Traces of glyphosate on crops are not toxic to humans

Anastasia Bodnar from Biofortified explains why the traces of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, are not toxic to humans.

With [glyphosate] being used not only as a herbicide but also as a drying agent, and not just in our lawns but on our food, should we worry about our safety? In short, no. When used properly, [glyphosate] is quite safe for humans.

The EPA sets maximum safe levels of pesticide residues for crops (calledtolerances), based on the latest science. These tolerances are hundreds of times higher than estimated toxic values, and they consider a person’s total exposure to pesticides (with a wide margin of error to protect children and others who may be vulnerable). The USDA tests crops each year to make sure they don’t go above the tolerances. Very few pesticides are found above the tolerance levels.

Read the full, original story here: “Is glyphosate toxic to humans?”

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