#1513484 --- 03/04/18 06:44 PM
Re: Exposing Charlatans
Loc: Waterloo, NY
Latham: “READ EVERY SINGLE WORD OF THIS ARTICLE. EVERY SINGLE WORD.”
Energy CEO Says Fracking Build-out in New York Not Over, Wants Regulators to 'Lay Down and Approve Every Pipeline'
“We're not giving up,” Phillips said at Marcellus Midstream 2018. “I had a chance when I sold my salt business in New York in December, I sold that for $225 million. I had a chance to walk away from the propane storage project and the permit. I didn't do it. I kept the permit. I'm gonna keep it for years. And we're gonna keep just plodding along. And eventually we think economics will dictate a changing approach by the regulators or the governor in New York.”https://www.desmogblog.com/2018/02/13/cr...tream-marcellus
Seneff: “Zen Honeycutt has written a powerful commentary on the ridiculous power of a judge to render ineffective a California law that should help citizens stay informed about the dangers of glyphosate.”
Judge Says Public Doesn’t Need Cancer Warning Label
February 27, 2018-- Today a CA Federal Judge ruled that the public does not need a warning label to inform us that cancer-causing and harmful chemicals in glyphosate herbicides are in our food or products, temporarily relieving manufacturers from the responsibility of being honest with their customers. At a time when more and more American families are struggling with diseases and their high cost, one man decided that it was an injustice to the chemical companies to have to tell us about the presence of their chemicals.
Senior United States District Judge William B. Shubb released his ruling regarding the case of Wheat Growers and Monsanto against the California Environmental Protection Agency (CA EPA), Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) and the CA Attorney General to remove glyphosate, the declared active chemical ingredient in Roundup, the most widely used herbicide in the world, from the CA Prop 65 carcinogen list, a law approved by California voters by ballot initiative in 1986.
The Judge ruled that OEHHA can keep glyphosate on the Prop 65 carcinogen list but the manufacturers such as Monsanto and food producers will not have to label their products with a warning label. Normally, the law states that products containing chemicals on the list, above a certain level, must label their products within a year from the listing. The label would state, “WARNING this product contains a chemical known to the state of California to cause cancer or reproductive harm.” The temporary preliminary injunction granted by the judge halts the impending labeling by manufacturers of products and foods containing glyphosate and allows them to not inform their customers of this fact... that glyphosate has been found to cause cancer in animals and to be a probable human carcinogen.
The result is that OEHHA acknowledges glyphosate-containing products can cause cancer, but can not require the manufacturers of such products to warn consumers because it could negatively affect corporate profits.
This one Judge, one man, who could not even pronounce “glyphosate” at the beginning of the hour long hearing, has just changed the law and effectively hidden the known cancer-causing effects of glyphosate from not only Californians, but from an entire nation looking to California to lead the way in health regulations.
One must ask....why doesn’t this Judge want you to know what you are eating? Why wouldn’t he think it wise to inform the public that cancer causing chemicals are in our food? Is it not a matter of public interest that the chemicals in this herbicide, itself an antibiotic by patent, has been proven to be neurotoxic, genotoxic, endocrine disruptors, which can lead to mental illness and increasing depression and acts of violence, are in our children’s peanut butter sandwich? Why aren’t couples with infertility being told that the wheat snacks they are eating are likely keeping them from getting pregnant? Why aren’t parents allowed to know that the non organic orange juice and oatmeal they are giving their baby or the hummus that they eat for lunch contains high levels of glyphosate herbicide which has been proven at ultra low levels to cause nonalcoholic fatty liver disease?
The answer appears to be that the Judge did not consider the evidence before him. He stated that “on the evidence before the court the required warning for glyphosate does not prove to be accurate and uncontroversial” citing that “almost all other agencies have proven that glyphosate is not carcinogenic.” This is simply untrue. Health and regulatory agencies of Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Columbia, Denmark, El Salvador, England, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland and six Middle Eastern countries, including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman have issued outright bans on glyphosate, imposed restrictions or have issued statements of intention to ban or restrict glyphosate-based herbicides, including Roundup, over health concerns and the ongoing Roundup cancer litigation.
Moms Across America and the National Health Federation with Tipps & Associates, filed an Amicus brief, filled with evidence which does not appear to have been considered.
The Feb 26, 2018 OEHHA Prop 65 ruling clearly panders to the chemical company, Monsanto, who argued that the listing and labeling of their products would lead to “irreparable harm” because public and private “enforcers” would sue, causing them to lose vast amounts of resources and loss of sales. What about the irreparable harm to Mary, California mother of two, whose father and son were both exposed to Roundup during backyard garden use, and both contracted non-Hodgkin Lymphoma? What about the irreparable harm to the mothers who spoke up at the Monsanto Tribunal whose sons were undergoing more than 60 surgeries for birth defects which were linked to exposure to glyphosate herbicide during their pregnancy? What about the irreparable harm to our nation due to the health issues and skyrocketing health care costs which have been connected to glyphosate herbicides?
Did the Judge consider the evidence of the collusion between Monsanto and EPA employees to cover up the carcinogenicity of glyphosate from the public? Or did he ignore the ghost writing, manipulation of science and lack of safety of the final formulation of glyphosate herbicides?
The impact of this ruling is that, unless further legal action is taken, consumers will not see warning labels on food- informing them that they contain cancer-causing glyphosate herbicide. Activists and non-profit organizations that have been testing food items for glyphosate, will not be able to hold food companies accountable and sue on the grounds of not labeling their products. Consumers will not see a label on Roundup, warning them of cancer-causing chemicals within the products and they will continue to use Roundup where their children, grandchildren, and pets play.
This ruling magnifies an enormous problem within our government. We elect politicians into office and expect them to protect us, and they don’t. In addition, Judges are appointed by our elected officials, and the opinion of that one person can supersede the law of an entire state or nation. This Judge, appointed by President Bush in 1990, did not display any knowledge of the effects of this chemical or the process in which a chemical is listed as a carcinogen. When he asked if the chemical was harmful the lawyer on the OEHHA side did not give a sufficient response. Monsanto’s lawyer argued vehemently that the carcinogenic issue was contested and the decision of one agency should not require them to “falsely” label their products. Clearly, all Monsanto had to do was instill doubt regarding the harmful effects of the chemical in order to win their case.
OEHHA’s Sam Delson commented on the case, “While the court granted the request for a preliminary injunction regarding the warning requirement, the court denied the request for a preliminary injunction on the listing itself. The court stated, “plaintiffs have not shown a likelihood of success on the merits of their claim that the listing of glyphosate violates the First Amendment…” We are pleased that the listing of glyphosate remains in effect, and we believe our actions were lawful. We have not decided whether to appeal the ruling.”
Once again, big corporations have influenced the policies of our regulatory agencies and are getting away with hiding the truth about harmful chemicals and our food supply. Once again, activists wonder what it will take to have justice in our country, safe food, and a nation we can be proud of. Clearly, if we wait for our government to do the right thing we will be waiting forever. The answer continues to be...it is up to consumers to get informed, to test even more, share information, and refuse to buy products which contain harmful chemicals and stop supporting a system of corruption and poison.https://www.momsacrossamerica.com/judge_hides_cancer_causing_chemical_from_public
Performance-driven culture is ruining scientific research
Academia is a highly incentivised game, and there are great rewards for playing it well: comfortable salaries for those at the top, guaranteed employment for those in the faculty, high-profile appointments, press coverage, shiny medals named after dead scientists and opulent robes to dress up in at graduation. In other words: money, fame and prestige.
I worry that the KPI-driven impact culture increasingly means that careful, meticulous and incremental science is anathema in the academy, especially for those at the early stages of their careers. There are many who are so attracted by the prospect of success that they are willing to obfuscate, mystify and perhaps falsify research to game the system and reap the plentiful rewards.
Most of all, I worry that instead of working towards an enlightened future, many are simply selling farmed cobras and calling it progress.https://www.theguardian.com/higher-educa...ntific-research
2012 - French court finds Monsanto guilty
...Although scientific evidence on the health impacts of pesticides has been around for many years — and continues to accumulate — court decisions like this one are a rare victory for farmers and eaters.
Broken U.S. policies prevent such liability
In the United States, such an outcome is near-impossible. Current federal pesticide policies put the onus of responsibility on farmers, workers and communities to prove causation of harm, rather than on pesticide producers to prove that their products are safe.
As one farmer who recovered from prostate cancer told a Washington Post reporter, proving health effects of exposure to pesticides over time is the equivalent of “lying on a bed of thorns and trying to say which one cut you."
Pesticide corporations have played a powerful role in shaping industry-friendly U.S. policies over the years. From its inception in 1947, our federal pesticide law (the Federal Insecticide Fungicide Rodenticide Act - FIFRA) has been a labeling law with next-to-no exercisable enforcement authority. It specifically protects pesticide corporations from being held legally liable for damages caused by their products, once their products have been registered for use...http://www.panna.org/blog/french-court-finds-monsanto-guilty
California Court Ruling Ends Decades of State Pesticide Spraying
"Now California must ensure these pesticides aren't harming our water supplies and imperiled species like salmon," said Jonathan Evans, environmental health legal director at the Center for Biological Diversity. "This ruling affirms that people should have a voice in pesticide use in their neighborhoods."https://www.ecowatch.com/california-pesticides-health-2539988928.html
LA Times - Judge orders California agricultural officials to cease pesticide usehttp://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-pescticide-decision-20180226-story.html
Seneff: “Excellent article on golden rice and its continuing failures.”
Golden Rice – A Supreme Hoax, Part of A Supreme Crime
Night blindness resulting from vitamin A deficiency has one and only one cause: Corporate agriculture destroys food production, drives people off their land, requires them to use money it denies them the ability to get, and leaves them to sicken and starve. Golden rice, like every other technological solution, every other alleged “silver bullet”, represents no alternative to this hunger-mongering paradigm. On the contrary golden rice, and GMOs as such, represent nothing but the escalation of this destructive system. GMOs stand for nothing but disease, hunger, starvation, famine. They’re designed to make all of these worse. This design is intentional. And in this case the effect is 100% predictable.https://attempter.wordpress.com/2017/02/17/golden-rice-a-supreme-hoax-part-of-a-supreme-crime/
A scientist’s journey from devout GMO believer to skeptic - 2014
What led you to become skeptical about GM foods?
Martineau: The major incident was when the FDA asked us whether we were sure that only the DNA we intended to insert into the tomato’s DNA was actually inserted. After we answered “yes” they asked us to carry out the experiments that would demonstrate that that was indeed the case. In fact, the experiments showed that in 30% of the tomato plants, sometimes more, much more DNA—DNA that was not well characterized and usually contained an additional antibiotic resistance gene—was inserted into our plants.
The Calgene scientists weren’t aware how this added DNA got into the tomatoes?
Belinda Martineau, Ph.D. was a genetic engineer who helped develop the world’s first commercially available genetically engineered whole food, the Flavr Savr™ tomato. But during the development of that tomato, she says “was transformed from a devout believer in the promise of agricultural biotechnology into a skeptic wary of its uncertainties.”
Martineau: We did not expect the additional DNA to be inserted and, as far as I know, scientists still haven’t figured out how to avoid this from happening.
There has been one case of a GM crop plant, called Bt10, which contained such extra DNA, including a gene conferring resistance to the antibiotic ampicillin. Fortunately, the crop developer pulled the product from the market.
What are other risks do you see with genetic engineering of foods?
Martineau: There can be risks associated with the genes being inserted. For example, the gene inserted into StarLink corn failed multiple tests designed to determine whether it could be a human allergen. The FDA and Center for Disease Control were worried enough about StarLink corn’s possible allergenicity that the US corn crop was monitored for the presence of that GM corn for seven years after it was taken off the market. The gene in another GM corn crop, Bt176, was found to present a much higher risk to Monarch butterfly larvae than other Bt corn crops.
There are also risks associated with the fact that genetic engineers have no control over where in a plant’s DNA their gene will land and they often land in another gene, mutating that gene. Unexpected changes can occur in GM plants as a result of such unintended insertions–and other possible mutations.http://www.non-gmoreport.com/articles/march2014/scientist-journey-from-gmo-believer-to-skeptic.php
Latham: “So you don't need to read the paper: We are not protected by our chemical regulations against neurotoxic industrial chemicals say researchers who worry about the unexplained epidemic of neurological illnesses.”
Consensus statement on the need for innovation, transition and implementation of developmental neurotoxicity (DNT) testing for regulatory purposes.
Abstract: This consensus statement voices the agreement of scientific stakeholders from regulatory agencies, academia and industry that a new framework needs adopting for assessment of chemicals with the potential to disrupt brain development. An increased prevalence of neurodevelopmental disorders in children has been observed that cannot solely be explained by genetics and recently pre- and postnatal exposure to environmental chemicals has been suspected as a causal factor. There is only very limited information on neurodevelopmental toxicity, leaving thousands of chemicals, that are present in the environment, with high uncertainty concerning their developmental neurotoxicity (DNT) potential. Closing this data gap with the current test guideline approach is not feasible, because the in vivo bioassays are far too resource-intensive concerning time, money and number of animals. A variety of in vitro methods are now available, that have the potential to close this data gap by permitting mode-of-action-based DNT testing employing human stem cells-derived neuronal/glial models. In vitro DNT data together with in silico approaches will in the future allow development of predictive models for DNT effects. The ultimate application goals of these new approach methods for DNT testing are their usage for different regulatory purposes.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29447839
Total ban on bee-harming pesticides likely after major new EU analysis
Jose Tarazona, head of Efsa’s pesticides unit, said: “The availability of such a substantial amount of data has enabled us to produce very detailed conclusions. There is variability in the conclusions [and] some low risks have been identified, but overall the risk to the three types of bees we have assessed is confirmed.”
The Efsa assessment includes bumblebees and solitary bees for the first time. It also identified that high risk to bees comes not from neonicotinoid use on non-flowering crops such as wheat, but from wider contamination of the soil and water which leads to the pesticides appearing in wildflowers or succeeding crops. A recent study of honey samples revealed global contamination by neonicotinoids.
There has been strong evidence that neonicotinoids harm individual bees for some years but this has strengthened in the last year recently to show damage to colonies of bees. Other research has also revealed that 75% of all flying insects have disappeared in Germany and probably much further afield, prompting warnings of “ecological armageddon”.https://www.theguardian.com/environment/...MP=share_btn_fb
Seneff: “Good article to help inform you on which foods might be contaminated with glyphosate. Easier to just eat 100% organic than to try to stay away from all these foods!”
DOZENS of Food Crops Treated with Pre-Harvest Roundup (it’s not just wheat!)
Ubiquitous in food production, glyphosate is used not just with row crops like corn, soybeans and wheat but also a range of fruits, nuts and veggies. Even spinach growers use glyphosate (3).https://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/pre-harvest-roundup-crops-not-just-wheat/
EU to approve ‘marriage made in hell’ between Bayer & Monsanto
Pharmaceuticals giant Bayer agreed to acquire GMO maker Monsanto two years ago. It vowed not to take advantage of its own reputation to forcefully introduce genetically modified crops to Europe against consumers’ will. Monsanto has a longstanding notorious reputation dating back to its production of Agent Orange used by the US military during the Vietnam War.https://www.rt.com/business/420040-monsanto-bayer-eu-deal/
Hundreds of Grocery Stores Say “No” to GMO Salmon—Will Yours?
The Good News
Consumers are rejecting this experimental fish—only 35 percent of Americans would try it—so many retailers are publicly refusing to carry it. Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Target, Kroger, Costco, Safeway, Albertsons, Aldi, and more than 60 other chains (over 11,000 stores in total) have all promised not to sell AquAdvantage salmon. Notably, one of the most successful petitions to keep GMO salmon out of grocery stores started right here in Washington State.
This is an excellent reminder of the power you have as a consumer. When you vote with your dollars, even the biggest companies listen!https://livingnongmo.org/2018/02/23/hundreds-of-grocery-stores-say-no-to-gmo-salmon-will-yours/
The Precautionary Principle Asks "How Much Harm Is Avoidable?" Rather Than "How Much Harm Is Acceptable?"
In 1980, a government scientist discovered that breast milk in the US was so contaminated with DDT, PCBs and other industrial poisons that, if it were cow's milk, it would be subject to ban by the US Food and Drug Administration. After two more decades of failed "chemical regulation," a 2001 study showed that babies everywhere in the world were drinking industrial toxicants in breast milk. Worse, in 2005 a small study of the umbilical cord blood from 10 randomly chosen newborns in the US showed that babies are now coming into this world "pre-polluted" with 200 industrial compounds…
Perhaps not surprisingly, in the US, children's health is deteriorating. The incidence of childhood cancers has risen 27 percent since 1974. In the 12 years between 1994 and 2006, childhood chronic conditions (asthma, obesity, learning and behavior problems) doubled (from 13 percent of all kids in 1994 to 27 percent in 2006).
Why Can't Chemical Pollution Be Controlled?
In 1991, scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory identified the reason why industrial poisons have spread everywhere, worldwide. It's because regulators have relied on a decision-making technique called quantitative (or numerical) risk assessment to determine which chemical releases are "safe." By releasing "safe" amounts of 80,000 different chemicals, corporations have contaminated the entire planet, so now no one is safe from chemical harm.
A numerical risk assessment is an estimate of the probability of something bad happening…
Why Corporate Polluters Can't Let Go of Risk Assessment
Corporate polluters love numerical risk assessment for many reasons.
Risk assessment is complex and mathematical, so most of the public can't understand it, much less challenge its conclusions. Therefore, risk assessment diminishes democratic participation and even undermines the legitimacy of government itself. By definition, people cannot give their informed consent to something they do not understand. Weaker government creates more wiggle room for corporate polluters.
Additionally, risk assessment is easily manipulated. Two groups of fully qualified risk assessors, given identical data, can reach wildly different estimates of risk. Therefore, numerical risk assessment fails the acid test of science -- reproducible results -- and does not qualify as "science" or "scientific." Risk assessment is a political art that uses some scientific data. As EPA administrator William Ruckelshaus wrote in 1984, "We should remember that risk assessment can be like the captured spy: If you torture it long enough, it will tell you anything you want to know."http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/43517...m-is-acceptable
Farmers Are Using Flowers To Beat Back Pests Instead Of Chemicalshttp://www.greenmatters.com/renewables/2...source=kyle_con
European Commission: Following the Trump Administration's Retreat from Science-Based Regulation?
In January, European Union agencies published three documents concerning government oversight of nanotechnology and new genetic engineering techniques. Together, the documents put in doubt the scientific capacity and political will of the European Commission to provide any effective oversight of the consumer, agricultural and industrial products derived from these emerging technologies.https://www.iatp.org/europes-retreat-sci...3d2550-63568085
Cornell Student Who Took on Bill Gates, Monsanto Plans to Expose Their Agenda Even Further in Blockbuster New Project
In 2016, Schooler let loose in an open letter to Gates and Cornell that went viral.
Sounding off on what he called a “blatant display of unscientific propaganda,” Schooler detailed his experiences in a 2015 course titled “The GMO Debate,” which was completely one-sided in favor of the Biotech industry.
Frustrated, he decided to launch his own series of campus lectures, inviting experts like Frances Moore Lappé, Vandana Shiva, and T. Colin Campbell, all authors with extensive research backgrounds in the field.
With his friends from the GMO WTF lecture series all expected to contribute, Schooler plans to expose the truth on topics including:
-GMO (and industrial) agriculture
-Monsanto (“and their pals” in the GMO industry)
-The current state of our universities (like Cornell)
-Academic freedom & scientific integrity
-Other similar topics including a new way forward
“This is going to be a very unique project… I just believe it has all gotten terribly out of hand and I’m worried that the students are being spoon-fed propaganda on a daily basis right here on campus,” he says in the video.
“I believe this GMO agriculture debate deserves a lot more nuance and a lot more attention and care than (Cornell and Gates have been) offering.”https://althealthworks.com/15100/cornell...w-film-project/
Monsanto and other seed firms scramble to stop disease in Canada's cash crophttp://www.stltoday.com/business/local/m...6d824984e3.html
Update from Zen Honeycutt from Moms Across America - California Hearing
Monsanto suing California Attorney General to get Glyphosate off the Prop 65 list so that they don’t have to put a cancer warning on their packing in July 2018.
Poland plans to cut GMOs in animal feed
The Polish agriculture ministry is working on a bill to reduce genetically modified soy in livestock feed.
Seneff: “Zen Honeycutt expresses a sentiment that I have been feeling for a long time: the people who are committing violent crimes like school shootouts nearly always live on a diet that's high in glyphosate-contaminated junk food. The best way to avoid school shootouts is to fix the diet.”
Could Toxic Food and Medications Be Contributing to School Shootings?
Studies show that many serial killers and criminals have one thing in common: they live on junk food. By Zen Honeycutt of Moms Across America
There have been more than 1,600 mass shootings since Sandy Hook. This month’s massacre in Parkland, Florida was one of the worst. Each time I hear about another tragedy, I cannot help but wonder, what did the shooter eat? Was he on SSRIs or psychiatric drugs?
Barbara Stitt, the author of Food and Behavior: The Natural Connection, shared supporting evidence over a decade ago. Stitt discovered through interviewing parolees, serial killers and criminals that regardless of economic backgrounds they all had one thing in common: all of them bragged that they "lived on junk food." In America, tests show that the majority of our junk food—soda, pizza, burgers, ice cream, chips, cookies, highly processed prepared foods—contain GMOs and glyphosate.https://www.alternet.org/food/could-toxic-food-and-bad-medications-be-contributing-school-shootings
The Amish Farmers Reinventing Organic Agriculture - 2014
By studying the immune systems of plants, they've developed a technique that eliminates the need for chemicals.
Morin: What did your chemical rep say when you told him that you didn’t need his services anymore?
Zook: Well, that was an interesting summer. He used to come here every week telling me horror stories about all the diseases in the neighborhood. But, I had made up my made up my mind, “No mas.” He came back every week for eight weeks telling me what I needed to spray. I said, “I’m fine, thanks.” The last time he was here, we were out picking tomatoes and he walked over. He was looking around and talking about this and that, and he didn’t even mention pesticides. “Well,” he said, “your tomatoes look pretty good.” I thought, “Yes!”https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archi...trition/380825/
EPA Considers Allowing Bee-Killing Pesticide to Be Sprayed on 165 Million Acres of U.S. Farmland - 2017
The proposal by the agrochemical giant Syngenta to dramatically escalate use of the harmful neonicotinoid pesticide came last Friday, on the same day the EPA released new assessments of the extensive dangers posed by neonicotinoids, including thiamethoxam.
"If the EPA grants Syngenta's wish, it will spur catastrophic declines of aquatic invertebrates and pollinator populations that are already in serious trouble," said Lori Ann Burd, director of the Center for Biological Diversity's environmental health program. "You know the pesticide-approval process is broken when the EPA announces it will consider expanding the use of this dangerous pesticide on the same day its own scientists reveal that the chemical kills birds and aquatic invertebrates."https://www.ecowatch.com/syngenta-neonicotinoids-2518688773.html
Movements of Millions Say No to Gene Drives as Brazil Attempts to Legalize Genetic Extinction Technology
“Brazil is living a serious political, economic, social and environmental crisis, and transnational capital has supported a political coup. Within this context, the government is now changing laws and the Constitution to allow them to take over our natural resources. This decision from CTNBio is illegal, and would allow the dissemination of new transgenic seeds and living organisms without even minimal controls and assessments. We are not staying passive on these assaults, we will fight back against this resolution.”http://etcgroup.org/content/brazil-movements-say-no-to-gene-drives
Could WA be the genetic testing ground for 'synthetic mice' to end mice?
DARPA is candid about the "multiple capabilities" of this research, but says it is for defence more than offence - "biosafety and biosecurity tools".
Throughout its history, DARPA has partnered with agritech giant Monsanto to develop products ranging from chemical weapons (including Agent Orange) to robotic bees. DARPA itself began as a Cold War outfit conceived by industrial chemist Charles Thomas, Monsanto's president and chairman.
MIT microbial biologist Kevin Esvelt, who pioneered gene drives, reportedly said they are so risky that championing them for species eradication was "an embarrassing mistake". "Why should you trust a scientist," he asked the Melbourne forum, "who insists on doing work on this kind of technology in secret?"
Sales believes CSIRO and GBIRd are steeped in secrecy. "CSIRO and its GBIRd partners are already developing a gene drive in mice and have selected potential islands for its release. All without any public discussion," she says.
In May, according to an email obtained by Third World Network, DARPA asked GBIRd for "continued cooperation in holding off on media engagement … please politely decline" media enquiries and "refer the reporter to DARPA Public Affairs".
Approached about this article, a CSIRO spokesperson initially said it was "not suitable for us to comment" and emailed back a GBIRd statement which said it was "important to view the broader context".
"In the case of the mice on the island, if traditional methods are not feasible, such as the use of poison baits, are we willing to risk extinction of the seabirds?" it asked.https://www.smh.com.au/environment/conse...221-h0wev9.html
A Precautionary Tale: How One Small Town Banned Pesticides, Preserved Its Food Heritage, and Inspired a Movement
For organic farmers in the lower Vinschgau valley, the apple orchards proved to be a direct threat to their livelihood. The Gluderer family, for example, had built up a thriving organic herb business over many years. As orchards surrounded their farm, their herbs began to test positive for pesticides. They tried to block drift by growing giant hedges. However, neither the hedges, nor the orchard’s mandatory spray buffer zones were sufficient. As a last resort, the Gluderer family covered their herb beds with an enormous plastic greenhouse. Without its protection, their herbs were too contaminated to sell.
Their experience provided a clear warning to organic farmers in Mals.https://www.independentsciencenews.org/h...ned-pesticides/
A MUST watch video. This is how they keep the information from getting to YOU.
Fox News Reporters FIRED After Exposing Monsanto Milk Link to Cancer in Blockbuster Investigation (with Video)
Editor’s note: This article and video are in reference to a 1997 four-part investigative series on one of Monsanto’s most controversial products, which never aired. The story remains an important lesson in media censorship and how Monsanto wields its high-powered legal division in order to silence the full truth from ever reaching a wide audience.https://althealthworks.com/15348/fox-new...ion-with-video/
IRT: “They sicken 130 agricultural workers, and don’t want to be fined.”
Ag Industry Fights Pesticide Penalties and State Efforts to Increase Future Fines
The penalties come as the agricultural industry fights efforts at the state level to increase fine amounts for serious violations of California's pesticide laws.https://www.kqed.org/news/11641448/ag-in...se-future-fines
WHY FARMERS ARE USING GLYPHOSATE TO KILL THEIR CROPS — AND WHAT IT MIGHT MEAN FOR YOU
Stephanie Seneff, a senior research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, suspects there is a link between increased uses of glyphosate — largely via the process of pre-harvest desiccation — and celiac disease, which has increased dramatically in recent years, particularly among adolescents. “Wheat-based products are showing up with a lot of glyphosate on them, and glyphosate interferes with protein digestion,” says Seneff (celiac disease is triggered by gluten, a protein).https://ensia.com/features/glyphosate-drying/
Missouri organic family farm faces ruin after herbicide drift
Tests revealed that the herbicides responsible for the damage were glufosinate, clethodim, and metolachlor.
Their Certified Naturally Grown certification was suspended, and the Brabos must essentially start over to remove the herbicide contamination from their farm. It will take three years at an estimated cost of $1.6 million to remediate the damage and regain CNG certification. According to Mike, they will have to plant cover crops and replenish the soil with beneficial bacteria and mycorrhizal fungi.http://non-gmoreport.com/articles/missouri-organic-family-farm-faces-ruin-herbicide-drift/
Here’s the Worst, Anti-Science Idea of the Week from the Republican Congress
“Cherry-picked science” is quite a charge coming from Smith, a magnet for cash from the fossil fuel and agribusiness industries who is widely regarded as the “preeminent climate change denier in Congress,” to use the veteran Los Angeles Times reporter Michael Hiltzik’s phrase.https://www.motherjones.com/politics/201...undup-congress/
A new film by Jeffrey Smith (IRT) and Amy Hart is making the rounds. This film shares stories of folks who regained their health after discovering the “secret ingredients” hidden in their food.
Jeffrey is also the creator of the film “Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of our Lives.” This is the film I watched when I started having new scary symptoms five years ago. Three days on an organic diet and the scary new symptoms stopped and after a short period of time, I was able to stop taking Gerd/Acid Reflux drugs. American corporations do not want you to know this information. If you are not sick, they lose customers and your money.
Watch Jeffrey’s films and learn how our food was changed in the early 1990’s to “substantially equivalent” to real food, food.
Get on the list to see Secret Ingredients: https://secretingredientsmovie.com/join/
Watch Genetic Roulette now for free: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sUNxX0OxP8
How a GM giant ‘bought control’ of what millions of Londoners read
The Evening Standard’s lucrative deal with Swiss chemical giant Syngenta shows how commercial giants pay for news – with readers left in the dark.
In the debates and related content, paid for by Syngenta, there was no examination of the financially damaging billion-dollar legal challenges Syngenta was facing across the United States.
Also omitted from the Standard’s coverage was the emerging political controversy over plans by the UK government to rewrite post-Brexit rules on the use of genetically modified seeds in farming – which Syngenta continues to back through expensive lobbying.
Syngenta’s paid-for debates and coverage in the Evening Standard are part of a growing practice inside ESI Media which deliberately blurs the division between advertising and editorial content, senior inside sources have told openDemocracy.
As part of a wider investigation by openDemocracy into the commercial pressures now affecting Europe’s media, former executives, journalists, and other insiders at ESI described a culture where senior editors play a subservient role to commercial masters who effectively run ESI’s operations – with readers left in the dark about who pays for their news, and on what terms.https://www.opendemocracy.net/james-cusi...-londoners-read
Fraudulent Organics Certifier to be Reinstated: Does USDA Care?
Sources at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) have told us that they are planning to recertify ETKO, a Turkish-based organic certifier. As we’ve reported previously, ETKO has been singled out by some countries, notably Canada and the European Union, for its fraudulent certifications. These countries have “decertified” the organization—meaning that they no longer accept ETKO-certified products as organic.
The USDA has had problems with ETKO as far back as 2009, but instead of decertifying this company, it actually reached a settlement agreement with them in 2016. The firm has been under audit by USDA for about a year.http://www.anh-usa.org/usda-forgives-and-forgets-fraudulent-organics-certifier-to-be-reinstated/
Protect Your Pets from GMOs and Pesticides in Food
Our companion animals bring such joy and comfort to our lives. They are always there to greet us with a happy welcome home. Pets – like people – are suffering from unprecedented increased health risks including cancer and other debilitating diseases and disorders. Animal studies on animals fed genetically modified food have shown organ damage, potential pre-cancerous cell growth, damaged immune systems, allergies and more due to GM food. Switching to non-GMO and/or organic diets can help reduce the risk of health problems, assist our pets in recovery and support them to enjoy a longer life span . This website is a resource for pet owners to learn more about the health risks of GMOs and pesticides in pet food, and to provide information on healthier alternatives.http://www.petsandgmos.com/
Arty turns 9 this summer.
#1513506 --- 03/06/18 06:08 AM
Re: Exposing Charlatans
Loc: Waterloo, NY
Your child, your family, your decision.
You have a right to know if your children are being poisoned by the food they eat.
Learn what other moms are learning about gmo foods, what happens when they take their kids off this food.
Moms Speak Out About GMOs!
Hear what these mothers have to say about their experience with genetically modified foods.https://www.facebook.com/responsibletechnology/videos/10155166883476235/?__xts__
Monsanto says its pesticides are safe. Now, a court wants to see the proof by Carey Gillam, The Guardian, 5 Mar 2018
...This week’s events will mark the first time that the body of research, some that has been gathering dust in stuffy scientific journals or confidential corporate files, will be analyzed under oath for all to see.
Monsanto has tried to persuade US judge Vince Chhabria to throw out the litigation, and sought to keep secret the many internal documents it has been forced to turn over in discovery. But Chhabria has ordered that the hearing be video-recorded and shared publicly over the internet. And he has granted permission for plaintiffs to explore in open court such things as the ghostwriting of science as well as a controversial 1983 study that EPA scientists at the time said showed evidence of glyphosate’s cancer-causing potential.
The court has dubbed the 5-9 March events as “science week” because the only evidence to be presented will come from experts in cancer science, including epidemiologists, toxicologists and others called to analyze relevant research. There will be no crying cancer victims to tug on heart strings; just opposing sides presenting science to a judge who will decide if the lawsuits can move forward.
The public offering of expert testimony in San Francisco about Monsanto’s pervasive pesticide presents an important opportunity to separate the science from the spin. We all should be watching.http://www.gmwatch.org/en/news/latest-ne...o-see-the-proof
One country at a time.
Germany Will Phase Out Glyphosate Herbicides ”As Fast As Possible”
“We will develop alternatives jointly with the agricultural sector as part of an arable farming strategy which will regulate environmentally friendly and nature-compatible use of plant protection chemicals.”https://sustainablepulse.com/2018/02/09/...e/#.Wp0o8minFD-
Film showcasing dangers of GM crops and associated pesticides wins two international awards
The film discusses the risks to farming, the food supply and public health posed by GM crops and their associated pesticides. Among the interviewees featured in the film are the London-based molecular geneticist Dr Michael Antoniou, who states that the agrobiotech industry is "turning our food into a slow poison"; Steven Druker, public interest attorney and author of the book Altered Genes, Twisted Truth, which highlights the corruption of the US regulatory policy on GMOs; and GMWatch's Claire Robinson, who discusses the industry-orchestrated persecution of scientists whose work uncovers risks from these products.
People are not focusing on the real issue: that Congress is allowing all this.
Something is very wrong in the US because the majority of the population does not seem to care that they are being poisoned.
There are other similar cases everywhere we look. Some studies show that aspartame causes cancer, yet corporate money managed to get it into the common food supply. In the hospital where I work, they sell the patients and staff sodas laden with aspartame. In another case, the sugar industry influenced Harvard studies. Yet few people seem to care.
It’s a similar situation with GMOs and their associated pesticides. Industry and industry-friendly scientists conduct studies that say GM foods are safe. Yet some independent researchers have found opposite results. These independent researchers are attacked, fired, and even physically assaulted if they don't acquiesce. The Monsanto Papers appear to show that the company hired people to go after researchers.http://www.gmwatch.org/en/news/latest-news/18150
Introduction to The Institute for Responsible Technology
At The Institute for Responsible Technology, we share information about genetically engineered foods as well as the herbicides that are soaked into the crops that we eat. [1 minute 23 seconds]https://www.facebook.com/responsibletechnology/videos/10155287087651235/
Mosquito control chemical under the spotlight again in microcephaly cases
The paper states that pyriproxyfen is structurally related to a juvenile hormone, which has been shown to interact with different metabolic pathways in mammals. In particular, the authors propose that pyriproxyfen can disturb the metabolism of retinoic acid, a metabolite of vitamin A, which is known to be able to cause microcephaly.
Manufacturer studies showed brain problems in exposed rats…http://www.gmwatch.org/en/news/latest-news/18153
The Plot to Take Down IARC and Continue Poisoning Us Must Be Stopped - Moms Across America
The Congress members that are pandering to the chemical corporations and are trying to defund IARC are a disgrace to democracy. They need to hear from their constituents that you will NOT support an elected official who receives donations from chemical companies or continues their attack on IARC.
It is in times like this that we must take action, we must speak up for our health and freedom.https://www.momsacrossamerica.com/the_pl...must_be_stopped
A GMO Corn and Its Non-GMO Parent Are Not Substantially Equivalent
The findings disprove industry and regulatory agency claims that NK603 is “substantially equivalent” to its non-GMO counterpart.
Alteration in the protein profile of the GMO crop revealed by the proteomics analysis reflected oxidative stress (damage to cells and tissues by reactive oxygen) and an imbalance in energy utilization.https://www.gmoscience.org/gmo-corn-non-gmo-parent-not-substantially-equivalent-part1/
GOOD NEWS! Not every judge can be bought.
Arkansas judge dismisses Monsanto lawsuit on dicamba ban
Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza dismissed the lawsuit by St. Louis-based Monsanto seeking to block the state Plant Board's decision to ban dicamba from April 16 through Oct. 31. Arkansas has the toughest restriction in place on dicamba, though several states have imposed other restrictions or requirements.https://www.chron.com/business/article/Arkansas-judge-dismisses-Monsanto-lawsuit-on-12621141.php
Cancer Claim for Monsanto's Roundup Gets Judge's Scrutiny
A federal judge is reviewing claims that the active ingredient in Monsanto's widely used weed killer Roundup can cause cancer.
Chhabria will not determine if the cancer connection exists, but whether the claim has been tested, reviewed and published and is widely accepted in the scientific community.https://www.usnews.com/news/business/art...up-cancer-claim
Mrs. Lisa Oz
Dr. Oz’s wife, is the narrator of the documentary, “Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of our Lives.” Dr. Oz has said on his show in the past “When I go home, I’m not Dr. Oz, I’m Mr. Oz.” He was referring to vaccinations. He stated that although he gets an annual flu shot, Mrs. Oz runs the show at home. She does not vaccinate herself or her children. Surely Mrs. Oz wouldn’t have gmo corn oil on her dinner table, and Dr. Oz’s show is giving into pressure by advertisers.
IRT: “We realize Dr. Oz needs to sell ads, but this is not in line with the good he has done in the food movement. Corn oil?”
Audience Stunned as Dr. Oz Does a Complete 180, Promotes GMO Food Company on Popular TV Show
As arguably the most prominent and well known TV personality in the world of natural health, Dr. Mehmet Oz has gained a huge national following, promoting everything from natural weight loss supplements to healthy and unique foods.
Over the years he has even gained the trust of many in the organic and non-GMO food movement because of his powerful support for GMO labeling, a subject most other TV hosts and networks have never touched.
Unfortunately for the movement, however, it appears as if Dr. Oz has done a complete 180, forging a partnership with one of Big Food’s most ubiquitous GMO products for a recent segment — and the looks on the faces of his audience show just how shocking it was for everyone involved.https://althealthworks.com/15211/audienc...how-with-video/
US researchers blame Russkies for anti-GMO media
With the Russians being blamed for just about everything bad that happens in the West, from freezing weather in the UK to the election of Donald Trump in the US, it was surely only a matter of time before they were accused of trying to turn American citizens against GMOs.http://www.gmwatch.org/en/news/latest-news/18145
We are at war with our own stupidity.https://www.facebook.com/playgroundenglish/videos/609794979353836/?__xts__
Household usage of organic foods climbs to 30% in seven years: Packaged Facts 12-Feb-2018 By Stephen Daniells
The number of consumers seeking out and purchasing organic foods or products with clean labels continues to rise, with the products seen as healthier, more nutritious and more environmentally friendly, says a new report.
Free heirloom seeds…
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The lie of substantial equivalence
These findings contradict the assumptions of regulators who approved NK603 on the basis of false claims of substantial equivalence, a concept that underpins GMO regulation in many countries and regions across the globe.
This article ends with a paediatrician's comments on the potential clinical relevance of the findings to humans. Below is a summary only of this three-page article.http://www.gmwatch.org/en/news/latest-news/18144-the-lie-of-substantial-equivalencehttps://www.gmoscience.org/gmo-corn-non-gmo-parent-not-substantially-equivalent-part1/
Monsanto Papers Lead to New European Parliament Pesticide Committee
The Conference of Presidents, a governing body of the European Parliament, has Thursday endorsed the mandate of a Special Committee to analyse and assess the authorisation procedure for glyphosate and other pesticides, following recent revelations from the Monsanto Papers and the Great Glyphosate Rebellion, in which many EU states have vowed to phase out the use of glyphosate-based herbicides.http://responsibletechnology.org/monsanto-papers-lead-new-european-parliament-pesticide-committee/
Status of Organic Hydroponics, Aquaponics, Aeroponics; National Organic Standards Board Fall 2017 Updates
USDA Agricultural Marketing Service sent this bulletin at 01/25/2018
The NOSB has recommended prohibiting aeroponic systems in organic production. USDA will consider this recommendation; aeroponics remains allowed during this review.https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDAAMS/bulletins/1cde3b0
Frankenfruit is coming to a store near you. Take action, sign the letter.
Genetically engineered (GE) apples—the Arctic Apple— are being released in grocery stores without labels, but the company behind them, Intrexon, won’t tell us where.
Major companies – like McDonald’s, Wendy’s, and Gerber – have committed not to sell GE apples. So, Intrexon is banking on deceiving customers with unlabeled GE apples at the grocery store to make its sale goals.
What we do know?
The GE apple was created using an experimental, unregulated technique called RNA interference. Many scientists are concerned that this process may have negative unintended impacts on human health and the environment.
We do not need more risky and dangerous technologies in our food!
Intrexon is the same synthetic biology company that owns the GE salmon and GE mosquito. The company continues to unleash untested and poorly regulated technology into the environment without concern for the long-term impacts on the environment and human health.http://action.greenamerica.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=20235&tag=facebook
Potential Trade Bill dispute sparks fears of Brexit 'power grab'
Scotland currently has a ban on growing GM crops, using its autonomy under EU law. SNP ministers would also want an EU ban on chlorinated chicken imports.
But after Brexit, there are fears the Conservative Government at Westminster may seek to allow GM crops, lower environmental protections and food standards, and allow unrestricted US agricultural imports in a bid to help strike a UK/US trade deal.http://www.thenational.scot/news/1605621...ill_power_grab/
Millions say no to gene drives as Brazil attempts to legalize genetic extinction technology
Gene drives are a controversial new technology that uses CRISPR-Cas9 to spread a specific genetic trait through an entire species or population – in some cases with the purpose of driving species to extinction. Current gene drives experiments have been conducted on insects, rodents and plants. If the inserted genetic trait results in only male offspring, as is being attempted for rodents and mosquitoes, a full wild population or even a species could go extinct. As far as is known, gene drives have never been released into the environment anywhere in the world.
“Gene drives organisms pose unique threats to nature and livelihoods”, says Silvia Ribeiro, Latin America Director for ETC Group. “It is the first time that the biotech industry has intentionally designed GMOs to spread aggressively in the natural environment and contaminate wild species. It seems surreal that a decision to impose such great dangers to a mega diverse country such Brazil would be taken by a small technical commission, without even involvement of either Congress or civil society.”http://www.gmwatch.org/en/news/latest-ne...tion-technology
Australia, New Zealand approval of GM rice questioned
"It is self-evident that food products with no history of safe use must be subjected to the highest standards of risk assessment before the most vulnerable groups of the population are exposed to it. However, no toxicological studies were performed with the rice. In the light of the humanitarian claims made in the context of GR2, it is surprising that this application is not based on a full set of data to establish high safety standards," the Testbiotech report said.
Testbiotech executive director Christoph Then warns that FSANZ’s decision to approve the application may influence countries that are either field testing or importing GM rice. "The assessment of FSANZ might be used in the countries to claim food safety to get quicker approval," Then tells SciDev.Net.https://www.scidev.net/asia-pacific/gm/n...questioned.html
IRT: “We call this checkbook science.”
Spinning Science & Silencing Scientists: A Case Study in How the Chemical Industry Attempts to Influence Science
In March 2015, the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), based in Lyon, France, released a hazard assessment that found glyphosate to be “probably carcinogenic to humans.” In December 2017, the EPA released a draft human health risk assessment that concluded, “glyphosate is not likely to be carcinogenic to humans.” There are significant differences between these two types of assessments because they attempt to evaluate different questions. According to IARC, “A cancer ‘hazard’ is an agent that is capable of causing cancer under some circumstances, while a cancer ‘risk’ is an estimate of the carcinogenic effects expected from exposure to a cancer hazard.” As more scientific data is gathered and analyzed to more fully understand the impacts of glyphosate on human health, it is important for the science to lead the way, and for industry and politicians to remain on the sidelines. But that has not happened. There is significant evidence that Monsanto launched a disinformation campaign to undermine IARC’s classification of glyphosate as a probable carcinogen. A multi-district litigation court case against Monsanto regarding potential adverse health consequences of exposures to glyphosate has revealed hundreds of pages of internal Monsanto e-mails, memorandums, and other records that clearly show Monsanto engaged in a decades-long concerted effort to fend off any evidence suggesting potential adverse human health effects from glyphosate and more recently to undermine IARC’s findings. They ghost wrote scientific articles on glyphosate, established front groups to help amplify their anti-IARC message and scientific evidence they did not like, and they attempted to silence scientists who reached conclusions questioning glyphosate’s safety.http://responsibletechnology.org/spinnin...luence-science/http://responsibletechnology.org/irtnew/...te-2.6.2018.pdf
Bills to ban certain pesticides move forward in legislature
"It's been around for 40 years. It's been used safely for 40 years," said Dan Clegg of Monsanto. (Isn’t that what Monsanto said about DDT and Agent Orange?)http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/37466...-in-legislature
Watch “Gmo’s Revealed”http://www.gmosrevealed.com/
Brazil sugar mills start genetically-modified cane plantation
PIRACICABA, Brazil, March 2 (Reuters) - Brazilian sugar mills looking to grow the world’s first variety of genetically modified (GM) sugarcane have planted an initial area of 400 hectares (988 acres), according to the research firm behind the project.
Developed by Centro de Tecnologia Canavieira (CTC) with Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) genes that make it resistant to the cane borer, around 100 mills are working with the GM cane, company Chief Executive Gustavo Leite told Reuters.https://www.reuters.com/article/brazil-s...5deh2F9YFEn8MUw
One farm, ZERO bull. Meet Unsung Hero Martha Boneta. - Farm Freedomhttps://www.facebook.com/deneenCRTV/vide...=group_activity
Civic group Avaaz “commanded” in subpoena to turn over to Monsanto all its communications
“Avaaz beat Monsanto in Europe and in Argentina, and so they’re coming after us in US courts. Monsanto is infamous for its corporate bullying, but this time they’ve picked a fight with a movement of nearly 50 million people who are going to fight back.
“Imagine a world where any time you called on your government to regulate a corporation because science showed its products could be making people sick, that corporation could force you to reveal everything you and your friends had ever privately written or said about them. That is the world Monsanto is hoping to create.
“There are millions of people around the world who have a deep and genuine concern that Monsanto’s glyphosate is making us and our environment sick. That is the sole reason our members have called on governments to regulate it based on independent science. We’re not going to let this legal attack slow down that essential work one bit.http://gmwatch.org/en/news/latest-news/1...-communications
Glyphosate and GM crops are harming no-till soils
Magazine dedicated to promoting GM crops and glyphosate herbicides in no-till systems recommends reducing the use of these products
Kremer told attendees at the National No-Tillage Conference earlier this year, “This is all supported by research. I’m not just making this up. With that amount of glyphosate out there, it’s beginning to raise some eyebrows and people are wondering what else might be happening with this amount of chemical in the environment.”http://responsibletechnology.org/glyphosate-gm-crops-harming-no-till-soils/
Success of GM mozzie project queried by Cayman mosquito research unit
It seemed that while the former MRCU director, Dr Bill Petrie, had recommended the national roll-out, other scientists at the department had concerns about how successful the West Bay pilot had been. Following Petrie’s departure from the unit last summer and after mixed messages from government to their private sector partners, the planned island-wide roll-out was shelved by the ministry and the MRCU.http://www.gmwatch.org/en/news/latest-ne...o-research-unit
Dicamba Drift Could Put 60 Million Acres of Monarch Habitat at Risk
There's now another reason to worry about the controversial chemical. It's particularly harmful to milkweed, the only host plant for the iconic and already at-risk monarch buttery.
In a new report publisehd Thursday, researchers with the Center for Biological Diversity warn that the expanded use of dicamba, which is projected to increase by nearly 100-fold on cotton and soybean fields, will put more than 60 million acres of monarch habitat at risk by 2019.https://www.ecowatch.com/dicamba-drift-monarch-habitat-2541379007.html
And this is why there is a global movement to end the use of these crops and their chemicals. Do your own at home science experiment. Eat organic for a week and watch what happens.
Have you been wondering if GMOs are dangerous to your health?
If you are, you’re not alone. In 2013, 75% of people polled by The New York Times expressed concern about GMOs, particularly the health risks. More and more research reveals you have good reason to be concerned.
Access the full article, or a summary of the article for the layperson, by clicking the boxes below.
A peer-reviewed article, published TODAY, November 7, 2017, in the International Journal of Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine, demonstrates that GMOs are likely taking a heavy toll on our health. And a survey of 3,256 people who avoided them reported astonishing improvements in 28 health conditions.http://responsibletechnology.org/michelle-perro-interview/
Monsanto mouthpieces: House Science Committee, EPA, EU-EFSA
Below I untangle some of the most oft-spouted false or manipulative claims of the chemical industry, using the IARC and EPA glyphosate assessments as a case study.
-False: IARC is an extreme organization that says everything causes cancer
-The Truth: Only about 20% of substances examined by IARC have been classified as known or probable human carcinogens.
-False: The dose makes the poison, so things at low doses are safe even if they are toxic at high doses
-The Truth: This statement—a favorite of chemical industry consultants and lobbyists—is about 500 years out of date.
-False Claim: Tumors in rodents in the high-dose treatment group shouldn’t count as evidence of cancer risk
-The Truth: Tumors in the high dose group predict cancer risks at lower doses
-False Claim: EPA followed international standards and best practices for study evaluation and data integration (systematic review)
-The Truth: EPA and EFSA followed the agrochemical industry recommendations, which led to disregarding evidence that glyphosate may cause cancerhttp://www.gmwatch.org/en/news/latest-ne...tee-epa-eu-efsa
Kroger’s Annual Organic Produce Sales Reach $1Bhttps://progressivegrocer.com/krogers-annual-organic-produce-sales-reach-1b
65 Health Risks of GM Foods
A summary of the 65 Health Risks Presented in Genetic Roulette by Jeffrey Smith
The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods
Section 1: Evidence of reactions in animals and humans
Section 2: Gene insertion disrupts the DNA and can create unpredictable health problems
Section 3: The protein produced by the inserted gene may create problems
Section 4: The foreign protein may be different than what is intended
Section 5: Transfer of genes to gut bacteria, internal organs, or viruses
Section 6: GM crops may increase environmental toxins & bioaccumulate toxins in the food chain
Section 7: Other types of GM foods carry risks
Section 8: Risks are greater for children and newbornshttp://responsibletechnology.org/gmo-education/65-health-risks-of-gm-foods/
India: Farmers welcome move to restrict glyphosate use
“Firstly, the poison that we are putting into our soil will also enter our food chain and glyphosate has also been identified by WHO as a possible carcinogenic. Secondly, increasing use of weedicide is also damaging to farmers in the longer run. The weedicide is meant to kill vegetation and this makes it harmful to agriculture. Because, you keep the soil alive and the microbes alive. Different vegetative matters actually enrich the soil fertility.”http://www.gmwatch.org/en/news/latest-ne...-glyphosate-use
The government is going to counter ‘misinformation’ about GMO foods - 2017
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.https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk...m=.e912261d68b2
GM maize approved in the EU caused kidney disease and bladder stones in rats
A Monsanto genetically modified (GMO) insecticidal maize that has been approved for food and feed use in Europe for seven years was found to cause kidney disease and bladder stones in rats in industry’s own tests. Before the maize was approved, several EU member states raised concerns about these results and the implications for food safety. But the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) dismissed the concerns and gave a favourable opinion on the GMO maize. With the usual lack of agreement from EU member states on whether to authorize the maize, the Commission approved it in 2011.http://gmwatch.org/en/news/latest-news/18120-
Why Anyone Who Questions the Safety of GMOs is Labeled Anti-Science - 2015
Forgive me, but it doesn’t take a scientist to figure out this insanity. I can be called anti-science all day long, but at this point it boils down to some simple common sense.https://www.shiftfrequency.com/monsanto-pays-sponsors-lie/
Lawsuit demands US EPA vacate dicamba registration
"The evidence shows that, rather than protecting farmers and the public interest, government officials rushed this pesticide to market without the rigorous analysis and data the law requires," said George Kimbrell, a lawyer with the Center for Food Safety, in a press release. "There was good reason that decision had such devastating consequences last year: it was illegal."http://www.gmwatch.org/en/news/latest-news/18125-lawsuit-demands-us-epa-vacate-dicamba-registration
Are there corn or soy fields near your child’s school?
New state pesticide law affects local farms - 2017
Starting Jan. 1, California farmers will no longer be able to make certain pesticides applications within a quarter-mile or less of schools and daycare centers between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday to Friday. The banned applications include application by crop dusters, air blasters and sprinklers, as well as most dust and powder pesticides.https://cvbj.biz/2017/12/28/new-state-pesticide-law-affects-local-farms/
Brace yourself for dicamba damage 3.0
Love it or hate it, there will be dicamba formulations sprayed on farm fields across the U.S. this year. The murmur in agriculture circles is there will be a repeat of drift damage, and more complaints.http://www.gmwatch.org/en/news/latest-news/18124-brace-yourself-for-dicamba-damage-3-0
US EPA settles Syngenta pesticide claim for pennies on the dollarhttp://www.gmwatch.org/en/news/latest-ne...s-on-the-dollar
The Dog Cancer Series - Rethinking the Canine Epidemic
Digital storyteller Rodney Habib's dog, Sam, was diagnosed with cancer which sent him on a mission to save her life. Partnering with world-renowned wellness veterinarian Dr. Karen Becker, they spent the year travelling the globe gathering the most up-to-date information on canine cancer. This 7-chapter documentary is a culmination of their findings.https://www.dogcancerseries.com/
Arty turns 9 this summer.
#1513523 --- 03/06/18 10:25 PM
Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food
Facts and Fallacies in the Debate on Glyphosate Toxicity (US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health):Abstract"The safety profile of the herbicide glyphosate and its commercial formulations is controversial. Reviews have been published by individuals who are consultants and employees of companies commercializing glyphosate-based herbicides in support of glyphosate’s reapproval by regulatory agencies. These authors conclude that glyphosate is safe at levels below regulatory permissible limits.
In contrast, reviews conducted by academic scientists independent of industry report toxic effects below regulatory limits, as well as shortcomings of the current regulatory evaluation of risks associated with glyphosate exposures.
Two authors in particular (Samsel and Seneff) have published a series of commentaries proposing that long-term exposure to glyphosate is responsible for many chronic diseases (including cancers, diabetes, neuropathies, obesity, asthma, infections, osteoporosis, infertility, and birth defects).
The aim of this review is to examine the evidential basis for these claimed negative health effects and the mechanisms that are alleged to be at their basis. We found that these authors inappropriately employ a deductive reasoning approach based on syllogism.
We found that their conclusions are not supported by the available scientific evidence. Thus, the mechanisms and vast range of conditions proposed to result from glyphosate toxicity presented by Samsel and Seneff in their commentaries are at best unsubstantiated theories, speculations, or simply incorrect. This misrepresentation of glyphosate’s toxicity misleads the public, the scientific community, and regulators.
Although evidence exists that glyphosate-based herbicides are toxic below regulatory set safety limits, the arguments of Samsel and Seneff largely serve to distract rather than to give a rational direction to much needed future research investigating the toxicity of these pesticides, especially at levels of ingestion that are typical for human populations."MUCH More:https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5705608/
--------------------Deductive Reasoning at its Worst.
Everyone's entitled to their own opinions, but not their own facts.
#1513644 --- 03/14/18 07:48 AM
Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food
Loc: Waterloo, NY
FACT: Our current agricultural system uses taxpayer money to subsidize the planting of GMOs, while organic farmers are required to pay fees for “certification.”
"Eat organic like your life depends on it, because it does." MIT Scientist Dr. Stephanie Seneff
Jeffrey Smith, IRT: “The scientists working at the FDA said GMOs might create allergens, toxins, new diseases, and nutritional problems, urged their superiors to require testing, complained about the daft (foolishness) of the policy and their concerns were ignored and even denied.”
CONFIRMED: DNA From Genetically Modified Crops Can Be Transferred Into Humans Who Eat Them
In a new study published in the peer reviewed Public Library of Science (PLOS), researchers emphasize that there is sufficient evidence that meal-derived DNA fragments carry complete genes that can enter into the human circulation system through an unknown mechanism. (0) I wonder if the scientists at these biotech corporations have already identified this method?
In one of the blood samples the relative concentration of plant DNA is higher than the human DNA. The study was based on the analysis of over 1000 human samples from four independent studies. PLOS is an open access, well respected peer-reviewed scientific journal that covers primary research from disciplines within science and medicine. It’s great to see this study published in it, confirming what many have been suspecting for years.
When it comes to genetically modified crops and foods, we really have no idea of what the long term effects will be on the public. The very first commercial sale of genetically modified foods was only twenty years ago in the year 1994.
There is no possible way that our health authorities can test all possible combinations on a large enough population, over a long enough period of time to be able to say with certainty that they are harmless.
Geneticist David Suzuki recently expressed his concern, saying that human beings are part of a “massive genetic experiment” over many years, as thousands of people continue to consume GMO’s, and it makes sense.
Advances in genome science over the past few years have revealed that organisms can share their genes. Prior to this, it had been thought that genes were shared only between individual members of a species through reproduction.
Geneticists usually followed the inheritance of genes in what they would call a ‘vertical’ fashion, such as breeding a male and female -you follow their offspring and continue down the road from there. Today, scientists recognize that genes are shared not only among the individual members of a species, but also among members of different species.
“Our bloodstream is considered to be an environment well separated from the outside world and the digestive tract. According to the standard paradigm large macromolecules consumed with food cannot pass directly to the circulatory system.
During digestion proteins and DNA are thought to be degraded into small constituents, amino acids and nucleic acids, respectively, and then absorbed by a complex active process and distributed to various parts of the body through the circulation system.
Here, based on the analysis of over 1000 human samples from four independent studies, we report evidence that meal-derived DNA fragments which are large enough to carry complete genes can avoid degradation and through an unknown mechanism enter the human circulation system.
In one of the blood samples the relative concentration of plant DNA is higher than the human DNA. The plant DNA concentration shows a surprisingly precise log-normal distribution in the plasma samples while non-plasma (cord blood) control sample was found to be free of plant DNA.” (0)
It’s not like a human being mates with an apple, banana or a carrot plant and exchanges genes. What biotechnology and biotech corporations like Monsanto have done, is they have allowed for the transfer of genes from one to the other without any regard for the biological limitations, or constraints. The problem with this is that it is based on very bad science.
The conditions and biological ‘rules’ that apply to vertical gene transfer, at least those that we are aware of, do not necessarily apply to horizontal gene transfer. Biotech science today is based on the assumption that the principles governing the inheritance of genes are the same when we move genes horizontally as they are when they are moved vertically. It just goes to show that GMO’s should be subjected to much more experimentation and rigorous research before we continue to consume them.
How can our governing health authorities approve these as safe? It’s almost as if they told us they were safe, and we just believed them without questioning it. We seem to be a very gullible race, but things are changing and more are starting to question the world around them.
“One small mutation in a human being can determine so much, the point is when you move a gene, one gene, one tiny gene out of an organism into a different one you completely change its context. There is no way to predict how it’s going to behave and what the outcome will be. We think that we design these life forms, but it’s like taking the Toronto orchestra prepared to play a Beethoven symphony and then you take some random drummers from “here” and flip them in with the Toronto symphony and you say play music. What comes out is going to be something very very different. Publicists say that there is good intention behind GMOs, but the fact of the matter is it’s driven by money.” – David Suzuki
I personally believe the intentions go beyond money, but that’s another story.
It’s also pretty clear that DNA from food can and does end up in animal tissues and the milk products that people eat. (4)(5)
There are studies that show when humans or animals digest genetically modified foods, the artificially created genes transfer into and alter the character of the beneficial bacteria in the intestine. Researchers report that microbes found in the small bowel of people with ilestomy are capable of acquiring and harboring DNA sequences from GM plants.
(1) Genetically modified crops have infiltrated animal feed since 1996, and it’s normal for them to have a complete GM diet. Studies have linked GMO animal feed to severe stomach inflammation and enlarged uteri in pigs.
It’s also important to note that gene transfer among genetically engineered agricultural crops and surrounding native species has given rise to a highly resistant species called super weeds. According to the world health organization, gene transfer and the movement of genes from GM plants into conventional crops or related species may have an effect on food safety and food security.
“This risk is real, as was shown when traces of maize type which was only approved for feed use appeared in maize products from human consumption in the United States.” (3)
The truth is, genetic engineers have never taken the reality of gene transfer into consideration when they produce these things and introduce them into the environment. As a result, we are now starting to see the consequences of genes that are engineered, particularly how they spread and alter other organisms in various environments.
Watrud et al (2004) found that the herbicide-resistance transgene spread via pollen to an area up to 21 km beyond the control area perimeter and had pollinated wild creeping bentgrass.(2)
Prior to this year, governments concluded that transfer of DNA from GM crops/foods is unlikely to occur. Now we can see that they are wrong, or perhaps they had knowledge of this already? Regardless of the fact that DNA from GM foods can be transferred to humans and animals, very little is still known today and what is known does not look good. There are studies linking GMO’s and pesticides to various ailments.
We’ve presented and written about them on our website numerous times, this is another article to add to the growing amount of evidence to suggest we need to halt the production of GMO’s until we conclusively know that they are safe for human consumption.
It’s not a mystery why most countries around the world have completely banned GMO’s.https://dailyinformator.com/confirmed-dn...s-who-eat-them/
Complete Genes May Pass from Food to Human Blood. 2013http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0069805
Assessing the survival of transgenic plant DNA in the human gastrointestinal tract. 2004https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14730317
Farmers vs. Monsanto: Glyphosate Showdown Comes to U.S. Court in San Francisco
Get ready for a huge week in federal court in San Francisco where expert witnesses will face off on the science surrounding glyphosate, the world’s most widely used pesticide.
The outcome of the hearing, determined by U.S. Judge Vince Chhabria, will establish whether farmers and their families can proceed with legal action against Monsanto Co. over cancer concerns.
March 5-9 is being dubbed “science week” as the only evidence the plaintiff and defense legal teams will present is evidence that will be provided by experts in cancer science (see list below). According to the law firm Baum, Hedlund, Aristei and Golman, “the plaintiffs must demonstrate that they have scientific evidence to back their claims that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, causes non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL).”https://www.organicconsumers.org/blog/fa...t-san-franciscohttps://www.baumhedlundlaw.com/3-18-daubert-monsanto-science-week/
is editor of GMWatch.org and the co-author with two genetic engineers of GMO Myths and Truths: A Citizen’s Guide to the Evidence on the Safety and Efficacy of Genetically Modified Crops and Foods, which is available from Amazon.
EU’s GMO Regulator Ignored Human Health Warnings Over a Monsanto Insecticidal Corn by Claire Robinson
A Monsanto genetically modified (GMO) maize, called MON89034, caused kidney disease and bladder stones in rats in industry tests performed in 2007. Several EU member states, including Germany, Belgium, Austria, and France, independently raised concerns about these results during the EU’s standard three-month regulatory consultation process. But the central GMO regulator of the EU, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), issued a favourable opinion on MON89034 regardless. With the usual lack of agreement from EU member states on whether to authorize the maize, the EU Commission subsequently approved MON89034 for human consumption in 2011.
MON89034 has since been crossed with other GM maize varieties to form “stacked” GM crops containing multiple GM traits. As each newly stacked GMO trait involving MON89034 has come up for approval, member states have continued to draw attention to the original adverse health impacts in the rats fed MON89034.
The German experts, from the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN), recommended that Monsanto be required to carry out an additional two-generation study with the maize to test for long-term health effects. But EFSA responded that it saw “no reason to request additional feeding studies”.
Austria also voiced concerns about the kidney and bladder findings, as did the experts from Belgium’s Biosafety Advisory Council. The Belgian experts focused on an additional worrying finding: a low thyroid/parathyroid weight relative to final body weight was found in this same group of female rats fed a 33% GM maize diet. Referring to the whole roster of effects in the GM-fed rats, Belgium recommended having “a closer look” to see “whether these findings are solely due to chance. In case any doubt remains, further testing is recommended.”https://www.independentsciencenews.org/h...ecticidal-corn/
Seneff: “Oh dear! Russia is heavy handed in trying to get us to believe that GMO foods are toxic. A couple of gems in this report.
"The results showed that Russia Today, recently rebranded as RT.com and considered a propaganda site, accounted for 34 percent of GMO-related articles."
"Nearly half of Americans still believe the science behind genetic engineering remains unsettled despite decades of safety studies showing no concern."
"We just need to recognize what they are and penalize the groups that collaborate with them."https://www.acsh.org/news/2018/03/05/alm...nda-sites-12628
Tap water in Illinois is polluted with high levels of nitrate from the GMO corn belt
The problem is mainly due to agricultural runoff that ends up polluting the communities’ water supplies. According to Soren Rundquist, the director of spatial analysis at EWG and author of the report, nitrate from fertilizers and manure typically run off of farm fields and wind up into groundwater aquifers that are connected to many northwest Illinois communities. “Families in northwest Illinois and throughout the Corn Belt are potentially at risk from agricultural runoff contaminating drinking water supplies,” he explained. “Small communities that depend on groundwater may face crippling costs to build new systems that remove nitrate.”https://www.food.news/2018-03-04-tap-wat...-corn-belt.html
Seneff: “I talked about some of my most recent research on glyphosate's mechanisms of toxicity and the consequences to our health in this newly posted podcast.”
The Health & Wellness Show: Interview with Brilliant Researcher Dr. Stephanie Seneffhttps://www.sott.net/article/379514-The-...tephanie-Seneff
Film showcasing dangers of GM crops and associated pesticides wins two international awardshttp://www.gmwatch.org/en/news/latest-ne...national-awards
Available to watch on Amazon…
This documentary explores the truth behind some of today's most widely-accepted medical practices, and seeks to expose how the focus on corporate profits influences traditional medical treatment in the United States.https://www.amazon.com/Big-Secret-Alex-V...ds=indie+rights
Check out the corporate maps in this video. All these people coming from industry/corporate jobs, getting jobs in our regulatory agencies, passing laws for their former employers, then going back to those corporate jobs after they’ve got the job done. It’s called the “Revolving Door.”
Seneff: “LeRoy Dunning has produced a very entertaining one hour talk on a wide range of topics, but emphasizing the dangers of glyphosate to our microbiome. Well worth your time to watch this!”
Glyphosate and the Human Microbiome
“If you’re not furious, you’re not paying attention.”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5n85IzBT1I&feature=youtu.be
Seneff: “New study! Pregnant women in Indiana - over 90% had detectable urinary glyphosate. Higher levels statistically significantly correlated with shortened gestation period.”
New Study Links Glyphosate to Shortened Pregnancy Lengths in American Women
This is the first study of GLY exposure in US pregnant women using urine specimens as a direct measure of exposure. We found that > 90% of pregnant women had detectable GLY levels and that these levels correlated significantly with shortened pregnancy lengths. Although our study cohort was small and regional and had limited racial/ethnic diversity, it provides direct evidence of maternal GLY exposure and a significant correlation with shortened pregnancy. Further investigations in a more geographically and racially diverse cohort would be necessary before these findings could be generalized.https://sustainablepulse.com/2018/03/11/...10#.WqTIG2inFD-
Glyphosate exposure in pregnancy and shortened gestational length: a prospective Indiana birth cohort study
Published: 9 March 2018https://ehjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12940-018-0367-0
Thank you, Tucker and remember Tyrone Hayes’ Atrazine studies, Desexing the frogs.
Men in America - Tucker Carlson
“Nothing like this has ever happened. You’d think we’d want to know what exactly is going on and how to fix it. But the media ignore the story. It’s considered a fringe topic.
Nor is it a priority in the scientific research establishment. We checked and couldn’t find a single NIH-funded study on why testosterone levels are falling. We did find a study on, quote, “Pubic Hair Grooming Prevalence and Motivation Among Women in the United States.”
Those are the numbers. They paint a very clear picture: American men are failing, in body, mind and spirit. This is a crisis. Yet our leaders pretend it’s not happening…”https://www.facebook.com/TuckerCarlsonTo...mhDV4Tdog3HTAeQ
Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that can interfere with endocrine (or hormone) systems at certain doses. These disruptions can cause...sexual development problems such as feminizing of males or masculinizing effects on females, etc.https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Endocrine_disruptor
Seneff: “Nice to see someone else talking about a link between glyphosate and autism. Peter Good is an expert on autism.”
Evidence the U.S. autism epidemic initiated by acetaminophen (Tylenol) is aggravated by oral antibiotic amoxicillin/clavulanate (Augmentin) and now exponentially by herbicide glyphosate (Roundup)
Because certain hereditary diseases show autistic behavior, and autism often runs in families, researchers seek genes underlying the pathophysiology of autism, thus core behaviors. Other researchers argue environmental factors are decisive, citing compelling evidence of an autism epidemic in the United States beginning about 1980. Recognition that environmental factors influence gene expression led to synthesis of these views – an ‘epigenetic epidemic’ provoked by pervasive environmental agents altering expression of vulnerable genes, inducing characteristic autistic biochemistries in many mothers and infants. Two toxins most implicated in the U.S. autism epidemic are analgesic/antipyretic acetaminophen (Tylenol) and oral antibiotic amoxicillin/clavulanate (Augmentin). Recently herbicide glyphosate (Roundup) was exponentially implicated.
What do these toxins have in common? Acetaminophen depletes sulfate and glutathione required to detoxify it. Oral antibiotics kill and glyphosate inhibits intestinal bacteria that synthesize methionine (precursor of sulfate and glutathione, and required to methylate DNA), bacteria that synthesize tryptophan (sole precursor of neuroinhibitor serotonin), and bacteria that restrain ammonia-generating anaerobes. Sulfate plus glutathione normally sulfate fetal adrenal androgen dehydroepiandrosterone to DHEAS – major precursor of placental/postnatal estrogens. Glyphosate (and heavy metals) also inhibit aromatase that turns androgens to estrogens. Placental/postnatal estrogens dehydrate/mature brain myelin sheaths, mature corpus callosum and left hemisphere preferentially, dilate brain blood vessels, and elevate brain serotonin and oxytocin. Stress-induced weak androgens and estrogen depletion coherently explain white matter asymmetry and dysconnection in autism, extreme male brain, low brain blood flow, hyperexcitability, social anxiety, and insufficient maternal oxytocin at birth to limit fetal brain chloride/water and mature GABA.
EPA Considers Allowing Bee-Killing Pesticide to Be Sprayed on 165 Million Acres of U.S. Farmland
"If the EPA grants Syngenta's wish, it will spur catastrophic declines of aquatic invertebrates and pollinator populations that are already in serious trouble," said Lori Ann Burd, director of the Center for Biological Diversity's environmental health program. "You know the pesticide-approval process is broken when the EPA announces it will consider expanding the use of this dangerous pesticide on the same day its own scientists reveal that the chemical kills birds and aquatic invertebrates.https://www.ecowatch.com/syngenta-neonicotinoids-2518688773.html?xrs=RebelMouse_fb&ts=1517240343
ADD YOUR NAME TO STAND AGAINST MONSANTO’S TOXIC PESTICIDES!
Glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, was declared a probable carcinogen by the World Health Organization. But as other countries are moving to ban this toxic pesticide, Scott Pruitt and the Environmental Protection Agency are bowing to Monsanto and refusing to take action.
It’s time to get glyphosate off our crops: Add your name to stand against Monsanto’s toxic pesticides!https://secure.ewg.org/p/dia/action4/com...osate1217_d2d_p
A GMO Corn and Its Non-GMO Parent Are Not Substantially Equivalent
The findings of this study disprove industry and regulatory agency claims that NK603 is “substantially equivalent” to its non-GMO counterpart. They suggest that a more thorough evaluation of the safety of consuming products derived from this GMO corn on a long-term basis should be undertaken.https://www.gmoscience.org/gmo-corn-non-gmo-parent-not-substantially-equivalent-part1/
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Arty turns 9 this summer.
#1513662 --- 03/14/18 11:48 AM
Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food
Loc: Waterloo, NY
IRT: “Anheuser-Busch announced that the country’s largest brewery is
introducing Michelob Ultra Pure Gold—billed as the brewery’s first light beer
to be made with organic grains.”
Organic Grains Take Center Stage in Anheuser-Busch’s Latest Light Beer
Michelob Ultra Pure Gold is the brewer’s biggest push into the organic market.
“Our research has confirmed that organic ingredients are important to
consumers—especially those who prioritize living an active, balanced lifestyle,”
Azania Andrews, Vice President, Michelob Ultra, told us. “More and more we’re seeing
that people want to know what ingredients make up the products they enjoy, and
they work hard to try and incorporate organically-sourced food and beverages into
their daily lifestyle.”
Beyond touting the organic angle, Michelob Ultra also boasts that Pure Gold is
free from artificial colors and flavorings and that the brand’s sustainability
efforts also include the packaging which received the Sustainable Forestry Initiative
stamp of approval. As for the grains themselves, Andrews explained that
they are all sourced from within the United States, including organic rice
grown in Texas and milled in Louisiana, and organic malts sourced from local growers
in Idaho, California, and Oregon.http://www.foodandwine.com/news/anheuser-busch-new-beer
Flacking for GMOs: How the Biotech Industry Cultivates Positive Media—and
“I’ve worked as a professional journalist in Chicago for more than three decades,”
Eng says. “I’ve uncovered questionable activity in government groups, nonprofits,
and private companies. But I don’t think I have ever seen a group so intent on trying
to personally attack the journalist covering the issue.”
Eng’s experience is just one example of a strategy first invented by Big Tobacco to
smear critics, spin reporters, and tamp down information that could damage the
One tactic industry allies employ to discredit questions about GMOs is to narrow
the discussion to food safety. Pro-GMO scientists and writers mock experts and
critics, by portraying them as loonies who think eating a bag of corn chips is akin
to ingesting a bottle of arsenic. But this is a misleading line of attack, since GMO
concerns are wide-ranging, including how well they are tested for safety, their impact
on agriculture and the ecosystem, and the toxicity of glyphosate.
Besides receiving money to help Monsanto, Chassy runs Academics Review, a site suggested
to him by an executive at Monsanto who emailed, “The key will be keeping Monsanto in
the background so as not to harm the credibility of the information.”
After helping plan the first conference, Cami Ryan later took a job with Monsanto.
“These are distressing materials,” says Naomi Oreskes, professor of the history of science
at Harvard University, after reviewing documents and emails about the conferences.
Oreskes says the involvement of the American Council on Science and Health is
especially problematic, given its long history of undermining the science on chemical
safety and pesticides. She added: “It is clearly intended to persuade people that
GMO crops are beneficial, needed, and not sufficiently risky to justify labeling.”http://progressive.org/magazine/how-the-biotech-industry-cultivates-positive-media/
Arty turns 9 this summer.
#1513679 --- 03/15/18 09:44 AM
Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food
Loc: Waterloo, NY
From GM Watch…
Scientist tells judge that Monsanto’s Roundup causes cancer
Courthouse News Service, 5 Mar 2018
Ritz, the first scientist to testify this week, warned that a study finding
no significant link between glyphosate and non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma can’t be trusted
due to several design flaws.
“I have to downgrade the importance of the AHS study for time exposure,” Ritz said.
“I can’t take this study seriously if it shows no effect because all the effects
are drowned in the noise of exposure misclassification.”
Additionally, because glyphosate became so ubiquitous by 2014, the study could
no longer credibly estimate its impact on health, she said.
“As soon as exposure becomes ubiquitous, it’s hard to determine what it does,”
Ritz said. “It’s just like cellphone use. Once everyone is using cellphones, we can
no longer estimate brain cancer risk from cellphones.”
After analyzing several other case studies that investigated potential links
between glyphosate and cancer, Ritz said she concluded “that to reasonable degree
of scientific certainty, glyphosate-containing products do cause Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma”.
The expert testimony is expected to continue through Friday. Dr. Dennis Weisenburger,
a pathologist from the City of Hope Medical Center, is expected to take the stand next.http://gmwatch.org/en/news/latest-news/1...p-causes-cancer
EU Court of Justice strengthens the precautionary principle
Testbiotech considers these legal cases to be test cases breaking new ground in legal
jurisdiction. Now that legal clarity has been provided and these legal reviews
are admissible, the EU court has to clarify in more detail how it will deal with
scientifically-based concerns and the role of the precautionary principle.http://www.gmwatch.org/en/news/latest-ne...onary-principle
European authorities violated own rules to conclude glyphosate is not carcinogenic
“For instance, both authorities ignored the fact that some of the tumour findings
were reproduced in the majority of studies and that the increases in kidney cancers
and malignant lymphomas were dose-dependent. Such reproducibility and dose-dependence
are strong confirmations that the cancer increases did not happen by chance and
that glyphosate was responsible.”http://gmwatch.org/en/news/latest-news/1...ot-carcinogenic
India slashes Monsanto's GMO seed royalty
Last year, the Indian government issued an order to control cotton seed prices
effective from the 2016-17 crop year. In a ruling, the antitrust regulator, Competition
Commission of India, accused the GMO giant of potentially abusing its dominant
position on the market. New Delhi said that Monsanto was free to leave the Indian
market if it does not want to accept the government-imposed price and royalty cuts
for its genetically modified cotton seeds. The American corporation controls
some 90 percent of the market, serving over seven million cotton farmers in India.http://gmwatch.org/en/news/latest-news/18166-india-slashes-monsanto-s-gmo-seed-royalty
Remember French Scientist Gilles-Eric Seralini said “the other ingredients in
Glyphosate are a thousand times more toxic.”
Commercial pesticides: Not as safe as they seem - ScienceDaily,
March 8, 2018, Source: Frontiers
New regulations are needed to protect people and the environment from toxic pesticide
ingredients that are not currently subject to safety assessments. This is the conclusion
of the first comprehensive review of gaps in risk assessments for "adjuvants" -- ingredients
added to pesticide formulations to enhance the function or application of the
active ingredient. Ignoring the potential dangers of other ingredients in commonly
used commercial pesticides leads to inaccuracies in the safety profile of the
pesticide solution, as well as confusion in scientific literature on pesticide effects,
finds the review published in Frontiers in Public Health.
"Exposure to environmental levels of some of these adjuvant mixtures can affect
non-target organisms -- and even can cause chronic human disease," says Dr
Robin Mesnage from King's College London, who co-wrote the review with Dr Michael Antoniou.
"Despite this, adjuvants are not currently subject to an acceptable daily intake
and are not included in the health risk assessment of dietary exposures to pesticide
Pesticides are a mixture of chemicals made up of an active ingredient -- the
substance that kills or repels a pest -- along with a mixture of other ingredients
that help with the application or function of the active ingredient. These
other ingredients are known as adjuvants, and include dyes, anti-foaming agents and
Regulatory tests for pesticide safety are currently only done on the active ingredient,
which assumes the other ingredients have no effects. This means the full toxicity of
a pesticide formulation -- including those used in both agriculture and
domestic gardens -- is not shown.
"Currently, the health risk assessment of pesticides in the European Union and
in the United States focuses almost exclusively on the active ingredient," explains
Dr Mesnage. "Despite the known toxicity of adjuvants, they are regulated differently
from active principles, with their toxic effects being generally ignored."
Based on a review of current pesticide literature, the authors describe how
unregulated chemicals present in commercial formulations of pesticides could
provide a missing link between pesticide exposure and observed negative outcomes.
The researchers focused on glyphosate-based herbicides, the most used pesticide
worldwide. They point out that this weed killer has so many different adjuvant
formulations that a safety test of one weed killer does not test the safety of another.
"Studies comparing the toxicity of commercial weed-killer formulations to that
of glyphosate alone have shown that several formulations are up to 1,000 times more
toxic than glyphosate on human cells. We believe that the adjuvants are
responsible for this additional toxic effect," says Dr Mesnage.
The authors also highlight neonicotinoid insecticides -- strongly suspected to be
involved in the collapsing of bee colonies -- as another example of adjuvant toxicity
affecting non-target organisms. An adjuvant used in these insecticides to
increase the penetration of the active ingredient has been shown to cause varying
toxic effects in bees. On top of this, residues of the toxin have also been found
in honey, pollen and beeswax produced by contaminated bees.
The authors hope their review will stimulate discussion on the toxicity of commonly
used pesticides and encourage more thorough regulations.
"Testing of whole pesticide formulations instead of just active ingredients alone
would create a precautionary approach, ensuring that the guidance value for the
pesticide is valid for the worst-case exposure scenario," says Dr Mesnage.
Their findings have already had a considerable impact. The European Food
Safety Authority is now reassessing the validity of pesticide risk assessment
in the EU, and authors hope that this reassessment can extend to entire commercial
formulations of pesticides and their other ingredients.http://gmwatch.org/en/news/latest-news/18164-commercial-pesticides-not-as-safe-as-they-seem
Commercial pesticides: Not as safe as they seem
1. Robin Mesnage, Michael N. Antoniou. Ignoring Adjuvant Toxicity Falsifies the
Safety Profile of Commercial Pesticides. Frontiers in Public Health, 2018;
5 DOI: 10.3389/fpubh.2017.00361
Summary: This is the first comprehensive review of gaps in risk assessments for
adjuvants in pesticide formulations which are not currently subject to safety
assessments. Ignoring the potential dangers of other ingredients in commonly used
commercial pesticides leads to inaccuracies in the safety profile of the pesticide
solution, as well as confusion in scientific literature on pesticide effects.
The review suggests that new regulations are needed to protect people and the
environment from toxic pesticide ingredients.https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/03/180308120621.htm
“Don’t Hide What’s Inside”
Twin campaigns launched to safeguard UK's food and farms
Focused on issues around growing and importing GM crops, Safeguard our
Farms calls for rigorous regulation to protect people, animals and the environment
as well as effective measures to prevent contamination. Meanwhile,
Don’t Hide What’s Inside aims to protect our right to decide whether or not
to buy and eat GM through compulsory GM food labelling.http://www.gmwatch.org/en/news/latest-ne...-food-and-farms
Annual monarch count shows butterfly still threatened
India's regulators under attack for inaction on illegal GM crops
Glyphosate exposure correlates with shortened pregnancy length - new study
EU’s GMO regulator ignored human health warnings over a Monsanto insecticidal corn
Yields have stagnated since GM Bt cotton introduction in Indiahttps://www.facebook.com/pg/GMWatch-276951472985/posts/?ref=notif
Arty turns 9 this summer.
#1513751 --- 03/20/18 10:06 AM
Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food
Loc: Waterloo, NY
Moms Across America
“COMMENTS Needed! Please tell the EPA you do NOT want them to register glyphosate for another 15 years. Or for any amount of time. There is overwhelming evidence that it seriously harmful to our health. Check out www.momsacrossamerica.org/data
for many scientific studies.”
To comment, click on “comment,” upper right side.https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=EPA-HQ-OPP-2009-0361-0066
Tsargrad TV: Russia preventing the US from establishing a global GMO dictatorship
Does the Russian media write too much about GMOs or do the American media write too little?
If Russia follows the example of some EU countries and gradually abandons glyphosate-based herbicides, “this will cause huge damage to the American GMO industry,” Rowlands said.
Rowlands believes that the anti-Russian trend formed in American politics is a convenient tool in the hands of “GMO supporters”.
“For the American GMO industry and for the U.S. government, this is an excellent opportunity to tie a movement that they do not like (referring to the movement against GMOs), to a foreign government that challenges them on many fronts (i.e., Russia),” Rowlands stated.
Commenting on the research of the Iowa State University, the RT press service said that the Russian TV channel does not campaign against biotechnology companies: “RT does not conduct any campaign against GMO products. We regularly cover this topic, as it worries our international audience. Following the motto of Question More, we tell viewers what the mainstream media does not say. This is what the results of the study by the American scientists confirms.”http://www.gmwatch.org/en/news/latest-ne...mo-dictatorship
Ready for GMO 2.0?
Plus, there are bigger fish to fry. Westgate states that the growing threat of GMO 2.0, is a supply-chain issue to keep an eye on. GMO 2.0 includes such genetic engineering techniques as synthetic biology, gene-editing, and Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats (CRISPR), though industry opinion about whether CRISPR is a viable non-GMO technique or can be considered GMO 2.0 is somewhat split.
Says Taormina, “CRISPR and other ‘gene-editing’ technologies will introduce many new varieties of crops in the coming years.” He says apples and potatoes, for instance, have been modified to “silence” the expression of certain genes for various purposes.
But GMO 2.0 isn’t your run-of-the-mill gene-editing, Westgate adds. “Unlike traditional genetic engineering, these techniques are often not "transgenic", meaning the products of GMO 2.0 don’t contain genes from multiple species (e.g., a mix of bacteria, viruses, animal, and plant genes, etc.) the way 'traditional’ GMOs do".
This is a big problem, she adds, because while some products of these technologies may not be transgenic, “they are still products of biotechnology as defined by the Codex Alimentarius...the Codex definition is the same one used by the Non-GMO Project. Besides the fact that many products of GMO 2.0 are being sold as "non-GMO", an additional supply chain challenge with these types of ingredients is that testing labs have not yet developed commercial tests for them.”http://www.gmwatch.org/en/news/latest-news/18174-ready-for-gmo-2-0
$1.5B settlement in suit over Syngenta modified corn seed
A $1.5 billion settlement was reached in a class-action lawsuit covering tens of thousands of farmers, grain-handling facilities and ethanol plants that sued Swiss agribusiness giant Syngenta over its introduction of a genetically engineered corn seed.http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/15b-settlement-suit-syngenta-modified-corn-seed-53700782
They may pollinate but can NEVER duplicate honey and all it's benefits!
Walmart silently filed a patent for robotic bees meant to pollinate crops
In a move first reported on by CB Insights, Walmart has filed a patent for autonomous bees. Technically called ‘pollination drones', these robots are meant to do just that: pollinate crops in lieu of real bees. They would carry pollen from one plant to another, relying on cameras and other sensors to identify crops and their flowers.
The patent appears alongside five other patents for farming drones, including one that would keep an eye out for pests and another tasked with monitoring crop health. It's not yet clear what Walmart plans to do with these patents; Business Insider tried to contact Walmart, but so far they didn't respond to their request for comment.https://www.rawstory.com/2018/03/walmart...n2BEVM.facebook
Oregon Becomes the Second State to Sue Monsanto for Poisoning the Environment with Toxic PCB Chemicals
“Monsanto knew decades before PCBs were banned that they were toxic to the environment, but they failed to disclose highly pertinent information,” said Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum about the company’s dealings. ” The report said that PCBs are being measured in the bodies of fish and in river sediments across the state, and that more money is needed in order to support the cleanup.
Monsanto called the lawsuit “baseless” in a prepared statement.
However, the battle to hold the company responsible for PCBs has been taking place for many years, and Oregon’s neighbor to the north, Washington, has already filed a similar lawsuit, as have eight major West Coast cities.
The new suit alleges that Monsanto has known its chemicals were harmful going back as far as 1937; the company did not stop producing them until 1977.https://althealthworks.com/14900/oregon-...-pcb-chemicals/
Seneff: “It's fascinating science - these clever weeds obtained glyphosate resistance by producing separate strands of circular DNA outside of their normal genome coding for the EPSPS gene that gets suppressed by glyphosate. They overproduce the enzyme and protect themselves in this fashion. I hope that it won't be long before so many weeds are able to acquire this trick such that glyphosate is rendered useless in agriculture!”
Researchers make breakthrough in glyphosate resistance in pigweeds
"We found that glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth plants carry the glyphosate target gene in hundreds of copies," Jugulam said. "Therefore, even if you applied an amount much higher than the recommended dose of glyphosate, the plants would not be killed."https://phys.org/news/2018-03-breakthrough-glyphosate-resistance-pigweeds.html#jCp
The killing of our trees…
“Life itself is being killed off. You can see it in the trees.”
This is a 20 minute video that includes portions of several documentaries. All source and video links are provided.https://www.facebook.com/stephanie.senef....unseen-section
Know your farmer. Organic non gmo farmer in our area: Autumn’s Harvest Farm, Romulus and Felenz Family Farm in Phelps.
Trump Administration Eliminates Animal Welfare Rules
The rule was poised to hurt large-scale organic egg farms that house up to 180,000 birds in one barn, said the Organic Trade Association (OTA), which represents organic farmers. Some of these farms house as many as three egg-laying hens per square foot with no time spent outdoors.https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-adminis...&soc_trk=fb
Fruits and Vegetables With the Most Pesticide Residue
Can you escape the presence of pesticides on foods, and is it always worth it to shell out the money for organics? Some produce is worse than others, so it pays to know which ones have the most chemicals.
This is the EWG's list of popular fruits and vegetables with the most pesticide residue:https://www.thestreet.com/slideshow/1444...de-residue.html
New German ag minister wants to end use of glyphosate
She was credited with negotiating the agriculture section of coalition deal for the new government. The deal contains a goal of ending glyphosate use as a weed-killer in Germany, but gives no timetable. Alternatives must be developed first, the agreement says.
Other agricultural policies agreed for the new government include a continuation of the ban on growing crops with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in Germany and an expansion of organic farming.https://www.producer.com/daily/new-germa...zqKfqY.facebook
Prevent expansion of honeybee-killing pesticides - Petition
The European Union and Canada are already taking steps to limit or ban neonicotinoid pesticides due to their negative impact to pollinators. By expanding their use in the U.S., the EPA would be causing grave harm to the environment and our food supply.https://www.change.org/p/environmental-p..._term=triggered
Seneff: “Zen Honeycutt is making waves in the wine and beer industries! It's very difficult to get organic beer these days. It will be remarkable if Michelob breaks into this market. France and Spain are the "go to" countries for organic wines.”
Arsenic in Wine? Michelob Moves to Organic? Why the Alcohol Industry Is Making Changes
New Test Results Show What Popular Beer and Wine Brands Have in Common: Monsanto’s Roundup
March 15, 2018 , Mission Viejo Ca- It has been a rough few years for the alcohol industry, but change is a-brewing. In 2015 Los Angeles CBS news broke the announcement of a lawsuit against 31 brands of wines for high levels of inorganic arsenic. In 2016, 12 California wines tested were all found to be positive for glyphosate herbicide. Vinters and brewers alike began noticing the growing demand for organic. Just this week, Anheuser-Busch announced that their brand Michelob has launched a new beer Ultra Pure Gold made with organic wheat. What do these events all have in common?
If you remember, French scientist Seralini et al released shocking findings in January of 2018 that all the brands of the glyphosate-based Roundup they tested, over a dozen, had high levels of arsenic, over 5x the allowable limit. Was Roundup the source of arsenic in wine? One must wonder... In 2016, beer testing in Germany also revealed residues of glyphosate in every single sample tested, even independent beers. But what about the US?
Moms Across America is releasing new findings of glyphosate in all of the most popular brands of wines in the world, most of which are from the US, and in batch test results in American beer. The findings were at first, confusing. But one thing that was clear was that the beer and wine industries must and in many cases are, moving away from Monsanto’s Roundup in order to avoid contamination by this chemical herbicide, a known neurotoxin, carcinogen, and endocrine disruptor, which causes liver disease. Despite Monsanto’s impassioned appeal of “irreparable harm”, CA federal Judge Shubb allowed glyphosate to remain on the CA Prop 65 carcinogen list in a ruling out just two weeks ago.
So which brands tested positive for glyphosate? Full lab report can be found here. Summary of results below:
The practice of spraying glyphosate-based herbicides between the rows for weed control while the vines are dormant, according to plant pathologist Don Huber PhD., is causing an uptake of glyphosate into the plant, grapes, and present in the wine. The higher than the national average rates of breast cancer in the California wine region show even more reason for considerable concern. Also worrisome is the contamination of organic wine. Organic grape growers do not use glyphosate herbicides but are apparently being affected by either rain, irrigation water or drift, by neighboring vineyards or farms that use glyphosate.https://www.momsacrossamerica.com/arseni..._making_changes
Babies fed soy-based formula have changes in reproductive system tissues
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
"Soy formula contains high concentrations of plant-based estrogen-like compounds, and because this formula is the sole food source for many babies in the first six months of life, it's important to understand the effects of exposure to such compounds during a critical period in development," said Virginia A. Stallings, MD, director of the Nutrition Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Stallings is a senior author of a new study published online March 1 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.
The study was funded and led by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health. The first author is Margaret A. Adgent, MSPH, PhD, formerly of NIEHS, now at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Adgent said, "Modern soy formula has been used safely for decades. However, our observational study found subtle effects in estrogen-responsive tissues in soy-fed infants, and we don't know if these differences are associated with long-term health effects."https://medicalxpress.com/news/2018-03-babies-fed-soy-based-formula-reproductive.html
Seneff: “Hmmm. Egg consumption of eggs produced in North America (but not elsewhere!) is linked to prostate cancer. Glyphosate, anyone?”
EGGS AND PROSTATE CANCER...A WORD TO THE WISE
Could this production method, or other factors in the production, distribution and consumption of eggs, contribute to the production of unhealthy eggs in the US? We don’t know, but there is a measurable chemical differences in eggs from hens that are raised in cages vs. those that are free-ranged or are enriched with n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA).
Since these effects were limited to North America, it raises the question of whether there is something in the way American eggs are raised or prepared that could account for their particular harmfulness…http://www.ralphmossblog.com/2018/03/eggs-and-prostate-cancera-word-to-wise.html
The Real Organic Project: Disgusted With the USDA, Farmers Make Their Own Organic Label
“I got involved when I started seeing a lot of hydroponic tomatoes certified as organic showing up in the market, about five years ago,” says Dave Chapman, a longtime organic farmer who runs Long Wind Farm, in Vermont. “We made a really good faith effort to reform the organic program, but we realized [certification of hydroponics] was not the only egregious failure—the NOP [National Organic Program] was very weak on animal welfare, too.”
For the many people who have spent years working hard to build the integrity of the NOP, this is a dismal moment. We have lost the helm, and the New Organic will not have much to do with the ideals of such pioneers as Albert Howard and Eve Balfour. It will have to do with money. Money will decide what is called “certified organic” and what isn’t.https://modernfarmer.com/2018/03/the-real-organic-project-alternative-organic-label/
EPA Settles Syngenta Pesticide Claim For Pennies On The Dollar
The GMO company will pay $150,000 instead of the $4.8 million that had been sought for exposing Kauai workers to pesticides.http://www.civilbeat.org/2018/02/epa-settles-syngenta-pesticide-claim-for-pennies-on-the-dollar/
Impossible Burger executive grilled at Sustainable Foods Summit
But Halla's PowerPoint slides didn't mention that the Impossible Burger's key ingredient is a genetically engineered protein called soy leghemoglobin or "heme." The presentation also didn't mention that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration told Impossible Foods that the company hadn't demonstrated the safety of heme after it applied to the FDA seeking GRAS (generally recognized as safe) status. Despite FDA's concerns, Impossible Foods sold its GMO-derived burger for public consumption anyway.
Several audience members took Halla to task over Impossible Foods marketing its burger despite FDA concerns, short-term feeding studies, and lack of transparency about the use of the GMO ingredient.http://www.gmwatch.org/en/news/latest-ne...le-foods-summit
Seneff: “"Soylent" - a pro-GMO marketing ploy that's hard to believe!”
The Hidden Dangers of of Soylent "Meal Replacement"
I DON'T KNOW WHAT'S WORSE: a product full of GMOs and chemically-derived additives that proudly lauds its healthfulness and humanitarian benefits, or, a manufacturer that blatantly hides the fact they are using GMO ingredients by keeping them off the label?
In the case of Soylent, a meal replacement drink made with GMO soy and other genetically-modified ingredients, the makers want you to know how proud they are to use GMOs in their product. Reading like a Monsanto ad, the post on Soylent’s website spouts a litany of pseudo-scientific propaganda about the safety of GMOs that GreenMedInfo has spent the last ten years debunking.
Putting the issue of GMOs to the side for a moment, Soylent’s suitability as a meal replacement still has the insurmountable problem of its use of synthetic chemicals as nutritional additives. Ingredients such as sucralose (aka Splenda), petrochemically-derived vitamin E, and known substances possessing carcinogenicity such as manganese sulfate, chromium chloride, sodium molybdate, and sodium selenite, deliver the “nutrients.” Although these industrial byproducts have been approved for use in both human and animal foods, it is an indefensible position that these toxic compounds fulfill daily nutritional requirements. As GreenMedInfo’s research database shows, the scientific evidence warning against the use of mass-market vitamins, whether in pill or liquid form, is too substantial to ignore.
The Lie of Synthetic Vitamins…http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/you-don-t-know-soylent-frightening-food-substitute
The U.S Approves a Powerful New Pesticide Deadly to Monarch Butterflies
The dominance of genetically modified crops requires ever-more-toxic pesticides that are wiping out the iconic insect’s sole source of food.http://www.takepart.com/article/2014/10/...rch-butterflies
France to make half of all food in public sector organic or local by 2022https://www.farminguk.com/News/France-to...TRMgtcJ.twitter
Samsel (commenting on a scene from the film): “Sam was probably told not to make waves or they'll find his body in a swamp. Polluters are notorious for threatening death and generally you are told they will get your family first, then you ! That's my personal experience working on EPA contracts.”
Black Cancer Matters - “Company Town”
“Company Town,” released in theaters in 2017 and available March 20 on iTunes, was co-directed by Natalie Kottke-Masocco and Erica Sardarian. It opens with gospel vocalists singing the words “run down to the river,” a deeply ironic injunction in Crossett, Ark., a setting where a Georgia-Pacific paper and chemical plant — owned by the billionaire Koch brothers — stands accused of polluting local waters. The movie depicts rural people dependent for a livelihood on an industry that they believe is sickening them by contaminating their environment. Most of the men and women dealing with cancer in the area are African-Americans.
Government spokespeople, the Koch brothers and the supervisors of Georgia-Pacific dispute the directors’ argument and evidence. Yet “Company Town” mounts a passionate protest on behalf of overlooked victims of corporate negligence and greed.https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/15/well/live/black-cancer-matters.html
Deleted scenes: https://www.facebook.com/companytownfilm/
LA Times: 'Company Town' takes aim at factory owners in Arkansas
The film, shot from 2011-15, follows the efforts of Bouie, Cheryl Slavant, scientists and others to engage the regional staff of the Environmental Protection Agency in their fight against Georgia-Pacific. But the results are limited — and the troubles still ongoing.http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-mn-mini-company-town-review-20171207-story.html
Talking glyphosate, corruption, & citizen duty – in 17 minutes - By Canadian Activist Tony Mitra
Well – we are facing an existential crisis, and the buck stops are our feet. Question is, what are we, as individual citizens, prepared to do?
Here is my take, on Glyphosae, political and scientific corruption, and the need for citizen activism.
Glyphosate, being a mineral chelator, was denying our body from picking up essential nutrients from food by chelating (stealing) the minerals.
About a third of all our proteins (say around 40,000 kinds, give or take) function with a metallic ion placed in them. When our body creates a new protein of this kind, say to replace damaged one, it needs a metallic ion such as Manganese, or Iron, etc. to be attached to them in order for the proteins to function properly. This mineral is to be picked up from our food. However, glyphosate, if present in the same food, is able to steal that mineral. So, newly formed proteins would be denied its essential mineral, and remain non-functional as a result. Non-functional proteins lead to a pathway of diseases.
We humans and all animals have evolved in symbiosis with the bacterial kingdom, and a mass of bacteria use our body as host and in return perform essential services such as helping digest our food and assist our immune system.
Glyphosate kills bacteria, and thus it indirectly harms all of us, if we consume glyphosate along with our food. The claim that glyphosate is safe is patently false and to make it stick, industry has acquired a stranglehold on scientific research, destroying its neutrality and objectivity. More on this later.
Our immune system has not learned to identify glyphosate as a harmful substance because it is a synthetic molecule that did not exist in nature in the 4 billion year evolutionary history of life on earth. Our evolutionary process did not have to deal with it. That is why we have no defence against Glyphosate. This molecule was invented by man, only two generations ago, and as such is of extraterrestrial nature. It aught to be made extraterrestrial again – sending it out of planet earth. Let them make it and store it on Jupiter.
As if all this was not enough, glyphosate is a biological mimic of glycine, a canonical amino acid that is among the most common of the 22 amino acids that form the basic building block of all life. By molecular mimicry, it slips past all our defences and gets mis-incorporated into our proteins. This invasion of glyphosate into our proteins turns them into rogue proteins, which can lead to a cascading series of diseases including synthetic diseases that did not exist before.
For scientific confirmation – one may read peer reviewed papers of Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneff, linked in my blog tonu.org.
For me, glyphosate is unacceptable for a simpler and more ominous reason. A product may not be approved by a government for general release without disclosure of its safety documents and providing the proof that it is safe. However, test data and documents that prove glyphosate is safe for consumers, have not been disclosed by any nations anywhere, despite it being approved for use since the 1970s. To me, this itself makes approval of glyphosate illegal.
Also, no government was engaged in broad based testing of food to detect levels of concentration of glyphosate, the most used herbicide on the planet. This is not just irresponsible and unacceptable. It should be criminal.
Personally I could not get any organization, anti-GMO groups and various talking heads to join me in asking the government in Canada to disclose hitherto hidden safety document on glyphosate. Neither could I find anyone to join me asking the Canadian government to start testing our foods for glyphosate. That is how I decided to go alone.
In 2013 Canada did not even have a lab that could test glyphosate in food, mainly because neither our government nor the medical establishment had so far been interested in testing foods for glyphosate. As a result, labs did not gear themselves up for a non-existent market.
I subsequently started a single handed two pronged effort to get the Canadian government, as the time under Stephen Harper and the conservatives, to get off its backside and first disclose all safety documents and data based on glyphosate was approved for the first time, back in the 1970s. Then, on a separate appeal, I asked the ministry of health to get some labs ready to test foods for glyphosate and to answer why Canadians could not test presence of the most used herbicide in our food.
The first effort is still dragging on. The government does agree I have a right to see the safety documents. And yet, it drags it feet forever. I also learned that I was the first person in Canada to officially as for this information, although the molecule has been approved back in the 1970s.
The second effort was more successful. In fact, it moved mountains, primarily due to a dedicated member of parliament, Mr. Alex Atamanenko, who took up my cause and demanded that the then minister of health answers me why Canadians cannot test food for glyphosate. This resulted in the ministry of health finally responding to me in a letter and also arranging to have its food inspection agency to start broad based testing of all foods available in Canada, produced locally and imported, for presence of glyphosate.
As soon as I learned that the wheels of the Government was finally beginning to turn in favour of testing our food for glyphosate, I asked the Canadian government discloses all test results to me – not just for the emerging records on glyphosate but for all biocides in food that the government had already tested for. And thus December 2016 I got almost 8,000 just concluded test results of glyphosate in foods and later another almost 100,000 records of results of other biocides in foods.
Analysis of the glyphosate records proved to be a shocker.
First, seed based foods and food products produced in the US and Canada were an order of dimension more toxic with glyphosate than same foods produced anywhere else on the planet. North America produces the most poisonous foods on the planet. I call glyphosate to be poisonous on the grounds that its safety data has been kept hidden. By that omission, I consider approval of glyphosate as illegal and the product as unsafe and downright a slow and deadly poison. Also, That it in fact is a deadly slow poison, has been explained by scientists such as Samsel and Seneff in their peer reviewed papers.
Not only that, I found out that conventional non-GMO crops such as wheat, rye, oats, barley, chickpea etc have an order of dimension more glyphosate than GM crops like soy and corn. Thus conventional non-GMO foods were, in my view, very much more poisonous than GM crops.
In my view, going after Monsanto is a useless exercise, because Monsanto does not necessarily break the law. What is does is corrupt our governments and gets our politicians to change the law to suit its business model. I believe its claim of safety of glyphosate to be fraudulent. I believe that is why it influences governments to hide this safety record from the people and prevents independent scrutiny of these data. Our governments is thus knowingly or unknowingly helping slow poisoning of the people, by allowing widespread use of glyphosate in agriculture.
Therefore, if one has to identify the rogues that are responsible for poisoning our food, our health, and our future, one needs to focus on our ineffective and possibly corrupt political process and perhaps corrupt or illiterate politicians that could not distinguish glyphosate from their elbow, who are unfortunately in charge of the regulatory mechanism and end up changing the laws of the nation to allow glyphosate to be used in agriculture.
Other scientists have found problems not just with glyphosate, but also with other chemicals packaged around it to make the branded product such as RoundUp. While this may be correct, it is glyphosate and glyphosate alone, that goes to regulatory mechanism and passes approval that ends up as RoundUp herbicide. In my view the cumulative damage that glyphosate does, not just at the toxicological level but in destroying our biology by molecular mimicry, sets this molecule apart from other adjuvants that goes into the packaging of RoundUp and even other herbicides.
And while we have other herbicides, pesticides, insecticides that are all possibly harming the ecosystem, glyphosate again stands out by the sheer volume of it that is produced and used, compared to all other biocides.
GMO are also based on fraudulent logic, exploitative ethics, twisted science as well as designed to undermine food security and freedom of a nation. However, there are hundreds and hundreds of them, each following different sets of scientific detail. If I have to fight a single battle and not a thousand battles, then I would choose glyphosate to be in my primary target. Glyphosate is the 900 pound gorilla in our food web and environment. Killing it would effectively also kill the GMO project. We shall be on the way to have all foods grown everywhere to be naturally organic as well as belonging to the people and the region that grows these foods, and not property of western corporations and banks .
Agri-corporations and their enablers in our government is quick to show the weighty evidence of science papers that claim glyphosate is safe. Promoters of this model of agriculture peddling increased sale of toxic chemicals, support a viewpoint that there is a baseless conspiracy theory and paranoia created in the minds of people by some miscreants and hapless scientists, which is resisting progress and modernism in agriculture and fighting glyphosate. There is a misconception that a little bit of toxicity in food in way of glyphosate is both acceptable and necessary, in view of the increased population of the world. All these claims by the promoters of toxic agriculture are fraudulent and not supported by honest facts and honest science. But my response to this chemical onslaught is simple. I say – disclose the safety documents, or shut up.
As to the weight of scientific evidence and the so called science based assessment – this is what I have to say.
Scientific research on safety of technologies such as glyphosate and GMO needs to be public funded and public owned. Instead, it is funded by the industry. Our politicians have allowed this travesty to come about. The public has bought into this on the false idea that this makes science free for the people and reduced our tax burden. This is false. There is no free lunch. You pay junk money for science, and you get junk science.
The industry is not interested in funding scientists that wish to check if products such as glyphosate has a problem. As a result, research on possible negative effects of glyphosate does not get any funding. Science has thus become one sided. It has lost its neutrality and objectivity. This, to me, is not science. This is voodoo, and so called “scientists” promoting it are not true scientists. They are pedlars.
Lastly, all this talk sidesteps a few important points – and these are to do with my perception of what constitutes democracy, the role of citizenry and what should be my personal duty to uphold our democratic process where the people are the masters of the government, and not some poison peddling corporation.
The most important stakeholder in democracy is the citizen. It is my view that we, each of us, incur a debt to society and to democracy, as we grow up. The society does a lot to groom us. And we are to pay this debt back through the course of our lives by doing something in return for our society, our neighbourhood and our nation. We take a lot from the the society. We are supposed to put back more than we take, so that we leave the kitty is a bit richer and not sucked dry in our lifetime.
And there is the crux. We as individuals, within our individual capacity, are to engage in citizen activism to uphold and improve the wheels of the nation. This is our job, and not the job of the politicians. The politicians job is to represent us, take our views, and execute our wishes as our temporary servants. Our job is to be ever vigilant to ensure that these temporary servants are not robbing us and selling us off.
If we are caught napping, and stop controlling the politicians, then our politics will start being controlled by someone else or something else – which does not have our best interest at heart. Democracy then begins to fail, or morphs into forms of dictatorship, or fascism or other forms of rogue governments.
As they say – if you have a nation of sheep, you get a government of wolves. So, I appeal to you, the people, to get busy paying your debt to the nation, and start holding the feet of your politician to the fire.
We are facing an existential crisis. The very well beings of your children and grandchildren depends on you doing your duty in your own lifetime. Nothing else will do. The buck stops at your feet.
Arty turns 9 this summer.