Target: François Hollande, President of France
Goal: Thank France for banning the toxic weedkiller Roundup and protecting its environment and citizens.
Monsanto’s ubiquitous carcinogenic weedkiller Roundup has finally been banned in France. This is a progressive move for the country and one that will protect not only French citizens but also the environment. Applaud the country’s government for doing the right thing and keeping this toxic product out of its borders.
The active ingredient in Roundup is a chemical called glyphosate. Earlier this year, the United Nations’ International Agency for Research on Cancer released a groundbreaking report concluding that this chemical is very “probably carcinogenic to humans.” This is troublesome because the chemical is the most common weedkiller in the world, with Roundup itself used by both individual gardeners and corporate farming operations.
In response to this damning report, the French government has announced that garden centers in the country will no longer be able to legally sell Roundup to customers. The toxic chemical glyphosate will no longer be able to contaminate the environment or people’s and animals’ bodies.
Too often governments refuse to stand up to the power and money of Monsanto. Thankfully, France has decided that enough is enough. Sign the petition below to applaud France for protecting its people and its land from the toxic Roundup weedkiller.
Dear President Hollande,
I am writing you today regarding your government’s recent announcement that Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller will no longer be able to be sold in your country’s garden center shops. I wanted to take the time to thank you for this groundbreaking ban.
There is considerable evidence that Roundup’s active chemical, glyphosate, causes cancer in humans. Not only that, but it is very clearly toxic to the environment, due to its properties as a weedkiller. Its use in your country’s gardens and farms therefore presents an imminent threat to both your people and your land.
Needless to say, Monsanto itself contests the research that found the evidence of this toxicity, and has put a lot of money into fighting back against it. Many governments would, as a result, bow to its pressure and refuse to ban one of its most popular products for the good of their country—thankfully you have not done that.
France’s tens of millions of citizens, its animals, and its environment will be undeniably better off with this product off of store shelves and out of gardens and farms. I applaud you for doing the right thing and putting the health of your people and environment ahead of corporate profits.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Roger Kidd