Last year, the World Health Organization announced that glyphosate–the world’s most widely used herbicide also known as Roundup–was a “probable human carcinogen.” Shortly thereafter, French officials banned sales of Roundup nationwide as Monsanto, Roundup’s manufacturer, prepared to stand trial for “crimes against humanity and the environment” in The Hague. The previous year, our own Government Accountability Office called out the Food and Drug Administration for its failure to test Roundup through the pesticide monitoring program because it was too “costly.” Then, studies released by private consumer groups like Moms Across America found that 70% of our water contained Roundup, and that our urine showed levels 10 times greater than that of Europeans. So really, what else could the FDA do?
Want a side of dioxin with that steak? With the way that meat is managed in the United States today, you don’t have much choice. But as Congress is contemplates better meat management–especially as it relates to antibiotics, currently used more on farms than in hospitals–here are three ways you can make your voice heard.
Picture this: A USDA inspector find salmonella in chicken, and the manufacture can still send it to stores. Yes, really. The Department of Agriculture can’t issue a mandatory recall of products contaminated with salmonella–even if those products are making people ill.
Will the USDA label GMOs? Possibly. On May 1st, an internal letter leaked to the Associated Press detailed Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s plans to create a labeling program in which companies could pay the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service to verify that their products contained no genetically modified ingredients.