The active ingredient in RoundUp is glyphosate. It is the most heavily used weed killer in history. In a paper, published Feb. 2, 2016 in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Sciences Europe, reports that to date 18.9 billion pounds (8.6 billion kilograms) of glyphosate have been used globally. Glyphosate use has risen almost 15-fold since so-called “Roundup Ready” genetically engineered crops were introduced in 1996.
Glyphosate was deemed a “probable human carcinogen” by the International Agency for Research on Cancer back in spring 2015, and it has been the subject of numerous scandals including the censoring of safety information in Europe and an alleged case of collusion with an EPA official to “kill” safety studies. Monsanto has been hiding much regarding safety studies as reported by investigative journalist Carey Gillam.
There has also been so much research on the ill effects of glyphosate, the primary ingredient in Monsanto’s flagship weedkiller Roundup, on animals in laboratory settings, leading many to wonder whether the explosion of such chemicals in our food is responsible for shockingly bad health outcomes, including our current situation in which an estimated 1 in 2 children has some sort of chronic disease. Dr. Don Huber, Professor Emeritus Plant Pathology, Purdue University and one of the leading experts in the world on GMOs and glyphosate stated:
“We have pretty much sacrified an entire generation of children. The longer we go, the more damage that is going accumulate.”
The EPA is seeking comments on glyphosate. As shown on the website Regulations.gov (click here to learn more or participate), the EPA is requesting public comments over the potential renewal of glyphosate’s license along with several other lesser known pesticides, in accordance with agency rules that pesticides must be re-reviewed for their safety every 15 years.
If you’d like to make your voice heard on the safety risks of glyphosate and why it should not be renewed by the EPA, you can visit the Regulations.gov website and follow the instructions to submit your comment.
The deadline for commenting is April 30, 2018, and you can comment by clicking on the “Comment Now” button in the upper right hand corner of the website.
Use docket number EPA-HQ-OPP-2009-0361 if you decide to make a comment online. You can also choose to make a comment by mail or hand delivery.
To contact the Chemical Review manager in charge of the glyphosate renewal, you can email glyphosateRegReview@epa.gov (or call 703) 347-0292.