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Herbicide Found In Tested Samples Of 10 California Wines

Posted by Mike P. on 2016-04-18 15:28:25 (1407 views)

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A study released today revealed that after testing, ten major California wines contained the chemical Glyphosate, the "active" ingredient in the popular weed killer "Roundup" by Monsanto as well as other herbicides. This does not bode well as some of the wines were actually labeled "organic."

In a study released today, the group Moms Across America claimed that 10 major California wines contained the chemical glyphosate, the declared "active" ingredient in the Monsanto company's Roundup weedkiller as well as 700 other herbicides.

The 10 wines were tested by a laboratory in St. Louis, Mo., and all of them tested positive for glyphosate. The highest level of glyphosate detected -- up to 28.4 times higher than that found in the other nine wines -- was in a 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon from a conventional, chemically farmed vineyard, the group announced.

The lowest level was found in a 2013 Syrah from a biodynamic and organic vineyard that has never been sprayed, according to the owner. "Because Roundup/glyphosate is not permitted on organic or biodynamic vineyards, the results are unexpected and can only be explained by the drift of chemical sprays from neighboring vineyards," the group speculated.

"There should be zero glyphosate and related chemicals in our wine, food or personal products, said Zen Honeycutt, director of Moms Across America.

The chemicals are "endocrine hormone disruptors, which can lead to breast cancer, miscarriages, birth defects and many other health issues," she claimed.

NAPA, SONOMA AND MENDOCINO

All the wines tested were from the Napa Valley, Sonoma and Mendocino County areas of California.

"According to the California Department of Health, breast cancer rates in Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino counties is 10 to 20 percent higher than the national average," Moms Across America said today, adding that "700 lawsuits are currently pending against Monsanto for the connection between non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and Roundup."

"By raising awareness about GMOs (genetically modified organisms) and chemical farming, we improve the health of our community, increase the prosperity of our country and support future generations," says the group, a division of the California State Grange Foundation.

Moms Across America lists these four calls to action on its website:

* We want GMOs labeled now.
* We want glyphosate/Roundup banned now.
* We want GMO-free and organic food.
* We want toxic pesticide/herbicide-free neighborhoods.

GMOs PROHIBITED IN ORGANIC PRODUCTS

"The use of genetic engineering, or genetically modified organisms (GMOs), is prohibited in organic products," the U.S. Department of Agriculture states on its website.

"This means an organic farmer can't plant GMO seeds, an organic cow can't eat GMO alfalfa or corn, and an organic soup producer can't use any GMO ingredients," the agency explains.

"To meet the USDA organic regulations, farmers and processors must show they aren't using GMOs and that they are protecting their products from contact with prohibited substances, such as GMOs, from farm to table."

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