Roundup Weed Killer was first marketed in the United States by Monsanto in 1974, and since that time it has become the world’s most popular weed killer. The chemical, which goes by the scientific name glyphosate, has been identified as “probably carcinogenic to humans” by the World Health Organization’s cancer branch, and that has led to serious concerns now that it is beginning to show up in numerous foods and beverages. The most recent example is the popular ice cream sold by Ben & Jerry’s. The company, which has built its reputation on exotic flavors and quirky names, is also known for its dedication to the environment, so it is no wonder that the discovery of the Roundup Weed Killer chemical in their product has moved them to remove all glyphosate-tainted ingredients and introduce an all organic line, due to debut next year.
The presence of Roundup Wee Killer in ice cream seems odd until you think about the fact that the chemical is used around the world, on crops of all kinds. According to Laura Peterson, a spokesperson for Ben and Jerry’s, “Glyphosate is one of the most widely used herbicides in agriculture and is everywhere – from mainstream food to natural and organic food, and even rainwater – and that’s the issue.” With the product being sprayed on wheat, oats, and peanuts, it then finds its way into ingredients used in the company’s products, including cookie dough, brownies and peanut butter.
Roundup Weed Killer Chemical Concerns Make Changes Everywhere
In addition to ice cream, the Roundup Weed Killer chemical has turned up in wines. As people become more and more concerned about the health risks posed by the chemical, more actions are being taken in communities to guard against its effects. The Chicago suburb of Naperville has recently announced that it will begin use of organic weed killers to maintain its park grounds, and school districts in the area will be discontinuing use of Roundup near playgrounds.