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Glyphosate herbicide found in breast milk, new study

Glyphosate is transferred to infants via breast milk.
Glyphosate is transferred to infants via breast milk.

On April 7, the Organic Consumers Organization released an urgent request to the U.S. regulatory agencies to ban the use of glyphosate due to a new study which showed the pesticide was present in breast milk. The agencies include the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Glyphosate is the herbicide used in commercial crops and is the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup product.

According to Mercola, when glyphosate is used in large quantities, it limits the body’s ability to detoxify chemicals. The inability to detoxify chemicals may result in brain disorders that can affect behaviors such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children.

The new (pilot) study found glyphosate levels high in 3 of the 10 the samples tested. It is postulated the glyphosate in the women’s bodies accrued over time and may be transferred in large amounts to infants.

This is the first study to examine the levels of glyphosates in breast milk. Additionally, there are no regulatory limits on the amount of glyphosates in breast milk.

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