Glyphosate, the active ingredient in #Monsanto’s #Roundup
herbicide, is the most used agricultural chemical in history. It’s used in a number of different #herbicides
(700 in all), but Roundup is by far the most widely used.
Since glyphosate was introduced in 1974, 1.8 million tons have been applied to U.S. fields, and two-thirds of that volume has been sprayed in the last 10 years.
A recent analysis showed that farmers #sprayed
enough glyphosate in 2014 to apply 0.8 pounds of the chemical to every acre of cultivated cropland in the U.S., and nearly 0.5 a pound of glyphosate to all cropland worldwide.1
If you purchase #organic
foods or beverages, you should theoretically be safe from glyphosate exposure, as this chemical is not allowed in organic farming. But a new analysis revealed glyphosate has now infiltrated not only #wine
but also organic wine.
The highest level detected was 18.74 parts per billion (ppb), which was found in a 2013 #CabernetSauvignon
from a conventional #vineyard.
This was more than 28 times higher than the other samples tested.
The lowest level, 0.659 ppb, was found in a 2013 #Syrah,
which was produced by a biodynamic and organic vineyard. An organic wine made from 2012 mixed #redwine
grapes also tested positive for glyphosate at a level of 0.913 ppb.
While glyphosate isn’t sprayed directly onto grapes in vineyards (it would kill the vines), it’s often used to spray the #ground
on either side of the grape vines. Moms Across America reported:
“This results in a 2-to 4- foot strip of Roundup sprayed soil with grapevines in the middle. According to Dr. Don Huber at a talk given at the Acres USA farm conference in December of 2011, the vine stems are inevitably sprayed in this process and the Roundup is likely absorbed through the roots and bark of the vines from where it is translocated into the leaves and grapes.” As for how the organic wines became #contaminated,
it’s likely that the glyphosate drifted over onto the organic and biodynamic vineyards from conventional vineyards nearby.👇