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Roundup is Making Us Sick: Part 3

| 12/7/2018 9:25:00 AM


Suggestions for Avoiding Roundup

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when we read about how pervasive Roundup is and how it damages our health. When things feel too big for me to handle, I remember a dear friend’s advice to just keep chipping away at it. Protecting ourselves and our families provides the motivation we’ll need to make continual small changes in what we eat. Here are some suggestions that have helped me avoid Roundup:

Eat organic foods when possible: The organic label is the only label that guarantees no herbicides or genetically engineered (GE) ingredients. That means no Roundup was used in either GE plants or in “drying down” other crops. Any “certified organic” meat, dairy or eggs cannot come from animals fed with food containing Roundup. When you know local farmers who grow food without herbicides, you’ll want to support them even if they’re not officially certified organic.

Avoid all GE foods: Even if GE foods haven’t been found to be intrinsically harmful, most GE crops are “Roundup Ready” and therefore contain Roundup. Unlike 64 other countries in the world, the United States does not require GE labeling on its food. Congress passed a bill in 2016 which required GE labeling, but since then the USDA’s only recommendations have been a bar label that can be read with smart phones or a deceptively smiling sunflower with a “BE” (“bioengineered’) on it. “Bioengineered” is not a common term for GE food. This attempt at deception means we consumers need to keep aware.

GE foods include soy, corn, canola, sorghum, sugar beets and potatoes.

Avoid non-GE food that may be dried down with Roundup: If not organic or from a farmer you know, it’s best to avoid all wheat, oats, canola, flax, peas, lentils, safflower, barley, rice, sunflower seeds and cane sugar.

Avoid processed foods: Over 90% of the food we Americans buy is processed, so this is indeed a tall order. But because most flour and sugar contain Roundup, we might begin by buying these ingredients as organic. I appreciate that even our rural grocery store now carries organic brands of both flour and sugar as well as other organic ingredients. If bread and cookies are part of the family’s fare, we can bake our own! Processed food is convenient, but it is not convenient to be ill.

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