by Ronnie Cummins
Through the haze of
ongoing discouraging attacks on environmental and food safety
regulations, a few potential rays of hope recently shone through.
Your voices may not yet be moving our corporate lobbyist-owned
politicians to ban dangerous agricultural chemicals… but public
pressure may be finally driving at least a few corporations to stop
marketing poisonous chemicals that have contaminated our foods and
Last week, the manufacturer of
chlorpyrifos announced it would
stop making the pesticide, widely used in food production despite
causing neurological damage in children.
Corteva Agriscience, spun off
from DowDupont last year, made the announcement on the same
day that California made it illegal to sell chlorpyrifos.
Corteva called it a,
But ever since federal
lawmakers under the
administration passed a law to ban chlorpyrifos - only to
administration overturn the ban - you and millions of
other conscious consumers have been steadily bombarding federal and
state lawmakers with petitions to get this dangerous chemical out of
Reports also surfaced last week that Bayer, beleaguered by tens of
Roundup lawsuits, may stop retail
sales of its lethal weedkiller as part of a settlement deal.
formerly Monsanto, also said it's
investing $5.6 billion to create an alternative to Roundup.
It's unclear what a Roundup alternative might look like, or what
Corteva might come up with to replace chlorpyrifos.
Will they be better -
or worse - than their predecessors?
Those questions, plus the
need to eliminate all toxic poisons from the food system, are why we
can't let up the pressure anytime soon.
The consumer education and corporate campaigning you help us do, and
the one-of-a-kind investigative work by U.S. Right to Know - an
organization we help fund - is more critical than ever right now.
You may not always realize it. But you helped pressure these
poison-makers to act.
The late activist and writer,
Howard Zinn, once wisely said:
"We don't have to
engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of
change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can
transform the world."
Zinn was right...
Every petition you sign, every phone call you place, when multiplied
by millions of people, moves us closer to getting these
life-threatening chemicals out of your food...