More than 80 scientists worldwide are calling on governments at all levels to ban the spraying of glyphosate herbicides, based on overwhelming evidence of harm from scientific studies and witness testimonies compiled by the group
Please circulate widely and forward to your local government representatives
This letter has been signed by 572 scientists and 960 non-scientists from 72 different countries - add your name
We, the undersigned international scientists and medical
professionals, call on governments at all levels to ban the spraying of
glyphosate herbicides. As professionals who have read the literature on
glyphosate herbicides and their effects, we have concluded that they are
causing irreparable harm.
The World Health
Organization’s recent reclassification of glyphosate as a “probable human
carcinogen” is only a small part of the known toxicity of glyphosate herbicides.
Chronic exposure to glyphosate herbicides is associated not only with cancers,
but also with infertility, impotence, abortions, birth defects, neurotoxicity,
hormonal disruption, immune reactions, an unnamed fatal kidney disease,
chronic diarrhoea, autism and other ailments.
In addition to human
diseases, glyphosate herbicides are linked to more than 40 new and re-emerging
major crop diseases. They are causing irreparable harm to the entire food web;
including the plant kingdom, beneficial microbes that supply nutrients to our
crops and soils, fish and other aquatic life, amphibians, butterflies, bees,
birds, mammals, and the human microbiome.
For the sake of the
planet, our children and our grandchildren, all spraying of glyphosate
herbicides should be immediately replaced with eco-friendly alternatives that
restore damaged food webs. We urge you to have the courage to stop the
destruction of life on our planet as leaders for future generations.
Scientific reviews, papers, and witness testimonies are
Morag Parnell Comment left 8th June 2015 12:12:48 It has been a long time in coming.! Thank you for doing this, and for all the work leading up to it.
I do not use Facebook much but have circulated to all on my mailing lists including the Alliance for Cancer Prevention.
Xavier Borràs Comment left 8th June 2015 13:01:20 In Catalonia there are a similar campaign that promotes Som lo que Sembrem:
Arthur Jarrett Comment left 8th June 2015 13:01:56 Glyphos. Manifesto - Add Name - Non-scientist.
Please can you add my name, as a supportive non-scientist to the Glyphosate Manifesto.
Weekly updates not required.
Gail Hek Comment left 8th June 2015 13:01:58 The fields and verges around me are regularly sprayed with glysophate-in fact I was once sprayed with it directly on my body whilst sunbathing through the hedge. I am fighting breast cancer and many bee keeper friends have lost bee colonies. I went organic once I realised how much fruit and vegetables were sprayed and even within the plant itself with neonicotinoids. I was even more shocked when I found out wheat was sprayed before harvesting to dry it.
Paul Smola Comment left 8th June 2015 16:04:12 I could hardly walk, had liver issues with yellow in the whites of my eyes and major joint pain for two years due to canola oil that was treated with Glyphosate. To this day, if I have any food that has been cooked with Canola oil, my knees get very painful, my stomach gets bloated and my intestines get very "gasie".
DR John Moran Comment left 8th June 2015 18:06:03 Pesticides are responsible for many problems in the human and animal world.
Upgrading of aromatase to potent Oestrones may be responsible for an increase in Breast and Prostate cancers.
Doug Peterson Comment left 8th June 2015 19:07:30 I am very happy to see the information concerning toxicity. I consider this to be the major physical and psychological issue today related to physical and mental health.
james Comment left 9th June 2015 07:07:09 I am very concerned that in the whole GMO debate the issue of glyphosate application on food crops is being overlooked. An outright ban of, what is in essence a chelator, is not very useful. A ban on the use of glyphosate on food crops would address the issue in a more balanced way
Dr. Matthew Buckley Comment left 9th June 2015 07:07:41 There's no doubt that roundup is fueling a number of degenerative diseases. We either stop Monsanto, or Monsanto is going to stop most of the human and animal life on the planet.
Ross Pelton Comment left 9th June 2015 16:04:07 The harm that the herbicide glyphosate/Roundup
is doing to human health and the environment is ASTRONOMICAL…!!!
I urge everyone to sign the Manifesto on Glyphosate to as many people as possible and forward it to as many people as possible, especially politicians you have access to.
Please, PLEASE, do your part to help stop this global catastrophe.
Brian Hauser MD Comment left 9th June 2015 19:07:39 By Dr. Mercola
The use of glyphosate, the active ingredient in the broad-spectrum herbicide Roundup, has dramatically risen over the past 15 years, right in step with the use of GE crops.
According to Dr. Stephanie Seneff, a senior research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), glyphosate appears to be strongly correlated with the rise in celiac disease.
Dr. Anthony Samsel and Dr. Seneff produced some phenomenal research1 on this connection, which was published in December last year. Previously, she has investigated the relationship between glyphosate and the development of a wide array of modern diseases, including autism.
She believes that glyphosate may in fact act as a transporter for aluminum (a common vaccine adjuvant) into the brain. It also appears to transport arsenic into the kidneys. For more in-depth information on this glyphosate-autism link, please listen to the full version of Dr. Seneff's interview.
Use of Roundup Matches Increased Use of GE Crops, and Rise in Chronic Diseases
Her initial findings were published in the journal Entropy2 last year, which was followed by a second paper,3 again co-authored with Dr. Samsel, which links glyphosate to celiac disease specifically.
"There's an extremely strong correlation between the use of Roundup on corn and soy over time and the increase in all these different diseases, and celiac disease is one of them," she says.
"We certainly have seen an explosive appearance of celiac disease almost overnight in the last five to 10 years... Now you have a growing section of gluten-free choices of various food products...
Lots of people are intolerant to gluten, of course. But people aren't thinking, 'Why is this now true? This didn't use to be true'... I was really puzzled because wheat is not a GE product... GMO wheat is not a product that's on the market."
So what's going on? Dr. Seneff's research reveals that when it comes to gluten intolerance and celiac disease, the problem actually doesn't stem from genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
Rather it’s related to the use of glyphosate just before the harvesting of many of the non-organic wheat crops, in order to reduce the amount of residue that needs to be cleared and to get a head start on next year’s weeds.
Glyphosate-Treated Wheat Promotes Celiac Disease
Celiac disease is a severe reaction to gluten that primarily affects your gastrointestinal system. Glyphosate has been shown to severely damage your gut flora and cause chronic diseases rooted in gut dysfunction.
The use of glyphosate on wheat crops has risen in tandem with the rise in celiac disease. In fact, it correlates to a greater degree than glyphosate usage on corn and soy.
According to Dr. Seneff, desiccating4 non-organic wheat crops with glyphosate just before harvest came in vogue about 15 years ago. Interestingly enough, when you expose wheat to a toxic chemical like glyphosate, it actually releases more seeds. “It ‘goes to seed’ as it dies,” Dr. Seneff explains. “At its last gasp, it releases the seed.”
This results in slightly greater yield, and the glyphosate also kills rye grass, a major weed problem for wheat growers that is resistant to many other herbicides. What they're not taking into consideration is the fact that rye grass helps rebalance the soil, and from that perspective is a beneficial plant.
So, most of the non-organic wheat supply is now contaminated with glyphosate. A large percentage of processed foods are made from wheat, and this helps explain the explosion of celiac disease and other gut dysfunction.
What happens is that the villi in your gut get destroyed by the glyphosate, which reduces your ability to absorb vitamins and minerals. Also, wheat contains gliadin, which is difficult to break down. Normally, a reaction takes place that builds connections between different proteins in the wheat.
But glyphosate gets right in the middle of that process too, resulting in wheat that is highly indigestible. Dr. Seneff and her co-researcher Dr. Anthony Samsel believe the glyphosate may attach to the gliadin as a consequence of a chemical reaction. The end result is that your body develops an immune reaction. As noted in their study:5
"[G]ut dysbiosis, brought on by exposure to glyphosate, plays a crucial role in the development of celiac disease. Many CYP enzymes are impaired in association with celiac disease, and we show that glyphosate's known suppression of CYP enzyme activity in plants and animals plausibly explains this effect in humans."
Glyphosate Disrupts Important Sulfate Pathway Implicated in Celiac Disease
Glyphosate causes gut dysbiosis (a condition of microbial imbalance in your intestines that can lead to gut inflammation and leaky gut) and an overgrowth of pathogens. Sulfur, and the sulfur pathway, plays in important part in optimal health, and when your gut is inflamed, your body’s ability to transport sulfate is impaired.
This is in part why Dr. Seneff recommends soaking in magnesium sulfate (Epsom salt) baths rather than taking a sulfur supplement (such as chondroitin sulfate, for example.) This way, it can bypass your gut mucosa. The sulfur pathway is also implicated in celiac disease, and this is the connection between glyphosate exposure and celiac:
"There are two classes of molecules that transport sulfate. One is the sterols: cholesterol, vitamin D, and all sex hormones – estrogen, testosterone, and DHEA. On the other side, you have all the neurotransmitters. This is the dopamine, melatonin, serotonin, and the adrenaline. All of those transport sulfate. They're all derived from this pathway that glyphosate disrupts," Dr. Seneff explains.
"Glyphosate disrupts the shikimate pathway, which is a biological pathway in plants and in microbes. That pathway produces the precursors to all those neurotransmitters. When you can't produce those precursors... because of the glyphosate, you become deficient.
This links directly to celiac disease because serotonin is very strongly implicated in celiac disease. In fact, you have an overproduction of serotonin whenever you have dietary tryptophan. In celiac, these cells are hypersensitized. They take in the tryptophan and make serotonin out of it [editor's note: the majority of serotonin is produced in your gut, not your brain].
Tryptophan is one of the products of this pathway that glyphosate disrupts. Your body is really eager to grab every bit of tryptophan it can find in the diet and immediately turn it into serotonin... But too much serotonin causes diarrhea. That's how you get a connection to the celiac disease behavior."
To summarize, most of the serotonin that's produced in your body is produced in your gut in response to tryptophan. Wheat is a good source of tryptophan, but when the wheat is contaminated with glyphosate, your gut cells go into overdrive and begin producing too much serotonin, which in turn produces many of the common symptoms of celiac disease, such as diarrhea.
Celiac Disease Comorbidities
According to Dr. Seneff, there are a number of comorbidities of celiac disease: diseases or conditions that are more common in people with celiac disease compared to the normal population. For example, they have a higher risk of producing children with disabilities and various birth defects. One example is anencephaly or microcephaly, which is a missing brain or small brain.
She notes that this exceptionally rare disorder, anencephaly, has become increasingly common in babies born in certain regions of Washington State. While this serious birth defect normally affects only one in the entire US population each year, there have been about 20 cases born in Washington State over the course of just two or three years.
"They looked at everything except at glyphosate," she notes. "They didn't look at glyphosate because they consider it to be harmless. They are using tons of it around the waterway...There have been papers written that have shown that glyphosate causes anencephaly in frogs—a clear connection there. I even know why. It's because of the excess retinoic acid, which is well-known to cause anencephaly... glyphosate also disrupts cytochrome p450 enzymes in the liver; it's a CYP enzyme that breaks down retinoic acid.
When you can't break it down... the retinoic acid builds up and becomes toxic to the embryo. It's very clear to me, that connection. And then, of course, the celiac disease is an indicator of glyphosate exposure. Celiac patients also have a very high risk of cancer. That's probably why they die prematurely. They typically live a shorter life. I think their life is reduced by three to five years."
Gastrointestinal (GI) cancer and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma are among the most common comorbidities among those with celiac disease. Here Dr. Seneff goes into a number of details relating to glyphosate's influence on cancer and its link to non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. For those details, please listen to the full version Dr. Seneff's interview, or read through the transcript. It seems clear that if you have cancer or non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, you'd be wise to switch to an all-organic diet in order to avoid any further exposure to glyphosate.
Dr. Seneff believes it's important to address sulfate deficiency whenever you're suffering with a chronic disease, including cancer and lymphoma. In her opinion, eating sulfur-rich foods is part and parcel of the solution. Garlic is a very good source of sulfur. Raw garlic is the most potent. According to Dr. Seneff, you don't need to concern yourself with the issue of sulfate transport because the garlic form of sulfur is very easy to transport. Your red blood cells oxidize it to sulfate, and it gets into your blood as sulforaphane.
Glyphosate Chelates Minerals and Promotes Deficiencies
Making sure you're getting enough trace minerals is also important, as glyphosate disrupts a wide variety of them, including manganese, iron, cobalt (cobalamin) and molybdenum, and copper, just to name a few. All of these minerals are affected because the glyphosate causes your body to mismanage them. It chelates the minerals in your gut, so the gut bacteria can't get to them. And your gut bacteria need minerals to work properly. For example, Lactobacillus depends on manganese. According to Dr. Seneff, these bacteria have an unusual mechanism to protect themselves from oxidative damage, which involves manganese. But they can't get at it because the manganese hides inside the glyphosate molecule...
The human body depends on minerals for a wide variety of functions, but it's important to get minerals in a bioavailable form. You can't take a mineral supplement. You need to get them through your diet so that your body can utilize them properly. Hence, an organic diet devoid of glyphosate is again the answer. Natural salt, such as sea salt or Himalayan salt is also a good addition to eating lots of vegetables.
Is There Hope for the Future?
The chemical technology industry controls most of our government agencies from the inside these days, which can easily make one despondent. Is there any hope for the future?
"There is hope," Dr. Seneff says. "I have hope through China and Russia, interestingly enough. Russia has made a pretty strong stand against GMO. Putin has been saying, 'You can go ahead and eat your GMO foods, but we don't want them.' The guy knows, which I love. And I just came back from a conference in Beijing put on by Professor Gu.
She brought in people from around the world... who are sounding the alarm about GMOs and Roundup. Don Huber was there, and Mae-Wan Ho... Jeffrey Smith... and from Australia, there was Judy Carman, who studied the pigs...China will really have an impact if they simply refuse to import GMO soy. They're finding, by the way, that in step with the increased imports of GMO Roundup-Ready soy… they're finding tremendous increases in autism, Parkinson's disease, infertility, and all the same things we're seeing here.
...I just do not understand how the US government refuses to acknowledge that we're basically slowly poisoning and killing our population. We're going to have a huge autism problem in 10 or 15 years. Mothers rising up and saying 'I'm going to feed my child organic food only'—that's the only way we're going to stop it. We have to push the organic movement... In fact, one of the people at this conference was Zen Honeycutt, founder of Moms Across America, which is an organization of moms. Her son had autism. She fixed his autism by putting him on an organic diet."
Can You Detox Glyphosate?
It's important to understand that you cannot wash glyphosate off genetically engineered foods, as it is then incorporated into each cell of the plant. And when you're consuming processed foods, clearly you cannot rinse off any contamination—it's already been processed into the final product. So truly, the only way to eliminate it from your diet is to avoid conventionally grown foods and processed foods, and to eat as many organic foods as possible. Organic standards do not permit glyphosate. Do not confuse this with labels that say "natural" or "all-natural." These are not regulated, and are often GMO!
This is equally if not more important when it comes to meat and other animal products, as factory-farmed animals are typically raised on a GMO diet, and glyphosate bioaccumulates in the tissues. So what about detoxing? According to Dr. Seneff, they've had some success detoxing animals of glyphosate by feeding them charcoal and humus (the dark organic material in soils). The problem, again, is that glyphosate bioaccumulates throughout your body, and it can be difficult to get out. It's also unclear just how effective taking charcoal might be for humans.
In short, it's much harder to reverse the damage once it's done, so the answer is to avoid glyphosate from the start—especially in your child's diet. The only way to do that right now is to buy certified organic food, or food from a local farmer you know is not using glyphosate or other synthetic chemicals. Perhaps the best alternative is to grow your own. "I think there's going to be a run on organic once everybody wakes up," Dr. Seneff says. "If you're not growing your own, you won't have access. It would be very difficult."
Take Control of Your Health—Choose Your Foods Wisely
According to Dr. Seneff, a number of frightening revelations concerning GE foods themselves came out during the Beijing conference, which we did not have time to go over in this interview. But clearly, besides the potential hazards associated with GE foods—which includes heightened allergenicity—the issue of glyphosate contamination is a very important one. It appears to play an instrumental role not only in celiac disease, but also in autism, Alzheimer's, and cancer. In fact, Dr. Seneff's work suggests it may play a role in most chronic diseases.
"There are many, many reasons to avoid these processed foods that our government is encouraging us to eat," she says. "Taking complete ownership of your food by growing your own is the most special thing you can do, not just for yourself but for humanity and for the earth itself. Everyone who pitches in to contribute their piece of healthy grown food with developing healthy soil is so important to our future salvation because if we don't move fast with this, we're going to end up with a country that's so sick... we're going to spend all of our time and all of our money taking care of the sick and needy. We won't be able to do anything else.
We need to move quickly, and individually make ourselves healthy by eating healthy foods and by putting in the effort to cook and the effort to grow the food ourselves. Buy organic. Support the organic farmers. Don't worry about the fact that it's costing you a little more in food because it's going to save you a huge amount on healthcare down the road. It's going to totally pay for itself. If people can get into that mindset, we can make it happen as individuals. We don't need the government [to act]."
Ragnhild Boes Comment left 10th June 2015 07:07:23 COncerns for the health of current and coming generations demand that we do our utmost to create a healthy environment - and remove toxins that may be causing harm. Cancr has become epidemic in our time, and we need to remove anything that my contribute to it.
Kevin Coleman Comment left 10th June 2015 07:07:14 There is a particular reluctance on the part of the powers that be to actually ban Glyphosate based herbicides and I suspect part of it is because GM crops modified to be tolerant to Monsanto's Roundup herbicide make up about 80% of all GM crops grown globally and the banning of Glyphosate would put a huge spanner into the works of the pro GM lobby and the bio-tech industry all in one fell swoop. I doubt that the powers that be will actually stop the use of this herbicide until there is an adequate replacement to maintain both profit for their fat cat friends and maintain credibility and functionality of the GM crop program especially where there is an issue of herbicide tolerance to prop up.
D. Owens Comment left 10th June 2015 07:07:52 One wonders if this is why the marked increase in Crohn's disease in humans also - a disease which is not 'reportable' to the authorities but which went from rare to common now, and is especially devastating because it hits just when young adults are starting out their working lives.
Arya Comment left 10th June 2015 18:06:32 Glyphosate and Monsanto's Roundup is killing ALL life on this planet:
Umberto Leonetti Comment left 10th June 2015 21:09:26 CLEAN FOOD SOURCES
Our feed is our primary source of energy. Just as other energy sources, food must be clean and renewable.
Isn’t man what he eats?
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Mary Fraser Comment left 10th June 2015 21:09:13 My family has owned a property in the middle of the Midwest US corn growing region for the past 100 years. In the last three years most of the small mammal life, bird life and insect life has disappeared. I fear for our future.
Risa Beach Comment left 11th June 2015 06:06:08 It's good to see people are finally seeing the light about this horrific problem. IRT- keep up the good work!
Michelle Lecuyer Comment left 13th June 2015 21:09:15 Please continue to share this widely on social media. Awareness is being generated and we are in the midst of true change. Together we are making a difference and truth is coming out. We are reaching a tipping point!
Michel Woodbury Comment left 14th June 2015 08:08:07 Here in Puerto Rico they's starting to be a small movement against pesticides. Just a couple weeks ago there was a march against Monsanto. I'm afraid it is big money against the little guy so I do not have much hope for this. I continue to be impressed with what Dr. Mercola is doing to keeping as many people up-to-date on this ecological disaster. Did you know that Monsanto wanted Michelle Obama to use pesticides in her garden so that she would be giving a good name to his garbage? Luckily she refused. However she cannot mention that she has an organic garden. Very sad.
Jacquie Williams Comment left 16th June 2015 14:02:34 We have a Prime Minister here in Canada who cares nothing for the people, only the almighty dollar. I will continue to shout and speak out against Monsanto's continued poisoning of our planet and populace.
Al Jablan Comment left 17th June 2015 16:04:43 I am thrilled that Hungary is in the forefront of struggling against one of the most sinister aspects of globalization, the spread of GMOs and destructive dangerous medical pharmaceutical chemical industrial agricultural practices.
One remembers DDT Thalidomide Organophosphorus insecticides nerve gases DES dioxin and a whole host of toxins which caused cancer of the vagina in daughters, the horrific phocomelia. I just heard from an endocrinologist from Toronto that there are innumerable cases of thyroid cancer from Chernobyl and of course we cannot forget Fukushima and DU weapons in Desert Storm.
Mac Fairrington Comment left 18th June 2015 16:04:26 We have a volunteer group who assist our council with regard to littering. however we are very concerned how the council treat the general public by spraying Glyphosate around children parks and player areas. they also spray against residents property without permission. HSE and RoSPA regulations are not followed and they disregard PPE protection of their workers
Robyn Wood Comment left 19th June 2015 09:09:52 The poisoning of our planet has to stop. Corporate scientists need to take long term health and safety studies seriously. Its not good enough to cross your fingers and hope when unleashing new technology onto the marketplace like glyphosate and GMOs.
denise ward Comment left 21st June 2015 21:09:37 It's funny why we still have government. It is the biggest hindrance to our health and happiness. It's supposed to save us time, but it's not doing that. We'd be better off voting on issues ourselves, representing ourselves 100%. With the internet, this could be done quite easily. We need circumvent the obstacles and save ourselves misery, poor health and our time lobbying the dingbats.
ester Comment left 22nd June 2015 22:10:01 Agire , piuttosto che parlare !
diana vandiver Comment left 22nd June 2015 22:10:46 Our govt could put a stop to Monsanto and others poisoning our food sources.
Cathy Comment left 27th June 2015 21:09:08 Please read Brian Hauser comment 9 June. Please also note that some medications are now inappropriate for celiacs. They do contain cautions but people have taken them as the GP prescribed them and have resulted in near fatality. So saddening that human greed has caused such harm. Please advise all your acquaintance that these risks are real and avoidable. Please join our quest to make the world a safer place.
Maria Grazia Paris Comment left 28th June 2015 14:02:31 I'm very interesting about the environmental problems because in the last decades the world has becoming more and more poisoned in many fields.The public opinion is often unaware of many of these risks because the mean information organs are subjected by the big corporations interests. I didn't know for a long time that the glyphosate (Roundup) is so used in Italy, although the GMOs are forbidden. Now I'm not even sure the GMOs are really absent in our factory farms.
Laurie Olson Comment left 13th July 2015 16:04:00 I've been working with Moms Across America for the past three years and we have many, many moms (including myself) who have seen drastic changes for the better in our kids health and our own health as we transition off foods that are Genetically Engineered and foods that are being sprayed with Glyphosate and onto organic foods. I'm shocked to see the widespread use of toxic chemicals in communities. My own neighbor sprayed Weed B Gon and when I looked it up in had 2-4-D and Dicamba and 99.2 % undisclosed ingredients. How can that be sane? Why would anyone spray something all over that they don't even know what is in it? What happens when all those chemicals enter the food chain? The birds eat the worms living in the chemical doused soil...Pretty soon there are fewer and fewer birds.
Arne Bold Comment left 22nd July 2015 07:07:12 37 years ago I was poisoned with DDT in Israel .My health has never been the same despite healthy lifestyle and food . Roundup has been used all around me by neighbors and the council for so many years despite my endless request to not be exposed to it (on my own property ) . It has made me extremely ill countless times over the years and caused my systemic cancer which almost killed me .I'm still fighting for my life with natural treatment as always since I cannot take any pharmaceutical drugs as I am extremely chemically sensitive . Roundup has been used as a "politically correct , legal weapon" against me over the years . This is nothing less than urban terrorism !Yes , it is extreme and very real . As a result of endless attacks by poisoning I live with severe PTSD as well . Nobody cares . No compensation . No help . This poison must be banned globally and not be replaced with more poisons . The world needs to go organic . Chemically injured people need to be recognized and helped , not mocked and victimized repeatedly !We are the canaries .
Paula Comment left 3rd August 2015 10:10:30 Thank you for your handwork and courage.
Ahmed Faruk Umar Comment left 5th August 2015 21:09:16 Its even more pathetic in this part of the world. Herbicide application is not regulated. Though awareness is now been created in farming communities in towns and villages. I am part of the campaign....
Paule Hjertaas Comment left 10th August 2015 18:06:20 and the US just approved RoundUp and 2,4-D ready cotton...In the years we have partial pesticide sales data for in Saskatchewan Canada,(2001-3), glyphosate based herbicides accounted for more than 1/2 of all pesticide sued, close to 8 million kg.
Nathalie Hachet Comment left 12th August 2015 11:11:00 Thanks for escalating this issue. The disastrous effects of Glyphosate upon the biodiversity are alarmingly unequivocal!
Athol Harrison Comment left 21st August 2015 10:10:11 You mention birth defects, is there any way that it may be the next Thalidomide
David Getoff Comment left 8th September 2015 08:08:56 It is sad to live in a country where extremely toxic cancer causing and nervous system toxic chemicals are all completely legal and where the government protects industry instead of the population they have sworn to protect
Larry Danner Comment left 11th September 2015 07:07:37 Although I am not trained in the biological or medical sciences (I hold an Aerospace Engineering degree), I have pursued statistical and root cause investigations as a safety professional for over 35 years. The high correlation factors between the inappropriate and excessive use of glyphosate herbicides and a multitude of human maladies, not to mention the effects on bees, butterflies and other "less intelligent" creatures that form the whole of our ecosystem, speaks loudly that the continued misuse of products such as Roundup® should be halted, PERIOD!
Richard Comment left 18th September 2015 15:03:59 I lost pretty much 20 years of my life being critically ill with migraine headaches everyday due to GMOs glyphosate and pesticides on our food I now eat a hundred percent organic and I'm no longer a serious headache suffer although I do feel that I have been seriously affected by these foreign organisms in our food . after being so ill for 20 plus years and finding it very socially awkward to return to the citizen pool. on top of that I get no help or assistance from our so-called federal government that's taking care of people.
Andrew Comment left 21st October 2015 10:10:43 GMO tech, courtesy of Monsanto & the others you will read about below, is making Roundup ubiquitous; it’s out of control and getting worse. It’s IN EVERY BODY. ROUNDUP (glyphosate is the generic name) is actually now known to be even MORE TOXIC IN SMALLER QUANTITIES THAN IN LARGER ONES, which is very unnerving considering that the U.S. allowable level in drinking was set at 0.7 ug/L in 1994, and this has not been revised, despite studies over the years showing glyphosate’s toxicity. This is 7 times (700%) of The European Union’s safe glyphosate level for drinking water, which is 0.1 ug/L.
I would rather eat conventionally grown crops where farmers sprayed toxic herbicides onto the weeds between the rows like they used to, (along with “plowing” and “crop rotation” & other “antiquated” farming techniques), than eat crops that had been directly sprayed with glyphosate, soil sprayed with glufosinate, or unknown future chemicals designed for GMO crops, and which also contain spliced in genes that allow the crop to drink it rather than wither & die after being sprayed with it. What I do is eat Organic. I may not be a farmer, but I grew my own food organically for 20 years in a 3,000 sq. ft. garden. Bt (bacillus thuringiensis) is organic; it’s made of bacterial spores that infect & kill caterpillars, and although country folk expect to sacrifice the top inch of an ear of corn to the worms, I used a little Bt on my corn & cabbage just to see what it would do.
BUT I DO NOT WANT TO BE FED CORN AND THOUSANDS OF FOOD PRODUCTS MADE WITH CORN OIL AND CORN SUGAR THAT NOT ONLY HAVE BEEN ENGINEERED TO PRODUCE THEIR OWN BT – TURNING MY OWN DIGESTIVE SYSTEM INTO A “BT FACTORY” ACCORDING TO MANY SCIENTIFIC STUDIES – BUT THAT ARE ALSO GENETICALLY ENGINEERED TO BE RESISTANT TO GLYPHOSATE AND ARE SPRAYED DIRECTLY WITH IT. THERE”S A BIG DIFFERENCE! Same goes for soy, wheat, squash, beans, peas, sugar beets, milk, canola (rapeseed oil), cotton (oil), rice, potatoes, alfalfa, apples, eggplant, papaya, as well as the many unknown crops contaminated with glufosinate from the soil treatments using it …and the unknown many crops in the pipeline which could eventually include EVERYTHING WE EAT if Big GMO has its way. In fact, I have learned that almost ALL non-organic crops are sprayed with glyphosate at harvest time to increase yield & dry out the crops! I DON’T WANT TO EVENTUALLY BE FORCED TO CHOOSE BETWEEN UNLABELLED GENETICALLY MODIFIED GLYPHOSATE LADEN FOOD AND ORGANIC FOOD THAT CAN’T BE LABELLED AS SUCH BECAUSE BIG GMO AGROCHEM HAS TAKEN OVER THE FOOD INDUSTRY. MONSANTO, BASF, DOW, SYNGENTA, & BAYER, et al, HAS SPECIALIZED IN POISONING PEOPLE SINCE DAY ONE AND I DO NOT TRUST THEM! I DO NOT HAVE TO CONSUME POISON TO “SAVE BILLIONS FROM STARVATION” AND NEITHER DO YOU! IT DOES NOT EVEN WORK THAT WAY! Only here in America can giant companies like Monsanto buy politicians with money when the people’s health is endangered! Monsanto managed to get out of any liability for the horrific effects of their Agent Orange in Viet Nam, but google up the photos & stories of the hideous malformations of the kids these people had that were either exposed to it or just had their rice paddies contaminated with it. I strongly suggest extremely sensitive people / pregnant women do not open this link showing these photos of the LEGACY OF MONSANTO ~
Ricky Mathieson Comment left 21st October 2015 14:02:54 Stand together as one voice, sign our petition to ban Glyphosate in Scotland, and let the Scottish government hear your call to 'put public health and the environment before corporate profits'!
Muguwa Joseph Comment left 19th November 2015 07:07:22 Although rather late an action BUT it will still go a long way in saving many souls on the Planet! Please let us keep it up
Karel Vitek Comment left 24th November 2015 08:08:07 When I started researching the applications of glyphosate made by Monsanto - in 1981, Roundup has been declared as an absolutely safe with a total herbicide application against aquatic plants into containers used for the production of drinking water. As seen in knowledge since then advanced forward so that it is now glyphosate as the majority of contaminants for nature and human dangerous chemicals.
6 years I use for protection against diseases and pests of plants only biological products EM-EKO.
TADDIAS PRINCE MPOFU Comment left 27th November 2015 07:07:08 as glyphosate is symplastically translocated, i have this belief that it is not completely degraded from the crops and thus i believe the residuals may be left in plants. Consumption of these glyphosate treated plants to some extent could act as source of carcinogens which poses danger to human health
Har Bhajan Comment left 2nd December 2015 21:09:28 Time to end the Monsanto tyranny!
MRS M R C THOMAS Comment left 15th April 2016 17:05:34 Despite my repeated warnings, the local Council are still using Glyphosate with abandon and total disregard for the environment and human and animal health. When they treat with it, the results are systemic, it is not biodegradable and invades the entire plant. It does NOT wash off. They insisted on using Glysophate pellets to prevent some harmless ivy re-growing outside my property, the result is that all the ivy in my garden has withered and died, so no habitat left for the birds to nest. No organic soil left to grow vegetables. The entire area is now toxic to humans and animals. ONE NANO PARTICLE OF GLYPHOSATE KILLS HONEY BEES and they are using high dose pellets despite my repeated protests. The ignorance and arrogance of these people is eye watering. Let us hope the European Parliament on May 1st have six brain cells between them to ban this lethal poison in the rest of Europe. France, Italy, Sweden and the Netherlands should be congratulated on totally banning this killer poison. Am appalled at the Council's (Basildon District and Hackney in London) blasé indifference and misinformation regarding the dangers of this rank toxin. They are Masters of unawareness and deception, they turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to repeated warnings and scientific evidence personally sent to their relevant departments. Am disgusted. CHILDREN ARE SIX TIMES MORE VULNERBALE TO HERBICIDES THAN ADULTS. These people either don't care or they are totally lacking in conscience. Either way it is tantamount to evil.