Ban the use of Roundup/Glyphosate from VUSD and City parks

Ban the use of Roundup/Glyphosate from VUSD and City parks

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Chanda morse started this petition to City of Vacaville

Roundup, the most popular and widely sold and used pesticide GLOBALLY,  has been proven to cause cancer. Bayer and Monsanto, the makers of Roundup just paid out $80 million dollars in a landmark lawsuit, confirming what many of us have known all along- the herbicide's key ingredient, glyphosate causes cancer.

Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, is possibly "the most important factor in the development of multiple chronic diseases and conditions that have become prevalent in Westernized societies”

Glyphosate residues are found in most commonly consumed foods in the Western diet courtesy of GM sugar, corn, soy, and wheat.

Research suggests that glyphosate may “enhance the damaging effects of other food-borne chemical residues and toxins in the environment to disrupt normal body functions [including gut bacteria] and induce disease”

Glyphosate may stimulate hormone-dependent cancers even at extremely low “environmentally relevant” amounts.

According to Dr. Seneff, glyphosate is possibly "the most important factor in the development of multiple chronic diseases and conditions that have become prevalent in Westernized societies,” including but not limited to:

Gastrointestinal diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease, chronic diarrhea, colitis, and Crohn's disease
Cardiovascular disease
Alzheimer’s disease
Parkinson’s disease
Multiple sclerosis
ALS and more

A study using human liver cells in vitro showed that even in low doses, glyphosate is toxic to human cells, causes genetic mutations, and disrupts endocrine function. Glyphosate’s role as an endocrine disruptor, as well as a factor in promoting oxidative stress, can also explain its cancer-promoting effects. This was proven in a 2013 study, where glyphosate exposure caused breast cancer cells to proliferate in vitro, by mimicking estrogen.

The cultivation of Roundup Ready GMOs has considerably increased food contamination by glyphosate. Roundup Ready plants do not degrade glyphosate but tolerate it, so they accumulate Roundup residues during their growth. As a consequence, glyphosate has among the highest maximum residue limits for pesticides, with up to 500,000 parts per billion authorized in some GM feed. A recent study on 10 batches of GM soybeans from Iowa found glyphosate at an average concentration of 11,900 ppb (maximum of 20,100 ppb) . According to Monsanto, residues levels of up to 5,600 ppb in GM soy represent “extreme levels” . Since cattle are mostly fed Roundup Ready soybeans, contamination with extreme levels of glyphosate could have serious consequences on cattle health. In a study on Danish dairy cows, elevated glyphosate urinary levels have been linked to a marked increase in biomarkers indicative of damage to liver and kidney function. Another recent study found glyphosate in the organs of piglets born with birth defects. 

Glyphosate is present at all levels of the food chain: in water, plants, animals, and even in humans. Every single study that has measured human contamination with glyphosate has found it. Glyphosate is found on produce, in meat, and in packaged foods, like cereal, chips, and many more commonly eaten foods. Glyphosate in animals gets concentrated in collagen, making buying organic meat even more important.

Our kids are MOST at risk from the damaging effects of glyphosate as their neurological and organ systems are still developing.  They are also the ones exposed to the dangerous herbicide the MOST.  Playing sports, at school, at the park... They literally come in DIRECT contact with the toxin EVERY SINGLE DAY.  

Children are especially vulnerable to pesticides: 
■ The National Academy of Sciences reports that children are more susceptible to chemicals than adults and estimates that 50% of lifetime pesticide exposure occurs during the first five years of life.
■ EPA concurs that children take in more pesticides relative to body weight than adults and have developing organ systems that are more vulnerable and less able to detoxify toxic chemicals.
■ Infants crawling behavior accounts for a greater potential than adults for dermal exposure to contaminants on carpets, floors, lawns, and soil.
■ Children with developmental delays and those younger than six years are at increased risk of ingesting pesticides 
■ Studies find that pesticides such as the weedkiller 2,4-D pass from mother to child through umbilical cord blood and breast milk.
■ Consistent observations have led investigators to conclude that chronic low-dose exposure to certain pesticides might pose a hazard to the health and development of children.
Children, cancer and pesticides
■ The probability of an effect such as cancer, which requires a period of time to develop after exposure, is enhanced if exposure occurs early in life.
■ A study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute finds that household and garden pesticide use can increase the risk of childhood leukemia as much much as seven-fold.
■ Studies show that children living in households where pesticides are used suffer elevated rates of leukemia, brain cancer and soft tissue sarcoma.
■ Pesticides can increase susceptibility to certain cancers by breaking down the immune system's surveillance against cancer cells. Infants and children, the aged and the chronically ill are at greatest risk from chemically induced immune-suppression.
■ The most commonly used nonagricultural herbicide, 2,4-D, has been linked to Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in scientific studies.
■ A study published by the American Cancer Society finds an increased risk for Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) for people exposed to common herbicides and fungicides, particularly the weedkiller mecoprop (MCPP). People exposed to glyphosate (found in Roundup®) are 2.7 times more likely to develop NHL.
■ 75 out of all 99 human studies done on lymphoma and pesticides find a link between the two.
■ Four peer-reviewed studies demonstrate the ability of glyphosate-containing herbicides to cause genetic damage to DNA (mutagenicity), even at very low concentration levels.

Children, asthma and pesticides
■ A 2004 peer-reviewed study finds that young infants and toddlers exposed to herbicides (weedkillers) within their first year of life are four and a half times more likely to develop asthma by the age of five, and almost two and a half times more likely when exposed to insecticides. 
■ EPA material safety data sheets for the common her- bicides 2,4-D, mecoprop, dicamba, (often combined as Trimec®) and glyphosate (Roundup®) list them as respiratory irritants that can cause irritation to skin and mucous membranes, chest burning, coughing, nausea and vomiting.
Children, learning and developmental disorders and pesticides
■ Roughly one in six children in the U.S. has one or more developmental disability, ranging from a learning disability to a serious behavioral or emotional disorder.
■ Scientists believe that the amount of toxic chemicals in the environment that cause developmental and neurological damage are contributing to the rise of physical and mental effects being found in children.
■ Studies show children’s developing organs create “early windows of great vulnerability” during which exposure to lawn pesticides can cause great damage.
■ Lawn pesticide products containing herbicides and fertilizers (such as “weed and feed” products) tested on mice show increased risk of infertility, miscarriage and birth defects at very low dosages.
■ Additional studies on lawn pesticide product formulations show effects on learning ability, aggressiveness, memory, motor skills and immune system function.
■ A 2002 peer-reviewed study finds children born to parents exposed to glyphosate (Roundup®) show a higher incidence of attention deficit disorder and hyperactivity.
■ A study of 210,723 live births in Minnesota farming communities finds children of pesticide applicators have significantly higher rates of birth defects than the average population.

Pesticide accumulation and drift
■ Children ages 6-11 nationwide have significantly higher levels of lawn pesticide residues in their bodies than all other age categories.
■ Scientific studies show that 2,4-D applied to lawns drifts and is tracked indoors where it settles in dust, air and surfaces and may remain for up to a year in carpets.
■ Samples from 120 Cape Cod homes, where elevated incidence of breast, colorectal, lung, and prostate cancers are reported, find high indoor air and dust concentrations of carbaryl, permethrin, and 2, 4-D.

Proposed solution:

Develop healthy soil with the use of a slow-release natural organic fertilizer to avoid weed problems. Corn gluten is an effective natural pre-emergent. Safe spot treatments include fatty-acid soaps and botanicals such as vinegar or citrus based products that do not pose a serious health threat to the public.

Non-toxic alternative Herbicidal Soaps

1. Mulch and permaculture

2. High percentage vinegar

3. saturated steam weed control

4. Electric shock weed control

6. Iron-Based Herbicides

7. Salt-Based Herbicides

8. Phytotoxic Oils (aka Essential Oils)

9. Corn Gluten



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