Do your kids eat Honey Nut Cheerios, Quaker Oats Oatmeal or Lucky Charms? Read on for the EWG’s findings when they tested 28 cereals marketed towards kids.
I don’t normally write about this, but I came across this report and thought I should share with other mom’s.
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The Environmental Working Group (EWG) found the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer, glyphosate, in 28 samples of cereal made with conventionally grown oats (ie. not organic). Most of these cereals are marketed towards kids!
- 10 different types of General Mills’ Cheerios
- 18 different samples of Quaker Oats products (owned by Pepsi Co.)
The whole list of cereals is below.
26 out of the 28 samples had levels of glyphosate above EWG’s health benchmark of 160 parts per billion, or ppb.
This is the second round of tests the EWG has conducted. The first found glyphosate in all but two of 45 samples of foods made with conventionally grown oats, and in about one-third of the 16 products made with organic oats.
About two-thirds of the samples of conventional foods had levels of glyphosate above EWG’s health benchmark. The entire list can be found below, but first…
Who is the Environmental Working Group (EWG)
You may be familiar with their “Dirty Dozen” or sunscreen recommendations.
EWG is an American activist group that specializes in research and advocacy in the areas of agricultural subsidies, public lands, and corporate accountability (source).
What is Glyphosate?
It’s the most widely used herbicide in the world. It is produced by Monsanto and can be found in their Roundup Weed Killer.
The EWG recommends the maximum daily intake of glyphosate in food is 0.01 milligrams which is lower than the US. and Canadian governments allow.
The US Federal Government legally allows 70 milligrams (California is proposing 1.1 milligrams)
In Canada: Health Canada has deemed glyphosate safe and has identified the Maximum Residue Level (MRL) to be 0.08 ppm to 35 ppm, depending on the commodity source
The IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer part of the World Health Organization) has classified Glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic” source.
The EWG actually did two rounds of tests – You can find ALL the products tested and their scores here.
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So now what?
The EWG recommends eating organic. Most of the organic cereals tested negative for glyphosate and the others fell below their recommended limit (probably the result of contamination from a nearby conventional farm).
What am I doing?
I am doing my best to feed my daughter organic whenever possible. I know at daycare she isn’t getting organic and I have had to come to terms with that.
I have to hope that my government is protecting my health and have reviewed glyphosate thoroughly.
Some comments around this research call it fear mongering and that the levels are very low.
I still find it disturbing that any amount of weed killer is found in so many foods millions of us eat daily.
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