If you’re a health nut, or even if you just watch what you eat, for what ever reason, you should probably look closely at this story the next time you buy honey. Glyphosates have been linked to cancer causing agents, and now it has been discovered in honey. Bee keepers are concerned enough about it that they are taking a heavy weight corporation, Bayer, to court over it.
Ecowatch published this story.
Last Thursday, the same day the $63 billion acquisition closed, a beekeeping cooperative in northern France filed a legal complaint against the German chemical giant after the controversial weedkiller was detected in honey produced by one of its members, AFP reported.
… The initiators of the legal complaint hope their action will open an investigation that will determine the percentage of glyphosate in honey batches and whether the contamination could lead to any health consequences for consumers.
“It’s also a matter of knowing how widespread this might be. Famille Michaud tells me this isn’t an isolated case,” Ludot said.
In 2015, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer classified the substance as “probably carcinogenic,” although Monsanto and other scientific panels, including the European Food Safety Authority, disagree.
In November, a majority of European Union member states voted to renew the license for the product for five years. French President Emmanuel Macron, however, has vowed to ban glyphosate within three years.
Bayer told French publication Le Figaro that it was informed about the legal complaint by the press and “no judicial information has been notified to date.”
Monsanto faces more than 2,000 lawsuits in the U.S. alone over Roundup cancer claims. As German newspaper Handelsblatt Global noted, “Bayer is pointing to studies that suggest glyphosate is safe, but this will likely not spare Monsanto, and therefore Bayer, incalculable costs in terms of financial resources and time spent on legal proceedings.”
Europeans have long since banned a lot of Monsanto products for various health reasons. This might be one to watch as a ban on glyphosate could severely cripple the corporation’s bottom line. They will fight this to the bitter end.