Mexico announces a plan to be 100% glyphosate-free by 2024
Mexico is breaking free from Monsanto’s grip on its soil.
The country’s Environment Ministry just announced it plans to gradually reduce the amount of glyphosate farmers are allowed to use, until it is completely phased out in 2024.
“Beyond productivity, there is human and environmental health,” Director of the Renewable Natural Resources Department Adelita San Vicente Tello said in a statement.
Glyphosate is the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, and one of the most controversial chemicals in the world.
It’s currently the subject of thousands of lawsuits claiming it causes non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
Farmers and landscapers who administer the weedkiller to their crops and lawns are the most exposed, but almost all of us consume trace amounts of glyphosate residue left on our grains, fruits and veggies and secondhand through meats and dairy, unless we eat all organic.
The World Health Organization and the state of California recognize the weedkiller as a probable carcinogen, and an increasing number of judges are also recognizing it as such, awarding millions of dollars to plaintiffs.
Not only is the weedkiller harmful to human health, organizations like the Center for Biological Diversity claim it’s terrible for ecological health, wiping out entire ecosystems of living organisms from soil bacteria to plants to pollinators and birds.
Mexico’s National Council of Science and Technology is analyzing alternatives to glyphosate-herbicides, including methods used by indigenous farmers for thousands of years.