If your food isn’t certified organic, you’re consuming some toxic food. Want to know why? Monsanto’s Round Up ‘pre-harvest’ spraying guide meant for conventional farmers recommends that they spray crops just three days prior to harvest – and they don’t just mean on GMO crops. This means you’re likely consuming food which had been drenched in toxic pesticides.

“Spraying a RoundUp brand agricultural herbicide allows for uniform crop maturity which gives you the option to straight cut harvest.”

RoundUp, the very same Monsanto-made product which contains the recently-declared carcinogenic chemical glyphosate (along with inert ingredients that are also extremely dangerous), is sprayed on your food just before you eat it.

Which Crops Exactly?

Monsanto recommends spraying for:

  • Wheat
  • Oats
  • Non-GMO Canola
  • Flax
  • Peas
  • Lentils
  • Non-GMO Soybeans
  • Dry Beans
  • Sugar Cane

That amounts to just about every grocery store food you can think of – after all, what doesn’t contain wheat, oats, soy, or sugar cane just for starters?

Though of course it isn’t like these conventional foods are totally safe anyway, since they are sprayed through the growing season. What’s more, some pesticides are even genetically implanted right into the plant itself, as in the case of Bt corn. This just means that after exposing you to herbicides not once, through genetic engineering, not twice, through mass fields spraying, but at least three times when the crops are sprayed just prior to harvest.

Further, Monsanto also claims that aerial applications can be made without drift onto unwanted areas. Say what??? Almost all research on the toxicity and environmental fate of herbicides is conducted on herbicide ‘active ingredients’ only and in complete isolation. In fact:

“Aerial applications are typically made by helicopter from 60-80 feet above the target area. Because of the method of application and the chemical behavior of the mixtures used, movement of herbicides, surfactants and inert ingredients off target is both inevitable and extensive.”

Think your foods are safe from glyphosate? Not as long as farmers are spraying crops with multiple rounds of Round Up.

This article originally appeared at Natural Society.


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