[Editor’s note: Matan Shelomi is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Entomology at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Germany. He has a Ph.D. in entomology from the University of California – Davis.]
First of all, let’s be clear: cigarette smoking is one of the worst things you can legally be doing to your body.
As for glyphosate, you can find it on non-GMO foods as well, but since the edible part of corn is not exposed and may not even be developed during the time this weed killer is sprayed, there may not be any of it on the corn at all. That low dose does not compare to inhaling a cigarette worth of smoke directly into the lungs, even if glyphosate was just as dangerous. Plus most such corn is used for corn syrup, not corn-on-the-cob, so the potential dose is even lower.
Then there’s the fact that pure glyphosate is listed by the IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer) as being as carcinogenic as grapefruit juice, yerba mate tea, or sitting by an open fire, at most.
[S]moking one cigarette is more carcinogenic and toxic than drinking a spoonful of glyphosate-containing pesticide!
Ignore the “organic” or “GMO-free” label, it’s just a marketing ploy. Do not ignore those warning labels on cigarettes: they are not kidding.
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion, and analysis. Read full, original post: GMOs & Pesticides Versus Cigarettes: Putting Health Risks In Proper Perspective