Debra here: I get emails from the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and often am startled how easy it is to make things better human and planet health-wise. A bit of background first… In July, EWG released an analysis of laboratory testing that showed glyphosate (aka Roundup, shown to cause cancer) is found in more than 90% of non-organic hummus and chickpea samples.
Roundup is sprayed on many non-organic crops and during different parts of the growing season…even shortly before harvest, on beans and grains as a drying agent. Residues end up in popular breakfast cereals and, yes, hummus.
So, what can we do? Here’s the easy part! GO ORGANIC. The levels of glyphosate, the main ingredient in Bayer’s (formerly Monsanto’s) Roundup herbicide, have been shown to drop quickly when we decide to eat all-organic.
“On average, the levels of glyphosate and its breakdown product aminomethyl phosphonic acid fell by more than 70% in both children and adults, with reductions seen after just three days of an organic diet….” Hot diggety, GO ORGANIC. Really. Do.