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This County Banned Monsanto’s Roundup — You Should Too!

After yet another jury found that the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup — glyphosate —causes cancer, a California county took their health into their own hands and banned further use of the toxic weed killer. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors ordered a moratorium on glyphosate applications on county property, which will be put in place until public health and environmental experts can determine whether it is safe for use.

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Los Angeles County is the latest to ban the use of glyphosate, but not the first. More than 50 cities and counties across the United States have banned its use on playgrounds, parks and schoolyards. The International Agency for Research on Cancer classified glyphosate in 2015 as probably carcinogenic to humans. In 2017, California listed glyphosate in its registry of chemicals known to cause cancer.

Glyphosate is now showing up virtually everywhere — in blood and urine samples, breast milk, drinking water and more. Crops that are commonly sprayed with the dangerous chemical include corn, lentils, peas, flax, canola, potatoes, sugar beets, sunflowers, rye and buckwheat, among others.

Monsanto, now Bayer, is facing thousands of lawsuits alleging that the glyphosate in their popular Roundup product causes cancer, and so far they’ve been ordered to pay millions of dollars to the  cancer victims who were victorious in court against the company.

As the most heavily used herbicide in the world, glyphosate presents numerous health issues, even aside from its carcinogenic potential. The chemical has been shown to disrupt the gut microbiome, impair methylation pathways, inhibit the release of thyroid stimulating hormone, destroy the gut lining, affect the body’s ability to produce fully functioning proteins and more.

As consumers become increasingly aware of the health risks associated with GE crops and the toxic chemicals, herbicides and pesticides used on them, more and more people are proactively refusing to eat these foods, and the grass fed sector continues to grow. One of the best ways you can help loosen and break Monsanto’s tight hold on the food supply is to buy your foods from a local farmer who runs a small business and uses diverse methods that promote regenerative agriculture.

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