Monsanto’s toxic chemicals are dangerous for the environment and our health. We have less than a month to kick them out of the EU.
Monsanto’s flagship weedkiller, Roundup, is made from a chemical called glyphosate that the World Health Organisation has found to probably cause cancer. Yet its use is now so widespread that traces are found in one out of every three loaves of bread in the UK.
The EU is considering renewing the licence to sell the chemical but over one million people across Europe are opposing this. Will you join the movement?
Help us expose the truth behind Roundup’s labels.
The problem with Monsanto’s weedkiller is just the tip of the iceberg.
Monsanto is the world’s largest agrochemicals company and the 5th largest agrochemicals company. It is at the heart of pushing a food system based on controlling seeds and chemicals that disempowers small-scale farmers, who produce 70% of the world’s food.
Monsanto’s chemicals and seeds have to be purchased every year. This is not only costly for small-scale farmers but also unnecessary. Scientific evidence shows that organic, non-chemical methods are effective for growing healthy food as well as being better for the environment.
Monsanto’s seeds are patented and farmers are required to sign agreements not to replant or reuse the seeds. This means that farmers have to purchase expensive new seeds each year as well as the accompanying chemicals that are required for the seeds to grow. The large-scale uptake of these seeds displaces the use of farmers’ own seeds that they have developed over many years and exchange freely. Essentially, Monsanto’s seeds take control of seeds away from farmers and enhance the control of corporations over seeds and ultimately the food system.
Monsanto also maintains its dominance by using its influence to make it easier to sell more of its seeds and chemicals in different regions. This is through direct lobbying, membership of lobbying bodies and participating in aid schemes like the UK backed New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition. There is also a well-established revolving door between Monsanto and various government jobs across the world.
Help us expose Monsanto’s control of our food.
Take action now
In April, the European parliament called for heavy restrictions on the use of glyphosate, demanding a ban on all non-professional uses. This statement is not binding but may have an impact on the final decision on 18/19 May.
We need your help to expose Monsanto’s secrets far and wide so that we put as much pressure on the EU as possible. And we only have days to take action and help stop the relicensing.
Join hundreds of people in the UK and help us re-label Monsanto’s Roundup bottles to expose their toxic secret.
1) Request your campaign pack, which includes spoof Roundup labels and leaflets.
2) Then head down to your local retailer.
3) Put the label onto a 1L Roundup spray bottle.
4) Take a photo and share it on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtags #Monsanto and #MonsantoExposed – or email it to email@example.com
What impact will this action have?
This action is part of a global movement that is challenging Monsanto and the corporate controlled food system. It is an important chance to influence the outcome of the glyphosate vote in the EU in May. It is also key to raising awareness of the problems that Monsanto and corporations like them cause when they continue to expand their control over the food system. By rebranding Monsanto products with the truth you can help raise public awareness.
How do I find my local stockist?
You can find your local Roundup stockist using this handy store finder on the Roundup website. The best places to go are the big supermarket stores or the large garden centres like BnQ or Homebase.
What are the risks of doing this action?
Overall the possibility of any trouble with the law is small but please undertake this action at your own risk. The main risk will be if a member of staff from the retailer approaches you about your action. If they ask you to remove the label or to leave, you can mitigate this risk by complying with their request. Also, please note we are not campaigning against the retail stockists of Roundup nor are we boycotting the product, so please be polite to shop staff if they approach you (they are only doing their jobs) and to other customers.
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