Kellogg’s recently issued a statement that it is working with its suppliers to phase out the use of a herbicide commonly known as “Roundup” on crops like wheat and oat used in its cereal. That’s according to a story in gmwatch.org.
Roundup, made by Monsanto, is made using a controversial chemical called glyphosate. Several large jury verdicts have been awarded in recent years to people who claimed they got cancer from Round Up exposure.
Dr. Charles Benbrook, an agricultural economist, calls the announcement a “huge development.” He says the easiest and quickest way to remove the herbicide from our diet is to change government regulations that currently allow for what he characterizes as very high levels of glyphosate in crops, according to the story.
Kellogg’s statement reads, in part:
We know that some consumers have questions about the use of the herbicide glyphosate (also known by its brand name Roundup as a drying agent a few weeks before harvest, particularly with wheat and oats. This practice is done by some farmers in certain circumstances – like harvesting the crop more quickly if weather is challenging.
Although this practice is not widespread in our wheat and oat supply chains, we are working with our suppliers to phase ou using glyphosate as pre-harvest drying agent in our wheat and oat supply chain in our major markets, including the U.S., by the end of 2025.Excerpt of Kellogg’s statement
Click on the link below to read the article in gmwatch.org: