Attention cereal and breakfast bar lovers! Your favorite breakfast foods have tested positive for glyphosate, a weed killer with a history of carcinogenic effects. It’s most commonly found in Round Up, a weed killer manufactured by Monsanto and regularly used in grain production.
The Environmental Working Group conducted a study on dozens of popular breakfast cereal brands and discovered the chemical present in all of them. While glyphosate is allowed at very low levels by the EPA, the decision has met with controversy as long term exposure HAS proven harmful. According to CNN:
"There is an extensive body of research on glyphosate and glyphosate-based herbicides, including more than 800 rigorous registration studies required by EPA, European and other regulators, that confirms that these products are safe when used as directed."
The EPA concluded in 2017 that glyphosate "is not likely to be carcinogenic to humans," but a World Health Organization agency, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), determined in 2015 that glyphosate is "probably carcinogenic to humans."
Dr. Chensheng Lu, an associate professor of environmental exposure biology at Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health, defended the WHO group, calling it "a world renowned and reputable academic and research institute in cancer epidemiology." The EPA, in contrast, "is a regulatory agency, and in many ways a political agency," he said. "In 2018, I would not hold EPA's view on glyphosate as a fact."
So be careful how much you consume!