For Presence Marketing Newsletter, September 2018
August 23, 2018
By Steven Hoffman
Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer and the most heavily used pesticide in the history of the world, has tested positive in 95% of oat-based foods, including popular breakfast cereals, oatmeal, granola and snack bars, according to independent laboratory testing commissioned by the Environmental Working Group (EWG). Of 45 conventional products tested, glyphosate residues were present in 43, and 31 of those products contained levels higher than what EWG scientists consider safe for children. The herbicide, also used as a pre-harvest desiccant on cereals and grains, is so pervasive it also showed up in 31% of food samples made with organic oats, although EWG reports the organic foods tested at levels “well below EWG’s health benchmark.” In August, a California jury ordered Monsanto to pay $289 million in damages to a former groundskeeper who claimed his cancer was caused by repeated exposure to glyphosate. To view EWG’s chart of oat-based foods tested, visit here.