The World Health Organization recently declared that glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide RoundUp, “probably” causes cancer. Scientific experts around the world agree that the poison is likely more dangerous to humans than we currently understand, and several countries are currently considering a ban on its use. This petition is your chance to speak up, joining your voice with hundreds of thousands of other concerned citizens around the world who are demanding the chemical be barred from use until further studies can be done on the extent of its effects. The petition targets the Environmental Protection Agency as well as all government leaders worldwide who are responsible for public health policy. Tell them to protect our health and the health of our children by restricting the use of this dangerous poison!
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an agency of the World Health Organization, concluded that the chemical herbicide is “probably carcinogenic to humans.” The IARC’s study, which re-examined previous research conducted by the EPA and others, is just one of many that have continued to study glyphosate’s impact over the years on animals, humans, and our environment.
Understandably, Monsanto has some opinions about the fate of their number one weed killer, and they’ve come out swinging against the claims of a cancer link. The company’s official stance, as published on their website, has been to deny the IARC’s findings in their entirety. Monsanto argues instead that the cancer research agency hasn’t produced any new research or findings, and claim that IARC opposes “decades of ongoing comprehensive safety reviews by the leading regulatory authorities around the world,” according to a press release by Monsanto’s Chief Technology Officer Dr. Robb Fraley.
When the EPA initially reviewed the potential hazards of glyphosate back in the mid-1980s, the chemical was determined to have a link to cancer. Six years later, in 1991, the agency reversed its conclusions after re-evaluating the study results, but the herbicide has been shrouded in doubts ever since. The IARC’s new report raises a lot of concerns over the continued use of the herbicide, which seeps into groundwater and has been found in drinking water. In addition to its link to cancer, previous research by MIT has determined a likely connection to autism as well, forecasting that glyphosate will contribute to half of all children in the United States being diagnosed by some form of autism by 2025.
Environmental groups have been pressuring government agencies to put the brakes on glyphosate’s use, but the greater public also needs to demand restrictions. With this petition, concerned humans can do just that, telling public health agencies to take the IARC’s findings seriously and bar the use of a dangerous poison before it’s too late.