Monday, July 1, 2019

Tell General Mills: Remove Monsanto's toxic Roundup from children's food

An analysis released today by the Environmental Working Group's Children's Health Initiative found that 21 of General Mills' oat-based cereals and snacks were contaminated with glyphosate (the main ingredient in Roundupand all but four products contained levels higher than what EWG scientists consider safe for children.

The petition to General Mills reads:
"Remove all traces of the toxic pesticide glyphosate from your foods immediately."
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 Right now, children are quietly ingesting harmful levels of Bayer-Monsanto's toxic, cancer-causing Roundup herbicide, and the family brand behind this is doing nothing to stop it.
While General Mills denies its food is unsafe for children, millions of kids continue to eat these popular products. We must hold General Mills accountable and demand that it removes all glyphosate from its foods immediately.
Roundup is the most widely used weed killer in the United States, with roughly 300 million pounds used on crops and lawns each year.2 Scientists have documented a link between the rise in glyphosate use and a corresponding rise in conditions including celiac disease, autism, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, obesity, pancreatic cancer, thyroid cancer, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and Parkinson's.3 In 2015, the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer classified glyphosate "probably carcinogenic," and a recent study by the University of Washington concluded that exposure to glyphosate raises cancer risk by 41%.4
While Roundup is mainly used on so-called "Roundup-ready" genetically modified crops like corn and soy, glyphosate is also regularly sprayed on oats as a drying agent, allowing farmers to harvest the crop earlier.5 This toxic residue then ends up contaminating popular oat-containing foods produced by General Mills. In its analysis, the Environmental Working Group found that six Cheerios varieties and 14 Nature Valley products contained glyphosate residue – with some foods containing a lot.6 EWG considers glyphosate levels in foods over 160 parts per billion unsafe for children, yet the study found four to five times that level in some General Mills cereal and snacks that they analyzed.7
As countless children continue eating Cheerios and Nature Valley snacks contaminated with cancer-causing Roundup, General Mills continues to stick its head in the sand and deny their food is unsafe. Will you join us and demand that General Mills comes clean and removes all glyphosate residue from its food? Click the link below to sign the petition:
- Heidi Hess, CREDO Action
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  1. Olga Naidenko and Alexis Temkin, "In New Round of Tests, Monsanto’s Weedkiller Still Contaminates Foods Marketed to Children," Environmental Working Group, June 12, 2019.
  2. Jennifer Sass, "Regulatory Failures = Superweeds and Glyphosate Cancers," Natural Resources Defense Council April 11, 2019.
  3. EcoWatch, "15 Health Problems Linked to Monsanto's Roundup," Jan. 23, 2015.
  4. Emily Dixon, "Common weed killer glyphosate increases cancer risk by 41%, study says," CNN, Feb. 15, 2019.
  5. Ibid.
  6. Ibid.
  7. Aimee Picchi, "Cheerios, Nature Valley cereals contain Roundup ingredient, study finds," CBS News, June 13, 2019.
More Information 

Cancer-Causing Ingredient in Weedkiller Found in Cheerios - U.S. News, June 12, 2019

Cheerios, Nature Valley cereals contain Roundup ingredient, study finds - CBS News, June 13, 2019

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