Why does the United States always seem to bend over backwards for the Monsanto Company while so many other developed nations continue to move in the other direction?
There are clearly other factors, but it’s becoming more and more obvious by the day that other countries are beating the United States to the punch when it comes to truly healthy and sustainable agriculture.
For example, France recently announced its commitment to making half of all public sector food either organic or local by the year 2022, far outpacing current trends here in the U.S.
And Germany, which much like France bans the cultivation of GMO crops, recently announced through its new agricultural minister its plans to phase out the infamous cancer-linked Monsanto chemical glyphosate entirely.
Will the U.S. ever see similar changes in its agricultural sector, which is heavily dependent on toxic chemicals and genetically engineered seeds and crops? Such days may be a ways off, but with public awareness of the risks of glyphosate higher than ever, the time to act is now.
EPA Seeks Comments for Possible Renewal of 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.
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.
There has also been a boatload of research showing ill effects of glyphosate, the main 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.
How to Comment on Glyphosate
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, much like the Germany’s current announcement, 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 [email protected] (or call 703) 347-0292.
If commenting, feel free to cite the recent example of Germany’s pending decision to phase out glyphosate, or any of the studies cited in this post from the grassroots organization Moms Across America, whose laboratory tests have discovered amounts of glyphosate in popular foods at levels much higher than is deemed to be acceptable by EPA health standards.