Kellogg, the American company famous for its breakfast cereals, wants to eliminate by 2025 the use of glyphosate on wheat and oats which it uses in its products like Smacks, All Bran or Special K.
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The weed killer, most often sold under the Roundup brand, is already not widely used on these cereals which are not genetically modified to resist them.
But “in certain circumstances”, some farmers use the chemical to dry the plants “a few weeks before the harvest”, recognizes the group in a message posted on its website and intended to answer customers’ questions. The humidity level being regulated, this technique allows them to lower it more quickly before harvesting, which can be useful if thunderstorms are forecast.
“Although this practice is not widespread in our wheat and oat supply chains, we are working with our suppliers to phase out the use of glyphosate as a pre-harvest drying agent (…) in our main markets, including in the United States, by the end of 2025, ”said the company.
It is unclear when this text, which was released on Monday by the Washington Post daily, was published. Kellogg had not immediately responded to AFP’s requests.
The association Working Group on the Environment (EWG) in a press release welcomed this decision which would reduce the residual presence of glyphosate in breakfast bowls.
In three series of tests conducted in 2018 and 2019 on products containing oats from the brands Kellogg’s, General Mills and Quaker, it found traces “in practically all of the samples analyzed,” she said.
“It’s not surprising that consumers don’t want a controversial weed killer in their grains. Now is the time for General Mills and Quaker to listen to their customers and follow Kellogg’s example, “said Ken Cook, an association official, in the document.
Kellogg, however, did not discuss the use of glyphosate on corn or soybeans grown by its suppliers, knowing that the vast majority of these agricultural products are genetically modified in the United States.