Nature’s Path Foods, North America’s largest organic breakfast and snack food company, is applauding a new report that reveals trace amounts of glyphosate – the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide – in its Old Fashioned Organic Oats product.
The Environmental Working Group‘s (EWG) new report warns consumers that "popular oat cereals, oatmeal, granola and snack bars come with a hefty dose of the weed-killing poison in Roundup."
EWG found that all but two of the 45 conventional, oat-based product samples – including iconic brands such as Cheerios and Quaker Old Fashioned Oats – tested detected the herbicide, and 31 samples had levels above EWG’s health benchmark of 160 parts per billion.
About one-third of 16 samples made with organically grown oats also tested positive for glyphosate, all at levels well below EWG’s health benchmark (See the breakdown of organic samples below).
Of the five organic samples that tested positive for glyphosate residues, two of them were Nature’s Path’s Old Fashioned Organic Oats, one with a glyphosate level of 30 ppb, and the other with a level of 20 ppb. Samples of Bob’s Red Mill Organic Old Fashioned Rolled Oats also showed levels of glyphosate between 10 ppb-20 ppb.
"We applaud the EWG study on glyphosate exposure, as we believe everyone must have a right to know what’s hidden in their food," said Arran Stephens, CEO of privately-held and family-owned Nature’s Path, based in Richmond, B.C. "We believe that the pesticide/herbicide companies should be held accountable for contaminating the general environment, and specifically organic farms. We call upon policy makers to embrace the EWG report and urge them to completely ban the use of glyphosate."
Nature’s Path sells certified-organic and Non-GMO Project Verified breakfast and snack foods in grocery and natural food stores in over 50 countries. Brands include Nature’s Path, Love Crunch, Qi’a, Que Pasa, Flax Plus, and EnviroKidz.
All product samples were purchased and packed for shipping by EWG researchers located in Washington, D.C., Boulder, Colo., and San Francisco. Eurofins Analytical Laboratories, based in New Orleans, received and tested samples labeled only with EWG-assigned sample numbers.
EWG said glyphosate gets into organic crops by drifting from nearby fields of conventionally grown crops, or by cross-contamination during processing at a facility that also handles non-organic crops.
"Organic farmers did not choose to be contaminated and we will not rest until glyphosate is entirely banned from use in food production," Stephens told Sustainable Food News in an email. "What is very concerning is that the big biocide companies have many other, even more toxic chemicals in the wings that they will use to replace glyphosate, should it be banned and we will work tirelessly for a healthier organic future."
Organic brands tested for glyphosate
- Nature’s Path Organic Honey Almond granola – glyphosate not detected in two samples
- Simple Truth Organic Instant Oatmeal, Original – glyphosate not detected in two samples
Oat Breakfast Cereal:
- Kashi Heart to Heart Organic Honey Toasted cereal – glyphosate not detected in two samples
- Cascadian Farm Organic Harvest Berry, granola bar – glyphosate not detected in two samples
- 365 Organic Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats – glyphosate not detected in two samples
- Nature’s Path Organic Old Fashioned Organic Oats – Sample 1: 30 parts per billion (ppb); Sample 2: 20 ppb
- Bob’s Red Mill Organic Old Fashioned Rolled Oats (four samples tested) – Sample 1: 10 ppb; Sample 2: 20 ppb; both Sample 3 and 4 had 20 ppb glyphosate concentration