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Poisoning Our Children, Even in the Womb


Birth defects, premature births, endocrine disruption, cancer, Parkinson’s—why are we doing this to our kids? Action Alert!

We are directly poisoning our children in many ways. This article will highlight recent research on just two of them.

According to a new study published in the journal Endocrinology, oil and natural gas operations are contaminating surface and ground water with chemicals that wreak havoc on birth and growth hormones. Other recent reports show toxic levels of selenium contamination in the groundwater near fracking operations. This is leading to premature births.

The fracking study found that twenty-three commonly used fracking chemicals “can activate or inhibit the estrogen, androgen, glucocorticoid, progesterone, and/or thyroid receptors, and mixtures of these chemicals can behave synergistically, additively, or antagonistically in vitro.” The chemicals caused decreased sperm counts and increased body, heart, and thymus weights, which means the chemicals attack multiple organ systems at once. The potential adverse developmental and reproductive health effects on humans could be devastating. There is already evidence this is happening.

The fracking chemicals that scientists have tested so far are just the chemicals that have been identified. The larger problem, as we noted in September, is that we simply don’t know what chemicals are used in fracking liquid, as companies often avoid disclosing the chemicals they use by claiming their particular recipe is a proprietary “trade secret.”

Living near fracking operations is associated with pre-term births. In a study of 10,496 births from 2009 to 2013 in Pennsylvania, where fracking is conducted, scientists found that 25% of mothers who were exposed to fracking the most were 40% more likely to give birth prematurely.

Let’s not forget that organic produce in California may be contaminated with repurposed fracking water.

Unfortunately, exposure to fracking chemicals is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the federal government caving to Big Food, Big Pharma, and Big Oil and relying on their biased studies to set policy.

Nowhere is this more apparent than Hawaii, the “ground zero for experimentation with GE crops” according to a recent report by the Center for Food Safety (CFS). Hawaii contains more than a thousand test-field plots for GMO crops—more than any other state, and glyphosate (Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide) is used in abundance. Biotech companies, taking advantage of Hawaii’s extended growing season, sprayed seventeen times more restricted-use pesticides on just one of Hawaii’s islands than on typical cornfields on the US mainland. Between 2007 and 2012, DuPont-Pioneer alone sprayed 90 different pesticide formulations containing 63 active ingredients on two-thirds of the days each year on Hawaii’s Kauai island.

Pesticide ingredients have been linked to a wide spectrum of nasty health effects including non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, bladder and colon cancer, Parkinson’s Disease, depression, and hormone disruption, to name just a few. In Hawaii, glyphosate is now causing birth defects at ten times the national rate.

This pesticide use is taking a heavy toll on Hawaiians, but not necessarily because they are eating chemical-laden food. Pesticide drift is a serious problem for communities in close proximity to the GE crop fields. Local residents report that when the spraying is underway, the wind can pick up the pesticide clouds and blow them into nearby residential neighborhoods, causing stinging eyes, headaches, and vomiting. A special education teacher was quoted by The Guardian as saying:

Your eyes and lungs hurt, you feel dizzy and nauseous. It’s awful. Here, 10% of the students get Special Ed services, but the state average is 6.3%. It’s hard to think the pesticides don’t play a role.

Pesticides can also be carried in the wind by becoming attached to dust. As Moms Across America founder Zen Honeycutt explains in a recent op-ed, a Hawaii Department of Agriculture test of a home in Maui came back positive for six different herbicides, meaning residents are being exposed to these chemicals over extended periods of time. (Honeycutt also demonstrated, for the first time, that high levels of glyphosate could be found in breast milk.)

Epidemiological evidence shows how dangerous pesticide drift can be. One study, for instance, found that expectant mothers living within 500 meters of fields sprayed with organochlorine insecticides during early pregnancy were six times more likely to bear children with autism.

Although Hawaii is an extreme example, the issue goes far beyond just one state. In fact, 3,200 elementary schools and 12,000 churches in the 48 contiguous states are located near fields where GMO corn and soybeans are likely grown. One can only imagine the effects of decades of exposure to pesticide drift on these communities.

Fracking fluid is in our water, soil, and food. Pesticides and herbicides are on our food, in the air, and in our homes. None of this is all that surprising when we consider that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) relies almost entirely on industry-funded science when it evaluates these chemicals for safety. When the EPA does evaluate a pesticide or herbicide, the agency only evaluates the active ingredient in isolation, even though people in the real world are exposed to multiple pesticides at once that can have additive and synergistic effects.

Only a strong response from the public can have a chance at getting the federal government to put the safety of its citizens first.

Action Alert! Write to the EPA and urge them to revoke their approval of glyphosate; consider pesticide drift as they continue to evaluate pesticides and herbicides for safety; and require independent analysis of the incredibly toxic chemicals being used in fracking. Please send your message immediately.



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  • gwayne

    I have never traveled to Hawaii, but after discovering how the GMO makers and chemical makers have messed everything up, you will not find the islands on my itinerary as I am healthy where I am now and want to stay healthy and will also not buy anything that might come from Hawaii. Maybe after the islands awaken and kick the GMO and chemical makers off the islands I may begin to eat from them.

    • Dust of the Earth

      It’s ok if you don’t want to travel to Hawaii, but I want to mention that the GMO testing is mostly on Maui. On islands such as the Big Island, there is no GMO testing.

      • And those poison clouds drift.

        • Dust of the Earth

          Yes, however I do not believe that the poison clouds will drift so coherently that they will cause the acute problems seen on Maui. If there is actual evidence that my opinion is incorrect, I will change it. Of course, I completely oppose GMO testing anywhere in the Hawaiian Islands, pesticide drift or no. My original comment was aimed at people who might be concerned that the GMO testing occurs everywhere in the state, which is simply not true. We must know the truth before taking action, or others will not take us seriously.

          • The only problem with your assessment is that Toxic Cloud Drift isn’t the only problem; GE Pollen contaminates other plants and thus co-existence is impossible. Destruction is the only answer for GMO’s that abuse the premise for toxic chemical profits. Genetic Engineering probably could have accomplished some awesome things if it weren’t used by a bunch of sick weirdos who are too inept to understand that fact.

          • Dust of the Earth

            Nowhere in my comment did I say pesticide drift was the only problem. I did not even endeavor to address any problem with GMO testing in Hawaii, but merely to say GMO testing does not occur on every island. As I stated above, I oppose GE agriculture. I will now make it clear I also oppose industrial agriculture in general, even that without GE crops. I’m quite aware GE pollen contaminates conventional plants, but it was not relevant to the point I was trying to make in my original comment.

      • kkc003

        DDT was not in all areas of the world, but it has been found in ice caps decades later. It blows to all parts of the world.
        Same people who made DDT made GMO.

        • And they all need to be rid of off of this planet.

        • Dust of the Earth

          Fair enough, and that’s why I’m in favor of ridding the world of GMO’s. Also glyphosate and other chemical pesticides. My comment was not intended to seem like I’m making excuses for the biotech companies. I apologize if that was the case.

  • Reason #Nine Trillion and Five of why you should be fighting this corrupt system that poisons you and actively works against you with your own contributions to it. If you don’t defend yourself, you deserve not your rights nor your freedom.

  • kkc003

    Hawaii sold their soul to Monsanto. Now Monsanto owns Hawaii.
    the damage is done, the water and soil is ruined.
    Other states and nations have the same issues, you just don’t hear about it, yet!
    our soil is contaminated by GMO!
    our waters is so bad that fish are dying in mass, run off from GMO chemicals soaked in our soils.
    our insects are dying in mass from GMO!
    humans are starting to see the impact- with all our technology we are sicker than ever before.
    the corporate people entwined with GMO runs deep, you will see them contribute to campaigns and many of them are in office now.

  • The U.S. is an unprecedented atrocity and the sooner it is ended, the better for all life on the planet.