Getting warning labels on Roundup sold in California is a great step in the right direction. What's even better? Getting Roundup out of retail stores, and out of our communities, including parks and playgrounds.
What is Glyphosate?
Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, is the second-most widely used lawn and garden weed killer in the U.S. About 30% of Roundup sales are to consumers and commercial lawn companies hired to spray private lawns, public parks, playgrounds and roadsides. In 2015, a panel of 17 scientists with the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer concluded that glyphosate is a 'probable carcinogen.' Research published since the IARC report suggests there is no safe level of glyphosate. If you, your kids or your pets come in contact with a Roundup-sprayed yard or park, you're exposed.
How to Get Started:
• Join a local #Regenerate Facebook group to connect with neighbors who are interested in starting a local #Resist Roundup action team.
• Sign the petition: Tell Congress to Ban Monsanto/Bayer’s Cancer-Causing Roundup Weedkiller!
Get Roundup out of Your Community
We can do it, if we organize! Just ask Kathleen Hallal, California activist, mom, and founder of Non Toxic Irvine. Hallal and other concerned citizens convinced Irvine, Calif. city council to adopt an "organics-first policy" to control weeds and pests. Read Hallal's inspiring story—then write your own!
1. Download our organizing guide created with Beyond Pesticides, Resources for a Pesticide-Free Community, and follow these steps:
1. Decide where you want to take action. Are you asking your local parks to stop spraying Roundup? Homeowner's association? County or municipality?
2. Once you've decided where you want to act, it's time to pick up the phone and make some calls. Call your local park board, homeowner's association or county board, ask them if they are using Roundup, and try to schedule a meeting with someone to discuss switching to natural and organic landscape management practices.
3. If you can get a meeting, download this glyphosate fact sheet, print it for the meeting and take a look at some of the other resources below to help make your case. You'll want to be able to highlight the health and environmental impacts of Roundup use and some alternative options. Read through the resources listed in this organizing guide and in the list below.
4. If you meet resistance from the local entity you are trying to persuade to stop spraying Roundup, it's time to start forming a local movement to build grassroots pressure. If you haven't already, join a local #Regenerate Facebook group to connect with neighbors who are interested in starting a local #Resist Roundup action team.
5. Create a petition and start gathering signatures, then invite these people to a meetup to join your local #Resist Roundup action team.
6. Start contacting your local officials. Get as many calls, visits, emails and letters as you can to the local officials you are targeting. Ask them to put Roundup on the agenda of the next committee or board meeting. Spread the word on Facebook, set up a Facebook group for your action team and post your meetups as Facebook events too. Go to local meetings of other environmental or community groups who might help. Hand out this Roundup leaflet at grocery stores and hardware stores, bring your petition too.
7. If you can get the use of Roundup on a meeting agenda, bring a crowd. Get the word out through your meetup group, Facebook, and email lists. Provide talking points and let people know what to expect at the meeting.
8. If you still can't convince your local officials to stop spraying Roundup, keep up the pressure and start looking for candidates to run for these positions who will stop the use of Roundup in your community!
2. Check out the "How to Get Roundup Out of Your Community" resource page from Moms Across America for tips on getting Roundup out of your community.
3. Check out the Pesticide Mapping Project from OCA and Beyond Pesticides to find examples of model legislation and connect with other local leaders.
Get Roundup out of Stores
1. Grab any Roundup containers in your own garage and return them to your local retailer. While you're at it, grab any other containers of lawncare poisons, including neonicotinoids and 2,4- D. Watch the ‘Return Roundup Day!’ video
3. Boycott all Scotts Miracle-Gro products, even the organic ones. Scotts is the exclusive distributor of Roundup to retail stores in North America, most of Europe and parts of Latin America.
Glyphosate Fact Sheet - Organic Consumers Association
Monsanto's Roundup. Enough to Make You Sick. - Organic Consumers Association
Chemical Watch Factsheet: Glyphosate - Beyond Pesticides
Glyphosate Monograph - Pesticide Action Network
Roundup Revealed: Glyphosate in Our Food System - As You Sow
Glyphosate Test Results - Moms Across America
Documented Health Risks of Glyphosate - Institute for Responsible Technology
Information on Alternatives to Pesticides for Lawn and Landscape Care
Resources for a Pesticide Free Community - Beyond Pesticides
Guide to promoting sustainable lawn and landscape care in your community - Midwest Pesticide Action Center
Municipal Pesticide reduction toolkit - Midwest Pesticide Action Committee
Systems Approach to Natural Turf Management - Osbourne Organics