Organic Consumers Association

Tell EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy: Quit Stalling. Ban Glyphosate Now!

What happens when the pesticide industry doesn’t want the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to do its job, which is to complete its review of Monsanto’s glyphosate?

Industry pressures the EPA to drag out the review process by discrediting the experts charged with advising the EPA on the safety—or lack thereof—of the toxic chemical in question.

You would think that the EPA would see through industry’s tactics. Instead, once again, the EPA has caved to Monsanto’s demands.

TAKE ACTION: Tell EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy: Quit Stalling. Ban Glyphosate NOW!

After you sign the letter to McCarthy, please call the EPA at 202-564-4700 and leave a message for McCarthy. Then tweet: @GinaEPA No more stalling! #BanGlyphosate now! http://orgcns.org/2eemucG

More than a year after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Roundup to be a “probable human carcinogen,” evidence of human health risks associated with Monsanto’s Roundup and its active ingredient, glyphosate, continues to pile up.

Concerns about the health risks of glyphosate have led to new rounds of testing, which reveal glyphosate residue in baby food, cereals and honey, to name a few. It's even in our bodies, tests show.

Meanwhile, news reports point to a “cesspool of corruption” at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) which was supposed to rule more than a year ago on whether or not glyphosate should be banned—but is still sitting on its hands.

Derelict in its duties

The EPA is required to review every pesticide once every 15 years, before deciding whether or not the pesticide should be re-registered.

Glyphosate, the key active ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup, came up for review in 2015. The EPA promised a decision by the end of July 2015, but then pushed the deadline to end of 2015.

In an effort to pressure the EPA to live up to its obligation, OCA launched a petition to Neil Anderson, chief of the risk management and implementation branch at the EPA's pesticide re-evaluation division, demanding the EPA heed the independent scientific evidence against glyphosate, and ban glyphosate from the U.S. market. (If you haven’t already, please sign the petition to Anderson).

Now, here we are near the end of 2016, and the EPA, apparently more concerned about protecting Monsanto’s profits than it is about protecting human health and the environment, refuses to act.

That’s why we’re going to the top dog, McCarthy, with our request.

TAKE ACTION: Tell EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy: Quit stalling. Ban Glyphosate NOW!

What, or rather who, is holding up the EPA’s decision on glyphosate?

Monsanto and its minions, in this case the pesticide industry’s lobbying group, CropLife. In October, CropLife wrote a letter to the EPA that, as US Right to Know’s Carey Gillam reported, asked to exclude anyone who’s ever expressed a negative opinion of glyphosate from sitting on the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP)—the panel charged with advising the EPA on the reregistration of glyphosate.

Dr. Rosemary Mason, a medical professional and activist, made the same accusations—and more—in her “Open Letter to the US Environmental Protection Agency about Glyphosate and the International Monsanto Tribunal, as reported by Countercurrents.org.

The EPA immediately bowed to CropLife’s request, setting in motion yet another delay.

Meanwhile, consumers are left to deal with the health risks, and environmental contamination, of the world’s most heavily sprayed herbicide.

TAKE ACTION: Tell EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy: Quit stalling. Ban Glyphosate NOW!


 

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