A report that has been recently released by an organization advocating against toxin exposure stated that conventionally grown wine contains almost 28 times the amount of a harmful pesticide compared to organic wine.

The report was released by Moms Across America, a non-profit organization that’s goal is to “raise awareness about toxic exposure, empower leadership, and create healthy communities.”

According to the report, an anonymous supporter of Moms Across America sent in 10 different wines that were made in the North Coast region of California to the Microbe Inotech Lab of St.Louis, Missouri to be tested for herbicide toxicity. The wines that were tested were both organic and biodynamic.

The results of the analysis showed that all 10 wines that were sent in tested positive for glyphosate, an herbicide that has been linked to cancer, poisoning and a variety of side effects. Even the organic wines had traces of glyphosate, although they were not as heavily treated as the conventionally made ones.

“All ten of the wines tested positive for the chemical glyphosate, the declared ‘active’ ingredient in Roundup weedkiller and 700 other glyphosate-­based herbicides,” the report stated. “The highest level of glyphosate detected was up to 28.4 times higher than the other wines.”

Side effects of glyphosate toxicity include respiratory problems, skin irritation, arrhythmia, irritation of the throat and more. According to Eco Watch, an environmental news agency, those at risk of glyphosate poisoning aren’t just the ones drinking the wine.

“Glyphosate based herbicides are showing up in irrigation water, are likely present in manure/fertilizer from animals fed genetically modified grains and drift from spraying,” their website stated. “Glyphosate residues have been detected in many foods, cotton products, breast milk, beers and wines.”

The use of glyphosate shifted into the public spotlight after it was revealed that Monsanto, an agricultural organization that is the manufacturer of Roundup, was taking legal action to keep glyphosate off of California’s list of known carcinogens.

Neither the Californian government nor any representative of the Californian wine industry have released a statement in response to these findings.

References:

http://www.momsacrossamerica.com/

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15862083

http://ecowatch.com/2016/03/27/monsanto-glyphosate-wine/

https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/yesmaam/pages/680/attachments/original/1458848651/3-24-16_GlyphosateContaminationinWineReport_(1).pdf?1458848651

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-monsanto-glyphosate-idUSKCN0UZ2RN

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