World’s most popular herbicide linked to cancer?
My mother always told me not to judge a man by his words, but rather by his actions.
And the latest antics of GMO cheerleader Patrick Moore — whose outlandish claims about the Monsanto-manufactured weed killer Roundup have recently gone viral for all the wrong reasons — have certainly given us something to judge.
“You can drink a whole quart of it and it won’t hurt you,” the lobbyist boasted to a French TV reporter.
Because when the interviewer offered Moore a nice tall glass of the herbicide to drink, the spin doctor went into a full-blown panic.
“Do you think I’m stupid?” he sputtered.
Spoiler alert, Moore didn’t down that glass of herbicide. But bought-and-paid-for lobbyists like Moore — and the chemical giants they work for like Monsanto — obviously do think folks like you and me are stupid.
They expect us to sit back and smile while they spoon feed us misinformation and cover everything we eat and drink with a fine layer of Roundup — no matter the risk to our health.
Moore’s embarrassing run-in with the French reporter came on the heels of a report by the World Health Organization that finally confirmed the active ingredient in Roundup, glyphosate, “probably” causes cancer in people.
Roundup is the most widely-used herbicide in the world. It’s sprayed all over our crops, especially genetically modified fields that have been engineered to withstand the bombardment of the weed killer. About 283 million pounds of the stuff was dumped over U.S. farmlands in 2012, nearly twice as much as the previous year.
That’s billions of dollars of profit for Monsanto’s bottom line… and maybe tumors for the rest of us.
Glyphosates aren’t just in the food we eat either; they end up in our air, water and even in breastfeeding mothers’ milk. They wreak havoc on your immune system and can make you more susceptible to getting sick. And they’ve even been linked to breast cancer, obesity, infertility and Alzheimer’s disease.
Monsanto execs want you to ignore the science and just take their word that Roundup is safe.
It’s the same garbage they’ve been spreading for more than 30 years, when the company execs somehow managed to get the EPA to mysteriously reverse an earlier decision that classified the weed killer as the cancer-causer it is.
As Moore recently proved, even the biggest fans of GMO foods won’t eat or drink Roundup, and you shouldn’t either.
Stick with pesticide-free organic fruits and vegetables, and demand that U.S. regulators put public health above private profits. Write EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and urge the agency to get glyphosate off our crops — and our dinner tables — for good.
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