Are There Herbicides In Your Breakfast Cereal?

Does your cereal contain herbicides?

Weedkiller in cereals and snacks


If you had the choice between two snacks, one with traces of a common weedkiller ingredient in it or one without herbicides in it, which would you choose?

Naturally, I’m assuming you’d choose the one without.

Yet glyphosate, one of the most commonly used herbicides, is found in many of the mainstream cereal and snack bar brands, based on numerous independent scientific research studies.1

It’s safe to say that cereal is a common breakfast staple in many households across North America. Snacks made with grains, such as snack bars and cookies are widely consumed by many families.

Does your cereal brand contain glyphosate? Read this post to find out how you can know.

What does glyphosate do?


As an herbicide, glyphosate kills weeds surrounding crop plants, without killing the crops themselves, particularly those genetically modified to resist its application.*

Are there herbicides in your breakfast? Check out the post to see how you can select a brand that doesn't contain it.

Does glyphosate cause cancer or doesn’t it?


Different organizations have presented various different studies to decide whether or not to label it as a carcinogen. Even the EPA has gone back and forth, first classifying it as a possible carcinogen, then less than a decade later classifying it as a non-carcinogen. However, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an agency that studies cancer and is part of The World Health Organization (WHO), came to a different conclusion. After evaluating several studies, including the more recent ones from the EPA, the International Agency for Research on Cancer found “sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity.” Including that, glyphosate “caused DNA and chromosomal damage in human cells.”2


The impact of glyphosate on the environment


Various studies have shown glyphosate has an impact on soil biodiversity.7 While some studies have shown no impact, there are others that have shown glyphosate affects soil micro-organisms, fungi and earthworms, negatively impacting the movement and reproduction of various species. The repetitive use of glyphosate and it’s accumulation in areas exposed, have led to the rise of herbicide resistant weeds.6

Studies have also shown that glyphosate indirectly affects honey bees by negatively affecting their gut microbiota, making them more susceptible to disease.4

Glyphosate can also affect mammal populations, especially in regions near crops that are sprayed with it.8

Do you know the impact glyphosate has on soil biodiversity? Check out the post.

What can you do?


As a parent you probably care about the health of your family. But it can be hard to know which brands contain significant levels of herbicides in them and which don’t. Luckily there are several online resources you can refer to, to check out the brands you purchase and to also find brands that produce cereals and snacks without conventional herbicides. One of them is the Cornucopia Institute.


Purchasing brands that don't contain herbicides, helps prevent biodiversity loss. Check out why in the post.

Cornucopia Institute


The Cornucopia Institute is an organization that promotes sustainable organic agriculture through education, investigation and research.5 Their website is pretty helpful too. It actually has a tab on their homepage titled “Scorecard” where you can see a list of various brands with ratings on them, scoring everything from cereals to cottage cheese. So for example if you want to find a snack bar for your kids’ lunches that doesn’t contain traces of weedkiller, you can find ratings for organic brands there.

Healthier brands may contain less sugar, but if you want to sweeten up your bowl of cereal you can add maple syrup, honey or blackstrap molasses. On the plus side, such brands tend to be free from artificial colouring, flavouring or excess amounts of refined sugar.

If you want more tips on how to make your meals healthier and tastier, check out the post: The Easy Way To Make Any Meal Healthier & Tastier.

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1Breakfast with a dose of Roundup?
2International Agency for Research on Cancer – World Health Organization WHO
3The Impact of Glyphosate on Soil Health
4Glyphosate perturbs the gut microbiota of honeybees
5The Cornucopia Institute
6Environmental and health effects of the herbicide glyphosate:
7Herbicide resistance and biodiversity: agronomic and environmental aspects of genetically modified herbicide-resistant plants:
8Concerns over use of glyphosate-based herbicides and risks associated with exposures: a consensus statement

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