Our government acts to prevent plane crashes — but not carcinogens in our food


Make text smaller Make text larger





To the Editor:

In the wake of two tragic crashes of Boeing’s 737 MAX 8, U.S. regulators have grounded the airliner. A government ensuring the safety of citizens would appear to be a responsible action. However, if we look at other public safety issues, there are huge shortcomings.

The exposure to the herbicide glyphosate, which is known as Roundup and primarily manufactured by Monsanto (Bayer), has been linked to non-Hodgkin lymphoma. This disease kills about a quarter million people per year (North America has the highest rate). This equates to around four of those jetliner crashes per day — every day!

Since the safety of glyphosate exposure has come into question, our government has not moved to protect people. To the contrary, our lawmakers have acted against our interests repeatedly, by passing laws that in effect have increased our exposure to this and other agricultural chemicals. Anti-labeling laws have also been passed that cloud our ability to avoid exposure to these chemicals. Government agencies that should be responsible with ensuring food safety have fallen under control of companies like Monsanto, rather than sponsoring independent studies to determine the safety of glyphosate, they accept industry claims of product safety, and in some cases thwart investigations into the relationship between glyphosate exposure and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, which has now become a health epidemic.

I think it is proper that the safety issues of Boeing’s new plane be resolved before it is allowed to fly. But why should Boeing be grounded for the occurrence of a mere two crashes while at the same time the companies that produce glyphosate may be causing the equivalent of 1,400 plane crashes per year that go uninvestigated. We can even choose not to fly — but we can't choose not to eat.

John Harrigan

Goshen



Make text smaller Make text larger

Comments

Pool Rules



MUST READ NEWS

(No heading)

Read more »
Image

Home sits in well-knit community
A beautiful home in a close-knit community awaits in the Barry Lakes section of Vernon. Enter this beautiful world that allows you to easily make new friends while keeping the...
Read more »
Image

Lakeside views

Read more »
Image

Latest Trend: Outdoor Fire Pits
By Johanna Bermudez
Fire pits can bring back special childhood memories, but for some the thought of adding a fire pit or fire place to their own backyard may seem...

Read more »
Image

VIDEOS



Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required
Community Newspapers



MOST READ

Local News
Combining Brewing and Farming
  • May 17, 2019
Local News
Bluegrass, Beer, and The Bus
  • May 17, 2019
Entertainment
Almost Queen coming to Newton
  • May 17, 2019
Entertainment
Improv duo bringing show to Newton
  • May 17, 2019

MOST COMMENTED



Find more about Weather in Lafayette, NJ