That’s One Kind Of Test You Don’t Want To Ace: 100 Percent Of California Wines Tested Positive For Cancer-Causing Glyphosate
Everyone had those certain subjects in school, the ones where you would take tests and, no matter how much you studied, you could only pray you might get lucky and hit something like 75 percent.
These are tests where a 100 would be cause for celebration. But then there are tests where 100 percent is decidedly not a good thing, and that’s what California wine producers and consumers are looking at.
A recent study has revealed that a fairly substantial proportion of California wines have tested positive for the cancer-causing chemical glyphosate–try 100 percent.
Hey, nice work, guys! Nailed it!
Uh, sort of…
We’ve recently learned about how ubiquitous glyphosate is–the powerful cancer-causing agent found in Monsanto’s Roundup brand herbicide–when we heard about 14 separate brands of beer in Germany testing positive for it.
The recent California test–like the one in Germany–is a clear demonstration that glyphosate spraying does not stay confined to the GMO fields where it is used in conjunction with Monsanto’s GMO crops branded as “Roundup Ready.” This is proven by the fact that not only did wines made with traditional, chemically fertilized and treated grapes show traces of glyphosate, so too did organic brands.
Granted, the levels were drastically different, with conventional wines coming in 28 times higher than organic wine, with levels ranging from 0.659 parts per billion in organic wine to 18.74 ppb in conventionally produced wine.
While those doing the testing–an activist group called Moms Against Monsanto–did not release the names of the wineries they tested, they did confirm that they looked at wines from the Napa Valley, Sonoma, and Mendocino regions in California. At least ten major wineries were part of the testing.
Alternative reasons were on offer as to why the glyphosate might show up in the wine, including contamination of the irrigation water, manure used as fertilizer for the grapes that came from animals fed GM grains. But drift from spraying is a huge concern, as glyphosate has also turned up in breast milk and many other food products.
At any rate, one would think there must come a point where even lawmakers and spineless regulators would sit up at take notice. Maybe when the A-List Hollywood types get wind of the way the glyphosate-laden winds blow over the wineries of California, they will get someone’s attention who can actually do something about it.