Monday, September 29, 2014

Stop the use of Glyphosate in the Marin Municipal Water District Lands

Only Larry Bragman, candidate for Marin Municipal Water District is talking about preserving water QUALITY.  Water is life.  The other candidate, Liz Crosse, (aide to Supervisor Steve Kinsey) is favoring use of glyphosate and importing water from Antioch water treatment plant to meet our needs for urban growth.  I don't want contaminated water from glyphosate or treated wastewater from Antioch.  Do you sincerely want to drink chlorinated water for the rest of your life?  The choice is clear. Vote for Larry Bragman for MMWD, District II Commissioner

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Dear Citizen Marin Friends,

As mentioned before, the Marin Municipal Water District's (MMWD's) DRAFT Wildlife Protection and Habitat Improvement Plan proposes administering conventional herbicides, including Glyphosate (the main ingredient in Roundup), as part of its approach to manage weeds in our watershed.

At the recent presentations in Marin about Glyphosate, Don Huber PhD (Emeritus Professor of Plan Pathology at Purdue University), Bob Streit (Crop, Seed, Technology and Soil-remediation Consultant) and Lori Grace MS demonstrated that Glyphosate travels easily and that if it were applied to weeds in the MMWD watershed, it could end up in the reservoirs and our water supply.

Dr. Huber, after visiting the watershed and studying MMWD's DRAFT Wildlife Protection and Habitat Improvement Plan, stated that, if MMWD uses Glyphosate, it would be applying more than the amount typically used on a Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) crop. 

Dr. Huber, who has studied Glyphosate and GMOs for 40 years, stated that Glyphosate is the most chronically toxic chemical in our environment.  The presentation showed a strong correlation between the increased use of Glyphosate and the increase of chronic health conditions.

I have done some additional research and found a video entitled; "Monsanto's Roundup Herbicide May Be Most Important Factor in Development of Autism and Other Chronic Disease", which is easy to understand and clearly shows how Glyphosate contributes to numerous serious chronic diseases. In the video, Jeffrey Smith, author of bestseller "Seeds of Deception" interviews Dr. Stephanie Seneff, a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Here's a link to the video: 

Jeffrey Smith interviewing Dr. Stephanie Seneff

Dr. Seneff states; "Glyphosate is possibly the most important factor in the development of multiple chronic diseases and conditions that have become prevalent in Westernized societies."  Glyphosate consumption is linked to:
Gastrointestinal diseases (Inflammatory bowel disease, chronic diarrhea, colitis, and Crohn's disease)
Parkinson's Disease
Cardiovascular Disease
Multiple Sclerosis
Alzheimer's Disease
Kidney Disease

Dr. Seneff summarizes the two key problems caused by Glyphosate in the diet:
1) Nutritional deficiencies, especially minerals; and
2) Systemic toxicity.

Excerpt of Dr. Mercola's summary of the video:

How Glyphosate Worsens Modern Diseases
"While Monsanto insists that Roundup is as safe to humans as aspirin, Seneff and Samsel’s research tells a different story altogether. Their report, published in the journal Entropy1, argues that glyphosate residues, found in most commonly consumed foods in the Western diet courtesy of GE sugar, corn, soy and wheat, “enhance the damaging effects of other food-borne chemical residues and toxins in the environment to disrupt normal body functions and induce disease.”

Interestingly, your gut bacteria are a key component of glyphosate’s mechanism of harm.

Monsanto has steadfastly claimed that Roundup is harmless to animals and humans because the mechanism of action it uses (which allows it to kill weeds), called the shikimate pathway, is absent in all animals. However, the shikimate pathway is present in bacteria, and that’s the key to understanding how it causes such widespread systemic harm in both humans and animals.

The bacteria in your body outnumber your cells by 10 to 1. For every cell in your body, you have 10 microbes of various kinds, and all of them have the shikimate pathway, so they will all respond to the presence of glyphosate!

Glyphosate causes extreme disruption of the microbe’s function and lifecycle. What’s worse, glyphosate preferentially affects beneficial bacteria, allowing pathogens to overgrow and take over. At that point, your body also has to contend with the toxins produced by the pathogens. Once the chronic inflammation sets in, you’re well on your way toward chronic and potentially debilitating disease. In the interview mentioned above, Dr. Seneff reviews a variety of chronic diseases, explaining how glyphosate contributes to each condition. So to learn more, I urge you to listen to it in its entirety. It’s quite eye-opening."

They also discuss how Glyphosate consumption inhibits cytochrome P45 (CYP) enzymes (that detoxify foreign chemical compounds) and impairs sulfate transport, both vital for good health.

Here's the link to the video entitled; "Monsanto's Roundup Herbicide May Be Most Important Factor in Development of Autism and Other Chronic Disease":

I will soon be giving out suggestions on what you can do to help stop MMWD's potential use of Glyphosate in our watershed.  If you wish to become actively involved in this movement, please contact me

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