Free Market Win! (Kellogg’s® To End Pre-Harvest Use of Glyphosate)

We asked and Kellogg’s® responded!  In a statement published on their website, Kellogg’s® has promised to phase-out the use of glyphosate as a pre-harvest desiccant:


“We know that some consumers have questions about the use of the herbicide glyphosate (also known by its brand name Round Up) as a drying agent a few weeks before harvest, particularly with wheat and oats. This practice is done by some farmers in certain circumstances – like harvesting the crop more quickly if weather is challenging.

Although this practice is not widespread in our wheat and oat supply chains, we are working with our suppliers to phase out using glyphosate as pre-harvest drying agent in our wheat and oat supply chain in our major markets, including the U.S., by the end of 2025.”


While 2025 does not seem aggressive enough, I applaud Kellogg’s® for responding to consumer demand and being willing to take a leading role in this issue, which has become a major health concern.


For instance, glyphosate, and its break down product, is showing up in major cereal brands, including Honey Nut Cheerios®, as well as granola bars, including Nature Valley®.  This is partly because glyphosate is sometimes sprayed on conventional grains as a pre-harvest desiccant.  Spraying the crop with glyphosate stresses or kills the plant, which accelerates drying and speeds up the ripening of the grains.  While this method gets the crop to market sooner, it also means there is more glyphosate residue on the grain by the time it reaches market compared to only using glyphosate during the growing process.  The bottom line is: when grains are sprayed with glyphosate close to harvest, you end up consuming larger quantities of glyphosate (and its break down product).


In fact, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) conducted three rounds of laboratory testing on cereals and other items sold by Kellogg’s®, General Mills®, and Quaker® in 2018 and 2019.  Nearly every sample they analyzed contained glyphosate, according to the EWG.


That’s bad for many reasons.  For instance, glyphosate is one of the active ingredients in Roundup® that has been linked with certain types of cancers and developmental disorders.  Glyphosate is also a patented antibiotic.  Consequently, each time you consume it on your cereal or grains, you are eating a dose of antibiotics.  And, consuming antibiotics can lead to gut dysbiosis, leaky gut, and antibiotic resistance in your own body.  To learn more about How & Why I Protect Myself From Glyphosate, check out this article.


Let’s hope this bold move by Kellogg’s® puts pressure on General Mills® and Quaker® to follow suit!  As always, I’ll keep you posted!