By Graciela Vizcay Gomez
Contamination of conventional wine was 28 times higher than organic wine, with levels ranging from 0.659 ppb in organic to 18.74 ppb in conventional wine.
Consumers may wonder how Roundup / glyphosate is getting into their wine. According to plant pathologist Don Huber of Purdue University, the vine is inevitably pulverized on the stems in this process and the Roundup is likely to absorb through the roots and bark of the vines from where it is transloca in leaves and grapes.
Because Roundup, glyphosate is not allowed in organic or biodynamic vineyards, the results are unexpected and can only be explained by drift of chemical sprays from neighboring vineyards. This could mean legal ramifications of contamination and the devaluation of another company's product.
The wines tested came from Napa Valley, Sonoma and Mendocino Counties in California.
California is the largest wine producing state in the entire U.S. They are all 50 to 150 miles north of San Francisco. The Central Coast Vineyard Regions are on the foothills and valleys of the coastal mountains from Monterey in the north to Santa Barbara in the south. California chardonnay and sauvignon blanc grapes produce excellent white wines, while Cabernet Sauvignon grapes produce excellent red wines. Zinfandel grapes are a well-known Californian variety that produces a very good red wine.
Chance? According to the CA Department of Health, breast cancer rates in Sonoma, Napa, and Mendocino counties are 10 to 20 percent higher than the national average. 700 lawsuits pending against Monsanto for connection between non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and Roundup
The brands of the wines were not disclosed, and frankly, the brands are not the problem. The real problem is the widespread contamination of glyphosate-based herbicides in consumer products.
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