Advocates pressure EPA to consider public health over Monsanto profits

Advocates have until July 5th to express their distress about the possibility of continued use of such a harmful chemical.

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The Environmental Protection Agency is currently green-lighting the continued use of cancer-linked glyphosate in the United States for another 15 years. Those fighting this decision have until July 5th to stop this move. 

Glyphosate is the key ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup and is linked to many harmful occurrences like the decline of the monarch butterfly and cancer. Nearly 300 million pounds of this herbicide is used in the U.S. annually. 

Environmental and consumer advocates have delivered nearly 150,000 petitions urging the EPA to ban this harmful herbicide.  

“The science is clear about glyphosate. This dangerous herbicide causes serious health risks, including cancer, and threatens our environment. EPA must do its job and ban this toxic pesticide instead of prioritizing corporate profits,” Jason Davidson, food and agriculture campaign associate at Friends of the Earth, said.

In a successful move against Monsanto last month, a California jury ordered the mega-corporation to pay $2 billion in damages to a couple that was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) after using Roundup for years. Hopefully, this win will help get Monsanto’s products, like glyphosate, get banned from U.S. use altogether. 

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“It will continue to destroy soil quality, which contributes to climate change, the decline of marine and wildlife and the environment. In short, the only way the EPA can do its job is to revoke its license,” says Zen Honeycutt, executive director of Moms Across America. 

Sign the petition to help fight Monsanto’s corruption: https://greenamerica.salsalabs.org/epa-ban-glyphosate/index.html

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