EPA Raises Acceptable Glyphosate Levels On US Crops

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has raised the permitted tolerance levels of glyphosate residue — the controversial herbicide and active ingredient in Monsanto’s Round Up — in many of the fruits and vegetables that you eat, according to The Washington Post.

A report by Natural News stated the following:

“[T]he new EPA regulation [will] allow ‘oilseed’ crops such as flax, canola, and soybean oil to contain glyphosate at levels up to 40 parts per million (ppm), up from 20 ppm, which is over 100,000 times the concentration needed to induce the growth of human breast cancer cells in vitro.”

“It also raises the allowable glyphosate contamination level for food crops such as potatoes from 200 ppm to 6,000 ppm.”

A recent petition created by the group Food & Water Watch stated, “The EPA is failing to protect human health and the environment by neglecting to regulate the excessive use of herbicide. Instead, it is just changing its own rules to allow the irresponsible and potentially dangerous applications to continue.”

“Glyphosate has been shown by a number of studies to cause cancer and other inflammatory diseases,” according to the Washington Times.

“The U.S. has a considerably higher cancer rate than other countries. It also has a considerably higher rate of other diseases. Generally, as was found by medical research, Americans suffer from more pain and illness during their lifetime than their peers in other countries.”

One MIT study argues that glyphosate residue in food and water induces disease by disrupting normal cellular detoxifying functions.

According to the study, “negative impact on the body is insidious and manifests slowly over time as inflammation damages cellular systems throughout the body.”

The report continued on to say that the damage is manifested in increased risk of gastrointestinal disorders, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, depression, autism, infertility, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.

What do you think of the EPA raising acceptable glyphosate levels on US crops?

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