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Glyphosate in Cereal: Monsanto's Weedkiller Detected at Alarming Levels, Report Says

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Environmental Working Group released its 3rd round of tests measuring glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup in popular oat-based cereals; the 2 highest levels of glyphosate were found in Honey Nut Cheerios Medley Crunch and Cheerios.


All but four of the products tested contained levels of the chemical above 160 parts per billion (ppb) benchmark set by EWG. EPA calculations suggest that 1- to 2-year-old children likely experience the highest exposure to glyphosate. According to the agency’s risk assessment, the exposure level is 230 times greater than EWG’s health benchmark of 160 ppb.

In the May 2019 batch of testing, EWG commissioned Anresco Laboratories to test a range of oat-based products, including 300 grams each of 21 oat-based cereals, snack bars, granolas and instant oats made by General Mills and Quaker.

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Urrrgh! I eat a number of these cereals.

Now I have to write Health Canada and ask if our grains are being drowned in glyphosate, and how many of these cereals are being shipped in from the U.S. and being put on our shelves.

(Yes, I'm really going to do this.)

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I would like to see their responses, please.

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I'll definitely share them with you, should I get any form of reply, but I'll tell you upfront, they're not very responsive. I've called and written Health Canada a few times before on a few pretty significant issues, to no avail.

"Ordinary" Canadians, like me, get this treatment from almost every government agency. It's almost like you have to threaten to sue them before they'll talk you. For the privileged, there's an open door, come any time policy.

In this case, there's two agencies that are supposed to be overseeing what goes on our grocery shelves - Health Canada and the Canada Food Inspection Agency. I intend to contact both at the same time, and see where it leads. This issue has been gnawing at me for a while.

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Send it to the Minister, the Honorable Ginette Petitpas Taylor. She is from New Brunswick, originally. That will get you a clear answer and also give you a chance to editorialize appropriately. Officially, Canada doesn't allow Roundup anywhere near the CANADIAN wheat growing. You must recall the big flap when Korea and Japan banned briefly the import of Canadian wheat because a few stalks, supposedly a few, were found 120 km. from Monsanto test plots? I wrote an article about this for OEN. Even China banned Canadian canola, for a while.



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I do remember your piece on this.

Yes, The last thing I heard was our Agriculture Minister stating that RoundUp (and glyphosate mentioned in a separate sentence) was banned from our prairie crops.

The thing they've never clarified, to my knowledge, was if imported products (like perhaps Cheerios) that have been found to contain glyphosate would be also banned from coming across the border, or even if any of our agencies were tasked with looking out for such a thing.

I did have Taylor in mind, as she's not only the Minister of Health (and therefore, the overseer of Health Canada), but she's a different person occupying the same seat that failed to answer me on another important concern. (Maybe she'll be more responsive. If she is, I might revive my previous issue, as it has great personal importance.)

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Not only writing to Taylor, but also ask your own MP to contact her to request a ban on those imports containing glyphosate. Canada's parliament is small enough to make such a strategy actually work.

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Don't fool yourself. Canada's Parliament is just as deliberately-complicated and bureaucratic as any other government. It just has this "image" of being more fair and approachable.

Still going to do it, though. :)

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GeeWhiz, DA - I must give you a lot of credit for all your actions/interests.

I'm proud to know you and would love to be of greater acquaintance.

At 90 I'm about as active as a last yeat's doggydo.

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Let's not be so quick to adopt the alarm promoted by the Environmental Working Group. Their name sounds wholesome, but this is most definitely a well-funded activist group that aims to alarm, regardless of scientific validity. The EPA sets a safety margin by setting allowable residues at 100 to 1,000 times lower than the level that is considered hazardous. For glyphosate in grains (such as oats), that's 30 parts per million. The EWG (for its own purposes) decided to set its own "special" limit at 160 parts per billion (160,000 parts per million). Only in recent times have we been able to even detect such small amounts of any substance.

I suppose some people are primed for alarm. But as a pair of professors from the University of Georgia put it, "Glyphosate continues to be widely used because few, if any other herbicides, are as safe, effective, and economical. By safe, I mean safer than table salt."

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You mean the same EPA that told Manhattan, "Go go back to work, the air is perfectly safe!" the day after 9/11? That EPA?!

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Absurd.


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