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Alarming Levels of Monsanto's Glyphosate Found in Popular U.S Foods

A new report by Food Democracy Now! and the Detox Project exposes shocking levels of glyphosate contamination in popular American foods, including Cheerios, Doritos, Oreos, Goldfish and Stacy’s Pita Chips.

Levels found in these product are well above the levels found by independent peer-reviewed studies which show that ultra-low levels of glyphosate can cause organ damage starting at 0.1 parts per billion (ppb). This is 1,750 times lower than what the EPA currently claims is safe. The highest levels detected were found in General Mills' Original Cheerios, which were simply off the charts, at 1,125.3 ppb or nearly twice the level considered potentially harmful according to the latest scientific research in a single serving.

As a result, we’re calling on the EPA Inspector General to investigate the agency’s failure to properly test and regulate glyphosate, end the practice of pre-harvest spraying of Roundup as a drying agent and release ALL of the industry data submitted to federal agencies, but kept hidden from the American public as "trade secrets."

Demand that your regulatory agencies, like the EPA, FDA and USDA protect the American people from toxic chemicals in our food, water and air! It’s time to get Monsanto’s Roundup off your plate, ban glyphosate and label GMOs! We need your help today. Every voice counts! The report can be viewed here.

The EPA Office of Inspector General (OIG) will receive a copy of your letter. Please join us today!

Dear Arthur A. Elkins Jr.,

We the undersigned demand the Inspector General to investigate the EPA’s consistent failure to regulate the chemical, glyphosate, which is a key component in the widely-used weedkiller Roundup used on unlabeled genetically engineered plants, which survive being sprayed, and are then sold as food for human consumption.

In addition, I urgently demand that you halt that practice of allowing Roundup to be sprayed on important food crops as a pre-harvest drying agent and release all the data that Monsanto originally submitted during the approval process of glyphosate and Roundup Ready GMO crops.

New and emerging science dictates that this data be released so the scientific community can give a more realistic assessment of potential harm of Roundup Monsanto's bestselling weedkiller and the most widely used chemical on American food crops.

1. Credible scientific evidence shows that harm to human health can begin at exposure levels of 0.1 parts per billion of glyphosate; a recent analysis by a credible laboratory showed glyphosate levels in popular foods at hundreds, and even thousands of times beyond that threshold.

2.  As a result of subversion of the regulatory process by companies like Monsanto, the EPA set the daily acceptable allowance of glyphosate residue at 1.75 parts per million (ppm) per kilogram of body weight.

3. This high tolerance for glyphosate is, based on recent scientific findings, a clear threat to human health and a violation of the EPA’s mandate to protect against “significant risks to human health and the environment” reducing “environmental risk . . . based on the best available scientific information.”

4. Moreover, an inert ingredient in Roundup, polyethoxylated tallowamine, or POEA, has been determined by researchers to kill human embryonic, placental and umbilical cord cells. 

5. Glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide in agriculture and in domestic gardens. It has a pervasive presence in our food, our environment and our residential communities. The entire  glyphosate formula needs to be tested and regulated, not simply the active ingredients.

We DEMAND a full investigation of the EPA’s regulatory process with respect to Roundup and specifically its components, glyphosate and POEA, which interact with glyphosate and other ingredients in Roundup.  Did low ethics result in high tolerances for chemicals dangerous to human health?

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