Organic Consumers Association

Tell Bigelow: There’s Nothing ‘Natural’ about Monsanto’s Roundup® Weedkiller in My Tea!

Health experts say drinking tea, especially green tea, is good for us.

If that’s true, drinking “All Natural” green tea must be even better, right? 

Not necessarily—especially if that “All Natural” green tea contains glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup®.

TAKE ACTION: Tell Bigelow: There’s Nothing ‘Natural’ about Monsanto’s Roundup® Weedkiller in My Tea! Fill in the form on this page to sign our petition or text TEA to 97779.

After you sign our petition to Bigelow, please fill out Bigelow’s customer contact form here. In the comments section, ask the company to either get the glyphosate out of its tea, or take the words “All Natural” off its products.


Call Bigelow: 1-888-BIGELOW (1-888-244-3569)
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Nothing ‘natural’ about weedkiller in your tea—and Bigelow knows it

Bigelow knows there’s glyphosate in its tea. 

Yet instead of warning consumers, the company misleads consumers by labeling some of its teas “Natural” or “All Natural.”

Why? Because the tea maker knows the words “natural” and “all natural” drive sales. 

According to Consumer Reports, the majority of consumers—73 percent—look for products with the “natural” label because they believe those products are free of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), hormones, pesticides and other artificial ingredients.

Bigelow wants to capture a piece of the growing market for “natural” foods—a market some industry observers describe as “explosive” and likely to be worth $252 billion by 2019.

And the company is willing to deceive consumers if that’s what it takes.

No such thing as a little ‘safe’ glyphosate

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) won’t test our food for glyphosate.

But independent labs will.

As we state in our lawsuit against the tea maker, tests of Bigelow tea, conducted by an independent laboratory using liquid chromatography mass spectrometry, revealed the amount of glyphosate in Bigelow Green Tea to be 0.38 parts-per-million (ppm).

That may not sound like a lot. But the latest independent research suggests that there is no “safe” level of glyphosate. 

One study, published in January 2017, found that low doses of glyphosate were linked to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, which can lead to permanent scarring and hardening of your liver, this is called cirrhosis. 

Glyphosate has also been linked to non-Hodgkin lymphoma, infertility and, even in very low doses, to hormone disruption

Glyphosate isn’t ‘sustainable’ or ‘socially responsible’

In addition to falsely peddling its products as natural, healthful and wholesome, Bigelow claims it is an “environmentally and socially responsible” company.

On its website, Bigelow says:

Our worldwide supplier of tea and herbs practices holistic sustainability principles, including a focus on environmental, economic and social responsibility throughout their supply chains.

But there’s nothing socially responsible or environmentally friendly about the use of glyphosate weedkiller, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup®.

The use of glyphosate on crops leads to polluted waterways and degraded soils. And the widespread use of glyphosate has led to the evolution of “superweeds,” which in turn leads to the use of more, and more toxic, chemicals.

There’s a better way to grow tea leaves—using organic, regenerative practices that improve the soil, not deplete it. Bigelow should change its practices and supply chain—or stop deceiving consumers with false claims of “natural.”

TAKE ACTION: Tell Bigelow: There’s Nothing ‘Natural’ about Monsanto’s Roundup® Weedkiller in My Tea!

1-25 of 18758 signatures
Number Date Name Comments
18758 2 days ago DANIEL FRATUS You aren't selling me tea as much as you're selling me a LIE.
18757 3 days ago Matthew Tiderington
18756 1 week ago anna karp
18755 1 week ago Anna Savvides Mass extermination with malice aforethought.
18754 1 week ago Anonymous
18753 1 week ago Julie Price
18752 1 week ago Annette Rinker Round up in my tea!!!! No Thanks.
18751 2 weeks ago Miranda Leiva
18750 2 weeks ago Patrick Martin
18749 2 weeks ago a j
18748 3 weeks ago Andrea Alagammai
18747 3 weeks ago Miranda Leiva
18746 3 weeks ago Shawn Johnson
18745 3 weeks ago Miranda Leiva
18744 3 weeks ago Anonymous
18743 3 weeks ago Anonymous
18741 3 weeks ago Anne Parks
18740 3 weeks ago Harry Gatsch Green tea is supposed to be healthy, not full of weedkiller.
18739 3 weeks ago julie matewicz
18738 3 weeks ago Anonymous Bigelow, you should know better. If Ben & Jerry's ice cream is made with milk from cows that graze on plants sprayed with roundup -- bringing glyphosate to most all grocery shelves.

But now...
18737 3 weeks ago julie matewicz
18736 3 weeks ago Carmen Fox I don't want round up in my tea or drinking water!
18735 3 weeks ago Chase Holden
18734 4 weeks ago Tina Paloskey
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