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In recent years, consumers have become more conscientious of the products they buy, leading to a number of certifications being added to labels of products, like “Gluten-Free,” “Non-GMO Project Verified,” “Vegan,” etc., and now there is a new label on the shelves — “Glyphosate Residue Free.”

Glyphosate is the world’s most commonly used herbicide that is typically known by the commercial name Roundup (a Monsanto-owned weed killer), and its presence has become a growing concern for conscious consumers. Extensive scientific studies have shown that glyphosate is detrimental to the health of humans, the environment, and animals, particularly bees.

The World Health Organization’ cancer agency declared the chemical to be a “probable human carcinogen” in 2015, and it has been shown to be an endocrine disruptor. Glyphosate is said to pollute up to 75 percent of U.S. air and water resources, and it is present in 90 percent of soybeans and 70 percent of corn grown in the U.S.

Glyphosate is also linked to the growing epidemic of declining bee populations, known as colony collapse disorder. Bees exposed to glyphosate starved and exhibited poor learning performance with effects on memory and a decrease in their sense of smell. These effects are linked to bees not remembering how to get back to their hives, and if they do find their way back, the chemical is easily spread throughout the hive, which then can lead to colony collapse. This directly affects our food system since bees are the busiest pollinators of our crops.

But thankfully there is some good news in this realm. Two organizations, BioChecked and The Detox Project, are now issuing “Glyphosate Residue Free” certifications for products. This new label is hoped to keep consumers confident and comfortable with the products they buy, knowing that there is no residue of this harmful chemical present.

Being labeled “Organic” is not enough, as air drift from neighboring farms who use glyphosate can cause some organic products to have traces of the chemical. These organizations are new, both having started this certification process earlier this year, and only a handful of companies have hopped on board with this new certification process. However, it is expected to catch on as a major trend as more consumers begin demanding transparent labeling.

To learn more about the certification process or to test your products (or yourself) for glyphosate, check out The Detox Project website.

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17 comments on “New ‘Glyphosate-Free’ Label for Food and Beverages Is a Big Win for Humans and Bees!”

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Marty Ittner
8 Months Ago

Count me skeptical


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Ellen Gorman
07 Dec 2017

Me too, There is so much drift from the use of Round-up on conventionally grown crops that even food labeled USDA Organic is not likely to be fee of this crap. How on earth is verifying food as glyphosate free even possible?!

Ron Kling
8 Months Ago

I thought they have been finding glyphosate in virtually EVERYTHING already. Including organic products. isn't that part of the scare story...? http://www.healthy-holistic-living.com/roundups-toxic-chemical-glyphosate-found-100-california-wines-tested.html http://www.momsacrossamerica.com/all_top_5_orange_juice_brands_positive_for_weedkiller http://healthimpactnews.com/2014/alert-certified-organic-food-grown-in-u-s-found-contaminated-with-glyphosate-herbicide/ https://healthytraditions.com/glyphosate-tested/


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Lina DaMatta
8 Months Ago

Meanwhile, in Europe, glyphosate has been approved for another 5 years...


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Donna Strawn Smart
8 Months Ago

About time!!!!


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Jeremy Fogg
8 Months Ago

The EU just saw sense and approved glyphosate for another 5 years. I'm still waiting for details of the research that showed a herbicide harms bees ...


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Ellie McCaffrey
8 Months Ago

It's still poison


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Jeremy Fogg
8 Months Ago

Glyphosate harms bees ? Would you care to provide citations ?


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Roxane Bernard De Lajartre
8 Months Ago

Products containing known harmful chemicals should be the ones labeled as such and paying for it. Organic farmers have enough extra expenses already to prove their products are less harmful, now this. And all the big polluters just don't have to pay an extra dime for destroying the planet and our health! The organic consumer also pays for his healthier, more environmentally friendly choice. Think people!


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Alexander Dunlop
01 Dec 2017

You do know that every chemical is harmful? Its the dose that makes the poison. Also organic farmers will also use some sort of pesticide or herbicide.

Roxane Bernard De Lajartre
01 Dec 2017

I do know. It doesn't really explain why labeling has to be an expense for the ones making an ecological effort. Smart labeling should be: this product contains harmful chemicals (no matter the quantity) Just like non organic products or products containing high levels of pesticides should be labeled the same way. The ones who actually make a real effort will have to pay for this labeling (just like organic producers who put an effort do now), while as usual, the biggest polluters get away with no extra work or expenses.

Kristina Vega
01 Dec 2017

Roxane Bernard De Lajartre I totally agree ! Unfortunately companies will fight and put loads of money into avoiding to have to put labels on their product that make them look bad. Our system is flawed and puts money before the well being and health of the costumers . But hopefully people will start buying the good labeled products so they can get their money back

Joanne Sliva
8 Months Ago

How can you trust this company now? It took too long for them to do something. What are they using instead?


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Jen Douglass
01 Dec 2017

Baloney. I wouldn't trust them

Alexander Dunlop
8 Months Ago

Hopelfully the package will also say which pesticides or herbicides are used instead of glyphosate.


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