Target: Esther Barajas-Ochoa, Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment of California’s Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA)
Goal: Protect human and wildlife health by preventing the sale of the herbicide Roundup.
A carcinogenic chemical found in a common herbicide has negative effects on human and wildlife health but the sale of this herbicide is still allowed. A progressive proposal is on the table to list this chemical as a known carcinogen. This will require a label on the herbicide pointing out this toxic substance but will not stop the sale of this herbicide. Although the label is a step in the right direction, we must demand that this herbicide be taken off the shelves forever.
The chemical known as glyphosate is the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide. The state of California intends to list glyphosate under Proposition 65, which requires the state to publish a list of 800 chemicals known to cause cancer. This is a huge step to protect the health of animals and humans alike but we must urge California to stop selling this chemical altogether.
Glyphosate is to blame for the huge decline of monarch butterflies, one of many crucial pollinators to our precious crops. Even at a low-dose exposure, glyphosate can cause liver and kidney damage, reproductive problems, and birth defects in humans.
The use of glyphosate has increased within the past decade from 10 million pounds used in 1993 to 280 millions pounds used in 2012. We must enforce stricter laws on this hazardous substance. The chemical is most notably sprayed on genetically modified crops (GMOs). The GMOs are genetically modified to resist and survive RoundUp while unwanted weeds in the field die. This is not natural or safe to do to the food we rely on to survive and thrive.
Listing glyphosate as a known carcinogen is great but we should not stop there. By signing this petition, you are supporting California’s decision to add glyphosate to Proposition 65 but demanding that stricter measures be taken by banning the sale of glyphosate in the state.
Dear Ms. Barajas-Ochoa,
I support the California Environmental Protection Agency’s intent to list glyphosate in Proposition 65 as a cancer-causing chemical. This chemical is known to be a leading cause of death of monarch butterflies and can harm human health by causing liver damage, reproductive issues, and birth defects.
However, I want to urge you to stop the sale of Monsanto’s toxic chemical altogether. Listing the chemical will not stop consumers and farmers from purchasing and using this hazardous substance. I am begging you to please protect California’s wildlife, agricultural workers, and crops by banning the sale of glyphosate.
[Your Name Here]
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