A Group of Attendees to the
2014 Beijing Food Safety & Sustainable Agriculture Forum

 

Open Letter to the Chinese People and Government

There is a great opportunity for the Chinese government to lead nations to greater health and prosperity.

A group of genetic researchers, university professors, medical doctors,veterinarians, animal and crop farmers, agriculture consultants, food safety activists, moms of children, from China, U.S.A, Russia, U.K., France, Denmark, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Brazil and Peru, who attended the Food Safety and Sustainable Agriculture Conference, July 25 - 26 in Beijing, shared our experience and concerns regarding the serious harm caused by glyphosate/Roundup, GMs, and hexane residues (the solvent in chemical extracted food oil) to the environment, ecology, biodiversity, animals and human health and safety. 

We express thanks to our Chinese hosts who invited us and enabled us to visit beautiful and impressive Beijing, and to the Chinese people who extended their warm welcome wherever we visited. 

We take this opportunity to convey a series of suggestions to the Chinese people and the Chinese government: 

The damage caused by toxins in foods is creating a significant global problem of epic proportions. In particular, genetically-modified (GM) corn and soy crops designed to tolerate glyphosate are laden with this powerful chemical toxin.  

There are striking correlations between the steady rise in the amount of glyphosate used on corn and soy crops in the US over the past fifteen years and the corresponding rise in the rates of autism, Parkinson's disease, dementia, Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, kidney failure, intestinal diseases, autoimmune diseases, infertility, birth defects and cancer. 

As these GM foods are now being distributed from the Americas to all parts of the world, we are likewise facing a rise in these debilitating conditions worldwide.  

This might well explain the rise in Parkinson’s disease, dementia, autism and infertility in China in recent years, in step with the increased imports of GM corn and soy products contaminated with glyphosate.  

While the agrochemical companies have stated that glyphosate is low in toxicity, many recent studies have shown that this is not true. Glyphosate’s known biological effects align with the known pathologies of these diseases. 

Glyphosate residue has been detected in human bodies, urine, blood, and breast milk in the USA and Europe. 

A key issue is the introduction of GM “Roundup Ready” crops that are tolerant to glyphosate and the subsequent development of glyphosate-resistant weeds -- an escalating disaster that cannot be solved. 

We have unfortunately learned that China is the largest producer of glyphosate, and the largest exporter of glyphosate in the world, including the supply of glyphosate to Monsanto, who formulate it into Roundup and distribute it all over the world, including to China. 

Roundup now accounts for about 80% or more of the Chinese herbicide market. 

Non-GM soybeans, corn, wheat, barley etc. normally should not contain any glyphosate residues. However, the spraying of glyphosate as a desiccant ("uniform ripening agent") before harvesting is being promoted in China to result in these non-GM food grains to now also contain "hidden" glyphosate residues, as consumers do not know that these non-GM food grains are also being sprayed with glyphosate. 

The top three ingredients in most infant formula are corn syrup, soy oil and soy protein solids.  Thus it comes as no surprise that an infant formula tested had 170 ppb of glyphosate residues. Furthermore, the soybean oil is extracted using hexane solvent, a known neurotoxin.  Both the oil and especially soy protein solids contain residues of glyphosate and hexane and both are endocrine disruptors.  

Most corn is a stacked-trait containing both Bt toxins and glyphosate residues. Bt toxins have been found in the blood of pregnant women in Canada, and glyphosate is present in the breast milk of mothers in the US. 

Given wholesome, nutritious food and clean water, our bodies stay healthy.  In contrast, given food containing residues from multiple chemicals, our bodies can become debilitated.  Children and the elderly are especially vulnerable.  

From a planetary perspective, we are on the brink of destruction if these disastrous trends are not stopped in the near future.  What crops can grow in barren soil?  What crops can be pollinated without bees and butterflies? 

History has shown that, when confronted with an emergency (e.g., SARS), the Chinese government can be proactive and decisive in solving the problem. The current situation with glyphosate is an emergency. 

China can and should play a leadership role in banning the use of glyphosate on food crops and the use of hexane in food processing.  

A moratorium on glyphosate and hexane will protect China’s children and elderly from costly and debilitating diseases. 

Simultaneously, the Chinese government should direct substantial research funds towards finding safe, efficient and cost-effective approaches to sustainable farming and chemical-free food processing to preserve soil quality and food safety. At this critical juncture in human history, China has a golden opportunity to inspire other countries to follow their lead and allow the earth and humanity to finally begin to heal. 

Accordingly, we propose the following concrete suggestions to the Chinese government: 

(Click on the image below  for details about each of the Eight Proposed Points regarding GMOs and Glyphosate.)

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Glyphosate

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Imports

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Supply vs. Demand

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Chemical extracted oils

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CAFO

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Infant formula

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Present GM theory wrong

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Sustainable Agriculture

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A group of attendees to the FOOD SAFETY & SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE FORUM 2014, July 25- 26, Beijing:

(USA) Zen Honeycutt, Founder & Director, Moms Across America, Moms Across the World

(USA) Dr. Don M. HuberProfessor Emeritus of Plant Pathology, Purdue University

(USA) Howard Vlieger – Family Farmer / Crop and Livestock Nutrition Adviser

(USA) Dr. Stephanie Seneff, Senior Research Scientist, MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory

(UK) Chen I-wan, Advisor, Committee of Disaster History to China Disaster Prevention Association

(UK) Dr Eva Sirinathsinghji, PhD Neurogenetics, Staff Researcher/Writer at Institute of Science in Society, UK.

(Germany) Gottfried Glöckner, Master of Agriculture, http://gut-gemacht.123webseite.de

(Switzerland) Dr Hans R Herren, President and Founder Biovision Foundation, Zurich, Switzerland, Right Livelihood Award Laureate 2013

(Peru) Roberto Ugas, Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina, Peru

(Danmark) Ib Borup Pedersen – Conventional pig farmer, Denmark

Dr. Medardo Avila Vazquez: Medical Neonatologist and Pediatrician, Physicians Network fumigated Peoples, Chair of Pediatric Clinic, National University of Cordoba

 

Worldwide Supporters to this Open Letter:

 

(USA) Dr. Nancy Swanson, Physicist

(UK) Rosemary Mason, MB ChB FRCA Consultant Anaesthetist (UK National Health Service; retired)

(USA) Anthony Samsel, Scientist / Consultant

(UK) Dr Scott Thomson, PhD Molecular Immunology, Royal Veterinary School, University of London, UK.

(Argentina)François Soulard, Social Communicator, Citizens Assembly of the Southern Cone, Argentina. 

(Argentina)Adriana Monzón, Professor, Argentine Network of Environmental Educators, Argentina, 

The Open Letter in Spanish is now published in this 2 websites:
 - http://sobalimentaria.patria-grande.net/
 - http://rio20.net/propuestas/carta-abierta-al-pueblo-y-al-gobierno-chino/ 

Thank you for reading our proposal and for supporting health and prosperity in China and around the world!
Please sign in the comment section below or email momsacrosstheworld@gmail.com or uniteglobally@gmail.com‍.

 

Who's signing

Rachel Myers
Jyl Burgener
Anne Abbott
Dr Julie K Bjornson
Michael Waters
Kathy Jurgenson
Mendi Houx
Jean Rashkin
Lissette Garcia
Yingyan Chen
kara j lincoln
Robin Sebastian
Amy Crooks
Marise May
Lori Flores Gill
Lucile baladier
Albert Ruel
tracy navar
Greg Lieder
CeCi Palacios
jean-pierre serandour
Katie Payne
Helga Immonen
Amanda Evezard
Jeanette White
Joy Stockley
Anna Frylinck
David Noell
215 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Rachel Myers
    signed 2018-11-11 04:20:12 -0800
  • Jyl Burgener
    signed 2018-10-16 16:05:19 -0700
  • Anne Abbott
    signed 2018-10-09 03:17:31 -0700
    Please help us generate a less toxic world. We all deserve to enjoy the gift of life.

    Thank you.
  • Dr Julie K Bjornson
    signed 2018-10-08 18:54:50 -0700
    Please protect ALL CHILDREN from the harmful neurodevelopmental effects from the use of

    glyphosate. Learning problems are increasing as glyphosate delays and sometimes inhibits

    brain development, affect the ability to learn to read and learn from reading. Glyphosate is

    cumulative. Glyphosate interrupts human protein/enzyme production needed for brain development and maintenance. It destroys the land and changes the nutrient density of food. All human and animal health is affected.
  • Michael Waters
    signed 2018-09-19 20:51:38 -0700
  • Kathy Jurgenson
    signed 2018-08-31 04:34:37 -0700
    Help our world. Help the environment. The Health of our People is in Jeopardy. Stop these Wicked chemicals.
  • Mendi Houx
    signed 2018-08-28 11:05:40 -0700
  • Jean Rashkin
    signed 2018-08-28 10:15:42 -0700
  • Lissette Garcia
    signed 2018-08-20 18:37:47 -0700
  • Yingyan Chen
    signed 2018-08-19 02:25:04 -0700
  • kara j lincoln
    signed 2018-08-16 22:22:51 -0700
    Thank you Zen and all!


    The tools of the times are here for us to help people understand that is in responsible roles, that have the resources to guide others. We here in the US feel so bad that our US Gov has yet to listen to `we the people, as they wrongly leave such a huge footprint on the earth/space.


    We ask you all to gain awareness to say No more and become informed, have empathy for the many unaware so we can help them to understand, for we are killing life on this planet that is our true sustaining energy, as well as ourselves. When yet Humanity has options now w/Agroecological systems as w/Miguel Altieri and his associates at `SOCLA, as well Ronnie Cummings at `Regeneration International, and Geoff Lawton at the `Permaculture Research Institute and more.


    We ask you to create upon our plan sharing Humanity’s options now and do your local `plan, please join in and see;
    https://sites.google.com/ictts.org/patchestalk/what-all-can-do-now


    This is how everyone can interrelate and make this happen!

    Peace be with you, kara j lincoln
  • Robin Sebastian
    signed 2018-08-15 23:30:25 -0700
  • Amy Crooks
    signed 2018-06-14 07:36:42 -0700
  • Marise May
    signed 2018-05-23 05:26:43 -0700
  • Lori Flores Gill
    signed 2018-05-10 07:54:21 -0700
  • Lucile baladier
    signed 2018-04-04 11:03:12 -0700
    lucile Baladier
  • Albert Ruel
    signed 2018-04-01 08:24:46 -0700
  • tracy navar
    signed 2018-03-30 18:27:36 -0700
  • Greg Lieder
    signed 2018-03-12 18:28:16 -0700
    Greg Lieder
  • CeCi Palacios
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-11-13 20:20:54 -0800
    Sign the petition: Open Letter to China
  • CeCi Palacios
    signed 2017-11-13 20:20:23 -0800
  • jean-pierre serandour
    signed 2017-09-04 13:38:53 -0700
  • Katie Payne
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-09-01 19:57:19 -0700
    Sign the petition: Open Letter to China
  • Katie Payne
    signed 2017-09-01 19:55:51 -0700
    This is a serious problem. People in America are sick. I’m 35 and already fought cancer once. We are being poisoned. We need to stop this and fix the world before its too late
  • Helga Immonen
    signed 2017-09-01 18:31:08 -0700
  • Amanda Evezard
    signed 2017-09-01 07:46:14 -0700
    The sooner the world takes action to stop the use of these practices the sooner we can begin to reverse the damage already done.
  • Jeanette White
    signed 2017-09-01 03:28:56 -0700
  • Joy Stockley
    signed 2017-09-01 01:56:54 -0700
    JOY STOCKLEY
  • Anna Frylinck
    signed 2017-09-01 00:32:07 -0700
  • David Noell
    signed 2017-08-31 22:21:22 -0700

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