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Published: May 23, 2016
National Map Reveals Use Of Monsanto's Toxic Glyphosate in Parks and Playgrounds

Reverend Billy and The Stop Shopping Choir published an online interactive map ( to warn citizens of the dangers of carcinogenic glyphosate in parks and playgrounds in New York City, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Philadelphia and California school yards and ballfields. The next phase of national mapping includes Los Angeles, Des Moines, Pittsburgh, Miami, Las Vegas, Atlanta, Omaha, Houston, Dallas, Phoenix, Denver, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Cleveland and Cincinnati. The maps have been viewed nearly 100,000 times. Data was acquired through Freedom of Information law requests.

Monsanto's RoundUp and its key ingredient glyphosate, are major weapons in the nation's arsenal of herbicides. Meanwhile, scientific evidence that glyphosate is toxic is approaching the level of scientific consensus. The map helps parents avoid exposing their children to Monsanto's toxic glyphosate. It also exposes the extensive use of the deadly chemical by governments across the country.

The World Health Organization says glyphosate is a probable carcinogen. Scientific studies have found glyphosate to cause non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and other cancers, birth defects, and celiac disease, allergies, asthma, chronic fatigue syndrome. Glyphosate is persistent in body tissue, blood and breast milk in humans. The non-profit organization, Moms Across America, finds exposure to RoundUp has cause pregnancy problems, including stillbirths.

Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir are on the front lines of creative direct action from Occupy Wall Street to the global headquarters of Monsanto and the police station in nearby Ferguson, Missouri to the stage at Joe's Pub at the Public Theater in New York, and out into arenas opening for Neil Young. 

Reverend Billy is the author of "The Earth Wants YOU." Reverend Billy and The Stop Shopping Choir, directed by Savitri D, are artists-in-residence at Joe's Pub at The Public Theater in New York City. They have released four albums. They were the subject of Morgan Spurlock's documentary "What Would Jesus Buy?" 

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