I guess many of my readers are aware of the controversy surrounding glyphosate, a component of a widely used weed-killer. A man was recently awarded nearly 300 million dollars as the court sided with his arguments that his terminal cancer had been caused by it.
The latest news is that apparently, glyphosate is present in breakfast cereals and other products marketed for little kids, and not in negligible amounts, either:
Concern over glyphosate has continued to grow in the United States in recent years. Although
the chemical may be safe in some amounts to spray on weeds if certain
safety precautions are taken, it is probably a lot more dangerous if
it’s ingested by a child. Most disturbing, however, is the fact that thirty-one
out of 45 tested products had levels of glyphosate that were higher
than what many scientists consider safe for children...
“We’re very concerned that consumers are eating more glyphosate than they know,” said Scott Faber, vice president of government affairs at EWG, according to CBS News. Faber
has been working to improve food safety standards for more than a
decade. He said he and his team at EWG conducted the study which
included a lab test involving “45 samples of products made with
conventionally grown oats.” The researchers found glyphosate, which is
the active ingredient in the Monsanto weed-killer Roundup, in all but two of the products.
Read the whole story over here.