This text was beforehand revealed February 19, 2019, and has been up to date with new data.

Oat-based meals, comparable to oatmeal, cereals and bread, are thought-about by many to be a wholesome dietary addition, however if you happen to eat such meals know that you just’re most likely getting herbicide residues together with them.

In testing performed by Pals of the Earth (FOE), 100% of oat cereal samples examined constructive for residues of glyphosate, the energetic ingredient in Roundup herbicide.1 Whereas there are a number of causes to rethink the well being worth of oats, together with their lectin content material, the rampant use of glyphosate on this crop as a desiccant simply prior to reap, and the next glyphosate contamination, is worthy of consideration.

All Oat Cereals Examined Contained Glyphosate

FOE, seeking to uncover what number of pesticides and herbicides residues are in generally eaten meals, examined store-brand cereal, beans and produce from the highest 4 meals retailers within the U.S.: Walmart, Kroger, Costco and Albertsons/Safeway.

Altogether, 132 samples of home model samples had been examined, from greater than 30 U.S. shops in 15 states. Residues of glyphosate and pesticides — neonicotinoids and organophosphates — had been discovered, with glyphosate being detected in 100% of oat cereal and pinto bean samples examined.

The typical stage of glyphosate in cereal samples was 360 elements per billion (ppb), which FOE famous is greater than twice the extent set by Environmental Working Group (EWG) scientists for lifetime most cancers threat in kids. Among the cereal samples contained residues as excessive as 931 ppb.

As for pinto beans, ranges had been discovered as much as 1,128 ppb, though common glyphosate ranges had been 509 ppb — 4.5 occasions greater than EWG’s benchmark for lifetime most cancers threat in kids. In keeping with FOE:

“EWG decided {that a} 1-in-a-million most cancers threat can be posed by ingestion of 0.01 milligrams of glyphosate per day. To succeed in this most dose, one must eat a single 60-gram serving of oat cereal with a glyphosate stage of 160 ppb or a 90-gram serving of pinto beans with a glyphosate stage of 110 ppb.”

Oat-Primarily based Meals Marketed to Youngsters Comprise Glyphosate

EWG additionally commissioned unbiased laboratory assessments to find out how a lot glyphosate is lurking within the U.S. meals provide. Forty-three out of 45 meals merchandise made with conventionally grown oats examined constructive for glyphosate, 31 of which had glyphosate ranges greater than EWG scientists consider can be protecting of youngsters’s well being.2

Examples of meals with detectable ranges of glyphosate embrace Quaker Dinosaur Eggs instantaneous oatmeal, Cheerios cereal, Nature Valley granola bars, Quaker metal reduce oats and Again to Nature Traditional Granola. Additional, out of 16 natural oat meals examined, 5 contained glyphosate, though at ranges under EWG’s well being benchmark of 160 ppb.

Comply with-up testing of one other 28 samples of oat-based cereal and different oat-based meals marketed to kids discovered glyphosate in all of the samples examined, with 26 of them coming in above EWG’s well being benchmark of 160 ppb.

Glyphosate was detected in Normal Mills’ Cheerios and a number of Quaker model merchandise comparable to instantaneous oatmeal, breakfast cereal and snack bars. The best glyphosate stage — 2,837 ppb — was present in Quaker Oatmeal Squares breakfast cereal. In keeping with EWG:3

“These take a look at outcomes fly within the face of claims by two firms, Quaker and Normal Mills, which have stated there is no such thing as a purpose for concern. It’s because, they are saying, their merchandise meet the authorized requirements.

But virtually the entire samples examined by EWG had residues of glyphosate at ranges greater than what EWG scientists take into account protecting of youngsters’s well being with an satisfactory margin of security.”

Why Do Oats Have Glyphosate Residues?

Almost 300 million kilos of glyphosate are used within the U.S. every year, with utilization being heaviest within the Midwest because of intensive manufacturing of genetically engineered (GE) corn and soy. Actually, greater than 90% of corn and soy grown within the U.S. is genetically engineered, and these components are widespread in processed meals.4

Oats, though not GE, are a standard supply of glyphosate residues as a result of the chemical is used as a desiccant on many non-GMO crops. In northern, colder areas farmers of wheat, oats and barley should wait for his or her crops to dry out prior to reap.

Slightly than wait an extra two weeks or so for this to occur naturally, farmers realized they may spray the vegetation with glyphosate, killing the crops and accelerating their drying (a course of referred to as desiccating).

In some instances, non-GMO meals could also be much more contaminated with glyphosate than GMO crops, as a result of they’re being sprayed simply weeks previous to being made into your cereal, bread, cookies and the like.

Researchers from College of California San Diego (UCSD) College of Medication famous in JAMA that Roundup is “utilized as a desiccant to most small nongenetically modified grains.” So for each GE crops and non-GE grains, glyphosate “is present in these crops at harvest.”5 As an apart, beans are additionally desiccated utilizing glyphosate, which is probably going why FOE’s testing discovered such residues in all of the pinto bean samples examined.

Glyphosate is the one systemic herbicide registered to be used prior to reap of dry beans. When utilized preharvest, glyphosate strikes to each the rising factors and storage buildings (together with roots and seeds) of vegetation to focus on EPSP synthase, which prevents manufacturing of sure amino acids and diverts vitality from important plant processes.

This course of impacts your entire plant inflicting loss of life and necrosis of inexperienced materials. Actually, it is the one systemic herbicide registered to be used previous to the harvest of dry beans, and though it is not a real desiccant, it is the “product of selection for a lot of dry bean growers,” in line with the Alliance of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Science Societies.6

Nonetheless, the article stresses that the timing of software is essential to stop extreme residues of herbicide within the closing product, stating:7

“[W]hen counting on this herbicide alone or when utilizing it with different desiccants, software timing must be delayed to restrict glyphosate accumulation in bean seed … However desiccation is a science that requires finesse.

Whatever the product(s) getting used, agronomists and growers should guarantee correct software to maximise desiccant efficacy whereas limiting detrimental impacts to high quality, together with unacceptable herbicide residue ranges.”

Glyphosate Linked to Being pregnant Dangers

Herbicide use is on the rise within the U.S. Midwest, the place corn and soy crops are prolific, and researchers are involved publicity may very well be harming pregnant ladies and kids within the space.

In a research of pregnant ladies in central Indiana, glyphosate was detected within the urine of 93 p.c of the contributors, with greater ranges present in these dwelling in rural areas and those that consumed 24 ounces or extra of caffeinated drinks per day.8

Additional, greater ranges of glyphosate in ladies’s urine was considerably related to shortened being pregnant lengths. Research writer Dr. Paul Winchester, medical director of the neonatal intensive care unit on the Franciscan St. Francis Well being system and professor of scientific pediatrics at Riley Hospital for Youngsters in Indiana, stated in a information launch:9

“In our research, which is ongoing, moms with comparatively greater ranges of glyphosate had been extra prone to have shorter pregnancies and ship infants with decrease birth-weight, outcomes that everybody must be involved about. Shorter pregnancies with comparatively decrease delivery weights have been linked to decrease cognitive capability later in life and better threat of metabolic syndrome.”

As for the upper glyphosate ranges amongst rural residents, none of whom had been farmers or immediately concerned in Roundup software, it is believed the publicity could have come from inhalation of contaminated air or mud.

It is also potential that consumption of caffeinated drinks could also be related to greater glyphosate ranges as a result of some caffeine-containing drinks, comparable to espresso, tea and delicate drinks, could include glyphosate residues, though the research did not take a look at for this.10

Even Diapers Comprise Glyphosate

A French research of disposable diapers revealed glyphosate was discovered within the materials, together with about 60 different chemical compounds. Though the degrees of glyphosate had been low, Anses, the French company for meals, environmental and occupational well being and security, stated it and different chemical compounds “may migrate by urine, for instance, and enter into extended contact with infants’ pores and skin.”11

They gave diaper producers 15 days to develop a plan of motion to take away dangerous substances from the merchandise. Though the precise diaper manufacturers weren’t named, they’re stated to offer a illustration of the market and embrace some which can be offered in a number of international locations. Anses, whereas suggesting that no speedy threat was current, stated long-term well being results may exist:12

“There is no such thing as a epidemiological analysis permitting us to show the well being results linked to the carrying of nappies. That stated, harmful chemical substances have been discovered within the nappies … there’s proof the protection thresholds for a number of substances have been crossed.

On the present time and from what we all know in the intervening time, it isn’t potential to exclude a well being threat linked to the carrying of disposable nappies.”

Consuming Natural Reduces Most cancers Threat

The Worldwide Company for Analysis on Most cancers (IARC) decided that glyphosate is a “possible carcinogen” in 2015. In August 2018, jurors dominated Monsanto (which was taken over by Bayer in June 2018) should pay $289 million in damages to DeWayne “Lee” Johnson, a former faculty groundskeeper who claimed the corporate’s herbicide Roundup prompted his terminal most cancers.13

The award was later slashed to $78 million,14 but it surely’s not an remoted case. 1000’s of individuals throughout the U.S. have filed lawsuits alleging that Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, and others containing the energetic ingredient glyphosate, prompted them to develop most cancers.

Regardless of the jury awards and despite the IARC’s willpower that glyphosate is a “possible carcinogen,” the U.S. EPA in January 2020 launched an “interim resolution” figuring out that glyphosate not solely is protected to be used on agricultural crops, however is “unlikely” to be a carcinogen.15 They even went a step additional and stated there are:

  • No dangers of concern to human well being from present makes use of of glyphosate
  • No indications that kids are extra delicate to glyphosate
  • No indicators or proof that glyphosate causes most cancers in people
  • No indications that glyphosate is an endocrine disruptor

Contemplating the volumes of damning proof introduced within the lawsuits on this chemical, these statements are unconscionable coming from a governmental physique that’s speculated to be watching out on your well being! For the reason that EPA has determined to disregard the lawsuit proof and rising research on glyphosate, it’s as much as you to make meals selections that may you keep away from it.

There are lots of routes of publicity to this doubtless carcinogen, together with by way of your ingesting water, however weight loss plan is amongst them. The EPA even listed the merchandise that get sprayed with glyphosate, together with:



Cereal grains

Grain sorghum

Citrus crops



Berry crops




Pome fruits


Brassica greens

Bulb greens

Fruiting greens

Tropical and subtropical fruits

Stone fruits



Vine Crops

Oilseed crops

Sugar cane

Sugar beet

The featured EWG research additionally discovered residues of one other probably carcinogenic pesticide — organophosphates — had been widespread in applesauce, apples and spinach samples they examined.16 So, as you’ll be able to see, virtually each meals you eat may probably be contaminated with these harmful chemical compounds.

Luckily, consuming natural is one easy option to keep away from these toxins, and analysis exhibits that doing so may scale back your threat of most cancers. In a research of almost 70,000 adults, those that ate primarily natural meals had a decrease threat of Non-Hodgkin lymphoma and postmenopausal breast most cancers in comparison with those that not often or by no means ate natural meals.17

EPA Petitioned to Prohibit Glyphosate’s Use as a Desiccant

Selecting natural oat merchandise could also be particularly necessary to keep away from glyphosate, as EWG’s research counsel that glyphosate ranges could also be greater in oat merchandise than they’re in even wheat and corn. Additional, “actual dietary publicity” shouldn’t be restricted to oat merchandise. Youngsters (and adults) are being uncovered to glyphosate from quite a lot of sources, with probably devastating results.

EWG and different shopper teams have petitioned the U.S. Environmental Safety Company (EPA) to cut back the quantity of glyphosate residues allowed in oats from 30 elements per million (ppm) to 0.1 ppm, in addition to prohibit using glyphosate as a preharvest desiccant.18

The 0.1 ppm restrict for glyphosate on oats was really the authorized restrict in 1993 — it has since been raised 300fold, in response to a petition from Monsanto across the time farmers started to extensively use glyphosate as a desiccant late within the season.19

In the event you’re involved about glyphosate residues in your meals, you’ll be able to assist to immediate change by reaching out to the businesses that make your meals. Allow them to know that you just desire meals with out glyphosate residues — and are ready to modify manufacturers if obligatory to search out them.

Along with voicing your opinion to meals firms, contact the EPA and encourage them to limit preharvest purposes of glyphosate as a way to scale back the quantity of this poisonous chemical getting into the meals provide.