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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.