Last night we sent out an email, posted and tweeted to watch ABC 7 live at 6pm PT as they aired the second segment of their report on glyphosate contamination of wine. (See the first segment here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6_h8bn24QA and share it before they take it down) The second segment was going to allow us to "meet a woman who shows farmers how to get rid of the chemicals and embrace the weeds. It does work apparently." We were thrilled. A solution!
Unfortunately, the segment did not air.
To say we are disappointed is a major understatement.
I heard from ABC during the segment that the report had been pulled. As usual, we have reason to believe that Monsanto exerted pressure on the network. ABC World News which was scheduled to air the report nationwide today, Saturday, was cancelled. ABC 7 has also removed the piece from their website. Millions of people who are interested in this story, will not have access to important information if things continue as they are.
Censorship of our news destroys the integrity of our country.
In a time of a health crisis, which includes mental illness and violence, our media networks are not sharing the solutions.
In a time of vast disparity between the wealthiest controlling corporations and the struggling mainstream America, corporations are controlling the information given to the public.
We cannot let this go unnoticed. This is not freedom. This is not justice. This is not in the best interest of the public, of the reporters, of the network or our country.
We GREATLY appreciate that ABC 7 News reported on the topic of glyphosate contamination and aired the piece in the first place.
We are thrilled that so many people were able to learn about this important issue and we will always be grateful!
However we must speak up and let the network know that we want them air the second segment which gives the public solutions.
If they hear from thousands of us they may very likely air the piece!
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Thank you for taking just a few minutes to speak up for health and freedom!
With Love and Gratitude for your support,
Zen Honeycutt and MAA Team
Here is the letter I sent to ABC7. You can use it but writing your own is great too.
Dear ABC7 News Team,
We are extremely grateful that you investigated and ran such a great piece on glyphosate contamination in wine and other consumer products. You did a truthful and fair report and many will benefit from your work. We may never know the generations that will be positively affected if the wine valley switches to glyphosate free vineyards.
I was extremely disappointed to see that you did not air the second segment on April 29th at 6pm PT as you said you would. This segment would offer a viable solution to thousands, who grow plants, to grow without the use of chemicals. In our time of a great health crisis, it is essential that the public learn as much as possible about avoiding toxic chemicals and reducing toxic burden to improve health.
We all suspect that Monsanto has contacted ABC7 and we assume, threatened your network.
I urge you to find a way to air the report anyway.
I urge you to consider all the women in the Napa and Sonoma Valley that could be spared breast cancer if the vine growers there stop using glyphosate. I urge you to consider all the babies that could be saved and born into a life of possibility, and all the people who might not get mental illness, if the vinegrowers and farmers in CA and nationwide use organic alternatives instead. I urge you to put the health of our state and nation before the wealth of a single corporation.
Please know the American public needs truth, courage and action now more than ever. Please show the second segment of the glyphosate report and give America solutions.
If you have the courage to do this, you will show the world that media will not be ruled by fear and chemical companies. You will set an example for news outlets around the world. You will, instead of being a part of "this is just the world we live in" will instead be creating the world we want to and are proud all live in.
We are very grateful for all you do.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has just published a clear question and answer form on the toxicity of glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s best-selling herbicide concoction, Round Up. It leaves no question that the herbicide is truly genotoxic, causing damage to life everywhere.
The report has likely come out due to controversy over the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)’s determination that glyphosate is ‘safe.’ The herbicide is meant to be voted on to reinstate marketability later this month.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a research arm of the WHO, has stated clearly that both formulations containing glyphosate and pure glyphosate pose a grave risk. It is this clear explanation that leaves the EFSA little wiggle-room when trying to downplay glyphosate’s toxicity dependent upon the formulation.
The IARC, as compared to the EFSA, looked at over 1000 studies which involved glyphosate, including reviews of people exposed through their jobs, such as farmers and agricultural workers. The IARC also looked at experimental studies on cancer and cancer-related effects in experimental systems.
The EFSA did not even publish all the studies they referenced, nor clearly reporting who wrote them. More than 95% of authors for the glyphosate review reportedly refused public scrutiny of their determination.
Some of the Glyphosate Questions and Answers
Just a few of the questions the WHO answered are abbreviated as follows:
Could glyphosate’s toxicity be based on other co-formulants in a weed killer?
Essentially this question targets those who want to pretend that glyphosate isn’t the culprit, but that other adjuvants added to an herbicide or pesticide are to blame. The IARC states clearly that
“the evidence for [glyphosate] causing cancer in experimental animals was ‘sufficient’ and the evidence for causing genotoxicity was ‘strong’. The real-world exposures experienced by human populations are to a variety of formulations of glyphosate with other chemicals, because this is how glyphosate is mainly sold and used. Similar results were reported in studies of different formulations used in different geographical regions at different times.”
Could the co-formulants in the herbicide products be to blame for genotoxic outcomes?
Another nice try by Big Biotech to push the blame on something other than their collectively-favorite weed killer ingredient. (Glyphosate, is the main ingredient in Round Up, which currently forms the backbone of Monsanto’s worldwide billion-dollar sales.) The IARC’s answer again is clear. NO. Glyphosate is toxic all on its own.
There is controversy over whether or not glyphosate causes non–Hodgkin lymphoma based on one study. The IARC makes it clear that hundreds of studies were looked at to draw a link between glyphosate exposure and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Sorry – once again Monsanto, you can’t weasel out of this. Data was collected on over 50,000 farmers for the IARC to come to their determination.
Was it only animals that suffered from cancer due to glyphosate exposure?
The precise answer is, “NO.” I would put an expletive before that monosyllabic response, but you get the idea.