Breakfast is supposed to provide you with a healthy dose of energy in the morning, but it could also provide you with a dose of something else you don’t want.
In September 2018, a petition was filed by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) to ban the use of glyphosate in or on oats used in breakfast cereals. The group wanted the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to consider a requisite glyphosate-containing product labels that explicitly identified pre-harvest use on oats if a total ban was not feasible.
The EPA is now seeking public comment on this petition. But, this period of concern is not met without pushback from the farming industry. The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and North American Millers Association (NAMA) want the EPA to reject the petition and comment period out of fear the outcome may be similar to that of the Monsanto Roundup cases.
The EWG petition reads in part: “The petitioners claim that glyphosate is a possible carcinogen and that the current 30 ppm glyphosate tolerance on oats is not adequately protective of children. In addition, the petitioners request revisions to glyphosate labels that they believe will reduce the potential for children’s dietary exposure to glyphosate in oat products.” The full petition can be found in the Federal Register.
NAWG’s response in this docket notes the relative safety of glyphosate, it says the EPA has established, in small amounts. “These tested products listed in the docket were not close to reaching the approved tolerance level and would require massive and impossible daily food consumption rates to come close to reaching the tolerance level established by the EPA. In its submission, NAWG urged the EPA to reject this petition in its entirety.”
For its part, NAMA added the following in support of NAWG: “It is important to note that the milling industry does not use or add glyphosate at any point during the milling process.”
This is a ongoing story and we will keep you informed as it progresses.
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