Mission Statement of Iowa PIRG:
“Iowa PIRG is an advocate for the public interest. When consumers are cheated, or the voices of ordinary citizens are drowned out by special interest lobbyists, Iowa PIRG speaks up and takes action. We uncover threats to public health and well-being and fight for the public interest. With a strong network of researchers, advocates, organizers and students across the country, we take on issues ranging from the overuse of antibiotics in agriculture to consumer protection on Wall Street.”
The EPA just prohibited companies from putting warning labels on pesticides containing glyphosate, the main active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup.1
As consumers, we have the right to know if using a product could put us at risk, but the EPA’s new decision will keep vital information from all of us.
Glyphosate is classified by the World Health Organization’s cancer agency as a “probable carcinogen.”2 It’s irresponsible for the agency tasked with protecting us from harm to keep important health warnings out of the hands of consumers.
As the evidence mounts that glyphosate is linked to cancer, it’s more important than ever to get it off of store shelves and out of the environment. It’s past time to ban Roundup until and unless it’s proven safe. But as long as it remains on the shelf, consumers have the right to know that glyphosate is dangerous.
Glyphosate is everywhere: Our research partners tested 20 beer and wine samples and found that glyphosate has made its way into many products that we consume.3 Across the world, enough glyphosate is used every year to spray nearly half a pound of this dangerous chemical on every single acre of cultivated land.4
Iowa PIRG and our national network have mobilized tens of thousands of people to call for bans on glyphosate nationwide. As we keep working towards a ban, we also need to hold the EPA accountable and make sure it places vital warnings on products that pose deadly risks to consumers.
1. “Trump administration says it won’t approve Roundup cancer-warning labels,” CBS News, August 9, 2019.
2. “IARC Monograph on Glyphosate,” International Agency for Research on Cancer / World Health Organization, January 3, 2016.
3. Kara Cook, “Glyphosate Pesticide in Beer and Wine,” U.S. PIRG Education Fund, February 2019.
4. Charles Benbrook, “Trends in glyphosate herbicide use in the United States and globally,” Environmental Sciences Europe, February 2, 2016.