Proposed Specific Regulatory Level Chemical Causing Cancer: Glyphosate

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06/20/2017 - 1:04pm
I urge the Office of Health Hazard Aseasment to rigorously examine the lowest levels of glyphosate in epidemiological studies to protect us from this potential poison and carcinogen. I am a 47-year old woman living near Santa Monica. I became aware of the health risks associated with exposure to glyphosate and took part in a nationwide study several years ago. Although I take precautions to limit my exposure to glyphosate by drinking filtered water and eating organic whenever possible, the study indicated that the glyphosate levels found in my urine were higher than those of industrial workers who spray the substance on field crops. The findings were surprising to me but also remind us that we cannot isolate ourselves from food, water or other substances which are contaminated by glyphosate regardless of our lifestyle, profession, or socioeconomic group. Moreover, the effects on children's developing organs is of even greater concern, as the long-term effects are not yet apparent. As with many carcinogenic substances, the effects are often discovered only after years, sometimes decades, of exposure. Glyphosate can slowly harm our communities while large corporations spend millions to try to discredit science and deny responsibility instead of investing in cleaning up their act. I served as a senior executive of a fortune 100 company for nearly 20 years. Monsanto is an anomaly in that they invest heavily in hiding rather than promoting their glyphosate. While most brands spend to build awareness of the products they stand behind, Monsanto is one of the few that actually spends to prevent consumers from knowing which foods contain their GMO ingredients. If the effects of glyphosate are truly harmless, why the subterfuge? These are risks we cannot afford to take. Please act to protect our children and our health. Sincerely, Lora Nee