There’s a glyphosate in my breakfast

There goes my breakfast! I don’t know what to eat anymore. Significant levels of the chemical glyphosate have been found in 43 types of breakfast cereals, oats and snack bars a new study has found. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in the popular weedkiller Roundup made by Monsanto. Products with some of the highest levels of glyphosate are made by leading industry names like Quaker, Kellogg’s and General Mills, which makes Cheerios.

The findings follow a landmark decision in a San Francisco court last week to order that Monsanto pay $289m in damages to Dewayne Johnson, a 46-year-old former groundskeeper. A jury deemed that Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller caused Johnson’s cancer and that it had failed to warn him about the risks.The World Health Organization has called glyphosate a “probable carcinogen”. Few foods are safe from glyphosate. It is routinely used on most crops including wheat, rice and soy

Author: Dr. Nirmal Shah

Nirmal is a well-known and a passionate personality in the Seychelles environmental and sustainability scene having an encyclopedic knowledge of Seychelles biodiversity as well as a wealth of experience in environment management. He has worked in senior positions in the parastatal, government, private and NGO sectors and consulted for international organizations such as the World Bank, IUCN, UNEP, Sida and UNESCO. He has appeared on CNN, BBC, Radio France, PBS, NBC, ABC, SABC and others

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