Before you enjoy the upcoming three-day weekend, please write a note to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) telling the agency why it should ban this very dangerous herbicide, Monsanto (now Bayer)’s glyphosate-based Roundup weedkiller.
Wow! Over the last two months, 106,431 people have taken the time to educate themselves about glyphosate-based herbicides and share what they’ve learned, posting public comments on the Regulations.gov website.
We know it’s going to take another election to really do something about this. But what better way to motivate our next president and her (or his) EPA Administrator than by showing them the hundreds of thousands of public comments demanding a ban on this carcinogenic weedkiller.
What’s wrong with glyphosate?
It causes cancer. Strong evidence links it to non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Scarier still, research shows that the worst impacts will be on our grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Prostate disease, obesity, kidney disease, ovarian disease and birth abnormalities were rampant in the third and fourth generations of rats, according to studies, even though the impact on the first generation, who were directly exposed to glyphosate—and even their offspring—was negligible.
Scientists have documented damage to the liver and kidneys in rodents exposed to glyphosate in doses considered safe for humans.
Researchers have observed congenital malformations, similar to birth defects observed in babies in farming regions where glyphosate is used intensively, in the piglets of hogs fed soybeans with glyphosate herbicide residues.
These problems may arise because glyphosate is an endocrine disruptor. Studies have found that:
Glyphosate impairs male offspring reproductive development by disrupting gonadotropin expression.
Glyphosate induces human breast cancer cells growth via estrogen receptors.
Glyphosate-based herbicides are toxic and endocrine disruptors in human cell lines.
Another reason glyphosate is so harmful may be because it binds to metals, such as cobalt and manganese, depriving our bodies of these crucial micronutrients.
Now that you know what’s wrong with glyphosate, tell the EPA.
After that, please contact your Senators and U.S. Representative to ask them to introduce legislation to ban glyphosate.
We’ve been gearing up for actions at the EPA and a Congressional lobby day, but we need to have legislation to rally around before it makes sense to ask you to come to D.C.