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 18783 signatures
Number Date Name Comments
18783 1 day ago Tamar Dick
18782 4 days ago Natalie Buechler
18781 4 days ago M. K. Russell
18780 1 week ago Patricia Sorrell
18779 1 week ago Floretta Obrien
18778 2 weeks ago Anonymous This tea company should know better.
18777 2 weeks ago Christopher Dunham
18776 3 weeks ago Lauren Stone
18775 3 weeks ago Jen Manders
18774 4 weeks ago cheryn english I will not buy Bigelow tea until this ends.
18773 4 weeks ago Jonathan Westbay
18772 1 month ago Iwona Torosdag
18771 1 month ago Jarel Alexander
18770 1 month ago Barbara Moritsch Selling a product with RoundUp in it is evil--stop.
18769 1 month ago Tina Brand
18768 1 month ago Lee Balek Pesticides are ubiquitous in our country. There is no doubt that they are harmful, if not deadly. We must inform the public of their presence in the products they buy and the danger they instill.
18767 1 month ago Derek Gendvil Please stop glyphosate in your tea products!
18766 1 month ago Sharon Starr
18765 1 month ago Molly Sutor
18764 1 month ago Jan Conley
18763 1 month ago roxie harrington no to monsanto!
18762 1 month ago janet lawlor glyphosate is not natural!
18761 1 month ago Ben Ahern
18760 2 months ago Jen Manders
18759 2 months ago Anonymous I have been drinking Bigelow Green Tea and other Bigelow tea for many years. But now that I know that I'm drinking glyphosate There will be no more Bigelow tea in my house. Get your act together Bi...
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