It can be done. It is being done. On April 18, 2017, San Juan Capistrano became the second city in Orange County, California to adopt an organics-first policy to control weeds and pests in parks and open spaces following the lead of Irvine. It all started with one woman’s action.
Kathleen Hallal is the mother of three boys with autoimmune issues and food allergies. One day she noticed a yellow sign in front of her children’s school announcing an application of Roundup Powermax to the campus. Kids were digging with their hands in the dirt around the tree where the sign was posted. She thought, “If those kids are like mine, they will be handed a snack when they get in the car on their way to whatever activity is on their schedule, without washing their hands.” The sign was invisible to them and their parents. In that moment Kathleen was spurred to take action.
The story of Non Toxic Irvine is one of three presented in our webinar How to Get Roundup Out of Your Community. The webinar and many other resources are part of IRT’s new nationwide campaign to call attention to the health dangers of Roundup (glyphosate) and other dangerous herbicides in public areas.
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Monsanto, makers of Roundup® herbicide, insists their product is “safe” but a review by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a unit the World Health Organization, determined that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, is “probably carcinogenic to humans.” Not safe.
A large and growing amount of data, scientific research, and new information now exists that links glyphosate to a long list of serious health conditions and chronic diseases, including breast cancer, endocrine disruption, kidney disease, and much more.
Glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide Roundup produced by Monsanto, has become the most heavily-used agricultural chemical in the history of the world. Americans have applied over 1.8 million tons of glyphosate since its introduction in 1974. Agricultural use of Roundup has escalated exponentially with the arrival of herbicide-resistant crops in 1996. This animation shows the buildup over 20 years. Data was obtained from the U.S. Geological Survey, National Water-Quality Assessment Program. https://youtu.be/NddbWddZYD0