It’s already been determined that Monsanto’s flagship weedkiller, Roundup, will now carry cancer warning labels on the front of the package in California, but how much should the “safe” allowable level for the chemical be, anyway?
The numbers are currently being worked out in the Golden State, and activists are turning out in full force in order to make sure that the health and safety or people, including kids, is protected.
Recently about 40 people made their way to the California EPA Office of Environmental Health Hazzard Assesment hearing on June 7 in order to support tougher standards for allowable limits, pointing out key facts they believe everybody should know, not just EPA board members.
Tests Show Sky-High Glyphosate Levels
At the meeting, Moms Across America founder and director Zen Honeycutt spoke about her own personal experience with glyphosate.
“My name is Zen Honeycutt, Mom of 3 boys, who had severe health issues before we began avoiding glyphosate in our diet,” she said at the meeting (more details can be found in her blog post here).
“We (including thousands of others mothers and families in California, she said) do not want any glyphosate exposure to our children through food, water or any products. We want the current products which do contain glyphosate to be immediately labeled. The current scientific data and skyrocketing numbers of children and family members with chronic illness and cancer show us that the only ethical action for the CAL-EPA to declare a NO safe level of glyphosate. Zero.”
According to the organization, kids are currently being exposed to glyphosate at levels 2.2 times higher than the proposed “No Significant Risk Level” of 1,100 micrograms a day in their food, and their risk of exposure according to EPA allowable levels is at least 5.6 times higher (see more including sources by viewing the full blog post here).
The NSRL also doesn’t take into account enhanced risks to young children, infants, and other at-risk people who consume glyphosate-laden foods and are exposed to it in the environment daily.
At the meeting, 5 Monsanto supporters were said to be present in contrast with 40 people supporting tougher limits on glyphosate; the latter category included “lawyers, scientists, a doctor, many mothers, grandmothers, and plaintiffs of the Monsanto lawsuit for non-Hodgkin Lymphoma…” the post said.
Among the other issues the activists have with the allowable levels are:
-The glyphosate risk assessment does not follow the Office of Environmental Health Assessment’s Code of Regulations 25703 because it was based on one bioassay (animal) study and not epidemiology studies as required
-The assessment wouldn’t protect children due to their already too-high consumption of glyphosate
-The assessment doesn’t take into account environmental risks and local spraying-related risks
…And many more.
“It is clear that the amount of glyphosate our children are and could be exposed to according to the EPA is millions of times higher than has been shown to cause liver disease, destroy gut bacteria, or cause cancer,” Honecutt writes.
“If OEHHA followed 25703 CA code of regulations they would consider ALL available studies showing harm…”
You can watch a news report of the meeting below and click on the blog post for more info including stats and sources.