Costco First Major Retailer to Stop Selling Monsanto’s Roundup Herbicide

In another major blow to Monsanto, Costco agrees to drop all herbicides containing glyphosate

 

Costco has agreed to remove Roundup and all other herbicides containing glyphosate from its shelves, according to Moms Across America.

The anti-GMO awareness group petitioned Costco, Lowes and Home Depot to stop selling the products after the recent Johnson vs. Monsanto-cancer verdict was upheld. The case set the precedent for thousands of other cases against Monsanto, all claiming exposure to Roundup caused non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

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The mom’s group gathered over 150,000 signatures on change.org, asking the three retailers to stop selling the toxic herbicide.

Costco is the first to respond, according to Moms Across America founder Zen Honeycutt:

“I called the headquarters, and after two days of messages and calls, I did finally confirm with three people that Costco was not ordering Roundup or any glyphosate-based herbicides for the incoming spring shipments,” she wrote on her website.

When she asked for an official statement, Honeycutt said she was told that Costco does not usually issue press releases about which items they have discontinued.

“One employee mentioned that they had looked into organic alternatives first and were happy with the results. More than one employee mentioned the lawsuit (Johnson V Monsanto) for part of the reasoning. They said they just felt like it was the right thing to do.”

UPDATE: Honeycutt has since revealed by email that Bryce Wentworth, buyer for Costco’s lawn and garden center, is one of the employees she spoke to. He didn’t want his name used at first, but has since made a public statement to the Environmental Health Center confirming the decision.

The group is now asking members to call Home Depot and Lowes and ask them to follow suit [. . .]

via Costco To Be First Major Retailer to Stop Selling Monsanto’s Roundup Herbicide — Return to Now

6 thoughts on “Costco First Major Retailer to Stop Selling Monsanto’s Roundup Herbicide

  1. Well, that is wonderful news! And I am going to be placing calls to Lowe’s and Home Depot because if Costco can find organic alternatives to Roundup than so can those companies. It is about time some corporation expressed concern for people and the environment especially seeing as how the government is not going to do its damn job and ban everything and ALL things Bayer-Monsanto!

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    • Shelby, I have to admit I’ve been quite impressed by the work done by Moms Across America. When I left the US in 2002, hardly any Americans had heard of GMOs, and it was largely owing to their work the issue became widely known.

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