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FDA is Finally Going to Test Food for Monsanto’s Glyphosate WeedKiller — 2.6 Billion Pounds Later

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(RT) — The US government’s food watchdog will soon begin testing certain products for the presence of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup, which the World Health Organization linked to cancer last year.
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Milk, corn, eggs and soybeans are on the list of foods the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) intends to test for glyphosate residue. Soy and corn are widely used in animal feed and are among the crops routinely sprayed with variants of Roundup, a herbicide developed by Monsanto in the 1970s. Glyphosate is now off-patent and widely used around the world, with Monsanto promoting “Roundup Ready” crops genetically modified for immunity to the chemical.

“The agency is now considering assignments for Fiscal Year 2016 to measure glyphosate in soybeans, corn, milk, and eggs, among other potential foods,” FDA spokeswoman Lauren Sucher told Civil Eats, an American food news publication.

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved Monsanto’s request to use increased levels of glyphosate in its pesticides in 2013. Last March, the World Health Organization (WHO) classified glyphosate as a “probable or possible”carcinogen, saying that laboratory tests found “limited evidence” of increased cancer in humans. Monsanto has contested the finding as “a dramatic departure from the conclusion reached by all regulatory agencies around the globe.”

Recent testing by private companies, universities and consumer groups has found residue from the chemical in honey, cereal, wheat flour, soy sauce, infant formula and breast milk.

The FDA’s failure to test for glyphosate was among the things the agency was criticized for in a 2014 audit by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). While stopping short of demanding that the FDA conduct glyphosate testing, the GAO said the agency should at the very least publicly disclose that it does not do so.

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“Maybe we shamed them into it,” John Neumann, a spokesman for the GAO, told Civil Eats. The FDA is facing a follow-up evaluation from GAO in June this year.

A Monsanto chemist discovered the herbicidal properties of glyphosate in 1970, and the company began selling it as Roundup in 1974. Glyphosate use became widespread in the 1990s, as Monsanto rolled out “Roundup Ready” lines of genetically modified crops, enabling farmers to spray the fields directly. The patent expired in 2000, enabling generic version of Roundup to enter the market.

According to the EPA, as of 2007 glyphosate was the most used farming herbicide in the US, and the second most used in American homes and gardens.

In addition to potential health hazards to humans, the widespread use of Roundup has led to the near-destruction of milkweed, a plant serving as the primary source of food for Monarch butterflies across the Midwestern US. This resulted in a 90 percent reduction in the Monarch population.

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  • I dunno, spraying pesticides on crops? Just like “organic” farmers do.

  • do you REALLY think the FDA is going to REALLLLLLYYYYYY INVESTIGATE??? Come On….

  • And the Republican response is to defund the FDA and restrict their ability to do anything to stop these companies from poisoning all of us.

    • Not Only the Republicans! Hillary is very, very, friendly with Monsanto!

  • lmfao FDA is Monsanto’s so how do you think that’s going to work out eh …..

  • People… Please research. The FDA is run by former Monsanto executives etc…. thanks to Obama. Do you really think they are going to incriminate themselves with factual data. So don’t comment until you have the facts. Due diligence is in order.

  • They won’t investigate shit. They’re in bed with politicians, and Clarence Thomas who was monsantos lawyer for years is now a Supreme Court justice attorney who has ruled in favor of Monsanto every fucking time. Not to mention Obama appointed the ex president of Monsanto Michael Taylor to be the head of the fda after all of his talk about wanting to label gmo’s and country of origin.

    • IT’S called PROGRESS…….you learn from experience you moron…..

    • You’re brilliant aren’t you. The only things they’re progressing in is money, and greed, as well as poisoning the majority ofthe population who eats this garbage. You don’t get it do you? The fda is ran by Monsanto.

    • yada yada yada bullshit…….

  • I hate people who put shit in all caps, but seriously people, WAKE THE FUCK UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • The FDA will allow Monsanto to give them the Round-up to be tested and it still will be years before any reports are shown to the public.

  • And you wonder why Regressives want to do away with federal agencies?

  • Lol… FDA is fucked too. It won’t change shit.

  • and with obama signing the Monsanto protection act they will never pay a dime in restitution for poisoning us all

  • this is one of the most important issues facing us today. We must pay attention to the link between monsanto and our horrendous cancer rate

  • cure is good…prevention is better

  • Killing the world slowly for a profit!

  • Like the Police, policing themselves. Very surprising just how many fellow Americans seem to be alright with this logic.

  • Robin Krilich Keel….2.6 billion pounds late!

  • And will they tell us truth or lies? So far only lies.

  • One corrupt group investigating another corrupt group.

  • A government agency investigating, oooh, there’s a credible outfit…LOL!

  • In the FDA’s hands ~ really ????
    I wouldn’t even trust them to take my beer order

  • It has been proven in France that they are responsible for the bees disappearing. It kills 2nd generation of bees…bout time!

  • One of the most corrupt companies in the world

  • No we won’t, they’ll pay of the lab testers like any other time

  • yup .i call B.S. too

  • Well see

  • I’m sure the test will be ran by nobody from Monsanto! (Wink)

  • ummmmmm but will they be honest Rond Up causes cancer 🙁 Monsanto is killing the bees and then guess what NO FOOD

  • oh………..yea!! after it’s way too late. We’re all going to find out what we have in common with the people of Flint…(hint) the government has been poisoning us all for years.

  • Mandy Merrill

  • Only problem with that is the fda is owned by the same group with the same depopulation agenda.

  • FDA & Monsanto are running Parallel. Don’t loose any sleep on it. lol

  • It’s about fuckin’ time, The assholes even sued the state of Vermont for wanting to label their products. The sad thing is that they won.

  • Which means they will either deny it or pretend to be the heros in order to restore faith…

  • About fucking time…don’t u think…

  • Monsanto basically owns the FDA

  • Make sure they are not someone that works for Monsanto and paid tons of money to freakin lie. Common sense tells me that ingesting Round-up is not good for the human body. But, then again, common sense isn’t so common anymore. Basically, this is just another way for Congress to spend freakin money on privatization.

  • THE FDA pffff

  • Monsanto is probably the worst thing to have happened to humanity since Hitler, Mussolini and Stalin put together. Furthermore anti-biotics routinely fed to animals should be stopped with immediate effect. Why are anti-biotics, our live-savers, becoming iniffective? Constant use is an obvious answer. We consume them whether we want to or not

  • Yeah, they will get rid of this one only because Monsanto probably has something even worse for us waiting in the wings!!!

  • Get your heads out thier arses and use your human right to gather signatories to a humanitarian petition to gain an opening into thier structured network for a gathering of non-americans to investigate them and take the feckers down, corruption always has weakness,find it.

  • About time

  • Long over due!

  • doenst matter, the Gov cannot be trusted to tell the truth

  • I found pesticides in all of the fruit that I sampled from the Mess Hall in 1997 in my Quantitative Chemical Analysis Class while I was a cadet at West Point. It’s very easy to do these tests, and if they haven’t been done, it’s because they knew that it’s contaminated.

  • Lol! So?

  • Bob Btme

    this is why I read FTP. This and stuff like the dophin article, keeping it real for the animals.

    Libertarian combined with Green describes my views and FTP. There is no democracy here, Dems and Repubs are the same on the vast majority of policy issues, from factory farming, greenhouse emissions, ocean acidification, drug policy, militarism, war, pesticides, police brutality, etc etc.