glyphosate in cereals

A recent report by Food Democracy Now! and the Detox project shocked everyone with disclosure of the extremely high levels of glyphosate found in package cereals. 

The study was conducted by an independent, FDA-registered laboratory that looked at iconic American food brands; the results are alarming and reveal the inadequacy of current food safety regulations relating to allowable pesticide residues.

Glyphosate has been found in 93% of people tested; it is the most widely used pesticide in the world; it is found in Monsanto’s number one income generating product, Roundup, which has made them billions of dollars. 

New scientific evidence shows probable harm could begin with levels as low as 0.1 parts per billion and damage to DNA can begin at .02 percent of solution of glyphosate. It is beyond alarming then to discover that popular foods tested in the study measured between 289.47 and as high as 1,125.3 parts per billion (ppb)!

The highest levels were found in General Mills cereals: Original Cheerios (1125 ppb), followed by Honey Nut Cheerios (670 ppb), and Wheaties at (31.2 ppb). Not to be outdone, Kellogg’s also scored high: Corn Flakes (78.9 ppb), Raisin Bran (82.9 ppb), Special K (74.6 ppb) and Kashi Soft-Baked Cookies (275.58 ppb). See chart above.

What can you do? GMOs and Roundup are prohibited from organic production so the simplest way to avoid contamination is to eat organic.  A 2014 study in the Journal of Environmental Research confirmed that families eating organic for as little as a week removed more than 90% of the pesticides from their system, as detected through urine tests.  According to this study, “the average person is exposed to 10 to 13 pesticides residues each day from food, beverage and drinking water.”

~ Food for thought.

Image Credit: http://www.fooddemocracynow.org/

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