Ep 158: How toxic is Glyphosate? Less than a glass of wine.

The truth behind the toxicity of glyphosate

I get it, there is a ton of information out there on glyphosate (aka RoundUp) with some correct and some (actually a lot) false. A recent article cited a CDC study that found traces of glyphosate in urine samples and as you can imagine, the internet is ablaze with comments.

Today we are going to set the record straight on glyphosate. I decided to touch base with a friend of the show and past guest, Dr. Kevin Folta, to help explain the science behind glyphosate, his thoughts on the viral article, and how he responded with his own article. Dr. Folta does a fantastic job explaining the science behind this misunderstood chemical as well as the findings from countless studies done on glyphosate.

At the end of the day, we have to trust the science. Dr. Folta doesn’t just tell us his feelings and understanding of herbicide (his background is second to none), he also thoroughly explains the consensus from the scientific community and why incendiary journalism is often targeting a chemical it doesn’t understand.

Additional notes from organizations on glyphosate and its toxicity:

  • World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer – “Equally toxic as red meat, hot beverages, and working as a barber. Less toxic than bacon, salted fish, and wine.”
  • United States EPA – “Not likely carcinogenic, and no other meaningful risks to human health.”

Dr. Folta’s Response Article

Talking BioTech Podcast

Dr. Folta on Twitter

Show Notes:

  • Dr. Folta’s background
  • What is glyphosate?
  • What crops is glyphosate used on?
  • The original article calling our glyphosate (not linking to avoid it getting more traction)
  • Why terms like “Linked” are hot words for journalism
  • Difference between glyphosate and COVID vaccine and their government approval vs consumer approval
  • The scientific consensus on glyphosate
  • Parts Per Billion (PPB) compared to Time
  • Why glyphosate in urine is a good thing!
  • What is the “Dirty Dozen”?
  • Environmental Working Group
  • How most food is tested for residual chemicals and are often below recommended thresholds.
  • Ae of information vs misinformation
  • Dr. Folta’s advice on finding trustworthy information
  • Dealing with internet trolls

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