Chemical and GMO companies say that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, is very safe. But in reality, this herbicide is a toxic chemical that “probably” causes cancer, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Glyphosate has been linked to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, autism, fertility problems, birth defects, and more — which is very bad news considering how exposed humans are to Roundup. An analysis and interactive map by Environmental Working Group (EWG) shows that your kids are even exposed to the ubiquitous herbicide at their schools. The analysis and map shows the amounts of glyphosate sprayed in each U.S. county plus it tallies the 3,247 elementary schools that are located within 1,000 feet of a corn or soybean field, along with another 487 schools that are located within 200 feet.
EWG approximated school locations for their research and map using the ESRI landmark shape file for schools, which according to EWG offers the best available data for school locations. EWG delineated zones within 200 feet and 1,000 feet of each school, so you have to account for the fact that EWG’s analysis may over- or under-estimate the exact distance of school grounds to the boundaries of nearby corn or soybean fields. Acreage of genetically modified corn and soybeans were assembled with county-planted acreage using state percentages of biotech varieties by crop, as reported by the USDA. EWG assembled this information in their interactive map so that any parent can click on their county on the map to see if and how much GMO corn and soy acreage has increased there, and to find out if this harmful toxin is near their child’s elementary school.