Tell the Environmental Protection Agency: Ban Roundup Now

Petition from Environmental Action

Since their peak in the mid-90s, monarch populations have decreased by 90 percent, in part due to the widespread use of Roundup and other toxic pesticides. Tell the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to ban Roundup, so we can save this incredible insect before it’s too late.

The monarch butterfly is an iconic species that migrates through the heart of the United States each year. Unfortunately, the number of monarchs has decreased by 90 percent since their peak in the mid-90s.

Pollution-driven climate change is part of the problem. But we’re also allowing the destruction of milkweed — the monarchs’ main habitat and food source — through the rapid acceleration in use of Monsanto’s toxic Roundup and Roundup Ready crops.

Please stand with the millions of wildlife enthusiasts across the country in protecting this iconic species by banning Roundup.


Missouri Organic Family Farm Faces Ruin After Herbicide Drift

by Ken Roseboro, EcoWatch, 2/4/18

Herbicide drift has been a major problem last year damaging millions of acres of crops in the U.S.

An organic farmer in Missouri has seen firsthand how destructive herbicide drift can be as it destroys his crops and threatens his livelihood and farm.

Mike Brabo and his wife Carol own Vesterbrook Farm in Clarksville, Missouri, about an hour north of St. Louis near the Mississippi River. The farm has been in Carol’s family for nearly a century. The couple and their two children have worked the farm since 2008 after Mike survived thyroid cancer.

At that time Mike gained an appreciation for organic foods but found it difficult to afford them. “It’s expensive to buy organic fruits and vegetables at Whole Foods,” he said.

Mike and Carol decided to grow their own. It wasn’t difficult to convert the farm to organic since no chemicals had been used on the land….

read more at EcoWatch

Area teens find organic solution for killing weeds in sidewalks

By Bill Rettew Jr., Daily Local News, 7/17/17

WEST CHESTER >> A group of eight teens is promoting the use of a vinegar solution to kill weeds and grass between the cracks of the borough’s historic brick sidewalks.

The Sierra Club Youth Corps is opposed to treating weeds with the Bayer and Monsanto herbicide Roundup. They choose to use vinegar instead.

Brother and sister team Luca Miraldi, a 10th grader at Devon Prep, and Isabella Miraldi, a senior at Rustin High School, were recently busy spraying a vinegar solution onto the bricks in the 300 block of West Union Street.

Participants will compare the effectiveness of vinegar to Roundup.

“Knowing that there is an alternative way — if there’s something just as good (as Roundup) and it’s a green way — then why not use it?” Isabella said….

read more at Daily Local News