Weed killer in your Cheerios? A pesticide expert explains everything you should know about glyphosate

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Glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide in the world and is applied to most of the U.S. corn and soybean crops. For decades, it’s been considered one of the least harmful of pesticides, with very low mammalian toxicity. Given its widespread use, it may be troubling to hear reports of glyphosate residues found in breakfast cereals, dog food or other consumer products.

A recent stir was caused by a report that glyphosate was detected in breakfast cereals. The Environmental Working Group (EWG), a nonprofit organization concerned with health and the environment, found glyphosate in 43 out of 45 conventional cereals, and five out of 16 organic cereals. The highest level they detected was 1.3 ppm, and most were under 0.5 ppm. All levels that EWG reported were well below the EPA’s regulatory limits (30 ppm). In essence, EWG created its own benchmark and set off alarms when it found levels that exceeded that benchmark.

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How much good science backs the EPA’s position? The U.S. Agricultural Health Study has examined how agricultural practices affect cancer and health outcomes among licensed pesticide applicators in Iowa and North Carolina since 1993. An analysis in 2001 showed no significant associations between glyphosate and cancer. In 2018, an updated analysis of the Agricultural Health Study data was published that included 54,252 pesticide applicators and 5,779 cancer cases. Glyphosate was not associated with any solid tumors or lymphoid malignancies, including non-Hodgkin lymphoma ….

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