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#1501440 --- 07/13/17 05:46 AM Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food [Re: MissingArty]
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This is an older article but this is the time of year when beaches and oceans might be closed, ruining your family time at the water because Monsanto has convinced water departments and conservationists that glyphosate herbicides are safe to spray around reservoirs, recreational ponds, and run-offs into the ocean. Not true. Glyphosate has been linked to sex hormone changes, neurotoxicity, cancer, birth defects and as this article shows, the growth of toxic algae.

Glyphosate Sprayed on GMO Crops Linked to Lake Erie’s Toxic Algae Bloom

Phosphorus—attributed to farm runoff carried by the Maumee River—has long been identified as a leading culprit feeding the excessive blooms in the western Lake Erie basin. Now, according to a new study from chemistry professor Christopher Spiese, a significant correlation has been established between the increased use of glyphosate to the percentage of dissolved reactive phosphorus (DRP) in the runoff.

As No-Till Farmer observed from the study, DRP loads in Lake Erie increased in the mid-1990s at the same time that farmers began the widespread cultivation of crops genetically engineered to withstand multiple applications of Roundup.

"For every acre of Roundup Ready soybeans and corn that you plant, it works out to be about one-third of a pound of P [phosphorus] coming down the Maumee," Spiese told the agricultural publication.

https://www.ecowatch.com/glyphosate-spra...1906543478.html



Stop Sale, Use or Removal Order (The commonly used herbicide called KIllex contains Dicamba.)

On-farm applications of Dicamba products must cease immediately

https://www.morningagclips.com/stop-sale...tm_medium=email



Study of the effect of occupational exposure to glyphosate on hepatorenal function - 7/6/17

Conclusion: Glyphosate can affect the hepatic and renal function among occupational exposure population, and there was an association between the effect and the exposure dose.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28693086



APHIS OKs release of GE moths in New York

The plan is to release up to 10,000 GE male moths each week during the cabbage planting cycle (about three to four months). The males are genetically engineered with a lethal gene that they pass on to females when they mate. Experiments already conducted show that the female offspring then die, usually as caterpillars.

https://www.agri-pulse.com/articles/9524-aphis-oks-release-of-ge-moths-in-new-york



The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY) roundly denounced the USDA’s permit for the world’s first open-air trials of the Genetically Engineered Diamondback moth to be released in Geneva, NY.

“NOFA-NY considers the release of a novel genetically engineered organism to be a major activity with potentially significant and heretofore unknown health and environmental effects,” said NOFA-NY Policy Advisor Liana Hoodes. “It is now up to New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to ensure the safety of its citizens before granting the necessary state permit. We call on the NYS DEC to require a full environmental impact statement and public hearings during a complete review under State Environmental Quality Review Act.”

Hoodes goes on to say, “most of the USDA’s environmental assessment confines its review to the general impacts of the new technology, yet neglects to adequately assess the potential impacts of the trials themselves on farms and residences near the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, NY and across the state.”

https://www.nofany.org/events-news/news/...hs-in-geneva-ny
Finger Lakes Times: http://www.fltimes.com/news/organic-farm...a27b1b1504.html



Glyphosate Residue Free Food Label Starts Wave of Transparency for US Brands

http://sustainablepulse.com/2017/07/12/g...s/#.WWa1MNUrJD9



California to Warn Consumers About Monsanto’s Glyphosate—But How Much and How Soon?

...CNN also reported, and our experts agreed, that under Prop 65, Monsanto could get away with cancer-warning signs on store shelves, rather than labels on the products. Not ideal.

Reasons for hope

Whatever the levels set by OEHHA and the loopholes exploited by Monsanto, make no mistake: Getting glyphosate listed under California’s Prop 65 is huge, especially when considered in the context of all the other pressure being exerted right now on Monsanto.

Consider all of this:

https://www.organicconsumers.org/blog/california-warn-consumers-about-monsanto%E2%80%99s-glyphosate%E2%80%94-how-much-and-how-soon



Grim reaping: Many food crops sprayed with weed killer before harvest

Charles Benbrook, Ph.D., who published the paper on the mounting use of glyphosate, says the practice of spraying glyphosate on wheat prior to harvest, known as desiccating, began in Scotland in the 1980s. “Farmers there often had trouble getting wheat and barley to dry evenly so they can start harvesting. So they came up with the idea to kill the crop (with glyphosate) one to two weeks before harvest to accelerate the drying down of the grain,” he says.

The pre-harvest use of glyphosate allows farmers to harvest crops as much as two weeks earlier than they normally would, an advantage in northern, colder regions.

http://non-gmoreport.com/articles/grim-r...before-harvest/



With special guest - Dr. Stephanie Seneff - KPFV 98.1 FM Pahrump Freedom Radio - 7/2/17

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPhZIV8MubU&feature=youtu.be



Bt cotton falling to pest, Maharashtra tensed

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/...mpaign=referral



Monsanto Makes Poison - Deep Science w/Dr. Seneff (MIT)

Gout, all modern diseases caused by Glyphosate.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDum7GGuOTA&feature=youtu.be



Seneff: “This is a very informative article on the techniques Monsanto and other biotech companies use to make sure that GMOs and the toxic chemicals used on them stay on the market. The chat room discussion is interesting too - lots of trolls up to their usual tricks.”

Flacking for GMOs: How the Biotech Industry Cultivates Positive Media—and Discourages Criticism

"I don’t think I have ever seen a group so intent on trying to personally attack the journalist covering the issue." said Monica Eng of WBEZ, Chicago’s NPR station. In April, 2016, Eng published a critical story revealing that the agrichemical giant Monsanto had quietly paid a professor at the University of Illinois to travel, write, and speak about genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and even to lobby federal officials to halt further GMO regulation. In a grueling, year-long reporting project, Eng uncovered documents proving that Monsanto made the payments to University of Illinois professor Bruce Chassy, and that he advised Monsanto to deposit money in the university’s foundation, where records are shielded from public disclosure.

http://progressive.org/magazine/how-the-biotech-industry-cultivates-positive-media/



China Genomics Giant Drops Plans for Gene-Edited Pets

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/60820...utm_medium=post



Pesticides Threat to Champagne Water Quality (Seneca Lake, a toxic pool of chemicals?)

The extensive use of pesticides – including insecticides, herbicides and fungicides – in the region is causing serious concerns to the water quality of the region. According to a study conducted by the local water agency, Eau Seine et Normandie, the chemical residues found both in the surface and ground water in the Champagne area regularly exceed European authorized levels, both for individual chemical molecules and chemical compounds.

https://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2017/07/pesticides-threat-to-champagne-water-quality



Rotten Eggs Jack and Peter DeCoster Headed to Jail—Finally

Martha Rosenberg reports on how after 33 years of labor, environmental, immigration, animal rights and food safety violations, two rotten eggs—Jack and Peter DeCoster—were finally ordered to jail for their role in a 2010 outbreak of salmonella poisoning. The reckoning was a long time coming, considering that as far back as 1982, at least one person had died from salmonella-infected eggs sold by the DeCoster-owned Quality Egg company. And in 1987, nine people died after eating DeCoster eggs, and 500 were sickened.

The DeCosters were each sentenced to three months in jail. Predictably, industry groups like National Association of Manufacturers and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (whose products are central to factory farming) called the sentences “unfair”—even though the DeCosters admitted that Quality Egg workers knowingly shipped eggs with false processing and expiration dates to fool state regulators and retail customers about their age and bribed a U.S. Department of Agriculture inspector at least twice to approve sales of poor-quality eggs.

https://www.organicconsumers.org/essays/rotten-eggs-jack-and-peter-decoster-headed-jail%E2%80%94finally



Final Nail? Largest Ever Neonicotinoid Pesticides Study Shows Massive Damage to Bees

What happened when the two biggest makers of bee-killing pesticides commissioned a $3.5-million study on the impact of neonicotinoid pesticides on bees?

The scientists concluded that neonics do indeed harm bee populations. The companies (Bayer CropScience and Syngenta) that funded the largest ever field trial of its kind turned around and called the conclusions “unfair.”

Bee researcher David Goulson told Sustainable Pulse that despite industry’s reaction to the results, he had to give them a “10 out of 10 for effort:”

“The study is well designed, well replicated, well funded—ironically by industry who won’t be best pleased. But the results tally with what has gone before. It’s reached a point where it’s just not plausible to keep denying these things harm bees in realistic studies. I’d say it’s the final nail in the coffin.”

The study specifically found that exposure to neonicotinoids reduces honeybees’ ability to survive their winter hibernation, say researchers.

France is moving forward with a countrywide ban on neonics, effective 2018. While here in the good old United Corporations of America, the pesticide lobby still rules.

https://www.organicconsumers.org/news/la...ive-damage-bees



US organizations file complaint against Sanderson Farms over use of ‘100% Natural’ in advertising

“We felt the need to take this step based on the information that we received about the drug reside and information from our membership,” she told FeedNavigator. “We feel that consumers are being deceived in purchasing Sanderson Farms’ chicken.”

http://mobile.feednavigator.com/Regulati...-in-advertising



Seneff: “Many of the chemicals we consume in foods and drugs end up concentrated in sewage sludge that can get relabelled as organic compost. What goes around comes around.”

It’s Time to Talk (Again) about Sewage Sludge on Farmland

Has sewage sludge caused any farm damage? Once the sludge leaves the wastewater treatment plant, it is not tracked; there’s no national system for reporting sludge-related health or environmental problems; and farmers are not known for having deep pockets, which is what it would take to bring the issue of damages to U.S. courts.

Nevertheless, in February 2008, the McElmurrays, dairy farmers from Georgia, received an order and judgment issued by Federal Judge Anthony Alaimo of the 11th Circuit Court. The order addresses and confirms that there have been decades of deceit by the EPA and finds against the USDA and the EPA. The court acknowledges that the sludge applications on the McElmurrays’ farm were responsible for killing hundreds of diary cattle and contaminating the milk supplies in several states. This case allowed subsidies previously only awarded for crop failures due to bad weather or natural disasters to include the injurious affects of land applied sewage sludge. In his ruling, Judge Alaimo said, “senior EPA officials took extraordinary steps to quash scientific dissent and any questioning of EPA's biosolids program.” (United States District Court Southern District of Georgia, McElmurray v. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Case 1:05-cv-00159-AAA-WLB Document 67, Filed 02/25/2008.)

http://inthesetimes.com/rural-america/en...ent-agriculture



EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Met With Dow CEO Just Before Killing Effort to Ban Toxic Pesticide

New reporting by Associated Press begs further questions about administration's denial of science, coziness with industry

The new reporting comes a day after the American Academy for Pediatrics and advocacy organization Environmental Working Group (EWG) sent a letter to Pruitt urging him to ban the chemical, expressing "deep alarm" that the agency's "decision to allow the continued use of chlorpyrifos contradicts the agency's own science and puts developing fetuses, infants, children, and pregnant women at risk."

It also comes as the EPA "accelerates its purge of scientists."

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/0...toxic-pesticide



Malathion Health Index by Wayne Sinclair, M.D., Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (Immunology Board Certified), Richard W. Pressinger, M.Ed., Tampa, Florida

The medical research below was located from the University of Florida and University of South Florida medical libraries. As can be seen from the research summarized below, contrary to what the public is often told by the Agriculture Industry and some governmental agencies, scientists are stating that malathion (even at low levels) is in fact, a harmful chemical.

http://www.chem-tox.com/malathion/research/



Is Coconut Oil Healthy? The Controversy Explained

Can you trust the American Heart Association with health information?


The American Heart Association (AHA) is the same organization who told us for years to eat margarine (which was notoriously high in trans fat) calling it “more heart-healthy” than butter because it contains “no dietary cholesterol”. They started this recommendation back in the 1960’s and continued it for decades while the primary ingredient in margarine was partially hydrogenated oil full of trans fat. Well, we now know that the trans fat in partially hydrogenated oils are responsible for upwards of 20,000 heart attacks every year – which spurred the FDA to finally ban it from our food (effective in 2018). It’s rare for the FDA to ban anything! Boy, I’d say the AHA was way off on that recommendation, wouldn’t you?

https://foodbabe.com/2017/07/11/coconut-oil-healthy-controversy-explained/
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#1501495 --- 07/13/17 06:34 PM Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food [Re: MissingArty]
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#1501975 --- 07/20/17 02:27 PM Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food [Re: MissingArty]
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Originally Posted By: MissingArty
Is Coconut Oil Healthy? The Controversy Explained

Can you trust the American Heart Association with health information?

The American Heart Association (AHA) is the same organization who told us for years to eat margarine (which was notoriously high in trans fat) calling it “more heart-healthy” than butter because it contains “no dietary cholesterol”. They started this recommendation back in the 1960’s and continued it for decades while the primary ingredient in margarine was partially hydrogenated oil full of trans fat. Well, we now know that the trans fat in partially hydrogenated oils are responsible for upwards of 20,000 heart attacks every year – which spurred the FDA to finally ban it from our food (effective in 2018). It’s rare for the FDA to ban anything! Boy, I’d say the AHA was way off on that recommendation, wouldn’t you?

https://foodbabe.com/2017/07/11/coconut-oil-healthy-controversy-explained/

Imagine that... science advancing it's understanding of biology and medicine.

Who'dathunkit? Respectfully.
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#1502112 --- 07/22/17 09:11 AM Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food [Re: MissingArty]
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EU will only extend glyphosate license with national backing

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union will only extend its approval for the herbicide glyphosate if there is sufficient support from the bloc's 28 member states, European Health and Food Safety Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis said on Monday.

..."I wanted to make clear that the Commission has no intention to reapprove this substance without the support of a qualified majority of member states. This is and will remain a shared responsibility," he said.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-eu-glyphosate-idUSKBN1A21EW



Seneff: “New paper by myself and Dr. Greg Nigh on the mechanisms by which glyphosate can cause anencephaly (child born with no brain).”

Glyphosate and Anencephaly: Death by A Thousand Cuts

Abstract: Anencephaly, which occurs when the rostral (head) end of the neural tube fails to close early in embryonic development, represents perhaps the most extreme manifestation of neural tube defects (NTDs). A wide range of developmental events and processes, working singly or in concert, are either known to cause, or are strongly associated with, NTDs in general, and with anencephaly in particular. Glyphosate is the most widely used herbicidal chemical on the planet. Here we review a multitude of ways in which glyphosate can detrimentally impact, or ‘cut,’ embryological and fetal development to specifically favor the anencephalic phenotype. The evidence presented here includes data gathered from epidemiology, toxicology, general and nutritional biochemistry, and developmental biology. While the case here is often based on statistical associations and plausible biological arguments, we offer clearly defined pathways whereby glyphosate can be seen as likely holding the knife that is inflicting some, or perhaps even most, of these developmental cuts that lead to anencephaly and other NTDs. We offer some suggestions for lines of research to validate or refute our thesis, and conclude with our thoughts on the relevance of this link with regard to public health policy.

Conclusion: ...The Precautionary Principle states that “if an action or policy has a suspected risk of causing harm to the public, or to the environment, in the absence of scientific consensus (that the action or policy is not harmful), the burden of proof that it is not harmful falls on those taking that action” [217]. Glyphosate based herbicides (GBHs) have been in use for both commercial and residential applications for nearly 45 years. The evidence reviewed in this paper offers a multitude of very specific routes by which glyphosate might be impairing embryological and fetal development in ways that significantly increase the risk of anencephaly, and epidemiological and animal studies on glyphosate support a link to impaired neurodevelopment in the brain. While an increasing number of governmental regulatory agencies around the world are imposing restrictions on the application of GBHs, the United States and other countries continue to allow widespread use of GBHs in spite of the growing safety concerns, only a small portion of which have been reviewed here. Given the gravity of anencephaly as an outcome of pregnancy, we strongly encourage regulatory agencies to follow the Precautionary Principle and suspend both commercial and residential use of GBHs until it is conclusively demonstrated that glyphosate plays no role in any of the pathways to anencephaly described in this review, nor any role in the multitude of other pathologies to which it has been compellingly linked. Until that time, we urge an informed public to keep these safety concerns in mind with respect to their own use of these chemicals and consumption of foods that may be contaminated.

https://sciforschenonline.org/journals/neurology/JNNB-3-140.php



The Government Is Going to Counter 'Misinformation' About GMO Foods

The Food and Drug Administration will fund a campaign to promote genetically modified organisms in food under a bipartisan agreement to keep the government funded through the end of September…

“It is not the responsibility of the FDA to mount a government-controlled propaganda campaign to convince the American public that genetically modified foods are safe,” said Rep. Nita M. Lowey (D-N.Y.), who attempted to get the measure struck from the bill last month. “The FDA has to regulate the safety of our food supply and medical devices. They are not, nor should they be, in the pro-industry advertising business,” Lowey said during a congressional hearing…

https://www.organicconsumers.org/news/government-going-counter-misinformation-about-gmo-foods



Campbell Soup Company Buys Organic Pacific Foods for $700 Million

Pacific Foods will mark Campbell’s fifth purchase in five years, which include organic baby-food maker Plum Organics, salsa and hummus producer Garden Fresh Gourmet, and smoothie producer Bolthouse Farms. Alongside the company’s commitment to phase artificial ingredients out of its soups by 2018, these purchases show that Campbell’s is attempting to align itself the current trend in a consumer demand for natural and organic products.

http://www.organicauthority.com/campbell-soup-company-buys-organic-pacific-foods-for-700-million/



Is Cornell University misleading us on GMO food safety? - Claire Robinson of GMWatch.org

Watch lecture ten of our independent lecture series to learn that Cornell is indeed misleading us on the safety of GMOs (among a host of other topics). (Time 1:01:27)

http://gmwatch.org/en/videos/cornell-vid...claire-robinson
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjDGJoHtddA



Ag groups demand end to GM alfalfa approval

Fourteen Canadian agriculture organizations want the federal government to cancel registration of genetically modified alfalfa and test all imports of U.S.-grown alfalfa seed.

They also want the locations of all GM alfalfa fields made public “so farmers can protect their fields and crops until all GM alfalfa varieties are taken off the market.”

http://www.producer.com/2017/07/ag-group...16f66a-88580501



States Sue EPA for Failing to Ban Toxic Pesticide

"Several groups sued over the decision in June, asking a federal court to force the EPA to take action on the pesticide. The states, led by New York, joined that suit Thursday and also filed a legal complaint of their own directly with the EPA.

'Job Number One for the EPA should be protecting Americans' well-being, especially that of our children,' said New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D), who is leading the states' action.

'Yet the administration is jeopardizing our kids' health, allowing the use of a toxic pesticide for which it can't even identify a safe level.'



Earthjustice also noted that the EPA itself has admitted that there are no safe levels of exposure to chlorpyrifos for human beings.

The lawsuits from the states and independent organizations likely represent the best chance for reversing the EPA's decision via the court system. The only disappointing fact is that they are necessary. The EPA's suspicious reversal on a chemical like chlorpyrifos is creating a leadership void in protecting public health and the environment. Instead, its actions show a government too willing to put the interests of corporations over the health of the public.

https://www.ecowatch.com/pesticide-chlorpyrifos-2458558122.html?xrs=RebelMouse_fb&ts=1499965138



New Evidence Shows Bayer, Syngenta Tried to Influence Scientists on Bee Study

On Jan. 11, a Bayer staff member wrote to professor Rosemary Hails at CEH to say, "As co-owner we believe we are entitled to unlimited, unrestricted and prompt access to all such data and information, including, but not limited to, the data called raw data."

The Bayer representative went on to express their frustration at CEH's refusal to hand over the data, despite repeated requests.

CEH refused to hand over the raw data on the wild bees experiment to the companies until after the peer review process, but did present the data on honey bees.

https://www.ecowatch.com/bayer-bee-study-2457938599.html?xrs=RebelMouse_fb&ts=1499958321



Profound Insights On Glyphosate, Mind Science & Culture - Seneff, 54 Minutes

Ed note: This CBJ Episode 134 is delayed on publication due to some background tech issues. I’m resending it out ‘raw’ now [1-19] while correcting the CBJ site issues. Our direct discussion links coming soon for this outstanding interview with a global thought leader on the evolved understanding of the biomedical interface with glyphosate toxins that permeate everyday life.

134 Dr. Stephanie Seneff is a Senior Research Scientist at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. She received the B.S. degree in Biophysics in 1968, the M.S. and E.E. degrees in Electrical Engineering in 1980, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 1985, all from MIT. In this CBJ Episode, she details profound contributions to today’s health care crisis.

For over three decades, her research interests have always been at the intersection of biology and computation: developing a computational model for the human auditory system, and an understanding human language so as to develop algorithms and systems for human computer interactions, as well as applying natural language processing (NLP) techniques to gene predictions.

Seneff Reports

She has published over 170 refereed articles on these subjects and has presented keynote speeches at several international conferences. She has also supervised numerous Masters and Ph.D. theses at MIT. In 2012, Dr. Seneff was elected Fellow of the International Speech and Communication Association (ISCA).In recent years, Dr. Seneff has focused her research interests back towards biology.

Dr. Seneff’s Focus on Glyphosate Ubiquity

In recent years, Dr. Seneff has focused her research interests back towards biology. Today she concentrates mainly on the relationship between nutrition and health. Her recent work on the ubiquity of neurotoxic effects from glyphosate provides specific references for the profound relevance of agricultural practices that directly contribute to today’s health care crisis.

Since 2011, she has published over two dozen papers in various medical and health-related journals on topics such as modern day diseases (e.g., Alzheimer’s, autism, cardiovascular diseases), analysis and search of databases of drug side effects using NLP techniques, and the impact of nutritional deficiencies and associated glyphosate toxicity. Must listen.

http://www.corebrainjournal.com/2017/07/134-glyphosate-toxins-mind-science-seneff/



TELL THE USDA THAT GMO LABELING MUST BE CLEAR AND ON THE PACKAGE

Big Ag and food companies have made it clear which option they support for labeling: QR codes. They know consumers don’t use these codes and that “labeling” via QR codes is really no labeling all. The agency has heard from big corporations – now they need to hear from you! (Press the return key after zip code.)

http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/1881/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=20899



Does the World’s Top Weed Killer Cause Cancer? Trump’s EPA Will Decide

...Federal law requires an EPA health-effects review for every pesticide at least once every 15 years, and glyphosate has enjoyed a clean bill of health since 1991, when the agency cleared the way for Monsanto’s GMO breakout by classifying the herbicide as noncarcinogenic to humans…

...Far from settling the matter, eight of the 15 experts expressed significant concerns about the EPA’s benign view of glyphosate, and three more expressed concerns about the data. Their skepticism also raised, again, questions about the independence of the Office of Pesticide Programs, which has the final say on permitting pesticides. The office relies on pesticide manufacturers for the data it uses in making health decisions—and got almost 30 percent of its operating budget from the industry last year…

...In Washington, where Monsanto has spent almost $60 million on lobbying since 2008, the company cultivates allies on both sides of the aisle and in the relevant federal agencies. It deployed five lobbyists in 2015 to trash IARC’s findings at the White House, Congress, and the agencies. Monsanto employees are regular visitors to the EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs, according to logs obtained through the Freedom of Information Act…

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/...epa-will-decide



More than a million hens, filling barns at three per square foot. And yes, they're USDA Organic

...They're sold under the Eggland's Best label...

...Similar concerns for animal welfare have spurred the demand for organic eggs, which are supposed to come from birds that are not only cage-free but also allowed outside. About 12 percent of grocery store expenditures for eggs goes toward those labeled USDA Organic, and many buyers appear to think the hens are allowed out…

http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-egglands-best-organic-herbruck-farm-20170713-story.html



Monsanto Faces Class Action Suit Over Allegedly Violating Two Federal Labor Laws

https://www.ecowatch.com/monsanto-labor-laws-2459192551.html?xrs=RebelMouse_fb&ts=1500051929



Farmer’s Footstep the Best Fertilizer - News from the Spring NOSB Meeting in Denver

With five new members of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), the debate over whether soil-less, hydroponic systems can be certified organic felt like starting over from scratch.

Those of us who have followed the workings of the NOSB for years now are beginning to feel exasperated that something so basic as the legal requirement to foster soil fertility in organic systems is up for debate.

https://www.cornucopia.org/2017/07/farme...mpaign=NOSBMORE



2018 Farm Bill May Include “NOSB Reforms” Benefiting Industrial Organics

Natural Grocers’ Alan Lewis recently visited Capitol Hill to discuss the upcoming Farm Bill with lawmakers. He shares his experience, insight, and disturbing commentary below about what this may mean for organic food and agriculture.



Cornucopia has done an outstanding job of documenting and describing in detail industrial organic practices, and asking this question of the USDA, NOP, NOSB, and organic stakeholders: “Is this really what we mean by Organic?” In short, Cornucopia is upholding the core tenets of the Organic Foods Production Act by matching congressional intent to how the NOP rules are actually being drafted, interpreted and applied. What the USDA reformers and their allies don’t understand is that the Cornucopia’s of the world are not going to go away. And neither will consumer expectations about organic production practices. The “reformers” can permanently legalize industrial organic, and dismember the NOSB, but that alone will not make industrial organic practices acceptable to the ultimate judges: informed American consumers.


https://www.cornucopia.org/2017/07/2018-...ign=ReformsMORE



GM Watch

USDA allows GM moths to be released in Geneva, NY
Now Iowa farmers report dicamba drift injury
India: State of Karnataka to oppose commercial cultivation of GM mustard
US urgent action: Tell USDA that GMO labelling must be clear and on the package
Tennessee is latest state to restrict use of Monsanto herbicide
Industry edited EFSA’s glyphosate evaluation ahead of publication
EU authorities broke their own rules and brushed aside evidence of cancer to keep glyphosate on the market
Flacking for GMOs - How the biotech industry cultivates positive media — and discourages criticism
EU Parliament against the approval of new GM soybeans
Missouri, Arkansas halt dicamba sale and use
USDA seeks comments on GMO labeling standards
Canada: Regulatory acrobatics helps GM fish facility
Damage from wayward weedkiller keeps growing
Bt cotton falling to pest in Maharashtra
Gene-editing companies attack research revealing unintended CRISPR effects
Monsanto farm chemical linked to oak damage

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?s...500117528504285



Trump Administration Approves Exploratory Drilling in Arctic Ocean

https://www.ecowatch.com/arctic-drilling-2458533481.html?xrs=RebelMouse_fb&ts=1499958323



Stop Dumping Offshore Fracking Waste Into Gulf of Mexico

https://www.ecowatch.com/fracking-waste-gulf-2457974291.html?xrs=RebelMouse_fb&ts=1499886321



James Cromwell Actor - Activist

“Safe & sound in jail. The fight is far from over! Make your voices heard! Tell Gov. Cuomo to say NO to fracked gas power plants and infrastructure in the state of New York AND throughout the country and world.” Please:
CALL Gov. Cuomo (518) 474-8390. Petition:

https://actionnetwork.org/…/governor-cuomo-pull-the-plug-on…



Mac and Cheese Powder Tests Positive for Toxic Phthalates

https://www.nrdc.org/experts/jennifer-sa...ent=socialmedia
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#1502601 --- 07/30/17 10:12 AM Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food [Re: MissingArty]
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Erin Brockovich: “Ah... say it ain't so... killing us slowly... for so many sources. This is what happens when nasty criminal polluters (DuPont, Monsanto, Bayer, 3M, Dow... to name a few) are aloud to sell millions of tons of their toxic, untested, trillion dollar products... in to the unregulated market place - often with concealed or covered up studies that demonstrate toxicity. PFOA/PFOS are in mothers breast milk, in our blood streams for life, cause cancer, blood disease, and other sicknesses. Glyphosate (Roundup) in our ice cream, Cheerios, and granola bars.”

Glyphosate Found in Most Samples of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream

http://www.organicauthority.com/natural-ben-jerrys-ice-cream-actually-contains-glyphosate/






100,000 PAGES OF CHEMICAL INDUSTRY SECRETS GATHERED DUST IN AN OREGON BARN FOR DECADES — UNTIL NOW by Sharon Lerner

Along the way, she amassed disturbing evidence about the dangers of industrial chemicals — and the practices of the companies that make them. Two documents, for instance, detailed experiments that Dow contracted a University of Pennsylvania dermatologist to conduct on prisoners in the 1960s to show the effects of TCDD, a particularly toxic contaminant found in 2,4,5-T. Another document, from 1985, showed that Monsanto had sold a chemical that was tainted with TCDD to the makers of Lysol, who, apparently unaware of its toxicity, used it as an ingredient in their disinfectant spray for 23 years. Yet another, from 1990, detailed the EPA policy of allowing the use of hazardous waste as inert ingredients in pesticides and other products under certain circumstances.



She had to make peace with not fully understanding a personal tragedy, too. In 1977, her house burned to the ground and her four children died in the fire. Firefighters who came to the scene said the fact that the whole house had burned so quickly pointed to the possibility of arson. But an investigation of the causes of the fire was never completed.

Van Strum suspected some of her opponents might have set the fire. It was a time of intense conflict between local activists and employees of timber companies, chemical manufacturers, and government agencies over the spraying of herbicides. A group of angry residents in the area near Van Strum’s home had destroyed a Forest Service helicopter that had been used for spraying. And, on one occasion, Van Strum had come home to find some of the defenders of the herbicides she was attacking in court on her property.

https://theintercept.com/2017/07/26/chemical-industry-herbicide-poison-papers/

A Bitter Fog: Herbicides and Human Rights Paperback – December 9, 2014 by Carol Van Strum

https://www.amazon.com/Bitter-Fog-Herbic...ASIN=1505444411



Senator Tom Udall was live, July 25 at 12:00pm

I'm introducing legislation to ban chlorpyrifos, a neurotoxin pesticide linked to brain damage in children. Chlorpyrifos threatens the health of everyone it comes into contact with, from farmworkers in the fields to kids at the dinner table. I'm proud to lead this fight to protect children, farmers and farmworkers.

https://www.facebook.com/senatortomudall...LuUVBo379TSdzKM






NEW YORK: Stop the Release of GMO Insects!

Ready to eat genetically engineered moth larvae?

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is allowing Cornell University’s Agricultural Research Station in Geneva, N.Y., to conduct an experiment involving the release of millions of genetically engineered diamondback moths. The moths are an Intrexon invention engineered with a suicide gene that will cause the moths’ female larvae to drop dead on cabbage, broccoli and the other cruciferous crops. This means we’ll be eating genetically engineered moth larvae!

TAKE ACTION: Call Governor Andrew Cuomo at 518-474-8390 today to demand a full safety assessment before releasing GMO moths in New York!

Here’s what you can tell Gov. Cuomo:

Stop the Cornell GMO moth experiment. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has a duty to protect the environment and human health. It must conduct a full safety assessment of the risks associated with the experimental release of genetically engineered diamondback moths in an agricultural area. Until this happens, the experiment must be halted.

Where are our state’s environmental regulators?!

In New York State, you have to get a permit to release butterflies at your wedding, but the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation is refusing to assert jurisdiction over the release of Intrexon’s GMO moths.

We need our state’s environmental regulators to investigate:

1. Whether GMO moths are safe to eat. If everything goes according to plan, Intrexon’s genetically engineered moth larvae will die on crops (before they’re able to damage the plants). This means we will to end up eating the GMO moth larvae. Regulators should also consider the impact of Intrexon’s suicide gene contaminating nature’s food chain as GMO female diamondback moths, eggs and larvae are eaten by their natural predators.

2. The risks associated with the use of antibiotics in breeding GMO moths. Tetracycline is a medically important antibiotic needed for the treatment of human infections. It shouldn’t be used in agriculture, but it is. Intrexon uses tetracycline to control the expression of its GMO moth’s suicide gene. This is likely to make antibiotic resistance worse. It could also compromise the effectiveness of the GMO trait to control crop infestations with so much tetracycline already in the environment. (Tetracycline is sprayed on orchards and crops.)

3. Whether Intrexon’s strategy is worth the risks. Intrexon, through its subsidiary Oxitec, is trying to convince pest control authorities that the best way to decrease insect populations is to increase them. Their plan to release millions of genetically engineered diamondback moths is counterintuitive and risky. The plan to crash insect populations with the release of GMO moths carrying a suicide gene might not work because of too much tetracycline in the environment or for other reasons. Farmers could be plagued with a new GMO version of an old pest.

4. Whether there’s a better way. According to the New York chapter of the Northeast Organic Farmers Association (NOFA), this risky experiment with GMO diamondback moths is unnecessary. There are already approved organic and integrated pest management techniques for controlling diamondback moth populations and reducing the harm they do to crops. Given the alternatives, Intrexon’s GMO moths will likely prove too expensive for farmers to try, even if they’re proven to work.

Please call Governor Andrew Cuomo at 518-474-8390 to tell him to stop the GMO moth experiment until there’s a proper Department of Environmental Conservation review.

Thanks!
Alexis for the OCA team

P.S. There are new Resist & Regenerate chapters forming in New York to address this and other issues. Click here to learn more.

Email Governor Cuomo: https://www.governor.ny.gov/content/governor-contact-form

https://action.organicconsumers.org/content_item/oca-email?email_blast_KEY=1374974
https://www.meetup.com/pro/regenerate/



Court Rules Against General Mills Motion to Dismiss, Says It's Reasonable Consumers Wouldn't Consider Glyphosate-Containing Nature Valley Granola Bars 'Natural'

Moms Across America, Organic Consumers Association and Beyond Pesticides announced Monday that the District of Columbia Superior Court has rejected General Mills' motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the three nonprofits against the maker of Nature Valley granola bars. The recent ruling upholds the right of nonprofits to bring these types of complaints against corporations. It also reinforces the notion that consumers can reasonably expect a product labeled "100% Natural" to be free of herbicides.

These three nonprofit groups sued General Mills in August 2016, for misleading the public by labeling Nature Valley brand granola bars as "Made with 100% NATURAL whole grain OATS" after tests revealed the presence of the chemical herbicide glyphosate, an ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup and hundreds of other glyphosate-based herbicides. The suit was brought on behalf of the nonprofits' members in Washington, DC, under the District of Columbia's Consumer Protection Procedures Act.

"This is a huge win for consumers," said Organic Consumers Association's international director Ronnie Cummins. "In making this ruling, the judge reinforced the right of consumers to have reasonable expectations about what a company means by 'natural.' The 'natural' food industry is estimated at $90 billion a year. By slapping the word 'natural' on products that contain pesticides and other unnatural substances, corporations deceive consumers, and cut into the market share for authentically labeled healthy and certified organic products."

Key findings from the DC Superior Court ruling include:...

https://www.ecowatch.com/general-mills-glyphosate-2464624927.html



What You Wear Matters! Quick Guide to Organic Cotton

A Fact Sheet on Organic Cotton - Lower Impacts for Agriculture and Apparel Industries.

3. A Reality Check About Water and Cotton.


It is well established that cotton agriculture and apparel manufacturing, in general, require
significant amounts of water. Whether the cotton is grown with chemicals, or organically, each
farm and geographic region of the world will have different water usage and impacts. However,
the notion that chemical cotton uses less water than organic cotton is false. Textile Exchange
initiated a peer-reviewed Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) on organically grown cotton that uses the
same methodology and the same LCA consultancy as was used for chemically grown cotton to
ensure the most reliable information to base comparisons. Based on the LCA findings, organic
production of cotton for an average sized t-shirt resulted in a savings of 1,982 gallons of water
compared to the results of chemically grown cotton.


The real issue about water is pollution. Toxic chemicals used in conventional cotton production
are poisoning the very water it claims to save.

http://regenerationinternational.org/2017/06/25/wear-matters-quick-guide-organic-cotton/
http://textileexchange.org/wp-content/up...anic-Cotton.pdf
http://textileexchange.org/downloads/quick-guide-to-organic-cotton/



Class lawsuit takes aim at dicamba producers, accuses Monsanto reps of condoning illegal spraying

“This was Monsanto’s real plan: publicly appear as if it were complying, while allowing its seed representatives to tell farmers the opposite in person,” the suit alleges, based on farmer testimony. “Their sales pitch: assure purchasers that off-label and illegal uses of dicamba would ‘be just fine.’”

http://www.stltoday.com/business/local/c...0423429e4c.html



Calls to end “ludicrous” herbicide spraying in public forests in New Brunswick

Nova Scotia is no longer funding herbicide spraying of their forest. and P.E.I. is pursuing Forest Stewardship Council certification for all of its public forest; this would mean banning herbicide spraying.

http://www.rcinet.ca/en/2013/08/21/calls...-new-brunswick/



USDA Watch - Organics: Ferreting Out the Fraudulent Few, While Demanding Higher Standards, Better Enforcement

It’s naturally discouraging to read articles that sow doubt about whether a certified organic product meets your expectations. Fortunately, there are things you can do to minimize the chances of ending up with an organic carton of milk or eggs produced by an “organic imposter.”

https://www.organicconsumers.org/essays/...ter-enforcement

http://whereismymilkfrom.com/#

https://organic.ams.usda.gov/integrity/Certifiers/CertifiersLocationsSearchPage.aspx



CAFOs Ordered to Report Hazardous Pollution

“People have a right to know if CAFOs are releasing hazardous substances that can pose serious risks of illness or death into the air near their homes, schools, businesses, and communities,” said Kelly Foster, Senior Attorney for Waterkeeper Alliance. “This ruling ensures that the public will be able to obtain this information in the future, and will hopefully spur EPA to start responding when hazardous substances reach toxic levels.”

http://waterkeeper.org/cafos-ordered-to-report-hazardous-pollution/



Netherlands Bans Monsanto's Cancer Causing Roundup to Protect Citizens From Carcinogenic Glyphosate

https://www.organicconsumers.org/news/ne...enic-glyphosate



The Shocking Difference Between Organic & Non-GMO Labels – It’s Huge!

10 reasons why “Organic” beats “Non-GMO” every time:

1. Certified organic foods are also non-GMO. USDA organic regulations prohibit any genetically modified (GMO) ingredients in a certified organic product.

https://foodbabe.com/2015/02/26/difference-between-organic-non-gmo-labels/



The Mad Cheese Scientists Fighting to Save the Dairy Industry


https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/...-dairy-industry



Whitewashed: How Industry and Government Promote Dairy Junk Foods

It’s time to stop dancing around the federal checkoff programs by pretending they are privately-funded. As this report demonstrates, federal government administers, oversees, and approves almost every aspect of the dairy checkoff program. These funds are directly used to promote junk foods, which are contributing to the diseases our federal government is allegedly trying to prevent.

http://www.eatdrinkpolitics.com/2014/06/...iry-junk-foods/
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"We can now prove that all Monsanto's claims about glyphosate's safety were myths concocted by amoral propaganda and lobbying teams," Kennedy continued. "Monsanto has been spinning its lethal yarn to everybody for years and suborning various perjuries from regulators and scientists who have all been lying in concert to American farmers, landscapers and consumers. It's shocking no matter how jaded you are! These new revelations are commensurate with the documents that brought down big tobacco."


Just Released Docs Show Monsanto 'Executives Colluding With Corrupted EPA Officials to Manipulate Scientific Data'
By Carey Gillam

Four months after the publication of a batch of internal Monsanto Co. documents stirred international controversy, a new trove of company records was released early Tuesday, providing fresh fuel for a heated global debate over whether or not the agricultural chemical giant suppressed information about the potential dangers of its Roundup herbicide and relied on U.S. regulators for help.

More than 75 documents, including intriguing text messages and discussions about payments to scientists, were posted for public viewing early Tuesday morning by attorneys who are suing Monsanto on behalf of people alleging Roundup caused them or their family members to become ill with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a type of blood cancer. The attorneys posted the documents, which total more than 700 pages, on the website for the law firm Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, one of many firms representing thousands of plaintiffs who are pursuing claims against Monsanto. More than 100 of those lawsuits have been consolidated in multidistrict litigation in federal court in San Francisco, while other similar lawsuits are pending in state courts in Missouri, Delaware, Arizona and elsewhere. The documents, which were obtained through court-ordered discovery in the litigation, are also available as part of a long list of Roundup court case documents compiled by the consumer group I work for, U.S. Right to Know.

It was important to release the documents now because they not only pertain to the ongoing litigation, but also to larger issues of public health and safety, while shedding light on corporate influence over regulatory bodies, according to Baum Hedlund attorneys Brent Wisner and Pedram Esfandiary.

"This is a look behind the curtain," said Wisner. "These show that Monsanto has deliberately been stopping studies that look bad for them, ghostwriting literature and engaging in a whole host of corporate malfeasance. They [Monsanto] have been telling everybody that these products are safe because regulators have said they are safe, but it turns out that Monsanto has been in bed with U.S. regulators while misleading European regulators."

Esfandiary said public dissemination of the documents is important because regulatory agencies cannot properly protect public and environmental health without having accurate, comprehensive and impartial scientific data, and the documents show that has not been the case with Monsanto's Roundup herbicide and the active ingredient glyphosate.

When reached for comment, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., one of the plaintiffs' lawyers said, "This trove marks a turning point in Monsanto's corporate life. They show Monsanto executives colluding with corrupted EPA officials to manipulate and bury scientific data to kill studies when preliminary data threatened Monsanto's commercial ambitions, bribing scientists and ghostwriting their publications, and purchasing peer review to conceal information about Roundup's carcinogenicity, its toxicity, its rapid absorption by the human body, and its horrendous risks to public health and the environment."

"We can now prove that all Monsanto's claims about glyphosate's safety were myths concocted by amoral propaganda and lobbying teams," Kennedy continued. "Monsanto has been spinning its lethal yarn to everybody for years and suborning various perjuries from regulators and scientists who have all been lying in concert to American farmers, landscapers and consumers. It's shocking no matter how jaded you are! These new revelations are commensurate with the documents that brought down big tobacco."

Several of the document discuss a lack of robust testing of formulated Roundup products. In one email, Monsanto scientist Donna Farmer writes "you cannot say that Roundup is not a carcinogen ... we have not done the necessary testing on the formulation to make that statement. The testing on the formulations are not anywhere near the level of the active ingredient."

The release of the documents Tuesday came without the blessing of Judge Vince Chhabria, who is overseeing the multidistrict litigation moving its way through the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. In March, Chhabria did agree to unseal several other discovery documents—over Monsanto's objections—and those documents prompted a wave of outrage for what they revealed: questionable research practices by Monsanto, cozy ties to a top official within the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and indications that Monsanto may have engaged in "ghostwriting," of research studies that appeared to be independent of the company.

The revelations within those documents prompted an investigation by the EPA's Office of Inspector General into possible Monsanto-EPA collusion, and roiled Europe where regulators now are trying to decide whether or not to reauthorize glyphosate, which is the most widely used herbicide in the world and is found in numerous products in addition to Roundup.

The lawyers said they are sending copies of the documents to European authorities, to the EPA's OIG and to the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), which has been sued by Monsanto for moving to list glyphosate as a known carcinogen.

Monsanto has fought to keep most of the documents it turned over in discovery sealed, complaining to Judge Chhabria that in several court filings plaintiffs' attorneys presented discovery materials out of context and tried to exploit the information to influence public opinion. Chhabria has both chided Monsanto for trying to improperly seal certain documents and warned plaintiffs' attorneys against unfairly publicizing certain documents. It is unclear how Judge Chhabria will react, if at all, to the law firm's release of these more than 75 documents.

Baum Hedlund attorneys said they notified Monsanto on June 30 of their intent to unveil the 75+ documents and gave Monsanto the legally required 30-day window to formally object. That period expired Monday, clearing the way for them to make the release early Tuesday, said Wisner.

Concerns about the safety of glyphosate and Roundup have been growing for years amid mounting research showing links to cancer or other diseases. But the lawsuits only began to accumulate after the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in 2015 classified glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen. The plaintiffs in the lawsuits allege that the combination of glyphosate with certain surfactants used in Monsanto-branded Roundup products is even more toxic than glyphosate alone, and Monsanto has sought to cover up that information.

Monsanto has publicly denied that there are cancer connections to glyphosate or Roundup and said 40 years of research and scrutiny by regulatory agencies around the world confirm its safety.

Monsanto has made billions of dollars a year for decades from its glyphosate-based herbicides, and they are the linchpin to billions of dollars more it makes each year from the genetically engineered glyphosate-tolerant crops it markets. The company is currently moving toward a planned merger with Bayer AG.

https://www.ecowatch.com/monsanto-papers-2467891575.html?xrs=RebelMouse_fb&ts=1501596337
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#1502863 --- 08/06/17 10:08 AM Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food [Re: MissingArty]
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From Mom’s Across America: Monsanto’s Secrets Are out

On Tuesday attorneys from Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, who are representing hundreds of plaintiffs accusing Monsanto of causing their Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, made Monsanto's secrets available to the public. Documents produced during the discovery of the lawsuit, including emails, manipulated studies, and texts are proving to be a treasure trove of evidence not only for their case but for hundreds of thousands who have long named Monsanto the most hated corporation in the world.

One of the most damning quotes below is by Donna Farmer, who I met twice, once at the Monsanto shareholder meeting and once at the CA EPA hearing on glyphosate. Both times she firmly stated her utmost confidence in the safety of glyphosate. One would be keen to note that she did not use the words "glyphosate herbicides" or "Roundup" which indicates the final formulation.

In the following quote, she clearly indicts Monsanto by specifying the distinct difference:

“The terms glyphosate and Roundup cannot be used interchangeably nor can you use “Roundup” for all glyphosate-based herbicides anymore. For example you cannot say that Roundup is not a carcinogen...we have not done the necessary testing on the formulation to make that statement.” Donna Farmer - Lead Toxicologist, Monanto Company

The distinction is that glyphosate, the declared "active" chemical ingredient of Roundup and glyphosate herbicides, may not immediately toxic by itself. It turns out that glyphosate alone is harmful, yes, but not the most immediately toxic and cancer-causing of the ingredients in Roundup. Toxicologists, however, are most concerned with immediate toxicity. For example, does a chemical kill an animal in 4 days. But they are not interested in long-term harm. This is why Monsanto's tests are accepted by the EPA even though they are only 4 days to 3 months long at most. The fact is that the EPA does not require a chemical company to produce long term (two-year) animal studies (although we do not condone animal testing) with blood analysis on the final formulation of any pesticides. They only require long term studies on the one declared active chemical ingredient. I witnessed this first hand when I met with the EPA last year and asked them if they had any long term animal studies with blood analysis on Roundup or any of the formulations, and they said,"No, not that we are aware of."

This means, just as Donna said that no one, not Monsanto, their sales executives, farmers, landscapers, or retailers, can claim that Roundup is safe.

Should be game over for Monsanto, right?

In other documents, I found a statement that should be the nail in the coffin for Monsanto:

(Note, in the original document, the words “although,” “are suggestive, they” are crossed out. See link below for copy of original paragraph.)

“...apparent. Overall, although the results are suggestive, they fail to demonstrate a significant association of glyphosate exposure with the risk of spontaneous abortion and should be considered cautiously in light of the substantial exposure misclassification that is likely to have taken place and the lack of adjustment made to the ORs to account for the influence of confounding variables.”


Tragically, Donna Farmer took it into her own hands to strike out the word "suggested" from a study that stated that the results suggested that glyphosate causes miscarriages. This is a betrayal of womanhood, a crime against humanity.

As a mother who has lost a baby, and as a woman who has far too many friends who have lost theirs, I am furious. How dare she decide for the scientific community, farmers, food manufacturers, landscapers, retailers, and consumers who purchase Monsanto's glyphosate products that we don't need to know that information? If a chemical or product even has the slightest suggestion of harming the life or development of a fetus, it is the mother's right to know and her right to be able to choose to avoid it.

Donna Farmer does not think so however, she thinks you don't need to know that Roundup could cause you to have a miscarriage.

We hope you disagree and will tell the EPA that based on this new evidence, to immediately revoke the license of glyphosate.

Please contact Neil Andersen, Chief Branch Manager of the Pesticide Review Board, who is in charge of the team deciding whether or not to renew or revoke the license of glyphosate. Email: Anderson.Neil@epa.gov or call 703-308-8187

Take a few minutes today to speak up, stand up for human life and all life on the planet, and be a part of Ending this Chemical Era.

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The result of chemical farming...

Toxic algae spreads to more New York lakes and ponds; nearly 50 this week

http://www.newyorkupstate.com/outdoors/2...ds_july_28.html

How Eating Organic Can Prevent Toxic Algae Blooms

https://www.realnatural.org/organic-toxic-algae-blooms/



Uncovered: Monsanto campaign to get Séralini study retracted

Internal Monsanto documents released by attorneys leading US cancer litigation show that the company launched a concerted campaign to force the retraction of a study that revealed toxic effects of Roundup. The documents also show that the editor of the journal that first published the study entered into a contract with Monsanto in the period shortly before the retraction campaign began.

The study, led by Prof GE Séralini…

http://gmwatch.org/en/news/latest-news/1...study-retracted



Monsanto Secret Documents Show Massive Attack on Seralini Study

http://sustainablepulse.com/2017/08/01/m...y/#.WYKDIbLytD9



Tennessee becomes the fourth state to take action as problems spread over the damage dicamba causes to crops not genetically modified to withstand it.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-tennessee-grains-monsanto-idUSKBN19Y2KE



Decline in hummingbird population linked to insecticide

http://www.timescolonist.com/news/b-c/de...cide-1.21012654



Residents upset by electric company spraying

Residents in Claiborne County are unhappy the Powell Valley Electric Cooperative has been spraying herbicides to kill plants under power lines, saying the spraying has also damaged plants in their own yards.

http://www.wbir.com/news/local/residents-mad-over-electric-company-spraying/455065332

Tobacco farmer alleges power company's spraying killed his crops

http://www.wbir.com/news/local/tobacco-farmer-alleges-herbicides-killed-his-crops/459211012




The author of the book, 'Altered Genes Twisted Truth: How the Venture to Genetically Engineer Our Food Has Subverted Science, Corrupted Government, and Systematically Deceived the Public' wins the Luxembourg Environmental Peace Prize

Steven M. Druker is a public interest attorney who founded the Alliance for Bio-Integrity and, as its executive director, initiated a lawsuit that forced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to divulge its files on genetically engineered (GE) foods. This revealed that politically influenced administrators had covered up the extensive warnings of their own scientists about the abnormal risks, misrepresented the facts, and then allowed these novel products onto the market without requiring the testing that’s mandated by federal food safety law.

https://luxembourgpeaceprize.org/laureates/outstanding-environmental-peace/2017-steven-druker/



Chemical Spill in Virginia &#8203;Kills Tens of Thousands of Fish

The chemical was identified as Termix 5301, a type of surfactant (detergent-like substance) added to herbicide and pesticide products before application, according to the Virginia's Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).

https://www.ecowatch.com/chemical-spill-virginia-2467892817.amp.html



Non-GMO corn produces competitive yields with GM corn in Ohio tests

http://non-gmoreport.com/articles/non-gmo-corn-produces-competitive-yields-gm-corn-ohio-tests/



Genetically-modified salmon plant environmental assessment 'woefully inadequate,' says coalition

"The environmental impact assessment for this project was woefully inadequate," said coalition member Gary Schneider, who also sits on the multi-interest advisory committee reviewing federal environmental assessment processes.

"This is a classic example of project splitting, where the company was able to get approval for a smaller piece of the project (raising eggs) and then returned a short time later with what would seem to be their actual plan, thereby avoiding an independent evaluation of a very different project."

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-aquabounty-environmental-assessment-1.4214252



Feeding and Protecting Both Alaskans and Consumers Abroad, Requires Labeling of GE Salmon

...These provisions include a labeling mandate for genetically engineered (GE) salmon…

https://www.murkowski.senate.gov/press/r...ral-development



Dannon Yogurt is rolling out its first Non-GMO Project Verified products.

http://www.foodnavigator-usa.com/Trends/...-dairy-products



USDA Receives Near Unanimous Public Rejection of Genetically Engineered Trees

NEW YORK - New Zealand-owned tree biotechnology company ArborGen [1] faces near unanimous opposition to commercial deregulation of their genetically engineered eucalyptus trees. On 5 July, the US Department of Agriculture received an astounding 280,000 individual comments, as well as 500 organizations representing millions of people around the world, all opposing this deregulation. Only 3 comments were submitted in favor [2]. These comments came a mere 75 days after the USDA publicly released their draft Environmental Impact Statement on ArborGen’s request for deregulation.

Such overwhelming opposition sends a clear message to USDA that GE eucalyptus trees must be rejected–a message the agency can no longer ignore.

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/20...ngineered-trees



Should Genetic Engineering Be Used as a Tool for Conservation?

Synthetic biology, also called synbio, is already a multi-billion dollar market, for manufacturing processes in pharmaceuticals, chemicals, biofuels, and agriculture. But many conservationists consider the prospect of using synbio methods as a tool for protecting the natural world deeply alarming. Jane Goodall, David Suzuki, and others have signed a letter warning that use of gene drives gives “technicians the ability to intervene in evolution, to engineer the fate of an entire species, to dramatically modify ecosystems, and to unleash large-scale environmental changes, in ways never thought possible before.” The signers of the letter argue that such a “powerful and potentially dangerous technology … should not be promoted as a conservation tool.”

http://e360.yale.edu/features/should-new-genetic-engineering-be-used-as-a-conservation-tool



Corn detasslers sprayed with crop poisons in Iowa field

http://www.kwwl.com/story/36001199/2017/...s-in-iowa-field



With Its New Véa Brand, Mondelez Makes a Big Millennial Bet

Véa's ingredients include butternut squash, chick peas, coconut and quinoa. The company says its seed crackers, mini-crunch bars and what it describes as "world crisps" have no artificial colors or flavors, and are Non-GMO Project Verified.

http://adage.com/article/cmo-strategy/v-a-mondel-z-makes-big-millennial-bet/309857/



Ireland to vote to approve two GM soya beans

http://www.farmersjournal.ie/ireland-to-vote-to-approve-two-gm-soya-beans-294658



USDA to publish draft of GMO labeling rule this fall By Elaine Watson+, 11-Jul-2017

USDA will publish a draft of its proposed federal GMO labeling rule in the fall of this year (which will be subject to public comment) and says it is “working hard to meet the schedule in order to issue a final rule on the law in July 2018.”

http://www.foodnavigator-usa.com/Regulation/USDA-to-publish-draft-of-GMO-labeling-rule-this-fall



Become a Non-GMO Grilling Guru

Luckily, brands like Oregon Country Beef are holding themselves to high product quality, animal welfare, and environmental standards. Oregon Country Beef, along with a host of other brands, are honoring consumers’ requests for non-GMO meat by following rigorous standards to feed their cattle in ways that are consistent with the Non-GMO Project Standard.

https://livingnongmo.org/2017/07/18/become-a-non-gmo-grilling-guru/



Sustained Glyphosate Use Reveals Risks to Soil and Environmental Health

(Beyond Pesticides, July 21, 2017) A March 2017 review of studies on the agricultural use of glyphosate (the active ingredient in “Roundup” and other formulated herbicides) points to widespread persistence in soils subject to long-term, intensive glyphosate use, and myriad resulting concerns about impacts on soil and environmental health. The review, by Robert J. Kremer, PhD, of the University of Missouri School of Natural Resources, cites concerns that include: reduction of nutrient availability for plants and organisms; disruption to organism diversity, especially in the areas around plant roots; reductions of beneficial soil bacteria; increases in plant root pathogens; disturbed earthworm activity; reduced nitrogen fixing at plant roots; and compromised growth and reproduction in some soil and aquatic organisms.

http://beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblo...nmental-health/

Defense department pours $65 million into making CRISPR safer

http://news.berkeley.edu/2017/07/19/defense-department-pours-65-million-into-making-crispr-safer/



Genetically Engineering Nature Will Be Way More Complicated Than We Thought

"Our take home is that resistance is clearly a bigger problem than we had initially thought. This technology could still work, but it's not as simple as the first papers suggested."


https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2017/07/genet...FBaadKwCQIJx.99



Tell Ben & Jerry's CEO Jostein Solheim, aka Scooper Man: 'Roundup-Ready' Ice Cream is not 'natural,' or 'socially responsible.' Go Organic!

http://action.organicconsumers.org/o/50865/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=19757



Burbank to discontinue using Roundup in city parks for a year

Council members came to a consensus Tuesday to direct city staff to stop using the glyphosate-containing product that’s used to kill weeds in city parks and areas where the public gathers, such as the Chandler Bikeway, for one year.

Roundup was recently placed on the state’s Proposition 65 list of known carcinogens.

http://www.latimes.com/socal/burbank-leader/news/tn-blr-me-roundup-stopped-20170713-story.html



IRT: “This study is the first to use agricultural pesticide application records. It adds evidence that consuming well water presumably contaminated with pesticides may play a role in the etiology of Parkinson's disease.”

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2799466/



Research Exposes New Health Risks of Genetically Modified Mosquitoes and Salmon by Jeffrey Smith, IRT Founder

According to Dr. Michael Antoniou, a London-based molecular geneticist who routinely uses genetic engineering in his research, “Many of the genome editing-induced off-target mutations [both the point mutations and the indels] . . . will no doubt be benign in terms of effects on gene function. However, many will not be benign and their effects can carry through to the final marketed product, whether it be plant or animal.”[2] This could translate into possible toxins, allergens, carcinogens, or other changes that could affect those eating a GMO.

Dr. Michael Hansen, a Senior Scientist at Consumers Union, the policy arm of Consumer Reports, wrote, “While genome editing has been portrayed in the media as an incredibly precise process, where one can go in and literally only intentionally change one or a small number of nucleotide bases, the reality is that there can be large numbers of off-target effects.”[3] He says, “This study raises troubling concerns.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/597a3cb4e4b06b305561cef3



Class lawsuit takes aim at dicamba producers, accuses Monsanto reps of condoning illegal spraying

The suit says the defendants “actually benefit” from rampant drift, because it pressures farmers to adopt dicamba-tolerant seed to avoid damage.

Monsanto officials said last month that the technology accounts for “one of the largest launches” in company history. Those sales, the lawsuit contends, amount to “illegal monopolistic behavior,” as farmers rush to adopt the product. “They’re not necessarily buying a product because it’s better and meets their needs, they’re buying it because it’s a defense mechanism,” Lesko told the Post-Dispatch.

http://www.stltoday.com/business/local/c...0423429e4c.html



Twenty Seed-Saving Initiatives Preserving Biodiversity Around the World

https://foodtank.com/news/2017/07/seed-saving-initiatives/



China’s population is terrified of GM crops—but they’re getting more anyway

The Chinese are not fans of genetically modified (GM) food.


In 2010, for instance, when a scientist granted permission to work on GM research was giving a talk in Beijing, a woman in the audience screamed that the scientist was a traitor and a man chucked a ceramic mug at him, according to The New Yorker (paywall). In a country deeply worried about the quality of its food after scandals over baby formula and fake food, an online survey of about 50,000 people by China Daily in 2000 found 84% of respondents felt GM foods were unsafe.

So they won’t be happy to hear that China this week allowed two new types of GM corn to be imported.

https://qz.com/1033298/china-approves-th...-syngenta-synn/



Gulf of Mexico's Dead Zone Could be Largest Ever, Thanks to the Meat Industry

When fertilizer and manure washes off soy and corn fields used to grow feed for livestock, it not only contaminates local drinking water supplies, it flows into larger water bodies and creates toxic algal blooms from the excessive nutrients, particularly phosphorus and nitrogen. When the algae dies and decomposes, it depletes the waters of oxygen and eventually leads to vast dead zones that is toxic to aquatic life.

https://www.ecowatch.com/gulf-of-mexico-...p;ts=1501610737



30-Year EPA Veteran Writes Farewell Letter, Warns of Environmental Catastrophe Under Pruitt

Her letter concluded with this overall assessment: "Today the environmental field is suffering from the temporary triumph of myth over truth. The truth is there is NO war on coal, there is NO economic crisis caused by environmental protection, and climate change IS caused by man's activities. It may take a few years and even an environmental disaster, but I am confident that Congress and the courts will eventually restore all the environmental protections repealed by this administration because the majority of the American people recognize that this protection of public health and safety is right and it is just."

https://www.ecowatch.com/epa-pruitt-2467950563.html?xrs=RebelMouse_fb&ts=1501679806
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This is an older article but this is the time of year when beaches and oceans might be closed, ruining your family time at the water because Monsanto has convinced water departments and conservationists that glyphosate herbicides are safe to spray around reservoirs, recreational ponds, and run-offs into the ocean. Not true. Glyphosate has been linked to sex hormone changes, neurotoxicity, cancer, birth defects and as this article shows, the growth of toxic algae.


You forgot.... The Dead Rising from the grave, Dogs and cats living together mass hysteria..........

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Farm Aid 2016 Press Event with Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews & More - 31 years

“This is a revolution...It’s so big that you can hardly see it...People don’t really believe that this is happening, but it is happening and our politicians and our government, especially our President is behind it…” Neil Young

“Farming has been stolen…” Dave Mathews

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nj-E0gPFaLo

Short clip from Farm Aid: https://www.farmaid.org/issues/corporate-power/



Monsanto Admits Untested Roundup Herbicide Could Cause Cancer in Secret Court Documents

The revelations do not stop there below is an amazing summary of the other secret e-mails on the possible damage caused by Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide:

Farmer wrote in 1999: “I will not support doing any studies on glyphosate, formulations or other surfactant ingredients at this time with the limited information we have on the situation.”

In an e-mail from 2010, Stephen Adams, Monsanto’s Chemistry Regulatory Affairs Manager, stated “With regards to the carcinogenicity of our formulations we don’t have such testing on them directly…”

In 2013 Xavier Belvaux, Monsanto’s Regulatory Affairs Lead also confirmed that: “We (Monsanto) do not conduct sub-chronic, chronic or terotogenicity studies with our (Roundup) formulations.”

In a Monanto PowerPoint presentation from 2008 concerning the “EU Expert Advisory Panel”, Page 6 of the presentation is astonishingly titled: “Monsanto’s Roundup ® acts on one of the key stages of cellular division, which can potentially lead to cancer in the long term.” The page references a French in-vitro study which observed adverse effects associated with Roundup. The final page contains “questions” regarding how to “position” in-vitro hazards using “urine concentrations from applicator exposure into plasma concentrations.”. Monsanto also considers the risks in “running a new study”.

In an e-mail in 2014 sent by Monsanto’s Head of Product Safety, Dr. William Heydens, regarding the “IARC evaluation of Glyphosate” (which announced that Glyphosate is a probable carcinogen in 2015), Heydens concedes that “while we have vulnerability in the area of epidemiology, we also have potential vulnerabilities in the other areas that IARC will consider, namely, exposure, genetox, and mode of action…”

Heydens also admits in 2015 to the “Low level presence of formaldehyde” (carcinogen by inhalation) in Roundup; and “Low level presence of NNG (N-nitroso-glyphosate) in Roundup – many N-Nitroso compounds are carcinogenic.”

Heydens and Farmer, discuss various studies which observed adverse effects by the formulated Roundup product. Specifically, Dr. Farmer acknowledges: “[t]he interest point is glyphosate all basicially [sic] had no effect the formulated product did – does this point us to the coformulants – sufactants? [sic]”. Dr. Heydens also admits, after discussing with Monsanto consultant John Desesso, that “we are in pretty good shape with glyphosate but vulnerable with surfactants. . . What I’ve been hearing from you is that this continues to be the case with these studies – Glyphosate is OK but the formulated product (and thus the surfactant) does the damage.”

Farmer summarizes the findings of Monsanto’s expert, Dr. James Parry: “Dr. Parry concluded on his evaluation of the four articles that glyphosate is capable of producing genotoxicity both in vivo and in vitro by a mechanism based upon the production of oxidative damage.”

Heydens states in 2015 that “surfactant in the formulation will come up in the tumor promotion skin study because we think it played a role there.”

The full e-mails and internal documents can be found here.

http://sustainablepulse.com/2017/08/09/m...s/#.WYtv_7LytD9



Investigative Journalist Jeffery Jaxen breaks down the Monsanto papers, a wikileaks-style data dump showing collusion with EPA officials to hide the carcinogenicity of glyphosate.

2:20, he explains Monsanto’s role in getting Seralini’s paper pulled. “I should get a medal if I can kill this.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D86bIr6C5Jw



Zen Honeycutt, Moms Across America, August 4, 2017

Dear Farmers,

Children are the heart and soul of our families, our country’s success and our future as a human race. Our children need you to reduce their toxic burden, They are sick. 1 out of 2 children have a chronic illness in America today. Many studies have shown that the weakening of their immune system, auto immune diseases, food allergies, digestive issues, cancer, liver disease, birth defects and more, can all be caused by the harmful effects of pesticides. You have seen what DDT, PCBS, Agent Orange, Roundup and now Dicamba are doing to crops and to the health of your fellow citizens and around the world. It is time to stop trusting that Monsanto is offering your progress and start trusting that generations of American farmers knew what they were doing before Monsanto came along 40 years ago with these toxic chemicals. You do not need to be dependent on Monsanto’s high priced GMO seeds and chemicals.

I am writing to you to ask you to reconsider GMO chemical farming altogether and to switch to organic and regenerative agriculture. Citizens across the country have faith in our farmers, that you can farm, as has been done for thousands of years, without toxic chemicals. You can farm in a way that does not destroy the soil, increases water retention, stops drift damage, sequesters more carbon, eliminates toxins on food crops and in our water supply. It is time for chemical farming to end, the cycle of poisoning our land, water and families to end, and for a new regenerative era to begin.

We parents are begging you to do the research and look at the farmers who are already successfully farming with organic regenerative agriculture. The organic matter of their soil is higher, food is more nutritious, inputs are reduced, yield is the same if not better in many cases, and their profits are greater. In addition they can sleep at night knowing that they are contributing to keeping people with cancer alive with their organic food, and children from getting sick.

Is it more work? Yes. Will you make more money? Yes. Do Americans need jobs? Yes. Will the community help? Yes. Look at the WWOOF program. FREE labor. It works when you are committed to organic.

Please look up farmers like John Kempf of Advancing Eco Ag, Gabe Brown, Joel Salatin, Will Allen, Bob Streit, Howard Vlieger or contact Dr. Don Huber. They would be happy to share the tools they are using to transition your farm to organic regenerative farming and a healthy, prosperous future. Thank you for considering. I wish you a prosperous and healthy career and life.

Zen Honeycutt, Founder and Director, Moms Across America

http://www.momsacrossamerica.org



Thom talks with Mike Papantonio about documents showing possible Monsanto and US government collusion.

1st segment, about 10 minutes.

https://www.rt.com/shows/big-picture/398582-monsanto-us-government-collusion/



Seneff: “Very interesting new article by Evaggelos Vallianatos on Monsanto's corrupt studies on pesticide safety at IBT, including glyphosate.

The Swamp

...For example, Monsanto’s best-selling weed killer glyphosate came out of the IBT swamp. This is something I did not know while serving at EPA. I learned about it from a stream of Monsanto documents that saw the light of the day because so many people have been suing Monsanto for cancer from exposure to glyphosate.

In March 17, 2015, William F. Heydens, a Monsanto scientist, sent an email to his colleague Josh Monken in which he said roundup had “low” levels of carcinogenic formaldehyde and carcinogenic N-nitroso compounds. In addition, Heydens said, “Many tox[icological] studies for glyphosate had been done at a lab (IBT – Industrial Biotest) that FDA / EPA found to generate fraudulent data back in the 1970s.”

This fact alone, that many studies the government used to approve glyphosate came from IBT, should have been grounds for banning glyphosate.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-swamp_us_5984c3bde4b00833d1de27c4



US Court Documents Show Monsanto Manager Led Cancer Cover Up for Glyphosate and PCBs

The same Monsanto manager, Dr. George Levinskas, who helped hide the carcinogenic potential of PCBs in the 1970s, has now been shown, in California court documents released Tuesday, to have also influenced the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding the carcinogenic potential of the World’s most used herbicide – glyphosate – in the 1980s.

In March 2015 Sustainable Pulse uncovered a 30 year cover up by Monsanto and the EPA, related to the probable carcinogenicty of the World’s most used herbicide – glyphosate. This cover up has now been confirmed by court documents released by the U.S. District Court in San Francisco.

U.S. Right to Know (USRTK) reported Wednesday that more than 50 lawsuits against Monsanto Co. are pending in the U.S. District Court in San Francisco, filed by people alleging that exposure to Roundup, a glyphosate-based herbicide, caused them or their loved ones to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and that Monsanto covered up the risks.

On March 13th, U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria ruled — over Monsanto’s objections — that documents obtained by plaintiffs through discovery could be unsealed.

The documents released are a treasure trove of information on how Monsanto influenced the EPA to change the March 4, 1985 classification of glyphosate as a Class C Carcinogen – showing suggestive potential of carcinogenic potential – to a Class E category which suggests “evidence of non-carcinogenicity for humans” in 1991.

This change in glyphosate’s classification occurred during the same period that Monsanto was developing its first Roundup-Ready (glyphosate-resistant) GM Crops.

Shortly after WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer’s (IARC) report on glyphosate confirmed glyphosate probably causes cancer in March 2015, Sustainable Pulse discovered EPA documents from 1991 that showed how a Monsanto funded long-term glyphosate safety study on mice, which suggested carcinogenic potential according to the EPA experts, was ‘reviewed’ again until it mysteriously showed no carcinogenic potential.

The reason for the EPA review leading to the change in classification was unknown until this week. It is now clear however that the EPA was heavily influenced by Monsanto during the re-classification process.

Monsanto’s Cover-Up Man: Dr. George Levinskas

Dr. George Levinskas, who joined Monsanto in 1971 and became Director of Environmental Assessment and Toxicology, was a lead player in the cover up of the carcinogenic potential of the now banned PCBs in the 1970s.

Monsanto began commissioning animal toxicity studies on PCBs in the early 70s; the results did not look good. “Our interpretation is that the PCBs are exhibiting a greater degree of toxicity in this study than we had anticipated,” an executive wrote.

In 1975 a lab submitted its findings from a study using rats. An early draft said that in some cases, PCBs had caused tumors. Dr. Levinskas wrote to the lab’s director: “May we request that the report be amended to say ‘does not appear to be carcinogenic’.” The final report dropped all references to tumors.

The now deceased Dr. Levinskas has now been shown to have also been a lead player in hiding glyphosate’s carcinogenic potential. He wrote an internal company letter in 1985 stating the following: “Senior management at the EPA is reviewing a proposal to classify glyphosate as a class C “possible human carcinogen” because of kidney adenomas in male mice. Dr. Marvin Kuschner will review kidney sections and present his evaluation of them to the EPA in an effort to persuade the agency that the observed tumors are not related to glyphosate.”

The thirty-year glyphosate cancer cover up will go down in history as yet another failure, by the U.S. government, the EPA and worldwide regulators, to put the health of the general public before the need to protect and expand company profits.

http://sustainablepulse.com/2017/05/19/u...s/#.WYkzLLLytD-



Seneff: “You gotta be kidding me....”

Sugar companies to launch GMO education campaign

Two of the nation’s sugar companies will launch a $4 million online campaign this fall aimed at educating consumers about GMO crops and changing their perceptions of the technology...

...But, he added, it’s not intuitive to many consumers and that’s the reason for the “A Fresh Look” campaign, which will target moms who are deemed to be decision makers and engage them online.

http://www.capitalpress.com/Nation_World/20170802/sugar-companies-to-launch-gmo-education-campaign



GMO Sugar Beets - Atrazine and Roundup

(Remember Dr. Tyrone Hayes’ research on Atrazine? He found Atrazine caused breast cancer and desexing of the frogs. You can find Hayes on facebook and many videos on you tube. I’ve also posted many of his talks on this thread.)

WEED CONTROL GUIDE FOR SUGARBEET - Atrazine and Roundup

http://www.sbreb.org/research/weed/weed06/WeedControlGuide.pdf



GMO Crops Mean More Herbicide, Not Less

But a new study released by Food & Water Watch yesterday finds the goal of reduced chemical use has not panned out as planned. In fact, according to the USDA and EPA data used in the report, the quick adoption of genetically engineered crops by farmers has increased herbicide use over the past 9 years in the U.S. The report follows on the heels of another such study by Washington State University research professor Charles Benbrook just last year.

Both reports focus on "superweeds." It turns out that spraying a pesticide repeatedly selects for weeds which also resist the chemical. Ever more resistant weeds are then bred, able to withstand increasing amounts - and often different forms - of herbicide.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/bethhoffman...s/#380627d73cd5



Reposting: 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,*

Abstract: Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup®, is the most popular herbicide used worldwide. The industry asserts it is minimally toxic to humans, but here we argue otherwise. Residues are found in the main foods of the Western diet, comprised primarily of sugar, corn, soy and wheat. Glyphosate's inhibition of cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes is an overlooked component of its toxicity to mammals. CYP enzymes play crucial roles in biology, one of which is to detoxify xenobiotics. Thus, glyphosate enhances the damaging effects of other food borne chemical residues and environmental toxins. Negative impact on the body is insidious and manifests slowly over time as inflammation damages cellular systems throughout the body. Here, we show how interference with CYP enzymes acts synergistically with disruption of the biosynthesis of aromatic amino acids by gut bacteria, as well as impairment in serum sulfate transport. Consequences are most of the diseases and conditions associated with a Western diet, which include gastrointestinal disorders, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, depression, autism, infertility, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. We explain the documented effects of glyphosate and its ability to induce disease, and we show that glyphosate is the “textbook example” of exogenous semiotic entropy: the disruption of homeostasis by environmental toxins.

http://www.mdpi.com/1099-4300/15/4/1416/htm



The Monsanto Papers and Weedkiller in Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream—What's the Connection?

OCA’s news, and the latest revelations about Monsanto’s efforts to bury the truth about Roundup’s true toxicity have Ben & Jerry’s (and parent company Unilever) sweating. As for Monsanto, company officials weren’t too pleased when their internal emails went public. The New York Times reported that one Monsanto scientist wrote this in an internal email in 2001:

“If somebody came to me and said they wanted to test Roundup I know how I would react — with serious concern.”

https://www.organicconsumers.org/blog/monsanto-papers-and-weedkiller-ben-jerry%E2%80%99s-ice-cream%E2%80%94whats-connection



New ‘Monsanto Papers’ Add To Questions Of Regulatory Collusion, Scientific Mischief

More than 75 documents, including intriguing text messages and discussions about payments to scientists, were posted for public viewing early Tuesday morning by attorneys who are suing Monsanto on behalf of people alleging Roundup caused them or their family members to become ill with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a type of blood cancer. The attorneys posted the documents, which total more than 700 pages, on the website for the law firm Baum Hedlund Aristei Goldman, one of many firms representing thousands of plaintiffs who are pursuing claims against Monsanto. More than 100 of those lawsuits have been consolidated in multidistrict litigation in federal court in San Francisco, while other similar lawsuits are pending in state courts in Missouri, Delaware, Arizona and elsewhere. The documents, which were obtained through court-ordered discovery in the litigation, are also available as part of a long list of Roundup court case documents compiled by the consumer group I work for, U.S. Right to Know.

It was important to release the documents now because they not only pertain to the ongoing litigation, but also to larger issues of public health and safety, while shedding light on corporate influence over regulatory bodies, according to Baum Hedlund attorneys Brent Wisner and Pedram Esfandiary.

“This is a look behind the curtain,” said Wisner. “These show that Monsanto has deliberately been stopping studies that look bad for them, ghostwriting literature and engaging in a whole host of corporate malfeasance. They (Monsanto) have been telling everybody that these products are safe because regulators have said they are safe, but it turns out that Monsanto has been in bed with U.S. regulators while misleading European regulators.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/597fc800e4b0d187a5968fbf



HOW THE FOOD AND DRUG COMPANIES ENSURE THAT WE GET SICK AND THEY MAKE MONEY

The corporate disdain revealed by this film is nearly beyond belief. And our "trusted" watchdog agencies, both non-profit and government, are beholden to the biggest companies, accepting money in return for their silence about the dangers of animal and pharmaceutical products.

Some of the contentions in the documentary have been disputed, most notably the implication that sugar is not a major factor in diabetes, and that dairy is. Indeed there may be flaws in the documentary. But it clearly reveals the damaging behavior of the businesses and organizations that are contributing to human suffering.

http://www.occupy.com/article/how-food-a...x.OqJRoURw.dpbs



What The Health

What the Health is the groundbreaking follow-up film from the creators of the award-winning documentary Cowspiracy. The film exposes the collusion and corruption in government and big business that is costing us trillions of healthcare dollars, and keeping us sick.

What The Health is a surprising, and at times hilarious, investigative documentary that will be an eye-opener for everyone concerned about our nation’s health and how big business influences it.

http://www.whatthehealthfilm.com/
Trailer and film: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/whatthehealth



Here's the law firm representing 40 people who are suing Monsanto

Attorneys Michael Baum and Brent Wisner of Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, and Robert Kennedy, Jr. of Kennedy & Madonna, filed the Monsanto lawsuit on Wednesday in federal court in Los Angeles on behalf of Jack McCall’s widow, Teri McCall. The case number is 2:16-cv-01609.

The lawsuit, which seeks wrongful death and punitive damages, alleges that the Monsanto Company, based in St. Louis, Missouri, failed to adequately warn farmers that its blockbuster herbicide, Roundup, causes cancer. The Monsanto lawsuit also alleges that the agro-chemical giant designed a dangerous and defective product, committed gross negligence in the creation and promotion of Roundup, and defrauded millions of farmers, including Jack McCall, about the safety of the herbicide.

Roundup® [glyphosate] has been used as an all-purpose weed killer by farmers and agricultural workers since 1974. Discovery of glyphosate by Monsanto scientists came just before the multinational agrochemical corporation’s blockbuster pesticide dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT)—a mainstay in American agriculture for many decades—was shown to be toxic to humans and banned in the U.S.

After using Roundup on his farm for nearly 30 years, in September 2015, Jack McCall was admitted to a hospital to treat swollen lymph nodes in his neck. That same day, he learned that the swelling was being caused by anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), a rare and aggressive version of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. No one on his farm knew that Roundup was a carcinogen since, according to the lawsuit, Monsanto had told farmers for decades that Roundup was non-toxic to humans.

https://www.baumhedlundlaw.com/monsanto-lawsuit-claims-roundup-caused-cancer-in-cambria-farmer/



New York Times…

Monsanto Emails Raise Issue of Influencing Research on Roundup Weed Killer

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/08/01/business/monsantos-sway-over-research-is-seen-in-disclosed-emails.html?smid=tw-share&referer=http%3A%2F%2Fm.facebook.com#modal-lightbox



Seneff: "The U.S. Office on Women’s Health estimates that one in 10 women between ages 15 and 44 in the U.S. have PCOS [polycystic ovary syndrome]. “Hmmm. I wonder if it's the glyphosate in the Tampons?”

The Epidemic of Diseased Ovaries

http://www.thevaccinereaction.org/2017/07/the-epidemic-of-diseased-ovaries/



Internal EPA Documents Show Scramble For Data On Monsanto’s Roundup Herbicide

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/inte...dushpmg00000004



Seneff: “Fascinating history behind the retraction of Seralini's paper showing glyphosate & GM feed toxicity to rats at very low doses.”

Uncovered: Monsanto campaign to get Séralini study retracted

Use of “third party experts” is a classic public relations tactic perfected by the tobacco industry. It consists of putting industry-friendly messages into the mouths of supposedly “independent” experts, since no one would believe industry attempts to defend its own products. Back in 2012, GMWatch founder Jonathan Matthews exposed the industry links of the supposedly independent scientists who lobbied the journal editor to retract the Séralini paper. Now we have first-hand proof of Monsanto’s direct involvement.

In one document, Saltmiras reviews his own achievements within the company, boasting that he “Successfully facilitated numerous third party expert letters to the editor which were subsequently published, reflecting the numerous significant deficiencies, poor study design, biased reporting and selective statistics employed by Séralini. In addition, coauthored the Monsanto letter to the editor with [Monsanto employees] Dan Goldstein and Bruce Hammond.”

Saltmiras further writes of how “Throughout the late 2012 Séralini rat cancer publication and media campaign, I leveraged my relationship [with] the Editor i[n] Chief of the publishing journal… and was the single point of contact between Monsanto and the Journal.”

Another Monsanto employee, Eric Sachs, writes in an email about his efforts to galvanize scientists in the letter-writing campaign. Sachs refers to Bruce Chassy, a scientist who runs the pro-GMO Academics Review website. Sachs writes: “I talked to Bruce Chassy and he will send his letter to Wally Hayes directly and notify other scientists that have sent letters to do the same. He understands the urgency… I remain adamant that Monsanto must not be put in the position of providing the critical analysis that leads the editors to retract the paper.”

In response to Monsanto’s request, Chassy urged Hayes to retract the Séralini paper: “My intent was to urge you to roll back the clock, retract the paper, and restart the review process.”

http://gmwatch.org/en/news/latest-news/1...study-retracted



Farmers Find Healthy Soils Yield Healthy Profits

In Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life, Montgomery meets farmers who are building healthy soil and buffering themselves against climate change — and saving money while doing it — by practicing what is called conservation agriculture.

https://www.voanews.com/a/farmers-health-soils-profits-conservation-agriculture/3952583.html



Seneff: “This is how papers get retracted and reputations get smeared when people dare to conduct research that doesn't sit well with Monsanto.”

Monsanto Secret Documents Show Massive Attack on Seralini Study

The study was then republished by Environmental Sciences Europe, but only after the study’s reputation was wrongly damaged due to the work of Monsanto behind the scenes.

Here is a summary of the Seralini related documents released on Tuesday:

Monsanto Email Chain: Personnel Discusses Plan Seeking Retraction of Seralini Glyphosate Study

http://sustainablepulse.com/2017/08/01/m...y/#.WYpJObLytD-
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