City of Lakewood California Quit Using Toxic RoundUp on our Nature Trail
The state of California has recently added the key ingredient of RoundUp to the list of known carcinogens. Grounds workers are instructed to continually spray the toxic herbicide Round up on "weeds" along the West San Gabriel River Nature Trail. This practice needs to stop. Not only is it toxic to all the wild life touted by the city as frequenting the trail but it seeps into ground waters. Reclaimed water is then sprayed on all the vegetation. Toxic effects of glyphosate and Roundup include disruption of hormonal systems and beneficial gut bacteria, damage to DNA, developmental and reproductive toxicity, birth defects, cancer, and neurotoxicity. Roundup and other glyphosate herbicide formulations have never been tested or assessed for long-term safety for regulatory purposes. Only glyphosate alone was tested. Even the industry tests on glyphosate alone revealed toxic effects, including malformations. The endocrine disruptive effects of glyphosate and Roundup are most worrying, as they manifest at very low doses and can lead to ill health when exposure takes place over long periods of time. The GMO industry claims that glyphosate is non-toxic to animals and humans because they lack the shikimate biochemical pathway present in plants. This is false, as glyphosate also affects other pathways that are present in animals and humans. Claims that the Roundup used on GM Roundup Ready crops replaces more toxic herbicides are misleading. The toxicity of Roundup and glyphosate has been underestimated, and the failure of Roundup Ready technology due to resistant weeds has resulted in farmers using mixtures of herbicides to control weeds. The industry has responded by developing GM crops that tolerate other, potentially even more toxic herbicides, such as 2,4-D, an ingredient of Agent Orange.
Bank of America: Don't Let a Veteran's Family Lose Their Home
How many homeless Veterans do you see on the streets? Does Bank of America really want to be responsible for another?My husband (a two tour Iraq War Veteran) and I have been trying for 3 years to modify our mortgage with Bank of America (Merrill Lynch), only to be given the run around. Now, we may lose our home. The home my father designed and built with his own two hands that should be in our family for generations to come.Since 2008 my family has been dealing with the nightmare of trying to get a modification with Bank of America for our home in Lakewood, CA. We've been told the bank has lost our paperwork more than once, we've been sent denial letters, and we are now on the 3rd attempt to modify our loan.Due to the unethical practices of Banks and Credit Card companies, and furloughs, my credit has been completely destroyed and I am now in a financial spiral, one that makes it impossible to qualify for a refinance.Bank of America has ignored our modification requests. They have continually lost and then requested replacement paperwork, impounded tax and insurance payments. We must have a modification before the loan adjusts from interest only to hold on to our home.We want to make our mortgage payments - and we can - if Bank of America works with us. Please sign this petition to help my family keep our home.