Update on the below post. Perhaps I should have done more research before posting it. I believe in science. Dinosaurs: real. Climate change: real. Vaccines needed: real. You get the point. I try my best never to be swayed by public opinion. I’m also very wary of large corporations doing what is in the customer’s best interest. I’m a cynic and a lot of my cynicism has come to fruition. So I’m a bit jaded. EWG, the company that warned about the high levels of glyphosate in the cereals and also connects glyphosate strongly to cancer, is not without its controversy. And the more I read, the less enamored I become of them. Does it mean they are wrong? Not necessarily but it should give you pause at least. So please do your research. Don’t just listen to the first or the loudest voice. It’s so hard in today’s world, where everyone has an opinion and everyone has a platform, what’s truth and what is bullshit. I always try to find and promote the truth. I think I’ll stick to talking about what I know best: the earth being flat. I mean celiac.
Hello my fellow celiac peer-ios. Yes once again it’s time to talk about Cheerios. Would I rather be talking about gluten-free beer-ios? Obviously that’s clear-ios. I too get wear-ios of talking about Cheerios. But after this post, it may be clear-ios that you should fear-ios ever eating Cheerios for the next hundred year-ios.
No, I won’t keep this up the entire post. You’re welcome.
So yes…Cheerios, the is in the news once again. (If you don’t know the history with Cheerios and gluten, read this. And this. Definitely read this. Oh…and this too. And if you can spare 5 minutes more, read this.
Yes…I’ve written about Cheerios a lot here. And yet, even though many celiacs have seen the light and swore off them for good, there are many in the community who still eat them. And let’s not forget, my friends at Celiac.org (using sarcasm font) still have their logo on every box.
So what happened to prompt this post? Excess amounts of weed killer. Let me explain. Actually, let BusinessInsider.com explain:
The EWG considers any cereal with a glyphosate level of more than 160 parts per billion to be unsafe. The legal limit for oats — as outlined by the Environmental Protection Agency — is 30 parts per million, or 30,000 parts per billion, for adults, making the EWG’s threshold nearly 188 times as stringent as the EPA’s regulations.
General Mills response? “Our products are safe and without question they meet regulatory safety levels.”
Dude note: This response reminds me when Cheerios first went gluten-free, and many celiacs were getting sick. Their response was complete denial, insisting the cereal is safe. What happened a few months later? A recall of 1.8 million boxes of Cheerios because…wait for it…they contained gluten.
General Mills did not directly respond when asked why it is reducing pesticide use when it already considers its products to be safe.
Dude note: Cause they’re lying? Cause all they care about is profit? Cause they’re assholes??
Ok…now let’s fast forward to this week. EWG ran another report on General Mills products. The result? As you would expect. All but four of the products tested had glyphosate levels higher than what an environmental group considers safe for children. The two highest levels of glyphosate were detected in Honey Nut Cheerios Medley Crunch and regular Cheerios, at 833 parts per billion and 729 parts per billion, respectively, the group said.
A reminder: EWG considers anything over 160 parts per billion to be unsafe for children.
EWG concluded its report by urging companies to find safer sources of oats. They write, “The only way to quickly remove this cancer-causing weedkiller from foods marketed to children is for companies like General Mills and Quaker to use oats from farmers who do not use glyphosate as a desiccant.”
You mean putting the customer first? What a concept?!
You know me, I am not anything close to a fear mongerer. I don’t believe gluten is in everything and you need to live in a bubble to keep safe. And I know there is some debate about glyphosate being linked to cancer, although it seems to be getting clearer and clearer. I’ll let the scientific community sort that one out.
And I know farmers work their asses off and the weed killer allows them to protect their crops.
But do you really want those high levels of weed killer in your cereal? And if there is a way to avoid it, shouldn’t General Mills be doing what they can to do so? We’ve got to do better. We’ve got to BE better.
One final thought: CHEERIOS…KISS MY REAR-IOS.