Why is it especially urgent that we ramp up the campaign against Roundup weedkiller right now?
Because the U.S. EPA is facing a deadline to decide whether to renew—or ban—glyphosate.
There are signs that the political will to keep allowing this cancer-causing chemical to poison us is faltering.
But without massive grassroots pressure, we will lose momentum.
Public opinion turned against Monsanto and Roundup long ago.
Now, there’s a glimmer of hope that regulators are tired of taking heat for supporting the likes of Monsanto and its parent company, Bayer.
Just this week, Bernhard Url, the head of the European Food Safety Authority, told Politico he thinks “we have to respect with humbleness if national parliaments decide to ban glyphosate.”
The movement to ban glyphosate is “now part of a political tidal wave,” Url said. “The genie will not go easily back into the bottle.”
The evidence against glyphosate continues to pile up.
One recent study links Monsanto’s weedkiller to an aggressive form of breast cancer. Another new study links it to heart disease.
With glyphosate sales predicted to hit $12.54 billion by 2024, Monsanto/Bayer has too much at stake to admit that Roundup causes cancer.
Bayer is facing nearly 18,000 lawsuits filed by people who say exposure to glyphosate caused their cancer. So far, Bayer has lost all three of the first Roundup cancer lawsuits to go to trial.
Monsanto lost in the court of public opinion years ago.
Could public outrage at the dismal failure of regulators to protect the public from this toxic chemical finally force politicians and regulators to take a stand?
We wouldn’t keep fighting if we didn’t think so.
But we’re up against powerful forces. And a bottomless pit of lobbying dollars.
Still, it’s clear that the combination of an ever-growing body of scientific evidence, thousands of lawsuits and a very vocal public is making it more difficult for regulators to dismiss this movement.
We can’t stop now. We can’t let the genie retreat back into the bottle.