As the war on weeds gears up for summer, the London-based Institute for Science in Society publishes a Manifesto on Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup®. The Manifesto was published today, June 8, and already 155 scientists and medical professionals have signed, calling on all governments to ban glyphosate-based herbicides. The Manifesto states in part:
“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.”
Signature collection is ongoing. If you are a scientist or medical professional, you may sign the Manifesto here. Non-scientists can sign a separate list in support of the Manifesto. If your local government is spraying toxic herbicides in a war on weeds, you can print out the Manifesto and present it to your officials.
In Washington state there are six counties that have adopted a no-spray policy. They are: Thurston, Snohomish, Clallam, Jefferson, San Juan and Island. If you don’t live in one of these counties, then your county is likely spraying a highly toxic substance, increasing exposure for all life forms, at taxpayer expense.
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
This letter has been signed by 238 scientists and 294 non-scientists from 41 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 presented here:
Research papers on glyphosate herbicides compiled by Dr Alex Vasquez: http://www.i-sis.org.uk/pdf/Glyphosate_research_papers_compiled_by_Dr_Alex_Vasquez.pdf
Glyphosate crop interactions reviewed by Dr Don Huber: http://www.i-sis.org.uk/pdf/Glyphosate_crop_interactions_reviewed_by_Dr_Don_Huber.pdf
A Roundup of Roundup® Reveals Converging Pattern of Toxicity from Farm to Clinic to Laboratory Studies: http://www.i-sis.org.uk/Roundup_of_Roundup.php
Barbara H. Peterson
Repeated inquiries have gone unanswered and posters censored on the Factor GMO blog regarding the “transparency” of this study. This begs the question – Is Factor GMO really the answer to our prayers for a truly unbiased GMO and Glyphosate safety study, or just another paper-pushing shill study rubber-stamped by the likes of Monsanto?
Here is information about the study from the Factor GMO website:
The ‘Factor GMO’ study will investigate the health effects of glyphosate, Roundup and a GM maize variety that has been in our food and animal feed supplies for many years. It will answer the question: Is this GM maize variety and glyphosate/Roundup safe for human health?
‘Factor GMO’ will be the largest and most detailed long-term experiment ever conducted on glyphosate and Roundup. It will add invaluable data of unprecedented power to enable regulators, governments and the general public of every country to answer the question: Are glyphosate herbicides harmful at real world levels of consumption/exposure?
The three arms of the experiment will enable vital questions to be answered, such as:
- Is the GM food or glyphosate toxic to organ systems over the long-term?
- Does the GM food or glyphosate certainly cause cancer?
- Does the GM food or glyphosate reduce fertility or cause birth defects?
- Is the mixture of chemicals present in ‘Roundup’ herbicide more or less toxic than its active ingredient glyphosate?
This study will be first ever to have a comprehensive multi-generational arm – this will be the first study to thoroughly test for effects on reproductive capability and incidence of birth defects of GMOs and glyphosate/Roundup.
The study will also establish a new, higher standard for the rigorous testing of glyphosate and Roundup that will be applicable world-wide.
The full data and results of the study will be made publicly available.
The questions we want answered regarding this study are very simple really, and ones that a totally “transparent” endeavor should be more than happy to address:
- What is the rodent control group being fed?
- What has the rodent control group been fed prior to the study, and for how long?
- Is and has the control group feed been tested for the presence of Glyphosate?