ON THE AIR with LINDA MASON HUNTER
In the Zone
Glyphosate found in cereals, snacks
What’s for breakfast? Weed killer, that’s what. Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup (manufactured by Monsanto), was found in 43 of 45 conventional oat products tested by the Environmental Working Group. Researchers discovered the herbicide in a number of popular oat cereals, oatmeal, granola, and snack bars. More than two thirds of the products tested had glyphosate levels higher than those considered acceptable by scientists. Children are especially at risk because they are developing rapidly.
Glyphosate, the most heavily used herbicide in the U.S., is a systemic, broad-spectrum herbicide that kills things not genetically modified to resist it. The World Health Organization says that glyphosate is probably carcinogenic to humans. California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment has added it to its list of chemicals known to cause cancer.
In August, 2018, a San Francisco jury awarded a California school groundskeeper $289 million in damages after ruling that Monsanto intentionally concealed the health risks of its Roundup products. The groundskeeper, who is dying of lymphoma caused by repeated exposure to large quantities of Roundup, is only one of thousands of victims who have filed lawsuits against the agricultural giant for similar allegations.
Popular oat products found to contain unacceptable levels of glyphosate include Cheerios Toasted Whole Grain Oat Cereal, Lucky Charms, Back to Nature Classic Granola, Quaker Steel Cut Oats, Quaker Old Fashioned Oats, and Bob’s Red Mill Steel Cut Oats. You can find a partial list on the Environmental Working Group’s website here: https://www.ewg.org/childrenshealth/glyphosateincereal/#.W5bfui2ZNAY.
Sources: “Roundup Found in Popular Oatmeal, Granola & Kids' Cereals,” by Melissa Breyer, Treehugger, August 15, 2018.
“Breakfast with a Dose of Roundup,” by Alexis Temkin, Ph.D., Toxicologist; The Environmental Working Group, August 15, 2018.
Life is Good
April 12, 2018
What a way to end Mercury retrograde! Rode as copilot on a floatplane, with 180 degree views, from Gabriola Island to the port of Vancouver, British Columbia. "I'm a bit claustrophobic" I told the young pilot as I gingerly stepped through the door of the tiny plane. "Well then, why don't you sit up front with me," he replied.
After strapping me in, he gave me a set of headphones to wear so I could hear him speak to me, as well as eavesdrop on the chatter of air traffic control. Then off we went, up up and away, over the Johnstone Strait with its numerous islands ringed with granite cliffs covered in pine, arbutus, cedar, and spruce; me searching the sparkling ocean for signs of orca and dolphin, following the trail of tankers from all over the world headed for English Bay. Then, slipping through the mouth of the Bay, over the water past UBC and a string of beaches (there's mine! Kits Beach, where I live just up the hill). Around the tip of Stanley Park the plane descends to just a few feet off the water. I watch the Vancouver skyline creep closer and closer and lower and lower, until....we round a corner and splash! We are on the water, floating into the dock in the heart of downtown, just like a boat.
The smell of fossil fuel makes me lightheaded up here in the front of the plane. I spot a boat with a sign that reads "Spill cleanup." A shame it has to exist, but that doesn't dampen my spirits. The rain is over; spring has arrived with promised warmth, cheerful birdsong, and good karma. Wow!
Gabriola Island, British Columbia
Elder Cedar trail in late spring, 2018. Magical.