Dutch citizens’ initiative ousts Monsanto’s Roundup from city

In case you think mere citizens lack the power to influence government, consider the case of the green initiative in the Dutch city of Rotterdam, the country’s second largest city, where its 600,000 citizens demanded the removal of Monsanto’s Roundup from their community.

And local officials acceded to their wishes.

The movement to eliminate the poisonous, glyphosate-based  pesticide from the city’s parks and sidewalks was led by Emile Cammeraat, who stated that the world’s top selling pesticide has been linked to many health problems, especially to children. “The only thing Roundup doesn’t kill is its own plants,” he said.

A study published in the journal Environmental Health perspectives linked parental use of pesticides with a greatly increased risk of brain cancer in children.

Worldwide, at least 300 studies have linked agrochemicals to a number of cancers. Pesticides are also linked to diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, birth defects, obesity, infertility, respiratory problems and cell damage. Young children’s developing bodies are particularly at risk.

Ironically, or should we say criminally, the U.S. government just recently INCREASED the allowable amount of glyphosate in U.S. food crops.

The story was reported by Natural Society’s Elizabeth Renter.