Target: Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack
Goal: Start testing all food for glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup weed killer.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is lagging behind in safety regulations that will test our food for a harmful chemical residue, putting all Americans at serious risk of chemical ingestion and aiding the cause of the power-hungry agricultural giant Monsanto. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced they will start testing milk, eggs, soybeans, and corn for glyphosate residue, the active ingredient in Roundup. However, it is absolutely imperative that the USDA do the same.
The use of pesticides in our agriculture has become a silent killer of Americans, and without your knowledge or permission, you are ingesting and breathing in a harmful chemical called glyphosate every day. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup, a harmful pesticide created and utilized by Monsanto, a greedy big farming corporation that continually threatens the health of our food, our environment, and our bodies. While other countries have taken steps to limit the sale of Roundup in stores, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency actually increased the tolerance limit of glyphosate in certain foods. Roundup is the most widely used agricultural chemical in the world, and it is time we moved to the right side of this important fight.
The USDA and the FDA are federal agencies responsible for testing our food for hundreds of harmful pesticides and chemicals, and until recently, neither of them were testing for glyphosate. It is now time that the USDA follow the FDA in the fight against chemicals in our food.
Dear Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack,
As a nation, we must do all we can to ensure the protection of our food from big farming corporate monsters like Monsanto that threaten our health and safety by the harmful overuse of dangerous chemicals. I ask you, the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, to urge the USDA to test our food for glyphosate residue, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s harmful Roundup pesticide. You can begin this by including glyphosate in your annual pesticide date program (PDP).
The FDA agreed this year to test our food for glyphosate. I urge you, the USDA, to follow these innovative steps. The fact that you have not already announced a plan for glyphosate testing is a gross oversight and must be immediately resolved for the health and safety of all Americans, as well as the pivotal fight against the power and greed of Monsanto.
[Your Name Here]
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