munchies.vice.com – A report from the Environmental Working Group shows that several products from big-name cereal brands contain alarming levels of Roundup.
Sorry, kids (and kids-at-heart)—it’s 2018, and even Cheerios are tainted. According to a study conducted by the Environmental Working Group released this morning, there’s a very good chance your morning cereal has traces of the potentially cancer-causing chemical glyphosate, better known as the active ingredient in the weed killer Roundup.
According to EWG, of 61 samples of popular grain-based products like cereals, oatmeals, and granola bars—including Cheerios Toasted Whole Grain Cereal, Lucky Charms, Nature Valley Oats ‘n’ Honey granola bars, and Quaker Old Fashioned Oats—48 contained traces of the poison, and half of the samples contained levels considered unsafe for children.
Based on nutrition guidelines and toxicity standards, EWG determined that 160 parts per million of glyphosate in a daily serving of the food products could constitute a cancer risk. Quaker Dinosaur Eggs instant oatmeal contained between 620 and 780 ppm. Lucky Charms had between 230 and 400 ppm. One sample of Quaker Old Fashioned Oats tested positive for a whopping 1,100 ppm.
Hundreds of millions of pounds of glyphosate, as EWG explains, are used on commodity crops like corn and soybeans every year as a pesticide. An increasingly common practice for many cereal farmers—the ones growing wheat, oats, and barley—is to spray glyphosate on their grain crop prior to harvesting to speed up the drying process. Grains, unlike other produce, are not harvested when they’re green; the plants have to essentially die in the field, drying out and turning brown so they can be processed. Spraying the crops with the pesticide hurries the drying and dying along, which is how EWG suspects that the chemical is ending up in some of our favorite foods.
Annddddd there goes breakfast smfh, Chappelle was right…we have access to wayyyy too much information these days and its low key ruining everything.