Eating Out: A Date With Glyphosate
Tests show glyphosate is prevalent in restaurant food
Inside restaurant foods
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When you eat out, you need to know that you can trust your favorite restaurants to live up to their marketing claims. The only way to be sure is by testing the food. At a time when there is growing concern about pesticide residues in our food and environment, we bring you the first report on the results of testing restaurant foods for glyphosate residue. The report details the results of food tests across fifteen popular fast food and casual restaurant chains in the U.S.
Much attention has been given to testing packaged foods, but this is the first look inside the restaurant foods that many of us eat on a regular basis. We put our trust in the marketing campaigns of these restaurants. But are they telling us the truth?
This report comes on the heels of yet another jury ruling unanimously against Bayer-Monsanto this week. The jury found Roundup, one of the world’s most widely used weedkillers, to be responsible for the Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma of married couple Alva and Alberta Pilliod. Bayer’s liability in this trial was over $2 billion. This case is the third of over 11,400 Roundup-cancer lawsuits to go to trial in the United States. And more cases against Bayer-Monsanto are mounting.
As the health concerns grow, here’s what you need to know to navigate restaurant foods…
Recommendations If you must eat out, we suggest the following to reduce your exposure to glyphosate: 1. Choose organic options when available. National organic standards prohibit the use of glyphosate and other synthetic pesticides. Unlike terms such as “natural”, “organic” is federally regulated and the word cannot be used without certification. 2. Avoid conventional multigrain or whole-grain/whole wheat bread, bakery items and pastas. 3. Avoid conventional oat-based foods including cookies, muffins, and cereals like oatmeal and granola. 4. Familiarize yourself with the crops desiccated with glyphosate before harvest and do your best to avoid them. 5. Avoid foods made with genetically modified crops such as corn, canola, soy, sugar from sugar beets and cotton, as such crops are commonly sprayed with glyphosate-based herbicides. 6. Vote with your dollars. Marketing departments do an effective job of selling comfort and security. Demand that these multi-billion dollar chains do better!
Please see addendum for full table of results.
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