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Policy Plate BLOG

Your daily serving of food and farm policy.

A Toxic Herbicide Boom in the Last Two Decades

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Glyphosate, an ingredient in many herbicides that has recently been found to be “probably” carcinogenic, has seen a 16-fold uptick in use over the past 20 years.

EWG’s Mary Ellen Kustin: 

“American growers sprayed 280 million pounds of glyphosate on their crops in 2012, according to U.S. Geological Survey data. That amounts to nearly a pound of glyphosate for every person in the country.  “

Read more about the nationwide expansion of glyphosate here.

Table Scraps

The Des Moines Register reports that many food companies are revamping their recipes to appease the growing base of consumers who avoid unnatural ingredients.

EWG calls for agrochemical giant, Monsanto, to retract their statements about a recent report by the World Health Organization that calls many of their products into question.

Tweet of the Day


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Herd Around the Hill

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