Yet another independent (non-government or academia-based) investigation revealed that almost every common breakfast cereal you can find on a grocery store shelf contained significant amounts of the herbicide glyphosate, aka RoundUp®. Some of the levels, such as General Mills Cheerios, were at levels 1.5X what is allowed in US drinking water (700 ppb). I worked as a dietitian for nearly 20 years and have asked individuals the question "what do you eat in a typical day?" thousands of times. I can assure you that the vast majority of Americans eat a glyphosate-rich breakfast, with children probably receiving the greatest concentration.
What does this mean for our health and our children’s health? Animal studies, and there are lots of them now (see a few of the highlighted ones in the references listed at the end of this report) would indicate that we are altering much of our biochemistry towards various disease processes. Unfortunately our country’s history of addressing chemicals that are major public health issues has been dubious. The chemical industry opposes questions with their own funded research, typically with poor study design, intended to fail yet just "scientific" enough to daze and confuse. The consumer advocate groups that are the most vigilant are often marginalized and labeled alarmists. The two sides usually participate in vigorous debate with years of back-and-forth, as the government and majority of the US public sit idly by on the sideline waiting for that widely accepted clinical trial or definitive research paper to influence policy.
Let’s ask ourselves some critical questions:
First, how long did it take for action with DDT or BPA? And where do we stand today with aspartame, despite very damning research on what it turns into once ingested?
Second, why is that these chemicals are approved and given a stamp of safety when there are so many questions and negative health effects observed in other species? Shouldn’t the burden of proof fall on the industry as opposed to a handful of consumer advocacy groups?
Glyphosates residues are everywhere and no pesticide or herbicide has ever been used so widely or globally: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27752438
No internal review board for any institution would allow a human intervention trial with glyphosate because it has already been classified as a carcinogen by both the IARC and the WHO. Therefore, the argument that we don’t have enough human evidence will persist indefinitely. In animals however, glyphosate has demonstrated endocrine disrupting effects with cellular exposure increasing estrogen-positive breast cancer development: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23756170
More studies, these just in the past two months, show deleterious effects to mammalian reproductive health and the survival of offspring: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27486271 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27463640
In 2013, Germany woke up: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27838355 Because of a paper published on glyphosate levels found in the blood and urine of German citizens, revealing high levels in comparison to what is allowed in German drinking water, agricultural practices in Germany appear to have changed. Experts suggest that this reduction in glyphosate exposure may be because there is less "browning" or crop-desiccation in the field. Some suggest that Germans may just be more aware than they were prior to 2013.
Yet at the same time here in the US, the FDA raised acceptable limits: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/carey-gillam/fda-suspends-glyphosate-r_b_12913458.html
If we wait for these governing groups to change policy, we may be waiting a very long time. A very long time with millions of children exposed to a very toxic chemical. Let’s demand that the industry change by boycotting breakfast cereals and other foods proven to carry high levels of glyphosate. And let’s demand that other foods get tested. GMO-free, GMO-verified, and to a lesser extent, even the word organic, means very little when it comes to glyphosate levels in our food.
John Bagnulo MPH, PhD. Director of Nutrition