CALL TO ACTION
by Christina Sarich, Natural Society:
During President Obama’s most recent State of The Union Address, he vowed to utilize the full spectrum of the U.S. government’s resources to create a “Moonshot-like” effort geared toward finding a cure for cancer. Why then, is Round Up, a ‘likely carcinogen,’ still being sold on markets across the United States and sprayed on our food?
President Obama also broke a 2007 campaign promise to label GMOs, but he can make things right before leaving office by acting on a highly-prevalent toxic chemical compound used today – glyphosate. Glyphosate is the active compound used in herbicides like Round Up – Monsanto’s best-selling herbicide.
California’s Environmental Protection Agency is even going to label bottles of Round Up as carcinogenic.
The IARC of the World Health Organization who regularly reviews the toxicity of industrial chemicals has also called Round Up a carcinogen. Why will you not do the same, Mr. President? Do we need any more proof that glyphosate is incredibly toxic? Why do we continue to allow a noxious, cancer-causing agent that is even showing up in fetal cells to be used so copiously?
As citizens of the United States, we urge you to act on glyphosate-containing products such as Round Up immediately, suspending all sales in the U.S.
From its use on GMO crops (90% of which are engineered to withstand repeated high-doses of Roundup) to its use as a desiccant on many conventional grains, Roundup is pervasive in our food system, our waterways, and is even found in our urine and breast milk!
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