Organic Consumers Association

Tell the EPA You Want Lower, Not Higher, Limits on Monsanto's Roundup!

When does one plus one not equal two? When mounting evidence says glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup pesticide, does more damage to our health and environment than we thought.  And the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) responds by approving higher, not lower, allowable limits of the pesticide residue.

Please sign the letter below. Tell the EPA you want lower, not higher, limits on Monsanto’s glyphosate and Roundup!

In May,  the EPA announced a final ruling to increase, yet again, the allowed residue limits in food and animal feed of glyphosate, the key active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide. Under the ruling, the allowed glyphosate level in animal feed will rise to 100 parts per million (ppm) and 40 ppm in oilseed crops.

There is precedence for final rulings to be revisited, even reversed, if enough people voice their opposition. The EPA will take comments on the ruling until the end of today, July 1, 2013.

The EPA ruling defies sound science and undermines public health. Peer reviewed studies show rats fed diets as low as 2ppm of glyphosate were 70 percent to 80 percent more likely to develop tumors. Infertility, affecting both the sperm and the egg, was documented in animals subjected to glyphosate residue levels as low as .05 ppm. Birth defects in frog and chicken embryos resulted after being subjected to glyphosate residues of just 2.03 ppm.

Yet the EPA claims glyphosate is only “minimally toxic” to humans, and 40 ppm is nothing to worry about?

The EPA’s decision is all the more unjustifiable in light of two recently published, peer reviewed studies revealing glyphosate to be a far greater threat to human health than previously determined.

 According to a
study published in the journal Entropy in April 2013, glyphosate is related to debilitating diseases like gastrointestinal disorders, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, autism, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. The study says the negative impact on the human body is “insidious and manifests slowly over time, as inflammation damages cellular systems throughout the body… it may in fact be the most biologically disruptive chemical in our environment.”

2012 study published in the journal Archives of Toxicology showed Roundup is toxic to human DNA even when diluted to concentrations 450-fold lower than used in agricultural applications. Industry regulators and long-term studies look at glyphosate in isolation, instead of looking at Roundup’s full formulation, which includes secret added ingredients. These “confidential” and unlabeled ingredients, when measured as a whole, affect all living cells, including human cells.

Glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide in the world.  According to the EPA, at least 208 million tons of Roundup were sprayed on GE crops, lawns and roadsides in the years 2006 and 2007. In 2007, as much as 185 million pounds of glyphosate was used by U.S. farmers, double the
amount used just six years ago.

2009 study found that Americans use about 100 million pounds of glyphosate annually on their lawns and gardens. It’s safe to assume all these number are much higher now. Why? Because GE crops are now being invaded by new strains of herbicide-resistant “superweeds” requiring higher and higher doses of poison.

Beyond Pesticides has assembled extensive documentation of past
research linking glyphosate to increased cancer risk, neurotoxicity and birth defects, as well as eye, skin, respiratory irritation, lung congestion, increased breathing rate, damage to the pancreas, kidney and testes.

Glyphosate also endangers the environment, destroys soil and plants, and is linked to a host of health hazards. The EPA’s decision to increase the allowed residue limits of glyphosate is out of date, dangerous to the health of people and the environment and scientifically unsupportable.

Please sign the letter below. Tell the EPA you want lower, not higher, limits on Monsanto’s glyphosate and Roundup!

1-25 of 89166 signatures
Number Date Name Location
89166 3 weeks ago Theresa Domhan-Adams Richmond, VA
89165 8 months ago Nicole Tan Wandina, ot
89164 12 months ago Darlene Stubbs Shawnee, KS
89163 1 year ago Anonymous Saint Ignace, MI
89162 1 year ago Mark and Jacobs Shapleigh, ME
89161 1 year ago Bryan Starke MARSTONS MILLS, MA Stop lying to us
89160 1 year ago Pat Dunning Port St Lucie, FL
89159 1 year ago Janice StClair Cambridge , MA Glyphosate is poisoning us already, according to even more peer reviewed studies. We need this pesticide banned, not embraced with looser restrictions!
89158 1 year ago Judith Sweeney va.beach, VA This Poison is KILLING My Generation, and our Children!!! Prodiamine and 'It's ONLY Roundup" Killed my beloved Healthy Dalmatian, and most probably Me. I have been ILL ever since I was exposed to ...
89157 1 year ago Anonymous Warrenton, VA The toxicity and effect of glyphosate has already become present in our air, soil and water. It needs to be stopped, with particular care and protection to keep it out of the food we eat.
89156 1 year ago Hannah Poole Coopersburg, PA
89155 1 year ago Julia Burak Port Saint Lucie, FL
89154 1 year ago Janet Palmer Patagonia, AZ
89153 1 year ago Anonymous sulphur , LA Stop using it all together. Monsanto is a killing machine. How dare you approve something so deadly to be sprayed on our food crops. Also stop gmo's. we have a right to safe healthy food and water. ...
89152 1 year ago Anonymous St.louis, MO Its inhumane, and wrong period!
89151 1 year ago Anonymous Las Vegas, NV I don't want gmo food and I think you should make a law forcing all the distributors to have a sign on their packages on all foods if the have gmo's! Thanks Nicole Mindek
89150 1 year ago Charlotte Erickson Indianapolis, IN W want Lower, NOT higher limits on Monsanto's glyphosate and Roundup. Residue limits MUST be lower.
89149 1 year ago Celeste Evsns NY
89148 1 year ago Jennifer Shelley Montgomery, IL This is ridiculous that a business can affect a government instituition so much. The EPA is there to protect us from the big businesses that want to poison us for profits. I'm appalled at the curren...
89147 1 year ago Anonymous Camden, AR
89146 1 year ago Jean Tusko Delray Beach, FL
89145 1 year ago Muchelle Lyle Roswell, GA
89144 1 year ago Anonymous IN
89143 1 year ago Jill Houe Lockport, IL
89142 1 year ago Karen Overturf NE Please lower the amount of toxic and GMO pesticides allowed in farming. I have read Endocrine Disrupted, and the prospect of changing our future for the better versus debilitating mutations in all a...
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