Lower the Amount of Roundup in United States Food and Produce

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Target: Bob Perciasepe, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

Goal: Decrease the amount of Roundup pesticide allowed in our food supply

The Environmental Protection Agency recently increased the amount of Roundup, Monsanto’s infamous pesticide, that is allowed in our food supply. News coverage for the change was sparse. While agricultural giant Monsanto and the EPA claim that Roundup is the safest pesticide on the market, new research shows that it is nonetheless unhealthy for those who consume it.

The main ingredient in Roundup is glyphosate, a substance that initiates little reaction in the human body, mostly just passing through the digestive tract unnoticed. However, humans possess within them beneficial digestive bacteria that are not immune to glyphosate. In fact, roundup may be killing these bacteria, thereby harming the human body indirectly by destroying a person’s ability to digest food properly and prevent disease.

Furthermore, Roundup is a known killer of aquatic life. As food becomes waste, its runoff enters our waterways, where Roundup kills plants and amphibians, creatures who are not immune to glyphosate. It is also believed to kill soil microbes, essential for healthful organic farming mediums.

Rarely are the plants we eat tested for glyphosate – according to environmental news source Grist, the USDA only tests soybeans for the chemical. This is true despite the fact that conventional farmers use Roundup on a wide array of crops. This being the case, we have very little idea how much glyphosate we are actually consuming. This is clearly dangerous for our health and must stop. Ask the EPA to decrease the amount of Roundup allowed in our food supply.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Perciasepe,

The Environmental Protection Agency recently increased the amount of Monsanto’s Roundup pesticide allowed in our food supply and in the food supply of our farm animals. This was done despite research suggesting that Roundup destroys beneficial digestive bacteria within the human body, resulting in disease.

Although both Monsanto and the EPA claim that Roundup is the safest pesticide on the market, that does not mean that it is safe for human consumption. As we learn more about beneficial bacteria and the essential ways in the which they work with the human body to improve digestive health and prevent illness over the course of a lifetime, it becomes ever more essential to avoid chemicals that kill this positive bacteria.

The EPA very quietly increased the amount of Roundup allowed in food. Now I ask that you take the responsibility for reversing that decision and decrease the amount of Roundup in our food supply.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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