Target: Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack
Goal: Ban a widely-used herbicide linked to serious health issues in humans
For many years there has been speculation that the herbicide glyphosate, widely used in agriculture as a weed killer, may cause health problems including cancer. Residues from the chemical have also been found in many Genetically Modified (GM) food products. Monsanto, one of the largest manufacturers of glyphosate-based herbicide products, has argued that it is safe because the human body naturally excretes it. Recent studies have proven that this is completely false, and in China GM soybeans containing glyphosate have been linked to a rapid decline in the health of the nation.
Researchers have proven that glyphosate accumulates in the human body and that breastfeeding mothers are exposing their infants to this toxin. Recently the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) raised limits on the amount of glyphosate allowed in human food by arguing that it is not bio-accumulative. Yet accumulated glyphosate has been documented in nursing mothers at levels 760 to 1600 times those deemed safe by the European Drinking Water Directive.
Glyphosate is marketed mostly as a herbicide and pesticide and is sold under Monsanto’s popular trademark, Roundup. The widespread use of Roundup is increasing the amount of glyphosate that humans are exposed to. Businesses and homeowners use it regularly not knowing the harm that they are causing themselves and those around them.
Since studies have shown that glyphosate is detrimental to human health, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) needs to ban the use and marketing of Roundup in order to preserve the health of the nation. Urge regulators to take action and put a stop to the use of glyphosate.
Dear Secretary Vilsack,
The health of many consumers is in jeopardy due to the high amount of toxins present in the food we eat. One toxin that is particularly dangerous because of recently raised limits allowed in our food is glyphosate. It was previously thought that this toxin was not bio-accumulative and therefore did not pose a threat to human health, but recent studies have shown this to be false.
Largely due to the widespread use of the weed-killer Roundup, exposure to glyphosate continues to increase. Business and homeowners use the product without understanding its detrimental effects.
Results of one study showed that the amount of glyphosate found in the breast milk of American women was 760-1600 times higher than what is deemed safe by the European Drinking Water Directive. The study clearly shows that glyphosate stays in the human body and that mothers are passing this toxin along to their infants via breast milk. This could have serious health and growth effects on young, nursing infants.
The health and safety of consumers is in your hands. Please do what’s best for the nation and for its citizens and ban the sale, use and marketing of all products containing glyphosate.
[Your Name Here]
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