(NaturalNews) As news of glyphosate’s toxicity continues to spread, retailers across Europe are dropping the deadly chemical in rapid succession. Over just the last few days, Swiss supermarkets have halted sales of the hazardous chemical, with both Coop and Migros now removing glyphosate products from store shelves.
Earlier, German retailer REWE also halted sales of glyphosate products, and German ministers have called for an EU-wide ban on glyphosate. Similarly, the entire Dutch Parliament recently voted to ban glyphosate sales to individuals across the entire country.
Glyphosate is the key ingredient in Roundup herbicide, and it’s currently sold to consumers in retail stores across America, including Lowe’s, Home Depot, Tractor Supply and many others.
Glyphosate scientifically linked to cancer
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) recently concluded that glyphosate was a probable carcinogen, meaning it causes cancer. That announcement was published in The Lancet, and it was based on “…17 experts from 11 countries [who] met at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC; Lyon, France) to assess the carcinogenicity of the organophosphate pesticides tetrachlorvinphos, parathion, malathion, diazinon, and glyphosate.” You can read about it in more detail at this link at GMOevidence.com.
We’ve also recently learned that Monsanto knew 35 years ago that glyphosate was linked to cancer, but the EPA — always faithful to its corporate masters — covered up the evidence. (Today, the EPA has similarly announced that fracking doesn’t contaminate well water… yet another sellout of the citizenry to Big Business.)
Class action lawsuits are already forming to sue Monsanto for the damaging health effects of its products, and those lawsuits may theoretically extend to retailers who are selling the hazardous chemical.
Two Change.org petitions now launched, targeting Lowe’s and Home Depot for selling cancer-causing glyphosate
Two petitions have now been launched to demand that U.S. big box retailers Lowe’s and Home Depot join the actions of European retailers to ban the sale of glyphosate from their retail stores.
We ask that you sign and share both of these petitions:
Selling cancer-causing herbicide violates marketplace ethics and corporate responsibility
Both Lowe’s and Home Depot are big box retailers that sell products for residential and commercial construction. They retail tools, plumbing supplies, home appliances, painting supplies, light fixtures, lumber and so on.
Both retailers feature large, well-stocked garden and plant sections where glyphosate is prominently marketed under various brand names including Monsanto’s Roundup. The over-the-counter availability of this poison implies that it’s safe to handle and use around homes, animals and children. As a result, many public schools areas are sprayed with glyphosate, exposing children to this chemical that we now know is linked to cancer. Municipal parks and other public grounds are also frequently sprayed with glyphosate, causing the widespread contamination of entire cities with glyphosate thanks to wind drift.
Astonishingly, glyphosate has been linked to cancer at parts per trillion concentrations, meaning just one gallon of glyphosate purchased at Lowe’s or Home Depot can contaminate an entire city full of innocent citizens, including children.
How many children are being exposed to this cancer-causing chemical right now because retailers like Lowe’s and Home Depot make this readily available to anyone who wants to purchase it? It wasn’t long ago that pharmacy retailers like CVS and Walgreens stopped selling cold medicines over the counter to prevent people from turning those ingredients into street meth. That was a decision grounded in some level of corporate responsibility to prevent products they sell from being used to harm human beings. Yet Home Depot and Lowe’s are selling an herbicide chemical that can cause cancer, leading to death.
Astonishingly, both Lowe’s and Home Depot will sell deadly glyphosate chemicals to children and teens, with no ID required and no age requirement on its purchase.
We must educate Lowe’s and Home Depot about the toxicity and danger of glyphosate
We realize Home Depot and Lowe’s aren’t “evil” corporations like Monsanto itself. Their product buyers probably have no idea that glyphosate is even being banned by other retailers around the world… and they have no intention of contributing to our ongoing cancer epidemic that kills innocent people by the hundreds of thousands each year. They just want to offer products that they see as improving the lives of their customers.
So it’s up to us to educate Lowe’s and Home Depot about the toxicity of the glyphosate herbicide they’re selling. We need to wake them up to this issue and make them aware that we expect them to act with a sense of corporate integrity and compassion for human like. We expect them to take a serious look at this issue, recognize the urgent safety issues of how glyphosate negatively impacts human health, and pull this chemical from store shelves to prevent even more people from being harmed by it — just like retailers are already doing across Europe (with more bans yet to come globally).
You can help us achieve this important safety goal for the common good of our cities and communities by signing and sharing these two Change.org petitions:
Send a message to Lowe’s and Home Depot: STOP PROFITING FROM POISON
By signing these petitions and sharing this story, you’ll help send a message to Lowe’s and Home Depot, demanding they stop profiting from the retail sales of a cancer-causing poison.
After all, the children of Europe are now being protected by an increasing number of countries and retailers that are halting the sales of glyphosate to the public. Should European children be the only ones who are protected from this cancer-causing chemical? Why shouldn’t American children have a better shot at growing up without deadly brain cancers and endocrine disruption that leads to lifelong health problems and premature death? Are American children doomed to grow up as Monsanto’s lab rats, fed toxic foods doused with glyphosate because the practice enriches a few evil corporations?
Glyphosate is the new DDT, and it’s time we banned it all across our living planet. We must not let Monsanto and big box retailers profit from the selling of cancer-causing chemicals that contaminate our farms, fields, waterways and bodies.
It’s time to stand up and say NO to glyphosate!
Learn more about glyphosate
Learn more at Sustainable Pulse, where you can also learn about testing your own body for glyphosate contamination via the new “Feed the World” initiative.
As the site explains:
Margaret of Mar, 31st Countess of Mar (4), member of the House of Lords in the UK, stated;
“It is to the women of the world that we must turn if future generations are to be able to lead healthy and fulfilling lives. Glyphosate is known to probably cause cancers and other life threatening medical conditions and yet it is to be found everywhere. As individuals we cannot know whether or not we or our children are affected. This remarkable project will enable the women of the world to discover whether glyphosate is in our bodies or water supply; to learn how to avoid further exposures and, finally, to join together to show that we will no longer tolerate glyphosate in our food, water, air.”
Sources for this story include
Monsanto knew 35 years ago that its glyphosate-soaked ‘food’ causes cancer
Roundup is endocrine-disrupting, cancer-causing toxin at parts per trillion levels; GM soybeans also linked to causing cancer
Crops being drenched with cancer-causing glyphosate immediately before harvest
German ministers call for EU-wide ban on Monsanto’s deadly glyphosate herbicide
Call to action on a Monsanto Roundup class action suit
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