In 2016, Moms Across America, found similar test results in 12 California Wines that were each found to be positive for glyphosate. The group decided to test even further and found out that glyphosate was found in all the most popular wine brands in the world, and the majority comes from the U.S.
Roundup is a chemical that is most commonly used to spray vineyards to keep the rows tidy looking, and free of all weeds. It is also used on grain crops which are used in the making of beer as a drying agent just before the harvest.
Glyphosate is a broad-spectrum of systemic herbicide and crop desiccant. The herbicides in it don’t dry, wash or cook-off, and they are scientifically proven to be neurotoxic, carcinogenic endocrine disrupters and there is a belief that they can cause liver disease at very low levels of consumption.
The beer brands tested include Budweiser, Busch, Coors, Michelob, Miller Lite, Sam Adams, Samuel Smith, Peak Organic, and the Sierra Nevada. The popular wine brands tested include Gallo, Beringer, Mondavi, Barefoot and Sutter Home. If you’re a fan of any of these brands then just know there might be Glyphosate herbicides inside of them.
This is not the first time that the alcohol industry has taken a hit, in 2015 CBS news broke the announcement that there was a lawsuit against 31 different brands of wine for a high level of inorganic arsenic.
Something similar occurred in Germany in 2016 where every single beer tested was found to reveal some residues of glyphosate, even in local and independent beers. Glyphosate levels were as high as 30 micrograms per liter, and these findings were done by the Munich Environmental Institute.
Ironically the EU Commission is looking to extend the approval for the use of Glyphosate for Germany and several other EU countries for the next 15 years.
Even though some of the test results were confusing at first, one would think that every independent beer or wine brand including organic ones would be free of glyphosate, since they are not allowed in organic farming. Well, they are contaminated with it, even though it was a lot lower than the conventional wines. However, independent beers were found to have a lot more herbicides inside them then main brands like Budweiser, Coors, and Michelob.
The good news is that a lot of beer and wine companies are moving away from this dangerous chemical, which is something that should be celebrated.
Phil Coturri, the Sonoma vineyard manager said that he hasn’t used Monsanto’s Roundup product since 1977, “You can’t constantly use a product and think it’s not going to have an effect. Glyphosate is something that’s made to kill.” Phil was recognized for his actions earlier this year, by the Golden Gate Salmon Association.
Last week Anheuser-Busch announced that their brand Michelob launched a new beer made with organic wheat.
The Brewers Association certifies craft beers and small independent beers gave a statement regarding the new test results.
“Brewers do not want glyphosate used on barley or any raw brewing material, and the barley grower organization have also come out strongly against glyphosate. It is clear that the malting and brewing industries are aligned in their opposition to the use of glyphosate on malting barley.”