Ban RoundUp in San Diego County
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Roundup is a commonly used pesticide here in the county of San Diego, California. Its active ingredient, glyphosate, is a harmful, type 1 carcinogenic chemical as declared by the state of California's Environmental Protection Agency.
San Diego County allows the spraying of this and similar toxic pesticides at schools, which unavoidably forces children to be exposed to cancer-causing chemicals. The city of Irvine had so many childhood cancer patients that a huge movement was created to ban pesticides from being used at parks and schools. WHY ISN'T SAN DIEGO DOING THE SAME?
There is an increasing amount of scientific research showing the multitude of dangers associated with Roundup use in the environment and human bodies and has been a definitive cause of untreatable lymphoma in dogs. Our beloved pets who roll in, play on, sniff, lick their paws and fur, have been exposed to and ingesting this pesticide...and have been dying from this cancer for years. How can San Diego pride itself in being one of the top "dog friendly" cities when it allows pesticides everywhere that cause cancer? Plus, EVERYTHING toxic to plant and insect life will inevitably end up in our ocean, the natural environment that San Diego is so proud of and renowned for! Research has proven that glyphosate is known to kill marine life, just as it kills the plants and insects its carelessly used for.
Sooner than later, the entire developed world will regrettably understand the drastic effects of over-use of pesticides that we are seeing now: sky-rocketing cancer rates, super-weeds with resistance to all pesticides, diminished soil quality, death of pets, humans and aquatic life, and much of our available food causing chronic gut inflammation.
There are currently no restrictions to who can purchase Roundup and where they are legally able to spray it. Therefore, this dangerous chemical could be available for anyone and sprayed virtually anywhere in the public. This is a huge concern for parents, health conscious individuals, and organic gardeners.
According to an article below, Santa Cruz county has joined Trinity, Mendocino, Humboldt, and Marin county in a GMO ban.
By signing this petition, we are requesting for Roundup to be banned from the shelves of all stores that sell it in San Diego county. It could be easily and much more safely replaced with natural herbicides, such as Dr. Earth, which is sold at health conscious stores like Staff of Life.
As a worldwide tourist destination, San Diego is known for its natural beauty, wildlife, and beaches. Plus we are considered one of the top ten "pet-friendly" cities in the US.
Our famed monarch butterfly as well as the much needed honey bee are both declining rapidly in population, which the spraying of pesticides is largely contributed to.
We want our children and pets to have a healthy future, free of unavoidable environmental poisons.
Articles that are a must read:
How and why Irvine, CA banned Roundup
CA cities/counties that have banned GMO's and Roundup
-"The World According to Monsanto" documentary: start watching at 13:45 for shocking facts about the Roundup controversy and it's beginnings:
-OEHHA Proposition 65 declaration of cancer causing substances:
-Dr. Earth Organic Herbicides:
-Local Good Times cover story about the bee disappearance in Santa Cruz:
-How Roundup has contributed to monarch butterfly decline:
-Academic researched articles and presentations on the dangers of glyphosate:
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