Cheerios and childhood – one of those up-in-the-morning start your kid’s day right, right? They’re gluten free, and they lower bloodstream cholesterol – almost like a health food. Except thanks to Monsanto, they’re not healthy, especially if you are a child. Cheerios breakfast cereal and a number of oat-based granolas and snack bars contain dangerous levels of glyphosate.
Over the past several years, the clinical and legal spotlight has been aimed at glyphosate, investigating how it poisons farm workers, landscape applicators, and maybe the general public through water and food exposure. Most recently, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has done extensive research on glyphosate in foods that could affect human health during early childhood formative years. EWG is the organization that produces the yearly Dirty Dozen Produce list and the Clean Fifteen Produce list. Their findings on Cherios are not reassuring.
From the EWG study report: “The herbicide Roundup, produced by Bayer-Monsanto, was detected in all 21 oat-based cereal and snack products sampled in a new round of testing. All but four products contained levels of glyphosate higher than what EWG scientists consider protective for children’s health. The two highest levels of glyphosate were found in Honey Nut Cheerios Medley Crunch, with 833 parts per billion (or ppb), and Cheerios, with 729 ppb. The EWG children’s health benchmark is 160 ppb.
The EWG, along with nineteen food companies, first tried petitioning the EPA to get regulatory considerations. That process could drag on for years, and besides, the agency has been caught colluding with Monsanto to promote the claim that the chemical is safe. Instead, they are appealing directly to cereal manufacturers like General Mills and Quaker, petitioning them to source their oats from farmers who do not use glyphosate. So far, more than 236,000 people have signed a petition, and the EWG asks you to sign it as well – Get Glyphosate Out Of Our Food.