Glyphosate is sold commercially in the U. S. A. as Roundup®. It has been touted as a unique herbicide and safe to humans. There has been controversy about possible carcinogenicity–whether or not it increases the risk of malignancies. Proponents and defenders of the widespread use of glyphosate claim that correct use of the herbicide does not raise the risk of malignancy and that animals exposed to glyphosate in studies were given very high doses.
Lawsuits have sprung up like weeds since the IARC classified it as a probable carcinogen in 2015 and when it became known earlier this year that Monsanto arranged for other scientists to bombard published studies with criticisms and dismiss unfavorable findings. An investigation was opened into possible collusion between an EPA regulator and Monsanto. There is also evidence that Monsanto wrote some of their own safety reviews and had the names of outside scientists put on the papers. Legal documents that were unsealed can be found at Right to Know along with links to press coverage.
GPAMA created a petition calling for the elimination of the use and sale of glyphosate in our four-county region. You can help us by downloading the petition and collecting signatures. Please mail signed petitions to us (address on petition) or contact us at 505.750.2708 or firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange pick-up of the signatures.
Other options exist for weed control, beginning with integrated pest management (IPM). This process often refers to insects as well as weeds. Cinnamon oil, clove leaf oil, essential oil of lemongrass, citric acid, and concentrated vinegar have all been used in commercial products approved for organic crop production and are effective when chemical agents are used as a last resort.