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#1475269 --- 09/08/15 06:38 PM Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food [Re: MissingArty]
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Dear Consumer: They tell me not to get angry. But If I am honest, sometimes I do.
9/7/2015 47 Comments

Dear Concerned Consumer,

The marketing research tells me that I should focus on the positive when I address you. I shouldn’t talk about the environment, or the health of my soil – they say you do not care about those things.

They tell me not to discuss the challenge of feeding the world. I should not detail the challenges of feeding my own family on a farmer’s income, with ever rising input costs, unpredictable weather patterns and buyer preferences that change with the direction of the wind. They tell me this doesn’t register with you.

They tell me to only speak about things that directly impact you. They tell me not to talk about the science, because the emotional registers more. They tell me not to talk too long or write too much, you don’t have time.

They tell me not to get angry. But if I am honest, sometimes I do.

I get angry that you have time to read about the latest detox diets and “natural” foods, yet don’t have time to read how seed technology is increasing yields in developing nations, and helping us here at home to be better stewards of our land.

I get angry that you are willing to pay a premium, up to 60%, on a product with a label that doesn’t even mean what you think it does.

I get angry that you think “Big Agriculture” is waging some kind of war, but refuse to acknowledge the huge profits being made off those labels you are now demanding.

I get angry that you demand “chemical free” farming, or even think that “chemical free” is possible. I get angry so many of you do not seem to know what a chemical is.

I get angry that marketing hides that all types of farming – from organic to conventional – use chemicals. They do it SAFELY and minimally, but they use them.

I get angry that you do not understand that farmers only provide raw product and that once it leaves our farm we are not responsible for what the food processors do to it.

I get angry that you don’t celebrate the fact that you spend less than 10% of you disposable income on food, when people in other nations spend 40%.

I get angry that you try to compare the decisions you make about your garden, to the management decisions my family has to make for our farm. If your garden has a bad crop, you go to the store. If we have a bad crop, we stand to lose our farm, our house, our source of income. If entire areas have bad crops, thousands are effected by supply and price.

I get angry when you talk to a guy at the farmer’s market, who grows 40 organic tomato plants in his backyard where his 8 free range chickens live, and decide his opinion on agriculture policy is more trustworthy than mine.

I get angry that you expect us to change our farming practices as frequently as you change your diet fads, and to make such changes without using any technology.

I get angry that you demand “humane treatment” of livestock without having actually ever spent time with livestock. I get angry that you think my cattle herd needs the same treatment as your toy poodle.

I get angry that you think I need to be told how to treat my animals, like PETA is going to offer some insight that years of working with and caring for these animals hasn’t already taught me.

I get angry that you want the latest and greatest gadgets in every aspect of your life, and then expect me to put on overalls and grab a pitchfork, and farm the way someone told you that your great Grandfather did in the 1940’s.

I get angry that you think it’s fair to demand farming practices match some romanticized version of an early era and are perfectly accepting of the fact these changes will take my land and water, which I now use to feed hundreds, and use it to feed only dozens.

I get angry that you give more weight to Facebook memes than actual scientific studies. I get angry that you take Food Babe’s word, who has yet to actually set foot on a modern farm and literally has no qualifications to talk about the things she does, over nearly the entire scientific community.

I get angry that you cannot tell the difference between credible science and bad science. Like the “GMO Pig Feed” study from Australia. Or the “Glyphosate toxicity” study in rats. I get angry that the real scientists even have to address claims from these studies.

I get angry that you think there is some kind of war going on in rural America. That Monsanto has enslaved us all to fight their battle, and we are too “simple” to know any better. That conventional farmers are fighting with organic farmers. That big farmers are fighting with small farmers.

I get angry you don’t actually come out to rural America and see that we are all here, like we always have been, farming side by side and eating lunch together at noon.

The marketing research tells me you won’t have read this far down. If you have, I am actually trying to apologize for my anger.

I KNOW it’s not your fault. I KNOW that modern agriculture has failed to tell our story and companies took advantage of that.

I KNOW there is ridiculous amount of information available that is often confusing and opposing.

I KNOW we are a generation that didn’t get the core education we need to understand science.

I KNOW that nothing sells in the media better than fear.

I KNOW that most of you don’t know a farmer and that most of you have never set foot on a farm.

I am apologizing for my anger. And I am going to continue to try and reach out, in a positive way. But I just want you to know, if my anger shows through and it feels like it’s at you, it’s not.

It’s more at myself, and my industry, for not doing a better job of explaining the truth to you sooner. And yes, you do have the RIGHT to know. I just wish you had time for the whole story.


An American Farm Wife

#1475754 --- 09/14/15 09:13 PM Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food [Re: MissingArty]
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Latvia And Greece Kick Monsanto Out, Opt To Ban Gm Crops!

September 7, 2015

First Scotland opted to ban GM crops from its country, citing fear of GMO crops contaminating its food supply, then Germany followed suit. Now, both Latvia and Greece have booted Monsanto from their countries and banned the only GM crop presently allowed to be grown in EU countries, Monsanto’s MON810 GM Maize.

September 10, 2015 - Trending on Facebook

California EPA considers declaring Monsanto's Round Up a Carcinogen

Interview Excerpt with Author Carol Van Strum - 9/14

"My advice to people is to believe when it hits them in the balls, they might just take notice."

The excerpt picks up the conversation on the advice Carol would give to individuals angry about the USDA granting approval to Dow Chemicals Enlist for GMO corn and soybeans.

Erin Brockovich - 9/11/15 - Monsanto Roundup SUCKS!!!

Save the world from starvation my ass... they are destroying the nutrients our soils. Just read these peer reviewed scientific studies:

I am a scientist who once made and used GMO crops for research. Twenty years of experience has taught me important lessons about them. One concerns the lack of scientific integrity of GMO risk assessments. Careful study of the documents shows that applicants (mostly companies) are gaming the system in numerous and interesting ways; at the same time, government regulators are allowing them to do so. None of this would matter if GMOs were inherently safe, but they are not. They even have dangers that are rarely discussed, but which should be more widely known. These two understandings have led me to conclude that no GMO currently on the market would pass an honest risk assessment, even by the rather low standards that most national regulations and laws require.

These emails reveal how Monsanto and its partners use so-called “independent” third-party scientists and professors to deliver their PR messaging. Since the companies themselves are not credible messengers, they use these scientists and professors as sock-puppets to shape the media narrative on food issues, particularly GMOs

Court Finds Bee-Toxic Pesticide Sulfoxaflor Approved Illegally - September 10th, 2015

In its decision, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals concluded that EPA violated its own agency oversight of pesticide registrations when it unconditionally registered sulfoxaflor, a systemic pesticide known to cause harm to bees, without having the appropriate studies for the agency to properly assess the chemical’s impacts on honeybees.

Professor Richard Lewontin, professor of genetics, Harvard University, quoted in “Playing God in the Garden”, Michael Pollan, New York Times, October 25 1998

"This technology is being promoted, in the face of concerns by respectable scientists and in the face of data to the contrary, by the very agencies which are supposed to be protecting human health and the environment. The bottom line in my view is that we are confronted with the most powerful technology the world has ever known, and it is being rapidly deployed with almost no thought whatsoever to its consequences."
Dr Suzanne Wuerthele, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) toxicologist

"If you look at the simple principle of genetic modification, it spells ecological disaster. There are no ways of quantifying the risks. The solution is simply to ban the use of genetic modification in food."


Prominent scientists and policymakers assert with confidence that there is no scientific controversy over the health effects of genetically modified organisms (GMOs)—that genetically modified crops currently in commercial use and those yet to be commercialized are inherently safe for human consumption and do not have to be tested. Those who disagree are cast as “GMO deniers.” This article examines scientific reviews and papers on GMOs, compares the findings of professional societies, and discusses the treatment of scientists who have reported adverse effects in animal feeding experiments. This article concludes by exploring the role that politics and corporate interests have had in distorting an honest inquiry into the health effects of GMO crops.

Apparently no state or provincial wildlife agency has blamed GMOs or farm chemicals for a decline in whitetail numbers, though the drop began roughly when such products came into widespread use. Still, there’s reason to closely follow the story of GMOs and chemicals used to treat our crops. Until science offers clear proof of their safety, it seems wise for deer managers to proceed with caution.

Australia's Judy Carman, Ph.D. on Inadequate GMO Testing - Aug 17, 2015

Dr. Judy Carman, BSc (Hons), PhD, MPH, MPHAA sheds light on the GMO safety issue and discusses the woefully inadequate requirements for GMO approval and integration into the world food supply, and what happens when you ignore the warnings of scientists who's research is skewed by conflicts-of-interest."

"On the ones that I reviewed, almost two-thirds, this was the only thing that they did in toxicity. This is called an acute toxicity study. What they do is they say okay we've made this gm crop, we expect it to produce this protein, this one protein, that's what we expect it to do, we're going to take that protein, we're going to put it down the throats of some rats once and we're going to see if they die in 7 to 14 days, and if they don't die, that means you can eat it for generations and it's not going to cause any problems."

Stunning Corn Comparison: GMO versus NON GMO - Zen Honeycutt on March 15, 2013

The claims that "There is no difference between GMO corn and NON Gmo corn" are false. Yesterday while on a playdate at the lake, Vince from De Dell Seed Company, Canada's only NON GMO corn seed company called me to support the march and Americans finding out about GMOs. He emailed me this stunning report, clearly showing the nutritional value difference between GMO corn and NON GMO corn. I was floored. And at the same time, not totally surprised because Glyphosate draws out the vital nutrients of living things and GMO corn is covered with it.

The important thing to note in these deficiencies is that these are exactly the deficiencies in a human being that lead to susceptibility to sickness, disorders and cancer. People who have osteoporosis are low in calcium and magnesium, people who have cancer are low in maganese. The list goes on and on.

GMO Corn has 14 ppm of Calcium and NON GMO corn has 6130 ppm. 437 X more.

GMO corn has 2 ppm of Magnesium and NON GMO corn has 113ppm. 56 X more.

GMO corn has 2 ppm of Manganese and NON GMO corn has 14ppm. 7X more.

Look at the levels of Formaldehyde and Glyphosate IN the corn! The EPA standards for Glyphosate in water in America is .7ppm. European Tests showed organ damage to animals at .1ppb (.0001ppm) of Glyphosate in water. Our water levels allow glyphosate 7,000X higher than what has been shown to be toxic in animals. This corn has 13 ppm! 130,000 times higher than what is toxic in water!*

In a study that Dr. Huber reported, on Elizabeth Dougherty's Talk Radio, .97 ppm of formeldehyde showed to be toxic in ingestion to animals. This corn has 200X that! That is why the animals , given a choice will not eat it at all, they can smell the formeldehyde!

Please share this report with your legislature, farmers, news editors, school district food services and Moms.

We will no longer be feeding our children food with nutritional deficiencies, foreign proteins, toxins, sprayed with Glyphosate, or injected with pesticides. Nor will we be fed their lies of safety!

Strawberry Grower Pledges To Go Organic - Lesley McClurg - August 24, 2015

Michael Hansen on biotech study restrictions

2015/09/02 Steven Druker on "Altered Genes, Twisted Truth"
At 3:10

Folta affair exposed in the New York Times - 06 September 2015

In 2014 Folta wrote to a Monsanto manager: “I’m glad to sign on to whatever you like, or write whatever you like.”

After Monsanto agreed to Folta’s funding bid for $25,000 for a pro-GMO communications programme, Folta wrote to a Monsanto executive, “I’m grateful for this opportunity and promise a solid return on the investment.”

Koch Brothers: Apocalyptical Forces of Ignorance and Greed, Says RFK Jr. - September 10, 2015

Speaking to a group of activists, including more than 200 Waterkeepers from 30 nations, Kennedy declared, “We are engaged, as Abraham Lincoln said, ‘in a great Civil War.'” This time, he said, “the conflict involves all the Earth’s peoples. It’s not just a battle to protect our waterways, our livelihoods, our property and our backyards. It’s a struggle for our sovereignty, our values, our health and our lives. It’s a battle for dignified humane and wholesome communities. It’s a defensive war against toxic and economic aggression by Big Oil and King Coal. It’s a struggle to break free of the ‘soft colonialism’ of carbon’s corporate tyranny and create an economic and energy system that is fair, rooted in justice, economic independence and freedom.”

ALERT: Certified Organic Food Grown in U.S. Found Contaminated with Glyphosate Herbicide - 9/11/15

Humanity’s Big Fight: The Corporate Ownership of Food and Water - 9/5/15

The Bad Seed: The Health Risks of Genetically Modified Corn - 7/14/13

With symptoms including headaches, nausea, rashes, and fatigue, Caitlin Shetterly visited doctor after doctor searching for a cure for what ailed her. What she found, after years of misery and bafflement, was as unlikely as it was utterly common.
Allergenic eosinophilic disorders, however, aren't counted in that data. They were first identified about 20 years ago, according to a pioneer in the field, Marc Rothenberg, MD, PhD, a professor at University of Cincinnati medical school and director of an affiliated center for eosinophilic disorders. "We're in the midst of an allergy and autoimmune epidemic," Rothenberg told me on the phone, "and the environment is the black box." Mansmann's GMO theory was "interesting," he went on, before quickly adding that "no one in conventional medicine will have the data" to prove it.

Food Fight 2015: Taking Down the Degenerators - 9/6/15 - Ronnie Cummins

Unless we move decisively as a global community to transform our degenerative food, farming and energy systems, we are doomed.
Arty turns 11 this summer.

#1476104 --- 09/19/15 04:21 PM Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food [Re: MissingArty]
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Arty turns 11 this summer.

#1476148 --- 09/20/15 08:40 PM Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food [Re: MissingArty]
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(Beyond Pesticides, September 15, 2015) A study released this week in the journal Pediatrics finds that children’s exposure to pesticides in and around the home results in an increased risk of developing certain childhood cancers.

EPA: Contaminated falls 'imminent threat' to public

However, Hang said the contamination is much more widespread than the gorge floor, saying contamination along the south wall of the gorge serves as evidence of a botched cleanup in years past.

Your Call: When it comes to GM foods, has the FDA failed to protect the public?

Dr. Anthony Samsel and Dr. Stephanie Seneff have a new paper coming out very soon. Here is a little bit from The Gary Null Show at 25:00:

Samsel: "When Monsanto originally applied to get Glyphosate ingredient in RoundUp registered for use as an agricultural herbicide, they hired a number of contractors, and they also did some in-house testing, submitted reports to the EPA in order to secure their approval and greenlight the herbicide to market. At the same time, they asked that all of the studies that were done on animals, they asked that they would be sealed and marked as trade secret property of Monsanto corporation. So all of the studies saw the EPA's eyes and the people who sat on the committee...but no one else could see it. The public review process was actually violated in my opinion as no members of the scientific community or the public could see the documents that Monsanto submitted to get Glyphosate registered. All they could see were the summaries the EPA wrote, their opinions and what caught their eye in the Monsanto studies...Monsanto did conducted numerous studies...
What I discovered reading all of those documents is I believe that Monsanto misrepresented the data, deliberately covered the data and so that they could bring the product to market. They found statistically significant compound related damage to the kidneys, to the eyes, to the lungs, to the testes of male animals, to the pancreas, to the liver, the adrenal gland, to the pituitary gland, the thymus gland, virtually every gland and organ was affected by glyphosate and there were numerous
adinomas and carcinomas, and they even detailed what those carcinomas were of the particular types...and in that paper we diclose some choice data from multiple Monsanto studies...

Court revokes approval of insecticide, citing 'alarming' decline in bees - 9/10/15,sulfoxaflor,Save%20the%20Bees,insecticide,bees&utm_campaign=greenpeace&__surl__=Ig2DG&__ots__=1442433768300&__step__=1

These veterans have the right to know that they were exposed from 1935-1999 to chemicals used to manufacture herbicides and Agent Orange, PCB’s, and ionizing radiation.

“The GUE/NGL considers it disgraceful that several groups failed to take their responsibility towards citizens during yesterday’s ENVI vote, and preferred to prioritise economic and political reasons and the industrial lobby over the protection of the environment and the health of European citizens.”

Health Impact News Exclusive - 9/17/15 - Dr. Don Huber – Expert Analysis

Dr. Huber: “Well some of the weeds have become genetically modified, because the genetically engineered genes in Roundup ready plants are very promiscuous. They are not stable. They can move in pollen and move by soil microorganism. Soil organisms can pick up the genes from plant decomposition and then if they infect other plants [such as weeds] the genes can be transferred. [In other cases] some of the super weeds developed from pure selection. If a certain type of weed is repeatedly exposed to something such as glyphosate, eventually an individual weed will survive and produce several hundred thousand seeds that have a competitive advantage over weaker weeds. Eventually the weaker weeds are dominated by the stronger and they begin to dominate the crop. This process of natural selection would have been nullified with some of our older techniques such as crop rotation. The older farming techniques wouldn’t have given the super weeds a chance to get established. If they did develop, it might take 30 or 40 years or even a hundred years for a stronger weed to move across the production area.” - See more at:

During its years investigating glyphosate’s bioactivity, Monsanto conducted hundreds of trials on mice, rats, beagle dogs, rabbits and other life. Among the many cancers and diseases Monsanto’s own research found associated with glyphosate are:

• Adenoma cancer in the pituitary gland
• Glioma tumors in the brain
• Reticular cell sarcomas in the heart
• Malignant tumors in the lungs
• Salivary mandibular reticular cell carcinoma
• Metastatic sarcomas of the lymph gland
• Prostate carcinoma
• Cancer of the bladder
• Thyroid carcinoma
• Adrenal reticulum cell sarcomas
• Cortical adenomas
• Basal cell squamous skin tumors

In female mammals there were cancers of the lung, liver, thymus, stomach, bladder adrenal glands, ovaries, colon, uterus, parathyroid and mammary glands.…/monsantos-sealed-documents-revea…/

Organic apples and pears

Erin Brockovich: Many of you have written to me about tackling Bill Nye the Science Guy about his flip flop on GMOs. Bill Nye used to think genetically modified organisms weren’t a great idea. Let's just say... I think he is still quite confused and will certainly struggle with the information I present below.

His concern, as he outlined in a chapter of his 2014 book, “Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation," was that scientists didn’t have a clear picture of what they could do to the ecosystem.

But starting in February, his tune began to change. Late that month, Nye visited Monsanto, a corporation known for genetically modifying agricultural products. Around that time, Nye told Real Time's Miles Leicher that he had “revised [his] outlook.”

I don't want to really start up an argument about the safety of consumption or eating of GMOs... because that would be for another day.

I want to talk about how Monsanto has hooked farmers, like addicts on drugs, to a Viscous Cycle with the mandatory use of Monsanto seeds and the application of Monsanto chemicals; herbicides, pesticides, fertilizers and micro-nutrients.

I just want to impart a simple concept... seeds are genetically altered so as not to be subject to chelation of the soils (clumping up of micro-nutrients to starve the weeds) with the herbicide Roundup (which is what glyphosate was originally patented as). So the now the glyphosate-resistant crops are sprayed with Roundup... (more and more every season as we have created "super weeds"). The soils chealate... again, more and more each year. Farmers then apply more fertilizers and micro-nutrients to counter the effect... and the Viscous Cycle continues.

It's been over ten years in most areas of the country this Vicious Cycle has played out... and what are the results.

Well let's use Ohio as an example... we see increasing levels of the micro-nutrient manganese if surface water used for Drinking Water supplies (black water folks)... It's a real problem...with real data.

We see the growing and reoccurring "Super" algae blooms on Lake Erie (a massive Drinking Water supply)... and a direct result of the over application of fertilizers and micro-nutrients caused by this Vicious Cycle.

I posted this to get you thinking... to encourage you to do your own reading and to answer those many requests to call out Bill Nye."

Maybe You Aren’t Gluten Intolerant. Maybe You’re Just Poison Intolerant.

Neighbors Raise Stink Over Strawberry Farm’s Pesticide

Myths & Facts

Microbial Biologist Says Biotech is Like a Religion, and is Failing

Chapela also points out that genetic engineering is based on an obsolete paradigm and is largely being pushed by a political agenda. He said instead of promoting this dogma, scientists should be challenging the erroneously-erected paradigm, instead of selling out to it.

How many organic farms are in your state? What's the total acreage in organic production? Check out the results of the USDA's Organic Survey.

Tell Congress: Please Support the PRIME Act So Consumers Can Support Local Farms, Not Factory Farms - See more at:

Burt’s Bees, Neonics and Poisoning Our Food

Kenyan Farmers Sue Government to Stop Lifting of GMO Ban

Soy: In the Name of progress (Full Version)

Monsanto Teams Up With World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to Convert Amazon Rain Forest into Giant GMO Plantation

France Joins Green Wave of GM Crop Bans in Europe - 9/17/15

France has now officially joined Greece and Latvia in asking for an opt-out from growing GM crops. Germany and Scotland have also made it clear that they will follow the same path.

Help end Bayer's chemical assault on bees

Conversations w/Great Minds - Dr. Mitchell Gaynor - Protect Yourself Against Cancer Part 1 & 2 - 12 & 13 Minutes

"Here I had the best medical training available in the Western World and no one ever talked about the role of nutrition in preventing cancer, or really any other disease for that matter and I was fancinated to see at the most fundamental level, at the level of our dna literally we could control the gene expression for thousands of different genes that related to every aspect of our health and so I really pursued that after I finished my fellowship and research has really born out the fact that we are what we eat, that there is a field called epigenetics which is the field of gene expression and a lot of people think that gene therapy is something that maybe in 50 or a 100 years is going to have some use. The fact of the matter is everybody is doing gene therapy on themselves every time they're putting food in their body either for good or for harm."

Farmers tackle pests with colas

Federal Court to EPA: No, You Can’t Approve This Pesticide That Kills Bees - 9/11/15

Really excellent 8 min. video presentation by Scott Hoffman Black, Executive Director of The Xerces Society about the impact of neonicotinoid pesticides on the environment.

"We believe because they're so toxic, they're so long-lived, they're found inside plants but readily move into water, that we could really see big ecosystem changes because of these chemicals," he says. He says that neonicotinoids, now found in stream and well samples across the United States, are not only affecting pollinators like bees and butterflies but killing insects -- the underpinning of the food chain. And that affects birds, fish, and other wildlife. "The chemical companies are really running the show here," Black says. He questions whether a chemical closely related to nicotine - a known carcinogen - should be so widely used on food crops until further safety studies are done. "It's not just about the environment. It's that we are not taking care of humans."
Arty turns 11 this summer.

#1476256 --- 09/25/15 07:39 PM Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food [Re: cwjga]
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I get angry that you cannot tell the difference between credible science and bad science. Like the “GMO Pig Feed” study from Australia Or the “Glyphosate toxicity” study in rats I get angry that the real scientists even have to address claims from these studies.

Edited by cwjga (09/25/15 07:43 PM)

#1476287 --- 09/27/15 06:08 AM Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food [Re: MissingArty]
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Austria and Italy Celebrate Bans on GM Crops with EU Opt-Out - 9/24/15

Austrian Health Minister Sabine Oberhauser and a number of Italian Ministries have confirmed that both countries are officially requesting an opt-out from growing the eight varieties of GM maize permitted or set to be permitted at the EU level, thus there will now be a full ban on GM crops in both countries under new EU regulations.

Northern Ireland and Lithuania have followed France, who announced their decision last week, and also Greece and Latvia in asking for an opt-out from growing GM crops. Germany and Scotland have also made it clear that they will follow the same path.

Monsanto knew all along! Secret studies reveal the truth of Roundup toxicity- 9/18/15

"The conclusion is clear: they knew...Monsanto misrepresented the data", says Samsel, "and deliberately covered up data to bring the product [glyphosate] to market."

"Anthony Samsel is an independent research scientist working internationally in the interest of public health and the environment. He is a member of the Union of Concerned Scientists, and a former scientist and consultant at Arthur D. Little, one of the world's leading management consulting firms.

Now retired, Samsel has devoted much of his independent research on Roundup's toxicological characteristics and bioactivity. Unable to gain access to research reports and data Monsanto submitted to the EPA through FOIAs, he turned to his senator's office, who assisted in the procurement of studies and reports he sought.

Months later he received a hoard of scientific documents, over 15,000 pages worth, covering Monsanto's complete glyphosate research.

With his co-investigator Dr. Stephanie Seneff at MIT the two have been reviewing Monsanto's data. Their conclusion is Monsanto's claims about glyphosate's safety are patently false. The company has known for almost four decades that glyphosate is responsible for a large variety of cancers and organ failures.

Clearly it was for this reason that Monsanto demanded the data and reports to be sealed and hidden from public scrutiny as proprietary trade secrets.

We don't pay enough attention to these other ingredients, Samsel states, because the EPA permits Monsanto to add anything it wants to enhance Roundup's potency while identifying these substances innocuously as 'inert'. When Monsanto convinces the public that glyphosate breaks down quickly, we are not told that the compound's metabolic byproducts are equally toxic.

Lithuania Bans GM Crops as Biotech Industry Loses More Ground - 9/21/15

‘Safety assessments of GMOs are non-existent’

Michael Hansen: Clearly, such testing needs to be done and that will be in a forthcoming paper. By the way, this series of four papers is based on thousands of wet lab tests and is not “just a model”. This paper is focused on using modern systems biology methods to provide a foundation, at the molecular level, for all researchers to understand, with full transparency, how GM may perturb complex molecular systems. There is an active effort towards conducting wet lab tests on the results indicated from this systems biology analysis. However, conducting such experiments is extremely difficult, given the lack of transparency from those who own, manufacture, and control those GM seeds, be it soy or others. For example, there are legal constraints in the US to even obtain the seeds to conduct such testing.

Finally, an academic telling the truth.

Columbia University professor and food policy expert, Joan Gussow, looks to clear the confusion about genetically modified organisms. 9/15/15

"Those are not the questions being asked because people are being diverted to looking at the wrong question just like right at the moment people are diverted to looking at the question of cancer from different substances when the real question about the toxins in our food have to do with birth defects they're hormal influences which are huge so we are often diverted to asking the wrong question.

American Media Silent on GMO Bans (Add to these countries Greece, Germany, Latvia and Scotland who just recently banned GMO)

A quick Google News search turns up virtually no results for the bans by Russia and France, aside from a few scattered alternative news sites.

With more Americans than ever before learning about GMOs and making their own decisions on whether to include such foods in their diet, and a huge vote looming in the Senate over a possible ban on mandatory GMO labeling in America (click here to learn more and take action), you’d think the news giants like NBC, Fox News, CNN and others would be chomping at the bit to get this news out to their readers and viewers.

But alas, they have chosen not to cover these stories, once again giving the American people an incomplete picture about the ongoing food experiment that they never consented to in the first place.

6 Corporations That Control Your Perception - Jun 6, 2013

Abby Martin goes over the 6 corporations that control nearly everything in the mainstream media, and discusses a few of the most famous cases of media censorship with BTS producer, Manuel Rapalo.

Testing Foods for Glyphosate Toxicity is About to Be a Thing 9/18/15

Govt decides to ban GMO food production in Russia – deputy PM - 9/18/15

Genetically Engineered trees: The New Frontier of Biotechnology - Center for Food Safety - 11/4/13

This report explores potential ecological and socioeconomic hazards of GE trees and addresses the alarming lack of regulation and long-term testing of GE trees. Other authors are Sam Cohen, George Kimbrell, Sharon Perrone and Abigail Seiler. Contributing writer Gabriela Steier.

Also announced by McCormick, a new non-GMO vanilla extract will be introduced along with numerous other organic spices and flavorings to compete with its rivals for the growing organic dollar in the United States (and elsewhere).

22 September 2015

TTIP poised to gut US states’ ability to protect on toxic chemicals

Washington, DC – A new report Preempting the Public Interest: How TTIP Will Limit US States’ Public Health and Environmental Protections by the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) details how EU proposals for the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) would usurp US states’ authority to regulate toxic chemicals. These proposals would not only curtail states’ efforts to protect the public from toxic exposure, but also threaten any State regulations in the public interest that exceed federal standards.

Take Action: Plastic Doesn't Belong in the Ocean

Scientist Who Has Discovered Other Planets Gives Gift to Help Protect This One

Herbicide scrutiny mounts as resistant weeds spread in U.S.

Spread of genetically engineered organisms out of control - 9/21/15
New report on recent and emerging cases

Dr Zac Bush - Gut/Brain Injury: How, why, and what you can do about it - Published on Jun 10, 2015

"Cancer just hit 1 in 2...49 percent of American adults are now diagnosed with cancer before they die...and I have kids...these kids are looking at inheriting a world in which they have no financial means to support the largest geriatric population that's ever existed on top of the sickest peer group that's ever existed...and so for me as a parent it's really difficult for me to have any peace in my sleep at night thinking this is the world I am passing on...I want to pass on something better to our kids and for goodness sake all the families here with autistic children you've already seen it you're seeing the sickest generation of children we've ever had and that they are the canary in the coal mine..."

Dr. Bush explains the unifying science behind devastating changes in the food, farming, and medical industries, introducing the breakthrough science of bacteria and their communication with the body's defense systems. The industrial storm of the last 70 years has left the human gut and immune systems vulnerable to injury. Two synergistic toxins in our food and water systems have exploited this vulnerability, resulting in direct damage to the tight junctions that compose the natural firewalls at the gut/blood and blood/brain barriers. The correlations between diet, gut bacteria, and autism have been long-recognized. This new science reveals the mechanisms behind this relationship. The novel science of bacterial communication is the foundation for a new class of dietary supplements that go beyond what has been available.

Symptoms and Signs of Gluten Intolerance - September 24, 2015 by Mathews McGarry

Alice speaks at 3:15 min in about infertility, diabetes, starvation and death all due to the GMOs growing in her African village. - Published on Apr 27, 2015

Sewage Sludge - Interview with Dr. David Lewis (Science for Sale)

It's in organic fertilizer, it's spread on our farms, schools and playgrounds and the epa is in the thick of it.

Appeal Board rejects GM potatoes for South Africa - Sep 16, 2015

Dr. Don Huber – The Latest Science on GMOs, Glyphosate and Infertility - 9/25/15 - Carol Grieve'

The Many Faces of Glyphosate - Dr. Stephanie Seneff - Jun 10, 2015

"Glyphosate has many ways that is messes up human health." (Q & A segment about halfway through.)

“GE Trees Fall” Launches Today with Action Camp in North Carolina - September 24, 2015

“Industry is ramming ahead with plans to commercialize GE trees with the collusion of the US government, which is ignoring its responsibility to protect the public and the environment from the threats of GE trees,” stated Anne Petermann, Executive Director of Global Justice Ecology Project and Coordinator of the international Campaign to STOP GE Trees. “This means if the average US citizen wants to be involved in decisions about GE trees that impact their forests or communities, they have to take matters into their own hands – to go back to the time honored traditions of civil disobedience and direct action. We are helping people do this with our GE trees action camp.” And we are in good company. Pope Francis, in his recent Encyclic on the Environment, came out strongly against GMOs due to their impacts on communities, land and the environment–the same impacts we would see from GE tree plantations,” she added. [3]

How Our Vegetables Became Less Nutritious than Our Parents'

They found declines in a number of minerals contained within these crops, including protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, riboflavin, and vitamin C.

Top 10 Toxic Kid Cereals To Avoid At All Costs

Like our expose on peanut butter and what’s really in your orange juice, Mamavation took a look at some of the most toxic ingredients hiding in your child’s breakfast cereal:

NOTICE: World Wildlife Fund is NOT in partnership with Monsanto. A diligent reader has gone the extra mile to contact WWF who refutes any connection implied in the article reposted from You can read WWF's GMO policy here:…/wwf_position_stateme…

Hawaii AG Backs Vermont GMO Labeling Law - 9/13/15

According to GMO Free USA: “We sent a package of Gerber Graduates Lil’ Crunchies Veggie Dip Baked Whole Grain Corn Snack to a certified lab to test for the presence of GMO material. The quantitative PCR test verified, by DNA analysis, that 100 percent of the corn in the Lil’ Crunchies Veggie Dip was GMO. All of the corn has been genetically-engineered to be herbicide tolerant (Roundup Ready) and the corn contained DNA sequences known to be present in Bt insecticide-producing GMO corn.”
Arty turns 11 this summer.

#1476298 --- 09/28/15 12:59 PM Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food [Re: MissingArty]
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The European Union’s opposition to GM crops has nothing to do with safety

by Alexander Huszagh | posted in: Commentary | 32
Two years ago, a woman in a classroom with me muttered “isn’t that a good thing?” about the ban on the cultivation and importation of most genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the European Union (EU), “it protects EU citizens, right?”

“Nope, the ban on GMOs merely allows the EU to act as an autonomous region through its politics of food security. The EU set up the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in part for food security, and the ban on GMOs is but an excuse to ban foreign imports and prevent dependency on foreign seed manufacturers in order to maintain the EU’s agricultural self-sufficiency,” my professor for my course on the development and politics of the EU responded.

In spite of my friend’s interjections that the restrictions of GMO imports and cultivation were meant as a form of consumer protection, this professor demonstrated examples to the contrary, highlighting how the ban reflects economic protectionism rather than safety considerations and how the EU’s economic protectionism ensures food security and therefore self-autonomy. Like the misconceptions of my friend on the EU’s policy toward GMOs, anti-GMO advocates and the larger public frequently cite the EU’s policies towards GM crops as evidence; contradicting the conclusions of major scientific, health and food safety organizations from over 600 studies showing the general safety of GM crops. In reality, social and political factors, not scientific concerns, form the basis of the EU’s opposition to cultivating GM crops.

Wheat grown in the United Kingdom, which benefits from the Common Agricultural Policy.
The roots of European agricultural protectionism stem from the formation of the European Union itself. After World War II, Robert Schuman and other European leaders decided that the only way to prevent the outbreak of another war was to link the European economies together, particularly the French and German economies. The shared economic interests would prevent the outbreak of subsequent wars, and therefore lead to increased international interaction within Europe.

Schuman and the other founders commenced on two fronts: by unifying Europe in coal and steel production through the ECSC (European Coal and Steel Community) and soon after in agricultural production through the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

Implemented in 1962, the CAP subsidized agricultural production in the EU to stabilize european food markets and ensure food security. Despite the high costs, utilizing over 70% of the EU’s overall budget in 1972 and currently costing european consumers over 100€ per year, the CAP remains a central part of EU food politics in an attempt to maintain stable food prices and food security in Europe. Despite the high costs, food security remains integral to European level politics and this manifests in agricultural protectionism.

Due to the extra-national nature of major biotechnology corporations, European attitudes towards GMOs reflect the European policies of food security and self-autonomy through economic protectionism. In order to maintain self-autonomy, the EU must maintain food security through self-sufficient production, since risks to food availability threaten the social and political stability of a region. This desire for self-autonomy therefore leads to a policy of domestic protectionism, which protects inefficient agricultural production at all levels of production in order to ensure food security. Although the EU’s actual food security and self-sufficiency are debatable, economic protectionism of food production also extends to the acquisition of necessary primary materials, such as seeds.

In order to ensure that Europe is immune to outside influences potentially implicating its food security, the EU must also ensure that Europe is not dependent on outside regions for seeds. Since the largest GMO providers, such as Monsanto, Syngenta and DuPont, are extra-national corporations from the United States and Switzerland, the adoption of GMOs presents a perceived risk to European food security by relying on foreign multinational corporations for input materials.

The opposition of the science-based European Food Safety Administration (EFSA) to the EU’s restrictive GMO policy further reinforces the idea that social and political reasons outweigh scientific concerns in restricting GMO cultivation and imports in the EU. The EFSA has repeatedly stated its supported for GMOs previously approved in other countries, such as Bt cotton, Roundup-resistant cotton, and GM maize. Despite these recommendations, which state the low likelihood of any detrimental impact from commercial adoption of these crops, the EU’s food policy remains one of the most restrictive to GMOs in the world. Rather than restricting GMO cultivation on the basis of scientific considerations, the EU’s anti-GMO stance rather reflects their politics of food security and self-sufficiency and emanates from the european agricultural policies active since the beginnings of the EU.

#1476413 --- 10/05/15 08:20 AM Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food [Re: MissingArty]
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Word is out that the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), which helped Monsanto write the DARK Act, has scheduled a lobbying day for October 7. And the DARK Act is set to be heard by the Senate Agriculture Committee, likely the week beginning October 5.

Distrust over EU GM crop approvals grows as at least 16 countries move towards national bans - October 1, 2015

On 2 October, eleven EU countries (Austria, Croatia, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, and Poland) and four regional administrations (Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in the UK, and Wallonia in Belgium) had already formally notified the Commission of their intention to ban GM crop cultivation under new EU rules [1]. Statements by the governments of five additional countries inform of more impending notifications (Bulgaria, Denmark, Italy, Luxembourg and Slovenia) [2].

This brings the total number of countries who have already declared their intention to put in place GM crop bans to 16 – plus four regions – representing over 65 per cent of the EU’s population and 65 per cent of its arable land. More could follow suit as the deadline approaches.

Though not a member state of the EU, Serbia is also adamantly against GMOs and will not allow cultivation.

Serbia will not allow cultivation of GMO crops - 9/28/15

Wales Joins 15 EU Countries with New Total Bans on GM crops - Oct 2 2015

Croatia latest to take up GMO cultivation opt-out - Paul Hutchison - 25 September 2015

BREAKING NEWS: Poland Becomes 14th European Nation to Officially Ban GMOs - By Nick Meyer On September 30, 2015

Continuing a trend of GMO bans sweeping across Europe, the nation of Poland has officially announced its decision to join 13 other nations so far in excluding Monsanto’s controversial crops from its nation’s farmland.

The announcement came via Informacyjna Agencja Radiowa (IAR) – a press agency working with Polskie Radio in Poland, according to this article published by Radio Poland.

Slovenia and Serbia Give Green Light to GM Crop Bans - Sep 29 2015

The Slovenian Government Committee for Economic Affairs has allowed the country to send an official request to the European Commission for the banning of GM crops.

The New England Journal of Medicine - GMOs, Herbicides, and Public Health - Philip J. Landrigan, M.D., & Charles Benbrook, Ph.D. - 8/20/2015

"We believe that the time has come to thoroughly reconsider all aspects of the safety of plant biotechnology. The National Academy of Sciences has convened a new committee to reassess the social, economic, environmental, and human health effects of GM crops. This development is welcome, but the committee's report is not expected until at least 2016...In the meantime, we offer two recommendations. First, we believe the EPA should delay implementation of its decision to permit use of Enlist Duo...and we believe the time has come to revisit the United States' reluctance to label GM foods. We hope that the FDA will reconsider labeling of GM foods and couple it with adequately funded, long-term postmarketing surveillance."


At the moment, there are non-browning versions of Golden Delicious and Granny Smith apples. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has allowed Okanagan Specialty Fruits to produce them in test plots covering a few acres in the states of New York and Washington. Carter says his company now is working to put the trait in Fuji and Gala apples, too.

Information on GMO Sweet Corn

Animal and Plant Inspection Service Finally Proposes Stricter Regulation of Genetically Engineered Wheat

F.D.A. Nominee Califf’s Ties to Drug Makers Worry Some

Dirty Money, Dirty Science

Synergistic Destruction: How and GMOs Converge to Fuel Autism and Neurodegenerative Conditions - Dr. Matthew Buckley, PSc.D.

There is a lot of debate as to what is the cause, or better yet, causes of autism. This post isn’t intended to cover all of the variables which fuel autism. It is intended to provide the reader with an understanding of chief mechanisms related to how consumption of Monsanto’s RoundUp, by way of consuming genetically modified corn, soy, canola oil, sugar beets, or any other “RoundUp ready” crop, as well as vaccines may fuel microglial activation, a leading factor in all neurodegenerative conditions, including autism (1)(2)(3), Alzheimer’s(4)(5), ALS(6)(7), Parkinson’s(8)(9), non-situational depression(10)(11), and virtually all forms of chronic illness. While this post is more directed towards the discussion of autism, the reality is that all of the factors that I discuss below are unquestionably major factors of consideration in all neurodegenerative conditions.

If any of these live viruses from the vaccines managed to withstand an inadequate immune response, and instead became a chronic infection, which does happen(51), and therefore become a chronic inducer of IFN-y, you have a perfect recipe for significant ongoing brain inflammation, particularly in the GMO induced gut flora altered individual given the fact that IFN-y is also a known promoter of leaky gut.(52)

Carcinogenicity of tetrachlorvinphos, parathion, malathion, diazinon, and glyphosate - 20 March 2015

In March, 2015, 17 experts from 11 countries met at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC; Lyon, France) to assess the carcinogenicity of the organophosphate pesticides tetrachlorvinphos, parathion, malathion, diazinon, and glyphosate (table). These assessments will be published as volume 112 of the IARC Monographs.1

The Bees Have Their Day in Court—and Win Big

A federal appeals court overturns the government’s approval of a powerful new pesticide linked to pollinator deaths.

Four Decades of Herbicide Use Is Creating Zombie Weeds That Just Won't Die

The big change was the development of "Roundup-Ready" crops, introduced by Roundup manufacturer Monsanto in the mid-1990s, he said. Those genetically modified corn, soybeans and other plants were able to survive glyphosate exposure, so farmers could spray the herbicide on their fields — and many came to rely on that single chemical as a result.

"We didn't exercise really good judgement," Johnson said. "We over relied on the herbicide, and Mother Nature will not be defeated ... as a result, a number of weed species have increased in intensity."

Report: Pesticide exposure linked to childhood cancer and lower IQ

EWG's Dirty Dozen:Cancer Prevention Edition

Here are EWG's tips for avoiding 12 harmful chemicals that have now been found to also disrupt cancer-related pathways — known as cancer hallmarks.

Dr. David Lewis: Science Often Plays Second Fiddle to Politics - September 28, 2015

In 1996, I published a two-page commentary in the journal Nature entitled “EPA Science: Casualty of Election Politics.” Three years later, Nature published a research article in which my coauthors and I raised concerns about EPA’s 503 sludge rule, which regulates biosolids. This Clinton-era rule allows all toxic chemical wastes in biosolids, except for nine heavy metals, to be applied to farms, forests, golf courses, school playgrounds and other public and private lands at millions of times higher levels than permitted in air and water.

To discredit me, the head of EPA’s Office of Wastewater Management in Washington, D.C., and one of his subordinates, had breakfast and lunch with executives of Synagro Corporation. Synagro, the leading company in the biosolids business, provided EPA allegations of research misconduct against me, which Synagro and EPA subordinate distributed publicly. EPA stopped supporting my research and later transferred me to UGA to await termination.

Neonics: Toxic Until Fully Tested - 9 minute video

U.S. regulatory agencies have set what they say are “safe” limits for neonic residues on our food, including baby foods. But as Scott Hoffman Black, executive director of The Xerces Society, points out, no one is studying the long-term, potentially carcinogenic effect neonics have on humans. Check out our video of the week to learn more:

"Should we be feeding this to the next generation when we don't know the real ramifications of doing that."

Give Americans what they want and deserve: Label GMO foods

"As a business owner who has built Eden Foods, I find it unconscionable that big food companies are frantic to hide what is in their foods and where they come from. More specifically, they insist upon a right to hide the presence of genetically modified organisms, or GMO, ingredients. American people overwhelmingly want the right to know if GMOs are in their food, but large agribusiness companies do not believe the American people should have this right, which more than 60 other countries specifically do."

Reno, Nevada Kick-Starts Pesticide-Free Parks Program - (Beyond Pesticides, September 29, 2015)

Genetically modified foods are a health scourge - Dr. Jim Roach - September 25, 2015

The Environmental Protection Agency's approval of the herbicides was made in haste, based on poorly designed, outdated studies and on an incomplete assessment of human exposure and environmental effects, the cancer research agency said. The editorial notes the science was based solely on studies commissioned by herbicide manufacturers in the 1980s and 1990s and never published.

The American Academy of Pediatrics Cuts Ties with Monsanto

I think we are all turning a corner…pediatricians, moms, food companies and social media. As long as we put our priorities on the health of our children and communities, things are going to keep getting better.”

Monsanto ‘Deliberately Covered Up Data’ Proving Glyphosate is Cancerous for Four Decades

What will it take to shut down Monsanto’s doors irrevocably? Likely it will be the same type of lawsuit that finally pulled the shades on the tobacco industry. If Big Tobacco eventually had to pay a $206 billion settlement over 25 years for lying about the health impacts of cigarettes, what do you think Monsanto will have to pay for lying about glyphosate’s carcinogenic nature for almost 40 years?

Monsanto connection never disclosed in professor’s GMOs paper

His e-mail lays out Monsanto’s strategy in detail. A marketing company along with the American Council for Science and Health, which has been criticized for its ties to corporations, would “merchandize” the papers online, disseminate them to the media, and schedule op-eds, blog posts, speaking engagements, events, and webinars. A Google search of Juma’s paper reveals it has landed on many websites and Twitter.

Massive legal loophole means companies can add new ingredients to foods with no government safety review

Complete Genes May Pass from Food to Human Blood

McDonald’s Introduces an Organic Burger (Really) - By Gina-Marie Cheeseman on September 29, 2015

Opting out of GMOs in the EU – what does it take? - September 3, 2015 by Pat Thomas

Not there yet

Counties wishing to opt out of GMO cultivation are indeed weighing many factors and the process is neither simple nor straightforward.

We should be celebrating that the process of challenging GMO cultivation on UK and EU soil has begun. But there is some danger in presenting it as a fait accompli, as has been the case so far. Doing so risks making the public believe that there is no more to do, that government has done the ‘right thing’ and that they no longer need to pay attention to a subject which many find difficult and challenging.

A drop-off in public engagement and support for a GMO free UK now would be disastrous. More than ever we need citizens to support their governments, to be vocal about their desire to see the UK remain GMO free and use their considerable persuasion to create a GM-free tipping point in this country and beyond.

Dining on Insecticides in Congress - By Cynthia Palmer - September 30, 2015

Study Links Asthma to Low Levels of Gut Bacteria in Newborns

Newsweek: Worm now thrives on GMO corn designed to kill it, study says May 25, 2015 by Erin Elizabeth - See more at:

Citing WHO report, former farmhand sues Monsanto over glyphosate - Sep 29, 2015

Organic Food during Mother's Pregnancy Reduces Risk of Male Birth Defects - 30/09/15

"Citric acid conjures up lemons and sounds harmless. This expose gives you a hint about the hidden dangers of many of the ingredients in the long list of additives in a typical processed food product. A fascinating read and very sobering. Glyphosate in citric acid? Possibly. But who's checking?" Dr. Stephanie Seneff

Exposure to toxic chemicals is threatening human reproduction and health.

Dust Study: Is There More to the Story on GMOs?

Genetically modified organisms fail to realize initial goal: Vietnamese-German expert - 09/30/2015

“In my opinion, GMOs cannot be considered the future of food for human beings,” he said.

We've Missed the Entire Point About GMO Food -- A Farmer Explains Why - 09/22/2015

See, despite whatever personal opinions you may hold about the safety, health benefits or labeling of GMO foods, one fact remains inarguable: In order for these crops to grow, it requires death on a massive scale. And that's precisely how GMO crops function. The genetic modification creates an immunity to herbicides such as glyphosate (commonly sold under the brand name RoundUp, for example), eliminating competition so the corn/soybean/canola doesn't die when everything else does.

And when I say death on a 'massive' scale, I'm talking massive. You can see it from outer space. According to the USDA, this year in America alone, more than 170 million acres of corn and soybeans are in production. At a conservative estimate of 10 gallons of glyphosate (the herbicide most commonly used in conjunction with GMO crops) per acre in dilution, this translates to roughly two billion gallons of herbicide poured onto American soils this year alone. Put another way, we're taking an area the size of California and Montana combined, and killing it dead each year.

Most ironically, more than 85% of this GMO corn and soy doesn't even end up as food for humans, at least not directly. 40% is used for ethanol production, and another 45% goes into animal feed. So, let's get this straight: we're killing off hundreds of millions of acres not for human food, but primarily for fuel and feed? That's a real head scratcher right there.

The bottom line is this. Instead of worrying about whether a bag of GMO corn chips is safe to eat, we should probably be asking ourselves some bigger questions. Such as, are we okay with using billions of gallons of herbicide each year, supplied by many of the same companies that provide our seeds? And perhaps most importantly, what are the viable alternatives?

A Fired-Up Bernie Sanders Takes On Monsanto (1994) - 11 minutes

Health professionals join global call for ban of “Highly Hazardous Pesticides”

Nearly 120 concerned professors, toxicologists, epidemiologists and physicians from 24 countries signed the letter, citing the World Health Organization’s statistics on the serious, sometimes fatal, effects of pesticide exposure. Noting the health impacts on children, the signers said that “there is growing evidence that the health of future generations may be severely jeopardized” by highly hazardous pesticides, also known as HHPs.

"The toxic baby" Tyrone Hayes ~ Atrazine herbicide - 17 minutes

The hidden ingredient in engineered food by Dr. Thierry Vrain

The diversity of the Microbiome is essential to the health of many organs and particularly sensitive are the brain, the immune system, and, of course, the digestive tract. So when you eat everyday foods containing more than 1 ppm of glyphosate – the level where it kills all bacteria in the lab – you should logically expect antibiotic damage to the Microbiome. Consequences can include celiac, Crohn’s, allergies, asthma and many other immune deficiency symptoms such as Alzheimer’s, dementia, autism and eventually all manners of cancer. And that’s just for humans. We know that fish, frogs, rats and pigs become ill and promptly die. You can easily Google the published and peer-reviewed studies that support every word of this statement. You can also watch my lecture on YouTube: Engineered Food and Your Health: the Nutritional Status of GMOs.

If I were the vice president for promotion at Monsanto, I would do a number of things to keep this secret from going public. I would do all the standard things, of course, like hiring the best advertising brains in the business, emphasizing safety and singing the wonders of the genetic engineering technology. I would also keep your attention on the debate about the engineering technology, i.e. are GMOs good or bad for you? I would spare no trick of the trade to keep your attention away from the toxicity of the herbicide that is sprayed on your food. I would create a small army of graduate students (and scientists, of course – only the size of the bursary differs) and other mercenaries to engage with the anti-GMO “activists” and constantly remind you of the insanity of your fear. Most of the pro and anti-GMO rhetoric is just that: a lot of hot air and a lot of fear. Anything goes as long as it keeps your attention away from the secret ingredient. I would even have books published on the topic, some with all the available evidence of corporate malfeasance exposed in plain view, as long as the emphasis stayed away from the secret.

This Country Is Already Carbon Neutral and Now Plans to Go 100% Organic and Zero-Waste

Did You Grow Corn in Michigan in the Past Two Years? You’re Part of a Lawsuit - September 22, 2015

A Short Report on Journalists Mentioned in our FOIA Requests

U.S. Right to Know is conducting an investigation of the food and agrichemical industries, their PR firms and front groups, and the professors who speak for them.

Carol Grieve interviews Don Huber. Includes link to audio.

German Retailers fueling the rapid growth of non-GMO soy consumption

Argentine Government Asks Citizens for Their Opinions on New GMOs

Transgenic Bananas?
Arty turns 11 this summer.

#1476416 --- 10/05/15 02:15 PM Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food [Re: cwjga]
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Grass-Fed and Grain-Fed Beef: A Comparison, Part One
Grass-Fed and Grain-Fed Beef: A Comparison
Part One: Feeding Cattle Grain during Finishing

By Joan Ruskamp
My husband and I run a cattle-finishing operation and raise corn, soybeans and alfalfa on our farm in Dodge, Nebraska.

Over the past few years, we have received more and more questions from consumers interested in how we feed our beef cattle and why we make the feeding choices that we do. I’d like to talk about our beef operation and how we handle grain finishing our animals.

In the beef industry the cattle that are raised for food go through three phases. In the first phase a baby calf is nourished with milk and grass until weaning. The calf then enters a growing phase. The finishing phase is the third phase, where more muscle is added.

Beef cattle operations tend to specialize in one of those three phases. Our family farm operation specializes in the finishing phase. We purchase cattle that weigh approximately 650 pounds. The cattle are placed on a nutritional program. The program starts with a ration or recipe that is higher in forage (edible grasses) and progresses over the next 6-8 months to a higher percentage of grain (corn).

Our primary concern during the six to eight months that we have the cattle is to keep them healthy and thriving. By managing the day-to-day nutritional needs of our cattle we are able to do just that. The feed is measured by weight and dispensed into the bunk (where they eat) twice a day. We also want to make sure the pen (where they sleep) conditions are comfortable. We want cattle to have sufficient space to eat, drink water, walk around, and lay down.

There are generally two categories of finishing: grass-fed and grain-fed. We use primarily grain to finish our beef, for two reasons. First, consumers have demonstrated a preference for the tenderness, marbling and flavor that comes from grain-fed beef. Second, using grain allows us to source our feed locally, from other farming operations in our area. Our cost to produce a pound of beef is much less when using grain.
Grain_Fed_Common_Ground_blogOur approach to the nutrition of our cattle is very scientific. We work with a veterinarian and a nutritionist to determine the exact amount of feed and the exact ratio of nutrients that we feed to the cattle every day.

The basis of our animal feed is modified wet distiller’s grains (MWDGs), which makes up at least half of their nutritional intake. MWDGs are a by-product of producing ethanol, which comes from corn, and they are readily available in our area. Along with the MWDGs the cattle receive a blend of roughage (hay and edible grasses), corn and a mineral supplement.

At our operation, we are committed to quality care for our cattle so that we can provide high-quality beef to our customers. We utilize a scientific approach to animal welfare and animal nutrition. We also work hard to engage with curious consumers who are interested in learning more about why we do what we do.

#1476417 --- 10/05/15 02:22 PM Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food [Re: MissingArty]
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You really should give the whole story and not just paste one sided crap.

GMOs and food or feed made from GMOs can be marketed in or imported into the EU, provided that they are authorized after passing strict evaluation and safety assessment requirements that are imposed on a case-by-case basis. Authorizations are granted for a ten-year period by the European Commission through a centralized procedure, as provided for in Regulation No. 1829/2003, or by national competent authorities under Directive 2001/18/EC, which regulates the intentional release of GMOs into the environment. At the EU level, the European Food and Safety Authority (EFSA) conducts the required risk assessments. GMOs, or food and feed consisting of or containing GMOs, are assigned a unique identifier and are labeled as such to ensure traceability and enable consumers to make informed choices.

#1476784 --- 10/15/15 11:34 AM Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food [Re: MissingArty]
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USDA seeks comments on genetically engineered wheat

APHIS will consider all comments received on or before Oct. 26, 2015. Comments can be submitted by going to where other relevant documents are also available.

The Federation of German Scientists has given the 2015 Whistleblower award to Prof. Gilles-Eric Séralini, who was the first to publish animal test results demonstrating the toxic and carcinogenic properties of the most commonly used herbicide worldwide, the glyphosate-based “Roundup” by carrying out a two-year feeding test on rats. Immediately after the publication of his research study in 2012 in the journal Food and Chemical
Toxicology (FCT), published by Elsevier, he was attacked in a vehement campaign by ‘interested circles’ from the chemical industry as well as the industry-financed British Science Media Centre.

Poland opts out of GMOs,Poland-opts-out-of-GMOs

Monsanto connections motivate Iowans to drop support for Hillary Clinton

Glyphosate Free Certified

BioChecked™ launches Glyphosate Free Certified™ certification for food and produce products. BioChecked™ a leading independent 3rd party certification company is offering packaged food producers and fresh produce producers a service where they can get their produce, ingredients and products tested and be reviewed and placed into their new Glyphosate Free Certified™ program. This program consist of regular testing of a producers produce or products for a chemical that is used as a herbicide on plants that normally are genetically modified. With the current industry hype for GMO labeling, one of the more critical issues that is not being talked about is the actual contamination of this herbicide into our food.

It’s quite crucial to understand that glyphosate contamination is systemic, meaning it is present in every cell of the plant, from root to tip. It’s not just an issue of topical contamination, as with many other agricultural chemicals sprayed on crops. Normally, you need to thoroughly wash your produce to remove topical residues, but you simply cannot remove glyphosate from your produce. And neither can food and animal feed manufacturers who use GE ingredients in their products.

"Of the 205 permit applications listed at the end of 2003 for GMO trees, 73.5% originated in the USA. A whopping 32% of the permits were asked for based on herbicide tolerance. Who is the biggest maker of herbicides? There are ten big ones in the world, but Monsanto is at the top of the list, even though regulators of these chemicals knew they would cause birth defects when used."…/…

Maryland County Bans Cosmetic Lawn Pesticides on All Land in County, One Million People Affected - (Breaking News, October 6, 2015, Washington, DC)

Monsanto posts 4Q loss, to eliminate 2,600 jobs to cut costs

Monsanto plans to cut 2,600 jobs in cost-saving effort, posts 4Q loss amid falling seed sales

GMO Propaganda and the Sociology of Science - 10/4/15

Research has shown that upstream scientists -- such as biotechnologists, agricultural technicians, or any scientists who create technologies -- carry far less concern for potential risks than do downstream scientists -- such as public health practitioners, epidemiologists, and environmental toxicologists. Where was the voice of the downstream scientist on the Daily Show? I've worked with biotechnologists personally who have expressed to me that they do not even consider risk or unintended consequences of GM technology. I also sat in a toxicology class where an upstream scientist said that he and his colleagues could never have imagined the rapid and prolific emergence of superweeds in response to Monsanto's glyphosate-resistant GM crops (and the copious use of glyphosate). Meanwhile, environmentalists immediately and fully predicted the resultant herbicide-resistant superweeds that these agricultural experts did not.

Perhaps 20% of the scientists in the Pew poll work directly or indirectly on GM technology -- either upstream of downstream. But science, like every other industry, is a social structure. For career purposes and in order to maintain ties to the larger community, scientists tend to support other scientists -- especially the scientists who have the money and prestige. The scientists with money and prestige are largely upstream scientists. Upstream scientists are not threatened, discredited, defamed, and scrutinized the way downstream scientists are. Downstream scientists have to produce immaculate, indisputably rigorous research -- and even when they do they are questioned by the ubiquitous industrial PR machine. Downstream scientists are not a large part of the community.

Published on Oct 6, 2015

Natural health expert and founder Dr. Joseph Mercola interviews Dr. Marion Nestle, about the pernicious influence of soda industry on public health.

The Difference Between Genetically Modified (GM), Heirloom and Hybrid Foods

By Barry Estabrook, "Heirloom to Hybrid to GM," July/August 2015

Colorado Consumers Sue Over Illegal Pesticides in Marijuana - (Beyond Pesticides October 8, 2015

Published on Jan 21, 2015
Increasingly, glyphosate is being used as a "ripener" for wheat, sugarcane, barley and other crops leading to an alarming increase of this pesticide in our food.

Dr. Mercola Interviews Dr. Seneff (Full Interview)

Recently updated version was released -- an entire chapter on glyphosate being carcinogenic. So if you have the previous version (released in August), be sure to update with this one, updated on September 15, 2015

New Study Finds A “Very Strong” Correlation Between GMOs And Two Dozen Diseases - 8/26/15

Monsanto Fights Back Against Cancer Lawsuits as Company Eliminates 12% of Workforce - 10/9/15

[Update: EcoWatch was provided documentation today, Oct. 9, regarding the Judi Fitzgerald vs. Monsanto Company lawsuit. The documentation dated Oct. 6, says, “Pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4l(a)(l)(A)(i), Plaintiff Judi Fitzgerald, by and through her undersigned counsel, hereby gives notice that the above-action against Defendant Monsanto Company is voluntarily dismissed without prejudice.”]

Pest blights India's GM cotton crop, fuelling debate over risks - 10/9/15

The farmers' union allied to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling party is stepping up its opposition: It wants Bt cotton banned and is trying to block the introduction of crops like GM mustard - an oilseed - now in development.

RED ALERT: This Is How You Spot Harmful Bleach And Chemical Laden Garlic From China

Why aren’t Americans more concerned about GMO labeling?

After Decades of Discrimination, Farm Workers Get Pesticide Protections - 9/28/15

The full list of regulations can be found at the EPA website.

"Farm workers deserve to be healthy and safe while they earn a living," McCarthy said on a press call Monday. "We will not turn our backs on the people who help feed this nation."

Wales Joins 15 EU Countries with New Total Bans on GM crops

Imagine No More Safe Chocolate To Eat — 70% Of World’s Chocolate To Be Genetically Modified

Family Poisoned on Vacation

Eat Sh*t! Toxic Sewage from Wastewater Treatment Plants Sold as 'Organic' Compost

Nestle Being Sued for $100 Million Dollars Over Hazardous Lead in Food

Nestle Being Sued for $100 Million Dollars Over Hazardous Lead in Food

'Corporations Bleeding Rural India, Killing Our Farmers' - 10/12/15

Scientist and longtime activist against genetically modified BT seeds, Dr. Vandana Shiva, talks about why BT has a devastating fallout.

Pragya Singh Interviews Vandana Shiva

Limits Sought on GMO Corn as Pest Resistance Grows - 3/5/15

New Iowa State research: Human activity affecting microbes in soil - Sep 23, 2015

Glyphosate…Misery in a Bottle!

We live in a society that becomes upset when learning of an automobile manufacturer that hid evidence of faulty mechanicals resulting in the injury or death of numerous people; or of one that manipulated engine software to give false data regarding air pollution that had adverse effects on many people and the environment. Such concern is totally warranted. But, oddly, we seem almost inured to the consequences of all-pervasive pesticides such as GLY that have resulted in a far greater loss of life and quality of life on a global scale — whether it be human, animal, microbe, or the environment, all suffer.

Majority of EU Countries Opt-Out of Approved GE Crops - (Beyond Pesticides, October 13, 2015)

Seed Industry Structure

Consolidation has increased in the international seed industry in recent decades. The chart below depicts changes in ownership involving major seed companies and their subsidiaries, primarily occurring from 1996 to 2013.1 The largest firms are represented as circles, with size proportional to global commercial seed market share.2

Millennials are driving an $18 billion food revolution

$18 billion. That’s the market share lost by the top 25 U.S. food and beverage companies in the last five years.

Hillary Clinton Suddenly Opposes Biotech’s Favorite Bill: The TPP
A bill that would promote GMOs heavily

PCB case against Monsanto ends in mistrial - Oct 12, 2015

Chipotle: Proposed class action over non-GMO products has no merit

Monsanto’s super-broccoli shouldn’t scare you, but its plans for global vegetable domination might

HECTOR VALENZUELA: Environmental Risks of Crop Biotechnology - Dec 25, 2013

Hector provides proof of fraud with corporations and their corrupt politicians using deceptive tactics to implement dangerous environmentally-damaging practices that jeopardize human life.

Hector Valenzuela is with the Department of Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences, CTAHR, University of Hawaii at Manoa.

New Database Shows Nanotechnology in Common Food Products - October 5th, 2015

Facebook Protestors Shut Down Family Farm Raid

EFSA Says Glyphosate Contaminated Lab Chow Okay!

"This is not rocket science, folks. If you use rodents for toxicology testing that are already being fed a toxic substance such as Glyphosate, a patented metal chelator, herbicide and antibiotic during the trial, doesn’t it stand to reason that these tests would be inaccurate? To not even consider the ramifications of this and to dismiss Dr. Samsel’s findings outright is outrageous."

GM eggplants send Bangladesh farmers into poverty as they fail for second year in a row

October 13, 2015 Founder of Moms Across America Zen Honeycutt gives a talk called "What's Wrong With GMO's" at the Unitarian Church in Des Moines, Iowa

Europe GMO Debate Not Over: EU Votes to Allow GMO Imports Despite Opposition

Indian scientist warns of ‘golden rice’ impact
Arty turns 11 this summer.

#1477034 --- 10/20/15 01:19 AM Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food [Re: MissingArty]
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Surprise - Cornell is taking the GMO safety debate to a new level!

The Ecologist
Steven M. Druker

19th October 2015

Something important just happened at Cornell's Alliance for Science, writes Steven M. Druker. Long known as a keen promoter of genetic engineering, the organization has experienced a profound change of direction. Its new director, Sarah Davidson Evanega, has opened an inclusive scientific dialogue on the safety of GMO crops. Who says it's all 'over'?

Read on:
"Everything that has ever happened to us is there to make us stronger."
-John Trudell

#1477339 --- 10/24/15 05:39 PM Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food [Re: MissingArty]
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Welcome back, Teonan. Things are heating up on facebook after the congressional hearing this week. I always advise folks to watch at least one of these hearings.

Panel II

1st witness: Mrs. Joanna Lidback, grass farmer, praised gmo crops, said she was "dissapointed" her state passed a gmo labelling law and read some facts from the fda and said that her pediatrician was fully supportive of her being there.

2nd witness: Mr. Daryl E. Thomas, says our food system will be "crippled" by gmo labelling.

3rd witness: Mr. Gary Hirshberg Chairman and Co-Founder of Stonyfield Farm Inc. At one point in the hearing when asked if gmo food was safe, Mr. Hirshberg added that there was a lot of evidence that has come out that wasn't addressed in this hearing.

Bats are worth $3.7bn to US agriculture

Amid concerns over the impact of disease and wind farms on bats, researchers are working to quantify the ecosystem benefits of the insect-eaters

Argentina: Study found glyphosate in cotton, tampons, gauze pads, swabs

Indigenous Mayans Win Stunning Repeal of Hated ‘Monsanto Law’ - 10/19/15

Monsanto Stunned – California Confirms ‘Roundup’ Will Be Labeled “Cancer Causing” October 19, 2015 - See more at:

Monsanto asks California to pull plan to list herbicide as cancer cause

3 Companies Say "No" to GMO Arctic Apples

Romania says Resounding NO to GMOs - 10/6/15

The link between adverse health outcomes in children and pesticide exposure is well-documented. A recent Harvard study found that residential exposure to indoor insecticides in and around a child’s home is linked to increased risk of childhood leukemia and lymphoma. An investigation by Yale University researchers found that prenatal exposure to the widely used agricultural pesticide chlorpyrifos is linked to tremors in childhood. An article published in in the Endocrine Society’s journal Endocrinology found that parental exposure to environmental stressors, such as pesticides, before a child is conceived can alter the way genes are expressed in the mother and father, ultimately harming the child’s health when those genes are passed down to the next generation.

Monsanto faces additional lawsuits over glyphosate - Oct 16, 2015

A lawsuit filed against Monsanto this week in Delaware is the latest claiming a link between cancer and exposure to glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup herbicide.

Thousands Gather In Washington, D.C. To Rally Against 'Dark Act' GMO Labeling Ban October 17th - 10/16/15

The two-day event, in which hundreds of thousands of demonstrators are expected to turn out, aims to lobby Senators for the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act and occupy Monsanto, the EPA, and even the White House.

Monsanto to pay Danish company $300 million in microbial partnership - Dec 10, 2013

Moms in Washington, D.C. lobbying with the big guys.

“30 Years of Genetically Engineered Plants - 20 Years of Commercial Cultivation in the United States: a Critical Assessment,” by Dr. Christoph Then, Testbiotech; January 2013. (48 pages)[A few pages are also in German in the beginning]

Non Gmo Project Verified Vitamins

Notice to Monsanto Employees and Former Employees: Zamansky LLC Investigates The Monsanto Savings and Investment Plan for Possible ERISA Violations - 10/21/15

According to employee stock fraud attorney, Jake Zamansky, Monsanto’s existing and former employees who purchased company stock through the Savings and Investment Plan may have suffered damage to their retirement savings. If the lawsuit allegations that Monsanto knew the risks of Roundup pesticides prove true, Zamansky states, then the Company knew that its stock price was artificially inflated and that it would correct when the truth came out. Monsanto’s existing and former employees who bought or held company stock that was artificially inflated were likely damaged, he states.

Busting Myth of GM Crop’s Invincibility

Fresh Produce Tainted With Illegal Pesticides - 10/23/15

The highest percentage of illegal pesticides was found on cactus pads and cactus fruit imported from Mexico. Some of the other tainted fruit and vegetables include limes, papaya, summer squash, tomatillos, chili peppers, and tomatoes, also from Mexico, ginger imported from China, and U.S.-grown spinach and kale. While over 93 percent of the produce tested contain legal levels of pesticide residue, the data shows a pattern of low dose exposure to hazardous pesticides, such as endocrine disruptors.

TTIP backlash: Europe wants its food to be craft, natural and home-grown - By Niamh Michail+, 19-Oct-2015

From fibre-filled juice to bird-friendly coffee, cauliflower flour to pea bread, European demands for natural are being fuelled by a massive distrust of TTIP – and this will grow whether the treaty is ratified or not, says Mintel.

The 2011 film, "Our Daily Poison", is now available for FREE on Hulu. The 90+ documentary discusses "the cocktail effect" — interactions between chemicals that render the sum total more harmful than the risks associated with any given chemical in isolation.

Upstairs Bistro, Canandaigua, New York
Elderberry Pond, Auburn, New York

Hillary Clinton Goes to Bat for GMOs at Biotech Conference

Bought - free to watch through November 3rd.
Arty turns 11 this summer.

#1477367 --- 10/25/15 11:50 AM Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food [Re: Teonan]
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Originally Posted By: Teonan

Surprise - Cornell is taking the GMO safety debate to a new level!

The Ecologist
Steven M. Druker

19th October 2015

Something important just happened at Cornell's Alliance for Science, writes Steven M. Druker. Long known as a keen promoter of genetic engineering, the organization has experienced a profound change of direction. Its new director, Sarah Davidson Evanega, has opened an inclusive scientific dialogue on the safety of GMO crops. Who says it's all 'over'?

Read on:

So nothing has changed. The only side with a closed dialogue is the anti-GMO side.

#1477669 --- 10/30/15 05:31 PM Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food [Re: cwjga]
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Registered: 12/18/11
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Loc: Waterloo, NY
Did you read the article?

"How the debate could be productively transcended

Rebecca and I had a pleasant conversation afterward, and when I noted that I would be willing to return and participate in discussions or a debate, she remarked that she preferred not to think in terms of debates because in that format, the participants are focused on defeating one another.

She said that she favored situations in which those coming from opposing viewpoints can engage in constructive dialogue not only to discern the grounds on which they disagree, but to explore and expand the common ground between them.

I think that's a promising approach, and if the Alliance for Science sincerely wishes to follow it, I am prepared to accept that within the context of such a specific endeavor, the GMO debate can be provisionally treated as 'over'.

The Empire begins to crumble.

Monsanto to shutter three R&D centers in 2016, cut 90 jobs - 10/26/15

USDA whistleblower claims censorship of pesticide research - 10/27/15

“Dr. Lundgren’s case underscores why legal protections for government scientists are sorely needed,” said Jeff Ruch, executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), which is providing legal services to Lundgren in his whistleblower action. “Bureaucracies under political pressure from corporate stakeholders routinely shoot the messenger, even if they are wearing a lab coat.”

Ten things you need to know about the Séralini study

Monsanto clears USDA regulatory hurdle for new GMO corn - 10/23/15

Monsanto clears USDA regulatory hurdle for new GMO corn

Transgenic cow research branded a 'disaster' - 10/23/15

Opponents of genetic engineering research say official documents on government transgenic cow experiments reveal a disturbing story of illness, death and deformity.'disaster'

Study Finds Wildflowers Contain More Neonics than Treated Fields (Beyond Pesticides, October 15, 2015)

Which of Your Foods are Sprayed with Round Up Just 3 Days Before Harvest?

The hidden ingredient in engineered food by Dr. Thierry Vrain - Sept. 2015

If I were the vice president for promotion at Monsanto, I would do a number of things to keep this secret from going public. I would do all the standard things, of course, like hiring the best advertising brains in the business, emphasizing safety and singing the wonders of the genetic engineering technology. I would also keep your attention on the debate about the engineering technology, i.e. are GMOs good or bad for you? I would spare no trick of the trade to keep your attention away from the toxicity of the herbicide that is sprayed on your food. I would create a small army of graduate students (and scientists, of course – only the size of the bursary differs) and other mercenaries to engage with the anti-GMO “activists” and constantly remind you of the insanity of your fear. Most of the pro and anti-GMO rhetoric is just that: a lot of hot air and a lot of fear. Anything goes as long as it keeps your attention away from the secret ingredient. I would even have books published on the topic, some with all the available evidence of corporate malfeasance exposed in plain view, as long as the emphasis stayed away from the secret.

But I am not a vice president, although I was more than once in my science days, but that was another millennium. Aside from being a concerned consumer, I now find it necessary to alert you of this sordid story of corporate greed that causes so much illness. All I can do is speak and write publicly about this issue and hope you will do your part.

GE Soybeans Give Altered Milk and Stunted Offspring, Researchers Find - 10/26/15

Pregnant goats fed with genetically engineered (GE) soybeans have offspring who grow more slowly and are shorter, according to a new Italian study (Tudisco et al., 2015). Publishing in the journal of Small Ruminant Research, the researchers were testing the results of supplementing the feed of female goats with Roundup Ready GE soybeans. Roundup Ready soybeans are engineered to resist the herbicide Roundup and are sold by agribusiness giant Monsanto. They are some of the most widely grown soybeans in the world.

The reduced growth of the goat kids was attributed by the researchers to their observation that the milk of the GE-fed mothers was significantly less nutritious and contained less of the IgG antibodies important for early growth.

Regulators Discover a Hidden Viral Gene in Commercial GMO Crops - 1/21/15

Among the affected transgenic events are some of the most widely grown GMOs, including Roundup Ready soybeans (40-3-2) and MON810 maize. They include the controversial NK603 maize recently reported as causing tumors in rats (Seralini et al. 2012).

The end of third-party advocacy for GMOs?

They include:
* Kevin Folta, the self-declared independent scientist who turned out to have taken money from Monsanto for outreach and communication
* The “Biofortified boys”, who write for the pro-GMO Biology Fortified website. They include Kevin Folta, Karl Haro von Mogel, and Steve Savage
* The experts who answer the public’s questions on GMOs on the GMO Answers website – they include Folta and Savage
* University of Illinois professor emeritus Bruce Chassy and David Tribe, who run the pro-agrochemical industry website, Academics Review
* Jon Entine of the Genetic Literacy Project (the GLP dominates Wikipedia coverage of GMOs)
* Nina Fedoroff, emeritus professor of biology at Penn State, professor of biosciences at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia, and former chief science and technology adviser to secretaries of state Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton
* Harvard professor Calestous Juma
* Channapatna Prakash, a GMO advocate and dean at Tuskegee University
* Peter Phillips, a policy professor at Canada's University of Saskatchewan
* Mississippi State University’s Davis Shaw and Tony Shelton of Cornell.

Hillary Clinton's Glass-Steagall

Another good reason to keep this biotech supporter out of the Whitehouse.

Time to Rethink Our Children’s Health

In 2010, retired U.S. military leaders got together and published a report entitled “Too Fat to Fight” (I’m not kidding, that is really the title), and this is what they had to say in that report:

Agent Orange Activist Resigns

Kelly states the difficult decision was not made lightly. She expanded; her ongoing health concerns have made stress intolerable. She wants to assure everyone she is not abandoning the community, but she needs to care for herself. She will still stay active in the natural health movement, including supporting the labeling of Genetically Modified Food.

A Silent Forest - Genetically Engineered Trees!! - GMO TERROR - Narrated By David Suzuki

Female farmers lead sustainable farming movement, researcher says

Hillary vs. Bernie on Frankenfood

Last year, at a San Diego biotech conference, Hillary coached her audience in messaging. "Genetically modified sounds Frankensteinish. Drought-resistant sounds like something you'd want. Be more careful so you don't raise that red flag immediately."

"The TPP would make it easier for countries like Vietnam to export contaminated fish and seafood into the U.S." writes Senator Sanders. "These trade agreements have ended up devastating working families and enriching large corporations."
Who is more interested in protecting Americans?

Remember the father whose son was forced to watch a Monsanto presentation in gym class? Here is an update with pictures of the cards they gave all the kids.

If this link isn't working, just copy and paste it to your address bar.!bvuywe

Senate panel warms to GMOs

Of course this was the agriculture committee — and I’d expect some pro-GMO sentiments from Democrats with big constituencies of farmers. But I was also expecting to see some senators from more liberal states channelling anti-GMO concerns as well. Instead, I heard strong pro-GMO statements, and no senator planted a flag on anti-GMO ground.

As the hearing went on, I started scanning through the members of the agriculture committee to see who might claim the anti-GMO position. Patrick Leahy from Vermont? New York’s Kirsten Gillibrand? But it never happened.

GM Cow Trials in New Zealand Show Disastrous Results

Susan Sarandon Wants You to Google ‘GMOs’ Instead of Hating on Ariana Grande

Violation Tracker

The first national compilation of company-specific information on economic development subsidy awards from around the country.

Genetic Testing for Your Hot Dog

Amini said that in addition to Clear Labs’ genomic testing, the company is working on a way to assess the validity of organic claims through analyses like pesticide detection. It also conducts non-DNA tests for things like hormones, antibiotics, and other substances that may pose a concern to consumers.

(This article doesn't mention that Clear Labs found human dna in hotdogs. If I come across the other article that included that information, I will post it.)


Suspended USDA researcher alleges agency tried to block his research into harmful effects of pesticides on bees, butterflies

Local farmer turns to non-GMO seeds

“Our beef cow operation…we don’t see the turnaround that they’d see in dairy, but they’re a little more healthy,” he said. “The field health…the crops look better, we’ve got higher yields than before. Everybody switched to GMOs 20 years ago to get higher yields, but now, there’s a drop in yields. It’s about getting the soil health back.”

Prairie Hybrid representative Gilbert Hostetler maintains that “genetically-modified organism, or GMO, protein kills biology…the corn borer and worms,” but that it also has detrimental effects on the cattle that eat it, and in turn, the people who ingest the products from the cattle, be they dairy or beef.

Physicians Committee seeks to Ban Hot Dogs and Other Processed Meats from School Lunches; Federal Petition Filed with USDA

The petition, filed with USDA Sec. Tom Vilsack, is based in part on an Oct. 26 World Health Organization scientific report that finds processed meats such as hot dogs, pepperoni, bacon, sausage, and deli meats are “carcinogenic to humans.” WHO has now classified processed meats in the same category as asbestos, tobacco products, and other carcinogens.

Another community chooses to walk away from Roundup.

Encinitas bans Roundup weed killer in parks

Monsanto’s Worst Fear May Be Coming TrueThe specifics are worth considering. First, the spraying of 2,4-D and Dicamba on the newer herbicide-resistant crops will not eliminate the need for Roundup, whose use will not decline (see Figure).

That is because, unlike Roundup, neither 2,4-D nor Dicamba are broad-spectrum herbicides. They will have to be sprayed together with Roundup, or with each other (or all of them together) to kill all weeds. This vital fact has not been widely appreciated.

Confirmation comes from the companies themselves. Monsanto is stacking (i.e. combining) Dicamba resistance with Roundup resistance in its Xtend crops and Dow is stacking 2,4-D resistance with Roundup resistance in its Enlist range. (Notably, resistance to other herbicides, such as glufosinate, are being stacked in all these GMO crops too.)

The second issue is that the combined spraying of 2,4-D and Dicamba and Roundup, will only temporarily ease the weed resistance issues faced by farmers. In the medium and longer terms, they will compound the problems. That is because new herbicide-resistant weeds will surely evolve. In fact, Dicamba-resistant and 2,4-D-resistant weeds already exist. Their spread, and the evolution of new ones, can be guaranteed (Mortensen et al 2012). This will bring greater profits for herbicide manufacturers, but it will also bring greater PR problems for GMOs and the food industry. GMO soybeans and corn will likely soon have “extreme levels” of at least three different herbicides, all of them with dubious safety records (Schinasi and Leon 2014).

The first time round, Monsanto and Syngenta’s PR snow-jobs successfully obscured this, not just from the general public, but even within agronomy. But it is unlikely they will be able to do so a second time. 2,4-D and Dicamba-resistant GMOs are thus a PR disaster waiting to happen.
Arty turns 11 this summer.

#1477951 --- 11/06/15 05:24 AM Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food [Re: MissingArty]
MissingArty Offline
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Registered: 12/18/11
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Loc: Waterloo, NY
It's been published.

Via MIT Scientist Dr. Stephanie Seneff...

"Not yet available on the web through a journal link; nonetheless, our paper has been published! And you can download it here! Samsel and Seneff on glyphosate and cancer!!!"

Lane County, Oregon Tries to Kick Out Monsanto with GM Ban

INSIGHT-GMO backlash threatens beet farmers as foodmakers swap sugars 10/29/15

"For beet farmers, the situation has gotten so bad that they are boosting their lobbying efforts in Washington and launching their first major offensive to combat growing public opposition through a social media campaign.

Western Sugar, one of eight sugarbeet co-operatives in the United States, is already seeing a dent in sales as consumers turn away from GMO.

"We are seeing an impact," said Larson. "A lot of our customers are decreasing their orders because they want non-GMO sugar. It feels like it's more and more by the day." She declined to give specific details on volumes of sales lost or on customers that have moved away from their sugar."

Major packaged-food companies lost $4 billion in market share alone last year, as shoppers swerved to fresh and organic alternatives. Can the supermarket giants win you back?

If any one of these terms raised a hair on the back of your neck, left a sour taste in your mouth, or made your lips purse with disdain, you are part of Big Food’s multibillion-dollar problem. In fact, you may even belong to a growing consumer class that has some of the world’s biggest and best-known companies scrambling to change their businesses.

A third conveyed what her industry feared would be the largest casualty of the public’s “mounting distrust of Big Food”—that shoppers would turn away from them for good. “We understand that increasing numbers of consumers are seeking authentic, genuine food experiences,” said Campbell Soup Co.

The inherent risk with such acquisitions is that the parent company swallows up the scrappy upstart into what food industry veteran Alan Murray calls “the machine”—a hidebound, groupthink corporate enterprise—rather than learning from its entrepreneurial culture.

GM Crops Now Banned in 38 Countries Worldwide – Sustainable Pulse Research

Genes can’t be patented, rules Australia’s High Court

Monsanto Research Site in France Goes up in Flames

Caught On Film, George H. W. Bush And Monsanto Collaborate On GMO Assault.. “Call me…we’re in the dereg business.” Then he adds, “Maybe we can help.”
They were talking about Roundup, the glyphosate-containing product whose main ingredient was recently declared a likely human carcinogen by the World Health Organization.
This is followed by seven words that will eventually change the game in favor of Monsanto. The clip shows Bush laughing and saying of Monsanto’s pleas to hasten the regulatory process, “Call me…we’re in the dereg business.” Then he adds, “Maybe we can help.”
The terms "government" and "conspiracy" are synonymous and inseparable. The article and 2 minute film clip below capture the collusion between George H. W. Bush and Monsanto that fully kicked off the ongoing GMO nightmare. This is a stellar example of "business as usual" between the criminals that currently run the world. Copy and share.

Former Owner of Turf Installation Business Files Roundup Lawsuit Against Monsanto

What happens when 100+ Monsanto employees crash your presentation on GE crops and pesticides


Health investigators link E. coli cases to local Chipotle restaurants

Tamara Bennett - Not sure if people actually want the real facts or just want to spread vicious rumors about what they THINK is happening. But if you want the truth, Chipotle has closed several locations by their OWN choice because of a farm they get their lettuce from, which is where the E.Coli came from. Chipotle sources it's ingredients locally to support local farmers. They are also GMO free. A very healthy place to eat! Chiptole is completely free of any fault here, and most all of the store closures are just to be safe. My husband works at a Chipotle that wasn't even using the lettuce in question, but they still shut down. So, there ya go. Have a Happy Halloween everyone, and enjoy your day with truth!

Heritage Apples Making A Comeback

He tells of hearing about a regional favorite called Yahnke that was thought to have died out. Bussey found a tree in northeast Iowa and took scion wood with the owner’s permission. When he returned a year later, the tree and others in the old orchard had been torn out. “We are always looking for old varieties, especially if they originated in the upper Midwest,” says Bussey. “Let us know if you have an old tree. We would love to hear about it. We may take scion wood from it or know someone who would.”


If children lose contact with nature they won't fight for it

Why Andrew Cuomo’s Pollinator Task Force Won’t Save New York’s Bees

But at the first meeting of the New York State’s Pollinator Task Force (Aug 6 2015), commercial beekeeper Jim Doan was flabbergasted to learn that state officials had appointed two representatives of the national pesticide industry to the 12-member panel. “It’s very difficult for a beekeeper to think he can get a fair shake,” he commented.

This article is not particularly about GMOs or the toxic chemicals used to grow them, but it's an important read nonetheless, because it delves into why our government does little to protect the public from exposure to toxins long known to be harmful.…/epa_government_scientists_and_che…

There is a lawsuit in the California Court System against Monsanto for death of a dog from Roundup being used in a dog park. This may be the dog in question. I also lost a pet to a form of mouth cancer. Roundup sprayed in public parks and in back and front yards is one of the ways that Monsanto and company are killing off our pets. The other way they are destroying our pets is through pet food products we feed to our pets that contains BT GMO corn and soy grains and oils that also contains Glyphosate.

"Did RoundUp kill my dog."

Organic Bytes

Game On: Super Bowl Quarterback Goes on the Offensive Against Junk Food

Sign the Petition: Make GMO Food Labeling the Law in New York!

Bee expert: USDA punished me for research on pesticides - Oct 28, 2015

What Zen Honeycutt has to say to the European Mothers - Zuerich, 03.11.2015

After 20 years directly spraying our food with glyphosate, we are realizing that it does not dry, wash or cook off, we are eating it and it is toxic and harmful to life. However, we American mothers are seeing that when we remove GMOs and toxic pesticides due to chemical farming, our children get better, and we have the science to back up our findings. This is what I came to share with Europeans. I want you to prevent the harm that is happening in America from happening to your children and loved ones. It is not enough for my family to eat organic. My son’s future spouses are out there somewhere, and are likely eating GMOs.

COMMENTS FOR THE ?#?FDA? PUBLIC MEETING Oct. 30 Steven M. Druker, J.D. Author, Altered Genes, Twisted Truth, Executive Director, Alliance for Bio-Integrity

Modernizing the Regulatory System for Biotechnology Products: First Public Meeting

For more than twenty years, the FDA’s behavior regarding genetically engineered foods has been consistently deplorable. Not only has it routinely issued false and misleading statements, it has seriously violated explicit mandates of federal food safety law – to the extent that every genetically engineered food on U.S. supermarket shelves sits there illegally.

And these allegations are not exaggerations. They are solidly backed up by documents that were pried from the FDA’s own files through a lawsuit my organization initiated.

For instance, when the FDA issued its policy statement on GE foods in 1992, it claimed it was not aware of any information showing that these products differ from other foods in any meaningful or uniform way, despite the fact its files contained multiple memos from its own scientists explaining how GE foods do indeed differ, why they pose greater risks, and why none should be presumed safe unless its safety has been demonstrated through rigorous testing. The pervasiveness of the concerns within the scientific staff is attested by a memo from an FDA compliance officer who declared: "The processes of genetic engineering and traditional breeding are different, and according to the technical experts in the agency, they lead to different risks."

Moreover, the FDA compounded the fraud by claiming that GE foods were “Generally Recognized as Safe” among experts and could be marketed without the requirement of any safety testing at all, even though its files reveal that it knew there was no expert consensus – and even though the law mandates that foods containing novel substances must be established safe through solid technical evidence.

Furthermore, to create the illusion that responsible regulation was being exercised, the agency set up a voluntary consultation process that it claims affords “rigorous” review. But the process is not a genuine scientific review, and the FDA’s Biotechnology Strategic Manager has acknowledged that fact – while admitting that the agency does not even request or receive any original test data.

The agency’s shameful behavior continues, and although by now it is well aware of much more information showing that GE foods significantly differ from others, it persists in its bogus claim that it is “not aware” of any; and this blatant falsehood was repeated by an FDA official just last week at the Senate Agriculture Committee hearing. She also asserted that the consultation process is so rigorous that it resolves “all safety issues,” which is not only misleading but ridiculous, because the process is far too superficial to achieve such certitude.

It is high time that the FDA stops deceiving Congress and the public and stops violating the law. It is high time that the agency starts telling the truth about GE foods and at long last obeys the law by removing them from the market and requiring that they be demonstrated safe via formal food additive petitions. Otherwise, it will continue to serve the interests of Monsanto while turning its back on the public interest.

Alexis Baden-Mayer's Statement: Thank you so much to everyone at the White House, the FDA, the EPA and the USDA

who had a hand in convening this opportunity for public comment.

I’m Alexis Baden-Mayer. I’m here today representing the Organic Consumers

Association where I work as Political Director, as well as our ally Moms Across America

and Zen Honeycutt who directs that organization. Zen and I represent some of the millions of people who are searching for the hidden truth about genetically engineered foods. People who are trying to navigate a marketplace where foods contain secret ingredients and 99.7 percent of the GMOs are pesticide plants, genetically engineered to either increase our exposure to dangerous herbicides or turn our foods into toxic insecticides, or both.

Many of our members share a similar story. Whether it’s breast cancer or reproductive issues or painful digestive problems or gall bladder removal or kidney disease or diabetes or obesity, the story is always the same: I was sick. I got medical treatment. I was still sick. I got GMOs out of my diet. I’m starting to get my health back. And, of course, this story can be about loved ones, and that’s what Zen experienced. Her children had life-threatening allergies and autism spectrum symptoms, but their health improved when she put them on a non-GMO diet.

The U.S. must begin to put this inherently risky technology in check and finally grant to U.S. citizens the same kind of sensible regulations that just about every other country has conceded are necessary: GMO labels, pre-market safety-testing of GMOs, and restrictions on where and how GMOs are grown. We need a moratorium on the GMOs that turn our food into insecticides or allow our food to soak up dangerous herbicides.

Genetically engineered crops led to an increase in overall pesticide use by 404 million pounds from the time they were introduced in 1996 through 2011.

It’s time to take glyphosate off the market, now that the World Health Organization has declared it a probable human carcinogen. Over 80% of all GMOs grown worldwide today are engineered to absorb this carcinogenic herbicide. Glyphosate absorbed into an engineered plant cannot be removed and we are consuming it at levels far above what has been shown to cause harm.

There are hundreds of scientific studies that show how human health can be seriously harmed by GMOs and related pesticides, and we’ll submit these in our written comments.

Written Comments: Regardless of attendance at the public meeting, you can submit electronic or written comments to the public docket by November 13, 2015. Submit electronic comments to Submit written comments to the Division of Docket’s Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852. All comments must be identified with the docket number FDA-2015-N-3403. All comments received may be posted without change to, including any personal information provided.
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Is IRRI trying to hide GM golden rice failure?

Printable List of Monsanto Owned “Food” Producers

Printable List of Monsanto Owned “Food” Producers

Herbicide Glyphosate Found in Pet Foods by Dr. Michael W. Fox

My concerns about this herbicide getting into the food chain for both humans and animals have been recently confirmed.

Tampons with Glyphosate: Underpinnings of Modern Period Problems? - Nov 2, 2015 by Chandler Marrs, PhD

If we look at women’s health in particular, I cannot help but wondering if glyphosate leaching tampons have something to do with the increase in menstrual related problems like fibroids, endometriosis, PCOS, and others. The female vagina and cervix are remarkably efficient vehicles for drug absorption. The vaginal epithelium provides a vast surface area that is richly vascularized and highly innervated. Drugs and other chemicals absorbed via this route directly enter the bloodstream and avoid detoxification via the liver, meaning lower dosages are required to reach the same effect as an orally ingested medication. Small concentrations, therefore, could induce large effects. And small, regular exposures to glyphosate is likely what we get from tampon use.

EPA Used Monsanto’s Research to Give Roundup a Pass - 11/3/15

But the EPA’s exoneration — which means that the agency will not require additional tests of the chemical’s effects on the hormonal system — is undercut by the fact that the decision was based almost entirely on pesticide industry studies. Only five independently funded studies were considered in the review of whether glyphosate interferes with the endocrine system. Twenty-seven out of 32 studies that looked at glyphosate’s effect on hormones and were cited in the June review — most of which are not publicly available and were obtained by The Intercept through a Freedom of Information Act request — were either conducted or funded by industry. Most of the studies were sponsored by Monsanto or an industry group called the Joint Glyphosate Task Force. One study was by Syngenta, which sells its own glyphosate-containing herbicide, Touchdown.

California Study Links Glyphosate Use and Environmental Injustice - (Beyond Pesticides November 4, 2015)

“We’ve uncovered a disturbing trend where poor and minority communities disproportionately live in regions where glyphosate is sprayed,” said Nathan Donley, Ph.D., a staff scientist with the Center for Biological Diversity. “In high doses glyphosate is dangerous to people, and California can’t, in good conscience, keep allowing these communities to pay the price for our overreliance on pesticides.”

Organic Vodkas: Why It’s Important and Where To Find Them

The Plot Thickens

A number of Monsanto’s cheerleaders are also worried that a high-profile public vote and debate in the Senate, with a possible filibuster by Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders of Vermont, will cause a major consumer backlash and a widespread boycott of GMA “Traitor Brands.” As Fortune magazine warned in a recent issue, the DARK Act lobby may indeed succeed in ramming through a highly unpopular bill in Congress abolishing Vermont and other states’ rights to label GMOs, but it could turn into a classic case of “winning the battle but losing the war.”

Obama’s New Pick to Head the FDA is an “Ultimate Insider” for Big Pharma

A recent exposé by the New York Times revealed that Califf’s multi-million dollar research center at Duke received more than 60 percent of its funding from the industry, while his 2014 financial disclosure documents showed drug companies like Eli Lilly, Merck, and Novartis paid him hefty fees for “consulting” and in salary support.

And as the Boston Globe reported on Wednesday, Califf also took the “highly unusual” step of removing his name from a series of scientific papers criticizing the FDA’s oversight of clinical trials—”a decision that could raise ethical concerns,” explains the Globe‘s Sheila Kaplan.

Interesting read, especially the comments after the letter.

Tony Mitra: Exploring innovative and creative expressions of anti-gmo and food security activism in the global community

Scientist friend Chenny from China supports Don Huber’s view, that Druker should not be responsible for highlighting glyphosate, since Drukers angle was GMO and FDA, not glyphosate and EPA, although glyphosate story is as important and damaging, as GMO.

EPA may ban common pesticide used on fruits and vegetables

U.S. farms use more than 6 million pounds of the chemical each year - about 25 percent of it in California.

Alarm as GM crops planted by mistake: Oilseed rape fields to be destroyed after they were contaminated with seed from France

The world must step off the chemical farming treadmill

A chlorpyrifos ban! What a good idea.

It took a court order and a virtual avalanche of scientific evidence, but federal pesticide regulators finally did the right thing. Late last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced plans to put a stop to agricultural uses of chlorpyrifos. Yes!!

Europe Rejects GM Crops as New Report Highlights 20 Years of GM Failures

By the end of today, all 19 government requests for bans of GM crop cultivation are expected to go unchallenged by biotech companies, pathing the way for two thirds of the EU’s farmland and population to remain GM-free. The growing opposition to GM crops coincides with a new Greenpeace report reviewing evidence of GM environmental risks, market failures, and increased pesticide use.

Dismantling The Big Lie About GMOs

Food Integrity Now spoke with Jonathan Latham, PhD. Dr. Latham is co-founder and executive director of the Bioscience Resource Project, which is the publisher of Independent Science News. We were intrigued by an article he recently wrote entitled “How the Great Food Wars Will be Won“. Dr. Latham’s spoke with me today about what he thinks is the answer to winning the food war–dismantling this lie that we need GMOs to feed the world.

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Strong Links between Glyphosate and a Multitude of Cancers that are “reaching epidemic proportions”: New Study Shows “the outcomes are alarmingly apparent” - 11/5/15

New report: human guinea pigs (

Samsel and Seneff conclude:

“We have reviewed the research literature on glyphosate and on the biological processes associated with cancer, and we have provided strong evidence that glyphosate is likely contributing to the increased prevalence of multiple types of cancer in humans. Monsanto’s own early studies revealed some trends in animal models that should not have been ignored. Forty years of glyphosate exposure have provided a living laboratory where humans are the guinea pigs and the outcomes are alarmingly apparent. We believe that the available evidence warrants a reconsideration of the risk/benefit trade-off with respect to glyphosate usage to control weeds, and we advocate much stricter regulation of glyphosate.”

Monsanto Roundup: The Impacts of Glyphosate Herbicide on Human Health. Pathways to Modern Diseases

One of Goodman’s first acts was to withdraw the Seralini article. He did so in violation of the guidelines for retractions in scientific publishing set out by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). For any peer-reviewed scientific article to be withdrawn there must be clear evidence that the findings are unreliable due to misconduct (e.g. data fabrication) or honest error; plagiarism or redundant publication; or unethical research. None of those were proven in the Seralini case.

Regulatory approval of Roundup based on "don't look, don't see"

The glyphosate toxicity studies you're not allowed to see

Monsanto’s Roundup Herbicide and Regulators “With Something to Hide”

Big Food's revolving door


Scientist Challenges Monsanto: $10 Million If You Can Prove Me Wrong About GMOs

ALERT: Syngenta now patenting natural plant foods produced without GMO technology

The trend is towards the privatization of the things we need to survive, namely water and food. Whoever controls these elements has great power. The populace needs to become aware that companies such as Monsanto and Syngenta are looking forward to a world in which they hold the keys to our survival.

October 2012 - Why Do Supporters of Genetically Engineered Foods Insist on Organics for Their Own Families?

Monsanto in Mexico | Another Court Victory in Mexico

In a press release dated November 3, the lead plaintiffs’ organization, Demanda Colectiva Maíz, announced that opponents of genetically engineered corn in Mexico prevailed in an important new federal appeals court ruling.

Hartford Files Lawsuit Against Monsanto Over School Cleanup Costs

Poisoned Agriculture: Depopulation and Human Extinction

In effect, farming is a principal source of global toxification and soil degradation.

Indeed, such faith in this technology is actually killing us.

Despite Whining By Monsanto, Roundup DOES Cause Cancer … and Many Other Diseases

‘Supporter of GM Crops’ Snooke Forced to Apologize over Dr. Judy Carman Defamation

"After an exchange of legal letters between my lawyer and the lawyer acting for Mr Snooke, Mr Snooke printed a retraction and apology in the edition of the WGG Bulletin, dated 16 October 2015. He also paid my legal expenses. Within a few days of doing this, he suddenly “stepped down” from being the Chair of the WGG."

“Excuse Me, Sir, Are There Chemicals in That?” Why TSCA Reform Needs to Improve Our Chemical Safety

As a pregnant environmental engineer with pollutant exposure knowledge, I’ve never been more convinced of this. Knowing that there are chemicals in the environment that could be harmful to my growing baby makes me hyper-aware of what I’m exposed to, for how long, and at what quantities.

GMO Grass Set for Lawns Across US – No Regulation Needed

When patients removed gluten from their diet, they improved. When patients removed gluten and gmo's from their diet, the recovery was quicker and more complete. (Jeffrey Smith)

Fall leaves aren't just pretty. They form their own "mini-ecosystem."

The National Wildlife Federation is asking you (yes, you!) to put the rake down for the sake of Mother Earth.

Genetically modified pigs raise concerns about food regulation

Two kinds of genetically modified pigs are on their way to becoming pork on our dinner plates. If they do, they'll be some of the very first genetically modified animals to enter our food system, along with genetically modified salmon that is also trying to gain regulatory approval.

Andrew Wakefield and Stephanie Seneff address the synergistic toxicity of vaccines and GMOs.

"So your gut bacteria are emerging as fundamental to your health. Glyphosate damages gut bacteria. It also allows things through that would not normally get through, so the barrier function of your gut to keep bad stuff out and let good stuff in is damaged and it causes toxins like aluminum and other things to get through the gut and thereby access the brain. So the idea that something that can injure the gut like glyphosate and that might interact with something else that operates through the gut like perhaps MMR vaccine, the idea that those might compound the risk of an adverse outcome is entirely biologically plausible.”…/

Hawaii: anger rises over health impacts of pesticides used on GMO crops

The deadly pesticide on your strawberries: How the EPA left us all exposed

While the rest of the planet has all but abandoned endosulfan, "DDT's cousin" remains in use across the U.S.

Rachel Parent, 16, is raising awareness about genetically modified organisms

Kids Right to Know is dedicated to education and mobilizing youth about GMOs

Live from Maui - Streamed live on Nov 11, 2015
Zen Honeycutt will be updating Moms Across America on her experiences in Maui.

"One would think you'd go to Hawaii to escape reality, instead, I'm here to get a huge dose of reality and the reality is that Hawaii is ground zero for gmo's. This is the incubater, womb for hundreds of genetically modified organisms. Now this means food, this means medications and this means medications that are being put into food and this is what is happening on the Island of Maui'. They have over 1,000 test plots actually in all of Hawaii and in comparison there is only 100 in the State of California and California is one of the largest agriculture states in the world. So you can see by those numbers that here in Hawaii they are being enundated by gmo's and the related pesticides because the majority of gmos are engineered to withstand toxic chemicals and here in Maui' it's been reported that they are spraying at least 80 different chemicals on any given day and these chemicals are intermixed, they are in different combinations that are not reported and those combinations can be in the millions of different kinds of combinations and the problem with that is that the EPA never tests for combinations of chemicals, they only test for the active chemical ingredient in a product and here in Hawaii they're testing all different kinds of combinations in open air test plots..."

"...and they are testing putting drugs and medications inside of things like corn so that when people eat it then they get this medication or that they can reproduce the medication and then take it out of the plant you know later it's used as an incubator for it or they can test gmo's with multiple stacks they call them multiple traits, they are stacked with multiple traits so that's what they are growing here."

John Kemp, Amish farmer from Ohio

He teaches farmers to grow crops that completely resist pest and weeds without toxic chemicals

AEA offers breakthrough biological farming products and consultation services using simple concepts to create extraordinary results.

Hershey's is the first company to adopt the Grocery Manufacturer Association's "SmartLabel," which uses QR code technology to allow customers to learn more information about a food product while they're shopping via a smart phone app. DON'T BE FOOLED INTO THINKING THIS A GOOD COMPROMISE OR SUBSTITUTION FOR GMO LABELING! SmartLabel is elitist and exclusionary! Only those with smart phones will have access to this product info at the point-of-purchase; the app will only be accessible if the store offers free wi-fi or has a strong cellular signal inside; shoppers will have to know what the hell QR codes are and how to use them; and shoppers will have to have the time to stand there in the store, using the app for every product with this QR smart label! HOW IS THIS SIMPLER, CHEAPER, OR MORE TRANSPARENT THAN A LITTLE PRINTED LABEL DIRECTLY ON THE PACKAGING THAT SAYS "Produced with GMOs"?!? The GMA doesn't ask shoppers to use QR smartphone technology to find out if a product is frozen, homogenized, made from concentrate, wild caught, organic, what its net weight or calorie count is, so how come they're suggesting something so inherently anti-consumer for this? Oh....right.....they're afraid that consumers will reject their products if they learn more information about the ingredients.…/hershey-first-brand-to-ad…/408577/

Monsanto Company Sets Webcasts for Biennial Investor Event

Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON) announced it will hold a series of webcasts in conjunction with its biennial investor event scheduled for November 17-18 in St. Louis, Mo. During presentations at the event, company executives will discuss product performance, the company’s strategic initiatives, long-term growth drivers and future expectations, and other matters related to the company’s business.

Behind the mask of altruism: Monsanto and the Gates Foundation in Africa - Oct 2014

The Gates Foundation is pushing chemically based agriculture and GMOs into Africa. But Africans are fighting back and are demanding agroecology instead.

New Monsanto Spray Kills Bugs by Messing With Their Genes

Monsanto Handed ‘Double Whammy’ by Mexican Courts Over Planting GMOs

Did You Know? Organic IS Non-GMO (and more)
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Federal Court Overturns Epa Approval Of Bee-Killing Pesticide

Today, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected U.S. EPA’s approval of the neonicotinoid insecticide “sulfoxaflor.” The Court concluded that EPA violated federal law when it approved sulfoxaflor without reliable studies regarding the impact that the insecticide would have on honeybee colonies.

Jim Gerritsen: "EXCELLENT NY TIMES ARTICLE USES THE STORY OF WHEAT AND THE EXTRAORDINARY DR. STEVEN JONES TO EXAMINE INDUSTRIAL AG'S HIJACKING OF OUR AGRICULTURAL HERITAGE. Ten years ago when Jim was President of Washington-based Organic Seed Alliance, Dr Steve Jones served with him on the Board. At that time, Steve still was the Washington State University wheat breeder in Prosser. Steve remains one of the best representations of what good science used to - and should - be: a dedicated and honest scientist with unquestioned integrity and genuine humility who both deeply respected the work performed by those before him and maintained an uncompromising devotion to the best interests of the people. Back then, as the ultimate expert, Steve knew that the introduction of GE wheat would contaminate and ruin the foundation wheat collection at WSU Prosser - and thereby jeopardize the wheat industry within and without Washington. He stuck to his guns and flat out refused to allow GE wheat into the wheat collection. The fact is Steve took a lot of heat for standing up for the people's interest. Steve is incredible and an inspiration to everyone around him. This NY Times article does justice to a great man."

Bread Is Broken By FERRIS JABR - OCT. 29, 2015

Industrial production destroyed both the taste and the nutritional
value of wheat. One scientist believes he can undo the damage.

At first, he was ecstatic, but disillusionment soon followed. The essence of plant breeding is innovation — the prospect of creating something truly novel. Yet in his first official role as a wheat breeder, Jones felt stifled. He was tasked with improving the yield and disease-resistance of wheat cultivars that had been designed for industrial milling. Prioritizing qualities the food industry considered superfluous was discouraged. When he tried breeding wheat with higher levels of nourishing minerals, like iron, zinc and magnesium, he was told those characteristics were unimportant. When he proposed working with a healthier wheat that still made excellent bread flour — albeit of a somewhat yellow tint — the university expressed no interest, he says.

Advocacy Groups Call for Halt to Open Air Field Trials of Genetically Engineered Moths - November 10th, 2015

GMO Makers, Their Puppets in Academia, and The New York Times

Monsanto et al Mislead Public Using Every Trick in the Book

Are GMOs dangerous? For answers to such questions, we normally turn to reputable scientists associated with reputable universities. Surely we can trust them to give us objective information. Or can we? It turns out that biotech heavyweights like Monsanto, Bayer et al have been paying reputable people from reputable institutions to swing the debate in their favor.

GE Soybeans Give Altered Milk and Stunted Offspring, Researchers Find

Regulators Discover a Hidden Viral Gene in Commercial GMO Crops - 2013

Wildflowers serve as reservoir for controversial pesticides

A team from Sussex University in the UK found that the pollen of wildflowers, such as hogweed and poppies, within one to two metres of an oilseed rape crop, contained neonicotinoid concentrations up to 86 parts per billion (ppb) in pollen. The maximum pesticide residue recorded in crop pollen was 11.1ppb.

Organic: The Future of Farming

One teacher was willing to recognize his own shortcomings in the classroom: “I teach so biased,” he chuckled at himself, picking up a copy of our advisor’s packet with Jack Kitteredge’s “Soil Carbon Restoration: Can Biology do the Job?” article and OCA, Regeneration International and MOSES leaflets. “But I want the kids to be able to make their own decisions.”

It seems that at least some of the students are doing just that. When asked why they are interested in organic food and farming, students stopping by our booth had this to say:

Gates Foundation Plots Ways of Profiting from Africa’s Seed Systems 3/23/15

Today, Monday, March 23, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) are sponsoring a secret meeting in London to promote a recent report detailing in clear terms how to privatize the seed and agricultural markets of Africa– without African stakeholders having a seat at the table.

The Time Has Come for Agroecology

Two New GE Pigs Want to Go To the Market - Posted on November 11, 2015

It’s important to note that these animals aren’t “transgenic” like many of the GE crops on the market. That is, they do not contain genes from other species or kingdoms like bacteria. Biotech involves more than GMOs, and some methods currently fall outside of regulation or definition. However, we are still talking genetic engineering.

93 Percent of the World’s Seeds Have Been Lost in the Last 80 Years

This Is No Way to Regulate GMOs

Their goal wasn't scientific improvement, but regulatory avoidance. “In terms of science, our approach is just another improvement in the field of genome editing,” one of the scientists told the journal Nature. “However, in terms of regulations and public acceptance, our method could be path-breaking” because the new organisms “might be exempt from current GMO regulations.”

If this sentence doesn't bother you, it should. The researchers were openly acknowledging that the point of their efforts is to work around existing GMO regulations.

Soul of Farming - The Gift of Grass

Massive Scam Threatens Your Health — by Placing Toxic Chemicals on Land, Polluting Industries Are Allowed to Bypass Clean Air and Water Regulations

The FDA requests comments on use of the term “natural” on food labeling.

The FDA is taking this action in part because it received three Citizen Petitions asking that the agency define the term “natural” for use in food labeling and one Citizen Petition asking that the agency prohibit the term “natural” on food labels. We also note that some Federal courts, as a result of litigation between private parties, have requested administrative determinations from the FDA regarding whether food products containing ingredients produced using genetic engineering or foods containing high fructose corn syrup may be labeled as “natural.”

The FDA is accepting public comments from November 12, 2015 through February 10, 2016.

Glyphosate in Urine Results

Federal advisory board approves OTA petitions to tighten and improve organic standards

“Wake Up Before it is Too Late: Make Agriculture Truly Sustainable Now For Food Security In A Changing Climate,” Published by the United Nations Commission on Trade and Development (UNCTAD); 2013 (338 pages)

44 Reasons to Ban or Label GMOs - 11/6/15

For twenty years the federal government, through the USDA and FDA, has stated unequivocally that genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) are safe and can help feed the world and save lives. However, over the last two decades independent scientists have brought forth challenges to the prevailing dogma on this important issue. The response of the GMO industry to any critic–irrespective of their credentials or the scientific evidence they provide–is that they are wrong. To determine where the truth lies, we have set about reviewing all available scientific literature on the safety and efficacy of GMOs. The results of our independent investigation are stated in the following 44 reasons to ban or label GMOs. All of the information is footnoted and fully referenced.

“Playing with Hunger - the Reality behind the Shipment of GMOs as Food Aid,” published by: Friends of the Earth International, GMO Programme; July, 2003. (25 pages)

Swelling input costs push Telangana and AP cotton farmers to traditional hybrid varieties

First genetically modified humans could exist within two years

Why Pastured Turkeys Are Better For Your Health

Country's First USDA-Certified Organic Fast Food Restaurant Opens Right Here In the Bay Area

Judge OKs FDA Decision To Approve Additive Banned In 150 Countries

Finally: Key facts about glyphosate and health, packed into one scientific review

Public is Largely Misinformed on Strains

Grocery Manufacturers Association – Leading opponent of GMO labeling

Lawsuit Challenges EPA on Toxic Herbicide Cocktail for GE Crops (Beyond Pesticides, October 27, 2015)
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The EPA finally did something right. Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

Toxic pesticide banned on genetically engineered crops

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - November 25, 2015

“With this action, EPA confirms the toxic nature of this lethal cocktail of chemicals, and has stepped back from the brink,” said Earthjustice Managing Attorney Paul Achitoff. “Glyphosate is a probable carcinogen and is wiping out the monarch butterfly, 2,4-D also causes serious human health effects, and the combination also threatens endangered wildlife. This must not, and will not, be how we grow our food.”

This tiny moth is stirring up the GMO debate in New York - 11/20/15

The genetically engineered moths include a special gene that causes female young to die before reaching adulthood, meaning eventually the females die out and the population can no longer reproduce. So when the GE moths are released into the field, “they mate with the pest counterparts,” said Neil Morrison, Oxitec’s lead diamondback moth research scientist. “And they control the population that way.”

Genetically Engineered Salmon Approved for Consumption - 11/19/15

On the FDA's own site, this is how they state it:

"FDA has approved a new animal drug application concerning AquAdvantage Salmon, a genetically engineered Atlantic salmon."

This "new animal drug application" does not have to be labeled.

The salmon are also made sterile to prevent reproduction in the event they do escape. However, the sterilization technique is not foolproof.

Sweet! We’re beating back GMO Sugar Beets

GMO sugar beets were opposed from day one by food advocates, who pointed out that the technology was not adequately tested before launch. The Center for Food Safety sued the USDA for approving the new technology without performing required environmental testing, and won. However, the USDA let GMO sugar beets go forward despite the ruling. USDA ultimately issued an environmental report, but that report ignored the broad environmental impacts of GMO sugar beets, including the likelihood that glyphosate-resistant beets would ultimately lead to superweeds that are themselves resistant to glyphosate, resulting in even more toxic pesticides being applied, as well as the spread of GMO beets to non-GMO fields.

Erin Brockovich - 11/20/15 - BREAKING NEWS... Liars & Cheaters Secret Settlement

Assholes put labels "NATURAL" on products to deceive... but refuse to label what they cook up in the laboratory.

The sugar industry and makers of high fructose corn syrup announced a mid-trial settlement this afternoon in their $1.1 billion California federal court battle over whether syrup makers misled consumers by touting their product as a natural sugar equivalent.

The details of the settlement agreement are confidential.

The settlement is with Western Sugar Cooperative, Michigan Sugar Company, C&H Sugar Company and other sugar plaintiffs — who manufacture more than 70 percent of the nation’s sugar production.

This robot kills weeds, and could end the need for herbicides on farms

Monsanto layoffs hit St. Louis offices - Nov 20, 2015

Monsanto Co. confirmed Friday that some of the job cuts announced earlier this fall have come from the company’s St. Louis-area offices.

Genetically modified or no, farmed salmon a risky proposition

Food Advocacy Group to Sue FDA Over Controversial Approval of GMO Salmon - Lorraine Chow | November 20, 2015

“The fallout from this decision will have enormous impact on the environment. Center for Food Safety has no choice but to file suit to stop the introduction of this dangerous contaminant,” said Andrew Kimbrell, executive director of Center for Food Safety. “FDA has neglected its responsibility to protect the public.”

Costco says it won’t sell genetically modified salmon - November 20, 2015

Natural News Talk Hour - MIT Scientist Dr. Stephanie Seneff

A ‘drug’ not a fish

Indeed, in order to fulfil its long held ambitions the FDA, under George W. Bush’s administration, determined that transgenic animals intended for human consumption would be regulated as animal drugs by the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine in order to expedite the approval process.

According to the FDA it “regulates GE animals under the new animal drug provisions of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, because the recombinant DNA (rDNA) construct introduced into the animal meets the definition of a drug.”

The final FDA approval process for drugs in the US also takes less time (average 10 months) than approval for, for instance, a food additive (average 24 months) and perhaps especially genetically modified food. This too may have been influential.

As well as salmon, the AquaBounty company is also developing hybrid trout and tilapia which are also designed to grow faster than traditional fish.

Monsanto's Roundup: The Whole Toxic Enchilada By Katherine Paul, Organic Consumers Association - 21 November 15

According to Sustainable Pulse, what EFSA really concluded is this: Glyphosate by itself doesn’t cause cancer. But products like Monsanto’s Roundup, which contain glyphosate and other additives and chemicals that are essential to making the herbicide work? That’s another, or in this case, the rest of the story.

According to the EFSA report:

It is likely, therefore, that the genotoxic effects observed in some glyphosate-based formulations are related to the other constituents or “co-formulants.”

Bingo. Take some glyphosate, mix it up with other chemicals, and you’ve got yourself a cancer-causing concoction. (Genotoxic means “damaging to DNA and thereby capable of causing mutations or cancer). Remove those additives (or adjuvants as scientists refer to them), and you’ve got yourself a weed killer that doesn’t work.

Syngenta sues Cargill, ADM in GMO corn fight

Swiss seed company Syngenta AG has sued top U.S. grain exporters Cargill Inc and Archer Daniels Midland Co over losses that U.S. farmers said they suffered from rejections of boatloads of genetically modified corn by China.

FDA denies GMO labeling petition: What matters is the characteristics of the food itself, not the process by which it was made By Elaine Watson+, 23-Nov-2015

The FDA has rejected a citizen’s petition calling for mandatory labeling of foods from genetically engineered crops, arguing that labels are not warranted unless there is a material difference in the safety or nutritional profile of the foods in question.
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Happy Holidays everyone. Please note that Seralini has been cleared of any wrongdoing. His original study has been republished, so you pro boys can't use that excuse anymore.

Monsanto Put on Trial for Crimes against Humanity in The Hague 12/3/15

Relying on the “Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights” adopted by the UN in 2011, an international court of lawyers and judges will assess the potential criminal liability of Monsanto for damages inflicted on human health and the environment. The court will also rely on the Rome Statute that created the International Criminal Court in The Hague in 2002, and it will consider whether to reform international criminal law to include crimes against the environment, or ecocide, as a prosecutable criminal offense. The International Criminal Court, established in 2002 in The Hague, has determined that prosecuting ecocide as a criminal offense is the only way to guarantee the rights of humans to a healthy environment and the right of nature to be protected.

Seralini’s team wins defamation and forgery court cases on GMO and pesticide research

On 25 November 2015, the High Court of Paris indicted Marc Fellous, former chairman of France’s Biomolecular Engineering Commission, for “forgery” and “the use of forgery”, in a libel trial that he lost to Prof Gilles-Eric Séralini. The Biomolecular Engineering Commission has authorised many GM crops for consumption.

The details of the case have not yet been publicly released but a source close to the case told GMWatch that Fellous had used or copied the signature of a scientist without his agreement to argue that Séralini and his co-researchers were wrong in their reassessment of Monsanto studies.

The Séralini team’s re-assessment reported finding signs of toxicity in the raw data from Monsanto’s own rat feeding studies with GM maize.

The sentence against Fellous has not yet been passed and is expected in June 2016.

GREAT NEWS! The EPA has just pulled the approval of Dow's DUO Enlist due to high toxicity!!!!…/epa-pulls-registration-dow-enlist-du…


A group of over 90 independent scientists has written an open letter to the European Health and Food Safety Commissioner, Vytenis Andriukaitis, strongly challenging EFSA’s decision and the BfR report that it was based on. They express deep concern that BfR assesses the widely used herbicide glyphosate as “unlikely to pose a carcinogenic hazard to humans”.

Bernie Sanders claims CBS canceled interview on rBGH after Monsanto threatened lawsuit - Evan McMorris-Santoro | November 24, 2015

Native Americans Denounce Genetically Engineered Foods

Why the FDA’s Policy on Genetically Engineered Foods is Fraudulent and Illegal

US Senator devises steps to fight back against FDA's GE salmon approval

“I will not stand back and just watch these genetically engineered creatures be placed in our kitchens and on our tables without a fight. I am furious about this decision, but now I must do everything I can to make sure it is labeled—consumers have a right to know what it is they are eating,” said Senator Murkowski.

“Genetically modifying salmon is messing with nature’s perfect brain food. The real thing is not only the safe choice, but it’s the best thing,” she claimed.

Via Moms Across America: "New study shows the reduction of soil bacteria and microbes int he soil after exposure to glyphosate. If it is doing this to our soil, what must it be doing to our gut bacteria, where 70% of our immune system lies?
Thank you to this team:"

Newman, M. M., Hoilett, N., Lorenz, N., Dick, R. P., Liles, M. R., Ramsier, C., & Kloepper, J. W. (2016). Glyphosate effects on soil rhizosphere-associated bacterial communities. Science of The Total Environment, 543, 155-160.…/article/pii/S004896971530989X


• We examined the rhizosphere bacterial community composition response to glyphosate.
• Next-generation sequencing was used to examine the rhizosphere bacterial community.
• Relative abundance of Acidobacteria decreased in response to glyphosate exposure.
• Long-term glyphosate application could affect rhizosphere nutrient status.


Glyphosate is one of the most widely used herbicides in agriculture with predictions that 1.35 million metric tons will be used annually by 2017. With the advent of glyphosate tolerant (GT) cropping more than 10 years ago, there is now concern for non-target effects on soil microbial communities that has potential to negatively affect soil functions, plant health, and crop productivity. Although extensive research has been done on short-term response to glyphosate, relatively little information is available on long-term effects. Therefore, the overall objective was to investigate shifts in the rhizosphere bacterial community following long-term glyphosate application on GT corn and soybean in the greenhouse. In this study, rhizosphere soil was sampled from rhizoboxes following 4 growth periods, and bacterial community composition was compared between glyphosate treated and untreated rhizospheres using next-generation barcoded sequencing. In the presence or absence of glyphosate, corn and soybean rhizospheres were dominated by members of the phyla Proteobacteria, Acidobacteria, and Actinobacteria. Proteobacteria (particularly gammaproteobacteria) increased in relative abundance for both crops following glyphosate exposure, and the relative abundance of Acidobacteria decreased in response to glyphosate exposure. Given that some members of the Acidobacteria are involved in biogeochemical processes, a decrease in their abundance could lead to significant changes in nutrient status of the rhizosphere. Our results also highlight the need for applying culture-independent approaches in studying the effects of pesticides on the soil and rhizosphere microbial community.

Alexis Baden Mayer, Organic Consumers Association, on The Big Picture
Watch (5+ mins)

Food advocates are worried about how the genetically engineered AquAdvantage salmon will affect consumers. The fish have higher levels of the growth hormone known as IGF-1, which has been linked to an increased risk of several cancers.

US scientists urge ban on human genetic modification

Erin Brockovich: The Biotech Industry Is Jeopardizing Our Health

A win for bees

Pulling sulfoxaflor off the market will mean the product can no longer be applied to nuts, fruits and vegetables around the country — some of the very crops that rely on bees for pollination. While EPA missed an important opportunity to stop the export of this troublesome pesticide, it's still a clear win for bees and beekeepers in the U.S.

MIT Doctor Links Glyphosate to Autism Spike - Dr. Stephanie Seneff - Jan 7, 2015

Global Food, Farming and Environmental Justice Groups to Put Monsanto on Trial for Crimes Against Human Health and the Environment in the International People’s Court in The Hague

Dr. Eilish Cleary studying glyphosate when put on leave

Chief medical officer of health 'surprised and upset' by leave from provincial government

How Monsanto Destroyed Rural Argentina

GM Cow Trials in New Zealand Show Disastrous Results

Putin: Russia Will be World’s Largest Supplier of Healthy Organic Food

Can the Bacteria in Your Gut Explain Your Mood?

The rich array of microbiota in our intestines can tell us more than you might think.

Interview with Dr. Judy Mikovits, PhD, 11/22/15 - Dr. Mikovits talks about science- vaccines/autism/chronic illness, corruption.

The first third of the interview she's talking about vaccines, then she gets into gmo, transgenes,

"'s pandora's box and it's fully open and has been for the last twenty years...thirty..."

(She says her boss tried to get her and another doctor to sign off on a paper stating false info just like Dr. Thompson did and she and the other doctor refused. She also says no infant should be given any vaccines before the age of three and never given the Hep B shot. Spontaneous abortions and SIDS deaths associated with the flu shot. Pushing seniors into alzheimers.


Published on Jun 10, 2015
Montana based wildlife rehabilitation and scientist Ms Judy Hoy speaks with Tony Mitra, about the serious degeneration and existential threat facing North American Wildlife, thanks to Glyphosate and other nasty chemicals.

CBS This Morning
The Grocery Manufacturers Association says up to 80 percent of processed food... S (7:03)

Monsanto Hid Evidence of Roundup and Cancer

E.P.A. Revokes Approval of New Dow Herbicide for G.M.O. Crops

These videos by Organic Valley are great.......Soul of Farming - The Gift of Grass
Arty turns 11 this summer.

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