Much Higher Than Expected Levels Of RoundUp Found In GM Soy Within The US Food Supply

High levels of the pesticide RoundUp have been found in GM soy used in foods in the United States, according to researchers in Norway. The USDA and EPA say RoundUp used on foods is safe, but the daunting report focusing on RoundUp Ready genetically modified soybeans from Iowa disagrees. The report can be found in the upcoming June 2014 Elsevier publication, Food Chemistry, which is available online already. Glyphosate is a toxic chemical that makes up part of the composition of Monsanto's most widely known weed killer RoundUp. It was once believed that most of the chemicals wash away once they have been applied to the foods, making GMOs just as safe as conventional produce.

Disturbingly, the study found that, "Glyphosate is shown to be absorbed and translocated within the entire plant, and has been found in both leaf material and in the beans of glyphosate tolerant GM soy plants." In simpler terms, when we eat foods that contain genetically modified soy, we are also eating this chemical. Strikingly, GM soy is regularly the base protien in baby formula and GMOs can be found in almost all packaged or processed foods available in the United States. WNAX reported last week that, according to the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology, there are no nutritional differences between GMOs and conventional foods and no need to label GM foods. The authors of the GM soy study stated, "Using 35 different nutritional and elemental variables to characterise each soy sample, we were able to discriminate GM, conventional and organic soybeans without exception, demonstrating 'substantial non-equivalence' in compositional characteristics for 'ready-to-market' soybeans." This study is different, according to the authors because:

"In contrast to real-life samples from the market, transgenic crops intended for scientific studies are often produced in well-controlled small experimental plots. In most research studies, application of herbicides has been omitted or has been done at doses lower than those typically used by farmers, giving test materials that are not representative of actual conditions existing in typical agricultural operation, e.g., with regard to glyphosate residues."

Other GMO foods regularly found in foods that are consumed daily include beets processed into sugar and corn processed into corn syrup. Most Americans who accept and approve of GMOs and RoundUp believe that this form of agriculture is the only way to feed the growing world's population. While other countries are banning GMOs though, this study claims that many weeds have now mutated to resist RoundUp, much the way bacteria has morphed to resist antibiotics requiring stronger and larger quantities of antibiotics in the treatment of infection. The report states that this has increased the use of the chemical so much that the EPA was forced to raise the acceptable limits of its residue by 200 percent over what was previously deemed a safe level of the chemical on foods served to Americans.

Last month, Rep. Mike Pompeo introduced The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2014 and consumer safety groups have nicknamed the bill the "Deny Americans the Right to Know" – or DARK – Act. The bill, if passed, would nullify any state efforts requiring foods, such as GM soy, to be labeled making it more difficult for all Americans to know if they are ingesting RoundUp residue in their daily meals.

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