June 24, 2017

Guild Asks Governor To Ban Glyphosate

Robert Kennedy Jr. and Bob McFarlandRobert Kennedy Jr. and Bob McFarland

Yesterday the California Guild met with the Governor’s staff in Sacramento to raise concerns over glyphosate, the carcinogenic agent found in Monsanto’s Roundup.

Joining us were Robert F Kennedy Jr., attorneys from the Los Angeles law firm of Baum, Hedlund, Aristei and Goldman, scientist Dr. Steven Frantz, Guild Communication Director Kat Furey and Guild President Bob McFarland.

To protect the citizens of California, the Guild and Mr. Kennedy called on Governor Brown to ban the use of glyphosate on all state owned properties, including schools and universities, public facilities and parks.  The Governor has authority to do so under Executive Order.  The ban would continue until glyphosate can be further studied and proven to not pose a risk to public safety.

Glyphosate is a potent and dangerous chemical found in Monsanto's Roundup weed killer, the most commonly used herbicide in history, according to Newsweek.  Glyphosate has contaminated the planet, and is now found in mother's milk, our bloodstreams, and in our food and water supply.

The request to Governor Brown to ban the use of Roundup on state properties follows testimony on June 7th by an impressive coalition assembled by the Guild before the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), urging a ban the use of glyphosate.

CBS News reported:

David ZinkKat Furey with Governor's staff

The coalition includes representatives from the California Guild, Moms Across America, Global Environmental Options, and Public Awareness for Preventative HealthcareOrganic SacramentoActivists against Monsanto, Robert Kennedy Jr., and attorneys and physicians from Los Angeles, the Bay Area and around the globe.

OEHHA placed glyphosate on California's Proposition 65 earlier this year list as a carcinogen. Glyphosate herbicides have been found to be endocrine disruptors, neurotoxic, and to cause liver disease.  Global studies show that we are exposed to dangerous levels of glyphosate on a daily basis.  Proposition 65 requires the state to publish a list of chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.

Many countries around the globe, including Brazil, Argentina, Bermuda, the Netherlands, France, Germany and others, have already partially or wholly banned the use of glyphosate.  This growing trend threatens California farmers who export $22 billion worth of agricultural products each year. 

“Markets for our farmers are shrinking, while the risk of illness to our citizens from the use of Roundup is growing.  What’s wrong with this picture?” asked California Guild President Bob McFarland.