From Cradle To Grave: Glyphosate Found In Baby Food, Oatmeal. We Are All Monsanto’s Children Now
As regulators and investors begin to sort through the implications of Bayer’s proposed blockbuster merger with Monsanto, bad news continues to dog the agrichemical giant.
For example, the normally supine Indian government, which never met a genetically modified seed it doesn’t like has suddenly sprouted a backbone and is putting up some pretty stiff resistance to Monsanto’s proposed introduction of GMO mustard seed there.
And recent studies have found that glyphosate, the star weed-killing chemical in Monsanto’s Roundup brand herbicide is indeed likely responsible for the deaths of millions if not billions of honeybees in recent years, putting food production both commercial and personal at risk.
But let’s not shed a tear for the agrichemical giant just yet. They really do bring this stuff on themselves.
For instance another recent study that has found glyphosate present in numerous samples of oatmeal–and baby food.
A Food and Drug Administration chemist has found residue of glyphosate in a variety of infant oat-based cereal, with concentrations of up to 1.67 parts per million in some varieties.
And while that may not sound like much, the fact is that for developing babies with weak immune systems and who only have a body weight that is a fraction of that of an adult, any amount of what the World Health Organization has called a probable carcinogen is too much.
This study comes on the heels of the news that samples of U.S. honey have also been shown to be tainted with glyphosate–little surprise there, given the mounting evidence that honeybees have been contaminated with the stuff via the copious spraying that has blanketed the nation with billions of pounds of the stuff over the past 20 years.
Especially disturbing on that front was the news that the honey samples often came in with glyphosate levels double what is legally allowed in the E.U.
The EPA, for its part, has said that the glyphosate residue tests they are currently officially conducting do not include oats or honey, and thus they would not comment on the aforementioned studies.
The items they are currently testing for glyphosate residues are corn, soy, eggs and milk, and thus far, they say, none of them has shown levels that exceed what is legally allowed, although the analysis is ongoing.
All of this comes at an awkward time for the FDA, as they had previously announced a four-day set of meetings to take place in mid-October that will allow the public to question an advisory panel on the possibility that glyphosate is cancer-causing.
And in an especially weird turn of events, the agency’s Office of Pesticide Programs recently released the conclusion that glyphosate is “…not likely to be carcinogenic to humans at doses relevant to human health risk assessment,” and that the WHO study was wrong.
Conveniently good news for Monsanto, from a captive government agency staffed with dozens of former and future Monsanto employees, especially when you consider that we’re just starting to realize how much glyphosate we are ingesting every day.
At any rate, perhaps stay away from the baby oat products.
Thanks, FDA! Great work you guys are doing.