The Monsanto Company has been in the news for countless reasons over the past few years, but perhaps no single event has been bigger than the World Health Organization’s IARC declaration that glyphosate is a “probable human carcinogen.”
The main ingredient in Monsanto’s top selling weed killer Roundup has come under scrutiny from activists and government regulators as the debate continues as to how harmful it really is after all.
While Europe has taken the lead in squeezing out Monsanto’s GMOs and associated chemicals, many citizens don’t believe they’ve gone far enough, and now they’re raising their voices even louder.
Over 1 Million Sign Petition Over Monsanto Chemical
According to this article from Phys.org and several other websites, over one million people have signed a petition demanding that the European Union issue a ban on glyphosate.
“In less than five months, more than one million EU citizens have joined our call for a glyphosate ban,” said David Schwartz, coordinator at the European Citizens Initiative, said to AFP. His organization is the originator of the petition, which is concerned about the alleged cancer causing effects.
“European citizens aren’t fooled by the pesticide industry’s lobbying efforts or the faulty science it’s peddling,” he said.
While Monsanto continually insists its weedkiller is safe due to its approval by government agencies, critics argue that the company has silenced dissent and indpendent science.
In the U.S. emails showed evidence of a possible collusion between the company and a former EPA official to “kill further safety studies after questions arose. Unsealed documents also revealed a possible connection to cancer in lab animals going back more than three decades.
The group received one million names from at least seven countries in what it says is record time; the “fastest growing… since the EU introduced this [petition] tool in 2012.”
Now, a formal response is required from the European Commission, which could fan the flames for a glyphosate controversy even further at a time when the safety of the chemical has been hotly debated and political pressure has been exerted in multiple arenas.
Schwartz and his group believe that the time is near for politicians to finally get the message and begin taking action in order to save the health of European citizens.
“Our politicians need to hear this message loud and clear,” he said, while also raising concerns over lobbying and “faulty science” being presented by the chemical agriculture industry.
The decision on whether the Monsanto herbicide will be renewed is set to come down some time in December.
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