A Carcinogenic Compound Could Be In Our Food — Glyphosate

Glyphosate is not something we talk about in our daily lives, yet this ingredient may well be present in the food we eat.  Glyphosate is often present in pesticides used to poison weeds and pests around the plant products that we eat. 

Unfortunately, these pesticides are applied to both weeds and the edible plants and it is inevitable that the residues of pesticides remain in the food by the time we eat them.

Glyphosate has been found by WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as probable to be carcinogenic to humans.  

It stated that: “There is limited evidence in humans for the carcinogenicity of glyphosate. A positive association has been observed for non-Hodgkin lymphoma.”

In the same report, Glyphosate is found to have “sufficient evidence in experimental animals for the carcinogenicity of glyphosate.”

According to the Philippine Fertilizers and Pesticide Authority (FPA) , there are about seventy (70) products that have glyphosate in them being marketed in the Philippines.  Most of them are made by Monsanto.  

Recently, Monsanto was ordered to pay US$ 289 Million in a trial that involved one of their products that contain Glyphosate.  The name of their product is called Roundup.  

We will never really know whether the plants we eat have residues of glyphosate.  However, there is one thing we can do to avoid them — make sure you are getting organic produce.   

Buy organic products
Organic garlic from Batanes being sold at Healthy Options

Organic products are produced through a farming system which avoids the use of man-made fertilizers, pesticides; growth regulators and livestock feed additives and genetically modified organisms.  You can find organic products in most local grocery stores clearly labeled.  They may be more expensive compared to pesticide-treated products, however, the risk of getting cancer is not something we want to experience.