Hello and welcome to The Compost Bin. I'm Compostwoman and I live with my family in rural Herefordshire. We have nearly four acres of garden and woodland, all managed organically and to Permaculture principles, which we share with Chickens, Cats and assorted wildlife. We also grow a lot of our own food, run courses in all sorts of things and make a lot of compost!

I am a Master Composter and have spent more than a decade as a volunteer Community Compost adviser with Garden Organic and my local Council.
I'm a self employed Environmental Educator so I run workshops and events where I talk about compost, veg growing, chicken keeping, cooking, preserving and sustainable living. I also run crafts workshops and Forest School/outdoor play sessions in our wood.

We try to live a more self sufficient lifestyle here, as best we can, while still having a comfortable life and lots of fun.

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Friday 14 June 2013

Weed killer found in human urine across Europe

Well done FoE for exposing this outrageous situation.70% of the UK samples contained glyphosate weed killer!

My view? It is absolutely appalling.

Weed killer found in human urine across Europe

People in 18 countries across Europe have been found to have traces of the weed killer glyphosate in their urine, show the results of tests commissioned by Friends of the Earth Europe and released today [1].
The findings raise concerns about increasing levels of exposure to glyphosate-based weed killers, commonly used by farmers, public authorities and gardeners across Europe. The use of glyphosate is predicted to rise further if more genetically modified (GM) crops are grown in Europe [2].
Despite its widespread use, there is currently little monitoring of glyphosate in food, water or the wider environment. This is the first time monitoring has been carried out across Europe for the presence of the weed killer in human bodies.



  1. A terrible finding but I'm not entirely surprised. I think we are slowly poisoning ourselves as well as the world. Jx

    1. It is utter madness Jan. We have never used any chemicals here on pests apart from soapy water. My parents never used anything on the smallholding either apart from soapy water on blackfly.

  2. Wow, that is very frightening ! Shocking statistics. I wonder how long traces of it stay in the body for and what harm they do ?

    1. I think for quite a long time :-( I will try to find out how persistant it is.


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