What's the Deal With Glyphosate?
Glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide in the world, essentially it is a weed killer. The use of glyphosate dates back to 1974. It’s become a major topic of discussion due to its association with causing cancer, malignant tumors, and other health conditions. Glyphosate is usually combined with other toxic herbicides, which is how it has made its way into our food system. When used on crops it strips the plants of healthy bacteria, allowing dangerous pathogens to grow. Imagine what this does to our bodies when ingested!Where to Find Glyphosate
Where does a weed killer herbicide have a place in food? The truth is, it shouldn’t be in our foods at all. Unfortunately, it is found in foods, like, granola bars, bottled orange juice, rolled oats, whole grain pasta, hummus, and the list goes on and on! Glyphosate is found in its highest percentages on: wheat, barley, oats and beans, corn and soybean. The reason being is so that it can kill the crop, drying it out in order to be harvested sooner. An unbelievable statistic reported that, “In the US, though we’re only 4% of the population, we use 20% of the world’s supply of glyphosate annually.” Worldwide about 300 million pounds of glyphosate is used annually! That’s 60 millions pounds of glyphosate in the US annually.How Do You Avoid Glyphosate Exposure?
Avoiding glyphosate exposure seems like a near impossible task, especially in the US. However, more and more brands are going out of their way to ensure no glyphosate in their products. Reading your labels is essential. Although, just because a food is labeled “Non-GMO” does not mean it is residue free. Try to buy certified organic whenever possible. Those crops are not allowed to be treated with pesticides.
The Detox Project launched a new regulated label seen as “Glyphosate Residue Free.” Although certification is slow growing, there is hope that further regulations will be out there to help the consumer avoid products in which glyphosate was used in the process.Why We Don’t Use Glyphosate
Our mission is to keep our community healthy and be as sustainable and environmentally friendly as possible. We keep toxins far away from any of our ingredients by certifying each ingredient as organic and Glyphosate Residue Free. With the IARC proving positive association between exposure to glyphosate and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. And that this toxin strips away healthy bacteria causing leaky gut in humans, due to an overgrowth of pathogens in the gut. It is essential to us that we have a safe product for our consumers!Some of our favorite products that are certified glyphosate free:
- Food Stirs
- Once Upon a Farm
- One Degree Organic Oats
- Malibu Mylk
Banana oat muffins
- ⅓ cup extra-virgin olive oil or
- ½ cup maple syrup
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup mashed ripe bananas
- ¼ cup Malibu Mylk flax + oat milk
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus more to swirl on top
- 1 gluten free flour
- ¾ cups glyphosate free organic oats (we like One Degree Organics)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Blend olive oil and syrup until smooth. Add eggs and beat well. Add mashed bananas and milk. Blend until combined.
- Next add the the baking soda, vanilla, salt and cinnamon, and whisk to blend. Finally switch to a big spoon adding in the oats and then the flour and blend until just combined. Do not over mix!
- Add to a greased muffin tin and bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.