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.)



Supply vs. Demand

Chemical extracted oils


Infant formula

Present GM theory wrong

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 [email protected] or [email protected].


Who's signing

Michelle Lembo
Dr. Leo and Pat Holland
Brooke Benner
Jana Kelley
Laurie Olson
Peter Paradissis
Diana von
Melissa Kroeger
Charlotte Ruth
Millie Titialii
loretta viecelli
Urudinachi Agbo
Diana Paech
Amy Williams
satomi yamanaka
Lisa Connors
Zisa Velasquez-Garcia
Gabrielle Brooks
S Montague
nancy e
Alexistori Gonzalez
Alexistori Gonzalez
Gary Gatlin
Rachel Myers
Jyl Burgener
Anne Abbott
Dr Julie K Bjornson
Kathy Jurgenson
Mendi Houx
175 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Michelle Lembo
    signed 2024-07-03 04:27:44 -0400
  • Dr. Leo and Pat Holland
    signed 2024-03-01 14:04:53 -0500
  • Brooke Benner
    signed 2024-02-17 15:47:17 -0500
  • Jana Kelley
    signed 2024-02-09 21:20:10 -0500
  • Laurie Olson
    signed 2024-02-09 10:25:59 -0500
    I’m learning Mandarin Chinese as fast as I can because my heart breaks when I see what years of Glyphosate poisoning has done to us here in the USA and I think of the people in China walking into the same trap. Since 2020 I have been learning as much as I can about the stories, art, and music of China. I’m hoping some day to travel to China and share how I took back my own health after getting off genetically engineered food, and staying clear of toxic chemicals as much as possible. My family and I all lost weight our first year off GMOs. If you are wondering about how obesity is trending up in China, food is much more important than exercise in maintaining a healthy weight.
  • Peter Paradissis
    signed 2024-02-05 14:23:44 -0500
    Stop killing everything and everyone !!!!!
  • Diana von
    signed 2023-12-28 21:43:20 -0500
  • Melissa Kroeger
    signed 2023-11-19 15:28:16 -0500
  • Charlotte Ruth
    signed 2023-10-25 20:44:36 -0400
  • Millie Titialii
    signed 2022-06-17 08:40:12 -0400
    Millie Titialii
  • loretta viecelli
    signed 2022-01-31 19:47:16 -0500
    should have been banned decades ago….we knew of the many risks and yet they are still using worldwide today…killing everything in its path…maddening!
  • Urudinachi Agbo
    signed 2022-01-14 05:42:35 -0500
    Let’s put human lives above personal financial gains.
  • Diana Paech
    signed 2021-07-06 00:25:46 -0400
  • Amy Williams
    signed 2021-05-07 15:06:39 -0400
  • satomi yamanaka
    signed 2021-05-03 04:48:04 -0400
  • Lisa Connors
    signed 2021-04-10 14:33:20 -0400
  • Zisa Velasquez-Garcia
    signed 2021-03-08 02:15:17 -0500
  • Gabrielle Brooks
    signed 2021-03-04 12:55:23 -0500
  • S Montague
    signed 2020-07-30 06:39:29 -0400
  • nancy e
    signed 2019-11-26 17:04:03 -0500
    WE are the world, We are the Children that make up these Loving Nations!! We stand Strong in Love and are Grateful for all Gods Beautiful Earth creations!!!
  • Alexistori Gonzalez
    signed 2019-09-14 09:49:26 -0400
    Wars are. Global warming . plus it hurts our Environment of cracking the earth to make things heat up and burn. Of. Fires.. Sustainable echó friendly only. Please.. Free trade. Trump is a scam. To be making. Tariffs to high. We need to get rid of. Trump administrations. Follow the money.. Do not let. JARED KUSHNER. TRUMP. ADMINISTRACIONES. PLUS DONALD TRUMP. IN YA"LLS. AREA. KEEP THEM OUT OF CHINA PLEASE.. TRUMP IS FULL OF. ARM AND LEG SITUACIONES. OVER THE HEAD. LOOK. ON THINGS ABOVE
  • Alexistori Gonzalez
    @Alexistori5 tweeted link to this page. 2019-09-14 09:36:45 -0400
  • Alexistori Gonzalez
    signed 2019-09-14 09:36:32 -0400
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  • Gary Gatlin
    signed 2019-06-02 09:05:06 -0400
  • Rachel Myers
    signed 2018-11-11 07:20:12 -0500
  • Jyl Burgener
    signed 2018-10-16 19:05:19 -0400
  • Anne Abbott
    signed 2018-10-09 06:17:31 -0400
    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 21:54:50 -0400
    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.
  • Kathy Jurgenson
    signed 2018-08-31 07:34:37 -0400
    Help our world. Help the environment. The Health of our People is in Jeopardy. Stop these Wicked chemicals.
  • Mendi Houx
    signed 2018-08-28 14:05:40 -0400

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