Weed killer, it’s what’s for breakfast! Environmental Working Group finds glyphosate in almost all conventional oat products, and some organic ones.
Here’s the list of best and worst brands:
The Environmental Working Group found glyphosateUpload Files in almost 43 of 45 conventional oat products and 5 of 16 organic oat products it tested, including popular children’s cereals, oatmeal and granola bars.
Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller, is classified as a “probable carcinogen” by the World Health Organization, a “known carcinogen” by the State of California.
While Roundup has traditionally been associated with genetically engineered crops like corn and soy, non GE crops like wheat, oats, barley and beans are increasingly being drenched in the herbicide in a secretive practice that enables farmers to harvest them sooner.
The EWG scientists consider foods with glyphosate levels higher than 160 parts per billion unsafe. One sample of Quaker Oats contained 1300 parts per billion.
“I grew up eating Cheerios and Quaker Oats long before they were tainted with glyphosate,” said EWG President Ken Cook in a press release yesterday. “No one wants to eat a weed killer for breakfast, and no one should have to do so.”
Worst conventional brands:
1. Quaker Old Fashioned Oats, 1300 ppb
2. Giant Instant Oatmeal, 760 ppb
3. Back to Nature Granola, 620 ppb (the irony)
4. Cheerios Toasted Oat Cereal, 530 ppb
5. Market Pantry Instant Oatmeal, 520 ppb
6. Great Value Instant Oatmeal, 450 ppb
7. Lucky Charms, 400 ppb
8. Nature Valley Granola Bars, 340 ppb
9. Barbara’s Multigrain Cereal, 340 ppb
10. Bob’s Redmill Steel Cut Oats, 300 ppb
11. Kellogg’s Cracklin’ Oat Bran Cereal, 250 ppb
Organic brands with NO glyphosate:
1. Nature’s Path Organic Granola
2. Simple Truth Organic Instant Oatmeal
3. Kashi Organic Heart to Heart Cereal
4. Cascadian Farm Organic Granola Bars
5. 365 Organic Granola Bars
Organic Brands to Beware of:
1. Nature’s Path Organic Old Fashioned Oats, 30 ppb
2. Bob’s Red Mill Organic Old Fashioned Oats, 20 ppb
The EWG claims the American government has known these foods contain unsafe levels of glyphosate for years, but has been keeping it secret.
“In April, internal emails obtained by the nonprofit US Right to Know revealed that the Food and Drug Administration has been testing food for glyphosate for two years and has found “a fair amount,” but the FDA has not released its findings,” the press release says.