Consumers Urge Home Depot and Lowes to
Stop Selling Roundup Due To Improper Labeling
For Immediate Release
Contact: Zen Honeycutt
Mission Viejo, CA July 10, 2018, Moms Across America and consumers have initiated a campaign to urge Home Depot and Lowes, two of the largest retailers of Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup, to pull the products from the shelves due to improper labeling and their carcinogenic effects.
“Home Depot and Lowes promote the sale of Roundup not just in their weed and pest control sections but in several prominent places throughout their stores. This is blatant preferential promotion of a carcinogenic product during a time when 1 out 3 people in America are expected to get cancer, according to The American Cancer Society. Without proper labeling, this is misleading and irresponsible. Even if there were proper labeling, we urge retailers to listen to the consumers calling their offices and pull the product from the shelves to protect their customers,” said Zen Honeycutt, Founding Executive Director of Moms Across America.
Glyphosate, an ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, was placed on the CA EPA Prop 65 carcinogen list on July 7, 2017. According to thirty years of California EPA Policy, one year later all products in California that contained the chemical glyphosate were identified to be labeled with a warning label for carcinogenic and/or reproductive effects. This CA Prop 65 warning label mandate did not happen by its scheduled July 7th 2018 date of enactment because Monsanto sued and the judge temporarily placed a stay on that procedure.
The request coincides with the week of the commencement of the Johnson v Monsanto trial. Dewayne Johnson, a 46-year-old pesticide applicator for the Benicia, California school district, used Roundup hundreds of times over a period of about three years and now has non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Studies have shown an increased risk of contracting non-Hodgkin's lymphoma with glyphosate herbicide exposure. Despite wearing full protective gear, over 80% of his body is covered with lesions and doctors predict he has two years to live. Johnson has a wife and three children.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified glyphosate a probable carcinogen in March of 2015. Nonprofit organizations like Beyond Pesticides and Moms Across America provide information of over ten alternatives to Roundup and support for school districts, towns, and counties to go toxin- free.
Moms Across America is a 501c3 non profit with the motto of “Empowered Moms, Healthy Kids.”