Are You Unknowingly Feeding Your Child Poison?

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Would you like some weed killer with your breakfast? No one in their right mind would answer this question affirmatively, yet if you happen to eat one of 26 popular cereals, that’s exactly how you’ve been starting out your mornings.

A new report released by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) shows that 26 out of 28 breakfast products tested contain higher levels of glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer, than their scientists feel is safe for children to consume. These products included several varieties of granola, oat breakfast cereal, instant oats, overnight oat products, and snack bars from Quaker, as well as popular cereals like Cheerios. One product, Quaker Oatmeal Squares cereal, had glyphosate levels that were almost 18 times higher than the EWG benchmark for children.

Glyphosate exposure is risky for everyone, but it’s particularly dangerous for children as it can impact their development. The International Agency for Research on Cancer has listed glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic,” much to the dismay of Monsanto, which has gone out of its way to try to discredit the respected agency to protect its profits. The World Health Organization said in a 2015 report that the chemical has been linked to non-Hodgkin lymphoma and prostate cancer. It is also listed by the state of California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment as being a known carcinogen.

In fact, Monsanto was ordered by a San Francisco jury to pay a school groundskeeper $289 million in damages after exposure to the weed killer caused him to develop cancer; the payout was later reduced but the decision was upheld. The company is now facing several class-action lawsuits over its cancer-causing products.

Some of the manufacturers in the study, like Quaker, argue that the EWG’s benchmark levels of 160 PPB are too low, but the official legal levels are notoriously outdated and well above the limits many experts believe are safe. The EWG pointed out that in addition to not being based on current science, “The EPA’s standards for pesticides and other chemicals are also heavily influenced by lobbying from industry.”

The manufacturers claim that the glyphosate is not added during the milling process but is routinely used by farmers before harvesting the oat crops. One way or another, it’s in the food, which means it is going to make its way into your body if you consume it.

While experts don’t think the public should be hysterical, they do point out that people need to be aware of what is in their food that doesn’t make it onto the label.

A previous report from the same group reached a similarly concerning conclusion about more than 39 oat-based foods. On that occasion, a third of 16 products tested that were made with organic oats had glyphosate, while two thirds of conventional foods also had levels above the health benchmark set by the group.


Study shows people who eat organic have lower cancer risk

The news comes shortly the JAMA Internal Medicine journal published a study that noted a significantly lower cancer risk for people who eat a lot of organic food. In that study, French researchers found that those who eat the most organic food have a 25 percent lower likelihood of developing cancer than people who do not eat organic food. Their risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma was 73 percent lower, while they were also 21 percent less likely to develop postmenopausal breast cancer.

Shopping for food can be a stressful task for health-conscious individuals, but when your health – and that of your children – is on the line, it’s always worth making the extra effort, whether that means getting to the bottom of the sources of the food you buy or growing it yourself.

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Hi @moderndayhippie, I wrote about Roundup in my last Sandwich post, real scary! It may be the real reason so many people suddenly are gluten intolerant! I never knew this was common practice, not good at all.


I totally agree with that view.. All of it pretty scary stuff huh!?! We are all being fed unsafe foods without even knowing, what is happening to this world?? How is this ok??


It’s the kind of thing that gives a man good cause to be paranoid about all these people running mega corporations. Monsanto poisons everyone, food companies do nothing to help or even warn people, the dirtiest companies of them all end Up profiting the most. You know the hospitals & pharmaceutical companies

reallllly scary stuff @moderndayhippie. The average consumer knows nothing about this. They are filling their bodies with this poison. Not to mention the issues with wheat and this poison...the breads people are eating also contain this stuff. You're right, its what the farmers have been treating their fields with right before processing...Thanks for sharing. A great reason to make your own protein bars and cereals!!!

So unnecessary to use chemicals for farming - a for-profit scheme - setup by chemical companies. Really have to know your food and water source, thanks for the info :)

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that's scary.................... very scary

I think the word you want is "unknowingly." (And that's my stint of playing Grammar Nazi for the day.) Good article, though. I'll be back in my street clothes soon to talk more about it.


I don't know how I didn't catch that sooner LoL. Such a stupid mistake.. Thanks for pointing it out to me :)

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I'm glad this information is getting out there. Thanks so much for posting it here. Like you said Knowledge Is Power.

Just recently, the centre of Environmental Science or some other agency in Nigeria released a memo that claimed traders are routinely adding dangerous pesticides directly to their bean seeds on sale to protect from weevils. Don't these companies and traders think about the consumers' health at all? Or is it all about the profit??
So sad!

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So all food made from grains contains this poison..
There is more food products which make us sick..
But being aware of it we can choose good food which makes us strong, not weak 😊 Or have a garden and grow our own vegetables 😊
Thank you ❤️


I don't know if all foods containing grain are poison or not but there is a good chance the majority of it because most grain/soybean/corn are all genetically modified and doused in herbicides and pesticides! Some people even believe the gluten allergy is actually caused by these chemicals, it's trying to warn the body we are eating toxic food. It makes sense but there is no hard data proof.


I can believe it is true..

We were on a trip recently and we drove past a Monsanto plant. I started sneezing a few miles before we got there and continued sneezing for a few miles after we passed the plant. I had no problems sneezing on any other portion of the trip. BTW it was difficult to see who owned the plant because the Monsanto sign was way back from the road and in relatively small letters.


Id like to say that surprises me but it really doesn't. This company use to make chemical weapons before they started doing fertilizers, that should tell u enough..

I went to a lecture this summer about this very thing, done by a local nurse practitioner. I learned more about how this is used than I had known. Scary stuff....


It really is scary! And the fact that no one seems to notice and/or care is even more scary!?!

Ahhhhh! I knew Quaker wasn't a great brand to buy which is such a bummer. Knowledge is power!

Wow, i did not know this... scary stuff indeed! thanks for sharing @moderndayhippie

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