The market has responded to our demand!
A new third-party food label is coming to a grocery store near you! The Detox Project recently launched their new label called “Glyphosate Residue Free.”
Working with a third-party laboratory, the company is testing single-ingredient foods and multi-ingredient products for glyphosate and AMPA (a glyphosate residue). According to their website, only foods that meet their strict requirements will be certified: “To be certified Glyphosate Residue Free, your product must have no glyphosate or AMPA residues down to the limits of laboratory detection(between 0.1 ppb and 20 ppb depending on the product).” All products that achieve “Glyphosate Residue Free” status will be tested at least three times per year in addition to being subject to spot checks.
The certification process began in March of 2017 and already “interest has been massive” with “over 300 brands” contacting The Detox Project in the first month, according to Henry Rowlands, company Director. In April, Leaf & Love Organic Lemonade became the first product in the United States to earn the “Glyphosate Residue Free” certification.
The certification comes at a much needed time. For years, the American people have asked for verification that their food does not contain glyphosate, the most widely used weed killer in the world, which may be associated with cancer.
For years, the government has not responded to our demands.
Last year, there was a glimmer of hope when the USDA announced they would begin testing corn syrup for glyphosate and AMPA beginning in April of 2017. April has come and gone, yet no testing has been reported. According to a USDA spokesperson, the testing program has been scrapped: “The final decision for this year’s program plan, as a more efficient use of resources, is to sample and test honey which covers over 100 different pesticides,” Glyphosate is not one of the “over 100 different pesticides” they plan to test for, according to Natural News.
To this day, the USDA does not routinely test our food for glyphosate.
In the absence of leadership, the marketplace stepped in.
The new “Glyphosate Residue Free” certification fills the existing glyphosate gap that is not accounted for through either the USDA Organic label or the Non-GMO Project label:
*Your favorite box of cookies can be labeled as USDA Organic, but can still contain glyphosate because final products are not tested for glyphosate during the USDA Organic certification process.
*Likewise, your favorite box of cereal can carry the Non-GMO Butterfly, verifying GMO avoidance, but it can still contain glyphosate because glyphosate is not tested during the Non-GMO certification process.
The “Glyphosate Residue Free” certification fills the glyphosate gap by complementing the USDA Organic Label and the non-GMO Project label.
The Detox Project is encouraging companies to raise their standards and to provide transparency to their customers. According to the Director of The Detox Project, Henry Rowlands: “We fully support organic agriculture as it is the best possible option for consumers to avoid toxic chemicals but the whole system needs an overhaul for the 21st century where transparency is key! We are calling on the whole organic industry to change their approach to testing their supply chain for toxic pesticides including glyphosate – regular testing of ingredients and final products and the use of low detection validated testing methods are a must if they are to be transparent to their customers.”
What You Can Do:
1. When you see products carrying the “Glyphosate Residue Free” verification seal, purchase those products instead of their counterparts that do not carry the seal.
2. Call your local grocery stores and ask them to carry brands and products containing the “Glyphosate Residue Free” verification seal.
3. Contact food brands directly and ask them to get certified through The Detox Project.
4. Share the news with your friends and family so that we can move the market together.
*Image used with permission from The Detox Project
Personal Communication (via email) with Henry Rowlands, Director of The Detox Project