Glyphosate is a chemical found in weed-killing products like Roundup that poisons our earth, air, and water. This insidious chemical has infiltrated every aspect of our water and food systems, showing up in some places that you’d least expect it. According to a report from the University of California San Diego Health, human exposure to glyphosate has increased approximately 500 percent since the introduction of genetically modified crops.
As explained in a recent article by Robyn O’Brien, up until recently, there was little that consumers could do about this problem. However, with the introduction of blockchain, which Harvard Business Review defines as “an open, distributed ledger that can record transactions between two parties efficiently and in a verifiable and permanent way,” that is changing.
As of now, very few food companies test for this chemical, and even if they are, they’re not releasing that data to the public. Blockchain will help consumers find out how much glyphosate is in their foods because it creates a system of transparency, storing information and preventing it from being changed in the future. While this is scary for some, a few forward-thinking companies in the food industry are embracing it.
One of those companies is ZEGO, whose CEO, Colleen Kavanagh, is committed to food safety and increasing transparency.
“At ZEGO, we believe in giving consumers control over what they eat by using our Z-CODE blockchain food safety system transparent labeling and comprehensive testing to inform their choice,” she writes. “If you are a long-time customer, you know that in addition to producing our products in a top eight allergen and gluten-free facility, we also send out each batch for independent lab testing for peanut, soy, dairy, and gluten. We connect that data to the product in your hand through the QR code on the package. Building on that, we are now periodically testing for glyphosate and posting the results as well. With one scan, you can see all five test results.”
Right now, there are no regulations requiring companies to test or reveal their testing results for glyphosate. But Kavanagh has a few suggestions for how to minimize your exposure, including:
- Email the companies you buy most often from and ask them for the same blockchain testing and transparency ZEGO provides for glyphosate, allergens, and gluten.
- Buy organic and non-GMO certified products when you can, particularly if they are made from wheat, corn, cotton, soy, canola oil and sugar beets. (One 2014 study by the Journal of Environmental Research showed going organic for a week reduced exposure to chemicals by 90%.)
- Read more about glyphosate at The Detox Project and about how you can get tested to find out how much glyphosate you have been exposed to. Soon they will also have an in-home test you can use on your food and water. Share the information with friends and family (in a nice, not scary, not preachy way.)
- Contact your representatives at the state and federal level. Let them know that you care about labeling transparency and want the FDA to release its glyphosate findings.
Read more about glyphosate in food and the power of blockchain on RobynOBrien.com.