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Take Action Today! Governments and communities around the world are taking action to ban glyphosate
and Roundup.
Why?
Because the existing approval of glyphosate and Roundup is out of date. Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup and other commercial weed killers, is widely touted as “safe” to use, but new evidence confirms that glyphosate is NOT SAFE. In March 2015 the World Health Organization’s cancer research agency announced that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic” to humans. The UN agency based its decision research has linked glyphosate to a long list of serious health conditions and chronic diseases, including breast cancer, birth defects, kidney disease, and endocrine disruption. The list of countries enacting bans or restrictions has grown rapidly in recent months: France, Germany, Denmark, Sri Lanka, Bermuda, El Salvador, and Colombia. Health Canada is re-evaluating the herbicide; Brazil and Argentina are under pressure from doctors and public health officials to take action. In the United States, Richmond, CA, Takoma Park, MD, and other municipalities are leading the way with progressive community action plans that restrict or prohibit the use of glyphosate and other hazardous pesticides, especially around parks and playgrounds. Does your community have a policy protecting people—especially children—from exposure to pesticides? Many communities need a little help to get started bringing policies up to date with new standards. To make life easier, IRT has compiled an extensive set of resources and supporting documents to help local organizers take action. [Download IRT's Free Ban Glyphosate Toolkit] What is glyphosate? Glyphosate a/k/a Roundup was introduced to the commercial market by Monsanto in 1974. It is used to kill all kinds of vegetation including grasses, broadleaf plants, bushes, and trees. Exponential increase of glyphosate use worldwide. Rapid expansion of genetically modified glyphosate resistant crops--soybeans, corn, and cotton—has boosted global demand for glyphosate to an incredible 1.4 billion pounds per year. An estimated 300 million pounds are now sprayed per year in the United States, up from 11 million in 1987. Not only in agriculture. Though agricultural use accounts for most of the release of glyphosate into the environment, homeowners, landscapers and city maintenance crews also make liberal use of “weed killers” containing glyphosate. This poses a unique threat to children and pets. [Download One Page Overview]
Does your community have a policy protecting people-especially children-from exposure to pesticides? Take Action
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