Find out what is making it's way into 100% of California wines.
California wine vineyards have been infiltrated. Not with insects or rodents or eager wine connoisseurs, but with none other than Monsanto's Roundup. Roundup is the most used agricultural chemical in history.
Stop the production of Roundup! This human carcinogen is still sold at big box stores. It's in your processed cereal, bread and now wine. No wonder younger women in their 20's and 30's are getting diagnosed with breast cancer.
The active ingredient in Roundup is Glyphosate. After its introduction in 1974, 1.8 MILLION tons have been applied to U.S. Fields*, two-thirds of which have been sprayed over the last 10 years. Its usage has gotten out of control and is taking on a "life of it's own" and making its way into foods it hasn't even come into direct contact with, such as, the grapes used to make wine. When buying organic anything you should be safe from glyphosate exposure. But this is not the case for even organic wine.
Advocacy group Mom's Across America sent in 10 wine samples to be tested for the herbicide. All 10 came back positive, organic wine included, although the levels were significantly lower. The highest levels were detected in a Cabernet Sauvignon from a conventional vineyard at 28 times higher than the other samples.
This is unacceptable. Organic should mean organic. Consumers have a choice. Demand regulation of your food supply.
So how did the Glyphosate end up there? It is not sprayed directly onto grapes in vineyards as it would kill the vines, it is often used to spray the ground on either side of the vines. It is likely that in the case of the organic wines the chemical either drifted or the farm was a conventional farm prior to becoming organic.
“This results in a 2-to 4- foot strip of Roundup sprayed the soil with grapevines in the middle. According to Dr. Don Huber at a talk given at the Acres USA farm conference in December of 2011, the vine stems are inevitably sprayed in this process and the Roundup is likely absorbed through the roots and bark of the vines from where it translocated into the leaves and grapes.”
Glyphosate does cause cancer and other health concerns. Patented as an antibiotic, it's designed to kill bacteria, which is one of the primary ways it harms soil and human health. Research has even concluded that Roundup and other pesticides promote antibiotic resistance. Through oral exposure, it causes a disruption of gut microbes leading to an over-representation of pathogens, a chronic inflammatory state in the gut and an impaired gut barrier according to scientist Anthony Samsel, Ph.D.
Samsel’s research also revealed that Monsanto knew in 1981 that glyphosate caused adenomas and carcinomas rats. It is a known breast cancer carcinogen. That is why I do not recommend wine for women who have breast cancer.
"Monsanto’s own research supports the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) determination that glyphosate is a Class 2A “probable human carcinogen” — a determination Monsanto is now trying to get retracted. Other research has shown glyphosate may:
- Stimulate the growth of human breast cancer cells 
- Have endocrine-disrupting effects and affect human reproduction and fetal development 
- Induce oxidative damage and neurotoxicity in the brain 
- Modify the balance of sex hormones 
- Cause birth defects "
A 2012 study revealed that inert ingredients such as solvents, preservatives, surfactants and other added substances are anything but “inactive.” They can, and often times do contribute to a product’s toxicity in a synergistic manner — even if they’re non-toxic in isolation.
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