50 States Ask Governors to Ban Glyphosate

Citizen Groups Unite to Protect Children

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For Immediate Release

Monday, November 13, 2017

 

Contact: info@momsacrossamerica.org

 

Mission Viejo, CA – Moms Across America announces a nationwide campaign to ban glyphosate herbicides in all fifty of the United States. Support from Organic Consumers Association, Institute for Responsible Technology and Thinking Moms Revolution, with millions of supporters collectively, urge state governors to protect their residents and children.

“European Member states, after considering volumes of scientific studies and numerous testimonies by lawyers and researchers, have refused to renew the license for glyphosate. If it is not safe for Europeans, and Malta, Sri Lanka, The Netherlands, and Argentina who have banned glyphosate, then we do not want glyphosate in our United States. We urge our governors to take bold steps like the Governor of Arkansas and Missouri did in banning Dicamba, and ban glyphosate herbicides and toxic chemicals immediately.” – Zen Honeycutt, Executive Director of Moms Across America

Glyphosate herbicides or Monsanto’s RoundUp weed killer, the most widely used herbicide in history, has been proven to cause serious harm to life. Glyphosate has contaminated our planet and is now found in our children’s urine, mother’s milk, our bloodstreams, and our food, beverages, and water.

In 2015 the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) of the World Health Organization found that glyphosate “is a probable human carcinogen.”

In July of 2017 the California State Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) added glyphosate to its Prop 65 list of known carcinogens.

In October of 2017, after 1 million Europeans requested a ban, 72% of the Members of the European Parliament voted to BAN glyphosate and EU Member states have refused to renew the license.

Sri Lanka and the Six Gulf States-Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman have banned glyphosate. Many others are in the process of doing so. France has banned glyphosate in public parks immediately and will phase out the use of glyphosate herbicides in agriculture and landscaping use over the next 5 years completely. We ask our Governors to protect our citizens as well.

Glyphosate ban requests are already being considered by Governor Brown of California from the CA Guild . Pesticides including glyphosate have already been banned in Connecticut for use on school and daycare grounds. The Governors of Arkansas and Missouri have already banned Dicamba, proving that statewide action can be taken to protect citizens.

Glyphosate herbicides have also been found to be linked to various cancers specifically lymphoma, are endocrine disruptors, neurotoxic, and a cause of liver disease. Global studies show that we are routinely exposed to dangerous levels of glyphosate. Millions of citizens in all fifty states come in contact with glyphosate daily. The American Academy of Pediatrics has stated that our children are the most vulnerable to pesticides, we need to take action to protect the future of our state.

Over 1000 Americans are currently suing Monsanto, the manufacturer of glyphosate herbicides, for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. The Justice Department is investigating Monsanto for corruption, coverups, and collusion with the EPA in relation to the carcinogenic effects of glyphosate.

All 50 state governors are being petitioned by moms and supporters through Change.org and local state residents from each state are launching a mail-in campaign today requesting meetings with their governors. The campaign came together in just 5 days after The Doctors aired an episode of the Monsanto lawsuit and the EU members refused to renew glyphosate.

Honeycutt adds, “Now is the time. Our country is in an unaffordable and tragic public health crisis. Toxic chemicals have been shown to contribute to or cause many of these health issues, especially for our children.  It’s time for our states to take actions that our EPA is not willing to take. They can, must and we believe, will protect our citizens from irreparable harm. It’s just a matter of which state will be the first to ban glyphosate?”

 

Note: This article has been corrected due to an inaccurate source article. Malta has not enacted a full ban and Argentina and The Netherlands are in the process of enacting bans, but they are not official.

Moms Across America is a 501c3 non profit organization whose motto is “Empowered Moms, Healthy Kids.”

Source: http://www.momsacrossamerica.com/state_bans

Letter to Governor

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A National Coalition of Unstoppable Moms

Empowered Moms, Healthy Kids

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Governor’s Address

To The Honorable Governor _____

Moms Across America supporters and thousands of people in the state of _____ urge you to sign an executive order to ban the use of all glyphosate based herbicides and toxic, neurotoxic, carcinogenic, endocrine disrupting chemicals in the state of _________ in public spaces and farming. We realize this may seem unrealistic, but the reality is that our state can not afford the economic and health impact of continuing to poison our people.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children are especially vulnerable to the exposure of pesticides and herbicides. These harmful chemicals are being found in our tap water, children’s urine, breast milk, rain, and used in our parks at level thousands of times higher than has been shown to cause harm. Each year hundreds of millions of pounds of these chemicals are used on our food crops, in parks and playgrounds, on streets and sidewalks and around water reservoirs. 1 out of 2 of American children currently have a chronic illness and this includes the children in  _________.

Recently, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment listed glyphosate, the most widely used herbicide in the world, on California’s Proposition 65 carcinogen list.  This action followed the March 2015 finding by The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), with input from four research panels, that glyphosate “is probably carcinogenic to humans (Group 2A).” In October of 2017 72% of the Members of European Parliament voted to ban glyphosate herbicides and the EU member states have refused to renew the glyphosate license.

The following are excerpts from several peer-reviewed reports containing compelling evidence to demonstrate that increasing harmful effects are resulting from ever-expanding use of glyphosate (Roundup), including severe damage to human and animal health (i.e. autoimmune disease, Type I Diabetes, infertility/miscarriage etc.); loss of environmental integrity; deteriorating soil quality and contamination of air and water.(1)  In 2014, the US Geological Survey found the following (see web link below):

*Glyphosate was detected in 59% of US surface waters (470 sites sampled

*Glyphosate was detected in more than 50% of US soil and sediment samples, and

 water samples from ditches and drains, precipitation, and large rivers and streams.


*Data from nine surface-water sites sampled repeatedly indicated that glyphosate

and AMPA detection frequency, median concentrations, and loads are higher

late in the study period (2006-2010) than early (2000-2005).(2)

Sri Lanka and the Six Gulf States -Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman have banned glyphosate. Many others are in the process of doing so. France has banned glyphosate in public parks immediately and will phase out the use of glyphosate herbicides in agriculture and landscaping use over the next 5 years completely. We ask our great state of ____________ to protect our citizens as well.

Recent research published by the European Parliament warns of the very high costs of current levels of exposure to pesticides – especially to children and pregnant women. (3)  As our Governor, I am sure you will agree that our children and pregnant women are equally as important as Europeans and we ask you to protect our people as well.

On June 4, 2017, Environmental Health News reported a new analysis of previously confidential information regarding glyphosate, as requested by the European Parliament, and found eight significant increases in tumor incidence in animals exposed to glyphosate not previously reported.(4) In lawsuits against Monsanto, by Baum, Hedlund, Arestei and Goldman it has been revealed that harm from glyphosate has been covered up and EPA staff worked with Monsanto to keep the information from the public.

In November 2016 Food Democracy Now! and The Detox Project announced findings of alarming levels of glyphosate contamination found in popular American foods in a detailed report. (5) The Detox Project enables NGOs such as Food Democracy Now!, the Organic Consumers Association and numerous other groups and companies to test food products for glyphosate and AMPA residues using validated liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) methods at a third-party FDA registered laboratory in San Francisco (CA) – Anresco Laboratories. (6)

Glyphosate has been shown to cause human breast cancer cells to proliferate in vitro when they are exposed to levels of 1 part per trillion (ppt). (7) Lab testing results indicated that low and environmentally relevant concentrations of glyphosate possessed estrogenic activity.

In addition, a January 2017 study by Robin Mesange, Michael Antoniou et al. proved that ultra-low doses of Roundup caused liver damage and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.(8)  According to the Liver Foundation, 1 out of 10 Americans currently has liver disease, many of them are children as young as eight years old. (9)

The benefit to the landscaper and farmers do not outweigh the cost to our society. Every child that has his/her potential damaged by health issues from toxic exposure means increased health care costs to our state in terms of lack of productivity, and higher costs to our educational healthcare systems. Health care costs are crippling our nation and could very well cripple our state’s economy. We urge you to reduce health care costs and chronic illness by taking a bold step to protect our children by banning the use of glyphosate herbicides and all toxic, neurotoxic, carcinogenic and endocrine disrupting chemicals in ______. There are safe alternatives that are being used by thousands of farmers that protect farmworkers, our soil and water supply, pregnant mothers, babies and our families.

Thank you for considering this critical information and taking steps to protect the citizens of ___________. We ask to meet with your staff the week of Nov 27-30 to discuss the alternatives.

In keeping with the Precautionary Principle and the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, consumer groups Moms Across America, Organic Consumers Association, Institute for Responsible Technology, and Thinking Moms Revolution believes that the time has come for_________ to step up and lead the way, as a shining example to the peoples and governments of our planet, that we firmly stand for our basic human right to food and water free of poison.

Best regards,

Your name ( Please print, sign by hand, and mail)

Moms Across America is a 501c3 nonprofit. 24000 Alicia Parkway #17-236 Mission Viejo, CA 92691

References

(1) PAN- Pesticide Action Network Glyphosate Fact Sheet Special Report https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/yesmaam/pages/680/attachments/original/1467028803/pesticides-factsheet-specialrelease-glyphosate.pdf?1467028803

(2)US Geological Survey, https://toxics.usgs.gov/highlights/2014-04-23-glyphosate_2014.html

(3)“Organic Foods Backed by Landmark Report – Warning Pesticides far more dangerous Than Was Thought,” The Telegraph, Donnelly, Laura, Health Editor, June 2, 2017, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/02/organic-foods-baclked-landmark-report-warning-pesticides-far/


(4)Myers, Pete, Environmental Health News, “Incovenient data Buried as Confidential Business Information.” http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/news/2017/june/Glyphosate-Science-Monsanto


(5)Alarming Levels Of Glyphosate Contamination Found In Popular American foods,” Food Democracy Now!  http://www.fooddemocracynow.org/blog/2016/nov/14

(6)http://anresco.com/

(7)“Glyphosate Induces human breast cancer cells growth via estrogen receptors,”  Food and Chemical Toxicology 59 (June 2013 ) pp 129-136. El Sevier, Siriporn Thongprakaisang, et al,  http://surgicalneurologyint.com/surgicalint-articles/glyphosate-pathways-to-modern-diseases-iii-manganese-neurological-diseases-and-associated-pathologies/


(8)Multiomics reveal non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in rats following chronic exposure to an ultra-low dose of Roundup herbicide, https://www.nature.com/articles/srep39328


(9)American Liver Foundation, http://www.liverfoundation.org/education/liverlowdown/ll1013/bigpicture/

 

 


Note: this letter was updated. Malta, Argentina, and The Netherlands have not officially banned glyphosate yet, it is in progress.

 

Governor’s Contact List

Contact your governor and request that they ban glyphosate and toxic chemical use in our public spaces and on our food crops!

 

 

State Governor Tel number Email
Alabama Kay Ivey (334) 242-7100 tony.cofer@agi.alabama.gov
Alaska Bill Walker (907)465-3500 governor@gov.state.ak.us
Arizona Doug Ducey (602)542-4331 azgov@azgov.com
Arkansas Asa Hutchinson (501) 682-2345 info@governor.arkansas.gov
California Jerry Brown (916)445-2841 governor@governor.ca.gov
Colorado John Hickenlooper (303) 866-2471 Governor.hickenlooper@state.co.us
Connecticut Dan Malloy (860)566-4840; (800) 406-1527
Delaware John Carney (202) 624-7724; (302) 577-3210; (302) 744-4101 john.carney@state.de.us
Florida Rick Scott (850) 717-9337 Charlie.Crist@myflorida.com
Georgia Nathan Deal (404)656-1776 georgia.governor@gov.state.ga.us
Hawaii David Ige (808)586-0034 gov@gov.state.hi.us
Idaho Butch Otter (208)334-2100 Governor@gov.idaho.gov
Illinois Bruce Rauner (217)782-0244 governor@state.il.us
Indiana Eric J. Holcomb (317)232-4567 GovHolcomb@gov.in.gov
Iowa Kim Reynolds (515)281-5211 info@governor.iowa.gov
Kansas Sam Brownback (913)296-3232
Constituent@governor.wpo.state.ks.us
Kentucky Steve Beshear (502)564-2611 governor@mail.state.ky.us
Louisiana John Bel Edwards (504)342-7015 lagov@linknet.net
Maine Paul LePage (207)287-3531 governor@state.me.us
Maryland Martin O’Malley (410)974-3901 www.gov.state.md.us/mail
Massachusetts Charlie Baker (617)727-3666 GOffice@state.ma.us
Michigan Rick Snyder (517)373-3400 rick.snyder@michigan.gov
Minnesota Mark Dayton (612)296-3391 mark.dayton@state.mn.us
Mississippi Phil Bryant (601)359-3100 info@governorbryant.ms.gov
Missouri Jay Nixon (573)751-3222 mogov@mail.mo.gov
Montana Steve Bullock (406)444-3111 governor@mt.gov
Nebraska Pete Ricketts (402)471-2244 jodee@mail.state.ne.us
Nevada Brian Sandoval (702)687-5670 governor@govmail.state.nv.us
New Hampshire Chris Sununu (603) 271-2121 governorsununu@nh.gov
New Jersey Chris Christie (609) 292-5212 http:/www.state.nj.us/governor
New Mexico Susuana Martinez (505) 476-2200 gov@gov.state.nm.us
New York Andrew M. Cuomo (518) 474-8390 gov.cuomo@chamber.state.ny.us
North Carolina Roy Cooper (919) 814-2000 governor.office@governor.ncmail.net
North Dakota Doug Burgum (701) 328.2200 governor@state.nd.us
Ohio John R. Kasich (614) 466-3555 info@governor.ohio.gov
Oklahoma Mary Fallin (405) 521-2342 info@ok.gov
Oregon Kate Brown (503) 378-4582 info@oregon.gov
Pennsylvania Tom Wolf (717) 787-2500 governor@state.pa.us
Rhode Island Gina M. Raimondo (401) 222-2080 rigov@gov.state.ri.us
South Carolina Henry McMaster (803) 734-2100 governor@govoepp.state.sc.us
South Dakota Dennis Daugaard (605) 773-3212 sdgov@gov.state.sd.us
Tennessee Bill Haslam (615) 741-2001 vbill.haslam@state.tn.us
Texas Greg Abbott (512) 463-2000 governor@state.tx.us
Utah Gary Herbert (801) 538-1000 governor@utah.gov
Vermont Phil Scott (802) 828-3333 pshumlin@state.vt.us
Virginia Terry McAuliffe (804) 786-2211
terence.mcauliffe@govenor.virginia.gov
Washington Jay Inslee (360) 902-4111
Governor.Gregoire@Governor.wa.gov
West Virginia Jim Justice (304) 558-2000 governor@state.wv.us
Wisconsin Scott Walker (608) 266-1212 wisgov@mail.state.wi.us
Wyoming Nathan Deal (307) 777-7434 Governor@missc.state.wy.us
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