(Feb. 26, 2019) A Monsanto poison contaminates most of the wine and beer sold in the United States, according to a recent study by U.S. Public Interest Research Groups (PIRG). Glyphosate, the main active ingredient in Roundup – which impairs human gut health and is linked with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and a host of other maladies – was found to contaminate every conventionally produced wine and beer tested in a recent study, as well as most organic beer and wine samples.
Glyphosate Contamination Epidemic
PIRG tested 20 different wine and beer samples in the U.S., finding glyphosate contamination in 19 of them, including most organic wine samples. Just one product they tested, an organic beer, was found to have no glyphosate contamination. Some mildly good news for the organic crowd is that the organic beer and wines tested were found to have far less glyphosate than conventionally-produced beverages, but good news was hard to come by in this study. (Is anyone paying attention? Why would someone pay $100 for a bottle of contaminated California wine, or even $10 for that matter?)
The presence of glyphosate pesticide even in organic products proved once again just how widespread glyphosate contamination is in the country. Organic beer and wine producers do not intentionally use any glyphosate in their products, and they do their best to avoid the chemical, for obvious reasons.
- Sutter Home Merlot – 51.4 ppb
- Beringer Estates Moscato – 42.6 ppb
- Barefoot Cabernet Sauvignon – 36.3
- Inkarri Estates Malbec (Organic) – 5.3 ppb
- Frey Organic Natural White (4.8 ppb)
- Coors Light – 1 ppb
- Tsingtao Beer – 49.7 ppb
- Miller Lite – 29.8 ppb
- Budweiser – 27.0 ppb
- Corona Extra – 25.1 ppb
- Heineken – 20.9
- Guinness Draught – 20.3
- Stella Artois – 18.7
- Stella Artois Cidre – 9.1 ppb
- Ace Perry Hard Cider – 14.5 ppb
- New Belgium Fat Tire Amber Ale – 11.2 ppb
- Sam Adams New England IPA – 11.0
- Sierra Nevada Pale Ale – 11.8 ppb
- Samuel Smith’s Organic Lager – 5.7 ppb
- Peak Beer Organic IPA – no detected level
Glyphosate at 1 ppt is Problematic
Human tolerance for glyphosate may be much lower than the U.S. EPA claims, especially as one considers the secret and not-so-secret relationships some EPA officials, U.S. politicos, judges, and journalists share and have shared with Monsanto executives.
The levels of glyphosate found in these latest beer and wine tests were below EPA risk tolerances for beverages (for what that’s worth from a captured agency). However, in one study, scientists found that 1 part per trillion (ppt) of glyphosate has the potential to stimulate the growth of breast cancer cells and disrupt the endocrine system. German scientists have shown that 0.1 ppb of glyphosate has the potential to destroy beneficial gut bacteria while pathogenic gut bacteria were resistant. Furthermore, 0.1 ppb of glyphosate has also been shown to stimulate the proliferation of certain types of breast cancer cells.
PIRG calls for Glyphosate Ban
In short, no safe level for glyphosate has ever been proven. The researchers recommend that the EPA ban the use of glyphosate unless and until it can be proven safe.
Public Interest Research Groups
Founded by consumer advocate Ralph Nader in 1971, PIRG’s motto is “Standing up to Powerful Interests.” PIRGs are a federation of non-profit U.S. and Canadian organizations that use grassroots organizing and direct advocacy with the goal of effecting political change.
Someone needs to do this important work to safeguard our health, because it is not currently being done by the government institutions we entrust to do it – the EPA and the FDA. Both of those agencies continue to show a fealty to Monsanto that comes at the considerable expense of people, animals, birds, bees, plants, and other living things throughout the world.