#1479946 --- 12/17/15 08:46 PM
Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food
Loc: Waterloo, NY
Public Pressure and Allies in Congress Keep “Rider” Blocking State Labeling of GMOs Out of Spending Bill - December 16th, 2015
“We are very pleased that Congress has apparently decided not to undermine Americans’ right to know about the food the purchase and feed their families,” said Andrew Kimbrell, executive director of Center for Food Safety. “Adding a rider to the budget bill that would nullify state laws requiring labeling and even forbidden federal agencies from mandating labeling would have been profoundly undemocratic and nothing short of legislative malfeasance. We will remain vigilant over the coming days and into the next legislative session to ensure our right to know is protected.”http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/press...-spending-bill#
Taiwan takes action! - Banning GMO foods from public school lunch menus!
"Lin said that studies overseas have found a higher incidence of allergies, autism, and rare diseases in the countries that consume the most genetically modified foods."http://english.rti.org.tw/news/?recordId=38504
Time for greater food safety in NY - BY STATE SENATOR JOE ADDABBO
As a proud sponsor of Senate Bill S.485A, I know that the time has come to pass this legislation and begin requiring companies to label products made with GMOs, which can include any ingredient whose genetic makeup has been deliberately changed in a way that could never occur naturally.
With the Food and Drug Administration’s recent approval of the first genetically engineered animal for human consumption – AquaBounty’s GMO Atlantic salmon – the need for labeling is more urgent than ever.http://www.timesnewsweekly.com/news/2015-12-10/Columns/Time_for_greater_food_safety_in_NY.html
Is it really organic? Consumers may sue farmers who falsely label their produce
Growers who falsely label their produce as organic may be sued for false advertising under state law even if the federal government has certified their farms as organic, the California Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday.http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-organic-court-20151203-story.html
Meet the woman leading China's new organic farming army
Shi Yan's approach to organic farming is helping to break the country's "addiction to pesticides".http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/feature...3140338900.html
American Academy of Pediatrics to End Affiliation With Monsantohttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/lori-popke...hp_ref=monsanto
Philippines Supreme Court Confirms GMO Eggplant Banhttp://sustainablepulse.com/2015/12/08/p...n/#.VmejM_2FP3h
How Bill Gates Is Causing the Collapse of Traditional Farming and Local Food Economies
Land grabs, seed control and GMOs. Welcome to the new world order of industrialized agriculture, courtesy of the Gates Foundation.http://www.alternet.org/food/how-bill-ga...-food-economies
Monsanto Long Term Studies Buried by EPA Revealed! - Dec 8, 2015
Dr. Stephanie Seneff and host Elaine McFadden, MPH, RD go through disturbing research information uncovered in the 10,000 pages of Monsanto long term studies done decades ago before it was buried by the EPAhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1X_MakrlXk
Pineapple Pesticide Linked to Parkinson's Diseasehttp://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/pineapple-pesticide-linked-parkinsons-disease-n477346
Mark Ruffalo confronts Monsanto chief: “You are poisoning people.”
“You are wrong. You are engaged in monopolizing food. You are poisoning people. You are killing small farms. You are killing bees. What you are doing is dead wrong.”
Monsanto’s chief made a lot of slippery comments, slinging around vague statistics, and describing his position in non-committal language during the CBS interview.http://inhabitat.com/mark-ruffalo-confronts-monsanto-chief-you-are-poisoning-people/
Citizens for GMO Labeling In DC Recap - 34 minuteshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUdQE9JdyUw
Mitrochondrial Dysfuntion and GMOs - Dec 8, 2015 - 52 minutes
Jeffrey Smith interviews Dr. Alex Vasquez and Stephanie Seneff about the effects of glyphosate on human health.
"What does Roundup or its active ingredient Glyphosate do to mitrochondrial function?"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFX6vgVugewhttp://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/handbook/basics/mtdna
A Campaign for Real Milk
Raw milk is now rapidly emerging as a farmer-to-consumer connected market. Things had to get really shockingly bad for the people and the farmers to see what really bad was. Now new life comes forth and there is new hope and health. This movement is local and it is grass roots. Victory will not be easy—the FDA and the mega dairies will fight to protect what they took from us, the earth and the cows, for the last one hundred years.http://www.realmilk.com/commentary/15-things-that-milk-pasteurization-kills/
Some Tropicana and Other PepsiCo Products to Carry Non-GMO Project Seal
The decision to add the seal to Tropicana is notable because its parent, PepsiCo, has been one of the biggest opponents of state efforts to impose labeling requirements on such foods.http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/11/busine...-seal.html?_r=0
GMO Chicken: FDA Approves Genetically Modified Hens, But For Medicine, Not Foodhttp://www.ibtimes.com/gmo-chicken-fda-approves-genetically-modified-hens-medicine-not-food-2219819
Philippines Supreme Court Confirms GMO Eggplant Banhttp://sustainablepulse.com/2015/12/08/p...n/#.Vmuup_1Ij3h
Pesticides as bad for kids' lungs as cigarette smoke, study says http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-pesticides-children-lungs-20151202-story.html
"My studies on glyphosate reveal that children exposed to glyphosate can have too much and too little iron simultaneously: glyphosate disrupts the body's natural mechanisms for transporting iron, and this leads to iron toxicity paradoxically in the face of iron deficiencies. We have an epidemic in anemia and the frequency is going up in step with glyphosate usage on core crops. Glyphosate adversely affects red blood cells in many ways, and this causes them to die too soon, leading to anemia and releasing free iron from hemoglobin." Stephanie Seneffhttps://www.sciencenews.org/blog/growth-curve/iron-helps-growing-bodies-could-too-much-do-harm
DuPont and Dow Merge to Become Biggest Pesticide Conglomerate - (Beyond Pesticides, December 14, 2015http://beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblog/2015/12/dupont-and-dow-agrochemical-companies-merge/
What??? Is the government doing its job??? ----- USDA to tighten regulation of biotech wheat trialshttp://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSL1N1402CJ20151211?feedType=RSS&feedName=rbssHealthcareNews
Farmer Livelihoods at Risk
As of January 2013, Monsanto had filed 144 suits against 410 farmers in 27 states. So far Monsanto has collected over $423.5 million from farmers and farm businesses in the courtroom, as documented in Seed Giants vs U.S. Farmers, a report from our friends at the Center for Food Safety and Save Our Seeds.http://www.panna.org/food-farming-derailed/farmer-livelihoods-risk
More than 40 mothers have lost babies to a rare and deadly birth defect in three Central Washington counties since 2010, but the cause remains unknown. Why haven’t health officials done more to find answers?
Washington’s cluster was discovered after a nurse, Sara Barron, noted in 2012 that two babies with anencephaly were born within weeks of each other at the 25-bed community hospital in Prosser, PMH Medical Center.http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news...deadly-problem/
Scientists challenge EFSA claim of glyphosate safety - December 1, 2015
The scientists, who come from countries as diverse as the US, Germany, Kuwait, Japan, and Korea, say that they have reviewed these two differing decisions on the human carcinogenicity of glyphosate and conclude that the IARC decision is “by far the more credible”, whereas the BfR decision is “not credible”. http://gmwatch.org/news/latest-news/16568
Big Food vs. Big Medicine: One Fluid, the Other Frozen
So if Big Food is gradually bending to new kinds of consumer demand, why is Big Medicine still resisting any change at all?http://www.anh-usa.org/big-food-vs-big-medicine-one-fluid-the-other-frozen/
Fracking opponents say NY's ban influences moratorium decisions elsewherehttp://www.northcountrypublicradio.org/n...sions-elsewhere
2015: The Beginning of a Paradigm Shift for Big Food and Agriculture?
However, this year’s incidents suggest that many in the public health and nutrition sector want substantial change, starting with minimizing corporate influence on research. This has been an important year for transparency. Let’s keep the momentum going.http://civileats.com/2015/12/17/2015-the-beginning-of-a-big-food-and-ag-paradigm-shift-coca-cola/
Mid-Life Crisis of Rising Illnesses and Death for White Americanshttp://www.i-sis.org.uk/Midlife_Crisis_of_Illnesses_and_Death_Increase_Among_American_Whites.php
US government approves transgenic chicken
If we thought GM salmon would be the end, it appears we were very wrong. Many of these GM animals are "not intended for eating."
"Unlike the genetically engineered AquAdvantage salmon that was approved by the FDA last month, the transgenic chickens that produce Kanuma are not intended to enter the food supply. But just as with the AquAdvantage salmon, the FDA considers the chicken’s genetic modifications to be an 'animal drug'.
Because every cell in the modified chicken contains altered DNA, the FDA “asserts its jurisdiction over the entire chicken”, says Cormier."
"The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a chicken that has been genetically engineered to produce a drug in its eggs.
The drug, Kanuma (sebelipase alfa), is a recombinant human enzyme marketed by Alexion Pharmaceuticals. It replaces a faulty enzyme in people with a rare, inherited condition that prevents the body from breaking down fatty molecules in cells.
Salmon is first transgenic animal to win US approval for food
Following its approval by the FDA on 8 December, Kanuma joins a small group of ‘farmaceuticals’ on the US market. In 2009, the agency approved genetically modified goats that produce an anticoagulant called ATryn (antithrombin) in their milk. And last year, the FDA authorized a drug for treating hereditary angioedema that is produced by transgenic rabbits.
The FDA’s latest decision “shows that the ATryn goats weren’t just a one-off”, says Jay Cormier, a lawyer at Hyman, Phelps and McNamara in Washington DC and a former scientific reviewer for the FDA. “The process can function for more than just one particular unique case.”
Arty turns 11 this summer.
#1480272 --- 12/28/15 10:49 PM
Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food
Loc: Waterloo, NY
Stephanie Seneff: "New paper! Just published in the journal, Agricultural Sciences. A collaboration between Nancy Swanson and myself (also with Chen Li and Gerald Koenig). Through studies on the FDA's FAERS database, we show compelling evidence that glyphosate in certain biological drugs is causing "death" as a "side effect" on rare occasions. And that a chronic form of kidney failure is likely due to chronic low-dose glyphosate exposure from the food."
Death as a Drug Side Effect in FAERS: Is Glyphosate Contamination a Factor?
An analysis of selected datasets from the FDA’s drug Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS) leads us to hypothesize that glyphosate contamination in both food and drugs is a major contributor to chronic and acute kidney failure respectively. In chronic kidney failure, glyphosate-induced pancreatitis results in the release of trypsin, causing a leaky vasculature. The albumin-bound glyphosate escapes into the tissues, protecting the circulatory system and kidneys but resulting in multiple symptoms related to skin, gut, brain, bones, lungs, etc. The rare and poorly understood acute kidney failure response reported for protamine sulfate and Trasylol® is strikingly similar to that associated with glyphosate poisoning. Both drugs are derived from biological tissues that are plausibly contaminated with glyphosate. These drugs protect from haemorrhage, which leads to retention of glyphosate in the vasculature, are followed by circulatory collapse and a high likelihood of death as an outcome. We support our argument by comparing symptom profiles of selected subsets of FAERS with those related to glyphosate poisoning, anomalous reactions to protamine sulfate, and conditions showing strong statistical time-trend correlations with glyphosate.http://www.scirp.org/Journal/PaperInformation.aspx?PaperID=62258
Hershey dumps sugar beets because of GM concerns
Regional co-ops are worried about losing big candy customers
“This is really just a matter of listening to and being responsive to what consumers want us to put into their products,” he said.
“If the industry is forced to cut back production because it can’t find a market for its sugar, the economic effect would flow back through all stages of production here in the [Red River] Valley,” Bangsund said, affecting jobs of those who grow, process, transport, package and sell the sugar.http://www.startribune.com/hershey-dumps-sugar-beets-because-of-gm-concerns/363498311/
Venezuelan Parliament Approves New Anti-GMO Seed Law - 12/23/15
The seed law has the backing of campesinos and rural families and will regulate the production of hybrid seeds in Venezuela and prevent the research, production, importation and distribution of GMO seeds.http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Ve...51223-0010.html
“Outraged” Erin Brockovich Slams FDA, GMO Industry In Scathing New Letter - 12/19/15http://www.ewao.com/a/outraged-erin-brockovich-slams-fda-gmo-industry-in-scathing-new-letter/
Switzerland will extend moratorium on GM crop cultivation
The Swiss Federal Council, meeting in Bern on 18 December 2015, has declared that it is in favour of continuing the country’s moratorium on the cultivation of GM plants until 2021.http://us6.campaign-archive1.com/?u=29cbc7e6c21e0a8fd2a82aeb8&id=6cdb4001bc&e=eb09194a72
Barcelona bans glyphosate in public parks http://gmwatch.org/
California’s Largest Tribe Bans GMO Crops and Genetically-Engineered Salmon - 12/26/15http://ecowatch.com/2015/12/26/yurok-tribe-bans-gmos/
A former Costco executive is opening a fast-food chain that's unlike anything that exists in Americahttp://finance.yahoo.com/news/former-costco-executive-opening-fast-165630658.html
Venezuela to Soon Approve Seed Law to Ban GMO Seedshttp://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Ve...51215-0034.html
And...here come the lawyers... Filing Harmful GMO Corn Lawsuitshttp://www.bpblaw.com/product-liability/gmo-corn/
Monsanto to face ‘tribunal’ in The Hague for ‘damage to human health and environment’ https://www.rt.com/news/324826-monsanto-hague-tribunal-ecocide/
Farmer Livelihoods at Risk - The pesticide treadmill is expensive.http://www.panna.org/food-farming-derailed/farmer-livelihoods-risk
Small Farmers Band Together Create Different Label to Protest Corporate Control of Organicshttp://althealthworks.com/1163/what-does...h.yRY0AQ7s.dpuf
GM soy produces less than non-GMO – university study
However, both GM crops were outperformed by conventional (non-GM) soybeans, which yielded better and were more profitable for farmers.http://gmwatch.org/news/latest-news/16558
Seed bank saves farmers from counterfeit products
Mwanzia says that when the rains came, she didn’t waste time searching for seeds at the market like before, she got her share of seeds from the seed banks. However, farmers have to return twice the amount when they harvest their crops in a bid to maintain seed security.http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2015/12/15/seed-bank-saves-farmers-from-counterfeit-products_c1259311
9 Heinous Items Sneaked Into the Budget Bill Congress Doesn’t Want You to See
7. Country of origin labels on meat repealed
While the food industry didn’t get the GMO labeling ban it lobbied for, it did get a major win in the budget bill as Republicans repealed Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) for beef, poultry, and pork. COOL is a common-sense measure that helps grocery shoppers make informed decisions by letting them know where their food comes from.
As a result of COOL repeal, American livestock farmers will lose business when competing with factory farming operations overseas.
“They’re importing meat from Brazil, and they’re going to ship it out of Brazil and bring it into this country,” Nebraska cattle farmer Jim Dinklage told NPR. “(Beef) would go the same way as the textile industry.”http://usuncut.com/politics/9-heinous-items-sneaked-into-budget-bill/
Philippines Supreme Court Ban on GMOs Is a 'Major Setback' for the GM Industry
The nation's highest court has ordered a permanent ban on field trials of genetically-modified eggplant.http://www.alternet.org/food/philippines-supreme-court-ban-gmos-major-setback-gm-industry
Legacy of Agent Orangehttp://widerimage.reuters.com/story/legacy-of-agent-orangehttps://www.facebook.com/MauisDirtyLittleSecret808/?fref=photo
Pesticide atrazine can turn male frogs into females
The 75 percent that are chemically castrated are essentially “dead” because of their inability to reproduce in the wild, reports UC Berkeley’s Tyrone B. Hayes, professor of integrative biology.
“These male frogs are missing testosterone and all the things that testosterone controls, including sperm. So their fertility is as low as 10 percent in some cases, and that is only if we isolate those animals and pair them with females,” he said. “In an environment where they are competing with unexposed animals, they have zero chance of reproducing.”http://news.berkeley.edu/2010/03/01/frogs/
Stephanie Seneff: "This excellent article on the dangers of glyphosate to the soil and to animals exposed to it was written in 2011. Here we are several years later still escalating the use of glyphosate on crops every year. The US government really needs to wake up and do something about this! It was a USDA regulator who reported the damage to the soil. You'd think the USDA might be concerned about this?"http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2011/08/monsantos-roundup-herbicide-soil-damage
Jane Goodall and Steven Druker Expose US Government Fraud over GMOs
The book points out that if the FDA had heeded its own experts’ advice and publicly acknowledged their warnings that GM foods entailed higher risks than their conventional counterparts, the GM food venture would have imploded and never gained traction anywhere.http://sustainablepulse.com/2015/03/04/j...s/#.Vnkb9_1Ij3i
PepsiCo’s Better-For-You Vending Machines, Non-GMO and Organic Planhttp://brandchannel.com/2015/12/15/pepsico-healthy-121515/
Glyphosate: Pathways to Modern Diseases - December 15, 2015
By Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneff
Atrazine: The Latest Pesticide on Trial
With California working to list atrazine as toxic to the reproductive system, three of the United States' most-widely used pesticides are under fire for adverse health effects.
This is a big deal. And it comes at a time when several top herbicides are under fire. In March, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified glyphosate—the active ingredient in the pesticide Roundup—as a probable human carcinogen. In August, IARC declared that 2,4-D, is probably carcinogenic to humans. And earlier this month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) withdrew its approval of a new herbicide called Enlist Duo, which combines glyphosate and 2,4-D.http://civileats.com/2015/12/22/atrazine-the-latest-pesticide-on-trial/
With China's GMO sector in limbo, local seed firm targets U.S.
"The only way they might be able to break into the market is if their technology fees are going to be cheaper than Monsanto," said Carl Pray, professor at Rutgers University's agricultural, food and resource economics department.http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-...j0zhcA6bduAg.97
Check out the new trailer for Secret Ingredients, Jeffrey Smith's latest video. This video will accelerate consumer rejection of genetically engineered foods. The feature-length documentary shares the stories of families that regain their health after eliminating GMOs and pesticides from their diet. These accounts are backed up by clinical experience from physicians as well as scientists explaining how GMOs and Roundup are linked to the specific diseases that people recovered from after changing their diets. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8Ui0soTL-k
The Great Denmark To Become A 100% Organic Countryhttp://organicveganearth.com/the-great-denmark-to-become-a-100-organic-country/
Organic Farming Flourishes in Cuba, But Can It Survive Entry of U.S. Agribusiness?http://www.democracynow.org/2015/6/2/organic_farming_flourishes_in_cuba_but
Agro minister Radha Mohan Singh picks a fight with GM giant MMBL
A regulatory battle is brewing in India’s cotton sector, with agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh hardening his stand on what he says are “exploitative” seed prices and taking an unprecedented step to control them from the next season.http://www.hindustantimes.com/india/agro...Fsjry6wRAI.html
Here's how Monsanto took bacteria surviving in toxic waste and put it in your food (5 minute video)
"Jeffrey Smith is a leading consumer advocate against genetically modified foods. Here he describes how Monsanto came across the idea of modifying food. He explains how the foods are altered, how that leads to toxins getting into your digestive system. Once there it could get into your blood and brain causing a number of issues."https://www.minds.com/blog/view/38181376...it-in-your-food
Consumer Reports - FAQs About GMOs - Reprinted from the March 2015 issue of Consumer Reports magazine
“The contention that GMOs pose no risks to human health can’t be supported by studies that have measured a time frame that is too short to determine the effects of exposure over a lifetime,”
One main selling point for crops containing GMOs has been that they reduce the use of pesticides. The use of insecticides (which kill bugs) has declined since these crops were introduced in the mid-1990s, but the use of herbicides (which kill weeds) has soared.http://consumersunion.org/.../01/FAQs_About_GMOs_CR_0315.pdf
"So here's what we found in Upstate New York where their water is supposed to be so great, they had three times higher of the levels of glyphosate that is allowed in Europe...
"...if we can get information from our government funded entities, how come we can't get information from our government funded gmo farming? We fund those gmo's. It's over 90 billion dollars a year. Every single family here, if you've got four people in your family, you pay $540 a year on average for gmo farming. Your paying for the planet to be polluted. You're paying for our children to be poisoned. That's your right to know where gmo's where and when they are so we absolutely deserve to know..."
"The gmo's and pesticides are considered a process, not an additive. Therefore, they do not need safety testing and they don't need to be labelled. If gmo's and pesticides were considered an additive, as they rightly are, they are put on our food or in our food, then they would need safety testing and they would have to be labelled."
"Gmo's and chemical farming directly violate our Constitutional right to life." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESY5JxUEX_4
How The Gut Microbiota Affects Our Health with Dr. Erica & Dr. Justin Sonnenburg - Published on Dec 2, 2015
Dr. Justin Sonnenburg is an associate professor of microbiology and immunology at Stanford and Dr. Erica Sonnenburg is a senior research scientist in the Sonnenburg lab where they the research many aspects the interaction between diet with the 100 trillion or so bacteria in the gut (specifically the colon) and how this impacts the health of the host (which in this case is a laboratory research mouse). In this episode we discusshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOZcbNw7sng
Roundup Linked to Global Boom in Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerancehttp://sustainablepulse.com/2014/02/19/r...e/#.VoAuH_1Ij3h
ANALYSIS: Chipotle is a victim of corporate sabotage... biotech industry food terrorists are planting e.coli in retaliation for restaurant's anti-GMO menuhttp://www.naturalnews.com/052405_Chipot...oterrorism.html
More about scientist Tyrone Hayes and his study of Atrazine
Hermaphroditic, demasculinized frogs after exposure to the herbicide atrazine at low ecologically relevant doses
"Atrazine is the most commonly used herbicide in the U.S. and probably the world. It can be present at several parts per million in agricultural runoff and can reach 40 parts per billion (ppb) in precipitation. We examined the effects of atrazine on sexual development in African clawed frogs (Xenopus laevis). Larvae were exposed to atrazine (0.01–200 ppb) by immersion throughout larval development, and we examined gonadal histology and laryngeal size at metamorphosis. Atrazine (=0.1 ppb) induced hermaphroditism and demasculinized the larynges of exposed males (=1.0 ppb). In addition, we examined plasma testosterone levels in sexually mature males. Male X. laevis suffered a 10-fold decrease in testosterone levels when exposed to 25 ppb atrazine. We hypothesize that atrazine induces aromatase and promotes the conversion of testosterone to estrogen"http://m.pnas.org/content/99/8/5476.short
'Pesticide hub' in Junagadh switches to organic farming
"We have damaged nature and now we are facing its consequences. According to an estimate, over 135 people from Ajab village are cancer patients. This is alarming and pesticides are directly linked to various kinds of cancer and nobody has denied its ill-effect on human health," said Ashwin Ratanpara, who advocates organic farming in the village. "This is the reason villagers are adopting organic farming," he added.http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/...ow/50089252.cms
Meet This Third-Generation Farmer Who Converted His 1,400 Acres to Growing Organic Food
Farmland here in New York looks similar, dominated by corn at 1.2 million acres and soybeans at 310,000 acres. But vegetable production sits in the number three spot with 136,000 acres of farmland; the western side of our state is one of the few vegetable hotspots contributing to the national total. Sweet corn, sadly, has only 28,000 acres to call its own in New York State.
“I really take issue with the line that so many American farmers regularly repeat about feeding the world.” Klaas Martens, a third generation farmer working huge swathes of land near Penn Yan, New York, said. “I always want to ask Corn Belt farmers whether they or anybody they know has ever eaten anything that they grow on their farm. The answer is almost invariably no.”http://ecowatch.com/2015/12/27/klaas-martens-organic-farm/
Arty turns 11 this summer.
#1480466 --- 01/06/16 04:23 PM
Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food
Loc: Waterloo, NY
Trending on Facebook today, January 6th, 2016. Monsanto cutting another 1,000 jobs. https://www.facebook.com/topic/Monsanto/...729145333021992http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/30897...ts?sf18276246=1http://www.wsj.com/articles/monsanto-raises-number-of-job-cuts-as-sales-slide-1452088027?mod=e2fb
Federal Judge Permits USDA Whistleblower Case to Proceed - (Beyond Pesticides, January 5, 2016)
In April 2015, PEER filed a petition for rulemaking with USDA, urging the agency to strengthen its Scientific Integrity Policy and adopt best practices used in other federal agencies in order to prevent politicized suppression or alteration of studies. The group claims that at least 10 USDA scientists have been investigated or have faced other consequences as a result of research questioning the safety of certain pesticides. The current policy disallows scientists from “making statements that could be construed as being judgments of or recommendations on USDA or any other federal policy, either intentionally or inadvertently.”http://beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblo...ase-to-proceed/
New science-based website on GMOs launched
The site presents information on GMOs for the beginner and the more advanced reader. We hope that the presence of health professionals on the advisory board will stimulate a public discussion about the neglected area of GMO health risks.
Keep an eye on the site for new updates and please share this news with your networks. www.gmoscience.orghttp://www.gmwatch.org/news/latest-news/16623-new-science-based-website-on-gmos-launched
Victory in Paris vs Monsanto GMO Cabal
"In June, 2014, the Springer online journal, Environmental Sciences Europe, saw fit to republish the retracted Seralini paper. Has the new editor of the Journal of Food and Chemical Toxicology had the moral backbone to attempt to undo the severe damage to Seralini’s scientific reputation and to the truth about the deadly consequences of GMO patented seeds and their paired weed-killers by printing a public apology? Perhaps that will have to await a new Paris court verdict. In the meantime Professor Seralini and his group are making further rat studies and uncovering more proof that ALL GMO is toxic to humans and animals. In true science as in life, persistent honesty eventually trumps fraud, defceit and corruption."http://nsnbc.me/2016/01/03/victory-in-paris-vs-monsanto-gmo-cabal/
Big Dairy Petitions FDA to Allow Unlabeled Use of Aspartame in Dairy Products
If the amendment goes through, that would mean anytime you see the word “milk” on the label, it could include aspartame, sucralose, or any other dangerous artificial sweetener, but you could never be quite sure, since there will be no mention of it — not by listing the artificial sweetener used, nor with a no- or low-calorie type label, which is a tip-off that the product might contain a non-nutritive sweetener.http://www.healthy-holistic-living.com/b...y-products.html
Minnesota farmer turns to non-GMO seeds - 12/28/15
He related that there are numerous reasons he plants non-GMO seed, beginning with a responsibility to the environment on a microscopic level and factoring in that their beef cattle operation has shown greater production.
The point of farming is to raise quality food sources but to do so in cooperation with nature, using the bacteria and fungi, or decomposers, that are already available in the soil to promote a life cycle that is beneficial to both the farmer and the soil, the Tarts noted.http://non-gmoreport.com/articles/local-farmer-turns-to-non-gmo-seeds/
Bernie Sanders Vows to Protect Organic Farming, Calls Out Monsanto As Presidential Campaign Heats Up
by Yelena Sukhoterina - January 2, 2016
You can watch the full speech by clicking on the video player below. (At 3:30 through 6:30.)http://althealthworks.com/9017/we-need-t...h.qBC7FDec.dpuf
Genetically Engineered Tree Campaign Gains Strength: GE Tree Scientists Worried
In the midst of the holiday season, while thoughts turn to roasting chestnuts, a handful of scientists are working to genetically engineer the iconic American chestnut tree, which they hope to release throughout the Appalachians and the Eastern US. Indigenous Peoples, scientists and others are raising alarms about the risks of these trees, cautioning about their potentially dangerous impacts on forests, wildlife and human health. Due to these unassessed risks, they warn, GE chestnuts, or any GE trees, should never be approved for planting.http://www.towardfreedom.com/32-archives...cientts-worried
Ray Seidler was in the research division of the EPA. 7/19/14https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsk9dc6pfaQ#t=1595
Thank an Organic Farmer: “I really take issue with the line that so many American farmers regularly repeat about feeding the world.” Klaas Martens, a third generation farmer working huge swathes of land near Penn Yan, New York, said. “I always want to ask Corn Belt farmers whether they or anybody they know has ever eaten anything that they grow on their farm. The answer is almost invariably no.” Yet this is the story we’re told by Big Agriculture — it’s the story we want to believe as consumers — about the farms in this country: they are the source of bountiful wagon-loads of food that feed the world. And that farmers are using the latest and greatest technology to make this happen. But, in the end, it’s just a story. It’s a series of happy caricatures we put on posters to encourage ourselves to stay calm and carry on. It’s anything but the truth. “We weren’t making a good living on our farm,” Klaas said. “Sad to say but quite often my profit was entirely in subsidy money that I was getting. I would plan a crop of corn knowing that it was not likely to be profitable but we were going to get enough subsidy to make up the difference.” Klaas continues, "Going organic was the only decision we could morally make..." READ the rest.http://ecowatch.com/2015/12/27/klaas-martens-organic-farm/
GMOS Are 125 Times More Deadly Than Previously Thought https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVkgn1qoLAk
Organic Farming Flourishes in Cuba, But Can It Survive Entry of U.S. Agribusiness?http://www.democracynow.org/2015/6/2/organic_farming_flourishes_in_cuba_but
Prisoners lawsuit against soy products given green light by judge - 2012
The absurd amount of soy used in the Illinois prison system became so high that many prison inmates began to report severe health problems. WAP says it first started hearing from suffering inmates back in 2007 when many of them were reporting serious stomach and digestive tract pains, for instance, as well as heart palpitations, constipation alternating with serious diarrhea, hypothyroidism, thyroid disease, and chronic infections, among other things.http://www.naturalnews.com/034800_prisoners_lawsuit_soy.html
North Dakota grain terminal will be dedicated to non-GMO commoditieshttp://non-gmoreport.com/articles/north-...mo-commodities/
FDA Finds Majority of Herbal Supplements at GNC, Walmart, Walgreens, And Target Don’t Contain What They Claim – Instead Cheap Fillers Like Wheat And Soy Powderhttp://www.healthyfoodusa.com/fda-finds-...and-soy-powder/
GMOs and Glyphosate Discovered in Kellogg’s Froot Loopshttp://sustainablepulse.com/2015/01/29/gmos-glyphosate-discovered-kelloggs-froot-loops/#.VobqnP1Ij3h
Pesticides as bad for kids' lungs as cigarette smoke, study says http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-pesticides-children-lungs-20151202-story.html
Farmers Speak Out: GMOs are a Trap That Monsanto is Using to Take Over Agriculture https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDFA5qUzamg
Grocery Manufacturer's Association (GMA) - The people who are financing the lobby to stop gmo from being labelled.
Monsanto’s Monopoly on Agricultural Research by Big Universitieshttp://althealthworks.com/8467/monsantos...h.l0d8FFK2.dpuf
Glyphosate weedkiller to be ditched over cancer fears
Read more: http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/ne...0#ixzz3w2vUKwBJ
Monsanto is sweating in California smile emoticon with Prop 65. Scroll down and access their letter appeals the addition of glyphosate as a carcinogen....:http://oehha.ca.gov/prop65/CRNR_notices/admin_listing/intent_to_list/090415LCset27.html
Central Illinois: A Cancer Cluster?
...chemically-treated lawns surrounded by chemically-treated farm fields.http://thecommunityword.com/online/blog/2015/12/31/central-illinois-a-cancer-cluster/
Conventional corn increase
"It was a cost reduction decision," recalls Apple, who farms near Bowling Green, Ohio. "I didn't need the traits. Rootworm isn't a significant problem, and other insects aren't usually a problem. If they are, there are plenty of options to clean them up."
When he was planting traited seed, Apple appreciated Roundup Ready soybeans and planted Liberty Link corn when it was available without the Roundup Ready trait. He avoided Roundup Ready corn due to concern that resistant weeds would develop with year after year of use.
"Since my neighbors didn't share my concern, we got them [resistant weeds] anyway," he says, explaining why he no longer plants Roundup Ready soybeans either. "With resistant weeds, why pay the tech fee if the herbicide doesn't work?"http://m.cornandsoybeandigest.com/corn/conventional-corn-increase
Does U.S. Farm Policy Have a Race Problem?
“The Farm Bill went from supporting smaller-sized farmers and rural development to supporting large agribusiness and corporations,” Esheikh says.http://civileats.com/2015/11/10/does-u-s-farm-policy-have-a-race-problem-farm-bill/
Black Farmers’ Lives Matter: Defending African-American Land and Agriculture in The Deep South
“I don’t think that’s fair. Once you’ve bought the seeds and planted them on your own land, it looks to me like they ought to be your own seeds. That’s the essence of life. Where did Monsanto and the other companies get their first seed from? Someone gave them to them. Those seeds didn’t fall out of the sky.http://foodfirst.org/black-farmers-lives...the-deep-south/
Around the country, organic farmers are pushing for ‘GE-free’ zones
Jackson County, Oregon, has just joined the small but growing ranks of “GE-free zones” in the U.S., which prohibit the cultivation of genetically engineered (GE) crops. It’s at least the eighth county in the country to create such an ordinance, and efforts are springing up to pass similar measures in other places. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/ener...-ge-free-zones/
Fearful Food Industry Jeopardizing Public’s Right to Information
Over the more than 20 years I have worked as a business journalist, I’ve always been motivated by a simple premise: Knowledge is power, and that power belongs with the public. The spread of information that people can use to make decisions – what to buy, what to eat, where to invest, etc. – helps support and promote the principles of freedom and democracy, I believe.
That’s why the fear and loathing emanating from the food industry over the public’s right to information about the food they consume is so hard for me to grasp.http://usrtk.org/gmo/fearful-food-industry-jeopardizing-publics-right-to-information/
FDA denies petition for GMO labelinghttp://www.packagingdigest.com/labeling/fda-denies-petition-for-gmo-labeling-2016-01-04
CHEMICAL CONTAMINATION OF MAUI HOMES MAKES NATIONAL NEWS!
The failure of the Hawaii Department of Agriculture to address the safety of Maui residents and to protect them from being repeatedly poisoned in their own homes is finally making national news. Published today 1/5/2016 in "The Hill", a Washington DC based organization that reaches over 24,000 politicians.http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/healthcare/264690-paradise-is-being-poisoned
Exposing the Disastrous TPP - Thom Hartmann - The Big Picture - 11/9/15
The final text of the tpp is now public.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFHG0fZW3_s
Stephanie Seneff: "This is an amazing story! I know Judy Micovits personally and she is a hero in my opinion."
Vaccines and Retroviruses: A Whistleblower Reveals What the Government is Hiding http://healthimpactnews.com/2015/vaccine...s-hiding/print/
Plague: One Scientist's Intrepid Search for the Truth about Human Retroviruses and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), Autism, and Other Diseases
On July 22, 2009, a special meeting was held with twenty-four leading scientists at the National Institutes of Health to discuss early findings that a newly discovered retrovirus was linked to chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), prostate cancer, lymphoma, and eventually neurodevelopmental disorders in children. When Dr. Judy Mikovits finished her presentation the room was silent for a moment, then one of the scientists said, “Oh my God!” The resulting investigation would be like no other in science.
For Dr. Mikovits, a twenty-year veteran of the National Cancer Institute, this was the midpoint of a five-year journey that would start with the founding of the Whittemore-Peterson Institute for Neuro-Immune Disease at the University of Nevada, Reno, and end with her as a witness for the federal government against her former employer, Harvey Whittemore, for illegal campaign contributions to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
On this journey Dr. Mikovits would face the scientific prejudices against CFS, wander into the minefield that is autism, and through it all struggle to maintain her faith in God and the profession to which she had dedicated her life. This is a story for anybody interested in the peril and promise of science at the very highest levels in our country.
American Farmland Trusthttps://www.facebook.com/AmericanFarmland/info/?tab=page_info
What is Genetically Modified Food? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAP6ZtfP9ZQhttp://www.organicvalley.coop/products/milk/grassmilk/
Arty turns 11 this summer.
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GLYPHOSATE, SYNTHETIC AMINO ACID ANALOG THAT RANDOMLY WREAKS HAVOC IN BIOLOGY - 12/6/15 - 8 Minutes
Tony Mitra speaks to Anthony Samsel about what he's working on in his fifth paper on Glyphosate.
Tony: "Apart from the food that we are eating, if it is sprayed on grassland, if it is sprayed over forests where humans will not eat things, but others - insects, worms, birds, deer and moose, ...can they too have the wrong building block in their biology?"
Anthony: "Yes, yes, yes. Glyphosate is a synthetic amino acid. It mimics the natural amino acid glycine, and yes all life forms will be affected. All life forms will be negatively affected by this chemical. This chemical should not be in any biology. This chemical should not be manufactured, should not be used, this operation needs to be shut down lock, stock, and barrel."https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEiH9wWXZCQ
Taiwan Bans GMOs in Schools, Mandates Strict Label Laws
On Dec. 14, 2015, Taiwanese legislature passed amendments to the School Health Act to stamp out raw genetically modified ingredients as well as processed food containing GMOs.http://ecowatch.com/2016/01/13/taiwan-ba...98d992-86027853
Venezuela’s food revolution
Just days before the progressive National Assembly of Venezuela was dissolved, deputies passed a law which lays the foundation for a truly democratic food system. The country has not only banned genetically modified seeds, but set up democratic structures to ensure that seeds cannot be privatized and indigenous knowledge cannot be sold off to corporations. President Maduro signed the proposal into law before New Year, when a new anti-Maduro Assembly was sworn in.http://newint.org/blog/2016/01/12/venezuelas-food-revolution/#sthash.oFNGko0Y.dpuf
Around the country, organic farmers are pushing for ‘GE-free’ zones - 1/4/16
The Jackson County designation was made final on Dec. 22, when a federal judge approved a consent decree protecting the zone. The ordinance was originally passed in May 2014 by the voters of Jackson County, but was challenged in court by two GE alfalfa farmers, who argued that it violated Oregon state law. The challenge was rejected by a federal judge in May, and a court-approved settlement — which upholds the GE-free zone, but allows the alfalfa farmers to keep their crop for the remainder of its useful life — was finally approved in December.https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/ener...-ge-free-zones/
EPA Confirms Activists' Longtime Claims: Neonicotinoid Pesticide Threatens Honeybees
The European Union banned the use of neonicotinoids in 2013 despite considerable pushback from pesticide manufacturers, and environmentalists have urged the EPA to take action to limit use of the chemicals for years.
In 2015, the EPA temporarily halted the approval of new outdoor uses of neonicotinoid pesticides until the risk assessments are complete. The agency also proposed a ban on the use of pesticides that are toxic to bees, including neonicotinoids, when crops are in bloom and bees are being used to pollinate them.https://www.organicconsumers.org/news/ep...atens-honeybees
We stop buying....they start listening! Power To The People!
BREAKING NEWS: "Campbell Soup company will support federal legislation that would require all foods and beverages regulated by the Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to be clearly labeled for genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, it said in a statement Friday. Campbell Soup will also withdraw from all efforts led by groups opposing such measures."
We just want to be sure about what kind of labeling before we celebrate too much. But if this really means what it looks like it means, we are on our way to a major shift towards GMO labeling and LESS GMOs, and eventually NO GMOs in our food. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2...-modified-foods
A&B ending sugar operations on Maui, laying off more than 600 employees - 1/6/16
The company claimed it made “every effort to avoid having to take this action,” said Stanley M. Kuriyama, A&B executive chairman. “However, the roughly $30 million agribusiness operating loss we expect to incur in 2015, and the forecast for continued significant losses, clearly are not sustainable, and we must now move forward with a new concept for our lands that allows us to keep them in productive agricultural use.”http://www.bizjournals.com/pacific/news/...mp;t=1452120227
Monsanto and Gates Foundation Pressure Kenya to Lift Ban on GMOshttp://ecowatch.com/2016/01/07/kenya-gmo-ban/
GMOs with Special Guest Dr. Stephanie Seneff - Published on Dec 18, 2015 - 54 minutes
Gluten, wheat, celiac, glyphosate, etc.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PidYStbzHY#t=12
The infant gut microbiome: New studies on its origins and how it's knocked out of balance http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-05/cp-tig050715.php
The American Nurses Association, Silver Spring Md., wants the FDA to prohibit the use of the word “natural” on genetically engineered foods or foods containing any genetically engineered ingredients.
“Furthermore, ANA requests that the FDA require clear, appropriate food labeling including the country-of-origin and any genetic modification of any of the food’s ingredients,” executive director Debbie D. Hatmaker wrote in the organization’s comments.
FDA Extends Deadline for ‘natural’ Comments
Originally the comment period was set to expire on Feb. 10, but “in direct response to requests from the public” the Food and Drug Administration is extending the deadline to May 10.http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2016/01/fda-extends-deadline-for-natural-comments/#.Vo2idv1Ij3j
The Shocking Difference Between Organic & Non-GMO Labels – It’s Huge!
The “Non-GMO Project” label only verifies that a product doesn’t contain genetically modified (GMO) ingredients (or technically less than 0.9% GMOs). While that is good, it’s not the whole story about what the product contains, how it was produced, and where it came from.
But when I have a choice, I always choose organic food because of these reasons…http://foodbabe.com/2015/02/26/difference-between-organic-non-gmo-labels/
For Health Care Professionals...March 4 - 6, San Diego (Seralini's first US appearance)
The ONLY medical conference to bring in Gilles-Eric Seralini, Ph.D., THE researcher who documented adverse health effects of Roundup (glyphosate) along with others experts discussing sources and treatment options for glyphosate and numerous other common toxicants.
"The Elephant in the Waiting Room" - Environmental Exposures and Disease
The Premier Environmental Medicine Conference committed to properly educating healthcare providers in the diagnosis and treatment of environmentally induced illnesses.http://environmentalhealthsymposium.com/about/
The Environmental Health Solutions Public Forum: Collaboration for Change - March 6, 2016 3:00 - 7:00pm
First ever Forum for doctors and the public!http://environmentalhealthsymposium.com/publicevent
EATING YOU ALIVE will be released later in 2016https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8sGE5n-i1Q
DuPont’s deadly deceit: The decades-long cover-up behind the “world’s most slippery material”
For decades DuPont operated above the EPA and knowingly concealed the dangers of Teflon exposure http://www.salon.com/2016/01/04/teflons_toxic_legacy_partner/
Drugging Animals on Factory Farms—ENOUGH Already.
It’s been about a year since I accidentally stumbled on Elanco’s ENOUGH Movement campaign. Curious as to why a corporation that pushes animal drugs would spend millions on a consumer campaign, I “joined” the movement.
Since then, I’ve routinely received emails from “The Movement.” The subject lines generally go like this: “More People, Improved Diets, ENOUGH Food” or “When It Comes to Harvesting, Will We Have ENOUGH?” or, one of my favorites, “Pork: Can We Have ENOUGH?”
The messages are intended to evoke fear—fear of scarcity, fear of hunger. But these messages strike a different kind of fear in the hearts of those who know anything about the real causes of hunger—poverty, poor distribution, waste, climate instability.
Urgent! Tell Sec. Vilsack to Back Off and Let Vermont’s GMO Labeling Law Take Effect!http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50865/p/di...h.jppYXWr3.dpuf
From Chaos to Life
It’s a beautiful story. And a reminder that organic regenerative farms not only restore biodiversity, rebuild soil organic matter, restore local economies and provide healthy food—they also play a key role in carbon sequestration and cooling the planet.https://www.organicconsumers.org/newslet...-law/chaos-life
Jeremy Coller’s latest report, “Factory Farming: Assessing Investment Risks,” highlights the many reasons, including consumer concern about their own health, and the health and welfare of animals, along with investor concern about the potential crackdown on factory farms that violate environmental regulations, that investors may want to put their money somewhere, well, less risky.
Whatever your reason for boycotting factory farms, Coller’s report contains a wealth of information about a system that commits crimes against animals, crimes against nature and crimes against public health.
One particularly telling statistic? A full 99 percent of U.S. farm animals are now confined in filthy, unhealthy, inhumane factory “farms.” If it takes a few big investors rejecting this despicable system, purely on the basis of financial risk, to help bring down the system, we’re all for it.https://www.organicconsumers.org/newslet.../risky-business
POISON FOR PROFIT - WHAT A BUSINESS PLAN!
...Monsanto is owned by Pharmacia. The Pharmacia Corporation was created through the merger of Pharmacia Upjohn with Monsanto Company and its G.D. Searle unit. Pharmacia employs 59,000 people worldwide and has research, manufacturing and administrative sales operations in more than 60 countries.http://www.curezone.org/art/read.asp?ID=13&db=12&C0=13
Why I will avoid GMO foods in my diet By Dr. Michael Noonan
It likely will take many years for this to be obvious, until enough people eat GMO salmon for long enough for the effects to really start to show. I don’t plan on being one of the people involved in that experiment...http://bangordailynews.com/2015/12/31/health/why-i-will-avoid-gmo-foods-in-my-diet/
Debut of a fabulous short film called "AIN'A" about Kauia, the impact of chemical farming and the inspiring sustainable farming solutions that ancestors have been using for generations. https://www.uptogood.org/aina
WA Oyster Growers Request Approval to Spray Neonicotinoid Pesticides in Bay, Despite Public Opposition - (Beyond Pesticides, January 13, 2016)http://beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblo...lic-opposition/
Bayer revises position to propose extra protections for bees from pesticides
But the company has now clarified its stance, telling the Guardian that it believes the assessment is “quite good and scientifically sound”. A spokesman said Bayer will look to work with the EPA to reduce risks to bees.http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2...MP=share_btn_tw
New Website for NOFA-NY:
Farmers and consumers working together for sustainability and better food
We are New York’s leading non-profit organization providing programs and services to promote sustainable, local organic food and farming. Our coalition of farmers, gardeners, consumers and businesses join together to create a food system that’s ecologically sound and economically viable. Through education, certification, advocacy and other efforts, we promote organic food production, local marketing, and land stewardship.https://www.nofany.org/
Putin: Human Evolution Under Threat By Big Pharma, GMO, Vaccines
“We as a species have the choice to continue to develop our bodies and brains in a healthy upward trajectory, or we can follow the Western example of recent decades and intentionally poison our population with genetically altered food, pharmaceuticals, vaccinations, and fast food that should be classified as a dangerous, addictive drug.”
“We must fight this. A physically and intellectually disabled population is not in our interests,” the report states.http://yournewswire.com/putin-human-evolution-under-threat-by-big-pharma-gmo-vaccines/
Monsanto Get Out!” Thousands March Against Mass Poisonings, Illegal Plant in Argentina (with Video)
On Friday, January 8, the streets of the capital city Buenos Aires erupted in protest as activists donned gas masks, unfurled banners and marched to the beat of drums, demanding that Monsanto abandon their plans for building the world’s largest maize seed treatment plant and warning the multi-national Biotech company to “get out” of their country.http://althealthworks.com/9173/monsanto-...h.dKk0r8x4.dpuf
Sikkim becomes India's first organic state - 15 Jan 2016
It was 12 years ago in 2003 when the Pawan Chamling-led government decided to make Sikkim an organic farming state through a declaration in the legislative assembly.
Later the entry of chemical inputs for farmland was restricted and their sale banned. Farmers therefore had no option but to go organic.
Organic cultivation is free of chemical pesticides and chemical fertilisers as it tries to strike a harmonious balance with a complex series of ecosystems.http://www.ptinews.com/news/6972003_Sikk...ts_full_article
USDA says pesticide levels in produce, other foods not a threat
Dr. Anthony Samsel sounds off in the comments: "Are we in OZ ? This report is a joke and again belongs in the circular file, its trash ! USDA and the EPA continue to neglect and refuse to analyze and publish data on Glyphosate and Glufosinate herbicides in the food supply. These herbicides are pervasive in the US food system and are causing substantial harm to Americans. The USDA report notes: "In 2014, the Pesticide Data Program (PDP) analyzed 528 dairy-based formula samples and 527 soy-based formula samples. PDP detected just one pesticide in seven infant formula samples; the insecticide synergist MGK-264, at a concentration of 0.003 ppm where the established tolerance was 5 ppm." Really, thats all they found in baby formula ? I analyzed soy baby formula by HPLC and found a different story with levels of Glyphosate at 170 ppb. There are over 160 food groups for humans and animals contaminated by Glyphosate herbicide in the USA including sugar, corn, wheat, soy, oats, barley, peas, peanuts, beans.... and including our drinking water. Even our pet foods are contaminated with Glyphosate. I analyzed a number of brands of cat and dog food using HPLC and found Glyphosate in all and even in laboratory chows ..... I guess this is why some Europeans refer to America as the 'Killing Fields'. ......http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2016/01/122452/#.VpjNNv32b3i
Dr. Stephanie Seneff says "We do have an epidemic today in low serum vitamin D: but it's due (I suspect) to an inability to activate vitamin D in the liver, as a consequence of glyphosate poisoning. Taking vitamin D supplements is not going to fix the problem."
The sun goes down on Vitamin D: why I changed my mind about this celebrated supplement https://theconversation.com/the-sun-goes...upplement-52725
USDA and EPA must come clean over Roundup residues
Each year the US Department of Agriculture manages to test for over 400 pesticides in food, writes Carey Gillam. But glyphosate, the world's biggest-selling herbicide, is not among them, even as evidence of its dangers mounts. It's time for USDA and EPA to stop their buck-passing - and give consumers their right to know.http://www.theecologist.org/blogs_and_co...p_residues.html
RELEASE: USDA Revokes Grass Fed Label Standard = January 12, 2016
USDA Revokes Grass Fed Label Standard - Sustainable Agriculture Coalition Speaks Out Against Decision
The grass fed label claim standard now being revoked was originally published in the Federal Register on May 12, 2006, the result of several years of meetings between farmers and farm and consumer organizations sponsored by AMS and facilitated by NSAC, as well as by a formal public notice and comment process. The standard stated among other things that grass, forbs, and forage needed to be 99 percent or more of the energy source for the lifetime of a ruminant species after weaning in order to qualify as grass fed. Prior to the setting of that standard, grain fed animals were often sold as grass fed, with USDA’s approval.http://sustainableagriculture.net/blog/release-usda-revokes-grass-fed-label-standard/
Cotton farmers battle one of the worst cropping seasons on record after herbicide damagehttp://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-01-09/cotton-farmers-struggling-with-crops-due-to-pesticide/7078590
Concern about herbicide use in vineyards
Due to deceptive advertising, in the past, some grape growers have expressed a belief that glyphosate was a “safe” herbicide, and that it was biodegradable and broke down quickly. Neither of these assertions are true, and we hope that grapegrowers today understand that.
Back in 1996, New York’s Attorney General sued Monsanto, the developer of Roundup, for false advertising, forcing them to stop making claims as to the human and environmental safety of Roundup. Specifically, Monsanto could no longer advertise Roundup as “biodegradable,” “safer than table salt,” or “practically non-toxic.”http://napavalleyregister.com/news/opini...8782c53ef3.html
Dr. Stephanie Seneff: "Should we worry about possible glyphosate contamination in gelatin capsules? Gelatin (derived from bovine ligaments) contains substantial amounts of glycine, and glyphosate could be substituting for the glycine by mistake during protein synthesis, I hypothesize."
Monsanto Buys Up Heirloom Seed Suppliers
Monsanto is buying up heirloom seed companies and trademarks. Maddy Harland discovers who is buying what and how to avoid Monsanto. She explores why what we buy can be a form of positive activism.http://www.permaculture.co.uk/articles/monsanto-buys-heirloom-seed-suppliers
Monsanto’s secret studies reveal glyphosate link to cancer
Monsanto has known for almost four decades that glyphosate causes cancer, according to a new paper by researchers Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneff.
Samsel is the first independent researcher to examine Monsanto’s secret toxicology studies on glyphosate. He obtained the studies, which have been denied to other inquirers, via a request to his senator. With his co-researcher Dr Stephanie Seneff of MIT, he reviewed Monsanto’s data.
Samsel and Seneff concluded that “significant evidence of tumours was found during these investigations”. http://gmwatch.org/news/latest-news/16515-monsanto-s-secret-studies-reveal-glyphosate-link-to-cancer
Greenpeace: Chinese Farmers Are Illegally Growing GMO Corn
“The scale of GE contamination is truly shocking,” Li Yifang, head of food and agriculture campaign for Greenpeace, said. “China has strict and clear regulations on GE and the ongoing production of GE corn in Liaoning province breaks these regulations on multiple levels.”http://ecowatch.com/2016/01/06/china-ill...65e5cf-86027853
Outrage Over US Secret Approval of Genetically Engineered Trees - 2015
A secret letter from the USDA to GE tree company ArborGen , dated last August, was recently exposed by scientist Doug Gurian-Sherman of the Center for Food Safety . In this letter, the USDA made the unprecedented decision to allow ArborGen to pursue unregulated commercial cultivation of a loblolly pine genetically engineered for altered wood composition. These trees could be planted anywhere in the US, without public knowledge or access to information about them.http://stopgetrees.org/breaking-outrage-...campaign=buffer
Maps reveal US “hotspots” where crops could fail in the future
In the first-ever study that uses data modeling to track the populations of wild bees in the US, scientists have uncovered a disturbing trend. Bee populations are dropping in the regions of the country that need them most.http://arstechnica.com/science/2015/12/maps-reveal-us-hotspots-where-crops-could-fail-in-the-future/
Full Show 11/9/15: Exposing the Disastrous TPP - The Big Picture RT
With the details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) no longer secret Thom discusses what’s in the trade deal with Public Citizen's Melinda St. Louis, radio host and author Ari Rabin-Havt, and the U.S. Business and Industry Council’s Kevin Kearns. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFHG0fZW3_s
Federal Judge Permits USDA Whistleblower Case to Proceed (Beyond Pesticides, January 5, 2016)
An administrative court judge has agreed to hear a case filed by a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) pollinator researcher who says his firing by the agency was retaliation for his cutting edge research linking neonicotinoid insecticides to declinining monarch butterfly populations, which has drawn national attention and international recognition. Late last year, Judge Patricia M. Miller of the Merit Systems Protection Board denied USDA’s request to dismiss a claim filed by Johnathan Lundgren, PhD, a USDA employee for eleven years with high accolades.http://beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblo...ase-to-proceed/
Victory in Paris vs Monsanto GMO Cabal
For this reason it’s doubly good news that the Paris High Court has just announced a verdict in favor of Seralini in a libel trial. On 6 November 2015, the High Court of Paris indicted Professor Marc Fellous, former chairman of the French Biomolecular Engineering Commission, for “forgery” and “the use of forgery,” in a libel trial he lost to Prof Séralini. The penalty will be decided sometime in 2016.http://nsnbc.me/2016/01/03/victory-in-paris-vs-monsanto-gmo-cabal/
Farmers Speak Out: GMOs are a Trap That Monsanto is Using to Take Over Agriculture Published on Jun 28, 2013https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDFA5qUzamg
Glyphosate: Pathways to Modern Diseases December 15, 2015 http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articl...way_facebookdoc
Philippines Supreme Court Ban on GMOs Is a 'Major Setback' for the GM Industry
The nation's highest court has ordered a permanent ban on field trials of genetically-modified eggplant. http://www.alternet.org/food/philippines-supreme-court-ban-gmos-major-setback-gm-industry
Monsanto Long Term Studies Buried by EPA Revealed! Dr. Stephanie Seneff Explains
Published on Dec 8, 2015
Dr. Stephanie Seneff and host Elaine McFadden, MPH, RD go through disturbing research information uncovered in the 10,000 pages of Monsanto long term studies done decades ago before it was buried by the EPA. A colleague of Dr. Seneff repeatedly petitioned the EPA for the information. Monsanto did long term studies back then, and it is frightening that the cumulative and destructive results of those studies did not stop the government from approving its use, but instead choose to hide the information from the public. Monsanto learned that if they did studies longer than 3 months the truth starts to reveal itself. Seralini did not start to see the abnormalities until after 4 months and then large tumors after two years: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1X_MakrlXk
The SuperMom101 Show - Continuing the Conversation: GMOs (Part 1) Dec 4, 2015 - 10 Minutes
Martin Dagoberto: "Before I became an advocate for transparency in food labelling, and before I decided to try to avoid gmo's in my own life, to whatever extent possible, I actually was earning my bachelor's degree to become a gentic engineer. I studied biotechnology and molecular biology at...and it was there that I gained an appreciation for the magnitude of risks that we're taking with genetic engineering, not only do they hold great promise for our future, but also significant risk and I realized that with as little as we know about how all these pieces fit together, these products are being commercialized far too quickly and when I dug into it and I saw the lack of transparency, the lack of independent safety testing, and how the federal government allows companies like Monsanto, Syngenta, Dow, companies that brought us DDT and Agent Orange and PCB's and said nothing to worry about there, they're letting these same companies be in charge of ensuring the safety of these biotech foods and that just didn't sit right for me."https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIjWdYegGfw
Civil disobedience often leads to jail. But now, protesters can explain themselves - Tim DeChristopher
In a historic ruling, several environmental campaigners will be able to argue at criminal trial that their political motives are a defense to their illegal acts
For the very first time, US climate activists have been able to argue the necessity defense – which argues that so-called criminal acts were committed out of necessity – to a jury. The Delta 5, who blockaded an oil train at the Delta rail yard near Seattle in September of 2014, have been been allowed to use the defense in a historic climate change civil disobedience trial being heard this week. They said they acted to prevent the greater harm of climate change and oil train explosions.
Like all civil disobedience, this new wave of climate disobedience is an inherent critique of the moral authority of government. The necessity defense is an opportunity to elaborate that implicit critique into a fully developed legal argument for the responsibility of citizen action in the face of governmental failure.
In addition to gaining the permission to openly argue the necessity defensehttp://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree...lain-themselves
Truth about Pet Food - September 30, 2015http://truthaboutpetfood.com/herbicide-glyphosate-found-in-pet-foods/
Arty turns 11 this summer.
#1480997 --- 01/24/16 08:32 PM
Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food
Loc: Waterloo, NY
Anthony Samsel on Glyphosate, a preview on his next paper with Seneff - Jan 3, 2016 - 6 Minutes
"This is why it takes such a long time to see the damage, it is happening at the molecular level, with each and every molecule incorporated. As you destroy the tissues of the glands and organs, their function is affected and impeded leading to cascades of diseases..."
"The entire US food supply is contaminated probably better than ninety percent even fresh vegetables grown on fields sprayed with glyphosate as a pre-emergent herbicide before planting. All of those fruits and vegetables are contaminated with residues. Wheat and cereal grains are also contaminated, over 160 food groups and counting. Milk, cheese, cream, beef, pork, poultry and eggs are also contaminated. In the US, if it's not organic, you are almost assured of getting your dose of glyphosate at every meal."
"Then there are those in the supply chain which includes farmers and brokers, who are dishonest and sell tainted crops into the organic system...that's a problem and it needs to be corrected. Those guys need to be prosecuted for selling these contaminated products into what should be a clean system."https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGR64zTX9Js
More GMO potatoes on the way. J.R. Simplot Company’s second generation of Innate® potatoes, the 'Russet Burbank Generation 2' has been cleared for consumption by the FDA.http://www.simplot.com/news/innate_second_generation_potato_receives_fda_safety_clearance
Major Supermarket Bans Bee-Toxic Pesticides in Produce Production (Beyond Pesticides, January 20, 2016)
Aldi Süd, the German supermarket chain with stores in the U.S., has become the first major European retailer to ban pesticides toxic to bees, including the neonicotinoids imidacloprid, clothianidin and thiamethoxam, from fruits and vegetables produced for their stores. Aldi has requested suppliers comply at the earliest possible time. In light of the growing pollinator crisis and due to public pressure, retailers in Europe and the U.S. are slowly beginning to make the switch away from bee-toxic pesticides.http://beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblo...and-vegetables/
Oregon, Colorado Move Forward in Regulating Pesticides on Marijuana (Beyond Pesticides January 22, 2016)http://beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblo...s-on-marijuana/
State Department of Transportation on Maui Have Stopped all Purchase and Use of Roundup!http://mauimamazine.com/department-of-tr...use-of-roundup/
Health Impact News Exclusive - John P. Thomas reporting = Brian Shilhavy, Editor - Dr. Don Huber – Expert Analysis - January 22, 2016
Glyphosate Herbicide Causes Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria, Kidney Disease, and Infertility
Dr. Huber tells us more about how Roundup is being used in modern agriculture, and describes more of the life threatening consequences of glyphosate, which is now considered to be the most toxic agricultural chemical ever used. He explains some of the unintended consequences and points out various ways that we are unknowingly being exposed to this toxic herbicide.http://healthimpactnews.com/2014/glyphos...h.Cj21ADAF.dpuf
Dem senators 'troubled' by GMO labeling system
In a letter to the GMA Thursday, Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Jon Tester (D-Mt.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) said the group’s voluntary SmartLabel program discriminates against a large segment of the population by relying on smartphone technology to give consumers the information they’re seeking online.
Because consumers would have to use their smartphones to scan a barcode or QR code on products while shopping, the senators want to know how GMA will ensure that consumers who don't have smartphones — typically elderly, low-income or less-educated individuals — would be able to obtain the information. http://thehill.com/regulation/technology...ling-initiative
PepsiCo Launching Organic Gatorade
Forbes says it appears that PepsiCo is trying to tap into the healthy drinks trend, which is grabbing big sales and will continue to do so, as consumers in developed economies also choose healthy beverages.http://www.foodprocessing.com/industrynews/2016/pepsico-launching-organic-gatorade/
The following is a stunning editorial by Dr. Anthony Samsel regarding the heinous glyphosate “approval process”. Jan 16, 2016
Hi Tony, This is for immediate release ..I sent this in an email to friends across the pond who are hammering European regulators most of which won’t show their faces….
Subject: GLYPHOSATE approval process a sham
“I find it most interesting that so many involved in the regulatory process for the re-evaluation of Glyphosate will not to show their face or disclose their identity. I believe all persons involved in these decisions should be held accountable and their names made known for the sake of open and honest scientific debate. I would be happy to debate anyone of them.
I do not mean to be insulting, but the entire Glyphosate safety study process that led to the approval and marketing of Glyphosate-based herbicides, was a sham. Why do I say this ??? Because if you look closely, you will see that all of the long-term studies were directed with intention of investigating Glyphosate the parent acid. However, all Glyphosate products are formulated with salts and or esters of Glyphosate.
These Glyphosate products behave far differently in biology than the parent acid Glyphosate, which has low solubility, although still AMPHIPHILIC.
The EPA is complicit in this charade and misrepresentation which is tantamount to a cheap magic parlor trick, a bait and switch if you will. In all of the over 15,000 pages of Monsanto trade secret documents, in my possession I do not find any long-term studies devoted to the salts and esters of Glyphosate. These multiple, two-year studies in mice and rats, as well as rabbits, dogs and others were all conducted with the Technical form of Glyphosate, N-Phosponomethyl glycine. These were the studies that led to the approval of Glyphosate and its registration. These studies were not conducted with the actual principle ingredients which include salts and esters which behave differently.
Seralini was on the right track with his long-term rat studies, but missed the mark. What he found actually has a different meaning in light of what we know about glyphosate. Its not the surfactants, its the salts and esters. This is just one of many points where Seralini and Samsel differ on what is responsible for the causal effects of Glyphosate. While it is necessarily true that surfactants as well as fungicides and many other chemicals increase the penetration, delivery and synergy of the herbicide with respect to the plant and other living things, it is actually the salts and esters of Glyphosate that are responsible for the damage to biology stemming from its behavior in the universal solvent, water. Here, It is also a solubility issue as the parent acid Glyphosate is far less soluble than the salts and esters which are used in agriculture which directly affect public health and the environment. Hence this is the major reason why these Glyphosate products behave more aggressively in biology.Seralini-rats-study
It is resolved and well understood that the salts and esters are by far more effective than the chemical parent acid Glyphosate, even John Franz noted this in his text on the subject Glyphosate. These salts and esters are far more available due to their solubility, which is determined by the attached cations to the Glyphosate molecule. In the case of the actual marketed products, these are the salts and esters expressed as the potassium, ammonium and isopropyl Glyphosates.
This is just one of the reasons why, I disclosed my opinion publicly, that these products must be pulled from the shelves and all use of these products must stop forthwith. I am certain that such deception by industry will not be taken lightly around the planet. The world has been scammed and Monsanto’s so-called science is a sham. Shame on the US EPA and all other regulatory authorities who have been deluded senseless for the sake of corporate monetary gain.”
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Interview with Dr. Anthony Samsel - Streamed live on June 26, 2015
Dr. Anthony Samsel talks about his research on glyphosate in lab chow. (Purina)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U63t875S3dE
'Organic' from China exposed: The shocking truth about 'organic' foods grown in the world's worst environmental cesspool
No! "Organic" certifies a process of how food is grown or produced. It certifies that the farmer doesn't add pesticides, herbicides, petroleum-based fertilizer, metals or synthetic chemicals to the crop (among other things), and it certifies that the soil must be free from such things for a certain number of years before organic certification is approved.
But organic certification does nothing to address environmental sources of pollution such as chemtrails, contaminated irrigation water, and fallout from industrial or chemical factories that might be nearby. A certified organic farmer can use polluted water on their crops and still have the crops labeled "organic."
For this reason: the environment in which organic foods are produced is critical to the cleanliness of the final product. http://www.riseearth.com/2016/01/organic-from-china-exposed-shocking.html
Outraged Senator to Block FDA Commissioner Over Questionable GM Salmon
“She said she would put a hold on Dr. Califf’s candidacy because the FDA approved a genetically engineered salmon for consumption days after she questioned him on the topic at his confirmation hearing in November.”
“I will not stand back and just watch these genetically engineered creatures be placed in our kitchens and on our tables without a fight,” she said in a statement following the after FDA’s approval of GMO salmon. “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.”http://www.infowars.com/outraged-senator-to-block-fda-commissioner-over-questionable-gm-salmon/
Zambia’s ‘No GMO’ stance envy of nations on the globe
Zambia is in a unique and strategic position to take advantage of this growing market.
Zambia has been applauded for upholding its ‘No GMO’ position, by both the international community and Zambia’s citizens – consumers, farmers, religious and political leadership alike.https://www.daily-mail.co.zm/?p=56443
WebMD — The Latest Shill for Monsanto
Monsanto is one of the latest multinational corporate giants to use WebMD's influence to serve its own biased agenda.
Almost every article now flaunts a Monsanto sponsored ad saying, "It's time for a bigger discussion about food," with links4 to Monsanto's biased take on soil, water, and honey bee issues, with no other contributors to the discussion in sight.http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articl..._rid=1320341635
2016 Non-GMO and Organic Grain Production Contractshttp://non-gmoreport.com/articles/2016-n...h.jgzQsHfy.dpuf
Zen Honeycutt Interviews Kaua'i Councilman, Gary Hooser - 12 Minuteshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qCZOr8GGzs
Zen Honeycutt Interviews Dr. Bonnie Marsh on Mauihttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8N3jv6Sg1HU
The Next Big Short
When Monsanto submitted their reports on the chemical to obtain market approval, they asked that all the "studies that were done on animals be sealed [at the EPA] and marked as trade secrets, property of Monsanto corporation," said Samsel. "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." The industry's own research provided "multiple studies where they showed deleterious effects, multiple adenomas and carcinomas," according to Samsel.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/judy-frankel/the-next-big-short_b_8895196.html
Excellent powerpoint presentation on the toxicity of Glyphosate/Roundup by Dr. Stephanie Seneff http://www.uniteforsight.org/conference/ppt-2014/sseneff.pdf
Welcome to The Legal Edition! Your Source of Current Legal, Business & Policy News - High-Profile Issues on the Environment, Business, Health, Social Justice & More
Where To Find ‘The Legal Edition’ Shows: Select ‘View TV Shows’ from above menu to see ALL Shows.http://www.thelegaledition.com/
Survey of Glyphosate Residues in Honey, Corn and Soy Productshttps://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8gyxHH4EWoBc3lvWFdzd19lQ3M/view?pref=2&pli=1
Monsanto sues to keep herbicide off California list of carcinogens
Monsanto Co stepped up its defense of a widely used weed killer on Thursday by filing a lawsuit in California seeking to prevent glyphosate, the main ingredient in its Roundup herbicide, from being added to the state's list of known carcinogens.http://news.yahoo.com/monsanto-sues-keep...9--finance.html
Monsanto sues California environmental regulators to block glyphosate listing as carcinogen
Another aspect of EPA's safety registration is that there's no requirement to document long-term effects of its use on microbial creatures in the soil. Those studies were gradually done outside of EPA auspices when concerns arose about soil ecology changes. Researchers like Dr. Robert Kremer at the University of Missouri found that glyphosate applications over several years substantially changed the bacterial and fungal populations in soils. The result has been a much more complex challenge with fungal diseases.
The World Health Organization included several glyphosate safety studies which EPA and the European Union discarded as irrelevant. An excellent glimpse into that approach shows up in Volker Barth's documentary film, Poisoned Fields, which we reported in an earlier article on this site.
Monsanto's 2-year studies on rats fed "pure" glyphosate showed little health consequences, and that's the study given to EPA. When a French research team headed by Prof. Giles Sérilini ran a similar study, feeding the same type of rats with actual Roundup as sold to the public , many tumors and other damage showed up.
There's a wide array of research results on the Séralini website at this link.
A state agency such as California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment would be free to take the Séralini team's clinical trials into consideration. They may also feel free to look at public health responses to glyphosate use around the world, such as Sri Lanka and Argentina where the statistical evidence of health impacts are emerging.
And, it's possible that California regulators would ask glyphosate manufacturers to defend bold, broad safety statements like this one, made in a Monsanto document "Agronomic Benefits of Glyphosate in Europe." It says on page 4 that glyphosate is:
“Highly safe to operators, public and environment: glyphosate is only active in plants, acting by blocking the production of aromatic amino acids, a process that does not occur in animals. Modern glyphosate formulations contain adjuvants chosen for safety as well as performance reducing human or environmental impact and enabling use of lower use rates.”
The statement that glyphosate is only active in plants somehow slipped past the Monsanto scientists who know that glyphosate formulations are effective bactericides, which have major impacts on bacterial populations in the soil and in our digestive systems.http://www.renewablefarming.com/index.ph...e-as-carcinogen
Monsanto - Patent For a Pig (2006) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNvWia3dYCE
Gates Foundation accused of 'dangerously skewing' aid priorities by promoting 'corporate globalisation'
Controversial new report calls for Bill Gates' philanthropic Foundation to undergo an international investigation
“The world is being sold a myth that private philanthropy holds many of the solutions to the world’s problems, when in fact it is pushing the world in many wrong directions,” the report claims. The Gates Foundation is “being allowed to speak too loudly, and too many actors in international development are falling into line with the foundation’s misguided priorities.”http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/...s-a6822036.html
Watch the panel presentation from the 2015 Real Truth About Health Conference. Panel includes Jeffrey Smith, Steven Druker and Claire Hope Cummings. Free. No sign ups. No passwords. Site includes interactive transcript. Fabulous resource for education.
Claire Hope Cummings - Steven Druker - Jeffrey M. Smith
GMOs: UNMASKING THE GLOBAL CHARADEhttp://www.therealtruthabouthealth.com/2...-global-charade
What’s a GMO?
The food writer Nathanael Johnson recently published an article called “It’s virtually impossible to define ‘GMOs’”, while an article in Embo Reports argued that GMO is a “meaningless pseudo-category”. Dr Janet Cotter (pictured above) of Logos Environmental cuts through the confusion and explains what a GMO is – and isn’thttp://gmwatch.org/2016-articles/16658
In a corner of the Himalayas, India now has its first organic state
Sikkim, the northeastern Indian state snuggled between Bhutan and Nepal, has now rid its agricultural land of pesticides and fertilizers making it the country’s first organic state.http://qz.com/595408/in-a-corner-of-the-himalayas-india-now-has-its-first-organic-state/
Experts weigh in on ‘food justice’ at 6 day international conferencehttp://www.k5thehometeam.com/story/30985...nce?config=H264
Why Seed Company Mergers Matter in a Warming World
Consolidation in the seed industry would further reduce agriculture’s ability to respond to climate change. Instead, we need to support the original “crowdsourcing”—the genetic diversity of crops developed on millions of small farms. http://civileats.com/2016/01/21/why-seed...genta-monsanto/
Interview: Scientist, Author, Activist Vandana Shiva Leads Movement to Restore Sovereignty to Farmers - January 1, 2016
"I love my land, I love my people, and I’m proud of India’s ancient traditions, which have sustainability built into their core. These are not stagnant traditions; they’re evolving all the
time. Part of what we do in Navdanya, the movement I started in 1987 when I realized that these poison corporations now wanted to own our seeds, is to save thousands of seed varieties. We’ve trained nearly a million farmers over the years in organic farming, in awareness of seeds and why they should be
using their own seed. We’ve built the largest domestic network of Fair Trade organic products and biodiverse organic products. These farmers are saving their seeds, doing organic farming and participating in fair trade which means they shift the market. They’re sovereign in seed, they’re sovereign in food, and they’re sovereign in the economy."http://ecofarmingdaily.com/interview-vandana-shiva/
THE SEEDS OF VANDANA SHIVA MOVIE PROMO https://vimeo.com/133208432
Monsanto’s Genetically Engineered Roundup Ready Alfalfa Has Gone Wild - January 21, 2016
Greene and colleagues found 404 feral alfalfa populations on roadsides. Testing revealed that over one-quarter (27 percent) of them contained transgenic alfalfa—that is, plants that tested positive for the Roundup Ready gene. They believe that most of these feral populations likely grew from seeds spilled during alfalfa production or transport.http://ecowatch.com/2016/01/21/gmo-alfalfa-gone-wild/
Why is Cornell University hosting a GMO propaganda campaign? - 22nd January 2016
Cornell, one of the world's leading academic institutions, has abandoned scientific objectivity, writes Stacy Malkan - and instead made itself a global hub for the promotion of GM crops and food. Working with selected journalists and industry-supported academics, Cornell's so-called 'Alliance for Science' is an aggressive propaganda tool for corporate biotech and agribusiness.http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_an...a_campaign.htmlhttp://www.gmoseralini.org/research-papers/
59 Indigenous Corn Varieties at Risk as Monsanto Eyes Mexico
Mexico imports its yellow corn from the U.S., and since 90 percent of U.S. corn is grown from Monsanto’s genetically modified seeds, this mean Monsanto is inadvertently dominating Mexico’s yellow corn market.http://ecowatch.com/2016/01/15/corn-monsanto-mexico/
Jeffrey M. Smith — WHY IT’S IMPERATIVE TO AVOID GMOS (AND ROUNDUP) 2015http://www.therealtruthabouthealth.com/2...mos-and-roundup
Argentine Social Movements Strike Back Against Monsanto
The biotechnology giant continues attempts to build its GMO seeds plant in Argentina, despite three years of unflinching popular opposition.http://www.telesurtv.net/english/opinion...60120-0015.html
NSF Authorized to Verify Vermont GMO Claims
Vermont Attorney General William H. Sorrell has authorized NSF International (Ann Arbor, MI) to verify GMO product claims in Vermont under its new food labeling law, which is set to go into effect in July. Passed in May 2015, Vermont’s mandatory GMO-labeling law will require manufacturers to label products that contain GMOs. As an authorized organization, NSF can now provide manufacturers and retailers with verification services to ensure they are in compliance with the new law. - See more at: http://www.nutritionaloutlook.com/regula...h.VX2u0PAb.dpuf
Fluoride, like RoundUp is an endocrine disruptor and adjuvant. Fluoride is also an inflammatory drug; it inflames the immune sensors of the gut called Peyer's patches. Inflamed Peyer's patches cause the symptoms of Celiac and Crohn's diseases.
Fluoride makes allergies worse, rats (1990): http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1707853
Fluoride makes allergies worse, in vitro (1999): http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9892783
Peyer’s Patches, Celiac disease (2006):: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16403601
Peyer’s Patches, Celiac & Crohn’s (2010): http://www.hindawi.com/journals/iji/2010/823710/
Fluoride physicochemical and biologic effects on cells and tissues, genetic (2012): http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3144112/
Fluoridated drinking water causes inflammations (2015): http://www.sciencedirect.com/.../pii/S0887233315001605
Gene predicts which children are most susceptible (2015): http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25556215
Central nervous system immune response (2015): http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26030524http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3144112/
10 Companies That Control Almost Everything We Eathttp://www.businessinsider.com/10-companies-that-control-what-we-buy-2014-7?IR=T
Antibiotics Are STILL in Your Milk!
It appears some dairy farmers are slipping their cows antibiotics that are not on the government’s testing list, nor on the list of acceptable drugs to give to lactating cows. The presence of these antibiotics was revealed in a recently released FDA report entitled “Milk Drug Residue Sampling Survey.” This means that unless you choose organic milk and milk products, you could be exposing yourself and your family to these drugs.http://naturallysavvy.com/eat/antibiotics-are-still-in-your-milk#sthash.kVKUGFSE.I59NS00Y.dpuf
California Just Announced It Will Label Monsanto’s Roundup as Cancer Causinghttp://theantimedia.org/california-just-announced-it-will-label-monsantos-roundup-as-cancer-causing/
Published on Oct 9, 2015 - A clip from our 1+ hour panel discussion with Alexis Bayden Mayer, political director for Organic Consumers Association (OCA). 4 Minutes.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcrkZ6r3T8g
Why Doesn’t the USDA Test for Residues on Food From Monsanto’s ‘Cancer Causing’ Glyphosate?
“It is a scandal that USDA tests for hundreds of pesticide residues but not glyphosate, which is among the most widely used chemicals on our food crops,” Gary Ruskin, co-director of U.S. Right to Know, a nonprofit consumer group, said. “Consumers want to know how much glyphosate is in our food. Why won’t the USDA tell us? “http://ecowatch.com/2016/01/14/food-resi...b917e7-85918929
Tell WebMD CEO David Schlanger to Stop Promoting Monsanto!http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50865/p/di...h.k27QwZcz.dpuf
Glyphosate (Roundup) Linked To Cancer of the Lymph Tissue In New Study - 2014http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/glyphosate-roundup-linked-cancer-lymph-tissue-new-study
US Right to Know examines the links of journalists that have written articles praising GMOs
Some journalists have criticized journalists for “buckraking” on speakers’ circuits. For example, former Washington Post Executive Editor Ben Bradlee said, “I wish it would go away. I don’t like it. I think it’s corrupting. If the Insurance Institute of America, if there is such a thing, pays you $10,000 to make a speech, don’t tell me you haven’t been corrupted. You can say you haven’t and you can say you will attack insurance issues in the same way, but you won’t. You can’t.”
Life running out of control - Gene food and designer babies TRAILER https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qaTvJk5gdcg
Genetic genocide: Genetically altered mosquito warriors could wipe out humanity's biggest killer - 2011
So it seems it's happening. And whether it's for better or for worse depends entirely on your viewpoint.
It's difficult to know exactly what the result might be when you release something like this into the wild. Will there be knock-on effects on the food chain? What will the birds and fish that feed on mosquitoes eat instead? Will the demise of A. aegypti make way for an even nastier pest? Will their removal take away the means of pollination for certain plants? And will the genetic modification itself have unforeseen repercussions down the track?http://www.gizmag.com/genetically-modified-mosquitoes-aegypti-mosquito/20668/
Are GMO's Safe? Interview with Dr. Judy Mikovits, PhD - Dec 4, 2015 - 10 Minuteshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KpbEO2DQ9I
Monsanto’s Spy Software to Control the Entire Agriculture Market
As part of the deal, information on crops contained in Monsanto’s FieldView software app, used with the equipment, will send continuous information back to Monsanto. Monsanto will know which farmers have planted which crops, and where.http://www.anh-usa.org/monsantos-spy-software-to-control-the-entire-agriculture-market/
Arty turns 11 this summer.
#1481021 --- 01/25/16 05:49 PM
Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food
Loc: Waterloo, NY
Breaking - just published
Full Length Research Paper - New scientific data on Bt toxins and a thorough study of the records show that this GMO Bt maize is most probably toxic over the long term.
Pathology reports on the first cows fed with Bt176 maize (1997–2002)
Gottfried Glöckner1 and Gilles-Éric Séralini2* - Accepted 22 January, 16
This study was not designed as a scientific experiment. It is a detailed observation of a conventionally managed technologically advanced dairy farm, with access to detailed raw data, which were collected because of unusual pathological problems. These observations were made during the progressive introduction (1997–2002) of the first genetically modified (GM) maize Bt176 into the European market and into animals’ feeding rations. Thus this is the first and longest formal observation of the feeding of cows with an agricultural GMO. It is unusually detailed due to the research by the experienced and qualified farmer into the origin of the pathologies observed, because the GMOs were not believed to be responsible at first. This case was rapidly reported by the German press at the time, and in books, but was not scientifically documented and based on access to the raw data. This is the first scientific explanation of these observations. Other cultivations of GMOs were performed previously on the same farm, without the feeding of animals, because that was not the goal at the time. It is also one of the conventional farms where the feed was produced on site. There were also numerous analyses in blood, urine, feed, and milk. The Bt maize was grown and used raw to make silage on the farm.
To date there is an ongoing debate on the need for long-term toxicity studies with GM plants (Séralini et al., 2011, 2013, 2014). However, in considerably shorter term studies, no side effects of Bt maize on dairy cows were published (Aulrich et al., 2001; Barrière et al. 2001; Donkin et al., 2003; Faust et al., 2007; Folmer et al., 2002; Steinke et al., 2010). The second-longest exposure after the present study (Steinke et al., 2010) was 2 years long (compared with 3 years per cow in the present report), but that study did not test the same Bt maize; it tested a different genetic construct and insertion. No study has been performed with Bt176 that is longer than the one described below.
Bt176 GM maize was never grown on a wide scale. It was replaced by Bt11 and MON810, because of governmental restrictions (from 2000 in Germany) or national moratoria (like in France). After little use, it was definitively and officially withdrawn from the European market in 2007. It was genetically engineered to produce a specifically mutated and truncated active insecticidal Bt toxin from the natural Cry1Ab gene (Mesnage et al., 2013). In in vitro experiments, this and comparable Bt toxins have been found to affect human cells, both alone and in combination with herbicide residues (Mesnage et al., 2013).
The following observations were performed because of severe pathologies and deaths in the animals fed Bt176 GM maize. Several investigations were made by official laboratories and are summarized below. We wanted here to investigate, at a scientific level for the first time, all the compiled raw data that were released as a result of a court case, which will be described elsewhere (Séralini, 2016).
Arty turns 11 this summer.
#1481434 --- 02/05/16 02:26 PM
Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food
Loc: Waterloo, NY
Activists' proposals rejected by Monsanto shareholdershttp://m.stltoday.com/business/local/act...bile_touch=true
Dr. Seneff: "Hmmm. ! Smoking gun! Nitrates in the water due to agricultural run-off. Combine this with glyphosate contamination in the air, water, and food and you have excess nitrous oxide in the blood due to impaired ability of the microbes to fixate nitrogen into organic matter. I've written about this in my published papers. Combine this with impaired folate synthesis by the gut microbes (because folate is a product of the shikimate pathway which glyphosate disrupts and because glyphosate preferentially kills the beneficial microbes that synthesize folate for the host) so you have deficiencies in folate, linked to neural tube defects. Nitrous oxide converts cobalamin (B12) into a form that is irreversibly inactive. So you have deficiencies in both B12 and folate, both of which are essential for the 1-carbon metabolism pathway that is a direct hit on neural tube defects. Voila!"http://www.nbcnews.com/health/kids-healt...-experts-n24986
Good primer and reminder on recombinant bovine growth hormone and what it does to milk..rBGH was never approved by Health Canada, thanks to chief regulator Shiv Chopra and his colleagues, but the stuff is coming in through the backdoor via free trade deals with the US where it is approved?https://plus.google.com/+PeterBiesterfeld/posts/eJGWEKAySfs
Head of Hawaii Department of Agriculture tells Maui Citizens he will request the Pesticide Spraying Logs of Monsanto
Maui resident and mother of three, Deb Mader once again, informed Senator Baker and Scott Enright about Monsanto violating the labeling of Penncap-M, a nerve agent that was banned as of 12/31/13. Something Ms. Mader had reported, in person, to Roz Baker back in March 2015. Several other pesticide violations were also mentioned and Mr. Enright promised the crowd that Monsanto spray logs would be requested by the Hawaii Department of Agriculture, if the community requested it in writing. (Ms. Mader sent in a request as soon as she got home.) http://mauimamazine.com/hawaii-doa-to-request-monsantos-spray-logs/
This robot kills weeds, and could end the need for herbicides on farms
According to Popular Mechanics, the robot can identify targets with such speed, it’s almost impossible to see how quickly it can pound weeds into the earth.http://qz.com/553383/this-robot-kills-weeds-and-could-end-the-need-for-herbicides-on-farms/
Denmark is on its way to becoming an organic country
Plus, the Danish government is working in multiple ways to convert the entire country’s agriculture into organic and sustainable farming. Last year, they released an ambitious, 67-point plan to double organic farming, and to serve more organic food in the nation’s public institutions by 2020.http://foodrevolution.org/blog/denmark-organic-country/
Bhutan is a challenger!
Bhutan could be world's first wholly organic nation within a decade http://www.theguardian.com/.../bhutan-organic-nation...
10 Favorite Organic Food Makers That Are Now Owned by Huge Corporations
With that in mind here is a list of 10 organic favorites you may not know were bought out by huge corporations:http://althealthworks.com/6531/10-favori...p.hRz3ycJ3.dpuf
Pictures taken in areas of South America dedicated to the cultivation of GM Roundup-Ready soy
PLEASE NOTE: SOME OF THESE IMAGES ARE EXTREMELY DISTRESSING. They were forwarded to us by doctors, scientists, activists, and victims of spraying in the affected countries who agreed to their publication in the interests of educating the European public about the effects of GM soy cultivation.http://gmoaction.org/glyphosate-spraying-on-gmo-soy-images/
The 1 Horrifying Thing Monsanto and Bayer Don’t Want You to Know About GMO Fruit http://jbanews.com/2016/01/31/the-1-horr...bout-gmo-fruit/
The ‘Natural’ Food Label Is A Lie, And Most Customers Have No Idea http://www.ibtimes.com/natural-food-label-lie-most-customers-have-no-idea-2282792
Labeling of genetically modified foods draws a packed house to committee
Supporters at a packed, all-day committee hearing Tuesday said the proposed law would provide necessary information to consumers, some drawing parallels to the state’s Right-to-Know Law regarding government records and meetings. http://www.concordmonitor.com/home/20737...se-to-committee
Organic agriculture: deeply rooted in science and ecology
Organic agriculture: deeply rooted in science and ecologyhttp://grist.org/sustainable-farming/2011-04-20-eliot-coleman-essay-organic/
Veterinary Feed Directive will impact whole livestock industry, but many aren't aware of the regulation
The directive was created to limit the use of antibiotics only for disease treatment, control and prevention, rather than for growth or maintenance purposes, Gabel said. http://www.greeleytribune.com/news/20358...estock-industry
No More Exposés in North Carolina
None has gone as far as North Carolina, where a new law that took effect Jan. 1 aims to silence whistle-blowers not just at agricultural facilities, but at all workplaces in the state. That includes, among others, nursing homes, day care centers, and veterans’ facilities.http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/01/opinio...spaper&_r=2
Dr. Seneff: "Glyphosate takes part of the blame for the appearance of superbugs resistant to all antibiotics. Glyphosate is a patented antimicrobial agent, and it has been shown that, when E coli are exposed to glyphosate chronically at low doses, they develop a resistance gene that gives them resistance to multiple other antibiotics. There's no reason to believe other bugs wouldn't be able to do the same thing. E coli used a very generic mechanism in the study."
A Scary New Superbug Gene Has Reached at Least 19 Countries
Colistin is what doctors give you in the U.S. when nothing else works. Because it’s toxic, it can have some harmful side effects, but colistin can help defeat infections that shrug off every other antibiotic in their arsenal. If bacteria resist everything, including colistin, you're out of luck.
I asked him how worried we should be. "I don’t want to be a fearmonger,” he said, but the November paper "sort of ruined my Thanksgiving."http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2...st-19-countries
Petaluma group fights pesticides in city parks
After a showing of public concern, Petaluma officials have opted to take a closer look at policies surrounding pesticide use on city property, including traffic medians, fence lines, tree basins and pathway edges in parks and trails, and potentially make changes.
A handful of residents asked the city to stop using pesticides including glyphosate, found in RoundUp and other weed control products, at a meeting last week of the Recreation, Parks and Music Commission. The residents cited larger public health concerns, including a 2015 report from the World Health Organization’s cancer research agency labeling glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” http://www.petaluma360.com/news/5131875-181/petaluma-group-fights-pesticides-in
Letter Urges EU Health Commissioner to STOP Re-Approval of Glyphosate Herbicidehttp://naturalsociety.com/letter-urges-e.../#ixzz3yyVwXN3L
Fixing Our Broken Food System: The Plate of the Union Initiative
Join us in calling for presidential leadership to ensure healthy, affordable, sustainable, food for allhttp://www.ucsusa.org/food-agriculture/f...ve#.VrAtQP32aQE
Got GOTS? What is the Global Organic Textile Standard?http://organicmattersblog.com/2016/01/27/got-gots-what-is-the-global-organic-textile-standard/
City of St. Paul, MN Acts to Protect Pollinators
(Beyond Pesticides, February 1, 2016) Last Wednesday, the city council of St. Paul, MN adopted a resolution to make the city more pollinator friendly by banning bee-toxic neonicotinoids and other pesticides “proven to be harmful to pollinators” and require an updating of its Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program, prioritizing non-chemical methods. The resolution recognizes that its authority to restrict pesticide use on private land has been preempted by the State of Minnesota and then directs the city to encourage property owners within its jurisdiction to practice pollinator stewardship.http://beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblog/2016/02/city-of-st-paul-mn-acts-to-protect-pollinators/
Voted to BAN GMO Labeling & Deny Your Right To Know What You’re Eating
What Pompeo isn’t telling you, and in fact is deliberately covering up, is that Americans overwhelmingly support GMO labeling (we’re talking in the 90th percentile); you can view proof of that support here, here and here.
Pompeo, who has likely been paid VERY well by Big Food lobbyists to spearhead this initiative, has made it his mission to make sure that you and your family continue eating foods made from crops that are genetically engineered to withstand high doses of Monsanto’s Roundup, which by the way, its primary ingredient, glyphosate, was labeled as being “probably” carcinogenic to humans by the World Health Organization last spring.http://www.realfarmacy.com/u-s-representatives-voted-ban-gmo-labeling/
Burkina Faso calls time on Monsanto's GM cotton, demands $280m damages
After a run of low quality GM cotton crops with unusually short fibres, Burkina Faso has ended its love affair with Monsanto's Bt cotton, writes Claire Robinson. In a further blow to the company, growers are demanding $280 million compensation for their losses.http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_ro...0m_damages.html
Monsanto's glyphosate now most heavily used weed-killer in history, study says
A paper published Feb. 2, 2016 in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Sciences Europe reports that 18.9 billion pounds (8.6 billion kilograms) of glyphosate have been used globally. Glyphosate use has risen almost 15-fold since so-called "Roundup Ready" genetically engineered crops were introduced in 1996.
Enough glyphosate was applied in 2014 to spray over three-quarters of a pound of glyphosate active ingredient on every harvested acre of cropland in the U.S., and remarkably, almost one-half pound per acre on all cropland worldwide (0.53 kilogram/hectare).http://m.phys.org/news/2016-02-monsanto-glyphosate-heavily-weed-killer-history.html
These 3 Women Attend Monsanto’s Annual Shareholder Meeting Demanding Answers
“Our loved ones are getting sick and dying at alarming rates,” Temple said at the shareholder meeting. “We find however that our families’ health improves when they eat organic to avoid GMOs and toxic chemicals.”
In fact, Moms Across America posted this billboard in west St. Louis County, Missouri, in Creve Coeur, near Monsanto headquarters, stating just that:http://ecowatch.com/2016/02/02/monsanto-shareholder-meeting/1/
Grain Millers Inc. firm on glyphosate-treated oats banhttp://www.producer.com/2016/01/grain-millers-inc-firm-on-glyphosate-treated-oats-ban-/
Monsanto Shareholder Meeting 2016
Thanks to John Harrington of Harrington Investments, I was also going to be standing in front of the CEO of the most hated corporation on the planet. Hello. But I was in great company. Beth Savitt of the SHAKA Movement from Maui, representing As You Sow, and Rachel Parent of Kids Right to Know from Canada, representing a contact through Moms Across America and Food Integrity Now, three generations of international advocates would be there with me. There IS strength in numbers. Had I been alone, I felt I might have crumbled under the enormity of the task before me. When we arrived, three security cars pulled along side our vehicle. I thought it was a bit overkill. We walked in unity into the Monsanto building, tensions high but feeling supported and strong. We were assigned our "handlers" as soon as we checked in and were offered refreshments. http://www.momsacrossamerica.com/monsanto_shareholder_meeting_2016
GMO/Monsanto Buyout Rumors Untrue
Stop the insanity! I help with customer inquiries here at Whole Foods Market and we’ve been hearing some wild, off-base stories from folks around the country lately.http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/blog/whole-story/gmomonsanto-buyout-rumors-untrue
WTF Happened to Golden Rice?
Today, the IRRI coordinates the Golden Rice Network and has been working to develop a viable strain since 2006. And so far, it's having trouble. On its website, the IRRI reports that in the latest field trials, golden rice varieties "showed that beta carotene was produced at consistently high levels in the grain, and that grain quality was comparable to the conventional variety." However, the website continues, "yields of candidate lines were not consistent across locations and seasons." Translation: The golden rice varieties exhibited what's known in agronomy circles as a "yield drag"—they didn't produce as much rice as the non-GM varieties they'd need to compete with in farm fields. So the IRRI researchers are going back to the drawing board.http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/...not-field-ready
Newsweek: Update: This article was updated to include a comment from Monsanto.
Glyphosate Now the Most-Used Agricultural Chemical Ever
“Anybody working in agricultural would say it’s a very serious problem,” says David Mortensen, a professor of weed and applied plant ecology at Penn State University.http://www.newsweek.com/glyphosate-now-most-used-agricultural-chemical-ever-422419?rx=us
Livingston High Grad Gives Hillary Clinton A $10 Million GMO Challenge
Undeterred by Monsanto’s snubbing of his $10 million challenge – which Ayyadurai claims that the agrochemical giant still hasn’t accepted – the crusading scientist reissued the same dare last week to possible 2016 presidential candidate and former U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.
“Disprove my research that exposes the lack of safety regarding GMO’s and I will donate $10 million to your presidential campaign,” Ayyadurai stated in a news release aimed at Clinton last week.http://patch.com/new-jersey/livingston/l...gmo-challenge-0
China’s 1.4 Billion Mouths Behind ChemChina’s Syngenta Pursuit
With about 1.4 billion mouths to feed, China needs a sharp boost in farm productivity, which has been hurt by damaged soil, contaminated water, and overuse of fertilizer and pesticides. President Xi Jinping has singled out boosting agricultural output among the country’s priorities and urged the country to take the lead in developing GMO crops. China has bought agricultural assets globally, from farms to sugar mills, to ensure food supply as its population increases and becomes wealthier.http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2...yngenta-pursuit
"GM cotton is resistant to glufosinate, a neurotoxic herbicide. Glufosinate has been shown to cause microcephaly - it is likely to be contributing to the microcephaly epidemic currently going on in NE Brazil." - Stephanie Seneffhttps://www.change.org/p/prakash-javadek...;fb_ref=Default
The Monsanto Bait & Switch Caper: EPA Chronic Safety Assessment for Glyphosate Products Based on Deception
The assessment is for one substance, yet uses testing for a different substance to declare its safety!
Dr. Samsel states: "It’s like Monsanto getting the approvals for table salt, sodium chloride, to be used on food and then going back to the EPA and saying – Oh BTW, we have another salt of sodium we want to register, and the EPA lets them use the same testing that they used for sodium chloride. However, the new salt is SODIUM CYANIDE and a lot of people are now dying !!!!!http://farmwars.info/?p=14563
The Trouble with Iowa
Corn, corruption, and the presidential caucuses
The problem is simple enough. Rain falls on Iowa pure and clean, but it arrives at Stowe’s intake pipes a few hours later sufficiently polluted to violate federal standards for drinking water. Farmers have been raising corn and hogs in Iowa, and the people of Des Moines have been drinking river water, ever since the Civil War, but only in the past decade or two have the nitrogen fertilizers from industrial agriculture rendered that water undrinkable.
Under the current reading of the relevant federal law, pollution from a factory pipe is called “point source” and is regulated. If a factory or municipal sewage-treatment plant sends concentrated nitrates and phosphorus down a discharge pipe to a river, the feds will put a stop to it. Runoff from a farm’s field, “nonpoint source,” is not regulated at all.http://harpers.org/archive/2016/02/the-trouble-with-iowa/?single=1
TPP Signed Amid Mounting Public Opposition
Last night, the 12 Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) nations officially signed the trade pact. Now the process of trying to pass it in Congress begins.http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/news/tpp-signed-amid-mounting-public-opposition
40 years of science: Organic ag key to feeding the world
“Hundreds of scientific studies now show that organic ag should play a role in feeding the world” said lead author Reganold (http://css.wsu.edu/people/faculty/john-p-reganold
). “Thirty years ago, there were just a couple handfuls of studies comparing organic agriculture with conventional. In the last 15 years, these kinds of studies have skyrocketed.”https://news.wsu.edu/2016/02/03/40-years-of-science-organic-ag-key-to-feeding-the-world/
B.C. Fruit Growers want to block Canadian sales of Arctic Apple (2 minute video)http://globalnews.ca/news/2488975/b-c-fruit-growers-want-to-block-canadian-sales-of-arctic-apple/
Monsanto's glyphosate now most heavily used weed-killer in history, study sayshttp://phys.org/news/2016-02-monsanto-glyphosate-heavily-weed-killer-history.html#jCp
The largely overlooked resident fungal community plays a critical role in human health and disease.http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/45153/title/The-Mycobiome/
We all have a right to know what's in our food. Gmo labelling adds two words to the ingredient list on a food label: "genetically modified." Big food is already required to do this over in Europe. Big Food and Big Ag companies are spending millions of dollars on lobbying, buying off our Representatives so that these two words are not added to the ingredient list on food packaging. Why? If their food is so safe, why is there a problem with having it on the label? Why are they willing to spend millions of dollars to hide it from Americans?
Do you believe you should have the right to know every ingredient in your and your children's food? If so, please submit this easy form to your representative. You put in the basic info and they send it to our Reps.https://secure.consumersunion.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=3106
Former coffee farm owners sue Monsanto
inherently dangerous and unsafe when used in the manner instructed and provided by defendant.”
“Agricultural workers are, once again, victims of corporate greed,” the filing states. “Monsanto assured the public that Roundup was harmless. In order to prove this, Monsanto championed falsified data and attacked legitimate studies that revealed its dangers. Monsanto led a prolonged campaign of misinformation to convince government agencies, farmers and the general public that Roundup was safe.”
“I feel strongly about the fact that Monsanto should have told people that their herbicide is a cancer-causing agent and they haven’t warned people. It’s a shame,” Miller said. “Once the World Health Organization says you are probably a cancer-causing agent, you are a cancer-causing agent. That’s why California has implemented Proposition 65 (the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986), to let everybody know (glyphosate) is a cancer-causing agent. We’ll be entering that case in California, as well, to stand up for California in the way they warn people.http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/former-coffee-farm-owners-sue-monsanto
Is there gmo ingredients in vaccines? According to this scientist, yes there is.
Cutting Edge Information On Glyphosate Now In Flu Vaccine And Others, By Mistake! - February 5, 2016 - Hosted by Sharon Brennan, Lshc, Cnhc, Ntp
Guest, Dr. Stephanie Seneff (Aluminum and Glyphosate)
Episode Description - Dr. Stephanie Seneff brings you her most current research on Glyphosate Round-Up and how it has recently been found in the flu vaccine and the MMR causing brain inflammation, leading to Autism.http://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/9014...hers-by-mistake
Arty turns 11 this summer.
#1481457 --- 02/05/16 11:12 PM
Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food
Loc: Waterloo, NY
"Our world has lost a fearless scientist who held closely to a code of ethics and was one of the earliest critics in genetic modification.
"It began in 1988 when he encountered the power of multinational corporations over the Canadian federal government, and their refusal to face serious risk assessments....In the course of 15 years, Joe became a thorn on the side of the US regulatory bodies Department of Agriculture (USDA), Environment Protection Agency (EPA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA); he wrote dozens of detailed submissions on behalf of ISIS(Institute of Science in Society), admonishing against the releases of various genetically modified organisms including GM trees, GM salmon, GM crops engineered with drugs, etc.; and must have been largely responsible for any good these agencies have ever done. He was truly a pillar of Science in Society."
RIP Dr Cummins."
Prof Joe Cummins
Joe was also a speaker when ISIS was invited by Members of the European Parliament for a GM-free Europe  (Scientists and MEPs for a GM free Europe, SiS 35). He concluded with three succinct points for the future survival of humanity: the first is to eliminate systemic neonicotinoid pesticides, the second to eliminate Bt crops, and the third raised a hearty laugh: replacing all the bureaucrats that turn a blind eye to the plight of nature in favour of the biotech and the agrochemical industry.http://www.i-sis.org.uk/Prof_Joe_Cummins.php
Arty turns 11 this summer.
#1481715 --- 02/14/16 05:21 PM
Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food
Loc: Waterloo, NY
NY's GMO labeling bill A.617B just successfully passed through a vote in the Consumer Affairs and Protection Committee, 9-7!!
We've flown over the first hurdle on the road to making GMO labeling the law in NYS! Now the bill is in the Assembly's Codes Committee. Stay tuned in the coming days and weeks for how you can help us get the votes we need to pass the bill there, too!
I was in the room for today's vote and so can report to you exactly who voted in favor of labeling and who voted against it (the voting record for committee votes are not available online to the public).
Dinowitz (committee chair): Yes
Please sign the petition = Make GMO Food Labeling the Law in New York!
Petition by Stacie Orell To be delivered to The New York State House, The New York State Senate, and Governor Andrew Cuomo
Dear Governor Cuomo, New York State Senators, and Assemblymembers:
I have a right to know what is in my food. Genetically engineered foods (GMO foods) are pervasive in the U.S. food system yet largely untested, possibly harmful for humans to eat, and unlabeled. I deserve the right to be able to make informed choices when choosing foods to buy for myself and my family. I urge you to stand up for my rights as an American and support (and cosponsor) Assembly bill A.617 and Senate bill S.485, which would require the labeling of genetically engineered foods offered for retail sale in New York.
There are currently 15,899 signatures. NEW goal - We need 20,000 signatures!
I am the Campaign Director of GMO Free NY (www.gmofreeny.net
). Our mission is to advocate for the passage of a GMO labeling law in NYS. We are a founding member of the NY GE Food Labeling Campaign (http://gmofreeny.net/nygelabelingcampaign.html
). GMO labels will give us the information we need to decide whether we want to continue being the unwitting guinea pigs of agrichemical and junk food companies. GMO labels will put the power back in consumers' hands, which is where it belongs. It's time for NY's lawmakers to stand up to corporate bullying and put people before profits. http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/make-gmo-food-labeling
VICE has released the entire third season of its HBO show for free online, including this episode from May 2015 focused on genetically modified crops.
In this episode from season three of the VICE HBO show, which originally aired May 8, 2015, host Isobel Yeung traced the path of these super-crops from the headquarters of American agribusiness titan Monsanto to the soy fields of Paraguay, and visited the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, high in the Arctic, to see what’s truly at stake when humans try to improve on nature.http://globaljusticeecology.org/watch-vices-inside-the-controversial-worldwide-super-crop-industry/
In These Cities, Your Next Snack May Be Growing in a Public Park
Fruit is free in these urban centers, thanks to food-bearing plants and trees growing right next to skyscrapers.http://www.takepart.com/article/2014/07/09/public-fruit-trees
TAKE ACTION! Tell EPA’s Neil Anderson: Ban Monsanto’s Roundup Now!http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50865/p/di...k=FB&tag=FB
Rotenone: the fish killer - 2012
Rotenone has been used for centuries by fishermen to harvest fish. More recently, scientists and fishery managers have used rotenone to sample fishes and remove unwanted species from freshwater systems. But how does this toxic chemical work so effectively to kill fish, is it toxic to other species including humans, and are the benefits of using this chemical worth the risks? Find out below.
Rotenone generally works by inhibiting cellular respiration in mitochondria (where and how energy is produced). This leads to reduced cellular uptake of oxygen and eventual cell death. Fish are particularly sensitive to rotenone because the chemical easily enters their blood stream directly through their gills. http://thefisheriesblog.com/2012/10/29/rotenone-the-fish-killer/
GMO Labeling Law Worries Food Groups
The food industry is pressuring Congress to act before the state of Vermont requires food labels for genetically modified ingredients.
The food industry wants Congress to pre-empt Vermont's law and bar mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods before it goes into effect. They argue that GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, are safe and a patchwork of state laws isn't practical. Labeling advocates have been fighting state-by-state to enact the labeling, with the eventual goal of a national standard.http://www.usnews.com/news/politics/arti...eling-law-nears
Sweden: Organic food sales up 40% in 2015http://www.freshplaza.com/article/152860/Sweden-Organic-food-sales-up-40-procent-in-2015
Sanders Vows To Kill TPP If Elected. Will Clinton? At 5:00.
Sanders vowed to kill TPP if elected, saying, “As your president, not only will I make sure that the TPP does not get implemented, I will not send any trade deal to Congress that will make it easier for corporations to outsource American jobs overseas.”http://www.commondreams.org/views/2016/02/04/sanders-vows-kill-tpp-if-elected-will-clinton
Pesticide Disclosure Bill Clears Committeehttp://www.civilbeat.com/2016/02/pesticide-disclosure-bill-clears-committee/
Study Finds Bed Bugs Highly Resistant to Neonic Insecticides - (Beyond Pesticides, February 4, 2016)
Bed bugs isolated in a lab died quickly from a small amount of neonics, however, those same chemical treatments used on bed bugs found in Cincinnati and Michigan were ineffective.http://beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblo...c-insecticides/
State Asks Court to Penalize Food Industry Trade Group in GMO Labeling Lawsuit
“The crux of this case is transparency,” Ferguson said. “GMA intentionally shielded from public scrutiny the true identity of the companies who donated millions of dollars to this campaign – it was a flagrant violation of state law.”http://www.cornucopia.org/2016/01/state-...ampaign=GMAMORE
Update: Who Owns Organic Chart Reflects Further Organic Consolidation
Dr. Howard also created the chart, Organic Industry Structure: Major Independents and Their Subsidiary Brands. The independent brands include:http://www.cornucopia.org/2016/01/update...ign=WhoOwnsMORE
QR Codes: Biotech's try at stopping states from having their own gmo labelling laws.
Letter from Senators to the GMA Questioning GMO QR Codeshttps://www.organicconsumers.org/news/letter-senators-gma-questioning-gmo-qr-codes
Cover Crops, a Farming Revolution With Deep Roots in the Past
Cover crops are coming back in other areas of the country, too. The practice of seeding fields between harvests not only keeps topsoil in place, it also adds carbon to the soil and helps the beneficial microbes, fungus, bacteria and worms in it thrive.http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/07/busine...-past.html?_r=0
EDITORIAL: A Cowardly Retreat From Carbon Neutrality
Garrett’s cold-shoulder to the on-campus sustainability movement is not only a cowardly retreat from Skorton’s earlier pledge, but also demonstrates a disturbing trend within Cornell’s administration to brush off student voices. This tone-deaf approach — as seen in the College of Business decision and Garrett’s carbon neutrality decision — is eroding student and faculty trust. An administration that genuinely cares is an administration that respects the widespread concerns of students, faculty and staff and supports their actions to improve campus.http://cornellsun.com/2016/02/02/editorial-a-cowardly-retreat-from-carbon-neutrality/
Appeals Court To Hear Maui GMO Case
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has agreed to hear arguments on a Maui County moratorium on farming genetically modified crops, which was struck down by a federal judge in Hawaii last year.http://www.civilbeat.com/2016/02/appeals-court-to-hear-maui-gmo-case/
Documentary 'Synthetic Forests' Covers the Enormous Risks of GE Trees (35 Minutes)
If the biotech industry has its way, 184 million acres of native forests around the world will be bulldozed down and replaced with plantations of genetically engineered (GE) trees. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articl...ees_facebookdoc
FDA bans imports of genetically engineered salmon — for now
The FDA's action was prompted by language in a sprawling federal spending bill passed by Congress recently, which instructed regulators to forbid the sale of genetically engineered salmon until the agency finalizes rules about how it should be labeled -- a process that potentially could take years.https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-y...2&tid=ss_fb
Grain Millers Inc. firm on glyphosate-treated oats ban
Tyson said use of glyphosate as a pre-harvest management product disrupts the natural maturation process and negatively affects starch development, resulting in lower quality flakes and flour.http://www.producer.com/2016/01/grain-millers-inc-firm-on-glyphosate-treated-oats-ban/
Mitrochondrial Dysfuntion and GMOs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFX6vgVugew
Brazil Shown to Be Largest Global Consumer of Pesticides
The executive adds that 22 of the fifty main active ingredients used in pesticides in Brazil today have been banned in most other countries. “We are facing a situation of total lack of control [of pesticide use]. The state does not monitor as it should and the legislation for the use of pesticides is not being obeyed,” he concludes.http://riotimesonline.com/brazil-news/ri...h.YfYYmV8u.dpuf
Monsanto Creates First Genetically Modified Strain of Marijuana - 2015
Monsanto, the multi-billion agribusiness giant, has announced today it has patented the first genetically modified strain of marijuana.http://worldnewsdailyreport.com/monsanto-creates-first-genetically-modified-strain-of-marijuana/
Really good article by Dr. Will Falconer, DVM
"How Safe is Your Animal from GMOs?"
Bottom line: plant breeding and animal breeding is generally safe and has a long history. GM is far more insidious genetic manipulation that is in its infancy and is already raising grave concerns for the health of people, plants, and animals.
Therefore, if you’re feeding processed pet food or horse feed, and the label includes any corn or soy (or products derived from either), or canola oil or beet derivatives, odds are very high your animals are being exposed to GMOs.
As is often the case, animals are studied to determine if humans might get sick from some new experimental drug or chemical or process. Here are some findings worth taking caution from:
“In 2009, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) stated that, “Several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with genetically modified (GM) food,” including infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, faulty insulin regulation, and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system.
The AAEM has asked physicians to advise all patients to avoid GM foods.http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/how-safe-is-your-animal-from-gmos/
The chemical companies who create GMO crops in order to sell more chemicals are always telling us that GMO crops are "substantially equivalent" to their non-GMO counterparts (technically called 'isogenic cultivars') and that at the molecular level the product of a GMO crop is identical to the product of the non-GMO crop: i.e. there is no difference between sugar made from GMO sugar beets or sugar made from cane sugar at the molecular level.
Indeed this "identicality" is what the Biotech industry has used to avoid having to conduct human safety testing of GMO crops insisting that there is no need for any human safety testing of GMO crops because they are the exact same as non-GMO crops absent their Bt or roundup ready traits that are inserted through the genetic engineering process.
And yet there is mounting evidence that there ARE differences, many of which are not yet clearly understood. It is thought that the cause of these differences between GMO and non-GMO isogenic cultivars is the 'pleiotropic' effect, which means that the inserted GM gene influences other seemingly unrelated genes than the desirous genes originally targeted for enhancement through genetic engineering.
For example, cotton farmers in Burkina Faso have recently stopped growing GM cotton because the fiber produced by the GM cotton were inferior to the non-GM cotton that they had been growing--and no one is quite sure why.......
"In theory, as the new briefing notes, inserting the Bt gene into the Burkinabè cotton germplasm should have left the resulting GM crop identical to its parent in every way except for the inserted trait conferring insect resistance.
But in reality, the process of inserting the Bt trait into the local variety appears to have interfered with some of its most important characteristics. Monsanto scientists "Are at a loss to explain the precise mechanism that has created these problems."
Obviously, the myth of "substantial equivalence" which is the foundation of the safety protocols for all GMO crops, MUST be re-evaluated......http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_ro...0m_damages.html
Corporate Farming Bill Threatens Nebraska’s Family Farms
“Allowing corporate ownership of hogs in Nebraska is an affront to the work of state senators like Cap Dierks who rescued Nebraska’s livestock producers from crashing markets in 1999 by standing up for competitive markets. Senator Schilz’s bill would reverse their important work and signal the final death knell for independent livestock producers,” Callicrate said. “We’ve already seen what contract farming and captive supplies have done to the poultry industry, and beef is not far behind, as last year’s huge and unprecedented loss of equity from the cattle business shows. Surely by now the track record is clear on how corporate packers pillage the environment while impoverishing farmers, abusing animals and exploiting workers and rural communities for their own gain.”http://competitivemarkets.com/corporate-farming-bill-threatens-nebraskas-family-farms/
Monsanto ‘faked’ data for approvals claims its ex-chief By Dinesh C. Sharma, India Today - New Delhi, February 9, 2010
Go Aheads Came On Monsanto’s Data By Shoma Chaudhury, Tehelkahttp://farmwars.info/?p=2407
New England lawmakers to review GMO labeling
This could be a big week for the GMO-labeling cause in New England. State lawmakers in New Hampshire and Rhode Island — which along with Massachusetts are the remaining New England states that don’t have labeling laws on the books — are set to give several bills some attention, potentially helping them clear hurdles to passage.http://www.politico.com/tipsheets/mornin...4#ixzz3zdKMlmUh
Monsanto (NYSE:MON): Bristol John W & Co Inc decreases stake by $2,436,000 or 25,731 shareshttp://empowerednews.net/monsanto-nysemo...shares/1874547/
Is Academic Science Hopelessly Corrupt?
Marc Edwards, the Virginia Tech scientist who uncovered the lead poisoning in Flint, is absolutely brutal about the way funding priorities have corrupted academic science:
In academia these day—and especially in the hard sciences, which are expensive to support—funding is everything. To a large extent, at big research universities faculty members basically work on commission: they have to bring in enough money to pay their own salaries and bankroll their own labs. And when was the last time a salesman on commission badmouthed his own product?http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2016/02/academic-science-hopelessly-corrupt
Loss of Soil Microbial Diversity Negatively Affects Ecosystem Services (Beyond Pesticides, February 8, 2016)
A recent study has revealed that a decrease in soil biota, resulting from an increase in arid zones due to climate change, impacts the services that soil provides, from decomposition of organic matter to nutrient cycling and carbon fixing. “As the aridity of soils goes up, the microbial diversity and abundance is reduced,” Brajesh Singh, Ph.D., a professor at Western Sydney University and an author of the paper, said. “As the soils’ multi-functions are reduced, so there are social and economic consequences.” Unfortunately, climate change is not the only cause for concern. Studies have shown that conventional agriculture, intrinsically linked with the dependence on pesticides, can also reduce diversity in soil biota.http://beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblo...ystem-services/
Bayer Refuses to Cancel Insecticide Toxic to Aquatic Life - (Beyond Pesticides, February 9, 2016)
Last week, Bayer CropScience reneged on an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to voluntarily cancel the conditionally registered insecticide flubendiamide if the agency received data that identified adverse ecological effects. Based on the data, EPA found that the chemical causes “unreasonable adverse effects” to benthic organisms living in sediment near agricultural fields. Bayer’s defiance in the face of EPA’s finding points to a fundamental weakness in the agency’s conditional pesticide registration process, which allows toxic chemicals onto the market without a complete and comprehensive assessment of their potential harm, in this case to wildlife and the vital ecosystem services they provide.http://beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblo...o-aquatic-life/
The American Farm Bureau isn't happy about this. Wants to keep poisoning your water.http://www.thefarmersdaughterusa.com/2016/02/epas-water-land-grab.html
Harlem Advocates Push Albany to Pass GMO Labeling Bill
“This is common sense legislation,” said Ryan Thoresen Carson of the New York Public Interest Research Group. “Ninety-three percent of Americans support this bill and you can’t get 93 percent of Americans to agree on anything.”https://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/2016021...o-labeling-bill
Green America Congratulates Hellmann’s For Major Step On Non-GMO Products
“As the third largest food and consumer goods company in the world, Unilever has a responsibility to operate in a way that is environmentally sustainable and healthy for consumers,” said Michael Stein, food campaigns manager for Green America. “By offering organic and non-GMO Hellmann’s products, Unilever has made an important step towards this end and is listening to the demands of the 21st century consumer.” http://www.greenamerica.org/about/newsro...%20Products.cfm
EP. 16: The Devastating Effects of GMOs & Glyphosate - The TRUTH about GMO's is here...
IN THIS EPISODE: Dr. Seneff is a Senior Research Scientist at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and has earned 4 degrees including a Ph.D. She has published over 170 referenced articles and though she began her career in electrical engineering, she is now focused on nutrition and human health, specifically the devastating effects of glyphosate.
Other things you'll learn in today's episode:
•What glyphosate is and where it's found
•Why Stephanie warns, "if you're eating a box of cereal, you're eating a box of glyphosate,"
•Where glyphosate is lurking (this will shock you!)
•Why her anti-GMO message is not penetrating the mainstream
•What Stephanie believes it will take for people to pay attention
•The 4 main ways glyphosate wreaks havoc on your health
•How she believes glyphosate increases the risk of autism
•What role an organic diet played in her husband's heart health
•And much more!
SHOW NOTES: Check out Dr. Stephanie Seneff's website here: https://people.csail.mit.edu/seneff/https://paleovalley.com/podcast/ep.-16-the-devastating-effects-of-gmos-glyphosate
MIT Technology Review - Top U.S. Intelligence Official Calls Gene Editing a WMD Threat
“Biotechnology, more than any other domain, has great potential for human good, but also has the possibility to be misused,” says Daniel Gerstein, a senior policy analyst at RAND and a former under secretary at the Department of Homeland Defense. “We are worried about people developing some sort of pathogen with robust capabilities, but we are also concerned about the chance of misutilization. We could have an accident occur with gene editing that is catastrophic, since the genome is the very essence of life.”https://www.technologyreview.com/s/60077...g-a-wmd-threat/
Gene editing could create medicines and self-fertilising crops. But are we facing another GM food-style furore?
The technique could transform life for farmers and Parkinson’s sufferers. But critics insist it remains unproven – and the EU may end up blocking it https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016...-but-is-it-safe
Why we mustn’t pass the GM mustard
It is also clear that GM mustard is being used as a Trojan horse to gain entry for other GM food crops. This is evident from the various efforts that have been made in the past for the introduction of GM technology in the context of several other crops including corn, brinjal and rice to name just a few.
All over the world the controversy over genetically engineered (GE) food and genetically modified (GM) crops, also called genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is heating up as more and more evidence becomes available on their extremely serious hazards. These warnings have the support of some of the world’s most eminent and well-qualified independent scientists and experts.
Recently Prof. Pushpa M. Bhargava, founder Director of Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad and one of the experts in this field presented a significant critique of GM crops. In this he stated that (i) there are over 500 research publications by scientists of indisputable integrity, who have no conflict of interest, that establish the harmful effects of GM crops on human, animal and plant health, and on environment and bio-diversity, (ii) Ninety per cent of the member-countries of the United Nations, including almost all countries of Europe, haven’t permitted GM food crops or unlabelled GM food, (iii) In the United States, where GM food (such as corn and soya) has been consumed for over 15 years, there has been a continuous rise in the incidence of disorders of the gastrointestinal tract. While this does not establish a cause and effect relationship, it does not rule out this possibility.http://www.thestatesman.com/news/opinion...qSOmoFjK2lIh.99
Family eats only organic food for 2 weeks. See the transformation!https://www.facebook.com/WakingTimes/videos/866698866743196/?fref=nf
Meet the ‘rented white coats’ who defend toxic chemicals
How corporate-funded research is corrupting America’s courts and regulatory agencieshttp://www.publicintegrity.org/2016/02/08/19223/meet-rented-white-coats-who-defend-toxic-chemicals
Hostess Exposes the Lie About Labeling GMOs
On top of that, Hostess also warn parents on this label that artificial dyes “may have an adverse effect on the activity and attention in children” because these dyes have been repeatedly linked to hyperactivity in kids.
The food industry knows how these ingredients are impacting our families. They label them for families in other countries, but they sing a different song in America.
It’s time to ditch this double standard. These ingredients impact all children, not just those in the UK. And all families, regardless of income, have a right to know how their food is made, even Twinkies.http://robynobrien.com/the-lie-about-labeling-gmos/
South Shore Activists, Businesses and Community Leaders Urge Sen. Venditto to Support GMO Labeling Law
The coalition is calling on Senator Venditto to co-sponsor the legislation to add New York to a growing list of states that require labeling of genetically engineered foods that includes Vermont, Maine and Connecticut.http://www.longisland.com/news/02-11-16/food-and-water-watch-gmo-labeling-laws.html
Monsanto Accounting Case Came from SEC Whistleblower
The case came to the SEC’s attention as a result of a whistleblower complaint, according to Stuart D. Meissner, whose Nyack, N.Y., firm Meissner Associates represented the unidentified whistleblower. He noted that the SEC’s whistleblower program allows a whistleblower to collect between 10 to 30 percent of the penalty.http://www.accountingtoday.com/news/audi...er-77198-1.html
Federal Investigation Underway for Chipotle Sabotage
Can you see how serious a matter twenty billion dollars is to unscrupulous people? Thusly, you can now comprehend how synchronized visits of corporate spies of the G.M.O. industry, to various Chipotle locations to taint the food in the dining rooms with E. coli bacteria, is not only plausible, it is very likely. This is precisely why there were no sick employees, no E. coli anywhere to be found in any kitchen, two different types of E. coli simultaneously appearing in different states, and one of which being a very rare strain often used in G.M.O. laboratories. On top of it all, perfectly synchronized as well, were assigned federal agents of the G.M.O. friendly C.D.C. “coincidentally” in the very local Health Department lab, at just the right time, to analyze and nationally publicize the first Chipotle E. coli sample, successfully defaming on the international stage the first and only anti-G.M.O. restaurant chain in the world, with its two thousand stores, and growing threat to the G.M.O. industry.
According to Reuters news service, an unidentified senior Chipotle executive disclosed that a federal criminal probe is now underway to investigate the sabotage of Chipotle’s reputation and stock deflation through the deliberate planting of laboratory bred E. coli bacteria onto their customer’s food.http://www.thesleuthjournal.com/federal-investigation-underway-chipotle-sabotage/
UW-Madison picked as the site for first-ever organic research endowment
Tracy said the funding will establish the first permanent graduate program for plant breeding of organic crops and create an incentive for other professors to teach more courses specific to organic farming.http://host.madison.com/news/local/educa...56ebd4c825.html
Debate rages over health effects of pesticide atrazine - 2014
“Atrazine is the number one contaminant found in drinking water in the U.S. and probably globally, probably in the world,” said University of California Berkeley amphibian expert Tyrone Hayes.
Hayes has spent almost 15 years warning about the possible dangers of this chemical. With a new PhD and a teaching post at this prestigious university, he was hired by an agribusiness giant, now called Syngenta, to conduct experiments on the safety of atrazine. It is a major moneymaker for the company.
His discoveries shocked the scientific community.
“Males would develop eggs in their testes or develop ovaries in their testes or essentially turn into hermaphrodites,” Hayes said, “and later we discovered that sometimes they completely turned into females.”
When he presented his findings to the company, he said: “It became very clear that they wanted me to manipulate data, that they didn’t want the science to move forward, that they didn’t want me to report the data.”http://globalnews.ca/news/1245663/debate-rages-over-health-effects-of-pesticide-atrazine/
Atrazine - What is atrazine?
Atrazine is a herbicide that selectively controls broadleaf (dicot) weeds, such as pigweed, cocklebur, velvetleaf and certain grass weeds in fields of corn and sorghum.
Selective control means that the target weeds are controlled, with little or no injury to the crop. Atrazine is well tolerated by actively growing corn and sorghum, which absorb and metabolize the herbicide and thereby detoxify it. In Pennsylvania, atrazine has been applied to over 90% of the corn crop.http://www.water-research.net/index.php/atrazine-in-water
Lawmakers aim to ban genetically-modified salmon in Hawaii with new billhttp://khon2.com/2016/02/09/lawmakers-ai...-with-new-bill/
Nation’s First Regenerative Farm Certification Bill Introduced in Vermont
Also known as “carbon farming,” regenerative agriculture practices put the emphasis on soil health using nature’s systems to regenerate the land. According to Andre Leu, president of IFOAM—Organics International, “Rebuilding soil by sequestering carbon reduces CO2 from the atmosphere and creates land that is more drought resistant and grows healthier, food, plants and animals.”https://ecowatch.com/2016/02/10/vermont-regenerative-certification-bill/
Zimbabwe Says It Won’t Accept GMO Corn for Drought Relief
Zimbabwe will inspect all corn imported as emergency food aid to check that it’s not genetically modified, agriculture minister Joseph Made told lawmakers Wednesday.
The government remains opposed to GM crop imports and “may later consider such purchases provided it is trucked directly to millers under security escort,” Made said. A ban on genetically modified seed-corn won’t be lifted, he said.http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2...-drought-relief
Dismantling injustice in the food system: An interview with Elizabeth Henderson:http://www.youngfarmers.org/dismantling-...beth-henderson/
Toolbox for Farm Seekershttp://landforgood.org/resources/toolbox/toolbox-farm-seekers/
Where have all the ladybugs gone?
Tom Oder February 10, 2016
Native ladybugs are disappearing, and it could mean bad things for our crops, but there are ways you can help.
The next time you see a ladybug, do a farmer a favor. Whip out your smartphone, take pictures of it, and email the photos with the location to John Losey.
Losey is the director of the Lost Ladybug Project and will add your picture to the more than 34,000 ladybug images he has received. The project is a citizen science effort that Losey runs out of his lab at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where he's an associate professor of entomology. Native ladybugs have been in serious decline since the mid-1970s, and Losey is seeking to document where remaining populations are being seen, where they're not being seen, all to help determine the reason for their decline. http://www.mnn.com/your-home/organic-farming-gardening/stories/you-can-help-save-ladybugs
Arty turns 11 this summer.
#1481907 --- 02/18/16 12:51 AM
Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food
Loc: Waterloo, NY
FDA to Start Testing for Glyphosate in Food
By Carey Gillam on February 17, 2016
The federal agency already tests for residues of many agricultural chemicals on food. Now it will include the widely used weed killer linked to cancer.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the nation’s chief food safety regulator, plans to start testing certain foods for residues of the world’s most widely used weed killer after the World Health Organization’s cancer experts last year declared the chemical a probable human carcinogen.
The FDA’s move comes amid growing public concern about the safety of the herbicide known as glyphosate, and comes after the U.S Government Accountability Office (GAO) rebuked the agency for failing to do such assessments and for not disclosing that short-coming to the public.
Private companies, academics, and consumer groups have recently launched their own testing and claim to have detected glyphosate residues in breast milk, honey, cereal, wheat flour, soy sauce, infant formula, and other substances.
FDA officials dubbed the issue “sensitive” and declined to provide details of the plans, but FDA spokeswoman Lauren Sucher said the agency was moving forward to test for glyphosate for the first time in the agency’s history.
“The agency is now considering assignments for Fiscal Year 2016 to measure glyphosate in soybeans, corn, milk, and eggs, among other potential foods,” she told Civil Eats. Soybeans and corn are common ingredients in an array of food products and genetically engineered (or GMO) varieties are commonly sprayed with glyphosate.
The start-up costs to implement selective residue methods for glyphosate at six FDA testing laboratories is pegged at about $5 million, according to a statement the FDA gave the GAO after the GAO criticized FDA for not testing for glyphosate in a 2014 audit. The GAO reported that it found multiple deficiencies in the FDA’s pesticide residue testing program, and specifically cited a failure to test for glyphosate, which the GAO called the “most used agricultural pesticide.”
“Maybe we shamed them into it,” said John Neumann, a spokesman for the GAO FDA report. Neumann said the GAO did not demand that FDA conduct such testing, but said at the very least, FDA needed to disclose the lack of testing. The GAO will be reviewing FDA’s progress on meeting all of the GAO recommendations in June, Neumann added. “There were significant limitations to the credibility of their data,” he said.
Both the FDA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) routinely conduct such testing of foods for the residues of hundreds of pesticides. Both routinely skip testing for glyphosate, however, claiming such testing is too expensive and not needed to protect public health. Now, Sucher said, the agency has developed “streamlined methods” for testing for the weed killer.
Under the existing regulatory framework, the EPA sets standards—known as tolerances—for pesticide residues on foods. An arm of the USDA monitors meat, poultry, and processed egg products to ensure they do not violate EPA’s tolerances, while FDA monitors other foods, including fruits and vegetables. The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service gathers annual residue data for highly consumed foods. But unlike the USDA, FDA holds enforcement authority, the ability to take action against a company, if residues exceed legal levels, though critics have charged the FDA’s enforcement powers are weak.
Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup, and is the most widely used herbicide in the world. Monsanto patented the herbicide in the 1970s, and it quickly became popular for its effectiveness in killing troublesome weeds. Glyphosate use skyrocketed after Monsanto introduced “Roundup Ready” crops in the mid-1990s, which were genetically engineered to be immune to glyphosate—meaning farmers could spray the pesticide directly over the crops. There are also many non-GMO crops, including wheat, that are sprayed directly with glyphosate before being harvested to help dry them out. Glyphosate is now off patent and is used in hundreds of herbicide products around the world.
The FDA effort comes during an intense political debate over perceived risks of genetically modified crop technology to human health and the environment, and glyphosate residues on food is a key concern. Several states have moved to mandate labeling of foods made with GMOs, and one such measure in Vermont is set to take effect July 1. Many large food industry players and agribusiness interests are fighting mandatory labeling and seeking a federal bill that would block Vermont’s law.
The FDA move to start testing was cheered by Michael Hansen, senior staff scientist at Consumers Union, though Hansen said the USDA must not continue to duck the issue. The USDA’s annual pesticide data program (PDP), in operation since 1991, is considered the primary authoritative report on pesticide residues on food.
“That’s an excellent first step … but it should be part of the pesticide data program (at the USDA),” said Hansen. “The United Kingdom has been doing this for years. Given the vast expansion in use we should be seeing more exposure. They should have been doing it a lot earlier.”
Monsanto brings in about $5 billion annually in revenues from glyphosate. The company and other agribusiness interests say that there is no valid evidence linking glyphosate to disease or illness and trace amounts of glyphosate residues on food are nothing to fear. They say there are numerous studies that have determined glyphosate to be safe.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has largely agreed, and in 2013, raised the amount of glyphosate residues on certain food crops that the agency considered safe. A new risk assessment conducted by EPA of glyphosate was expected to be released last year but has been delayed.
But critics say several studies have linked glyphosate to human health ailments, including non-Hodgkin lymphoma and kidney and liver problems, and because glyphosate is so pervasive in the environment, even trace amounts can be harmful due to extended exposure.
Glyphosate use by U.S. farmers rose from 12.5 million pounds in 1995 to 250 million pounds in 2014, a 20-fold increase, while global use rose from 112.6 million pounds in 1995 to 1.65 billion pounds in 2014, according to recent research in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Sciences Europe by Charles Benbrook. Benbrook is currently a private consultant, but he conducted the research as a professor at Washington State University.
A USDA spokesman, who did not want to be named, said that agency had been informed that FDA will start the testing with corn and soybeans. The USDA does not plan to start its own testing, he told Civil Eats. Monsanto had no immediate comment.
Editor’s note: Monsanto later provided the following statement with regard to its position on the possibility of FDA testing on glyphosate residues:
“While FDA hasn’t officially confirmed to us that they plan to move forward with residue testing, glyphosate’s 40-year history of safe use has been upheld by the U.S. EPA and regulators around the world following decades of study and review. No data have ever indicated residue levels of more than a fraction of EPA’s very conservative Allowable Daily Intake or any level of concern. If FDA does move forward with additional testing in a scientifically rigorous manner, we are confident it will reaffirm the long-standing safety profile of this vital tool used safely and effectively by farmers, landowners and homeowners around the world.” http://civileats.com/2016/02/17/fda-to-start-testing-for-glyphosate-in-food/
Arty turns 11 this summer.
#1482224 --- 02/24/16 04:24 PM
Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food
Loc: Waterloo, NY
Historic Settlement: Wildlife Agency Will Finally Examine How Roundup, Atrazine Harm 1,500 Endangered Species
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will analyze the impacts of atrazine and glyphosate — the two most commonly used pesticides in the United States — on 1,500 endangered U.S. plants and animals under the terms of a historic settlement reached today with the Center for Biological Diversity. The agreement ensures that the Fish and Wildlife Service will develop conservation measures on these two pesticides, along with propazine and simazine, which together represent nearly 40 percent of annual pesticide use in the United States.
“This agreement will result in long-overdue protections for our country’s most endangered species,” said Brett Hartl, endangered species policy director at the Center. “Once the Fish and Wildlife Service completes its analysis, and the public finally learns just how toxic and deadly these pesticides are to endangered species, we hope that the government will ultimately take most of these products off the shelf.”
Despite a clear legal requirement to consult with the Fish and Wildlife Service on the impacts from pesticides on endangered species, the Environmental Protection Agency has repeatedly failed to do so when it registers a pesticide under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act. A series of lawsuits by the Center has forced the EPA to begin consulting on the impacts of pesticides, including an agreement reached last summer for EPA to begin the process to analyze the harms from atrazine and glyphosate by June 2020.
Today’s settlement follows a similar framework and requires the Fish and Wildlife Service to finish the consultation process on these chemicals by December 2022. The analysis is likely to lead to permanent restrictions on some of the most harmful uses of these highly toxic pesticides.
“With more than 300 million pounds of Roundup and 80 million pounds of atrazine being dumped on the landscape each year, it’s hard to even fathom the damage being done to endangered species, our environment and our own health,” said Hartl. “The analysis required under the Endangered Species Act is our best bet for forcing the EPA to stop acting as a rubber stamp for industry, and to finally make environmental protection the highest priority in decisions about these dangerous pesticides.”
Glyphosate has also been linked to the decline of many wildlife species, including monarch butterflies. The increase in use within the United States has come with the widespread adoption of herbicide-tolerant, genetically engineered crops such as corn and soy. The World Health Organization recently declared glyphosate a probable human carcinogen, and just last week, the Food and Drug Administration announced that it would begin testing for glyphosate in food.
In addition to causing severe harm to endangered species, atrazine exposure may be linked to increased risks of thyroid cancer, reproductive harm and birth defects in people. A 2013 study showed that children whose mothers were exposed to atrazine had an increased risk of birth defects. Atrazine is the second-most commonly used pesticide after glyphosate, more commonly known as Monsanto’s Roundup.
“Government agencies have a legal and moral duty to ensure that harmful chemicals aren’t sprayed in the same places where vulnerable wild animals are trying to survive,” said Hartl. “Pesticides found in endangered species habitat can also contaminate our drinking water, food, homes and schools, where they pose a disturbing health risk.”http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/201...oundup-atrazine
Arty turns 11 this summer.
#1482226 --- 02/24/16 04:34 PM
Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food
Loc: Waterloo, NY
Arson Suspected in Massive Fire at Monsanto Research Facility
Earlier this week, a Monsanto research facility in France was burned to the ground. Monsanto and investigators suspect an arsonist was responsible for the blaze.
Monsanto representative Jakob Witten told Reuters that investigators “strongly suspect it was a crime as no electrical or other sources were found.” He added that “No Monsanto sites in Europe have so far been the victim of fires of criminal origin, this is unprecedented violence.”
The fire had multiple points of origin, meaning it is unlikely the fire was caused by an electrical malfunction or other natural causes. Investigators also noticed a strong smell of gasoline in different areas of the site.
France announced in June that it wasbanning sales of Roundup, Monsanto’s flagship herbicide, amid public pressure and the World Health Organization’s announcement that the product is probably carcinogenic. Further, last month the country announced it was strengthening its ban on genetically modified crops. Monsanto is one of the most hated corporations on the planet and faces particularly strong resistance in France. If the fire is confirmed to have been arson, it is possible this vociferous opposition might have been a motivating factor.http://herbalhouse365.com/2016/02/22/1401/
Iowa State University researchers are moving ahead with their human guinea pig project which will pay a dozen students $900 a piece to eat genetically modified bananas. This comes in spite of petitions signed by 57,000 people which were delivered to university officials earlier this week. The project is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.http://www.cnbc.com/2016/02/18/
GMO Labeling: The Shocking Draft Text of the New Dark Act
The new Dark Act contains some shocking text including details of how the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture will become a preacher for the U.S. Biotech industry: “EDUCATION.—The Secretary, in coordination with other Federal agencies as appropriate, shall provide science-based information, including any information on the environmental, nutritional, economic, and humanitarian benefits of agricultural biotechnology, through education, outreach, and promotion to address consumer acceptance of agricultural biotechnology.”http://sustainablepulse.com/2016/02/22/gmo-labeling-the-draft-text-of-the-new-dark-act/#.Vsr73f32Y3v
Full Text of the Draft New Dark Acthttp://sustainablepulse.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/NewDarkAct.pdf
Trailer: What's With Wheat? - Coming April 2016 (4 minutes)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXJhHIst_jQ&feature=youtu.be
Brazil State Bans Pesticide After Zika Claim
Health officials suspend use of mosquito larvacide that an Argentine doctors’ group blamed for the surge in microcephaly cases among newborns
SÃO PAULO—Brazil’s southernmost state halted the use of a mosquito larvicide that an Argentine doctors’ group warns could be behind the recent surge of babies born with microcephaly. http://www.wsj.com/articles/brazil-state-bans-pesticide-after-zika-claim-1455584596
This Chicken Farm Uses Oregano Oil Instead of Antibiotics
This success reveals an interesting trend when it comes to food shopping in the United States; people are generally becoming more aware of the health risks associated with mass produced, drug-fed chickens that are found on most commercial chicken farms. As such, more and more people are choosing to pay a little more for chicken like the ones found on Sechler’s farm.http://www.realfarmacy.com/chicken-farm-oregano-oil-instead-antibiotics/
Larvicide Manufactured By Sumitomo, Not Zika Virus, True Cause Of Brazil's Microcephaly Outbreak: Doctors
The group of Argentine doctors points out that during past Zika epidemics, there have not been any cases of microcephaly linked with the virus. In fact, about 75 percent of the population in countries where Zika broke out had been infected by the mosquito-borne virus.
In countries such as Colombia where there are plenty of Zika cases, there are no records of microcephaly linked to Zika, the group said.http://www.techtimes.com/articles/133548...eak-doctors.htm
Monsanto's response to the Zika virus story & info on their business partner that makes the larvicide in question.http://monsantoblog.com/2016/02/13/the-truth-about-monsanto-and-the-zika-virus/
Good news! Sikkim (India) goes organic
What does it take to turn 75,000 hectares of farmland organic? Well, people in the state of Sikkim can now speak to that. A mountainous region in eastern India, Sikkim recently became the first state in that country to go fully organic.http://www.panna.org/blog/going-organic-india
Why fruits and vegetables taste better in Europe
"The bottom line here with the industrial tomatoes is that tomatoes have been bred for yield, production, disease resistance," Klee told me. "The growers are not paid for flavor — they are paid for yield. So the breeders have given them this stuff that produces a lot of fruit but that doesn’t have any flavor."http://www.vox.com/2016/2/12/10972140/fruits-vegetables-taste-better-europe
Organic seed usage growshttp://www.capitalpress.com/Organic/20160208/organic-seed-usage-grows
Neil Young Takes His Anti-Monsanto Message on the Roadhttp://ecowatch.com/2016/02/08/neil-young-the-monsanto-years/
Weed-Whacking Herbicide Proves Deadly to Human Cells
Used in gardens, farms, and parks around the world, the weed killer Roundup contains an ingredient that can suffocate human cells in a laboratory, researchers sayhttp://www.scientificamerican.com/article/weed-whacking-herbicide-p/
Glyphosate briefings: reason for concern - 2013
Now tests have shown that glyphosate is present in the human body. Friends of the Earth Europe commissioned an independent laboratory in Germany to test urine samples from people in 18 countries for glyphosate. The results showed that traces of the chemical were found in samples from all countries, with 44 per cent of samples found to contain glyphosate on average. This media briefing explains the reasons for concern.https://www.foeeurope.org/glyphosate-reasons-for-concern-briefing-130613
Study Says Pesticides Spur Antibiotic Resistance - 2015
“Regulators in all countries around the world need to go back and look at the safety assessments that they’ve carried out when they’ve approved these pesticides,” Young said. “Because they do not include studies to see whether these pesticides can induce antibiotic resistance.”http://indianapublicmedia.org/eartheats/pesticides-antibiotic-resistance-deadly-bacteria/
Cytotoxic and DNA-damaging properties of glyphosate and Roundup in human-derived buccal epithelial cells. - 2012
Abstract: Glyphosate (G) is the largest selling herbicide worldwide; the most common formulations (Roundup, R) contain polyoxyethyleneamine as main surfactant. Recent findings indicate that G exposure may cause DNA damage and cancer in humans. Aim of this investigation was to study the cytotoxic and genotoxic properties of G and R (UltraMax) in a buccal epithelial cell line (TR146), as workers are exposed via inhalation to the herbicide. R induced acute cytotoxic effects at concentrations > 40 mg/l after 20 min, which were due to membrane damage and impairment of mitochondrial functions. With G, increased release of extracellular lactate dehydrogenase indicative for membrane damage was observed at doses > 80 mg/l. Both G and R induced DNA migration in single-cell gel electrophoresis assays at doses > 20 mg/l. Furthermore, an increase of nuclear aberrations that reflect DNA damage was observed. The frequencies of micronuclei and nuclear buds were elevated after 20-min exposure to 10-20 mg/l, while nucleoplasmatic bridges were only enhanced by R at the highest dose (20 mg/l). R was under all conditions more active than its active principle (G). Comparisons with results of earlier studies with lymphocytes and cells from internal organs indicate that epithelial cells are more susceptible to the cytotoxic and DNA-damaging properties of the herbicide and its formulation. Since we found genotoxic effects after short exposure to concentrations that correspond to a 450-fold dilution of spraying used in agriculture, our findings indicate that inhalation may cause DNA damage in exposed individuals.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22331240
The effect of glyphosate on potential pathogens and beneficial members of poultry microbiota in vitro. - 2013
Abstract: The use of glyphosate modifies the environment which stresses the living microorganisms. The aim of the present study was to determine the real impact of glyphosate on potential pathogens and beneficial members of poultry microbiota in vitro. The presented results evidence that the highly pathogenic bacteria as Salmonella Entritidis, Salmonella Gallinarum, Salmonella Typhimurium, Clostridium perfringens and Clostridium botulinum are highly resistant to glyphosate. However, most of beneficial bacteria as Enterococcus faecalis, Enterococcus faecium, Bacillus badius, Bifidobacterium adolescentis and Lactobacillus spp. were found to be moderate to highly susceptible. Also Campylobacter spp. were found to be susceptible to glyphosate. A reduction of beneficial bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract microbiota by ingestion of glyphosate could disturb the normal gut bacterial community. Also, the toxicity of glyphosate to the most prevalent Enterococcus spp. could be a significant predisposing factor that is associated with the increase in C. botulinum-mediated diseases by suppressing the antagonistic effect of these bacteria on clostridia.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23224412
Glyphosate and Roundups Implications on Modern Diseases - 2013
An interview with Stephanie Seneff, PhD.http://www.altheadlines.com/glyphosate-and-roundups-implications-on-modern-diseases-13249157/
'Roundup' weed killer linked to cancer - after decades of use in backyards, parks and playgrounds across Australiahttp://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-...l#ixzz40Nn5put5
New study shows clear nutritional differences between organic and non-organic milk and meat
Speaking about the research, Helen Browning, chief executive of the Soil Association, said, “This research confirms what many people have always thought was true – what you feed farm animals and how you treat them affects the quality of the food – whether it’s milk, cheese or a cut of meat. These scientists have shown that all the hard work organic farmers put into caring for their animals pays off in the quality of the food they produce – giving real value for money.http://www.gmwatch.org/news/latest-news/...c-milk-and-meat
A mouse’s house may ruin experiments
Environmental factors lie behind many irreproducible rodent experiments.
Nutrition can also determine whether a mouse study succeeds or fails, yet Brayton says that many researchers cannot even say where their animals’ feed comes from. Some mouse foods contain oestrogens and endocrine-disrupting chemicals that can affect research on cancer, among other diseases1. And the high-fat, high-sugar food used in obesity studies goes rancid quickly; when it does, mice may stop eating and lose weight without researchers realizing why.
Food choices can also alter a mouse’s gut microbiome. Catherine Hagan Gillespie, a veterinary pathologist at the Jackson Laboratory in Sacramento, California, has found that species of bacteria in the gut vary widely between mice from different vendors2. In another, unpublished, study, she found that mice with different assortments of gut bacteria showed different anxiety levels in behavioural tests.http://www.nature.com/news/a-mouse-s-house-may-ruin-experiments-1.19335
Cuba's organic honey exports create buzz as bees die off elsewhere
"All of (Cuba's) honey can be certified as organic," Friedrich told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. "Its honey has a very specific, typical taste; in monetary value, it's a high ranking product."
After the collapse in 1991 of the Soviet Union, Cuba's main trading partner, the island was unable to afford pesticides due to a lack of foreign currency, coupled with the U.S. trade embargo. By necessity, the government embraced organic agriculture, and the policies have largely stuck.http://news.trust.org/item/20160209120235-5me2q/?source=reOtherNews3
Egyptian study shows damage from GMO corn. 2012
Histopathological Changes in Some Organs of Male Rats Fed on Genetically Modified Corn (Ajeeb YG)http://www.academia.edu/3405345/Histopat..._Corn_Ajeeb_YG_
Morphological and Biochemical Changes in Male Rats Fed on Genetically Modified Corn (Ajeeb YG)http://www.academia.edu/3138607/Morpholo..._Corn_Ajeeb_YG_
Monarch Butterfly Decline Linked to Glyphosatehttp://www.i-sis.org.uk/Monarch_Butterfly_Decline_Linked_to_Glyphosate.php
These Hired “Experts” Are Infiltrating The Media To Confuse You About Food…http://foodbabe.com/2015/07/27/who-are-the-experts-hired-to-downplay-public-concerns-about-food/http://webiva-downton.s3.amazonaws.com/877/3b/f/5992/FOE_SpinningFoodReport_14.pdf
Mystery E. Coli Strain Smoking Gun in Chipotle Sabotage, Federal Investigation Revealshttp://www.march-against-monsanto.com/my...gation-reveals/
French Ecology Minister Calls for Ban on Glyphosate Formulationshttp://www.mauigmomoratoriumnews.org/fre...e-formulations/
Amazon facing new threat: Agent Orange
Agent Orange was as deadly as guns in the Vietnam War, killing or injuring an estimated 400,000 people. Decades later, the herbicide is being used to kill again — this time, on the Amazon rainforest.
In recent weeks, authorities have discovered ranchers spraying the highly-toxic chemical on sections of the forest in an attempt to clear the land without officials noticing. The herbicide is much harder to detect than traditional methods of deforestation, which usually involve less stealthy tools like tractors and chainsaws.http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2011/jul/14/amazon-rainforest-forests
Farmers Can Receive Grants to Move to Organic Farming http://naturalsociety.com/farmers-grants-states-organic-farming-68309/#ixzz40VeKPlgZ
Oregon farmers battle over GMO control
Oregon farmers are suffering real financial losses because of contamination from nearby genetically engineered crops, a Legislative committee heard Thursday.http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/te...ntrol/80027048/
State: Food industry lobby engaged in 'egregious' money laundering in 2013 vote
The Grocery Manufacturers Association concealed the source of $11 million spent to fight a 2013 ballot initiative, and internal documents reveal how it was done, state Attorney General Bob Ferguson charged in a court motion disclosed Wednesday.http://m.seattlepi.com/local/politics/ar...mpid=fb-desktop
Concerns over use of glyphosate-based herbicides and risks associated with exposures: a consensus statementhttp://ehjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12940-016-0117-0
Glyphosate herbicide toxicity to native Hawaiian macroalgal and seagrass specieshttp://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10811-016-0790-y
Is Cuba the future of farming?
"Cuba’s preeminent role in sustainable agriculture was a result of the collapse of the Soviet bloc and the immediate disinvestment in its Soviet-subsidized petroleum-based agriculture infrastructure. Cubans were faced with the choice of finding ways to grow food without chemical fertilizers and pesticides, or starving. Sustainable agriculture became the only option for feeding themselves.http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2015/04/15/cuba-future-farming/ESYROGF8WARyyRv3lmgNHO/story.html
Congressional Reps Want EPA Review of Glyphosate-2,4-D Mixture Enlist Duo
(Beyond Pesticides, February 18, 2016)
Last week, 35 members of Congress, led by Representatives Earl Blumenauer (OR-3) and Peter DeFazio (OR-4), signed a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy, challenging EPA’s review process for the glyphosate and 2,4-D herbicide mixture, known as Enlist Duo. It is produced by Dow AgroSciences for use in genetically engineered crops. The letter requests “more information about EPA’s plan to reevaluate Enlist Duo’s health and environmental risks.” The letter comes just weeks after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied a request from EPA to vacate its own decision to approve the toxic herbicide cocktail. Because of the court’s decision, EPA is solely responsible for the decision about Enlist Duo’s registration.
“This is part of a vicious cycle that is leading to more potent, dangerous chemicals being widely used on crops across the United States,” said Rep. Blumenauer. He continued, “With the rise of herbicide-resistant genetically modified crops, herbicides are more widely sprayed causing weeds to grow more resistant – ultimately, requiring the application of even stronger herbicides. EPA must take action to make sure products entering the market to be used on our food are safe for human health and the environment.”http://beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblo...ure-enlist-duo/
European Scientists Discover Bee Resurgence After Banning These 3 Pesticides Still Used in The US
The European Academies Science Advisory Council, an independent body composed of representatives from the national science academies of European Union member states, has a growing body of evidence that shows the widespread use of the pesticides “has severe effects on a range of organisms that provide ecosystem services like pollination and natural pest control, as well as on biodiversity.”http://jbanews.com/2016/02/18/european-s...used-in-the-us/
Organic Dairy and Meat Higher in Essential Nutrients
(Beyond Pesticides, February 17, 2016)
After reviewing a prolific scientific database, researchers find that organic meat and milk have 50 percent more important nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids that are important in human nutrition. Organic meat has slightly lower concentrations of saturated fats, while organic milk contains 40 percent more linoleic acid, and carries slightly higher concentrations of iron, vitamin E and some carotenoids. While this new information certainly adds to the debate over the benefits of organic, it strengthens the argument that there is a nutritional advantage to eating organic that complements the environmental benefit of avoiding toxic pesticide use.http://beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblo...tial-nutrients/
Organic Bytes - No Compromise
The Grocery Manufacturers Association, which represents Monsanto and the worst of corporate food, has set a very clear goal: Keep as much information about GMOs as possible away from consumers.
Consumers have an opposing goal: Tell us what’s in our food.https://www.organicconsumers.org/bytes/organic-bytes-499-back-stabbing-gmo-labeling-movement
Is It Time to Go Organic for Your Dog's Food?
Many of today’s foods contain toxins such as pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics, growth hormones, and chemical additives that have been linked to serious health issues in both people and animals. To minimize this toxic assault, I feed my family, including my four-legged son, Chase, as many organic foods as possible. Let’s take a look at why “going organic” might make sense for your canine companion.https://www.organicconsumers.org/news/it-time-go-organic-your-dogs-food
CNN Documentary Takes a Peek Behind the Food Industry Curtain http://money.cnn.com/video/news/economy/...t-fat.cnnmoney/
Asia watches as GMO legal challenge threatens Philippines food supplyhttp://www.reuters.com/article/us-philippines-gmo-idUSKCN0VP0TE
France Says “Glyphosate Could Be Carcinogenic to Humans”
First the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) deemed glyphosate, the main component in herbicides such as Round Up, a ‘probable carcinogen.’ Then, California’s EPA announced that glyphosate-products would adopt a cancer label. Now, France’s Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) suggests that glyphosate is likely a category 2 carcinogen, meaning it is cancerous to human beings.
ANSES believes the classification of glyphosate should be rapidly reviewed by the European Chemicals Agency.http://naturalsociety.com/france-glyphosate-carcinogenic-humans-61849/#ixzz40leRQHAS
*****Take a look at the comments at the end of this article by Anthony Samsel, a "pediatrician" that works for Monsanto, among many others.
"Daniel Goldstein, let me correct your statements. First of all, Glyphosate is a synthetic amino acid analogue of our canonical amino acid glycine. Glyphosate functions at the molecular level and was found by Monsanto in radio-labeled C-14 studies in all tissues, glands and organs. Glyphosate causes cataracts, testicular damage, pancreatic and kidney damage. Glyphosate was found to destroy the basement membranes of all glands and organs. Monsanto's registrations for Roundup glyphosate-based herbicides are false and misleading. Both Monsanto and the US EPA substituted and used the CHRONIC studies conducted on Glyphosate Technical Acid N-Phosphonomethyl glycine to gain approval of the salts and esters of glyphosate found in all Roundup product. This bait and switch is fraud. Those salts and esters of glyphosate never were tested long-term for chronic toxicity. Glyphosate registrations should be pulled immediately."
Time for U.S. Regulators to Get Serious About Safety of Popular Pesticidehttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/carey-gillam/time-for-us-regulators-to_b_9255674.html
Monsanto's Newest GM Crops May Create More Problems Than They Solve - 2015
But others think the benefits will at best be short-lived. Weeds may soon become resistant to the new herbicide mixtures, resulting in new generations of ever-more-intractable weeds that will need to be controlled with yet more herbicides.
The new crops now await commercial deployment pending an ongoing review by the Environmental Protection Agency. If approved, it will “demonstrate once again that biotechnology in agriculture is all about increasing pesticide use and dependence,” said Bill Freese, a science policy analyst at the Center for Food Safety, an advocacy group that opposes the crops. In a critique of the USDA’s evaluation, Freese warned of “an era of much increased use of and dependence on pesticides.”http://www.wired.com/2015/02/new-gmo-crop-controversy/
Pesticide - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Pesticides are substances meant for attracting, seducing, and then destroying any pest. They are a class of biocide. The most common use of pesticides is as plant protection products (also known as crop protection products), which in general protect plants from damaging influences such as weeds, fungi, or insects. This use of pesticides is so common that the term pesticide is often treated as synonymous with plant protection product, although it is in fact a broader term, as pesticides are also used for non-agricultural purposes. The term pesticide includes all of the following: herbicide, insecticide, insect growth regulator, nematicide, termiticide, molluscicide, piscicide, avicide, rodenticide, predacide, bactericide, insect repellent, animal repellent, antimicrobial, fungicide, disinfectant (antimicrobial), and sanitizer.
In general, a pesticide is a chemical or biological agent (such as a virus, bacterium, antimicrobial, or disinfectant) that deters, incapacitates, kills, or otherwise discourages pests. Target pests can include insects, plant pathogens, weeds, mollusks, birds, mammals, fish, nematodes (roundworms), and microbes that destroy property, cause nuisance, or spread disease, or are disease vectors. Although pesticides have benefits, some also have drawbacks, such as potential toxicity to humans and other species. According to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, 9 of the 12 most dangerous and persistent organic chemicals are organochlorine pesticideshttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pesticide
What Happens When We Stop Listening to Monsanto - Ashley Lukens, Director, Hawai‘i Center for Food Safety - February 9th, 2016
Unlike previous hearings, the pesticide-seed industry’s tired talking points held no traction. They said: “The Environmental Protection Agency sufficiently regulates pesticides,” “Pesticide labels provide sufficient protection,” “Residential use of pesticides poses a greater risk than industrial agricultural use…” And the committees weren’t buying it.
Similarly, the industry’s claims that buffer zones “hurt farmers” did not hold water. Differentiating the demands of the agrichemical industry from the needs of local farmers is incredibly important to our work because it clarifies that when they say “right to farm,” what they are actually fighting for is a “right to spray.”
Why the shift in tone? It was the voices of community members, mothers like Colleen Chapman of Waialua and Malia Chun of Kekaha, that captured committee members’ attention. Facing daily threats of pesticide drift in their homes and communities, these women courageously shared their stories in a room full of industry representatives. http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/blog/4223/what-happens-when-we-stop-listening-to-monsanto#
Brazen FAO flies its double helix colours
What the FAO is doing with this bio-technology symposium is worse than unconscionable and worse than being wilfully unmindful about the evidence of the harm – to animal populations, ecosystems and humans – caused by biotechnologies and especially those employed for agricultural purposes. The serious harm to health and the ecological and agronomical impacts of glyphosate and glyphosate tolerant crops for example are the most thoroughly researched. The same kind of evidence has now emerged for Bt crops and Bt toxins. Evidence that genetic modification per se is harmful is as broad and unimpeachable, with the uncontrollable processes of genetic modification having led to the phenomena of antibiotic resistance (reported from all over the world), the creation of new pathogens, the incidence of cancers, and the hijacking of the human body’s natural nucleic acids to do harm.https://makanaka.wordpress.com/2016/02/16/brazen-fao-flies-its-double-helix-colours/
Has the US Biotech Industry Infiltrated the Russian Scientific Community?
This strength shown by the Russian government was also shown just last week when they dealt a huge blow to U.S. farmers, after banning all imports of U.S. soybeans and corn due to microbial and GMO contamination.http://sustainablepulse.com/2016/02/17/who-is-supporting-pro-gmo-forces-in-russia/#.VssNnf32Y3u
Tell the EPA and FDA: Immediately suspend Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide.http://act.credoaction.com/sign/Roundup_Cancer
New Open Access article on glyphosate - Published 17 Feb 2016
Concerns over use of glyphosate-based herbicides and risks associated with exposures: a consensus statement
Abstract: The broad-spectrum herbicide glyphosate (common trade name “Roundup”) was first sold to farmers in 1974. Since the late 1970s, the volume of glyphosate-based herbicides (GBHs) applied has increased approximately 100-fold. Further increases in the volume applied are likely due to more and higher rates of application in response to the widespread emergence of glyphosate-resistant weeds and new, pre-harvest, dessicant use patterns. GBHs were developed to replace or reduce reliance on herbicides causing well-documented problems associated with drift and crop damage, slipping efficacy, and human health risks. Initial industry toxicity testing suggested that GBHs posed relatively low risks to non-target species, including mammals, leading regulatory authorities worldwide to set high acceptable exposure limits. To accommodate changes in GBH use patterns associated with genetically engineered, herbicide-tolerant crops, regulators have dramatically increased tolerance levels in maize, oilseed (soybeans and canola), and alfalfa crops and related livestock feeds. Animal and epidemiology studies published in the last decade, however, point to the need for a fresh look at glyphosate toxicity. Furthermore, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer recently concluded that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic to humans.” In response to changing GBH use patterns and advances in scientific understanding of their potential hazards, we have produced a Statement of Concern drawing on emerging science relevant to the safety of GBHs. Our Statement of Concern considers current published literature describing GBH uses, mechanisms of action, toxicity in laboratory animals, and epidemiological studies. It also examines the derivation of current human safety standards. We conclude that: (1) GBHs are the most heavily applied herbicide in the world and usage continues to rise; (2) Worldwide, GBHs often contaminate drinking water sources, precipitation, and air, especially in agricultural regions; (3) The half-life of glyphosate in water and soil is longer than previously recognized; (4) Glyphosate and its metabolites are widely present in the global soybean supply; (5) Human exposures to GBHs are rising; (6) Glyphosate is now authoritatively classified as a probable human carcinogen; (7) Regulatory estimates of tolerable daily intakes for glyphosate in the United States and European Union are based on outdated science. We offer a series of recommendations related to the need for new investments in epidemiological studies, biomonitoring, and toxicology studies that draw on the principles of endocrinology to determine whether the effects of GBHs are due to endocrine disrupting activities. We suggest that common commercial formulations of GBHs should be prioritized for inclusion in government-led toxicology testing programs such as the U.S. National Toxicology Program, as well as for biomonitoring as conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.http://ehjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12940-016-0117-0
Maine Town Declares Food Sovereignty
Update March, 2013: Brooksville Becomes Ninth Maine Town to Pass Food Sovereignty Law
Here’s a Way to Eliminate the Regulators and Lawyers, and Build Community At the Same Time: Organize and Declare “Food Sovereignty,” Like Sedgwick, Maine
Citing America’s Declaration of Independence and the Maine Constitution, the ordinance proposed that “Sedgwick citizens possess the right to produce, process, sell, purchase, and consume local foods of their choosing.” These would include raw milk and other dairy products and locally slaughtered meats, among other items. This isn’t just a declaration of preference. The proposed warrant added, “It shall be unlawful for any law or regulation adopted by the state or federal government to interfere with the rights recognized by this Ordinance.” In other words, no state licensing requirements prohibiting certain farms from selling dairy products or producing their own chickens for sale to other citizens in the town.http://healthimpactnews.com/2011/food-so...h.YEWxWGMf.dpuf
High Fructose Corn Syrup Has Been Renamed and is Now Being Marketed as a Natural Sweetener
Big food companies are hiding ingredients they know we really don’t want to consume in their products. This time it’s the presence of a new version of high fructose corn syrup. But this is not the innocuous fructose that has sweetened the fruits humans have eaten since time began. This is a questionable ingredient with many names that could be causing all sorts of health problems.http://www.hlfteam.com/high-fructose-cor...ural-sweetener/
Ray Allen Opening Organic Fast Food Spot In South Miami
In March, the former Heat superstar, two-time NBA champion and actor is opening up Grown, an organic fast food restaurant that promises to shake up the way we think about eating healthy.http://miami.cbslocal.com/2016/02/21/ray-allen-opening-organic-fast-food-joint-in-south-miami/
Zen Honeycutt Interviews Kaua'i Councilman, Gary Hooser https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qCZOr8GGzs
Tom Colicchio Says Health Issues Due to Poor Nutrition Will Affect Us More Than ISIS
The #TopChef head judge & chef explains why presidential hopefuls need to focus more on food policy.http://www.bravotv.com/top-chef/blogs/to...-more-than-isis
Scientists Express Concern Over Widespread Use of Glyphosate-Based Herbicides (Beyond Pesticides, February 22, 2016)
The study, published in the journal Environmental Health, was authored by 14 health scientists mostly from universities. Pete Myers, founder and chief scientist at Environmental Health Sciences is the lead author of the report.
“It’s time to call on the global science and regulatory community to step back and take a fresh look at glyphosate since everyone on the planet is or will be exposed,” said senior author Charles Benbrook, an agricultural economist and consultant at Benbrook Consulting Services.http://beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblo...sed-herbicides/
Stephanie Seneff: "The victim was diagnosed with ovarian cancer 3 years ago and died last October. Not sure what year Johnson and Johnson switched from talc to cornstarch (obviously gmo). I'm wondering if glyphosate in the powder played a significant role in her illness."http://www.nbcnews.com/health/cancer/cou...24456?cid=sm_fb
Carol Garnier Dutra - February 21 at 12:42pm ·
In September 2012 Professor Gilles-Eric Seralini of the University of Caen, France published in the scientific journal 'Food and Chemical Toxicology' (FCT) his famous 2 year study (life span of rats equal to the life span of a human being) where he fed 100 male and 100 female Sprague Dawley rats, corn. The rats were divided into controlled groups. Monsanto's GM maize (corn) NK 603 was fed to one of the groups. This study was done in accordance with protocol that has been established for feeding studies. Professor Seralini found that the combination of Monsanto's corn coupled with the residues of the herbicide 'Glyphosate' (Roundup) , caused severe organ damage , plus massive tumors and premature death. Monsanto had to discredit Professor Seralini because his study proved just how dangerous GM Roundup ready food crops are for both human and animal consumption. Monsanto enlisted many persons to write to the FCT journal (published by Elsevier) trying to discredit Professor Seralini's study. This is much like we see on Facebook with 'Monsanto's paid shills' trying to discredit our opposition to GMO Roundup ready food crops.
In early 2013 a new Associate Editor for biotechnology was hired by 'Food and Chemical Toxicology' (FCT). That person was Richard E. Goodman, a former Monsanto employee, who filled a 'new position' created for him at FCT, which makes me think of how President Obama created a 'new position' at the FDA of 'Deputy Commissioner for Foods', and filled it with former 'Monsanto Vice President for Public Policy', Michael R. Taylor.
Richard E. Goodman was a former Monsanto employee from 1997 to 2004. Goodman is an active participant in a group called the 'International Life Sciences Institute' (ILSI) . ILSI is funded by Monsanto, BASF and Syngenta, which puts both Pfizer (owns Monsanto) and Novartis Pharma (in same company as Syngenta) into the picture going after Professor Serlini. ILSI is also funded by BIG food companies, Kraft, Nestle, Unilever, Coca-Cola, and McDonald's. Former President of McDonald's USA, LLC Janice L. Fields sits on Monsanto's Board of Directors.
The journal 'Transgenuic Research' published a critique of the Serlini study. This critique started that Serlini and his team did not follow protocol for their published study. The lead author of the critique was Paul Christou, who as it turns out is a Monsanto 'paid shill'. Monsanto bought the GM seed company Agracetus, which is Cristou's former employer and Monsanto holds the patents for the GM crops on which Christou's name is listed as the inventor. Christou is very connected to Monsanto. When Christou critiqued the Serilini study he did NOT declare his connection to Monsanto. The Serlini study was removed from the scientific journal 'Food and Chemical Toxicology (FCT). Richard E. Goodman delivered to Monsanto as he promised he would do. This again makes me think of Michael Taylor at the FDA, who also delivers to Monsanto.
This is not where this story ends. Serlini and his team of researchers have won 2 court cases. In the defamation case that Serilini and his team won in November 2015, the following was learned, ..."The trial demonstrated that the original author of the fraud accusation, prior to Marianne, was the American lobbyist Henry I. Miller in Forbes magazine. "... Marianne is a French magazine. Forbes magazine is a pro-Monsanto, pro-GMO magzine. Henry Miller is a former lobbyists for the cigarette lobby, and he worked for the FDA from '79 to '94. He is well known for his past 'editorials' claiming that smoking does not cause cancer. This is the same Henry Miller, who still writes pro-GMO articles for 'Forbes' magazine today, along with Kavin Senapathy, his female counterpart, who is another paid Monsanto 'shill'.
Professor Serlini's study has been re-published in 'Environmental Sciences Europe' along with extra material. The new paper presents the exact same results of the study as before, and the conclusions are unchanged.
A Matter of Trust – What’s On Your Plate?
What we are eating is killing us. And the CEOs of Food, Inc. know it. And they don’t care. And those who still buy the stuff don’t want to know about it, or simply don’t care enough to find out. It is simply not a big enough issue. After all, you can’t run around all day cowering in fear over what may or may not kill you in the kitchen cabinet, or you are considered a nut job. Something of a whacko. Just eat it. Don’t worry about what’s in it. It tastes good, doesn’t it? And my personal favorite – You’ve gotta die from something! Just some of the most used guilt-tripping phrases to get people to just go along with the program. I will comply, I don’t want to stand out, I want to be accepted, I want to be part of the group and have people like me. So what if I get cancer in 40 years, I’ll be old then and it won’t matter. It will matter then, Bucko, if you make it that far without some other debilitating illness. We’ve all heard the excuses. And they are, to put it bluntly, lame. Just lame.http://farmwars.info/?p=14630
Bernie Sanders Vows to Protect Organic Farming, Calls Out Monsanto As Presidential Campaign Heats Uphttp://herbalhouse365.com/2016/02/14/ber...paign-heats-up/
Science for Sale - Brokers of junk science?
Two scientific journals known for their industry ties have become go-to publications for researchers who minimize risks from chemicals
“The harm is that it actually muddies the independent scientific literature,” said Jennifer Sass, a senior scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental group. “They’re stacking their weight on their side of the scale.”http://www.publicintegrity.org/2016/02/18/19307/brokers-junk-science
Dr. Marcia Angell, a physician and longtime Editor in Chief of the New England Medical Journal (NEMJ), which is considered to another one of the most prestigious peer-reviewed medical journals in the world, makes her view of the subject quite plain:
“It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of the New England Journal of Medicine”
New Study Shows Organic Ag is Key to Feeding the World
This exciting news puts data to what we at Organic Valley and Organic Prairie have observed first-hand on our own farms for years: improvements in soil, water and feed quality, less energy use, increased biodiversity, reduced exposure to toxic chemicals for both farm workers and consumers, near-equal yields to conventional crops over time, and fair wages for the farmers.http://rootstock.coop/featured-post/new-study-shows-organic-ag-is-key-to-feeding-the-world/
Arty turns 11 this summer.
#1482495 --- 03/01/16 01:29 PM
Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food
Loc: Waterloo, NY
Professor Seralini's new paper is out...
Co-Formulants in Glyphosate-Based Herbicides Disrupt Aromatase Activity in Human Cells below Toxic Levels
Published: 26 February 2016
Pesticide formulations contain declared active ingredients and co-formulants presented as inert and confidential compounds. We tested the endocrine disruption of co-formulants in six glyphosate-based herbicides (GBH), the most used pesticides worldwide. All co-formulants and formulations were comparably cytotoxic well below the agricultural dilution of 1% (18–2000 times for co-formulants, 8–141 times for formulations), and not the declared active ingredient glyphosate (G) alone. The endocrine-disrupting effects of all these compounds were measured on aromatase activity, a key enzyme in the balance of sex hormones, below the toxicity threshold. Aromatase activity was decreased both by the co-formulants alone (polyethoxylated tallow amine—POEA and alkyl polyglucoside—APG) and by the formulations, from concentrations 800 times lower than the agricultural dilutions; while G exerted an effect only at 1/3 of the agricultural dilution. It was demonstrated for the first time that endocrine disruption by GBH could not only be due to the declared active ingredient but also to co-formulants. These results could explain numerous in vivo results with GBHs not seen with G alone; moreover, they challenge the relevance of the acceptable daily intake (ADI) value for GBHs exposures, currently calculated from toxicity tests of the declared active ingredient alone. http://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/13/3/264
Summary of Seralini's new paper...
New research shows regulatory “safe” limits for glyphosate may not be safe at allhttp://www.gmoseralini.org/new-research-...be-safe-at-all/
Monsanto Given Legal Shield in a Chemical Safety Bill
“The House bill specifically exempts PCBs,” ensuring that protection from lawsuits would continue “after the passage of the new law,” the lawyer argued, even though the provision remained locked in negotiation.
The House provision is now drawing protests from local officials suing Monsanto to try to recover costs associated with PCB cleanups, and from lawyers who are trying to collect damages for individuals with health problems linked to PCB exposure, including non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
“Taxpayers and public entities would be left holding the bag to pay hundreds of millions of dollars if not billions of dollars cleaning up Monsanto’s PCBs,” said John Fiske, one of the lawyers representing the six cities suing to collect money from the company to help cover cleanup costs. Monsanto has not yet argued that the cities are barred from suing, but Mr. Fiske says he is certain that if the legislation passes, the company will make that argument.http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/01/busine...trref=undefined
Co-formulants of glyphosate herbicides are endocrine disruptors
This new study, published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, demonstrates for the first time that the endocrine-disrupting effects of glyphosate-based herbicides are not only attributable to glyphosate, the declared active ingredient, but above all to the co-formulants.http://www.criigen.org/communique/102/di...s-endocriniens-
Petition - Stop Monsanto's Dream Bill!https://secure.foodandwaterwatch.org/sit...84&s_src=mo
6 critical graphics showing who owns all the major brands in the world
It's no secret that many of the companies in the world are owned by just a handful of mega-corporations. This information fittingly makes people worried. Though being such a large company is not inherently evil, the power that often comes with it exceeds that which any one entity should have.
Check out these exceptional infographics to see how so few corporations own so many companies.
First up, food manufacturers. Just 10 corporations own well over 100 companies.https://www.minds.com/blog/view/340921957383933952
Remember Monsanto's RBGH (bovine growth hormone) in the 90's? Bernie Sanders in 1994 fighting to get RBGH labelled. Today, he has got gmo labelling passed in Vermont and he is fighting for states to have the right to have gmo foods labelled. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZ92TRkdF0k&feature=youtu.be
Uzbekistan President Announces Ban on GMOs in Baby Food
Karimov made the announcement as part of the government program named Year of Healthy Mother and Child. According to the program, Uzbekistan plans to amend the law on quality and food safety, thus prohibiting GMOs in baby food.
Uzbekistan will also adopt measures to restrict the import and consumption of all products containing GMOs. Uzbekistan may soon also be added to the growing list of countries around the World which officially prohibit the cultivation of GM crops, according to anonymous sources in the country’s scientific community.http://sustainablepulse.com/2016/02/26/u...d/#.VtFwAP32aQF
Organic diet cuts pesticide exposure in children, UC Berkeley study findshttp://www.mercurynews.com/health/ci_295...ren-uc-berkeley
BASF to refocus plant biotechnology research
Research and field sites in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina; Ames, Iowa; Berlin and Limburgerhof, Germany; Ghent, Belgium; and Brazil will be kept but are planned to be reduced in size. The field testing sites in Kekaha, Hawaii, as well as the sites in India and Puerto Rico will be closed. The restructuring is expected to be completed by the end of 2016.https://www.basf.com/en/company/news-and-media/news-releases/2016/02/p-16-134.html
A Bad Effort in Congress to Thwart States on Food Labelshttp://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/25/opinio...spaper&_r=1
Tell the EPA: Ban bee-killing pesticideshttp://act.credoaction.com/sign/epa_neon...-bees-1200_B-SU
The Amish Farmers Reinventing Organic Agriculture
Morin: What did your chemical rep say when you told him that you didn’t need his services anymore?
Zook: Well, that was an interesting summer. He used to come here every week telling me horror stories about all the diseases in the neighborhood. But, I had made up my made up my mind, “No mas.” He came back every week for eight weeks telling me what I needed to spray. I said, “I’m fine, thanks.” The last time he was here, we were out picking tomatoes and he walked over. He was looking around and talking about this and that, and he didn’t even mention pesticides. “Well,” he said, “your tomatoes look pretty good.” I thought, “Yes!”http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archiv...trition/380825/
Open Sesame - The Story of Seeds trailerhttps://www.facebook.com/savingseed/videos/883149691778576/?fref=nf
Vandana Shiva: Make Monsanto Pay
India’s laws, rightly, do not permit patents on seeds and in agriculture. This has always been a problem for Monsanto and, through the U.S. administration, it has attempted to pressure India into changing her robust intellectual property regime since the World Trade Organization came into existence and continues to do so today.http://ecowatch.com/2016/02/26/make-monsanto-pay/
Scalia's Death Prompts Dow to Settle Suits for $835 Million http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2...s-case-for-835m
Tell the EPA to Ban Belthttp://www.thepetitionsite.com/410/598/7...p;z00m=27470613
Full Length Research Paper Published: 26 November 2014
Addressing the issue of horizontal gene transfer from a diet containing genetically modified components into rat tissueshttp://www.academicjournals.org/journal/AJB/article-full-text/BE5331948800
Take a look at New York State...
Glyphosate Annual Pesticide Use Maps 1992 - 2011 Animated https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mB4YR-O5X5M
The Centrality of Seed: Building Agricultural Resilience Through Plant Breedinghttp://www.independentsciencenews.org/un...ding/#more-2101
Major pullout from GM by BASF
Company halves biotech workforce, closes test sites in Hawaii, India, and Puerto Rico, cuts GMO portfoliohttp://www.gmwatch.org/news/latest-news/16743-major-pullout-from-gm-by-basf
Bill Clinton Says Going Vegan May Have Saved His Life
“I take blood tests often," he reportedly told Dougan, adding that he would be entirely vegan, "But [my doctor] asked me to eat organic salmon once a week."http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/bill-clinton-vegan-diet-simply-pure_us_56d48388e4b0871f60ec2729?
Seed firms accused of neglecting female farmers
The report found that only three of the 17 global seed companies it studied have programmes that explicitly seek to take into account “women farmers’ input”.
Women look for specific characteristics in their seeds and plants that men might be less aware of, says Coosje Hoogendoorn, head of research at the Access to Seeds Foundation, which aims to bridge the gap between major seed firms and smallholder farmers, and which wrote the report.
For example, women prefer vegetables that can be cooked fast and grains that take less time to pound into flour, Hoogendoorn says.
“This might be something that men will not be thinking about so much,” she says. But if seeds are easier to grind, it frees up time for women to do other things. “If women have more time for their farm, it helps them move out of poverty and become entrepreneurs,” she says.
At 35:00 minutes this French news station does extensive coverage on Roundup/glyphosate and birth defects.
English translation in comments.
The seeds have a green coating (toxic). The seeds are specially produced to be planted with glyphosate. We use glyphosate, but it is like overusing antibiotics, and the weeds become resistant. So we have to apply more glyphosate and more or stronger chemicals. The next level will include the ingredients of Agent Orange- and the effect of this mix on people is unknown. It is forbidden right now in France.
In the state of Chaco- in 1995, before the massive arrival of glyphosate, there were 6 centers for handicapped, now there are almost 50- 20 years later.
Marissa Gutman: The neurological problems of these children are grave, we can only try to make them comfortable. I have always worked with handicapped kids, but what we see today is an abysmal increase in rates, coming from regions where there is a lot of agriculture- fumigation.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxttcwQZIJo#t=16
Concerns over use of glyphosate-based herbicides and risks associated with exposures: a consensus statement - 17 February 2016
We conclude that: (1) GBHs are the most heavily applied herbicide in the world and usage continues to rise; (2) Worldwide, GBHs often contaminate drinking water sources, precipitation, and air, especially in agricultural regions; (3) The half-life of glyphosate in water and soil is longer than previously recognized; (4) Glyphosate and its metabolites are widely present in the global soybean supply; (5) Human exposures to GBHs are rising; (6) Glyphosate is now authoritatively classified as a probable human carcinogen; (7) Regulatory estimates of tolerable daily intakes for glyphosate in the United States and European Union are based on outdated science. We offer a series of recommendations related to the need for new investments in epidemiological studies, biomonitoring, and toxicology studies that draw on the principles of endocrinology to determine whether the effects of GBHs are due to endocrine disrupting activities. We suggest that common commercial formulations of GBHs should be prioritized for inclusion in government-led toxicology testing programs such as the U.S. National Toxicology Program, as well as for biomonitoring as conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.http://ehjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12940-016-0117-0
Susan G. Komen claims organic food is unsafe while pushing KFC chicken buckets and alcohol on women - 2015
"Shouldn't an organization aimed to fight cancer be more aware of these types of things? Perhaps they are aware and they're just ignoring it? After all, how would they make $55 million from companies producing synthetic products if everybody started eating organic food?"
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/048300_Susan_G_Komen_fried_chicken_organic_food.html#ixzz418WFt1M0
Monsanto Pays $80 Million to Settle Roundup Fraud Case
Monsanto Co will pay $80 million to settle civil accounting violations after it allegedly misstated its earnings in connection with its top-selling Roundup product, U.S. securities regulators said on Tuesday.http://sustainablepulse.com/2016/02/09/m...e/#.VrpMIilGr58
Portuguese Medical Association President Calls for Global Ban on Glyphosate
The President of the Portuguese Medical Association, José Manuel Silva, has called for a Global ban on the World’s most used herbicide, Glyphosate, over the many health concerns surrounding the chemical.http://sustainablepulse.com/2016/02/09/p...e/#.VroYzClGqDe
Soybeans and Corn over Microbial and GMO Contamination
Russia has dealt a huge blow to U.S. farmers, after banning all imports of U.S. soybeans and corn due to microbial and GMO contamination, the country’s food safety regulator Rosselkhoznadzor announced on Thursday. The ban will come in to place on February 15.
“Restrictions will be imposed on imports starting from February 15,” Assistant Director of the Rosselkhoznadzor, Alexey Alekseenko, said Thursday, adding that “they (the US) have to establish a system to ensure safety of products imported to Russia.”http://sustainablepulse.com/2016/02/11/r...n/#.Vr1MzP32Y3t
Arty turns 11 this summer.
#1482805 --- 03/09/16 06:35 PM
Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food
Loc: Waterloo, NY
Seralini's first appearance in the US on Fox 5 News' Food As Medicine - five minutes
Professor Seralini, Professor of Molecular Biology at the University of Caen, France flew in to share the details of his 2-year breakthrough study on GMOs and Roundup. Cumulative chemical exposure is quickly becoming the most dangerous health threat to our families, communities, and environment. There is considerable scientific evidence on the harmful effects of the 126 environmental toxicants that have been found in the blood of virtually all U.S. citizens, including glyphosate, the “active” ingredient in the ubiquitous weed killer Roundup.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fl3pyft4fws
Seralini's website has videos at the bottom of the page in Englishhttp://www.gmoseralini.org/en/
Mexico GMO Maize Ban Given New Life after Appeal Ruling
In August 2015 Mexico’s XII District Court overturned a 2013 ruling that prevented biotech companies, including Monsanto and Syngenta, planting genetically modified (GM) maize in Mexico. However, Tuesday’s appeal against the August ruling was successful and the ban on GM Maize in Mexico will now continue at least until the end of the full trial.http://sustainablepulse.com/2016/03/09/m...g/#.VuCpAf32aQH
Overwhelming majority of Germans contaminated by glyphosate
Glyphosate residue was recorded in 99.6% of the 2,009 people monitored by the study. The most significant values were found in children aged from zero to nine and adolescents aged 10 to 19, particularly those individuals raised on farms. Meat eaters also displayed higher levels of glyphosate contamination than vegetarians or vegans.http://www.euractiv.com/section/agricult...-by-glyphosate/
France Pushes for EU Ban on Glyphosate Herbicides
Following a meeting with EU Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis on Friday, French Minister of Ecology Ségolène Royal has announced that France will vote against the EU re-licensing of glyphosate, the world’s most used herbicide.http://sustainablepulse.com/2016/03/04/f...s/#.Vtnzyf32aQG
EU Countries Launch Shock Rebellion against Glyphosate Herbicides
The Netherlands and Sweden have joined France on Saturday in coming out strongly against the re-licensing of glyphosate-based herbicides in Europe. The remarkable rebellion against the World’s most used herbicide is likely to delay the expected March 8 EU vote by member countries on the re-licensing of the chemical.
Public pressure against glyphosate in countries across Europe has been intense, with nearly 1.5 million people petitioning the EU’s health commissioner, Vytenis Andriukaitis, for a ban on the substance, the Guardian reported.
After a Dutch parliament vote opposing the renewal of glyphosate’s permit, the Netherlands called for a postponement of the EU-wide decision. “If there is no possibility to postpone the vote, then we will vote against the proposal,” said Marcel van Beusekom, a spokesman for the Netherlands agriculture ministry.
The move by Sweden and the Netherlands follows the announcement on Friday by French Minister of Ecology Ségolène Royal that France will vote against the EU re-licensing of glyphosate.http://sustainablepulse.com/2016/03/05/e...s/#.VtuJyf32aQG
Was a USDA scientist muzzled because of his bee research?
The lawyers who filed Lundgren’s suit allege that nine additional USDA scientists have been ordered to retract studies and water-down findings, or have faced discipline in retaliation for their work. They further allege that three of those scientists, beyond Lundgren, were also working on pollinator-related research. The USDA’s inspector general just announced an audit, to take place later this year, in response to the “significant volume” of complaints they’ve had on their office’s hotline, alleging scientific censorship on pesticides and other issues. https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle...02c9_story.html
Senator Gillibrand votes AGAINST the Dark Acthttp://citizensforgmolabeling.org/senagvote/
Here's a list of Senate Ag Committee members by state. If your state is listed, please call today!
Sen. Gillibrand has flip-flopped back and forth on the GMO labeling issue. She voted against Sen. Sanders’ amendment in support of states’ rights to label GMOs, but then she cosponsored Sen. Barbara Boxer’s (D-Calif.) bill that would essentially make Vermont’s law the national standard. At the last agriculture committee hearing on GMOs, she didn’t reveal her position. In the Presidential race, Gillibrand has endorsed Hillary Clinton who favors the Grocery Manufacturers Association’s so-called SmartLabels over laws like Vermont’s that would require information about GMOs to be printed on the package. Please call Sen. Gillibrand at (202) 224-4451.
ALERT: Certified Organic Food Grown in U.S. Found Contaminated with Glyphosate Herbicidehttp://healthimpactnews.com/2014/alert-c...h.F8ZpUHEs.dpuf
Glyphosate Found in Feeding Tube Liquid Given to Sick Children in Hospitalshttp://healthimpactnews.com/2015/glyphos...p.dwYkfiNO.dpuf
Herbicide-Contamination Sparks Recall of 3100 Boxes of Organic Panty Liners
A French consumer magazine first reported that the panty liners contained traces of glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup. The Italian manufacturer, Corman, then decided to conduct its own study on its tampons and panty liners. Corman’s testers found glyphosate in five of the 11 feminine hygiene products they analyzed for “residual traces of glyphosate.”http://naturalsociety.com/3100-boxes-org.../#ixzz41gLS4yh0
Demand the EPA do a thorough review of Dow Chemical's Enlist Duo
We've seen some important developments in the fight against Dow Chemical's toxic herbicide, Enlist Duo. (That's the herbicide that combines glyphosate and 2,4-D, one of the main ingredients in Agent Orange.)
Though the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) initially approved the use of Enlist Duo, after pushback from around the country, the EPA decided to review new information about the pesticide before giving final approval on this plant-killing chemical.
BUT the EPA has only promised to review certain pieces of information, instead of ALL aspects of what makes Enlist Duo so toxic to our food supply and environment. That means they could ignore the chemical's cancer risk, and the links to collapse of monarch butterfly colonies!
MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD: Click here to send an email directly to the head of the EPA and demand that the agency fully consider ALL the risks before approving Enlist Duo for use on our food and plants.
35 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, including Reps. Earl Blumenauer and Peter DeFazio, signed a letter to the EPA demanding a more in-depth review of Enlist Duo. We're counting on food activists nationwide to join them now and demand that the EPA evaluate ALL information on Enlist Duo, including: The World Health Organization finding that glyphosate, one of the main ingredients in Enlist Duo, is a "probable carcinogen." The relationship between increased use of Enlist Duo and the collapse of monarch butterfly colonies, whose milkweed habitat is being devastated by Dow's weed-killer. It's no secret that the increased use of GMO crops has led to an explosion of toxic pesticide use in our country -- we cannot miss our chance RIGHT NOW to make the EPA listen to our voices.http://oregonrighttoknow.ngpvanhost.com/form/-1539941510421346560?ms=20160229
Land Grabbing: “Big, big problem” trailer
The documentary looks at large-scale industrial agriculture in Romania and contrasts this with small-scale farming there. While small-scale farmers can get small subsidies from the EU, millions of Euros are available for industrial agriculture.http://www.redd-monitor.org/2016/01/29/land-grabbing-big-big-problem/
End Of Hawaii’s Sugar Industry Offers Sweet New Opportunities
This insanity must stop. Producing low-value commodity crops for export from highly valued land in the middle of the Pacific has proven itself to be a recipe for failure.http://www.civilbeat.com/2016/03/tiare-lawrence-community-voice/
The FDA now officially belongs to Big Pharma
Robert Califf's ties to the industry run deep, and the Obama nominee just sailed through the U.S. Senate http://www.salon.com/2016/02/27/the_fda_now_officially_belongs_to_big_pharma_partner/
Special Report: Kids and Chemicals - From 2002 (Sandra Steingraber)http://billmoyers.com/content/special-report-kids-and-chemicals/
DARK Act Returns to Congress in Latest Industry Effort to Block GMO Food Labelinghttp://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/press...-food-labeling#
Factory farming divestment: what you need to know
The fast food chain Subway is latest to join the backlash against antibiotic use in the farm sector. It has launched a new chicken sandwich in the US made with meat from animals raised without antibiotics.
The move is a sign of the growing consumer and business interest in the welfare and environmental impact of animals reared for meat, dairy and eggs, with most of the blame directed at intensive, factory-style farms.http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2016/mar/03/factory-farming-divestment-explain?CMP
Goldman Warns Of Monsanto Sell, At Odds With Wall Streethttp://www.benzinga.com/analyst-ratings/...t#ixzz425GE1JzL
Monsanto threatens to exit India if govt imposes cuts on GM royalties http://www.hindustantimes.com/business/m...6yVT1esbiO.html
Farmers challenge USDA’s GMO bentgrass plan
“They created the problem. They let it escape. Now you’re dumping it on Malheur and Canyon county,” seed grower Jerry Erstrom told Sid Abel, assistant deputy director of USDA’s Biotechnology Regulatory Services.http://www.capitalpress.com/Oregon/20160302/farmers-challenge-usdas-gmo-bentgrass-plan
Hawai’i House Judiciary Committee Blocks Right to Spray Bill to Protect Public Health
Contrary to the language in the bill title, this measure would have protected the agrichemical industry’s ‘right-to-spray’ pesticides near schools and homes. Further, the bill’s sweeping language would have undermined vital county ordinances that protect people and the unique environments of each island from the impacts of industrialized agriculture.http://www.mauigmomoratoriumnews.org/haw...-public-health/
Report: More Pollinator Species In Jeopardy, Threatening World Food Supply
It was released by The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, which operates under U.N. auspices. The assessment cites about 3,000 scientific papers and, researchers say, "includes information about practices based on indigenous and local knowledge from more than 60 locations around the world." The report was presented by IPBES on Friday in Kuala Lumpur.http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2...rld-food-supply
Clock is Ticking on GMO Labeling Issue
The threat that ticking clock holds for the food industry was underscored Tuesday in a hastily held meeting of the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee. With less than an hour of discussion, members voted 14-6 to move forward with legislation that would prohibit state GMO labeling laws, notably one set to take effect July 1 in Vermont. Other states are considering similar laws.http://usrtk.org/gmo/clock-is-ticking-on-gmo-labeling-issue/
Crops Are Drenched with Roundup Pesticide Right Before Harvesthttp://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/11/roundup-dumped-crops-right-harvest.html
Why French Kids Don't Have ADHD
French children don't need medications to control their behavior. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/suffer-the-children/201203/why-french-kids-dont-have-adhd
UN Report Warns of Decline in Pollinators and Global Food Supplies
(Beyond Pesticides, March 7, 2016) A United Nation’s report, released late last month, has warns the world that many species of wild bees, butterflies and other pollinators are on a dangerous path toward extinction, and that the food supply will suffer if the causes of these declines, many of them human-made, are not stopped. The report is based on many different scientific studies. The scientists who led the assessment pointed to pesticides as one of the leading causes of pollinator decline, specifically, a class of toxic chemicals called neonicotinoids, which adversely affect the nervous system of insects.http://beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblo...-food-supplies/
EU health commissioner moves towards disclosure of industry pesticide studies
Currently the industry studies submitted to support regulatory authorisations of pesticides are kept secret under commercial confidentiality agreements with regulators. But now Andriukaitis has said that this needs to change.
Andriukaitis said, “We are ready to assess the legal environment,” as there are certain legal protections on industry data. But, he added, “It’s absolutely crystal clear, we need to change today’s situation. We see different options, but at the moment, yes, the idea is to change the rules, especially keeping in mind the overriding public interest.”http://gmwatch.org/news/latest-news/1677...sticide-studies
Maria Meyers asks Dr. Stephanie Seneff what answer have you got from your work since 2013 - March 6, 2008https://www.facebook.com/C.Myers.Maria/v...comment_mention
Why Is Glyphosate Sprayed on Crops Right Before Harvest?
A recently published paper describes the escalating use of glyphosate: 18.9 billion pounds have been used globally since its introduction in 1974, making it the most widely and heavily applied weed-killer in the history of chemical agriculture. Significantly, 74 percent of all glyphosate sprayed on crops since the mid-1970s was applied in just the last 10 years, as cultivation of GMO corn and soybeans expanded in the U.S. and globally.http://ecowatch.com/2016/03/05/glyphosate-sprayed-crops-before-harvest/
Monsanto Feels the Bern as Sanders Turns Focus to GMO Labeling
“All over this country, people are becoming more conscious about the food they eat and the food they serve their kids. When parents go to the store and purchase food for their children, they have a right to know what they are feeding them,” Sanders said ahead of the Senate agriculture committee’s hearing on a shocking legislation (The New Dark Act) introduced by Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) that would block Vermont and other states from requiring labels on genetically modified foods.https://www.organicconsumers.org/news/monsanto-feels-bern-sanders-turns-focus-gmo-labeling
Meet the lobbyists, donors and bundlers behind Hillary’s $157 million juggernaut
Among its top clients: Wall Street banks (Goldman Sachs and Citigroup), the casino industry (the American Gaming Association), telecoms (Verizon and Time Warner), tech firms (Facebook and Microsoft), agribusiness (Monsanto) and the NFL.https://www.yahoo.com/politics/hillarys-...&soc_trk=fb
"The GM plant is described as "strong" because it can resist pesticides. The fact is that it is an insecticide bomb." Seralinihttp://www.gmoseralini.org/en/
Are Fertilizer Explosions Just Another Cost of Doing Business for Big Ag?http://civileats.com/2016/03/03/are-fert...ess-for-big-ag/
Human Health and Pesticides: Glyphosate and 2,4-D
The non-agricultural sector uses approximately 89 million pounds of Weed and Feed (combination herbicide-fertilizers) products annually for gardens, lawns, parks, recreational fields, and playgrounds. The two most common active ingredients in these Weed and Feed products of glyphosate and 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) pose a number of human health risks. This white paper takes an in-depth look at these two chemicals and the neurological, physical, hormonal, reproductive, and respiratory disorders and illnesses linked to their use.http://midwestpesticideaction.org/human-health-and-pesticides-glyphosate-and-24-d/
WARNING: Images that may be upsetting to some people. These images are similar to the ones we've seen from Vietnam.
The human cost of agrotoxins. How Monsanto's glyphosate pesticide is killing Argentina
An emerging Argentinian photographer has realised a daring photo feature. Like David against Goliath, his enemies are glyphosate and the Monsanto Company. http://www.sott.net/article/306529-The-h...lling-Argentina
Glyphosate relicensing - the story so far
For the past year, CEO has been tracking the relicensing procedure for glyphosate in the EU.http://corporateeurope.org/efsa/2016/03/glyphosate-relicensing-story-so-far
Jamie Oliver's Restaurants Are All GMO Free...https://www.facebook.com/index.php?stype=lo&lh=Ac9tsij5rqHZ5weP
Longstanding Hillary Clinton Ties to Monsanto
Disturbing facts belie her GMO support, wanting ordinary people worldwide consuming what she and husband Bill shun.http://www.yeoldejournalist.com/longstanding-hillary-clinton-ties-to-monsanto/?fb_ref=Default
Senate Democrats Introduce Bill Requiring GE Food Labeling, Includes Preemption of States (Beyond Pesticides March 9, 2016)
Specifically, the Biotechnology Food Labeling Uniformity Act will amend the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act to require manufacturers to disclose the presence of GE ingredients on the Nutrition Fact Panel in one of four ways:
1.Manufacturers may use a parenthesis following the relevant ingredient to indicate that this ingredient is “Genetically Engineered.”
2.Manufacturers may identify GE ingredients with an asterisk and provide an explanation at the bottom of the ingredients list.
3.Manufacturers may simply apply a catch all statement at the end of the ingredient list stating the product was “produced with genetic engineering.”
4.The FDA would have the authority to develop a symbol, in consultation with food manufacturers, which would clearly and conspicuously disclose the presence of GE ingredients on packaging.http://beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblo...tion-of-states/
Glyphosate’s Suppression of Cytochrome P450 Enzymes and Amino Acid Biosynthesis by the Gut Microbiome: Pathways to Modern Diseases†
Anthony Samsel 1? and Stephanie Seneff 2,* ? http://www.mdpi.com/1099-4300/15/4/1416?trendmd-shared=0
Arty turns 11 this summer.
#1483077 --- 03/17/16 01:01 AM
Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food
Loc: Waterloo, NY
Senate Blocks the DARK Act (for now…)!
Thanks to an outpouring of public outrage, the Senate has voted against a bill introduced by Senator Roberts that would keep us all in the DARK about what we’re eating. We are grateful to all the Senators who voted against cloture on the DARK Act today and stood up to represent the will of the people. We are thankful that the rules of the US Senate delayed consideration of the “Dark Act” until a proposal that is fair to consumers is on the table. We must continue to speak out because this is far from over!
Consumers have made it clear. Ninety percent of Americans want GMOs labeled on the package. Sixty four other nations have figured out how to effectively label GMOs without disrupting their food supply or increasing food costs. We are certain the federal government and the US economy can achieve the same success. Special interest talk of the “wrecking ball” heading for the US economy and its $82 billion cost has no credibility.http://citizensforgmolabeling.org/darkdefeated/
GMO Free NY
"The DARK Act was voted down on the Senate floor today 49 No to 48 Yes (they needed 60 Yes votes to move it forward)! Thanks to everyone who made calls to their Senators!!! Both Gillibrand and Schumer voted No! While we know industry will keep pushing Congress to pass some version of the DARK Act, today's victory is huge for us and a testament to how strong the GMO labeling movement has become in the US! People Power kicked ass today!!!"https://www.facebook.com/GMOFreeNYnet/
Vermont Hospital Removes GMO Food From Menuhttp://www.healthyfoodusa.com/vermont-hospital-removes-gmo-food-menu/
‘Monsanto Rider’ Would Shield Chemical Giant From Liability for Injuries Caused by PCBs in Public Schools - Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. | March 15, 2016
The New York Times reported last month that Congressional Republicans have clandestinely inserted a provision into the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reauthorization bill that will give Monsanto permanent immunity from liability for injuries caused by its toxic polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). The long awaited and grievously needed bill is now in the Conference Committee for reconciliation with a companion Senate bill. The so-called “Monsanto Rider” would shield the chemical colossus from thousands of lawsuits by cities, towns, school districts and individuals, who have been injured by exposure to PCBs.http://ecowatch.com/2016/03/15/robert-kennedy-jr-monsanto-rider/
Tampons with Glyphosate: Underpinnings of Modern Period Problems?
Floating around the internet in recent weeks was an announcement from Argentinian researchers who, quite by accident, found that sterile women’s health products were anything but sterile. It turns out that cotton grown from genetically modified cotton seeds and sprayed with glyphosate (RoundUp and other herbicides) across the growth cycle, retain, and likely leach, glyphosate from the products that the cotton is spun into. It should not be a surprise that those cotton-based products retain the chemicals from which they were grown or processed, but it was. Not because the idea is far-fetched, it isn’t. Indeed, it is biologically more likely that these chemicals are retained than it is that they somehow would magically disappear post processing. What was surprising is that we never thought about this before.
When we consider that 89% of cotton crops are now genetically modified to be glyphosate tolerant, the implications of glyphosate transfer from what are considered sterile medical and hygiene products directly into the bloodstream of the users should give us pause. Heck, it should have given us pause many years ago, but it didn’t and wouldn’t yet if it were not for some accidental finding in a lab studying something else entirely. This accident speaks volumes about how thoroughly we test, or rather, do not test, many of the products we have on the market. It is precisely this lack of testing and lack of understanding that leads to the preponderance of chronic health conditions from which so many in the Western world suffer.http://www.hormonesmatter.com/tampons-with-glyphosate-underpinnings-of-modern-period-problems/
GMA Found Guilty of $11 Million Cover Up in GMO Labeling FightBelgian Regional Ministers Set to Ban Glyphosate Herbicides
In a decision made public late Friday, a Thurston County Superior Court judge ruled the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association violated Washington campaign finance disclosure laws by shielding the identities of major corporate donors funding efforts to defeat a food labeling initiative in Washington.http://sustainablepulse.com/2016/03/12/g...t/#.VuQQ-v32aQF
Regional environment ministers in the Brussels and Wallonia jurisdictions in Belgium have said they will ban glyphosate – a pesticide which some say probably causes cancer and whose EU stamp of approval is up for renewal.http://detoxproject.org/belgian-regional-ministers-take-action-in-eu-weed-killer-dispute/
GMO Labeling in NYS: An Introduction http://www.boomtowntable.com/gmo-labeling-nys/
GMO Labeling in NYS: The Cost to Consumers http://www.boomtowntable.com/gmo-labeling-in-nys3/
Advocate group heads to Albany to push for labeling of foods containing GMOshttp://www.fios1news.com/longisland/push-for-gmo-labeling#.VuIXYP32aQG
Crop Insurance to Ensure Diversityhttp://www.stonebarnscenter.org/learn/jane-black-on-food-ag/crop-insurance-to-ensure-diversity.html
The Battle Over the Most Used Herbicide Heats Up as Nearly 100 Scientists Weigh In
Several powerful agencies have recently disagreed about the health effects of glyphosate. Now, an independent group of scientists says the herbicide is probably carcinogenic.http://civileats.com/2016/03/10/the-batt...tists-weigh-in/
General Mills speeds up timeline to help increase organic ingredients
The company says it will double acreage devoted to organic food by 2019. http://www.startribune.com/general-mills...ents/371546191/
“Muzzled” USDA Scientist to Speak at National Pesticide Forum
(Beyond Pesticides, March 10, 2016) Jonathan Lundgren, Ph.D., a top U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) entomologist who received a prestigious national award for civic courage for his work on neonicotinoids and pollinator decline in the face of agency attempts to suppress his work, will be speaking at Cultivating Community and Environmental Health, the 34th National Pesticide Forum, April 15-16, 2016 in Portland, ME. Dr. Lundgren will join other top scientists and leaders who have stood up to protect human and environmental health, despite facing industry backlash and scientific suppression. His story was recently featured in Sunday’s The Washington Post Magazine, Was a USDA Scientist Muzzled Because of His Bee Research, as censorship of federal scientists has grown.http://beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblo...esticide-forum/
What Hillary Said 40 Seconds Into This Video Should Put Anyone Who Cares About Organic on Notice http://thehealthyday.com/what-hillary-sa...anic-on-notice/
Is GMO Corn Causing the “Leaky Gut” Epidemic?
Smith believes Bt is also poking holes in human intestines, allowing the toxin – and, in severe cases, particles of food – into the blood stream, which might explain why some children these days are “allergic to everything.”http://returntonow.net/2016/03/10/526/
Tell Congress: We Deserve To Know. Label GMO Food! https://www.credomobilize.com/petitions/...rce=fb_share_sp
Seed Savers Exchange deposits seeds at Svalbard
Seed Savers Exchange (SSE) recently deposited 627,596 seeds, from 435 plant varieties, at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway.http://blog.seedsavers.org/blog/svalbard
How “extreme levels” of Roundup in food became the industry norm
All of the individual samples of GM-soya contained residues of both glyphosate and AMPA, on average 9.0 mg/kg. This amount is greater than is typical for many vitamins. In contrast, no sample from the conventional or the organic soybeans showed residues of these chemicals (click here for chart: Figure 1).
This demonstrates that Roundup Ready GM-soybeans sprayed during the growing season take up and accumulate glyphosate and AMPA.http://beyond-gm.org/how-extreme-levels-of-roundup-in-food-became-the-industry-norm/
Philippine Government Approves Revised GM Regulations
This development is expected to lift the temporary ban on research, field testing, commercialization, and importation of GM crops and biotech products in the country brought about by the Supreme Court decision which was met with criticisms from the scientific and academic community, farmer groups, traders, food and feed processors, and livestock producers as well as disappointment from farmers who are looking forward to better quality GM seeds, particularly the insect resistant Bt talong (eggplant), the field trials of which were permanently stopped by the high court.http://www.isaaa.org/kc/cropbiotechupdate/article/default.asp?ID=14218
Kathie Arnold, Farmer of the Year 2016: Keynote Address, NOFA-NY Winter Conference
Check out this video of NOFA-NY's 2016 Farmer of the Year Kathie Arnold giving a keynote speech at the Winter Conference. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUdpkJOOty4&feature=youtu.be
DuPont Plucks a Top USDA Official to Lead "Government Affairs Strategies"http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/...airs-strategies
Why Is Glyphosate Sprayed on Crops Right Before Harvest?http://ecowatch.com/2016/03/05/glyphosate-sprayed-crops-before-harvest/
Is GMO Corn Causing the “Leaky Gut” Epidemic?http://returntonow.net/2016/03/10/526/
EPA Moves to Cancel Toxic Pesticide It Allowed without Complete Review, Manufacturer, Bayer, Reneges on Agreement to Take Product Off Market
(Washington, DC, March 1, 2016) After pesticide manufacturer Bayer CropScience would not voluntarily remove from the market the insecticide flubendiamide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) formally issued a Notice of Intent to Cancel the insecticide, citing its high toxicity to aquatic organisms. Bayer is embroiled in controversy over its neonicotinoid insecticides because, as systemic pesticides, they move through the entire plant and express the poison through pollen and nectar, indiscriminately killing bees and other pollinators and polluting waterways. Flubendiamide, a benzenedicarboxamide pesticide, is “locally systemic” within the plant’s leaves. EPA’s action today may take years of regulatory review and legal action while the pesticide remains on the market.http://beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblo...uct-off-market/
FDA Announces Comment Period for Draft Environmental Assessment for Genetically Engineered Mosquitohttp://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/NewsEvents/CVMUpdates/ucm490246.htm
Report Calls for Improved Pesticide Regulation and Assessment on Kauai, Hawai’i
(Beyond Pesticides, March 14, 2016) According to a draft version of a report commissioned by Hawaii and Kauai County, Hawaii should dramatically improve its regulation of pesticide use and study its impacts, which the state legislature has repeatedly refused to consider. Unsurprisingly, agrichemical companies that produce genetically engineered (GE) seeds criticized the new government report, sayinghttp://beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblo...and-assessment/
Scientists attribute rising methane levels to agriculturehttp://m.phys.org/news/2016-03-scientists-attribute-methane-agriculture.html
Pictures of Mutated Japanese Plants Show Extreme Effects of Leaking Fukushima Radiationhttp://thefreethoughtproject.com/picture...out#hcq=Abr0uFp
The Great GMO Cover-Up By Institute for Responsible Technology - March 15, 2016 - 09:05 PM http://thehill.com/sponsored-content?prx_t=3A4CA-s8FAx9EMA&prx_ro=s
Ted Cruz goes all-in for Monsanto; insults tens of millions of health-conscious Americans by calling them 'anti science zealots'
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/053315_Ted_Cruz_Monsanto_anti-science_zealots.html#ixzz4329hpS4U
Bernie Sanders on Animal Welfarehttp://feelthebern.org/bernie-sanders-on-animal-welfare/
Transgenic maize will not be sown in Mexico
On 8 March, a court headed by Judge Benjamín Soto Sánchez notified via an appeal sentence to the Mexican Agriculture Department (Sagarpa) that they are not allowed to grant release or cultivation permissions for transgenic maize until the collective trial promoted by scientists, specialists and farmers is definitively resolved.http://gmwatch.org/news/latest-news/16783
Sanders Celebrates as GMO Labeling Dark Act is Blocked in US Senate
“I am pleased that Congress stood up to the demands of Monsanto and other multi-national food industry corporations and rejected this outrageous bill. Today’s vote was a victory for the American people over corporate interests."http://sustainablepulse.com/2016/03/16/s...e/#.VumqNf32aQF
Centre sticks to stand, to cut Bt cotton price 70%http://www.financialexpress.com/article/...rice-70/221109/
Study Finds Bee’s Pollination Skills Impaired by Pesticides
(Beyond Pesticides, March 16, 2016) Another study, this time from researchers at the University of Guelph, finds that at very low levels the neonicotinoid pesticide thiamethoxam affects the foraging behavior of bumble bees, changing their floral preferences, hindering their ability to learn and extract nectar and pollen. This study is one of many that detail the negative effects of pesticides on bees’ learning behavior and ability to pollinate essential crops. Pesticides, like the neonicotinoid class of insecticides, have been implicated in the global decline of pollinator populations, while advocates call for limiting pesticide exposures to reverse population declines.http://beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblo...-by-pesticides/
Why Didn't An Illinois Professor Have To Disclose GMO Funding?
“At least [Chassy] should have had the courage to say, ‘Well, look, I get some funding from Monsanto.’ But instead he’s pretending to be a neutral, independent scientist.”https://www.wbez.org/shows/wbez-news/u-o...28-de1375c3e9fb
GMO Labeling in NYS: State Laws and the Right to Know
Editor's note: This is the fourth (and final) part in a weeklong series about GMO Labeling in NYS. Read parts one, two, and three.http://www.boomtowntable.com/gmo-labeling-in-nys4/
USDA clears mildew-resistant biotech wheat
Wheat that's genetically engineered to better withstand powdery mildew can be commercialized without undergoing USDA's deregulatory process for biotech crops.http://www.capitalpress.com/Research/20160315/usda-clears-mildew-resistant-biotech-wheat
Reposting FYI: From July 15, 2015 GMO Free News Segment...
"When chemicals are mixed with other chemicals often there is synergistic effects unknown consequences...
Nobody's using organic feed stock...
...both Seralini and i have shown that their controls are contaminated...
They added in so that any results that showed that glyphosate caused a particular type of cancer or affect, was zeroed out and so that is how they were able to tell the EPA that glyphosate is harmless by the use of historical controls. That practice needs to be banned in science.
The industry doesn't want this discussed. The government doesn't want this discussed. The Obama Administration, the Bush Administration, they were promoting biotechnology, this is part of this country's economic engine and when you start treading on people's toes in this area, you are interfering with vast fortunes that are being developed.
They had the EPA seal those documents so that no one would ever revisit them and look at the hard evidence."
At 1:02:00: Regarding spraying non-gmo crops (non gmo corn)
"...and I'm looking at the changes that the herbicide induces in the plant itself, and glyphosate herbicide, all the herbicides for that matter, induce changes in the plant...it dies, but in the process of dying it also changes its chemistry...and so I have a result that shows how glyphosate influences the mineral composition of the non gm corn in the death state, so if you go through and dessicate a crop, spray a crop prior to harvest, that's not a genetically engineered crop, you're changing it's mineral content, its fatty acid content and its vitamin content. You're altering it. So these things are going into our diet as well. I mean when they spray wheat or they spray barley or oates, they're crossing changes in the food itself. It's like microwaving your food. It's unhealthy to microwave your food because it changes the chemical structure of the food. That's why the Russians banned microwave ovens...when you start messing with fatty acids you can make a food unhealthy to eat...if they are out of balance, it's going to become inflamatory to your biology and I've seen this in some of the genetically engineered varieties."https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyaBVh8hJUI&feature=youtu.behttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6OxbpLwEjQ
Dr. Mercola interviews Dr. Samsel...July 5, 2015...
"Monsanto knew in 1981."
"I believed all the hype like all the other farmers and people around the world...that glyphosate is safe as salt, and that it broke down into harmless chemicals that did no harm. I believed all that stuff until I started studying the chemical... "
"This is like scientific misconduct."http://articles.mercola.com/.../07/05/glyphosate-cancer.aspx
Arty turns 11 this summer.
#1483358 --- 03/27/16 04:26 PM
Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food
Loc: Waterloo, NY
Widespread Glyphosate Contamination in Wine - Posted by Zen Honeycutt on March 24, 2016
100% of Wine Tested Showed Positive Results
Los Angeles - Today, Moms Across America released new results revealing that ten major California wines contained the chemical glyphosate, the declared “active” ingredient in Roundup weedkiller and 700 other glyphosate-based herbicides. Glyphosate, deemed a probable carcinogen by the World Health Organization in 2015, was found in all three categories of wine. This includes conventional (chemically grown), organic and biodynamic wine. The methodology used for the testing was the same as the beer tests in Germany, where all 14 beers tested positive for glyphosate. The highest conventional wine test result for glyphosate was 28 times higher than the glyphosate levels found in the organic and biodynamic wines.
Because Roundup/glyphosate is not permitted on organic or biodynamic vineyards, the results are unexpected and can only be explained by the drift of chemical sprays from neighboring vineyards. This could mean legal ramifications for the contamination and devaluation of another company’s product.
Zen Honeycutt, Director of Moms Across America, states “We have recently learned that the detection of glyphosate is an indicator of the presence of many other co-formulants in glyphosate-based herbicides which, combined, are 1000 times more toxic than glyphosate alone. French scientist Gilles-Éric Seralini and his team have also discovered that these co-formulants are also endocrine hormone disruptors, which can lead to breast cancer, miscarriages, birth defects and many other health issues. There should be zero glyphosate and related chemicals in our wine, food or personal products.”
Consumers may wonder how Roundup/glyphosate is getting into their wine. Roundup/glyphosate is sprayed every year in conventional vineyards. A 1-2 ft strip is sprayed on either side of the grape vines which are planted in rows, to kill weeds when the vines are dormant in late winter or early spring. According to plant pathologist, Don Huber from Purdue University, the vine stems are inevitably sprayed in this process and the Roundup is likely absorbed through the roots and bark of the vines from where it is translocated into the leaves and grapes.
All the wines tested were from the Napa Valley, Sonoma and Mendocino County areas. According to the CA Dept of Health, breast cancer rates in the Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino counties is 10 to 20 percent higher than the national average. 700 lawsuits are currently pending against Monsanto for the connection between non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and Roundup.
Currently the FDA does not require end product testing or labeling for pesticides. Therefore the public is unable to know the type or amount of any pesticides that are present in the wines.
Moms Across America and other groups call for the protection of organic and biodynamic brands, farm workers and consumers by requesting that all food producers STOP spraying toxic chemicals on their crops.
TV documentary puts Bordeaux and pesticides in spotlighthttp://www.decanter.com/wine-news/tv-doc...eoSiLtFfBixC.99http://winecountrygeographic.blogspot.com/2016/02/finallyfrench-television-documentary.html
France To Ban All Pesticides Amid Worldwide Bee Death Epidemichttp://yournewswire.com/france-to-ban-all-pesticides-amid-worldwide-bee-death-epidemic/
Seralini on the Real Risk of Roundup and gmo crops
Professor Seralini says that the untested co-ingredients in glyphosate, a/k/a roundup, is a thousand times more dangerous than glyphosate.
World renowned French scientist Professor Seralini who conducted the only public studies on Roundup with his team, explains how faulty the EPA approval process is and how toxic the product truly is. Interviewed by Zen Honeycutt, Executive Director of Moms Across America
3 minute cliphttps://www.facebook.com/MomsAcrossAmerica/videos
Full interview, 30 minuteshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ARD0INBXDA&feature=youtu.be
GMO labeling bill advances in Assemblyhttp://libn.com/2016/03/17/gmo-labeling-bill-advances-in-assembly/
Two Manlius, New York farmers transitioning to organic.https://www.facebook.com/Tre-G-Farms-LLC-140098646037912/
GMO news related to Irelandhttp://www.gmo-free-regions.org/gmo-free-regions/ireland.html
"Just as safe as table salt." (See, Tyrone Hayes' studies on Atrazine harm to amphibians, links at bottom)
Brothers Brian and Darren Hefty are the charismatic owners of Hefty Seed Company, one of the nation’s top ag retailers with annual sales of more than $100 million, and the hosts of their show Ag PhD. The popular show promotes chemicals and chemical mixes as weed killers for conventional U.S. farmers. Many of the chemicals they advocate for are scientifically proven to be harmful to human health and the environment. In this program they astonishing make an attempt to justify the use of DDT and Atrazine (a known endocrine disruptor banned in Europe yet used widely in the U.S.). Glyphosate (Roundup - a "probable" carcinogenic - WHO), 2,4-D (a "possible" carcinogenic - WHO) and dicamba are also among the many chemicals they promote to conventional farmers across the country. The show offers insights into how farmers are being sold these chemicals and the inner workings of the conventional agriculture industry in general. Much of the dialog is shocking given what is known about these chemicals from the World Health Organization (WHO), scientists such as Dr. Tyrone Hayes and Dr. Don Huber and even the EPA.https://www.facebook.com/OrganicRising/v...e=2&theater
Atrazine - Silencing the Scientist: Tyrone Hayes on Being Targeted By Herbicide Firm Syngenta https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mP-6Gp5RbjQhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1Nom0UX83w
City of Portland sues Monsantohttp://www.kgw.com/news/local/city-of-portland-to-sue-monsanto-for-contaminating-waterways/85906401
General Mills to start using GMO labeling nationwide
General Mills will begin voluntarily labeling products nationwide that contain genetically modified ingredients after the failure of Congress to reach a national labeling law, a “watershed” development, according to one consumer group.
The Golden Valley-based company said Friday that since it will be forced by July 1 to begin labeling for GMOs in Vermont — the result of a state law there — it will extend GMO labeling nationwide.
Statement from General Mills about their decision to label for the presence of GMOs:http://www.blog.generalmills.com/#article/22595
Video: Hilary Clinton Endorses GMOs, Solution-Focused Crop Biotechnologyhttps://www.organicconsumers.org/news/vi...p-biotechnology
How Vermont beat Big Food
It was May 8, 2014, when the state of Vermont—knowingly or not—launched the war with the American food industry that spilled onto the floor of the U.S. Senate yesterday.
Sitting behind an antique desk brought onto the steps of the statehouse in Montpelier for the occasion, Gov. Peter Shumlin signed a bill that would make Vermont the first state to require the labeling of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. Vermont is a heavily agricultural state that prides itself on a reputation for purity: green mountains, real maple syrup, small dairy farms. And though bioengineered foods don’t pose any documented health risk, its legislature had decided, by a large majority, to stand firmly on the side of caution.
Read more: http://www.politico.com/agenda/story/201...7#ixzz43HiPwC76
Boulder County Commissioners Seek to Transition Away from Growing GE Crops on Open Space Landshttps://www.organicconsumers.org/news/bo...pen-space-lands
Nitrogen From Farm Fertilizers Remains in Soil and Could Pollute Drinking Water for Decades
Des Moines, Iowa’s water utility is suing three rural counties in federal court, claiming they violated the Clean Water Act by polluting the river from which the city gets its drinking water with nitrates present in agricultural runoff that have been linked to cancer and birth defects.http://www.newsweek.com/nitrogen-stays-farm-soils-decades-could-pollute-drinking-water-437120
Farmers Diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Take Action
Domina Law Group will be investigating these cases for farmers throughout Nebraska and across the countryhttp://news.sys-con.com/node/3728343
MEPs Urge EU Food Safety Authority to Release Secret Glyphosate Files
Three Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), representing the Greens/EFA Party, have made a Freedom of Information request to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), in an attempt to reveal the secret Biotech industry studies that EFSA used in their controversial risk assessment on the World’s most used herbicide – glyphosate.http://sustainablepulse.com/2016/03/16/m...s/#.VuyoMP32aQG
Obama Administration Sued Over Failure to Protect Monarch Butterflies
WASHINGTON— Two conservation groups filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today over its failure to protect the monarch butterfly under the Endangered Species Act. Center for Food Safety, the Center for Biological Diversity and allies formally petitioned the Service in August 2014 to protect the monarch as a “threatened” species following a 90 percent population decline over the preceding two decades. In December 2014 the Service determined that protection may be warranted, triggering an official review of the butterfly’s status that, by law, must be completed within 12 months. More than a year later, however, the Service has failed to issue a final decision on whether to protect the charismatic orange and black butterfly under the Act. Today’s lawsuit requests that the court set a deadline for that decision.http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2016/monarch-butterfly-03-10-2016.html
World’s Largest Community Kitchen at India’s Golden Temple To Serve Organic Food
(Beyond Pesticides, March 18, 2016) One of the world’s largest community kitchens, will soon be serving organic food. Guru Ramdas Langar Hall at Sri Harmandir Sahib (popularly known as the Golden Temple) in Amritsar, India feeds 100,000 people daily for free. Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), which administers the gurdwaras (places of worship for people of the Sikh faith) across the country, has decided to adopt organic farming, foregoing the use of use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers.http://beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblo...e-organic-food/
Organic farmer Jim Gerritsen warns UMPI students of perils in food, science
“There’s no failure in the ability of organic farmers to grow food,” he argued. “The challenges are political challenges. We have a concentrated corporate control of our government. Everybody knows about the revolving door of people from private industry that come into the government as supposed regulators. Private industry people are making decisions on behalf of the citizens, but in fact they’re making it for the corporations they come from.”
Gerritsen said that he and other organic advocates are trying to counter what they see as corporate influence creeping into the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s organic farming regulations. For instance, a recent investigation by Cornucopia Institute found 14 certified organic poultry and dairy factories in states like Texas “provided no legitimate grazing, or even access to the outdoors,” despite the pasture requirements laid out in the original national organic law.
“Clearly, there is a bias and they’re not willing to enforce the law,” Gerritsen said. For smaller farmers trying to meet consumer demand for pasture-raised meat, the current system puts them “at a competitive disadvantage, trying to compete with mega operations.”
Organic groups are also looking to challenge a decision by the USDA’s National Organic Program to permit cisgenic cell fusion hybrid seeds, which they contend are a form of genetic engineering that would otherwise be banned.
Cisgenic seed cell fusion is a process of modifying a plant by adding mutations from other plants in its family, creating “a hybrid plant containing the mitochondrial and chloroplast DNA from one cell and the nuclear DNA from a different one,” according to The Natural Farmer, a part of the Northeast Organic Farming Association.
Some scientists argue that cisgenic seeds are closer to traditional breeding methods than the GMO process, but Gerritsen and organic advocates argue that the fundamental problem is patenting seeds created with any artificial methods in a laboratory.
“The seed has to support genetic diversity. Anything that is organic seed cannot be patented,” Gerritsen said.http://bangordailynews.com/2016/03/18/ho...-science/print/
Harvest of Change
Farm families confront a nation in transition. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2014/09/21/iowa-families-face-change/15890607/
Changing to non-GMO soy transformed the health of my pigs
Two days afterwards, he said to me: "You have changed the food." He always notices whenever there is any problem with the feed and tells me. This time was different. Something very good was happening with the food as the pigs were not getting diarrhoea any more.http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_an...of_my_pigs.html
Bernie Sanders Vows to Protect Organic Farming, Calls Out Monsanto As Presidential Campaign Heats Up
“The debate should be – how do we make sure that the food our kids are eating is healthy food. And having the courage to take on these huge food and biotech companies who are transforming our agricultural system in a bad way,” Sanders says in the video below from Facebook user Adryenn Ashley.http://althealthworks.com/9017/we-need-t...h.OiOGvzw4.dpuf
Kellogg’s and Mars Announce GMO Labeling as Big Food Crackshttp://sustainablepulse.com/2016/03/22/k...s/#.VvDNdP32aAJ
Monsanto Is Inside Everythinghttp://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2016/03/22/monsanto-glyphosate.aspx
Rochester River School
The Rochester River School is the first school in the country to be based on the principles of humane education, as well as the first public school in the country to offer a free, plant-based vegan lunch program and curriculum. http://www.rochesterriverschool.org/
Consumed Official Trailerhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZHxPRPox9chttp://gowatchit.com/microsite/2769http://www.consumedthemovie.com/
Bayer sees gloomy GM picture in Europe
"As an industry we were so convinced of the technology we thought it was obvious that it should be accepted by society (but) it hasn't been and I don't see that changing any time soon in Europe." http://www.farmweekly.com.au/news/agricu...pe/2751998.aspx
ConAgra to disclose GMOs on labels throughout U.S.http://www.reuters.com/article/congra-gmo-idUSL2N16U2G5
Vermont House Votes to Authorize State Regulation of “Treated Articles,” such as Neonic-Coated Seeds
(Beyond Pesticides March 23, 2016) Last week, the Vermont House of Representatives passed a bill that authorizes state regulation of pesticide-treated products, including telephone poles and coated seeds, that are exempt from federal pesticide regulations. H.861 is the latest in a string of laws introduced this legislative session in Vermont to address the impact of harmful neonicotinoid insecticides on Vermont’s ecology and agriculture, and symbolizes a concentrated effort by the legislature to reverse pollinator declines within the state. If passed by the Senate and signed by the governor, the bill will allow the Secretary of Agriculture to regulate above and beyond current federal laws, which exempt treated articles from regulation completely, and write appropriate rules http://beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblo...ty-to-regulate/
Food Companies Plan to Label GMOs—but Is There More to the Story?
Is there something more to these recent announcements than just the need to comply with Vermont’s law? As in, a strategy to lull consumers into complacency, while at the same time forcing Congress to give food companies what they’ve wanted all along—a free pass on labeling?
Researchers Call for More Study of Agent Orange Effects on Vets and Their Kids
A committee of the Institute of Medicine said even though the Vietnam War ended four decades ago, much is still not known about the way the herbicide Agent Orange has impacted vets and perhaps their children. https://www.propublica.org/article/resea...vets-their-kids
Children of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance
Is Agent Orange Still Causing Birth Defects?http://covvha.net/
If you are a child of an American Vietnam Veteran:
Veteran COVVHA is running a HIPPA compliant survey the looks at health and wellness of Children of American Vietnam Veterans. If you are the child of an AMERICAN Vietnam Veteran please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org requesting a link to the survey. No identifying information will be shared and no information collected by COVVHA will never be sold. http://covvha.net/children-of-vietnam-ve...oxin-exposures/
This Hospital Removes GMO Food From Menu
A well-known hospital in Vermont is tackling this dilemma. The University of Vermont Medical Center’s cafe, which serves 2 million meals a year, will be reducing its inclusion of GMO foods on its menu so that visitors and patients alike will have better access to healthier, cleaner food.http://www.healthyfoodusa.com/this-hospital-removes-gmo-food-menu/
USDA regulators clear two GM corn traits from Monsanto, Syngenta
CHICAGO (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will no longer regulate a genetically-modified corn developed by Monsanto Co to resist its dicamba herbicide, the agency said on Wednesday.
The move by the agency's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), means it can now be planted without permits or any additional regulatory oversight from the agency. http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKCN0WQ013
General Mills (GIS) to Double Organic Acreage Sourcinghttp://finance.yahoo.com/news/general-mills-gis-double-organic-183006654.html
CDC Misconduct? Raw Milk “Death” Victim Was Treated for Advanced Cancerhttp://www.davidgumpert.com/cdc-misconduct-raw-milk-death-victim-treated-advanced-cancer
Farmageddon - Trailerhttp://farmageddonmovie.com/
BASF cuts plant science biz in half, RTP ops to be 'reduced'
Field testing sites in Kekaha, Hawaii, as well as sites in India and Puerto Rico will be closed, with the restructuring expected to be completed by the end of the year.http://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/blog...-ops-to-be.html
Pesticides: Economic nonsense?http://www.euractiv.com/section/agriculture-food/news/pesticides-an-economic-nonsense/
GMO labels spread as U.S. congressional effort to halt them fades
One food industry representative, who requested anonymity, said Senate attention had waned after the bill's failure and that there was a lack of consensus over how to proceed. http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSL2N16W1I2
A Town Demands Protection from Pesticides http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/...des-glyphosate/
Arty turns 11 this summer.
#1483580 --- 04/04/16 10:59 PM
Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food
Loc: Waterloo, NY
USDA Deregulates Two Lines of Genetically Engineered Corn From Monsanto, Syngenta
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said last week it will allow farmers to plant two new strains of genetically modified (GMO) corn, one created by Monsanto and the other by Syngenta, without government oversight. The new strains are tolerant of the weed killers dicamba and glufosinate.
The decision is likely to lead to ever-greater use of these and other pesticides to grow genetically engineered crops, giving consumers yet another reason to want food products containing GMO ingredients to be labeled accordingly.
Like earlier GMO crops that were modified to be herbicide-tolerant, the new GMO corn is designed to survive being blanketed with toxic chemicals that kill weeds and other plant life on the field.http://ecowatch.com/2016/03/29/usda-ge-corn-monsanto/
Del Monte Is Making This Huge Change to its Products
Del Monte also announced that it would move away from GMO, or genetically modified crops. The company also announced Tuesday that not only would vegetables, fruit cups and most tomato products be non-GMO, so will added ingredients used as sweeteners and soybeans. About 154 products will be non-GMO, and they will be labelled as such. Granted, the benefits and downsides of GMO have long been debated.http://fortune.com/2016/03/29/del-monte-natural-products/
Farmer Blows the whistle on Chicken Farms in the United Stateshttps://www.facebook.com/darthveganblog/videos/1681562348751557/?fref=nf
Corn Refiners Association worried about GMO labeling laws
“Vermont’s labeling law will go into effect on July 1 and we are running out of options," Bode said. "Without Senate action, American families will face $1,050 in increased grocery bills each year. We urge the Senate to continue to work towards a meaningful national solution before the Vermont law goes into effect."http://cropprotectionnews.com/stories/51...o-labeling-laws
Cuba’s sustainable agriculture at risk in U.S. thaw
But if relations with U.S. agribusiness companies are not managed carefully, Cuba could revert to an industrial approach that relies on mechanization, transgenic crops and agrochemicals, rolling back the revolutionary gains that its campesinos have achieved.https://theconversation.com/cubas-sustainable-agriculture-at-risk-in-u-s-thaw-56773
Japan's school lunches put America to shame.https://www.facebook.com/attn/videos/999088470126612/?fref=nf
The One Thing No One Tells Women About Seafood
According to a new report from the Environmental Working Group, pregnant women who eat the amount of fish suggested by federal guidelines routinely have unsafe levels of mercury in their blood.http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2016/03/report-pregnant-women-mercury-seafood
Major brands reverse course on genetically modified food labelshttp://www.sfchronicle.com/food/article/...d=email-premium
Minnesota Beekeepers Compensated for Bee Kills from Pesticide Drift
(Beyond Pesticides, March 28, 2016) In the first test of a landmark beekeeper compensation law that works to protect beekeepers from the effects of toxic pesticides on their hives, Minnesota has recently compensated two beekeepers for pesticide drift that killed their bees. Investigators from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) have confirmed what beekeepers and environmentalists have been saying: Even when pesticides are used in accordance with the label and the law, they can be acutely toxic to bees in everyday circumstances.
Maryland to Become First State to Ban Bee-Killing Pesticides for Consumer Usehttp://ecowatch.com/2016/03/25/maryland-ban-neonicotinoids/
Jim Cochran helped invent the organic strawberry industry. After pioneering and profiting from a healthier crop, he turned his attention to the health of his workers. He became the first organic farmer in American to unionize his workforce when he signed a contract with the United Farm Workers of America. His workers make three times the national average for strawberry work, have health care, vacation pay and an employee owned stock plan.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKR1jLgDhjw
Spanish Regions Ban Glyphosate Herbicides over Health Fears
The Spanish towns and regions that have decided to ban glyphosate herbicides are:
* Barcelona and its region
* The region of Extremadurahttp://sustainablepulse.com/2016/03/29/s...s/#.Vvoq_P32aQF
Expert Groups across Nigeria Slam Monsanto over Plans to Introduce GM Crops
One hundred groups representing over five million Nigerians, comprising of farmers, faith-based organisations, civil society groups, students and local community groups, are vehemently opposing Monsanto’s attempts to introduce genetically modified (GM) cotton and maize into Nigeria’s food and farming systems.
One hundred groups representing over five million Nigerians, comprising of farmers, faith-based organisations, civil society groups, students and local community groups, are vehemently opposing Monsanto’s attempts to introduce genetically modified (GM) cotton and maize into Nigeria’s food and farming systems.
Non-GMO certification adds an extra layer of protection to organic standards. FoodChain ID is an expert in Non-GMO Project certification. http://www.foodchainid.com/
China Rules Out GMO Grain and Rice Farming For Now
China will not be establishing industrial-scale genetically modified (GM) grain farms for the time being, a senior government official said on Tuesday, amid concerns on the potential side effects of GM food.http://sustainablepulse.com/2016/03/30/c...w/#.VvxPRf32aQF
Roundup Weedkiller Found In 75% of Air and Rain Samples, Gov. Study Finds
The researchers evaluated a wide range of pesticides currently being used through weekly composite air and rain sampling collected during the 1995 and 2007 growing seasons in the Mississippi Delta agricultural region.
The researchers discovered the following:
Thirty-seven compounds were detected in the air or rain samples in 2007; 20 of these were present in both air and rain.
Glyphosate was the predominant new herbicide detected in both air (86%) and rain (77%) in 2007, but were not measured in 1995.
Decreased overall pesticide use in 2007 relative to 1995 generally resulted in decreased detection frequencies in air and rain, but observed concentration ranges were similar between years even though the 1995 sampling site was 500?m from active fields while the 2007 sampling site was within 3?m of a field.
Mean concentration of detections were sometimes greater in 2007 than in 1995 but the median values were often lower.
Seven compounds in 1995 and five in 2007 were detected in =50% of both air and rain samples. Atrazine, metolachlor, and propanil were detected in =50% of the air and rain samples in both years.
Total herbicide flux in 2007 was slightly greater than in 1995, and was dominated by glyphosate. http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/roundup-weedkiller-found-75-air-and-rain-samples-gov-study-finds
NFU Calls for Immediate Action to Stop GM alfalfa seed sales in Canadahttp://www.nfu.ca/story/nfu-calls-immediate-action-stop-gm-alfalfa-seed-sales-canada
New genetically engineered potato approved for Canadahttp://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/potato-gmo-farmers-food-crops-1.3504446
$4.8 million USAID grant to improve food security
To strengthen capacity to develop and disseminate genetically engineered eggplant in Bangladesh and the Philippines, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded Cornell a $4.8 million, three-year cooperative grant. The award supports USAID’s work under Feed the Future, the U.S. government’s global initiative to fight hunger and improve food security using agricultural science and technology.http://news.cornell.edu/stories/2016/03/48-million-usaid-grant-improve-food-security
China Rules Out Industrial GM Grain Farmshttp://en.yibada.com/articles/112629/201...m#ixzz44UAMTiqt
Science, Public Health And 'Mutant' Mosquitoes: Proposed Florida Keys Experiment Sparks Bitter Debate Over Genetically Modified Aedes Aegypti
But because it’s the company that’s attempting to prove, with its own data, its product is safe and effective, earning the trust of a skeptical public that sees corporations as focused solely on profits can be tough.http://www.ibtimes.com/science-public-he...-sparks-2342971
Stand with us to stop genetically engineered salmonhttps://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/1881/p/sa...85&track=FB
Denmark Interprets EU Seed Laws in Support of Seed Savinghttp://seedfreedom.info/denmark-interprets-eu-seed-laws-in-support-of-seed-saving/
Fungicides Linked to Autism and Alzheimer’s Disease (Beyond Pesticides, April 1, 2016)
A study published yesterday finds that a certain class of fungicides, the strobilurins, causes genetic changes in the neurons of mice that are similar to genetic changes seen in humans with autism and Alzheimer’s disease. Since their introduction to the market over the past 20 years, these fungicides have been used increasingly on conventionally grown crops like cabbage, spinach, lettuce, kale, tomatoes, apples, pears and grapes.
After exposing brain cells from mice to over 300 pesticides and fungicides, researchers found that the strobilurin class of fungicides produces patterns of genetic changes often seen in human neurodegenerative diseases. While the fungicides created autism-like signatures in the way the genes were expressed in mouse neurons, the results do not conclusively show that this class of fungicides causes autism or Alzheimer’s disease. Mark Zylka, Ph.D., lead scientist of the study and associate professor of cell biology and physiology at University of North Carolina, states, “What this work provides is evidence that these chemicals are bad for neurons. They turn the same genes on or off that you see not only in autism brains, but also in neurodegeneration.”
Strobilurins work by disrupting mitochondria, commonly known as the “powerhouse of the cell,” ...http://beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblo...eimers-disease/
Roundup Safety Data Sheethttp://www.monsanto.ca/products/Documents/roundup_transorb_msds_en.pdf
36 Different Pesticides Found in Hawaiian Child’s Hair Sample
It would seem unfathomable that Hawaii, where the weather is picture perfect, would have to import over 90 percent of its food supply. But with companies like Dow, DuPont/Pioneer, Syngenta, BASF, and Monsanto testing their GMO products on over 1,000 plots of large acreage, it’s the sad truth. This is why Hawaii is often called GMO Ground Zero.http://healthyadvicepro.com/36-different-pesticides-found-in-hawaiian-childs-hair-sample/
Lawsuit Challenges FDA’s Approval of Genetically Engineered Salmonhttp://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/press...ineered-salmon#
Washington State’s Emergency Rule Allows Recall of Contaminated Cannabis Products
(Beyond Pesticides, March 29, 2016) Last week, Washington State’s Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) adopted emergency rules allowing the state to recall cannabis products that have been tainted with illegal pesticide residues. The move follows widespread cannabis recalls in the City of Denver, and actions from Colorado’s Governor to declare pesticide-tainted cannabis “a threat to public safety.” Earlier in the month, Beyond Pesticides sent letters to Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) and Governor Jay Inslee imploring the state to take a proactive approach in restricting the use of hazardous pesticides in cannabis production.http://beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblo...nabis-products/
US Environment Agency’s Watchdog Probes Chemical War on Superweeds
Genetically modified corn and soybeans were supposed to reduce chemical use on farms, but instead they’ve done the exact opposite by creating herbicide-resistant “superweeds” and increasing the use of Monsanto’s toxic weed killer Roundup. Now the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s internal watchdog wants to know how this chemical war on weeds is affecting human health and the environment.http://sustainablepulse.com/2016/03/29/u...s/#.Vv8-Jv32aQG
Declaration signed to save indigenous culture by rejecting GM cropshttp://m.focustaiwan.tw/news/asoc/201603200009.aspx
Nigerians say no to Monsanto's GM crops
One hundred civil society groups representing over 5 million Nigerians are opposing opposing Monsanto's attempts to introduce genetically modified (GM) cotton and maize into Nigeria's food and farming systems.http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_round_up/2987481/nigerians_say_no_to_monsantos_gm_crops.html
More Poisonous than Glyphosate….
Regulators evaluate the safety of a pesticide or herbicide mainly by looking at the active ingredient—such as glyphosate—while commercial versions of pesticides contain other adjuvants that may be kept confidential by industry.
Companies say that they add ingredients to pesticides other than the active ingredient (the chemical designed to kill weeds, pests, etc.) in order to make the product easier to spray, more readily stick to plants, store longer, and less likely to wash off in rain. These additives can make up as much as 95 percent of a pesticide. But based on this study, the adjuvants may be doing much more.
The EPA requires that only the active ingredient be studied for medium- and long-term toxicity. Companies are not required to list inert ingredients on most pesticide labels.http://www.anh-usa.org/more-poisonous-than-glyphosate/
GMO products to be labeled at farmers' market http://www.heraldtimesonline.com/news/lo...84cd2d6c34.html
Why Should Organics Be Different?
What else is secret at the NOP? Since it is not a scientific body, but rather a diverse set of organic stakeholders, Congress gave the NOSB the ability to hire independent scientists to advise them. This law has been historically violated. The USDA, rather than the NOSB members, has selected the scientists.
When Cornucopia wrote the Organic Watergate Report, we found that the USDA was contracting with agribusiness executives and consultants. Whoa Nelly! Is it any surprise that the scientists were looking the other way when dangerous ingredients like carrageenan, a very cost-effective processing material for agribusiness, were reviewed for inclusion in organic foods?http://www.cornucopia.org/2016/03/why-sh...KCommentaryMORE
Sign the Petition to Ban the Use of Frack and Sewage Wastewater for Growing Organic Foodhttp://www.cornucopia.org/2015/09/frack-...mpaign=Petition
Citizens Can Sue for Mislabelinghttp://www.cornucopia.org/2016/03/citize...CitizensSueMORE
Sanders: ‘I will not renegotiate the TPP, I will reject it’
During a news conference in Pittsburgh, PA, Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders shares his criticism of Hillary Clinton’s approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, while she was Secretary of State. http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc-quick-cuts/wa...it-655768131707
Arty turns 11 this summer.
#1483974 --- 04/17/16 08:25 PM
Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food
Loc: Waterloo, NY
Breaking: Vermont Seeks Documents on GMOs from Seed, Food Companies
Vermont's attorney general has asked a federal court to force big seed and food companies to turn over internal research on genetically modified crops, escalating a legal battle as the state defends its law requiring labels for GMO ingredients.http://m.nasdaq.com/article/vermont-seeks-documents-on-gmos-from-seed-food-companies-20160415-00750
“Outraged” Erin Brockovich Slams FDA, GMO Industry In Scathing New Letter
“The biotech industry and the FDA have hijacked not only our basic rights as consumers, but also our fundamental human rights in the face of corporate monopolization of our food supply. They are jeopardizing our health and the environment more than ever before. When will the government agencies put in place to protect us stop servicing the bottom line of corporations?”http://healthteamadvisor.com/outraged-erin-brockovich-slams-fda-gmo-industry-in-scathing-new-letter/
Moms Across America's Founder Zen Honeycutt on Thom Hartmann's The Big Picture - March 31, 2016
Glyphosate contaminating wine crops - 6 minutes. http://www.momsacrossamerica.com/how_do_glyphosate_based_herbicides_contaminate_crops
Please sign the petition...http://www.thepetitionsite.com/838/281/528/#next_action
Pesticides Kill Dragonflies and Reduce Biodiversity in Rice Paddies
(Beyond Pesticides, April 4, 2016) Pesticides widely used in rice paddies in Japan are harming dragonflies. The study, conducted by researchers at Japan’s National Institute for Environmental Studies, finds that the insecticide fipronil significantly reduces the population of adult dragonflies, more so than any other pesticide treatment.http://beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblo...n-rice-paddies/
Inspired Bites: Union Hospital dishes up organic, local eatshttp://www.cecildaily.com/features/food/article_f33e79f8-64b0-5aa8-bda7-0942add0bc4f.html
Why Eden Foods chooses not to use the USDA sealhttp://www.edenfoods.com/articles/view.php?articles_id=78
Costco gets creative to meet shoppers’ huge appetite for organics
To boost its supply of organic foods, Costco is trying something new: It’s working with farmers to help them buy land and equipment as it struggles to keep pace with customer demand.http://www.seattletimes.com/business/ret...e-for-organics/
Government to promote native cotton seedshttp://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/...50.cms?from=mdr
NEWS ! – Monsanto Reports Worse-than-Expected Earnings, Sales Declines !http://livehealthy-team.com/news-monsanto-reports-worse-than-expected-earnings-sales-declines/http://www.wsj.com/articles/monsanto-reports-worse-than-expected-earnings-sales-declines-1459946262
Consumed: The Mainstream Movie Putting The GMO Problem In The Spotlight - 2 Minute Trailerhttps://www.collective-evolution.com/201...-the-spotlight/
Villanova Pivots to Neonic-Free, Joins Bee Protective Campaign
(Beyond Pesticides April 6, 2016) Hot off the heels of the NCAA basketball tournament, a national title is not the only thing Villanova University has to celebrate this week. The campus, located near Philadelphia, PA, recently became the second school in the nation to receive recognition from the Beyond Pesticides’ and Center for Food Safety’s BEE Protective Campaign, which seeks to protect honey bees and other pollinators from harmful pesticides. Signing the BEE Protective pledge, Villanova signaled its continued commitment to using neonicotinoid-free insecticides on campus, making them one of the leading higher education institutions committed to the protection of pollinator species.http://beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblo...ctive-campaign/
What To Do When You Are Attacked By Trolls For Being A Part Of The Food Revolution
Who is Ketchum? They are the PR firm that represents The Council for Biotechnology Information (the biotech industry group openly funded by BASF, Bayer, Dow, DuPont, Monsanto, Syngenta) to run the industry website GMO Answers that promotes GMO technology. http://foodbabe.com/2016/04/05/what-to-d...ood-revolution/
Will Organic Cattle Be Pumped Full of GMO Vaccines?
The semiannual meeting of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) will take place April 25–27 in Washington, DC. Because the NOSB makes decisions that, in large part, determine the future of organic foods (it’s the advisory board for the National Organic Program, or NOP), ANH-USA has been engaged with the board for some time.
After reviewing the agenda, we noted two items of concern.http://www.anh-usa.org/will-organic-cattle-be-pumped-full-of-gmo-vaccines/
EPA Introduces Safer Choice Label for Cleaning Products (Vinegar and baking soda is all you need and it kills weeds too)
(Beyond Pesticides, April 7, 2016) Last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) introduced the Safe Choice Program (not to be confused with Beyond Pesticides’ longstanding Safer Choice program), an overhauled labeling system created by Design for the Environment (DfE) that encourages consumers to seek out and use cleaning products that protect public health and the environment. Safer Choice uses the technical expertise of its DfE workgroup of EPA scientists to compare ingredients in the same functional class and thereby identify those ingredients with the lowest hazard profile. In order to earn a Safer Choice Standard label, products must have chemical ingredient formulations that “function in making the product work,” which allows formulators “to use those ingredients with the lowest hazard in their functional class.” Safer Chemical Ingredients are listed on EPAs website.http://beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblo...aning-products/
Let your voice be heard at the National Organic Standard Board! Please comment before April 14th! Click on the link:
Monsanto Profits Drop Twenty-Five Percent Again as Farmers, Individuals Go Organic
While the company is admittedly still seeing profits in the billions, the continuous decline paints a bleak picture for the agricultural giant. It means that the massive grassroots movement against Big Biotech giants such as Monsanto is working, and that our collective voice is being more than heard.http://www.globalresearch.ca/monsanto-pr...organic/5519322
France Bans Some Glyphosate Herbicide Formulations over Health Fears
Reuters reported Friday that France’s health and safety agency (ANSES) has decided to ban weedkillers that combine chemicals glyphosate and the adjuvant tallowamine due to uncertainty over possible health risks, the agency said on Friday.http://sustainablepulse.com/2016/04/08/f...s/#.VwhtFf32aQG
Chinese Citizens Protest against ChemChina’s $ 43 Billion Acquisition of Syngentahttp://sustainablepulse.com/2016/04/08/c...a/#.VwjMvf32aQF
Dr. Mercola and Dr. Seneff on Glyphosate and Celiac Disease https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwmwdHCbKJg
Africa’s Traditional Crops Under Threat as Big Ag, Gates Foundation ‘Donate’ GMO Technology
A new report from the African Centre for Biodiversity, a nonprofit that aims to protect the continent’s biodiversity and food production system, accuses the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and GMO companies including Monsanto of introducing GMO technology in Africa “under the guise of philanthropy.”http://ecowatch.com/2016/04/06/africa-gmo-threat/
Small Size of Wild Bees Correlated with Their Proximity to Intensive Agriculture (Beyond Pesticides, April 5, 2016)
Populations of wild, ground-nesting bees grow smaller in areas where agricultural production is high, according to Cornell University researchers. Both wild and managed pollinators are experiencing global population declines that have been linked to a range of factors stemming from human activity, to habitat loss, the spread of parasitic mites and diseases, climate change, and significantly, the use of toxic, systemic pesticides. This study underscores the wide ranging threat that conventional agricultural practices pose to wild insect pollinators.http://beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblo...med-landscapes/
Roundup Ready alfalfa primed for launch in Easthttp://www.agcanada.com/daily/roundup-ready-alfalfa-primed-for-launch-in-east?platform=hootsuite
CONSUMED - WHAT ARE YOU EATING?http://gowatchit.com/microsite/2769
Demand for Non-GMO Products Hits the Seed Industry http://www.thelibertybeacon.com/demand-for-non-gmo-products-hits-the-seed-industry/
Vermont to Target 'Willful Violations' of GMO Labeling Lawhttp://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/vermont-target-willful-violations-gmo-labeling-law-38272539
Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives (1 hour, 24 minutes)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ak-fQRYjPBI&nohtml5=False
While we all fixate on glyphosate, Monsanto prepares its next GM trick: RNA pesticideshttp://www.theecologist.org/News/news_an...pesticides.html
GMO Free Europe - Regions by Countryhttp://www.gmo-free-regions.org/
EPA Finds 97% of Endangered Species Threatened by Common Pesticides (Beyond Pesticides, April 12, 2016)
Two commonly used pesticides are “likely to adversely affect” 97% of species listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), according to a first of its kind national assessment by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The determination is part of a settlement reached by EPA and the Center for Biological Diversity, which requires the agency to complete a review of the impact of organophosphate pesticides chlorpyrifos, malathion, and diazinon by December 2017, and two carbamate class pesticides, methomyl and carbaryl, by the end of 2018. Under ESA Section 7, any agency action that it authorizes, funds, or carries out must find that it “is not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of any endangered species or threatened species or result in the destruction or adverse modification of habitat.”http://beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblo...mon-pesticides/
Strawberries Have the Most Pesticide Residues: Reporthttp://time.com/4289871/dirty-dozen-pesticides-fruit-vegetable/?xid=time_socialflow_facebook
The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) is apparently so scared that NY will pass its GMO labeling bill that it has resorted to dirty, scaremongering tactics. They are calling residents living on low or fixed incomes throughout the state, scaring them into believing that their grocery bills will go up $500 dollars a year if the NY bill passes. The GMA then urges their "victim" to call their Assemblymember, even offering to connect them directly, in an effort to flood legislator offices with calls against the bill.
This is PATHETIC. Grocery Manufacturers Association is the industry group that represents all the major food companies and biotech companies and has been the leading force behind the DARK Act, suing the state of Vermont for passing a labeling law, and lobbying against ballot initiatives and legislation in every state that has considered GMO labeling.
We cannot let this latest dirty trick go unanswered. Please call your Assemblymember asap to tell them they shouldn't be taken in by the GMA's tricks and that they should strongly support New York's right to know if it's GMO by getting behind bill A.617B. Don't know who your Assemblymember is? Find out here: http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/search/
Also, please share your feelings about GMA's lying ways on their Facebook page and by Tweeting them. We need to call them out and hold them accountable for this!
European Parliament Supports Re-Authorization of Glyphosate Herbicides for 7 Years
GM Watch stated: “While this is not the ban that we and many groups wanted, the European Parliament asks for significant restrictions on glyphosate use”:
•No approval of non-professional use
•No approval in or close to public parks/playgrounds/gardens
•No approval where integrated pest management systems are sufficient for necessary weed control
•Strict limitations on pre-harvest applications (desiccation), which are deemed unacceptablehttp://sustainablepulse.com/2016/04/13/e...s/#.Vw7Wp-T2YcQ
A Safer Food Future, Nowhttp://www.consumerreports.org/food-safety/safer-food-future-now/
Acreage for Genetically Modified Crops Declined in 2015http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/13/busine...-2015.html?_r=0
Gene-edited CRISPR mushroom escapes US regulation
A fungus engineered with the CRISPR–Cas9 technique can be cultivated and sold without further oversight.http://www.nature.com/news/gene-edited-crispr-mushroom-escapes-us-regulation-1.19754
China to greatly expand GM crops
China intends to plant genetically modified crops on a very large scale in coming years. The new policy follows a recent announcement that GM crop developer Syngenta will be taken over by a Chinese state-owned firm. http://m.dw.com/en/china-to-greatly-expand-gm-crops/a-19185532
Update: Who Owns Organic Chart Reflects Further Organic Consolidation - January 26, 2016
The first wave of acquisitions of organic processors was concentrated between December, 1997 and October, 2002. This period coincides with the initial release of the draft USDA organic standards and its full implementation in October, 2002. A second wave of acquisitions in the organic sector has been occurring since 2012. Surprisingly few major corporate agribusinesses note ownership ties on their acquisitions’ product labels.
Dr. Phil Howard, an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Sustainability at Michigan State and author of the infographic above, has identified some significant updates to his Who Owns Organic Chart, including:
Hormel’s acquisition of Applegate Farms for $775 million
WhiteWave’s acquisition of So Delicious/Turtle Mountain for $195 million and Wallaby Yogurt for $125 million
General Mills’ acquisition of Annie’s Homegrown for $820 million
Pinnacle Foods’ acquisition of Boulder Brands (Earth Balance, Evol, Udi’s) for $975 million
Post’s acquisition of a number of cereal and egg brands (including MOM/Malt-O-Meal/Better Oats) for $1.15 billion
JAB Holding’s acquisition of a number of coffee brands (Green Mountain Einstein Bros./Noah’s, Stumptown and Intelligentsia, Peet’s, and Caribou)
Dr. Howard also created the chart, Organic Industry Structure: Major Independents and Their Subsidiary Brands. The independent brands include:
Alvarado Street Bakery
Bob’s Red Mill
Cliff Bar: Luna
Frontier Natural Products: Simply Organic
Lundberg Family Farms
Nature’s Path: Country Choice Organic, Enviro-Kidz
Organic Valley: Organic Prairie
Pacific Natural Foods
Springfield Creamery: Nancy’s
Dr. Howard observes, “I expect more deals to occur, since organic foods sales continue to increase faster than sales of conventional foods, and corporations are flush with cash and/or access to cheap credit.”
The Cornucopia Institute has aided Dr. Howard’s work with the sharing of research and information over the years. “We are proud to have helped Dr. Howard update this important infographic that so many consumers find to have value,” said Cornucopia Codirector Will Fantle.http://www.cornucopia.org/2016/01/update...-consolidation/
Researchers developing honeybees can survive in Canada Winter – Kansas City Tech Parthttp://www.albanydailystar.com/science/r...-part-8792.html
Using GMOs could be dangerous
Back in great-grandfather’s day, healthy cows ate grass. Now cows can be pumped with growth hormones and antibiotics and are fed engineered grain grown from modified seeds with pesticides built in to the seeds.
Farm businesses have unknowingly bought in to the untested chemicals tainting our food, repeating Big Agra’s claims that providing basic information for consumers’ informed health choices is needless.http://blog.timesunion.com/opinion/using-gmos-could-be-dangerous/34946/
Demand for Non-GMO Products Hits the Seed Industry
“As demand for non-GMO choices continues to rise, farmers are seeking more non-GMO seed,” Megan Westgate, executive director of the Non-GMO Project, said. “Similarly, smaller farms and home gardeners are choosing to plant more organic and non-GMO varieties.”http://www.thelibertybeacon.com/demand-for-non-gmo-products-hits-the-seed-industry/
United States Government Accountability Office Report to John Tester About GM Cropshttp://www.gao.gov/assets/680/675797.pdf
The Great GMO Cover-Up #2 Companies Hide Dangers; Attack Scientistshttp://thehill.com/sponsored/content/276030-companies-hide-dangers-attack-scientists
Corn: It's Everything
What happens to all that corn grown by Iowa farmers? Much of the corn grown by Iowa farmers becomes livestock feed and ethanol fuel, or is exported as value-added products.
But that’s not all. Corn is in everything!http://www.iowacorn.org/en/corn_use_education/corn_its_everything/
Remember one year ago today HRC said: “Genetically modified sounds ‘Frankensteinish’ – drought resistant sounds really like something you want,” she said.
HRC on her painstaking work to convince African farmers that gmo seed was safe. 29:00 to 33:00
She was involved in promoting gmo seed while she was working for the state department. "...and we talk about drought resistant seeds and I promoted those all over Africa...I have been involved in a lot of debates in other countries about whether or not to accept...help farmers be educated enough that dought resistant seeds are not going to hurt them, not going to hurt their property, their people, their family and this is painstaking work..."https://www.organicconsumers.org/news/vi...p-biotechnology
Study: Monsanto’s PCBs Causing ‘Severe Impact’ on Whales and Dolphins http://naturalsociety.com/study-monsanto.../#ixzz465LPeeHt
Monsanto Profits Drop 25% AGAIN as Farmers, Individuals go Organic http://naturalsociety.com/monsanto-profits-drop-25-percent-farmers-organic-7925/#ixzz465M0fDtg
U.S. Government To Pull Foreign Aid In El Salvador For Refusing Monsanto Seedshttp://herbalhouse365.com/2016/04/14/u-s...monsanto-seeds/
Oathkeeper Sheriff Blocks Feds From Raiding Local Farmerhttp://www.dontcomply.com/oathkeeper-sheriff-blocks-feds-raiding-local-farmer/
National Toxin Free Towns Campaign and 4th of July Parades
How can you have your town and neighbors stop spraying Roundup and toxic chemicals? Do you want to reach a large number of people at once to create a team or to raise awareness about your petition to the city council? Do you want to give thousands of people a flyer with alernatives to Roundup? It's easy to join into you 4th of July parades and reach thousands locally and millions nationally in a single day! We want to support you. Find out more at www.momsacrossamerica.orghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfTxrgtgr_Y#t=42
Jefferson Public Radio
Wine consumers...16 minutes - Moms Across America's Zen Honeycutthttp://ijpr.org/post/unwelcome-ingredient-wine#stream/0
Arty turns 11 this summer.