Widespread Contamination of Glyphosate Weedkiller in California Wine

Mar 24, 2016

(MomsAcrossAmerica) - Concerned with the widespread contamination of glyphosate/Roundup and other glyphosate based herbicides from GMO chemical farming, Moms Across America has initiated the testing of glyphosate in water, urine, breast milk, Pediasure feeding tube liquid given to pediatric patients with cancer, baby formula, and beverages. Since then, several groups have since reported finding glyphosate in cereal, bread, honey, cow’s milk, soy sauce, pet food, beer and more.

In this recent project, an individual and Moms Across America supporter sent ten wines, including organic and biodynamic, to be tested for glyphosate based herbicides


On March 16th, 2016 Moms Across America received results from an anonymous supporter which commissioned Microbe Inotech Lab of St.Louis, Missouri that showed all ten of the wines tested positive for the chemical glyphosate, the declared “active” ingredient in Roundup weedkiller and 700 other glyphosate­based herbicides. The highest level of glyphosate detected was up to 28.4 times higher than the other wines at 18.74 ppb from a 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon from a conventional, chemically farmed vineyard. The lowest level was from a biodynamic and organic vineyard, 2013 Syrah, which has never been sprayed according to the owner, with a level of .659 ppb. An organic wine from 2012 mixed red wine grapes, had 0.913 ppb of glyphosate.

It is important to note that the detection of glyphosate is an indicator of the presence of many other co­formulants in glyphosate­based herbicides which have recently been shown by French scientist Seralini’s team to be endocrine hormone disruptors and to be 1000x more toxic than glyphosate alone.(11)

Therefore, the type or amount of the co­formulant chemicals in the wines are untested and the consequences on our health are unknown.

According to recent studies, the presence of glyphosate in consumables is concerning in nanoparticles, or very tiny levels.

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Robert Rex
Mar 26, 2016

The EPA sets a limit for Glyphosate contamination of table grapes. It has no standard for wine. Comparing the standard for grapes to the tests made on the wine by this Mother's Across America group. The high level found in wine at parts per billion, is ten times lower than the level set by the EPA. I think there is no danger and this is an alarmist project. One the other hand, I think that Glyphosate is bad for the environment, does not break down in the environment as originally stated by Monsanto and should be removed from the market. I grow grapes and make wine and we do not use Roundup.

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