Monsanto weed killer was found in Cheerios

Monsanto weed killer was found in Cheerios

Monsanto weed killer was found in Cheerios through independent testing of popular American food products.

Glyphosate is considered one of the most controversial pesticides in the world.

The most commonly used weed-killing spray Roundup is “probably carcinogenic to humans,” according to a recent statement from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).

Glyphosate, one of the chemicals in Roundup is believed to be responsible for the pesticide’s possible carcinogenicity.

The chemical has caused so much concern that the FDA now plans to start testing for pesticide glyphosate in food.

Independent labs have also begun testing common foods for glyphosate, and the results are not pretty.

Glyphosate was not only found in Cheerios, but in many popular cracker, cookies, cold cereals, and chips commonly consumed by children and adults.

The group Food Democracy Now released their test results in a report recently.

As reported by the Huffington Post:

The tests conducted by Anresco were done on 29 foods commonly found on grocery store shelves. Glyphosate residues were found in General Mills’ Cheerios at 1,125.3 parts per billion (ppb), in Kashi soft-baked oatmeal dark chocolate cookies at 275.57 ppb, and in Ritz Crackers at 270.24 ppb, according to the report. Different levels were found in Kellogg’s Special K cereal, Triscuit Crackers and several other products. The report noted that for some of the findings, the amounts were “rough estimates at best and may not represent an accurate representation of the sample.” The food companies did not respond to a request for comment.

Glyphosate is believed to be very present in foods such as genetically modified corn and soy. According to Charles Benbrook, Ph.D., of Washington State University, in 2014 U.S. farmers used the equivalent of three-quarters a pound of glyphosate per acre of farmland. “When a single pesticide is used that widely, people can’t help but be exposed to it,” Benbrook explains.

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REFERENCES:
1. “Tests Show Monsanto Weed Killer in Cheerios, Other Popular Foods.” The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, n.d. Web. 12 Dec. 2016.

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