| Robert U. Craven, MegaFood CEO | September 27, 2018 |
As a husband and father of two daughters, I care a lot about the nutritional quality of the food my family and I eat every day. And as the leader of MegaFood, I’m passionate about holding my team and our partners and suppliers to the highest level of quality, ethics, and environmental impact. So, when we learned about the skyrocketing use of glyphosate as a desiccant on food crops, we decided it was time to take action.
Glyphosate is the most frequently used herbicide in the US. A “broad-spectrum antibiotic,” glyphosate does more than kill weeds. When used on GMO crops, the toxin also ruthlessly takes out every living thing in sight, including the microbiomes in the soil that help produce the life-giving minerals fortifying our food. Only the GMO crop survives, stripped of nutrients from having to grow up in a ravaged environment.
Not a pretty picture, huh? We’ll have more to say on glyphosate’s impact on long-term soil health in future articles. Now, I want to focus on glyphosate’s increasing use on conventionally grown crops, such as wheat and oats, on which it is sprayed some 8-10 days before harvest. This process speeds up the drying or “desiccation” of crops to make them easier to reap than they would be under natural conditions.
The problem with using glyphosate in this way is that trace amounts of the poison find their way into our food chain: the cereals, breads, granola bars, and even juices we have for breakfast or snack on. Do we really want to feed our families food laced with a dangerous chemical the World Health Organization's (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified as carcinogenic and linked to lymphoma? A growing number of nations are saying “no” and seeking to ban or restrict glyphosate.
The problem isn’t restricted to food. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup®, the Monsanto weed killer used on home gardens and public lands such as schools. You may have read recently about the California jury who ordered Monsanto to pay $289 million in damages to a school groundskeeper who is dying of cancer after using Roundup® and other glyphosate-based herbicides for many years.
As parents, partners, friends, colleagues, or what have you, we can only accomplish so much by shopping wisely, reading labels with a critical eye, and so forth. But I’m blessed to serve as the CEO of a Certified B Corporation whose mission is to cure nutritional poverty in our lifetime, so we’re taking the resistance to glyphosate to a new level.
First, a boast: MegaFood is proud to be the first supplement brand to have its entire line certified Certified Glyphosate Residue Free by The Detox Project, an independent research and certification organization that encourages transparency in the food and supplement industries. This certification means that you can confidently enjoy your daily supplements without the concern of exposure to glyphosate.
But that’s just the start. MegaFood has also partnered with the Washington, D.C.-based Environmental Working Group to file a legal petition with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ban glyphosate as a desiccant and promote the use of alternative, non-toxic methods of drying. Hopefully, the EPA will accept our petition and open a public comment period, because when they do, we’ll be waiting for them with a massive coalition of farmers, doctors, scientists, brands, retailers, and informed citizens.
I’m writing today to ask you to join our coalition and sign a petition urging the EPA to keep glyphosate away from our families and food. Every signature is a step towards a Glyphosate Residue Free future. May we have yours?
I’m urging the EPA to keep glyphosate away from our families and food. Will you join me?