Cancer-Linked Monsanto Chemical Discovered In These Common Kids’ Cereals

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Recent tests found more of the weed killer glyphosate than some vitamins in samples of oat-based breakfast cereals marketed to children. The tests were conducted and analyzed by the Environmental Working Group.

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Laboratory tests commissioned by EWG found levels of glyphosate, first produced by Monsanto as Roundup, in many breakfast cereals including in samples of General Mills’ Honey Nut Cheerios.

According to the EWG, the amount of the toxic pesticide exceeded the amount of both Vitamin D and Vitamin B12. In a sample of Quaker Oatmeal Squares, there was more glyphosate than Vitamin A.

In this article I’ll explain why glyphosate is bad for you and I’ll share with you the list of the products containing glyphosate.

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What is Glyphosate

Glyphosate is the most widely used broad-spectrum systemic herbicide. Glyphosate is absorbed through foliage, and minimally through roots.

In March 2015, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IRAC) classified glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic in humans” based on epidemiological studies, animal studies, and lab studies. The IARC has steadfastly defended that decision despite ongoing attacks by Monsanto.

In 2017, glyphosate was also listed by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment as a chemical known to the state to cause cancer.

The link between glyphosate and Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is particularly strong. A study published in the International Journal of Cancer found an association between exposure to herbicides such as glyphosate and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

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The European Food Safety Authority concluded in November 2015 that “the substance is unlikely to damage the DNA or to pose a carcinogenic threat to humans”, later clarifying that while carcinogenic glyphosate-containing formulations may exist, studies “that look solely at the active substance glyphosate do not show this effect.”

Regardless of the evidence, Monsanto still states that “Glyphosate has a 40-year history of safe and effective use. In evaluations spanning those four decades, the overwhelming conclusion of experts worldwide, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has been that glyphosate can be used safely.”

Related: Top 5 Cancer Causing Foods to Avoid According To Science

Glyphosate is Legal so What’s the Problem?

Just because something is legal doesn’t mean it’s safe. The EWG says that “federal government standards for pesticides in food are often outdated, and not based on the best and most current science. The EPA’s standards for pesticides and other chemicals are also heavily influenced by lobbying from industry.”

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“The EPA’s legal limit for glyphosate on oats, 30 parts per million, was set in 2008, well before the cancer findings of the IARC and California state scientists.” says the EWG.

Studies regularly find that the legal limits on contaminants in food, air, drinking water and consumer products fall short of fully protecting public health, particularly for children and other people more sensitive to the effects of toxic chemicals.

Chemicals linked to cancer should not be in your food, especially in children’s food.

“How many bowls of cereal and oatmeal have American kids eaten that came with a dose of weed killer? That’s a question only General Mills, PepsiCo and other food companies can answer,” said EWG President Ken Cook. “But if those companies would just switch to oats that aren’t sprayed with glyphosate, parents wouldn’t have to wonder if their kids’ breakfasts contained a chemical linked to cancer. Glyphosate and other cancer-causing chemicals simply don’t belong in children’s food, period.”

List of Breakfast Cereals Filled with Glyphosate

Below is a list of oat-based breakfast cereals that contain glyphosate residues.

EWG Report (source)

Granola Quaker Simply Granola Oats, Honey & Almonds

Instant oats Quaker Instant Oatmeal Cinnamon & Spice

Instant oats Quaker Instant Oatmeal Apples & Cinnamon

Instant oats Quaker Real Medleys Super Grains Banana Walnut

Overnight oats Quaker Overnight Oats Raisin Walnut & Honey Heaven

Overnight oats Quaker Overnight Oats Unsweetened with Chia Seeds

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Oat breakfast cereal Quaker Oatmeal Squares Brown Sugar

Oat breakfast cereal Quaker Oatmeal Squares Honey Nut

Oat breakfast cereal Apple Cinnamon Cheerios

Oat breakfast cereal Very Berry Cheerios

Oat breakfast cereal Chocolate Cheerios

Oat breakfast cereal Frosted Cheerios

Oat breakfast cereal Fruity Cheerios

Oat breakfast cereal Honey Nut Cheerios

Oat breakfast cereal Cheerios Oat Crunch Cinnamon

Snack bar Quaker Chewy S’mores

Snack bar Quaker Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip

Snack bar Quaker Breakfast Squares Soft Baked Bars Peanut Butter

Snack bar Quaker Breakfast Flats Crispy Snack Bars Cranberry Almond

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How To Avoid Glyphosate in Foods

You cannot remove glyphosate contamination by washing as it is absorbed into the plant while it’s growing. It is also not broken down by cooking or baking.

Here are a few pointers that will help you avoid glyphosate in food:

1. Always Look for Organic Non-GMO Project Verified

Look for products that are non-GMO and organic as they are unlikely to contain glyphosate.

But you need to be aware that glyphosate use is so rampant, that some organic foods may still contain small amounts of glyphosate residues.

This toxic herbicide can travel far, especially when it is applied in mornings. It gets hung up and moves with the air mass across fields.

2. Look for Glyphosate Residue Free Labels

Glyphosate Residue Free certification verifies that your product/s do not contain glyphosate.

A third party ISO 17025 accredited laboratory tests the products to make sure they do not contain glyphosate residues.

3. Grow Your Own

Growing your own vegetables is a great way to ensure your food is grown glyphosate-free.

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