The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is attempting to raise the allowed residue level of the herbicide Roundup, (glyphosate) on food.
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But wait! It’s not a done deal and there’s something you can do about it! Please keep reading.
The U.S. EPA and the Monsanto Corporation, which makes Roundup, say that glyphosate is safe. But independent studies show that glyphosate, an endocrine disruptor, can affect hormonal balances and, specifically, reproductive health.
Endocrine disrupting chemicals, including Roundup, have been condemned by some of the most respected vanguards of public health in the country, such as the American Medical Association and the American Public Health Association.
Here’s more data, courtesy of our very good friends at the Cornucopia Institute (a group you should seriously consider supporting financially!):
- A June 2013 study concluded that glyphosate “exerted proliferative effects in human hormone-dependent breast cancer.”
- An April 2013 study by an MIT scientist concluded that “glyphosate enhances the damaging effects of other food borne chemical residues and environmental toxins,” and pointed out that glyphosate’s “negative impact on the body is insidious and manifests slowly over time as inflammation damages cellular systems throughout the body.”
The EPA is taking public comments on this change that would increase glyphosates on food. If you think that’s a bad idea, follow these steps, also thanks to the Cornucopia Institute.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUBMITTING COMMENT
To submit your comment electronically:
For the required field “Organization Name,” please enter “Citizen.”
The deadline for submitting comments is Monday, July 1.
SAMPLE LETTER (you may cut and paste, but you are encouraged to personalize)
The EPA’s final rule raising the residue limits of glyphosate is unacceptable and based on outdated science.
The toxicology profile for glyphosate is not “complete,” as the EPA claims. Ongoing research shows glyphosate may promote breast cancer, induce inflammation, and act as an endocrine disruptor.
I urge you to perform a careful review of independent science to determine the health impacts of raising the residue limit for glyphosate.
Again, please act by Monday, July 1 to submit your comments!