Hidden Weed Killer In Your Bread

by on April 21, 2016

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I hold my hands up and admit it: “I do use Roundup weed killer.”

I had never used weedkiller until I moved into Portslade Hall – Specialist Herbal Supplies’ factory.

This is a lovely three storey building built in 1850 as a grain store. The bottom storey is semi-basement, 15 feet down from the ground floor, and the neighbour’s yard is kept from falling into my basement area with retaining concrete walls.

One day I noticed to my amazement a decent sized root pushing its way out through a crack in the concrete wall – making the crack bigger as it grew.

Hi there, Knot Weed

This was my introduction to  the Japanese Knotweed problem.

These things grow like – well, like a weed! In fact, they can grow 6-12 inches (15-30cm) a day.

After a bit of Googling, I investigated the neighbouring café’s yard and his nettle patch was absolutely covered with the Knotweed, with its characteristic leaves.

The Problem

The problem is not that is poisonous – in fact, you can even eat it.

The problem is, those roots are really strong, and can penetrate virtually anything. Many houses have had their foundations penetrated by Knotweed roots and they eventually fall over!

So that Knotweed had to go.

Google told me the only way to kill it was by using the ubiquitous Roundup. This will kill it off for 3 to 4 years and then you just have to keep an eye open the when it starts coming back, and give it another going over.

You’ll never get rid of it without a ton of trouble – and/or expense.

But in my bread?

So I got used to using weedkiller occasionally – in extreme circumstances.

But I didn’t expect to get Roundup in my bread.

Roundup is regularly used on all, or nearly all, commercial wheat to make it easier to harvest.

In fact, the Soil Association has shown that Roundup (technical name Glyphosate) used in UK farming has increased 400% since 1995.

In other words, it saves the farmer money and get cheaper food into the supermarkets.

It’s actually a poison

Does it worry you that a chemical used to kill wheat plants quickly is getting into your food products?

Well, it should.

Roundup residue is found in 30% of wheat samples tested by the Defra committee on “Pesticide Residues in Food”.

  • In 2015, the World Health Organization classified Roundup as “a probable carcinogen” (cancer causing agent).
  • There is growing evidence that it disrupts endocrine glands, kills helpful gut bacteria and damage DNA.

Not only Wheat

It’s not only wheat that’s treated in this way. Many other crops can be too, including:

  • Oats
  • Lentils
  • Peas
  • Sugar beet
  • Potatoes
  • Sunflowers

Go organic

It’s just another reason to “go organic”. I know it’s more expensive: but it’s a lot cheaper than it was 10 or 20 years ago.

And what price is it worth paying to help to avoid cancer?

It makes you think, doesn’t it?

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