Resolution on The Human Right to Health and Safe Food

7 May 2015

The 31st Triennial Congress of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, meeting 22-24 April 2015 in The Hague, the Netherlands:

Recalls that health and nutrition are basic rights recognised by the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights;

Alarmed that the modern food production system that relies on inputs such as chemical fertilisers and pesticides causes damage to the soil, crops and to the whole ecosystem;

Understands that since 1993, Monsanto has been aware that even middle and low doses of glyphosate, found in Roundup, can cause malformations, disease and birth defects;

Notes that trace amounts of glyphosate can occur on raw, cooked and processed food and contribute to accumulating body burden of harmful chemicals over a lifetime;

Highlights that critical information on the dire effects of agricultural chemicals has been withheld from the public;

Highlights that women are responsible for the majority of food production and are therefore exposed to exploitation by international corporations;

Argues that by allowing corporate profits based on deception, withholding of information and the failure of nations to regulate the use of harmful products, nations are denying basic human rights;

Asserts that when basic human rights are denied and corporations are allowed to cause devastating effects to the world and its people, political, economic and social instability results, and this undermines the very basis for peace and freedom in the world;

Believes that whereas the current moratorium in the EU on herbicides containing neonicotinoids, produced by Bayer AG Germany, NIPPON Soda Ltd Japan and DuPont US among others, demonstrates that such measures are feasible and that citizen action can inspire such decisions;

Calls for the ban of all glyphosate-based herbicides;

Insists that those corporations and governments that have dispersed these poisons be liable for clean up and compensation for impacts on human health;

Pledge to collaborate with other organisations that address these concerns.