Belgium did it. El Salvador did it. France and Germany announced plans to do it.
Hundreds of cities and towns, and a growing number of countries have either banned all uses of Monsanto’s Roundup (and other glyphosate-based weedkillers), or imposed partial bans, or voted against relicensing the herbicide.
Here in the U.S., our Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was supposed to rule—by the end of 2015—on whether to continue to allow the use of glyphosate-based weedkillers, or ban them.
Here we are, four months short of 2019, and still no decision from the EPA.
Maybe the agency that’s supposed to protect our environment, and by extension our health, has been too busy dealing with scandals to get any work done?
Or maybe our regulators can’t decide whose wrath they fear the most: the lobbyists who fill their campaign coffers, or an angry public fed up with being lied to?
Either way, we can now add this week’s landmark verdict against Monsanto to the towering pile of evidence pointing to the obvious: It’s long past time to ban this disastrous weedkiller.