A bill to ban glyphosate (the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller) was introduced in the Vermont legislature in 2019, and will be carried over to the 2020 legislative session:
House Bill H.301 would ban the sale, use, and application of glyphosate.
TAKE ACTION: Tell your state representatives to support this bill to ban glyphosate!
According to state data collected by Regeneration Vermont, the use of glyphosate in Vermont more than doubled from 2014-2016, driven primarily by the increased production of Monsanto’s genetically engineered Roundup Ready corn.
This glyphosate-tolerant corn is now grown on more than 92,000 acres, making it, by far, the state’s No. 1 crop. The corn is used to feed the state’s 135,000 dairy cows, which are increasingly confined to industrial-sized factory farm feedlots rather than being grazed on pasture.
In 2016, 62,458 pounds of glyphosate was used in Vermont, up from the 27,440 pounds used in 2014—and much of it has ended up in Vermont’s waterways.