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Is there Glyphosate in Your Food?

03/10/2018


​​A common hot topic in agriculture is genetically modified crops, specifically those sprayed with glyphosates. Glyphosate is an herbicide used to kill weeds and/or is sprayed on crops prior to harvest to dry grains and legumes in field (known as desiccating).

Health Canada has approved the use of glyphosate on a variety of crops, as well as set a Maximum Residue Limit (MRL). The MRL is the amount of chemical residue that is expected to remain in or on a food product that will not be a concern to human health.

What many headlines fail to mention is that although there are traces of glyphosate found in some food products, the amount detected is far below the MRL’s set by Health Canada, meaning the foods are of no concern to human health. MRL’s standards are in part per million, the foods tested were in parts per billion so at worst the products tested were 100 times below the limit.

Testing Details

  • Testing in 2016 by Health Canada
  • 317 samples of fresh fruits and vegetables
    • 7.3% of samples contained traces of glyphosate, but 0 samples above the MRL​
  • ​127 samples of children’s food ​
    • ​​​​30.7% of samples contained traces of glyphosate, but 0 samples above the MRL ​

It is important to use reliable sources when researching glyphosate. There is a lot of false information posted by unreliable sources such as anti-GMO advocacy groups. Health Canada has many protocols, limits and monitoring programs in place to ensure that chemical residues in human food products do not cause any concerns to human health.

For more information about glyphosate in food, check out the followinglink​.

For more information contact Stuart Person, CPA, CA, National Director of Primary Producers at 780-451-4406 or Stuart.Person​@mnp.ca.​