Local nutritionist reacts to report of weed killer in breakfast foods


CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – A non-profit Environmental Working Group is making news today with the results of a study connecting some popular breakfast cereals with alleged harmful levels of a weed killer.

The lab work and analysis by the E-W-G shows trace amounts of glyphosate in a number of products, including Cheerios and Quaker Oats granola bars.

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Glyphosate is the active chemical ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer.

The Environmental Working Group says it has studied 45 samples of products made with oats and found glyphosate in all but 2.

And last week, a jury awarded $289 million to a former school groundskeeper who claimed Roundup weed killer contributed to his terminal cancer.

For this study, EWG’s scientists tested 29 products and found that almost three-quarters of the samples contained higher levels of glyphosate than deemed safe.

The cereals specifically mentioned are Quaker Oats, Cheerios, Quaker dynasour egg, instant oats , great value instant oats and back to nature classic granola clusters.

Chattanoogan Olivia Cleveland is an herbalist who was raised on a farm.

She still enjoys the country life but she has spent years studying possibly dangerous chemicals used in farming.

“There’s a lot of clinical research that has been conducted because this has been a topic of preference for a few years, um, that kind of show both sides of the coin about what type of exposure.”

Cleveland did want to focus on this specific study…but she concedes that products farmers use to protect crops can have some affect on consumers.

“… it’s really safe to say that you can look pretty far deep into the clinical research and you can see how certain chemicals affect certain people.”

It may rule out Cheerios, but she recommends that anyone who’s concerned about pesticides, should eat USDA certified organic products.

Monsant quickly defended its popular weed killer and its ingredients saying, even at the highest level reported, an adult would have to eat 118 pounds of the food item every day for the rest of their life in order to reach the EPA’s limit for glyphosate residue.