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  • About two weeks prior to harvest of grain crops like wheat, oats and barley, glyphosate is sprayed onto the crop as a desiccant, which accelerates the drying process, allowing for earlier harvest
  • Applying this toxic chemical to crops so soon before harvest is one likely reason why levels of glyphosate have been rising in humans
  • The Environmental Working Group (EWG) and other consumer groups have petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reduce the amount of glyphosate residues allowed in oats from 30 parts per million (ppm) to 0.1 ppm, as well as prohibit the use of glyphosate as a preharvest desiccant
  • The 0.1 ppm limit for glyphosate on oats was actually the legal limit in 1993 — it has since been raised 300-fold, in response to a petition from Monsanto around the time farmers began to widely use glyphosate as a desiccant late in the season

By Dr. Mercola

Most of the more than 250 million pounds of glyphosate sprayed on U.S. crops annually is used on genetically engineered (GE) crops, like Roundup Ready corn and soybeans that are engineered to withstand the chemical's otherwise lethal effects. (Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide.)


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