Breakfast is the most important meal of the day -- how about adding some Roundup to that?
Products including Cheerios and Nature Valley cereals, granola and snacks contain "troubling levels" of the cancer-causing chemical glyphosate, which is found in Roundup, a study published Wednesday said.
"Glyphosate is used mostly as a weedkiller on genetically modified corn and soybeans. But it is also sprayed on oats just before harvest as a drying agent, or desiccant. It kills the crop, drying it out so it can be harvested sooner, which increases the likelihood that glyphosate ends up in foods children love to eat," the study said.
Published by Olga Naidenko, senior science adviser, and Alexis Temkin, toxicologist at the Environmental Working Group, the study analyzed 21 different breakfast cereals, granola and snacks and evaluated the amount of glyphosate in them.
From the 21 cereals tested, all but four contained levels of glyphosate above what is considered "protective for children's health with a sufficient margin of safety," the study said.
Guidelines state: "The EWG benchmark for daily glyphosate exposure would be reached by consuming 60 grams of food, equivalent to two cups of cereal, with 160 parts per billion of glyphosate."
The four products that fall within the EWG's guidelines are Honey Nut Cheerios, Nature Valley Sweet & Salty Nut granola bars in Cashew, Nature Valley Soft-Baked Oatmeal Squares in Cinnamon Brown Sugar and Nature Valley Fruit & Nut Chewy Trail Mix Granola Bars in Dark Chocolate & Nut.
All other 17 products contained "troubling levels" of glyphosate -- some at more than five times the benchmark.
Honey Nut Cheerios Medley Crunch contained 833 parts per billion of glyphosate and Cheerios Toasted Whole Grain Oat Cereal contained 729 parts.
"Since last August, three California juries have awarded more than $2.2 billion total in three separate verdicts against Bayer-Monsanto over claims that Roundup caused cancer and that Monsanto knew about the risks for decades and went to extraordinary lengths to cover it up," the study said.
In an effort to remove the chemical-causing cancer from being in food aimed at children, the study called for action.
"The only way to quickly remove this cancer-causing weedkiller from foods marketed to children is for companies like General Mills and Quaker to use oats from farmers who do not use glyphosate as a desiccant," the study said.
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