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non-GMO Soybean Glyphosate Cancer Imported to Taiwan
Article by Jaysun Minaglia
Date written: May 28, 2021
Date written: May 28, 2021
Taiwan has been Eating non-GMO Soybean Products and Drinking non-GMO Soymilk that’s been Causing Cancer for Decades!
I know the concern on everyone’s mind right now is Covid-19, but considering how cancer has been the leading cause of death in Taiwan for 38 consecutive years, with over 50,000 dying in 2019 alone and the cancer mortality rate rising every year — far surpassing all covid deaths (under 100 in total) — this issue should be looked at with the upmost seriousness regardless of the timing, especially since staying healthy is the best way to keep a strong immune system that stops one from getting covid — or any yearly common cold or flu that's going around — or assist in getting rid of covid — or any virus — quickly after not being healthy enough and letting a virus infiltrate the body. If one continually stayed healthy of body and mind, they would never contract a single cold, flu, or any virus (including covid). I’m speaking from experience when I say this because I haven’t been sick in the last five years. Therefore, the two issues — covid and cancer — are intertwined, and just because we’re dealing with one major issue doesn’t mean we can’t take a little time to deal with another major issue, one that has been secretly and slowly killing Taiwanese for decades. (Learn more about the science and myths of masks to stay healthy.) Yes, one can get cancer from many things, but considering how soybeans are the main food staple in the Taiwanese diet, with many Taiwanese eating soy products and/or drinking soymilk on a daily basis — myself included, I love soymilk — it could be considered one of the leading causes of cancer in Taiwan.
For decades, Taiwan has been eating soy products that cause cancer. “Not me,” you may say, “I only eat soy-based foods and drink soymilk made from non-GMO soybeans and sometimes it’s even IP-Certified.” I was one of the people that said this for decades, but now I know that most non-GMO soybeans are unhealthy and are increasing your chances of getting cancer. We know that GMO soybeans are unhealthy, but why are non-GMO soybeans also unhealthy? Because glyphosate is not only being sprayed in the soil, but is being sprayed directly on non-GMO soybean crops. Glyphosate is the key ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, the most widely used herbicide around the world, including in Taiwan. Taiwan produces a very small amount of soybeans, so the soybean demand in Taiwan has been mostly fulfilled by the importing of non-GMO soybeans from America and Canada, the two countries that use the most glyphosate in the world. It’s nice to know that Taiwan has recognized GMOs as dangerous — banning the production of them in Taiwan and banning the eating of them in the public school system — but they have yet to recognize that non-GMO crops contain high levels of chemical residue, particularly glyphosate, with non-GMO soybeans being one of the most tainted crops on the list.
Before I explain how this is happening, I first want to commend Taiwan for acknowledging that glyphosate is toxic: Taiwan’s FDA (Food and Drug Administration) holds the most stringent standards alongside Australia in not allowing imported foods that contain more than 0.1 ppm (parts per million) of glyphosate residues. Australia is known for possessing the most stringent agricultural laws in the world, so Taiwan matching Australia’s regulations here is impressive. Taiwan recognizing that glyphosate is toxic saves me a lot of time in not having to prove that point. Besides, glyphosate, which is the key ingredient in Roundup, has already been proven in several US court cases to cause cancer, and many truly independent research projects have found the same results. However, I've still included links at the end of this article for those who don’t know how harmful glyphosate is and/or want to read more.
So if Taiwan holds such stringent standards for glyphosate residues, why is virtually everyone in Taiwan still eating and drinking cancer-causing non-GMO soybean products? Taiwan’s FDA is under the impression that only GMO soybeans contain glyphosate, so they aren't testing imported non-GMO soybeans. In fact, GMO soybeans were the only imported food that the Taiwan FDA was inspecting and testing for glyphosate residues until the oatmeal scandal in 2018. After Taiwan got wind of the Quaker Oats Company being involved in a class action lawsuit in California for containing harmful levels of glyphosate, Taiwan’s FDA performed a random inspection for imported oatmeal products and found 10 out of 36 of them possessed glyphosate residue levels that exceeded Taiwan’s legal limit of 0.1 ppm; they contained levels between 0.1 ppm and 1.8 ppm, which prompted the recalling of about 62,000 kilograms of oatmeal. Taiwan had no idea for decades that it was importing tainted oatmeal until this incident. Now Taiwan’s FDA randomly checks imported oatmeal as well as GMO soybeans, but that’s all they test! It doesn’t matter how stringent a country’s food-importing policy is if they’re not routinely practicing it and randomly testing all imported foods. As I stated, Taiwan’s FDA is under the impression that only GMO soybeans contain glyphosate, so they don’t test glyphosate residue levels for any non-GMO soybean imports. And you should care about this issue even if you don’t eat or drink soybean products because the same problem pertains to a staggeringly high amount of foods being imported into Taiwan, as glyphosate is being used more and more liberally in agricultural practices worldwide, especially in America and Canada. I’m merely focusing on soybeans because it’s the biggest food staple that’s consumed in Taiwan, with many Taiwanese and non-Taiwanese drinking soymilk and eating soy products on a daily bases. Focusing on non-GMO soybeans is just the first domino that will send many other dominoes crashing down as we uncover the far-reaching glyphosate scandal. Besides GMOs, it’s the biggest food scandal the world has ever seen.
The same agricultural method that was, and still is, being practiced for non-GMO oats that caused the 2018 oat scandal is being used for other non-GMO crops, including but not limited to, non-GMO wheat, non-GMO barley, and non-GMO beans, including non-GMO soybeans. Why are harmful levels of glyphosate residues being found on these non-GMO crops? By a widely-used farming practice where farmers use glyphosate in an “off-label” fashion as a pre-harvest desiccant, drying agent, on non-GMO food crops. This practice for non-GMO crops started in Scotland in the 1980s and is now being used widely throughout the world on non-organic farms, especially in America and Canada, where Taiwan imports most of its “high quality” non-GMO soybeans. Yes, since the 1980s … we’ve been consuming tainted non-GMO soybeans for decades without realizing it. Why do you think Roundup does such a great job at killing over 200 types of weeds and grasses? As well as whatever else it comes in contact with. Because it's highly toxic and poisonous, of course. It's not intelligent to apply it to the soil where all our food grows, and it's completely irresponsible and insane to spray it directly on crops, like non-GMO soybeans.
Farmers have trouble getting their crops to dry evenly in order to start harvesting, so they spray glyphosate directly onto non-GMO soybeans one to two weeks before harvest to kill the crop and dry it out — a pre-harvest desiccant. This accelerates the drying of the soybeans and makes for an easier and more profitable harvest. Many studies have shown that the use of Roundup in soil is very harmful for humans and the environment. But there are also many studies that claim to be independent but have been indirectly funded by Monsanto and Bayer (the company that bought Monsanto in 2018) that have skewed their results and tout that there’s nothing harmful about Roundup, and those are the studies that government agencies listen to and can be found spewed onto the Internet to mislead the public. This big-business practice is nothing new; we’ve witnessed money corrupting every facet on our planet. Spraying the soil with glyphosate is a problem by itself because all crops get their nutrients from the soil — not to mention the contamination of groundwater and the air — but even if one doesn’t agree that’s a problem, everyone agrees that spraying glyphosate directly onto crops one to two weeks before they’re shipped to your table is a major problem! Especially when companies don’t legally need to disclose of this practice or include on the label anything about it on their non-GMO soybeans. Farmers say it’s a “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. That’s why the public has been in the dark for so long. This practice isn’t even kept secret: in an article in Field Crop News titled Pre-Harvest Herbicide Timing in [non-GMO] Soybeans, it explains and encourages non-organic farmers to spray their non-GMO soybeans 7–10 days prior to harvest. This farming advice came from and is posted on Canada’s Ontario Ministry of Agricultural Food and Rural Affairs’ site! It’s right there for everyone to see. In case the Ontario Ministry of Agricultural Food and Rural Affairs feels too much heat and removes the article from their site, click here for a screenshot capture of the article.
Taiwan doesn’t need to wait for a non-GMO soybean scandal to surface like the oat scandal to start randomly testing imported non-GMO soybeans, as the American EPA (Environment Protection Agency) already released a report in 2015 where soybeans topped the list as the most glyphosate-treated non-organically grown crop. And the research I’ve come across expresses that the spraying of glyphosate during the pre-harvest desiccanting is much more of a problem on non-GMO soybean crops than it is for non-GMO oat crops. So if the oatmeal incident was considered a scandal, the non-GMO soybean incident is sure to be a massive bomb. We don’t even need the American EPA list to warrant action being taken by Taiwan's FDA, because farmers are openly talking about the glyphosate practice and posting it on Web sites as pre-harvesting advice.
Until Taiwan’s FDA addresses this issue, you can take steps now to avoid glyphosate and keep other carcinogens out of your body by eating as much organic food as possible, as organic farmers legally can’t use glyphosate on their farms. More people in Taiwan are becoming aware of the harmful chemicals used on non-organic farms, so the organic sections in Taipei supermarkets have been growing. These organic sections are still quite small and don’t include most foods and drinks, but there are organic specialty stores throughout Taiwan where many organic foods and drinks can be found, and they are the only places where I’ve found organic soymilk. All the soymilk I’ve seen at non-organic supermarkets only sell non-GMO soymilk, which as I’ve already made clear, contains glyphosate, which has been proven in several US court cases and studies to cause cancer. If the soymilk bottle doesn’t have that organic seal on it, it is unhealthy. Yup, odds are you’ve been drinking unhealthy soymilk your whole life, increasing your chances for cancer down the road. For your health, please buy your soymilk (and all your soy products) at organic shops. Two of the largest organic chain stores in Taiwan are Santa Cruz (聖德科斯) and Cotton Field (棉花田), but there are others as well. Organic Mart (好農市) isn’t a chain, but it’s a great single-store option that possesses more fruit and vegetable options than the chain stores. There are other single-store organic shop options as well, and they typically sell more fresh fruit and vegetables, whereas the chain shops rely more on packaged or frozen food that has a longer shelf life. I don’t recommend organic soymilk that includes oils and rice bran as defoaming agents; I only recommend soymilk with the ingredients: water and organic soybeans (or organic black beans from Taiwan), and organic sugar when not going sugar-free. You don’t need to look for a non-GMO seal on organic foods and drinks because everything organic is already non-GMO, of course.
If you simply can’t afford to buy mostly organic food because the price is still too high for it in Taiwan, try to buy as much made-in-Taiwan (MIT) food as possible. Roundup is used on non-organic farms in Taiwan too, but Taiwanese farmers don’t use as much as American and Canadian farmers do, from what I'm aware. (After releasing this article, I was informed that Taiwan's non-organic farms also practice pre-harvest desiccanting on their non-GMO crops. Seems going organic is the only safe action.) When buying any non-organic food, especially fruits and vegetables, it’s best to choose a country that isn’t America or Canada, as those two countries use the highest amount of glyphosate and other chemicals on their non-organic farms. Here's one example: Europe has long ago banned the import of non-organic American apples because they're too toxic to eat. I know this sounds counter-intuitive because you may have been told that America and Canada produce the highest quality foods, but that’s only pertaining to their organic food — well, organic food anywhere in the world is high quality. Taiwan imports a very small amount of organic food because the demand hasn’t been met because most Taiwanese aren’t aware of the agricultural practices being perpetrated on non-organic farms. That’s also the reason why organic food can be pricey in Taiwan: the demand isn’t high enough to bring the price down. America was like Taiwan about twenty-five years ago in regards to organic food being not highly availability and sold at high prices. Before Monsanto existed in 1974, there wasn’t a big push for organic food because non-organic farms were still producing healthy food. In fact, if toxic herbicides hadn't been introduced into agriculture and food was still being grown healthily on all farms, we wouldn't have needed to have organic farms or organic labels on food, because the food would've been what it was before the toxic herbicides were introduced: naturally organic without having to say it's organic. It's gotten so bad that we have to label our food as organic, safe to eat (not harmful to our bodies and minds). Throughout the years, more and more Americans became knowledgeable about the importance of eating organic food because of what was being done on non-organic farms. Now the organic demand is so high in America that organic food and drinks can be found in abundance everywhere, including big supermarkets that specialize in organic foods, and the price is only slightly higher than non-organic food. The demand for organic food in America has caused a sharp increase in the amount of organic farms. America produces some of the highest quality food (organic food) and also the most poisonous food in the world, and unfortunately, Taiwan is mostly importing the poisonous food from America, including glyphosate-tainted non-GMO soybeans. The power of one’s purchase affects supply and demand, so high availability and low prices for organic food can be a reality in Taiwan as well if we use our money to make it so: if more people buy organic food, more organic food will have to be produced in Taiwan and imported to fulfill the need, and organic-food prices will go down accordingly.
Let’s start this move to organic food abundance in Taiwan by focusing on the biggest food staple in Taiwan: soybeans. Let’s petition the Taiwan FDA to test glyphosate residue levels for imported non-GMO soybeans in order to wake the nation up to the chemicals they’ve been consuming for decades. Soybeans are a part of Taiwanese & Chinese culture; there’s evidence that suggests soybeans were cultivated as far back as 7000 BC in China. Soybeans are very healthy and are an excellent source of protein, calcium, potassium, vitamin C, vitamin A, and vitamin B9. When not tainted with glyphosate, soybeans’ nutrients, minerals, and vitamins support a healthy body and a strong immune system (something Taiwanese could use right now to fend off covid, or more importantly, lower the cancer cases in Taiwan). Soybeans, an intricate part of the national diet is being being poisoned abroad and sold to Taiwan. Talk about the raping of Taiwanese culture, because if there were any food in Taiwan that would be considered linked to Taiwan's culture, it's soybeans. This soybean tainting is completely unacceptable! Of course, America and Canada aren’t forcing Taiwan to buy tainted non-GMO soybeans; Taiwan is purchasing them willingly instead of organic soybeans, but only because American and Canadian companies, as well as companies around the world, aren’t disclosing the fact — and don’t legally have to disclose — that their non-organic farm suppliers are directly spraying their non-GMO soybean crops with glyphosate, and to make matters worse, they’re doing it just one to two weeks before harvest, ensuring there’s a fresh application of toxic glyphosate delivered to your body when you eat or drink it.
While we’re waiting for the Taiwan FDA to take action (hopefully they’ll act quickly), let’s only purchase organic soybean products and organic soymilk wherever they are sold: supermarkets, stores, restaurants, soymilk shops, breakfast shops, tofu pudding (豆花) shops, etc. As of now, no restaurants nor shops are selling organic soymilk or soy products, so you will have to go to organic shops until these other places realize they’re selling cancer and switch over to organic soybeans. Again, if there's no organic seal, it's harmful for your body. If you can’t find organic, simply don’t buy that product, because if it’s not made from organic soybeans, it’s slowly killing you. But don’t blame those places for selling tainted soy, as they weren’t aware about it, just as you and I weren’t aware what we were eating and drinking. The best soymilk shops and tofu pudding (豆花) shops put their non-GMO and IP-Certified non-GMO soybean bags on display because they thought they were importing quality, healthy soybeans and wanted everyone to see it. I also claim ignorance, as I highly recommended these same tofu pudding (豆花) shops and soymilk shops on my Taipei food & drink review Web site: Jaysun Eats Taipei. I drank their soymilk, as well as top-brands available at supermarkets, almost every day until I found out what I was drinking. Once these places learn that only organic soybeans are healthy, they’ll start solely importing organic soybeans if they want to continue being the most popular places or brands for soy products in Taiwan.
After learning this information, I could’ve simply switched to buying organic soymilk at organic shops and stopped eating soy products myself and occasionally inform my friends about the issue, but because I run a food platform in Taipei, I feel it’s my duty to inform and help as many people in Taiwan as I can in regards to food information. After all, I started a pro-bono, ad-free Taipei food Web site back in 2012 to serve the people of Taipei. Now that I’ve become aware of this serious soybean issue, I have a chance to serve all of Taiwan and not just Taipei. I feel honored to be able to serve and make Taiwan, my second home, a better and healthier country.
To all reading this article, everyone in Taiwan needs your help. I can’t do this alone. We need to share this non-GMO soybean information with everyone so they know that not only GMO but non-GMO soybeans are unhealthy and cause cancer. Please share this article wherever you can: family, friends, colleagues, on social media, in social media groups, blogs, Web sites, with Taiwan news agencies, and with the Taiwan FDA — wherever you possible can. After people have been informed, they can no longer claim ignorance; it’s up to them to eat healthily, and it’s up to sellers to provide their customers with healthy soybeans. If the Taiwan FDA does proper tests, they will find the high levels of glyphosate residues. If for some reason they claim to not have found an issue — for reasons I won't specify here to stay out of trouble with the establishment — I'll simply continue to only eat and drink organic soybean products — and as much organic food as possible — no matter their results because I already know that non-GMO soybeans’ glyphosate residue levels are too high and I care about my health, and I recommend you do the same for the sake of your health and well-being, as food not only affects the body, but also affects the mind — everything is connected. Eating healthily simply makes you feel good. We can’t always rely on government agencies — we have to look out for ourselves — but it’s worth calling, emailing, or mailing the Taiwan FDA (info below), especially if you’re Taiwanese, in hopes that they will come through for the country and its citizens. Taiwanese should also contact their local politicians and government bodies and make them aware of this serious issue. If they don’t come through, we can use our wallets to simply demand that only organic soybeans are used in this country by only buying organic soymilk and soy products — there’s nothing greater than the power of the people.
This information and call to action is for everyone in Taiwan, but since this is regarding a Taiwanese daily food staple, it’s especially for Taiwanese. If this movement isn’t backed by Taiwanese, it will definitely fizzle out. I have not opened up a case with the Taiwan FDA regarding the testing of glyphosate residue levels in imported non-GMO soybeans because I believe they will take it much more seriously if a Taiwanese opens the case; besides, I consider this article I wrote as my official case, and my act of sharing it around as my action. If you're Taiwanese and feel inclined, please open up a case by going to the Taiwan FDA's Web site. Since not every Taiwanese can, or wants to read English, this article must be translated into Chinese for this movement to succeed. If you feel you can adequately translate this article into Chinese, please email me at email@example.com. We can meet up and go over it together to make sure it’s done accurately, or you can do it yourself at home if you're confident you don’t need my assistance. You would be doing Taiwan a major service. I will post your Chinese translated article alongside my article on my Web site and credit you for the translation, of course.
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