Is tap water contaminated with herbicides containing glyphosate? Where did the unsubstantiated stories originate?

What exactly is an “glyphosate” herbicide?

Glyphosate (“ingredient name “glyphosateisopropylamine-salt”) is an herbicide widely used in gardening and agriculture across the world, including Japan. It is absorbed from the leaf and stem greens before moving towards the root and eventually smothers the entire plant. Since it is an herbicide that is not selective, all plants will die in the event that the agent is applied on the leaf surface. Glyphosate-based herbicides are often sold by pesticide companies since the patent time period for their ingredients has expired. The glyphosate herbicides available in the market have been subject to rigorous inspection.

The safety of Glyphosate is one of its main features. グリホサート It is low in toxicity to animals because of an inhibitor mechanism that stops enzymes from being activated by plants. Additionally, when the sprayed chemical comes in contact with soil, it is the food source for microorganisms. This is a pesticide that is that is widely used around the globe that helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Glyphosate is a component of tap water.

グリホサート Tap water is safe

Is glyphosate in tap water?

Weekly Shincho stated that there was no set value for glyphosate in Japan’s tap water. The only value that is considered to be the target. This value is higher than that of other pesticides and other countries. It also covers drinking water that is polluted by pesticides. I published an article declaring that there is. This has led to fears that tap water may have high levels of Glyphosate. This is not true.

First, glyphosate is not a “standard” value. It is only considered a “target” value. グリホサート Tap water has never experienced an amount of more than 0.2ppm (1). グリホサート According to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare there was no instance of glyphosate exceeding 0.02ppm was detected in Japan tap water. There is no risk of being detected. Furthermore, the glyphosate spray actually slows down the soil’s metabolism and is degraded in as little as two days. The glyphosate will then be transferred to the water supply and tap water at the same time and will not be a source of pollution.

Japanese tap water is safe

Tap water from Japan is considered to be safe. Tap water can be drank as is. There are 51 rigorous inspection items that are provided based on strict quality control stipulated by law. Water can be divided into three groups: neutral, acid and alkaline. Japan has a water quality standard which ensures that water from taps is of a neutral pH (5.8 or higher and 8.6 less). Iron rust is still possible in the event that your water supply pipes are damaged.

How is tap water produced in the first beginning? Tap water mostly uses river and dam water as the primary source. After water has been filtered and precipitated, it is disinfected using chlorine. The tap water created in the water purification plant is pumped to each home.

The Story of Japanese standard value for pesticide residues

The standard value for glyphosate residue for wheat in Japan is currently 5 ppm however, up to December 2017, it was at 5 ppm. There are some opinions such as “We reduced that to 30ppm with a six-fold increase, and were adamant about the health effects.”

Tap water glyphosate from the tap

The residual value of glyphosate is the same as that of the international standard.

However, the truth is that we did not lower the standard. Instead we made adjustments to make it meet the residual standard of international standards. Japan imports wheat in large quantities, mostly from South America, Canada, the United States and South America. The importer (the foreign producer) determines the quantity of glyphosate utilized according to the international standard (30ppm). The Japanese standard value is 5ppm. Anything that is higher than the limit will be snubbed. This will result in an increase in the availability of wheat and could lead to Japanese food being threatened. グリホサート Therefore, we changed the standard value in order to conform to the international standard. The safety issue remains even though the standard values are up-to-date.

An knowledge of Glyphosate is crucial.

To prevent consumers from being unnecessarily in a state of mind by the emotional discussion concerning pesticide residues, it is important to allow them to access the correct knowledge that is gathered from research conducted by scientists. It is also important to enjoy food without being distracted lost in rumors.