Masters of Health Magazine November 2022 | Page 36

Dr. Michelle Perro, MD, Executive Director:


Mom’s Across America (MAA) tested American school lunch samples to determine their levels of toxicity and nutrition

MAA tested school lunches for glyphosate, pesticides, heavy metals, veterinary hormones, and nutrients and minerals

High levels of glyphosate, pesticides, and heavy metals were found in a significant percentage of samples, while veterinary hormones were found in several samples

The school lunches were shown to be broadly deficient of nutrients and minerals

The high levels of toxicants and low levels of nutrition are linked to a variety of negative health consequences in children, especially impacting low-income children

They tested 43 school lunch samples from across the country, divided into five main categories:



Heavy metals

Veterinary hormones

Nutrients and minerals

Here are the results MAA found:


Glyphosate is a commercially popular weed killer that has been shown to cause cancer, endocrine disruption, and liver disease.

The MAA study revealed a staggering 95.3% of the samples tested had detectable glyphosate levels. It was especially prevalent in wheat products,100% of which tested positive for glyphosate.


Of the 220 most harmful pesticides tested, 74% of school lunch samples contained at least one of them. Two notable pesticides were found in high levels:

Thiabendazole (TBZ), an immunosuppressant, was found in 27.9% of samples, especially fruit, such as red and green apples.

Piperonal Butoxide (PBO), which causes birth defects and brain dysfunction, was found in 41% of samples. Its highest levels were found in a hamburger.

Heavy Metals

Heavy metals, such as arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury, cause significant harm to children’s brain development.