Weed Killer Found in Kellogg’s Kashi Cereals
Eating organic has always been a good idea, but in our GMO-era world this practice has become critically important. Recent revelations of high levels of Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller in some Kellogg’s cereals drive home the fact that this poison is hard to avoid in the typical American diet.
Residues of glyphosate, the active chemical in the herbicide, in GMO food is so pervasive that alarming amounts are even turning up in some bottles of PediaSure, the nutritional drink given to children in intensive care units. Here is the latest news on food containing glyphosate and advice on what to do to protect yourself.
Weedkiller Found in Kellogg’s Cereals
Kellogg promotes its Kashi GoLean cereal as being “natural;” however, in this instance the designation of natural doesn’t equate to healthful. After a Rhode Island grocer stopped carrying the product in 2012 in response to a report that the cereal contained GMOs, Kashi announced its new products would be non-GMO Project Verified beginning in 2015.
The problem is that its boxes of unverified cereal are still on the shelves, albeit intermixed with the verified ones. Lurking in the unverified boxes are large amounts of glyphosate, which is linked to cancer, birth defects and a host of other ills. Independent testing of them found 0.68 ppm of the herbicide as well as 0.81 ppm of AMPA (aminomethylphosphonic acid), one of its metabolites. Aside from Kashi GoLean, glyphosate has also been found in Fruit Loops.
“Allowing glyphosate to be present in our food should be a criminal offense, says Dr. Jeff Ritterman, Vice President of the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility. “It is basically mass poisoning of the population including our children.”
Weedkiller Found in PediaSure
Perhaps even more alarming, glyphosate was found in PediaSure, a nutritional beverage given to critically ill children in hospitals across the country. In an investigation commissioned by Moms Across America, 30 percent of the samples of the drink tested positive for the herbicide at levels higher than 75 parts per billion. This amount is 800 to 1,100 times greater than the quantity proved to destroy intestinal bacteria in chickens.
Weedkiller Found in Breastmilk
Other studies with shocking results show the ubiquitous nature of glyphosate in the diet, which puts everyone at risk, including infants. A 2014 test of breastmilk authorized by Moms Across America and Sustainable Pulse found high levels of the herbicide in three of ten samples. It’s clear the chemical accumulates in women’s bodies over a period of time, a fact the biotech industry refutes.
How to Avoid Glyphosate?
“If you’re eating processed food, you’re eating glyphosate,” notes natural health proponent Dr. Joseph Mercola. As one billion pounds of the herbicide is sprayed on crops around the globe each year, it’s hard to avoid consumption of the chemical unless you buy processed food products that have the USDA 100% organic label. The “natural” label isn’t based on any standards and cannot be trusted. Cooking from scratch using organic ingredients is the best approach.
Mary West is a natural health enthusiast, as she believes this area can profoundly enhance wellness. She is the creator of a natural healing website where she focuses on solutions to health problems that work without side effects. You can visit her site and learn more at http://www.alternativemedicinetruth.com. Ms. West is also the author of Fight Cancer Through Powerful Natural Strategies.