GM & Glyphosate Free
Some of the most common foods that contain the weed killer glyphosate, are genetically modified.
The campaign aims to raise awareness & advocate for the labelling of cosmetic ingredients that are grown with glyphosate and/or genetically modified ingredients. Until government agencies around the world can agree on the safety of GM crops & glyphosate, Safe Cosmetics Australia will campaign to raise awareness for the health & safety of consumers. Certified Organic Ingredients are the first choice for your health, they provide the ultimate solution in avoiding GM & glyphosate.
Why should glyphosate be banned?
In 2015 more than 30,000 Argentinian doctors & health care professionals advocated to ban glyphosate. Over 400+ towns & cities in Argentinia passed laws restricting the use of glyphosate. FESPROSA explained that “In our country glyphosate is applied on more than 28 million hectares. Each year, the soil is sprayed with more than 320 million litres, which means that 13 million people are at risk of being affected, according to the Physicians Network of Sprayed Peoples (RMPF). Soy is not the only crop addicted to glyphosate: the herbicide is also used for transgenic maize and other crops. Where glyphosate falls, only GMOs can grow. Everything else dies.”- www.sustainablepulse.com
There is a global battle to ban the weed killer chemical, glyphosate. Some counties, states & cities throughout the world have commenced investigation into the active ingredient in Monsato's Round Up weed killer & other glyphosate-based herbicides that raise human health concerns & cancer related litigation. Several countries have taken steps to restrict &/or ban glyphosate while others have issued statements of intention to restrict & possibly ban the use of glyphosate herbicides, including the well known brand Round Up weed killer.
Australia's ABC reported in 2016, that "Councils across Australia are using the weed killer glyphosate in sensitive areas like playgrounds, despite a World Health Organisation (WHO) warning the chemical probably causes cancer." In 2015, WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) upgraded its assessment of glyphosate herbicides from "possibly" to "probably carcinogenic to humans," placing it in the same category as red meat.
Who is most at risk?
Agriculture farmers are most at risk. Consumers are concerned & rightfully so, parents of children attending primary schools know that Round Up is used to control weeds in the surround streest. "In the past we have ignored signs where products have been a dangerous good, such as asbestos, and years later thousands of victims have potentially made a claim for their pain and suffering," - Ms Ioannou, Local councils still using weed killer glyphosate despite WHO warning it 'probably causes cancer.
Produce containing glyphosate
Some of the most common foods that contain glyphosate are genetically modified. GMO soy, corn & conola, as well as non-organic cereals & grains that are harvested with glyphosate include barley, buckwheat, wheat, millet, oats, popcorn, rice, wild rice & sorghum. “Glyphosate not only causes cancer. It is also associated with increased spontaneous abortions, birth defects, skin diseases, and respiratory and neurological disease.” - www.fesprosa.org.ar
In Australia, all foods containing 1% or more GM ingredients are required to be identified on the label as being genetically modified. These labelling laws do not apply to cosmetic ingredients or to food sold at cafes & restaurants. Safe Cosmetics Australia campaigns for GM ingredients to be a mandatory requirement on cosmetic, personal care & household product labels that are made in Australia or imported. All GM foods sold in Australia have been assessed as safe by Food Standards Australia New Zealand.
In Australia the approved GM foods for consumption include corn, potato, wheat, soybean, canola, sugar beet & rice. "Studies have shown that baking soda is even more effective at removing pesticides than regular bleaching procedures. Since baking soda is highly alkaline, it is able to neutralize pesticides by breaking them down into molecules." - Find out how to remove pesticides from your fruit & vegetables in this article by www.getholistichealth.com
GM ingredients grown with glyphosate
GMO Soybean is not grown in Australia, it is present in imported products.
Genetically modified soybean, Glycine max, has introduced DNA manufactured by genetic engineering. Article: GMO Soy Creates Formaldehyde In Our Bodies. GMO Wheat is not grown in Australia, but it is present in imported products. There are no labelling laws that require GM ingredients to be stated on product labels. How can you avoid GM wheat? Switch to gluten free products or look for brands that actively state that they do not use GM ingredients & ideally carry a certification.
GMO Corn is not grown in Australia, it is present in imported products.
According to PLOS Biology, man invented corn 10,000 years ago when man discovered how to cross pollinat plants. Article: Genetically Modified Corn— Environmental Benefits and Risks. GM Corn derivatives, on product labels look for corn flour & cornstarch. Although similar they are not exactly the same, both ingredients are commonly used in makeup products such as eye makeup, foundations & other powder products either loose or compressed.
GM soy derivatives are commonly used in all types of cosmetics & personal care products.
The following ingredients can be made from soy or GM soy, on product labels look for soy ingredients such as Glycine Soja Oil, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Soybean Glycerides & Soy Acid. Although cotton it's self is not used in formulating cosmetics, derivatives such as cotton seed oil can be found in an array of skin care & makeup products. Cosmetic bags may also be made from GM cotton. Cotton Australia provides fact sheets on GM cotton
GM crops grown in Australia
There are only three GM crops permitted for growing in Australia, cotton, canola & safflower. "All GM foods sold in Australia have been assessed as safe by Food Standards Australia New Zealand. Labelling of GM foods is required by law." - www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au, the article continues: "GM whole foods such as soy, maize or sugar beet may be used as ingredients in food. None of these GM crops are grown in Australia, but some products for sale in Australia may contain imported GM ingredients."
GMO Cotton crops are grown in Australia. Growers of cotton receive financial rewards for farming cotton using biotechnology. “Since 2010 the total farm income gain derived by Australian cotton farmers from using this technology has been $395 million, an average of about $180 per hectare” - Cotton Australia: National Press Club, Graham Brookes, Director of PG Economics UK.
GMO Canola also know as Grapseed crops are grown in Australia. "About 20 per cent of the national canola crop is genetically modified. GM canola currently licenced to be commercially grown in Australia is resistant to herbicides" according to www.ogtr.gov.au. In the US it is estimated that 90% of canola crops is genetically modified. It is used in cooking & for biofuels.”
The five most common GM crops on a global scale include canola, corn, soy, cotton & sugar beets.
These food grade ingredients are found in imported products in Australian supermarkets, on the ingredient label these GM's include additives in packaged foods such as sugar, corn syrup, oils, flavoring agents, thickeners & more. GMO Safflower crops are grown in Australia. According to GrainCentral.com "Farmers may grow the GM safflower anywhere in Australia, subject to restrictions in some Australian States and Territories. Commercial safflower production occurs mainly in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia."
SBS reported that "Foods where GM ingredients are highly refined do not need to be labelled as containing GM soybean products are used as ingredients in many processed foods, such as bread, pastries, chocolates, potato chips, margarine and mayonnaise." - FcatBox GM Foods In Australia.
Glyphosate kills bees
Why do we need bees?
If for no other reason glyphosate should be banned, is to save the bees. Bees transfer pollen between flowering plants, this in turn continues the cycle of life , the vast majority of food that humans reply on require pollination, bees are fundamental in the production of apples, vanilla & almonds. “The bee itself has no molecular targets from glyphosate,” says Nancy Moran, a biologist at the University of Texas. Nancy is the co-author of a study on bess & glyphosate, she told Environmental Health News. “But its gut bacteria do have targets.” Moran & other scientists liken the bees exposure to glyphosate as being similar to taking too many antibiotics, it upsets the balance of good bacteria vital for supporting immunity & digestion. “We all know that glyphosate is an antibiotic. It’s very toxic to bacteria. It’s even patented as an antibiotic,” says Nathan Donley, who is a senior scientist at the Center for Biological Diversity. “But very few researchers have actually dived into this issue. The good thing is, that’s starting to change.” - www.sierraclub.org
Brands featured in Safe Cosmetics Australia's GM & Glyphosate Free campaign, are either Certified Organic by an independent certification provider that excludes GM & glyphosate from their criteria or they are formulated with a high content of certified organic ingredients. Where available, brands pledge to always choose the Certified Organic ingredient over the non-certified natural ingredient that may contain GM ingredients & glyphosate.