| Bethany Davis | October 2018 |
Are you starting the day with a dose of glyphosate? The Environmental Working Group recently released test results showing significant glyphosate residues on some of the most popular breakfasts foods.
If you’re left wondering how to avoid glyphosate at your breakfast table, here are five effective ways to do it:
1. Avoid the staples
Oat and wheat products are routinely desiccated with glyphosate before harvest here in the US, and abroad in neighboring countries like Canada. Try skipping foods based around these two crops unless they are Certified Glyphosate Residue Free.
2. Baking soda
A study came out recently that showed baking soda is actually the most effective substance to use to wash pesticides off fruits and vegetables. You don’t need fancy packaged products to wash your veggies, just add a bit of baking soda and give them a solid rinse before eating to reduce your overall pesticide intake.
3. Go organic
Yes it's true, the EWG investigation did find some residues of Glyphosate on some organic products, but the residues were much lower overall when compared to conventionally grown products. USDA certified organic crops are banned from applying glyphosate directly; organic farmers don’t do it. Choosing organic over conventional is a way to control your overall intake, yet issues like drift and cross-contamination will continue to affect organic crops unless an overall reduction of use is enforced.
4. Seek Certified Glyphosate Residue Free products
The Detox Project is an independent research and certification organization dedicated to bringing awareness to the public by testing consumer goods and food products for toxic chemicals. They now administer a Glyphosate Residue Free certification by rigorously testing for glyphosate residues to ensure none are present. Choosing products with the certified Glyphosate Residue Free seal is a sure-fire way to avoid glyphosate at the breakfast table, or at lunch or dinner, for that matter!
5. Sign our petition
Bottom line, cancer-causing glyphosate shouldn’t be sprayed on crops directly before harvest. It’s time for the EPA to protect our health and ban this use of glyphosate on oats. MegaFood has filed a legal petition with the EPA urging them to do just that. Will signing the petition keep glyphosate out of your breakfast today? No, but it most certainly makes our collective voice heard, and could prevent the prevalence of glyphosate residue on our food in the future. Sign here.