United Farm Workers

 

Don't let Monsanto undermine EPA's scientific review

Monsanto is at it again. Glyphosate -- the key ingredient in Monsanto’s RoundUp -- is the most widely used herbicide in the US, with more than 500 million pounds applied to farmland in the last 20 years. This product is hugely profitable for Monsanto. But it’s up to EPA to protect the health and wellbeing of communities across the country.

With increasing public scrutiny on the potential health effects of glyphosate, Monsanto is pulling out all the stops to protect its bottom line at all costs — including attacking the credibility of scientists reviewing this pesticide for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Can you join us in urging the agency to stand up to Monsanto?

In a letter to EPA, Monsanto claims that scientists participating in the agency’s Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) on glyphosate are biased because they have publicly expressed concerns about the legitimacy of industry-funded studies or have previously raised concerns about the chemical’s connection to cancer. In short, Monsanto is attempting to silence those who don’t toe its line. And EPA responded to these bully tactics by postponing the Scientific Advisory Panel meeting.

Scientists around the world have raised red flags about glyphosate. Just last year, the UN’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) determined glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic to humans.”

It’s the EPA’s turn to take a closer look at glyphosate. And Monsanto is doing its best to ensure the process is skewed toward corporate interests. This won't do. Sign the petition telling EPA to stand strong in the face of Monsanto's bully tactics. Let them know we’re paying close attention to this one!