Foods Containing Glyphosate Raise Cancer Concerns
Foods containing glyphosate raise cancer concerns after a study found the “probable carcinogen” was a “staple contaminant” in common breakfast foods. Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, Ranger Pro, and other weed killers, has been found in Cheerios breakfast cereals and Quaker Oats products, among others, according to reports.
Furthermore, the levels of glyphosate found in such products by the Environmental Working Group were at levels suspected to harm children’s health.
How is glyphosate harmful?
There are many ways glyphosate can be harmful to your health. For example, ingesting glyphosate may:
- Disrupt the balance of your gut microbiome
- Cause Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
- Cause lung cancer
- Limit your body’s ability to create functioning proteins
- Affect neurotransmitters
- Lead to hypothyroidism
- And more
Even if the levels of glyphosate are small, ingesting the pesticide routinely can add up to big trouble. This is especially true, since most people are eating multiple glyphosate-containing foods per day. It’s also important to note that there is no “safe” level of glyphosate for children to ingest.
This is why foods containing glyphosate raise cancer concerns.
How does glyphosate get in food?
Glyphosate is found in weed killers and other pesticides, like Roundup and Ranger Pro. In addition to using it to kill weeds, some farmers spray glyphosate on wheat, barley, and oats before harvesting to help the grain dry faster. This is the suspected primary cause of glyphosate contamination in food.
These contaminated grains are then used to make all sorts of foods that end up in our grocery stores and our homes. It’s important to note, though, that using glyphosate to help grains dry is by no means a necessary step of harvesting.
This glyphosate contamination in our food is widespread. In 2016, the FDA completed limited tests for glyphosate, and found the chemical present in virtually all foods tested, including honey, wheat crackers, corn meal, cereal, granola, and products made with oatmeal. Additionally, in 2011, the U.S. Department of Agriculture found glyphosate in all samples of the soybeans it tested.
It’s even more daunting to realize that Roundup is the most popular weed killer in the world. This is why experts suspect glyphosate exposure to be very widespread.
The legal battle over glyphosate
This August, jurors awarded $289 million to a man they determined got cancer from the weed killer Roundup. The California jury overseeing the case found that Monsanto, the manufacturer of the widely-used pesticides Roundup and Ranger Pro, knew that glyphosate was dangerous as early as 1983, but used manipulation tactics to sway the EPA into ruling it as safe.
Not surprisingly, as many as 5,000 other cancer patients have filed suits against Monsanto, and Monsanto’s parent company Bayer.
We are here to help.
If you have used Roundup weed killer, Ranger Pro weed killer, or were exposed to any glyphosate-based pesticide, then developed cancer, we want to hear from you right away. Our team of lawyers is ready to represent you and your family to get you the justice you deserve from the major pesticide manufacturers responsible.
Darrell Castle & Associates, PLLC has been trusted in Tennessee for over thirty years, and is waiting to take your call. The consultation is absolutely free, and we make nothing unless we win your case.