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I s Your Breakfast Cereal Safe? I n recent news, the Roundup weed killer company, one of the most infamous names in pesticides, was found guilty of causing one man’s terminal case of cancer. The verdict resulted in a $289 payout. Following the verdict, an independent research company, the Environmental Working Group (EWG), released a study that found the main chemicals used in Roundup in a wide variety of breakfast cereals. The main ingredient in Roundup weed killer is a broad-spectrum herbicide called glyphosate, a Monsanto weed killer that is the most widely used pesticide in the United States. It has been proven to cause cancer by California state scientists and the World Health Organization. The EWG study found glyphosate in 43 of 45 break- fast cereals tested. Every year 250 million pounds of glyphosate are used on GMO crops, genetically modified crops are unable to survive without the chemicals, so it’s no surprise the chemical is found in those foods. However, one would expect organic and non-GMO crops to be free of the cancer-causing chemical. Unfortunately, this is not the case. 16 of the samples tested were produced with “organically grown oats” and roughly one-third of the 16 contained levels of glyphosate. However, the levels were under what is considered an acceptable amount by the EWG. Roundup is also used on non-GMO crops such as wheat, barley, oats, and beans. When applied pre-harvest, the herbicide helps the existing plants to die out quicker which makes for an earlier second harvest. California listed glyphosate in its Proposition 65 registry of chem- icals known to cause cancer. The state’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has proposed a so-called No Significant Risk Level for glyphosate of 1.1 milligrams per day for an average adult weighing about 154 pounds. This level of exposure is more than 60 times lower than the safety level set by the Envi- ronmental Protection Agency (EPA). The OEHHA’s proposed level represents an increased lifetime risk of cancer to those who are exposed to glyphosate to one in 100,000. Comparatively, the OEHHA’s lifetime risk factor for common can- cer-causing drinking water contaminants is set at one in 1 million. Since young children and developing fetuses are much more susceptible to the damage caused by carcinogens, the federal Food Quality Protection Act supports an additional 10-fold margin for safety. With the added precautions taken into consideration, the EWG calculated that the ingestion of 0.01 milligrams of glyphosate per day poses a one in one million risk for cancer. Is your brand of kids breakfast on the list? RAISEVEGAN.COM Raise Vegan 51