What is glyphosate?

Glyphosate is the active ingredient in the most commonly used weed killer in the world, Monsanto’s Roundup. In 2015, glyphosate was identified as a ‘probably carcinogen’ by the World Health Organisation. The animals in their lab tests had developed ‘excesses of rare tumours’. In human studies, a strong link was found between regular exposure to glyphosate and ‘an increased risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma’.

This is alarming news. Roundup is used widely on crops around the world, including the UK. As well as using it as a weed killer, many non-organic farmers spray it onto wheat in order to dry the crop out before harvesting. Applying glyphosate to wheat so close to harvest makes it much more likely that this dangerous chemical will end up in your food. In fact, the DEFRA Committee on Pesticide Residues in Food found glyphosate in over 60% of wholemeal breads they sampled.

Don’t like the sound of carcinogens in your bread? We don’t blame you. To learn more, visit the Soil Association and join their campaign to ban glyphosate as a pre-harvest treatment: Not in our Bread.

As organic farmers, we never use glyphosate on our crops. Have a look at our range of boxes for the best seasonal selections chosen by us; or you can browse our full range of fruit and veg or organic meat.