Chinese petition ag ministry to recognize glyphosate threat

Chinese "graduates" of the July 2014 Beijing Food Safety Conference are circulating a petition aimed at China's Agriculture Ministry, urging more clarity and completeness for approvals of chemicals and GMO technology in China. 

More than 600 Chinese individuals had signed the petition as of mid-June 2015. This is just one of several petitions around the world, urging more caution and safety research — much of it focused on the potential hazards of glyphosate.

The unique aspect of the Chinese petition is that it's backed by dozens of scientific studies listing potential health hazards of glyphosate and other technology which China's Ag Ministry has deemed "safe."

A key phrase in the petition sums up the intent for the Chinese people: It says that: "We must therefore perform a cancer-like surgery:  first, investigate the extent of the collusion between officials in the Ministry of Agriculture and Monsanto in cheating the Chinese government and the Chinese People; second,  carry out a shakeup and reorganization of the leadership of the ministry; and third, establish new leadership with a clear understanding that ecological agriculture is the only correct sustainable development direction for China's agriculture. Only after establishing such a new leadership, and not before, can we make the necessary revision to the ministry's "Agricultural GMOs Safety Evaluation Administration Method" in accordance with the principle of giving top priority to the continuous safety, health, survival and reproduction of the Chinese nation!"

 

See the list of five links below to download Word document summaries prepared by members of the Beijing Food Safety volunteers. Most of these volunteers were participants in the July 2014 conference on food safety in Beijing. Each of the documents contains links to further research references. These attachments should immediately show up in your "downloads" file or folder.

1. Petition summary

2. History of Roundup registration in China

3. Thirteen glyphosate studies by Chinese scientists

4. 46 studies by worldwide scientists on glyphosate herbicide health impacts

5. 17 studies showing glyphosate is an endocrine disrupting chemical

 

If you wish to read the original petition in Chinese, you can download that version as the Original Petition in Chinese.

Here is a very concise summary of the petition in Chinese and English, provided for us by Mr. Chen I-Wan, a friend and one of the key organizers of the Beijing Food Safety conference. 

中国人民反转运动支持世界人民反转运动,越来越多世界反转人士认识到中国反转运动在世界反转运动中发挥战略决定性作用,将支持中国反转运动视为己任。
 
The Chinese people's movement against GMO supports the world's people's movement against GMO. More and more worldwide individuals against GMO recognize that the Chinese people's movement against GMO plays a strategic and decisive role within the world people's movement against GMO. They realize that supporting the Chinese people's movement is their own responsibility.

In case your computer can't open a Word document, below are the same attachments, converted to PDF files — portable document files. Most computer browsers have the Adobe Reader function to open these. However, the links to other documents in these attachments will probably not be preserved in the PDF version.

 

1. Petition summary

2. History of Roundup registration in China

3. Thirteen glyphosate studies by Chinese scientists

4. 46 studies by worldwide scientists on glyphosate herbicide health impacts

5. 17 studies showing glyphosate is an endocrine disrupting chemical

 

An added note requested by the petitioners: "The Chinese petitioners invite scholars around the world to carefully review attachments 4 and 5, find and propose more references to be added to these two attachments, making them more complete, thus could be effectively used by people around the world fighting to ban glyphosate!"

 

Photo below:  Some of the American participants in the Beijing Food Safety Conference. What has happened since is that many of the participants from around the world became friends, and they're keeping in close touch via e-mail lists and social networks. 

They are sharing and compiling research results in real time, bypassing the traditional "gatekeepers" of the media.

 

The photo below includes most of the conference leaders and speakers from around the world.  This event has led to a sequence of similar conferences globally, leading to a strong exchange of data on the subject of food safety in every nation.