GMO Free Lancaster County Finds RoundUp in Mothers' Breast Milk
GMO Free Lancaster County did the first ever testing of the breast milk of Lancaster mothers for the presence of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s flagship herbicide, Roundup. The mother with the highest detectable level of glyphosate in her breast milk, 91 parts per billion, is a farmer who lives and works on a farm in Lancaster County and is living with the heartbreak of an infant with cancer.
Twelve Lancaster County mothers submitted breast milk samples which were tested by Microbe Inotech Laboratories is St. Louis Missouri using the ELISA method. The mother with the highest detectable level of glyphosate in her breast milk, 91 parts per billion, is a farmer who lives and works on a farm in Lancaster County. She has self -reported spraying glyphosate during her pregnancy and additional exposure in the environment where she lives and works. This mother has an infant child with neuroblastoma, a very rare type of cancerous tumor. In March of this year, the World Health Organization declared glyphosate to be a class two probable carcinogen. Leading researcher on glyphosate, Dr. Stephanie Seneff, senior research scientist at MIT, was consulted about the possible connection between the high level of glyphosate in the mother’s breast milk and her baby’s cancer: “It is likely that glyphosate played a role in the neuroblastoma. These tumors usually develop in the adrenal glands, and the adrenal glands are highly stressed by glyphosate because it disrupts StAR the rate limiting step in steroid synthesis. It knocks down StAR activity by an extraordinary amount.”
There is currently no regulatory limit for the amount of glyphosate in breast milk anywhere in the world. However, the EPA has set a legally enforceable maximum contaminant level for glyphosate of 700 parts per billion in drinking water in the USA, while the maximum contaminant level in Europe is .2 parts per billion.
Given the classification by the World Health Organization and the opinion of MIT senior research scientist Dr. Seneff, GMO Free Lancaster County is calling for a countywide ban on the chemical. The organization plans to go forward with a second round of testing that will focus exclusively on mothers who have direct occupational contact with glyphosate. To make a donation towards the next round of testing and for more information, please visit www.gmofreelancastercounty.org
If you would like to have your breast milk tested or have any questions please contact Zoe Swartz at firstname.lastname@example.org
Breast is always best - GMO Free Lancaster County supports Breastfeeding. We advocate for pregnant and nursing mothers to avoid pesticide exposure and eat organic.