Do Not Allow an Increase of Harmful Herbicide in Food and Feed

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Target: EPA Acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe

Goal: Reduce the allowed limit of dangerous herbicide Glyphosate in food and feed

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has once again given in to the interests of Monsanto and large biotechnology companies by proposing to hike the allowed residue limits of the herbicide glyphosate in various food and feed crops. Glyphosate has been found to cause kidney damage, and has reproductive and breathing effects. It has also been studied as a potential carcinogen. The EPA needs to reduce the limit for glyphosate in food and feed.

Glyphosate is a non-selective herbicide used on many food and non-food crops. The most common uses include control of broadleaf weeds and grasses in pastures, soybeans, field corn, ornamentals, lawns, turf, forest plantings, and greenhouses. The allowed level of this herbicide in animal feed will now be 100 parts per million (ppm); and in oilseed crops, 40 ppm. Allowed levels in some fruits and vegetables eaten by humans will also rise.

The EPA’s decision to increase the limit comes after the release of a study showing that glyphosate inhibits the growth of beneficial gut bacteria and leads to the overgrowth of pathogenic bacteria. Glyphosate was found to inhibit growth of E. faecalis bacteria, which suppresses botulism in cattle. The findings suggest that glyphosate residues in feed may explain the increase in botulism seen in cattle in recent years. In addition, malformations in frog and chicken embryos were documented when injected into the embryos. Glyphosate has documentation as having harmful biological impacts when used in food and feed and consumers should not be put at risk by increasing the legal limit of this harmful herbicide.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Bob Perciasepe,

The EPA’s decision to increase the limit of the herbicide glyphosate in various food and feed crops puts consumers at risk, as the substance has been found to cause kidney damage, reproductive effects and breathing effects, and has been studied as a potential carcinogen. The EPA needs to reduce the limit for glyphosate in food and feed.

The EPA’s decision to increase the limit comes after the release of a study showing that glyphosate inhibits the growth of beneficial gut bacteria and leads to the overgrowth of pathogenic bacteria. The findings suggest that glyphosate residues in feed may explain the increase in botulism seen in cattle in recent years. In addition, reproductive malformations were found in frog and chicken embryos exposed to the substance. Glyphosate has documentation as having harmful biological impacts when used in food and feed and consumers should not be put at risk by increasing the legal limit of this dangerous herbicide.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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4 Comments

  1. Is thus nit proof they are trying to kill us slowly?

  2. Martin Luther King Jr. is quoted as saying, “Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.”

  3. ENDLESS GREED FROM ECONOMY & HELPING AUTHORITHIES TO STOP ALL KINDS OF DESTRUCTION, KILLINGS & WRONG SPECIES-APPROPRIATE HUSBANDRY TO ALL LIVING CREATURES BY APPLY STRONGEST JUSTICE TO RESPONSIBLES. DEMAND INITIATORS TO PAY REDEMPTION TO FUTUREGENERATIONS

    Normaltive ethic includes the claim on generally liability.

    People need to vote unacting authorities and „BASTARDS“ acting irrespondible and infantile out of their occupations!

  4. J Davidson says:

    It will hurt all of us, including the perpetrators. Nobody can escape the damage to the food chain. How can they think that they are isolated from this monstrosity, a war waged on our delicate balance of nature?

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