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#1514742 --- 05/15/18 04:44 PM Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food [Re: MissingArty]
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“By slipping it into our food without our knowledge, without any indication that there
are genetically modified organisms in our food, we are now unwittingly part of
a massive experiment.”
Geneticist David Suzuki (Humans “are part of a massive experiment.”)

“*Please don’t be a smartypants and say, “Hey, all crops are genetically modified”.
Yes, yes, we have been selectively breeding plants for thousands of years. We all know that.
But the term “GMOs” refers to the recent development of “gene splicing” and the
development of transgenic crops, creating forms of life that nature, or selective
breeding, could never have created.
Jonathan Foley, Ph.D

Toxic Truth: New Evidence for Banning Monsanto's Roundup Weedkiller

As reported this week in the Guardian, new tests show that when Roundup’s key active ingredient, glyphosate, is combined with other chemicals to create the final product, the herbicide is more toxic to human cells than glyphosate alone.

“We don’t know what the formulation is,” Devito told the Guardian.” That is confidential business information.” According to the Guardian, for testing purposes, scientists sourced some samples from store shelves, picking up products the EPA told them were the top sellers, he said.

Adjuvants in pesticides are generally declared as inerts, and for this reason they are not tested in long-term regulatory experiments. It is thus very surprising that they amplify up to 1000 times the toxicity of their AP [active ingredient] in 100% of the cases where they are indicated to be present by the manufacturer.”

Judge Rules Non-Profits Can Sue Monsanto for Misleading Labeling of Popular Herbicide Roundup

Jay Feldman, executive director of Beyond Pesticides, the lead plaintiff in the case, said:

“In the face of EPA’s poor regulation of pesticides, misleading pesticide product labeling cannot be left unchecked. The court’s decision to allow our case to move forward, in denying Monsanto’s motion to dismiss, is critical to showing that the company is deceiving the public with a safety claim on its Roundup (glyphosate) label. Its advertising and labeling claim that Roundup ‘targets an enzyme found in plants but not in people or pets’ is false, given the devastating harm that glyphosate has on beneficial bacteria in the gut biome. The disruption of the gut biome is associated with a host of 21st century diseases, including asthma, autism, bacterial vaginosis, cardiovascular disease, cancer, Crohn’s disease, depression, inflammatory bowel disease, leaky gut syndrome, multiple sclerosis, obesity, Type 1 and 2 diabetes, and Parkinson’s.

“The science on the hazards of Roundup (glyphosate) are clear and Monsanto officials know it. With this case, we seek to ensure that the public is not misled by false advertising and product labeling in the marketplace. It is a critical step toward ensuring that people are fully informed before purchasing toxic products that can poison them, their families, and the communities where they live.”

OCA International Director, Ronnie Cummins said:

“Monsanto aggressively markets Roundup as ‘safe’ for humans and animals, despite newer studies indicating that glyphosate may be carcinogenic and its use may affect human and animal cardiovascular, endocrine, nervous and reproductive systems. No reasonable consumer seeing the claim on this product that glyphosate targets an enzyme not found ‘in people or pets’ would expect that Roundup actually targets an important bacterial enzyme found in humans and animals, affecting the health of their immune system.

“Survey after survey shows that consumers rely on labels to guide their purchases and keep them and their families safe. When corporations mislead on the issue of a product’s effect on consumers and their families, they put everyone, but especially young children—in this case, playing in yards and parks—at risk, leaving the public no other recourse than to use the legal system to seek the removal of this misleading information.”

U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly, a Trump appointee, ruled that OCA and BP presented enough evidence to support that Monsanto’s labeling of its flagship weedkiller, Roundup, misleads consumers.

Judge Rules on Misleading Roundup Label Lawsuit

“This is a very important court ruling that brings a crucial issue into focus; We need to know much more about what glyphosate and other ubiquitous chemicals are doing to our gut microbiome, which according to research is the key to our health and happiness. We know far too little about glyphosate and that will only be changed if comprehensive independent science is supported globally,” says Henry Rowlands, director of The Detox Project.

GMO Free USA: “When you thought it couldn't get worse... Scott Pruitt's EPA is considering Syngenta's proposal to spray their neonicotinoid-class, bee-killing pesticide, thiamethoxam, on the most widely grown crops in the U.S. The application, if approved, would allow the highly toxic pesticide to be sprayed directly on 165 million acres of wheat, barley, corn, sorghum, alfalfa, rice and potato. Syngenta gets richer, our bees die, more neurotoxins in our food and... you can guess the rest.”

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."

The Cornucopia Institute

is a nonprofit organization engaged in research and educational activities supporting the ecological principles and economic wisdom underlying sustainable and organic agriculture. Through research and investigations on agricultural and food issues, The Cornucopia Institute provides needed information to family farmers, consumers, stakeholders involved in the good food movement, and the media.

USDA Rejects Organic Checkoff Proposal

“We are delighted that this poorly thought out proposal was rejected by the USDA,” said Will Fantle of The Cornucopia Institute, a farm policy organization and organic industry watchdog. “This is a win for organic farmers and their allies,” Fantle added.

Expert Advisory Panel Addresses Imports Fraud and Biodiversity Conservation

Prior to the meeting, the Real Organic Project released their provisional standards, planned to be implemented on roughly 50 “pilot” farms this summer. Dixon noted that this particular add-on label is farmer-driven and an attempt to guide consumers to organic products that come from farms using soil- and pasture-based production. The label effort came after the USDA ignored the requirement for soil in the organic regulations by allowing hydroponic production to be certified.

Hydroponic Producer Calls Soil “Inert,” Soil Farmers Know Better

Cornucopia’s Take: Hydroponic growers in the interview below claim that soil is just another “inert” medium. Real organic farmers know better. Soil is teeming with microbiological activity, fungus, and other tiny life forms that exist in beautiful symbiosis with plants. Real organic farmers care for the biodiversity around them, grow humus, and build soil fertility to trap carbon and water in the earth. Plants grown in soil receive micronutrients that cannot be replaced by liquid fertilizer in water. Cornucopia’s Mark Kastel explains that the organic certification of hydroponic produce is not just confusing for consumers, it is against the law that created organic certification in the first place.

Unreleased FDA Testing Reveals Glyphosate in Common Household Foods

Cornucopia’s Take: As glyphosate is sprayed on corn, soy, wheat, and oat crops in rising amounts, it is finding its way into cereals, crackers, and many other products on grocery store shelves. Unfortunately, the FDA is under no obligation to share their full findings with public, unless the public files a freedom of information request, as The Guardian has done. The FDA official report will be released in late 2018 or early 2019. Glyphosate is not allowed in organic agriculture, although its ubiquitous use in conventional and GMO agriculture has caused widespread contamination of soil and water.

GE Salmon Caught, Temporarily, in a Net of Regulation

Cornucopia’s Take: Genetically engineered (GE) salmon by AquaBounty have yet to hit U.S. markets, in part because the FDA has yet to come out with their GE labeling law. Funding behind the GE salmon appears to be nearly infinite, and AquaBounty is determined to wait out legislators and policies. While it is likely that these fish will make it to U.S. markets at some point, many retailers have already stated they will not carry the controversial fish, and modern salmon breeding has already produced fish that mature as quickly as the AqaBounty fish. We will continue to monitor this story as it unfolds.

Moms: “I have mixed feeling about this- CEO of Monsanto stepping down. On one hand, I am totally thrilled- I don't have to see him at Monsanto shareholder meetings anymore, extolling the virtues of GMOs and glyphosate. I feel good about that. On the other hand, he is not going to JAIL and the Bayer/Monsanto company is just getting bigger. The German company will own 60% of the world's food seeds and 70% of cotton seeds. That is not only scary, it is stupid. We gotta keep raising awareness folks, even when it feels we are going upstream, that's the time to be the strongest.”

Monsanto CEO to leave company after Bayer acquisition

Moms: “Congressman Lieu actually cares about toxins in our food and our health crisis. What about your Representative?”

Lieu: “Last year I asked the @TheJusticeDept to investigate allegations the @EPA was covering up the dangers of glyphosate, the active ingredient in the weed killer RoundUp manufactured by Monsanto.

New info suggests this toxic chemical is now found in common food items. Unacceptable.”

Tell Congress: Pass the Local FARMS Act!

Either way, consumers are buying more local food, as are restaurants, schools and other institutions. And yet, our $90 billion Farm Bill is written largely to favor the corporations that produce factory farm meat and highly processed GMO junk foods—it does little to help build markets and infrastructure designed to support your local independent farmer.

The Local Food and Regional Market Supply (Local FARMS) Act aims to change that.

The bill, introduced by Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Representatives Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb), and Sean Maloney (D-N.Y.), would support the continued expansion of new market opportunities for American family farmers by:

• Helping farmers reach new markets through outreach, cost-share, and technical assistance programs

• Increasing access to fresh, healthy, local food among low-income groups and communities in need

• Developing new and strengthening existing infrastructure that connects producers to consumers

The Agriculture Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives has already passed their version of the Farm Bill (H.R. 2) and the Local FARMS Act isn’t in it. On the bright side, H.R. 2 may not have the votes to pass the House.

Citizens Regeneration Lobby (CRL)

is the Organic Consumers Association's sister lobbying organization. CRL is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit education and grassroots lobbying organization that builds local, state, regional and national support, among citizens and government officials, for local and regional organic regenerative agriculture and policies.

This is an excellent video that will bring you up-to-date on what’s been going on with glyphosate and Monsanto in the last year.

Seneff: “20 minute documentary on the dangers of glyphosate and how Monsanto protects it.”

Make some time in your day to watch our mini documentary highlighting all the strategies and toxic tricks used by Monsanto to ensure that they can sell their products, despite the clear dangers for humans and for the enviroment.

Monsanto’s Toxic Tricks

Seneff: “New German documentary on the Bayer/Monsanto merger.”

‘Harvest of Greed:’ Provocative New Film Exposes True Dangers of the Monsanto-Bayer Merger For the World to See

Despite the slanted title against the chemical farming industry, the documentary takes both sides of the equation into account, educating viewers on the chemical companies’ viewpoints while also chronicling the widespread troubles, protests and concerns of natural and family farmers worldwide.

It includes interviews with Bayer CEO Werner Baumann and Monsanto CEO Robert Fraley and offers unprecedented access into their facilities, but also tells the complex stories of adversarial farmers, environmental advocates and protesters on the ground through expert storytelling and interview footage.

Many of them face difficult questions as they wrestle with the enormous specter of the two mega-corporations, both of which have been involved not just in the agricultural system but also some of the most egregious wartime horrors of the past century.

Here is the USDA’s proposed label for foods containing genetically engineered ingredients. (This is the alternative to the complex and confusing QR codes that many companies will use because they know consumers won’t scan them.) While terms like “GMO,” “GM,” “GE,” are now widely used by everyone, USDA decides to create a new acronym, “BE.” Is it just to confuse people more?

New Federally Required GMO Labels Won't Say 'GMO'

According to Politico, the USDA’s long-awaited106-page proposal for how companies must disclose the presence of genetically modified ingredients in their products includes eliminating the words “genetically modified” or “genetically engineered” and replacing them with “bioengineered.”

That means no more “GMO”—instead consumers will see “BE” on the environmentally friendly looking green and yellow images.

The images are just as insulting to consumers as the law, which the chemical and junk food industry lobbyists spent $400 million to pass—under the specious name of the “Safe and Affordable Food Labeling Act.”

Seneff: “I will be giving a webinar presentation linking glyphosate to gut dysbiosis and autism on May 8. Jeffrey Smith will be talking about the benefits of an organic diet on May 17. Here's the link where you can register for these events.”

May 8 - Glyphosate, Autism and Gut Dysbiosis: Connecting the Dots - Dr. Stephanie Seneff

May 17 - Three Reasons Why Organic Diets Can Cure You - Jeffrey Smith, IRT


What causes intestinal inflammation? Glyphosate, gmo foods do.

Fecal markers of intestinal inflammation and intestinal permeability are elevated in Parkinson's disease - February 2018


Fecal markers reflecting intestinal inflammation and increased intestinal permeability have been primarily investigated in inflammatory bowel disease so far. Our data indicate that calprotectin, alpha-1-antitrypsin and zonulin could be useful non-invasive markers in PD as well. Even though these markers are not disease-specific, they corroborate the hypothesis of an intestinal inflammation as contributing factor in the pathogenesis of PD. Further investigations are needed to determine whether calprotectin, alpha-1-antitrypsin and zonulin can be used to define PD subgroups and to monitor the effect of interventions in PD.

Toxic Overload From Within… Metabolic Endotoxemia by Jill Carnaham, M.D.

The Leaky Gut Cycle & LPS

When a person has intestinal permeability or leaky gut syndrome, these LPS can leak through the gastrointestinal wall and into the bloodstream causing serious, bodywide inflammation. This can cause a vicious cycle of declining health that looks like this:

Inflammation of the gut lining leading to leaky gut and…

Poor nutrient absorption (especially vitamin B12, magnesium, and iron), which then causes…
A strong immune system response to the offending particles, which causes…
Gastrointestinal issues including food intolerances, celiac disease and eventually leading to various autoimmune diseases.

And autoimmune disease may cause inflammation of the gut lining, which starts this cycle over again. Within this cycle, LPS is pouring from the gut lumen into the bloodstream, causing inflammation, and exacerbating every step along the way.

Seneff: “Here's another great blog post by Marty Michener on toxic metals.”

Marty Michener, Ph.D.

Marty Michener has focused on nature and health for over 60 years, earning a BS at Cornell University and a PhD at Harvard University both in biology. Until last year, he taught soils and plants at the Boston Architectural College, School for Landscape Architecture, and recently taught plant and ecology courses at Harvard Arnold Arboretum and at Antioch University of New England. From 1980 until 1996 he was employed as an environmental consultant, working especially on wetland delineation and evaluation. His recent e-publication, Beneath the Fruited Plain, is an example of his ability to relate human ecology observations to include sustainable agriculture, soil science, nutrition, and field studies. He now studies the human ecology of idiopathic diseases, regenerative soil health and sustainable nutrition, serving as part-time Science Coordinator for the Hudson Foundation for Agricultural Integrity, Hudson, NY. This blog contains many original essays on a variety of interests.

Welcome to our oasis of information. Thanks to having so many unique and well informed friends, it has been a lifetime of learning on many fronts. Much of the truth I’ve found to be contrary to “mainstream”, and I am taking this uncensored medium to give, at any one point in time, my best appraisal of the most useful “take” on each topic.

For a devoted scientist, expertise is time-dependent. I have written that a scientist is one who is glad to being shown wrong. We will see how we hold up.

Elemental Impacts - POISON OR MEDICINE? Marty Michener, Ph.D.

(Mercury, aluminum, glyphosate, florine, beryllium, chromium, aresenic, lead)

In our own culture’s twisted logic, many popular medical procedures have been shown over time to be categorically unsafe at all levels, despite doctors having been taught to apply them widely. In fact, today’s physicians are often only advised by the procedure sales representative technicians, motivated by high product acceptance. Thus doctors recite to their patients only the favorable facts, leaving out the side-effects they may not know about. This the news media would have us believe is “science-based medicine.”

The FDA has reduced the use of thimerosal in vaccines, but is publicly still defending the safety of Thimerosal’s use in all vaccines. So much for science-based medicine, replaced by bought-out-politician-based medicine.

The good news is that removing amalgam fillings, and ensuring sufficient dietary sulfur and selenium helps prevent mercury accumulations and it slowly eliminates the stored burden.


Dr. Seneff and colleagues report aluminum concentrating in the pineal glands, where it debilitates the process of transferring sulfate from cholesterol sulfate and heparan sulfate to the essential factor in brain maintenance: melatonin sulfate.

Aluminum gains entry to mitochondria as a mimic of calcium. It also gains entry chelated by glyphosate, now commonly found in many foods. High aluminum is found in the pineal gland during autopsies of Alzheimer’s and autistic bodies. Nanoparticle aluminum has been found highly destructive; it causes cells to self-destruct.

Summary: All the evidence points to glyphosate herbicide making aluminum more destructive. Ecological balance requires as much prevention of ingesting these synergistic xenotoxins as possible.

Curb Your Confusion - The Myth of Natural Foods

Through our Myth of Natural Campaign, we directly confront food companies—sometimes using consumer protection laws like those in Washington, D.C. and California as the basis for lawsuits—for labeling or marketing products as “natural” when independent lab testing shows the products to be contaminated with pesticides, antibiotics and other drugs, and “unnatural” ingredients.

Examples include: Nature Valley Granola Bars, which tested positive for glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup® weed killer; Post Shredded Wheat, which tested positive for glyphosate (the suit has been settled); Sioux Honey, which tested positive for glyphosate; Sanderson Farms chicken which tested positive for a long list of drugs, hormones, pesticides and other contaminants; and Bigelow Tea, which tested positive for glyphosate.

OCA’s Myth of Natural Campaign also addresses other labeling and marketing claims, many of which imply that products were produced using “natural,” “sustainable” or “socially responsible” methods of production.

The Myth of Natural Campaign also takes on corporations like Ben & Jerry’s and Bigelow that claim to be “socially responsible” and “environmentally friendly” despite the presence of pesticides in their products and the use of toxic chemicals or unfair labor practices in their supply chains.


Now in 2016, alarm bells are ringing and in California alone, the problem has become incredibly severe:

“The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that the U.S. Forest Service has identified an additional 36 million dead trees across California since its last aerial survey in May 2016. This brings the total number of dead trees since 2010 to over 102 million on 7.7 million acres of California’s drought stricken forests. In 2016 alone, 62 million trees have died, representing more than a 100 percent increase in dead trees across the state from 2015. Millions of additional trees are weakened and expected to die in the coming months and years.”

“Life is being killed off, you can see it in the trees.”

David Suzuki - Silent Forest

I can’t find the actual published paper, but check out the second article on tea and glyphosate...

Tea records highest concentration of Glyphosate: US research

According to the paper, Glyphosate is the most widely applied herbicide in the world to eliminate broadleaf weeds and grasses that compete with crops. The paper said the highest concentration was found in four specific sample sources. They are tea bag, tea leaves, coffee power and honey.

“We observed elevated urinary glyphosate levels in participants who drank tea,” the paper said.


When Corporations Play 'Monopoly,' Consumers Lose

Robert Reich wants you to know about the biggest economic problem you’ve heard almost nothing about—the Monopolization of America—and how it affects what you pay for food and other consumer products.

In his latest video on Facebook, released Sunday and already seen by more than 500,000 viewers, Reich says America’s monopoly problem stems from the “hidden upward redistribution of money and power from the majority of Americans to corporate executives and wealthy shareholders.”

The Monopolization of America

Take Action to Ban Neonics in the U.S.!

The neonicotinoid insecticides now banned in the E.U are sold by Bayer and Syngenta and used by Monsanto to coat its genetically engineered seeds. They are the cause of the massive bee die-offs that commercial beekeepers in the U.S. reported this year—and every year since 2006.

Carbon dioxide, New York farms, cover crops holding the weeds down, 10 minutes.

Regenerative agriculture -- a solution to climate change | Ben Dobson | TEDxHudson

Dobson has been a farmer his entire life. But it wasn’t until six years ago that he made the connection between agriculture and climate change.

Judy Hoy - Author of Changing Faces: The Consequences of Exposure to Gene and Thyroid Disrupting Toxins

In the Northwest there’s a saying “Shoot – Shovel -Shut up” describing the prevalence of ranchers killing live stock of all kinds with birth defects.

Judy talks very specifically of some of the issues she’s seen with bison and deer with dysfunctional and missing male genitalia.

RFK, Jr.: “This is huge!”

New York prevails on natural gas pipeline denial

"The court rightfully denied the attempt to use the federal justice system to force New Yorkers into a pipeline we don't want and don't need," said Wes Gillingham, associate director of Catskill Mountainkeeper.

Experts Beg Gardeners To Look For Hummingbird Eggs Before They Prune

“Hummingbird eggs are tiny, about the size of jelly beans! Please remember to carefully check for nests before you trim trees and shrubs this spring.”

Studies Link Canine Cancers to Lawn Chemicals

CBD Oil Benefits: How To Heal Your Dog With Hemp
Arty turns 11 this summer.

#1514989 --- 05/25/18 05:39 AM Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food [Re: MissingArty]
MissingArty Offline
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Registered: 12/18/11
Posts: 2357
Loc: Waterloo, NY

I have been told that sharing this information is useless because “people don’t care,”
or the concepts are above their understanding. If you were told that individuals who
are selling you things, and/or governments were using (or testing out) chemicals on you,
that will make you ill and disabled, you would be horrified. If I were to tell you that
your family and children are being poisoned, you would react and protect them. This is
exactly what I am telling you. Now, we have 5G technology which has been shown in many
studies to be profoundly harmful and, essentially, a slow suicide/homicide method.
If you honestly “Don’t Care,” do nothing. If you do care about yourself, your children,
and those you love, take action.

Rory Fleming Richardson, Ph.D.

Monsanto in Epic Fail with attempted attack on Global Glyphosate Study

The peer-reviewed accepted manuscripts from the pilot phase of the Global Glyphosate Study were revealed last Wednesday in a Press Conference at the European Parliament.

The results of the short-term pilot study showed that glyphosate-based herbicides (GBHs) were able to alter certain important biological parameters in rats, mainly relating to sexual development, genotoxicity and the alteration of the intestinal microbiome, at the ‘safe’ level of 1.75 mg/kg/day set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

As is normal practice for Monsanto, their Public Relations department was soon in action to try and crush the scientists involved and the study results, which could cause major damage to the product that supports their whole business model – the glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup.

However, this time their PR campaign against the Study was only met with contempt and disdain from journalists, politicians, and the public in countries across Europe.

Monsanto’s epic fail began with their comments in The Guardian newspaper:

The truth is that Monsanto has never been faced with an independent study on glyphosate and glyphosate-based herbicides, in which multiple Institutions and Universities are involved. They are used to attacking one single scientist or a small institution.

The Global Glyphosate Study involves The Ramazzini Institute, the University of Bologna (Faculty of Agriculture, Veterinary Science and Biostatistics) the Genoa Hospital San Martino, the Italian National Institute of Health, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York and the George Washington University.

OFFICIAL TRAILER 2018: Genetically Modified Children, Coming June 5.

Can Monsanto chemicals permanently alter your child’s genes? Low-income tobacco farmers face skyrocketing cancer rates with more devastating repercussions affecting their children: severe physical deformities and mental disabilities. Choosing between poverty or poison, Latin American growers have no choice but to use harmful chemicals such as the herbicide glyphosate (aka Monsanto’s Roundup) and Bayer’s insecticide Confidor if they want to certify and sell their crops to Big Tobacco. As patent and regulatory laws continue to favor the profits of Monsanto and chemical companies, the tobacco makes its way into the hands and mouths of consumers worldwide in Philip Morris products, while the poisons used to harvest the crops contaminate the farmers’ blood and are modifying the human genome, creating genetically modified children.

Facebook: The film comes out June 5 in the US and English speaking Canada, and will be available on Amazon and Vimeo. Click 'like' on this page to stay updated on the release.

The future of genetically modified crops in India

Intellectual property rights in relation to plant varieties, including transgenic varieties, are the subject matter of protection under the provisions of the Protection of Plant Variety and Farmers Rights Act

FDA hits CDMO Ei for making drugs and pesticides with same equipment

The agency said inspectors found the company “manufactured topical human drugs and several pesticides in the same building, using shared equipment” despite the risk of cross contamination. Inspectors also found two of the drugs meant for human use contained a pesticide produced at the facility.

FDA’s letter:

GMOs, Glyphosate & Gut Health - Zack Bush, M.D. interview

This is a mind-blowing conversation that explores new insights into the mechanisms behind human health and longevity. It's about the massive and misunderstood impact of industrial farming, chemical pesticides, the pharmaceutical industry and even errant Western medical practices have on both human and planetary health.

It's a conversation about the difference between the science of disease and the science of health. It's about the microbiome as a critical predictor of and protector against illness. And it's an exploration of autism, epigenetics and the mechanics of intercellular communication.

Latham: “Outrageous: FDA found a corn sample that violated the tolerance--the corn had 6.5 ppm glyphosate and the tolerance is 5 ppm--they decided not to report the violation to EPA under the specious claim that it wasn't an "official sample".”

Weedkiller found in granola and crackers, internal FDA emails show

Living Rivers Council submits expert comments on glyphosate and its ‘inert’ substances in formulation to the EPA

U.S. EPA (2017a) found that oral and inter-tracheal administration of glyphosate to rats caused only mild lung hemorrhages and epithelial damage, but rats died immediately or after several days when given POEA (p 96 of 204). Therefore, U.S. EPA knows that POEA is not inert and instead is highly toxic and yet it fails to monitor this substance.

Defarge et al. (2018) found major problems with heavy metal pollution in glyphosate-based herbicide formulations:

“We measured in the formulations other contaminants such as, among others, the heavy metals arsenic (As), cobalt (Co), chromium (Cr), nickel (Ni) and lead (Pb), which are known to be toxic and endocrine disruptors. Eleven formulations were assessed, as well as 11 other pesticide formulations as comparators. Formulations from both groups were comparably and heavily contaminated (Fig. 5) with the heavy metal As, present in almost all samples. In total, all except 3 formulations had 5–53 times the permitted level of As in water in European Union or USA; all except 1 had Cr above (up to 40 times) the permitted level; all except 1 contained Ni, with 19 samples being above the permitted level (up to 62 times); 6 contained up to 11 times the permitted level of Pb.”

This is extremely alarming and shows major negligence of the U.S. EPA in regulating Roundup and other glyphosate-based herbicides, if the findings of Defarge et al. (2018) are representative. If they are, the consequences for human and environmental health are far-reaching. The permitting of Roundup and other similar products should be withdrawn from the market, at least until heavy metal pollution issues are resolved.

Saunders and Pezeshki (2015) had the following findings: “(1) glyphosate often runs off of fields where it is applied; (2) glyphosate can be translocated by plant roots; and (3) glyphosate can affect plant functioning in non-target plants.” Roots of plants killed is another pathway into the soil for glyphosate, AMPA and POEA. Glyphosate may and AMPA may remain for up to 196 days in clay soils with unknown biological impact as noted by Scribner et al. (2003). Scribner et al. (2003) not only found surface water runoff with glyphosate-based herbicides, but also found them in isolated ponds where aerosol drift carried them. Furthermore, Scribner et al. (2003) actually measured glyphosate and AMPA in rainfall in Mid-western states. A U.S. Geological Survey (USGS 2008) found substantial amounts of glyphosate in runoff in a Clackamas River tributary after forest herbicide application.

The Impossible Burger: Boon or risk to health and environment?

Impossible Foods is pitching its product on the basis of claims that it is a healthy and environmentally responsible choice. But a look at the facts gives a different picture.

The Impossible Burger is not made from organically sourced or Non-GMO ingredients, so there are other substances present in this product that in all likelihood are also derived from GM organisms (GMOs) – namely soy protein isolate and a number of vitamins – which we shall return to later in this article. So overall, the Impossible Burger is a GMO food.

Africa: Push-Pull technology halts fall armyworm rampage – without GM

Prof Zeyaur Khan, Push-Pull leader at icipe and a co-author of the new study, said, “Over the past several months we received information from Push-Pull farmers that their fields were free of fall armyworm infestation while neighbouring monocrop plots were being ravaged by the pest. Therefore, we evaluated the climate-adapted version of the technology as a potential management tool for fall armyworm in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania."

Latham: “Major Bee breakthrough: Today, Member States have backed the proposal from the European Commission to ban all outdoor uses of 3 bee-killing neonicotinoids.”

Neonicotinoids: a historic day for the European Union

Seneff: “Dicamba kills grapes and tomatoes. I doubt it's harmless to humans!”

Dicamba drift deadly for grapes and tomatoes

If you are a commercial grape or tomato grower, take this seriously! Be sure your crop is registered in the DriftWatch database, so that people who are spraying dicamba know your crop is there. You can register for no cost at

New Study: EPA's 'Safe' Levels of this Chemical in Your Food Aren't So Safe After All

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. swings by Atlanta to talk about the Chattahoochee and the importance of enforcing environmental laws by Thomas Wheatleye

Scott Pruitt’s rollbacks on the coal rules are going to allow tremendous amounts of mercury into America’s waters. If you put a molecule of mercury [into our water] and it gets into a fish and into a pregnant mother or a child who eats that fish, and that mercury gets into a baby’s brain, it can cause inflammation, a loss of IQ, or endocrinology disruption like PFOAs [cause]. Mercury can injure sexual development, IQ, and learning capacity, so when that little girl gets to be seven years old and she can’t read a book quite as well as her classmates and can’t solve a math problem, when God gave her the brain to solve that and the coal company took it away from her, that’s a crime. And it’s about as bad as any crime you can commit.

Democracy and the environment are intertwined. Anywhere you see large environmental violations you’re going to see the subversion of democracy. You’ll see the disappearance of transparency, corruption of public officials, capture of agencies by industries, and the erosion of public rights to comment and participate on decisions that dictate the destinies of their communities. We’ve already had losses that we will never recover. We want to preserve as much as we can for our kids. Environmentalism isn’t about protecting the fishes and birds for their own sake. It’s about recognizing that nature is the infrastructure of our communities.

Bayer man wants to abolish animal feeding studies with GMOs

It's also ironic that this man from Bayer, a company that relies on animal feeding studies to get its agrochemicals and pharmaceuticals through regulatory processes worldwide, is arguing on animal welfare grounds for animal studies with GMOs to be abolished. Little rightly argues that "there are few or no alternatives in existence" for evaluating the safety of chemicals and pharmaceuticals. But he fails to admit that the same is true of GMOs.

Seneff: “It is hard to believe that the government has such disregard for protection of life on earth from harm due to agrichemicals.”

The House Farm Bill is Really a Harm Bill

In 1962, it was a lack of environmental policy that poisoned our water, workers, and wildlife. In 2018, it may be these misguided policy choices.

New Farm Bill Increases Pesticides On Organic Food – Take Action

The current draft of the Farm Bill also eliminates all funding for the organic cost share program, which provides assistance to farmers trying to certify their farms as organic. This strikes us as a terrible allocation of resources. Billions are set aside to subsidize corn, wheat, soy, and other commodity crops that are used to make junk food; by contrast, the 2014 Farm Bill allocated $11.5 million per year for the organic cost share program—money that the House Farm Bill is now proposing to cut. Generally speaking, we don’t like the government picking winners and losers—this should be sorted out by the market. Not only is the government incompetent (recall the confused thinking that permeates the federal government’s dietary guidelines), it is also beholden to special interests. Incompetence and cronyism notwithstanding, if subsidies are going to be given out, it doesn’t make sense to send billions towards food that is making us unhealthy and sick, while eliminating funds for the production of sustainable, clean and healthy food.

The Farm Bill does include some of the provisions that were part of a previous bill that ANH supported which sought to address the issue of fake organics coming into the US from overseas. As we stated at the time, these measures wouldn’t fix all the problems with the organics program, but they are a step in the right direction in getting the government to do its job in ensuring the integrity of our domestic organics program.

Bee crisis: EU court backs near-total neonicotinoids ban

Scientific studies have found that the chemicals can disorientate bees, harming their ability to pollinate and return to hives.

Intestinal Disease, Immune Disease and GMOs

According to Dr. Andrew Weil, “Leaky gut syndrome is not generally recognized by conventional physicians, but evidence is accumulating that it is a real condition that affects the lining of the intestines. The theory is that leaky gut syndrome (also called increased intestinal permeability), is the result of damage to the intestinal lining, making it less able to protect the internal environment as well as to filter needed nutrients and other biological substances. As a consequence, some bacteria and their toxins, incompletely digested proteins and fats, and waste not normally absorbed may “leak” out of the intestines into the blood stream. This triggers an autoimmune reaction, which can lead to gastrointestinal problems such as abdominal bloating, excessive gas and cramps, fatigue, food sensitivities, joint pain, skin rashes, and autoimmunity.”

According to Dr. Arpad Pusztai, who was involved in the pioneering research on the Bt potato, “There is no [such thing as] absolute selectivity!” Furthermore, he says that the very process of genetic modification causes unknown and uncontrollable mutations in the plant. There is “no means of directing the gene transfer … You are shooting blindfold … genetic insertion causes mutations … You

can’t say where it [the genetic bit] landed … you don’t know how things were reshuffled.” The plant’s own genes are affected and we don’t really know how. Pusztai calls this, “insertional mutagenesis,” mutation of an organism caused by the insertion of DNA into the organism’s pre-existing DNA.

The intestinal lining of livestock in the U.S. is so poor these days that meat processors import sausage casings from New Zealand. According to Dr. Huber, “When you look at the intestine of those pigs fed the GMO feed, the lining is deteriorated and the critical microbial balance is drastically changed.”

Seneff: “First results on the Ramazzini Institute's study on glyphosate exposure to rats at a dosage that is considered safe according to the United States Acceptable Daily Intake levels. They found significant changes in the distribution of gut microbes in the rat pups, including a reduction in the level of Lactobacillus.”

RFK, Jr.: “Go Switzerland!”

Switzerland to vote on pesticide ban 'in 3 years'

If the vote is passed, Switzerland would become only the second country after Bhutan to implement a full ban.

This is how they control what is taught to our children attending University.

What Charles Koch and Other Donors to George Mason University Got for Their Money

Following a period of deep cuts in public funding, the documents and related emails raised broad questions about whether universities that rely heavily on private donors can remain free from the influences of contributors who may be pursuing commercial, political or philosophical agendas.

In academia, such influence is viewed as inappropriate, partly because it may pressure professors to produce biased research, undermining the credibility of their work and spreading incorrect information to students. That may be particularly problematic in the interpretation of data and construction of models in areas of economics that affect federal tax policy or regulation.

Seneff: “The Guardian summarizes some of the important findings from the new Ramazzini Institute studies on glyphosate.”

Glyphosate shown to disrupt microbiome 'at safe levels', study claims

Prof Philip J Landrigan, of New York’s Icahn School of Medicine, and also one of the research team, said: “These early warnings must be further investigated in a comprehensive long-term study.” He added that serious health effects from the chemical might manifest as long-term cancer risk: “That might affect a huge number of people, given the planet-wide use of the glyphosate-based herbicides.”

Lakeview Organic Grain, Penn Yan, New York

Seneff: “Farmers are getting sick from the chemicals they're exposed to, and, for some, this becomes the main reason to switch to organic farming.”

These Farmers Switched to Organic After Pesticides Made Their Families Sick

His wife Dolores says the incident led Gus to convert the farm to organic. But other farmers in their area weren’t as fortunate as Gus. “There are a few farmers in our area who have passed on because of chemicals. But that’s not spoken about in farming communities,” she says.

“The concern is the amount of herbicides used in the next five to 10 years is going to constitute the largest increase in U.S. history,” Benbrook says, who also notes that level of herbicide use increase should require action from public health agencies and regulators, but adds there is no effort to study the human health impacts of the chemicals. “This is a public health train wreck that no one has the tools, the motivation, or the ability to turn around. The end game will be very costly.”

Lakeview Organic Grain:

Why Reducing Pesticide Use and Exposure Matters

I remember several times walking home with a growing, sharp itch, bordering on pain, in my back and on my arms. A few times I had a rash. Often, my asthma flared up in the evening. It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out why — some of the 2,4-D sprayed a few days before had moved with rain into the puddles.

And then ponder the exposures that occurred a few days later, when dozens of families, many with young children, visited the farm, and with great expectations, picked the ripe, juicy berries right off the plants, which, by the handful, then went in their mouths.

Seneff: “Prevent Cancer Now has a post on the new glyphosate results coming out of Italy. And they bring awareness to the cadmium problem in Canadian Western soils.”

Subject: Breaking Research: glyphosate harms microbiome at "safe levels"

Prevent Cancer Now has been highlighting for years that glyphosate can also mobilize toxic metals, so to what extent are the high levels of cadmium in western soils and potash turning up in Canadian grains? Canada has no food standard for cadmium, but Canadian grain has been refused by Europe for excessive levels. Cadmium is carcinogenic, harms the developing child, and is highly toxic to the nervous system, kidneys, liver, bones and other organs.

Twin Oaks Organic Dairy, Truxton, New York

Seneff: “Wow! Awesome video! I really like the way you have orchestrated the dynamics of transitions with zooming in, etc. Very effective techniques. Plus, having classical music in the background greatly enhances the experience compared to watching a silent slide show. The content is compelling with plenty of documentation with peer-reviewed papers showing evidence of harm. Timing for transitions was perfect, giving just enough time to absorb the content on a slide. I was mesmerized by the entire experience of watching this. A total indictment of the agrichemical industry and hopefully very convincing to even the most uninformed person as to the dangers we face with our current methods in growing food. Thank you so much for doing this!! I hope it goes viral.”

Managing Weeds for Healthy Kids: Emerging Challenges for Physicians, Families, and Farmers

Revolution, Class-Action Suit, or Disability Claim: Confronting An Environmental Crime Against Humanity by Rory Fleming Richardson, Ph.D., ABMP, TEP

Our discoveries and inventions have always been a source of pride, but we have assumed that there would not be any harm. Aluminum has been used for utensils, cups, and containers, it’s low cost and low weight. Some studies showed dangers while others did not. But when combined with Aluminum, fluoride and glyphosate, it creates a chemical combination which has been shown to be linked with Autism and Alzheimer’s disease. The synergetic effect of combining these three chemicals brgins to explain the inconsistencies in the studies, and points out the profound dangers, that exist when chemicals in our “creations” are combined.

I have been told that sharing this information is useless because “people don’t care,” or the concepts are above their understanding. If you were told that individuals who are selling you things, and/or governments were using (or testing out) chemicals on you, that will make you ill and disabled, you would be horrified. If I were to tell you that your family and children are being poisoned, you would react and protect them. This is exactly what I am telling you. Now, we have 5G technology which has been shown in many studies to be profoundly harmful and, essentially, a slow suicide/homicide method. If you honestly “Don’t Care,” do nothing. If you do care about yourself, your children, and those you love, take action.

Analysis: 490,000 Pounds of Toxic Pesticides Sprayed on National Wildlife Refuges

Pesticide Use on Crops Grown in Refuges Spikes in California, Oregon, Arkansas, Tennessee, Maryland

WASHINGTON— America’s national wildlife refuges are being doused with hundreds of thousands of pounds of dangerous agricultural pesticides every year, according to a first-of-its-kind analysis by the Center for Biological Diversity.

The Center report, No Refuge, reveals that an estimated 490,000 pounds of pesticides were dumped on commodity crops like corn, soybeans and sorghum grown in national wildlife refuges in 2016, the most recent year for which data are available. The analysis was conducted with records obtained by the Center under the Freedom of Information Act.

“These refuges are supposed to be a safe haven for wildlife, but they’re becoming a dumping ground for poisonous pesticides,” said Hannah Connor, a senior attorney at the Center who authored the analysis. “Americans assume these public lands are protected and I think most people would be appalled that so many pesticides are being used to serve private, intensive agricultural operations.”

The pesticides include the highly toxic herbicides dicamba and 2,4-D, which threaten the endangered species and migrating birds that wildlife refuges were created to protect. Refuge pesticide use in 2016 was consistent with pesticide applications on refuges over the previous two years, the Center analysis showed.

Moms Across America

LIVE: HOW Glyphosate is Likely Harming You and WHY it Needs to Be Banned with Dr. Stephanie Seneff. (At the end, the comment period to the EPA has ended.) At 31:00 detoxing.

“The MMR has the highest amount of glyphosate.”

“It’s like putting sugar in the gas tank, it messes everything up and you’ll get various types of things showing up that you won’t understand. Doctors don’t even understand why we’re getting all these strange diseases, there’s all these new diseases coming out…” (at 40:00)

Return to Mount Kennedy - Trailer

In 1965 Jim Whittaker led Senator Robert Kennedy to the first ascent of a remote mountain in the Yukon named after the late president, JFK. Fifty years later, the sons of the original climbing team—a raucous band manager, a candidate for governor, and a young mountaineer—embark on an expedition to the mountain to celebrate the special bond that connects them all. Featuring unreleased insturmentals by Eddie Vedder and never before seen footage and photos of Robert Kennedy, the feature-length documentary sits at the intersection of politics, human rights, environmentalism and adventure.

Chem trails...

"Why in the World are They Spraying?"

Greens of the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier

Facebook page discussing glyphosate, gmo foods, vaccines, fracking, etc. for our area of NYS.

Toxic Weed Killer Found in Most Foods Sold in the US

Between 1974 — the year glyphosate entered the U.S. market — and 2014, glyphosate use in the U.S. increased more than 250fold

Few people had detectable levels of glyphosate in their urine in 1993, but by 2016, 70 percent had detectable levels. Between 1993 and 2016, the glyphosate levels in people’s bodies increased by 1,208 percent

While both the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Pesticide Data Program and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) measure pesticide residues in foods, neither include glyphosate in their official testing

Internal FDA emails reveal Roundup has been found in virtually all foods tested, including granola, oatmeal products, crackers and honey
Independent testing has found significant amounts of glyphosate in a wide range of foods as well, including grains (especially oats), legumes, beans, orange juice, wine and ice cream

How Is Glyphosate Affecting Human Health?
Glyphosate mimics glycine (hence the “gly” in glyphosate), a very common amino acid your body uses to make proteins. As a result, your body can substitute glyphosate for glycine, which results in damaged proteins being produced. According to research published in the journal Entropy in 2013, the main toxic effects of glyphosate are related to the fact that it:8,9

Inhibits the shikimate pathway, found in gut bacteria in both humans and animals
Interferes with the function of cytochrome P450 enzymes, required for activation of vitamin D in the liver, and the creation of both nitric oxide and cholesterol sulfate, the latter of which is needed for red blood cell integrity
Chelates important minerals, including iron, cobalt and manganese. Manganese deficiency, in turn, impairs mitochondrial function and can lead to glutamate toxicity in the brain
Interferes with the synthesis of aromatic amino acids and methionine, which results in shortages in critical neurotransmitters and folate
Disrupts sulfate synthesis and sulfate transport
Glyphosate also disrupts, destroys, impairs or inhibits:10

The microbiome, thanks to its antibiotic activity
Sulfur metabolism
Methylation pathways
Pituitary release of thyroid stimulating hormone, which can lead to hypothyroidism
The chemical has also been linked to certain cancers. In March 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a research arm of the World Health Organization, reclassified glyphosate as a Class 2A probable carcinogen11 based on "limited evidence" showing the weed killer can cause Non-Hodgkin lymphoma and lung cancer in humans, along with "convincing evidence" linking it to cancer in animals.

Natural Pest Control Links

Homemade Insecticidal Soap Spray
Arty turns 11 this summer.

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Highwire with Del Bigtree

… to 27:00: Lead in water (70% lead in Chicago’s water), US birth rates lowest in history, James Williams, autistic adult, and author, talks about growing up autistic.

AND don’t miss this...

28:00 54:00 Zack Bush, M.D. talks about cancer, doctors, their tool box, environmental cause, doctors leaving the system, what changed in the food, soil, Glyphosate’s impact on soil and our health plays into health at 44:00, Pharmica owns Monsanto and Bayer, the nine amino acids we need, glyphosate is blocking 3 to 4 of these essential acids, 49:00 what you can do to get the nutrients into your body.

“...and in that journey we can map almost every disease epidemic we have right the food industry…”

“...because cancer is ultimately just the end stage of an inflammatory loss of communication at the cell level…”

“...and so we are putting this chemical directly on our food and damaging it and then we’re also indirectly through the water system, contaminating the soil itself and all of plant life on earth to block that shikimate pathway where we can’t make the essential amino acids...we need them from our food and we are blocking at least three or four of those by the use of Glyphosate…”
Arty turns 11 this summer.

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“In 1985 the EPA toxicologist had already classified Glyphosate as a probable carcinogen,
but their decision was reversed. The EPA reversed their decision in 1991 and decided it was
not carcinogenic over the objections of the toxicologists of the EPA...and they were horrified
to discover that practically all of them had Glyphosate residues in their breast milk and that
is what they were feeding their babies...and Anthony very, very clear that Glyphosate
becomes part of the proteins of all milk. It doesn’t matter what kind of animal you are, if it’s
in cow’s milk or human milk...will have Glyphosate in their milk. This is confirmed by a study
in Germany…”

“So you think of science. Well, today there’s two kinds of science. There’s corporate science
and there is science done in universities and independent science and the two seem to show different
results most of the time, ...I give more weight to the independent studies than to the corporate studies.”

Dr. Thierry Vrain

“If we are going to live so intimately with these chemicals--eating and drinking them,
taking them into the very marrow of our bones--we had better know something about their nature
and their power.”

Rachel Carson, Silent Spring

Nice article about Moms Across America.

New battalions of Moms rise up to rescue America from an insidious enemy

After WWII, General Dwight Eisenhower said that our nation couldn't have won the global war without the "contribution of the women of America, whether on the farm or in the factory or in uniform." This Memorial Day, it's appropriate to honor a new generation of American women who are counter attacking a global threat that could cripple our nation.


No creature on Earth is as ferocious as a mother defending her young. And we're seeing, in America, this emerging army of women warriors determined to defeat the multiple food-related plagues damaging their children. Moms Across America and other activist groups are showing thousands of mothers and grandmothers how to win against embedded corporate/government powers with the most effective weapon: Truth. In 1770, future American president John Adams famously said, "Facts are stubborn things." Stubborn too are Moms determined to heal their kids from chronic rashes and digestive pain and allergies which lead to endless rounds of medications, which spiral down into unpredictable emotional behavior and more drugs.

The Moms crusade triggered other efforts to measure glyphosate residue in our foods. Although corporate trolls sometimes sneer at these women as "blogger mommys," Moms Across America has launched effective campaigns. When EPA ignored the Moms' request for a meeting, Zen launched an e-mail to Moms. They clogged the EPA's phones until a top official begged, "call them off." The agency offered an open, face-to face meeting with group members. The Moms website constantly alerts millions of mothers of adverse regulatory moves, like USDA's camouflage of GMO food labels.

RFK, Jr.: “This fact sheet describes the contents of Monsanto’s confidential public relations plan to discredit the World Health Organization’s cancer research unit, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, in order to protect the reputation of Roundup weedkiller.”

Monsanto Relied on These “Partners” to Attack Top Cancer Scientists

This fact sheet describes the contents of Monsanto’s confidential public relations plan to discredit the World Health Organization’s cancer research unit, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), in order to protect the reputation of Roundup weedkiller. In March 2015, the international group of experts on the IARC panel judged glyphosate, the key ingredient in Roundup, to be probably carcinogenic to humans.

The Monsanto plan names more than a dozen “industry partner” groups that company executives planned to “inform / inoculate / engage” in their efforts to protect the reputation of Roundup, prevent the “unfounded” cancer claims from becoming popular opinion, and “provide cover for regulatory agencies.” Partners included academics as well as chemical and food industry front groups, trade groups and lobby groups — follow the links below to fact sheets that provide more information about the partner groups.

Together these fact sheets provide a sense of the depth and breadth of the corporate attack on the IARC cancer experts in defense of Monsanto’s top-selling herbicide.


Page 5 of the Monsanto document identifies four tiers of “industry partners” that Monsanto executives planned to engage in its IARC preparedness plan. These groups together have a broad reach and influence in pushing a narrative about cancer risk that protects corporate profits.

Documents later reported by The New York Times reveal that Sachs emailed Miller a week before the IARC glyphosate report to ask if Miller was interested in writing about the “controversial decision.” Miller responded, “I would if I could start with a high-quality draft.” On March 23, Miller posted an article on Forbes that “largely mirrored” the draft provided by Monsanto, according to the Times. Forbes severed its relationship with Miller in the wake of the ghostwriting scandal and deleted his articles from the site.

Wal-mart Garden Center

Seneff: “A sad moment in history.”

Are we witnessing the extinction of bees ?

“Listing the rusty patched bumble bee was historic because this is the first bumble bee species, and the first bee found on the continental United States, to ever be listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. This listing is the result of a five-year campaign by environmental groups such as the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, and based on input from tens of thousands of citizen scientists and private citizens,” Forbes reports.

Dr. Thierry Vrain

Engineered Foods, Glyphosate Toxicity and Your Health - April 12, 2018

Dr Vrain is a retired genetic engineer who resides in British Columbia. He had a long career as a soil biologist and genetic scientist, retiring as a research director at the Canadian Department of Agriculture.

Having taken into account the large amount of scientific evidence that shows how synthetic pesticides can be hazardous to human health and the environment, Dr Vrain has decided to sound the warning about the multiple dangers associated with pesticide use in crop production and domestic applications. He refutes the claims of the biotechnology companies that their engineered crops yield more, that they require less pesticide applications, that they have no impact on the environment and, of course, that they are safe to eat.

25:00 Dr. Vrain talks about the studies done in the last five years that have shown that our gut bacteria communicates with the other organs in our bodies. Disturbed gut flora, autoimmune disease.
31:00 Glyphosate kills frogs and salamanders.
At 44:00 Professor Chris Portier of the World Health Organization talks about keys that start the cancer process, the EPA discarding studies as not relevant
48:00 Correlation analysis, Glyphosate and cancer, Alzheimer, Celiac, Diabetes, etc.
49:00 Glyphosate is a SYNTHETIC amino acid, reference to Seneff and Samsel’s 2016 Paper
1:00:00 the farmers are addicted and have been told for 25 years that Glyphosate is safe to use. Bayer comes with it’s own chemical, with a name similar to Glyphosate, Glyphosinate. Enlist Duo, 2-4D which was “part of the mix in Agent Orange”
1:05:00 Q & A: Can we use Glyphosate on grass, how to remove Glyphosate from the body, organic food, fruits and vegetables

“The bacteria in your belly are actually in charge of your mood…If your microbiome is not happy, you get sick…In 1985 the EPA toxicologist had already classified Glyphosate as a probable carcinogen, but their decision was reversed. The EPA reversed their decision in 1991 and decided it was not carcinogenic over the objections of the toxicologists of the EPA...and they were horrified to discover that practically all of them had Glyphosate residues in their breast milk and that is what they were feeding their babies...and Anthony very, very clear that Glyphosate becomes part of the proteins of all milk. It doesn’t matter what kind of animal you are, if it’s in cow’s milk or human milk...will have Glyphosate in their milk. This is confirmed by a study in Germany…”

Seneff: “If you don't think our kids are in trouble, check this out!”

Weedkiller products more toxic than their active ingredient, tests show

After more than 40 years of widespread use, new scientific tests show formulated weedkillers have higher rates of toxicity to human cells

It is not clear how much Monsanto itself knows about the toxicity of the full formulations it sells. But internal company emails dating back 16 years, which emerged in a court case last year, offer a glimpse into the company’s view. In one 2003 internal company email, a Monsanto scientist stated: “You cannot say that Roundup is not a carcinogen … we have not done the necessary testing on the formulation to make that statement. The testing on the formulations are not anywhere near the level of the active ingredient.” Another internal email, written in 2010, said: “With regards to the carcinogenicity of our formulations we don’t have such testing on them directly.” And an internal Monsanto email from 2002 stated: “Glyphosate is OK but the formulated product … does the damage.”

Seneff: “This is very demoralizing. Let's just mix other toxic chemicals into the glyphosate formulation because two herbicides together are synergistically toxic to the weeds. And, of course, also synergistically toxic to us.”

In a world of glyphosate resistance, K-State grad student shares a few battle secrets

Fast-growing weeds like kochia and palmer amaranth—or pigweed—are defying even multiple douses of top-selling herbicide Roundup whose primary ingredient is glyphosate.

We know it is more effective if you can put two effective herbicides together.

Mechanics of pesticide-Parkinson’s link revealed

Ryan says that the results indicate that current one-level-fits-all advice for chemical exposure needs to be ditched.

“This study shows that everyone is not equal, and these safety standards need to be updated in order to protect those who are more susceptible and may not even know it,” he says.

Seneff: “Finally! All the public schools should switch to serving only organic food in the cafeteria. It would be a wonderful way to spread the word about healthy eating. And they'd also see benefits in terms of behavioral issues and students' capacity to learn.”

Meet the First U.S. School District to Serve 100% Organic, GMO-Free Meals

The organization says meals will be accompanied by nutrition and gardening education. The Conscious Kitchen previously served 156 students at Bayside MLK Jr. Academy, where it first tested the program starting in August 2013. Over the course of two years, the founders said, disciplinary cases decreased and attendance increased.

Moreover, the program will address the controversial issue of GMOs in school food. As environmental news outlet EcoWatch reports:

An organic orchard - Lakeside Organic Grains, Penn Yan, NY

Notice the grass growing naturally around the trees. Dandelions in abundance. That’s a bee hive on the left.

A local Upstate New York apple orchard.

Notice the path with no grass, no weeds, and the truck delivering the poison that will be sprayed on the crop. Dr. Vrain said recently that “apples are sprayed with “insecticides and fungicides almost weekly for the whole season.” This apple orchard is near many businesses and employees and customers are unaware that they are being exposed.”

Senator Elizabeth Warren: “In another example of weak enforcement that will harm our economy, the Department of Justice just approved the Bayer-Monsanto merger, placing enormous power in the hands of one agribusiness giant. This deal is a brutal blow to small and family farmers, as well as our food supply.”

Bayer wins U.S. nod for Monsanto deal to create agriculture giant

Seneff: “Canadian activist Tony Mitra has been hard at work in India spreading the word about the toxicity of glyphosate. Nice to see some media fruits from his labor. This India-based article published by the Hindu Business Line dared to mention the idea of glyphosate substituting for glycine by mistake during protein synthesis!”

Glyphosate — the deadly weedicide

He refers to the observations of Stephanie Seneff, Senior Research Scientist at MIT, who has said, “It is destructive of human health and it is threatening the extinction of multiple species. I believe it will eventually be proven that glyphosate gets into proteins by mistake in place of glycine.” This has been linked to the epidemic in auto-immune diseases, “most importantly autism and dementia”.

Says Mitra: “People need to force their Governments at all levels to start testing food for glyphosate and to reject foods that have it.”

Long before Scott Pruitt, EPA colluded with industry by Jonathan Latham

The EPA has long bent to the desires of industry, persecuted whistleblowers, and buried their own research.

Aimed at Oregon forest weeds, these aerial sprayings instead killed her animals and sickened her children. So, Van Strum and her husband embarked on a decades-long investigation to uncover who knew what about Agent Orange, and when they knew it. Their inquiry eventually broadened beyond Agent Orange and they ultimately amassed two and a half tons of eye-opening internal documents from the Agency and other sources. Collectively, the Poison Papers constitute an alarming portrait. Virtually from its inception in 1970, the EPA has proactively overridden scientific evidence and sacrificed public safety for the benefit of the chemical industry.

Our ABC agencies said Glyphosate, GMO foods and vaccines were safe. We have to ask whose science are they counting on. Industries?

Latham: “USDA wants your comments on releasing a #GMO bacteriophage in #citrus orchards. As an open release "experiment" Comments by June 25, 2018”

We are advising the public that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has prepared a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) and preliminary pest risk assessment (PRA) that evaluate the potential environmental impacts and plant pest risk associated with the proposed environmental release of genetically engineered Citrus tristeza virus. We are making the draft EIS and preliminary PRA available for public review and comment.

Bacteriophage: a virus that is parasitic in a bacterium and multiplies within its host, which is destroyed when the new viruses are released. Often shortened to: phage.

Bacteriophages are…”viruses which specifically infect bacteria and are completely harmless for humans.”

Reposting, you’ve got to hear this...Dow making nerve gas pesticides.

Trump's EPA is allowing a nerve gas pesticide to be sprayed on your food.

Grab your grocery receipt and take a drive up to Trader Joe’s in Pittsford Plaza. It’s all non-gmo.

Whole Foods Quietly Halts GMO Labeling Requirements

In an email sent by Whole Foods President and Chief Operations Officer A.C. Gallo announced that the company is pausing its GMO Food labeling requirements. The requirements, which were scheduled to take effect on September 1, would have required that suppliers disclose on their packaging whether or not their products contained genetically modified ingredients. The requirements, which were announced five years ago, were three months away from being implemented.

Global Glyphosate Study Pilot Phase Shows Adverse Health Effects at ‘Safe’ Doses

The results reveal that glyphosate based herbicides (GBHs) were able to alter certain important biological parameters, mainly relating to sexual development, genotoxicity and the alteration of the intestinal microbiome.

In Blow to Monsanto, India's Top Court Upholds Decision That Seeds Cannot Be Patented

In an another legal blow to Monsanto, India's Supreme Court on Monday refused to stay the Delhi High Court's ruling that the seed giant cannot claim patents for Bollgard and Bollgard II, its genetically modified cotton seeds, in the country.

Landmark lawsuit claims Monsanto hid cancer danger of weedkiller for decades

In June, a California groundskeeper will make history by taking company to trial on claims it suppressed harm of Roundup

Landmark lawsuit claims Monsanto hid cancer danger of weedkiller for decades
In June, a California groundskeeper will make history by taking company to trial on claims it suppressed harm of Roundup.

“The internal correspondence noted by Johnson could support a jury finding that Monsanto has long been aware of the risk that its glyphosate-based herbicides are carcinogenic … but has continuously sought to influence the scientific literature to prevent its internal concerns from reaching the public sphere and to bolster its defenses in products liability actions,” Karnow wrote. “Thus there are triable issues of material fact.”

“We look forward to exposing how Monsanto hid the risk of cancer and polluted the science,” said Michael Miller, Johnson’s attorney. “Monsanto does not want the truth about Roundup and cancer to become public.”

Glyphosate Causes Changes to DNA Function Resulting in Chronic Disease, According to Study - 2016

The article cites a number of ways that this affects humans and other organisms. According to the study, the consequences of this action can lead to impaired fatty acid release leading to obesity, impaired insulin receptor response leading to diabetes, impaired one-carbon metabolism leading to neural tube defects and autism, impaired cell cycle control during DNA synthesis, and disregulated phosphorylation cascades leading to cancer, lung disorders, and autoimmune diseases.

Stephen Frantz, Ph.D., a pathobiologist research scientist explains it like this: “When a cell is trying to form proteins, it may grab glyphosate instead of glycine to form a damaged, mis-folded protein. After that it’s medical chaos. Where glyphosate replaces glycine, the cell can no longer conduct business as usual causing unpredicted consequences with many diseases and disorders as a result.”

GMO Golden Rice Offers No Nutritional Benefits Says FDA by Allison Wilson, PhD and Jonathan Latham, PhD

The biotech industry and its supporters have promoted GMO Golden Rice for decades as an urgently needed solution to vitamin A deficiency.

But, in a surprising twist, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has concluded its consultation process on Golden Rice by informing its current developers, the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), that Golden Rice does not meet the nutritional requirements to make a health claim.

Golden Rice refers to GMO rice plants modified to produce beta-carotene (also called provitamin A) in their grain. This latest version of Golden Rice contains three added genes. Two specify enzymes in the &#946;-carotene biosynthesis pathway, and are taken from bacteria and maize. The third specifies a (non-antibiotic) selectable marker protein used in the modification process (Paine et al. 2005).

Sen. Tom Udall wants EPA to ban neurotoxic chemical: 'Scott Pruitt doesn't listen to science'

“It certainly appears that the administrator was putting the interests of corporate chemical manufacturers ahead of the health and safety of American families when he made this disastrous decision,” Udall said.

Unstoppable: Transforming Sickness and Struggle into Triumph, Empowerment and a Celebration of Community

Author Zen Honeycutt, Founder of Moms Across America

Seneff: “This book is arguably the best book available today on the topic of toxic foods and their effects on human health. Zen Honeycutt was "just" a young mother trying to bring up her three sons as best she could, in the context of an onslaught of toxic chemicals in their environment causing a long list of health issues for her kids - food allergies, eczema, emergency visits to the hospital, Epi-pens, an autism diagnosis, etc., led her down a path with a quest for understanding why it was so much more difficult for her to raise her kids than it had been in her mother's generation. Once she began to find answers, she knew that she needed to do everything she could to help get the message out to other parents who were struggling in similar ways. She zeroed in on genetically modified foods, and, more specifically, glyphosate, the active ingredient in the pervasive herbicide Roundup, as key factors in her children's health crisis. Switching the family to an organic diet made many of the problems, including the autism diagnosis, magically disappear.

What is truly noble about Zen is her realization that she needed to do much more than just keep her own family healthy. She needed to become an advocate for healthy food and try every way possible to get the message out to a larger audience. She did everything she could to encourage others to get involved and help in disseminating the information about the toxicity of the food to a wider and wider audience. She founded the organization "Moms Across America" to help with advocacy and messaging. She directly confronted the US government and Monsanto corporation, she participated in the Monsanto tribunal in Belgium, and she initiated studies to test for glyphosate contamination in human breast milk, vaccines and California wines, finding it everywhere she looked.

The book is written in highly accessible prose, and it unfolds with a story line of Zen's own journey of personal awakening. It is very entertaining and absorbing, and even gripping at times, the kind of book that you can't put down. Despite the ominous message she delivers, she maintains a sense of optimism throughout, and a belief that the American citizenry can solve the problem through grass roots bottom-up strategies in local communities across the country. Zen is fond of quoting Lily Tomlin who said, "Somebody ought to do something about that. Wait a minute, I am somebody!" Zen is truly an embodiment of that message. We are all "somebody," and Zen's book will inspire anybody who reads it to find a way that their special talents can contribute to helping to solve this enormous crisis that our country currently faces. If we don't all pitch in and do our part, the future of this country is in jeopardy.

Please, buy this book, read it, and pass it on to your friends and family!”

Huber: “Future historians may well look back upon our time and write, not about how many pounds of pesticide we did or did not apply, but about how willing we are to sacrifice our children and jeopardize future generations with this massive experiment we call genetic engineering that is based on flawed science and failed promises just to benefit the bottom line of a commercial enterprise. In her book ‘UNSTOPPABLE,’ Zen Honeycutt has masterfully parlayed the tragedy experienced from our diverted production of healthy food through the corruption of our agricultural system with genetic engineering to show how to rise above its damaging effects. She connects the dots between the modern changes in what we eat, the ubiquitous chemical contamination of our environment, and our well-being. She has initiated an UNSTOPPABLE movement that supports this essential process of restoring health and provides the encouragement and support for each individual to become a vital part of this correction. Her personal reflections and tidbits of encouragement throughout the book show how it can be done at all levels of society from the individual, family, community, nation and world. As a reader you will want to join in to promote health and well-being at all levels.”

UNSTOPPABLE- Why I wrote this book - Zen Honeycutt


Here's why you DON'T want fries with that…

Antibiotics in Meat Could Be Damaging Our Guts

The F.D.A. banned the use of antibiotics for growth promotion in animals last year. One organic cattle farmer is sure the ban is being flouted.

Despite the ban, Mr. Lewis is convinced that some ranchers continue to use antibiotics for growth purposes — a claim that is difficult to document. But experts agree that the F.D.A. rules have a “giant loophole” that allows farmers to continue to use antibiotics to prevent diseases even if animals aren’t showing symptoms.

“You don’t even need a sick animal in the herd to use antibiotics in the feed and water as long as the justification is ‘disease prevention’ not ‘growth promotion,’ ” Avinash Kar, a senior attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council, told me.

Veterinarians working for certain feedlots — industrial-style farms where chickens, pigs and cattle are fattened — seem more than happy to continue writing prescriptions for antibiotics that end up in livestock feed. “They’ve got their veterinarians on retainer,” Mike Callicrate, a cattle rancher in Kansas and Colorado, told me. “They tell them what they want, and the veterinarian darn well provides what they want.”

Transcript of Podcast, Myers Detox with Stephanie Seneff, Ph.D.

Glyphosate is everywhere. Round up is still the best seller in our North American industrialized agricultural practices. Canada is the biggest user of glyphosate for drying grain and legume crops and there is no way of washing it out of our food. So once it gets into our bodies, what can we do? In this interview, Dr. Stephanie Seneff gives us more information and great guidance.

Trees: If it does this to trees, just imagine what it may be doing inside of our bodies

Forest Service to cut hundreds of ponderosa pines near Sisters killed by herbicide

The U.S. Forest Service is seeking public comment on a plan to remove the trees, along an approximately 12-mile segment of the highway near Sisters. Forestry officials believe the trees were killed by an unhealthy dose of Perspective, the brand name of a herbicide used in the area for several years.

The herbicide, administered by contractors working for the Oregon Department of Transportation, was intended to kill the broad-leaf weeds and other flammable plants, but also killed more than 1,000 trees — the majority of which are ponderosas — in the surrounding area.

Pesticide Created By Bayer Accidentally Kills Off Twelve-Mile Stretch of Trees in Oregon

Most people know the Bayer corporation because of its medications, including prescription drugs and over-the-counter staples like Bayer aspirin.

But Bayer’s agricultural, GMO and pesticide divisions are not nearly as well known, similar to the sordid history of the company itself, which has roots as a chemical and explosive manufacturing arm of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi war machine. It all started in 1925, when Bayer became part of the IG Farben corporation in Germany, and continued throughout World War II.

Once the war ended, toxic pesticides produced by companies like Bayer and Monsanto were adopted for use in the agricultural sector, and since then have found applications in both neighborhoods and the natural world for plant control and management.

Natural Pest Control Links

Homemade Insecticidal Soap Spray
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Thought Monsanto was bad, read this.

GM Watch: “How a chemical and pharmaceutical giant with an appalling record of corporate crimes became a key player in the development, commercialization, and sale of GM crops&#8203;

Today Monsanto merges into Bayer and the Monsanto name will be dropped because of the company's toxic reputation. But if anything, Bayer's corporate record is even worse.”

Bayer: A history

GMWatch, February 1, 2009

How a chemical and pharmaceutical giant with an appalling record of corporate crimes became a key player in the development, commercialization, and sale of GM crops

Bayer AG is a chemical and pharmaceutical giant founded in Barmen, Germany in 1863 by Friedrich Bayer and his partner, Johann Friedrich Weskott. Today it has its headquarters in Leverkusen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It trademarked acetylsalicylic acid as aspirin in 1899. It also trademarked heroin a year earlier, then marketed it world-wide for decades as a cough medicine for children "without side-effects", despite the well known dangers of addiction.

During the First World War, Bayer turned its attention to the manufacture of chemical weapons including chlorine gas, which was used to horrendous effect in the trenches. It also built up a "School for Chemical Warfare". During this time Bayer formed a close relationship with other German chemical firms, including BASF and Hoechst. This relationship was formalised in 1925 when Bayer was one of the chemical companies that merged to form the massive German conglomerate Interessengemeinschaft Farben or IG Farben, for short. It was the largest single company in Germany and it became the single largest donor to Hitler's election campaign. After Hitler came to power, IG Farben worked in close collaboration with the Nazis, becoming the largest profiteer from the Second World War. Amongst much else, IG Farben produced all the explosives for the German military and systematically looted the chemical industries of occupied Europe. It's been described as the Nazis' "industrial jackal" following in the wake of Hitler's armies.

During the Second World War, IG Farben used slave labour in many of its factories and mines and by 1944 more than 83,000 forced labourers and death camp inmates had been put to work in the IG Farben camp at Auschwitz in Nazi-occupied Poland. Auschwitz was a vast labour and death camp where more human beings were put to death than were killed in the whole of World War I. It was comprised by 3 main camps: Auschwitz I, a concentration camp; Auschwitz II (Birkenau), an extermination camp in which by 1944 some 6,000 people a day were being killed; and Auschwitz III, which supplied slave labour for the nearby IG Farben plant (Buna-Werke, also known as IG Auschwitz).

IG Farben's Auschwitz plant was a massive industrial complex. The largest outside of Germany, it consumed as much electricity as the entire city of Berlin. Built and run by slave labour, it is thought - at a conservative estimate - to have cost at least 35,000 lives. In 1941, Otto Armbrust, the IG Farben board member responsible for IG Farben's Auschwitz project, told his colleagues, "our new friendship with the SS is a blessing. We have determined all measures integrating the concentration camps to benefit our company." But not only did thousands of slave labourers die from the conditions in which they worked for IG Farben, those camp inmates who were viewed as too sick or weak to continue to labour in the IG Auschwitz plant were selected for the gas chambers. IG Farben paid 100,000 reichsmarks each year to the SS and in return was assured a continuous supply of fresh slave labour, while being "relieved" of unfit inmates.

Elie Wiesel, the writer, Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor, came to Auschwitz in 1944 and was sent with his father to IG Farben's Buna work camp. That same year, the Holocaust survivor and author Primo Levi was among 125 men selected at the railhead for labour at IG's Buna-Werke. One of only 3 survivors from this group, Levi later wrote about his experiences in searing detail, "A fortnight after my arrival there I already had the prescribed hunger, that chronic hunger unknown to free men... On the back of my feet I already have those numb sores that will not heal. I push wagons, I work with a shovel, I turn rotten in the rain, I shiver in the wind, already my own body is no longer mine: my belly is swollen, my limbs emaciated." In "Night", Elie Wiesel's acclaimed memoir of his personal experiences of the Holocaust, he describes how veterans of IG's Buna-Werke told those who had arrived there late in the war that the brutal treatment they were experiencing was as nothing to what had previously been endured by the IG work force: "No water, no blankets, less soup and bread. At night we slept almost naked and the temperature was 30 below. We were collecting corpses by the hundreds every day... Work was very hard... [The gangmasters] had orders to kill a certain number of prisoners every day; and every week selection [for the gas chambers] - a merciless selection."

When it came to "selection", it was an IG Farben subsidiary, with IG Farben managers on its Management Committee, that manufactured and supplied Zyklon B to the SS. This poisonous cyanide-based pesticide, on which IG Farben held the patent, was used during the Holocaust to annihilate more than a million people at both the Auschwitz-Birkenau and Majdanek extermination camps. The form of Zyklon B used in the gas chambers was deliberately made without the normal warning odorant. IG Farben also supplied the SS with the Methanol used to burn the corpses.

In 1946 the Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal concluded that without IG Farben the Second World War would simply not have been possible. The Chief Prosecutor, Telford Taylor, warned, "These companies, not the lunatic Nazi fanatics, are the main war criminals. If the guilt of these criminals is not brought to daylight and if they are not punished, they will pose a much greater threat to the future peace of the world than Hitler if he were still alive." Their indictment stated that due to the activities of IG Farben "the life and happiness of all peoples in the world were adversely affected".Charges as grave as fomenting war and killing slave labourers were also added. In his opening statement the Nuremberg Chief Prosecutor pointed out that, "The indictment accuses these men of major responsibility for visiting upon mankind the most searing and catastrophic war inhuman history. It accuses them of wholesale enslavement, plunder and murder."

According to the Nuremberg prosecutors, "We have seen Farben integrating itself with the Nazi tyranny, turning its technical genius to the furnishing of... commodities vital to the reconstruction of the German war machine, and emerging in Hermann Goering's entourage at the highest level of economic planning and mobilization for war. We have seen Farben poised for the kill, and subsequently swollen by economic conquest in the helpless occupied countries. Faced with a shortage of workers, we have seen Farben turn to Goering and Himmler, and persuading these worthies to marshal the legions of concentration-camp inmates as tools of the Farben war machine. We have seen these wretched workers dying by the thousands, some on the Farben construction site, many more in the Auschwitz gas chambers after Farben had drained the vitality from their miserable bodies... Literally millions of people were put to death in the very backyard of one of Farben's pet projects - a project in which Farben invested 600 million reichsmarks of its own money."

Although the Nuremberg Tribunal indicted 24 IG Farben board members and executives on the basis of crimes against humanity, only 13 received prison sentences. And the sentences they received were described by the Nuremberg Chief Prosecutors "light enough to please a chicken thief". By the early 1950s a number of those convicted of slavery, looting, and mass murder were back at the helm of the very companies - Bayer, Hoechstand BASF, formed out of the assets of IG Farben in 1952.The owners of these "new" companies were also the shareholders of IG Farben. Thus, although the gravity of the crimes committed by IG Farben meant the company was considered too corrupt to be allowed to continue to exist, it was supplanted by its key constituents - companies like Bayer which were owned, and directed at the highest level, by the very same people as IG Farben. Those who had helped Hitler to power and provided the technical know-how for his wars of aggression and the Holocaust, were back in control of the industry.

The Bayer executive Fritz ter Meer typifies the bounce back. An executive of IG for many years, the most senior scientist on its supervisory board and the chairman of its technical committee, he had become a Nazi Party member in 1937 and was the executive responsible for the construction of the IG Farben factory in Auschwitz, in which tens of thousands of slave labourers met their deaths. Ter Meer's own visits to Auschwitz and the detailed reports he received made it inconceivable that he did not have a clear picture of what was occurring. The Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal found him guilty of plunder, slavery, and mass murder. As a result, Ter Meer received the longest sentence of any of the IG Farben board members. But despite being found the most culpable of the men who, in the words of Chief Prosecutor, "made war possible... the magicians who made the fantasies of Mein Kampf come true", ter Meer was already out of prison by 1952. By 1956 he had become the chairman of the supervisory board of Bayer, a post he held until 1964. Even today Bayer continues to honour this convicted mass murderer. On All Saints Day 2006, for instance, the corporation is known to have laid a wreath on ter Meer's grave in Krefeld-Uerdingen, Germany. Yet for decades Bayer refused to pay compensation to its surviving slave labourers. Only after international protests did it eventually agree to pay damages - more than 50 years after the end of the war.

Bayer continued to grow in the post-war period, eventually becoming bigger than the whole of IG Farben even at its zenith. Even as part of IG Farben, Bayer had maintained its strength in pharmaceuticals. In fact, scientific experiments had been done specifically on behalf of Bayer in Auschwitz and other concentration camps. IG had footed the bill for the research of Josef Mengele, Auschwitz-Birkenau's infamous "Angel of Death", and some of his experiments utilised germs and pharmaceuticals provided by Bayer. Wilhelm Mann, whose father had headed Bayer's pharmaceutical department, wrote as head of IG's powerful pharmaceutical committee to an SS contact at Auschwitz, "I have enclosed the first cheque. Dr Mengele's experiments should, as we both agreed, be pursued. Heil Hitler." IG employee SS major Dr Helmuth Vetter, stationed at Auschwitz, participated in human medical experiments by order of Bayer. Prisoners died as a result of many of these experiments. Vetter was convicted of war crimes in 1947 and was executed in 1949 but Bayer's role only emerged later. In the Auschwitz files correspondence was discovered between the camp commander and Bayer. It dealt with the sale of 150 female prisoners for experimental purposes and involved haggling over the price. One exchange notes, "The experiments were performed. All test persons died. We will contact you shortly about a new shipment at the same price." According to testimony by SS physician Dr Hoven during the Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal, "It should be generally known, and especially in German scientific circles, that the SS did not have notable scientists at its disposal. It is clear that the experiments in the concentration camps with IG preparations only took place in the interests of the IG, which strived by all means to determine the effectiveness of these preparations. They let the SS deal with the - shall I say - dirty work in the concentration camps. It was not the IG's intention to bring any of this out in the open, but rather to put up a smoke screen around the experiments so that... they could keep any profits to themselves. Not the SS but the IG took the initiative for the concentration camp experiments."

In the post-war years Bayer grew to become the third largest pharmaceutical company in the world. In the mid-1980s Bayer was one of the companies which sold a product called Factor VIII concentrate to treat haemophilia. Factor VIII turned out to be infected with HIV and in the U.S. alone, it infected thousands of haemophiliacs, many of whom died in one of the worst drug-related medical disasters ever. But it was only in 2003 that the "New York Times" revealed that Bayer had continued producing and selling this infected product to Asia and Latin America after February 1984 when a safe product had become available, in order to save money. Dr. Sidney M. Wolfe, who investigated the scandal, commented, "These are the most incriminating internal pharmaceutical industry documents I have ever seen."

In the early 1990's Bayer is said to have placed patients at risk of potentially fatal infections by failing to disclose crucial safety information during a trial of the antibiotic Ciproxin. Up to 650 people underwent surgery using Ciproxin without doctors being informed that studies (as early as 1989) showed Ciproxin reacted badly with other drugs, seriously impairing its ability to kill bacteria.

In 2001 Bayer had to recall its anti-cholesterol drug Baycol/Lipobay, which was subsequently linked to over 100 deaths and 1,600 injuries. Germany's health minister accused Bayer of sitting on research documenting Baycol's lethal side-effects for nearly two months before the government in Berlin was informed.

It is thought to have been partly in response to the impact of the Baycol scandal that Bayer bought the rival crop sciences unit of French company Aventis, which had absorbed part of Hoechst, in October 2001. Bayer CropScience was formed in 2002 when Bayer AG acquired Aventis CropScience and fused it with their own agrochemicals division (Bayer Pflanzenschutz or "Crop Protection"). The Belgian biotech company Plant Genetic Systems, also became part of Bayervia the acquisition of Aventis CropScience.

Today Bayer CropScience is one of Bayer's core business divisions, which include:

* Bayer HealthCare: drugs, medical devices, and diagnostic equipment
* Bayer MaterialScience AG: polymers and plastics
* Bayer CropScience: GM crops and agro-chemicals

Bayer is the world's leading pesticide manufacturer and the world's seventh largest seed company. Bayer CropScience is responsible for the majority of GM field trials in European countries. Bayer's GM crops are mostly "Liberty Link" - designed to be resistant to its "Liberty" herbicide. Liberty is a trade name for Bayer's glufosinate weedkiller. Together with Monsanto's Roundup Ready crops, Bayer's Liberty Link crops are one of the two main types of GM herbicide resistant crops, but glufosinate is a controversial herbicide. In January 2009, the European Parliament voted to ban pesticides classified as carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic to reproduction. As a result the permit for glufosinate will not be renewed. A European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) evaluation states that glufosinate poses a high risk to mammals. It is classified as reprotoxic, because of research evidence that it can cause premature birth, intrauterine death and abortions in rats. Japanese studies show that the substance can also hamper the development and activity of the human brain. Bayer's systemic insecticide Imidacloprid, sold in some countries under the name Gaucho, and Clothianidin, has also proven highly controversial as it is widely believed to have contributed significantly to bee deaths. There have been calls for neonicotinoids to be withdrawn as seed dressings for crops that might affect bees, or even for a complete ban on their use. In May 2008 German authorities blamed Clothianidin for the deaths of millions of honeybees, and the German Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) suspended the registration for eight pesticide seed treatment products, including Clothianidin and Imidacloprid, on maize and rape.

In 2008, Bayer CropScience was at the centre of a huge controversy in the aftermath of an explosion at one of its U.S. pesticide production facilities. A U.S. Congressional investigation found faulty safety systems, significant shortcomings with the emergency procedures and a lack of employee training had led to the explosion which killed two employees. The region apparently narrowly escaped a catastrophe that could have surpassed the 1984 Bhopal disaster. According to the Congressional investigation, "Evidence obtained by the committee demonstrates that Bayer engaged in a campaign of secrecy by withholding critical information from local, county, and state emergency responders; by restricting the use of information provided to federal investigators; by undermining news outlets and citizen groups concerned about the dangers posed by Bayer's activities; and by providing inaccurate and misleading information to the public." Bayer CropScience were found to have deliberately removed and destroyed evidence after the chemical explosion.

Bayer CropScience has been involved in a large number of controversies related to GM crops, perhaps most notably the contamination in 2006 of much of the US long-grain rice supply by Bayer's unapproved Liberty Link GM rice. This caused the U.S. rice industry's worst ever crisis with:

* over 40% of US rice exports negatively affected
* multiple federal lawsuits filed
* trade with the 25-nation EU at a standstill
* other countries banning US long-grain rice imports
* many other countries requiring testing of all imports of U.S. rice
* some markets for medium- and short-grain rice being affected
* another unapproved Bayer GM rice (LL62) also being detected in U.S. rice supplies
* US rice farmers being warned they would never again be able to validly describe their crop as "GM-free"

Tellingly, a key factor in the sale of Aventis CropScience to Bayer was a similar crisis involving GM maize.The Starlink fiasco started when in October 2000 traces of an Aventis GM maize (corn) called StarLink showed up in the food supply in the U.S. even though it only had approval for animal feeds or industrial use. Starlink was not approved for human consumption because the Environmental Protection Agency couldn't rule out the possibility that humans would be allergic to it. The agency's approval had been conditional on Aventis's agreement to keep Starlink from being eaten by humans.

The Starlink fiasco eventually led to a massive recall of over 300 U.S. food brands due to the enormous scale of the contamination. ABC News reported in late November 2000, "In Iowa, StarLink corn represented 1 percent of the total [maize] crop, only 1 percent. It has tainted 50 percent of the harvest."The 'StarLink' gene also showed up unexpectedly in a second company's maize and in US maize exports. United Press International reported, "Aventis CropScience Wednesday was at a loss to explain why another variety of corn besides its StarLink brand is producing the [StarLink] Cry9C protein." U.S. maize exports to big buyers were badly hurt. Federal officials blamed the unauthorized appearance of genetically engineered maize in the food supply solely on its manufacturer.


Fortunately, unlike Monsanto, Bayer sells many products directly to consumers making them easy to boycott. These include: Aleve, Alka Seltzer, Advantix, Claritin, Coppertone, Dr. Scholl's, Levitra. For a complete list see:
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#1516270 --- 07/03/18 12:18 PM Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food [Re: MissingArty]
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“By slipping it into our food without our knowledge, without any indication that there are genetically modified organisms in our food, we are now unwittingly part of a massive experiment.” Geneticist David Suzuki (Humans “are part of a massive experiment.”)

“*Please don’t be a smartypants and say, “Hey, all crops are genetically modified”. Yes, yes, we have been selectively breeding plants for thousands of years. We all know that. But the term “GMOs” refers to the recent development of “gene splicing” and the development of transgenic crops, creating forms of life that nature, or selective breeding, could never have created.
Jonathan Foley, Ph.D

The Peril On Your Plate – Watch the New RT Documentary on GMOs and Glyphosate Here

In the quest for answers, RTD’s Ekaterina Yakovleva embarks on a journey to meet the people who lift the lid on the perils of GMOs and the chemicals used in the industry.

Seneff: “Marie-Monique Robin has produced a new documentary on Roundup based on the Monsanto Tribunal. It is now available with English subtitles where appropriate for purchase as a DVD! Marie is the author of the book, The World According to Monsanto. This new documentary is bound to be informative and disturbing!”

Samsel: “They concealed this information. The world should see this.”

Trailer: Roundup Facing its Judges : the DVD

After her best selling film and book The World according to Monsanto, award-winning journalist Marie-Monique Robin presents her new documentary Roundup facing its judges on the use of glyphosate based herbicides around the globe. She deconstructs the mechanisms of one of the greatest environmental and health scandals in modern history. Her film showcases an exceptional investigation on a subject that concerns all of us, because glyphosate is everywhere: in the soils, the water, the food and the air. The guiding thread of the documentary is the Monsanto International Tribunal, held in the Hague in October 2016.

EU-funded rat feeding studies do not refute the Séralini study

It seems that the pro-GMO lobbyists were banking on the assumption that people wouldn't actually read the studies but would just believe the soundbites they supplied in press releases, summaries, and quotes to the press.

False claims of "no effect" in a GMO feeding study are easier to get away with if they are made before the study appears in print, as no one can check if the claims are true.

This brings us to a revealing double standard in operation regarding GMO safety studies. It appears that it is a cardinal scientific sin to go public with such claims prior to peer-reviewed publication – but only if the message is that the GMO causes harm. If the message is that the GMO is safe, there's no problem with jumping the gun and going public with claims before the study has been published.

Glyphosate and Triclopyr...

State DEC crews battle plant causing burns and blindness

Giant Hogweed Control Methods Guide

4. Herbicide Control - Giant hogweed is susceptible to systemic herbicides, such as glyphosate and triclopyr. The application of these herbicides is considered effective and cost efficient. Herbicide application can be used for controlling a single plant or large stands. Systemic herbicides are absorbed by the leaves and move into the root to prevent regrowth.

Jury Selection Begins In Lawsuit Accusing Monsanto Of Responsibility In Roundup Cancer Cases

KPIX CBS SF Bay Area - Anne Makovec reports on jury selection beginning for Roundup cancer lawsuit in San Francisco (6-21-2018).

Documentary “Genetically Modified Children”

Now available for rental or purchase via Vimeo.

IRT: “Watch our new short film addressing the profound effects of GMOs and Pesticides on our pets.”

Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of our Lives

What is GMO and how did it get into our food? Genetic Roulette tells the story...

When the US government ignored repeated warnings by its own scientists and allowed untested genetically modified (GM) crops into our environment and food supply, it was a gamble of unprecedented proportions. The health of all living things and all future generations were put at risk by an infant technology. After two decades, physicians and scientists have uncovered a grave trend. The same serious health problems found in lab animals, livestock, and pets that have been fed GM foods are now on the rise in the US population. And when people and animals stop eating genetically modified organisms (GMOs), their health improves. This seminal documentary provides compelling evidence to help explain the deteriorating health of Americans, especially among children, and offers a recipe for protecting ourselves and our future. A film by Jeffrey M. Smith. Narrated by Lisa Oz A production of the Institute for Responsible Technology.

Seneff: “The first plaintfif on the Monsanto class-action lawsuit claiming that glyphosate causes non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is going to court! And CNN is willing to talk about it!”

He's dying of cancer. Now, he's the first patient to go to trial to argue Roundup made him sick

Since then, hundreds more non-Hodgkin's lymphoma patients have made similar claims, Johnson's attorney, Timothy Litzenburg, said. He now represents "more than 2,000 non-Hodgkin's lymphoma sufferers who used Roundup extensively," he said.

Healing from GMOs and Roundup - ONLINE CONFERENCE | JULY 17th - 26th, 2018

GM wheat appearance in Alberta remains a mystery

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has confirmed that Monsanto’s Roundup Ready trait has been discovered in wheat growing along an access road leading to an oil rig in a field in southern Alberta.

The plants where found in the summer of 2017 when they were sprayed with Roundup and didn’t die.

CFIA will be monitoring the farm and surrounding areas for the next three years. The land where the GM wheat was discovered will be kept fallow and will be sprayed with a herbicide that kills GM wheat.

GMO Golden Rice Offers No Nutritional Benefits Says FDA

Tell Amazon to Ditch GMO Apples! --- GMO Free USA

Pre-sliced apples are already a frequently recalled food product. Once the whole fruit is sliced, it has an increased risk of exposure to pathogens. Since browning is a sign that apples are no longer fresh, “masking” this natural sign could lead people to consume contaminated apples.

Whether dried or fresh, selling unlabeled genetically engineered apples is irresponsible given they have not be adequately assessed for health or environmental risks.

Chemical Castration and Breast Cancer - Democracy Now - Tyrone Hayes, Ph.D. - 2014

Silencing the Scientist: Tyrone Hayes on Being Targeted By Herbicide Firm Syngenta

At 3:30, what Atrazine does to male frogs. They were “chemically castrated, started to develop ovaries...some males turned into females.”

At 12:00, breast cancer, the chemical causing it and the drug treating it made by the same company. “...conflict of interest…”

Monsanto did the same thing, they didn’t study the test animals long enough. Independent scientists ran the long-term studies industry funded research won’t do. Here we go again.

Serious new hurdle for CRISPR: Edited cells might cause cancer, find two studies

As for why no one has reported CRISPR’d mice getting cancer, Haapaniemi said, “This is a good question.” One reason might be that “laboratory mice are killed early,” perhaps leaving too little time for them to develop cancer.

But Corn said he and others “have all been looking for the possibility of cancer. So far, no one has seen evidence of [it] based on p53 status or induced by editing”.

Nevertheless, he called the two papers “important, since they remind everyone that genome editing isn’t magic”.

Genome-editing tool could increase cancer risk - Published 2018-06-11

Two independent articles published in the journal Nature Medicine now report that therapeutic application of the genome-editing tool may, in fact, increase the risk of cancer. In one of the studies, scientists from Karolinska Institutet and the University of Helsinki report that use of CRISPR-Cas9 in human cells in a laboratory setting can activate a protein known as p53, which acts as a cell’s ‘first aid kit’ for DNA breaks. Once active, p53 reduces the efficiency of CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing. Thus, cells that do not have p53 or are unable to activate it show better gene editing. Unfortunately, however, lack of p53 is also known to contribute to making cells grow uncontrollably and become cancerous.

Seneff: “Brand new interview between me and Kerri Rivera. Just happened this morning. On glyphosate and the autism gut and how chlorine dioxide can detox glyphosate.”

Kerri Rivera and Dr. Stephanie Seneff, Ph.D. - Glyphosate and Chlorine Dioxide

Seneff (MIT) explains her latest research regarding how CD destroys Glyphosate. At 28:00 she talks about a woman who tried to kill herself by drinking Glyphosate. It didn’t kill her but “one of the things it did to her was it paralyzed her gut.”

“ need to go organic, you need to buy certified organic when you shop, and if we all do it, if we don’t buy their food, they won’t make it anymore. We have to push the farmers towards making certified organic food and it will actually help to heal the soil as well, because the crops will be healthier, the soil will be healthier, the microbes in the soil will be healthier, the earth will heal…”

These Popular Tea Brands Possess Dangerously High Levels of Pesticides!

The levels found in these products are so high that they are considered unsafe for consumption. As with most products, all tea is not created equal. Most teas are not washed before being dried, thus non-organic teas contain pesticide residues. Some tea brands (even those claimed organic or pesticide free) have recently been found to contain pesticides that are known carcinogens and in quantities above the US and EU limits. Tea plants drink up pesticides and heavy metals like a sponge.

Avoid these 19 tea brands at all costs:

Most Iowa public schools are in range of potential pesticide spray drift, study shows

Nine of every 10 public school districts in Iowa have buildings within 2,000 feet of a farm field, making students and teachers susceptible to being exposed to pesticides that drift from the fields when pesticides are sprayed.

Yet many school officials interviewed for an IowaWatch/Tiger Hi-Line investigation this spring showed little to no awareness on if or how pesticide drift could affect the staff and students in school buildings.

Monsanto/Bayer - RT News - Boycott Bayer Now!

Jeffrey Smith is featured in an excerpt on RT discussing the merger between Monsanto and Bayer. [Jeffrey appears at 2:55][0]=33.%7B%22logging_data%22%3A%7B%22page_id%22%3A355853721234%2C%22event_type%22%3A%22clicked_all_page_posts%22%2C%22impression_info%22%3A%22eyJmIjp7InBhZ2VfaWQiOiIzNTU4NTM3MjEyMzQiLCJpdGVtX2NvdW50IjoiMCJ9fQ%22%2C%22surface%22%3A%22www_pages_home%22%2C%22interacted_story_type%22%3A%22565413710334575%22%2C%22session_id%22%3A%22683b175f2fb360d336c0723189bfe1e1%22%7D%7D

List of Bayer’s Products

Pain Remedy Replacement - Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar

It has to be the organic kind with the “mother.” Got a headache? ACV in a cup of water, juice or tea will relieve your headache in 20 minutes. I’ve been using Bragg’s for years. I put it in my pet’s water and I make a drink of green tea, ACV, juice and drink it on work days and when I am in pain. (When adding to your pet’s water, start with a few drops and increase daily.) Everything I’ve learned about ACV I learned on “Earth Clinic’s” website. Also Seneff has told us that ACV removes Glyphosate from the body. Earth Clinic is slow going when it comes to educating about Glyphosate and gmo foods but, these are tried and true remedies that our ancestors relied upon. Real food is real medicine.

Dangers of GMOs

In the first half, Director of the Institute for Responsible Technology and the leading spokesperson on the health dangers of genetically modified foods, Jeffrey Smith talked about the epic battlefronts on the war over GMOs. Monsanto, the largest manufacturer of genetically engineered seeds, is merging with Bayer and will be known as Bayer going forward. The Germany-based Bayer has a dubious history, Smith cited, noting their manufacture of poisons like Zyklon B in WWII that were used to kill more than a million people in Auschwitz. Monsanto, he suggested, was reliant on their Roundup pesticide, which has been failing, and this may have motivated the merger. The company, he added, has a tremendous liability as they're being sued by thousands of people with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma after the W.H.O. declared glyphosate (the active ingredient in Roundup) as a probable human carcinogen.

The USDA just released a draft of its proposed rules on labeling GMOs, and Smith finds it to reveal a "schizophrenic split" in the government, which no longer is completely backing companies like Monsanto. But instead of a warning label of GMO, they want to use "B.E." for bio-engineered, with a smiling sun for the logo. Smith expressed concern that the biotech industry as a whole has expanded and is now seeking to or already genetically engineering fish, insects, livestock, bacteria, viruses, and algae. "They want to eliminate billions of years of evolution," he lamented, and replace it all with designer organisms and genes, rushed to the market without adequate testing while their patents are still active.

Seneff: “I just did this interview last night and it is already available on the web. I talk about some of my most recent insights regarding glyphosate's mechanisms of toxicity.”

Episode 55: The Health Dangers of Roundup (glyphosate) Herbicide

“The children are being poisoned by their food everyday.”

The linked anthologies that Stephanie Seneff is seeing include amyloidoses connected to rheumatoid arthritis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, liver disease (steatohepatitis) and liver failure, and impaired innate immune system leading to an overactive antibody response and autoimmune disease. Stephanie Seneff can also link this to AIDS because the proteins that are affected are important for fighting off the HIV virus.

Stephanie Seneff will also share a list of several proteins that are upregulated in the liver under stress conditions and where defects in these proteins that specifically involve glycine mutations lead to diseases such as the above that are currently on the rise.

Monsanto in Epic Fail with Attempted Attack on Global Glyphosate Study

The peer-reviewed accepted manuscripts from the pilot phase of the Global Glyphosate Study were revealed last Wednesday in a Press Conference at the European Parliament.

The results of the short-term pilot study showed that glyphosate-based herbicides (GBHs) were able to alter certain important biological parameters in rats, mainly relating to sexual development, genotoxicity and the alteration of the intestinal microbiome, at the ‘safe’ level of 1.75 mg/kg/day set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

As is normal practice for Monsanto, their Public Relations department was soon in action to try and crush the scientists involved and the study results, which could cause major damage to the product that supports their whole business model – the glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup.

However, this time their PR campaign against the Study was only met with contempt and disdain from journalists, politicians, scientists and the public in countries across Europe.

It is time that we all stop Monsanto in their tracks and support the Global Glyphosate Study, which is being funded by the public worldwide. You can help them by donating here.

Global Glyphosate Study

Mixtures of chemicals present at so-called "safe" levels cause liver damage

Non-linear dose responses were observed for most of the endpoints studied, meaning that the toxic effect did not increase in line with the dose, but lower doses had a more toxic effect.

Overall, the results suggest that exposure to low doses of the chemical mixture might induce liver damage as a result of the combination of different toxic mechanisms.

Six months exposure to a real life mixture of 13 chemicals' below individual NOAELs induced non monotonic sex-dependent biochemical and redox status changes in rats

Food Chem Toxicol. 2018 May

Abstract: This study assessed the potential adverse health effects of long-term low-dose exposure to chemical mixtures simulating complex real-life human exposures. Four groups of Sprague Dawley rats were administered mixtures containing carbaryl, dimethoate, glyphosate, methomyl, methyl parathion, triadimefon, aspartame, sodium benzoate, calcium disodium ethylene diamine tetra-acetate, ethylparaben, butylparaben, bisphenol A, and acacia gum at doses of 0, 0.25, 1 or 5 times the respective Toxicological Reference Values (TRV): acceptable daily intake (ADI) or tolerable daily intake (TDI) in a 24 weeks toxicity study. Body weight gain, feed and water consumption were evaluated weekly. At 24 weeks blood was collected and biochemistry parameters and redox status markers were assessed. Adverse effects were observed on body weight gain and in hepatotoxic parameters such as the total bilirubin, alanine aminotransferase (ALT) and alkaline phosphatase (ALP), especially in low dose and affecting mainly male rats. The low dose group showed increased catalase activity both in females and males, whereas the high dose group exhibited decreased protein carbonyl and total antioxidant capacity (TAC) levels in both sex groups. Non-monotonic effects and adaptive responses on liver function tests and redox status, leading to non-linear dose-responses curves, are probably produced by modulation of different mechanisms.

What Exactly Is Glyphosate? - Secret Ingredients (Clip)

Top Ten Hidden Sources of GMOs to Boycott and Keep OUT of Your Shopping Cart

With that in mind, here are 10 sources of hidden GMOs to avoid whenever possible, as the last thing we want to do in today’s day and age is to support the bottom line of one of the oft-voted “most evil companies in the world.”

Does Bayer really believe that by dropping the name MONSANTO, people will forget that they are selling toxic poisons that reek havoc on our health and environment?

Seneff: “New medicare benefits catering to the needs of people suffering from "diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, heart failure, rheumatoid arthritis and some types of cancer." All of these are diseases whose prevalence is growing dramatically in step with the dramatic increase in the use of glyphosate on core crops.”

The USDA has proposed labeling by using the letters BE with a smiley face. Submit your comment directly to the USDA, urging them to clearly label GMOs. Submit comment here...

Two out of three households own a dog or cat — just think about the billions of dollars we as consumers can channel to affect the health of our beloved pets by switching demand to healthier non-GMO organic pet foods.

“Michael Clayton”

Did This Oscar-Winning Movie Try to Warn Us About Monsanto Over Ten Years Ago? Watch this Clip and Decide.

Eden is played by Best Supporting Actor nominee Tom Wilkinson, whose character goes off the deep when he realizes that he has “spent 12% of (his) life defending the reputation of a deadly weed killer” produced by his client U-North.

"A Superb Cancer Delivery System"

Just-Released Docs Show Monsanto 'Executives Colluding With Corrupted EPA Officials to Manipulate Scientific Data' - 2017

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

Seeds of Destruction

The geopolitics of the genetic engineering experiment.

F. William Engdahl talks about his new book, Seeds of Destruction. Monsanto, patenting seeds, corrupt politicians, Russia banning GMO’s, Obama appointing Michael Taylor (former Monsanto attorney), March Against Monsanto going viral, playing with genes, eugenics, Nazi doctors...

Monsanto Court Papers

The Monsanto court papers include motions, statements, notices of appeal, depositions, hearing transcripts, and court orders, among others.

Commonly used plastic chemical upgraded from ‘possible carcinogen’ to ‘probable carcinogen’

“For decades, we’ve known that polystyrene is terrible for wildlife because it doesn’t biodegrade – hundreds of species have been found to ingest plastic fragments, often fatally,” said Alex Truelove, zero waste director for U.S. PIRG Education Fund. “Now, in addition to persisting in the environment for hundreds of years, we now know that the primary compound of polystyrene is probably carcinogenic. It’s yet another reason to get rid of the stuff once and for all.”

Earlier this week, the Environment America launched the Wildlife Over Waste Campaign to pass statewide bans on polystyrene containers.

“Nothing we use for five minutes should threaten public health and persist in the environment for hundreds of years,” said Truelove. “Safer and more sustainable alternatives already exist – it’s time to ban polystyrene containers.”


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"Eat organic as if your life depends on it, because it does." Seneff

New Law Could Remove GMO Labeling From Thousands of Foods

An analysis of newly proposed rule changes reveals that thousands of genetically engineered foods may be exempt from upcoming labeling requirements.

“Among the other possible GMO ingredients EWG identified that are not highly refined sugars and oils, are dozens of ingredients used as thickening agents, colorants, flavorings, emulsifiers and binders that are derived from highly adopted GMO crops like corn and soybeans,” the EWG wrote. “And many of these ingredients often appear in low levels at the bottom of ingredient lists, meaning that in combination, the GMO ingredients in thousands of foods could fall below a 5 percent exemption.”

American consumers need to take into account the revolving door relationship between the companies who produce the genetically engineered products and the U.S. government, as well as the relationship between these companies and the pharmaceutical industry. Most notably, the relationship between the U.S. government and Monsanto (now owned by Bayer) indicates that powerful corporations and their partners in government are working to completely control the food and health of the people. Only by boycotting these companies and removing your support from government can we hope to slow down this abomination.

Monsanto judge won't block cancer victims' key witnesses

It’s a significant victory for the cancer victims, who need expert testimony to advance more than 300 suits in San Francisco federal court seeking to hold Monsanto liable for failing to warn consumers about the risk of using the weed killer.

Monsanto "bullied scientists" and hid weed killer cancer risk, lawyer tells court

“Monsanto has specifically gone out of its way to bully ... and to fight independent researchers,” said the attorney Brent Wisner, who presented internal Monsanto emails that he said showed how the agrochemical company rejected critical research and expert warnings over the years while pursuing and helping to write favorable analyses of their products. “They fought science.”

Wisner further cited Monsanto emails from decades prior, in which the company was working with a genotoxicity expert who reviewed a series of 1990s studies. He raised concerns about Roundup impacts on humans and suggested further areas of research. After the expert’s analyses, Monsanto representatives began considering finding a different expert and also started working on a press statement saying the product carried no risk, according to Johnson’s lawyer.

Wisner also read documents that he said showed how Monsanto strategized plans to “ghostwrite” favorable research.

Regardless of the outcome, the attorney said, “so much of what Monsanto has worked to keep secret is coming out”.

Lawsuits alleging Roundup caused cancer can move forward

Hundreds of lawsuits alleging Roundup weed killer caused cancer cleared a big hurdle Tuesday when a U.S. judge ruled that cancer victims and their families could present expert testimony linking the herbicide to non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

The only way to stop them is with an informed public. Vote with your shopping dollars. Baysanto = Bayer/Monsanto.

More and more patent applications on CRISPR plants and animals

DowDuPont and "Baysanto" have taken the lead in new methods of genetic engineering&#8203;.

Ireland to maintain a ‘GMO-free status’

“This is a very significant development; I believe it is critically important that Ireland takes whatever steps are necessary to maintain our GMO cultivation-free status, which is a key element of our international reputation as a green, sustainable food producer.”

The maintenance of the country’s ‘GMO-free status’ will take place on a much wider range of policy grounds than had previously been the case.

Seneff: “It's sad to see the demise of the family-run dairy farm.”

Best advice to U.S. dairy farmers? 'Sell out as fast as you can'

Small-dairy farmers are getting squeezed out by corporate agriculture. “That is not what America is about," a struggling farmer said.

Coombs is one of more than 100 dairy farmers across seven states who learned in March that they would lose their contract with Dean Foods, which runs a milk processing plant in Louisville that mainly served Walmart. Dean Foods is shutting the plant at the end of the summer because Walmart is building its own processing facility in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and will work directly with dairy farms there instead.

What is Scientific Consensus?

Wouldn’t the world be a better place if we had exercised caution with asbestos, tobacco, phthalates, and other harmful things that were once touted as technological miracles? We think so, and that’s why we advocate for following the precautionary principle. Unfortunately, it’s hard to exercise caution when genetically modified foods are not labeled. More than 60 countries around the world require GMO labeling, which gives consumers the ability to choose for themselves. We think everyone should have that right!

Genetically Modified Food Is Safe, Chinese Experts Say; Dozens of Countries Disagree

Some 38 countries across the world, including Russia, Germany, France, the UK, and Peru, have banned the cultivation of DNA-modified produce, such as corn, soybeans, and zucchini, according to a report done by anti-GMO group Sustainable Pulse in 2015. Several studies imply that crops which have been modified for a better resistance of pests and weather conditions pose safety risks to humans including infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, faulty insulin regulation, and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system, US-based Institute for Responsible Technology says.

Q/A Session with Claire Robinson on Is Cornell University misleading us on GMO safety?

“To me there is no earthly reason to proceed with GM crops.”

Bill Gates, Bt Crops, research in progress, change of genetic expression - multigenerational animal feeding studies needed, animal experimentation and studies, patents,

Former “Billion Dollar Bug” is mounting a comeback

The corn rootworm pest has developed resistance to GM Bt insecticidal toxins

The article below details the problems with corn rootworm pest resistance to GM Bt insecticidal traits. As a solution, in the article, the National Corn Growers Association recommends the "refuge-in-a-bag" method, whereby GM Bt seeds are mixed with non-GM seeds, in order to try to delay (not prevent) resistance by maintaining a population of Bt-susceptible pests.

However, this method has already broken down with regard to the corn earworm. And farmers are routinely recommended to use an array of chemical insecticides in addition to Bt traits – a method that is also recommended in the article below.

To try to overcome resistance, Monsanto is developing gene-silencing (RNAi) technology. But this comes with huge risks from off-target effects. And yes, these risks include that consumers of the corn could have their genes silenced.

Slovakia turns its back on GM crops

“Demand for GE products, specifically including meat and dairy produced from animals fed GE-feed, has dwindled under the influence of antibiotech non-governmental organizations (NGOs), retailers, and neighboring countries (Austria, Hungary, and Germany),” the USDA said. “Where the Slovak government was previously supportive of biotechnology, they have since changed their stance, again likely in response to local messages originating from antibiotech NGOs and activist groups.”

A history of GMO commercialization - Belinda Martineau PhD

Belinda Martineau gives a fascinating breakdown of her experience bringing the first GMO whole food to market (Flavr Savr Tomato). She then describes why she's become skeptical of the GMO food venture as a whole. (Time 1:43:28)

Tyson Foods Linked to the Largest Toxic Dead Zone in U.S. History

"The World According to Monsanto" - GMO Documentary (2008) &#127805;

This film is also on you tube.

Moms Across America

June 14 at 12:00 PM · LIVE: With Dr. Zach Bush- How Your Gut Affects Every Aspect of Your Life. Q&A with Zen Honeycutt of Moms Across America

Zen: “Medical journals are being bought off. All the more reason to trust moms - people who just want safe kids. Stay connected.”

This Is The Sickening Amount Pharmaceutical Companies Pay Top Journal Editors - Scientific publishing is totally broken.

Of the journals that could be assessed, 50.6 percent of editors were receiving money from the pharmaceutical industry - in some cases, hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Here's just a small highlight showing editor payments received in 2014 - the amount on the left is direct payments, and the 'research' payments on the right are less regulated, usually made in the form of expensive research trips.

And that's not even mentioning the amount of reprint money journals get whenever they publish a study that supports a pharmaceutical company, and the company pays for hundreds of copies to send out to doctors.

The Lancet earns 41 percent of its income from reprints, and the American Medical Association gets 53 percent.

"The medical profession is being bought by the pharmaceutical industry, not only in terms of the practice of medicine, but also in terms of teaching and research," said the late Arnold Relman, a former editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) in 2002. He passed away in 2014.

"The academic institutions of this country are allowing themselves to be the paid agents of the pharmaceutical industry. I think it's disgraceful."

This is why more and more researchers are publishing their work in pre-print and open-access journals, where the world can see their research for free.

Rats fed GM stacked-trait maize developed leaky stomachs

But this was not what they found. At the end of the experiment, the rats were killed and samples of their stomachs were examined under the microscope. The rats fed the GM maize diet had worrying changes in the lining of their stomachs.

Any two cells that line the stomach are normally held tightly against each other to form a “tight junction”. This stops bacteria, viruses or food particles from leaking out from the stomach into the tissues of the body. The researchers found that the rats fed the GM corn had gaps in their tight junctions. This is called “poor apposition”. On average, this was five times greater in rats fed the GM corn diet.

The study:

...The study investigated the mucosa of the stomach. Alterations to tight junction apposition, gland dilatations with epithelial elongation and dysplasia in the GM-fed rats were observed. These results indicate that GM-corn may have an effect on rat stomach mucosa, which may have health implications.

Children May Be Eating Cereal Laced With Monsanto's Toxic Weed Killer

The probable carcinogen glyphosate has been detected in popular cereals, but the EPA is ready to approve its use for 15 more years.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency have found contamination of similar foods as have the nonprofit organizations Moms Across America and Food Democracy Now. However, given that the FDA has tested fewer than 100 products (as far as we can tell), most of which were honey, these results are important.

SumOfUs protests at the Bayer AGM in Germany

Monsanto Uses Codex to Hide GMOs from Consumers

The delegates to various Codex committees tend to be national regulatory bureaucrats and representatives from large corporations, including agritech giants like Monsanto. These interests have undue influence within Codex. Over the years, although heavily outnumbered at meetings, Scott Tips and his colleagues at the NHF have been tireless in their efforts to roll back undue corporate influence at Codex. Thanks to NHF and others urging the committee to adopt a clear, non-misleading definition that excluded GE foods, no final decision was taken on the definition of biofortification.

It is now left to the committee to resolve the matter at next year’s meeting or even the one thereafter.

Seneff: “I did a recent interview with Dr. Jason Dean discussing some of my most recent findings about glyphosate's mechanisms of toxicity.”

Dr. Jason Dean, Live with Dr. Stephanie Seneff talking Glyphosate and Vaccines! Glyphosate in vaccines at 24:00.

“All these diseases start in the gut.”

“Essentially it’s systemic distruction.”

Slovakia turns its back on GM crops

“Demand for GE products, specifically including meat and dairy produced from animals fed GE-feed, has dwindled under the influence of antibiotech non-governmental organizations (NGOs), retailers, and neighboring countries (Austria, Hungary, and Germany),” the USDA said. “Where the Slovak government was previously supportive of biotechnology, they have since changed their stance, again likely in response to local messages originating from antibiotech NGOs and activist groups.”

Railroad Tracks

Sum of is trying to get Germany to stop using Glyphosate on their railroad tracks. Next time you drive over or walk by railroad tracks, take a good look. You’ll see none or very few weeds. Glyphosate.

Weed Sprayer On Railroad Tracks!

Watch the drift at 1:01...

Spray Drift: Glyphosate on Tomatoes

Neighbor/farmer spraying in the wind.

Phasing out GMO cotton in Burkina Faso

Hear This Farmer Blow Holes in the Pro-GMO Argument!

The Legal Edition - Mary Kay Elloian, Esq.

The Legal Edition provides the latest Legal, Business & Policy News on issues that mainstream media ignores or overlooks. Whether it be Internet Privacy & Government Surveillance, Strategies Used by the State Legislatures to Nullify Your Vote–to the research & lawsuits on labeling of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s), effects of Toxic Herbicides sprayed on food, effects of Deadly compounds & preservatives mixed with Vaccines, or Disease-Causing Materials placed in human teeth–The Legal Edition reports it.

Making the Connection: How Herbicide Use Correlates to Modern Disease

Guest: Dr. Stephanie Seneff, Sr. Research Scientist at the MIT is at the intersection of human biophysics and data analysis providing profound analysis of data and studies conducted on these very topics. Discussion focuses on the herbicide ‘glyphosate’ and its use on core crops around the US and around the world. Dr. Seneff has correlated its use with the rise in many modern diseases, including cancer, non hodgkin’s lymphoma, diabetes and even autism. Also discussed is current Monsanto litigation over the potential toxic effects of these products used alone and in combination with other herbicides. Dr. Seneff walks us through the data and explaining that even though in the law, correlation does not equal to causation–there appears to be a rather alarming trend going on. This episode is a “must watch” for anyone contemplating parenthood, as well as those who put a firm priority on their health. For more information about the Monsanto litigation, look for our blog at:

India: Telangana state clamps down on glyphosate to curb illegal herbicide-tolerant cotton

State government asks pesticide dealers not to sell the herbicide&#8203;

Ironically, this unapproved third-generation GM Bt cotton (also herbicide-tolerant) is being promoted as a supposed solution to the failure of previous Bt cottons, which have fallen victim to pests. So the GMO companies are profiting off the failure of their own products.

Despite efforts to stop drift, dicamba complaints up

The Office of the Indiana State Chemist received almost 70 complaints about dicamba so far this year. That's up from roughly 40 complaints at the same time last year — which was already exceptionally high.

GM wheat policy called irresponsible

Escapes of genetically modified plants and resulting market disruptions were predicted by the National Farmers Union 15 years ago.

Japan, which was the highest-priced market when the Canadian Wheat Board was marketing Canadian wheat, has stopped all shipments of Canadian wheat and flour. South Korea also suspended Canadian wheat imports for a short time and other countries may follow.

In June, 2003, an NFU media release highlighted the unacceptable risks of GM wheat, calling it BSE for grain farmers because of the consequences GM wheat could bring should it escape and cause market closures.

Following this latest discovery, Cereals Canada and its members were quick to revert to the “it’s all safe” biotech industry mantra, which ignores the very real market problems.

This is the next generation of modified food - CRISPR

What is CRISPR?

Here's EXACTLY how 'gene editing' works and the complicated moral dilemma it creates. CRISPR-based techniques provide a revolutionary way of editing DNA, but what are the applications, and what are the problems?

In some cases tiny changes in the sequence lead to very serious problems for example deformities and genetic illnesses.

But on the other, we don't know all the future implications of that change. And once it’s done, we can't take it back.

That change will be passed on from generation to generation.

To add to that, other potential complications of using CRISPR are emerging.

CRISPR-Edited Cells Linked to Cancer Risk in 2 Studies

The preliminary findings raise questions about one of the ways this tech edits genomes

As for why no one has reported CRISPR’d mice getting cancer, Haapaniemi said, “This is a good question.” One reason might be that “laboratory mice are killed early,” perhaps leaving too little time for them to develop cancer.

Will consumers sour on 'nature-identical' sweeteners from a lab?

Consumers might like the idea of using less water, land and energy to produce these sweeteners, but they may not care for the idea of using genetically engineered yeast. In 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration accepted Cargill's EverSweet under its generally recognized as safe designation and determined that products in which it's included don't need to carry GMO labeling. However, the perception that natural is better is a tough sentiment to overcome.

Better Beer from Genetically Engineered Yeast

Kevin Verstrepen, a leading yeast geneticist at the Flanders Institute for Biotechnology and the University of Leuven, Belgium, notes that today there is not a single commercial beer on the market that is made with genetically engineered yeast. But, he says, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (and its European counterpart) have clear pathways to bring these yeasts to the market. In fact, some American wines are already being made with a genetically modified wine yeast, called ML01—it lacks the genes that produce a chemical that gives some wine drinkers headaches. This genetically modified yeast does not have to be identified on wine labels.


The USDA comment period on its proposed GMO labeling rule brought in more than 11,000 comments from farm groups, consumers, and multinational companies like Hershey’s. Politico says food manufacturers are at odds with farmers over which ingredients should actually be subject to disclosure.

Rise of Allergies in the National News: But What is the REAL News? - 2013

The real news is that the major rotation crop in cotton growing areas is guess what? Peanuts.

Plant a peanut crop after a RR cotton crop and you have glyphosate residue in the soil that the peanut plant (legume crop) will take up. Glyphosate also causes an increase in opportunistic fungi in the soil which causes plant diseases which cause the development of mold and mycotoxins to be in peanut crops.** To combat that, guess what? They spray the peanut crop with a fungicide. Might there be fungicide residue in the peanuts?

Why would there ever be a problem with allergies? I hope you get the sarcasm here.

The real news is:

How many kids have died from peanut allergies? Are you a parent of a child who has a peanut allergy?

Do you fear for their life like I do?

If not, did you know that 78% of the children who die from a food allergy never had a severe allergic attack before?

In a neighboring school district the number of kids who need Epi Pens was 750 last year. This year it is 2000.

That is 2000 kids that could die from food. Die. OUR kids! Is there anything more outrageous or horrible???

Why are we permitting corporation profits to be more important than our children's lives?

Struggling bumblebees can thrive in an unlikely place: The city

Why leaving sugar water out for bees is such a bad idea

Hershey, Unilever: GMO labeling should apply to highly refined oils, sweeteners

If consumers are to believe that the food industry is serious about transparency, highly refined ingredients derived from GM crops must be included in the definition of 'bioengineered' enshrined in federal GMO labeling legislation, even if they contain no detectable rDNA, Unilever and Hershey have argued.

See the comments for the Glyphosate connection…

Ashley Everly: “You don't have to have a degree in toxicology (like I do &#128521;) to understand that, although we are all human, each person has a unique capacity to confront the toxic substances we are exposed to on a daily basis.

This genetic mutation (MTHFR) is one major reason why some individuals have an increased risk of vaccine injury. This is a major contributor to why some infants and toddlers die or become permanently injured within a week or two of their shots.


MTHFR is a genetic mutation associated with a risk of adverse events from vaccination:

But ultimately, MTHFR is not the problem. The problem is that when we vaccinate, we are essentially injecting children with poison in order to provoke an immune response. A genetically susceptible child who suffers severely or dies as a result of their shots would have remained healthy had they not been poisoned. Period.

Besides MTHFR, other genetic traits, and heritable burdens of toxicity, factors that can affect one's ability to detoxify are diet/nutrition, stress levels, and other toxic environmental exposures (in our air, food, water, body care products, medicines/drugs/vaccines, etc.).

Unfortunately, Americans have one of the worst, most unhealthy diets of any population on earth, we typically have high stress levels, our drinking water is not safe (in my opinion), our food is poisoned with pesticides and herbicides, we are being sprayed with toxic chemicals for mosquito abatement (among other sources of air pollution), our body care products are full of carcinogenic compounds (parabens, for example), and we are highly medicated and vaccinated…”

Have you learned about MTHFR mutations?

If you’re new to this, here’s a simple explanation for why it’s important.

MTHFR is a gene that encodes for the MTHFR enzyme, which helps convert folic acid to methylfolate. We need methylfolate in order to create and turnover glutathione, the major detoxifying molecule our body needs in order to protect us from toxic exposures.

When the MTHFR gene has a mutation, the enzyme doesn’t fold correctly and this reduces its ability to convert folic acid to methylfolate. This in turn reduces the amount of glutathione we produce. Which translates to having a reduced ability to detoxify.

It also means that we have more unconverted folic acid in our system, which is a major problem in itself and has been linked to an increased risk of cancer (see linked post below).

Do you have a MTHFR mutation?

60% of the population has at least one copy (heterozygous) and 10% have two copies (homozygous). Having two copies is a more severe form of the mutation and therefore the enzyme has an even greater difficulty folding correctly and binding to & converting folic acid to methylfolate.

More information on folic acid & methylfolate:

The Methylation, Neurotransmitter, and Antioxidant Connections Between Folate and Depression:

Swimming in toxins - Sunscreen contains benzene

Allowing it to penetrate right down to the bone marrow. Read the statistics at the end-over 96% of kids have this in their urine. This causes skin cancer, our bodies have no defense against the solvent properties of benzene rings.

"Much controversy surrounds oxybenzone because of its possible hormonal and photo allergenic effects, leading many countries to regulate."

Latham: “A story of PFAs and EPA deceit. How long will it take before people are no longer surprised that EPA is concealing health hazards rather than confronting them?”

How the EPA and the Pentagon Downplayed a Growing Toxic Threat

The EPA and the Department of Defense calibrated water tests to exclude some harmful levels of contamination and only register especially high concentrations of chemicals, according to the vice president of one testing company. Several prominent scientists told ProPublica the DOD chose to use tests that would identify only a handful of chemicals rather than more advanced tests that the agencies’ own scientists had helped develop which could potentially identify the presence of hundreds of additional compounds.

New Paper

The Monsanto Papers: Poisoning the scientific well.

Examination of de-classified Monsanto documents from litigation in order to expose the impact of the company's efforts to influence the reporting of scientific studies related to the safety of the herbicide, glyphosate.

A set of 141 recently de-classified documents, made public during the course of pending toxic tort litigation, In Re Roundup Products Liability Litigation were examined.

The documents reveal Monsanto-sponsored ghostwriting of articles published in toxicology journals and the lay media, interference in the peer review process, behind-the-scenes influence on retraction and the creation of a so-called academic website as a front for the defense of Monsanto products.

The use of third-party academics in the corporate defense of glyhphosate reveals that this practice extends beyond the corruption of medicine and persists in spite of efforts to enforce transparency in industry manipulation.

Natural Pest Control Links

Homemade Insecticidal Soap Spray
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#1517523 --- 07/23/18 02:52 AM Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food [Re: MissingArty]
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And mic drop...

Retraction By Corruption - Seralini Study

New peer-reviewed study shows how Seralini's study was retracted due to industry pressure!

With the publication of the Monsanto Papers in August 2017, new light was shed on the much-publicised retraction of a 2012 study by a primarily French team led by Prof Gilles-Eric Séralini.

In comparing Monsanto’s study with Séralini’s, Dr Novotny argues that Monsanto’s study design falls short. For example, the base diet used by Monsanto, including that of the control rats, was almost certain to have included a large proportion of other GMOs. Seralini’s team, on the other hand, grew their feed especially and tested their base diet for GMOs – finding none.

Yet despite these factors, all criticism fell upon Séralini’s study, which found harm from the GM maize and Roundup, and no criticism was raised against Monsanto’s study, which declared the GM maize to be safe and nutritious.

Monsanto orchestrated retraction

Dr Novotny recounts that the manner in which the retraction of the Séralini paper was brought about became clear when Monsanto’s internal emails, memos and other documents were released for publication by the judge in a legal case charging Monsanto with causing non-Hodgkin lymphoma in people using Roundup. The disclosure was made after Monsanto failed to take the necessary measures to protect this material. Emails reveal how Monsanto was careful to remain undercover while urging pro-GM scientists to write to the journal to denounce the Séralini study. The journal’s editor-in-chief, who held a paid consultancy agreement with Monsanto, appears to have actively colluded with Monsanto and even encouraged Monsanto to recruit scientists to write critical letters to the journal about the study. He must have known they would fiercely attack any research casting doubt on the safety of their lucrative products. Who the actual peer reviewers were has not been revealed.

Dr Novotny’s account of the events surrounding the Séralini study reveals the depths of deception and malpractice to which some scientists and corporations will resort in order to protect their products, even when they know or suspect that those products are harming the public. The journal that retracted the study, Food and Chemical Toxicology, no longer has Goodman and Hayes in place on its editorial board, but its publisher Elsevier should publish an apology to the Seralini team for its journal’s role in the affair and the resulting damage to the reputations of the scientists involved.

Update on the ongoing non-Hodgkin's lymphoma/glyphosate trial against Monsanto

Monsanto Lawyer Clashes With Cancer Expert in Roundup Trial

Monsanto’s Roundup on Trial: Day 2 in Court by RFK, Jr.

Those studies linked Monsanto’s herbicide to genotoxicity, a potential precursor to cancer. Contemporary emails between Martens and Dr. Donna Farmer, product protection lead, discuss the need to “combat” the damning studies. The emails show Monsanto hired Dr. James Parry, an esteemed independent genotoxicologist, to evaluate the 90s animal studies. Unhappy with his conclusions that also suggested that Roundup might cause cancer, the two Monsanto scientists schemed to persuade Dr. Parry to alter his conclusions.

The email said:

“It would take quite some time and money/studies to get him there. We simply aren’t going to do the studies Parry suggests… We should seriously start looking for one or more other individuals. We have not made much progress [in ginning up studies to prove RoundUp non-genotoxic] and are currently very vulnerable in this area.”

In the end, Monsanto considered converting Parry too costly.

Subsequent emails revealed during the afternoon video testimony of Monsanto’s Dr. William Heydens show that Monsanto ultimately rejected the strategy of bribing legitimate scientists (“We could be pushing $250K or maybe even more”) and concluded that:

“a less expensive/more palatable approach might be to involve experts only for the areas of contention, epidemiology and possibly MOA [Mechanism of Action] (depending on what comes out of the IARC meeting), and we ghost-write the Exposure Tox & Genotox sections. An option would be to add [apparently independent tame Monsanto scientists] Greim and Kier or Kirkland to have their names on the publication, but we would be keeping the cost down by us doing the writing and they would just edit and sign their names so to speak. Recall that is how we handled Williams Kroes & Monroe.”

Farmer to Farmer: The Truth About GMO Crops

T. Fogarty: “Thanks to Dr. Stephanie Seneff, many more in the trenches of medicine are learning the massive harms of glyphosate incorporating into bovine and human proteins. Low Glutathione is associated with most cancers - 1/3 of GSH is glycine and it’s just a matter of time before we have the science to show the broad spectrum negative impact of glyphosate on plant and mammalian biology.”

Robert Kennedy Jr. launches first lawsuit of thousands against Monsanto alleging herbicide Roundup causes non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma

An independent research scientist by the name of Anthony Samsel procured some 15,000 pages worth of documents from Monsanto covering the full gamut of research on Roundup, the most widely used herbicide in the world, and the information contained in those pages isn’t pretty. In essence, Monsanto has known full well for nearly 40 years that Roundup and glyphosate are linked to organ damage and cancer, and yet this information was withheld from public purview as “proprietary trade secrets.”

“Monsanto misrepresented the data,” the scientist said, adding that Monsanto “deliberately covered up data to bring the product [glyphosate] to market.”

Specifically, Samsel was able to demonstrate that the agri-chemical behemoth manipulated and corrupted animal studies by using animals that were already sick with cancer and in organ failure as controls. By virtue of that misrepresentation, other animals exposed to the chemical did not appear to be any more afflicted than control animals because all of them wound up getting sick.

During his presentation to jurors, Wisner, Johnson’s attorney, said that studies on mice and rats found higher occurrences of tumors and that an expert employed by Monsanto even found evidence of such a link. He also pointed to the 2015 WHO study classifying glyphosate as a potential carcinogen.

Tell Congress: Put a Stop to Toxic Algae

The pollutants that cause these harmful algal blooms are generally referred to as “nutrients”—mainly nitrogen and phosphorus—which are natural substances and essential to plant growth. However, the irresponsible disposal of animal and human waste, as well as the overapplication of fertilizer, can cause dangerously high levels of nitrogen and phosphorus in waterways —acting as a “super-food” for algae.

Harmful algal blooms are a worldwide issue and are expected to worsen with warming waters caused by climate change. In the United States, many Waterkeeper Organizations and Affiliates are working to stop the release of pollutants that cause these blooms. In urban areas, the pollutants often come from outdated sewage treatment systems and inadequate control of stormwater. In more rural areas, the biggest source of nutrient pollution is industrialized agriculture—especially from the waste created by concentrated animal feeding operations—but faulty septic tanks and irresponsible fertilizer application can also cause nutrient pollution in waterways.

Seneff: “Fascinating and frightening! "Within the first 20 minutes of when the study was released, the three publicly traded CRISPR companies lost more than $300 million in value."”

Potential DNA damage from CRISPR has been ‘seriously underestimated,’ study finds

From the earliest days of the CRISPR-Cas9 era, scientists have known that the first step in how it edits genomes — snipping DNA — creates an unholy mess: Cellular repairmen frantically try to fix the cuts by throwing random chunks of DNA into the breach and deleting other random bits. Research published on Monday suggests that’s only the tip of a Titanic-sized iceberg: CRISPR-Cas9 can cause significantly greater genetic havoc than experts thought, the study concludes, perhaps enough to threaten the health of patients who would one day receive CRISPR-based therapy.

Roundup litigation discovery documents: implications for public health and journal ethics. 2018

Abstract: This paper reviews the court-released discovery documents obtained from litigation against Monsanto over its herbicide Roundup and through Freedom of Information Act requests (requests to regulatory agencies and public universities in the United States). We sought evidence of corporate malfeasance and undisclosed conflicts of interest with respect to issues of scientific integrity. The findings include evidence of ghostwriting, interference in journal publication, and undue influence of a federal regulatory agency.

Co-Formulants in Glyphosate-Based Herbicides Disrupt Aromatase Activity in Human Cells below Toxic Levels. 2016

Glyphosate induces human breast cancer cells growth via estrogen receptors. 2013

Farmers Switched to Organic After Pesticides Made Them or Their Families Sick

Some farmers transition to organic production to earn premium prices paid for organic crops. Others switch to make their farms more sustainable. But for some farmers transitioning to organic is a necessity to save their health—and even their lives.

Seneff: “Sustainable Pulse has a new article out about Judy Carman's newest research exposing rats to triple-stacked GMO corn (two Bt genes to poison insects and a GMO Roundup-Ready gene). The corn probably also had glyphosate contamination.”

New Australian Study Shows GM Crops Cause Leaky Stomachs in Rats

Crop dust-up: Is Canada exporting tainted wheat?

The Canadian practice of spraying herbicides on grain days before harvest is being blamed for chemical residue on pasta products

GMOs What You Need To Know - Dr. Michelle Perro, MD

Kroger Sets 2020 Phase-Out of Bee-Toxic Pesticides on Its Plants, Costco Encourages Suppliers to Change

Making the Connection: How Herbicide Use Correlates to Modern Disease

Listen to what Dr. Seneff says about Flint, Michigan’s water at 16:00

Dr. Seneff discusses the dangers and what parents, expectant parents, and everyone concerned about their health should know. In light of the current litigation on Monsanto products including Roundup--a court will determine whether the product does in fact cause these modern diseases--including, cancer, non hodgkin's lymphoma & many others. This is one show you won't want to miss!

Activist forces Canada to test food samples

The testing revealed that pulses that are imported to India from Canada and Australia are highly toxic. “It took almost five years to make the Canada government test food items and agri products imported from outside for glyphosate.”

Seneff: “40% of the corn grown in America today is used to make biofuel (gasoline). One has to wonder about the possibility of releasing glyphosate into the air from the Roundup-Ready corn in your car as you drive.”

The Midwest’s Food System is Failing. Here’s Why.

Regardless of whether corn or soy reigns supreme, the fact is that most of it isn’t destined for our plates. Today, much of the corn goes into our gas tanks. The chart below shows how total US corn production tracked the commodity’s use for ethanol from 1986 to 2016:

The two dominant Midwest crops also feed livestock to produce meat in industrial feedlots, and they become ingredients for heavily processed foods. A 2013 Scientific American essay summarized the problem with corn:

Although U.S. corn is a highly productive crop, with typical yields between 140 and 160 bushels per acre, the resulting delivery of food by the corn system is far lower. Today’s corn crop is mainly used for biofuels (roughly 40 percent of U.S. corn is used for ethanol) and as animal feed (roughly 36 percent of U.S. corn, plus distillers grains left over from ethanol production, is fed to cattle, pigs and chickens). Much of the rest is exported. Only a tiny fraction of the national corn crop is directly used for food for Americans, much of that for high-fructose corn syrup.

ETHANOL - What Kinds of Consumer Products May Contain This Chemical?

Latham: “Utterly grim: "Between 2001 and June 2018, 15,186 farmers in Vidarbha have killed themselves–an average of 868 suicides every year and 72 every month–according to the state’s revenue department.””

As A Genetic Revolution Collapses, Vidarbha’s Cotton Farmers Dread Coming Season

New Dicamba Drift Damage Estimated on More Than 1 Million Acres

Widespread Pesticide Damage Reported, Despite So-called 'Protective Steps'

“The widespread damage to crops and even hearty trees like the catalpa and Bradford pear confirms this drift-prone poison can’t be safely used and shouldn’t get approved by the EPA again,” said Nathan Donley, a senior scientist at the Center for Biological Diversity. “You’d have better luck herding kittens than getting dicamba to stay put. The EPA’s new leadership needs to end the use of this dangerous pesticide.”


This article, shared by Ms. K.M., is pure gold, in terms of its summary of the problems that GMOs pose to farmers who simply do not want the stuff, and are trying to sell their products to countries with strict GMO controls, for their crops are being contaminated, in this case, by a special genetically engineered grass - common grass - that is Roundup resistant. The grass was designed to be sold to golf courses, but, predictably, got out of its test fields and is now creeping and crawling its way throughout western Idaho and eastern Oregon, and there's no stopping it. Here's the article:
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#1517750 --- 07/25/18 05:04 PM Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food [Re: MissingArty]
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“The most important thing to realize is that you cannot wash glyphosate off food
since it is incorporated into each cell of the plant.” Dr. Jill Carnahan, M.D.

“Children do not have the enzymes in their livers to detox and break down toxins,
especially infants and the unborn children. There are NO safe levels.” Andre Leu,
President IFOAM, Australia at the Monsanto Tribunal

Monsanto Trial: Toxicologist Explains to Jury How Monsanto Colluded With EPA

Thanks to Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. for providing a recap of the fourth and fifth day in court in the Dewayne Johnson vs. Monsanto Co. trial. Proceedings began in San Francisco Superior Court on July 9. The plaintiff, Dewayne Johnson, a 46-year-old former school groundskeeper who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma four years ago, claims Monsanto hid evidence that the active ingredient in its Roundup herbicide, glyphosate, caused his cancer. This is the first case to go to trial among hundreds of lawsuits alleging Roundup caused non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The trial is expected to last about a month. (Read recap of day six).

Throughout Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning, July 16 and July 17, Monsanto’s attorney, Kirby Griffiths, continued his ambuscade of Plaintiff’s epidemiologist/toxicologist, Dr. Christopher Portier, probing for weaknesses in Portier’s assessment that glyphosate and Roundup are human carcinogens. Dr. Portier yielded nothing; the studies evaluating glyphosate’s carcinogenicity were performed correctly, he said, properly examined and interpreted accurately by the International Agency for Cancer Research, which determined that “glyphosate is a probable human carcinogen.” Watching Griffiths try to get a grapple hold on Dr. Portier had the aspect of a man trying to climb a greased pole. Griffiths never got his feet off the ground.

Following Griffiths’ cross, my co-counsel, Brent Wisner of Baum Hedlund Law, conducted redirect of Dr. Portier and the jury heard its first mention of Jess Rowland, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) corrupt Office of Pesticide Programs chief. Rowland orchestrated the exoneration of Roundup based principally on studies ginned up or ghostwritten by Monsanto and its army of biostitutes (After Dr. Portier stepped down, we heard additional videotaped testimony from Monsanto official, Dr. William Heydens, admitting that he had recommended “ghostwriting” EPA’s key study then edited it himself).

Under Wisner’s questioning, Dr. Portier inventoried the substantive flaws in the federal EPA’s glyphosate and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma studies. He showed how the EPA, with Monsanto holding its coat, cherry-picked glyphosate-friendly studies to support its ruling in Monsanto’s favor. Wisner closed his redirect with Portier denouncing the Andreotti Study (2018) as fatally flawed. That study, the backbone of Monsanto’s case, concluded, with Trumponian chutzpah, that glyphosate actually protects humans against non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Portier showed, that, raw data buried in that study, showed a statistically significant elevated risk of T-cell lymphomas, the exact type of cancer diagnosed in our Plaintiff, Dwayne Johnson.

Our principle weakness in this case is the conclusion of the EPA’s Jess Rowland and his Office of Pesticide Programs that glyphosate is not a human carcinogen. The jury will never learn that in the 1980s, the EPA concluded that glyphosate was a carcinogen. Monsanto responded by engaging in a series of contacts with the EPA designed to intimidate the agency to withdraw those damaging findings.

Internal documents show that Monsanto recruited a paid scientist who reexamined the EPA’s mouse data and claimed to find that one key mouse study showing carcinogenicity failed to account for an unreported tumor in an unexposed mouse in the control group. As it turns out, Monsanto’s documents show that the company’s mercenary pathologist agreed to “find” the elusive cancer before he actually saw any slides. Although the EPA’s internal scientists refuted Monsanto’s hired gun, Monsanto stacked the advisory review presentations with Monsanto agents, leading to Roundup’s reclassification.

Despite this sordid history, proving that the EPA’s determination was rooted in corruption is a tricky wicket for the Plaintiff and a continuing source of frustration to our trial team. Various rulings of the court forbid us from talking about the damning historical evidence of wholesale and pervasive corruption in EPA’s pesticide office. Another ruling forbids us from mentioning California’s EPA’s decision that Roundup is a carcinogen.

Day 6: Monsanto’s Head of Consumer Safety Explains Why He Never Returned Plaintiff's Phone Calls

Johnson vs. Monsanto continued Tuesday afternoon with videotaped testimony from Monsanto officials. Under questioning by our attorney, Brent Wisner of Baum Hedlund Law, chemical company executives and scientists chronicled Monsanto’s energetic efforts to sidestep the science linking Roundup to cancer and to expedite the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) registration process for Roundup.

The first witness was Daniel Jenkins, Monsanto’s manager for regulatory affairs. Emails to Jenkins from Monsanto’s chief of EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs, Jess Rowland, exposed Rowland’s underhanded efforts to kill a critical safety review of glyphosate by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). Rowland boasted to Jenkins, his Monsanto handler, that he “should get a medal for” using his EPA position to kill the ATSDR study. Defending the embarrassing email exchange on the stand, Jenkins looked like a rabbit in headlights. With sweating brow and darting eyes, he dodged questioning about the embarrassing email with non-responsive dissembling, “Monsanto doesn’t have any issue with a good scientific process taking place and giving the data and sharing it with them so it can be looked at and evaluated in an independent process!”

In response to the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) determination that glyphosate is a probable human carcinogen, Monsanto advised the EPA officials to delay the agency’s response to IARC’s classification. Jenkins counseled his EPA allies that from Monsanto’s point of view, “it’s a very bad move to be equivocal.” Clearly, he was buying time to orchestrate political pressure against the agency panjandrums.

Jenkins admitted in court that he had fired off a text message to Jennifer Listello, Monsanto’s chemistry global coordinator, ordering her to summons Monsanto’s congressional toadies to drill down at EPA: “What we need to do is get some key democrats on the Hill to start calling Jim [Jones, EPA’s assistant administrator]… Shoots across his bow generally that he is being watched, which is needed on several fronts.”

Plaintiff counsel then played the videotape testimony from Dr. Daniel Goldstein, Monsanto’s head of consumer complaints and consumer safety and the company official responsible for responding to public questions about Roundup’s safety. Goldstein testified that when the Plaintiff noticed pustulating lesions sprouting on the patches of his skin that were exposed while he was spraying Roundup on a school playground, our Plaintiff, the naively trusting Dewayne Johnson, reached out, not to the EPA, but to Monsanto to find out if there was any possible connection between Roundup and his skin rash.

Goldstein ignored the call. He testified that under normal circumstances, his “custom and practice… would be to try and contact the patient myself.” He elected however to stonewall Johnson. A year later when Johnson left another message reporting his cancer diagnosis, Goldstein continued to ignore the calls. Goldstein explained that there was no reason to call Johnson because Monsanto’s science said that Roundup does not cause cancer.

Under cross examination by Wisner, Goldstein admitted he was aware, for 14 years prior to Johnson’s exposure, of numerous studies linking glyphosate to cancer. Even after the IARC report, as Mr. Johnson fought the early stages of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, he continued to expose himself to glyphosate because Goldstein refused to return his call and advise him to stop spraying.

Monsanto's 'cancer-causing' weedkiller destroyed my life, dying man tells court

Testifying in landmark trial, former school groundskeeper describes suffering allegedly caused by company’s chemicals

Although he wore extensive protective gear while spraying, he was often exposed to the Roundup and Ranger Pro chemicals, both glyphosate-based Monsanto products, due to “drift”, he testified.

“You were getting it on your face everyday,” he said. “It was kind of unavoidable.”


“It was a very scary, confusing time, and I didn’t know what was happening,” said Johnson, who also recounted his calls to Monsanto seeking information about possible risks, and the lack of responses or cancer warnings from the company.

Plaintiff Testifies in Landmark Monsanto Roundup Trial

On Monday morning, July 23, the jury in Johnson vs. Monsanto heard testimony from Dr. Ope Ofodile, the Plaintiff Dewayne “Lee” Johnson’s dermatologist. Dr. Ofodile described beginning her treatment of Lee in 2014, shortly after Lee was diagnosed with cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. Her affection for Lee and her passionate devotion to his treatment was evidenced throughout her surprisingly moving testimony; she even wrote to Lee’s employer, the Benicia District School Board, on Lee’s behalf and “requested that he not be exposed to [Roundup] as that could exacerbate his condition.”

DowDuPont’s Own Scientists Confirm Critical Differences Between Gene-Editing and Conventional Plant Breeding Techniques

New briefing on the European Court of Justice ruling on GM crops produced via mutagenesis

Ultimate fate of new GM techniques will be settled in the Court of Public Opinion, says Beyond GM

Brussels moves goalposts on glyphosate

The big question now is whether France could decide to give more weight to studies and tests carried out by independent academics or the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer, which stands out among global food safety authorities for its 2015 conclusion that glyphosate “is probably carcinogenic to humans.”

The main accusation against Germany’s food safety agency is that in its positive assessment of glyphosate, it copied dozens of pages directly from an assessment carried out by the Glyphosate Task Force, a group of 22 companies financing safety studies into the herbicide. Germany’s Federal Institute for Risk Assessment has said it “vigorously rejects” all such allegations, noting that everything it reviewed was done independently and from original studies.

Secret test with DNA-hacked maize in Flanders

The Flemish Institute for Biotechnology has been secretly conducting a field trial with genetically modified maize for a year and a half. The plants have been changed via a sensational new technique that does not yet have clear European legislation. Nevertheless, the federal government agreed with it. This was revealed by De Morgen's research.

The new technique is the CRISPR/Cas9 method. This is regarded as a breakthrough in biology: a molecular "craft set" that researchers can cut and paste cheaply, easily and at will into the DNA of plants, animals and human embryos.

GM babies given go-ahead by UK "ethics" body

Report draws criticism accusing the authors of opening the door to an age of genetic haves and have-nots.

Sugar Coated — How the Sugar Industry Managed to Dupe the World for Decades

The documentary, “Sugar Coated” — which features Kearns, investigative journalist Gary Taubes, author of “The Case Against Sugar,” and Dr. Robert Lustig, a leading expert on sugar metabolism and obesity — investigates the sugar industry’s once secret PR campaign, showing how it normalized excessive consumption by deflecting evidence implicating sugar as a cause of ill health. As noted in the film’s summary:4

“In order to continue sweetening the world’s food supply, thus securing continued profits, the sugar industry turned to the very same deceptions and tactics lifted from the tobacco industry. Using big sugar’s own internal documents on this strategy, ‘Sugar Coated’ reveals the well-oiled tricks of the trade to confuse the public about what is really driving the global pandemic of obesity, diabetes and heart disease.”

Brockovich: “This is actually worth a good laugh for a Monday! According to the emails released through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to American Oversight, staffers worried about a safety warning placed on the desk from California — which classifies formaldehyde as a carcinogen.”

Pruitt staffers worried about toxic chemical in his desk

Email interactions between EPA staffers first reported by Politico on Friday, showed that aides worried about the potential health effects of formaldehyde found in the desk. The fears they raised came just months before the EPA blocked the release of a report highlighting the dangers of formaldehyde exposure in drinking water.
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#1518050 --- 07/29/18 11:58 PM Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food [Re: MissingArty]
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Registered: 12/18/11
Posts: 2357
Loc: Waterloo, NY

“The most important thing to realize is that you cannot wash glyphosate off food since it is incorporated into each cell of the plant.” Dr. Jill Carnahan, M.D.

“Children do not have the enzymes in their livers to detox and break down toxins, especially infants and the unborn children. There are NO safe levels.” Andre Leu, President IFOAM, Australia at the Monsanto Tribunal

“By slipping it into our food without our knowledge, without any indication that there are genetically modified organisms in our food, we are now unwittingly part of a massive experiment.” Geneticist David Suzuki (Humans “are part of a massive experiment.”)

“*Please don’t be a smartypants and say, “Hey, all crops are genetically modified”. Yes, yes, we have been selectively breeding plants for thousands of years. We all know that. But the term “GMOs” refers to the recent development of “gene splicing” and the development of transgenic crops, creating forms of life that nature, or selective breeding, could never have created.
Jonathan Foley, Ph.D

“If we are going to live so intimately with these chemicals--eating and drinking them, taking them into the very marrow of our bones--we had better know something about their nature and their power.” Rachel Carson, Silent Spring

Latest update on the Monsanto trial on glyphosate & non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

On Monday, the jury learned that even that estimate may be optimistic. Lee’s expert oncologist, Dr. Nabhan, testified that at his most recent medical examination, Lee “lit up” the pet scan. Within his body, the cancer is growing much faster than predicted.

Day 10: Secret Documents Reveal Monsanto’s War on Cancer Scientists

On Tuesday, July 24, the Johnson vs. Monsanto trial resumed with video testimony from Monsanto’s toxicologist, Donna Farmer, who leads the chemical company’s deceptively named Product Safety Center, and who has been a lifelong nemesis of environmental, safe food and farming advocates.

It wasn’t easy getting Farmer’s videotaped testimony. Here’s the backstory. When our legal team sent a process server to Farmer’s home in St. Louis, to subpoena her testimony, Farmer was observed fleeing through a backyard fence. We had the block staked out and successfully served the summons. But to spare her the risks of live testimony, Monsanto fought Farmer’s subpoena to a standoff in Missouri’s Supreme Court. Monsanto’s stonewalling meant that our San Francisco jury saw only clips of Farmer’s videotaped deposition taken by my colleague, Mike Miller of The Miller Firm.

The video shows Farmer emphatically denying that her role at the company was “protecting Roundup” (as opposed to protecting public health) until Miller confronted Farmer with her own email using those very words as her job description. Miller produced another Monsanto document declaring that Farmer’s “number one goal is to defend and maintain the global glyphosate or Roundup business.”

For 25 years, Farmer has accomplished that mission by sewing doubt about the mountainous scientific evidence of Roundup’s toxicity and carcinogenicity. Miller showed Farmer a Monsanto training manual that instructed her, and her Monsanto cronies, how to dodge questions about the International Agency for Research on Cancer’s (IARC) classification of glyphosate as a human carcinogen. Monsanto schooled its staff in the skills of ducking, bobbing, weaving, or, as the manual put it, “moving from the question [the public asks] to the answer you want to give.”

Farmer excelled in the school of “ducking and weaving.” She perfected every delicate step in the razzle-dazzle tap dance required to maintain the dubious fiction that the world’s most potent weedkiller posed no risk to humans. Farmer admitted writing a secret memo to John Combest of Monsanto’s public affairs group, shortly before we filed our first Roundup lawsuit, cautioning him that: “You can’t say Roundup does not cause cancer. We have not done the carcinogenicity studies with Roundup.”

Miller confronted Farmer with a series of documents chronicling Monsanto’s gymnastic maneuvers to avoid doing such studies. Under Miller’s interrogation, Farmer confessed that her career concern was not public health but regulatory compliance. Monsanto wanted to know only enough about health effects of its product to keep its captive regulators from stirring from their stupor. Monsanto avoided genuine health studies, like cats avoid water, terrified that company scientists would overturn the wrong stone. Farmer carefully guided research projects to tamed or compromised scientists with outcomes that were known in advance. She acknowledged that in 35 years of marketing and selling Roundup, Monsanto performed no studies to determine whether Roundup causes cancer.

In fact, Farmer’s real job at Monsanto was to suppress science and manipulate regulatory agencies. Under a grueling interview by Miller, Farmer acknowledged orchestrating the ghostwriting of articles for supposedly independent scientists who agreed to defend glyphosate. “There’s nothing wrong with that,” she said. “That’s just providing some information for them to choose to incorporate into their document or not.”

Monsanto hired the prestigious toxicologist, Dr. James Parry, hoping that he would punch holes in damaging studies that proved glyphosate to be genotoxic. Unwilling to let Parry off a tight leash, the company opted to perform the studies in-house hoping to identify some discrepancy in the genotoxicity data. Monsanto intended to present its findings to Dr. Parry and persuade Parry to anoint the company’s self-serving conclusions with his prestigious reputation.

When Parry balked and instead prescribed a series of studies he believed necessary to determine the overall safety of Roundup, Farmer’s boss, Dr. Mark Martens, confided to her, “We simply aren’t going to do the studies Parry suggests.” Martens and Farmer agreed that Parry should be prevented from looking at Monsanto’s Roundup formulation samples until he came around to their point of view.

Parry had complained that the samples were necessary for him to complete his safety studies. “I agree we do not send samples to Dr. Parry until we get this sorted out,” Martens told Farmer. Monsanto, he said, was looking for “someone who is comfortable with a genotoxic profile of glyphosate/RoundUp and who can be influential with regulators and scientific outreach operations when genotoxic issues arise,” but, Dr. Martens, despaired, “it would take quite some time and $$$ studies to get [Parry] there."

Here are key highlights from the Monsanto trial:...
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“It’s rather strange,” Dr. Sawyer pointed out, “the actual label from Roundup and Ranger Pro
does not require any suit.” Dr. Sawyer testified, “When [Monsanto] ran their own
operator exposure study, they recommended waterproof jacket, pants, faceplate, et cetera.
But none of that is on the warning of Roundup that was used by Mr. Johnson.” RFK, Jr.

Dewayne Johnson (center in white jacket) and his trial team in San Francisco courthouse

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. -

Monsanto Trial: Two Days Closer to a Verdict

Wednesday, July 25—Day 11 of the Monsanto trial—seemed a dark day for the Plaintiff.

With the jury off duty, Judge Bolanos heard a parade of evidentiary motions and made a series of surprising and disappointing rulings in Monsanto’s favor for each one.

First, Plaintiff’s counsel lead by Brent Wisner, sought to exclude evidence that our side’s exposure expert, Dr. William Sawyer, occasionally used Roundup himself. Wisner and his colleague, Tim Litzenburg, pointed out that in the tobacco context, the courts have consistently held that an expert witness’s cigarette use is irrelevant. The court indicated its inclination to ignore this precedent.

Judge Bolanos reasoned that the defense counsel could legitimately impeach Sawyer with his admissions that he used Roundup. Wisner told the judge that, in that case, he intended to have Dr. Sawyer testify that his use resulted in zero exposure due to his precautions of redesigning his spray wand to prevent aerosol drift. We wanted, also, to show that Dr. Sawyer made careful efforts to avoid consuming glyphosate by eating only organic foods. However, Judge Ramos Bolanos said she would prohibit our team from mentioning Sawyer’s diet.

Monsanto has fought consistently and successfully to prohibit our side from mentioning GMOs. Now Judge Bolanus again cautioned that the issue of GMOs would be off limits. The judge warned us that our witness should not mention GMOs on direct or cross examination.

Next, Wisner sought to clarify the parameters within which our regulatory expert, Dr. Charles Benbrook, could testify about evidence that Judge Curtis Karnow had declared admissible in his pretrial rulings. The Monsanto case has followed a long winding path typical of large complex cases in California. The case survived an extensive pre-trial phase. In that phase, an appointed judge addresses the accumulation of documentary evidence, witness depositions, expert qualifications and determines whether the evidence and experts are sufficient for reasonable jurors to declare a defendant guilty.

This phase lasted more than a year and was overseen by Judge Karnow who handled all the pre-trial issues. Judge Karnow completed that assignment when he ruled that Dewayne Johnson had assembled enough evidence, including admissible expert testimony, to present to a jury. At that point, the Johnson case went into a trial assignment department, with a “package” of pre-trial documents and rulings on admissibility by Judge Karnow. San Francisco’s trial assignment department selected Judge Bolanos, a former prosecutor, to be the Johnson trial judge. Judge Bolanos received the set of Judge Karnow’s orders to implement or modify at her discretion during the Johnson trial. In general, Judge Bolanos’ rulings have seemed to us more friendly to the defense than Judge Karnow’s.

As the day grew longer, Judge Bolanos ruled that Dr. Benbrook could not offer any opinions or descriptions about a collection of Monsanto’s internal studies on Roundup’s health effects that are highly damaging to Monsanto’s case. We had hoped to show the jury these documents, which involve transparently deceptive statistical machinations designed to cloud the results of Monsanto’s own glyphosate research. One important internal study shows that glyphosate causes cancer in mice. Another internal Monsanto research study detailed higher human skin absorption rates of the herbicide than reported elsewhere.

We had intended to have Dr. Benbrook dissect these studies for our jury, but Judge Bolanos forbade that line of questioning saying, “I’m not sure how helpful the opinion of this category of expert is, frankly.”

Wisner’s team also tried to get Judge Bolanos to advise Monsanto’s counsel, George Lombardi, to stop his habit of angrily yelling at the witnesses at point blank range. Judge Bolanos said that she had not heard the yelling but nevertheless urged the attorneys on both sides to use their inside voices. A note from a juror the following morning made an identical complaint; she asked the judge to make Lombardi stop yelling.

Our teammate, Pedram Esfandiari of Baum Hedlund Law, next sought to prevent Monsanto from entering into evidence the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) draft findings on glyphosate’s carcinogenicity which purported to show that there was no proven association with cancer. That draft was created by Monsanto’s shill inside the EPA, Jess Rowland, the former head of the EPA’s pesticide division who was secretly working for Monsanto by concocting studies like this one.

Since we have been unable to explain to the jury Rowland’s scandalous story, we are anxious that they not see his handiwork and mistakenly assume that it is a product of an honest and deliberative agency process. Pedram argued that the draft EPA conclusion was unpublished hearsay and was therefore inadmissible. Judge Bolanus listened so intently and agreeably to Pedrams polemic that he was dead sure that he had her persuaded. Nevertheless, she denied his motion the moment he stopped talking. Judge Bolanos agreed that the EPA statement was inadmissible hearsay if Monsanto offered it to prove glyphosate doesn’t cause cancer. However, she ruled that Monsanto could nevertheless introduce the language to show Monsanto employees’ state of mind at the time the report was issued.

The Hearsay Rule prohibits admission of out-of-court statements offered to prove the truth of the matter asserted. However, statements offered to demonstrate the “state of mind” of the speaker are not forbidden. Judge Bolanos’ ruling seemed to us unconventional because Monsanto employees did not author the document, therefore it doesn’t make sense to claim that the document reflected the employee’s state(s) of mind. Furthermore, Monsanto first saw the EPA document in 2016, long after Lee Johnson had stopped using Roundup. Monsanto’s state of mind at that time is therefore utterly irrelevant to this case.

Finally, Judge Bolanos rejected the plaintiff’s request to introduce documents summarizing International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) President Christopher Wild’s devastating rebuttal of Monsanto’s orchestrated propaganda campaign against IARC. We believed that this document should be admitted under the same rationale as Judge Bolanus admitted the EPA draft. After all, it illustrates Monsanto’s “state of mind” and is highly relevant to the issue of punitive damages. Judge Ramos did not agree.

On Thursday morning, Judge Bolanos slapped our side with yet another disappointing ruling. This time, she excluded mention of Monsanto’s “TNO dermal absorption” studies which found far higher rates of glyphosate and Roundup absorption through the skin than previously reported. Internal Monsanto emails revealed that Monsanto employees received the results of the study indicating that the increased dermal exposure was linked to cancer. Instead of pursuing this critical research, Monsanto’s Dr. William Heydens and his Monsanto cronies orchestrated the termination of the study claiming a non-existent discrepancy which they had contrived to avoid submitting the results to the EPA. This conduct also seemed directly relevant to punitive damages. Alas the jury will never hear this sordid tale.

These dark day rulings, while frustrating, all got jiu jitsu’d by the adept trial work of the plaintiff’s trial team by the end of a brighter Thursday.

On Thursday, July 26, day 12 of the Monsanto trial, my colleague, David Dickens of The Miller Firm, called toxicology expert, Dr. William Sawyer, to elucidate prior expert testimony on the carcinogenicity of glyphosate and how it caused “Lee” Johnson’s non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Dr. Sawyer has studied the glyphosate literature since the 1990s. He swore that glyphosate alone is “clearly” carcinogenic, and that Monsanto’s practice of adding chemical surfactants “increase and enhance [Roundup’s] carcinogenicity.”

Dr. Sawyer testified that Lee’s job as Integrated Pest Manager for the Benicia School District required him to apply Roundup in ways that maximized his exposure. Unlike farmers who typically spread Roundup from designated machinery or a mechanical applicator pulled some distance behind an atmosphere-controlled closed tractor cab, Lee used an unregulated high-pressure truck sprayer, “Just one trigger would literally fill this courtroom with mist.” As a result, Lee was “heavily exposed” to Roundup.

Dr. Sawyer observed that Lee sprayed more than three times more Roundup per hour than the average individual in Monsanto’s premier safety studies. Dr. Sawyer uses Roundup occasionally himself and admitted that even his small backpack sprayer produced drift in the wind that worried him. He therefore modified the sprayer to produce a stream resembling a squirt-gun to reduce the aerosol effect so as to limit his own exposure—a safety precaution unavailable to Lee. Instead, gusts of wind and sprayer malfunctions frequently drenched Lee in Roundup.

Dr. Sawyer testified that the exceptional safety precautions taken by Lee to protect himself may have actually aggravated his exposure. Lee wore a Tyvek 400 suit, which he hoped would protect him from dangerous aerosols. However, Dr. Sawyer testified that Dupont designed and sold the Tyvek 400 not to exclude aerosols, but to shield against particulate matter, including toxic dust, from contacting the skin. Dr. Sawyer testified that his work for the U.S. Health Department and Toxicology Consultants and Assessment Specialists often required him to use the same Tyvek 400 suit as Lee at Superfund landfills and other “extremely dangerous sites,” when contaminated dust was an issue, “But I would never wear a suit like that in an instance where organic chemicals were in the air. It’s not designed for that.”

Dr. Sawyer said that the sometimes sweltering Tyvek suit actually amplified Lee’s exposure to Roundup. Glyphosate molecules easily penetrate the fabric where Lee’s sweat would act as a conveyor belt for the herbicide wicking it off the suit material and transporting it directly to his skin in an aqueous solution that made it more likely to infiltrate the skin directly through the vectors of his skin lesions.

“It’s rather strange,” Dr. Sawyer pointed out, “the actual label from Roundup and Ranger Pro does not require any suit.” Dr. Sawyer testified, “When [Monsanto] ran their own operator exposure study, they recommended waterproof jacket, pants, faceplate, et cetera. But none of that is on the warning of Roundup that was used by Mr. Johnson.”

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Benbrook testified that Lee Johnson’s Roundup exposure exceeded the typical exposure
endured by the farmers who were the subjects of Monsanto’s loudly touted Agricultural
Health Study. Large-scale farmers are “inside a cab with glass and a sophisticated
air filtration system… the [farm] industry’s done a great job of really minimizing
exposures for people—with modern equipment,” Benbrook said, while Lee and other non-farm
users “use either a backpack sprayer or a hand-held sprayer… kind of like a power washer,”
which leak and create aerosols that follow the applicator in a toxic cloud. (RFK, Jr.)

Plaintiff’s Final Live Witness Testifies in Monsanto Trial

On Friday morning, July 29, day 13 of the Monsanto trial, we called our final live witness in Dewayne Johnson’s case against Monsanto—Dr. Charles Benbrook. Benbrook is an agricultural and toxicology scientist. A Harvard graduate and former executive director of the National Academy of Sciences, Benbrook has been studying the link between glyphosate and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma since 2000.

Benbrook is part of the team of scientists working with Children’s Environmental Health Network to study the effects of widespread herbicide exposure on children. He explained that “there’s great concern, particularly in the Midwest,” due to Roundup’s increased pervasiveness, and that there had been a “substantial increase in herbicide use [over that period]. There’s [now] over three quarters of a pound of the glyphosate-active ingredient applied on every cropland acre in America if you spread it out equally.”

Benbrook testified that our Monsanto-friendly Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) focus on glyphosate alone is a sham intended to gloss over the more important question of “whether the Roundup formulation itself, not just a single ingredient, is toxic and carcinogenic.” He said that Monsanto uses a potent surfactant that dramatically amplifies Roundup’s toxicity.

Benbrook testified that glyphosate is a proven animal carcinogen. My colleague, Brent Wisner of Baum Hedlund Law, delicately asked a series of carefully phrased questions to lead Benbrook through descriptions of some of the 20-odd animal studies linking Roundup to cancer.

In recent days, as described in an earlier post, our side has been dealt a series of harsh rulings by Judge Bolanos, rulings which limited the admissibility of this class of evidence. Monsanto’s attorney, Kirby Griffis, objected forcefully whenever Wisner and Benbrook edged near the red lines drawn by the judge. Despite these interruptions, Benbrook succeeded, if haltingly, in describing Monsanto’s attempts to suppress data on glyphosate’s carcinogenicity.

Benbrook showed that Monsanto had repeatedly killed internal company studies of carcinogenicity. When an EPA-mandated animal study showed clear evidence of glyphosate’s carcinogenicity, the company bullied and bamboozled the EPA to withdraw the study. According to Benbrook, that study showed that “three in 50 of exposed mice were getting kidney tumors following exposure.” When the EPA caved in, it ordered Monsanto to redo the study. Monsanto simply sandbagged the agency, refusing to comply. Eventually, the beleaguered agency backed down completely.

Benbrook pushed back hard on Griffis’ claim that the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) never looked at real-world exposure data before issuing its monograph that glyphosate is a probable human carcinogen. “Heavens no,” Benbrook said laughing at the Monsanto attorney. “The very first section addresses use and exposure!”

Benbrook also eviscerated Monsanto scientist, Dr. William Goldstein’s earlier testimony that the IARC committee “cherry picked the data that they wanted to focus on rather than looking at the broader weight of evidence.” Benbrook explained:

“IARC relies only on scientific studies published in peer-reviewed journals, where all the data is available, the methods are available, the science is transparent, if you will, fully explained. One of the things IARC does… certainly better than any regulatory agency around the world, is really critically evaluate the quality of the individual studies so that they put the most weight on the best studies.”

Benbrook contrasted IARC’s open, transparent protocols with EPA’s dubious practice of relying upon secret, unpublished and not peer-reviewed studies by industry, and upon covert consultations with the regulated company.

Benbrook testified that Lee Johnson’s Roundup exposure exceeded the typical exposure endured by the farmers who were the subjects of Monsanto’s loudly touted Agricultural Health Study. Large-scale farmers are “inside a cab with glass and a sophisticated air filtration system… the [farm] industry’s done a great job of really minimizing exposures for people—with modern equipment,” Benbrook said, while Lee and other non-farm users “use either a backpack sprayer or a hand-held sprayer… kind of like a power washer,” which leak and create aerosols that follow the applicator in a toxic cloud.

Benbrook was a powerful final live witness who reinforced, and tied together, the testimony of the Plaintiff’s five-week parade of expert fact witnesses. Kirby Griffis’ (Monsanto) afternoon cross examination of Benbrook was bootless.

As one of our final treats for the jury, Wisner played videotaped testimony of Steven Gould, Monsanto’s head of sales for the West Coast, who worked closely with product safety chief Dr. Donna Farmer during his time at Monsanto. As the tape played on the courtroom monitor, the jury watched Plaintiff counsel’s Jeff Seldomridge of the Miller Firm catch Gould in embarrassing whoppers so many times during the video depo that the befuddled Gould looked like a nervous wreck by the time the credits rolled.

In his finalé, Gould grudgingly acknowledged trading emails with Greg Fernald, a chief marketer for Roundup’s California distributor, Wilbur-Ellis. Gould complained to Fernald that California school districts were banning the use of Roundup on school grounds.

“It’s hard to understand how against all science and law they can do that—can do this,” Fernald responds. “We are being overrun by liberals and morons, sort of like a zombie movie. So we just have to start taking them out one at a time, starting with the elections next year.”

Gould admitted to Seldomridge that he so admired Fernald’s turn of phrase that he forwarded Fernald’s email to Monsanto’s employees. Unfortunately, since we are before a California jury, Judge Bolanos had us redact out all reference to California, but the video was still effective.

The plaintiff’s trial team closed its case with the videotaped testimony from former Monsanto product salesman, Kirk Azevedo, who joined Monsanto on an idealistic impulse after seeing a speech by Monsanto’s founder, Robert Shapiro. During that talk, Shapiro described his vision of a green, clean and safe future in which Monsanto would make itself an exemplar of good corporate citizenship. Azevedo recalled Shapiro describing his vision for “reducing in-process waste and the factories of the future not being these spewing pollution factories, but, you know being these plants that are going to be green and we can, you know, help, you know, save the world in this regard.”

Azevedo then described a subsequent deflating interaction with a Monsanto senior vice president at a training seminar for the chemical company’s market managers. The V.P. was dismissive, “We don’t know what Robert Shapiro is really talking about here. He’s just kind of this visionary guy. This sort of thing isn’t really what we’re about. We’re about making money, so get that straight.”

We feel that the trial is going our way. Earlier in the morning, Wisner read a stipulation to the jury describing Monsanto’s value, which is relevant to the company’s ability to pay large damages. In June, Monsanto sold itself for $66 billion to Bayer (a German company cut from the same corrupt, manipulating and deceptive cloth as Monsanto). We were disheartened when Judge Ramos cautioned our side against any mention of Monsanto’s $66-billion market value to the jury. Finally, we stipulated with the company’s defense counsel that we would only use the company’s book value; a relatively paltry $6.6 billion. The tradeoff is that we can mention that Monsanto has $3.3 billion in cash on hand.

Government Approves Ban on the Cultivation of GMOs in Ireland

The Cabinet has agreed to enable Ireland to prohibit or restrict the cultivation of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in Ireland.

I’ll post when there is another replay.

This weekend, you can watch all 20 videos for free from the Healing from GMOs and Roundup series starting now, through Monday, July 30th, at 9 am Pacific / 12 noon Eastern.

Jeffrey has created a short video to tell you about which are the best interviews to watch in case you don’t have time to view all of them. Please click here to watch Jeffrey’s short video. You then must come back to this email in order to register for free access to the replay weekend. (There is no registration link from the video’s page.)

Another good reason to know your farmer.

Local certified grass fed farmer - Autumn’s Harvest Farm in Romulus.

Do You Know Where Your Meat Comes From?

But beef and pork? Those products are exempt from COOL laws. That means consumers have no idea where their steak and bacon came from, unless the producer chooses to label it.


Ever since COOL was repealed in 2015, U.S. cattle ranchers, including those in the grassfed beef industry, have been vocal on the need to reestablish the labeling law.

According to a lawsuit filed in June 2017, by American ranchers and cattle producers against the USDA and Sec. of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, millions of pounds of beef are now being imported from various countries and labeled as “Product of the U.S.A,” despite only undergoing repackaging in the U.S. The lawsuit alleges that this practice violates the Tariff Act of 1930.

While the lawsuit makes its way through the courts, Kenny Graner, president of the U.S. Cattlemen's Association (USCA), is looking for an opening in the recent NAFTA negotiations to strike a deal with Canada and Mexico that restore the labels on beef. (The WTO governs global trade, while NAFTA resolves trade disputes that erupt between only Canada, Mexico and the U.S.).

U.S. Grassfed Meat Producers Need Your Help—Act By Midnight August 17

If you think meat labeled “Product of U.S.A.” should come from cattle actually raised in the U.S.—not imported from other countries—you’re not alone.

The American Grassfed Association (AGA) and the Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) have submitted a petition to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) asking that the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Services Agency change its labeling policy so that imported beef can no longer be labeled “Product of U.S.A.” just because the meat passed through a U.S.-based inspection plant, or was blended with meat from cattle actually born and raised in the U.S.

TAKE ACTION BY MIDNIGHT AUGUST 17: Sign the petition to help U.S. grassfed meat producers stop foreign meat from being labeled “Product of U.S.A.”

RFK, Jr.: “Brand new study shows glyphosate harms DNA in human blood cells.”

The mechanism of DNA damage induced by Roundup 360 PLUS, glyphosate and AMPA in human peripheral blood mononuclear cells - genotoxic risk assessement

USDA Inspectors Complained About Chemicals Sprayed on Poultry. They Were Ignored.

A must see video.

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Jonathan Latham

"Biotechnology, Agrichemicals and The Value of Life" - Free Public Event - Kauai, Hawaii

Hopefully this will be recorded. Fyi...

Please join GMO-Free Kaua'i and Hawai'i SEED, in welcoming Dr. Jonathan Latham for his presentation at the Koloa Neighborhood Center on Friday, August 3 at 6:30 p.m.

Jonathan R Latham, PhD is co-founder and Executive Director of the Bioscience Resource Project and the Editor of Independent Science News. Dr Latham is also the Director of the Poison Papers project which publicizes documents of the chemical industry and its regulators. Dr. Latham holds a Masters degree in Crop Genetics and a PhD in Virology. He was subsequently a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Genetics, University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has published scientific papers in disciplines as diverse as plant ecology, plant virology, genetics and genetic engineering. Dr Latham talks frequently at international events and scientific and regulatory conferences on the research conducted by the Project. He has written for Truthout, MIT Technology Review, the Guardian, and many other magazines and websites.


But the dangers presented by these industrial chemicals have been known for decades, not just a few months or years. A lawsuit filed by Minnesota against 3M, the company that first developed and sold PFOS and PFOA, the two best-known PFAS compounds, has revealed that the company knew that these chemicals were accumulating in people’s blood for more than 40 years. 3M researchers documented the chemicals in fish, just as the Michigan scientist did, but they did so back in the 1970s. That same decade, 3M scientists realized that the compounds they produced were toxic. The company even had evidence back then of the compounds’ effects on the immune system, studies of which are just now driving the lower levels put forward by the ATSDR, as well as several states and the European Union.

The suit, which the Minnesota attorney general filed in 2010, charges that 3M polluted groundwater with PFAS compounds and “knew or should have known” that these chemicals harm human health and the environment, and “result in injury, destruction, and loss of natural resources of the State.” The complaint argues that 3M “acted with a deliberate disregard for the high risk of injury to the citizens and wildlife of Minnesota.” 3M settled the suit for $850 million in February, and the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office released a large set of documents — including internal studies, memos, emails, and research reports — detailing what 3M knew about the chemicals’ harms.

Carol Garnier Dutra

“This post concerns the private life, the suffering endured by Dewayne Johnson and his family, suffering which was created by Monsanto because there were no warning labels on Roundup/Glyphosate warning the potential user of this product that there is a 'cancer risk' from contact with this product. This case is a product liability case which concerns 'matter of choice' based on what we are told and what we are not told by the chemical company that made this product.

No one told us the risk we would put ourselves into by using Roundup and no one told us the risk we all face, every single one of us, on a daily basis, of eating GMO foods that contain Roundup herbicidal residues and a mutated insecticide, Bacillus Thuringiensis (BT), both inside all GMO foods. Add to this the addition of Glyphosate residues in non-GMO foods including non-GMO cane sugar, oats, and wheat that has been encouraged by Monsanto to farmers of these non-GMO food crops to 'dry' them out at harvest time. This practice puts Glyphosate residues into these non-GMO foods.

No one gave any of us (the consumers) a choice in this matter, and if you do go ORGANIC at this late date you must remember that you have been eating both Glyphosate residues and mutated BT in your food since 1994. You still stand the chance that you will develop a severe illiness from these toxins in your diet, including cancer. What a terrible price for all of us to pay.” Carol Garnier Dutra commenting on the Monsanto trial.

Seneff: “Of course! Put a former Dow chemical exec in charge of science at the USDA.”

Trump Just Nominated a Pesticide Exec to Oversee Science at the USDA

His nomination is the latest step in what has emerged as a remarkably active relationship between Team Trump and the company formerly known as Dow Chemical. After the 2016 election, Dow donated $1 million to Trump’s inaugural committee. In March 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency reversed an Obama administration plan to ban a widely used Dow Agroscience pesticide called chlorpyrifos, a potent neurotoxin that has been shown to stunt kids’ brain development—weeks after EPA director Scott Pruitt met privately with Dow CEO Andrew Liveris. In June that year, the Department of Justice approved Dow’s megamerger with former rival DuPont. Corteva, the agriculture unit of Dow-Dupont, is a massive player in both the US and global pesticide markets.

Denise Gabay Otten was live — with Stephanie Seneff at Talking Alternative Broadcasting.


RFK, Jr.: “Big Biotech insists gene-editing techniques, such as CRISPR, are no different than traditional plant breeding methods. But a new study from the industry itself admits there are in fact SIGNIFICANT differences, including random mutations with unpredictable consequences.”

DowDuPont’s Own Scientists Confirm Critical Differences Between Gene-Editing and Conventional Plant Breeding Techniques

RFK, Jr.: “Guess who I ran into this morning?

“I’m here because this is an historic event," Ed Begley, Jr. told me. "For the first time ever, Monsanto will have to explain its crimes before a jury. This company has done more to harm families, farmers and food than any company on earth. It’ll be a great message if the American justice system still has the vitality to stand up to corporate power and corruption. I want to tell my grandkids I was here!””

Ed Begley, Jr. Attends Monsanto Trial

When I asked Ed how he felt about Monsanto’s herbicide glyphosate being found in our entire food supply, he answered:

“By itself, that’s a momentous crime against humanity! It’s chemical trespass! Little children are eating this poison in their breakfast cereal. I know I never gave Monsanto permission to put a known carcinogen in my lunch. If Monsanto’s executives want toxins in their family dinner, they should add it themselves at home.”

Resistance to genetically modified seeds in Africa

Seeds modified in a lab are often touted as a means to boost agriculture and food security in Africa. There is some resistance on the continent and debate on preserving its traditional seed base instead.

GMO Kids? Argentina Moms Confront Monsanto and Philip Morris Over Greed and Pesticides

What do these children have in common? Their fathers, all farmers working in Latin America, were exposed to agricultural pesticides that likely damaged their DNA, increasing the risk of cancer, birth defects and neurological disorders in the children they later fathered.

They also have this in common: Their mothers are fighting for justice for their kids.

“Genetically Modified Children,” a new one-hour documentary, exposes how Philip Morris and Monsanto have exploited generations of impoverished Argentinian farmers since 1996, when the Argentinian government authorized the use of genetically engineered crops to withstand the use of Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller.

Featured in the film are Dr. Hugo Gomez Demaio, head of neurosurgery at the Pediatric Hospital of Posadas, and Dr. Mario Barrera, neurosurgeon at the Medical School of Nordeste. (Both institutions are in Buenos Aires). The doctors are dedicated to highlighting and treating the link between glyphosate exposure and DNA damage.

Dr. Barrera explains:

“Even if the entire local environment is contaminated, it does not mean that all children will become sick. But when the father is exposed to herbicides, they are absorbed into the body and alter his DNA. He then passes that genetic mutation on to his children.”

Genetically Modified Children

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South Koreans Take Stand Against GMOs By Zen Honeycutt, Moms Across America

July 19, 2018 in Seoul, South Korea, for the first time, South Koreans hosted a Tri-Lateral Korea-US-Japan Symposium on the Consumer Right to Know GMO Labeling System. Over 200 gathered, including grassroots leaders, professors, food producers, concerned citizens and National Assemblymen to discuss the health risks of GMOs and GMO labeling. South Korea has good reason to be concerned, they are the world’s largest importer of GMOs for human consumption and the health conditions of their citizens are skyrocketing.

When asked about the practice of not labeling GMOs ingredients such as oils and soy sauce, which are derived from GMOs, I stated, “Ask any parent of a child with a peanut allergy. They would never risk feeding their child something derived from peanuts. Genetic modifications are performed at the molecular level of DNA, which is not what the detection based system is testing for; that system tests for whole GMO proteins. Even trace amounts of genetically modified DNA could be harmful to a susceptible child. Parents deserve to know if their child’s food is derived from GMOs in order to be able to trace possible reactions and protect their child’s health.”

According to Dr. Michael Antoniou and team's work, specifically, their paper showing the non-substantial equivalence of NK603 GMO corn vs non-GMO, things can go very wrong due to a GMO's innate mutagenic properties. If you just focus on the GMO protein you will miss a whole lot of other changes that arise from the mutagenic effect of the GM transformation process.

Numerous scientific studies now show that genetically modified food has health risks. Clearly, these foods should be removed from our food supply. In the meantime, they should at least be clearly labeled to prevent further health care issues and higher costs…

Sound Health Radio with Zen Honeycutt ~ Founder~ Moms Across America

Zen Honeycutt, is the Founder and Director of Moms Across America, a non-profit National Coalition of Unstoppable Moms. With the motto "Empowered Moms, Healthy Kids" Moms Across America has grown rapidly, well over 400 leaders have created 700+ community events in all 50 states. Moms Across America empowers and amplifies the voice of the mom locally and nationally to create healthy communities by raising awareness about GMOs and related pesticides in our food. Zen has three boys with allergies and autism symptoms which greatly improved when they went GMO-Free and organic. She discovered that thousands of Moms are seeing the same results and Moms Across America is expanding to Mothers Across the World with co-creator Vandana Shiva. Zen has been featured on CNN, the Dr. Oz show, the Wall Street Journal, CSPAN, and Moms Across America has been on Fox News, Reuter's, ABC and more.

Zen is joining us to talk about her new book: 'UNSTOPPABLE: Transforming Sickness and Struggle into Triumph, Empowerment, and a Celebration of Community'

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“Wisner got Mucci to concede she did not include these statistically significant doubling-of-the-risk rates in her presentation to the jury.” RFK, Jr.

“The closing arguments will probably be August 7 or 8 or 9, and the verdict we hope will be rendered by August 10.” RFK, Jr.

Monsanto's Herbicide Expert Has Bad Day in Court

Following the close of our case, Monsanto’s lawyers, on July 30, made an obligatory motion to nonsuit the case—a Hail Mary motion asking the judge to dismiss our claims on grounds that Plaintiff’s counsel, during the past six weeks, had not produced sufficient evidence to bring the case before the jury.

Judge Suzanne Ramos Bolanos denied the motion on all issues except our request for punitive damages which she reserved, presumably until the jury returns a verdict. We took that decision as a signal that Judge Bolanos is hostile to Dewayne Johnson collecting punitive damages which usually comprise the largest portion of big reward cases. Reserving a ruling on the appropriateness of “Punis” is a common strategy for judges who frown upon them. After all, the jury might decide on its own to not award punitive damages. In that case, deferring the decision until after the jury returns its verdict avoids an issue for appeal. Furthermore, if the trial court’s nullification of a jury’s punitive damages reward is reversed on appeal, the appellate court can simply reinstate the jury verdict rather than ordering the trial court to hold another full trial on that issue.

That was about the only motion we won from Judge Bolanos all Monday. The rest of the morning was another depressing parade of unfavorable rulings.

As soon as the court wrapped up its rulings on our motions, Monsanto attorney, Sandra Edwards, called UC Davis professor Kassim Al-Khatib to testify on “weed science” and herbicide use. On direct examination, Al-Khatib told Monsanto’s attorneys that it was his opinion that Johnson’s sprayer could only spray 10 to 12 gallons of Roundup per hour, not the 50 gallons that Johnson had sworn to on the stand. Al-Khatib said that the sprayer, therefore, could not have vaporized sufficient herbicide to soak or sicken Johnson.

Even before Al-Khatib was formally qualified as an expert, my colleague, Brent Wisner of Baum Hedlund Law, cut Al-Khatib’s legs off on voir dire. Under Wisner’s questioning, Al-Khatib confessed that he had never studied whether glyphosate can cause cancer, the pivotal question of this case.

That was the start of a bad day for Professor Al-Khatib.

Al-Khatib has a long history of being paid to testify for Monsanto on various cases. Under usual circumstances, payment in exchange for “expert” testimony would be a rich and permissible subject for impeachment. Al-Khatib, after all, has incentive to tailor his testimony to keep his Monsanto gravy train on the rails.

A jury should be able to hear this evidence of potential bias. Yet Judge Bolanos ruled we could impeach Al-Khatib only about the money he received for this particular case. The amounts were still substantial—invoices revealed that Monsanto paid professor Al-Khatib $70,000 for 200 hours of work! When Wisner asked what he did during those 200 hours, Al-Khatib said he read one of Johnson’s three depositions and his trial testimony, and reviewed the photograph of Johnson’s sprayer.

Wisner: “And to be clear, that [$70,000] was for you to tell this jury that you didn't think that the [sprayer] drift that Mr. Johnson received was significant?”

Al-Khatib: “Well, to review the case and make opinion about the case, you know. That’s basically what it is for my time.

Wisner: “And that 200 hours, you never actually physically looked at the machine?”

Al-Khatib: “No, I did not.”

Wisner: “You didn’t actually go to Benicia?”

Al-Khatib: “No, I did not.”

Wisner: “You didn’t actually speak to Mr. Johnson, did you?”

Al-Khatib: “No, I did not.”

Wisner: “You didn’t interview his employers?”

Al-Khatib: “No, I did not.”

Wisner: “Didn’t look at the community records of what his spraying was at the school?”

Al-Khatib: “No, I did not.”

Wisner: “You didn’t review any school records?”

Al-Khatib: “No, I did not.”

Wisner: “You didn’t review—I mean, from what I can tell, you looked at a photograph and you looked at one deposition.”

During a brief court recess, Wisner found sprayer data from a Google search. We hurried to make copies and get them stamped as evidence. After lunch, Wisner showed Al-Khatib several descriptions of 50-gallon sprayers, similar to Johnson’s. Their manufacturer’s marketing materials all boasted that their herbicide sprayers were capable of discharging 60 to 120 gallons per hour.

Wisner then confronted Al-Khatib on his financial interests in the continued use of herbicides.

Wisner: “Okay. Sir, you have a financial interest in the use of herbicides, don’t you?”

Al-Khatib: “I don’t really. I’m a weed scientist. I got to give my students, the growers, the best way to manage weeds. So I don’t have a financial interest in that.”

Wisner: “Well, you own two patents, don’t you?”

Al-Khatib: Well, but I own the two patents, and those are not about herbicide…”

As it turns out, that was a fib.

Wisner: “Permission to approach, your honor?

Wisner handed Al-Khatib a copy of his patent application. The title was Acetylh-COA Carbotlase HERBICIDE Resistant Sorghum. Wisner asked, “Do you see that, Doctor? This is one of your patents, right?”

Al-Khatib: “Yeah, this is—I am the patent holder, not the patent owner… these are about sorghum plant that has the ability to resist herbicides.”

Finally, Wisner asked Al-Khatib whether, when he teaches his class on safe herbicide application at UC Davis, does he inform his students about the International Agency for Research on Cancer’s (IARC) classification of glyphosate as “a probable human carcinogen.” Al-Khatib feigned that he had barely heard of IARC. Wisner drilled down:

Wisner: “You’re aware of the IARC’s classification of glyphosate as a human probable carcinogen; right?”

Al-Khatib: “I read the news brief about it, you know...”

Wisner: “You’ve actually spoken publicly about it; right?”

Al-Khatib: “No, I did not.”

Wisner handed Al-Khatib an article from the Half Moon Bay Review describing a recent herbicide forum held on the Elkus Ranch.

Wisner: “Sir, I just handed you a document. It’s a newspaper article. Do you see that?”

Al-Khatib: “Yeah.”

Wisner: “Okay let’s just look at what it says and see if it refreshes your recollection. It discusses you, do you see that? It says, “The event… on Roundup, was hosted by Blue Circle, the University of California cooperative extension. It began with a presentation from Kassim Al-Khatib, a University of California Davis cooperative extension specialist and plant science professor.” That’s you, right?”

Al-Khatib: “That’s me. What is this Elkus Ranch? Is that the Half Moon? Because I want to remember where…”

Wisner: “Honestly, Doctor, you were the one that was there so you would know better than me.”

Al-Khatib: “Just go ahead because I need to see...”

Wisner: “At the end of it, Al-Khatib addressed a March report from the World Health Organization that found glyphosate to be a ‘probable carcinogen,’ putting it [according to Al-Khatib] in the same level of cancer with things like anabolic steroids when used industrially. Did you say that, Doctor?”

Al-Khatib: “No, I did not. I was there to talk about glyphosate use. I didn’t talk about all this. I have not even seen this.”

Wisner: “Well, it quotes you.”

Al-Khatib: “Well—”

Wisner: “It says—in response to that, it says that you said, ‘We’ve got to take it seriously. You’ve got to be careful when you use it.’ So, a second ago, when I asked you, ‘Did you talk about it publicly,’ are you going to change that testimony now? You actually have talked about IARC publicly?”

Al-Khatib: “No. I did not touch that. My thought in that presentation is to talk about Roundup use and application of Roundup. So, I never seen this before, what they wrote….”

Ignoring Professor Al-Khatib’s double talk, Wisner grinned at the jury, “The internet is amazing!”

Neil Young and Daryl Hannah at Monsanto Roundup Trial

Fifty years ago, in their popular hit “Chicago,” Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young asked Americans to take notice of a federal courtroom in the Windy City, where a black political activist sat bound, gagged and shackled to a chair in a legal drama where America’s justice system, values and character seemed to all be on trial.

Today, the most outspoken member of that band, Neil Young, visited another American courtroom. This one in San Francisco, where the essential values and future of our country once again are on trial. Young and his fellow activist Daryl Hannah attended the trial of Dewayne Lee Johnson, a young black man who is dying of a debilitating and agonizing form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma that he says he contracted from contact with the ubiquitous weed killer Roundup.

Johnson’s case is the speartip of a new American rebellion. It marks the first jury trial of similar legal claims already filed by more than 5,000 Americans against Roundup’s manufacturer Monsanto (now owned by the German chemical giant Bayer)!

“At Bayer’s Monsanto, financial interests are placed over the health of fellow human beings and vital life support systems,” Young and Hannah told me. “We are here for justice, in support of Dewayne Johnson and the many children who played on those same school grounds where he worked.”

Monsanto has, to date, easily fended off every challenge to its global assault on farmers, food and public health with the same ease—and using the same tactics—that Big Tobacco pioneered more than 60 years ago, shielding its own lethal product that was killing 1 in every 5 of its customers who used it as directed.

Americans who are thoughtful about justice, democracy, healthy food and wholesome communities hope that Johnson’s trial is the long-awaited reckoning for a company with a business model that commoditizes people and landscapes. Many around the globe believe Monsanto poses an existential threat to everything that decent people value.

Hannah and Young came to San Francisco to see Monsanto face an American jury in a case that puts both the company and our justice system on trial. Young and Hannah have spent their long careers as artists and activists fighting for healthy food, farms and wholesome safe communities. Monsanto is arguably the biggest threat to all those things. This case finally gives us hope for justice for the many people this company has harmed.

Young has been a persistent thorn in the side of Monsanto. In 2015, he released “The Monsanto Years,” an album he recorded with the band, “The Promise of the Real,” fronted by Lukas and Micah Nelson, the sons of Willie, another famous farm advocate. The album sold nearly 100,000 copies in the U.S. in the first week and debuted at no. 21 on the Billboard Top 200.

Coterminous with the album’s release, Young premiered “Seeding Fear,” a documentary he co-produced that examines the repercussions of a lawsuit Monsanto filed against Alabama farmer, Michael White, over GMO seed patent infringement. White, a fourth-generation farmer, chronicles how Monsanto bullied farmers to bend to its will.

“It is a story that takes 10 minutes of your time to see,” Young said of the documentary. “It is a simple human one, telling the heartbreaking story of one man who fought the corporate behemoth Monsanto, and it illustrates why I was moved to write ‘The Monsanto Years.’”

In 2014, Young teamed up with Daryl Hannah to lead a march by the “Cowboy and Indian” alliance to reject the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Hannah, a longtime activist and environmental advocate, is executive producer of the 2012 documentary, “Greedy Lying Bastards,” a scathing critique on the climate change misinformation campaign waged by the oil industry and funded by think tanks.

Here are key highlights from the Monsanto trial based off of Robert F. Kennedy's daily entries:...

Monsanto Pays Harvard Wizard $100k to Perform Statistical Magic Show for Jury

f the events in court each day. Here's his post for Aug. 2 on the Monsanto trial:

Monsanto’s six week trial which began June 22 with jury selection in San Francisco Superior Court has been a parade of mostly dark days for the chemical titan.

Tuesday, July 31, was a relatively bright oasis for Monsanto and by far its best showing so far in the dramatic Johnson vs. Monsanto trial. Monsanto’s attorneys called Dr. Lorelei Mucci, a cancer epidemiologist and associate professor at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH).

Despite its impressive name, the HSPH has earned an unsavory reputation for taking rich contributions from polluters in exchange for producing scientific “research” that fortifies corporate profit-taking. Big Tobacco, the chemical industry, Detroit automakers, corporate food processors, and industrial meat and grain barons have all turned to HSPH for corporate-friendly science anointed with the imprimatur of the Harvard name.

HSPH’s iconic founder, Fredrick Stare, proudly bore the sobriquet “Mr. Sugar” for his adamant defense of a sugar-only diet. Stare’s sweet tooth garnered HSPH millions of dollars in research grants from Kellogg’s, General Mills and Coca-Cola. In exchange for soda industry lucre, Stare obligingly provided the scientific conclusion that a cold Coke was “a healthy between-meals snack.”

Stare made his bones with cigarette makers in the 1980s as chairman of a notorious tobacco industry front group, American Council on Science and Health (ACSH). Stare took millions to deploy the Harvard name in defense of the cigarette czars. Stare’s partner at HSPH and his former student, Elizabeth Whelan who served as the CEO of ACSH, wrote a book, “Panic in the Pantry” with the tagline “Eat your additives.” The title was not ironic.

HSPH’s romance with dark industries is no rare historical artifact. Since 2012, the HSPH (now the Chang School) has pursued and received money from Monsanto, Dow AgroSciences, Bayer Crop Science (Monsanto’s new owner) ExxonMobil, the Koch brothers, Phillip Morris, Coca-Cola and Dr Pepper Snapple Group. Just last year, HSPH tarred itself with yet another national scandal by ginning up an eyebrow-raising study exonerating alcohol from adverse health effects in exchange for $100 million from alcohol beverage producers.

Under questioning by my colleague, Brent Wisner of Baum Hedlund Law, Mucci acknowledged that Monsanto paid her $100,000 for her testimony. It was money well spent. Mucci was a great defense witness. Charming and well spoken, she testified with the confidence and cool conviction of a veteran professor. But her flowing, eloquent testimony on direct examination contrasted starkly with her hedging, halting, combative and evasive responses on cross. She filibustered, stalled and dissembled as our time dwindled. A feisty polemicist, she nevertheless repeatedly claimed difficulty understanding Wisner’s simple questions. “Yes” or “no” questions made her recoil like a cat from water. Each attempt by Wisner to ask such a question launched her on frolicking detours and philosophical flights of fancy. She treated the jury to a cacophony of smokescreen, jargon-heavy double-talk, and dissembling that were nonetheless mesmerizing on account of her charm. She contested everything and conceded nothing. She even disputed that she was Monsanto’s expert:

Wisner: “When you decided to take on Monsanto as a client, had you read this document yet?”

Mucci: “I'm sorry. I don't think I took Monsanto on as a client.”

Wisner: “Well, they're paying you, right?”

Mucci: “I think they took me on as a client, just to clarify.”

Wisner: “Oh, okay. So you work for Monsanto now?”

Mucci: “No. I'm working—I'm providing expert testimony on behalf of this case.”

Epidemiological studies are always the most hotly debated genre because they are notoriously easy to fix. “Statistics don’t lie,” Twain’s saying goes, “but statisticians do.” My colleague, David Dickens of the Miller Firm, put it a different way: “Statistics are like prisoners; If you torture them, they will say anything you want.”

Corporate epidemiologists use an arsenal of statistical gimmicks to weaken statistical signals and flatten graph lines. Epidemiological studies are particularly simple to rig, when, as here, they are assessing rare cancers or vulnerable subgroups. Simply eliminating one or two sick individuals from the cohort can vanish a cancer signal altogether.

To achieve this goal, Mucci used the old con of correcting for so-called “proxy bias.” Here’s how the flimflam works: The six epidemiological studies that the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) relied upon tracked populations exposed to Roundup and counted those individuals who received cancer diagnoses. When a cancer patient died of the disease, the researchers obtained their information from family members and doctors—the so-called “proxies.” Mucci maintained that “proxy data” is inherently biased and therefore unreliable. When she experimented with removing those individuals (dead cancer patients) altogether from the study, the cancer “signal” predictably disappeared. Correcting for “proxy bias” is a reliable way of dampening a signal since it always gets rid of the people most affected by the toxin—dead people that is! Using this gimmick on Monsanto’s behalf, she was able to report that there was no association with cancer in the primary epidemiological studies relied upon by IARC.

IARC based its conclusion that glyphosate is a probable carcinogen on a totality of the published, peer-reviewed scientific evidence—this evidence included animal and human epidemiological studies. IARC looked at six human epidemiological studies. All of them showed signals indicating an association between glyphosate and cancer. Two of them showed statistically significant increased non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma with increased use—a hallmark indication of a chemical causing cancer. Wisner got Mucci to concede she did not include these statistically significant doubling-of-the-risk rates in her presentation to the jury.

Another act of chicanery, she omitted the similar statistically significant dose relative response results reported by researchers from the North American Pooled Project (NAPP)—the only study she cited to dismiss the case control studies IARC and our experts relied upon. After pointing out this deceptive omission, Wisner showed the jury that Mucci also neglected to mention that the NAPP authors’ draft manuscript concludes that the NAPP data supported IARC’s conclusions!

Our witness, Dr. Portier, earlier testified that since nearly six of those human epidemiology studies relied upon by IARC showed an elevated cancer risk, the cumulative weight argued even more persuasively for carcinogenicity. IARC also reviewed multiple animal studies, which showed that glyphosate caused cancer in mice. Based on both animal and epidemiological studies, IARC deemed the evidence adequate to conclude that glyphosate is a “probable human carcinogen.” Mucci admitted she had never looked at the animal studies.

Wisner: “Now, you didn't review any of the toxicology data in this case, right?”

Mucci: “No, I did not.”

Wisner: “And you didn't review any of the animal data or mechanistic data, right?”

Mucci: “No, I did not.”

Wisner: “So you didn't consider the biological plausibility of glyphosate being a carcinogen, right?

Mucci: “I reviewed it when I was reading the epidemiologic studies, so I'm aware of the knowledge, but I did not consider those in reviewing the epidemiology studies.”

The last answer of course was gibberish delivered with such earnest and duende that even I found myself wanting it to make sense.

In any case, she added, the low relative risk (1.2-3.04) found in the six epidemiological studies reviewed by IARC was far too weak to conclude that glyphosate is carcinogenic. On this point, Wisner confronted Mucci with an epidemiological study she herself had authored before she took Monsanto’s money. In that publication, she concluded that a single study showing a 1.25 elevated risk was alone enough to determine whether maternal smoking causes non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. With Monsanto’s money in her pocket, the positive epidemiology, animal and mechanism study results of similar or greater power were suddenly insufficient.

Its unquestionable that epidemiology can show correlation but can prove neither causation or safety. But Mucci nevertheless claimed that her cooked and “corrected studies” showed that glyphosate is not carcinogenic. But she took it a step further. She swore adamantly that carcinogenicity could not be established without epidemiological studies. To rebut this assertion, Wisner showed her a section of her own book with graphs listing all known carcinogens and the studies that established their carcinogenicity. Many of the compounds listed as carcinogens by Mucci in her book showed no epidemiological data to support the cancer listing, only animal studies. Wisner’s questions on this point launched Mucci on another of her excited disputations. She indicated in her dissembling shuck and jive, that the list that she published in her own textbook was invalid because she had gotten the information from the IARC, an agency she characterized in her “Textbook of Cancer Epidemiology” as “the benchmark” cancer authority.

Wisner: “You can still determine whether or not something causes cancer without epidemiology, right?”

Mucci: “I don't think that's true.”

Wisner: “Okay. You wrote a book about cancer epidemiology, right?”

Mucci: “Yes, I have.”

Wisner: “That's your textbook, Doctor?”

Mucci: “Yes, it is.”

Wisner: “It reads, ‘the classification of an agent as a Group 1 carcinogen in the International Agency for Research on Cancer, IARC, a Monograph program, can be used as a benchmark for the identification of human carcinogens.’ Do you see that?”

Mucci: “Yes.”

Showing her now the graph for her book listing carcinogens and the supporting studies he continues his questioning:

Wisner: “And here it says, ‘Group 1 agents with less than sufficient evidence in humans, but with strong mechanistic evidence.’ Do you see that?”

Mucci: “Yes.”

Wisner: “And you list all these different known human carcinogens that have inadequate or limited data, correct?”

Mucci: “Yes...”

Wisner: “So then you agree then that it's possible to determine a carcinogen with inadequate or even limited epidemiology?”

Faced with this yes-or-no question she embarked on another confusing meander during which she seemed to disavow IARC, an authority she refers to as “the benchmark” for cancer science that she cites nearly 500 times in her book:

Mucci: “Well, it depends. What I'm trying to say is that there are certain organizations, such as IARC, that use certain criteria, and there's other agencies that would use other criteria and they would weight the human data potentially differently. That's why I'm trying to be clear that it really depends on what body is reviewing the evidence.”

(The “other agency” she is referring to here is U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), an agency that we now know Monsanto controlled through its puppet, Jess Rowland.)

Wisner: “So we can play around with words here, but if IARC can serve as a ‘benchmark’ and IARC has determined things to be known carcinogens with inadequate or limited epidemiology, then you would agree that it's possible to determine a carcinogen with limited or inadequate epidemiology? And if you look at the next section, it says IARC, doesn't it?”

Mucci: “Yes, it does.”

Wisner: “It doesn't discuss any other agency or anything, does it?”

Mucci: “No, it doesn't.”

Wisner: “Okay. You would agree IARC is a very prestigious organization?”

Mucci: “It is an organization that is important in cancer—dealing with cancer, yes.”

Wisner: “In fact, isn't it true if you run a search on your book for IARC, you'll find 475 references to it?”

Mucci: “Yes.”

Wisner: “If you do the same search for EPA, you get two?”

Mucci: “It might be more than that [It isn’t!], but yes, that's correct.”

Wisner: “Okay. And that's because in the world of epidemiology, the single greatest arbiter of cancer risk is IARC?”

Mucci: “No.”

And here she launched into another of her signature incomprehensible smokescreens.

Mucci: “Actually—but also I'd like to comment on another part of the textbook in which we comment that they should not be confused with the establishment of causation based on scientific considerations alone. I think that is an important comment that we also mentioned in the book.”

Wisner: “Doctor, my question had nothing to do with that.”

Mucci: “Yes, I know.”

Wisner was so amused by this admission that he turned to the jury and addressed Mucci theatrically, begging, alas, for one straight answer:

Wisner: “Let me ask the question again so I can at least have a dramatic ending!”

The jurors laughed as Wisner took his seat sporting a broad smile.

Here are key highlights from the Monsanto trial based off of Robert F. Kennedy's daily entries:...

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. – The Case Against Monsanto and Glyphosate By Kent Heckenlively, J.D.

(Kent, as you may recall cowrote the book, “Plague” with Dr. Judy Mikovits.)

Kent: Robert, I’m somewhat familiar with the Monsanto case and you said you wanted to talk about it. I’m familiar with glyphosate, and DeWayne Lee Johnson, so where do you want to start with telling people about the case and its importance?

Robert: Monsanto is a global chemical company that has recently been acquired by Bayer. Its biggest product is Round-Up and Round-Up has now become the dominant herbicide used all over the globe. The use of Round-Up is coterminous and synergistic with the development of GMO seeds and GMO crops. And many people don’t understand when they talk about GMOs that most of the GMOs in the world are “Round-Up ready” crops.

They’re crops that were developed, not to produce greater amounts of food more efficiently, but rather the insertion of a gene that allows them to resist the Round-Up herbicide. And that allows farmers to make the crop, whether it’s wheat or soy or corn, immune to Round-Up and allows the farmer to saturate the landscape with Round-Up and glyphosate. And literally kill everything but that Round-Up resistant crop.

Kent: Okay.

Robert: In recent years, for the first time, Round-Up is actually being sprayed on food. Because Monsanto has encouraged farmers to use Round-Up not just as an herbicide, but as a desiccant. Many crops become wet just before harvest.

Kent: They need to dry them out. That’s the desiccation process.

Robert: In order to dry them out they spray them with Round-Up and it dries the crop out. So actually the residues on food are dramatically increasing.

Now Round-Up is in our water and our food and women’s breast milk, in our bodies, in virtually every meal you eat, unless you’re very careful to eat only organic food. And it’s ubiquitous.
Round-Up has also been used by home gardeners and landscapers and Monsanto has routinely told those customers that Round-Up is safe enough to drink. And that it has no impact on human health. Most of our clients, well, I’m part of a small group of lawyers that has eight hundred cases. There are other lawyers that have thousands of cases in the pipeline. And most of those cases are home gardeners or landscapers.

And the exposures to those people are much higher because farmers when they spray Round-Up, usually spray it from dedicated machinery that’s towed behind the tractor or combine – A tractor-combine with a climate controlled cab. They go to great lengths to avoid Round-Up.

The home gardeners are usually spraying it from a backpack sprayer and those sprayers often leak. They often create an aerosol mist and the Round-Up gets on your skin.

And skin contact is actually worse than eating it. Because Round-Up has a surfactant that inclines it to stick to the skin and then to penetrate it. Skin contact is by many indications, much worse than eating Round-Up in residues on food.

The case of DeWayne Johnson which we are now trying in San Francisco is a historically significant case because it is the first case in which the question of whether Round-Up and glyphosate is carcinogenic, has ever made it in front of a jury.

Kent: How long has it taken you to get the case to trial?

Robert: Around two years. And it’s in a California court because it’s sold by a distributor, which is a Monsanto partner, which is located in California. So it gave the California courts jurisdiction over this case. And the case is significant financially for Monsanto, a six-billion-dollar company, and it’s just been acquired by Bayer.

If we get a large award in this case, it could easily threaten the future financial viability of the company.

Not only that, but the discovery documents that we’ve gotten during this case have so alarmed the European countries, that many of them are now de-licensing glyphosate and Round-Up, or deliberating on whether to ban it completely.

The documents we’ve gotten were not only new documents in which the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), two years ago, declared that glyphosate was a probable human carcinogen and that’s what triggered a lot of these cases. California has adopted that finding in proposition 65 and declared that Round-Up has to warn people that it’s a probable human carcinogen. And that finding by IARC triggered all of these cases. The injury that IARC says is probably caused by Round-Up is non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

The people we represent are thousands of plaintiffs who claim that they got their non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma due to exposure to glyphosate. And the jury verdict in this case, if it’s a large verdict, will affect the viability of this company.

Now I’ve been fighting Monsanto for many, many years. My first cases in the Hunt’s River were against PCBs from manufacturing. In recent years I’ve been suing Monsanto because Monsanto sold PCBs for use in a window caulking material that was primarily used in schools.

And about half of the schools that were built after 1950 have Monsanto’s PCB caulking which in hot weather is released and ends up in the students. It’s a very potent endocrine disruptor that affects cognitive performance. I’ve sued them on that, and of course, Monsanto is associated with many other bad chemicals, including most notoriously, Agent Orange.

It is regarded as one of the premier villains by the environmental community. Neal Young did an entire album about Monsanto because they’ve done so much to harm our food supply, our family farms in our country, and public health.

Kent: Yes, there’s a great community movement against Monsanto and certainly glyphosate is a huge problem. Does Monsanto have enough chemicals that actually work and are not harmful to the environment to sustain itself?

Robert: I don’t know. I assume the structure of the company will have to change dramatically. It will certainly have to warn people about its herbicide. You can look it up, but I think it’s about 80% of the revenue of the company. The company is not that big a company. It’s only $6.6 billion dollars. It was purchased by Bayer and I don’t know if Bayer is going to end up liable for all of these damages.

Kent: How big of a problem do you think glyphosate is in our environment?
I picture the idea of somebody who truly cared about the environment being in power and saying this chemical is causing 10% of the problem, this chemical is causing 25% of the problem. In your opinion, how large a problem is glyphosate in our environment?

Robert: I think it’s a terrible problem. There are animals that are going extinct like the Monarch butterfly. It’s likely to go extinct. There are animals going extinct, including very visible, high-profile animals like the Monarch butterfly because of the ubiquitous use of glyphosate.

Then, of course, there was a study that came out the other day that shows it destroys the DNA in human blood.

Kent: Good Lord!

Robert: It is an endocrine disruptor. The use of it is so ubiquitous and then it goes hand in hand with the GMO seeds and we’re developing a global homogeneity in our seeds that is not good for diversity.

Kent: How has the trial been going regarding you being able to present the evidence you believe is important?

(Author’s note – Most people don’t realize the critical importance of a judge in allowing certain evidence to be presented to the jury or kept away from them. When a verdict is returned which strikes many as unjust, the jury is often blamed. But it can also be the result of the judge not allowing the jury to see critical evidence. The jury can only decide based on evidence which has been presented to them.)

Robert: There is a lot of evidence that we would like to bring in that we have not been able to bring in. The judge has run a very strict courtroom and we have not agreed with all of the decisions on the admissibility of evidence. We think in other trials we will be able to introduce other evidence which was not allowed to come in.

Even hamstrung as we’ve been during this trial I think the case is so strong the jury has enough information to render a verdict in our favor.

The closing arguments will probably be August 7 or 8 or 9, and the verdict we hope will be rendered by August 10.

Kent: That’s coming up.

Robert: And just to tell you about DeWayne Johnson, he was the groundskeeper for the Benicia School District. He’s a very hard-working African-American. He was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma when he was forty-two. He’s married to a very beautiful Mexican woman who fell in love with him when they met at Napa Valley College in an algebra class. They have two kids. She works fourteen hours to pay for his medical bills and two jobs and they bring their children forty miles to another school district where there’s a higher quality school.

The kids are wonderful kids. One of them wants to be a chemist, he’s an A student. The other one is an athlete. And this guy is really hard-working, competent, resourceful, and a very charming guy. He was wonderful on the stand.

Kent: I have a couple more questions and these are more general. How many other cases are you bringing against Monsanto for glyphosate?

Robert: Me and my group have eight hundred cases.

Kent: I don’t know that kind of law. Do you bring each one of those individually or combine them?

Robert: We bring each one of them individually.

Kent: And what you’re hoping for is in the first couple cases you can get large verdicts and then you can settle the rest of them?

Robert: Yes.

Kent: It seems like in the 1960s and 1970s we had some wonderful environmentalism and then during the 1980s and 1990s it went away.

Where is our environmental movement from the right and the left? Because it seems like it’s dead on both sides.

Robert: It’s not dead, but industry is so powerful. The EPA has become a captive agency, it’s become an arm of the pollution industry. The Koch brothers spent a billion dollars in the last election. Most of the Republicans on Capitol Hill have a 0% voting record from the League of Conservation Voters. The Republican party has become an arm of the oil industry. And the oil industry and the pharmaceutical industry are big industries. The Democratic party, which accepts a lot less money from the polluters, still has problems.

I’d say that the Republicans are virtually 100% corrupt and the Democrats are probably at about 80% corrupt.

There’s a grass-roots environmentalist movement, but unfortunately, the Citizens United case, industry controls our democracy and they’ve turned it into a corporate kleptocracy. There’s very little governance on behalf of the public. The governance is all about defending the interest of special interest groups.

Kent: I’ve wondered, Robert, if this is something unique in our history. Because we’ve never had a situation where the message is that these products are safe and yet they’re causing tremendous harm. I think of smoking as an example. People knew it probably wasn’t great for them and it wasn’t the best thing in the world. I think of it in those terms.

I’m a science teacher and I’m a clean-cut, short-haired, older white male, more conservative than liberal, and I try to talk to my fellow science teachers about the problems with GMO foods. And they’d identify themselves as politically liberal. But when I start talking about the problems with GMO foods, they look at me like I have three heads, as if I’m saying the Earth is flat.

And I’m just saying the proper science needs to be done and the proper risk assessment needs to be made. I’m finding this reaction across the political spectrum. Nobody wants to have the conversation.

Robert: GMOs are kind of sui generis because people don’t really understand that “GMOs mean pesticides.”

They think of GMOs as breeding corn with extra kernels on it, and who’s against that? They don’t understand that 90% of the GMOs in the world are Round-Up ready crops.

I think there’s a widespread environmental ethic when people understand the issues. The message control by industry and the political control and the regulatory control system is virtually complete. The environmental laws we do have are seldom enforced because industry has captured the agencies which are supposed to protect Americans from large corporations.

You ask if this has happened before. And I would say, yeah, it happened before in the Gilded Age. During the Gilded Age democracy ended. You had virtually the entire United States Senate being chosen by a tiny handful of corporations, mainly based on the Rockefellers. You did not have direct election of Senators. They were chosen by the legislatures and the legislatures were completely bought and paid for by the trusts. The oil and sugar and steel and the rail trusts. It was no income tax and the wealthy classes had complete power and you had a big gulf between rich and poor.

In the early part of the last century you had the populist movement in the countryside and the progressive movement in the cities. You had muck-racking journalists who started exposing these corrupt relationships between industry and government and you had Teddy Roosevelt who came along and made it so the unions could organize, they made a five day work week, an eight hour workday, and they ended child labor. They passed all these food safety laws, Sinclair Lewis, the writer, highlighted many of these problems, and they passed a graduated income tax and they passed the Sherman anti-trust Act.

They passed a law in 1907 making it illegal for corporations to give to political campaigns. And that law stayed more or less intact until the Buckley v. Vallejo case in 1975 and then a complete destruction of any kind of campaign finance reform from the Citizens United case.

And now our campaign finance system is just a system of legalized bribery and the big corporations own our country.

Kent: And I find it staggering that we’re supposedly in the information age, which means there should be a wide diversity of viewpoints, that we have this message control that works on the population itself. It’s almost as if we’re policing ourselves in our own minds.

I spent two years as the health and safety chairman for my school district and I’d try to bring up the vaccine issue. And these were not people who are connected to the pharmaceutical industry. But these people are convinced I am saying things that are dangerous and harmful to children. And I feel like I’m living in a weird time when we’re supposed to be so free, and yet people confine themselves to a narrow set of acceptable opinions.

Robert: Yeah. Thanks a lot for what you’re doing, Kent. Keep plugging.

Kent: Thank you so much, Robert.

Robert: Thank you.
Arty turns 11 this summer.

#1518816 --- 08/09/18 08:09 PM Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food [Re: MissingArty]
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"And thus, Monsanto’s key witness on the animal studies admitted his earlier calculations were all wildly wrong." RFK, Jr.

Monsanto Witness Admits Calculations Were Wildly Wrong

As its expert in reproductive toxicology, Monsanto called Dr. Warren Foster to the stand on August 2 to attack the animal studies cited by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). IARC relied on those studies for its determination that glyphosate is a carcinogen.

Foster, a professor at McMaster University in Ontario, has Ph.Ds in “medical sciences” and veterinary sciences. He admitted under cross that he never studied glyphosate nor its carcinogenicity before Monsanto paid him to testify.

When I learned that Foster hailed from Ontario and worked for Environment Canada (Canada’s EPA), I wondered how a Canadian environmental bureaucrat, a species famous for straight shooting, integrity and idealism, could have become mired in Monsanto’s sordid mischief. His long ponytail somehow made his association with the chemical company even more incongruous.

During a break, my colleague, Brent Wisner of Baum Hedlund Law, asked Foster, good naturedly, about his queue, “Are you a hippy or a Harley enthusiast?” Foster chuckled, “I’m no motorcycle rider.” By the end of the morning session, Wisner had developed an amiable rapport with the witness, and Foster all but confessed that the temptation of Monsanto’s money had set him on this mathematical misadventure.

Wisner: “You're not a statistician, right?”

Foster: “No, I'm not.”

Wisner: “But you would agree that numbers are important?”

Foster: “Numbers are always important, especially on my paycheck.”

Reflecting about Foster over lunch, Wisner remarked to me, “It’s clear his head isn’t in this. He just is not a natural liar. I almost want to ask him to come work for us, I get the idea that he’d flip in a second.”

On direct examination, Monsanto’s attorney, Kirby Griffis, had led Foster through each of the animal studies relied upon by IARC. The legal justification for Foster’s objection was his contention that, in virtually all of those studies, the exposed mice developed tumors at lower rates than historical background levels, which he pegged at six tumors for every 50 mice, or 12 percent of mice.

Foster arrived at that astonishingly lofty 12 percent, by averaging the data he said he compiled on background cancer rates in mice from the so-called “Charles River” studies and the “Wood Analysis” published respectively in 2000, 2005 and 2009. After establishing that background threshold, Foster described how he had literally thrown away the IARC studies one at a time when they all showed glyphosate-exposed mice with fewer than six tumors in every 50 mice.

Under direction by Griffis, Foster drew a line on a graph plotting the six tumors/50 mice slope showing each of the IARC studies with all the exposed mice below the plot line. It was all very convincing, but, unfortunately for Monsanto, not true!

When on cross examination, Wisner escorted Foster on more attentive stroll through the same calculations of the “Charles River” data, Foster cheerfully discovered that he had made an essential mathematical error in determining his background average. He now confessed that it was mathematically impossible to arrive at an average of six tumors per 50 mice as the background range, and that his proposed 12 percent of control group mice with tumors was categorically false. Foster blamed afternoon drowsiness for his consequential error.

Wisner: “Mr. Griffis just pointed this out to you, and this is your chart talking about the lymphomas, right?”

Foster: “Correct.”

Wisner: “And you opined and told this jury that the rate is at six out of 50, so that's 12 percent, right?”

Foster: “Correct.”

Wisner: “Now, you arrived at that 12 percent number and you showed the jury this document. Do you recall that?”

Foster: “I do.”

Wisner: “Now, the Wood study that you’re referring to, that was published in 2009, right?”

Foster: “Correct.”

Wisner: “And… I was going through it over lunch, and I found this table. This is Table 3. Do you see that?”

Foster: “Yes, I do.”

Wisner: “And this is the neoplasms in males, right?”

Foster: “Yes.”

Wisner: “And this is tabulating all the data from [your] charts?”

Foster: “Correct.”

Wisner: “And if we turn to "Malignant Lymphoma, Whole Body"—Do you see that?”

Foster: “Yes.”

Wisner: “—it says "Percent of Total, 4.09 Percent" –”

Foster: “Uh-huh.”

Wisner: “—right? 4.09 percent of 50 would be two tumors, not six?”

Foster: “Uh-huh.”

Wisner: “Right? Are you familiar with this document, sir?”

Foster: “Yes, I am.”

Wisner: “This is an updated version of the [earlier 2000 study about which he earlier testified?]”

Foster: “Correct.”

Wisner: “This is the same group of authors, and they're talking about the same thing, Spontaneous Neoplastic Lesions in CD-1 mice, but this is dated March 2005.”

Foster: “Correct.”

Wisner: “And we have the lymphoma? Do you see that, sir?”

Foster: “Yes.”

Wisner: “Again, that's a 4.5 percent, right?”

Foster: “Correct.”

Wisner: “And that would be—4.5 percent out 50 would be what? What would that be, 2.25?”

Foster: “About that, yes.”

Wisner: “We talked about how important numbers are, and this is that chart you created. If, in fact, we were to use the numbers from those publications, [your plot] line would actually be a third. It would be down here, wouldn't it?”

[Wisner points to a trajectory that puts virtually all the IARC studies at the high end of the new plot line.]

Foster: “It would be if we accepted those numbers, yes.”

Wisner: “And, in fact, if we did that, a lot of these high-dose groups, they're outside of that range, right?”

Foster: “They would be outside the range, yes.”

Finally, Wisner showed Foster the actual list of numbers that he had then divided to achieve his average of six tumors per 50 mice. It was hard to imagine how anyone could have calculated the numbers to reach an average of six.

Wisner: “Doctor, I'm just going to show you the document again. We just showed it to the jury. This is the Charles River March 2000 document. Do you see that one?”

Foster: “Yes.”

Wisner: “And I am not good at math. I'll be honest with you. Okay? But when I look at these numbers, you know, to 2, 2, 1, 4, 1, 3, 1—it goes on, and on to the next page, and even when I throw in that one 13 on the next page, how does that average to 6?”

Foster: “Yeah, it's late, and I'm looking at it. And—yeah. When I did my assessment of the data, I used range.”

And thus, Monsanto’s key witness on the animal studies admitted his earlier calculations were all wildly wrong.

Here are key highlights from the Monsanto trial based off of Robert F. Kennedy's daily entries: ...

‘Day of Reckoning:’ Jury Deliberations Begin in Monsanto Trial Following Dramatic Closing Arguments

Red Tide Is Devastating Florida's Sea Life. Are Humans to Blame?

"Anything that can leave has, and anything that couldn't leave has died."

THE FIRST THING you notice is the smell. It’s not a scent, exactly, but a tingling in the nose that quickly spreads to the throat and burns the lungs. But then you see the carcasses.

Thousands of sea creatures now litter many of southern Florida’s typically picturesque beaches. Most are fish—mullet fish, catfish, pufferfish, snook, trout, grunt, and even the massive goliath grouper. But other creatures are also washing ashore—crabs, eels, manatees, dolphins, turtles, and more. It's a wildlife massacre of massive proportions. And the cause of both the deaths and toxic, stinging fumes is a bloom of harmful algae that scientists say is the region’s worst in over a decade.

“It's just like a ghost town,” says Heather Barron, head veterinarian at Florida’s Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW). “Anything that can leave has, and anything that couldn't leave has died.”
Arty turns 11 this summer.

#1518817 --- 08/09/18 08:23 PM Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food [Re: MissingArty]
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BREAKING: Jury set to deliberate in landmark Monsanto trial. “My client deserves the truth. The evidence is overwhelming. Other than hiding behind the EPA, Monsanto has quite literally no defense," said plaintiff Johnson's attorney in closing arguments. If found guilty, Monsanto will have to pay an upwards of $373 MILLION in damages.

(Hopefully we will have a more in depth description of closing arguments from RFK, Jr. soon.)

‘Day of Reckoning:’ Jury Deliberations Begin in Monsanto Trial Following Dramatic Closing Arguments by Julie Wilson of OCA

Jurors will begin deliberations today in the case of Dewayne Johnson vs. Monsanto Co. following a heated showdown of closing arguments from attorneys on both sides. The deliberations are expected to last one to two days.

The plaintiff, Dewayne Johnson, a 46-year-old former groundskeeper who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma four years ago, claims Monsanto hid evidence that the active ingredient in its Roundup herbicide, glyphosate, caused his cancer. The case is the first of hundreds of similar lawsuits to go to trial, under a California law that expedites legal cases filed by terminally ill plaintiffs.

Reports from inside the courtroom highlight the difficulty of being a juror in this case, where attorneys for both the plaintiff and Monsanto insist that science is on their side.

“So much science, so much spin—who will the jurors believe?” tweeted Carey Gillam, research director of U.S. Right to Know and author of “Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer, and the Corruption of Science.”

In closing arguments, which followed four weeks of testimony, an attorney for plaintiff Johnson accused Monsanto of denying Johnson the right to have a choice about his health and the health of his children when he used Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller.

“Today is their day of reckoning!” said Johnson’s attorney.

“My client deserves the truth,” Johnson’s attorney Brent Wisner told the jurors. “The evidence is actually overwhelming. Other than hiding behind the EPA, Monsanto has quite literally no defense.”

Attorneys for Johnson suggested that Monsanto failed to bring a single human being from the company to look the jurors in the eyes and state what they did, for fear of committing perjury.

Johnson’s attorneys asked the jury to penalize Monsanto for $373 million in damages, or the interest accrued on their cash on-hand in the years since Johnson developed cancer. “That’s a number that makes people change their ways,” said one of Johnson’s attorneys.

The amount includes $2.53 million in damages for lost wages, medical expenses and other costs; $37 million in damages for pain, suffering and emotional distress; and $1 million for each year of Johnson’s life expectancy.

In closing arguments attorneys for Monsanto tried to discredit the expert witnesses who testified on Johnson’s behalf, insisting that the “real experts” in the trial are those who side with Monsanto and say glyphosate does not cause cancer.

Monsanto attorneys also told the jury that the cause of plaintiff Johnson’s cancer is unknown.

The landmark case has kept Monsanto and its bad reputation in the public eye as the company grows increasingly desperate to defend its flagship Roundup weedkiller from human and environmental health concerns.

On August 7, a federal judge in Brazil suspended the use of glyphosate, the key active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller. The judge ruled that new products containing glyphosate could not be registered in the country, and any existing registrations would be suspended for the next 30 days pending a toxicology review by the government.

The move is expected to hit Monsanto where it hurts. Monsanto is deeply invested in Brazil where its glyphosate-resistant genetically modified soybeans are planted on a large-scale. Brazil is the world’s largest exporter of soybeans.
Arty turns 11 this summer.

#1518933 --- 08/11/18 09:06 PM Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food [Re: MissingArty]
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Unanimous historic Verdict!


Monsanto to Pay $289.2M in Landmark Roundup Lawsuit Verdict

A San Francisco jury returned a verdict today in the case of a former groundskeeper with terminal cancer against Monsanto Company, ordering the agrochemical giant to pay $39.2 million in compensatory damages and $250 million in punitive damages for failing to warn consumers that exposure to Roundup weed killer causes cancer.

Dewayne “Lee” Johnson filed the lawsuit (case no. CGC-16-550128) against St. Louis-based Monsanto Co. on Jan. 28, 2016, alleging exposure to the Roundup herbicide he sprayed while working as a groundskeeper for the Benicia Unified School District caused him to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL).

On June 18, 2018, his case was assigned to Judge Suzanne Ramos Bolanos for the Superior Court of San Francisco, California. Johnson’s case was the first of its kind to proceed to trial due to his terminal diagnosis.

After eight weeks of trial proceedings, the jury found unanimously that Monsanto’s glyphosate-based Roundup weed killer caused Mr. Johnson to develop NHL, and that Monsanto failed to warn of this severe health hazard. Importantly, the jury also found that Monsanto acted with malice, oppression or fraud and should be punished for its conduct.

Monsanto Co. continues to refuse to warn consumers of the dangers of its multi-billion-dollar product Roundup despite the world’s foremost authority on cancer—the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)—listing glyphosate as a probable carcinogen in 2015.

Lee Johnson is one of more than 4,000 people from across the country to file suit against Monsanto in state and federal courts based on allegations linking Roundup to cancer.

He was represented at trial by Brent Wisner of Baum, Hedlund, Aristei and Goldman, David Dickens of the Miller Firm and Mark Burton of Audet & Partners LLP.

Co-lead trial counsel Brent Wisner said today’s verdict was a result of newly-revealed, confidential company documents.

"We were finally able to show the jury the secret, internal Monsanto documents proving that Monsanto has known for decades that glyphosate and specifically Roundup could cause cancer," Wisner said. "Despite the Environmental Protection Agency’s failure to require labeling, we are proud that an independent jury followed the evidence and used its voice to send a message to Monsanto that its years of deception regarding Roundup is over and that they should put consumer safety first over profits."

For years Monsanto has claimed that there is no evidence that Roundup causes cancer, yet a mountain of testimony and documents was admitted during the trial. Johnson’s attorneys proved through testimony from Monsanto’s witnesses that company employees “ghostwrote” scientific articles and paid outside scientists to publish the articles in their name.

Internal documents revealed that a scientific advisor hired by Monsanto told the company that past testing for Roundup was insufficient because glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, was tested in isolation without the other chemical ingredients that make up the Roundup formulation.

"Many of these confidential Monsanto documents were unsealed for the first time,” co-lead counsel David Dickens said. “They show that Monsanto knew that its testing was insufficient and that there was a synergistic effect when glyphosate is combined with surfactants which help the glyphosate penetrate both plant and animal cell walls.”

In other now-public documents, Monsanto employees reacted to California EPA’s listing of glyphosate as a carcinogen by calling Californians “liberals and morons,” overwhelming Monsanto like a “zombie movie” that they had to take out one at a time starting with the 2016 presidential election.

In addition to hearing from expert witnesses, the jury listened to heart-wrenching testimony from Lee Johnson and his wife, Araceli.

Araceli recalled for the jury the many sleepless nights Lee spent crying in bed when his children were not around. “He tried to hide it, and I think he tried to show that he was strong,” she said. “He tried to be positive; he wanted to be…for us and the kids.”

After her husband began chemotherapy, Araceli took a second job working 14-hour days to help pay the family’s rising medical bills while still driving her two sons an extra 45 minutes to Napa Valley School District in hopes of providing them better educational opportunities.

When Lee took the stand, he told the jury how scared and confused he was after receiving the news that he had cancer. He also described the times he contacted Monsanto to see if the skin lesions he developed were related to his use of Roundup. When he did not hear back from the company, he continued to use the herbicide.

Most notably, Johnson testified that he would never have used Roundup if he had known of the dangers, and accused Monsanto of concealing Roundup’s safety risks to continue profiting from its billion-dollar herbicide.

“I never would’ve sprayed that product on school grounds or around people if I knew it would cause them harm,” Johnson said during emotional testimony. “It’s unethical. It’s wrong. People don’t deserve that.”

A team of lawyers from three law firms represented Mr. Johnson in this trial: The Miller Firm, LLC of Orange, Virginia, Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, P.C. of Los Angeles and Audet & Partners LLP of San Francisco. These firms represent thousands of Roundup cancer plaintiffs across the nation.

The firms are nationally known and handle complex product liability cases, among others, and hold leadership positions in the federal and California state Monsanto Roundup litigation. Monsanto faces more than 4,000 Roundup cancer cases nationwide and that number is growing.

The next Roundup cancer trial against Monsanto is also a state case and is scheduled to occur in October in St. Louis, Missouri. Now that the judge in the federal multi-district litigation (based in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco), has accepted several of the plaintiffs’ experts to testify, trial dates for the federal bellwether cases should be announced in the next couple of months.


Jeffrey Smith, of IRT...

LIVE, BREAKING: Monsanto LOSES Trial of the century!!! Fined $250 Million in punitive damages. Thousands of plaintiffs are waiting in the wings.

Moms Across America...Watch the Verdict!

This is the Beginning of the END of this Chemical Era!

Johnson, a school pesticide applicator with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, WINS his lawsuit against Monsanto! The jury (God Bless them!!!) awarded Johnson 289.2 million dollars! 4000 other plaintiffs are waiting to sue Monsanto and 10,0000 are expected by the end of the year. Surely this decision has Bayer, who now owns Monsanto, reconsidering whether or not to continue to sell glyphosate-based products.

This is a huge win for humanity! Corporations around the world now get that the must take responsibility for the impact of their products and stop poisoning people!

Watch the verdict here:

Mr. Johnson and his lawyers conference after the verdict...

Mr. Johnson thanks his legal team, his lawyers talk about their meeting with the jury, Monsanto appealing and an upcoming case in St. Louis, MO against Monsanto in which Monsanto employees will be required to testify in front of a jury. (Monsanto did not provide any employees to testify in this trial but is being required to in the St. Louis case.) Wisner says there was a lot of evidence against Monsanto that wasn't submitted in this trial because of the urgency of Mr. Johnson's medical condition, but that this other evidence against Monsanto will be brought out in the St. Louis trial. That's Jeffrey Smith at the end of the video giving thanks to the attorneys and Mr. Johnson.

Edited by MissingArty (08/11/18 10:35 PM)
Arty turns 11 this summer.

#1518950 --- 08/14/18 04:05 AM Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food [Re: MissingArty]
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GMO Seralini (Facebook): “We are delighted that the public will now realize that regulators have not been protecting them.”

Zen Honeycutt announces verdict, remarks, future action of Moms Across America.

Seneff: “Is this the beginning of the end for glyphosate? HOORAY!”

BREAKING NEWS: Monsanto Found GUILTY in Roundup Cancer Trial, Multi-Million Verdict Awarded to Dying Man

What Monsanto Cancer Case Means for the Future of Roundup Litigation

With Roundup still on the market and devoid of cancer labels in the vast majority of all states, the focus now shifts to its future status, as well as the roughly 4,000 people still suing Monsanto for similar reasons to Johnson.

Bans on the chemical have reached the planning stages in various parts of Europe, but it’s still a top-selling garden product here in the United States.

The hope among many in the natural and organic movement is that Johnson’s trial could be the beginning of the end for Roundup and the lab-created GMO crops Monsanto and Bayer have created to withstand it.

In the meantime, be sure to avoid your exposure as much as humanly possible — the stories of Johnson and thousands of his peers clearly show that this is one controversy that isn’t going away anytime soon, and that Roundup is far more dangerous that Monsanto and Bayer would like us to believe.

Monsanto ordered to pay $289 million in world's first Roundup cancer trial

(Reuters) - A California jury on Friday found Monsanto liable in a lawsuit filed by a man who alleged the company’s glyphosate-based weed-killers, including Roundup, caused his cancer and ordered the company to pay $289 million in damages.

WHEC TV NEWS, Channel 10, Rochester, New York

Jury awards $289M to man who blames Roundup for cancer

Lakeview Organic Grain: “Someday, we will understand that it makes no sense to spray massive tonnage of carcinogens and neurotoxins on our food supply.”

Monsanto ordered to pay $289m damages in Roundup cancer trial

Monsanto denies that glyphosate causes cancer and says it intends to appeal against the ruling. "The jury got it wrong," vice-president Scott Partridge said outside the courthouse in San Francisco.

The Latest: Man hopes Monsanto verdict boosts other cases

ABC: Monsanto ordered to pay $289 million in damages to man who gets terminal cancer from Monsanto’s Roundup, his lawyer RFK Jr thrilled!

Monsanto to Pay $289.2M in Landmark Roundup Lawsuit Verdict

US Jury orders Monsanto to pay $289 million in Roundup cancer trial

Monsanto Tribunal: “This is a great victory!”

"Speaking in San Francisco on Friday, Johnson said that the jury’s verdict is far bigger than his lawsuit. He said he hopes the case bolsters the thousands of similar lawsuits pending against the company and brings national attention to the issue."

This is ABC’s coverage of the news conference which has much better sound…

ABC7 News was live…

WATCH LIVE: A Vallejo man who was just awarded $289.2 million in a lawsuit against Monsanto is speaking about the verdict now. Dewayne Lee Johnson says he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma after spraying Roundup weed killer for several years.

Trump administration lifts GMO crop ban for U.S. wildlife refuges

(Reuters) - The Trump administration has rescinded an Obama-era ban on the use of pesticides linked to declining bee populations and the cultivation of genetically modified crops in dozens of national wildlife refuges where farming is permitted.

Sheehan said the move was needed to ensure adequate forage for migratory birds, including ducks and geese – favored and hunted by sportsmen on many of the nation’s refuges. U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, whose department oversees the Fish and Wildlife Service, has made expansion of hunting on public lands a priority for his agency.

Sheehan wrote that genetically modified organisms have helped “maximize production, and that neonicotinoids might be needed “to fulfill needed farming practices.”

It marked the latest in a series of Obama-era environmental restrictions to be reversed under Trump, his Republican successor, who campaigned on a pledge to roll back government regulations.

M. Jonker: “In light of the recent massive case involving Monsanto and glyphosate that’s gone virally mainstream, I’d like to humbly point out that this ain’t nothin new.

Now’s the time to consider the crucial glyphosate/glutamate aspect of vaccines; particularly in regard to MMR vaccines.

I present to you the brilliant Stephanie Seneff - scientist/researcher way ahead of the game. She’s one of the bright, seasoned minds that’s been connecting the detrimental effects of glyphosate to various conditions, including autism, for many years.

If you’re skeptical, I’d encourage you to at least take 8 minutes to observe her connecting said dots in this extremely informative interview.

Can you really tell me with confidence that vaccines are safe? No. Not if you’re being honest with yourself, you can’t.”

Dr. Stephanie Seneff Explanation of the Vaccine/Autism Connection.

P. Suglia: “To go along with my earlier post about Monsanto losing its lawsuit because Roundup was determined to have caused a man's cancer, I talk in my latest book about Stephanie Seneff's studies proving that glyphosate, the toxin in Roundup, is indeed found in common childhood vaccines. And for those of you with vaccine-damaged children, maybe retribution is in your near future.”

Glyphosate Found in Childhood Vaccines By Zen Honeycutt of Moms Across America - 2016

Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto's flagship herbicide Roundup and hundreds of other herbicides, has been found in vaccines. Moms Across America received preliminary screening results from Microbe Inotech Laboratories Inc. of St. Louis, Missouri, which showed:

MMR II (Merk) vaccine had 2.671 parts per billion (ppb) of glyphosate
DTap Adacel (Sanofi Pasteur) vaccine had 0.123 ppb of glyphosate
Influenza Fluvirin (Novaris) 0.331 ppb of glyphosate
HepB Energix-B (Glaxo Smith Kline) 0.325 ppb of glyphosate
Pneumonoccal Vax Polyvalent Pneumovax 23 (Merk) had 0.107 ppb of glyphosate

The MMR II vaccine had levels up to 25 times higher than the other vaccines. Following our test, additional independent tests have confirmed these findings at or above the same levels. The tests were conducted using the ELISA method.

Vaccines contain many ingredients that could be genetically modified (GMO). More than 80 percent of GMOs are genetically engineered to withstand glyphosate-based herbicides and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) allows glyphosate on 160 non-organic food and feed crops. These facts made us wonder if glyphosate could be contaminating not only our water, urine, breast milk, food, soil, beer and wine, but also vaccines.

According to MIT scientist Dr. Stephanie Seneff, "Glyphosate could easily be present in vaccines due to the fact that certain vaccine viruses including measles in MMR and flu are grown on gelatin derived from the ligaments of pigs fed heavy doses of glyphosate in their GMO feed. Gelatin comes from collagen which has lots of glycine. Livestock feed is allowed to have up to 400 PPM [parts per million] of glyphosate residues by the EPA, thousands of times higher than has been shown to cause harm in numerous studies."

French scientist and glyphosate expert Gilles-Eric Séralini has shown in his research that glyphosate is never used alone. It is always used with adjuvants (co-formulants/other chemicals) and he has found those adjuvants to make Roundup 1,000 times more toxic. The detection of glyphosate in vaccines with this methodology would indicate the presence of other co-formulants which are also toxic.

On Aug. 31, Moms Across America sent a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, EPA, National Institutes of Health, California Department of Health and Sen. Barbara Boxer requesting that they make it a priority to test vaccines for glyphosate, recall contaminated vaccines and the EPA revoke the license of glyphosate to prevent further contamination.

"This calls for independent scientists, without financial ties to Monsanto, to investigate these findings, and if verified, immediate regulatory and legislative action," said Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., co-founder of The Mercury Project. "Lawyers litigating against Monsanto should be looking into the company's awareness of this contamination and its effect on children. The public needs to be ready for Monsanto and vaccine manufacturer backlash by their PR machines on this potentially grave information."

Dr. Toni Bark, founder and medical director of the Center for Disease Prevention and Reversal and co-producer of the movie BOUGHT, had this to say after reviewing the test results:

"I am deeply concerned about injecting glyphosate, a known pesticide, directly into children. Neither Roundup nor glyphosate has been tested for safety as an injectable. Injection is a very different route of entry than oral route. Injected toxins, even in minute doses can have profound effects on the organs and the different systems of the body. In addition, injecting a chemical along with an adjuvant or live virus, can induce severe allergic reactions to that substance as vaccines induce the immune system to create antibodies to whatever is included in the vaccine. Since glyphosate is heavily used in corn, soy, wheat, cotton and other commodities, we can expect to see more severe food allergies in the vaccine recipients. In addition, chemicals in ultra low doses, can have powerful effects on physiology behaving almost as hormones, stimulating or suppressing physiological receptors."

Seneff: “Brand new podcast interview with me on my favorite topic: glyphosate.”

Glyphosate & Human Health

8/10/18, 28 minutes. Listen as Dr. Stephanie Seneff joins Dr. Susanne Bennett to discuss the molecular composition of glyphosate and its impact on the human body.

To see Stephanie Seneff discuss the toxic effects of Glyphosate in "Making the Connection:How Herbicide Use Correlates to Modern Disease" on

The Beginning of the End of Corporate Fascism in America

WHEN HISTORIANS REVIEW THE EARLY 21st Century, they will note that a seismic shift occurred in which the People of the United State of America stood up, all at once it seemed, in August 2018, and began tearing apart a decades-old system of corruption. “Corporate fascism” is a difficult concept for some to wrap their heads around, given the classic definitions of Fascism specifically being (courtesy Merriam-Webster:)

The man they will write about is Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

It was Kennedy, they will write, who, along with legendary pro-informed choice advocate Del Bigtree who revealed the stunning truth that counter to a 1986 mandate from Congress, not a single report on progress toward making vaccines safer and identifying susceptible subgroups has been sent, as required by law, to Congress by The US Department of Health and Human Services.

It was Kennedy, they will write, who, less than a week later, won a landmark lawsuit against Monsanto (Bayer), in which a jury found that EPA colluded with Monsanto to hide the fact that an ingredient (Glyphosate) in the widely used pesticide, RoundUp, was a carcinogen.

If the rest of 2018 continues this way, they will no doubt say that it was Kennedy, who, with a team of parents, scientists, freed the world of the practice of injecting mercury into pregnant women and infants (and anyone else).

And, finally, if you do YOUR part, they will write how millions of parents and citizen demanded #CESSATION of the use of Glyphosate in schools, on city properties, in parks…. that 2018 was the year citizen rose up and threw a toxin off the planet with laws banning its use and manufacture.

Why does someone have to suffer SO much - just to convince the rest of the world of the TRUTH?

One man's suffering exposed Monsanto's secrets to the world

Testimony and evidence presented at trial showed that the warning signs seen in scientific research dated back to the early 1980s and have only increased over the decades. But with each new study showing harm, Monsanto worked not to warn users or redesign its products, but to create its own science to show they were safe. The company often pushed its version of science into the public realm through ghostwritten work that was designed to appear independent and thus more credible. Evidence was also presented to jurors showing how closely the company had worked with Environmental Protection Agency officials to promote the safety message and suppress evidence of harm.

But as this case and others drag on, one thing is clear: this is not just about one man dying of cancer. Glyphosate-based herbicides are so widely used around the globe (roughly 826 million kg a year) that residues are commonly found in food and water supplies, and in soil and air samples. US scientists have even recorded the weed killer residues in rainfall. Exposure is ubiquitous, virtually inescapable.

Monsanto ordered to pay $289 million in world's first Roundup cancer trial

Petition, please sign.

Bayer is trying to kill the bee-saving pesticides ban

In May this year, the European Court of Justice ruled in favour of a partial ban on three neonics -- and we hoped the case was finally settled for the bees.

But now, Bayer announced it wants to drag the EU back into court again and appeal. If it wins, it would wreck the recent almost complete ban too!

But people power is Bayer’s biggest threat.

Thousands of SumOfUs members have already chipped in to send the Bee Defender Alliance -- a small group of independent scientists and beekeepers -- and their kick-ass lawyers back into the European Court of Justice to take on Bayer. A huge petition will show Bayer, decision makers, and the media that people across Europe still support the bees -- and we won’t back down until Bayer stops its bullying tactics.
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GMO Free New York: “BREAKING: Bayer-Monsanto has been dealt another tough loss in California's Supreme Court. The Court rejected a challenge by Monsanto Co. to California’s decision to list the chemical glyphosate, in its Roundup herbicide, as a cause of cancer. Roundup was found by a San Francisco jury last week to be responsible for a former school groundskeeper’s cancer in a $289 million verdict. The dominoes are finally falling. Keep those losses coming!”

Monsanto loses another court case over its widely used weed killer

The state Supreme Court rejected a challenge by Monsanto Co. on Wednesday to California’s decision to list the main ingredient in its Roundup herbicide as a cause of cancer, the same chemical that a San Francisco jury found responsible for a former school groundskeeper’s cancer in a $289 million verdict last week.

The justices denied Monsanto’s request for a review of a lower-court ruling that upheld the state’s authority to add the herbicide glyphosate to its Proposition 65 list of carcinogens. Justice Ming Chin voted to take up the appeal, but four votes were needed to grant a hearing by the court, which currently has six members.

Prop. 65, a 1986 ballot measure, requires the state to publish a list of chemicals known to cause cancer or birth defects. A listing prohibits businesses from discharging the chemical into sources of drinking water and requires them to warn members of the public who may be exposed to the substance.

In Wednesday’s case, Monsanto challenged a Prop. 65 provision that requires the state to list a chemical as a carcinogen if it has been classified as one by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. The agency is an arm of the World Health Organization and has a governing council from 25 nations, including the United States.

The agency classified glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen in 2015 based on 17 scientists’ reviews of research on animals — though Monsanto contended other scientists’ review of the same studies had reached the opposite conclusion.


Tell the EPA: Ban Monsanto’s Roundup Weedkiller!

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been conducting its required 15-year re-registration review of glyphosate since 2009. The agency was supposed to reapprove or ban the chemical by the end of 2015. We assumed that glyphosate would get the stamp of approval for another 15 years while President Obama was still in office.

Then, in March 2015, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) panel of cancer experts, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), did its own review of the latest science on glyphosate. The IARC panel of 17 scientists unanimously agreed to reclassify the chemical as a probable human carcinogen.

The IARC cancer finding forced the EPA to take its glyphosate review more seriously. That slowed down the process. Now, the decision is in the hands of the Trump administration’s EPA.

The campaign to ban Monsanto’s Roundup is winning around the globe. And the recent verdict in the the Dewayne Johnson v. Monsanto case can only help to bolster the case for an outright ban on Roundup. Jurors in the case unanimously decided that not only did Roundup weedkiller cause Dewayne Johnson's cancer, but that Monsanto knew the herbicide was carcinogenic, yet but hid that fact from Johnson and the public.

It's past time for the EPA to do its job by ending Monsanto's reign of terror.

TAKE ACTION! Tell the EPA: Ban Monsanto’s carcinogenic glyphosate-based Roundup weedkiller! Please add your own comments, especially if you or your loved-ones have been sickened by exposure to glyphosate.

Monsanto Papers | Secret Documents

The collection of documents known as The Monsanto Papers or The Monsanto Secret Documents are available, here, and explained in detail. Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman is one of the leading law firms representing people across the nation in lawsuits against Monsanto. These personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits claim that exposure to the herbicide weed killer, Roundup, causes non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

These documents, obtained via Discovery (pre-trial civil procedure allowing the parties to obtain evidence from each other) allow people to see what is happening “behind the curtain” of secrecy that normally shrouds ongoing litigation. You will find links to internal Monsanto emails, text messages, company reports, studies and other memoranda.

Index of People Named in Monsanto Papers

The Monsanto Papers tell an alarming story of ghostwriting, scientific manipulation, collusion with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and previously undisclosed information about how the human body absorbs glyphosate. These documents, which Monsanto does not want you to see, provide a deeper understanding of the serious public health consequences surrounding Monsanto’s conduct in marketing Roundup.

Declassifying Monsanto’s Secret Documents
It is important for the public, regulatory agencies, and scientists to be fully informed of the processes which occur behind the thick veil of corporate unaccountability that have a direct impact on public and environmental health. This way, regulators can make informed decisions, the public is provided the opportunity to know what it is consuming (and at what cost), and scientists are able to build upon transparent data as well as know how much weight to place on research that may have an undue corporate profit motive behind it.

In fact, these documents were released in part to aid the efforts of the European regulators and the California Office of Health Hazard Assessment, who are currently in the midst of making imperative decisions regarding glyphosate registration/classification. The damning tale that these documents tell over how Monsanto has handled the issues over the ostensible safety of its widely-used product will provide regulators across the globe with access to key information that should inform their vital decision-making processes. We sincerely believe that it is imperative for the litigation process to be as transparent and open to public scrutiny as possible, particularly since every aspect of this case has repercussions for society as a whole.

On March 13, 2017, U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria ruled that certain documents obtained by plaintiffs in the Monsanto Roundup multidistrict (MDL) litigation could be unsealed. Subsequently, the judge published them on March 14 and March 15 on the website for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. These were the very first evidence to be declassified.

On June 30, 2017, Baum Hedlund, along with the leadership of the Roundup multidistrict litigation (MDL), challenged the protection of another group of documents, in an effort to make them available to the public. In a meeting to discuss the matter, Monsanto told the plaintiffs’ attorneys to “go away” and that the company would not voluntarily agree to de-designate any documents.

Pursuant to Paragraph 16.3 of the Protective Order in the MDL, Monsanto was required to file a motion seeking continued protection of those documents challenged by the Plaintiffs’ June 30, 2017 letter within 30 days. In failing to file such motion within 30 days, i.e., July 31, 2017, Monsanto “automatically waive[s] the confidentiality designation for each challenged designation.” Id. ¶ 16.3. And, since Monsanto did not file any motion seeking continued protection of the documents, it waived confidentiality over them. The documents are now officially public and Baum Hedlund is excited to share them with the world. This second group of documents was first published on the Baum Hedlund website on August 1, 2017.

We sent the August batch of Monsanto secret documents to (1) the EPA Office of Inspector General, Arthur Elkins, Jr., who is presently investigating whether there was illegal collusion between EPA and Monsanto; (2) the California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), which listed glyphosate as a substance known to the state of California to cause cancer on July 7, 2017 and is soliciting comments from Baum Hedlund and others to advise about whether glyphosate should be given a safe-harbor; and (3) the European Parliament members, who, on July 4, 2017, sent a letter to the judge overseeing the MDL litigation, requesting documents as the EU considers whether it will renew registration of glyphosate for sale in Europe.

You can view these documents in the chart we created or in the pages that follow. With each document, you will find a corresponding description, which briefly summarizes the key points raised, as well as commentary describing the relevance of the documents to the ongoing Roundup litigation. Only the August 2017 batch of documents contain the relevance information. Our commentary on the relevance of these documents may contain allegations cited in the Roundup litigation. These are allegations only, as the litigation is ongoing and there has not been any determination of guilt or liability.

The Monsanto Papers are in chronological order within four categories:

Ghostwriting, Peer-Review & Retraction: pages one – four
Surfactants, Carcinogenicity & Testing: pages five – seven
Absorption, Distribution, Metabolism & Excretion: page eight
Regulatory & Government: pages nine and ten

Is Agriculture’s Use of Glyphosate Feeding Lake O’s Explosive Algae Blooms? Professor Geoffrey Norris, SLR/IRL

What is most amazing to me are his comments on glyphosate, most famous for being the active ingredient in Roundup, but now used under many names. Sometimes I hear people screaming so much about Roundup that I tune it out, but Professor Norris’ observations really got to me.

He notes that glyphosate, used excessively in agriculture production around south and central Florida may actually “feed”cyanobacteria (toxic blue-green algae blooms). Also mind-blowing are Professor Norris’ insights into the reproduction of the hungry and ancient cyanobacteria that reproduces through binary fission (copying itself) “producing endless clones” “with no dissipation of mutant genes as a checks and balance to adaptation…”

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

Glyphosate, the controversial main ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup and other herbicides, is being connected to Lake Erie's troubling algae blooms, which has fouled drinking water and suffocated and killed marine life in recent years.

Genetically Modified Children

Can Monsanto chemicals permanently alter your child’s genes? Low-income tobacco farmers face skyrocketing cancer rates with more devastating repercussions affecting their children: severe physical deformities and mental disabilities. Choosing between poverty or poison, Latin American growers have no choice but to use harmful chemicals such as glyphosate (in Monsanto’s Roundup) and Bayer’s Confidor, if they want to certify and sell their crops to Big Tobacco. As patent and regulatory laws continue to favor the profits of Monsanto and chemical companies, the tobacco makes its way into the hands and mouths of consumers worldwide in Philip Morris tobacco products, while the poisons used to harvest the crops contaminate the farmers’ blood and are modifying the human genome, creating genetically modified children.

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Genetically Modified Food to Be Labeled in Iran

Also by the next month, all food products containing ingredients which are derived from GMOs will carry labels, as well, Asghari stated.

From CBS New York

Jury Awards $289 Million In Roundup Cancer Case

USA Today

Jury orders Monsanto to pay $289 million to cancer patient in Roundup lawsuit

"Did Monsanto know or should reasonably have known that users would not realize the danger?"

"Did Monsanto fail to adequately warn of the danger?"

"Was Monsanto’s failure to warn a substantial factor in causing harm to Johnson?"

To each of those questions, the jury’s response was, “Yes.’’

From 2016

Scientists Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneff have just gotten the fifth peer reviewed paper on Glyphosate published. Its named "Glyphosate pathways to modern diseases V: Amino acid analogue of glycine in diverse proteins".

In this regard Tony Mitra interviewed Anthony Samsel, to cover the newly emerging scientific findings on Glyphosate and how it can and does hurt creatures including humans. In the course of the interview, Anthony Samsel mentioned the issues being covered in their next paper, the 6th one.

This covers a number of vaccines that use animal byproducts such as egg protein and gelatine. He suspected these products might be contaminated with Glyphosate, if the vaccine makers were using factory farmed animals fed with Glyphosate laced GMO feed.

To verify, he got a large number of vaccines that do use egg proteins and gelatine and got them analyzed in multiple labs. The results confirmed his doubt. The vaccines themselves are largely contaminated with Glyphosate and pose serious hazard to those that are and will be vaccinated using these products.

This video covers only that part of the talk. In case you missed it,

#BREAKING: A San Francisco jury has awarded $289 million to a school groundskeeper who says Monsanto's Roundup weed killer caused his cancer.…/jury-awards-289-million-groundskeepe….

Childhood cancer on the rise.

Glyphosate in vaccines and our food supply.

You connect the dots.

RT News - Monsanto Verdict

New study...

GM Bt toxin is immunogenic, allergenic, and causes pre-cancerous intestinal changes

But a new study (abstract below) casts these claims into doubt and raises new questions about the safety of GM Bt toxin.

The study performed in mice found that the GM Bt toxin Cry1Ac is immunogenic, allergenic, and able to induce anaphylaxis (a severe allergic response that can result in suffocation). The responses that Cry1Ac was found to produce in the mice included "mildly allergic manifestations” around the mouth, nose and ears, as well as wheezing, hair standing on end, and diarrhea.

The study also found that Cry1Ac provoked intestinal lymphoid hyperplasia, a condition marked by an increase in the number of cells contained in lymph nodes. The condition is associated with food allergy, inflammatory bowel disease, and colon cancer.

Study of the allergenic potential of Bacillus thuringiensis Cry1Ac toxin following intra-gastric administration in a murine model of food-allergy - August 2018

US Appeals Court Orders EPA to Ban Chlorpyrifos Pesticides

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must finalize its proposed ban on chlorpyrifos, a pesticide linked to learning disabilities in children, from use on produce sold in the U.S. within 60 days, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday.

The judges found the agency broke the law by continuing to allow the toxic chemical to be used on fruits and vegetables despite solid science, including from EPA’s own scientists, showing it harms the developing brain.

The ruling comes in a lawsuit brought by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) as part of a coalition of labor and health organizations, represented by Earthjustice. The decision can be found here.

Erik Olson, Senior Director of Health and Food at the Natural Resources Defense Council stated; “Some things are too sacred to play politics with—and our kids top the list. The court has made it clear that children’s health must come before powerful polluters. This is a victory for parents everywhere who want to feed their kids fruits and veggies without fear it’s harming their brains or poisoning communities.”

Dow Chemical—the nation’s largest manufacturer of chlorpyrifos—has close ties to the President. Among other things, the company reportedly donated $1 million for Trump’s inauguration and its CEO previously played a chief advisory role to the president, heading up his now defunct “American Manufacturing Council.”

In the absence of EPA action, states are starting to stand up. In June, Hawaii became the first state to ban the chemical. And at the end of July, California released a scientific study reaffirming health concerns about the chemical and setting the stage for extensive restrictions. Legislation is also pending in Congress to ban chlorpyrifos and similar pesticides nationwide.

National Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

The Natural Resources Defense Council works to safeguard the earth - its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends.

Brazil Judge Suspends Use of Agrochemical Glyphosate


(I’ll post the link when the film becomes available to rental/streaming/purchase.)

In the award-winning new documentary Modified, the filmmaker and her mother embark on a very personal and poignant investigative journey to find out why genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are not labeled on food products in the United States and Canada, despite being labeled in 64 countries around the world. Interweaving the personal and the political, the film is anchored in the filmmaker’s relationship to her mom, a gardener and food activist who battled cancer during the film's production. Their intimate mother-daughter quest for answers, fueled by a shared love of food, reveals the extent to which the agribusiness industry controls our food policies, making a strong case for a more transparent and sustainable food system. A visual celebration of family legacy and the love of food, cooking, and gardening. Winner of six festival awards since its release. Modified will be showing in select cities in the U.S. very soon. Check out the schedule:


“Not all Non-GMO certifications are trustworthy. NSF's True North certification (see logo in the image) CANNOT BE TRUSTED. The organization falsely certifies ingredients produced with an extreme method of genetic engineering also known as SynBio, or synthetic biology, as Non-GMO. This includes ingredients such as Cargill's "Eversweet", a synthetic version of stevia. The Non-GMO Project does not allow any type of GMO ingredient to be certified Non-GMO and we believe their certification is trustworthy. NSF: We smell a lawsuit.”

Sweet Talk: FDA's 'Added Sugar' Label Hits Sour Note With Maple Syrup Makers

"I support clear and transparent labeling, and I support common sense," Donovan said. "That is why I stand with Vermont's sugar makers to ask the FDA to amend its guidance so that consumers are not led to believe that anything is added to their 100 percent pure Vermont maple or honey products."

"Vermonters have stood behind maple for generations and sugar makers need their support again," said Brown. "Please tell the FDA what every Vermonter already knows — pure maple syrup has no added sugar."

What's the difference between USDA Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified? Here's what you need to know…

What's the Difference? There is some confusion about what the USDA Organic and the Non-GMO Project Verified labels mean. What you need to know:

Non-GMO Project Verified does NOT mean organic or grown without synthetic pesticides. Non-GMO Project Verified means conventionally grown from non-GMO seeds and with testing of the supply chain/product to make sure there is no more than nine tenths of 1% GMO contamination (this is the same standard used in the EU). Conventionally grown non-GMO foods are still grown with toxic synthetic agrichemicals, such as Roundup, dicamba, neonicotinoids, chlorpyrifos, etc.

Certified Organic is a regulated standard where the crops must be grown from organic seeds (GMO seeds are not allowed) and without toxic, synthetic pesticides. But it is important to know that there is little testing for potential GMO contamination and crops may go to market even if they are heavily contaminated.

So for high risk ingredients such as corn, soy, sugar from sugar beets, canola, cottonseed oil... look for BOTH the USDA Organic AND the Non-GMO Project Verified butterfly labels to avoid toxic synthetic pesticides and potential GMO contamination. Happy shopping!

Non-GMO Month: Understanding Natural, Non-GMO & Certified Organic

One of the most common misconceptions is that many people think that “Natural” means Organic. Sadly, the word “Natural” is not a regulated term. Consumers think “Natural” means it’s a healthier choice than something that’s not “Natural” but to be completely honest with you, the proof is on the ingredient label. That’s where you’re going to see if the product is healthy for you or not. Can you read the ingredients? Or are there a whole bunch of terms on there that you don’t understand? Is it made from whole, organic foods? Or is it made from chemicals? That’s where you need to look to get your answer. Skip over the “Natural” label and look at what the company is using to make the food or food-like product they’re selling to you.

Another area where people seem to get confused is differentiating between the terms “Certified Organic” and “Non-GMO”. It’s important to note that all organic products are Non-GMO, however, the opposite is not true...Certified Organic is the gold-standard of quality when it comes to food products. Look for the green and white USDA Organic Seal on your food packages to ensure the product is organic.

GMO Free New York: “European Court of Justice Rules Organisms Produced Through Gene Editing are GMO. As expected, the GMO industry doesn't like the EU Court's decision that organisms obtained by "new GM" techniques, including genome editing, are GMOs and fall under the EU's GMO legislation. The GMO industry has fought and lobbied hard to convince world regulators that organisms produced through new genetic engineering techniques, such as CRISPR gene-editing, should not be considered GMOs, should not require any safety testing, and should not be labeled for consumer transparency.

U.S. regulators need to take note and fall in line instead of doing the GMO industry's bidding. Organisms produced through techniques such as gene editing and synthetic biology are GMO. They need to be LABELED.”

Industry "shocked" by EU Court decision to put gene editing technique under GM law

#EmbracingNature? Biotech industry spin seeks to exempt new GMOs from regulation

The rest of America needs to step up. Austin, Texas...

Council votes to disallow certain chemicals in pest control

According to Texas Public Interest Research Group, the ordinance also bans the use of bee-killing neonics and possible carcinogen glyphosate (the main ingredient in Roundup). The new policy also affirms that contractors who apply pesticides inside city buildings do so in accordance with the city’s IPM policy.

GMO Free CNY on the verdict: “This is huge!!!”

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

Glyphosate, the controversial main ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup and other herbicides, is being connected to Lake Erie's troubling algae blooms, which has fouled drinking water and suffocated and killed marine life in recent years.

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

"It turns out that many cyanobacteria present in Lake Erie have the genes allowing the uptake of phosphonates, and these cyanobacteria can grow using glyphosate and other phosphonates as a sole source of phosphorus," Bullerjahn said.

GMO Free USA: “While Bayer-Monsanto et al tout the safety and benefits of CRISPR and gene edited crops, scientists and recent studies are telling a different story, cautioning that unwanted DNA changes may slip by undetected. The tool can cause large DNA deletions and rearrangements near its target site on the genome, according to a paper published on 16 July in Nature Biotechnology. In the EU, foods produced with CRISPR and other newer forms of genetic engineering are regulated in the same ways as other GMOs. Got toxic gene edited food? You'd never know because the corporate lobby wins again and our government has declined to regulate it.”

CRISPR gene editing produces unwanted DNA deletions

DNA-cutting enzyme used for genetic modification can create large deletions and shuffle genes.

How Toxic Are Your Tampons? Product Investigation Reveals Shocking Details

There are several chemicals of concern when it comes to feminine care products, especially inside tampons. Not only does the Chem Fatale report showcase some deeply troubling issues within the feminine care industry, but additional chemicals are also problematic. The highly toxic herbicide Glyphosate was found as a contaminant residue in a whopping 85% of cotton hygiene products tested by the University of La Plata in Argentina. Glyphosate has been linked to cancer by the World Health Organization. Additionally, 62% of the same samples also tested positive for AMPA (aminomethylphosphonic acid) which is a metabolite derivative of glyphosate.

Aside from secondary contaminants, volatile organic compounds and pesticide residues found in feminine care products, the following is a list of toxic ingredients purposely added to the product. And due to lack of regulation and proprietary protection laws, many of these hazardous chemicals are not on the label:

My Body, My Blood; Proposed Legislation (A. 521)

As a woman, an eco-entrepreneur and feminist I was excited to hear Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal speak about her proposed Legislation (A. 521) that will require disclosure of ingredients in menstrual care products because this is an important issue, a no talk topic because of it’s “nature” because that’s how it is for all things vagina related.

Tampons, pads, menstrual cups and period underwear are women’s most intimate personal care products; their purpose is direct contact with our most sensitive and absorbent tissues of our bodies. We assume these intimate products are made from simple safe materials but are they? Our disconnection to this once sacred function of caring for our blood, can lead us into compromised health from minor irritations to death.

GMO grass is creeping across Oregon

Missteps by agribusiness giants allowed the invasion. Now they’re off the hook for cleanup.

So far, Scotts has led the battle to rein in its escapee, with some recent success. But in a series of decisions over the last several years, the USDA has relieved Scotts of future responsibility in return for the company’s promise not to market the grass. Scotts has pledged not to turn its back on the problem, but after this summer, it no longer has to bankroll cleanup efforts. Now, Erstrom and others say there are no legal safeguards to keep the task — with its reported $250,000 annual price tag — from becoming the burden of local growers and the state and county governments.

Scotts and Monsanto started working on the Roundup-resistant version in the 1990s. It was to be the first commercial GE grass. As scientists had done with corn and soy, they used bacteria to insert a segment of DNA into the bentgrass genome, which allowed the plant to survive a dose of the herbicide even as neighboring weeds withered.

GM beer, anyone?

Genetic engineers are altering brewers' yeast to generate fake beer without hops.

Farm at hospital provides organic produce for patients

Eighty percent of the produce harvested from the acre-and-a-half farm goes to the cafeteria at Augusta Health where chefs turn it into organic meals for patients, some of whom could suffer serious complications if germs are present.

GMO Food Labels Are Coming But The Word Will Be ‘Bioengineered’

By 2020, many foods produced with genetic engineering will have to say so on their labels. Earlier this month, the USDA announced their proposal for the rules and accompanying logos, which cleverly sidestep the GMO labeling controversy by not using the letters G-M-O at all.

From 2016…

Concerns over use of glyphosate-based herbicides and risks associated with exposures: a consensus statement

Our focus is on the unanticipated effects arising from the worldwide increase in use of GBHs, coupled with recent discoveries about the toxicity and human health risks stemming from use of GBHs. Our concern deepened when the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) re-classified glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans” (i.e., Group 2A) [1].

UPDATE: On Aug. 9, 2018, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals orders the U.S. EPA to finalize its proposed ban on chlorpyrifos within 60 days, based on undisputed findings that the pesticide is unsafe for public health, and particularly harmful to children and farmworkers.


Chlorpyrifos - The toxic pesticide now harming our children and environment

US Appeals Court Orders EPA to Ban Chlorpyrifos Pesticides

Please eat the dandelions: 9 edible garden weeds

2016 - Near extinction possible for monarch butterflies – new study
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Great episode of Highwire. Don’t miss the interview with Brent Wisner...

Seneff: “The last interview in this new episode of Highwire is phenomenal! Kudos to lawyer Brent Wisner and his team for their huge win against Monsanto in the California lawsuit!”

Highwire with Del Bigtree - Monsanto/Glyphosate

Is America the Most Dangerous Place to Give Birth?; Does New York want to tax kids with cancer?; West Virginia does a u-turn on it’s vaccine mandates; Asbestos is back; The lawyers who took on Big Ag and won.

RFK, Jr. and Brent Wisner discuss the Monsanto verdict, evidence, emails, future litigation, glyphosate by injection (vaccines). Brent goes into great detail. You’ll want to hear what he has to say about the trial.

Brent At 1:05: “...It’s at the beginning of life, it’s at the end of life. The really creepy thing is there’s a lot of studies coming out, cutting edge stuff, showing epigenetics, showing that there’s damage that occurs to a parent, but you don’t see the results of that damage until until a generation or two afterwards, so who knows what’s going to happen to the children.”

Pharmacist turned Legislature and what is going on in West Virginia.Change is starting to happen.

The World Reacts to the Roundup Cancer Trial Guilty Verdict

Sustainable Pulse has put a review together of some of the most important global reactions to the verdict, which is set to see Monsanto pay out $289 Million in total damages to Mr. Dewayne Johnson, in the first of over 5000 legal cases that have been filed.

Beekeepers Sue Monsanto Over RoundUp in Honey

A cooperative of beekeepers in Northern France filed a legal complaint against Monsanto June 7, the same day the company was acquired by the German chemical giant Bayer, after finding the company’s infamous weedkiller in their honey.

One of France’s largest honey companies, Famille Michaud, found the chemical in three batches of honey supplied by a member of a 200-member beekeeping union.

“They systematically analyze the honey shipments they receive, and they found glyphosate,” head of the beekeeping union Jean-Marie Camus told Agence France Presse.

“We regularly detect foreign substances, including glyphosate,” Vincent Michaud, president of Famille Michaud told AFP.

If glyphosate is found, the supplier’s entire shipment is rejected, Michaud said.

The FDA found glyphosate in U.S. honey in 2016, but American beekeepers haven’t yet taken legal action.

Bayer, who now owns Monsanto and the liabilities surrounding it, plans to drop the company’s infamous name, but maintain product names like RoundUp.

Expert Witness From Landmark Monsanto Trial Offers 5 Fixes to Shortcomings in Current GE Food Regulations by Charles Benbrook

Editor's note: Charles Benbrook served as an expert witness in support of Lee Johnson, a groundskeeper suffering from terminal non-Hodgkin lymphoma following heavy use of, and exposures to Monsanto's Roundup herbicide.

US seed sellers push for limits on dicamba

Problems have not gone away. As of July 15, the University of Missouri estimated that more than a million acres of non-resistant soybeans were hurt by dicamba. Homeowners who live near farms have also complained of damage to their trees and flowers.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is now weighing such complaints as part of a high-stakes decision on the herbicide’s future.

Glyphosate is here to stay in EU — at least for now

Helmut Burtscher-Schaden, a chemist who heads the Austrian environmental protection organization GLOBAL 2000... said Europe would have to wait until the end of the current authorization period before moving to ban glyphosate.


As the late prominent scientist and director of the Institute for Science in Society Dr. Mae-Wan Ho wrote and warned: “The vicious cycle complete. China gave up producing soybeans and invested heavily in producing glyphosate instead, shortly after Monsanto’s patent for glyphosate expired in 2000." …

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Thom Hartmann Program, Aug 15, 2018

Robert Kennedy Jr joins the show today to discuss a win against controversial agro business Monsanto, are they poisoning your children's cereal now?

EWG Responds to General Mills and Quaker Oats: ‘Legal Is Not the Same as Safe’

It is especially disappointing because these two multi-billion dollar companies can take the simple step of telling their oat farmers to stop using glyphosate as a harvest-time desiccant on their crops. That simple step will reduce or eliminate the contamination and ensure the safety of American families that consume their products. The oat products we tested from a number of other companies had glyphosate levels well below our children’s health-protective benchmark, so it is possible to produce and sell foods that do not contain unsafe levels of glyphosate.

General Mills and Quaker Oats are relying on outdated safety standards used by a government agency that is notorious for neglecting new science on chemicals. Our view is that the government standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency pose real health risks to Americans ­– particularly children, who are more sensitive to the effects of toxic chemicals than adults.

Just because a pesticide level is legal in food doesn’t mean that level is safe.

Imported lentils laced with weed killer

Food safety and agricultural scientists are warning that the use of glyphosate may prove lethal. They are citing the example of Sri Lanka, where many sugarcane farmers died due to renal failure after being overexposed to the herbicide.

Seneff: “In my opinion the Florida mess is very straightforward.

1) There are a lot of sugar cane fields surrounding Lake Okeechobee in south central Florida. Glyphosate is used heavily on these fields, including being sprayed right before harvest as a desiccant.

2) The cyanobacteria (so-called "bluegreen algae") thrive on glyphosate. They can fully metabolize it, utilziing its phosphorus atom as a source of phosphorus. The good news is that they are actually clearing glyphosate contamination from the water.

3) These same cyanobacteria are able to pull nitrogen gas out of the air and convert it to nitrates. This adds even more nitrate to the water, on top of the nitrate run-off from excessive fertilizer use on the
agricultural fields.

4) The excess of nitrates fuels the overgrowth of the red algae that are associated with the red tide. So Lake O gets choked with bluegreen algae and the ocean shore gets choked with red algae (Red Tide).

High temperature plays a role as well, but that's secondary. Glyphosate probably also plays a role in the heat wave, because it interferes with carbon sequestration into the soil, causing an increased uptake of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.”


Ohio Northern researchers have confirmed that glyphosate is causing the harmful algae blooms in Lake Erie, but Drs. R. Michael McKay and George Bullerjahn of Bowling Green State University have been studying this likelihood since 2012. They suspected that the growing ‘dead zones’ in the Great Lakes were caused by this herbicide, killing millions of fish and polluting drinking water every year.

“The P in glyphosate is what we call phosphonate, a phosphorus-carbon bond. A phosphorus-carbon bond is extraordinarily stable. It’s very difficult to break. We don’t expect this to contribute one bit to the DRP.”

But it did. Add one more disaster to Monsanto’s growing list of environmental misdeeds.

A Glyphosate question regarding vaccines.

"Is it in the vaccines because it is contaminated or is it in there as an actual adjuvant?"

Answer “According to MIT scientist Dr. Stephanie Seneff, "Glyphosate could easily be present in vaccines due to the fact that certain vaccine viruses including measles in MMR and flu are grown on gelatin derived from the ligaments of pigs fed heavy doses of glyphosate in their GMO feed. Gelatin comes from collagen which has lots of glycine. Livestock feed is allowed to have up to 400 PPM [parts per million] of glyphosate residues by the EPA, thousands of times higher than has been shown to cause harm in numerous studies."

"Not only is it IN the vaccines, but it's in the PROTEINS in the vaccine (such as the antigen that is supposed to induce the antibodies that protect you from the disease). Glyphosate-contaminated measles haemagglutinin is in my opinion an extremely dangerous molecule. If glyphosate does get embedded into proteins (which I believe), then it can cause measles haemagglutinin to be extremely difficult to break down. This, combined with a leaky brain barrier set up by glyphosate, can lead to an autoimmune attack on the myelin sheath in the brain due to molecular mimicry."

"Not only is it IN the vaccines, but it's in the PROTEINS in the vaccine (such as the antigen that is supposed to induce the antibodies that protect you from the disease). Glyphosate-contaminated measles haemagglutinin is in my opinion an extremely dangerous molecule. If glyphosate does get embedded into proteins (which I believe), then it can cause measles haemagglutinin to be extremely difficult to break down. This, combined with a leaky brain barrier set up by glyphosate, can lead to an autoimmune attack on the myelin sheath in the brain due to molecular mimicry."

And I’d like to add that Moms Across America and Researcher Anthony Samsel both tested several vaccines and Glyphosate was found in them. I’ve previously posted the articles about this. You can find this information on Moms’s Across America’s Data page.

Seneff: “Nice summary of the Dewayne Johnson lawsuit against Monsanto.”

August 13, 2018 episode transcript

BW: Well, because they're throwing up a lot of garbage just sort of blind people. So those 800 studies that he's referring to aren't about cancer. When you actually look at the cancer studies on glyphosate and Roundup — there's about 20 — and if you actually look at those studies the vast majority of them are positive. And so we showed this to the jury, I mean, the jury sat through a month of evidence just on the science. And so this is not a cherry picking of the science, this is actually what the science shows. And the only independent organization to actually look at it is the International Agency for Research on Cancer, which had 17 scientists, world-renowned scientists, come together to independently look at this issue. They had no agenda, they had no dog in the fight one way or the other and they all unanimously concluded that it is probably a human carcinogen. And so they want to have a fight with us about the science. I think it's literally their weakest defense because the science is actually overwhelmingly.

MG: The Environmental Protection Agency in the United States has never found the chemical within Roundup to be a cause of cancer. What does that tell you?

BW: It tells me there is something wrong in the EPA. I mean, the simple fact is the most recent report that came out was authored by a guy named Jess Rowland, who is currently under investigation by the Department of Justice for his inappropriate contacts with Monsanto executives. We showed the jury text messages, e-mails, a sort of relationship between Monsanto and the EPA that would disturb anybody who cares about public health. And the jury saw it. They didn't give any credibility to the EPA because this is — when it comes to Monsanto, when it comes to Roundup — for whatever reason they don't apply the same rules to them.

MG: This verdict has been described as extraordinary. The company that owns Monsanto, Bayer, the German pharmaceutical giant, saw its shares drop something like 11 per cent today. There are other lawsuits that are coming as well. If you take a look at the big picture, what's the significance of this verdict for Monsanto?

BW: I think this is a hopefully a wakeup call. You know, they need to do right, not just by Mr. Johnson, but by the thousands of people who have cancer because of this product.

This is hard to read from his website, so I’ve posted the whole article.

Seneff: “Dr. Martin Michener has written a wonderful blog post detailing the myriad ways glyphosate is destructive, including its hypothesized ability to substitute for glycine during protein synthesis.”

Avoiding Glyphosate

A summary of recent work in progress by Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneff

By Martin C. Michener, PhD.

Reflect, please on the history of marketing and selling the “harmless” active ingredient in the weed-killer Round-up®. The company which Monsanto bought, had discovered this master-chelator could dissolve most metal scale deposits in boilers and pipes. But discharging the flush promptly produced an obvious plant killing effect.

In 1972 Monsanto began marketing Round-up® as an herbicide, with three claims which later proved to be misleading at best, untrue at worst (1). The first claim is that the mode of action was to block the Shikimic Acid pathway – a biochemical series of steps that throughout biology produces three diet-essential amino acids (AA), needed for all protein synthesis. These are the same three, out of the twenty coded for by all DNA-RNA synthesis, which contain phenolic rings: Phenylalanine (F), Tyrosine (Y) and Tryptophan (W). The second claim continued: since human biochemistry does not contain this pathway, the herbicide is harmless. This immediately raised the question: Where then do we get the three AA for all our own synthesis, and the answer is two-fold: from our diet and from our gut microbiome. Once the use of Round-up became common, crops are grown with residues, so that our diet in fact became very short of the three, F,Y and W. Worse, the residues in our food have a disastrous effect on our gut microbiome, from which we now depend for F, Y and W. Blocking the Shikimate path in your gut causes the precursors of the process to build up, and especially the toxin m-cresol, which first KILLS OFF the helpful bacteria then pathogenic bacteria take over. The Clostridium bacteria quickly over grow and produce more cresol, which they tolerate. This hostile takeover is accompanied by another disaster, far more permanent in its effect on your health: the tight junctions in the gut lining, which we depend on to seal the fluids in the gut from the blood itself, become leaky, and Crohn’s disease then permits huge molecules, like Aluminum and antigenic large chain food proteins to join the blood stream. But the drama of chronic ill health is just getting started. Most of your immune system is not only located along the gut wall from end to end, but it is linked to your private colony of microbes. This in turn, is linked to your brain, so that moods are largely dictated by the biome on a minute-by-minute basis.

As if these extensive injuries were not sufficiently distressing, glyphosate deprives the liver of its most necessary detoxification capability. It is a series called the Cytochrome P450 inducible enzymes, capable of reducing the impact of the cresol and other bacterial endotoxins (2) (3) (4).

The combination of triple disasters: unhandled toxins, loss of mood guidance and blood suddenly filled with foreign material, causes what amounts to a four-alarm fire in the immune system. Called a cytokine storm, the immune system is activated by the cytokines, and begins the week-long process of developing antibodies against food antigens, as well as hastening immune cells called to the brain, in responding to the impaired mood state. Recovery from the many problems will take from weeks to years.

At this point, the problems requiring healing are almost too many to consider in this summary. Conventional (allopathic) medicine fails in every respect because they are officially in denial that glyphosate could ever do any of these damaging processes. Their pharmaceutical masters will economically not allow such logic. Here are some of the actions which have helped many people, in a large part undertaken with holistic advisors. For the invading pathogens, restore the gut ecology; eat a complex of thousands of species of microbiome supplements matching the war-torn community. Somehow the spores must pass the acid stomach “firewall” to again establish dominance over the toxic Clostridium army – this has been accomplished by saline home lacto-fermented kraut or kimchi, rather than with sterile store foods. Cabbage and onion family ferments provide plenty of sulfur nutrients. Another approach is to flush out the phenolic toxins, then reconnect the damaged intestinal cells, by closing the tight-junctions again, to seal off the damaged blood, and reestablish the synthesis of F, Y and W to provide their lost functions. Optimally, this all may take a month or more.

We now need to consider what the loss of those three Amino Acids to all synthesis may entail. Tryptophan is the sole precursor of serotonin AND melatonin. While you may have heard of serotonin’s importance as a brain neurotransmitter for happiness and self-esteem, you may not be aware of its role in the intestine, the origin of its name in controlling peristalsis of the normal gut. Without serotonin, gut movement and mixing of food are prevented, stopping digestion. Gas builds up; cramps and pains become intolerable. Thus, to all this pain is added the toxin load, ill-mood, failing immune system, and the patient may wish she was dead.

What about Y? Tyrosine is the sole precursor for dopamine, another brain neurotransmitter essential for feeling of well-being and for planning muscle movement. Tyrosine is also precursor to melanin which darkens the skin in response to sunburn.

We now also have an explanation of the reported autopsy findings that sulfate is deficient in many brain disorders (Autism, Alzheimer’s): Glyphosate inhibits the sulfation of cholesterol and the glycosaminoglycans, both critical to cell membrane repair and health especially of muscles, blood vessels and nerves. (5) (1)

How does all this glyphosate ever enter the body? Glyphosate levels in our food chain took a monster leap upward in 1980-85, when (it being deemed so harmless) glyphosate spray was recommended to kill wheat and other grain crops, just prior to harvest. Thus the “weedicide” became instead a “cropicide” (6). Sprayed on your food at harvest-time, the chemical moves directly into the grain to where seed embryos are being pre-formed and joins the seed part which becomes flour and that we eat. So, if you ever doubted hundreds of privately paid-for tests show now that WE EAT IT! (7) (8). Such spraying of an unlicensed, untested compound on America’s grain has all the logic of injecting each slaughtered chicken with formaldehyde, based on the reasoning that the cadaver would then not rot. As we have repeatedly seen, assumptions of harmlessness have been well-paid for. The initial reports of licensing appear now all to have been written by Monsanto employees and consultants, without attribution of interest conflicts. Some relevant postings of decisions have been removed, for example

But wait! Monsanto also sells you, Roundup Ready® crop plants (R-R). Follow their predatory marketing logic: To farm and to deserve to pay such huge seed fees, you must first qualify. What happened to a free market? You must sign away all your rights TO EVER TEST OR TO SAVE these seeds. And Monsanto has developed a righteous reputation of dangerous enforcer-lawyer teams. Against millions of years of nature and man’s proud crop breeding practices, farmers now face a twisted patent authority, reserved by corporate off-shore money, thriving by the patent protection of a BOUGHT American congress. So, we now respond, what in the world is so important that users NOT be allowed to test or to ever document?

If no bacterium or plant can live with their Shikimate pathway “blocked” how can the GMO corn and soybean be “patent protected engineered” (AKA genes be altered) so as now to RESIST the claimed guarantee of the invincible Glyphosate? Warning: The plot now thickens.

We must reexamine the claim that glyphosate BLOCKS shikimate pathway, and ask “How did Monsanto UN-block the pathway which all plants and bacteria use and on which humans depend for proteins? We look more closely at this pathway.

The BLOCKED enzyme in the chain is called 5-enolpyrovyl-shikimate-3-Phosphate Synthase. (EPSPS) — such names! Monsanto looked at the genetics of all the “weeds”, which had recently defied their “patent-briefly-and-falsely-assured” master compound, and which now in a few evolutionary years had become resistant to glyphosate. These weeds got everyone’s attention and again were flooding farmers’ fields, now denied the exclusive and care-free occupation by their expensive chosen R-R crops.

Perhaps in a war-room, I do imagine they might have said to their best chemists: “Go! Do it like them weeds do it!” So, I again imagine these engineers came to realize the “blockage” claim was preposterous, and found what glyphosate actually does to EPSPS: to substitute this herbicide molecule for glycine molecule during EPSPS synthesis. Where genes coded glycine, glyphosate the destructor itself enters the incipient protein. It does not block it. Such devious mis-synthesis had never been admitted nor expected.

To make R-R crops, Monsanto took the gene sequence for EPSPS, located the code call for the normal AA glycine (Gly96), and modified it to Alanine (Gly96Ala), mimicking those offensive weeds (9). Glycine specification is swapped out for Alanine, the second most simple AA in the list of twenty. For these crops, this solved the mis-manufacture with glyphosate! But does it completely restore the synthesis of F, Y and W as well? Reportedly no, the artificial sequence now produces these AA in a comparatively poor quantity, but at least the plant doesn’t DIE from Roundup application. So, now these expensive R-R crops provide less of the three AA in your diet, but you would never guess it from the advertising, and farmers today are only held to account for their produce by the market to an aesthetic value, not the nutritional value? Or, are they?

Now knowing that claims one and two are bogus, we ask, based on knowing EPSPS is destroyed by gulping in glyphosate instead of glycine as was the DNA design until the enzyme became useless to the plants and bacteria: what of the millions of other possible proteins could be similarly destroyed? Here, the picture gets much darker, because evidence has been now obtained by analysis, again by Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneff (10). If the code for glycine now inserts glyphosate in ONE protein, what about the accuracy of the 100,000 other proteins we code and daily depend on for mere life within the human genome? Our medical establishment cannot just go in to reengineer the DNA of every person in the planet, let alone all the plants and wildlife on the earth, and look for and replace every glycine code with an alanine code!! Especially now economically as medicine is in complete denial about food nutrition and contaminants.

Anthony Samsel has evidence about to be published, which he has allowed me to share with a wide audience, giving proper credit. We may hear the expression: “You are what you ate.” Well, if informed people refuse to eat glyphosate-contaminated foods, what about feed that our confined livestock may have eaten (their having no such choice of refusal)? What if the meat and fat from slaughtered livestock has also been mismanufactured, and we are consuming meals with (now-hidden-inside proteins) glyphosate, perhaps to be released as the proteins in our food are digested, thence damaging our gut and starting the horrible cycle anew? Such protein from the local store would actually test glyphosate free (bound in a long protein chains), and the danger would only emerge after eating and the toxic digestion had begun. Mismanufacturing our own connective tissues with included glyphosate might predict rising connective tissue failure rates. How many elbow, hip and knee surgeries have you had in your family recently? How many needed to be redone?

But we haven’t even discussed Monsanto’s third claim: that glyphosate is readily broken down and does not accumulate in the soil. A lawsuit in France proved Monsanto simply boldly lied about this one; it is out there, Ralph!

We now have agricultural soils all over the world, contaminated especially in natural clays for decades, not for the days or weeks as claimed. Crops planted thereon are likely to slowly take up these residues, at sub-lethal levels, especially as it may be found now in mammalian structural proteins, such as collagen, actin, chondroitin, keratin, myosin, on which we rely for nutrition. These proteins are coded for many glycine entries, possible sites for glyphosate substitution.

In the cell protein manufacturing — in the endoplasmic reticulum — why do these two AA get mixed up? Glyphosate’s proper chemical name is N-methyl-phosphonyl-glycine. Note the parent derivative name.

In commercial manufacturing, common glycine, COOH-CH2-NH2 is conceptually converted to glyphosate by attachment to nitrogen N of –

CH2-P(OH)2=O .

One can see the similarity to glyphosate: COOH-CH2-NH-CH2-P(OH)2=O but one cannot forgive the deliberate other deceptions.

In the damaged proteins like EPSPS, the extra methyl-phosphonyl (bold) must stick out from each new protein, thus interfering with the three-dimensional folding and thus the strength and function of the original protein.

Dr. Samsel explained he has obtained connective tissues from a slaughter house, from pigs fed GMO-R-R feed containing glyphosate residues (11). He has then subjected these tissues to such digestion as would occur in a human small intestine. He then analyzed for glyphosate, both before and after digestion. The glyphosate undetected, bound inside the tissue proteins he assures me returns again, intact after the process, active in the resulting mix. In simple terms, glyphosate hidden inside the meat connective tissues, returns after digestion to threaten the human who eats it. Undeterred by cooking, it will still be there. Bone-broth anyone?

This news, both published and unpublished, is dire. It is not hyperbole to say glyphosate substitution may well be considered to be the cause of most of the idiopathic (unsolved) chronic diseases now rising in human world populations as glyphosate may continue to increase in our diets. The extensive immune damage from a single glyphosate gut disruption, likely leaves life-long auto-immune predilection. So, try this: Please ask your friends: who do you know has pain that “doctors” are not treating meaningfully? I’m betting you have heard but possibly discredited someone close to you, thinking they are crazy or self-indulgent. Really?

Why the alarm? What happens if one in a thousand proteins are mis-manufactured by a compound which does not break down as was supposed? Why care about deficient F, Y and W? Well, to put it bluntly, Y is precursor to dopamine (that when fails, produces Parkinson’s disease). W is precursor to both melatonin (without which no brain repair during sleep) and serotonin, also essential for brain well-being and for gut food passage. Without both serotonin and dopamine, any person would likely be sleepless, and possibly exhibit severe mental derangement. Lacking self-esteem, some might become suicidal, or enraged and potentially commit mass mayhem – possibly indiscriminate murders about which their family and friends would then remain in disbelief, clueless about real causes. Could this clearly be a case of de facto government sanctioned poisoning?

Imagine, as friends relate to me, trying to sort through your child’s chronic illness with the doctor, who may be more worried about his financial relationships with his drug company’s reactions if he/she dare ask about Federally sanctioned food toxins.

Please understand, this is now evolutionary history. Never have ecologists seen a man-made contaminant thwart the 4-billion-year-old coding system for all living cells and produce vast amounts of the wrong protein from the correct code. We have a “mutation” without any mutation in the DNA. Why would any responsible scientist, trained to know this ancient locked-in plan of nature, deliberately produce a massive experiment with the largest selling agricultural chemical in history? Is there a just punishment possible for receiving billions of dollars, trading not only the future of human health, but for destroying the fundamental interactions of our entire living planet?

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Seneff: “I'm jubilant! It doesn't get more "main stream" than USA Today.”

Oatmeal, breakfast foods contain unsafe amounts of cancer-linked weed killer, report says

Your favorite cereal, instant oatmeal or granola bar might also contain the main ingredient for weed killer. USA TODAY

Time to boycott all things Bayer and Monsanto.

Bayer shares down on reports of new Monsanto legal woes

Bayer shares fell even more dramatically on Monday after a US jury ordered it to pay almost $290m in damages to a dying California groundskeeper who said Roundup had caused his cancer.

Executives insist that scientific studies prove the Monsanto product is safe, but investors fear courts could reach similar findings in thousands of pending American lawsuits.

On top of the risk that some analysts see of Bayer having to pay out up to $10bn in damages, the ruling could add to glyphosate's bad reputation in many countries and harm sales.

The European Union last year renewed the chemical's license for five years rather than the usual 15 after intense campaigning by environmentalists, with some members like France and Germany planning to limit glyphosate use or ban it altogether.

Bayer's share price has lost nearly 18% in value this week, wiping billions off its market capitalisation.

Here's the list of Bayer's (Monsanto) consumer products.

Marion Copley, EPA Scientist

The following is a heartbreaking letter written by Marion Copley, an EPA scientist who has since succumbed to cancer. Copley, nearing death, implored the EPA to stop hiding the truth about Roundup’s extreme toxicity. In a letter discovered in unsealed court documents by U.S. Right To Know, she begs Jess Rowlands, an EPA deputy division director who has been exposed as a mole for Monsanto, to do his job and protect the health of the public instead of worrying about his biotech bonus. Copley goes on to accuse Rowlands and another EPA scientist, Anna Lowit, of accepting bribes and and using scientific intimidation tactics to bully peers into editing research to favor biotech.


Since I left the Agency with cancer, I have studied the tumor process extensively and I have some mechanism comments which may be very valuable to CARC based on my decades of pathology experience. I’ll pick one chemical to demonstrate my points.

Glyphosate was originally designed as a chelating agent and I strongly believe that is the identical process involved in its tumor formation, which is highly supported by the literature.

-Chelators inhibit apoptosis, the process by which our bodies kill tumor cells -Chelators are endocrine disruptors, involved in tumorigenesis

-Glyphosate induces lymphocyte proliferation

-Glyphosate induces free radical formation

-Chelators inhibit free radical scavenging enzymes requiring Zn, Mn or Cu for activity (i.e. SODs)

-Chelators bind zinc, necessary for immune system function

-Glyphosate is genotoxic, a key cancer mechanism

-Chelators inhibit DNA repair enzymes requiring metal cofactors

-Chelators bind Ca, Zn, Mg, etc to make foods deficient for these essential nutrients

-Chelators bind calcium necessary for calcineurin-mediated immune response

-Chelators often damage the kidneys or pancreas, as glyphosate does, a mechanism to tumor formation: Kidney/pancreas damage can lead to clinical chemistry changes to favor tumor growth

-Glyphosate kills bacteria in the gut and the gastrointestinal system is 80% of the immune system

-Chelators suppress the immune system making the body susceptible to tumors

Previously, CARC concluded that glyphosate was a “possible human carcinogen”. The kidney pathology in the animal studies would lead to tumors with other mechanisms listed above. Any one of these mechanisms alone listed can cause tumors, but glyphosate causes all of them simultaneously.
It is essentially certain that glyphosate causes cancer. With all of the evidence listed above, the CARC category should be changed to “probable human carcinogen”. Blood cells arc most exposed to chelators, if any study shows proliferation of lymphocytes, then that is confirmatory that glyphosate is a carcinogen.

Jess, you and I have argued many times on CARC. You often argued about topics outside of your knowledge, which is unethical. Your trivial MS degree from 1971 Nebraska is far outdated, thus CARC science is 10 years behind the literature in mechanisms.

For once in your life, listen to me and don’t play your political conniving games with the science to favor the registrants. For once do the right thing and don’t make decisions based on how it affects your bonus. You and Anna Lowit intimidated staff on CARC and changed MI ARC and IIASPOC final reports to favor industry.

Chelators clearly disrupt calcium signaling, a key signaling pathway in all cellos and mediates tumor progression. Greg Ackerman is supposed to be our expert on mechanisms, but he never mentioned any of these concepts at CARC and when I tried to discuss it with him he put me off. Is Greg playing your political games as well, incompetent or does he have some conflict of interest of some kind? Your Nebraska colleague took industry funding, he clearly has a conflict of interest. Just promise me not to ever let Anna on the CARC committee, her decisions don’t make rational sense. If anyone in OPP is taking bribes, it is her.

I have cancer and I don’t want these serious issues in MED to go unaddressed before I go to my grave. I have done my duty.

Marion Copley March 4, 2013
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Christopher Walken, Christina Ricci in Winnipeg to shoot movie based on Sask. farmer's fight with Monsanto

One of Hollywood's biggest stars is in Winnipeg to take on the role of a small-town Prairie farmer in the new film Percy, which is currently shooting in the city.

Academy Award-winner Christopher Walken plays Percy Schmeiser, a Saskatchewan canola farmer who was sued by American biotech giant Monsanto, in the movie.

Christina Ricci is also in the movie, playing Rebecca Salcau, an activist fighting against genetically modified organisms.

Manitoba-born actor Adam Beach is set to play Percy's neighbour, while Canadian actors Roberta Maxwell and Luke Kirby will take on the roles of Schmeiser's wife and son.

Martin Donovan and Peter Stebbings will also take on supporting roles.

Fight went to Supreme Court

Schmeiser received a letter from Monsanto on Aug. 6, 1998, notifying him he was being sued by Monsanto for patent violation. The company's genetically modified canola, which is resistant to its weedkiller, Roundup, was found growing on his farm.

Schmeiser argued those seeds landed on his land by accident and therefore he owned them because they were on his property.

Since Schmeiser never bought the company's Roundup Ready seeds, Monsanto claimed he knowingly harvested and re-grew their stolen property.

Typically, farmers use seeds from one year's crop for the next year. Roundup Ready must be bought every year.

The case was heard at the Federal Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. In the end, the SCC sided with Monsanto in a five-to-four decision. However, each party had to pay their own legal expenses.

The film recreates Schmeiser's battle.

Filming will also take place in Mumbai, India and surrounding areas.

Percy tells his story in David vs. Goliath
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