FOR THE LOVE OF FOOD: Monsanto pays for causing cancer, Roundup found in most oats, and salt proven mostly safe

by | Aug 17, 2018

Welcome to Friday’s For The Love of Food, Summer Tomato’s weekly link roundup.

This week Monsanto pays for causing cancer, Roundup found in most oats, and salt proven mostly safe.

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5 Responses to “FOR THE LOVE OF FOOD: Monsanto pays for causing cancer, Roundup found in most oats, and salt proven mostly safe”

  1. Sam says:

    Here’s an article that says (basically) that the first set of articles that came out on this subject (like the one you linked to) were fear-mongering. https://slate.com/technology/2018/08/glyphosate-from-monsantos-weed-killer-roundup-in-breakfast-cereal-isnt-something-to-worry-about.html

    It leaves me wishing I knew more, but I’m not even sure where to start and so much of the peer-reviewed research is locked behind paywalls. So I can’t go to the source of the information, even if I knew what questions to be asking.

    I think this whole thing talks to how little we distrust the food companies and how little anyone knows about many aspects of farming and nutrition. We need more research and we need more unbiased sources of information. (and especially we need less people who are just trying to make a buck by being contrarian or fear based – whichever side turns out to be right on this issue).

  2. amy says:

    Darya, did the Washington Post use your mindful meal challenge videos to write their article? Those sounded like direct quotes!

  3. Lilian B says:

    Darya, I’m a little disappointed that you shared the NYT article about oats and glyphosate. If you look at the actual EWG report, there were only 1-3 samples for each of the 29 food items tested (it wasn’t linked in the NYT article, but is found here: https://www.ewg.org/childrenshealth/glyphosateincereal/). While that’s sort of interesting from a preliminary standpoint, you as a scientist *know* that you can’t make authoritative claims from such a small sample size. Also, the EWG set their safety benchmark at an order of magnitude smaller than EPA guidelines. If you think that “no amount is an acceptable amount”, that’s fine, but the organization is setting their own standards for safety and it’s not entirely clear to me what the rationale is.

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