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Retailers encouraged to sell cancer-causing chemicals in annual 'Pimp up Your Roundup' contest


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(NaturalNews) As if it's not bad enough that stores sell Monsanto's Roundup in the first place, there's actually a contest in place in the UK called "Pimp up Your Roundup." As the saying goes, you can't make this stuff up.(1)

Let's REALLY draw attention to something that contains cancer-causing chemicals like glyphosate, and better yet, let's give it a name that uses a very fitting word for Monsanto and the monstrosities they push on people: pimp.

The contest encourages independent retailers to "go the extra mile to create the most inventive and eye catching Roundup displays." According to the contest's promoter, Roundup UK, whoever wins will receive displays that can house the product.

For example, the two best Roundup-pimping stores in May 2015 are slated to receive a Roundup Ready-to-Use 1L x 116 unit display worth the American equivalent of nearly $2,000. That winner is expected to be announced at the end of May.(1,2)

March and April also saw winners; two winners in March received a Roundup Pump N Go Mini 2.5L x 64 unit display worth about $3,500.(1)

"Never been a better time" to pimp up your Roundup, says business director

Gary Philpotts, Roundup Lawn and Garden UK business director said, "Retailers totally embraced the 'Pimp up Your Roundup' promotion last year and we were really impressed by the standard of entry and the length retailers went to, to create standout, which is one of the reasons why we've decided to run the promotion again." He goes on to explain that the contest started even earlier this year -- in March -- due to last year's success of the UK's number one weedkiller brand. "This year we are kicking off the campaign early to make sure retailers can make the most of the season," Philpotts said. "There has never been a better time to create an eye catching Roundup display!"(3)

Past winners have included elaborate retail displays, including the presence of a large, stuffed Chewbacca from Star Wars or a blonde-wigged mannequin standing amid rows of Roundup. They can be viewed on the contest page's slideshow.

While these retailers are jumping at the chance to receive Roundup bling, they should really be focused on the fact that they're turning into Monsanto pimps, pushing the cancer-causing product on their customers in an effort to boost their own sales. By suggesting that retailers create elaborate, head-turning displays that are vying for attention, customers -- from homeowners to lawn care workers -- are tempted to purchase the body-harming toxins.

Stop the games and focus on the fertility issues and cancers linked to glyphosate

It's no secret that Roundup's glyphosate has been linked to numerous health problems including fertility issues, cancers and Parkinson's disease. Study after study has found ties with the chemical to problems with the environment as well as the human body; it's even been associated with total cell death of human placental cells, embryonic cells, kidney cells and neonate umbilical cord cells, according to a study conducted by French researchers. Users have also reported burns to their eye, redness, swelling and diarrhea upon use of Roundup.(4,5)

Yet the games go on. Literally. Monsanto maintains that Roundup is safe. The company's website splashes favorable Roundup information around detailing that "Under present and expected conditions of use, Roundup herbicide does not pose a health risk to humans." It all gets filtered from there, and before you know it, retailers are excited to push the brand in their stores through attention-getting contests designed to keep this sad game going.(6)


(1) http://www.roundup-garden.com

(2) http://www.roundup-garden.com

(3) http://gardencentreretail.com

(4) http://www.reuters.com

(5) http://www.naturalnews.com

(6) http://www.monsanto.com[PDF]

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