• Now Fortified Weedkiller and GMOs: Kellogg’s Froot Loops

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    In 2013, GMO Free USA sent a sample of Froot Loops to a certified lab to test for the presence of GMO material. The quantitative PCR test verified, by DNA analysis, that 100% of the corn in the Froot Loops was GMO, containing DNA sequences known to be present in insecticide producing Bt and Roundup Ready corn.  The soy contained DNA sequences known to be present in Roundup Ready GMO soy. This year we plan to continue testing for the presence of GMOs in various food products and now we have expanded our testing to include glyphosate. GMO Free USA plans to further expand testing to include 2,4-D, dicamba, atrazine, and neonicotinoid insecticides.

    As if Froot Loops weren't already a poor enough choice, with their sugar, dyes, and artificial flavors, (and no “froot” anywhere in sight) now, independent testing has shown that those ingredients aren’t the worst thing that Kellogg's is serving up. The cereal also contains Round-up herbicide (glyphosate) and genetically modified corn. Oh – and not just a little bit of GMO corn – it’s 100% GMO.

    Independent DNA lab testing has verified that 100% of the corn in Kellogg’s Froot Loops is genetically modified corn, containing DNA sequences known to be present in insecticide producing Bt and Roundup Ready corn. The soy also contained DNA sequences known to be present in Roundup Ready GMO soy. What’s more, tests documented the presence of glyphosate at 0.12 mg/kg, the main chemical ingredient of Monsanto’s best-selling Roundup weedkiller.
    It’s no longer an exaggeration to say this stuff is poison. Now, it’s a proven fact.

    For those who …

    The study, titled, “Glyphosate induces human breast cancer cells growth via estrogen receptors,” compared the effect of glyphosate on hormone-dependent and hormone-independent breast cancer cell lines, finding that glyphosate stimulates hormone-dependent cancer cell lines in what the study authors describe as “low and environmentally relevant concentrations.”
    Another study found that consumption of glyphosate causes intestinal and gut damage, which opens the door to numerous human diseases, such as diabetes, gastrointestinal disorders, heart disease, obesity, autism, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s
    However, another classification of allergy-type food is emerging and getting recognized for adverse effects on the human intestinal tract and gut. Those foods are genetically modified organisms known as GMOs or GEs. There is scientific research indicating intestinal damage from GMO food and the article “Glyphosate’s Suppression of Cytochrome P450 Enzymes and Amino Acid Biosynthesis by the Gut Microbiome: Pathways to Modern Disease” discusses how the inordinate amount of pesticides sprayed on GMOs leaves residues in GMO crops that, in turn, are being traced to modern diseases.
    And this is in cereal marketed to children with that big goofy cartoon toucan.

    The toucan, incidentally, says, “Follow your nose, it always knows.” If you want to follow your own nose to the blatant corruption, you need go no further than the stench of the fact that this is perfectly fine with the FDA, the USDA, and the EPA, those noble guardians of our health. So, if you trust them, don’t even worry about a little weedkiller in the cereal.

    As Mike Barrett of Natural Society points out, I guess now we know why Kellogg's has spent so much money to keep foods containing GMOs from being labeled as such.
    There is a good reason that Kellogg’s spent over $1,012,552 on media propaganda in California & Washington to defeat voter ballot initiatives that would have required the labeling of GMO foods, and now are contributing again to the defeat of labeling initiatives in Oregon (contributing $250,000).
    If your kids eat this stuff, in light of this information, it’s time to make a change to the breakfast menu. A bowl of modified corn and weed killer does not a healthy breakfast make. They might argue with you, and that’s fine. Pull rank. Of course they like it and think it tastes good. Chemists spent a lot of time and effort concocting a formula to make the cheapest, most toxic ingredients taste absolutely delicious. But the risk is too high to even consider this an occasional treat. I wouldn’t consider weedkiller acceptable, even in moderation.

    Healthier Cereal Options

    If your kids insist that the day just can’t start without a bowl of cereal, don’t despair. There are many options out there that are far superior to anything from Kellogg's or General Mills. Forget about serving bowls of frankenfood and weedkiller and try one of these options instead:

    Oatmeal: Your grandparents loved it and it’s still one of the healthiest breakfasts around. You can top this hot, filling meal with fruit, honey, syrup, nuts – the possibilities are endless.

    Grits: As with anything made from corn, be sure you select an organic option. The displaced Southerner in me loves a bowl of grits with butter, milk, and black pepper.

    Cereal: One of my favorite kid-friendly brands is Envirokidz. The organic choices are fun things like Chocolate Koala Crisps and Peanut Butter Panda Puffs. Definitely cool enough to make your tykes forget about Tony the Tiger and Toucan Sam.

    Homemade granola: I absolutely love homemade granola, and so do my kids. This is one of my favorite recipes and the nice thing about granola is that you can easily adjust it to your family’s favorite flavors.

    Other hot cereals: Nearly any grain can be turned into a hot cereal. Wheatberries are especially flavorful and filling. Many parts of the world make rice porridge by cooking rice in milk, then adding honey and cinnamon for flavor.

    Farmers using glyphosate tolerant GM crops have been increasing the rates of glyphosate applied to their crops as they attempt to combat widespread problems with glyphosate resistant weeds. The USDA’s most recent report “Genetically Engineered Crops in the United States” disclosed that the amount of glyphosate based herbicide applied to GM corn crops increased from around 1.5 pounds per planted acre in both 2001 and 2005 to more than 2.0 pounds per planted acre in 2010. The biotech industry’s solution to glyphosate resistant weeds is to develop GM crops that are tolerant to older and potentially more toxic herbicides such as 2,4-D and dicamba, to be applied in combination with glyphosate. Both of these types of GM crops have been recently approved by the USDA and may well end up in Froot Loops in the not too distant future.

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