“Effective immediately and until further notice, any and all correspondence with any member of the news media, regardless of the nature of the inquiry, must be cleared through CDC’s Atlanta Communications Office…This correspondence includes everything from formal interview requests to the most basic of data requests.”
Throughout the drawn-out decade-long battle to end the use of Monsanto’s herbicide glyphosate (the active ingredient in its Roundup® formulation), and by extension an entire runaway GMO paradigm, much has been discovered that should concern anyone with their common sense still functioning. Known by many names—be it the food transparency battle, the non-GMO movement, the demand for organic food—the fight has had many victories and some defeats. Over the past year, there appears to be a quickening of damning information being revealed, allowing health-conscious consumers to make better decisions when voting with their dollars against the corporate takeover of food. Glyphosate has been found in our food, soil, water, and air. But it is the 2016 finding of contamination of most independently-tested pediatric vaccines with glyphosate that was the last straw for many.
Is glyphosate dangerous? The answer would contain volumes of data, discussions, and revelations. Glyphosate is a known carcinogen that also disrupts many vital functions in the human body on the way to a disease state. California recently added glyphosate to its Prop 65 listof chemicals that are known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. There are currently over 1,200 plaintiffs involved in legal action within the US against Monsanto, alleging glyphosate has caused their cancers. A good resource for a more extensive understanding of glyphosate’s effects on human health is the work compilation of MIT senior scientist Stephanie Seneff, Ph.D., who has for years been presenting perhaps the most thorough overview of what happens when glyphosate enters the body.
Appearing on the award-winning talk show The Doctors on May 2015, Monsanto’s lead toxicologist Donna Farmer, Ph.D. went head-to-head with Founding Executive Director of The Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT) Jeffrey Smith. It is relevant to note that Farmer made the following statement on live television regarding the damaging effects of glyphosate:
“I’ll give you an example of one of the [safety] studies. They actually injected the Roundup formulation into the abdomen of the animals and they did have an effect. But that’s not a relevant route of exposure for somebody who is going to be spraying that herbicide.”
On September 2016, the national grassroots coalition Moms Across America issued a press release detailing the findings of glyphosate contamination in five vaccines tested by Microbe Inotech Laboratories, Inc. of St. Louis, Missouri. At the same time, Moms Across America also sent a letter to the FDA, CDC, EPA, NIH, California Department of Health, and California Senator Barbara Boxer requesting that they make it a priority to test vaccines for glyphosate, to recall any contaminated batches, and, for the EPA, to revoke the licensure of glyphosate to prevent further contamination of injectable medical products, such as vaccines. All agencies stonewalled the request by Moms Across America. Zen Honeycutt, Founder and Director of Moms Across America, detailed the event recently on the show HighWire with host Del Bigtree:
“I sent the letter to the FDA and CDC on September 1 of last year letting them know that we found glyphosate in vaccines, and around the same time the other independent scientist Samsel did the same thing. About a month later I got a letter back from the CDC basically saying vaccines are safe and they’re highly tested. About two months later I got a letter back from the FDA saying pretty much the same thing. That they’re completely safe, highly tested but neither of them answered my question, which was: Will you test for glyphosate in vaccines? Will you find out? Will you confirm this or deny it?”
It is important to note that one month after Moms Across America sent their letter to the FDA, the agency publicly announced it was stopping all testing of food for glyphosate contamination and residues.