We are What we Eat


Reference:  ppb is parts per billion

EWG's child-protective health benchmark for DAILY EXPOSURE

to Glyphosate in food is

160 parts per billion (ppb)

Cereals & Foods

Monsanto Roundup

EWG/OTHERS - Actions/Reports




  • World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer classified glyphosate as probable human carcinogen after reviewing U.S./Canadian/Swedish epidermiological studies


  • "Food Democracy Now" tested variety of foods; found "Alarming levels" in more than 1,000 parts per billion (ppb) in Cheerios.



  • Issued 22 page report:​          

    • Pg 5:  General Mills, Kellogs, Nabisco, PepsiCo, Campbell Soup, Little Debbie

    • Pg 7:  Because glyphosate is absorbed into the plant's cellular structure in ordr to kill weeds/unwanted plants, the chemical cannot be removed from GMO crops and other plants by washing, peeling, baking or brewing grains.

      • Glyphosate Residues Found in Food, Urine, Breast Milk, Rainwater, Rivers,  Tap Water and Tampons 

    • Pg 10: Part II, Risks to Human Health:  cancer, endocrine/hormone, antibiotic

    • Pg 13:  Obama Administration raised glyphosate food residue levels at Monsanto request


  • California listed glyphosate in Proposition 65 registry of chemicals known to cause cancer.​

  • Center of Environmentall Health test of 11 cereal brands:  glyphosate levels from 300 ppb to more than 2,000 ppb.


  • Monsanto merged with Bayer AG, German pharmaceutical company​

  • US Right to Know from Freedom of Information Act:  FDA found "a fair amount" of glyphosate in several processed foods.  FDA has not released the results; could be made public later this year.

  • Guardian obtained internal documents show FDA had trouble finding any food that does not carry traces of pesticide.

  • In April, internal emails obtained by nonprofit US Right To Know revealed FDA has been testing food samples for glyphosate residues for two years, found "a fair amount", but has not released its findings.  (FDA is charged with annually testing food samples for pesticide residues to monitor for illegally high residue levels.)


  • Glyphosate, an herbicide linked to cancer by California state scientists and the World Health Organization, was found in all but two of 45 samples of products made with conventionally grown oats

  • Almost three-fourths of those samples had glyphosate levels higher than what EWG scientists consider protective of children’s health with an adequate margin of safety

  • About one-third of 16 samples made with organically grown oats also had glyphosate, all at levels well below EWG’s health benchmark

  • Glyphosate was found on most samples of Oat-based foods.


           45                        16                   Samples Tested

           43                         5                    Glyphosate Detects

           31                         0                    Detects above EWG's Health Benchmark of 160 ppb

Glyphosate can get into organically grown foods by being airborne from nearby fields of conventionally grown crops; cross-contamination during processing at a facility; from a stream.

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