Roundup weed killer found in beer and wine

Best known as an ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer, the pesticide-herbicide glyphosate is a probable human carcinogen, according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a branch of the World Health Organization (WHO).

USA Today reports, Feb. 25, 2019, that a new report by the public-interest advocacy group U.S. PIRG (Public Interest Research Group) reveals that tests of 5 wines and 15 beers, including organic ones, found traces of the controversial weed killer glyphosate in 19 out of the 20.

The 2018 Sutter Home Merlot was the wine with the highest concentration of glyphosate at 51.4 parts per billion (ppb), while in the beer category, it was Tsingtao from Hong Kong with 49.7 ppb. The American beer with the largest trace was Coors Light with 31.1. ppb.

A spokesperson for national trade association the Beer Institute told USA Today that the levels are below EPA risk for beverages: “Our members work with farmers who go to great lengths to raise their crops sustainably and safely. … The results of the most recent federal testing showed farmers’ use of glyphosate falls well below federal limits.”

A spokesperson for the Wine Institute wrote in a statement to USA Today: “An adult would have to drink more than 140 glasses of wine a day containing the highest glyphosate level measured just to reach the level that California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has identified as ‘No Significant Risk Level’.”

Organic winery Frey Vineyards noted that while no herbicides “have ever been used” in its farming practices, “glyphosate in trace amounts is now found in rainwater because of its application to conventionally farmed agricultural land. Glyphosate in trace amounts can be found in many food products across the United States. We urge consumers to speak up to ban all use of glyphosate.”

U.S. PIRG Education Fund’s Kara Cook-Schultz, who authored the study, said: “The levels of glyphosate we found are not necessarily dangerous but are still concerning given the potential health risks. No matter the efforts of brewers and vintners, we found that it is incredibly difficult to avoid the troubling reality that consumers will likely drink glyphosate at every happy hour and backyard barbecue around the country.”

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Wow, so glad my husband quit drinking 18 years ago. His beer of choice? Coors and Tsing Tao- both at the top of the list!

Lophatt
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This is interesting. Glyphosate is salt, period. It is important to remember that ANYTHING in the right dosage could be lethal. Now, “Round Up” uses some sort of detergent for a surfactant. That is more likely the cause of any carcinogenic properties. On the other hand, Glyphosate is highly concentrated. That too doesn’t mean much as it is severely diluted prior to use. Technical grade anything would be dangerous but, outside of commercial applicators it is unlikely anyone would encounter technical grade material. I have no love for Monsanto, I am just suspicious of this one.

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Monsanto and Bayer are evil companies run by evil globalists intent on reducing the world’s population via toxic chemicals in water, food, household items, chem trails, geoengineering, vaccines, etc.

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It is important to note that many red wines contain sulfates, which are an irritant to many. Also, as far as beer is concerned (and I love my beer!), beer is brewed, at some point in the process, with LYE, in order to shorten the brewing process. (I was told that Heineken was a prime offender. At any rate, I gave up “Heinie’s” after I was told this and after I learned that, as Heineken is brewed from CORN, that it does not pass the German standard of the Rienheitsgebott, the famous German purity standard for beer. I try to… Read more »

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I agree, Steven, Mike Adams and his site, Natural News, are top notch. He continues to warn us of the poisons around us. As for beer, which I occasionally enjoy, I only drink local craft beers. Of course, the main factor is where are they sourcing their hops? It makes no difference whether these craft beer producers are in cities or rural areas if their hops are full of glyphosates.

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It is salt. It is a post-emergence herbicide. The selling point is that it doesn’t kill anything that is immediately planted over the target weed. It DOES leave salt deposits. THAT is what is persistent. So, to say that it is “present” in hops or anything else may be true, but it wouldn’t worry me personally. A bigger problem with it is that the salts accumulate in irrigation systems and cause crop damage. It is only a “poison” in the sense that mother’s milk would be poisonous if you ate enough of it. I know that isn’t popular, but that’s… Read more »

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Light beer… Half of the taste and all of the piss… I will stick with Coors Banquet or Yuengling Lager… Oh and gimme a shot of Kesslers or Monongahela Rye…. Nothing like a Boilermaker!!!

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My dad used to put salt in his beer. I guess now he wouldn’t have to.

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