There is a movement to ban Monsanto's Roundup herbicide. This Roundup-brand contains glyphosate, which is both a pesticide and herbicide. Glyphosate-containing herbicides and pesticides are used extensively in the U.S. Americans demand green, weed-free lawns and parks, inexpensive grains and meat and poultry.
In order to effectively and cheaply achieve this, farmers, ranchers and lawn services rely on glyphosate-containing herbicides. Monsanto, the manufacturer of Round-up brand herbicide, and the EPA have always claimed that the glyphosate is not bio-accumulative. However, recent research has suggested that this is not completely true. Unsafe levels of glyphosate have been found in mother's breast milk and in people's urine.
Glyphosate-containing herbicides are sprayed liberally over crops, lawns, parks, golf courses. Monsanto then developed crops which were able to be sprayed by Round-up but would not be negatively affected - genetically altered crops, mainly corn, soybeans, canola oil and sugar beets. These foods are then fed to livestock and people. People ingest the glyphosate and the body is then contaminated. GMO (genetically modified organisms) have been linked to gluten-intolerance, food allergies, reduced immune systems, cancer and autism.
Other countries have already banned the use of glyphosate-containing herbicides. Are Americans so greedy and unconcerned about the future that green lawns and cheap crops outweigh the benefits of ensuring the health of coming generations?