Do you enjoy a glass of orange juice for breakfast or throughout the day? If you do, you’re not alone: the drink made from squeezed oranges was the most popular juice in the U.S. But you need to know that a highly toxic chemical from Monsanto Big Agriculture products has been found in five major brands of orange juice in the United States.
On average, an American downs 2.7 gallons of orange juice annually.
The watchdog non-profit group Moms Across America revealed that samples of five major U.S. brands they sent to an accredited lab tested positive for glyphosate.
Roundup is the most widely used herbicide (weed killer) in the world, although some places have banned its use. The chemical concoction is often sprayed to control weeds between citrus trees. It runs off with irrigation water and rain, even though glyphosate creates a tight bond with soil, prolonging its effectiveness in killing weeds and keeping it away from the groundwater.
Traces of glyphosate can remain detectable for up to six months, depending on climate and soil conditions.
One study showed that 50 percent of the glyphosate in dead leaves broke down in 8 or 9 days. A different study demonstrated that some glyphosate was taken up by carrots and lettuce after the soil was treated with it.
Here are the five major brands of orange juice that tested positive for glyphosate residues in independent laboratory testing with the amounts detected:
- Tropicana: 26.05 ppb and 25.12 ppb in glyphosate residues in two samples, both purchased from Target stores.
- Minute Maid: 13.54 and 12.65 ppb in two samples purchased from Jack in the Box stores.
- Stater Bros.: 4.93 and 4.43 ppb in two samples purchased at Stater Bros. stores.
- Signature Farms: 6.33 and 5.78 ppb in two samples purchased at Vons stores.
- Kirkland: 5.96 and 4.33 ppb purchased at Costco stores.
Laboratory analyses showed amounts of cancer-linked glyphosate ranged from 4.43 parts per billion (ppb) to 26.05 ppb.
Moms Across America, research has shown that as little as 0.1 ppb of glyphosate is capable of destroying beneficial gut bacteria. Repeated exposure can weaken the immune system and contribute to a slew of future health problems.
Monsanto manufactures the very potent and effective weed killer Roundup. Glyphosate (GLY-fo-sate) is the declared active ingredient in this common herbicide. Roundup is the #1 selling weed killer in the U.S. Years ago, and consumers began to report physical symptoms suggesting that this herbicide was a carcinogen.
There are, however, 750 other brands of glyphosate-based herbicides for sale. Many are a mixture of pure glyphosate, which is low in toxicity, with products with ingredients that help plants absorb the glyphosate. The added ingredients may add toxicity to the product.
In March 2015, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer stated that glyphosate is a “probable human carcinogen.”
On August 10, 2018, a federal judge in San Francisco, California awarded a school district groundskeeper $289 million after agreeing that his terminal non-Hodgkin lymphoma was the result of repeated exposure to Monsanto’s Roundup and other glyphosate-based chemicals.
Many health-conscious consumers may opt to pay a bit more for the assurance that their glass of liquid sunshine is non-toxic and doesn’t promote cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
Quite a few orange juice companies add synthetic “flavor packs” that do not have to be listed on the product’s ingredients list and may be altered chemically. Angelena Lewis (32) filed a class action lawsuit against Tropicana in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California in January 2007.
Plaintiffs allege that advertising claims are misleading and that Tropicana Products is guilty of consumer fraud. The Pure Premium brand features “an illustration of an orange with a straw stuck into it, which is meant to convey the message that [not-from-concentrate] juice is fresh from the orange. This reinforces the ‘100 percent Pure and Natural Orange Juice’ claim in large prominent type.”
The legal complaint against Tropicana Products (a division of PepsiCo Inc. in Purchase, New York) continued:
“It is not natural orange juice. It is instead a product that is scientifically engineered in laboratories, not nature, which explains its shelf-life of more than two months.”
In January 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revealed that an anonymous juice company had told them that a fungicide carbendazim was present in low levels in its products and juice from corporate competitors. The FDA promised to step up it’s testing for the substance which they believed posed no health risk in the amounts detected (35 ppb).
Fruit sold in the U.S. comes from several international markets. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that “26.4 percent of orange juice consumed in the U.S. in 2010 was imported, with 56.4 percent of the imports coming from Brazil.”
Symptoms of glyphosate poisoning are:
- Eye or skin irritation
- Nose and throat irritation (if inhaled as a spray)
- Increased saliva, mouth, and throat burns, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea (if swallowed)
NEVER DRINK WEED KILLER! It can be fatal. If you or someone you know ingests any product containing glyphosate, contact emergency medical services to report a poisoning. Follow their instructions.