Published: Sat, August 18, 2018
Science | By Dan Gutierrez

Should you really be scared about weed killer in your cereal?

Should you really be scared about weed killer in your cereal?

The group's test of 61 different oat-based cereals, granola bars and snack bars found that more than half of them contained glyphosate at levels higher than what they consider "protective of children's health".

A study of dozens of popular oat-based breakfast foods delivered sobering news this week when nearly all of the products examined by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) were found to contain the chemical glyphosate. And, of these 43 oat products, 31 had amounts of glyphosate that were far above the EWG's Health Benchmark of safe ingestion amounts.

Monsanto also criticized EWG's research, saying "even at the highest level reported an adult would have to eat 118 pounds of the food item every day for the rest of their life in order to reach the EPA's limit" for glyphosate residues.

Cheerios is a staple in many households, but parents may want to think twice about pouring a bowl of those tasty oats as it may contain traces of a controversial weed-killer that has been linked to cancer, according to new research published Wednesday.

"Glyphosate does not belong in cereal", Tenkin wrote.

Last week, a California jury ordered Monsanto to pay $289 million in damages to a school groundskeeper dying of cancer, who says his cancer was caused by repeated exposure to large quantities of Roundup.

On July 7th, 2017, the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment in California added glyphosate to its list of known chemicals to cause cancer - so this stuff is serious.

According to an Environmental Protection Agency, glyphosate "is not likely to be carcinogenic to humans".

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Despite its commonplace use, glyphosate has been derided by health and environmental advocates as unsafe.

Based on the new report, the EWG's senior science advisor for children's environmental health said she believes glyphosate shouldn't be in food, and especially not in foods that kids eat. "We continue to work closely with farmers, our suppliers and conservation organizations to minimize the use of pesticides on the crops and ingredients we use in our foods". And if you're looking for a healthy granola bar that doesn't contain glyphosate, according to EWG, opt for the Cascadian Farm Organic Harvest Berry.

"Any levels of glyphosate that may remain are significantly below any regulatory limits and well within compliance of the safety standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) as safe for human consumption".

"Once the oats are transported to us, we put them through our rigorous process that thoroughly cleanses them", the company said in a statement to the media.

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Just because a pesticide level is legal in food doesn't mean that level is safe.

Feature Image: Glyphosate, the primary ingredient in the weed killer Roundup and one of the most widely used herbicides in agriculture.

The herbicide was also found in smaller concentrations in five samples of organic oat products. Still, some organic products - 5 samples in total - did have some glyphosate.

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