Los Angeles didn’t wait a moment to act when a second jury in a matter of months declared that the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, glysophate, causes cancer. Following the case, the county of Los Angeles banned any further use of the toxic weedkiller by all county departments.
Glysophate is the most heavily used herbicide in the world, but it’s quickly falling out of favor. More than 50 cities and counties in the US have banned its use on parks, playgrounds, and schoolyards. On top of that, Costco recently became the first major retailer to cut Roundup from its shelves last week after a petition with more than 150,000 signatures was delivered to the company.