As a Mom, I feel deeply betrayed by our government and our governmental health groups which are supposed to be protecting us. Rather than just be angry, in light of the recent papers connecting glyphosate ( in RoundUp, sprayed on GMOs) and numerous skyrocketing health conditions, I decided to ask the CDC if they are in fact, looking into this alarming connection. 5 billion pounds of RoundUp is being used per year on our parks, gardens, soil and food. Diseases caused in connection to this chemical cocktail would certainly be a national health issue.
But the response from the CDC shows once again that the biggest problem we face is not just one particular corporation, but the overwhelming lack of integrity, responsibility and accountability in our entire system. We Moms and supporters MUST speak up, we must protect our families and we must not stop holding them to account for their responsibilities. Please see my inquiry and their answer below and then please sign our petition! Thank you.
Moms Across America Founder's Inquiry to CDC
Date :2013-09-04 15:39:49
Subject :CDC-INFO: Inquiry
Subject: Glyphosate ( RoundUp), GMOs and connection to Autism, Allergies, Autoimmune +
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Your Question: Has the CDC investigated a possible correlation between glyphosate ( Roundup) and genetically modified foods with autism, allergies, asthma, auto immune disorderes, alzheimers, Chron's disease, Parkinsons, IBS, bi polar, obesity and diabetes?
Or at least Autism? 1 out of 3 of our children now have asthma, allergies ( which can lead to stomach ulceritis and cancer) , auto immune disorders or autism. 1 out of 2 are now overweight or obese with 52% of those that are hispanic or african american having one of the four A's just mentioned in addition to being obese.
Most horrifying is that 1 out of 2 of our children are expected to have autism in the next 20 years at the rate we are going. This is an epidemic. This is urgent. This an emergency for an entire generation of children.
Scientific paper by Samsel and Seneff points to a direct correlation between glyphosate (sprayed on GMOs and consumed in 80% of our foods) and all of the skyrocketing diseases and illnesses above, especially autism. Please see http://www.momsacrossamerica.com/needless_tragedy_for_autistic_child.
Moms Across America has over 350 testimonials from Moms and over 1 million supporters a month who say that their kids get better when they get off GMOs and eat organic ( no glyphosate). Please heed this warning of a national crisis. We moms know that scientist SAY GMOs and glyphosate are safe, but we also know that Moms are SEEING that their kids health improve when they avoid them That is science enough for us. Please respond with a statement: Is the CDC investigating whether or not there is possible harm from GMOs and glyphosate? Is theCDC willing to mandate glyphosate testing in the urine or blood of people with various illness or support a study? In the meantime is the CDC willing to advise that precaution should be taken regarding the consumption of herbicide Glyphosate and GMOs?
Thank you for your statement.
Moms Across America appreciate your partnership in protecting Americans.
Contact: ZEN L HONEYCUTT, founder, Moms Across America
RESPONSE: October 23, 2013
Dear Ms. Honeycutt:
Thank you for your inquiry to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We sincerely apologize for the delay in responding.
Glyphosate is one of the most commonly used herbicides in the United States. The pathway upon which glyphosate acts is specific to plants and some microorganisms.
Several studies investigating the chronic toxicity potential of glyphosate in humans and mammals have been performed. Research on glyphosate and its main breakdown product has not revealed any definitive evidence of adverse endocrine-related effects in humans or other mammals. Glyphosate has been studied to evaluate its potential to induce cancer formation and has not been found to be a cancer causing chemical. The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does not consider glyphosate to be a human carcinogen. Some questionnaire based studies of farm workers exposed to glyphosate suggest there is a possible correlation between glyphosate exposure and late term miscarriage in pregnant workers, however, this is not definitive.
CDC is not currently investigating any link between genetically modified foods and glyphosate exposure and the development of the listed diseases including autism, obesity, allergies, asthma, autoimmune disorders, Alzheimer’s disease, Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, bipolar disorder, and diabetes. The above disorders have other associated risk factors which can contribute to the development of that particular health issue. Due to the multiple known risk factors for development of these diseases, it would be very difficult to create a study that could isolate and characterize glyphosate’s specific contribution—if any—to the development of any of these diseases.
CDC does suggest that people wash foods such as fruits and vegetables prior to eating (http://www.cdc.gov/foodsafety/prevention.html).
The CDC is not a regulatory agency, but rather a research focused agency and does not have the power to regulate any substance. CDC cannot mandate chemical testing on people. At this time, we know of no CDC-planned studies looking at GMOs, glyphosate exposure and any of the aforementioned health conditions including autism. The EPA is responsible for regulating pesticides and a link to their information on glyphosate can be found here (http://www.epa.gov/safewater/pdfs/factsheets/soc/tech/glyphosa.pdf).
We hope this information is helpful to you.
Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects
National Center for Environmental Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
See scientist Anthony Samsel discuss the paper he and Dr. Stephanie Seneff wrote and the devastating effects of glyphosate on our human health. Why isn't the CDC investigating this? What are we going to do about this?
We petition the CDC and the FDA to conduct testing on GMOs and Glyphosate (Roundup) in relation to Autism, Allergies, Asthma, Alzheimers, Autoimmune disorders and other health risks.
Considering the CDC’s and FDA’s mission to “protect American health”, we Moms and supporters ask the CDC and FDA to remain true to your commitment and to immediately conduct and require LONG-TERM AND LIFETIME tests to determine if there is any risk or danger to our citizens and children by genetically modified foods and their required herbicides and pesticides such as Glyphosate (Roundup), Bt Toxin, 2,4-D, Dicamba, Glufosinate etc.
We have seen the health of our children drastically decline in the past 17 years since GMOs have been put into our food supply without long term independent safety testing. (1) We see in our classrooms every day that 1 out of 3 of our children have autism, ADHD, asthma, allergies and autoimmune disorders. (2) It was not like this when we were children. The impact is devastating to our families, our economy and our future.
Our children are being compromised and this is unacceptable. They are not being protected.
1 out of 2 children is projected to have Autism in 20 years if we continue at the current rate of increased incidence.(3) The reason for this rise must be identified, stopped and our children and our country must be protected. Our society, economy and country will be unable to function properly with 50% of our children's abilities compromised. This is a national crisis.
The CDC and the FDA needs to protect our children and citizens from the many skyrocketing he America is sicker and dying of illness more frequently than other developed country’s citizens.
5,000 American people are diagnosed with cancer each day. In our country, 1 out of 2 men and 1 out of 3 women are expected to get cancer.(4) We are last on the list of the top 17 developing countries for the worst infant mortality rates.(5) Fertility has dropped 30% in the last 5 years alone and according to Dr. Don M. Huber, GMOs and infertility have now been scientifically linked. SIDS has also been linked to glyphosate, which is sprayed on GMOs. (6) 1 out of 8 of our parents have Alzheimers and that number is expected to triple in the next 40 years. (7) The US has the highest bipolar rate in an 11 nation study. (8) Bipolarity is linked to aggression and violence in our schools, which is also on the rise. (9) According to Steven Wolff, author of the US Health Report 2013, America's health is declining and our children will be the first generation that will not outlive their parent's generation. The reason, whatever it is, according to Dr.Wolff is “systemic." (10)
We believe the systemic reason is that, unlike other countries, 80% of the food in the US contains ingredients from genetically modified crops that contain foreign proteins and has been doused glyphosate herbicide which has been shown to damage the beneficial bacteria in our gut which is the stronghold of our immune system. Glyphosate also impairs the liver’s ability to detox and breaks down the blood brain barrier to allow toxins into the brain. (also 3)
Glyphosate is allowed to be present in 160 different food items according to the EPA and is also in our water supply at levels that are many times times higher than what has been scientifically proven to cause breast cancer and damage to the health of animals. We have seen the paper by Samsel and Seneff, the report from Dr. Swanson, and studies by Dr. Thongprakaisang (11) which links glyphosate to cancer, autism, allergies, autoimmune disorders, ADHD, COPD, Parkinsons and Alzheimers.
We parents also see our children’s allergies, autism, ADHD, autoimmune disorders and digestive symptoms dramatically improve or disappear when we remove GMOs from their diets and eat only organic food.
Not all American people can afford to eat organic and we should not be exposed to these toxins that are in fact causing harm. This is a social injustice, discrimination and a failure to protect the civil liberties of the people by the governmental regulatory agencies.
We want people with illnesses, pregnant mothers, stillborn babies, and infant mortality and cancer victims to be tested for glyphosate and GMO protein contamination.
It is the responsibility of parents to care for their children and it is the responsibility of the CDC to partner with us to care for our nation. We request that testing is conducted immediately of all GMOs, glyphosate, and all herbicides and pesticides to protect the American people. Until then we request that the CDC advise that no further approvals be made of GMOs and use of related pesticides and herbicides, and enact the Precautionary Principle in American food.
Thank you for your partnership in protecting the health of our children and our nation.
Moms Across America, American Citizens and Global Supporters.
Moms Across America-Zen Honeycutt and Kathleen Hallal , Howard Vlieger, John Fagan PH.D, Thinking Moms Revolution, Anthony Samsel scientist and consultant, Rachel Linden of GMO Free Arizona, Moms for Safe Food, Pamm Larry, NCal Director Labelgmos.org, Chico, CA, Autism Media Channel-Dr. Andrew Wakefield MB., BS. and Polly Tommey.
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· Detecting and responding to new and emerging health threats
· Tackling the biggest health problems causing death and disability for Americans
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Finally, FDA plays a significant role in the Nation’s counterterrorism capability. FDA fulfills this responsibility by ensuring the security of the food supply and by fostering development of medical products to respond to deliberate and naturally emerging public health threats.
(1) Swanson Report: Rise in health issues in relation to GMO's and Glyphosate use : https://mail-attachment.googleusercontent.com/attachment/u/0/?ui=2&ik=05802ac566&view=att&th=140a7450203a6be2&attid=0.1&disp=inline&safe=1&zw&saduie=AG9B_P8YUmw9TDHHPKqhlSu77fIB&sadet=1377443343536&sads=B53w4Ok-5m7yb38ckDJIBFIAf_k&sadssc=1
(2) “The UnHealthy Truth” by Robyn O’Brienhttp://www.robynobrien.com/
(3) Glyphosate and Modern diseases, Samsel and Seneff, Entropy paper: http://www.mdpi.com/1099-4300/15/4/1416
(4) “Patriotism on a Plate” TedXTalk http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6WpMM1FR8g and
"A Compromised Generation" by Beth Lambert: http://www.acompromisedgeneration.com/
(5) US Health Last on list of 17th top countries*:http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/01/new-health-rankings-of-17-nations-us-is-dead-last/267045/
(6) Dr. Huber on GMOs and reproductive failure:http://elizabethdougherty.com/2013/03/18/professor-don-huber-purdue-university-on-why-gmos-are-unsafe-elizabeth-dougherty-food-nation-radio-network/
(7) Dramatic Rise in Alzheimers http://money.msn.com/now/post.aspx?post=bdfa927b-cdf1-4f24-8f7e-bdd59fbc0d2d
(8) Bipolar rates: http://www.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/03/07/US.highest.bipolar.rates/index.html
(9) Jeffrey M Smith and Dr. Stephanie Seneff interview andhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_AHLDXF5aw and “Food and Behavior: The Natural Connection” by Barbara M. Stitt PHD.http://www.amazon.com/Food-Behavior-A-Natural-Connection/dp/0939956098/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top
(10)*US Health Report 2013 Steven Wolff :http://www.iom.edu/Reports/2013/US-Health-in-International-Perspective-Shorter-Lives-Poorer-Health.aspx
(11)Dr. Thongprakaisang: Glyphosate Induces Growth in Human Breast Cancer Cells; http://gmoevidence.com/dr-thongprakaisang-glyphosate-induces-growth-in-human-breast-cancer-cells/
Dr. Judy Carman: Evidence of GMO Harm in Pig Study: http://gmoevidence.com/dr-judy-carman-evidence-of-gmo-harm-in-pig-study/ and Letter from Scientists about GMOs http://appprecautionaryprinciple.wordpress.com/2011/02/19/isis-open-letter-from-world-scientists-to-all-governments-concerning-genetically-modified-organisms-gmos/
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