tons of glyphosate have been applied to US fields; two-thirds of that volume has been sprayed in the last 10 years; 9.4 million tons of glyphosate was used worldwide.

It’s no secret that glyphosate contamination is everywhere: It’s been found in blood, urine, breast milk, drinking water and more. And, tests show 93 percent of Americans have detectable levels of glyphosate in their urine. The reason is because glyphosate is the most heavily used weed killer in history and, since 1996 its use has risen nearly 15-fold.

A number of lawsuits have been filed alleging Monsanto has long known that Roundup could harm human health and, in response, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that U.S. regulators may start testing for glyphosate residues on food soon.

But don’t wait for regulators to do something about this. Instead, speak with your pocketbook. Vow to buy only organic foods and meats. And, if you know you have been exposed to pesticides, be sure to include fermented foods in your diet. The lactic acid bacteria formed during the fermentation of kimchi may also help your body break down pesticides.
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