Most of us take it for granted that the food we buy for our families, or the grass our children play on in the schoolyard, is not putting our health at risk.
However, new research, including a study done by the World Health Organization, is raising serious questions about Roundup’s links to cancer and reproductive development.
It’s bad enough that our families are exposed to Roundup when it is used in our neighborhoods, parks and schools. But to make things worse, Monsanto has engineered crops specifically to be used with Roundup.
And lately, Roundup hasn’t been getting the job done. Weeds that compete with Roundup Ready crops are developing Roundup resistance. Not surprisingly, the response has been to increase the dosage and frequency of Roundup.
As a result, glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup and other toxic herbicides, has become the most widely used agricultural chemical in history. Worldwide, 9.4 million tons of the chemical have been sprayed onto fields -- that’s equivalent to the weight of water in more than 2,300 Olympic-size swimming pools.
One study found traces of glyphosate in 93 percent of the people they tested. Another discovered residues of the chemical in rivers, streams and many foods, including corn, soy and even beer.
It’s absurd that a weed killer, designed to make our lives more convenient and food production more efficient, should be allowed to put our health at risk.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has committed to reviewing the safety of Roundup, and herbicides like it, to determine their risk to public health. Given the strong evidence calling into question Roundup’s safety, we are calling on the EPA to follow through on that promise.
So far, more than 24,500 people from across the country have added their names to our petition to the EPA to ban Roundup unless and until it can be proven safe.
The EPA’s mission is “to protect human health and the environment.” Regardless of who is in the White House, we expect the agency to adhere to its mission. If it doesn’t, we’ll pursue other avenues for action.
Visit www.BanRoundupNow.org to learn more, take action and share our campaign with your friends.