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Petition: Ban Toxic RoundUp on Federal Land – Save The Monarch Butterfly

America’s federal lands are some of the most pristine and beautiful parts of our country, yet the use of toxic herbicides on federal land by our own government is contributing to the steep decline in one of our nation’s most iconic species.

Monarch-MilkweedMonarch butterflies are on the brink of extinction due to the overuse of herbicides like Monsanto’s Roundup that use the toxic chemical glyphosate. In just two decades of skyrocketing glyphosate use, monarch populations have plunged so low that we are in real danger of losing a true marvel of nature in our lifetimes: the annual monarch migration.

We must act now to urge the U.S. government to cease using glyphosate-containing herbicides, like Monsanto’s Roundup, that are completely destroying monarch habitat on federal land.

That’s why I started my own campaign on CREDOMobilize.com, which allows activists to start their own petitions. My petition, which is to Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, says the following:

The unchecked spraying of glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, has contributed to an alarming decline in the monarch butterfly population in just two decades. We urge you to ban the use of glyphosate and encourage the planting of milkweed and other native prairie plants on federal lands.

Tell the U.S. Departments of the Interior and Agriculture:
Ban glyphosate use on federal land now.
Click here to sign the petition.

Monarchs migrate every year from Canada to Mexico and back. In 1996, an estimated 1 billion monarch butterflies migrating to forests in central Mexico covered nearly 50 acres. But in 2013, they only covered the area about the size of a football field.

This dramatic decrease in monarch populations is due to the loss of their primary breeding habitat and food source: milkweed. 5cdcd28292b65af09f6465c03235d44fThese plants that are so crucial to the monarchs’ survival have been nearly eradicated on their migration path. It is estimated that as much as 165 million acres of habitat has been lost since the 1990s. Like many other plants, milkweed has been destroyed in great numbers in the Midwest due to the widespread use of glyphosate on corn and soy fields.

Recovering monarch butterflies before they vanish completely is an achievable goal, and one that future generations should expect of us. We must immediately take steps to stop this extinction by restricting the use of glyphosate and working to bring back milkweed before it’s too late.

Will you join me and add your name to my petition urging the U.S. Departments of the Interior and Agriculture to ban the use of toxic glyphosate herbicides on federal land?

Thank you for your support.
Rep. Chellie Pingree

Monsanto’s Contribution

On March 31, 2015, Monsanto announced that it would contribute $400,000 “to partner with and support the efforts of experts working to benefit monarch butterflies.”[1]Monsanto Announces Multi-Year Commitment to Help Monarch Butterflies Additionally…

Monsanto will match the initial $1.2 million pledge from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to the nfwf-logoNational Fish and Wildlife Foundation Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund and provide $2.4 million additional funding to match commitments from federal agencies over the next three years. This support will be targeted to provide habitat restoration, education and outreach and milkweed seed and plant production.

The $3.6 million as matched funding it requires follow-through on pledges from the US Fish and Wildlife Service and future funding from other federal agencies — carrying through on their pledges for support. Considering how US Congress has balanced the budget in recent years, would you feel confident that these pledges now and in the future are followed through on? It will require the public to request and maintain vigilance over allocations now and in the next three years. At present $1.2 million is pledged by NFWF, there is no agency plan to pledge another $2.4 to find matching funds.

“Through its investment in the Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund, Monsanto will provide resources that will enable tens of thousands of Americans to participate in efforts to preserve this amazing species for generations to come,” said Jeff Trandahl, executive director and chief executive officer of NFWF. “Our congressional charter directs us to build partnerships between the public and private sectors in order to increase funding available for on-the-ground conservation efforts. This partnership between Monsanto and NFWF continues our work of bringing all parties to the table to support vital wildlife conservation efforts.”[2]National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Monsanto Announce Commitment to Help Monarch Butterflies

What About Federal Lands?

usda-featureAt present there are no provisions to prevent use of glyphosate on federal lands. Signing the petition would remove the threat not only on behalf of the monarch butterfly, but to protect all wildlife and humans from encountering glyphosate on federal lands. 

FWS – Save The Monarch 

Learn more about how to personally be involved in assisting the survival of Monarch Butterflies. The US Fish & Wildlife Service has a number of resources online at the Save The Monarch page.

 

Monarch Joint Venture

 

 

 

GMOs in Breast Milk – WHO Reporting Increases

stockvault-woman-breastfeeding-baby132389The World Health Organization (WHO) has been receiving a rash of notices from breastfeeding mothers the past two years. In prior years there were 3-4 requests for testing annually.

Continue reading GMOs in Breast Milk – WHO Reporting Increases

German States Call for EU-Wide Ban on Monsanto’s Roundup

The Monsanto Company’s worst nightmare occurred earlier this spring when the World Health Organization declared the main component of its best-selling herbicide, Roundup, to be a “probable” carcinogen, and many of the trickle-down effects are just now starting to be felt across the world.

Recently, Germany’s state ministers decided to take action when it was announced that they had drafted a resolution for the for “the supply to and use (of glyphosate) by private persons to be banned for precautionary reasons.”

The news was reported on by the website EurActiv Germany and quoted in this article by GM Watch.

In this case, use of the harmful chemicals in places where children, pets and others live and play was cited as a key reason for the proposal.

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The German parliament building.

“This pesticide should not be found in gardens, parks or on children’s playgrounds. I also do not think use in private gardens is appropriate,” said Lower Saxony’s Consumer Protection Minister Christian Meyer. Meyer is the current chairman of the Consumer Protection Minister Conference.

The call for a ban comes at a time when the clock is winding down on glyphosate’s status as being approved in the European Union. Approved status for glyhosate will expire at the end of 2015.

Glyphosate is still sprayed en masse on most crops in the United States, however, including Monsanto’s GMOs that are resistant to them. This is just one key point that will be discussed and otherwise broadcast by March Against Monsanto protesters across the world on May 23.

For more info on the 2015 March Against Monsanto and to see if there’s an event in your area, click on our events list here.

For more details on the proposed German ban read the full GMWatch article here.

Top Medical Journal, WHO Confirm: Monsanto’s Flagship Product Probably Causes Cancer

Recently, a major report in one of the world’s top medical journals concluded that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s best selling herbicide Roundup, is a “probable” carcinogen.

The report, which was published by the World Health Organization in The Lancet, said that there is “limited evidence” the weedkiller can cause non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and lung cancer and “convincing evidence” that it can also cause cancer in lab animals.

It was issued after a meeting of 17 cancer experts from 11 countries was convened this month.

In response the United States’ EPA has said it will consider the French agency’s evaluation.

Monsanto has denied the findings of the report saying that “all labeled uses for glyphosate are safe for human health” according to Phil Miller, the company’s global head of regulatory and government affairs.

The EPA has previously ruled that the agricultural chemical could be used “without unreasonable risks to people or the environment,” but considering its widespread use especially in U.S. farming coupled with the Lancet’s findings and other warnings, others remain far from convinced.

Several other studies including this 2013 one in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology have made similar associations.

monsanto roundup linked to cancer

And glyphosate is becoming ubiquitous in the environment as well. A 2014 study of U.S. mothers found glyphosate in their breast milk at rates 760 to 1,600 times higher than what European safety standards allow. The chemical has also been showing up in rain and drinking water samples.

Approximately 1 billion pounds of pesticides are sprayed on U.S. crops every year and many of these sprays contain glyphosate; meanwhile that number is rising each year in large part due to the use of Roundup-resistant genetically modified crops from Monsanto.

Glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide in the world and is used on various types of crops, including Monsanto’s genetically modified, lab-created ones from seeds designed to withstand large doses of chemicals while the weeds and pesticides around it are killed.

Top Medical Journal, WHO Confirm: Monsanto’s Flagship Product Probably Causes Cancer

Recently, a major report in one of the world’s top medical journals concluded that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s best selling herbicide Roundup, is a “probable” carcinogen.

The report, which was published by the World Health Organization in The Lancet, said that there is “limited evidence” the weedkiller can cause non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and lung cancer and “convincing evidence” that it can also cause cancer in lab animals.

It was issued after a meeting of 17 cancer experts from 11 countries was convened this month.

In response the United States’ EPA has said it will consider the French agency’s evaluation.

Monsanto has denied the findings of the report saying that “all labeled uses for glyphosate are safe for human health” according to Phil Miller, the company’s global head of regulatory and government affairs.

The EPA has previously ruled that the agricultural chemical could be used “without unreasonable risks to people or the environment,” but considering its widespread use especially in U.S. farming coupled with the Lancet’s findings and other warnings, others remain far from convinced.

Several other studies including this 2013 one in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology have made similar associations.

monsanto roundup linked to cancer

And glyphosate is becoming ubiquitous in the environment as well. A 2014 study of U.S. mothers found glyphosate in their breast milk at rates 760 to 1,600 times higher than what European safety standards allow. The chemical has also been showing up in rain and drinking water samples.

Approximately 1 billion pounds of pesticides are sprayed on U.S. crops every year and many of these sprays contain glyphosate; meanwhile that number is rising each year in large part due to the use of Roundup-resistant genetically modified crops from Monsanto.

Glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide in the world and is used on various types of crops, including Monsanto’s genetically modified, lab-created ones from seeds designed to withstand large doses of chemicals while the weeds and pesticides around it are killed.

Monsanto’s Roundup may be linked to fatal kidney disease, new study suggests

A heretofore inexplicable fatal, chronic kidney disease that has affected poor farming regions around the globe may be linked to the use of biochemical giant Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide in areas with hard water, a new study has found.

The new study was published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. Researchers suggest that Roundup, or glyphosate, becomes highly toxic to the kidney once mixed with “hard” water or metals like arsenic and cadmium that often exist naturally in the soil or are added via fertilizer.

Hard water contains metals like calcium, magnesium, strontium, and iron, among others. On its own, glyphosate is toxic, but not detrimental enough to eradicate kidney tissue. The glyphosate molecule was patented as a herbicide by Monsanto in the early 1970s. The company soon brought glyphosate to market under the name “Roundup,” which is now the most commonly used herbicide in the world.
http://www.scribd.com/doc/209667682/Glyphosate-and-Chronic-Kidney-Disease 

http://rt.com/news/monsanto-roundup-kidney-disease-921/

Glyphosate. The Cause Of Celiac Epidemic?

by Tami Canal


Celiac disease and gluten intolerance are a rising problem with an estimated 350 million suffering from symptoms including nausea, diarrhea, skin rashes and depression. It is a multifactorial disease associated with numerous nutritional deficiencies and reproductive issues as well as an increased risk of kidney failure, thyroid disease and cancer.




New studies are pointing to glyphosate, the main component in Monsanto's best selling herbicide Round Up, as the culprit. In the Journal of Interdisciplinary Toxicology (Vol. 6(4): 159-184) Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneff point to the pervasive use of glyphosate as a crop desiccant which is infiltrating the food supply and making people sick. Glyphosate is used on all grain crops, rice, seeds, dried beans and peas, sugar cane, sweet potatoes and sugar cane.

Samsel and Seneff have conducted extensive research on the known effects of glyphosate as well as the known pathologies of Celiac disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and gluten intolerance. Chemical and biological pathways have been discovered that point to glyphosate as the cause including the breakdown in junctions of the intestinal wall, depletion of vital nutrients and minerals, and disruption of the gut bacteria.

Despite a dramatic outcry from the public, this past July the EPA raised the maximum allowable residues of glyphosate allowed in food. It has been speculated this was done to accommodate levels already present. The rise in tolerance levels for glyphosate residue came as a result of a petition prepared by Monsanto in early 2012.

While the FDA did not perform independent tests on whether higher residue levels of glyphosate were dangerous to humans or the environment, it relied on tests and data provided by Monsanto.

Dr. Samsel and Dr. Seneff have concluded their research with a plea for government to reconsider policies surrounding the safety of glyphosate and human consumption.