In a historic turn of events, due to considerable public outcry (including many of you), Canada has decided to pause the approval of the increase of glyphosate and other pesticide residues by 100-650%. As we pointed out in our call to action, Canada exports to 95 countries around the world so this news is significant for the global food supply. The Candian government also announced that has invested $50 million into the Pesticide Management Regulatory Agency. No increases will be permitted until at least Spring of 2022.
From the Health Canada Announcement:
There is no change to the Canadian use pattern of glyphosate. Neither how much nor how frequently glyphosate can be used changes due to the proposed MRL changes.
As a result of today's announcement, all of the proposed increases to MRLs currently under consideration by Health Canada will be paused. This pause will remain in effect until all evidence and submissions have been reviewed and assessed.
We are thrilled that they are paying attention to the health risks of glyphosate. And that they are not only reassessing glyphosate health impacts but of all of the 15 pesticides listed. This has long been our strategy at Moms Across America. By focusing on the most widely used herbicide globally, we are shining a light on the use of hundreds of pesticides and the entire agrochemical industry.
"With today’s announcement, we are confirming that no decision on any increases to pesticide limits on food will be made before next spring. Meanwhile, we will review the framework underlying the review process of the PMRA and strengthen its capacity to conduct those reviews. Furthermore, research investments announced today will also give farmers greater access to better products and to adopt new and alternative approaches to pest management that reduce risk while addressing the concerns of Canadians."
The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau
Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Bayer Ends Sale of Roundup and Glyphosate Herbicidesto Garden and Lawncare Market by 2023.
Click here for Bayer's announcement.
Moms Across America is thrilled to share that something we have long been working for and waiting for has happened.
Bayer has announced that by 2023 they will no longer be selling Roundup and glyphosate-based herbicides at our local retailers for garden and lawncare! This will prevent our neighbors from unknowingly poisoning our community, risking miscarriage in our pregnant family members, giving our dogs cancer, and killing our bees and pollinators.
This is a huge win for communities all across the country.
Although 2023 is FAR too long, and TODAY would have been far more responsible, this is an enormous step in the right direction.
This decision was made after Judge Chabbria’s recent decision regarding the proposed 10 billion dollar cap on lawsuit payouts. The Judge decided that the cap would not be fair for people who develop cancer years after using Roundup and Bayer’s glyphosate products. Under Bayer’s proposal, those victims would not be able to get compensation because the cap was already met. So there is no cap to the amount of compensation that Bayer could payout for Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma cases connected to the use of their glyphosate products. The only way Monsanto could stop the increase of lawsuits is to stop selling the product. So today, that is what they decided to do.Read more
The tide is turning. Two new papers show the importance of transforming the current global GMO toxic food supply to nontoxic, regenerative methods. Moms Across America has long been calling for transformation in the food system, collectively with many other organizations, for decades. It is a sign of hope to see so many diverse experts now calling for change.Read more
For decades, long before COVID, a health crisis has been looming. The number of Americans, our family members, struggling with cancer and various health disorders has skyrocketed. Over 50% of our children now have a chronic illness, one out of six have a learning disorder, one out of five Americans has a mental health issue, and one out of two males and one out of three females are expected to get cancer. Our health is, without exaggeration, in a crisis. If these numbers continue to progress as they have for the past twenty years, we are soon headed for a human health apocalypse. No amount of government bailouts, no reduction in taxes, no change of political party or leadership will be able to heal the bodies of our loved ones and remove our pain and grief from loss. No matter how charismatic, no President or Governor will be able to give us our sister or mother back.
At Moms Across America, we are committed to empowering mothers and others to create healthy communities. A foundational aspect of being healthy has the freedom to choose which medical procedures we receive. Not just from a fundamental human rights aspect, but from the undeniable reality that every human being has a unique genetic disposition. One may believe that drugs or vaccines are effective and can still acknowledge that no single medication will affect every person in the same way. Therefore, humans cannot be required by our government, employers, schools, or businesses to partake in a medical procedure or drug when there is the potential of considerable, irreversible health consequences for that individual.Read more
Despite an estimated 125,000 plaintiffs who have sued Monsanto/Bayer for their glyphosate-based herbicide products’( GBH’s) connection to non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, and 40 countries around the world banning or restricting the use of glyphosate, Bayer continues to push the increased use of this agrochemical on food and feed crops.
Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has recently posted a proposed increase of glyphosate maximum residue levels (MRLs) on food crops to be 100 - 650% higher than previous levels. Glyphosate-based herbicides are used on many crops as a drying agent before harvest, weedkiller in agriculture or landscaping leads to glyphosate contamination of our water, food, beverages, rain, air, and even some childhood vaccines.
The risk of higher glyphosate residues on the global food supply and products, including America’s, resulting in decreased health, is not probable if this proposal is approved. It is definite. Much of Canada and the northern midwest of America are considered the “breadbasket” of America. In 2018/19, Canada's total cereal (grain) exports amounted to around 28.39 million metric tons, exported to 95 different countries worldwide.Read more
As a mother whose children were sick, I could not stand to watch their health decline and their options for participating in society, their future, be compromised. Once I was introduced to the topic of GMOs and glyphosate in our food supply, I quickly became consumed by the mission to get GMOs out of our food and glyphosate herbicides banned from the market. This work has been my primary focus over the past nine years. I have interacted on a daily basis with scientists, farmers, researchers, and lawyers who have been focused on glyphosate and toxic agrochemicals for decades. The number of scientific studies on glyphosate that I have read and recounted in hundreds of talks, podcasts, TV, and radio shows around the world is countless. And yet, Seneff’s new book Toxic Legacy: How the Weedkiller Glyphosate Is Destroying Our Health and the Environment still astounded me. She shares studies I had never heard of and mechanisms of harm that make complete sense, even to a layman. Nearly every sentence of this book is backed by a scientific study. Every concept, though many have labeled them as conjecture or theory, is backed by science.
"Toxic Legacy will stand shoulder to shoulder with Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring. [This is] unquestionably, one of the most important books of our time."―David Perlmutter, MD, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Grain Brain and Brain Wash
"Urgent and eye-opening, the book serves as a loud-and-clear alarm."―The Boston Globe
"A game-changer that we would be foolish to ignore."―Kirkus Reviews (starred)
From an MIT scientist, mounting evidence that the active ingredient in the world’s most commonly used weedkiller is contributing to skyrocketing rates of chronic diseaseRead more
If you have heard it from us once, you have heard it a thousand times. But it bears repeating because the EPA has still not done its job and banned glyphosate.
The science to support that ban keeps on coming.
In the past few months, more and more data is accumulating, showing that glyphosate herbicides, otherwise known as Roundup or Ranger Pro and 700+ other brands, must be removed from the shelves, banned from aerial spraying, and restricted from agriculture use immediately. Here are five more reasons why.Read more
A new study released April 6, 2021, in the Journal of Applied Ecology reveals that Roundup, the most widely used herbicide globally and the focus of recent lawsuits regarding non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, is not just a weedkiller but a bee killer as well.
This study is monumental because the decline of bee populations has been drastically declining since Roundup was introduced to our agriculture, landscaping industries, and backyard gardening in the late 1970s. In the US, the number of honey-bee colonies dropped from 6 million in 1947 to just 2.5 million in 2014. In 2015, Monsanto made nearly $4.76 billion in sales and $1.9 billion in gross profits from herbicide products, mostly Roundup.
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Moms Across America has received countless emails and phone calls asking for help to stop the aerial spraying of glyphosate and toxic weed killers on forest areas by utility and lumber companies. People from California, Oregon, Washington, and numerous other states were desperate for help and increasingly got sicker by the day. They pleaded, “There has to be some way we can stop this, right?” Unfortunately, we responded, the lawyers tell us you can only sue after you get sick if you have a huge amount of health issues. You must have proof of the chemical causing that symptom through peer-reviewed scientific studies. Unfortunately, these critical studies reportedly lag 17 years behind the widespread appearance of symptoms - so the proof the lawyers need that certain chemicals cause the exact problem people have is not available yet.
The photos in the article below are photographs by Bill Orr on Roan Mountain. He has thoroughly documented the decline of the endangered species.
We refer them to the lawyers we personally know and trust, hoping that eventually, one will say yes and can successfully litigate the case. We direct them to the informational flyers on our Materials Store and pray that someone, somewhere along the decision-making line, will read them or listen to reason and science. We hope that someone will eventually listen, but our faith is often hammered by massive, industry-funded PR campaigns and sneaky corporate tactics.
It’s tough to have faith when the system is set up for them and not for us.Read more