While foodies and activists and wealthy folk were busy stumping for “organic” and not paying much attention to the 99% of cropland that feed the masses of invisible people, the people who eat all the, you know, contaminated food … while they were preoccupied, the EPA, On May 1, 2013, quietly passed a rule which raised limits of the “probably carcinogenic” herbicide glyphosate (found in Monsanto’s Roundup) on fruits, vegetables, and seeds. Carrots are now allowed to have 25 times the amount of glyphosate as they did in 2013, sweet potatoes 15 times more, mustard and flax seed 400 times more. Here’s the rule: Pesticide Tolerances: Glyphosate.
And now … that “probably carcinogenic” herbicide glyphosate has been found in sterile tampons, pads, cotton balls , gauze, swabs, anything made with cotton:
Tampons, Sterile Cotton, Sanitary Pads Contaminated With Glyphosate – Study, RT, 23 October 2015
“Eighty-five percent of all samples tested positive for glyphosate and 62 percent for AMPA, which is the environmental metabolite, but in the case of cotton and sterile cotton gauze the figure was 100 percent,” said Dr. Damian Marino, the study’s head researcher.
In 2014, 96 percent of cotton produced in the United States was genetically modified, according to the US Department of Agriculture.
In March, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an arm of the World Health Organization, classified glyphosate as a “probable carcinogen,” as opposed to its previous designation, a “possible carcinogen.”
You know what will happen now? You do. The market for “organic” cotton will surge. Activists and wealthy folk will opt for the “pure” stuff. All will be right with the world again. While the majority of people, people who either don’t know that their cotton contains a “probable carcinogen” or don’t have access to anything else, will continue using the contaminated cotton.
“Organic” is a marketing term. It’s just a diversion, a way to keep foodies and activists and informed wealthy people busy while big biotech companies gleefully sell and farmers gleefully spray the crops that most people depend upon. We should be using all our “Buy Organic!” energy instead to rail against the non-organic nature of all food, as Europe is doing:
Two-thirds of European Union nations have requested allowance to ban GMO crops, pursuant to European Commission rules.
By the way, glyphosate is also an endocrine disruptor. It can disrupt metabolic pathways and contribute to obesity, diabetes, infertility, at much lower amounts than that which makes it a carcinogen.
I suppose this applies to cotton clothing too. What happened to America’s social contract? It seems like it’s every man for himself anymore.