I have recently been following a Soil Association campaign in which they are petitioning for the removal of glyphosate from UK bread. Glyphosate is a weedkiller sold around the world. The Soil Association states a report by the World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer has found that Glyphosate is a probable carcinogen for humans.
“Government figures show its use in UK farming has increased by a shocking 400% in the last 20 years. Nearly a third of UK cereal crops (over 1 million hectares) were sprayed with glyphosate in 2013.
Sadly, glyphosate doesn’t break down immediately, and can follow the grain into food manufacturing processes. Tests by the Defra committee on Pesticide Residues in Food (PRiF) have found that as much as 30% of UK bread contained this weedkiller. It’s even making its way into our bodies.”
Not only does this news cause me great concern but I was also alarmed to read that according to a recent study conducted by Argentina's National University of La Plata, 85 percent of tampons test positive for glyphosate.
I have never truly committed to switching to organic sanitary products because they have so far failed to live up to main stream brands but now more than ever I am reconsidering my choices. I have previously blogged about TOMS but other disposable brands to look out for (in UK) are Natracare, Organyc and Naty. Alternatives are reusable products such as Mooncup and washable pads.
If you would like to support The Soil Association’s Not in Our Bread Campaign and sign their petition visit their website: www.soilassociation.org/notinourbread