Dr. Weeks’ Comment: Glyphosates (think Round-up) are highly toxic and the only safe level is …… zero. Yet it saturates your food – even the organic food! And the food of your kids and grandkids. Read one of the many testimonials by doctors and scientists yesterday in California where the effort is underway to BAN glyphosates.
We know that glyphosate can substitute for glycine during protein synthesis. I have attached a list from Dr. Stephanie Seneff of MIT which explains the many negative health consequences that result when glyphosate substitutes for glycine during protein synthesis. She considers one of the most serious consequences to be the disruption of digestive enzymes, which can result in autoimmune disease.
Each of you knows what the right thing to do is. The question is, will you choose to do it?
The public comment below is from my friend and colleague and is shared with permission. To submit your own, choose one of the following options, and submit by 5:00pm on June 21st:
Include In Subject Line: “GLYPHOSATE NSRL”
Proposed Proposition 65 : “No Significant Risk Level” (NSRL) for Glyphosate Hearing
June 7, 2017
CA EPA, OEHHA
Good afternoon. I am a mother, a grandmother, a longtime credentialed teacher, and an advocate and activist for people with developmental disabilities – many of whom have been tragically impacted by environmental toxins (including pesticides). I am not a scientist, but I am extremely passionate about researching and understanding what is happening to the health and well-being of children as a result of increased exposure to environmental toxins.
Many thanks to OEHHA and to all who have been involved with adding glyphosate to the CA State Proposition 65 Toxics List. When an NSRL (No Significant Risk Level) for glyphosate is established, that level must be zero. Exposure to glyphosate is not in isolation; it acts synergistically and cumulatively affecting different individuals very differently, and unpredictably, based on age, weight, genetic predisposition, previous toxic exposures, existing health conditions — many, many factors. It is preposterous to say that there is any level of glyphosate exposure without significant risk for a newborn baby, for example. What is the risk level for someone who already suffers myriad health problems from severe toxic exposures? We simply do not know the risk levels for any one person at any given time in their lives. We are learning more and more about the devastating toll that glyphosate exposure takes on health, and it is beyond appalling. The NSRL for glyphosate must be zero.
For many years, I was a classroom teacher for children of migrant farm workers in Central California. Those children and their families intimately knew about the risks of glyphosate exposure – even though they were told that their exposure to glyphosate was perfectly safe. They knew enough not to eat, nor to let me eat, the crops that came from the fields in which they worked — fields that were heavily sprayed with RoundUp. The parents told me stories about frequent miscarriages, about skin and eye lesions, about respiratory problems and vomiting, and about cancers that resulted from working in the fields. They knew first-hand the cause of their health problems.
A recent UCLA study (summary attached) found that the advanced thyroid cancer rate in some California counties is well above the national average. The research suggested that there was an environmental component in explaining why the incidence of advanced-stage thyroid cancer is much higher in California than the national average. Dr. Avital Harari, a member of the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center said, “California has the largest amount of farmland in the country, so this type of exposure could very well contribute to our cancer rates.” The research continues in investigating the links between thyroid cancer and exposure to pesticides.
People deserve to know the risks associated with glyphosate exposure – whether they are working in agriculture, shopping at the grocery store, feeding a pet, or playing on a sports field. They deserve to know that there is no guaranteed safe amount of exposure. We all come with different accumulated toxic loads with differing synergies, different health profiles, different genetic make-ups, different ages. There is no safe allowable daily exposure to glyphosate for any of us. The NSRL for glyphosate must be zero.