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What are glyphosates?


Q. Is there any source for discerning how badly vegetables, cooking oils and cereals are contaminated with glyphosates? The more I read, the more reluctant I am to feed my great grandchildren the foods they ask for based on TV ads.


A. Glyphosate is an active ingredient in some herbicides targeted to inhibit an enzyme essential for plant growth.  The enzyme is not present in humans and therefore has low risk to human health when used according to label directions. Crop farmers may use glyphosate-type herbicides to control weeds for better crop yields. Glyphosate Fact Sheet



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