Bad news for wine lovers, your favorite wine may be filled with one of the worst chemicals today. Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, has been present from the early 70s and it is considered to be the most commonly used herbicide in the world.
Unfortunately, its effect on the nature and human health is disastrous.
Californian Wine Full of Glyphosate
One supporter of Moms across America sent 10 distinct samples of wine from both small and large vineyards to Microbe Infotech Lab of St. Louis. The discoveries were shocking- glyphosate, the main ingredient in the weed killer by Monsanto known as Roundup, glyphosate, was found in organic and conventional wines.
The wines come from the North Coast area of California which is the best wine growing region there and includes wine from Sonoma, Napa, and Mendocino counties. The testing happened in 2015 and 2016. The brands that were tested were Mondavi, Gallo, Barefoot, Sutter Home, and Sutter Home.
The Dangers of Glyphosate
Glyphosate exposure destroys the good gut bacteria and it can also lead to breast cancer, kidney and liver damage, and nerve cell destruction. It has also been linked with miscarriage because of being able to destroy the placenta in fertile and pregnant women.
From the 70s until today, in America, more than 1.8 million tons of this chemical were used while more than 9.4 million tons were sprayed on crops throughout the world.
The WHO declared that glyphosate is a potential carcinogen to humans back in 2015. But, Monsanto are doing everything in their power to fight off their claim.
Glyphosate’s Dangerous Health Dangers
- Chronic inflammation
- Cell death
- Disrupts the balance of sex hormones
- Birth defects
- Leaky gut
- Encourages breast cancer cells growth
- Oxidative damage
- Reproductive damage
Why Is Wine Filled with Glyphosate?
The grapes from which these wines are made are sprayed with Roundup pesticide, i.e. weed killer. To make things worse, contaminated soil tends to keep these chemicals for more than 20 years.
The chemical goes into the plant through the root and then spreads throughout the whole plant. And, it becomes embedded into the DNA and cell-fluid of the grapes. Oh, no!
To protect your health, make sure you avoid drinking wine from the above-mentioned brands. Nonetheless, there have been also other alcoholic beverages such as beer that were discovered to contain glyphosate. Check out this link to find out the results from a German report with 14 beers that were found positive to glyphosate.