Glyphosate, the primary ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller, has the dual and dubious distinction of being the most used—and most maligned—herbicide in the world.
Glyphosate is everywhere. It’s a danger to your health. It degrades your soil and pollutes your water.
But this toxic chemical’s days are numbered—as long as we keep up the pressure on its manufacturer (Monsanto is now owned by Bayer), on regulatory agencies and on the media.
Well-meaning members of the media advise consumers to protect themselves from the health hazards of glyphosate by washing their fruits and vegetables—ignoring the fact that much of the water in the U.S. is also contaminated with glyphosate.
The consumer action we most need, the real solution, has nothing to do with kitchen hygiene—and everything to do with demanding a better food and farming system.