August 17, 2017

058 Glyphosate in Groceries; Hops! The Flavor of Beer

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In the first part of this week’s podcast you’ll learn how to debunk a viral claim.  There are repeated claims that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the weed killer Roundup, is detected in a plethora of food, beverages and body fluids.  The reports are designed to scare people, especially targeting parents that are concerned about the food they feed to their families. This week a glossy brochure surfaced making claims that glyphosate was detected in Cheerios, Oreos, organic snack foods, and many other common groceries. However, this was not a legitimate report from a peer-reviewed journal and should not be given much weight.  Nonetheless, a well-meaning Snopes a response that gave the report undue credence.  Fortunately they corrected the record.

The second part of the podcast discusses hops, the flavor element of beer.  Where did it come from, why did people start using it in beer?  These questions and others are discussed with Dr. Shaun Townsend, a plant breeder that creates new varieties for the craft brew industry.

Dr. Townsend’s website:   http://cropandsoil.oregonstate.edu/group/hop-breeding

 

 Also, Chelsea Boonstra and The Boonstra Report.

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3 Comments on 058 Glyphosate in Groceries; Hops! The Flavor of Beer

  1. Cool interview! The brewery with the hop plant growing up the side of the building sounds like my friend Dave Wills’ place, Oregon Trail Brewing. That plant miraculously pokes through the asphalt and climbs away! From my visits out there I became friends with many folks (hop related) and Dr Al was kind enough to confirm the identity of some rhizomes that were given to me: https://www.ars.usda.gov/ARSUserFiles/2450/hopcultivars/21679.html, http://allaboutbeer.com/canadian-red-vine/. There’s also a fellow doing some research on the potential for hop growing down your way: https://news.ifas.ufl.edu/2016/09/hops-research-among-ufifas-winners-at-national-horticultural-science-awards/. Due to day length issues, I suggested trying to obtain some germplasm from South Africa. Apparently they have bred some day-neutral varieties. Hoppy Trails~

  2. Snopes is no longer a credible site.. They are NWO, Globalist and Not the friend of 99% of humanity. A propagandist weapon to sway the one click attention span.
    With current corporate controlled communications informative studies by credible sources are disappearing at an alarming rate.
    Many countries have outlawed GMO’s. For years. Ask yourself why and read their studies.
    The fortune 5 ruling corporations have the monopoly on Food, Information, regulations, legal action, medicine, including vaccines. But what is important to remember is they have practiced genocide and are coming at the earth, animals, humanity and future generations from All directions. What I find disturbing is well is they own a major portion of the heritage seed vault.

    • People always question the credibility of websites that don’t sync with their beliefs. Snopes is a very good site for vetting information. If it was not, independent scientists and others would call it out.

      Corporate controlled communications? Do you realize that these companies compete against each other and would love to see the others go away?

      No, there are 2-3 countries where GE products are banned. That’s changing to fewer.

      If this is genocide it is not working very well. People are living longer, populations growing. Thanks in part to availablity of food.

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