Before you dig into your favorite and nourishing breakfast consider, it could contain weed killer. A recent report found dangerous amounts of the herbicide, glyphosate, the active ingredient in weed killer Roundup in several oat-based breakfast foods.
“These findings are disturbing and require our attention without causing mayhem in your pantry,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s top independent health insurance agency.
Environmental advocacy organization, The Environmental Working Group (EWG), conducted a study of oat cereals, oatmeal, granola and snack bars. Glyphosate was found in all, but five of the 29 regular and organic products tested.
The World Health Organization (WHO) and California scientists, believe glyphosate is a carcinogen. Last week, a California jury awarded a groundskeeper $289 million in damages. He claims long-term exposure to large amounts of Monsanto’s Roundup is responsible for his terminal cancer. Monsanto, the maker of Roundup, strongly disputes the finding that glyphosate is a carcinogen.
Also, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognizes glyphosate as one of the most widely used agricultural pesticides in the U. S. and claims it is, “not likely to be carcinogenic to humans.” The EPA says there is no risk to human health when used accordingly. According to EWG, more than 250 million pounds of glyphosate is sprayed on American crops annually.
“In cases like this, where different experts have opposing conclusions, you must make decisions based on your beliefs,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s largest independent health insurance agency.
Below are the results of the study.
Potentially dangerous to children
Back to Nature Classic Granola
Barbara’s Multigrain Spoonfuls, Original, Cereal
Bob’s Red Mill Steel Cut Oats
Cheerios Toasted Whole Grain Oat Cereal
Giant Instant Oatmeal Original Flavor
Great Value Original Instant Oatmeal
Kellogg’s Cracklin’ Oat Bran Cereal
Lucky Charms (without the marshmallows)
Market Pantry Instant Oatmeal, Strawberries & Cream
Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars, Oats ‘n Honey
Nature Valley Granola Protein Oats ‘n Honey
Quaker Dinosaur Eggs, Brown Sugar, Instant Oatmeal
Quaker Old Fashioned Oats
Quaker Simply Granola Oats, Honey, Raisin and Almonds
Quaker Steel Cut Oats
Umpqua Oats, Maple Pecan
Contains safe amounts of glyphosate
Back to Nature Banana Walnut Granola Clusters
Bob’s Red Mill Organic Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
Kellogg’s Nutrigrain Soft Baked Breakfast Bars, Strawberry
KIND Oats & Honey with Toasted Coconut
KIND Vanilla, Blueberry Clusters with Flax Seeds
Nature’s Path Organic Old Fashioned Organic Oats
Quaker Chewy Chocolate Chip granola bar
Whole Foods Bulk Bin conventional rolled oats
Contained no glyphosate in any tests
365 Organic Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats
Cascadian Farm Organic Harvest Berry, granola bar
Kashi Heart to Heart Organic Honey Toasted Cereal
Nature’s Path Organic Honey Almond Granola
Simple Truth Organic Instant Oatmeal, Original
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