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How do kids end up with higher levels of weed killer?

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

kids end up with higher levels of weed killer

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  • Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide, may be accumulating in higher levels in kids than in their parents, according to a biomonitoring study by the Center for Environmental Health
  • In nine of the 12 parent-child pairs tested, the child’s body had higher concentrations of glyphosate than the adult
  • Children consume more food and fluids per pound of body weight compared to adults, making their exposure to pesticides greater, relatively speaking
  • Oat-based foods, such as oatmeal, cereals and bread, are common breakfast foods for kids, but many contain glyphosate residues
  • In testing done by Friends of the Earth, 100% of oat cereal samples tested positive for residues of glyphosate

Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide, may be accumulating in higher levels in kids than in their parents, according to a biomonitoring study by the Center for Environmental Health (CEH), a nonprofit group focused on protecting people from toxins.

Glyphosate has made headlines for landmark lawsuits, in which plaintiffs have been awarded billions in damages after juries agreed the chemical was responsible for their cancer diagnoses. Glyphosate is often associated with genetically engineered (GE) crops, as Roundup Ready GE crops are designed to survive direct dousing of Roundup.


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