On the heels of a groundbreaking study which links glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide RoundUp, to the growth of breast cancer cells, Monsanto wants the EPA to RAISE the allowable levels of glyphosate on your carrots, berries, citrus fruit, cranberries, kiwis, sweet potatoes, teff and oilseeds such as safflower & sunflower. We ask WHY RoundUp is showing up in everything we eat… and which new GMOs Monsanto will be rolling out while they are given free reign under the Monsanto Protection Act? WE SAY NO!
Comment directly to the EPA today! Deadline is July 1st. INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMMENT: Put your name in the “Organization Name” field, then write your comment into the “Comment” field. No other information is needed.
SAMPLE TEXT you can use, or write your own:
I am extremely concerned about the proposed increases in glyphosate residue limits for food and commodity crops. Increasing evidence points to the need to lower, not raise, the allowable limits of glyphosate residue on our food.
A peer reviewed study published on June 10, 2013, in the Journal of Food & Chemical Toxicology found that glyphosate induces human breast cancer cell growth via estrogen receptors. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23756170
Another study published in the journal Entropy in April 2013, found glyphosate to be a far greater threat to human health than previously determined. According to the study, glyphosate causes systemic inflammation which could lead to debilitating diseases like gastrointestinal disorders, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, autism, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. The study says the negative impact on the human body is “insidious and manifests slowly over time, as inflammation damages cellular systems throughout the body… it may in fact be the most biologically disruptive chemical in our environment.” http://www.mdpi.com/1099-4300/15/4/1416
Peer reviewed studies show rats fed diets as low as 2ppm of glyphosate were 70 percent to 80 percent more likely to develop tumors. Infertility, affecting both the sperm and the egg, was documented in animals subjected to glyphosate residue levels as low as .05 ppm. Birth defects in frog and chicken embryos resulted after being subjected to glyphosate residues of just 2.03 ppm. http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/tx1001749
The EPA’s policy on the safety of glyphosate is based on outdated science. I urge you to do an immediate and comprehensive review of the toxicity of glyphosate and adjust the tolerance levels allowed in the U.S. feed and food supply downward, not upward. Thank you.
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