Enjoying a cold beer or a glass of wine at the end of your day may not be so pleasant when you find out that you are drinking a harmful weed killer.
Roundup is everywhere. As the most commonly used agrochemicals in the world, Roundup and its main active ingredient, glyphosate, is showing up in places where people would not expect, such as food and their favorite drinks.
The past few years have revealed some disturbing news for the alcohol industry. In 2015, CBS news broke the announcement of a lawsuit against 31 brands of wines for high levels of inorganic arsenic.
In 2016, beer testing in Germany also revealed residues of glyphosate in every single sample tested, even independent beers.
The beers examined were from Budweiser, Coors, Corona, Guiness, Heineken, Miller, Peak (organic), Sam Adams, Samuel Smith (organic), Sierra Nevada, Stella Artois, Tsingtao and New Belgium. Ace Perry Hard Cider was also tested.
Tsingtao was found to be the worst beer for glyphosate, with 49.7parts per billion (ppb).
Roundup is commonly sprayed in vineyards to keep the rows looking tidy and free of so-called weeds and on grain crops (used in beer) as a drying agent just before harvest.
Glyphosate herbicides do not dry, wash or cook off and they have been proven to be neurotoxic, carcinogenic, endocrine disruptors and a cause of liver disease at very low levels.
With the findings indicating glyphosate contamination is common in over-the-counter beers and wine, the report recommends that, unless it can be proved otherwise, the pesticide should be banned in the USA due to its many potential health risks and ubiquitous presence in food, water and alcohol.
Explain Life. com / ABC Flash Point News 2019.