STOP THE POISONING!!

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STOP THE POISONING‼️
This work continues unabated in 2017; progress has brought additional challenges beyond Washington.  Please be sure to read the latest UPDATES, including new research, associated meetings and events.

BACKGROUND
I need to go to Washington to stop the use of glyphosate (a primary ingredient of Roundup®). Know anyone with gut problems? This herbicide contaminates our bodies, mother’s breast milk, most of our food, drinking water, wine and beer, cotton sterile gauze, tampons, pet and livestock feed, and pollutes the environment. It has been linked to many disorders, including: birth defects, gluten intolerance, cancer, autism, dementia, obesity, dead butterflies and honeybees, crippled elk, and climate change. The World Health Organization has deemed glyphosate a potential human carcinogen.

Glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide in the world, and one of the most dangerous toxic substances ever created. For 40+ years, it has been registered by the EPA for widespread home, aquatic, and agricultural use! Right now, all over the nation, this poison is being sprayed on our food crops, and at our homes, schools, playgrounds, parks, roadsides, hiking trails and forests. Such practices are unethical, unsafe, and probably unlawful.

I am Dr. Stephen Frantz, a research scientist concerned about the effects of glyphosate on us and future generations. Eight months ago, I wrote an article about glyphosate that caught the attention of Congressman Ted Lieu who has asked me to assemble a delegation of independent scientists to go to Washington to meet with EPA scientists (see: https://www.laprogressive.com/glyphosate/).

ACTIONS
A congressional staff briefing plus an all-day meeting with EPA scientists is scheduled for June 14, 2016 in Washington, DC. A senatorial briefing will occur on June 15. My delegation of a dozen scientists represents disciplines from basic glyphosate research to regenerative biological (organic) agriculture. The goal is to stop the registration renewal for glyphosate because it poses unreasonable risks to humans, animals, and the environment; and to underscore that safer alternative agricultural practices can sustain the agricultural sector. With success, this work will benefit everyone, and the environment.

THE NEED
What began as a volunteer effort has evolved into a full-time job that has outstripped my financial resources (I’m retired). Funding is urgently needed for my travel, additional research, laboratory work, and related expenses. I am asking for donations of $3700 to provide the basic necessities. This effort has gained traction, but will require more travel and additional resources to succeed after the June meetings.

Glyphosate contaminates everything — our bodies, our kids, pets, wildlife, the food chain, and the environment. Please donate now to help outlaw this scourge that every day is causing some degree of illness within each of us, our children, and our pets…whether we are aware of it or not!
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Due to additional information just received from the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (CDPR), the GLY Brief that I posted last month has now been updated to reflect the new information, and the chart has been made easier to read (see all below). I am also working on a brief for non-production agriculture that should largely complete this truly remarkable usage picture.

Glyphosate and Other Prop 65* Herbicides
Used in CA Production Agriculture;
Reported by: CA Department of Pesticide
Regulation (CDPR) for 20151

Preface: For those trying to change laws, ordinances and guidelines regarding pesticide use (especially glyphosate), independent, scientifically accurate guidance is needed. This “GLY Brief” is designed to provide basic information to legislators, city managers, community councils and others (including political candidates) in order to enhance informed decision-making.

Clearly, the more than 21 million pounds of Prop 65* herbicides that were reported for 2015 alone (see chart) is a staggering amount to be dumped on CA agricultural crops, commodities and sites. During application, these herbicides pollute the air, contaminate nearby non-target crops and other areas, and result in local unintentional exposures (contact, inhalation, ingestion) of humans and animals. Thereafter, soil, water and air continue to be contaminated, and some portion of these herbicides are consumed by humans and animals in food/feed; they also can be found in some common medications, vaccines, food supplements, and cotton products.

The quantities in the chart are only for reportable “production agricultural” applications of Prop 65 herbicides; that is, herbicides used in the production of a plant or animal agricultural product (food, feed, fiber, ornamental, or forest) or applied to production agricultural sites. There are many non-agricultural and other uses too, some of which are not reportable to any authority. Further, the numbers show only the quantity of active ingredients (A.I.) that target the pests (e.g., glyphosate ➾ ‘weeds’); the applied quantity of finished, formulated products (including ingredients added primarily to enhance product performance) would be much greater. Another disturbing fact is that the pounds of Prop 65 herbicides given herein represent only 1/10th of all pesticide active ingredients (for all purposes) reported to CDPR for 20152.

While all herbicides in the chart are related to cancer and/or reproductive toxicity, it is important to note that half of those used in 2015 were three very significant ones (mostly glyphosate at >9 million pounds A.I.) that can be substituted for an amino acid at the cellular level during protein synthesis, resulting in altered, misshaped proteins (e.g., structural collagen, digestive enzyme, etc.) that will no longer function as intended.

This phenomenon can result in a number of illnesses (including cancers) and other maladies as has been extensively reported for glyphosate in a series of publications by Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneff, e.g., see 20173. Further aspects of glyphosate effects on health, environment and food contamination can be found in numerous publications, including: IARC4; Balbuena, et al.5; Benbrook6; Hoy, et al.7 ; Mitra8; Pleasants & Oberhauser9 ; and Quarles10. In the chart, the “Other-based” Prop 65 herbicides represent a group of 128 different active ingredients that are not based on glyphosate, glufosinate or 2,4-D.

A little discussed issue regarding glyphosate includes its impact on the climate crisis. That is, inundating the soil with an ecotoxic herbicide harms soil microbes, including bacteria and fungi, that are important in the carbon cycle. Damaged and destroyed soil organisms result in reduced carbon sequestration. This will be discussed more fully in a future brief; however, adding to its climate impact, glyphosate chemistry per se is fossil fuel in origin and is typically fossil fuel dependent for agricultural applications.

About 2500 years ago, Hippocrates said, ”Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food.” Excluding organic/biodynamic food production, the current conventional and GMO agricultural food system is the antithesis of this Hippocratic charge. Hopefully, well-reasoned decision-making will be able to rectify this critical problem in favor of what is good for public health, animal health, and the environment.
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* Prop 65 chemicals are known to the State of CA to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm ( http://www.cdpr.ca.gov/docs/dept/factshts/prop65.htm).
1 All data are from “2015 CA Prop 65 List of Agriculture-use Herbicides”, the latest available and supplied by CDPR, Nov.30, 2017; glyphosate data for 2015 was added to the list in 2017.
2 http://www.cdpr.ca.gov/docs/pur/pur15rep/tables/table2.pdf
3 Samsel A and S Seneff. 2017. Glyphosate pathways to modern diseases VI: Prions, amyloidoses and autoimmune neurological diseases. J Biol Phys & Chem. 17 (2017):8-32.
4 IARC. 2017. IARC Monograph 112: Some organophosphate insecticides and herbicides (Mar.2015 Working Group). WHO International Agency for Research on Cancer, Lyon, France. 452pp.
5 Balbuena MS, L Tison, ML Hahn, U Greggers, R Menzel and WM Farina.2015. Effects of sub-lethal doses of glyphosate on honeybee navigation. J Exper Biol:July 10, 2015 (doi:10..1242//dev.117291)
6 Benbrook, C.M. 2016. Trends in glyphosate herbicide use in the United States and globally. Envir. Sci. Eur. 28(3). ( https://doi.org/10.1186/s12302-016-0070-0)
7 Hoy J, N Swanson and S Seneff. 2015. The high cost of pesticides: human and animal diseases. Poult Fish Wildl Sci. 2015, 3:132. (doi:10.4172/2375-446X.1000132)
8 Mitra T. 2017. Poison foods of North America: Guide to navigating the glyphosate mine field in our food web.( https://www.amazon.com/POISON-FOODS-NORTH-AMERICA-navigating/dp/1520976429)
9 Pleasants JM and KS Oberhauser. 2013. Milkweed loss in agricultural fields because of herbicide use: Effect on the monarch butterfly population. Insect Conserv Divers. 6(2):135-144. (DOI: 10.1111/j.1752-4598.2012.00196.x)
10 Quarles W. 2017. Glyphosate, GMO soybean yields and environmental pollution. IPM Pract 25(11/1
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GLY Briets: In my ever-increasing work with people trying to change laws, ordinances and guidelines regarding pesticide use (especially glyphosate), it has become apparent that easily digestible (no pun intended) guidance is needed. This series of “GLY Briefs” will attempt to provide independent, scientifically accurate information to legislators, city managers, community councils and others to enhance informed decision-making.
GLY Brief #1: GLYPHOSATE AND OTHER HERBICIDES IN CA AGRICULTURE
Reported by the CA Department of Pesticide
Regulation (CA-DPR) for 2015(1)

Clearly, the more than 21 million pounds of herbicides that were reported for 2015 alone is a staggering amount to be dumped on CA crops (see chart). During application, these herbicides pollute the air, contaminate nearby non-target crops and other areas, and result in local unintentional exposures (contact, inhalation, ingestion) of humans and animals. Thereafter, soil, water and air continue to be contaminated, and some portion of these herbicides are consumed by humans and animals in food/feed; they also can be found in some common medications, vaccines, food supplements, and cotton products.

The quantities in the chart are only for reportable “agricultural” applications of herbicides; that is, those herbicides used in the production of a plant or animal agricultural product (food, feed, fiber, ornamental or forest), and on watersheds, rights-of-way, and some landscaped areas (e.g., golf courses, parks, recreation areas & cemeteries). There are non-agricultural uses too, many of which are not reportable to any authority. Further, the numbers show only the active ingredients (A.I.) that target the pests (e.g., glyphosate); the applied quantity of finished, formulated products (including ingredients added primarily to enhance product performance) would be much greater. Another disturbing fact is that the pounds of herbicide given herein represent only 1/10th of all pesticide active ingredients (for all purposes) reported to CA-DPR for 2015(2).

It is important to note that half of all herbicides used in 2015 were three significant ones (mostly glyphosate at >9 million pounds A.I.) that can be substituted for an amino acid at the cellular level during protein synthesis, resulting in altered, misshaped proteins (e.g., structural collagen, digestive enzyme, etc.) that will no longer function as they were originally intended. This phenomenon can result in a number of illnesses (including cancers) and other maladies as has been extensively reported for glyphosate in a series of publications by Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneff, e.g., see 2017(3). Further aspects of glyphosate effects on health and environment and food contamination can be found in numerous publications, including: IARC(4); Balbuena, et al.(5); Benbrook(6); Hoy, et al.(7) ; Mitra(8); Pleasants & Oberhauser(9( ; and Quarles(10). The “Other-based” herbicides in the chart represent a group of 128 different active ingredients not based on glyphosate, glufosinate or 2,4-D.

A little discussed issue regarding glyphosate includes its negative impact on the climate crisis. Obviously, inundating the soil with an ecotoxic herbicide harms soil microbes, including bacteria and fungi, that are important in the carbon cycle. Damaged soil organisms result in reduced carbon sequestration. This is to be discussed more fully in a future brief; however, adding to its climate impact, glyphosate chemistry is fossil fuel in origin and is typically fossil fuel dependent for agricultural applications.

About 2500 years ago, Hippocrates said, ”Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food.” Excluding organically/biodynamically produced foods, the current conventional and GMO agricultural food system is the antithesis of this Hippocratic charge. Hopefully, well-reasoned decision-making will rectify this critical problem.
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1) Data from “2015 CA Prop 65 List of Agriculture-use Herbicides” supplied by CA-DPR, Nov.30, 2017.
2) http://www.cdpr.ca.gov/docs/pur/pur15rep/tables/table2.pdf
3) Samsel A and S Seneff. 2017. Glyphosate pathways to modern diseases VI: Prions, amyloidoses and autoimmune neurological diseases. J Biol Phys & Chem. 17 (2017):8-32.
4) IARC. 2017. IARC Monograph 112: Some organophosphate insecticides and herbicides (Mar.2015 Working Group). WHO International Agency for Research on Cancer, Lyon, France. 452pp.
5) Balbuena MS, L Tison, ML Hahn, U Greggers, R Menzel and WM Farina.2015. Effects of sub-lethal doses of glyphosate on honeybee navigation. J Exper Biol:July 10, 2015 (doi:10..1242//dev.117291)
6) Benbrook, C.M. 2016. Trends in glyphosate herbicide use in the United States and globally. Envir. Sci. Eur. 28(3). ( https://doi.org/10.1186/s12302-016-0070-0)
7) Hoy J, N Swanson and S Seneff. 2015. The high cost of pesticides: human and animal diseases. Poult Fish Wildl Sci. 2015, 3:132. (doi:10.4172/2375-446X.1000132)
8) Mitra T. 2017. Poison foods of North America: Guide to navigating the glyphosate mine field in our food web.( https://www.amazon.com/POISON-FOODS-NORTH-AMERICA-navigating/dp/1520976429)
9) Pleasants JM and KS Oberhauser. 2013. Milkweed loss in agricultural fields because of herbicide use: Effect on the monarch butterfly population. Insect Conserv Divers. 6(2):135-144. (DOI: 10.1111/j.1752-4598.2012.00196.x)
10) Quarles W. 2017. Glyphosate, GMO soybean yields and environmental pollution. IPM Pract 25(11/12):1-8.
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Lila Garrett, Keaton Simons & me
Keaton Simons & a proud Lila Garrett
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SAVED BY MUSIC?
Here, I’m with Lila Garrett and Keaton Simons just prior to Christmas (1st photo - credit to Dr. Nancy Niparko). Lila, at a young 92yrs, has had a remarkable TV/radio career and continues to host her spot-on, politically progressive show “Connect The Dots” on KPFK Pacifica SoCal Radio every Monday morning; yes, every Monday! In 2015, Lila was the first person to interview me regarding my earlier glyphosate work (for which I am most thankful) and we continue the discussion as shown — maybe it’s time for an update? Keaton is Lila’s well-established singer/songwriter grandson, and we were attending his performance at the Sonoma Wine Garden in Santa Monica (2nd photo) that included his soon to be released, “Crane City”. This song implores us to wake up to the real estate developers who relentlessly rape & pillage the skyways and landscape as they strive to service their greed and assumed privilege. “Crane City” is in the spirit of other compositions regarding environmental degradation and social justice — think of Joni Mitchell’s 1970 “Big Yellow Taxi”, the dire warnings in The Traveling Wilburys’ 1990 “Inside Out”, and Neil Young’s delightful assault on glyphosate in his 2015 “Monsanto Years”. These are but a few examples of the stalwart universal communicator, music, that reaches far beyond the originating singer/songwriter for time immemorial; and, very importantly, is able to bypass and outrun the many forces of oppression and collusion that want to obfuscate truth. We need to shout these messages from the rooftops, we must pay attention, it matters what we do, and we don’t have to do it alone. Let’s enter the new year with commitment to working for the common good in whatever capacity possible because the environmental crisis is very real; and, as bad as it is now, the health of our future generations is in even greater peril. With this in mind, let's proceed to a hopeful Happy 2018!
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Rachel Chaput
9 days ago

is it any wonder we have hardly any insects or birds left?

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Tony Luboff
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This is an issue close to my heart. We love the progression of different bees visiting us in our field. Bee colony collapse is one of the victims of roundup and most countries realize this and have put a stop to it but not the US yet. Thank you for your efforts!

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You are an amazing man. Thank you, Stephen, for all your hard work. I wish I could donate more♥

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Best wishes to an amazing person

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Stephen, thank you for all the work you do. carolyn waters, Hermosa Beach.

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Go do good!

Rachel Chaput
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is it any wonder we have hardly any insects or birds left?

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