TCWC Board Member Stephen Frantz Updates Congress on Dangers on Glyphosate

For Immediate Release: June 15, 2016
Contact: Blair FitzGibbon, 202-503-6141
Scientists Brief Congress & EPA on Dangers of Glyphosate
Washington, DC – Yesterday, a delegation of independent scientists and advocates from around the
country held a morning Congressional Staff Briefing in the Cannon House Building, an afternoon meeting
with the EPA in the O’Neill House Office Building, and a Press Conference afterward. This series of
events was graciously sponsored by Congressman Ted Lieu with the purpose of presenting compelling
evidence that glyphosate does not meet the regulatory standards necessary for EPA re-registration. That is,
glyphosate-based herbicides pose an unreasonable risk to humans, animals, and the environment.

Glyphosate is a primary ingredient in Roundup and other name brand herbicides. It’s the most widely
used herbicide in the world. It is also patented as an antimicrobial and a chelating agent. More than 60
people including Congressional staffers from the House and Senate, along with the public, packed the
morning briefing room to learn about the many ill effects of glyphosate. Most people did not realize that
exposure to this chemical is linked to autism, cancer, birth defects, obesity, gluten intolerance, dead
butterflies and bees, crippled elk, climate change, and much more.

“The big news of the day was new research showing that glyphosate is an analog of the critical amino
acid glycine,” said Dr. Stephen Frantz, Pathobiologist Research Scientist who organized the events. “This
means that when a cell is trying to form proteins, it may grab glyphosate instead of glycine, form a
damaged, mis-folded protein. After that it’s medical chaos. Where glyphosate replaces glycine, the cell
can no longer conduct business as usual causing unpredicted consequences with many diseases and
disorders as a result. And because glyphosate negatively affects the soil microbiome, it is destroying the
ability of soil to be a nutritive medium for producing crops. Organic or biological regenerative
agriculture is the solution for the sustainable agricultural sector and will conserve soil, air and water
quality, and sequester carbon that helps to mitigate the climate crisis. We call for a ban on glyphosate.”

The most troubling part of the day was with the EPA that politely listened to the 11 presenters, but
appeared to not be alarmed about the research showing glyphosate as a glycine analog. Instead of
sounding concerned, the EPA said that it could take well into 2017 before a final decision is made.

Moms Across America founder Zen Honeycutt added “mothers and caretakers are seeing their loved ones
get sick on GMOs and glyphosate/herbicide sprayed foods and get better when they avoid them. Because
glyphosate is contaminating our urine, water, breast milk and nearly all our foods, we are systematically
causing sickness throughout America. For the sake of our country, this must stop. We simply cannot
afford glyphosate.”

“Glyphosate is impacting DNA and causing disease. These diseases are skyrocketing and we will only see
more of this if we do not put a stop to the use of glyphosate,” said Sterling Hill, DNA Research Scientist.

MIT scientist Stephanie Seneff said “it is going to be incomprehensible to future generations how our
generation could have let glyphosate poison the earth’s ecosystems, cause multiple species die-offs, and
destroy global human health for over four decades, while standing by and doing nothing to stop the
devastation.”