Stop Using Environmental Poisons On Our Food – One Petition
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From Force Change
Target: U.S. Congress, Environmental Protection Agency
Goal: To increase the use of natural and organic weed and insect control strategies and to reduce our unhealthy consumption of chemically based pesticides and herbicides that are contributing to higher cancer rates, birth defects, and increasing risk of widespread human sterility.
The widespread use of toxic pesticides and herbicides is almost certainly leading to increasing cancer rates, ominously low sperm counts in men in developed nations, increasing death rates of fish and marine mammals from chemically contaminated run-off and other environmental problems, many of which are not yet known. Additionally, these pesticides and herbicides are primarily petro-chemically based and therefore increase the nation’s reliance on foreign sources of oil.
Some years back PBS host Bill Moyers volunteered to have his blood tested for toxic chemicals and heavy metals. The findings were shocking, including the presence of dozens of cancer causing chemicals that would not have been found in the blood of his grandparents. Unfortunately chemical industry lobbyists have convinced many, including local, state and national governments, home owners associations, home-owners and farmers that only petrochemically based pest control is effective, despite an increasing body of knowledge that there are effective and cost-competitive organic alternatives.
While organic weed and insect control alternatives have been known for some time, including vinegar as a broad leaf weed control, corn gluten as a pre-emergent weed killer and rhubarb juice as a natural insecticide, the sales efforts of the chemical pesticide and herbicide industry have convinced local, state and national governments that only chemical pesticides and insecticides are effective pest controls. A hardly surprising recent article in the Huffington Post states that Monsanto’s Round-up, the world’s best selling herbicide has been found the likely cause of birth defects.
The below petition demands that Congress give priority to non-petrochemically based, natural, organic weed and insect control alternatives, especially for public schools, parks and areas accessible to the public. It also mandates Home Owners Associations to promote the use organic lawncare methods, to provide educational programs and materials to homeowners regarding the same.
Widespread applications of toxic (usually petrochemically based) pesticides and herbicides can be positively linked to increasing cancer rates, frighteningly lower sperm counts in males of developed nations, pollutions of streams, lakes and oceans, including a die-off of southern pod Orcas to the point that they are now considered an endangered species and many other environmental problems as yet not known.
We are asking Congress to mandate users give priority to natural alternatives when purchasing pesticidal and herbical products, to support education of the public about alternatives to toxic pesticides and to mandate that home-owners associations encourage the use of and provide educational materials concerning natural or organic alternatives to toxic petrochemically based herbicides and pesticides.
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Richard Roy Blake has been a writer, activist and entrepreneur for almost 40 years. He received a Project Censored Award in 2001, has written for the Rocky Mountain News, Colorado Springs Sun, Fairplay Flume, is the author of “A Dolphin’s Tale,” and has been an activist for alternative energy, particularly the Poncha Bonanza geothermal project and other environmental causes.
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natural is the way
our food should be
stop destroying us
with all this
not a good
there is just so
much our plants
Karen Lyons Kalmenson