Popular oat cereals, oatmeal, granola and snack bars come with a hefty dose of glyphosate, the weed-killing poison in Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller, according to independent laboratory tests commissioned by the US-based Environmental Working Group organization.
In a landmark court ruling that may turn out to be a watershed moment in the battle to protect the global environment and food supply, Monsanto was recently ordered to pay $289m in damages to a former school groundsman who says working with weedkillers containing glyphosate caused him to develop cancer. As such, seen from the perspective of Monsanto and its new owners, Bayer, the timing of news that glyphosate has been found in 43 of 45 cereals tested in the United States could hardly be worse.
In this situation, global demand for natural, pesticide-free organically produced food will only continue to grow. As important and desirable as this is, however, it is still only one of the key steps that is needed towards the goal of creating a truly effective, prevention-oriented system of healthcare. The bigger picture is that we must aspire to tear down the artificially created barriers that exist between food, nutrition and health, as well as between medicine and agriculture. Ultimately, it is our Foundation’s understanding of the importance of these links that fuels our work in the field of natural health education and the spreading of information about nutritional and Cellular Medicine.
To learn more about our vision for a preventive system of healthcare, see Dr. Rath’s inspiring Barletta Declaration, a keynote speech he gave in Southern Italy in October 2014.