Glyphosate, the most widely-used herbicide on the planet and an essential component in GMO agricultural methods, has been the subject of increasing concern – particularly since the World Health Organization (WHO) classified it as a “probable human carcinogen” in 2015.
For many years, the FDA avoided testing foods for glyphosate residue at all, parroting Monsanto’s assurances that the herbicide poses no threat to human health, but under mounting public pressure it finally began conducting tests in February of this year.
“[FDA testing] came after many independent researchers started conducting their own testing and found glyphosate in an array of food products, including flour, cereal, and oatmeal. The government and Monsanto have maintained that any glyphosate residues in food would be minimal enough to be safe. But critics say without robust testing, glyphosate levels in food are not known. And they say that even trace amounts may be harmful because they are likely consumed so regularly in many foods.”