11 Out of 12 Families Test Positive for Glyphosate in Recent Study
By Sandra Dalton, Staff Wrier
A study by the Center for Environmental Health tested 12 families for glyphosate, the active ingredient in the popular weed killer Roundup. 11 of the 12 families tested positive. In 10 of the families tested, children had higher glyphosate levels than their parents. Half of the children had twice as much glyphosate as their parents and on child had 100 times more glyphosate than her mother. The study comes on the heels of studies finding glyphosate in common household foods, including cereals and snack bars, and while Bayer is facing lawsuits from over 11,200 plaintiff’s claiming that Monsanto’s Roundup caused their devastating illnesses including fatty liver disease and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Glyphosate Found in 21 Oat-Based Cereal and Snack Foods
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has been testing food samples for glyphosate levels. In its tests in May 2019 it found glyphosate in 21 oat-based cereal and snack foods. The second-highest level was found in classic Cheerios.
Although Roundup is most commonly associated with foods containing say and corn, because it is used in growing those crops, it is also found in oat-based products because it is used as a desiccant to dry oats making them easier to harvest.
Why is More Glyphosate Found in Children?
The fact that glyphosate was found in much higher levels in children than their parents is alarming, and leads to the question: Why? Finding glyphosate in foods that are more commonly eaten by children than adults is just one factor to consider. Schools and municipalities spray Roundup on their playgrounds, parks and athletic fields where children spend so much time playing and rolling around.
Families can minimize glyphosate exposure by not using Roundup at home and choosing organic foods but, unless you keep your kids in a bubble, they will still be getting tainted food at school and exposed in the places where they spend their days.
However, the tide is slowly turning. More than 50 cities and counties, in the U.S., have banned glyphosate use on parks, playgrounds and schoolyards.
Bayer bought Roundup maker Monsanto last year. The number of Roundup cancer lawsuits has grown to 18,400. And, so far, plaintiffs are winning big verdicts. It is both a financial and PR nightmare for Bayer.
Former NFL player Merril Hoge filed suit last month. He was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2003 and alleges it was caused by exposure to Roundup. His exposure began in 1977 when he worked on a potato farm in Idaho.
In May 2019, a California jury awarded over $2 billion to a couple who say Roundup caused their cancer. U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria reduced the award to $86 million but said that Monsanto “deserves to be punished” and that its conduct was “reprehensible.”
If you believe that exposure to Roundup caused your illness or the death of a loved one, you can learn more about your rights and how you can recover damages for your losses by searching our directory to find a product liability lawyer near you.