In lay language, surfactants are chemicals that when placed in water help break up water tension (how water adheres together in droplets or streams) so that the active ingredient in the herbicide will stick to the surface of the leaf.
  • If the surfactant makes the herbicide adhere better to the weeds so they will die it will also make the herbicide stick to The GMO food crops. It will stick to the food plants through harvesting then wind up in our bodies.
  • A 2013 European study discovered “Glyphosate is shown to be absorbed and translocated within the entire plant and has been found in both the leaf material and in the beans of glyphosate tolerant GMO soy plants.”
  •  A Pennsylvania lab found glyphosate residues in 2/3 of the honey and more than 1/3 of soy sauces tested.

In 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the active ingredient in Roundup a probable carcinogen. (Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup.)

What are the surfactants made of?  They are “inert” ingredients so they can be trade secrets of the chemical companies and may not become known to the public. But they are also chemicals which interact with the body’s internal chemical processes.

  • A surprising study out of the University of Caen in France “found the inert ingredient of the surfactant, polyethoxylated tallo amine, was more deadly to human embryonic, placental and umbilical cords than the herbicide itself, a finding the researchers called ‘astonishing’.” The herbicide in this case was Roundup.
  • The EPA calls these surfactants, adjuvants and preservatives “inert.
  • The EPA’s definition, as of January 2016, of inert is that they don’t harm pests or weeds. But that says nothing about how the chemicals interact with the normal chemical processes in humanspets, or livestock(Please see ”GMOs as Frankenfoods?” section)   


Most beef steer and dairy cows, which are not fed organically, are often fed GMO corn.
Non organic beef and dairy products typically include GMOs.