Glyphosate in Hemp? Why We are Certified Glyphosate-free
The world’s most widely-used herbicide has been getting a lot of attention the past few years, and for good reason.
The herbicide, glyphosate, is primarily manufactured by Monsanto and distributed under the name Roundup. It aggregates billions of dollars in sales for Monsanto and other companies each year as farmers worldwide depend on it for food and agricultural production.
Despite its popularity and wide-spread use, glyphosate has quickly proven itself to be incredibly toxic not only to our health but also to our environment. A number of cities, counties and even one U.S. state have issued bans, restrictions or warnings on glyphosate as a result of its ongoing health concerns. Seventeen countries have also banned or restricted the use of glyphosate.
At Ananda Hemp, we believe it is important to ensure that no environmental contamination and residues of this chemical are found in our products.
For this reason, we have received a ‘Glyphosate Residue-Free Certification’ from The Detox Project, assuring our customers that our products are safe, clean and completely free of glyphosate.
Health Risks Associated with Glyphosate
Due to its widespread use, glyphosate is nearly impossible to avoid. In the nearly 20 years of its wide-spread exposure, scientists have been documenting the health consequences of glyphosate in our food, in the water we drink and in the air we breathe.
In 2015, the herbicide found its place under the spotlight when the World Health Organization’s IRAC classified the herbicide as a probable human carcinogen, although it had been widely studied for years prior for its part in the rising rates of a variety of chronic diseases.
In 2019 alone, there have been numerous studies that have linked glyphosate to increased risks of birth defects, reproductive problems, obesity and other serious long-term diseases.
Earlier this year, a California jury awarded more than $2 billion to a couple who claimed glyphosate is responsible for their major health issues, in the largest U.S. jury verdict to date. Monsanto is currently facing thousands of similar lawsuits that are claiming the company failed to warn users of the herbicide’s long-term health risks. These risks include a laundry list of chronic diseases and ailments.
What does this have to do with hemp?
The majority of hemp crops worldwide are still conventionally grown, meaning they require the use of fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides. If these toxic chemicals are sprayed on or near hemp plants, any extracted oils could also contain the chemicals.
Even in legal states where regulatory agencies require pesticide testing through ISO certified labs, glyphosate is not one of the required (or even offered) panels.
Since there is no regulation as of yet for hemp, this also means that the hemp-derived CBD products that are flooding the market have a probability of containing levels of glyphosate. While many companies have committed to publishing their COA’s (third party test results) on their websites, glyphosate would not be included.
Glyphosate and the Environment
In addition to the health problems caused by the use of toxic chemicals in agriculture, our environment is facing major repercussions as well. Pesticide and herbicide spraying are rapidly degrading our living soils. When farmers began to rely on chemical pesticides and herbicides, a drastic change in soil health followed. When the health of soil is compromised, the nutritional value and purity of its yields is compromised as well.
While the intended effects of these chemicals are often short-lived, studies have shown that they linger in the atmosphere, the ground and in our waterways long after the job is done. Chemicals have been used on crops across the world for generations, creating a buildup of adverse pollution in our environment, which continues to grow with every application.
“The use of glyphosate has run rampant in agricultural communities in which the chemical is disruptive to the microorganisms that help maintain healthy soil balance.” explains Ananda Hemp’s Chief Operating Officer, John Ryan, “The lack of nutrients in soils leads to the increased use of petro-chemical based fertilizers, which then, in turn, spur greater population of weed species, which then requires the use of more glyphosate. Thus, the negative cycle continues. What is left are soils that have no ability to sequester and hold carbon which is detrimental to the broader environment.”
Our Commitment to Safety and Sustainability
At Ananda Hemp, we strive for complete transparency in our products and in our growing practices. The sustainability of our planet is important to us. Because glyphosate can remain present in soil up to 200 days, we also conduct a 2-year paddock history of any farm we grow on or purchase material from.
We provide third-party test results from an ISO-certified laboratory for each and every one of our products. All results are available on our website under our COA Lookup Tool.
‘Glyphosate Residue Free Certification’ is a third-party certification which tests products in an independent laboratory. To learn more about this certification, please visit www.thedetoxproject.com.
Coming soon: Look for the ‘Glyphosate Residue-free’ Seal on our products.