Kellogg has announced that it will begin phasing out the use of weedkiller glyphosate from its oat and wheat supply chain by 2025. The company has admitted in the past that its grains used in popular cereals have been treated with the herbicide.
The company doesn’t own the farms that produce the grains used in the cereals, does not own or operate farms but some suppliers have use glyphosate as a “drying agent a few weeks before harvest, particularly with wheat and oats,” according to Kellogg’s website.
The company say further, “although this practice is not widespread in our wheat and oat supply chains, we are working with our suppliers to phase out using glyphosate as pre-harvest drying agent in our wheat and oat supply chain in our major markets, including the US, by the end of 2025.”
The Kellogg decision comes amid an onslaught of lawsuits against Monsanto, maker of the herbicide Roundup and a host of settlements finding the glyphosate-containing weedkiller responsible for a number of medical conditions in U.S. residents.
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