Two years ago, in January of 2015, representing mothers, I had the opportunity to stand before the Monsanto shareholder meeting and say, "Mr. Grant, you and the EPA say you have hundreds of studies showing the safety of glyphosate. So I requested them by FOIA. Here is an example of just one on white shrimp. The study you commissioned found that white shrimp died at levels above 5.2 ppm of glyphosate in just 4 days. Another study shows that glyphosate remains viable in dark salty water for 315 days.
What's in our womb? Dark salty water.
What's the size of a six-week old fetus? The size of a shrimp.
How much glyphosate is allowed on sugar? 25 ppm.
Pregnant mothers crave sugar!
You MUST be responsible for the contamination of pregnant mothers and the poisoning of our fetuses!
As a sea of shareholders looked at me uncomfortably, I compared the Danish Ib Pedersen pig study of 30,000 pigs to the current 30% infertility rate of young couples in America. When the pigs were repeatedly exposed to low levels of glyphosate, there was a 30% increase of birth defects, smaller litters and miscarriages; exactly correlate to our human reproductive issues, which were highest in recorded history in 2014. The anguish and urgency of the situation compelled me to speak out to the shareholders, but I alone could not conduct scientific studies, I alone could not enforce laws.
My heart is filled with gratitude to share that a team of scientists was also concerned and investigated the impact of glyphosate and pregnant mothers. For two years, in 2015 to 2016, scientists gathered urine from pregnant mothers and measured their infants. The results support my concerns that exposure to glyphosate is correlated to a negative impact on the babies. Carey Gillam first wrote on the new study on Huffington Post.
The babies who were exposed to the highest amounts of glyphosate were significantly smaller and had shorter gestation periods. This makes sense when you know that glyphosate is a chelator, meaning it "holds" or makes unavailable, the vital nutrients of any living thing it touches. Without vital nutrients, a fetus will not develop properly into a healthy baby. Glyphosate-based herbicides have also been shown to be endocrine disruptors, which can harm or halt the development of a fetus. This is important work which should lead the way to laws being changed to protect our babies.
Please share this important article with your Congress member today. Ask them to support California Congressman's Lieu's request for a Congressional hearing on Glyphosate to protect babies and children. Contact your Congress member here: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
Don't like our prospects of waiting for our politicians to do something about this? Do you know couples who might be struggling to start a family? Do you want your children's future spouses to be able to have a healthy family someday?
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