Letter to Editor: Dangers of herbicides

To the Editor:

I am a mother/grandmother concerned about children’s health issues and I am writing to ask you to report on one of the most pressing issues of our community. Exposure to a very insidious herbicide called glyphosate herbicides, also known as Roundup and 700-plus other brand names, which is found in popular products such as Cheerios and many other non-organic cereals, as well as snacks such as Goldfish, Triscuits and many others.

In fact, you can assume it is in most non-organic products. You may have heard about it in the news recently. A historic verdict was announced a few weeks ago. Two plaintiffs won $2 billion when they sued the manufacturer of Roundup, a glyphosate-based herbicide, for not properly labeling its product a carcinogen.

The jury found the company guilty on all counts, including malice and oppression, which means that the executives at Monsanto knew that the product could cause cancer and hid this information from the public. Seventeen other countries have banned its use.

Glyphosate herbicides are not just responsible for cancer. They have been proven to be neurotoxic, hormone-disrupting, cause birth defects, miscarriages and liver and kidney disease at very low levels of exposure. Monsanto and many chemical companies, retailers, landscapers and food manufacturers have been hiding this information from the public for years.

Eleven cities in the past week have banned glyphosate and many of our cities and school districts have stopped using glyphosate herbicides or prioritize organic alternatives instead.

This does not, however, stop the exposure to our children when a neighbor sprays Roundup on his or her section of the sidewalk or driveway, and our pets, pregnant women and children walk over the residues.

All of our cities and neighbors must stop using glyphosate herbicides and similarly harmful chemicals such as glufosinate, dicamba, 2,5-D and other synthetic chemical pesticides and herbicides. Despite the fact that Costco has stopped carrying Roundup, Home Depot and Lowe’s still carry it. The manufacturer and retailers will keep selling it, unlabeled as a carcinogen and endocrine disruptor, and our neighbors will keep buying it and using it unless it is banned. This is why we must have the EPA revoke the license of glyphosate on July 6 all together.

I am writing to ask that you please publish this letter and cover this issue. Ask your readers to comment to the EPA on momsacrossamerica.com by July 6, 2019, and help protect our county and the nation from further increasing this health crisis we are facing now and in future generations.

Chris Upton


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