Protect our health, Stop Monsanto

Fantastic! Almost 950,000 of us already. Regulators are debating this right now. Let’s get to a million and get them to put our health before Monsanto’s profits! Join now:

Dear friends across the US,

Top scientists warn the most commonly used herbicide in the world probably causes cancer! Monsanto is demanding the World Health Organisation retract their ground-breaking report. And experts say the only way to ensure the science is not silenced is if the public demands action, now.

The regulatory system is renowned for being secretive and captured by the agro-chemical industry. But we have a unique moment right now — the US is officially reassessing glyphosate, with similar processes underway in Canada, Europe, and Brazil. And the Netherlands, Sri Lanka, and El Salvador are all looking at a ban.

The threat is clear — this poison is used on our food, our fields, our playgrounds, and our streets. Let’s get it suspended. Join the urgent call and tell everyone:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/monsanto_dont_silence_science_us_rb/?bBWntab&v=57326

Monsanto is up in arms. Glyphosate is the basis of RoundUp, the chemical cornerstone of Monsanto’s Genetically Modified empire, and it brings in $6 billion per year. The company says the WHO report ignored studies showing glyphosate is safe. But these scientists are 17 of the world’s top oncology experts, not a bunch of crazies! They comprehensively reviewed independent studies, excluding those done by companies seeking product approval.

Regulators rely mainly on tests done by the companies trying to sell the poisons! Key results are kept from the public because they contain commercially confidential information’. And last year the USDA did not even test food for  glyphosate residues because, according to a spokesperson, it’s “extremely expensive”. It’s nuts, but that is the        system we have. And that’s why it’s going to take all of us to make sure this crucial independent report isn’t ignored.

Some countries have already put bans on glyphosate. Now with the EPA, the EU, Canada, and Brazil all reviewing it, we have an incredible chance to turn the tide worldwide.

Fifty years ago, Monsanto’s pesticide DDT was everywhere until the seminal book Silent Spring showed it could cause cancer — a decade later it was banned. If this could be killing us, let’s not let it be sold for ten more years. Let’s demand emergency precautionary action now. Join now and spread the word:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/monsanto_dont_silence_science_us_rb/?bBWntab&v=57326

We’ve done it before — we helped win a moratorium on bee-killing neonicotinoids in the EU and stop a Monsanto mega seed factory in Argentina. Now let’s protect our health and make sure we aren’t being used as lab rats. This could be a breakthrough moment in the fight for the safe, sustainable agriculture our world needs.

With hope,

Bert, Marigona, Antonia, Oliver, Alice, Emily, Danny, Nataliya, Ricken
and the whole Avaaz team

More information:

New study points to link between weedkiller glyphosate and cancer (FT)
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/8b79a572-cf14-11e4-893d-00144feab7de.html#axzz3XOmCcv9c

Monsanto seeks retraction for report linking herbicide to cancer (Reuters)
http://in.reuters.com/article/2015/03/24/monsanto-herbicide-idINL2N0WP0UM20150324

Weed Killer, Long Cleared, is Doubted (New York Times)
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/28/business/energy-environment/decades-after-monsantos-roundup-gets-an-all-clear-a-cancer-agency-raises-concerns.html

The Real Reason to Worry About GMOs (Mother Jones)
http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2015/03/bittman-right-its-not-gmos-its-how-theyre-used

Groups seek EPA glyphosate review after WHO ‘carcinogenic’ link (Agri Pulse)
http://www.agri-pulse.com/Groups-seek-EPA-glyphosate-review-after-WHO-carcinogenic-link-03272015.asp

More sources:
https://avaazmedia.s3.amazonaws.com/Roundupsources.pdf

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