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#1497875 --- 04/17/17 09:20 PM Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food [Re: MissingArty]
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I posted some of the reviews from The Truth About Vaccines Docu-Series in the Parenting Group thread on Vaccines. There are many from health care professionals. Glyphosate has been covered in the series.



Reorganizing the Executive Branch: We Need Your Input!

President Trump wants to hear your ideas and suggestions on how the government can be better organized to work for the American people.

Share your ideas below by June 12th!

https://www.whitehouse.gov/reorganizing-the-executive-branch



Why Cornell Alliance for Science’s GMO food safety evaluation is meaningless

The authors also point out the Alliance’s failure to make the methodology public at the outset. They warn, “This may raise suspicion among the skeptical public who form the target audience for this exercise that the criteria upon which the abstracts are evaluated might be retrospectively selected to fit a preordained conclusion.”

The authors conclude, “Based on … weaknesses in the study design, we believe it is questionable as to whether any objective or meaningful conclusion can be drawn from the Alliance’s initiative.”

http://www.gmwatch.org/news/latest-news/17558

Cornell Alliance for Science Evaluation of Consensus on Genetically Modified Food Safety: Weaknesses in Study Design

http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fpubh.2017.00079/full



Canadian Food Inspection Agency Finds Residues of Glyphosate in One-Third of Food Products Tested

(Beyond Pesticides, April 17, 2017) The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) published a report on glyphosate testing last week, finding traces of the chemical in about one-third of food products and residue levels above the acceptable limits in almost four percent of grain products. These findings come on the heels of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) decision to abandon plans for testing the U.S. food supply for glyphosate residues. In light of this, Beyond Pesticides is again urging USDA to test for glyphosate residues in U.S. food.

http://beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblo...roducts-tested/



Bills reversing GMO pre-emption die in Oregon

http://www.capitalpress.com/Oregon/20170412/oregon-gmo-pre-emption-battle-continues-in-senate



Court Orders EPA to Close Loophole, Factory Farms Required to Report Toxic Pollution

"In the words of the court, the risk of air emissions from CAFOs 'isn't just theoretical; people have become seriously ill and even died' from these emissions. But the public cannot protect itself from these hazardous substances if CAFOs aren't required to report their releases to the public. The loophole also prevented reporting of these toxics to local and state responders and the court held that plainly violated the law."

http://www.ecowatch.com/epa-factory-farm-report-pollution-2355997089.html



Monsanto Sued for Misleading Labeling of Popular Herbicide Roundup

(Beyond Pesticides, April 10, 2017) Two nonprofit organizations on Friday filed a lawsuit against Monsanto for misleading the public by labeling its popular weedkiller Roundup as “target[ing] an enzyme found in plants but not in people or pets.” This lawsuit charges that this statement is false, deceptive, and misleading, because the enzyme targeted by glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, is, in fact, found in people and pets. [For additional information on glyphosate, visit Beyond Pesticides’ Gateway on Pesticide Hazards and Safe Pest Management].

Beyond Pesticides and Organic Consumers Association (OCA), through their attorneys, Richman Law Group, filed jointly on behalf of the general public in Washington D.C. under the District of Columbia’s Consumer Protection Procedures Act.


“The unequivocal nature of Monsanto’s label claim on Roundup belies the complexity of human biology and the impact this highly toxic chemical has on the functioning of the human gut bacteria, essential our health,” said Jay Feldman, executive director of Beyond Pesticides. “With this claim, Monsanto is falsely telling the public that its product cannot hurt them,” he said.

“Corporations must be held to a high standard when it comes to the information they include on product labels, especially when it comes to the issue of safety,” said Ronnie Cummins, OCA’s international director. “For decades, Monsanto has used false labeling claims to dupe consumers into believing that they can spray Roundup on their yards and in their gardens, without risk to themselves, their children or their pets. It’s time for the courts to step in.”

http://beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblo...bicide-roundup/



Tiny, family-run newspaper wins Pulitzer Prize for taking on big business

He won for editorials that confronted the state's most powerful agricultural interests, which include the Koch Brothers, Cargill and Monsanto, and their secret funding of the government defense of a big environmental lawsuit. His "tenacious reporting, impressive expertise and engaging writing" were quite self-evident if you've seen his labor (which actually spanned two years, though he won for last year's efforts).

http://www.poynter.org/2017/tiny-family-...usiness/455465/



Happening at the Capitol this week: GMO crops, dairy air emissions and P.E. requirements

The Senate Environment Committee will consider three controversial bills regulating agriculture.

SB 1037 would allow local governments to ban genetically engineered crops.

SB 197 would require the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission to adopt a program for regulating air contaminants from dairy confined animal feeding operations.

And SB 892 would require aerial pesticide applicators to notify the state of planned applications on privately owned forest land and report on them afterward. It also requires the state to maintain an electronic reporting and notification system with free public access.

http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/ne...ents/100190654/



USDA to analyze GE virus effect on greening, environment

Trenton, Fla.-based Southern Gardens Citrus Nursery LLC, has asked for approval of a permit for the environmental release of the genetically engineered virus. The company is requesting the permit to use the GE virus as a biological control agent to help manage citrus greening disease, according to a news release.

http://www.thepacker.com/news/usda-analyze-ge-virus-effect-greening-environment



Common Pesticides Speed Up Puberty in Boys

"Given the growing use of pyrethroid insecticides, our findings have important implications for the assessment of children's health risk from these insecticides…[and] suggest pyrethroid exposure is a potential risk factor for earlier male puberty."



"Consistent with the human data, our animal study shows that postnatal exposure to a widely used pyrethroid pesticide, cypermethrin, can accelerate pubertal timing and induce circulating levels of gonadotrophins and testosterone in male mice," she explained.



"This is the first study to provide evidence that environmental exposure to pyrethroids…is associated with measurable effects on male pubertal development. Given the growing use of pyrethroid insecticides, we must prudently assess these chemicals for their risks to children's health," she concluded.

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/878085#vp_2



More on the GMO Arctic Apple.

The GMO Arctic Apple - Jonathan Latham, PhD, Co-Founder & Executive Director of Bioscience Resource Project


"These apples make long double stranded RNA molecules (dsRNA). dsRNAs are proven vertebrate toxins. They are called toxins in the scientific literature."

Q: So how is that government is recognizing these altered consumables as G.R.A.S.? [Generally Recognized As Safe]

A: Because the regulatory agencies have been captured by the industry that owns these products. They're essentially writing & administering the rules that regulate their own industry's products. Really.

https://2k4vbx44lajeo2rag2seu29o-wpengin...athamWilson.pdf



The Organic Trade Deficit Is Hurting Farmers—Here’s What You Need to Know

Q: The environmental case for amending the farm bill in favor of organics is clear, but is there also a business case for doing so?

A: Organic farming is not just a win for the environment and for consumers—it can be quite profitable for farmers who go through the three-year federal certification process, because the prices they receive for certified-organic products are often significantly higher than those for conventional crops. As nations like Russia, Romania, and China continue to expand organic production, the US should be reducing barriers for organic transition, so we can expand organic production here at home—or run the risk of American farmers falling further behind in the international marketplace.

http://goop.com/the-organic-trade-deficit-is-hurting-farmers-heres-what-you-need-to-know/



National Biotechnology Panel Faces New Conflict of Interest Questions - 2016

Critics say that several committee members have financial ties to biotech businesses that could color the panel’s report, expected to be published soon, potentially giving short shrift to health and environmental worries.

http://glyphosate.news/2017-04-05-nation...er-science.html



Seneff: “Hmm. Millions of Americans with allergies to the proteins in latex? Perhaps derived from rubber plants grown in Malaysia? Glyphosate is often used to control the weeds between the rows of trees. Glyphosate contamination in the rubber --> protein allergies? Interesting to note that children with spina bifida and other defects of the neural tube have a very high likelihood of allergies to latex. AND, there's latex in the stopper of the vaccines. The puzzle pieces are falling in place!”

Danger: Latex in vaccine packaging, including rubber caps for syringes and vials, an overlooked severe allergy problem for millions of Americans to consider

http://www.naturalnews.com/2017-04-08-da...o-consider.html



Moms Exposed To Monsanto Weed Killer Means Bad Outcomes For Babies

“This is a huge issue,” said Paul Winchester, medical director of the neonatal intensive care unit at the Franciscan St. Francis Health system and professor of clinical pediatrics at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, Indiana. He said this is the first U.S. study to demonstrate glyphosate is present in pregnant women. “Everyone should be concerned about this.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/moms...4b02ef7e0e6e172



New study on Monsanto weedkiller to feed into crucial EU vote

Full results should be available by June, Belpoggi said, and will be submitted in a paper for peer review and publication in a scientific journal. A draft copy of the results will be sent at the same time to the European Commission.

The Commission has said it expects to restart talks with EU member states by August on re-approving the use of glyphosate in herbicides. A decision is due before the end of 2017.

"We would like to have the results in time to help regulators have a good judgment about this chemical," Belpoggi said. "If it is negative (no effect), then I will be happy because I am also exposed. But if there is some damage, then we would like everyone to know."

http://www.gmwatch.org/news/latest-news/...crucial-eu-vote



Humphries: “I love these vets at dogs naturally. They get it.”

The Leaky Gut Epidemic: Why Your Dog’s Allergy Treatment Doesn’t Work

6. Diet

Dogs eating processed diets or diets high in carbohydrates (and any kibble on the market will be high in carbohydrates) will have unbalanced gut flora. Carbohydrates, especially those with a higher glycemic load, are the preferred food for many harmful bacteria. Grains and carbohydrates will also cause an overgrowth of fungus and yeast. Dairy products, genetically modified (GMO) foods, preservatives, coloring and chlorinated water can also harm the microbiome.

http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/why-your-dogs-allergy-treatment-doesnt-work/



Decoding Pet Food

The pet food industry is failing and misleading its customers, according to a recent report from The Cornucopia Institute. Here's what you need to know about popular pet food brands.

https://www.cornucopia.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/DecodingPetFoodfullreport.pdf
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#1497897 --- 04/18/17 02:37 PM Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food [Re: MissingArty]
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The verdict is in...


Find here the full text and the summary of the advisory legal opinion delivered by the Monsanto Tribunal judges in The Hague on April 18th 2017. (It is only four pages, link below. Below are a excerpts from each question posed to the Tribunal.)


The International Monsanto Tribunal is a unique "Opinion Tribunal" convened by civil society to clarify the legal obligations and consequences of some of the activities of the Monsanto Company.

During the hearings that took place on October 15th and 16th in The Hague, judges heard testimonies related to the six questions posed to the Tribunal. The ensuing legal opinion delivered by the Tribunal includes a legal analysis of the questions asked, with respect to both existing international law, and to prospective law in order to improve international human rights and environmental law.

The advisory opinion is structured in three parts. The introductory section details the conditions within which the Tribunal was initiated. The middle section examines the six questions posed to the Tribunal. Looking at the broader picture, the final section tackles the growing asymmetry between the rights conceded to corporations and the constraints imposed upon them to protect local communities and/or future generations, wherever corporations operate.



Excepts from...Summary of the advisory opinion of the International Monsanto Tribunal - Delivered on the 18th of April 2017 in The Hague, Netherlands



Question 1, as posed to the Tribunal, related to alleged infringement on the right to a healthy environment.

"Based on the above findings and to answer Question 1, the Tribunal concludes that Monsanto has engaged in practices which have negatively impacted the right to a healthy environment."


Question 2 concerned the alleged infringement on the right to food as recognized in Article 11 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, in Articles 24.2(c) and (e) and 27.3 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and in Articles 25(f) and 28.1 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination
against Women.

"In response to Question 2, the Tribunal concludes that Monsanto has engaged in practices that have negatively impacted the right to food. Monsanto’s activities affect food availability for individuals and communities and interfere with the ability of individuals and communities to feed themselves directly or to choose non-genetically modified seeds. In addition, genetically modified seeds are not always affordable for farmers and threaten biodiversity. Monsanto’s activities and products cause damage to soil, water and to the environment more generally. The
Tribunal concludes that food sovereignty is also affected and underlines the cases in which genetic contamination of fields forced farmers to pay royalties to Monsanto or even to abandon their non-GMO crops due to this contamination. There is indeed an infringement on the right to food because of aggressive marketing on GMOs which can force farmers to buy new seeds every year. The dominant agro-industrial model can be criticized even more strongly because other models - such as agroecology - exist that respect the right to food."


Question 3 concerned the alleged infringement on the right to the highest attainable standard of health of everyone can reach, as recognized in Article 12 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, or the right of child to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health, as recognized by Article 24 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

"The Tribunal concludes that Monsanto has engaged in practices that negatively impacted the right to health."


Question 4 concerned the alleged infringement on the freedom indispensable for scientific research, as guaranteed by Article 15(3) of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, as well as the freedoms of thought and expression guaranteed in Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

"In response to Question 4, the Tribunal concludes that Monsanto's conduct is negatively affecting the right to freedom indispensable for scientific research. Conduct such as intimidation, discrediting independent scientific research when it raises serious questions about the protection of the environment and public health, suborning false research reports, putting pressure on governments are transgressing the freedom indispensable for scientific research. This abuse is exacerbated by exposure to health and accompanying environmental risks, which deprive society the possibility to safeguard fundamental rights. Taking direct measures to silence scientists or attempting to discredit their work constitutes conduct that abuses the right to freedom indispensable for scientific research and the right to freedom of expression. This negatively affects the right to information."


Question 5 concerned the alleged complicity in war crimes as defined in Article 8(2) of the Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), by providing Agent Orange.

“Because of the current state of international law and the absence of specific evidence, the Tribunal cannot give any definitive answer to the question it was asked. Nevertheless, it seems that Monsanto knew how its products would be used and had information on the consequences for human health and the environment. The Tribunal is of the view that, would the crime of Ecocide be added in International law, the reported facts could fall within the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (ICC).”


Question 6 asked the Tribunal if the activities of Monsanto could constitute a crime of ecocide, understood as causing serious damage or destroying the environment, so as to significantly and durably alter the global commons or ecosystem services upon which certain human groups rely.

“The Tribunal assesses that international law should now precisely and clearly assert the protection of the environment and the crime of ecocide. The Tribunal concludes that if such a crime of ecocide were recognized in international criminal law, the activities of Monsanto could possibly constitute a crime of ecocide. Several of the company’s activities may fall within this infraction, such as the manufacture and supply of glyphosate-based herbicides to Colombia in the context of its plan for aerial application on coca crops, which negatively impacted the environment and the health of local populations; the large-scale use of dangerous agrochemicals in industrial agriculture; and the engineering, production, introduction and release of genetically engineered crops. Severe contamination of plant diversity, soils and waters would also fall within the qualification of ecocide. Finally, the introduction of persistent organic pollutants such as PCB into the environment causing widespread, long-lasting and severe environmental harm and affecting the right of the future generations could fall within the qualification of ecocide as well.”


In the third part of the advisory opinion, the Tribunal insists on the widening gap between international human rights law and corporate accountability. It calls for two urgent Actions.

Read the four page summary here...

http://en.monsantotribunal.org/upload/asset_cache/1016160509.pdf

Read the full 60 page report here…

http://en.monsantotribunal.org/upload/asset_cache/189791450.pdf
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#1497987 --- 04/19/17 10:50 PM Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food [Re: MissingArty]
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From Zen Honeycutt, Moms Across America

It is with a grateful but deeply saddened heart that I share this news with you today.
We cannot rejoice at the following findings, because the subject matter is of such tragedy, but we are very grateful for the work of all involved.

Today the Monsanto Tribunal judges released their conclusion. After hearing testimonies from mothers of children with birth defects, farmers with cancer, farmers with animals who suffered serious harm and death, and many more testimonies of harm from around the world, the international judges delivered their findings.

Due to the fact that the opinion tribunal was not taken under oath and the accused did not appear to deny or confirm the statements, the findings can only be given with the understanding that the testimonies given by the victims and claims of harm made in the tribunal will be proven to be true.

In summary:

The Tribunal recognizes the fundamental right to a healthy environment and human health.

The environment is a precondition of all human health. Monsanto was found to violate that right with their products.

Monsanto has also violated the rights to healthy food and access information which is needed to protect health and environment.

Monsanto has taken actions which could be classified as ECO-cide.

The tribunal recommended that a class of crime called Eco-cide be established by the international community.

The international community, judges, health organizations, farmers, manufacturers, and consumers are sure to take notice of these important findings and re-think their use of Monsanto's products such as Roundup. We find this to be an important step in moving away from GMO chemical farming and towards organic, regenerative agriculture.We thank the international community who worked tirelessly to create this tribunal.



Dems petition FDA to ban potentially toxic chemical from shampoos, body wash

New York Democratic Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand are petitioning the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban a potentially cancer-causing chemical from consumer and children's products, including shampoo, shower gels and lotions.

http://thehill.com/regulation/pending-re...mpoos-body-wash


Why the Non-GMO Project Verifies Low-Risk Ingredients

https://livingnongmo.org/2016/12/22/why-the-non-gmo-project-verifies-low-risk-ingredients/
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#1498054 --- 04/22/17 07:39 AM Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food [Re: MissingArty]
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Free replay all weekend = The Truth About Vaccines


Glyphosate is in vaccines. You know Seneff and Samsel hypothesize that glyphosate helps aluminum into the brain.

You also need to know the rest of the story that has been hidden from us for years. If you think because you are an adult and your kids are grown that you don't have to worry about vaccines anymore, listen to Dr. Tenpenny tell you about Pharma's plan to vaccinate every adult with multiple vaccines in Episode 7.

You'll learn about the vaccine industry's connection to the Jewish Holocaust, the history of how illnesses were coming down before vaccines were introduced, going up after vaccines were introduced, vaccines connection to cancer and autoimmune illnesses, the CDC whistleblower, etc.

Just because your kid doesn't have full blown autism doesn't mean he or she hasn't been affected. People, kids with learning disabilities, lazy eye (eye nerve damage), ADD, ADHD, ticks - all from vaccine damage.

"The Truth About Vaccines is having a 48 hour replay marathon of EVERY SINGLE episode all weekend long.

Go here to watch all 7 episodes right now for free. (Episodes are about 1 1/2 hours long.)

https://go2.thetruthaboutvaccines.com/docuseries/replay/



Oh, and by the way, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. got on mainstream media this week.

BREAKING NEWS: RFK, Jr. on Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight.

https://www.facebook.com/RevolutionForChoice/videos/246656712408589/



New study…

Glyphosate and Paraquat in Maternal and Fetal Serums in Thai Women

CONCLUSIONS: These results show that pregnant women who work in agriculture or live in families that work in agriculture have higher exposures to the herbicides glyphosate and paraquat. The potential for long term health impacts of these prenatal exposures to children should be evaluated, and greater regulation of the sale and use of herbicides should be considered in Thailand.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28422580/



Dow Chemical Pushes Trump Administration to Scrap Pesticide Study

http://www.ecowatch.com/dow-pesticide-study-2370173164.html



Tribunal Judges: Monsanto Violates Basic Human Rights to a Healthy Environment by Organic Consumers Association

The very clear conclusions will be of interest to both the critics of Monsanto and industrial agriculture and to the shareholders of chemical companies and especially Bayer. The reputation of Monsanto—and Bayer in case of a merger—will not exactly improve with these conclusions by the judges of the Tribunal. The advisory opinion is a strong signal to those involved in international law, but also to the victims of toxic chemicals.

The Tribunal has created links and shared important information between lawyers and organizations that represent the victims. Therefore, it is likely that the conclusions will lead to more liability cases against Monsanto and similar companies. This will shine a light on the true cost of production and will affect Monsanto (Bayer) shareholder value in the long run. Companies that cause damage to health, food and healthy environment should and will be held accountable for their actions.

http://www.ecowatch.com/monsanto-tribuna...p;ts=1492545927



Food Freedom Movement Spreads to North Dakota

http://reason.com/archives/2017/04/15/food-freedom-spreads-anew



Glyphosate Found in Childhood Vaccines

The tests were conducted with the Elisa method, (link to full report here) which is regarded by the scientific community as a screening method only and not as accurate as HPLC mass spectrometry. Honeycutt reports that they asked numerous labs to test additional vaccines for glyphosate over the past few months and they have been unable to test. After learning of MAA’s results, an independent scientist conducted numerous rounds of testing, and has confirmed the presence of glyphosate in vaccines. He sent his data to Senator Sheehan, the FDA, NIH, elected government officials, major media, last week and received no response. One can contact Senator Sheehan for the additional test results.

http://www.healthy-holistic-living.com/glyphosate-found-childhood-vaccines.html?t=MAM






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#1498057 --- 04/22/17 08:33 AM Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food [Re: MissingArty]
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All Episodes Now Playing:


Episode 1

The History of Vaccines, Smallpox, Vaccine Safety & the Current CDC Schedule

Episode 2

What’s in a Vaccine? Are Vaccines Effective? ... and ... What About Polio?

Episode 3

In Depth Analysis of the MMR and DTaP Vaccines & Vaccinating for the Greater Good


Episode 4

Examining Influenza, the HIB and Pneumococcal Vaccines & Herd Immunity


Episode 5

Considering the HPV and Hepatitis B Vaccines, SIDS & Shaken Baby Syndrome


Episode 6

A Closer Look at the CDC, Chicken Pox and Rotavirus Vaccines & Retroviruses

Episode 7

Natural Immunization, Homeoprophylaxis & Fundamental Freedom of Choice


https://go2.thetruthaboutvaccines.com/do...0&utm_term=
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#1498124 --- Yesterday at 03:17 PM Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food [Re: MissingArty]
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If you are just hearing about gmo food, glyphosate and glyphosate in vaccines, and want to understand what it is, watch “Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives.” Glyphosate was only just found in vaccines in late 2016, so it is not covered in this film.

A food system dependent on chemicals is not a food system, it’s a chemical system.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sUNxX0OxP8



Nic's Organic Fast Food opens in Rolling Meadows

Rolling Meadows scored a first Thursday when the nation's first Quality Assurance International-certified organic drive-through restaurant opened in a building that formerly was a Pizza Hut.

http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20170302/business/170309674/



Is Cornell University misleading us on GMO food safety? by Claire Robinson - November 2016

Watch lecture ten of our independent lecture series to learn that Cornell is indeed misleading us on the safety of GMOs (among a host of other topics).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjDGJoHtddA



Farmers Can Now Receive Grants to Move to Organic Farming (Wow, $1,000.00! While gmo farmers get payments of hundreds of thousands of dollars.)

Two Midwestern states in the U.S. are offering farmers three years of support to move to organic crop production. Farmers would ditch GMOs along with their toxic pesticides and herbicides. The aim is to boost acreage of organically-grown crops in the U.S. once the upper Midwest is well on its way to sustainable farming.

North Dakota and Minnesota have both started grant programs. Minnesota led the way in 2013 and North Dakota began its program this year. The grants, ranging from $750 to $1000, help farmers to transition to organic crops. The money can be used for everything from soil testing to education on how to grow food in a sustainable way.

http://realfarmacy.com/organic-farming-grant/



Seneff: “If you are a farmer, and you haven't yet switched to organic, now is the time to do it! Remarkable growth in organic farming just in the past year. This is GREAT news!! The consumer demand for organic is growing fast!”

2016 Count of Certified Organic Operations Shows Continued Growth in U.S. Market

The 2016 count of U.S. certified organic farms and businesses reflects a 13 percent increase between the end of 2015 and 2016, continuing the trend of double digit growth in the organic sector. The number of certified operations has increased since the count began in 2002 and this is the highest growth rate since 2008.



The complete list of certified organic farms and business is available through the Organic Integrity Database of certified operations maintained by USDA-accredited certifying agents. Launched in 2015, the database discourages fraud by providing more accurate and timely information about operations certified to use the USDA organic seal. The database also supports supply chain connections between buyers and sellers of organic goods.

https://www.ams.usda.gov/press-release/2...rowth-us-market

Find local organic farmers in your area on the database…

http://organic.ams.usda.gov/integrity/ or, http://eatlocalgrown.com/

I highly recommend Autumn’s Harvest Farm in Romulus, and Felenz Family Farm in Phelps.



From Soil to Sustainability

"By the 1980s, our soil had visibly improved—it was more porous, and earthworms and other soil life had dramatically increased. Then, in 1988 we experienced the first dramatic, practical result of this improved soil health. That year we experienced the worst drought in the history of south-central North Dakota. Our neighbors, who farmed with conventional synthetic inputs, never pulled a combine out of the shed that summer since all of their crops dried up and died from lack of moisture by the time they grew to roughly 7 or 8 inches tall. Remarkably, by contrast, our fields produced wheat yields that averaged 17 bushels per acre, despite the severe drought. That result could only be explained by the increased moisture absorption and storage capacity of our healthier soils."

https://slowmoney.org/blog/from-soil-to-sustainability/



Seneff videos…

Monsanto Long Term Studies Buried by EPA Revealed! Dr. Stephanie Seneff Explains - 2015

Seneff and host Elaine McFadden, MPH, RD go through disturbing research information uncovered in the 10,000 pages of Monsanto long term studies done decades ago before it was buried by the EPA. A colleague of Dr. Seneff repeatedly petitioned the EPA for the information. Monsanto did long term studies back then, and it is frightening that the cumulative and destructive results of those studies did not stop the government from approving its use, but instead choose to hide the information from the public. Monsanto learned that if they did studies longer than 3 months the truth starts to reveal itself. Seralini did not start to see the abnormalities until after 4 months and then large tumors after two years:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLR9QxO8oghxlxAtAPbynRs5Ogm10W70lV&v=j1X_MakrlXk

How Herbicides are Killing Us: Dr. Seneff Part 1 of 2 - 2014

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3HyfoNa2Sw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNaPaI8z...mp;spfreload=10

Dr. Stephanie Seneff presentation on harmful effects of glyphosate - 2013 - Starts at 19:30

In her presentation entitled "Roundup: The Elephant in the Room," Dr. Seneff outlines adverse health and environmental effects caused by chemicals that are being applied directly to foods we eat.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MqWwhggnbyw&index=1&list=PLR9QxO8oghxlxAtAPbynRs5Ogm10W70lV



How To Protect Yourself From Glyphosate

“This doesn't necessarily map directly to your total glyphosate burden, because there's a large percentage of the glyphosate you're exposed to daily that washes out through the kidneys over probably a two-week period, but there's another small percentage that insidiously accumulates in your bone marrow and elsewhere in your tissues and this part is not easy to measure! It's that part that accumulates that continues to cause disease long after you were first exposed to it.”

https://www.alexfergus.com/blog/how-to-protect-yourself-from-glyphosate



Scientist’s ground-breaking research uncovers new risks of GMOs, glyphosate - 2016

What are your thoughts about genetic engineering of foods?

Dr. Antoniou: I’ve maintained all along that when you take a look at the GMO transformation process—whether inserting genes or using newer methods, such as gene editing—and place these methods in the context of new genetics, which tells us that no gene or its protein product works in isolation, then you can expect problems from these genetic engineering procedures. Genes and their protein products work together in a highly complex, interactive, and integrated network. From the holistic perspective of gene organization, control, and function, the GMO transformation process is technically and conceptually flawed. It’s inevitable that there will be problems; it’s just a matter of degree. This is what basic science tells us.

And when GMOs are added to their associated pesticide residues, as a package, they become a potentially very harmful product.

Technologies like genetic engineering in agriculture must be re-evaluated for safety as the science shifts. If, as we do this, we find that it is not a predictable and safe technology, we need to have the courage to say “no” and look at different ways to achieve our goals because what we are doing is clearly disruptive.

http://non-gmoreport.com/articles/scient...mos-glyphosate/



Lab-Meat. Soon in a Store Near You

But regardless of what agency ultimately is charged with writing the rules for this new area of food technology, there is reason for concern. We’ve got to take a step back and recognize that the foods we consume are far more complex than their metrics of caloric content, percentage saturated fat, vitamin content, and so on. The foods that we consume actually influence the expression of our DNA – a process called epigenetics. And so far, much like with currently available GMO foods, no one seems to be looking at how these new lab-made meats will affect the expression of our DNA – our very life code.

http://www.drperlmutter.com/lab-meat-soon-in-a-store-near-you/#sthash.LNgKpBke.dpuf



Glyphosate Causes Changes to DNA Function Resulting in Chronic Disease, According to Study

(Beyond Pesticides July 18, 2016) A review of the scientific literature links glyphosate, one of the most popular weed killers in the U.S. and the active ingredient in Roundup, to a wide range of diseases through a mechanism that modifies DNA functioning, adding a new even more troubling dimension to the herbicide cancer classification by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. According to the most recent review, Glyphosate pathways to modern disease V: Amino acid analogue of glycine in diverse proteins, conducted by independent scientists Anthony Samsel, Ph.D. and Stephanie Seneff, Ph.D., a scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), glyphosate acts as a glycine analogue that incorporates into peptides during protein synthesis. In this process, it alters a number of proteins that depend on conserved glycine for proper function. According to the authors, glyphosate substitution for glycine correlates with several diseases, including diabetes, obesity, asthma, Alzheimer’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and Parkinson’s disease, among others.

http://beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblo...hronic-disease/



Montezuma farmers weigh in on next Farm Bill

https://the-journal.com/articles/40682-montezuma-farmers-weigh-in-on-next-farm-bill



Lawsuits Helping To Expose Monsanto’s Deadly Roundup Cover-up - 2016 - America’s Lawyer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCOjazEXPww&list=PLR9QxO8oghxlxAtAPbynRs5Ogm10W70lV&index=14



CHINA SLOWS DOWN APPROVAL OF GMO VARIETIES

http://www.agriculture.com/news/business/china-slows-down-approval-of-gmo-varieties



Tribunal judges: Monsanto isn't feeding the world - it's undermining food security

"A rise in organic agricultural practices in many places illustrates that farming with less, or without, pesticides, herbicides, and other dangerous chemicals is feasible. Studies have indicated that agroecology is capable of delivering sufficient yields to feed the entire world population and ensure that people are adequately nourished."

http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_an...d_security.html



Burkina Faso Sees Cotton Output Rising 20% in 2017-18 Season

The return to conventional seeds last season made it possible to eliminate almost all short fibers, Yameogo said. The West African nation decided last year to halt the production of genetically modified cotton, a variety introduced by Monsanto Co., because the short fiber was hurting its reputation and cutting revenue.

https://www.bloombergquint.com/business/...-2017-18-season



1st farmer lawsuit on deck against Syngenta over China trade

The first of tens of thousands of U.S. lawsuits is about to go to trial against Swiss agribusiness giant Syngenta over its decision to introduce a genetically engineered corn seed variety to the U.S. market before China had approved it for imports.

The lawsuits allege that Syngenta's move wrecked an increasingly important export market for U.S. corn, and that the resulting price drops hurt all producers. Court filings show that Syngenta aggressively marketed the seeds even when it knew that Chinese approval was going to be a problem.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/1st-farmer-lawsuit-deck-syngenta-china-trade-46968786



Foreign cheese challenge

Raftis noted Bothwell is launching a new Non-GMO Project Verified line of cheeses this year, made with milk from dairy cows that are fed non-GMO (genetically modified organism) crops.

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/business/foreign-cheese-challenge-419798033.html



Small Company Fights to Keep Cannabis Out Of Monsanto’s Greedy Hands!


However, an independent startup based in Portland is working to make marijuana’s genome publicly available to lessen the impact of patents and to protect the plant from corporate greed. Phylos Bioscience has launched an online interactive guide that not only maps the marijuana genome, but also its genetic evolution.


http://expand-your-consciousness.com/small-startup-company-works-to-keep-marijuana-genome/?t=MAM



Gene editing opens doors to seedless fruit with no need for bees

Now Keishi Osakabe at Tokushima University in Japan and his colleagues have used the CRISPR gene-editing technique to deliberately introduce a mutation that makes tomatoes seedless. The mutation increases levels of a hormone called auxin, which stimulates fruits to develop even though no seeds have begun to form.

https://www.newscientist.com/article/212...-need-for-bees/



Jeffrey Smith Challenge to Neil deGrasse Tyson Part 1 and 2 - 2014

Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist, and popularizer of science, was caught on tape telling us to “chill out!” about GMOs because all food is genetically modified by artificial breeding. Watch Jeffrey explain to Neil why traditional breeding is completely different from genetic engineering.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTCI_R8kciA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CU9LmFLaC18&t=32s
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