Ban the use of Neonicotinoids and Glyphosate in Martinez

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Ban the use of Neonicotinoids and Glyphosate in Martinez

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Mayor Schroder,

10-21-2014- Update - Mayor Schroder, you still have not responded to this petition, but Gay Gerlack has given her opinion.  I continue to invite you to do the same.

In a recent article you wrote that you have been a long time admirer of John Muir and how you felt about settling down in the town where he lived and where his home still stands.  He was, as you know, a great naturalist and passionate advocate for our environment.

We are at a tipping point of our health and the planet's health.  Flowers are being sold in stores in Martinez with neonictinoids and glyphosate herbicides are used in our parks and schools. 

According to an article in Reuters (by Heinz-Peter Bader), the Pesticide Action Network North America, the Center for Food Safety, and Beyond Pesticides joined together to file the suit in a California Superior Court. They point to current research blaming the cause of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), the disease killing off honeybees and threatening pollination of the world’s crops, on two popular insecticides.

The two products, clothianidin and imidacloprid, are both types of neonicotinoids. Another study found that bees exposed to "field-realistic" doses of neonicotinoid insecticides gather less than half the pollen that they normally do, dooming their young to starvation.


Meanwhile, glyphosate shows up, not only in our drinking water, but also in the rain and can be found in our bodies (and breastmilk) as a result.  According to Dr. Stephanie Seneff

  • Glyphosate disrupts gut bacteria causing a deficiency in beneficial bacteria and an overgrowth of pathogenic forms
  • Glyphosate depletes minerals like cobalt, zinc, molybdenum, and manganese by caging them; and it depletes serotonin and GABA levels
  • Glyphosate disrupts cytochrome P450 enzymes in the gut and liver, with devastating consequences

(Dr. Stephanie Seneff is a Senior Research Scientist at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. She has a Bachelor’s degree from MIT in biology, and her PhD from MIT is in computer science.) 

Please note that entire countries are making the ban on glyphosate

In the spirit of John Muir, we are asking you to protect our town and take a stand against Neonicotinoids and Glyphosate by banning their use in Martinez; and in doing so, setting an example to other towns.



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