It’s no wonder Monsanto asked the WHO for a retraction when a group of their appointed scientists called the main chemical in Roundup, glyphosate, ‘probably carcinogenic.’ The fallout was and is immense. Now, two Swiss supermarket chains are ditching the biotech chemicals due to health concerns.
Coop and Migros have each announced that they will no longer sell products that contain glyphosate and will be exploring non-toxic weed killing alternatives.
Coop stated in a press release that:
“Even if the (Swiss) Federal Office for Agriculture (BLW) judges glyphosate can continue to be sold without a health hazard for the population, we decided on Monday, May 18th to no longer sell any glyphosate-based products in Coop supermarkets and Coop Building & Hobby hardware stores.”
The store is being proactive:
“…we don’t sell the concentrate, but only a very diluted form, the ready-made products. These concentrations are up to 48 times lower than the range used in agricultural products.”
Migros joins Coop in halting the sales of glyphosate-containing products. A spokesperson said that they would begin immediately to remove the products from their shelves.
These Swiss companies’ act follows that of the German giant retailer REWE Group who decided to remove glyphosate herbicides from their 350 ‘toom Baumarkt DIY’ stores in September.
And all of these decisions are among numerous others being made around the world. Here are some examples of what has recently taken place against glyphosate in the world
- A Danish authority has now declared glyphosate a human carcinogen and says “don’t use it.”
- Sri Lanka’s newly elected president, Maithripala Sirisena, announced that the import of Monsanto’s favorite killing-tool, glyphosate, will no longer be allowed in the country.
- Colombia, known the world over as a center of illicit drug trade, will remove glyphosate chemicals from their coca crops – the raw material used to make cocaine.
Glyphosate and the biotech company that is responsible for its creation are getting plenty of negative press, but money talks, and when one retailer after another stops selling the merchandise, you can guess what happens next.
Be sure to continue to o find out more on glyphosate and its related health concerns.
Christina Sarich is a humanitarian and freelance writer helping you to Wake up Your Sleepy Little Head, and See the Big Picture. Her blog is Yoga for the New World. Her latest book is Pharma Sutra: Healing the Body And Mind Through the Art of Yoga.