Monsanto Strikes Again: GMO Weed Killer Glyphosate Found In Non-GMO Foods, Soy Milk
There are times when it feels really good to say “I told you so.” Then there are times when it is little more than cold comfort. This is one of the latter.
A disturbing new study is out that should make anyone who is not yet fully convinced of the threat and danger that allowing genetically modified crops to become mainstream represents take note–and immediately go to your kitchen pantry and start tossing some things out.
You might do well to start by throwing out any Quaker Instant Oatmeal you have laying around. A recent study discovered that the company’s Strawberries and Cream breakfast cereal contained over 1,300 parts per billion of glyphosate weed killer, the chemical widely used as an herbicide on genetically-modified crops. The study was conducted at Microbe Inotech Laboratories in St. Louis, using the latest methodology, an “enzyme linked immuno-absorbent assay.”
Glyphosate is of course the active ingredient found in Monsanto’s Roundup brand herbicide, and it is spread across the landscape by the metric ton. A recent UN study has labeled glyphosate “probably carcinogenic,” and it has been banned in parts of Europe, but continues to be manufactured and sold all over the world. It is used in tandem with Monsanto’s proprietary Roundup Ready crop seeds, genetically modified strains of corn, soy and cotton manufactured to be able to stand up to the strong poison.
But here are some alarming facts about the Microbe Inotech study: for one thing, at over 1300 ppb, the level of glyphosate found in the oatmeal is off the charts. Of the other items that tested positive for the chemical the highest were in the 400-500 ppb range, and certainly well above the 75 ppb threshold of detection.
Secondly, and what should really have us all screaming and heading toward the Monsanto headquarters with torches and pitchforks–next stop, Congress–is the fact that oats aren’t even a GMO crop. So, whereas one might expect to find some traces of glyphosate in foods containing corn or soy or in products containing cotton, non-GMO crops like oats are an unlikely source.
The probably reason for the chemical being present is that an off-label use some farmers have found for the chemical is as a dessicant. This means they heavily spray down their crops with glyphosate-containing Roundup just before harvest time to speed the drying of the plants and make harvest cleaner, easier, and to prevent rot in wet climates.
So the terrifying news is that even if you insist on buying non-GMO products–and good for you, if so–you might still be exposed to the cancer-causing chemical agents companies like Monsanto use on their GMO crops.
But a person has to eat, and going forward, the lab did identify some brands to avoid and some that tested clean. For instance, Nature’s Path Organic Instant Oatmeal tested below the 75 ppb limit of detection for the methodology used.
And here are a few brands to avoid, all of which tested at between 100 and 500 ppb, include Thomas’ Whole Wheat bagels, Rudio Multibagels, Pepperidge Farm Whole Grain bread, and Dave’s Killer Whole Wheat Bread, Silk Soy Creamer non-GMO, and Cream of Wheat Hot Cereal whole grain.
In the meantime, saying “I told you so” isn’t good enough. We must keep up pressure on Congress to further regulate these dangerous chemicals. The win on the SAFE Act on GMO labeling is not enough, obviously. These guys aren’t going anywhere. The fight for chemical-free, GMO-free food has just begun.