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Want Another Helping of Roundup on Your Plate?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is attempting to raise the allowed residue level of the herbicide Roundup, (glyphosate) on food.

If you are curious about pesticide use in Georgia, check this out.

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!):

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.


To submit your comment electronically:!submitComment;D=EPA-HQ-OPP-2012-0132-0009

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The EPA’s final rule raising the residue limits of glyphosate is unacceptable and based on outdated science.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!

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