Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup is in the news this week, once again, for all the wrong reasons. A new report from the Environmental Working Group (“EWG”) finds that dozens of common breakfast cereals and snack bars – including staples like Cheerios and Quaker Oates – are contaminated with glyphosate, the cancer-causing herbicide found in the weed killer Roundup, at levels higher than what EWG scientists consider protective of children’s health. Nearly every sample of conventionally grown oats tested by the EWG was contaminated with glyphosate at levels considered to be higher than those protective of children’s health. An earlier report found similar results in over thirty oat-based foods.
This food contamination comes from use of Roundup on the oat and grain crops from which popular breakfast foods are processed. The EWG’s report found glyphosate contamination of some foods on the order of 1,000 parts per billion (by comparison 160 ppb is considered a benchmark safety level for lifetime risk). Although measured in parts per billion, it is widely known that even small exposures can accumulate and add up over a lifetime to significantly increase one’s risk of developing cancer. As a parent, it is highly concerning to think that all the while my kids have been eating their “heart health” Cheerios, they were getting dosed with carcinogenic weed killer.
And while Monsanto (now Bayer AG) and other companies that profit mightily from Roundup use continue to deny any cancer risk from it, just this week the California Court that presided over the country’s first Roundup/cancer trial (resulting in a $289 million verdict in favor of the cancer victim) rejected Monsanto’s Motion to vacate the verdict finding that sufficient evidence existed for the jury to concluded that the plaintiffs’ Roundup exposure caused his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Not everyone is taking this disturbing news lying down. To date more than 156,000 people have signed a petition from EWG and Just Label It calling on General Mills, Quaker and Kellogg’s to eliminate glyphosate from its food. Other companies, including MegaFood, Ben & Jerry’s, Stonyfield Farm, MOM’s Organic Market, Nature’s Path, One Degree Organic Foods, Happy Family Organics, Patagonia, PCC Community Markets and Amy’s Kitchen, have joined this effort as well. If you believe that chemicals linked to cancer have no business being in children’s food, click the link above and add your name to the petition.
To see just how much glyphosate is in some of your favorite breakfast foods, click here for a complete listing of the products most recently tested. If you or a loved one believes they may have gotten cancer from exposure to Roundup, you should contact an experienced attorney right away to discuss your rights.
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