The international Feed the World project is providing a process whereby people can have their water, urine or breast milk tested for glyphosate residues. The Feed the World project was launched today by director Henry Rowlands and documentary director Ed Brown. Non government organizations from across the US, including the Organic Consumers Association and Mamavation, have already signed up to promote the testing.
The primary purpose of Feed the World is to “protect women and children from the harmful effects of toxic chemicals in our food and in our environment.” Their first project is to ban glyphosate. “By the end of 2018 we aim to have created enough pressure on regulators and glyphosate producing corporations to see a full ban on the sales of this harmful chemical in the U.S.”
Toward this end, Feed the World has written a Bill of Rights (see accompanying photo). The Bill of Rights is a call to ban glyphosate. The Women and Children’s Glyphosate Bill of Rights will be presented to the US Senate in October 2015. Any person or organization can sign the Bill of Rights.
Another goal of Feed the World is to provide agricultural solutions that don’t involve genetically modified crops (GMOs) or use of chemical pesticides. The oft-repeated claim from the chemical corporations is that they and their products are necessary. Just last month, Monsanto chief executive officer, Hugh Grant told the UK Independent that companies like Monsanto are needed if the world was to feed a growing population. According to Mr. Grant, “If Monsanto and this entire industry did not exist then what would the alternative would look like? … The thing that often frustrates me in the debate is that there is never an alternative… The other side of this is still pretty empty.”
The Feed the World website devotes an entire section to alternative agriculture with articles from multiple organizations about how to feed the world using microbes and organic techniques, showing that Mr. Grants statement is untrue. If Mr. Grant truly believes that we can’t feed the world without Monsanto’s chemicals and GMOs, one might wonder why Monsanto formed a business alliance with microbe research company Novozymes in 2013. Novozymes specializes in biocontrol products based on microorganisms and naturally occurring fungus to provide protection against insects, disease, and weed pests. One might also wonder why DuPont is buying the California-based microbiome company Taxon Biosciences Inc. Either they are beginning to doubt their methods, or they’re just wiping out the competition.
Feed the World is offering validated glyphosate testing available to anyone. Tests are $119.00 per sample and are performed in the US. The samples are analyzed using liquid chromatography- tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). The assay is sensitive down to 0.1 ng/mL [parts per billion].
Glyphosate has been detected in our air, rain, ground and surface water, and our food. Glyphosate has also been detected in our urine and breast milk. The medical profession has its collective head firmly buried in the sand and will not test chronically ill patients for pesticides. You can now order your own urine, water, or breast milk test by filling out the glyphosate testing form on the Feed the World website.