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#1505677 --- 09/30/17 04:36 AM Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food [Re: MissingArty]
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Breaking News: Pre-Sliced, Unlabeled GMO “Arctic” Apples Launching in U.S. Stores this October.

These non-browning GMO apples were genetically engineered by Okanagan Specialty Fruits using RNAi (RNA interference) - a gene silencing technique. The GMO apples have not been independently safety tested. They are engineered to not brown for 3 weeks, which means that nutrient degradation will occur and you won't be able to tell. And we have to wonder what type of antimicrobials they are treated with so they don't grow nasty things on them during that 3 week period where they appear to be fresh.

Apples' natural browning is caused by an enzyme that produces melanin, polyphenol oxidase, which gives cells a brown tint when exposed to oxygen. Scientists believe the browning may play an important role in helping apples to fend off pests and disease. Conventional apples are already at the top of the charts for produce with the highest levels of toxic pesticide residues and residues from up to 40 different pesticides that may be found on any one apple. Many of these pesticides, such as organophosphates, are linked to adverse health impacts including hormone disruption, reproductive disorders and even ADHD. Arctic Apples have been engineered to lack the natural browning enzyme that may help fight diseases and pests, meaning farmers may have to use even more pesticides in growing the GMO apples. Nothing wholesome about that.

“[10oz grab-n-go bags]... provides consumers with the convenience factor they really desire. Moreover, studies show that children consume apples at dramatically higher rates if they are sliced,” says Neal Carter, President of Okanagan Specialty Fruits. Neal admits he's targeting children with these GMO apple slices. We think Neal should just feed them to his own kids and not experiment on other children. Boycott GMO Arctic Apples.

Monsanto banned from European parliament

MEPs had been incensed at a Monsanto decision to shun a hearing organised by the environment and agriculture committees, with academics, regulators and campaigners, on 11 October.

The meeting is expected to hear allegations that Monsanto unduly influenced regulatory studies into the safety of glyphosate, a key ingredient in its best-selling RoundUp weedkiller.

“Those who ignore the rules of democracy also lose their rights as a lobbyist in the European parliament,” said the Green party president Philippe Lamberts. “US corporations must also accept the democratic control function of the parliament. Monsanto cannot escape this.”

GMO maize NK603 is not substantially equivalent to its non-GMO counterpart - 2016

Although some polyamines may have beneficial effects in certain contexts, Dr Antoniou said that others, such as putrescine and cadaverine, can produce “various toxic effects. For example, they enhance the effects of histamine, thus heightening allergic reactions, and both have been implicated in the formation of carcinogenic substances called nitrosamines with nitrite in meat products.”


However, what is certain is that the basis for regulatory approvals of NK603 maize looks decidedly shaky. As Dr Antoniou concluded, “Our study clearly shows that the GM transformation process results in profound compositional differences in NK603, demonstrating that this GMO maize is not substantially equivalent to its non-GMO counterpart. Our results call for a more thorough evaluation of the safety of NK603 maize consumption on a long-term basis.”

Erin Brockovich: “Harmful Algae Blooms (HAB) are occurring from coast to coast. They are impacting Drinking Water supplies across the country. Toxic microcystin can cause adverse health effects in people including nausea, headaches, upper respiratory issues and skin irritation. It can cause health problems and be lethal in animals, too.
We MUST recognize the cause and address it head on... Illegal and "legal" waste discharges. Nutrients from agriculture and wastewater treatment plants feed uncontrolled growth of natural algae... to toxic levels. No more excuses... Save the Clean Water Act.”

It's bad and it's everywhere: Harmful algal blooms plague Owasco, Skaneateles, Cayuga lakes

Products of new GM techniques must be strictly regulated as GMOs, say scientists

The statement, published on the same day as the EU Commission holds a “High Level Conference” on the new GM techniques, also says that genome editing techniques have become so easy to carry out that they open up the possibility of abuse and inadvertent misuse, including for bioterror purposes.

Gene drives (designed to rapidly spread a trait through populations or entire species) carry a particular risk of causing ecological imbalance and disruption.

GMOs Revealed

Short video clip, 2 minutes. “No one can say right now with 1000% certainty that there are no damaging long term effects on us, our families and on the environment.”

Oregon Appeals Court Keeps Blocking Josephine County's GMO Ban

“We are not giving up, we are not giving in, we are going to continue to work on behalf of our farmers who have asked for protection in this beautiful seed-growing region,” she said.

Who is Carey Gillam?

She says she continues to re-search, analyze and publish the best possible information on ag biotech and pesticides, without restrictions.

“My role is to provide information,” she said.

Herbicide Atrazine Found to Affect Health Across Multiple Generations

(Beyond Pesticides, September 27, 2017) Adverse health effects caused by exposure to the widely used herbicide atrazine pass down from parents to their children through multiple generations, according to new research published by scientists at Washington State University. This burgeoning area of study on ‘transgenerational’ impacts calls into question the current methodology for assessing toxicity and risk from chemical exposure. With the current U.S. regulatory system permitting food and communities to be awash in toxic pesticides, the results of the study have grave implications for future generations.

Tell Garden Retailers to Pledge Not to Sell GMO Grass

GMO grass is not on the market yet. Let's keep it that way. Tell garden retailers like Home Depot, Lowe’s, Costco, Walmart, Ace Hardware and True Value to pledge not to sell GMO grass seed or turf.

Mexican Supreme Court Refuses to Review Monsanto Appeal on GMO Maize Permits

The suspension of planting GMO maize has been in force throughout the country after a court decision three and a half years ago, after a group of organizations, academics and citizens presented a collective action against the planting of GMO maize in Mexico.

In the latest ruling, issued earlier today, Mexico’s Supreme Court refused to review an appeals court decision from 2013, which in effect will allow the appeals court to verify the suspension of permits for the planting of GE corn grain and uphold the enforcement of the ban throughout the country. The original decision included a declaration that the benefits of GMO corn remain unproven.

Abundant Land: Soil, Seeds and Sovereignty - Hawaii

Stream Abundant Land directly from this site and 50% of all proceeds will go towards supporting the work of Hawai‘i SEED.


Dangerous for pets, can be transferred to humans for up to 4 weeks. Repeated chronic exposure may pose possible health risks to veterinarians, veterinary technologists, dog caretakers, and owners.

Human exposure to imidacloprid from dogs treated with advantage(r).

...The glove samples were collected by petting each dog for 5 minutes while wearing a different glove per dog. The blood samples (5 mL from each dog) were collected into EDTA tubes. The imidacloprid residue was determined in the blood extracts and glove samples using RP-HPLC. The highest levels of imidacloprid residues were detected at the 24-h interval in both glove (254.16 +/- 25.49 ppm) and blood (54.06 +/- 3.00 ppb) samples. The blood imidacloprid residue was reduced by one third at the 72-h interval (18.73 +/- 2.00 ppb) and was not detected after 1 week. Imidacloprid residue in the glove samples decreased approximately one third between each collection interval. The residue of imidacloprid in the glove extract by the fourth week was very low (0.08 +/- 0.02 ppm) and not detected by the fifth week. The present findings suggest that following topical application of Advantage(R), imidacloprid residue can be detected in the dog's blood for up to 72 h, and transferable residue on the dog's coat can be detected for up to 4 weeks. Repeated chronic exposure to imidacloprid may pose possible health risks to veterinarians, veterinary technologists, dog caretakers, and owners.

$3 million dollars of your tax dollars to be used to brainwash you.

The government is going to counter ‘misinformation’ about GMO foods

The deal to avert a government shutdown, which passed the Senate by a vote of 79 to 18 Thursday, allocates $3 million to “consumer outreach and education regarding agricultural biotechnology,” which includes genetic engineering of food and commodity crops. The money is to be used to tout “the environmental, nutritional, food safety, economic, and humanitarian impacts” of biotech crops and their derivative food products.

NYC schools have kicked Kellogg's out and so should the rest of us.

First study finds neonic pesticides in US drinking water

In the US, sales of seeds pre-treated with neonics tripled from 2004 to 2014. However concerns over their environmental impacts have also grown and they have been consistently associated with causing harm to bees. So great has the worry been, that there has been a moratorium on their use on flowering crops in the European Union since 2013. A study in 2015 from the US Geological Survey (USGS) found that neonics were widespread in water samples collected from 48 different rivers and streams in the US.

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

In 1996, I published a two-page commentary in the journal Nature entitled “EPA Science: Casualty of Election Politics.” Three years later, Nature published a research article in which my coauthors and I raised concerns about EPA’s 503 sludge rule, which regulates biosolids.

This Clinton-era rule allows all toxic chemical wastes in biosolids, except for nine heavy metals, to be applied to farms, forests, golf courses, school playgrounds and other public and private lands at millions of times higher levels than permitted in air and water.

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

In 2008, a survey of 1,600 ORD scientists by the Union of Concerned Scientists found that more than half had experienced political interference within the previous five years. Twenty-two percent witnessed selective or incomplete use of data to justify an EPA regulation, and 17 percent were directed to inappropriately exclude or alter technical information. Many respondents said they feared retaliation if they didn’t comply.

Deadly Immunity – Government Cover-up of a Mercury/Autism Scandal

(World Mercury Project note: With the ongoing mainstream media blackout on questions regarding vaccine safety, we want to remind our followers of the publication–and subsequent retraction–of Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.’s 2005 article “Deadly Immunity” in Salon. The history of repression of crucial vaccine safety data runs deep. The article laid out the scientific link between thimerosal and childhood neurological disorders and published explosive excerpts from the transcripts from the CDC’s secretive June 2000 Simpsonwood conference which brought together government public health officials, vaccine manufacturers and professional medical associations. The article was groundbreaking at the time and received lots of media attention for uncovering the cozy relationship between government and industry at the expense of children’s health. Even though a dozen years have passed, the article’s facts have stood the test of time. An important read for people new to the movement and long-time advocates alike.)

In June 2000, a group of top government scientists and health officials gathered for a meeting at the isolated Simpsonwood conference center in Norcross, Georgia. Convened by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the meeting was held at this Methodist retreat center, nestled in wooded farmland next to the Chattahoochee River, to ensure complete secrecy. The agency had issued no public announcement of the session — only private invitations to fifty-two attendees. There were high-level officials from the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration, the top vaccine specialist from the World Health Organization in Geneva and representatives of every major vaccine manufacturer, including GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, Wyeth and Aventis Pasteur. All of the scientific data under discussion, CDC officials repeatedly reminded the participants, was strictly “embargoed.” There would be no making photocopies of documents, no taking papers with them when they left.
Arty turns 8 this summer.

#1506192 --- 10/07/17 08:05 PM Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food [Re: MissingArty]
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VIDEO OF THE WEEK - 'Farmers for America' Trailer

There’s no escaping it. Food—real food, the kind that actually provides nutrients—comes from farms.

But with the average age of today’s farmer being 60, and young people unable to afford farmland and equipment, who will grow our food?

“Farmers for America,” is a documentary that explores the changing American farm scene and changing consumer trends. The film takes a close look at today’s farmers, and those standing in line to replace them. Can their spirit and energy bring urban and rural America together over our common need for food?

What is Glyphosate, a/k/a Roundup, doing to your Mitochondria?

From 2015, a must watch. At 30:00 Alex gives a list of illnesses associated with mitochondria dysfunction - depression, allergies, asthma, alzheimers, auto-immune, lupus. At 46, these scientists give some tips on healing your mitochondria.

”it’s a very long list, it’s things doctors see everyday in their practice.”

Minding your mitochondria | Dr. Terry Wahls

Dr. Wahls tells her story of her decline into MS and how she found her way back to health. Myelin, the B vitamins, Mitochondria, and the foods she ate to heal herself out of a wheelchair.

Autoimmune Webinar w/ Dr. Terry Wahls, M.D.

France to ban glyphosate weedkiller by 2022, develop alternative

France has decided to set 2022 as a deadline to phase out the use of glyphosate, the controversial active ingredient in one of the world’s most widely used weedkillers, the government said today…

The European Commission has proposed extending the license for the use of the chemical for 10 years, which France has said it will vote against and try to block. “The prime minister… has decided that this product will be banned in France by the end of the government’s term, as well as others that are similar and which are a public health threat,” government spokesman Christophe Castaner told RMC radio.

Jonathan Latham:

“The next time that someone tells you that GMO pesticidal crops use a natural toxin, tell them to read our new peer-reviewed publication.”

“This is the quandary of biotech. Every product must be novel enough to patent and similar enough to sneak through any safety assessment. Somehow, they always hit the sweet spot!”


When they were first introduced it was widely expected that the introduction of GM Bt crops would lead to reductions in insecticide use. This expectation is still asserted by applicants today as balancing the risks of GM Bt crop introductions. Evidence so far suggests, however, that reductions in the application of conventional insecticides have been uneven and transient (eg Benbrook, 2012 Benbrook, C. M. (2012). Impacts of genetically engineered crops on pesticide use in the U.S. – the first sixteen years. What our review draws attention to, however, is that measures of insecticide use, and also the claims for reduced insecticide use made by applicants, have disregarded the Cry insecticides in GM crops themselves. These toxins deserve much greater attention and may be of equal or greater concern than conventional pesticides.


This is going to be a blockbuster book. Check it out!

"Reads like a mystery novel as Gillam skillfully uncovers Monsanto's secretive strategies."—Erin Brockovich

"A damning picture of the peddling of glyphosate...Gillam expertly covers a contentious front." —Publishers Weekly
"A must-read." —Booklist

"Hard-hitting, eye-opening narrative." —Kirkus

It’s the pesticide on our dinner plates, a chemical so pervasive it’s in the air we breathe, our water, our soil, and even found increasingly in our own bodies. Known as Monsanto’s Roundup by consumers, and as glyphosate by scientists, the world’s most popular weed killer is used everywhere from backyard gardens to golf courses to millions of acres of farmland. For decades it’s been touted as safe enough to drink, but a growing body of evidence indicates just the opposite, with research tying the chemical to cancers and a host of other health threats.

In Whitewash, veteran journalist Carey Gillam uncovers one of the most controversial stories in the history of food and agriculture, exposing new evidence of corporate influence. Gillam introduces readers to farm families devastated by cancers which they believe are caused by the chemical, and to scientists whose reputations have been smeared for publishing research that contradicted business interests. Readers learn about the arm-twisting of regulators who signed off on the chemical, echoing company assurances of safety even as they permitted higher residues of the pesticide in food and skipped compliance tests. And, in startling detail, Gillam reveals secret industry communications that pull back the curtain on corporate efforts to manipulate public perception.

Whitewash is more than an exposé about the hazards of one chemical or even the influence of one company. It’s a story of power, politics, and the deadly consequences of putting corporate interests ahead of public safety.

Many U.S. scientists to skip Monsanto summit on dicamba

Missing will be Kevin Bradley, a University of Missouri plant sciences professor who has tracked the number of crop acres nationwide that have been hurt by dicamba sprayings. Bradley said he believed Monsanto was not willing to discuss volatilization.

"I think it's best for me to stay away from that," he said.

(On Netflix, "Bordertown, Jennifer Lopez and Antonio Bandares, the story of NAFTA, the border towns, and the murders of the Women of Javeres.)

NAFTA 2.0: doing harm with ag biotech approval shortcuts

The NAFTA talks are advancing rapidly with very little information available to the public on their content or the possible consequences for fair and sustainable food and farm systems. This is the third in a series of blogs examining the proposals being made by agribusiness firms that take the failed Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) as a starting point.

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

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

Join us as we go through many of those results and break it down on how it can impact your body/health.

“It can last for 20 years in the soil under certain conditions.”

Dr. Judy Mikovits, PhD, biochemist and molecular biologist, threatened after daring to expose her scientific discoveries, is naming names! This is just the tip of the iceberg...

Free to watch: Vaccines Revealed…

Join us as we expose one of the most controversial topics in healthcare today - Vaccines.

9 farmers die in Yavatmal after spraying insecticide on crops

Kishor Tiwari , VNSSM chief, said, “Nine innocent farmers fell ill and died in hospital after spraying toxic insecticides on their cotton produce to save it from pest attacks. Four other farmers have lost their vision and 70 farmers are undergoing treatment at the government medical college in Yavatmal after spraying the same toxic insecticide.”

Pruitt's Sketchy Use of Taxpayer Money Now Includes Expensive Soundproof Booth

"Critics say Mr. Pruitt has gone to unusual lengths to operate in secrecy at the EPA, where employees report he is often accompanied by armed guards even inside the agency, and avoids making important calls in his office," the New York Times noted.;ts=1506525069

Can You Pick the Bees Out of This Insect Lineup?

How can we save the pollinators if we don't even recognize them?

See the award-winning documentary "Stink!" FREE for next two weeks, courtesy of our promotion with WGN TV Chicago.

Study Shows Climate Change Threatens Soil Organisms Essential to Life

(Beyond Pesticides, September 29, 2017) Protect polar bears and “big charismatic wildlife!” But do not ignore the microscopic organisms essential to ecological sustainability. That is the take from a new study at University of California Berkeley, which, for the first time, links global climate change to the loss of a “shockingly high” number of critical microbial species essential to ecological systems, biodiversity, and organic land management.

E.P.A. Chief’s Calendar: A Stream of Industry Meetings and Trips Home

In just the first 15 days of May, Mr. Pruitt met with the chief executive of the Chemours Company, a leading chemical maker, as well as three chemical lobbying groups; the egg producers lobby; the president of Shell Oil Company; the chief executive of Southern Company; lobbyists for the farm bureau, the toy association and a cement association; the president of a truck equipment manufacturer seeking to roll back emissions regulations for trucks; and the president of the Independent Petroleum Association of America.

The newly released documents, for the first time, create a direct link between Mr. Pruitt’s meetings and actions that the industry wants him to take.

FDA approves genetically engineered ‘pink pineapple’ for sale

Why Hydroponics Is Not Organic - Comment by October 11 at

Monsanto’s Roundup Faces European Politics and U.S. Lawsuits
Arty turns 8 this summer.

#1506529 --- 10/13/17 07:32 AM Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food [Re: MissingArty]
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If confirmed as director of the EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, Dourson will be in a position to set safety levels for many of the same chemicals his company was paid to defend, including nine pesticides scheduled for scrutiny and 20 industrial compounds that may be evaluated under the recently updated chemical safety law.

Dourson would also be in a position to make decisions affecting chlorpyrifos, another pesticide he’s been paid to research, which can cause memory, intelligence, attention, and motor problems in children. Based on numerous studies that found that very low doses of the pesticide can harm children’s brains, the EPA proposed banning chlorpyrifos in 2016. In research paid for by Dow, the manufacturer of chlorpyrifos, Dourson came up with a safety threshold that was some 5,000 times less protective than what the EPA recommended for children between the ages of one and two.

Six companies are about to merge into the biggest farm-business oligopoly in history

From that perspective, the mergers are as much about maintaining profit and staying financially healthy as they are about the development of new technologies. It’s not just a case of American farmers needing more technologically advanced tools; it’s also a white flag from big agribusiness companies struggling with the fact that, despite all their efficiencies and inventions, the US market is demanding supplies that let farmers grow more profitable and less complicated organic and all-natural foods.

Whether that trend continues remains to be seen. For now, the mergers are a clear sign that companies that invest in high-tech seeds and chemicals are going through a rough patch, and they think consolidation is their way out of it.

Gluten Intolerance is really GLYPHOSATE POISONING

What if...."gluten intolerance" is really "glyphosate poisoning"?

Gluten has been in wheat since it was first grown. Sure, there have always been folks who have problems digesting wheat or grains with gluten. Today, about 50% of the world have problems with gluten. (1) Something has changed.

That "something" is glyphosate.

How Monsanto Manufactured Outrage At Chemical Cancer Classification It Expected by Carey Gillam

Internal company records show not just the level of fear Monsanto had over the impending review, but notably that company officials fully expected IARC scientists would find at least some cancer connections to glyphosate. Company scientists discussed the “vulnerability” that surrounded their efforts to defend glyphosate amid multiple unfavorable research findings in studies of people and animals exposed to the weed killer. In addition to epidemiology studies, “we also have potential vulnerabilities in the other areas that IARC will consider, namely, exposure, genetox, and mode of action…” a Monsanto scientist wrote in October 2014. That same email discussed a need to find allies and arrange funding for a “fight” – all months before the IARC meeting in March 2015.

Tell Congress: Subsidize Healthy Foods, Not Junk Foods!

October 16 is World Food Day. It’s also the day that Monsanto and its agrochemical cronies will be in Iowa, celebrating the bounties of industrial agriculture (in other words, their massive profits) at corporation-run “World Food Prize” events.

We think there are better ways to celebrate World Food Day. One of them is this: demand that Congress stop propping up Monsanto’s degenerative agriculture, and start supporting an organic regenerative food and farming system that produces healthy food, and heals the planet.

Organic Regulations Should Protect Pristine Environments - Close Regulatory Loopholes that Incentivize the Conversion of Wild Land to Organics

Comment by October 11 to the National Organic Standards Board. Tell the NOSB to support clear language in the organic regulations to eliminate any incentive to convert native ecosystems to organic production.

Moms Across America Update…Glyphosate in Vaccines

We got a response back from the FDA...NOT redacted, (well, just a little bit) with expected, outrageous, negligent lack of action, and also some hints of alarming international connections.


Link to article referenced in video…

Today's Millennial: Tomorrow’s Organic Parent Organic Trade Association survey signals big new wave of organic consumers on the horizon

“Millennials are the largest consumer group in the United States, and they’re choosing organic. As more members of this generation become parents, their presence in the organic market will just get stronger,” said Laura Batcha, CEO and Executive Director of the Organic Trade Association. “This year’s survey findings clearly show the positive relationship between organic and parenting. Exciting times lie ahead for the organic sector. Over the next ten years, we’ll see a surge of new organic eaters and consumers -- the Millennial parents of tomorrow and their children.”

Seneff: “This is wild! Get poisoned with a glyphosate contaminated meal while you also get poisoned with a flu shot at the same time. I guess Big Pharma wants to make doubly sure you stay sick so they can keep making money on their drugs.”

America’s Biggest Monsanto-Led Charity Teams Up With Kroger to Push Flu Shots on Unsuspecting Customers

We are at a time when many organizations have acquired so much money that it makes it possible for them to use the funds to shape public opinion.

And now many companies are either merging (like Monsanto and Bayer) or partnering up like Monsanto and Feeding America, creating a huge interconnected power structure with enough clout and marketing dollars to influence society in unseen ways.

Flu shots for example are declining in popularity because of the side effects and risks associated with them vs. natural and holistic based therapies. But the marketing blitz from companies like Kroger and Feeding America has obscured the lack of independent safety and efficacy testing surrounding these shots.

Ex-Wrigley workers sue over exposure to flavoring chemicals

The ailments of the individuals filings the lawsuits provide only a whiff of the potential safety problems from flavoring chemicals.

Trouble in the fields: Why the superweeds are winning

With thousands of complaints of crop damage across more than 3 million acres in 24 states — including some 100 complaints in Iowa — a longtime University of Missouri plant researcher is calling it possibly the greatest pesticide-caused crop damage in U. S. history.

Stephanie Seneff - Glyphosate in MMR: Does This Explain the Autism Link? (Part 2)

At 18:00 Stephanie talks about glyphosate herbicide in MMR vaccines. Imperative for parents to know!

Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer, and the Corruption of Science by Carey Gillam

Investigative journalist, Carey Gillam, left no stone unturned during the two decades of meticulous research which lead to the publishing of her important new book, Whitewash. Mainstream media won’t print it, but here you will find everything you need to know about the dirty tactics used by Monsanto to bias science and influence regulators on both sides of the Atlantic. The company that claimed DDT and PCBs were safe is exposed, once again. Read thoroughly and eat carefully!

“They (Monsanto) bully reporters who don’t follow the narrative. I was told more than once or twice that there were no facts wrong in my story. They said that the problem with my stories was something called false balance. I should not be presenting two sides to a story. I should only be presenting their side.” Carey Gillam

Partial review… “Who should read Whitewash? Anyone with questions and concerns about chemicals. Anyone who eats food, drinks water, visits a city park, gardens in their own backyard, plays golf, or lives near a conventional farm where the owner sprays. And certainly anyone who cares about their health, the health of their family and friends, and the wellbeing of the environment. For glyphosate, the book’s subject, can be found just about everywhere, largely due to its widespread application as both an agricultural herbicide, and one widely used for landscaping.”
Arty turns 8 this summer.

#1506829 --- 10/20/17 05:16 AM Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food [Re: MissingArty]
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Carey Gillam’s presentation to European Parliament hearing on the Monsanto Papers & glyphosate

A giant battle is brewing in Europe over the future of glyphosate, the world’s most widely used pesticide, and we’re proud of our colleague Carey Gillam and her efforts there to stand up for truth and transparency.

If you haven’t seen it, Carey’s presentation last week to a joint committee of European Parliament is a powerful explainer of the tricks and methods Monsanto uses to manipulate science and deceive regulators, the public and the media.

Slides, video and text of Carey’s presentation are posted here - please share!

As Carey said, "We have now the thousands of pages of internal Monsanto emails, memos and other documents that make it clear beyond any doubt the efforts by this company to manipulate policy makers and members of the public."

Seneff: “Encouraging signs that regulators are finally realizing that glyphosate is not safe.”

Six Middle Eastern Countries Ban Glyphosate Herbicides over ‘Probable Carcinogen’ Fears

Oman’s Ministry of Agriculture has confirmed that six Middle Eastern countries, including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman have banned the use of glyphosate herbicides since last year, after reviewing IARC’s classification of glyphosate as a ‘probable human carcinogen’.

Independent Women’s Forum: Koch-Funded Group Promotes Pesticide, Oil, Tobacco Agendas

Koch-funded women’s group says eat your pesticides: They promote toxic chemicals as nothing to worry about, push tobacco products and deny climate science. Meet the women – and billionaire male funders – behind the “Independent” Women’s Forum.

Seneff: “News brief on my recent paper with Dr. Greg Nigh on glyphosate and anencephaly.”

From Bad To Worse: Glyphosate, Recently Linked to Cancer, Now Possibly Linked to Anencephaly

PORTLAND, OR / ACCESSWIRE / October 16, 2017 / Glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide Roundup, was identified last year by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (“IARC”) as a “probable carcinogen.” More recently the State of California followed suit, requiring products containing glyphosate to be labeled as probably carcinogenic.

Today, Dr. Stephanie Seneff, a Senior Research Scientist at MIT, and Dr. Gregory Nigh, a naturopathic physician in Portland, Oregon, have published their review of the evidence that the heavy hand of glyphosate may even be reaching into the womb. They demonstrate that anencephaly, a tragic birth defect in which the brain of the fetus fails to develop, can be linked to glyphosate’s possible interference with fetal development in multiple ways.

“When we started this research on anencephaly, we were really just curious to see if there could be a link to glyphosate that might be apparent. The further we got into our review of the literature, we were shocked to discover that there isn’t just one link, but many, and they would all likely be happening at the same time in an exposed mother,” says Dr. Seneff, lead author of the review.

Dr. Nigh added, “We are not suggesting that glyphosate has been shown to cause anencephaly. We are saying that, given the surprising weight of the evidence that we found, the Precautionary Principle is in order until a truly independent review establishes its safety.”

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.” (Wikipedia).

While uncovering the various links between glyphosate exposure and anencephaly encompassed new research territory, Dr. Seneff said their findings were “deja vu all over again.” “I have been researching and publishing on the possible health impact of glyphosate exposure for nearly five years. Until more rigorous studies are conducted, all we can say is that the plausible biological mechanisms are there, and the strong correlation is there between exposure and associated conditions.”

When asked if she thought this most recent finding would compel regulatory agencies to investigate these links more carefully, she remarked, “Given the potential scope of this issue, that is desperately needed. But I’m not holding my breath.”

Their findings are sure to be met with resistance and outright dismissal. Even with the developmental pathways impacted clearly identified, and with strong correlations established between exposure and anencephalic births, detractors can rightly point out that correlation is not causation. As Dr. Seneff put it, “While those in government and industry carry on that debate, the concerned public should have this information so people can make their own decisions and act accordingly.”

Glyphosate and Anencephaly: Death by A Thousand Cuts - Stephanie Seneff1* Gregory L Nigh2

Seneff at MIT: All her Papers, TV appearances, interviews, etc.

Did Monsanto Ignore Evidence Linking Its Weed Killer to Cancer? - This could be the company’s “Big Tobacco” moment.

Monsanto has also tried to undermine the credibility of scientists on the IARC committee. “The basic strategy is: Attack people who’ve done the research you don’t like—mercilessly,” said epidemiologist Devra Davis, a former appointee to the US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board and president of the nonprofit Environmental Health Trust. “They go after the researcher, they go after their funding…. Even the scientists who reported the formation of the ozone hole were vilified before they got their Nobel Prize” in chemistry.

Glyphosate Weedkiller Found in All 5 Popular Orange Juice Brands

Tropicana, Minute Maid, Stater Brothers, Signature Farms and Kirkland.

In 2015 the USDA reported orange juice was the most consumed fruit juice in the United States and oranges were second most consumed fruit overall, just slightly behind apples. The average person in America consumes 2.7 gallons of orange juice and 3 pounds of oranges each year. “100% Pure Orange Juice” is a common claim used by many juice brands that allow consumers to feel safe when serving it to their families on a daily basis. However, recent testing revealed that every one of the five top orange juice brands Moms Across America sent to an accredited lab tested positive for glyphosate weed killer. Glyphosate is the declared active chemical ingredient in Roundup, manufactured by Monsanto, and 750 other brands of glyphosate-based herbicides. Roundup is the most widely used herbicide in the world, often sprayed as a weedkiller between citrus trees, found in irrigation water and rain.

Ben & Jerry’s to launch glyphosate-free ice-cream after tests find traces of weedkiller

Ben & Jerry’s has moved to cut all glyphosate-tainted ingredients from its production chain and introduce an “organic dairy” line next year, after a new survey found widespread traces of the controversial substance in its European ice-creams.

How to Eat a Non-GMO Diet with Jeffrey Smith

Pesticide Action Network - UK - “A fascinating summary by Carey Gillam on the levels of deception Monsanto have taken to keep glyphosate (Roundup) on the market (taken from a hearing in Brussels yesterday).” 11/10/2017

Live replay: hearing on the Monsanto papers and Glyphosate - Panel 2 - Transparency and use of scientific studies in the risk assessment of glyphosate - lessons learned from the US. Presentation by Ms Carey Gillam, U.S. Right to Know

All of presentations of the impacts glyphosate in European Parliament

MEPs urge probe into Monsanto's sway over safety studies (MEP = Members of the European Parliament)

The call for a probe came during a parliamentary hearing into allegations Monsanto influenced scientific research on glyphosate safety.

The Indian farmers falling prey to pesticide

Farmers in Yavatmal, who mainly grow cotton, soybean and lentils, told the BBC that they use a highly potent mix of pesticides, both in powder and liquid form.

They also cultivate a genetically modified variety of cotton, which is supposed to be resistant to bollworms, a pest that attacks cotton crops.

But many farmers have said that bollworms still attacked their crops this year, which led them to increase their use of pesticides.

Scientists Urge Retraction of Journal Article on Glyphosate’s Safety, Surreptitiously Written by Monsanto

(Beyond Pesticides, October 17, 2017) In a letter to the scientific journal Critical Reviews in Toxicology, scientists called for the retraction of a 2016 paper that refuted glyphosate’s cancer risks after it was learned that the paper was secretly edited and funded by Monsanto, manufacturer of glyphosate.

The paper in question, “An Independent Review of the Carcinogenic Potential of Glyphosate,” is a review of the 2015 decision by an expert Working Group of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) to designate glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s flagship product, Roundup, as “probably carcinogenic to humans” (Group 2A). However, a new report this summer discovered conflict of interests not revealed at publication. Contrary to the journal’s conflict-of-interest disclosure statement, Monsanto directly paid at least two of the scientists who authored the paper, and a Monsanto employee substantially edited and reviewed the article prior to publication, in clear contradiction to the disclosure statement.

Seneff: “Wow! This article is fascinating and frightening in its implications!”

Have Monsanto and the Biotech Industry Turned Natural Bt Pesticides into GMO “Super toxins”? By Jonathan Latham

..."Not a single one of the 23 Bt commercial lines that we analysed was identical to natural or historically used versions of Bt toxins. All had at least two of the above categories of alterations, but most had many more. To call GMO Bt proteins natural, as biotech companies standardly do, is therefore misleading and scientifically wrong."

Our analysis is of importance for many reasons. First, are the real world ecological implications. According to our estimations, a series of independent alterations are creating enhancements in Bt protein toxicity. If each individual enhancement gives rise to a many-fold increase in toxicity, which, according to industry data it often does, then the cumulative effect is likely to be very large.

(This is particularly so when the vast quantities of Bt toxins present in each GMO crop field are considered. Not only are Bt proteins present in every cell of each GMO plant, but stacked GMO crop varieties increasingly have many different Bt transgenes. It is easy to imagine that GMO Bt crops may be having large effects on agricultural ecosystems.)

Second, there is a lesson here surely for new generations of biotechnologies. What our paper shows is that government regulators across the globe have opted to assume that Bt toxins, no matter how much they have been altered, whether accidentally or on purpose, have a toxicological profile that is unchanged.

Such an interpretation is highly convenient for applicants wanting to roll out potent novel toxins, but it is useless for protecting public health and the environment. Such disregard of the scientific evidence, laid out in full by us for the first ever time, is part of an unfortunate wider pattern–which we have been documenting–of adoption by GMO regulators of industry-friendly theoretical frameworks and interpretations.

It is the question for our times. How to integrate science into decision-making but ensure it is applied rigorously and impartially and therefore in the public interest?

Latham: “The next time that someone tells you that GMO pesticidal crops use a natural toxin, tell them to read our new peer-reviewed publication.”

The distinct properties of natural and GM cry insecticidal proteins

What's in a GMO (part one and two) - Herbicide Tolerant Crops - Jonathan Latham PhD

The Misleading and Deceitful Ways of Dr. Kevin Folta

However, documents show that Monsanto provided Dr. Folta with, in their words, “an unrestricted grant in the amount of $25,000 which may be used at your discretion in support of your research and outreach projects.”

Emails indicate that Monsanto donated the money in response to a 9-page proposal from Dr. Folta, in which he asked Monsanto for $25,000 to fund his “three tiered solution” to the “biotech communications problem.” Proposed activities included traveling each month to a major domestic university to promote GMOs. The money was donated to a food bank after the documents became public.

Seed Industry Structure – Dr. Phil Howard

Since the 2008 economic downturn, Dr. Howard notes that “there have been more than 70 seed company acquisitions by the top eight firms, as well as a number of biotech company acquisitions and joint ventures.” Monsanto, DuPont and Syngenta now control over half the global market – a dramatic shift since 1996 when the top three corporations in the global seed industry controlled 22% of the industry.

Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream in Four EU Countries Tests Positive for Monsanto Roundup Ingredient - Organic Consumers Association

If at first you don’t succeed, ask, ask again.

Ever since we announced in July that Ben & Jerry’s ice cream contains glyphosate, hundreds of thousands of consumers—through petitions, protests, phone calls, social media messages—have joined in asking Unilever-owned Ben & Jerry’s to live up to its claims of “social responsibility” and “natural, healthy products” by going 100% organic.

You helped us get Ben & Jerry’s attention in the U.S.

Ben & Jerry's feigned "concern" about the problem, but didn't respond with a concrete plan to resolve it.

On Tuesday (October 10), we took the Ben & Jerry’s campaign to Unilever's doorstep, by announcing, with help from the EU Parliament, Beyond GM, HRI Labs, and others, that Ben & Jerry’s ice cream in four European countries (The Netherlands, Germany, France and the UK) also contained glyphosate.

When word leaked in advance about the press conference, Unilever officials scrambled to preempt our news with news of their own—a plan to source ingredients not sprayed with glyphosate, and plans to go 6% organic.

This latest announcement from Ben & Jerry’s doesn’t go far enough, so the campaign will continue.

But make no mistake—this is big news. It proves that consumers have the power to help rid our food system of poisons like glyphosate by pressuring corporations like Unilever—the second largest in the world—to live up to their claims about caring about your health and the environment.

This campaign isn’t over, not by a long shot. The “glyphosate-free” ice cream Ben & Jerry’s promises is a step in the right direction. But as long as Ben & Jerry’s sources 94 percent of its dairy products from industrial “dirty dairy” factory farms, the company is supporting Monsanto (whose GMO crops are used to feed dairy cows on conventional farms). And it will continue to be a major polluter of waterways, and degrader of healthy soils.

For now, all of you who helped pressure Unilever should take a moment to congratulate yourselves on pushing the Ben & Jerry’s brand one step further down the road to organic and regenerative.

Read our press release for the EU Parliament press conference…

Séralini said: “Research, both from France and the UK indicates that the levels of glyphosate present in most samples of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream likely pose a health risk. The regulatory levels of glyphosate set in the EU and US are based on outmoded toxicology models that fail to account for the properties of hormone disrupters like glyphosate-based herbicides, which can damage health at even very low levels.”

Thomas said: “These test results confirm the grim reality that other UK- and EU-wide testing has shown: almost no food is free from pesticide contamination. Ben & Jerry’s says it’s on a mission to make the world a better place. Inasmuch as ice cream can be used to do that, moving to a fully organic system, from farm to spoon, is the only way to ensure a product free from traces of endocrine-disrupting and carcinogenic glyphosate.”

How are GMOs and Roundup linked to cancer?

That was the subject of my talk this past weekend in Orlando at the exciting The Truth About Cancer conference. Below are the 10 main points from my presentation.

(Note: I missed the rebroadcast of this and will repost any future rebroadcast dates. But, fyi...)

GMOs and Cancer

1. The very process of creating a GMO creates side effects that can promote cancer. Monsanto’s Roundup Ready corn, for example, has higher levels of putrescine and cadaverine. These are not only linked to cancer and allergies, they produce the foul smell of rotting dead bodies.

2. Bt-toxin, which is manufactured by the altered DNA in every cell of genetically modified varieties of corn, cotton, and South American soy, pokes holes in cell walls. It may create “leaky gut,” which is linked to cancer and numerous other diseases.

3. Most GMOs are “Roundup Ready”—designed to be sprayed with Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide. These include Soy, Corn, Cotton, Canola, Sugar Beets (for sugar), and Alfalfa. Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, is classified as a class 2A carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (part of the World Health Organization). They said it probably causes cancer in humans, does cause cancer in animals, does cause mutations in DNA that can lead to cancer, and where it is heavily sprayed, cancer rates are higher.

4. Roundup is also sprayed on numerous non-GMO crops just before harvest as a desiccant, to dry down the crop as it is killed by the herbicide. Some of these other crops include: Wheat, Oats, Flax, Peas, Lentils, Dry Beans, Sugar Cane, Rye, Triticale, Buckwheat, Millet, Potatoes and Sunflowers. Canola, Corn and Soybeans labeled non-GMO may also be sprayed with Roundup.

5. To avoid Roundup, eating non-GMO is not sufficient. It is better to choose organic, which does not allow the use of GMOs, Roundup, or other synthetic poisons. (Products labeled both Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified are even better, because the latter requires tests for possible inadvertent GMO contamination.) Since Roundup is sprayed on most US cotton, residues are found in cotton products including tampons. BUY ORGANIC!

6. Several cancer rates in the US are rising in parallel with increased use of glyphosate on GMO soy and corn fields. These include leukemia and cancers of the liver, kidney, bladder, thyroid, and breast.

7. In Argentina, the rate of cancer in communities living near Roundup Ready soybean fields has also skyrocketed, as have birth defects, thyroid conditions, lupus, and respiratory problems.

8. The following are just some of the health effects of glyphosate, all of which are known to increase cancer risk. Glyphosate:

a. Damages the DNA
b. Is an antibiotic
c. Promotes leaky gut
d. Chelates minerals, making them unavailable
e. Is toxic to the mitochondria
f. Interferes with key metabolic pathways
g. Causes non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
h. Degrades into Sarcosine and formaldehyde
9. The full Roundup formulation is up to 125 times more toxic than glyphosate alone. It also has a greater endocrine disruptive effect.

10. Thousands of people who were exposed to Roundup and are now suffering from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma are suing Monsanto. The lawsuit forced Monsanto to make public secret documents, emails, and texts. These are smoking guns, providing clear evidence that Monsanto colludes with government regulators, bullies scientists, ghostwrites articles, pays off journal editors and scientists, and publicly denies evidence of harm that it privately admits to.

(Watch the speech for some pretty shocking revelations.)

I ended my talk by introducing a peer-reviewed article that was recently accepted for publication. It features survey results in which 3,256 people describe significant improvements in 28 conditions after switching to non-GMO (and often organic) food. Of the 155 people who reported improvement in cancer after making the change, 23% said there was “Significant improvement,” 17% said the condition was “Nearly gone,” and 42% had a “Complete Recovery.” We will send you information about how to access that article as soon as it is public.

My new film Secret Ingredients, created with Amy Hart, has an excellent section on cancer. Information on the film and the new peer reviewed article are coming soon.

Safe Eating.

Jeffrey Smith
Executive Director
Institute for Responsible Technology
Arty turns 8 this summer.

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Moms Across America added a new video: Birth Defects and Glyphosate Connection

Dr. Stephanie Seneff, MIT scientist explains how glyphosate herbicides, (Roundup) the most widely used in the world, is likely contributing to anencephaly, birth defects, and other developmental issues. This is a crucial video and paper to share with your doctors and friends. Interviewed by Zen Honeycutt of Moms Across America.

Seneff: “Glyphosate contamination in "100% natural" shredded wheat justifies a lawsuit against Monsanto.”

Glysophate in Breakfast Cereal

On June 22, consumers filed Post Shredded Wheat lawsuits in California and in New York, and a consumer advocacy group called the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) filed a similar lawsuit in the District of Columbia. Each of these plaintiffs claims that independent testing revealed that Post Shredded Wheat contains glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup and other weed killers. According to these complaints, not only does this mean that the reportedly “100% natural” cereal is not entirely natural, but it may also put them and other consumers at risk for serious illnesses.

In a press release announcing their lawsuit, the international director of the OCA, Ronnie Cummins, states, “On the back of its cereal box, Post says Shredded Wheat is made of ‘100% Whole Grain Wheat’ and that the product is ‘made with nothing but goodness.’ But tests prove Shredded Wheat contains glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup. Glyphosate is not only very unnatural, it is a known toxin, linked to a long list of potential and serious health problems.”

Remember bug zappers?

Got one in your garage you haven’t used in years. Take it out next spring and watch how many bugs get zapped. Where did all the bugs go?

Seneff: “I wonder if anyone has done a similar study in the US? I bet the results would be even worse!

More than 75 percent decline over 27 years in total flying insect biomass in protected areas
Arty turns 8 this summer.

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