100 Percent of Beer Tested Had At Least 5 Times the Amount Glyphosate Allowed by Law

beerBy Matt Agorist

Biochemical giant Monsanto has found itself under increased scrutiny after the World Health Organization recently announced that glyphosate is likely carcinogenic to humans.

Also, in the US, California recently labelled Monsanto’s Roundup — as known to cause cancer. Under the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, chemicals that cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm are required to be listed and published by the state.

The slew of studies showing the adverse health effects of Roundup on laboratory animals as well as humans are overwhelmingly ominous which makes news of the chemical being found in high quantities in beer that much more worrisome.

After dumping 2.6 billion pounds of this known carcinogen on the US for the past two decades, the problem has gotten so out of hand that the FDA has announced that they will begin testing certain foods for traces of glyphosate.

“The agency is now considering assignments for Fiscal Year 2016 to measure glyphosate in soybeans, corn, milk, and eggs, among other potential foods,” FDA spokeswoman Lauren Sucher told Civil Eats, an American food news publication.

The Environmental Institute in Munich, Germany, however, has taken it upon themselves to test for glyphosate and recently published a study on their results.

In the study, the institute tested 14 of the best selling beers in Germany and found that all of them contained traces of glyphosate.

Not only did all of them contain glyphosate, but the levels found were far higher than is legally allowed in drinking water. The legal limit for traces of glyphosate in drinking water is 0.1 micrograms per liter. The lowest amount of glyphosate found in one of the 14 beers was 0.46 micrograms in the Bavarian Augustiner beers.

However, that was extremely low compared to the 29.74 micrograms per liter in the Hasseröder brewery in Saxony-Anhalt.

Naturally, the Brauer-Bund beer association has come out swinging attempting to smear the study and downplay the health risks.

“An adult would have to drink around 1,000 liters (264 U.S. gallons) of beer a day to ingest enough quantities to be harmful for health,” it said in a statement.

However, that amount is based on a single dose. The harmful effects of long-term exposure through the ingestion of small amounts over time are only beginning to be realized.

It’s not because of unresearched public pressure that the WHO classified glyphosate as potentially carcinogenic. However, in spite of their move, Monsanto challenges the WHO’s position and says that earlier studies by the US Environmental Protection Agency found their herbicide to be safe.

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The idea that Monsanto is referencing the EPA’s findings is laughable as Monsanto and the EPA are but a revolving door for each other.

What’s more is the fact that since the 1990s Germany has limited the amount of glyphosate in the country. Nowhere near the quantity of glyphosate that is sprayed in the US is sprayed in Germany which makes one wonder just how much of the potentially carcinogenic chemical is in American brews.

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Matt Agorist writes for TheFreeThoughtProject.com

  • Smokey

    Mmm Mmm good.

  • Alonso Schneeweiss

    The EPA should do to the poison industry what it did to the coal industry.

  • Rafael Espericueta

    Sadly, the EPA is but a subsidiary of Monsanto.

  • Shanuman

    Well, it’s 2016, and that means the U.S.A. will be 240. 2 – 40s, it’s subliminal.

  • Anti Everything

    We should do to the EPA, FDA,USDA what it is DOING to us… KILL IT.

  • Anti Everything

    This, and many other reasons and chemicals, is why I brew my own beer.

  • Dan Jackson

    >“An adult would have to drink around 1,000 liters (264 U.S. gallons) of beer a day to ingest enough quantities to be harmful for health,” it said in a statement.

    However, that amount is based on a single dose. The harmful effects of long-term exposure through the ingestion of small amounts over time are only beginning to be realized.<

    You pee it out. That's what your kidneys are for. You sweat it out. That's what your skin is for. You breath it out. That's what your lungs are for. You figure it out. That's what your brain is for.

    Anyone who is worried about glyphosate in their beer is suffering from multiple organ failure.

  • Dan Jackson

    You discovered chemical free beer? 😮

  • Anti Everything

    Yes… I think. The water is spring water on our land and clean. The grains and sugars are ‘organic’, whatever that actually means. Yeast is yeast, I think, and the hops are home grown here, no chemicals. It would be interesting to have a bottle tested

  • Dan Jackson

    Pr-e-e-e-e-ty sure if you have it tested they will find chemicals.

  • bex

    Likely to cause cancer is not a ” known carcinogen” unless you include bacon as well.
    I’m all for using less pesticides (herbicides) as are good farmers but unless you are going to magic 6 billion people away they are needed to some extent.

  • Peter Elliot B.

    I gather that you work for Monsanto…. because no one else would make such remarkably unscientific claims. Cancer is killing more and more of us every day for the last century— in spite of our kidneys, skin and lungs.

  • Dan Jackson

    Lemme explain to you why more people are dying from cancer than ever before. It’s because we’re not dying of diseases which are now curable not because of GMOs or chemicals in our food.

    We’re all gonna die of something. Instead of dying of Syphilis or Polio or malnutrition it’s more and more likely to be cancer.

    The fact you didn’t know this incredibly obvious fact and that you called me a moron and accused me of working for Monsanto renders anything else you have to say on the subject intellectually worthless.

  • Peter Elliot B.

    Cancer is at least 80% an environmental disease and we now find it throughout the population, including infants. I admit your point that with increased longevity, more cancer, but the fact remains that we are poisoning ourselves and our children with toxins for the benefit of profit. Monsanto is one the major culprits– to wit: GMO’s and glyphosphate— and they spend millions bribing and lobbying to make sure that the vast masses of booboisie remain in ignorance.
    (puffed up sophist moron)

  • Peter Elliot B.

    “There’s no connection to GMOs or glyphosate and cancer”

    Wow, you really are a Monsanto employee or ringer! A few years ago you could have escaped with such a blatant lie but, times have changed.

    Here you go:

    The World
    Health Organization’s (WHO’s) cancer authorities – the
    International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)
    – recently determined that glyphosate is “probably
    carcinogenic to humans” (Group 2A). Glyphosate is the most heavily used pesticide in the world….”


    “A little over a week ago, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) announced that glyphosate would be added
    to their list of agents that are “probably carcinogenic to humans.”
    Glyphosate wasn’t the only pesticide added to the list, but as Nathanael Johnson noted at Grist,
    glyphosate tends to be something of a lightning rod due to its
    association with genetically engineered (Roundup Ready) crops. Let me
    start by pointing out I’m pretty late to the party writing about
    this. The IARC is a well-respected agency within the World Health
    Organization, so this announcement has been widely reported. And it
    should surprise nobody that Monsanto is vehemently denying any health concerns,…”


    “Glyphosate has been linked to tumours in mice and rats — and there is
    also what the IARC classifies as ‘mechanistic evidence’, such as DNA
    damage to human cells from exposure to glyphosate.”

    Of course you can claim faulty studies, cherry picking evidence, vested interests (hah!), incomplete data etc. but there is enough evidence to seriously question how much Monsanto corn and soya you really want to eat.

    Please do not let me stop you from enjoying your Kellogg’s though.

    I have not bothered to detail the unhealthy aspects of consuming “Roundup Ready” cereals but suffice to say that one of the mechanism of Roundup is the chelating of minerals in the soil thus starving the weeds. The corn and soya are resistant because they can make do with less nutrient minerals…. but can you? Do you want to?

    Sorry for calling you a moron, you are not– rather a shameless hired gun for the industry. Bad karma….

  • Michael Green

    The world is over populated they need to find a way to reduce the population its the illuminate Agenda .

  • Peter Elliot B.

    So I see that you have deleted your claim “There’s no connection to GMOs or glyphosate and cancer”. How interesting, now you will crawl back into the woodwork and await weaker prey, right?
    Shameless mercenary….

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