Are tapwaters contaminated by herbicides glyphosate? From where did these unsubstantiated stories come from?

What is a glyphosate herbicide?

Glyphosate (ingredient name “glyphosate isopropylamine salt”) is a herbicide used for gardening and agriculture all over the world including Japan. When it is sprayed, it gets absorption from the green parts of the plant, such as leaves and stems, then moves to the roots and then withers the entire plant. Because it’s classified as a “non-selective” herbicide the plants will die after the agent is applied on the leaf surface. Glyphosate-based herbicides are usually sold by pesticide companies since the patent time period for their ingredients is over. グリホサート The glyphosate herbicides available being sold are subject to rigorous inspection.

グリホサート Glyphosate’s security is among its key attributes. It is low in toxicity to animals because of the mechanism of inhibition that stops enzymes from activating in plants. The sprayed chemical solution becomes food for microorganisms once it comes in contact with soil. It is later separated into carbon dioxide and water. This makes it distinctive as it is free of herbicide components. It is recognized worldwide as a pesticide, which aids in the reduction of greenhouse gases.

Glyphosate in tapwater

Tap water is secure

Does glyphosate mix with tap water?

Weekly Shincho declared, April 2020: “In Japan there is no standard for glyphosate which is present in tap water. Only the Target value.” Furthermore, the value is higher than other pesticides as well as other countries, and it is also drinking water is contaminated by pesticides. I wrote an article stating that there was. This has raised concerns that the high levels of glyphosate could remain in tap water. グリホサート However, this isn’t the case.

The first thing to note is that glyphosate DOES NOT have a target or standard value. This is because a concentration that is higher than 0.2ppm (1) has never been observed in tap water. According to an Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare survey, Japan has not seen any instances of glyphosate contamination in tap water with concentrations exceeding 0.02ppm. It’s impossible to determine it.

In addition, the soil metabolizes the glyphosate in a manner that is halving over two days. The same amount will then be transfered to tap water and rivers, and will not be polluted.

Japanese tap water is safe

Tap water in Japan can be trusted to be safe. It is safe to drink tap water in its natural state. グリホサート who There are 51 inspection items which must be cleared prior to the sale of tap water. The water is under strict quality control as required by law. The pH difference between water determines if it is acidic, neutral or alkaline. Japan’s water quality standards demand tap water to be near neutral (5.8+ or 8.6+). グリホサート You can still drink iron rust if the water pipes around your house have been damaged.

How is tap water produced? Tap water mostly uses surface water, such as dam lakes and river water as raw water. After water has been purified and then precipitated, it is sterilized with chlorine. The tap water created in the water purification plant is piped to homes.

Story about the Japanese pesticide residue standard values

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

Tap water glyphosate

The residual standard for glyphosate has the same amount as the international standard.

The fact is that the international standard was not modified, rather it was changed to reflect the residual value of the international standard. Japan imports large amounts of wheat from South America, Canada, and the United States. The importer, also known as the overseas producer, naturally controls the usage of glyphosate according to the standard international level of 30ppm. However, Japan’s standard 5ppm threshold will trigger imports to be halted in the event that it is higher than the standard. If this occurs, there could be a disruption in the supply of bread wheat and Japanese food products could be at risk. To ensure that we meet international standards, we’ve modified the standard values. There is nothing to be concerned about safety in the current values of the standard.

Need a correct understanding of glyphosate

To prevent consumers from being influenced by emotional conversations regarding pesticide residues, it is essential to get the right information based upon scientific research done by experts. It is important to avoid letting rumors hinder your daily routine of eating.