Quaker Oats Sued For Glyphosate In Natural-Labeled Oatmeal; Quaker Oats Says Chemical in Roundout Was Probably Applied During Farming

WHDT: Class action lawsuit filed against Quaker Oats that says the “natural” advertising label is untrue because glyphosate was found in oatmeal.

Glyphosate is an organophosphorus compound and broad-spectrum systemic herbicide — specifically known as a phosphonate. Glyphosate is used to kill weeds, and is especially used on annual broadleaf weeds and grasses that compete with crops on framing soil. Glyphosate was discovered to be an herbicide by agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology company Monsanto in 1970. Monsanto then brought it to market in 1974 under the trade name Roundup.

Monsanto sells genetically-modified seeds that resist Roundup during germination. Weeds and competitive vegetation is killed, while the desired crop germinates as Roundup is applied. The Roundup treatment allows farmers to plant more crop plants in a given area, because weeds would otherwise have to be removed by mechanical tillage. A large portion of crop plants in the United States are farmed with the Monsanto process.

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