Guest writer for Wake Up World
Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, recently earned the ominous title of the most heavily-used agricultural chemical of all time. In fact, an analysis showed that farmers sprayed enough glyphosate in 2014 to apply 0.8 pounds of the chemical to every acre of cultivated cropland in the U.S., and nearly 0.5 pounds of glyphosate to all cropland worldwide.
As you might suspect, when you use this much of a chemical, it doesn’t simply stay on the fields. Laboratory testing commissioned by the organizations Sustainable Pulse and Moms Across America revealed that glyphosate is now showing up virtually everywhere — in vaccines and even in breast milk.
The analysis revealed glyphosate in levels of 76 µg/L to 166 µg/L in women’s breast milk. As reported by The Detox Project, this is 760 to 1,600 times higher than the EU-permitted level in drinking water (although it’s lower than the U.S. maximum contaminant level for glyphosate which, controversially, is 700 µg/L.) 
This dose of glyphosate in breastfed babies’ every meal is only the beginning. An in vitro study designed to simulate human exposures also found that glyphosate crosses the placental barrier. In the study, 15 percent of the administered glyphosate reached the fetal compartment.
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