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

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

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

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

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

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



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

On-farm applications of Dicamba products must cease immediately

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



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

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

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



APHIS OKs release of GE moths in New York

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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



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

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

Reasons for hope

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

Consider all of this:

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



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

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

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

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



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

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



Bt cotton falling to pest, Maharashtra tensed

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



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

Gout, all modern diseases caused by Glyphosate.

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



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

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

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

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



China Genomics Giant Drops Plans for Gene-Edited Pets

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



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

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

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



Rotten Eggs Jack and Peter DeCoster Headed to Jail—Finally

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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



Is Coconut Oil Healthy? The Controversy Explained

Can you trust the American Heart Association with health information?


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

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

Can you trust the American Heart Association with health information?

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

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

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

Who'dathunkit? Respectfully.
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#1502112 --- 42 minutes 22 seconds ago Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food [Re: MissingArty]
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EU will only extend glyphosate license with national backing

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

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

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



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

Glyphosate and Anencephaly: Death by A Thousand Cuts

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



Campbell Soup Company Buys Organic Pacific Foods for $700 Million

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

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



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

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

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



Ag groups demand end to GM alfalfa approval

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

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

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



States Sue EPA for Failing to Ban Toxic Pesticide

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

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

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



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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

Seneff Reports

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

Dr. Seneff’s Focus on Glyphosate Ubiquity

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

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

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



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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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



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


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



GM Watch

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

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



Trump Administration Approves Exploratory Drilling in Arctic Ocean

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



Stop Dumping Offshore Fracking Waste Into Gulf of Mexico

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



James Cromwell Actor - Activist

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

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



Mac and Cheese Powder Tests Positive for Toxic Phthalates

https://www.nrdc.org/experts/jennifer-sa...ent=socialmedia
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