The dangerous chemical hiding in your dinner
I'd like to think that anything France can do, we can do better... but it might be about to speed ahead of us in one very important way.
France could soon become the leading voice of sanity and reason when it comes to keeping DEADLY chemicals out of your food.
Everyone should want that, right?
Yet while the United States government caves to the agricultural industry and expands the use of one of the worst-of-the-worst chemicals found in food, France is working toward the opposite goal.
The country is getting close to launching a flat-out BAN on glyphosate, the dangerous cancer-linked weed killer that's dumped onto genetically modified crops.
The food industry has claimed it's impossible to quit now, saying it's too late to change course. And it's also insisted that there's just no way to feed a hungry nation -- and a hungry planet -- without the convenience of dumping tons of glyphosate onto millions of acres of franken-foods that have been genetically altered to withstand the chemical.
France is getting ready to prove them wrong.
The country just signaled that it may vote against extending the approval for glyphosate -- not only for its own farms, but across the entire European Union.
The plan is up for an EU vote by the end of the year, and, if approved, it would lead to a phase-out that could take effect in as little as five years.
These moves come as European leaders are increasingly concerned by the science showing persistent links between glyphosate and cancer. The World Health Organization's cancer agency has even listed glyphosate as a "probable carcinogen."
Here in the United States, the state of California may be adding cancer warning labels to glyphosate containers, often sold in stores as Roundup.
But my adopted home state has been the exception so far.
Big Agriculture has crushed any moves to limit the use of this dangerous chemical, and it's starting to have real consequences.
Some 80 percent of the U.S. food supply now has at least some detectable level of glyphosate, and nearly every American -- 93 percent of us, to be exact -- has trace levels of this chemical in their urine.
Cross-contamination has become such a huge problem that glyphosate is now found in everything from honey to ice cream, including products that are supposed to contain non-GMO ingredients.
Once upon a time, you could avoid this stuff entirely by going organic. These days, it's even been found in some organics (likely due to that same cross-contamination), but it's still the best way to minimize your exposure and slash your risk.