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Back to School

We’re determined to honor Dewayne Johnson by doing everything in our power to get Roundup weedkiller and other pesticides out of schools—off of school playgrounds and lawns, out of school lunches.

Here’s how you can help. We need you to contact your school district and ask the school superintendent’s office, or the president of the school board, if the schools they oversee use Roundup or other pesticides on school grounds, and if the schools serve conventionally grown food (likely to contain high levels of pesticides) or organic food.

You can use this form to guide your questions and record your answers.

According to the latest figures available, there are about 98,000 schools in the U.S. We don’t know how many of those schools spray pesticides on their properties. But we do know this: In the U.S., 26 million pounds of Roundup (that’s just Roundup) are sprayed on public parks, playgrounds, schools and gardens every year.

In March 2015, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer classified glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, as a “probable” human carcinogen.

California’s Supreme Court recently ruled that the state can list glyphosate as a cancer-causing chemical, under California’s Proposition 65.

The jury in the Dewayne Johnson v. Monsanto Co. trial unanimously decided, after eight weeks of testimony, that Roundup caused Johnson’s cancer—and that Monsanto had known for years that the weedkiller could cause cancer, but hid (and continues to hide) the truth from the public.

Should we still allow schools to spray this product on playgrounds? And serve food contaminated with cancer-causing weedkiller? 

At the very least, schools should err on the side of caution. If school leaders won’t make the right decision on their own, we, the parents and the public, need to pressure them until they do. We owe it to Dewayne Johnson and to all Monsanto's victims.

Most of all, we owe it to our kids.

TAKE ACTION: Help us identify schools that use Roundup and other pesticides

Make a tax-deductible donation to OCA’s Millions Against Monsanto campaign

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