Everyone craves an oatmeal product that is made from 100% natural whole grain.
But with an ever increasing demand and a highly competitive market most oatmeal makers have sought solace in the fact that they can obtain GMO grains from farmers whenever they need it.
These grains are however subjected to been contaminated by pesticide glyphosate.
The label of our ever popular oatmeal – Quaker Oats states 100% natural whole grain and this has led to a civil action being taken against them by consumers in both California and New York City.
This is because traces of pesticide glyphosate have been found in the oatmeal produced by Quaker Oats.
Scientific tests were conducted on Quaker Oats Quick 1 – Minute Oatmeal and the chemical traces were seen.
The lawsuit was filed because Quaker Oats claim that their oatmeal is made from a hundred percent whole grain which is not the case and the plaintiffs argued that the labelling is misleading.
In their defence Quaker Oats stated that the pesticides were sprayed from source, which is by the farmers and not by the company. They also stated that the traces of glyphosate found was within EPA standard levels and was safe for consumers.
What Is Glyphosate Used For?
This chemical is primarily used as an active ingredient for pesticides such as Roundup.
It is sprayed on various crops and in different countries around the world.
Though there has been protests by environmentalists on the use of this pesticides for years, it is only in recent times that more stringent actions are been taken to ensure the safety of consumers.
Glyphosate is believed to be a cause for cancers, attention deficit disorder (ADD), birth defects, thyroid malfunction, loss of appetite, depression and mood swings.
What is even more surprising about the fact that traces of pesticides were found in Quaker Oats oatmeal is that oats naturally require less use of pesticides than other grains.
Source: The Hearty Soul