A recent study published in the journal Environmental Science and Pollution Research tested urine samples from 6,848 participants and found glyphosate in 99.8 percent of the samples, suggesting a general contamination of the French population. When paired with demographic and dietary information about the participants, the study found higher levels of glyphosate correlated with:
- Men and children, with glyphosate concentrations reducing as age increases
- Farming as an occupation
- Consumption of non-organic foods. People whose diets consisted of 85% organic foods had lower levels of glyphosate in their urine
- Consumption of beer and fruit juices
- Tap and spring water as primary water source versus filtered and bottled water.
The mean concentration of glyphosate in the urine samples was 1.19 ng/ml + / − 0.84. In France, the glyphosate Maximum Residue Limit (MRL) for drinking water is 0.1 ng/ml, while the limit is higher in solid foods. The findings of this research support previous studies in France and the greater European region that indicate the widespread use of glyphosate in agriculture is contaminating food and beverages and making its way into human bodies. Learn more.