Glyphosate fest

April 2016

The world-renowned German beer industry reacted with shocked disbelief to the finding of glyphosate in 14 of its most popular beers.

Hardly surprising according to The German Brewers Association because 
"the herbicide is now found virtually everywhere after decades of use in agriculture".


By "virtually everywhere" is meant glyphosate is in the soil, air and water, it's absorbed by the plants growing there, and ends up in the animals eating the plants.  If this is what happens in a country that doesn't do GM glyphosate-tolerant crops, how bad is the contamination in the countries of the Americas which have gone wholesale down the GM agriculture route?

In the case of German beer, you might well ask what long-term effect glyphosate (a probable carcinogen) [1] plus alcohol (a known carcinogen of the mouth, throat, gullet, gut, liver, breast, and possibly the pancreas) might have when consumed together?

Yet another issue no-one's testing.



German Beer Industry in Shock over Glyphosate Contamination, Sustainable Pulse, 25.02.16

Photo Creative Commons


  1. I don't know about German regulations but glyphosate is allowed as a "desiccant" in malting barely in the UK. Maximum residual limit on the barley is 20mg/KG (20 ppm). How much of that ends up in the beer?

    1. How do farmers control that amount of residue - don't think they can. Dessicating any crop that goes into the human food chain is appalling. Are Aberdeen Angus fed GM soy/corn in the winter? - I suspect some are - hope not many in Orkney.


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