Glyphosate, or Roundup, is an active chemical and one of the most common herbicides that jeopardize tap water. The food manufacturing industry proceeds to feed a rapidly growing global population thanks to glyphosate.
The discovery of Glyphosate in 1973 transformed the operations of the global food industry. As the first un-selective herbicide invented, glyphosate can kill any weed in its path, contrary to previous herbicides that only killed certain weeds. This chemical entered production and was first commercialized in Malaysia and the United Kingdom in 1974, before becoming the most widely used agricultural chemical in the world.
Several studies indicate that glyphosate, despite its affinity for soil, may be found in aquatic environments and drinking water wells. Once in the water, glyphosate is stable and does not easily deteriorate. This substance may enter the surface and groundwater through two primary pathways. Either with the help of the wind in the water bodies adjacent to the spray fields or by the irrigation run-off resulting from the spraying of the fields to the distant water bodies. Humans are more likely to be exposed to glyphosate through direct inhalation, skin contact, consumption of glyphosate-treated crops, or contaminated drinking water.
The use of Roundup has recently received scrutiny. About 2400 cases have been brought against him claiming that glyphosate causes cancer. Of the 2,400 lawsuits in progress, most people had direct contact with Roundup who used it to spray their houses, schools, or farms. Also, one drinking water facility in Florida and two others in Louisiana reported levels of glyphosate (9.00, 8.35 and 5.05 ppb… above the Environmental Working Group’s health recommendation of 5 ppb).5 ppb is a stricter health target than the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s (MCL) maximum pollutant level of 700 ppb (or 0.7 mg/L). EWG was unaware of Florida and Louisiana water quality violations. Rather, these results were highlighted because their facilities reported levels above the WHO/EPA definition of “acceptable risk” for carcinogens. These two organizations serve approximately 8,600 individuals, all of whom are more likely to develop cancer than the common population.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classifies glyphosate as a Group 2A chemical, meaning it is “potentially carcinogenic to humans”. Evidence from studies in humans indicates an association with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and major concern, there is solid evidence that glyphosate is genotoxic, which means it can cause direct DNA damage, leading to cancer. There is also strong evidence that glyphosate causes oxidative stress (an imbalance in the organism’s capacity to regulate free radicals), which is related to numerous adverse health effects and normal aging processes.
To protect you from the adverse effects of glyphosate, it is recommended to protect your water in advance. Prevention is better than cure. The best way to protect yourself and the water against glyphosate is not to use herbicides containing glyphosate (especially if you use well water). And if you use it, try not to use it too often to avoid a runoff. Also try to limit the number of crops that can be sprayed with glyphosate, such as non-organic foods. Well, water owners close to lawns, gardens, and farms that use herbicides may want to test their water for glyphosate.