Researchers testing water from streams in farming areas found significant levels of Monsanto RoundUp in the water.
According to a Reuters report:
Significant levels of the world’s most-used herbicide have been detected in air and water samples from two U.S. farm states, government scientists said on Wednesday, in groundbreaking research on the active ingredient in Monsanto Co’s Roundup.
The researchers found “significant levels” of the Monsanto herbicide in water samples from streams in Mississippi and Iowa. They say that every water sample that they took contained RoundUp.
While this study didn’t look at the impact of this contamination, we know that RoundUp is not something we want to be drinking or something we want marine life to be exposed to. It’s proven to cause birth defects and contribute to a number of plant, animal, and human health problems.
What Can You Do?
This is a tricky question, since the main culprit seems to be agricultural runoff. It feels like the best solution is to choose organic produce or buy directly from farmers that you know don’t use RoundUp. Of course, you can also abstain from using RoundUp in your own yard or garden.
RoundUp is heavily sprayed on corn and soybean crops for livestock feed, so it’s important to know where your meat comes from, too. Cutting back on meat or finding a farmer you trust can make a big difference.
You can also let your representative know that you have concerns about RoundUp’s safety!
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