Success: EPA to Limit Use of Harmful Chemical in Pesticide

Glyphosate

Target: Gina McCarthy, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

Goal: Thank EPA for reducing the maximum allowed amount of harmful chemical in a common pesticide.

The Environmental Protection Agency will soon restrict the amount of glyphosate, a chemical that’s been linked to many terrible and incurable diseases in humans, that can be used on crops. Limiting the use of this harmful chemical will most likely help to improve the health of many people.

After learning that even weeds are able to withstand glyphosate—the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Ready Round-Up–the EPA has finally realized that using too much of this chemical is not beneficial. This is great news for farmers, since they have to constantly replant crops that are destroyed by weeds, costing them both time and money.

This news is also good because having less of this ingredient in an already harmful pesticide means that less people will likely get sick, as the chemical has been said by the World Health Organization to likely be carcinogenic. The harmful chemical has further been linked to cardiovascular disease, ALS, Parkinson’s disease and Crohn’s disease, just to name a few.

While people will still benefit from thoroughly washing nonorganic fruits and vegetables in order to avoid as many harmful pesticides as possible, having to worry about less pesticides on foods is certainly a small victory. Please sign this petition to thank the EPA for making this smart decision, as well as to thank ForceChange activists and other people around the world who have fought vehemently for this very needed change.

PETITITION LETTER:

Dear Ms. McCarthy,

It has come to our attention that the amount of glyphosate used in Monsanto’s Ready Round-Up will soon be limited. Because you have decided to take this action, many people will likely show signs of improved health.

The decision to limit the use of glyphosate is an intelligent one, considering that no less than 14 species of weeds and biotypes are easily able to withstand its harmful effects. Now that Monsanto will not be allowed to use as much of it in their main pesticide, farmers’ crops will probably not die as easily due to weeds and other intrusions. They therefore should be able to spend less money on replanting crops, as well as on buying other types of pesticides to try and save dying ones.

Limiting the amount of glyphosate used will likely cut down on the number of people developing incurable diseases, as the chemical has been linked to everything from irritable bowel disease to Alzheimer’s disease.

While taking this step is a small one, it is—indeed—a great first step. Please know that we appreciate you making this well-thought-out decision and that we will continue to stand behind you in your efforts to improve the health of both crops and—most importantly—people.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Environmental Illness Network

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