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High levels of glyphosate found in tests of members of the Japanese Parliament

High levels of glyphosate found in tests of members of the Japanese Parliament

A unique test project involving 23 members of the Japanese Parliament shocked the country after it was revealed that most politicians had long-term exposure to a variety of pesticides, including the world's most widely used herbicide, glyphosate. .

The results of the hair tests were announced in Japan's House of Representatives in early August and have led to growing demand for a shift in focus to pesticides in the country, the site reported. Sustainable Pulse.

Of particular alarm were the results of the most widely used herbicide, glyphosate and its metabolite AMPA in the world. The Japanese test project used a recently developed long-term hair exposure test method that revealed levels of contamination much higher than those detected in other parts of the world by urine or blood tests.

As a result of the test project, the member of the Japan House of Councilors, Ryūhei Kawada, told Yahoo News Japan "My goal is to launch a non-partisan parliamentary group for food security."

Another member of the Japan House of Councilors, Mizuho Fukushima, also called foreign wheat imports a major problem due to the practice of pre-harvest glyphosate fumigation in the United States and Canada; "We need to promote free, organic school meals with organic rice and local wheat bread. ”

The project

The Detox Project Japan, in coordination with The Detox Project and Kudzu Science, launched a trial project in early 2019 to identify which ubiquitous pesticides the Japanese are regularly exposed to in the long term.

Hair provided by 28 participants, including 23 members of the National Diet (Parliament of Japan), was analyzed for more than 60 pesticide residues at the famous Kudzu Science Laboratory in Strasbourg, France.

Project Detox Director Henry Rowlands stated Thursday; “This unique test project was made possible by the development of new capillary test methods that have identified our long-term exposure to pesticides for the first time. Urine and blood tests only give us a picture of very short-term exposure, while hair tests give us a true and complete picture of what we have been exposed to in the long term and therefore what we owe avoid ".

The Detox Project has already enabled long-term exposure tests for glyphosate and other pesticides for the general public and also for the Greens / EFA group in the EU Parliament, which announced their results of pesticide tests in the Union European last year.

In addition to hair testing, The Detox Project Japan also conducted glyphosate tests on a wide variety of foods from local supermarkets.

The results

Of the 28 hair samples taken, 75% of them tested positive for long-term pesticide exposure, with a total of 14 pesticides detected.

The pesticides detected included Cyprodinil, Fipronil Sulfone, Iprovalicarb, Metolachlor, Propiconazole, Pyraclostrobin, Spiroxamine, Tebuconazole, Tetramethrin, Transfluthrin, Trifloxystrobin, Glyphosate, AMPA, Glufosinate.

Four of these pesticides were found in more than 10% of the samples; Tebuconazole (a fungicide) - 10.7%, Transfluthrin (an insecticide) - 14.3%, Glyphosate (a herbicide) - 32.1%, AMPA (the main metabolite of glyphosate) - 53.6%.

Results for glyphosate and AMPA included regular levels of more than 33 and 166 ppb respectively with the highest results of 791 ppb for glyphosate and 1205 ppb for AMPA.

Henry Rowlands, (Sustainable Pulse)“Considering that the average urine levels for both glyphosate and AMPA are around 3 ppb, these levels in hair are very concerning. The results have shocked Japan and are expected to lead to changes in legislation around long-term exposure to pesticides in the country. This shows that with the correct level of consciousness anything is possible. "

The detox project

The Detox Project is a research and certification platform that encourages transparency in the food and supplement industries regarding toxic chemicals.

The Detox Project also promotes unique new testing technologies that allow people around the world to discover what levels of toxic chemicals are in their bodies and in their food.

By Graciela Vizcay Gomez

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