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Kellogg to Phase Out Preharvest Glyphosate Use

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Kellogg is working with their wheat and oat suppliers to stop using glyphosate as a preharvest drying agent, or desiccant, by the end of 2025
  • Hopefully the move could signal the beginning of the end for the use of glyphosate as a preharvest drying agent
  • In a process known as desiccation, about two weeks prior to harvest, glyphosate may be sprayed onto wheat, barley and oat crops to accelerate the drying process, allowing for earlier harvest
  • The use of glyphosate as a desiccant is widespread enough that it could be driving up human exposures and leading to high levels of glyphosate residues in popular foods
  • Kellogg states that while they do not own or operate any farms, they’ve been engaging with their suppliers about pesticide use, including the use of glyphosate as a desiccant, since before 2017

In a major victory that could signal the beginning of the end for the use of glyphosate as a preharvest drying agent, or desiccant, food giant Kellogg has announced they’re phasing out the practice.

In a quiet revelation on their website’s glyphosate Q&A page, Kellogg addressed a question they’ve had from customers, which asks, “I’ve heard that farmers spray Roundup on crops before harvest to dry them out. Does that happen on crops that you use to make cereal?”


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