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Is “glyphosate-free” the latest must-have seal for food brands?

Is glyphosate-free the next must-have food label
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Ben & Jerry’s made headlines last week when their flavor guru revealed they were playing around with kombucha ice cream, but they also dominated the news for a less-than-sweet reason: Traces of the herbicide glyphosate were found in several of their flavors. Um, yikes.

Here’s why it matters: The World Health Organization declared glyphosate a possible human carcinogen— which shouldn’t come as a total shocker considering its whole purpose is to kill weeds (as the active ingredient in products like Monsanto’s Roundup). The problem is, it’s used so widely in the US that it’s pretty hard to escape. But many brands are starting to go the extra step by ensuring their products are free of the pervasive poison by being certified through The Detox Project.

“We know by testing products that having an organic label isn’t doing that job, and neither is being GMO-certified.”

“We started the certification program because people are worried about toxic chemicals in their food,” project director Henry Rowlands says. “We know by testing products that having an organic label isn’t...

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