The USDA tests our food for pesticides to make sure it’s safe for us to eat. But it’s not testing for glyphosate — a.k.a. Monsanto’s Roundup®.
The California Supreme Court recently affirmed that glyphosate is dangerous to humans. The World Health Organization named it as a probable carcinogen. And the EU and Canada are already testing for it in food.
The USDA is dragging its feet on protecting us from this toxic pesticide. We need your help to change that!
Tell the USDA: Test our food for Monsanto’s toxic glyphosate.
The science is clear. Roundup® is terrible for people and the planet. It’s used to douse our food, including common crops like soy and wheat. This toxic pesticide is ending up on our plates and in our bodies.
The amount of Roundup® being used each year has increased significantly. Use jumped from only 11 million pounds in 1987 to nearly 300 million pounds in 2016.
That means Roundup® is sneaking into our food in increasingly dangerous ways. This summer, new tests revealed glyphosate in cereal and granola bars commonly eaten by kids.
The USDA annually tests our food for pesticide residues to make sure it’s safe. If the agency finds residues above the maximum level, it’s supposed to notify the EPA to allow actions to be taken against the supplier. But instead, it’s looking the other way as glyphosate poisons our communities.
Tell the USDA: Start testing our food for glyphosate to make sure it is safe for Americans to eat.
Despite the evidence that glyphosate is harmful for human health, the USDA refuses to test our food for it. In 2017, the agency announced that it would start testing corn syrup for glyphosate, but then quickly dropped the plan.
This begs the question — why is the USDA so reluctant to test our food for glyphosate? Maybe because Monsanto doesn’t want it to test and release this information. Documents revealed that Croplife America, the trade organization that represents Monsanto’s interests, has tried to influence the USDA’s testing program.
We need to send the message to the USDA that it can’t put Monsanto’s profits ahead of human health and the environment.
Tell the USDA: Test our food for Monsanto’s toxic glyphosate NOW.
Standing with you,
Pesticides and pollinators program manager,
Friends of the Earth