Will Massachusetts Be the First State to Ban Glyphosate?
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WHY BAN GLYPHOSATE IN MASSACHUSETTS?
Glyphosate herbicides or Monsanto's RoundUp weed killer, the most widely used herbicide in history, has recently been proven to cause serious harm to life. Glyphosate has contaminated our planet, is found in the soil and water but more importantly has been quantified in our children's urine, mother's milk, our bloodstreams, and our food and tap water. In studies that were done, when children ate Organic Food for a week their levels of glyphosate diminished significantly.
In 2015 the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) of the World Health Organization found that glyphosate “is a probable human carcinogen”. In July of 2017 the California State Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) added glyphosate to its prop 65 list of known carcinogens. In October of 2017, after over 1 million Europeans requested a ban, 72% of the Members of the European Parliament voted to BAN glyphosate and EU Member states have refused to renew the license.
Sri Lanka and the Six Gulf States (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman) and Malta have banned glyphosate. Many others are in the process of doing so. France has banned glyphosate in public parks immediately and will phase out the use of glyphosate herbicides in agriculture and landscaping use over the next 5 years completely. We ask our great state of Massachusetts to protect our citizens as well.. Many school districts and cities in the United States have already discontinued the use of glyphosate.
Glyphosate herbicides have also been found to be linked to various cancers specifically lymphoma. They have been found to be endocrine disruptors, neurotoxic, and a cause of gastrointestinal dysfunction, liver disease and kidney disease and kidney failure. Global studies show that we are routinely exposed to dangerous levels of glyphosate. Millions of citizens in Massachusetts come in contact with glyphosate daily. The American Academy of Pediatrics has stated that our children are the most vulnerable to pesticides, we need to take action to protect the future of our state.
Over 1000 Americans are currently suing Monsanto, the manufacturer of glyphosate herbicides, for non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. The Department of Justice is investigating Monsanto for corruption, cover-ups, and collusion with the EPA in relation to the carcinogenic effects of glyphosate.
Please join the Moms Across America, Organic Consumers Association, Institute for Responsible Technology, Thinking Moms Revolution, and thousands of others in ridding our state of glyphosate by signing the petition below.
To further support a Glyphosate Ban in Massachusetts contact: AurelieCC@gmail.com
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