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Saturday, May 2, 2015

How toxic are you? Glyphosate (Roundup) home test

Feed the World has set up the first ever validated glyphosate testing (LC/MS/MS) for the general public worldwide, which will be provided in the U.S. with the support of the Organic Consumers Association (OCA).

If you live in the U.S. and would like to test your urine, breast milk or tap water for glyphosate contamination please order and pay for the test in the form below.


Why has this validated glyphosate testing been developed?

Glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide in the U.S. and in the world and one of the most widely used chemicals in our environment. So Feed The World believes that validated glyphosate testing for the general public is important.
There have only been a very few small-scale studies done to measure the levels of glyphosate in human fluids like breast milk and urine. The testing that has been done so far has either not been made available to the general public or has not used methods that global regulators (such as the Environmental Protection Agency – EPA) will accept.
The validated glyphosate testing method developed thanks to Feed The World’s sponsorship is one of the first ever environmental chemical tests to be made available to the general public.
The testing method has very low minimum detection levels, which means that the public will be given an accurate and clear idea as to the level of glyphosate found in their body fluids and in their water.

What method is being used for this glyphosate testing?

Glyphosate (N-(phosphomethyl)glycine ) is directly analyzed using liquid chromatography- tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). Water and urine samples are prepared for analysis by solid phase extraction using an ion exchange column. Extracted samples are injected to the LC-MS/MS and the analyte is separated using an Obelisc N column (SIELC Technologies, Prospect Heights, IL) through isocratic elution. Ionization of glyphosate is achieved using an electrospray ionization source operated in negative polarity. The analyte is detected by multiple reaction monitoring using a 13C-labelled glyphosate as internal standard. Quantification of the analyte is done by isotope dilution method using an eight-point calibration curve.
The assay has a limit of quantification of 0.1 ng/mL. The intra- and inter-day precision observed are 6-15% in concentrations that range 0.1-80 ng/mL. Recoveries for glyphosate range 70-80% at concentrations within the assay’s linear dynamic range.

How does this validated glyphosate testing improve on other publicly available glyphosate testing?

Currently available glyphosate testing for the general public is based on the ELISA method. This method is not accepted by government regulators and therefore does not help to give the general public a role in changing the regulatory attitude to glyphosate.
Feed The World has sponsored the development of a new and unique LC/MS/MS method, which has a much lower minimum detection level than the ELISA method.
The LC/MS/MS method is the only validated testing method for breast milk.
The LC/MS/MS method can be used to check results from the ELISA method. This will enable Feed The World to use the quicker and simpler ELISA method when required – and still give accurate results to the public.

Are there ‘safe’ levels of glyphosate?

Glyphosate Regulation
Read more detail about ‘How safe are “safe” levels of glyphosate?’ here

How am I helping future generations by taking this test?

Your reaction to the testing results could force political change on the issues surrounding glyphosate and environmental chemicals, thus helping to protect public health now and in the future.
Glyphosate has also been linked to many different diseases in correlation and lab studies. To enable independent scientists to design lab-based experiments that give a clear indication of what real-life health effects glyphosate is having on the human population, including on the health of future generations, they need scientifically valid and statistically significant data on what levels of glyphosate are found in the human population.
By taking this test you will help the independent scientific community to bring clarity to the real damage being done by glyphosate.

How can I detox from glyphosate?

University research has demonstrated that certified organic diets significantly lower children’s dietary exposure to organophosphorus pesticides. Download the research here.
If your first glyphosate test results show significant glyphosate levels in your body, then, based on the above study, eating a certified organic diet (with only filtered water) for 6 weeks could potentially detox the glyphosate from your body. In other words, your second glyphosate test taken after your organic diet will show either a detox of none, some, or all of the glyphosate in your body.

What can I do to help ban glyphosate?

If the results of your “before and after organic” test indicate significant glyphosate levels before and significantly reduced levels after an organic diet, you can exercise your consumer rights in two steps – Click here to find out more.
Bill of Rights: We believe there should be NO MAN-MADE TOXIC CHEMICALS in the bodies of women and children across America.
The Bill of Rights’ call to ban glyphosate (the most used herbicide in America) is the first step towards achieving this aim.
The Women and Children’s Glyphosate Bill of Rights will be presented to the U.S. Senate in October 2015 by representatives of the organizations who sign on to the Bill.

How can glyphosate be phased out of our food and environment?

For full information on Feed The World Solutions to phase out glyphosate and to support sustainable agriculture click here.
If you live in the U.S. and would like to test your urine, breast milk or tap water for glyphosate contamination please order and pay for the test in the form below.

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