Guide to navigating the glyphosate mine field in our food web

by Tony Mitra

       This book is one of a kind with analysis of near 8000 records of foods tested in Canada for glyphosate by Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA )recently. Tests cover foods from over 60 countries, the bulk of which were foods produced in Canada and the United States, followed by India and China. No other country has conducted this many tests on food for glyphosate and no other analysis exists on this data as of now. North American foods are most contaminated by glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto‚Äôs Roundup weed killer, the most used herbicide in the planet. The book is over 300 pages long, with over 70,000 words, and more than 300 tables. The data is sorted in chapters, on glyphosate in food according to country of origin, and separately as per food types, such as grains, beans, flour, lentils, fruits, vegetables, and ready made meals, organic and gluten free foods. A lot of raw data figures are included. Attention is given to foods produced in North America, which contribute a bulk of the samples, followed by foods from India and China and a comparison between them. Some of the findings were as expected while some are totally unexpected, and often shocking.

        Here are a few examples:
        1) Canada and USA produce the most toxic foods on the planet, with regard to glyphosate contamination.
        2) Within North America, Canada produces foods with significantly higher levels of glyphosate.
        3) Within Canada, the west is where one can find more glyphosate contaminated foods than from other regions within Canada. Western Canada is ground zero, for finding nasty foods.
        5) Cleanest of food suppliers are Peru, Thailand, France, South Africa, Mexico, and China. China apparently exports cleaner foods than what locals consume inside China. For example, imported foods from China, averaging 3 ppb contamination, is 28 times cleaner than foods produced in the US, and over 45 times cleaner than foods produced in Canada.
        6) Foods imported from Mexico is 70 times cleaner than Canadian foods and over 40 times cleaner than foods originating in the United States.
        7) Conventional foods desiccated by glyphosate is far more contaminated with glyphosate than roundup ready GM crops.
        8) Out of the main cereals, rice is about the only one that is more or less without any glyphosate, except for some rice and rice-products produced in North America.
        9) Lentils and chickpea (garbanzo) produced in North America, as well as foods made with these ingredients are highly contaminated with glyphosate.
        10) Although soy flour may contain high glyphosate, tofu made out of soy has none.
        11) Wheat bran produced in Canada has an average of around 2,500 ppb of glyphosate in every sample.
        12) Organic foods are much better than conventional foods, but are not completely free of glyphosate. Gluten free foods are a mixed bag since some of them are high on glyphosate content, while others are clean.

        The author maintains that as long as safety data based on which glyphosate was approved for use in agriculture is kept out of reach of the public, and as long as independent verification of the results is denied, there is no proof that glyphosate is safe at any level of contamination. This book is meant to be a useful guide for people that have already reached a conclusion that glyphosate is an unwanted chemical to be in their food and would rather have a tool that helps them avoid it in their selection of foods to buy and eat. Retired EPA scientist Dr. Vallianatos wrote a review on Huffington PostPost: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/tainting-the-cornucopia-of-north-america_us_58decd30e4b0ca889ba1a5cf