No Safe Levels

Welcome to No Safe Levels. This page was created to assist you in understanding why there are no safe levels of glyphosate (the active ingredient in RoundUp), and it’s other generic brands such as Ranger Pro and Rodeo, in your food, drink or water. Studies have shown that small amounts of glyphosate at even I part per trillion (1 ppt) which is the equivalent of 1 drop in 22 olympic-sized swimming pools, was shown in a study to cause the growth of breast cancer cells, and 1 part per billion (1 ppb) of glyphosate was shown in a study to cause kidney and liver damage, reproductive damage, and other ill health effects. Glyphosate has been shown in a study to cause fatty liver disease at very low levels. Again, there are NO SAFE LEVELS.

There has been testing done by organizations such as Moms Across America, EWG, GMO Free USA, and other NGO’s to test glyphosate levels in foods, wine and beer, water and even breast milk. There have been a few articles published lately indicating that the levels of glyphosate being detected in these foods and drinks, are too low to cause any harm. We vehemently disagree as the science speaks for itself. There are NO safe levels.


Glyphosate on Trial

In August, there was a jury trial that concluded in the case of Dwayne Lee Johnson v. Monsanto in the San Francisco Superior Court. Monsanto, the manufacturer of RoundUp and Rodeo was found guilty and fined 289.2 million dollars for failing to label their product as a carcinogen and for malice for intentionally covering up that they knew their product was carcinogenic.  The plaintiff, Dwayne “Lee” Johnson a school pesticide applicator, used Roundup and Rodeo, had a few accidents, and despite wearing protective gear, he was exposed to the chemicals. He now has Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and tumors on 80% of his body. Lee has a wife and two children and is not expected, by his doctors, to live longer than two years.

Stay Informed

Moving forward in a time where much testing will continue, albeit not by the organizations who are supposed to keep our food safe, i.e., FDA and EPA, but by individuals and organizations that are learning and understanding that there are NO SAFE LEVELS of glyphosate in our foods, drinks, water and our bodies.

Here are a some of the foods, drinks that have been tested and found to contain glyphosate. Also included in this list is breast milk and vaccines–both of which were contaminated with glyphosate.

Breast Milk
Almond Milk
Veggie Burgers
Peanut Butter
Lipton Teas
Orange Juice
Cereals and Snacks
Beer and Wine
Gerber Lil’ Crunchies
Frito Lay Sunchips

Over 3188 foods tested by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency compiled by Tony Mitra in the book “Poison Foods of North America” show us that the highest contamination of glyphosate (Roundup herbicide) is not in GMO corn and soy as we would expect, but in numerous non GMO crops that are commonly found in “healthy” foods such as vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free foods. These non-organic foods are highly contaminated with this carcinogen, neurotoxin, endocrine disruptor, and antibiotic that causes liver disease because glyphosate herbicides are often sprayed as a drying agent on grains, beans and legume crops.

Glyphosate Sprayed on Crops as a Drying Agent

Charles Benbrook, Ph.D., who published a paper on the mounting use of glyphosate, says the practice of spraying glyphosate on wheat prior to harvest, known as desiccating, began in Scotland in the 1980s. “Farmers there often had trouble getting wheat and barley to dry evenly so they can start harvesting. So they came up with the idea to kill the crop (with glyphosate) one to two weeks before harvest to accelerate the drying down of the grain,” he says.

The pre-harvest use of glyphosate allows farmers to harvest crops as much as two weeks earlier than they normally would, an advantage in northern, colder regions.

The practice spread to wheat-growing areas of North America such as the upper Midwestern United States and Canadian provinces such as Saskatchewan and Manitoba.  According to Tom Ehrhardt, co-owner of Minnesota-based Albert Lea Seeds, sourcing grains not desiccated with glyphosate prior to harvest is a challenge. “I have talked with millers of conventionally produced grain, and they all agree it’s very difficult to source oats, wheat, flax, and triticale, which have not been sprayed with glyphosate prior to harvest,” he says. “It’s a ‘don’t ask, don’t tell policy’ in the industry.”

Along with wheat and oats, glyphosate is used to desiccate a wide range of other crops including lentils, peas, non-GMO soybeans, corn, flax, rye, triticale, buckwheat, millet, canola, sugar beets, and potatoes. Sunflowers may also be treated pre-harvest with glyphosate, according to the National Sunflower Association. Benbrook says that a large portion of edible beans grown in Washington and Idaho are desiccated with glyphosate.

What can we do about all this contamination?

We know it can be frustrating and infuriating to see how contaminated so many foods have become. The very best way that I know of to minimize glyphosate in your diet is by eating organic. Organic certainly isn’t 100% perfect but it is the best we have. I also think it is important to eat as many fresh foods as possible and avoid packaged items. Also, knowing the companies you buy from is really important. Ask questions about their products. If I feel a company is not of high integrity, I find another brand that I trust. Yes, it takes some effort to do this, but the benefits far outweigh the time it takes to do your own research. It can be very empowering too! We live in a time where doing research is still available and vital to making wise choices for you and your family.  We vote with our dollars so the more we support organics and the demand increases, the prices will go down. We have given up a lot for convenience and having things right now–just look at fast food.

Also, I hear this comment often, organics is too expensive. It is just a matter of priority of what we choose to spend our money on.  Joel Salatin made a point when someone asked said to him, “organics are too expense.” His response was, “so I am going to go to your house and I won’t see the latest and greatest Iphone or electronics, or Starbucks cups?” I think he was making a point that we often can be so preoccupied with other things and the ways in which we choose to spend money that perhaps we need to re-prioritize how we spend. I know for some families it can be a stretch but if you start with just buying organic vegetables and switch over slowly, most people can make it work.

“Something else has changed over the last fifty years in this Country, Americans spend less of their income, percentage wise, on food. What could be more important than creating a healthy diet and healthy body? The medical bills alone could be greatly reduced by staying healthy thus offsetting the price of organics.” ~ Carol Grieve’

You can order test kits for some foods and do your own testing. Test kits available here.

Sauerkraut, apple cider vinegar, and/or kombucha contain acetobacter which has been shown to degrade glyphosate. Acetobacter breaks down the molecule into non-toxic components that are absorbed as nutrients in the body and the glyphosate is gone. We need more studies on the amount it takes but it certainly seems to make sense to consume these on a daily basis.