In 1962, Rachel Carson’s epic book Silent Spring warned about how polluting the soil spreads through the eco-system. Agricultural toxins wind up in our water sources and even in the rain that falls on us. Carson also covered the severe health risks which result from exposure to DDT (dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane) — the most common pesticide used in the United States from the 1940s.
The public outcry after learning that “wildlife, birds, bees, agricultural animals, domestic pets, and even humans” were being damaged by DDT led to the complete ban of its sales in the U.S. and the congressional establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Big chemical companies like DOW and DuPont, with divisions dedicated to supplying farmers with effective herbicides (weed killers) and insecticides (bug killers), had to come up with another chemical that could wipe out disease-carrying mosquitos and crop pests as well as DDT – but without the negative side-effects.
Public consciousness had been raised and there was no going back. Things got worse instead of better, however.
Soldiers returned from Vietnam in the 1960s and early 1970s reporting horrible health conditions that they associated with exposure to Agent Orange (AO). At first, the U.S. Army denied that AO existed. When the truth came out, the military denied that AO was harmful in any way to human health.
Many punitive lawsuits were filed against DOW and six other companies which produced AO but failed to win guilty verdicts. In May 1984, the seven makers of AO side-stepped any possibility that a plaintiff might win damages from the use of their product by settling out of court.
The seven mega-corporations offered to set up a $180 million fund that was expected to pay out to injured veterans for the next 25 years. But the chemical manufacturers also sidestepped any legal admission of guilt except by insinuation:
“Under the settlement, the companies denied any liability for the veterans’ health problems, but lawyers for the veterans said the large sum amounted to an admission that the companies bore responsibility.”
Big Agriculture chemical products producers have denied repeatedly over the decades that their products were linked with any medical conditions. There was absolutely no way that these substances could cause cancer in humans, soothed the multi-billion dollar operations.
But so many people held big chemical producers responsible for their terminal illnesses that lawyers began to specialize in representing these cases. One such firm posted all the types of cancer linked to Roundup and other weed killers:
- Breast cancer
- Brain cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Lung cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Skin cancer
- Testicular cancer
In the news today is Monsanto who makes the very powerful and effective weed killer Roundup. The active ingredient in this herbicide is glyphosate. Roundup is the #1 selling weed killer in the U.S. Consumers began to report physical symptoms suggesting that this herbicide was a carcinogen.
Monsanto had so much money that they hired expert legal defense teams to bully scientists whose findings contradicted the corporate narrative of innocence. For decades, Monsanto fended off guilty verdicts in each of thousands of cases brought against them, suits that alleged that herbicides and insecticides were linked to the plaintiffs’ terminal cancers.
Unfortunately for the chemical giant, on August 10, 2018, a federal judge in San Francisco, California awarded a school district groundskeeper $289 million after agreeing that his terminal non-Hodgkin lymphoma was the result of repeated exposure to Monsanto’s Roundup and other glyphosate-based chemicals.
The floodgate has been opened for thousands of future lawsuits, including large class actions. Bayer may be regretting having just bought Monsanto. Since the guilty verdict, Bayer stock has been in free-fall.
Now we learn that Roundup has been found in oat cereals and granola bars!
On August 15, 2018, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) made a startling announcement:
“Popular oat cereals, oatmeal, granola and snack bars come with a hefty dose of the weed-killing poison in Monsanto’s Roundup, according to independent laboratory tests commissioned by EWG.”
The scientific tests identified Roundup in all but two of 45 sample products made with “conventionally grown oats.” The complete list of products tested (which includes Cheerio’s, Lucky Charms, and Quaker Oats) can be seen on the EWG website.
Then, on October 24, 2018, the EWG published their findings from additional tests that looked for deadly glyphosate in every-day breakfast foods. You might want to sit down before you read the shocking results:
“A second round of tests commissioned by the Environmental Working Group found the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer in every sample of popular oat-based cereal and other oat-based food marketed to children.”
Like DOW Chemical and Monsanto before them, cereal makers Quaker and General Mills deny any reason for concern. “This is because, they say, their products meet the legal standards,” according to the EWG.
Once again, products that contain Big Agri oats are the culprits, claims the EWG:
“The tests detected glyphosate in all 28 samples of products made with conventionally grown oats. All but two of the 28 samples had levels of glyphosate above EWG’s health benchmark of 160 parts per billion, or ppb.”
So put down that cereal bar and head over to the EWG website to see if you are slowly poisoning yourself – and your kids. Better safe than sorry.