Monsanto is a name that has been in the news and on the Internet a lot recently, and not in a good way. CREDO, an organization that “fights hard to enact progressive change and defeat regressive policies,” sent me this email about stopping Monsanto from using the herbicide Roundup. You may have received the same one:
Tell the EPA and FDA: Immediately suspend Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide.
Petition to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg:
Evidence is mounting that the massive use of glyphosate, the primary ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup, is making us sick at alarming rates. Immediately suspend the use of glyphosate.
In case you weren’t sure yet if the massive use of the herbicide glyphosate – the primary ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup – was cause for concern, here’s the sobering takeaway from an MIT senior researcher who just conducted a review of the stuff…
And then they linked to their petition along with more information about the toxic herbicide used in Monsanto’s Roundup.
But there’s more, right here in today’s Los Angeles Times letter to the editor, because our voices matter:
Bioengineered Seeds of Destruction
So much of the current debate on labeling foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) focuses on the health impacts of eating that food. (“The legal nightmare of labeling GMOs,” Letters, May 10)
While this is the immediate issue for many people, it’s important to take a step back and look at why Monsanto and other producers of modified seeds are pushing farmers to plant their patented crops: because it enables farmers to spray their fields with herbicides such as Roundup without fear that this will kill off the crops.
The aggressive use of herbicides is destroying bee and butterfly habitats (the monarch butterfly population has been decimated by the use of Roundup and similar products on milkweed) and is polluting our air and water.
When we purchase GMOs, we are supporting a way of farming that maximizes the use of toxic herbicides. The issue of GMO foods isn’t just about what we’re putting on our tables, it’s about what we’re putting in our soil, air and water.