Hi, I'm Amanda! My family farms corn and soybeans in Southwest Michigan. I'm also a practicing attorney.
FDA Testing Finds No Glyphosate Residues in Over Half of Commodities Tested
And what they did find was well within safe limits.
But I bet you didn’t see that headline splashed all over websites, featured on the daily news, or used as fundraising bait by activist organizations.
So here’s the scoop. FDA annually tests food samples for pesticide residue. The result is usually the same: the vast majority of residue samples are well below tolerances set by the EPA. The was so much hoopla surrounding glyphosate, the active ingredient in Round-Up, FDA specifically developed a test to detect residue levels. It began using the test in 2016 on soybeans, corn, milk, and eggs and just published the results for FY16.The results weren’t surprising:
Of the 760 corn, soybean, milk, and egg assignment samples tested for glyphosate and glufosinate, 53% had no detectable residues of the pesticides. Further, none of the milk and egg samples had any detectable glyphosate or glufosinate residues, and all the corn and soybean samples that tested positive for the pesticides were below the tolerance levels set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
In other words, there is literally nothing for anyone to worry about. I should note that FDA plans on expanding this testing to additional commodities in the next report. I anticipate the results will continue to follow the same trend.
The frustrating thing is that these results completely flew under the radar, despite widespread reports of EWG’s ridiculous claims.
So why haven’t those news sources covered the latest data from FDA with the same vigor?
Obviously because FDA’s data isn’t sexy. No one is going to die from eating an apple at lunch. And it also doesn’t fit a narrative that modern agriculture is dangerous, destructive, and problematic. The FDA’s report doesn’t get clicks so it doesn’t merit mention. So instead they publish a report by an invested, activist organization that’s trying to fundraise rather than publish hard data from a government agency.
And that’s really the problem: people only hear the negative headlines and the scary stuff about agriculture. No one wants to cover the positive news. So it gets buried and the world continues to believe glyphosate is in all of our favorite breakfast foods and we’re all being slowly poisoned.
But we’re not, and that’s the good news. I just wish more people were talking about it.
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