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#1526866 --- 03/25/19 06:49 PM Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food [Re: MissingArty]
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Vietnam BANS Glyphosate!!! (article below)


Monsanto trial, phase 2

Glyphosategirl (Kelly Ryerson) gives a detailed account of day 2 and touches upon her past health problems which mimic almost exactly what one of my family members has experienced.


Donna Farmer: Surfactants are named for surface acting substances, because they act on the surface of cells. Unlike when you have surfactants in body soap, you have a tough layer of skin to help protect your other cells from that. Your GI system doesn’t have that protective layer. Those surfactants are very disruptive to those really delicate cells that are in the lining of the GI system.

And there we have it. Supportive evidence that the explosion of modern disease is connected to the mega-consumption of Roundup destroying our intestinal linings. I just never anticipated the information to come from the Monsanto labs and mouth of the Monsanto senior toxicologist herself. Does she have any idea the door that she has just opened?


As many will remember, Monsanto Toxicologist Dr. Donna Farmer – AKA the Defender of Glyphosate – had a reasonably strong (for the defense) video deposition in the Johnson trial as so much evidence of Monsanto’s bad behavior was excluded from discussion. Things have changed. Attorney Plaintiff Brent Wisner’s aggressive, dynamic questioning in today’s Farmer deposition video reveals more information than even GG knew. Jurors frantically fill their notebooks with details, and journalists pound away on keyboards because every single word is just that rich and revealing. It’s hard for me to contain my gasps. Oh my goodness, where to even start with this one. OK.

Wisner presents a series of articles and corresponding internal emails, providing ample evidence of the sketchy behavior of Farmer and Dr. William Heydens, Monsanto Regulatory Product Safety Assessment Lead. Bummer for them that email lasts forever, because I’m not sure how Monsanto ever recovers from the details revealed.

Wisner continues, pointing out that Monsanto epidemiologist Acquavella also stated that “it looks like NHL and other lymphopoietic cancers continue to be the main cancer epidemiology issues for both glyphosate and alachlor.”

Farmer responds “That’s what he is saying, but once again, it wasn’t our concern. This is from the epidemiology studies, but not from the studies and the animal data we had. It wasn’t a concern for us.”

Plaintiff Attorney Brent Wisner: When you say the surfactant is disruptive to the GI system, what do you mean? Tell us a little more about what that actually means as far as the animal ingesting surfactant or the formulated product that includes a surfactant.

Donna Farmer: Surfactants are named for surface acting substances, because they act on the surface of cells. Unlike when you have surfactants in body soap, you have a tough layer of skin to help protect your other cells from that. Your GI system doesn’t have that protective layer. Those surfactants are very disruptive to those really delicate cells that are in the lining of the GI system.

And there we have it. Supportive evidence that the explosion of modern disease is connected to the mega-consumption of Roundup destroying our intestinal linings. I just never anticipated the information to come from the Monsanto labs and mouth of the Monsanto senior toxicologist herself. Does she have any idea the door that she has just opened?


As many will remember, Monsanto Toxicologist Dr. Donna Farmer – AKA the Defender of Glyphosate – had a reasonably strong (for the defense) video deposition in the Johnson trial as so much evidence of Monsanto’s bad behavior was excluded from discussion. Things have changed. Attorney Plaintiff Brent Wisner’s aggressive, dynamic questioning in today’s Farmer deposition video reveals more information than even GG knew. Jurors frantically fill their notebooks with details, and journalists pound away on keyboards because every single word is just that rich and revealing. It’s hard for me to contain my gasps.

Oh my goodness, where to even start with this one. OK.

The video depicts Farmer sitting at a table, with attorneys all off screen. It shouldn’t matter, but I’ll tell you anyway – she is dressed sharply, with a crisp button-down shirt, dark blazer, chunky pearl necklace, and long, tamed, and red curly hair falling down around her shoulders. She takes her glasses on and off, pending on whether the question requires reading or not. Her appearance is professional and appropriate in giving a competent first impression.

Farmer explains her role at Monsanto as one of responsibility for getting to know the science behind glyphosate, communicating that science, and working through the regulatory agencies to get glyphosate products approved for sale.

Wisner presents a series of articles and corresponding internal emails, providing ample evidence of the sketchy behavior of Farmer and Dr. William Heydens, Monsanto Regulatory Product Safety Assessment Lead. Bummer for them that email lasts forever, because I’m not sure how Monsanto ever recovers from the details revealed.

DeRoos 2003

In an email exchange between Monsanto ecotoxicologist Katherine Carr, Monsanto epidemiologist Dr. Acquavella, Dr. Farmer and others, Carr calls the DeRoos 2003 paper to attention. The DeRoos study concludes that there is a 2.1x risk ratio of developing NHL with exposure to glyphosate. Clearly sparking concern, Acquavella writes: “strangely, glyphosate looks to be one of the pesticides most associated with NHL in this analysis.” He expresses concern that this study, in addition to Hardell and McDuffie studies that showed an increased risk of NHL with exposure to glyphosate, could add “fuel to the fire.”

Wisner asks: “Would it be fair to say that Hardell, McDuffie and now DeRoos, all showing elevated risks of NHL associated with glyphosate, was creating concern that in fact Roundup might cause NHL?”

Farmer gives a clumsy response: “No, I don’t think it was a concern that Roundup caused NHL. I think there were epidemiology publications out there. From what I understand from John, there were….one had exposure…there were differences in these studies…so it wasn’t a concern for …that Roundup was causing NHL.”

Farmer’s words become choppy and rapid, and clearly she is feeling stressed. I’m not sure why she didn’t answer: OF COURSE we were worried, but felt confident that we still had enough research to support our conclusion.

Wisner continues, pointing out that Monsanto epidemiologist Acquavella also stated that “it looks like NHL and other lymphopoietic cancers continue to be the main cancer epidemiology issues for both glyphosate and alachlor.”

Farmer responds “That’s what he is saying, but once again, it wasn’t our concern. This is from the epidemiology studies, but not from the studies and the animal data we had. It wasn’t a concern for us.”

WHAT? I thought that Monsanto relied mostly on epidemiology to prove the non-carcinogenic profile of glyphosate. Why would she publically dismiss a human study in favor of the animal studies?

Eriksson and Combating Organic

Farmer is shown an email from 2008 between Farmer and Dean Nasser, reporting on the recent Eriksson epidemiological study that found a 2.02 odds ratio of NHL from glyphosate exposure. Nasser sent the group an October 28th article from a GG favorite website, Beyond Pesticides, which highlighted the results of the Eriksson study. Beyond Pesticides recommended people “avoid carcinogenic herbicides in foods by supporting organic agriculture and on lawns by using nontoxic land care strategies that rely on soil health, non-toxic herbicides.” Sounds like a reasonable measure in general, but apparently not if you are in the business of peddling pesticides.

In response, Farmer writes in the group email: “We have been aware of this paper for a while and knew it would only be a matter of time before the activists pick it up…How do we combat this?” She is looking to combat organic and nontoxic agriculture, despite what should be considered an alarming epidemiological study that glyphosate may cause NHL.

The conversation and debate about what constitutes ghostwriting continues. Eventually, Wisner digs into specific examples of Monsanto’s ghostwriting, proving the ghostwriting through internal email correspondence.

Wisner presses an extremely uncomfortable, fast-talking Farmer on the “final editing” point. She claims that he was only talking about correcting any errant page numbers, not about the conclusions of the publication. COME ON.

Wisner continues to pin Farmer down with more incriminating evidence of ghostwriting, including a 2015 email that reveals Heydens discussing using a similar approach to discrediting the IARC classification by “ghostwrite[ing] the exposure tox and genotox sections.” He continues “An option would be to add [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.” Finally, Heydens writes: “Recall, that is how we handled Williams, Kroes, and Munro 2000.”

I look at the jury, and can tell that they more than understood the gist of the remarkably successful corruption that has kept a carcinogen for sale en masse on the shelves of Home Depot. Right next to sweet Easter Bunny displays and rich arrays of colorful flowers.


Jennifer Moore (JM) reads a list of Monsanto’s admissions to the jury. OK, so this list is so bad for Monsanto that I think the Plaintiff could end their arguments now and still win significant damages. She went so quickly that I hope I have the wording correctly. Will eventually update when I can see the transcript.

JM: Admit that Monsanto has never studied the association between glyphosate formulations and NHL.

Monsanto: Admitted

JM: Admit that Monsanto has not conducted a long-term animal carcinogenicity study since 1991.

Monsanto: Monsanto admits that it has not identified any 12 month or longer toxicity studies that it has conducted since 1991.

JM: Admit that Monsanto is not precluded by any law, regulation or ordinance from conducting a long-term animal carcinogenicity study on glyphosate formulation.

Monsanto: Admitted

JM: Admit that Monsanto has never conducted a long-term animal carcinogenicity study on any surfactant used in a glyphosate formulated product.

Monsanto: Monsanto admits that it has never conducted a 12 month or longer term animal carcinogenicity study on any surfactants used in glyphosate based products. To the extent a long-term carcinogenicity study is intended to apply to rodents of 4 weeks of age, Monsanto denies the request.



Seneff: “Hooray for Vietnam! They're banning glyphosate! They already banned Paraquat in 2017. Vietnam is going to become a safe haven for those trying to stay healthy! Might this be a tipping point for glyphosate?”

Vietnam Bans Import of Glyphosate Herbicides after US Cancer Trial Verdict

Vietnam has announced that it has banned the import of all glyphosate-based herbicides with immediate effect following the latest cancer trial verdict from San Francisco, in a move which has shaken Bayer’s Asian market for its top-selling product.

In 2017 the Vietnamese government also officially announced a ban on Syngenta’s paraquat, a highly hazardous pesticide (HHP) and Dow Chemicals’ 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D), an organic compound found in Agent Orange, which was heavily used during the Vietnam War.

March 24 - How Glyphosate Destroys human health - with Dr Stephanie Seneff of MIT

Stephanie Seneff gives a clear and comprehensive presentation of the facts about glyphosate. It is not safe in terms of its overall impact on human health and wellbeing.

What is glyphosate?
How does it kill things?
Why is it harmful to Humans?
Is it really in all food?
How can we destroy it?
How can we detoxify from contamination?

These are some of the questions addressed in this show as well as practical ways in which we can minimise our exposure to this substance.

USDA Has Given Non-Regulated Status to More than 20 Gene-Edited Crops – New Report

The plant species listed include pennycress, green foxtail, potatoes, camelina, alfalfa, maize (corn), rice, soybeans, tobacco, tomatoes and wheat and one mushroom. The exact intended traits of the plants cannot always be precisely determined. In many of the registered documents no information is provided because the precise description of the targeted genes is categorized as confidential business information (CBI). It is also sometimes difficult to find information on the progress of developments – it does however appear that applications are filed at early stage. Generally, it has to be assumed that by no means will all of the plants registered come on to the market. On the other hand, some companies have announced to investors that some specific plants will be on the market very soon.

California Jury Finds Roundup Weedkiller to be ‘Substantial Factor’ in Causing Man’s Cancer

The case will now proceed to the second trial phase to determine damages and whether Monsanto failed to warn Hardeman about the product’s alleged cancer risks. The parties will present opening arguments in the next phase of the trial on Wednesday.

New Study Shows Major Molecular Differences between GMO and Non-GMO Corn - 2016

Overall, the findings of this study disprove industry and regulatory agency claims that NK603 is ‘substantially equivalent’ to its non-GMO counterpart and suggest that a more thorough evaluation of the safety of consuming products derived from this GMO corn on a long term basis should be undertaken.

Seneff: “Fascinating story of attempts to use CRISPR to make sure all the offspring turn out "male." Crazy science!”
Arty turns 10 this summer.

#1527066 --- 03/28/19 11:33 AM Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food [Re: MissingArty]
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RFK, Jr.: “Breaking news! Monsanto ordered to pay $81 million in Roundup cancer trial”

Monsanto ordered to pay $80 mn in Roundup cancer trial

A San Francisco jury Wednesday found the firm, which is owned by Bayer, had been "negligent by not using reasonable care" to warn of the risks of its product, ordering it to pay Edwin Hardeman $75 million in punitive damages, a little over $5 million in compensation and $200,000 for medical expenses.

It was the second stinging legal verdict for Monsanto in recent months after it lost a case to a California school groundskeeper suffering from terminal non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and was ordered to pay out tens of millions of dollars.

The jury also found that Roundup's design was defective and that the product lacked sufficient warnings of potential risk.

Zen Honeycutt weighs in on the Hardeman trial.


Six years ago, in July of 2013, when I learned about the fact that glyphosate was not only sprayed on GMOs, but on many grains and food crops as a drying agent, I knew we must not only raise awareness about the risks of GMOs, but glyphosate as well. I was told not to go after Roundup. That is was "too big." That it was the most widely used herbicide in the world and we would never stop the chemical companies. Many saw me and our mom's group as irrational and perhaps even naive. But we were determined and we initiated glyphosate testing in water, urine, and our breast milk. The results were shocking and the public realized that their families were being contaminated by this dangerous weedkiller. Many other groups began to test for glyphosate in foods, beer, snacks, sanitary products (all positive) and eventually the media picked up the results. New scientific studies were conducted and lawyers began to take interest.

Today for the second time over the past eight months a jury has unanimously found Monsanto guilty of hiding the fact that they knew their glyphosate-based herbicide product, Roundup, could cause cancer. This time, the plaintiff, Edwin Hardeman, in a federal trial, was awarded $80 million dollars. $5 million was in compensatory and $75 million in punitive damages. In the first trial, Johnson v. Monsanto the jury awarded the plaintiff $289 million dollars and the judge reduces the award to $79 million. At this rate, with thousands of other cases filed against Monsanto, Bayer may be facing payments of $880 billion dollars. Bayer purchased Monsanto for $63 billion just last year.

There are more than 760 other federal cases against Monsanto pending in the same court before U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria and 11,200 across the United States.

The results of this trial are a huge win, not only for the plaintiff and their family, but for mothers, fathers, and the public everywhere, who have been struggling to protect their families from Monsanto's chemicals. It is a win against resignation and doubt. An example of what can happen when people stand up for their health and face the largest corporations in the world, and say, "No more."

Zen Honeycutt, Moms Across America

Seneff: “Glyphosate Girl has put together another informative and entertaining blog post on the closing arguments in the ongoing second trial for glyphosate & non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Well done!”

PHASE 2, DAY 4 – THE FINAL ACT by Glyphosate Girl

“Just think about all they knew, yet they still conducted a pattern and practice of deceit. When targeting the amount, in view of Monsanto’s final position, what amount is necessary to punish Monsanto and discourage future wrongful conduct? All I can tell you is that this company, after all this time, still comes to this courtroom and says there is no evidence across the board. They didn’t take it off the shelf or tell anyone it causes cancer. They just kept selling it.”

“Nothing else – IARC, studies – NOTHING has stopped this company because the only thing that they care about is profit.”

She continues, missing absolutely no beat.

“It’s your power and job to say NO MORE. It stops today, the lying, ghostwriting, manipulation. Test your product, put a warning on it. Send that message loud and clear.”

Monsanto exec reveals $17 million budget for anti-IARC, pro-glyphosate efforts

That detail and others about the internal workings of Monsanto public relations operations have come to light in a Jan. 22 video-taped deposition of Monsanto executive Sam Murphey. Murphey’s job at Monsanto included directing global media relations and “advocacy efforts in support of major litigation, policy matters, and reputational threats” involving the company’s glyphosate-based herbicide business. And one of the biggest threats came from those cancer scientists. Murphey now works for Bayer after the German company purchased Monsanto last summer.

U.S. District judge Vince Chhabria did not allow Murphey’s disclosure of the anti-IARC budget to be introduced into evidence in the Hardeman V. Monsanto trial, which went to the jury for deliberation on Tuesday. Jurors in that San Francisco case already determined that Monsanto’s glyphosate-based Roundup caused Hardeman’s non-Hodgkin lymphoma, but now are weighing damages.

He was asked about a host of actions undertaken to minimize or discredit IARC’s work that were laid out in that and other internal Monsanto communications. Several pages of the deposition are completely redacted, per court order, so it is not possible to see all of what was said by Murphey in his deposition. But here are a few examples of what was discussed:

* Amplifying pro-glyphosate/Roundup messaging through “third-party channels.” One example of using an outside party to parrot Monsanto talking points was an article that appeared on the Forbes contributor platform that appeared to be written by Henry Miller, who at the time was a fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Internal Monsanto documents show the piece criticizing IARC was actually drafted by Monsanto and sent to Miller with a request for him to publish the materials.

* Other Op-Ed maneuvers. Just prior to the IARC classification, Monsanto executive Dan Goldstein discussed five “potential draft Op Eds he said he had written for “medical toxicologists to work from” that included “paragraphs on criticism of IARC.” Goldstein was emailing the draft opinion articles out to doctors and scientists with the hope that they would adopt the drafts as their own and have them published, the records show. Monsanto was available to “coordinate Op Ed versions” as needed, Murphey said in his deposition.

* “Let Nothing Go” strategy. According to Murphey, the initiative involved “carefully monitoring media coverage” with a focus on the European Union…

Convincing a Reuters reporter to write a story undermining the validity of the IARC classification was another example of Murphey’s work....

Portland’s ban on synthetic pesticides goes into effect

Adopted just over a year ago, Portland’s pesticide ordinance bans synthetic pesticides use on lawns, gardens, landscaped areas, patios, sidewalks, driveways, parks and playing fields. Only organic treatments can be used to beat back weeds and insects such as grubs.

“It’s very exciting that Portland has become a leader in the worldwide movement to minimize synthetic pesticides and adopt organic land care techniques,” said Avery Kamila, a co-founder of Portland Protectors, which advocated for the ban. “The challenge now becomes educating property owners, lawn care companies and retailers about organic land care.”

Eating Out: A Date With Glyphosate

Tests show glyphosate is prevalent in restaurant food

Foods from Chili’s Grill & Bar, Domino’s Pizza, Dunkin’ Donuts, IHOP, Le Pain Quotidien, McDonald’s, Olive Garden, Outback Steakhouse, Panera Bread, Papa John’s, Pizza Hut, Pret a Manger, Subway, Taco Bell, and Whole Foods Market were tested.

Pesticide-Free Towns Campaign gains momentum

The Pesticide-Free Towns movement is gathering pace across the UK as public concern about the use of glyphosate and other pesticides in our parks, playgrounds and streets continues to grow.

Not long after the recent news from the London Borough of Croydon, which has ended the use of pesticides in all its public parks and green spaces, we have news from three major UK cities that are switching to pesticide-free: Bristol, Derry and Trafford, joining the ranks of Hammersmith & Fulham, Lewes, Wadebridge, Glastonbury and others.

Can there be a lawsuit against Monsanto Bayer for the glyphosate found in vaccines, since we can’t sue pharma?

Pesticides Tied to Autism Risk in Kids

While the researchers stressed that it's premature to say that pesticide exposure actually causes autism, they pointed out that theirs is not the first investigation to sound alarm bells on the dangers that pesticides might pose to brain development.

Will More GMO Foods Be Approved Under FDA’s New Leadership?

As a professor who studies FDA and health law at Saint Louis University, I have been working with the Center for Health Law Studies to monitor changes in FDA regulations and policies. Most recently I've been tracking progress on the FDA's regulation of genetically modified food and think I can explain what consumers can expect from the agency after Gottlieb departs.

As with plants, the FDA considers genetically engineered animals safe for human consumption. The agency reviews these types of products as new animal drug applications.

Consumers should therefore count on increasing numbers of genetically modified plants and animals entering our food supply. Absent a change in scientific consensus, FDA will smooth the pathway for companies to bring these products to market.


...Shoppers can’t yet buy the oil, a product of soybean plants that have been edited to produce fewer saturated fats and zero trans fats, but Calyxt’s CEO Jim Blome says people are already eating it. The company’s first client—a restaurant with multiple locations in the Midwest—has begun using the oil to fry, make sauces, and dress salads, as the Associated Press reported last week…

Gene-silencing GMO dsRNA insecticides can be taken up by soil microbes

Lead author of the new study, Kimberly Parker, assistant professor of energy, environmental and chemical engineering at the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St Louis, commented, "Now that we have identified the major processes controlling pesticide degradation in soils, we will next investigate in detail the variables that control these processes to enable accurate ecological risk assessment of double-strand RNA pesticides. This will allow us to understand whether or not these new pesticides pose a risk to ecosystems."

Phase 2, Day 1 – Happy Silent Spring break

Dicamba Tug of War

EPA May Limit State Restrictions on Pesticide Use, Such as Dicamba

"EPA is under duress because they have twin legal threats: Registrants who claim they have fulfilled all the obligations under the law to market these new formulations and environmental groups that desire to halt the use," he said. "The latter have and are suing EPA, the former are likely to act if they feel they are not being treated fairly under the law."

AAPCO will soon issue a letter to EPA detailing state regulator concerns, and is working to clarify when and if the agency will conduct an official public comment period on any proposed changes, Kachadoorian said.

For now, all 2019 state 24(c) restrictions for dicamba still stand. But 2020 could be different, Thostenson noted.

"EPA is putting everyone on notice for 2020," he said. "I suspect this will be a very messy process moving forward."

A no brainer. Gmo foods, Glyphosate and vaccines.

Arty turns 10 this summer.

#1527171 --- 03/30/19 04:24 PM Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food [Re: MissingArty]
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Los Angeles County Bans Use of Roundup Weed Killer

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors this week ordered a moratorium on Monstano’s Roundup weed killer, citing a need for more research into its health effects.

More than 50 cities and counties have banned the chemical, according to the nonprofit, nonpartisan Environmental Working Group, which has long spoken out against the use of glyphosate.

"Kicking Bayer-Monsanto and its cancer-causing weedkiller off LA County property was absolutely the right call," Environmental Working Group President Ken Cook said in a statement. "We know glyphosate causes cancer in people and shouldn't be sprayed anywhere – period.

RFK, Jr.: “MONSANTO TRIAL #3 - Plaintiff, Alva Pilliod, flanked by his Attorneys Mike Miller, Michael Baum, myself & Brent Wisner, outside California Superior Court in Oakland for the 1st day of the “Monsanto 3” trial. Brent delivered a riveting opening statement chronicling Monsanto’s 40 years of deception & chicanery in its campaign to conceal Roundups cancer risks.”

Bayer shares sag after U.S. jury verdict in Roundup cancer trial

Its shares were down 1.3 percent at 55.59 euros at 1023 GMT. That added to last week’s 9.6 percent plunge after the jury concluded part-way into the trial that there was a causal link between the weedkiller and Hardeman’s disease.

Vietnam points to US court verdict, demands Agent Orange compensation from Monsanto

"As a nation that had suffered the heavy consequences of war, including Agent Orange, Vietnam demands that the companies that had provided the U.S. military with defoliants during the war must have the responsibility to help and assist in overcoming the damage caused by Agent Orange to Vietnam's people and environment," Hang said.


Chhabria announces that he is going to read the verdict.

1) Did Mr. Hardeman prove by a preponderance of the evidence his claim that Roundup’s design was defective? YES

2) Did Hardeman prove by a preponderance of the evidence his claim that Roundup lacked sufficient warnings of the risk of NHL? YES

3) Did Mr. Hardeman prove by a preponderance of the evidence his claim that Monsanto was negligent by not using reasonable care to warn about Roundup’s NHL risk? YES

4) What are Mr. Hardeman’s compensatory damages?

(Pic, over $5 million dollars)

5) Did Mr. Hardeman prove by clear and convincing evidence that he is entitled to punitive damages? YES

6) If you answered “yes” to the previous question, what amount do you award Mr. Hardeman in punitive damages?

(Pic, $75 million dollars)

Mary Hardeman chokes up with emotion, and Hardeman lovingly puts his arm around her. They sit between attorneys Wagstaff and Moore, who now all huddle a bit with relief, emotion, and joy.

Chhabria polls the jury, and the verdict is unanimous.

Chhabria tells the still expressionless jury that they have now completed their service. He lifts the restrictions on reading about the trial in the media, and instructs them to let the court know if anybody is harassing them post-trial. This comment is most likely in response to Monsanto’s aggressive attempts to contact the Johnson jury post-trial.

Chhabria tells the attorneys that he would like to schedule a conference call to discuss case management steps on cases going forward. At some point, individual trials that repeatedly award the Plaintiff will be unsustainable.

Court is adjourned. The Hardemans, attorneys, and GG in the galley are tearfully elated!! There is laugher in this courtroom, the kind that celebrates the final acknowledgment of the truth, against seemingly all odds.

Bayer attorneys don’t look surprised in the least, and in fact have pleasant expressions. I mean, given the crappy evidence they were given to argue their case, they still did an excellent job on behalf of their client. I wonder when Bayer will realize that there is not going to be a legal team that is strong enough to argue that Monsanto hasn’t lied, deceived, and killed the public.

Strawberries, Spinach Top 'Dirty Dozen' List of Pesticide-Contaminated Produce

Which conventionally-grown fruits and vegetables in the U.S. are most contaminated with pesticides? That's the question that the Environmental Working Group answers every year with its "Dirty Dozen" list of produce with the highest concentration of pesticides after being washed or peeled.

The Disturbing Increase in Colorectal Cancer in Young Adults

According to the American Cancer Society, it takes anywhere from 10 to 15 years for an abnormal cell in the lining of the colon to develop into cancer. This means that the first abnormal cell growth that resulted in cancer occurred during childhood. Therefore, it is essential that we look at potential culprits and exposures occurring in childhood.

There are two possible contributors that temporally coincide not only with the spike in young adult colorectal cancers but also with the horrifying increase in childhood cancers. The first is the vaccine schedule’s inclusion of more viral vaccines since the late 1980s, and the known fact that viral vaccines are prone to various forms of contamination. Second, over the same time period, young people’s exposure to glyphosate has exploded, wreaking havoc with their gut bacteria—and intestinal imbalances have a well-documented association with colorectal cancer. In this article, I discuss the vaccine contamination issue; in Part II, I will consider glyphosate and the colorectal cancer crisis.


What is GMO?

Genetic Roulette The Gamble of Our Lives

Secret Ingredients

The secret ingredients in our food may be a lead driver of our obesity, infertility, cancer, digestive problems, autism, brain fog, skin conditions, gluten sensitivity, allergies, fatigue, anxiety, and many other conditions. Meet more than a dozen people whose turned around serious health conditions after adopting a diet that avoids genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and food sprayed with toxic herbicides like Roundup. Learn from leading physicians who say that these are not coincidences. They see illness and recovery like this every day in their practice. And listen to the scientists who explain why.

Moms Across America - Communities Rising

Across the country, citizens are taking action to protect their families from GMOs and toxic chemicals. Watch and share this moving and inspiring story.

Pollinator-Friendly Plants for Northeast United States
Arty turns 10 this summer.

#1527172 --- 03/30/19 04:31 PM Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food [Re: MissingArty]
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The Vaccine Safety Project Trailer - CHD - RFK, Jr., 8 minutes: “Hi I'm Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and I'm the Chairman of Children's Health Defense and I made this video primer because in a dozen states across America today state legislatures and governors are considering passing vaccine mandates and the facts in this video are facts that every political leader who is trying to decide whether to vote for or against those mandates ought to understand.”


The sheep study pharma doesn’t want you to know about…

RFK, Jr.: "[Even the editors of the leading medical and scientific journals admit that Pharmaceutical companies have taken control of the medical publication industry so completely that most peer reviewed articles about pharmaceutical products are the product of manipulation and fraud. In 2003, Dr Richard Horton, the editor-in-Chief of The Lancet, the world’s most prestigious medical journal, acknowledged that peer reviewed journals have "devolved into information laundering operations for the pharmaceutical industry.“ Science, he added, "has taken a turn toward darkness.“ The BMJ (British Medical Journal) editor Dr Peter Doshi concurred, adding that data cited in many articles, "is insufficient to the point of being misleading.“

Former New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) editor, Marcia Angel observed that “It is no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published or to rely on the judgement of trusted physicians...I take no pleasure in this conclusion which I reached reluctantly over my two decades as editor of the New England Journal of Medicine.“ Medical journals are today utterly dependent on pharmaceutical industry advertising which can account for up to 99% of revenues. Journal editors routinely accept kickbacks from Pharma. This power has given Pharma the capacity to plant fraudulent studies about vaccine safety and to kill or force retraction of peer reviewed studies that raise questions about vaccine safety and efficacy. The latest casualty in Pharma’s war against truth is an alarming 2019 study showing grotesque behavioral abnormalities in sheep injected with aluminum adjuvants similar to those found in Merck's Gardasil and Hepatitis B vaccines. Please read the accompanying article:]"

Anatomy of a science study censorship

Elsevier’s “withdrawal” of a small veterinary study breaks all the rules of scientific publishing. The biggest name in scientific literature has produced fake medical journals for Merck’s advertisers before, so yanking a study that doesn’t pass the vaccine industry’s sniff test would be nothing. Celeste McGovern looks at a case study of how Pharma is killing science.

It’s not often that veterinary research is so controversial that it falls into the jaws of censorship zealots. That is exactly what happened recently, however, when editors at a science journal suddenly turned on a small Spanish sheep study which they had already peer-reviewed and published and stamped it: “WITHDRAWN” — the equivalent of a scarlet letter “A” in the science publishing world. This was not about shoddy science or ethical breaches; an editor tried to soothe the outraged veterinary professor at the head of the research. But the focus was “delicate” and “controversial” and someone — some anonymous letter-writer – had wanted the study removed, and the journal acquiesced.

“Dear Dr. Luján,

“I wanted to step in here to say that your manuscript is not being retracted – which implies wrongdoing and could damage your professional reputation,” Anne-Marie Pordon, publisher of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences titles for Elsevier journals interjected in a heated e-mail exchange between the lead researcher and various editors. “We are withdrawing the paper, which does not imply misconduct in any way. There will be simply a statement that says “This paper has been withdrawn at the request of the _____” (Authors or Editors in the blank.)” Pick your poison. You remove it, or we remove it.

Luján’s team published a paper in 2013 describing the mystery illness that they now called “Ovine ASIA” and the post mortem findings of 64 affected sheep from the Zaragoza region of Spain. The wasted corpses of the animals had markedly thickened nerves that were easily visible, protruding on their abdomens and backs and down their legs. Dissection revealed that they had meningoencephalitis-like disease, their brains were inflamed and there was evidence of “severe neuron necrosis.” Special techniques revealed aluminum in their nerve tissue.

More crucially, the researchers were able to induce the disease in a small number of sheep by giving them repeated aluminum-containing vaccinations. These vaccinated sheep lost on average 8.5% of their body fat compared to controls, they showed nervous behaviour changes – depressed, lethargic behaviour alternating with skittishness – they had light fluid around their hearts, and aluminum was detected in their nervous tissue at the late study stage. The veterinarians concluded: “A huge research effort is needed in this field to help understand this process, something that will be of great benefit for both human and animals.”

A study like should have sent shock waves through public health agencies worldwide and triggered a storm of research on the aluminum additive given in ever-increasing doses in animal — and childhood — vaccines. A year later, however, Luján was presenting the findings to researchers at the 2014 Autoimmune Congress in Nice, France. “We are supposed to balance the benefits of vaccines against the adverse events,” he concluded in a somewhat frustrated tone of urgency. “What is sold is [the message] that vaccines have only beneficial effects, and the rest is forgotten or ignored, or nobody wants to hear about it.” He had no idea how prescient those words were.

One study, published in Veterinary Pathology, describes how 84 lambs were divided into three treatment groups of 28 animals each: the first got 19 aluminum-containing vaccines injections over 15 months, the second, got shots of the aluminum adjuvant ingredient alone, and the third, a control group, received saline. Post mortem studies revealed that all of the vaccinated sheep and 92.3% of the lambs who got adjuvant-only injections, but none of the control animals, developed “granulomas” – cyst-like nodules of white blood cells loaded with the neurotoxic metal aluminum. These granulomas were at the injection site and in nearby lymph nodes – evidence that aluminum used in vaccines is not inert or excreted rapidly from the body as public health officials have maintained since they began using it in vaccines in the 1920s. It is swallowed up by macrophages and transported to lymph nodes. Other studies have shown that from the lymph nodes, aluminum slowly translocates to distant sites around the body and accumulates in the brain. The vaccinated sheep had more of these granulomas than the aluminum-only group.

It was this study that some “concerned reader” with apparent connections to Elsevier – wanted out of the journal. In all his correspondences, Pharmacological Research’s editor-in-chief Clementi refused to identify who wrote it. This is bizarre departure from publishing protocol. The most obvious reason someone would want anonymity is to hide a conflict of interest. If they are a lackey of the aluminum-adjuvanted vaccine industry, for example, their letter would be on par with a letter from the tobacco industry criticizing research on smoking and cancer. Rubbish.

At one point, Luján inquired if the writer wasn’t David Hawkes himself, the small-fry virologist from Australia whose paper was cited by Biganzoli. Hawkes is a self-described “passionate advocate of vaccination”; he administrates an Australian group whose mission is to “relegate anti-vaccination campaigners to irrelevance.” He also works for a company whose stated mission is to promote and expand uptake of the HPV vaccine in Australia. The HPV vaccine has the highest load of aluminum adjuvants of any vaccine on the market. VCS, whose research is financed by Merck, would hardly want word getting out on aluminum vaccines creating granulomas and weird behaviour in sheep just when their government-supported product to test HPV vaccinated women is taking off.

Ironically, on this Elsevier paper, Hawkes didn’t disclose his own conflicts of interest as a vaccine advocacy group administrator or as an employee of a company that promotes an aluminum-loaded vaccine – an ethical breach in scientific publishing if ever there was one.

There appears to be a problem admitting there is a problem, however. Luján’s research documents the dangers to animals of a toxin that is given in increasing quantities to children. Neurotoxic aluminum is used in numerous human vaccines – against HPV, hepatitis, pneumococcal disease, meningitis and many more in the pike. The trials of these vaccines use aluminum adjuvant or other vaccines containing aluminum as ‘placebos’, rendering them useless for detecting a problem. Vaccinated versus unvaccinated studies are not done. Aluminum vaccines have never been tested for their combined effects in children. Long-term studies are scant – and they are published by scientists who work for the vaccine industry in the journals we know have had a financial relationship with the vaccine industry. A big problem in sheep should signal, at the very least, concern about a potential problem in humans.

“There are dogmas,” Luján says. The biggest dogma in the 21st century is that vaccines are totally safe. That nothing can go wrong, ever. “That’s why we are being targeted. They want to send a message: don’t get into this business. Work on something else. They just want the thing to disappear.”

If only it were so easy.

German News About HPV Vaccine Injuries & Lack of Transparency of Side Effects

What even doctors don’t know is that in internal EMA documents which Westpol obtained, experts doubted the safety of the vaccine as far back as 2013.

The document reads, “Researchers were divided over whether or not the diagnosis of POTS was triggered by the vaccine. (…) it required investigation.”

The agency did not find the need to inform doctors or the public. To the contrary. Independent researchers are outraged that the concerns are no longer part of the official EMA report on the vaccine.

A few days ago, the Forschernetzwerk Cochrane wrote a blistering letter which reads in part, “The official EMA-Report is deceptive. It tries to convey the impression that concerns over the safety of the vaccine are groundless.”

Nina Katzemich from the organization Lobbycontrol has been watching the EMA for a while. She tells us that the pharma industry finances the EMA up to 85%. The controlee pays the controller.

Not Medically Accepted

When Ms. Clobes followed up with the Medical Examiner’s Office in subsequent weeks to confirm that necessary tests were being performed to definitively confirm or rule out vaccine injury, including tests to measure critical proteins, enzymes, serum levels of adjuvants, and markers for inflammation, she was told that “it’s not medically necessary, there is no medical reasoning, and it’s not medically approved.” She was informed that vaccines are not a “medically accepted” cause of death and SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, defined as the unexplained death of an otherwise healthy infant) would appear on Evee’s autopsy report as the determined cause of death.

A letter to Pediatricians from James C. Meehan, Jr. MD

“To all the pediatricians still trolling my page, now that I’ve got your attention, listen closely. Heed my words.

You should be FIGHTING LIKE HELL for the safety of our children from even the most remote possibility that vaccines aren’t as safe as they could be or aren’t as safe as we are being told. Instead of fighting for truth and safety, you’re fighting like rats for your piece of cheese.

I have ZERO RESPECT for vaccine profiteers that are so financially biased, confirmation biased, indoctrinated, and willfully ignorant of the evidence that clearly shows vaccines cause injury, disease and REGRESSIVE AUTISM, that they aggressively lobby lawmakers to make vaccines mandatory, and deny parents the essential knowledge about the risks of toxic ingredients injected into their babies.

Bought by big pharma, the caretakers of children’s health have become the perpetrators of harm rather than the protectors. They profit as our precious, perfect children are harmed and killed by vaccines filled with cheap preservatives, neurotoxic adjuvants, and human cellular material derived from aborted fetal cell lines. They are complicit accomplices in the murder-by-vaccine crimes that have made American infants THE MOST VACCINATED and THE MOST LIKELY TO DIE in the first year of life.

America’s infant mortality rate, the highest rate in ALL developed nations, is a national tragedy. The epidemic of autism, autoimmune diseases, asthma, allergies, ADHD, and pediatric cancers is far worse. The evidence is everywhere. Unbelievably, the epidemic of autism is rising exponentially. Today, ONE in 48 children in America suffer autism. At the present rate of increase, by 2032 ONE in TWO children AND 80% OF BOYS could be autistic.

We can’t afford to sacrifice our children and the future of our nation to the ignorance and greed of pediatricians and their big pharmaceutical vaccine manufacturer masters demanding parents submit our children to an intolerably dangerous, untested, and unnecessary vaccine schedule of 72+ injections…and rising. There are over 200 vaccines in the pipeline.

Every pediatrician, family practitioner, or vaccine profiteer that isn’t rising up against the corruption of the science of vaccines perpetrated by the CDC is betraying their oath to “first, do no harm.” They are on the wrong side of history. Too many have given up objectivity and reason and have simply become sales representatives for the vaccine manufacturers that have so easily bought and conditioned them to believe their lies. The blood of every vaccine injured or killed child is on the hands of every pediatrician that parroted lies like “vaccines do not cause autism” and “the science is settled.” The science isn’t settled, it’s corrupt.

The vaccine industry will soon face the backlash as doctors, scientists, and parents across America become aware of your crimes, rise up to oppose your lies, and hold you accountable for the vaccine injury holocaust you’ve caused. The fraudulent deceit is coming to and end. We won’t allow it to continue. For me, uncovering the many layers of fraud and corruption that have allowed vaccines to harm so many children, is analogous to walking into an exam room in which a child is being abused by a doctor. I’m not about to look the other way and allow the abuse to continue. I would call the police, however, in my analogy the police are the CDC, and they are participating and enabling the abuse. Regardless, I won’t ignore the abuse and allow it to continue. I’m going to stop the abusers from harming the child, and I won’t be gentle about it. That’s how I see the travesty of the corruption of vaccines that is harming the children of America today. It’s obvious and I’m angry about my how so many of medical colleagues refuse to open the door, expose the abuse, and stop it.

In closing, I beseech my colleagues to open your eyes, minds, and the evidence that for too long you’ve negligently denied. Confront the reality that you’ve been duped, controlled, and indoctrinated. Free yourselves from the indoctrination. Stand with me. Demand scientific transparency, integrity, and reform of the vaccine industry. Join me in this fight to protect children and get yourselves on the right side of history. Together we must STOP the abuse.” Jim Meehan, MD

To the Mother of Immunocompromised Child Demanding Parents Vaccinate Their Children to Protect Hers

I'm so sorry that your child is immunocompromised. I can only imagine how hard that must be. I pray for healing and a miraculous recovery for your child.

What I will not do is sacrifice my children’s health or life for yours. When you understand vaccines better you will understand why your expectations or ill informed.

I am well educated on the science, deficiencies, and risks associated with vaccines. I am afraid you have been terribly mislead about the benefits of vaccinating others to protect your immunocompromised child. It is critically important that you understand that immunocompromised children are IN FAR MORE danger from VACCINATED children, especially those recently vaccinated by one of the live virus vaccines, such as chicken-pox, measles, mumps, and rubella.

Unvaccinated children cannot spread a disease they do not have.

Vaccinated children, on the other hand, can and do spread the disease for which they were recently vaccinated. Live virus vaccines, like chicken-pox, shingles, measles, mumps, and rubella, shed and can cause infection in even vaccinated children. We are now finding that this occurs far more commonly than we believed possible.

Furthermore, the recently vaccinated are more susceptible to becoming infected, and thus transmitting to others, other environmental pathogens (for which there is no vaccine) they may encounter in the weeks after vaccination.

I believe the parents of immunocompromised children need to be better educated and less indoctrinated. Vaccinating the public does almost nothing to protect your child. When vaccines aren't putting your child at risk from live virus shedding, they also simply aren't working well enough or long enough to offer any protection to the herd. Vaccine induced herd immunity is a myth. Vaccines have not, can not, and will never create herd immunity. Vaccine lack two key principles that prevent them from providing herd immunity: effectiveness and duration. Natural infection can provide herd immunity because it creates effective and long lasting immune response that vaccines cannot.

If you rely on vaccinating the herd to protect your immunocompromised child, you simply don't understand the problems, failures, and misinformation surrounding vaccines today.

The best way to protect an immunocompromised child is to keep them out of the public spaces and away from potential pathogens and those that carry them. Vaccines aside, you must understand that there are thousands of environmental pathogens that could infect and kill your child. If you want to protect your child from the far more numerous diseases for which there is no vaccine, then keep your child home or in an equally safe environment. To pretend that vaccinations and herd immunity will allow an immunocompromised child to attend public schools and playgrounds is a very ineffective and dangerous fantasy. Stop allowing the vaccine industry to mislead and use your misunderstandings to promote their agenda.

Finally, please reconsider the logic and reasonability of expecting or demanding that other parents risk their children's death or injury from vaccines, to protect your immunocompromised child. In other words, you should not expect parents to "set their child on fire, just to keep yours warm."

We will help where we can, but any reasonable parent will draw the line at sacrificing their child’s health for yours. Your child’s health and safety is your responsibility. You will best fulfill that responsibility by educating yourself beyond the misinformation fed to you by the vaccine industry and its stakeholders. For the most part, they are simply lying. Jim Meehan, M.D.

Another doctor…

(This doctor goes through the package insert for a H1N1 flu vaccine.)

Know the Cause - Doug Kaufmann - Medical Doctor Retracts H1N1 Vaccine Advice After Reading Insert! - 2009

Dr. Roby Mitchell, M.D. ( issues a retraction to nurses he originally advised to get the H1N1 flu vaccination. After reading the insert of the vaccine, he retracted his advice. This video exposes what is actually IN the vaccine our government is so eager to inject into our population. For more information, please visit the following websites below:

“People are being used as human guinea pigs.”

At 4:20, pregnant women and fetal harm, they don’t know if it causes harm!!!
At 6:49, pediatric subjects under age of 4 “have not been established...contains thimerosol...contains 25 micrograms of we’re telling pregnant women stay away from fish...why, because it has mercury...and when you expose people to mercury, they get problems...Bottom line it says this stuff doesn’t work…”

Vaccines - Dr. Roby Mitchell & Doug Kaufmann on Know The Cause - 2014

Dr. Roby starts at 22:00.

Dr. Meryl Nass Testimony Before the Education Committee, Maine - March 13, 2019

Senator Millett, Representative Kornfield, and members of the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee:

My name is Dr. Meryl Nass. I am here today to oppose LD798 and support LD987.

I am a physician in Ellsworth, Maine.
I graduated from MIT and the University of Mississippi School of Medicine.
In 2010, I was the chair of a commission established by you, the legislature, “to protect the lives and health of members of the Maine National Guard.”
I have testified to 6 Congressional committees, primarily on anthrax vaccine and Gulf War Syndrome, and the permanent injuries suffered by service-members who received military vaccines of questionable quality.
There is no crisis of infectious diseases caused by lack of vaccinations, here in Maine or in the rest of the United States.
The rates of vaccine preventable diseases are approximately the same as always. I have attached the official statistics, so please check me on this!
According to the CDC, effective vaccine exemption rates in Maine are not higher than they have been, and they are consistently better than the US average
The truth, not widely known, is that immunocompromised children are not catching diseases from their unvaccinated classmates, and they are not dying. Look at the numbers.

The diseases that persist and have been in the news remain a challenge, simply because the vaccines have a high failure rate–not because of the unvaccinated.

Pertussis is a problem, because the vaccine works poorly.

66% of Maine cases were fully vaccinated, 83% partially.
The TDaP pertussis vaccine is estimated 67% effective the first year after inoculation, but only 9% effective 4 years later. [1]
Almost all of us are susceptible to pertussis despite vaccination. I have had pertussis twice. I am fully vaccinated.
Given the failure rate of the pertussis vaccine, no herd immunity is possible. The bacteria regularly circulate in the community, as they would even with a 100% vaccination rate.
Pertussis is not a major problem for the immunocompromised, who are in fact regularly exposed.
Similarly, Varicella (the virus that causes chickenpox and shingles) cannot be eradicated even with a 100% vaccination rate.

A full 70% of Maine children who got chickenpox in 2017 had been vaccinated.
Adults with shingles spread the virus; a disease-free environment cannot be attained.
Fortunately, children do not die from varicella, even highly immunocompromised children, for whom several treatments are available. There is approximately one child death per year, in the entire US, from Varicella.
By contrast, influenza–the “flu”–kills about 120 children per year in the US, but again, the problem is that the flu vaccine is weak, and protection wears off quickly.

On average influenza vaccines are 40% effective, according to the CDC. [2]
Herd immunity cannot be obtained, because even if you vaccinate everyone, the majority will not be immune.
In the past ten years in Maine, 2 children have died from influenza.
There has been so much talk about measles, but there has been only one case of measles in Maine in 20 years, from a visitor who did not spread it to anyone.

The numbers speak for themselves. Maine children are already very well protected from those diseases for which we have good protection. Most cases of ‘vaccine preventable’ diseases in Maine are the result of vaccine failures, not the result of unvaccinated children.

$101 Million Dollar Vaccine Injury Award for Encephalopathy from MMR Vaccine - 2018

MCT Law attorneys negotiated a $101 million settlement for an infant who suffered a severe reaction to the MMR vaccine.

Measles and Propaganda

But hold on; what’s really going on here? Is all this pandemonium in the media really justified? Or are we dealing with a carefully orchestrated propaganda campaign put on by the pharmaceutical industry to mandate vaccines for the masses? Let’s crunch some numbers and get to the bottom of this story.

Just how deadly is the measles in the United States?

Despite all the fear-mongering going on in the media of late, there have been less than a dozen deaths from the measles in the past 18 years in the United States&#8202;—&#8202;that’s less than 1 death per year, on average, from the measles.[2] Meanwhile, an estimated 250,000 people die each year in the United States due to medical error, and yet we hear almost nothing of this in the news.[3] So, this begs the question: Why are we freaking out about the recent measles outbreaks? And why the push for state legislation to mandate vaccinations?

Does this really make sense to you? Because if it does, Big Pharma has some vaccines to sell you. In fact, they have about 70 doses of vaccines to recommend to your child.[11] Even better, they want to make you an offer that you literally cannot refuse. If HB 3063 passes into law, your child will not be allowed to go to a public or private school in Oregon if they are missing even a single required vaccine.

Imagine a liability-free, pharmaceutical product mandated by the government, and maybe then you can understand why pharmaceutical propaganda is infecting our news and media like the worst measles epidemic the world has ever seen.

WHO Stakeholders Meet To Establish A “Different Approach” For Post-2020 Vaccine Strategy

The stakeholders at the meeting included “representatives from academia, global immunization and broader health partnerships, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), donor agencies, Ministries of Health, industry, private sector, research institutes, and multilateral organizations,” according to the release.

The truth the vaccine industry hides from you. Watch as this woman blows the cover off this bloody industry! You know it’s true. Plotkin admitted it in his deposition.


Japanese Government Continues to Ban the MMR Vaccine - 2016

The MMR Vaccine’s Tragic History in Japan

Japanese officials were also concerned about the MMR vaccine causing additional cases of mumps, citing numerous studies in The Lancet. [5]

Mumps and hepatitis B vaccines are not part of the national immunization program in Japan. [6]

What Many Parents Don’t Know About the MMR Vaccine

The list of adverse reactions to the MMR vaccine, straight from Merck’s vaccine package inserts, is long and alarming. A shortened version of the vaccine damage associated with the MMR vaccine includes vomiting, diarrhea, anaphylaxis, ear pain, nerve deafness, diabetes, arthritis, myalgia, encephalitis, febrile seizures, pneumonia, and death. [7, 8]

A search of the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) database shows the following statistics from the United States: over 75,000 adverse events have been reported from any combination of measles, mumps, and rubella vaccines, including, most notably:

78 deaths
85 cases of deafness
48 cases of decreased eye contact
92 cases of developmental delay
855 reported cases of autism
116 cases of intellectual disability
401 reports of speech disorders
276 reports of loss of consciousness
143 cases of encephalitis
74 cases of meningitis
111 cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome
692 cases of gait disturbance (not being able to walk normally)
748 cases of hypokinesia (partial or complete loss of muscle movement)
653 reports of hypotonia (poor muscle tone)
4874 reports of seizures, including febrile convulsions and tonic clonic seizures
1576 cases of cellulitis (a potentially serious skin infection)
And finally, in some cases, the vaccine has caused the very diseases it is supposed to prevent, with the following data reported to VAERS:

147 cases of measles
384 cases of mumps
29 cases of rubella [9]

The flu vaccine has also been the subject of controversy in Japan, after 100 deaths occurred from the vaccine by the end of 2009. Japan’s health ministry has been criticized for for its cautious stance against vaccines, but so far, government officials have wisely defended their position, citing public safety as the paramount concern.

Finally, the Japanese government has also taken a protective stance against vaccines on behalf of its young girls, suspending the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine in 2013 after numerous cases of serious adverse events were reported, with one report citing as many as 1,968 adverse events, 358 of which were classified as serious.

Who Are the Anti-Vaxxers?

I can't speak for all "anti-vaxxers" who choose not to vaccinate, but I can share a bit of our story. I was once pro-vaccine. 100% for them. It wasn't until after my child suffered an adverse event that I changed my outlook on them. What I was told couldn't happen to my son happened: he was injured by a vaccine. After that discovery, I started to finally read about vaccines instead of taking what our providers were saying as gospel truth. Believe me, I did not want to walk away from them or from what I'd been told my whole life, that vaccines were only safe and only effective. But the more I read, the more I learned. I learned that all vaccines come with risk, that they were not studied as the CDC says they've been, and that for some people like my son, they can do more harm than good. Side effects and adverse events were our reality - not better health or protection from diseases (yes, we've tested this and know that the vaccines did not work). Our doctors could see my son decline post-vaccination and could read what the tests said, but refused to help and only pushed for us to get more shots. I said no more. My son could obviously not handle them, and I was not about to continue to follow the vaccine schedule that they and govt presented. Our docs couldn't give me a guarantee that vaccines would work just as federal agencies that oversee and promote vaccines can't. Today, my son still deals with the negative result of the vaccines he received, and not minute issues either. Seizures, loss of speech, GI problems, gross motor delays, fine motor delays, ataxia, and other medical issues he didn't have prior to vaccination are an everyday part of life. I'll add one more thing since you mentioned it - it isn't just about autism that concerns some parents. It's side effects like intractable seizures, loss of acquired skills, infertility, anaphylaxis...and these days, it's also the trampling of parental rights like having the choice to say no thank you to a liability-free pharmaceutical product that comes with risk that are waking people up about vaccines. And if you really would rather an autistic child over a dead one, you have so much more to learn. Being "anti-vax" was not a choice I ever intended to make. I was forced into that role. Now that I know what I do though, I only wish I'd made that decision a little bit earlier. I wish you the best.

Anti-vaxxer wins libel case in Japan in blow for scientist
Court rules that critic of HPV vaccine did not fabricate his research

In 2016, Dr Ikeda appeared on television and claimed a link between the vaccine and the neurological symptoms. He later took Dr Muranaka to court after she wrote an article criticising his research. In the same year, Dr Muranaka was awarded the John Maddox prize for promoting evidence-based science in the face of adversity.

The libel case turned on the use of the word “fabricated” in Dr Muranaka’s allegation that Dr Ikeda “fabricated” an experiment on a mouse. The court found that was not true; Dr Ikeda had indeed conducted the experiment.

Dr Toni Bark, MD - Measles

Speaking to the House Healthcare and Wellness Committee in Washington State. Dr Bark spoke against the proposed law that would eliminate personal belief exemptions to vaccinations for children to attend school.

Del is in Texas this week. Texas Rally, March 28, 2019

At 51:00

“Iron Lungs” Still Around. They’re Called Ventilators.

The narrative that iron lungs went out with the apparent taming of polio as a result of the polio vaccine developed by Jonas Salk, MD in the early-1950s is a dishonest one. As Suzanne Humphries, MD has pointed out, we still have plenty of iron lungs around, only that we now have modern versions of them called “ventilators.”9

Parents today think that the Salk vaccine eliminated any need for ventilators, because the pictures of all these children on iron lungs are no longer paraded in front of people in order to create fear. Besides which, today’s “iron lungs” don’t look like a prototype submarine. They are barely recognizable as today’s “ventilators.”9

One of the pictures to which Dr. Humphries refers is a famous one taken in an auditorium at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey, CA in 1953. The black and white photograph shows four rows of iron lung machines lined up side by side—a total of about 30 machines. Each machine has an adult or child in it, and there are about 10 doctors and nurses posing next to roughly every three or four machines.6 10 11

The impression one gets by looking at the photo is that that must have been what it looked like in hospitals throughout the U.S. at the time. Not true. The scene for the shot was staged for a polio information film produced for the March of Dimes campaign.10 11

So, no, iron lungs are no longer as prevalent as they once were. But that has nothing to do with polio or the polio vaccine. It has to do with technological advancement. The modern-day equivalent of the iron lung, the ventilator, is in greater demand than ever before, at the same time that the American people are growing increasingly ill and disabled.

The top 6 vaccine manufacturers who have committed fraud.

Merck settles Vioxx lawsuits for $950 million for hiding data that Vioxx doubles the risk of heart attacks and strokes. This drug killed over 60,000 people.…

Glaxosmithkline pays $3 million for fraud.…

Pfizer agrees to pay $2.3 billion to settle civil and criminal allegations that it had illegally marketed its painkiller Bextra, which has been withdrawn.
“The whole culture of Pfizer is driven by sales, and if you didn’t sell drugs illegally, you were not seen as a team player,” said Mr. Kopchinski, former Pfizer sales rep

Wyeth Agrees to Pay $490.9 Million for Marketing the Prescription Drug Rapamune for Unapproved Uses…

Sanofi Pasteur Agrees to Pay $19.8 Million to Resolve Drug Overcharges to the Department of Veterans Affairs…

Novartis pays $72.5 million to resolve charges of off-label marketing of the cystic fibrosis drug TOBI.…


Meehan: “Aluminum, in any form is toxic. It's more toxic when it is injected into human tissues.”

"Accordingly, it is recommended that the use of aluminium salts in immunisations should be discontinued and that adults should take steps to minimise their exposure to environmental aluminium."

“Some of the aluminum salts used in vaccines are more toxic than others.

Merck's proprietary "superpowered" immune stimulating aluminum adjuvant, Amorphous Aluminum Hydroxyphosphate Sulfate (AAHS), the one used in Gardasil, is the most dangerous aluminum adjuvant of them all.”

The putative role of environmental aluminium in the development of chronic neuropathology in adults and children. How strong is the evidence and what could be the mechanisms involved? 2017

CBS Has removed episode 13 of The Brady Bunch, “The Measles Episode”
Arty turns 10 this summer.

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Seneff: “A third trial on glyphosate & NHL is underway! This time it's a husband and a wife both of whom are coping with NHL. They used Roundup for many years to control weeds in their property. Johnson Juror # 4 does a great job of subbing for GG who is away.”


The Pilliods, we learn, sprayed lots Roundup around several properties. They are non-professional household Roundup users like Edwin Hardeman, and unlike Lee Johnson, who sprayed it at his job. The Pilliods read the instructions on the label of RU, and sprayed and sprayed for decades, with no protective clothing or equipment. Alva Pilliod even continued spraying after his NHL diagnosis, and did not stop spraying until he saw an ad on TV from a law firm representing Roundup users who had NHL. Shit.

In the rodent studies we have NEW information. The story goes like this: In 1971, one Paul Wright leaves Monsanto to go work for Industrial BioTest Labs (IBT), which a short time later conducts a rodent study for Monsanto that shows no tumors. This result leads to EPA approval of RU. Two years later, IBT and Wright are exposed as frauds for falsifying the tumor data, or some such shenanigans. Monsanto took no action in the wake of the scandal.

Mighty Mouse and the Magic Tumor. This one never, ever gets old folks! In case you don’t know the story: In 1983 Knezovich and Hogan find renal tumors in mice leading the EPA to classify RU as Class C oncogen. Monsanto sits down with EPA to tidy up the mess. “Short of new study, or finding tumor in control mouse, how can we get this thing off Cat C?” Enter the Magic Doctor who is hired to review the study—he re-cuts the slides, and finds the Magic Tumor in the World’s Most Famous control Mouse. So, the EPA wants the study repeated and that never, ever, happens.

Brent now gets into further detail about the Pilliod’s cancers. It is not a pleasant story, but at least they are alive. There was a cost for that, however, as Brent describes how their post cancer treatment lives are much different, all because of weeds they would have been happy to let thrive had they known. He then goes through the differential etiology for Alberta and Alva, listing off the other potential risk factors for each: family history, immunosuppression, certain viruses, smoking, Hashimoto’s disease, and RU exposure. Brent crosses them all off except the RU exposure, of course. He points out that it is highly unlikely that two genetically unrelated people in the same household would get NHL. The common denominator must be their RU exposure.

Now Tarek introduces a very interesting strategy. He says he is “not going to refute every email that the plaintiffs” are going to show and then implies that causation—did RU cause the Pilliod’s cancer?—is the key to this trial. “This is not a referendum on Monsanto.” Ah, I get it now. This is the new angle! Monsanto counsel has decided to self-bifurcate! They are playing the corporate bad behavior off of the causation, as if the corporate bad behavior is a mere distraction. Not. Very. Clever. But there it is, the new angle.

This new self-bifurcation thing has one very big problem, which is, once the jury gets a good dose of say, Farmer, Heydens, and Reeves, the natural question is, why? If your RU product is so safe, why do you have an FTO department? Why all the discussion of which studies might look bad? Why not conduct that mouse study? Why even discuss ghostwriting? Why fear IARC, or the AHS? Why do your lawyers ask judges for bifurcation?

Make no mistake, this jury will have to sign off on the causation before they get to the punitive phase of deliberations. But this whole thing is a reverse Catch-22 with a full twist. The logic of the defense just implodes no matter which way they spin it.

The Places in America that Use the Most (and Least) Pesticides

Look at the Finger Lakes region in the graph.
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Seneff: “In my opinion they are missing the boat here. The real problem with these race horses is glyphosate contamination in their feed. Over time, glyphosate is destroying their joints. It's destroying our joints as well, which is why we have so many issues with joint pain - back pain, shoulder pain, hip replacement surgery, knee injury, foot problems, etc., etc. Glyphosate contamination in the collagen is messing up its tensile strength, flexibility and ability to hold water, would be my best guess. Probably also related to the opioid drug abuse epidemic.”

Another horse fatality at Santa Anita; 23 thoroughbreds have died since Dec. 26

Costco stops selling controversial Roundup weedkiller

Now, Costco has reportedly decided to begin to stop selling the popular weedkiller, which contains glyphosate — an herbicide which the World Health Organization described in 2015 as a probable carcinogen. Moms Across America founder Zen Honeycutt, whose petition calling for Costco to stop selling Roundup has more than 150,000 signatures on, wrote on her website:

"I called the headquarters, and after two days of messages and calls, I did finally confirm with three people that Costco was not ordering Roundup or any glyphosate-based herbicides for the incoming spring shipments."

Costco has yet to issue an official statement on the petition. However, in conversations with the administrative staff at various stores, Big Think has learned that the product was pulled off the floor this week per corporate orders — meaning, Costco's removal of Roundup applies to "all locations."

Meanwhile, Moms Across America has another petition on calling on Home Depot and Lowe's to pull the product from their shelves:

"We call on Home Depot and Lowe's today to step up as Costco has to protect us, your customers, and stop selling Roundup (and all glyphosate herbicides) now, due to its carcinogenic effects and lack of labeling," the petition reads. "Everyone deserves to know! These products should not be sold to the public!"

Insurance companies - Glyphosate - No coverage...

Harrell's discontinues sale of products containing glyphosate

That said, during our annual insurance renewal last month, we were surprised to learn that our insurance company was no longer willing to provide coverage for claims related to glyphosate due to the recent high-profile lawsuit and the many thousands of lawsuits since. We sought coverage from other companies but could not buy adequate coverage for the risk we would be incurring. So we had no choice other than to notify our Harrell's Team and customers that we would no longer offer products containing glyphosate as of March 1, 2019.

Brockovich: “When will it end...From causing cancer in the applicators... to being detected in everything from our Cheerios and bread to our beer and wine... to links to the rapidly increasing toxic algae blooms...It's past time to stop... NOW IT"S TIME FOR ACTION!”

Popular weed killer's alleged link to cancer stirs widespread concern

Two juries have implicated Roundup as the cause of cancer in frequent users, but major public health agencies disagree over whether it is a carcinogen.

Right. Over 750 glyphosate-containing products are sold in the United States, either in solid or liquid form. In addition to Roundup, common ones include Ortho GroundClear, DowDuPont’s Rodeo, Compare-N-Save Concentrate Grass and Weed Killer, RM43 Total Vegetation Control and Ranger Pro Herbicide, also made by Monsanto. If you don’t know whether a weed killer contains glyphosate, read the label. It would be listed under active ingredients.

Canada: Minister approves first commercial GM fish factory

The company AquaBounty has announced that the Minister of Environment and Climate Change has approved the production of genetically modified (GM or genetically engineered) Atlantic salmon at a site in Prince Edward Island (P.E.I). This will be the first factory in Canada to produce GM salmon, which is the world’s first GM food animal.

“Canada and P.E.I. will now be associated with the controversial and risky production of the world’s first GM fish,” said Sharon Labchuk of Earth Action P.E.I., “But Canadians were never consulted and the product is not even labelled in our grocery stores.”

US court ruling on Roundup weedkiller sends shockwaves in Kenya

Mr Stephen Mutoro, Consumer Federation of Kenya (Cofek) executive officer, asked farmers who have been using the product to stop immediately and go for medical check-ups.

Mr Mutoro said they are considering legal action against Roundup manufacturer’s Bayer-Monsanto, if similar cases are found in Kenya.

“Should the local users of Roundup be found affected by the chemical, we will not hesitate to go to court for compensation,” Mr Mutoro said.

The lobby groups also asked the government to crack down on other products that contain glyphosate.

New study...

Herbicide 2,4-D disrupts microbiome at occupationally relevant dose

A new study in mice shows that 2,4-D, a herbicide used on GM crops engineered to tolerate it (notably corn and soybean), disrupts the gut microbiome at doses below regulatory permitted levels. See the abstract below.

The balance of the microbiome is now known to be crucial to health. It affects a large number of disease conditions, from obesity to anxiety to cancer.

The new study shows that regulators need to add effects on the gut microbiome to the portfolio of tests required to assess chemical toxicity. This is currently NOT done.

Studies in rodents are accepted as relevant to human health risks.

In a previous study, Roundup, the main herbicide used with GM crops, and its active ingredient glyphosate were shown to impact the gut microbiome of rats when administered at very low, supposedly safe doses. Another study showed that glyphosate disrupted the gut microbiome of honeybees and increased the mortality of bees exposed to a pathogen.

The study…

Subchronic low-dose 2,4-D exposure changed plasma acylcarnitine levels and induced gut microbiome perturbations in mice

Abstract: The gut microbiota critically confers various health benefits, whereas environmental chemicals can affect its constitution and functionality thereby increasing disease risk. In the present study, we aim to evaluate the toxic effects of a widely-used herbicide 2,4-D (2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid) on the gut microbiome and host using an occupationally relevant dose. A mouse model was used combined with metagenomic sequencing and metabolomic profiling to examine the alterations induced by subchronic low-dose 2,4-D exposure in fecal and plasma samples. The metagenomics results revealed a distinct gut microbial community with profound changes in diverse microbial pathways including urea degradation, amino acid and carbohydrate metabolism in 2,4-D-treated mice. Moreover, the metabolomics results revealed that the metabolic profiles in treatment group were differentiated from control group in both fecal and plasma samples. Toxic effects on the host of 2,4-D at an occupationally relevant dose were observed indicated by decreased acylcarnitine levels in plasma. These findings indicated that 2,4-D can cause toxicity and substantially impact the gut microbiome in mice at occupationally relevant doses, inferring that the relationship between environmental contaminants and microbiota is largely underestimated calling for more comprehensive consideration of the toxicity of occupational exposures.

Moms Across America

Won’t you please join us in getting corporations and our government to stop poisoning our families? We have dad and friend members too.

Protect Seed Sovereignty in New Mexico - Petition

This clause would prevent cities and counties from enacting ordinances that protect native seeds from GMO seeds, and would take away our city, county, and local power to create GE (genetically engineered) Free Zones in New Mexico.

Connecticut Representative Rosa DeLauro has introduced the "Keep Food Safe From Glyphosate Act."

DeLauro Introduces Keep Food Safe from Glyphosate Act

WASHINGTON, DC — This week, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) introduced the Keep Food Safe from Glyphosate Act, new legislation that would overturn the Trump Administration’s decision to ignore glyphosate residues in the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) annual pesticide residue monitoring survey. Exposure to glyphosate—the weed killer made popular by Monsanto—was recently found to increase the risk of cancer by 41%.

“American families deserve to know that the food they are eating and feeding to their children is safe,” said Congresswoman DeLauro. “But that is not the case because the Trump Administration refuses to test our food for dangerous chemicals like glyphosate—an herbicide linked to increased risk of cancer. That is unconscionable. Congress needs to pass the Keep Food Safe from Glyphosate Act to ensure corporations are not profiting at the expense of Americans’ health.”

The Misinformation Campaign of Gene-Edited Foods Has Begun

Yet, as more advanced genetic engineering tools are being used to create food products, companies are eager to distance themselves from the PR disaster that the last generation of GMOs, such as Monsanto’s Roundup Ready corn, left behind.

These new companies and their technologies — gene editing, gene silencing and synthetic biology — are desperate to shed the GMO moniker or association. They want to be perceived as different, safer and more precise, so as not to raise the same level of fear among consumers.

This attempt to influence the American mindset was on full display last week in an Associated Press story when Calyxt, a Minnesota-based company, talked about how its gene-edited soybean oil is now being used in restaurants in the Midwest. According to Calyxt, it is the first commercial use of a gene-edited food in the U.S.

Not surprisingly, the company is refusing to disclose which restaurants are using this gene-edited soybean oil, leaving diners completely in the dark. And in the USDA’s recently published National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard, restaurants are exempt from GMO-labeling rules, and it was not clearly specified whether gene-edited foods would need to be labeled. Therefore, it is very possible that for the foreseeable future, anyone consuming Calyxt’s gene-edited oil will do so unknowingly.

Yet, what may be the most alarming or noteworthy part of this AP story was that “Calyxt says its oil does not qualify as a GMO” and “startups including Calyxt say their crops do not qualify as GMOs because what they’re doing could theoretically be achieved with traditional crossbreeding.”

Consumer watchdog groups have a serious issue with this assertion.

Despite the fact that the company has apparently acknowledged to the FDA that it has conducted genetic modification, somehow it believes that its gene-edited soybean is not a GMO. How?

By claiming that unlike traditional GMOs, which insert DNA from plant pests, it is simply editing existing genes within crops to speed up a process that otherwise could have happened in nature.

“Consumers think that any genetic material that has been manipulated in a lab and then inserted into a plant would be a GMO, regardless of whether the trait could be achieved via traditional breeding. Additionally, both the USDA and FDA consider this soybean to be engineered. Not only did the USDA refer to it as a ‘GE soybean,’ but the soybean went through the FDA’s voluntary safety consultation, which indicated that the crop met the FDA’s definition of bioengineering/genetic engineering/modern biotechnology. This argument that a genetically-engineered crop is not a GMO because the process could have happened in nature is completely flawed,” said Michael Hansen.

The American consumer should not be fooled and buy into the propaganda that these gene-edited crops are not GMOs. They are.

Greenfield city council votes unanimously to stop Roundup use

Latham: “{this article is not new but it is so tremendously important to understand the flaws of chemical risk assessment that I am sharing it again. I took it to a scientific toxicology meeting recently and one of the attendees took the trouble to approach me to say that every word was true.]”

Unsafe at any Dose? Diagnosing Chemical Safety Failures, from DDT to BPA by Jonathan Latham, Ph.D.

But the true scandal of BPA is that such sagas have been repeated many times. Time and again, synthetic chemicals have been banned or withdrawn only to be replaced by others that are equally harmful, and sometimes are worse. Neonicotinoids, which the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) credits with creating a global ecological catastrophe (1), are modern replacements for long-targeted organophosphate pesticides. Organophosphates had previously supplanted DDT and the other organochlorine pesticides from whose effects many bird species are only now recovering.

The first task of chemical campaigning is to strip away the mythologies which currently surround the science of toxicology and the practice of chemical risk assessment. When we do this we find that chemical regulations don’t work. The chief reason, which is easy to demonstrate, is that the elementary experiments performed by toxicologists are incapable of generating predictions of safety that can usefully be applied to other species, or even to the same species when it exists in other environments or if it eats other diets. Numerous scientific experiments have shown this deficiency, and consequently that the most basic element of chemical risk assessment is scientifically invalid. For this reason, and many others too, the protection chemical risk assessments claim to offer is a pretense. As I will show, risk assessment is not a reality, it is a complex illusion.

The chemical most frequently used to make BPA-free products is called BPS. As its name implies, BPS is very similar in chemical structure to BPA (see Fig. 1). However, BPS appears to be absorbed by the human body significantly more readily than BPA and is already detectable in 81% of Americans (Liao et al., 2012).

Thus, when the EU banned the herbicide atrazine, Syngenta replaced it with terbuthylazine. Terbuthylazine is chemically very similar and, according to University of California researcher Tyrone Hayes, it appears to have similar ecological and health effects.

The Bt pesticides produced inside GMO crops are considered (by farmers and agribusiness) to be safer substitutes for organochlorine, carbamate, and organophosphate insecticides. These chemicals replaced DDT, which was banned in agriculture following Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring. DDT was itself the replacement for lead-arsenate. Many other examples of what are sometimes called regrettable substitutions can be found.

Chemical bans (or often manufacturer withdrawals) that precede such substitutions are nevertheless normally celebrated as campaigning victories. But the chemical manufacturers know that substitution is an ordinary part of business. Because weeds and pests become resistant and patents run out, they are usually looking for substitutes irrespective of any environmental campaigning.

In the same article, Sanjour also proposed that since corporate capture renders them useless, the public would be better off with no regulatory agencies. In a similar vein, former EPA pesticide scientist Evaggelos Vallianatos called his former employer, at book length, the “polluter’s protection agency.” Another EPA whistleblower, David Lewis, this time at EPA’s Office of Water, has shown in court-obtained documents that EPA scientists buried evidence and even covered up deaths so as to formulate regulations that would permit land application of sewage sludge. This sludge was routinely contaminated with pathogens, heavy metals, industrial chemicals, pharmaceuticals, flame retardants, and other known hazardous substances. The corruption around sewage sludge regulations extended well beyond the EPA. It encompassed other federal agencies, several universities, the National Academy of Science, and municipalities. David Lewis eventually obtained a legal judgement that the City of Augusta, Ga, had “fudged” the toxicity testing of its own sewage sludge in order to meet EPA guidelines. The city had done so at the request of EPA.

In another recent case, DeSmogBlog obtained, through a Freedom of Information Act request (FOIA), internal documents showing how EPA offered access to its fracking study plans:

“[Y]ou guys are part of the team here,” one EPA representative wrote to Chesapeake Energy as they together edited study planning documents in October 2013, “please write things in as you see fit.”

The book Pandora’s Poison elaborates on the some of the ambitious ideas for eradicating pollution that Greenpeace tried but never in the end adequately road tested. It is time to learn the lessons of the past and move chemical safety campaigning outside of the comfort zone of the chemical industry, which is where it belongs.

Rigging the Science of GMO Ecotoxicity - Latham

The resulting crops are usually called Bt crops. Cry toxins kill insects that eat the GMO crop because the toxin punches a hole in the membranes of the insect gut when it is ingested, causing the insect to immediately stop feeding and eventually die of septicaemia.

Cry toxins are controversial. Although the biotech industry claims they have narrow specificity, and are therefore safe for all organisms except so-called ‘target’ organisms, plenty of researchers disagree. They suspect that Cry toxins may affect many non-target species, even including mammals and humans….

Portland’s ban on synthetic pesticides goes into effect

Private property owners can use only organic treatments for gardens and lawns.

U.S. finally admits Agent Orange residue poisoned its own soldiers - 2016

The admission follows an Institute of Medicine study that concluded that “some C-123 reservists stationed in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts had been exposed to Agent Orange residues in the planes and suffered higher risks of health problems as a result,” according to a report from ABC.

“Opening up eligibility for this deserving group of Air Force veterans and reservists is the right thing to do,” said VA Secretary Bob McDonald in a statement.

The toxicity of Agent Orange
According to the non-partisan Aspen Institute in Washington D.C., Agent Orange was a herbicide used by the military to defoliate the Vietnamese jungle and expose Vietnam Cong and North Vietnamese troops using the jungle as a cover to move men and material to South Vietnam. Even though its use ended decades ago, the toxic contaminant of Agent Orange, dioxin, did not degrade as readily and is still causing health problems in Vietnam.

“The Red Cross estimates that three million Vietnamese have been affected by dioxin, including at least 150,000 children born with serious birth defects,” said the Institute. “Millions of Americans and Vietnamese are still affected, directly and indirectly, by the wartime U.S. spraying of Agent Orange and other herbicides over southern and central Vietnam.”

Who is paying for Monsanto's crimes? We are by Carey Gillam

Amid the uproar of the courtroom scuffles, a larger issue looms: Monsanto’s push to make use of glyphosate herbicides so pervasive that traces are commonly found in our food and even our bodily fluids, is just one example of how several corporate giants are creating lasting human health and environmental woes around the world. Monsanto and its brethren have targeted farmers in particular as a critical market for their herbicides, fungicides and insecticides, and now many farmers around the world believe they cannot farm without them.

Studies show that along with promoting illness and disease in people, these pesticides pushed by Bayer and Monsanto, DowDuPont and other corporate players, are endangering wildlife, soil health, water quality and the long-term sustainability of food production. Yet regulators have allowed these corporations to combine forces, making them ever more powerful and more able to direct public policies that favor their interests.

The Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren this week called for taking back some of that power. She announced on Wednesday a plan to break up big agribusinesses and work against the type of corporate capture of Washington we have seen in recent years.

It’s a solid step in the right direction. But it cannot undo the suffering of cancer victims, nor easily transform a deeply contaminated landscape to create a healthier future and unleash us from the chains of a pesticide-dependent agricultural system.

And while Bayer may dole out a few billion dollars in damages, who is really being made to pay?

We all are.

Over a century of data reveal more than 80% decline in butterflies in the Netherlands

“We are quite sure that the real decline must be much larger,” said Chris van Swaay, of Dutch Butterfly Conservation and one of the co-authors of the study.

RFK, Jr.: “David Attenborough will attempt to show the world exactly what is happening on April 5, when Netflix launches Our Planet — a new, blockbuster eight-part documentary series that aims not just to present the majesty of the world around us but also raise awareness of what the changing climate is doing to it.”

David Attenborough Isn't Sure We Can Save the Natural World. But at 92, He's Not Giving Up Trying

Attenborough and his frequent collaborators, filmmakers Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey, will attempt to show the world exactly what is happening on April 5, when Netflix launches Our Planet–a new, blockbuster eight-part documentary series that aims not just to present the majesty of the world around us but also raise awareness of what the changing climate is doing to it.

RFK, Jr.: “Brainwashing propaganda campaign by chemical industry to engineer compliance with contaminated food and farmers.”

Family farm documentary was part of pesticide lobby's campaign to change how you think.

The marketing proposal, dated May 2, 2018 and featuring the logo of Edelman, recommended a video series almost identical to Real Farm Lives as a way to "broaden public confidence and further increase public acceptance" of pesticides, the chemicals that most commercial farms in Canada use to kill unwanted plants.

The series would use "three Canadian farming families from across Canada" who are portrayed as “the right messengers" to deliver a message to “persuadable” people, the plan said.

The proposal was part of a larger presentation by CropLife Canada, an industry group representing corporations like Bayer, Syngenta, Nufarm, BASF — and Corteva, which tweeted about the Englots using herbicides, a type of pesticide.

The "objective" Edelman proposed was to increase the public's acceptance of "the use of CropLife Canada members’ products."

The proposal also discusses "earned media," a marketing term for the type of press coverage that the Englots and two other families in the video series, the Renwicks and the Ardiels, ended up receiving. For public relations strategists, earned media can be more valuable than advertising, since it delivers a message through the news that can be shared and spread for a client, without having to pay for it.

Fracking Fluid Used to Irrigate Organic Crops

We don’t know the full extent of the health implications of this use of oil and gas wastewater on crops because oil companies do not disclose all of the chemicals they use in their operations. EWG said that oil companies withheld the identity of 40% of the chemicals because they were “trade secrets.” For a third of the chemicals we do know are used by oil companies, acute toxicity information is unknown.

The chemicals we know are in oil wastewater and for which we do have toxicity information should be enough to ban the use of oil wastewater on crops. High levels of benzene have been found in this water, along with heavy metals like lead, petroleum chemicals, and radioactive elements like radium. The CDC lists a number of health effects from long-term exposure to benzene, including anemia, excessive bleeding, low birth weight, bone marrow damage, and cancer. Fracking wastewater contains thousands of times more radioactive radium than allowed in drinking water.

Nor will buying organic protect you. Organic regulations do not explicitly prohibit the use of irrigation water on organic crops. It is an alarming oversight, since oil and gas wastewater obviously contains chemicals that are otherwise forbidden for use on organic crops.

Consider that California grows an astounding percentage of America’s total produce: 99% of artichokes, 99% of walnuts, 97% of kiwis, 97% of plums, 95% of celery, 95% of garlic, 90% of broccoli, 89% of cauliflower, 71% of spinach, and 69% of carrots. Put another way, California produces nearly half of all US-grown fruits, nuts, and vegetables.

Harrell's discontinues sale of products containing glyphosate

That said, during our annual insurance renewal last month, we were surprised to learn that our insurance company was no longer willing to provide coverage for claims related to glyphosate due to the recent high-profile lawsuit and the many thousands of lawsuits since. We sought coverage from other companies but could not buy adequate coverage for the risk we would be incurring. So we had no choice other than to notify our Harrell's Team and customers that we would no longer offer products containing glyphosate as of March 1, 2019.
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BURGERKING to serve GMO burger - Behold the Beefless ‘Impossible Whopper’


The Non-Gmo Project says it doesn’t qualify for the non gmo stamp of approval...

Triton woos plant-based meat makers with Non GMO source of heme, the secret sauce in the Impossible Burger

Triton Algae Innovations - a San Diego-based firm building a production platform for food proteins from algae - says it can produce heme (the red, meaty-tasting star ingredient in the Impossible Burger) without using genetic engineering, generating significant interest from plant-based meat brands seeking a Non GMO positioning.


Bayer Looking To Expand Dicamba Use To Corn Despite Lawsuit, Drift Damage

A lawsuit could play a role in any expanded use, too. More than 1,000 farmers are suing Bayer for damage done to their crops because of dicamba drift. If the suit fails, herbicide and seed companies could say that farmers and their insurance companies are on the hook for any future damage dicamba causes.

“If the insurance companies are held responsible for the off-target movement, then they would no longer be willing to ensure applicators,” Hartzler said. “And I don’t think most applicators would be willing to take the risk if they were going to be held responsible.”

The EPA is taking public comment on Bayer’s petition for corn use through April 17.

April 2, 2019

Retired U.S. Government Scientist Testifies Today in Roundup Cancer Trial

Retired U.S. government scientist Christopher Portier will kick off live testimony today in the third Roundup cancer lawsuit to go to trial. He is expected to tell jurors in Pilliod v. Monsanto how regulators have repeatedly missed key signs that Monsanto’s glyphosate-based herbicides cause cancer.

Portier’s testimony is expected to run all day today and possibly into Wednesday. The current case involves a married couple – Alva and Alberta Pilliod – who both developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma after many years of use of Roundup.

Portier is one of the plaintiffs’ star expert witnesses. He was an “invited specialist” to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) when the unit of the World Health Organization met in March of 2015 in Lyon, France to review years of published and peer-reviewed scientific studies about glyphosate. At that meeting, IARC classified glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen, though Portier had no vote in the outcome.

Portier resides now most of the time in a remote village in Switzerland, but before his retirement, he led the National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Prior to that role, Portier spent 32 years with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, where he served as associate director, and director of the Environmental Toxicology Program, which has since merged into the institute’s National Toxicology Program.

Monsanto’s attorneys and chemical industry allies have criticized Portier and sought to discredit his opinion that glyphosate herbicides cause cancer. They cite part-time work he has done in retirement for the nonprofit Environmental Defense Fund, and his role as an expert witness for plaintiffs’ attorneys in the Roundup litigation, though the litigation only began after the IARC classification.

Following Portier’s testimony, plaintiffs’ lawyers expect to put Charles “Bill” Jameson on the stand as a second expert witness. Jameson is a chemist and toxicologist specializing in carcinogenesis. He has worked as a senior chemist for the National Institutes of Health’s National Cancer Institute and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. He also has consulted for the World Health Organization and served as a member of the IARC working group.

The trial is expected to run into mid-May. Lawyers for the Pilliods have filed a list of exhibits they plan to present at trial that runs more than 280 pages. Monsanto’s list of exhibits runs more than 130 pages.

April 1, 2019

Long Lists of Evidence in Newest Roundup Cancer Trial

Monday is another day of rest for opposing sides in the latest Roundup cancer trial – Pilliod V. Monsanto. The plaintiffs in the case, Alva and Alberta Pilliod, are husband and wife and both have non-Hodgkin lymphoma they allege is due to their exposure to Roundup.

Opening statements in the case were delivered to jurors Thursday and the trial is set to resume Tuesday with testimony from plaintiffs’ expert witness Chris Porter a former U.S. government scientist. Portier was a key witness in the first two Roundup cancer trials, both which concluded with large damage awards against Monsanto.

Portier has argued that regulators have incorrectly analyzed glyphosate studies on rodents, and that a correct analysis of the total weight of scientific evidence shows that glyphosate and glyphosate-based herbicides such as Monsanto’s Roundup can cause cancer.

Lawyers for the plaintiffs have filed a list of exhibits– evidence they plan to present at trial. The list runs more than 280 pages.

Monsanto’s list of exhibits runs more than 130 pages.

During this ‘dark’ day as the lawyers call a day with no court, take a look at my piece in The Guardian that ran over the weekend:

“Amid the uproar of the courtroom scuffles, a larger issue looms: Monsanto’s push to make use of glyphosate herbicides so pervasive that traces are commonly found in our food and even our bodily fluids, is just one example of how several corporate giants are creating lasting human health and environmental woes around the world. Monsanto and its brethren have targeted farmers in particular as a critical market for their herbicides, fungicides and insecticides, and now many farmers around the world believe they cannot farm without them.

Studies show that along with promoting illness and disease in people, these pesticides pushed by Bayer and Monsanto, DowDuPont and other corporate players, are endangering wildlife, soil health, water quality and the long-term sustainability of food production. Yet regulators have allowed these corporations to combine forces, making them ever more powerful and more able to direct public policies that favor their interests. While Bayer may dole out a few billion dollars in damages, who is really being made to pay? We all are.”

March 29, 2019

USRTK: “BIG NEWS! U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria is asking Monsanto and Bayer to begin mediation talks with lawyers for cancer victims. Dominoes are falling....”

April 4, 2019

U.S. Judge Wants Monsanto & Bayer to Start Settlement Talks in Roundup Cancer Litigation

U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria is asking Monsanto and its new owner Bayer AG to begin mediation with lawyers for cancer victims who have sued Monsanto alleging its Roundup and other glyphosate-based herbicides cause non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Chhabria’s move comes in the wake of an $80 million jury award to plaintiffs Edwin Hardeman last month in his courtroom. And last summer plaintiff Dewayne “Lee” Johnson was awarded $289 million by a jury in state court, though the judge in that case lowered the damages to $78 million.

Chhabria had warned that he might make such a move, but had indicated that he would likely wait until three trials had been concluded before pushing for a settlement. The third Roundup cancer trial has only just gotten underway, however.

As he pushes the parties to settle, Chabbria has vacated the May 20 trial date that was set for the next federal trial. That case, Stevick v. Monsanto was filed in April 2016 by Elaine Stevick, who has non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and her husband Christopher Stevick. The couple attended portions of the Hardeman trial.

Roughly 11,000 plaintiffs have sued Monsanto, which was purchased by Bayer last summer. More than 800 of those lawsuits are being overseen by Chhabria as federal multidistrict litigation. Several thousand more are pending in state courts around the country.

Observers have speculated that a global settlement might run between $3 billion and $5 billion.

April 3, 2019
U.S. Scientist Still on Stand in Roundup Cancer Trial
(Transcript from today’s proceedings)

After a full day of testimony on Tuesday, retired U.S. government scientist Christopher Portier was back to the stand Wednesday to lay out for jurors the scientific research that has convinced him that Monsanto’s glyphosate-based herbicides cause cancer, and the failures of European and American regulatory systems to properly account for the scientific evidence.

RFK, Jr.: “Pharmaceutical companies like Bayer now own our media. Their advertising dollars allow them to dictate content and censor criticism of their products. Facebook, Google and Pinterest are censoring all scientific debate that raises questions about Pharma’s $50 billion va$$ine industry and its corrupt entanglements with regulators and is removing testimonies of mothers and photos of their va$$ine injured children. There is now free speech in this country only for owners of internet platforms and media empires and their advertisers. Time to take back our country, people! Jump the Chute! Join the truth army.”

Newsweek Gets Ad Money from Bayer, Prints Op-Eds That Help Bayer

Newsweek failed to disclose the chemical industry connections of two opinion writers who argued today in an op-ed that glyphosate can’t be regulated. The commentary by Henry I. Miller and Stuart Smyth, both of whom have ties to Monsanto that were not disclosed in the piece, appeared soon after a federal jury handed cancer victim Edwin Hardeman an $80 million verdict against Monsanto (now Bayer), and said the company’s glyphosate-based Roundup herbicide was a “substantial factor” in causing Hardeman’s cancer.


Here’s what Newsweek did not disclose to its readers about the authors:

Henry Miller’s Monsanto ties:

In 2017, the New York Times reported that Dr. Miller published an article in Forbes defending glyphosate that had been ghostwritten by Monsanto. Forbes severed ties with Miller and deleted all his articles.

A 2015 Monsanto PR plan identified Dr. Miller as a key ally. The company’s plan to discredit a scientific panel that raised cancer concerns about glyphosate listed as its first action item: “Engage Henry Miller.”

Miller has a long history of partnering with – and pitching his PR services to – corporations that need help convincing the public their products aren’t dangerous and don’t need to be regulated.

Stuart Smyth’s Monsanto ties:

Dr. Smyth also collaborates with the agrichemical industry on PR projects, according to emails obtained by U.S. Right to Know and published in the UCSF Chemical Industry Documents Archive.
Emails from 2016 indicate that Dr. Smyth receives “program support” from Monsanto. The email from Monsanto Canada’s Public and Industry Affairs Director asks Dr. Smyth to send the “invoice for this year’s contribution.”

Newsweek has a duty to inform its readers about the chemical industry connections of writers and sources who argue in Newsweek for the safety and necessity of pesticides linked to cancer.

UK councils assess weedkiller use after US cancer court case

Rulings against Roundup owner Monsanto prompt authorities to seek non-chemical alternatives

Air pollution caused by corn production increases mortality rate in US

New paper presents how researchers have estimated for the first time the health damages caused by corn production - April 1, 2019

The paper, published in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Sustainability, presents how researchers have estimated for the first time the health damages caused by corn production using detailed information on pollution emissions, pollution transport by wind, and human exposure to increased air pollution levels. Corn is a key agricultural crop used for animal feed, ethanol biofuel, and human consumption.

The study also shows how the damage to human health of producing a bushel of corn differs from region to region and how, in some areas, the health damages of corn production are greater than its market price.

Latham: “Chris Hedges interviews Vandana Shiva.”

ON CONTACT - The fight for life v. Monsanto/Bayer AG

In this conversation with Chris Hedges, environmental activist and author, Vandana Shiva, talks about Monsanto/Bayer AG and other big AG players interests in India and her fight to protect life forms, seed varieties and farmers.

"If we are to survive as a species it means radically changing how we grow food"


"I’ve said it before, I’ll keep saying it: ban roundup!" Gabbard said in a tweet on Friday. "It’s long past time we stopped relying on corrupt corporations with a profit incentive to fund science telling us their chemicals are 'safe.' Victims shouldn’t have to go to trial to get the truth."

In her February tweet, Gabbard said: "Monsanto proves they'll do anything to pad their pockets, including manufacturing 'scientific studies' to influence the EPA while destroying small farmers. They unleashed the scourge of Roundup on us and should be held accountable for the consequences."

Oregon State bill...

Prohibits aerial application of pesticide on certain lands owned by state.

‘A Lot of That Science They Point to Is Science They Paid For’

CounterSpin interview with Carey Gillam on Monsanto lawsuit

Janine Jackson interviewed Carey Gillam about Hardeman v. Monsanto for the March 29, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.

But the second leg of this, or the second part of it, is there’s also a great deal of evidence of Monsanto’s manipulation of the scientific record. So when Monsanto says it has all of this science on its side, well, we know now from internal Monsanto documents, that a lot of that science they point to is science that they paid for, that they wrote, that they ghostwrote, that they manipulated—that they essentially had a hand in creating a safety narrative that really was not true.

CG: Well, a couple of different elements to that. So No. 1 is that most of the regulatory agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, only require a large body of evidence about the active ingredients. So in the case of Monsanto’s products, the active ingredient is glyphosate. It is not the only ingredient, but it is the active ingredient. So their studies, that they were required to present to the EPA, was limited to glyphosate.

Now, the products on the store shelves are not glyphosate only; they include surfactants. And scientists around the world who have studied the actual formulated products have said that the way that these surfactants interact with glyphosate make it much more toxic than glyphosate by itself.

And Monsanto admits it has never done any long-term studies about these formulated products, and the EPA admits that it’s never required any long-term studies. So the actual products that we’re being exposed to, and that are being used out there, and that these plaintiffs [have] used, have never had any long-term regulatory requirements for carcinogenesis studies. And that is shocking to a lot of people. But that is the fact. So that’s one element.

The other element is, again, the regulators rely primarily on data and information that’s been given to them by the companies that sell the chemicals. And we know, from analysis that’s been done, that studies that are done by companies that profit from those products generally find those products to be safe. Whereas independent analysis and independent research is more likely to find risk, if risk is there. We have to take that into account when they point to the EPA as the all-knowing being that we should rely on.

Vrain: “Very well made 2018 documentary on the importance of microbial diversity on soil biology.”


What is GMO?

Genetic Roulette The Gamble of Our Lives

Secret Ingredients

The secret ingredients in our food may be a lead driver of our obesity, infertility, cancer, digestive problems, autism, brain fog, skin conditions, gluten sensitivity, allergies, fatigue, anxiety, and many other conditions. Meet more than a dozen people whose turned around serious health conditions after adopting a diet that avoids genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and food sprayed with toxic herbicides like Roundup. Learn from leading physicians who say that these are not coincidences. They see illness and recovery like this every day in their practice. And listen to the scientists who explain why.

Moms Across America - Communities Rising

Across the country, citizens are taking action to protect their families from GMOs and toxic chemicals. Watch and share this moving and inspiring story.

Pollinator-Friendly Plants for Northeast United States
Arty turns 10 this summer.

#1527838 --- 04/07/19 08:29 AM Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food [Re: MissingArty]
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Do you remember the video I posted of Pediatrician Dr. Richard Pan (turned Senator) at a Senate
hearing for SB277 in California ? The video showed committee members asking Pan questions.
Pan turned around and whispered back and forth to two lobbyist who were sitting directly behind
him and then he answered the questions. The bill was passed and it took away religious and philosophical
exemptions in CA. Pan is now busy trying to take away a doctors right to give a medical exemption.
(As I keep reminding you, there is Glyphosate in vaccines.)

If you do not understand how bills get written in our country, here is an excellent article from USA
Today giving you an education. Please read this.

You elected them to write new laws. They’re letting corporations do it instead.

An investigation by USA TODAY, The Arizona Republic and the Center for Public Integrity

Each year, state lawmakers across the U.S. introduce thousands of bills dreamed up and written by corporations, industry groups and think tanks.

Disguised as the work of lawmakers, these so-called “model” bills get copied in one state Capitol after another, quietly advancing the agenda of the people who write them.


The investigation reveals that fill-in-the-blank bills have in some states supplanted the traditional approach of writing legislation from scratch. They have become so intertwined with the lawmaking process that the nation’s top sponsor of copycat legislation, a member of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, claimed to have signed on to 72 such bills without knowing or questioning their origin.

For lawmakers, copying model legislation is an easy way to get fully formed bills to put their names on, while building relationships with lobbyists and other potential campaign donors.

For special interests seeking to stay under the radar, model legislation also offers distinct advantages. Copycat bills don’t appear on expense reports, or campaign finance forms. They don’t require someone to register as a lobbyist or sign in at committee hearings. But once injected into the lawmaking process, they can go viral, spreading state to state, executing an agenda to the letter.

USA TODAY’s investigation found:

•Models are drafted with deceptive titles and descriptions to disguise their true intent...
•Special interests sometimes work to create the illusion of expert endorsements, public consensus or grassroots support. One man testified as an expert in 13 states to support a bill that makes it more difficult to sue for asbestos exposure. In several states, lawmakers weren’t told that he was a member of the organization that wrote the model legislation on behalf of the asbestos industry, the American Legislative Exchange Council.

“This is how all laws are written,” she said. “You’d be hard-pressed to find a law where a legislator sits in a chamber until a light bulb goes off with a new policy.”

Sonnenberg, the lawmaker who introduced it in Colorado, said he didn’t write the bill and relied on “my experts” to explain it during a February 2017 hearing.&#8239;

Graves said special interests have "so-called experts who aren't neutral. They go around the country and testify about those bills as if they're good for that state or even as if they're products of that state."

USA TODAY found more than 4,000 bills benefiting industry were introduced nationwide during the eight years it&#8239;reviewed. More than 80 of those bills limit the public's ability to sue corporations, including limiting class-action lawsuits, a plaintiff's ability to offer expert testimony, and cap punitive damages for corporate wrongdoing.

Many of the bills USA TODAY found were copied from models written by special interests were couched in unremarkable or technical language that obscured their impact.&#8239;

Murt’s situation highlights how critical bill titles and summaries are – especially when it comes to copycat legislation – because lawmakers, even sponsors, often don’t read bills.

Sonoma officials ban Roundup

Concerns over glyphosate pass from human health to the soil

Experts say the weed killer’s impact on soil health represents a serious threat to Europe’s long-term food security.

35,000 Protestors in Berlin Call for Agricultural Revolution

Noted activist and Swedish student Greta Thunberg, whose "strikes for climate" have inspired similar actions across the globe, nodded to the Swiss and German actions, writing Friday on Twitter: "The people are rising. The world is at a tipping point. Now we have to continue pushing hard! Everyone is needed. This is just the beginning."
Arty turns 10 this summer.

#1528274 --- 04/13/19 10:06 AM Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food [Re: MissingArty]
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ATSDR Report Confirms Glyphosate Cancer Risks

This week a public health agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), released the long-awaited Draft Toxicological Profile for Glyphosate. And, it supports and strengthens the 2015 cancer assessment of another health agency, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).

Now, almost exactly two years later, the ATSDR’s Draft Toxicological Profile for Glyphosate has risen from the near-dead and is out for public comment. At an impressive 257 pages, the fully-referenced report comprehensively covers both the cancer and non-cancer health effects linked to glyphosate exposure, the latter including adverse effects on reproduction and child development, and organ toxicity. Bravo, ATSDR!

French court finds Monsanto guilty of poisoning farmer

The court in Lyon rejected the company’s appeal on Tuesday but did not rule on how much Monsanto might have to pay, which will be determined in a separate ruling. It ordered the company to pay €50,000 immediately for François’s legal fees.

In its ruling, the court found that Monsanto should have clearly indicated on Lasso’s labelling and instructions for use “a notice on the specific dangers of using the product in vats and reservoirs”.

“The plaintiff’s assumed technical knowledge does not excuse the lack of information on the product and its harmful effects – a farmer is not a chemist,” it added.

New DNA 'shredder' technique goes beyond CRISPR's scissors

Summary: An international team has unveiled a new CRISPR-based tool that acts more like a shredder than the usual scissor-like action of CRISPR-Cas9. The new approach, based on Type I CRISPR-Cas3, is able to wipe out long stretches of DNA in human cells with programmable targeting, and has been shown to work in human cells for the first time.

U-M and Cornell have filed for a joint patent on this new tool. The research was funded by the National Institutes of Health (GM128637, GM118174, GM102543 and GM117268) and by Zhang's funding from the Medical School's Biological Sciences Scholars Program.

Bayer to cut 4,500 jobs in Germany

The massive conglomerate will cut 1 in 7 of its 32,000 jobs in Germany. The company is undergoing a massive restructuring as it faces legal and financial tests.

Why both major political parties have failed to curb dangerous pesticides

This led to the creation of “conditional” registration: After 1978, companies could register new products without submitting all of the required safety and testing data. More than 16,000 pesticides have been registered for use in the United States; more than two-thirds were initially registered conditionally. Some, according to a Government Accountability Office report, have been conditionally registered for more than 20 years. One legal analysis declared this a long-standing “loophole” in federal pesticide law, one that allowed companies to circumvent the legal requirement to prove a product safe for health and the environment before selling it to the public.

One of those conditionally registered compounds was glyphosate, first brought to market in the 1970s…


Conditional registration is not the only reason glyphosate has remained on the market. EPA scientists classified it as a carcinogen back in 1985 but reversed course after six years of correspondence with Monsanto executives. In the decades that followed, the company commissioned its own science from its preferred scientists and asked federal regulators to base decisions on that science. In one instance, the EPA ceded to industry requests to remove a certain scientist from a glyphosate safety review panel.

"We did not base our judgment on emotions"

Calling his service on the jury a "life-changing experience", Howard described the background of the jurors: "There were a lot of intelligent people, several with doctoral degrees, a molecular biologist, a public accountant, an environmental engineer, a technology journalist, and someone doing research on a law firm. I own a construction company in San Francisco and I'm an artist. At university I studied environmental analysis."

Asked whether the trial was an emotional experience, Howard said the testimony of Johnson and his wife was "very moving": "You see them and think, 'This is a family that is going through hell.' The health problems are compounded by legal difficulties. That was the only really emotional moment. Monsanto has accused Johnson's lawyers of stirring up emotions in the courtroom. But that was not the case. Our verdict was very rational."

He described the jury's method of working: "We proceeded very methodically, reviewing the process, comparing one statement with another in our records, and considering what they meant... We had 17 questions that we had to answer. When the question of guilt was clarified, we set the economic and non-economic damages. Then it was about the fines, which was the hardest."

In response to Bayer's assertion that no scientific studies show Roundup is carcinogenic, Howard said, "I have seen many scientific studies that included statistically relevant data showing that the glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup increases the risk of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in humans. But it was not up to the jury to find the evidence. We had to see whether or not there was enough evidence that the herbicide was carcinogenic. And in my opinion, there were more than enough. The evidence of Monsanto's corporate misconduct was clear and convincing."

Trial #2 Press Conference

The Hardeman Verdict from Co-Lead Trial Counsel Aimee Wagstaff and Jennifer Moore.

“You will be seeing us in courtrooms near you until this litigation is over.”

Damaged plants, damaged people

But a new paper (abstract below) reveals that dicamba doesn't only kill and damage the soybean plants that are in the line of fire of drift – it also makes its way into the seeds produced by those plants, resulting in deformed offspring.

Referring to different growth stages of the soybean plants (R1 to R6), the authors conclude, "This research documents that soybean damaged from dicamba drift during the R1 to R6 growth stages can negatively affect offspring and that occurrence of pod malformation after dicamba drift at the R5 growth stage may be indicative of injury to the offspring."

In addition, exposure of the parent plant to dicamba spraying during seed pod formation stages resulted in only 50% germination of seeds.

You Tube blocks a MIT Scientist…

Remember, it’s not just about Autism. See the list below.

"...there's a huge list of diseases that are rising…”

“This conversation between myself and Kerri Rivera has been censored (blocked) on youtube (claimed to violate youtube policy). It is still available to watch here:”

Glyphosate and Chlorine Dioxide

List of Auto Immune Disorders

Anemia, Celiac disease, Chronic fatigue syndrome, Chrones, Diabetes, Lupus, Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Arthritis...

Bill Gates Donates $15 Million to Campaign Pushing GMOs on Small Farmers Around the World

The Gates Foundation is funding a campaign to “end world hunger” by promoting GMO technology. The organization has hired 400 “science ambassadors” to influence agricultural policy in 35 countries.

Poisoned Patriots of Ft. McClellan

I am not just referring to the chemical spills from the chemical school there, although they contributed to the problem too. The veterans and their families were exposed to a toxic soup of chemicals from years and years of dumping, improper containment, and spills of dangerous toxic chemicals from Monsanto (think PCB’s, Dioxins, Roundup weed killer, Agent Orange, and genetically modified food) which turned Ft. McClellan and the neighboring town of Anniston into a disease and death causing toxic cesspool. In short, if you were stationed at Ft. McClellan between 1933 and 1999, you were exposed to these chemicals and possibly ionizing radiation if you were at the firing range. The only question is how it will affect you.

How bad is it? In 1966, a study was conducted by a University of Mississippi biologist. He placed 25 Bluegill fish into one of the streams. He reported to Monsanto that the fish became disoriented within 10 seconds and died within 3 ½ minutes. Another of the biologists reported that it was like “dunking the fish in battery acid”. The fish spurted blood and shed their skin as though being placed in boiling water.

Yet another biologist said, “The skin would literally slough off.” Sometime thereafter, a dog drank from the stream and died. For the dog lovers, he wasn’t part of the study – just an incidental occurrence that got reported. Since this was a Monsanto sponsored study, the results were not made public and Monsanto continued business as usual.

Once the EPA became actively involved, Ft. McClellan was closed down in 1999. It was declared a toxic site and was federally mandated to be decontaminated so the cleanup began. In 2009, 60 Minutes called Anniston one of the most toxic places in our country.

Seneff Ted Talk

A committed voice for sanity in science, Dr. Seneff has authored over two dozen peer-reviewed journal papers over the past few years about the connection between toxic chemicals and micro nutrient deficiencies in health and disease, with a focus on the dangers of Roundup (glyphosate) and the importance of sulfur. For more than three decades, her research interests have been at the intersection of biology and computation: developing a computational model for the human auditory system, understanding human language so as to develop algorithms and systems for human computer interactions, and applying natural language processing (NLP) techniques to gene predictions. Her current work focuses on the relationship between health and nutrition.

Pesticides Database Search

Seneff: “A compelling but sad story on French children exposed to glyphosate.”

Children on the Front Line

The medical community is unambiguous: Théo’s malformations are not genetic, but definitely linked to an external factor. “Right from birth, Théo’s doctors pointed a finger at pesticides,” says Sabine, who at the time didn’t make an immediate connection to the weed killer that she used at home to spray the horse paddock. “The wake-up call came later,” she remembers. In August 2008, to be precise. Just as she did every year at the same time, Sabine treated the area with Glyper, a herbicide containing glyphosate. “It suddenly hit me; I remembered what the surgeon had told me about pesticides.” Due to the teratogenic risks of glyphosate [causing malformation of embryos and foetal abnormalities] cited in scientific studies, doctors say the link to Théo’s birth defects is “highly likely”. “I was exposed [to glyphosate] at a crucial moment in my pregnancy – during the first four weeks,” she says. “I didn’t even know I was pregnant, so I didn’t take any particular precautions.”

Even worse, Sabine knowingly chose the product. At the time, this environmentally minded mother-to-be fell for agrochemical giant Monsanto’s ad campaign promoting the merits of its product Roundup, the “first biodegradable weed killer”. Meanwhile, in 2001, the American corporation had already been sued in France for false or misleading advertising. The company, ordered to pay a €15,000 fine, appealed. The Court of Cassation [France’s supreme court of appeal] upheld the penalty two years later. “During all that time, the ad continued to be aired,” says Théo’s mother, who heard about the court case “too late”.


Today, faced with a number of health scandals involving Bordeaux vineyards, the agricultural council recommends that professionals spraying pesticides wear gloves, an airtight bodysuit, goggles and other protective gear in order to avoid contamination. “We’re not condemning or going after agriculture or the winemaking industry, but rather the excessive use [of these products],” Ruffié says. “We’re simply asking for the application of the law, respecting the boundaries of one’s own plot of land.”

Second Jury Trial Implicates Roundup in Lymphatic Cancer - Mercola

Considering the evidence mounting against Roundup and other glyphosate-based herbicides, I think the chemical’s days are numbered. As previously discussed in many articles, glyphosate and glyphosate-based weed killer formulations have in recent years been linked to a wide variety of human health consequences, including:

Seneff: “Terrifying story in the NY Times about a fungus named Candida auris that appears to be often fatal for people with compromised immune systems, and that is resistant to multiple antibiotics. The belief is that the overuse of fungicides on crops has allowed this pathogen to get out of hand.”

Seneff: “This is very sad, and I bet humans are to blame for their suffering.”

Dolphins found suffering from Alzheimer's

The discovery is an ominous warning to us all, because it also hints at a potential cause for Alzheimer's: the environmental toxin BMAA.

Each of the dozen or so cases of Alzheimer's identified in dolphins so far has also been associated with BMAA, which is produced by blue-green algal blooms common in dolphin habitats. This neurotoxin is easily caught up in the ocean food web, which the dolphins rely on more directly than we do, but humans also rely on it and may be susceptible to the same concern.

"Dolphins are an excellent sentinel species for toxic exposures in the marine environment," explained co-author Dr. Deborah Mash. "With increasing frequency and duration of cyanobacterial blooms in coastal waters, dolphins might provide early warning of toxic exposures that could impact human health."


FDA sends blank documents to Moms Across America. See video.

2016 - China refuses GMO grain imports from the United States

New DNA 'shredder' technique goes beyond CRISPR's scissors

Summary: An international team has unveiled a new CRISPR-based tool that acts more like a shredder than the usual scissor-like action of CRISPR-Cas9. The new approach, based on Type I CRISPR-Cas3, is able to wipe out long stretches of DNA in human cells with programmable targeting, and has been shown to work in human cells for the first time.

U-M and Cornell have filed for a joint patent on this new tool. The research was funded by the National Institutes of Health (GM128637, GM118174, GM102543 and GM117268) and by Zhang's funding from the Medical School's Biological Sciences Scholars Program.

Bavaria to pass 'save the bees' petition into law in landmark move

The petition launched in February to seek better protection of plant and animal species had become the most successful in the southern German region’s history, garnering 1.75m signatures.

The proposal set a target for 20% of agricultural land to meet organic farming standards by 2025, before reaching 30% by 2030.

Ten per cent of green spaces in Bavaria would have to be turned into flowering meadows, and rivers and streams better protected from pesticides and fertilisers.


What is GMO?

Genetic Roulette The Gamble of Our Lives

Secret Ingredients

The secret ingredients in our food may be a lead driver of our obesity, infertility, cancer, digestive problems, autism, brain fog, skin conditions, gluten sensitivity, allergies, fatigue, anxiety, and many other conditions. Meet more than a dozen people whose turned around serious health conditions after adopting a diet that avoids genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and food sprayed with toxic herbicides like Roundup. Learn from leading physicians who say that these are not coincidences. They see illness and recovery like this every day in their practice. And listen to the scientists who explain why.

Moms Across America - Communities Rising

Across the country, citizens are taking action to protect their families from GMOs and toxic chemicals. Watch and share this moving and inspiring story.

Pollinator-Friendly Plants for Northeast United States
Arty turns 10 this summer.

#1528500 --- 04/17/19 09:09 AM Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food [Re: MissingArty]
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From “Modified:” Have you ever wondered why the Non-GMO Project verifies foods like orange juice (even though there are not currently any GM oranges on the market?) or salt (which is a mineral and as such can't be genetically engineered). It turns out many common foods contain additives manufactured from genetically engineered ingredients. In the case of orange juice: citric acid and vitamin C & D are often added to juice, and usually derived from GM corn. In the case of salt, anti-caking agents such as dextrose are also usually derived from GM corn. Read on at…/why-the-non-gmo-project-ve…/ to find out some of the other interesting reasons these foods carry the "Non-GMO Verified" label.

Why the Non-GMO Project Verifies Low-Risk Ingredients

States Fight Back on Dicamba

State Regulators Ask EPA to Allow State Pesticide Restrictions to Continue

CEO sees Bayer 'massively' affected by herbicide litigation

Latham: “Learn more about Roundup and the chemical industry. I am a Chapter author in this fun (really!) new book "The Politics of Pesticides" The Editor is Mitchel Cohen and the Forward is by Vandana Shiva. It is available from this website. If you have the time we would REALLY appreciate amazon and Barnes and Noble reviews. Preferably positive! Other authors include Brian Tokar, Sheldon Krimsky, Jay Feldman Stacy Malkan, Martha Herbert and Robyn Falk Esser .”

The Fight Against Monsanto’s Roundup: The Politics of Pesticides – New Book

“This may be one of the most important books you read this year. We are being poisoned and this book is sounding a well-informed alarm.”

EU Threatens To Legalise Human Harm From Pesticides

However, experts who are closely linked to industry (or are part of anti-regulation pressure groups) have taken control of the EU’s new Science Advice Mechanism (SAM). These experts have contributed to a report commissioned to reevaluate the EU’s authorisation of pesticides. The report, called “EU authorisation processes of Plant Protection Products”, and published in late 2018, recommends dramatically weakening the EU regulatory system. Especially notable is the adoption of many ideas previously proposed by the chemical industry. For example, the EU currently deems the acceptable level of public exposure to mutagenic pesticides (those that damage DNA) to be zero. The new report recommends scrapping this standard of protection.


A 12 minute video from 2012 explaining the Seralini study. A must watch. (Ladies, our mothers and grandmothers didn’t have fibroid tumors growing in their uteruses. Today, it’s epidemic. Take a look at HysterSysters’ website.)

A Short History of Glyphosate - 2017

1985: The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classified glyphosate as a Class C Carcinogen.

On February 11, 1985 the carcinogenic potential of glyphosate was first considered by an EPA panel, called the Toxicology Branch Ad Hoc Committee. The Committee, in a consensus review dated March 4, 1985, then classified glyphosate as a Class C Carcinogen. A Class C Carcinogen has ”Suggestive evidence of carcinogenic potential” according to the EPA.

1985: Monsanto tried to persuade the U.S. EPA that glyphosate was not a possible human carcinogen

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

In April 1985 he wrote an internal company letter stating the following: “Senior management at the EPA is reviewing a proposal to classify glyphosate as a class C “possible human carcinogen” because of kidney adenomas in male mice. Dr. Marvin Kuschner will review kidney sections and present his evaluation of them to the EPA in an effort to persuade the agency that the observed tumors are not related to glyphosate.”

1991: EPA change classification of glyphosate from Class C “Suggestive evidence of carcinogenic potential” to Class E which suggests “evidence of non-carcinogenicity for humans”

The Class C carcinogen classification for glyphosate, which was decided upon in 1985, was changed by the EPA to a Class E category which suggests “evidence of non-carcinogenicity for humans”. Mysteriously this change in glyphosate’s classification occurred during the same period that Monsanto was developing its first Roundup-Ready (glyphosate-resistant) GM Crops.

2007: Glyphosate usage is more than double that of the next most heavily sprayed pesticide – Atrazine.


RFK, Jr.: “The most important thing to realize about the ATSDR report is how clearly it lays out the vast array of scientific evidence linking both pure #glyphosate (rodent studies) as well as formulated glyphosate-containing products (in human epidemiologic studies) like Roundup as they are sold on the shelf to #cancer.”

ATSDR Report Confirms Glyphosate Cancer Risks

EPA Official Once Tried to Kill It, But the Nearly-Dead ATSDR Report Returns to Haunt Monsanto and Bayer

Those “inert” ingredients...

Zen Honeycutt: “The red in chart below is arsenic in glyphosate based herbicides. Arsenic became illegal to be used as an herbicide in 1973. In 1974 Roundup came on the market with glyphosate as the "active chemical ingredient"...and the manufacturers hid arsenic in the "inerts" or other undisclosed ingredients.” - From Seralini's talk at #EHS2019

"We will win one day...because they lied."

Toxicity of formulants and heavy metals in glyphosate-based herbicides and other pesticides - 2017

N.Defarge, J.Spiroux de Vendômois, G.E.Séralini

Scientist Seralini Exposes Fraud: Arsenic and Heavy Metals in Roundup - Moms Across America - 2018

French Professor Giles-Eric Seralini of the University of Caen is interviewed by Zen Honeycutt of Moms Across America regarding the new shocking finding of arsenic, a known poison, and heavy metals, also toxic and endocrine disrupting, in glyphosate-based herbicides such as Roundup. How might this be affecting you?;app=desktop

Seneff: “A good place to find some important information about glyphosate.”

Regulatory Failures = Superweeds and Glyphosate Cancers

EPA’s current considerations of the risks and benefits of pesticides including herbicides fail to account for the adverse cumulative impacts to human health and biodiversity of multiple herbicides and herbicide combinations. EPA even fails to consider their cumulative risks when they are in the same product and clearly will be applied simultaneously, such as the glyphosate-2,4-D product Enlist Duo that was first approved by EPA in 2014 in response to glyphosate-resistant weeds. (see details including NRDC litigation here).

EPA caught burying data describing the release of toxic substances into the environment… PROOF the EPA is colluding with polluters and lying to America

Farm bankruptcies shed new light on perils of Big Agriculture

Nonprofits Sue Panera Bread for Deceptive Marketing of Foods as ‘Clean’

Nonprofits Clean Label Project and GMO Free USA filed a lawsuit against Panera Bread for deceptive marketing

Sonoma officials ban Roundup

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Stakeholders reject genetic modification of indigenous foods in Nigeria

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Trailer: “Farmer’s Footprint”


“The sudden explosion of cancer suggests that we did some massive environmental injury similar to Chernobyl, and you suddenly realize that we’re collecting some 80 - 85 percent of all the glyphosate sprayed in the U.S. into a single water system, and if this is the most prevalent antibiotic in our environment that’s decimating the microbiome of the soils, we had a smoking gun.”

Dr. Zach Bush says he can’t shift the momentum by working with one cancer patient at a time. It’s far too slow and it’s not at the root of the cause. So he looks to “these farmers to realize the salvation of human health.”

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#1528501 --- 04/17/19 09:43 AM Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food [Re: MissingArty]
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Update on the third trial for glyphosate & non-Hodgkin's lymphoma by Glyphosate Girl.

RFK, Jr.: “Oakland Superior Court, Pilliod v. #Monsanto: Al and Alberta Pilliod with their lofty (6'7") son, Michael, and trial team Brent Wisner, Michael Baum, myself and Mike Miller. I’ve watched many of the great trial lawyers, but none better than Brent. Judges and juries love him for his integrity, lightening-fast wit, easy humor, infectious laugh and buoyant magnetism. His grasp of the science and the law is encyclopedic. His gift is his capacity to distill complexities into a simple and compelling cascade of moral outrage. His mesmerizing cross-examinations yesterday and this morning of Monsanto’s shady toxicologist, Dr. William Heydens, and it’s amnestic product safety chief, Dr. Michael "I don’t know much about glyphosate" Koch, were at first piercing, and then annihilating. Brent is a wrecking ball with charm. In a moment of reverie, he told me, "I’m 35 years old, and I’m happy to spend the rest of my life trying these cases against Monsanto.” We still have another 11,000 plaintiffs in our pipeline. So that's bad news for #Bayer.”

Update on the third trial for glyphosate & non-Hodgkin's lymphoma by Glyphosate Girl.


Monsanto Distinguished Fellow and Medical Toxicologist Dr. Daniel Goldstein:

Roundup has been available since 1974. The ingredients are glyphosate, water, a surfactant, and very small formulated ingredients, like food coloring and products to keep it from foaming up.

Readers, I’m having an identity crisis after a weekend at an environmental health conference. What if glyphosate isn’t actually the most significant toxin in the Roundup cocktail mix? Have I misplaced the relative importance of my namesake? Roundup celebrity scientist Dr. Seralini thinks so, and recommended “Formula Girl,” which unfortunately makes me sound like I also need a bouncy seat.

It was a veritable Who’s Who of those interested in pesticides, plastics and toxins at the Environmental Health Symposium in Arizona. It made for fabulous, engaging company. After a few drinks, we took guesses as to who might be an AgChem executive undercover, which was unfortunate for the suspicious-looking but innocent man who simply was a member of the steel drum band.

It was my first time at this symposium, and I can’t recommend it enough for those who want to learn the latest, non-ghostwritten science about cleaning up and eliminating everyday toxins from our bodies.

The keynote speaker was Gilles-Eric Seralini, who many of you will recognize as a pre-eminent GMO and Roundup scientist who has been a pain in the rear for Monsanto. What he has discovered in his lab has not been favorable to growing Monsanto product sales.

In his keynote, Seralini spent time celebrating Baum Hedlund and Brent Wisner for their success in winning the Johnson trial, before moving into shocking revelations from his recent research. I won’t drag you through the details, but this much you should takeaway. In 1973, Arsenic was banned for use in the US as a pesticide. In 1974, Roundup was introduced to market with the main ingredient glyphosate, water, surfactants, and “inert” agreements that made the mixture proprietary.

Well, Seralini discovered that those inert ingredients are anything but inert, and in fact include ARSENIC. The discovery has been confirmed but not yet published by another scientist.


No one has thought to test this before? So we have a highly toxic surfactant POEA facilitating the penetration of both glyphosate AND Arsenic, all around us, all of the time?

Let me get this straight. In the last few weeks I have heard the following facts presented:

Donna Farmer says that the Roundup formula can’t be tested because it kills the rats by way of the intestine before they can get a good read on carcinogenicity.

In Monsanto’s tests of how Roundup is absorbed via skin exposure, the lab cooked the tested cadaver skin at 140 degrees F, then froze it, making it impenetrable.

Seralini – who by the way released this study December 30, 2017 – found US-banned arsenic in the Roundup formulation making it multitudes more toxic than glyphosate alone.


For Investors

I want to point out the date of Seralini’s arsenic study release was well before the close of the Bayer acquisition. You may opt to google Seralini on your own, and will encounter the mega onslaught of a Monsanto-driven PR campaign to discredit his earlier studies. Seralini is also the most mentioned person in the Monsanto Papers.

Where was Bayer in evaluating the “inert ingredients” of Roundup? Did they have their own scientists take a look at it and judge for themselves? Did they get a list of what the proprietary extra ingredients were, and ask whether any were banned for use as a pesticide?

We still don’t know who knew what and when, but if I was a Bayer stockholder, I’d want to find out those answers.


Today, we saw a long video deposition of Dr. Michael Koch, the New Technologies in Toxicology Lead at Monsanto/Bayer. He was notably Donna Farmer’s boss for many years, though he makes it clear in the testimony that he did not micromanage her.

Wisner opens a series of many questions in a video depo, which shows both of their faces. Wisner’s tone is well delivered – he keeps a friendliness even while presenting pointedly damning evidence. My guess is that those in the line of Wisner’s fire don’t find it quite so friendly.

Koch states: “Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup,” and admits that there are other things in Roundup as well. All I can think about is the arsenic, but that won’t enter evidence in this trial.

Gobs of incriminating juice squeeze out through Wisner’s questioning, though most of it is not new news for GG. Over the course of well over one hour of testimony, the jury is fully engaged, listening to every single word. Wisner repeatedly asks a question of Koch, and then shows terribly damaging email evidence of schemes of deception orchestrated by Roundup protectors Koch, Heydens, Goldstein and Farmer.

Between Koch’s incredibly intense and shifting eyes, choppy voice tempo, and inability to talk his way out of the corner in which Wisner holds him captive, there are expressions of amusement on the faces of nearly every juror. A few audible chuckles erupt from the Pilliods – can you imagine how wonderful it must feel to see Monsanto executives caught so red handed after they caused them such great illness?

I closely relate to that sentiment.

Much of the deposition prods at Monsanto’s ghostwriting that so clearly took place in structuring an “orchestrated outcry” in advance of the IARC decision. Just so much good meat here that I will link to the transcript once it comes out. There are too many emails to discuss, but one that I found particularly amusing is an email from Monsanto’s regulatory liaison Dan Jenkins to Dr. Heydens and Dr. Koch after hearing that IARC was going to evaluate glyphosate.

Dr. Koch: Regarding IARC, precisely what we didn’t want to hear.

Dr. Heydens: Yes, I’m sitting here pondering this as we speak. The one-billion dollar question is how could it impact. Actually cause them to reopen their cancer review and do their own in-depth epidemiology evaluation? This is getting huge after we hear on our call this morning.

Koch: Yes, I had several of the same thoughts.

Wisner asks Koch about the “billion” dollar question. Koch says that it could have been a $64 million question too, because it’s just hyperbole. What an irony that the estimated $1 billion would be a total bargain in comparison to what Bayer will ultimately owe in Roundup liability.

In the cross examination, we switch to a happy Dr. Koch who says that his is married with children, and has 2 dogs. There is quiet laughter among the jurors, because after all of the terribly damning evidence of lying to keep a known carcinogen a best-seller, (knowing that it could kill the likes of Johnson, Hardeman and the Pilliods), this description of Koch’s every-day man existence seems jarringly farcical.

In fact, I think the trial was just unofficially lost by Bayer. The jurors have put down their notepads and are watching the deposition with amused faces as though it is a TV legal drama that has been made far too obvious to be believed.

For the first time in three Monsanto trials, Plaintiff attorneys are allowed to present an expert witness on the topic of California’s Prop 65, a measure that requires the state to maintain and update a list of chemicals known to the state to cause cancer or reproductive toxicology.

Dr. Pease has perhaps the most impressive educational pedigree of our expert witnesses: Yale undergraduate degree in English, Rhodes Scholar in English Literature at Oxford, and a PhD in Environmental Health Sciences from Berkeley. His demeanor is friendly, normal, calm and educated. His compassionate attitude towards the environment also seems very Berkeley, which is likely quite appealing to this crowd of jurors.

The jury hears the details of the four routes via in which a chemical can get listed on the Prop 65 list. In the case of glyphosate, it is listed due to IARC’s classification. IARC is one of the few sources of chemical evaluation that California deems trustworthy – it does not look to the EPA, EFSA, or other regulatory bodies for guidance. As a Californian Zombie, I am proud that the California EPA knows better than to trust the highly corrupt regulatory agencies that are in the back pocket of chemical companies.

The cross examination of Dr. Pease is entirely uneventful, but that is not surprising because the testimony more of an informational session on Prop 65 than anything controversial. In a cute moment, the Monsanto attorney asks him what he would preferred to be called, “Dr. Pease?” Pease responds: “You can call me Bill!” So then the Paul Simon “Call Me Al” goes through my mind and hasn’t left 10 hours later.


Oh, the poor jury. SO LONG and SO BORING. Eyes are struggling to stay open during this testimony that focuses on Blair’s time leading the IARC working group in its evaluation of glyphosate.

The testimony is not dissimilar to, but considerably longer than, the testimony shown in the Johnson trial. Blair still looks like he really wishes not to be involved in a legal dispute, and would prefer to return to his scientific studies. He also still looks like this:


You may remember Dr. Goldstein from the Johnson trial as the doctor who didn’t call Johnson back after Johnson called twice to see if his cancer could be related to Ranger Pro exposure. Goldstein is Monsanto’s veteran physician who oversaw product safety and human health. It appears from his LinkedIn profile that he has moved on from Monsanto after the Bayer acquisition to pursue a consulting practice and other hobbies. I’m sure he also is extremely rich.

I believe this testimony is a longer version of that which we saw in Johnson, but from the same day. The jury has perked up again, and amusement returns to their faces as the outrageous behavior of Goldstein and crew to cover up the carcinogenicity of Roundup is made quite obvious. Goldstein’s body language betrays his words – he appears fidgety, uncomfortable, and generally excessively guilty throughout Plaintiff questioning.


Goldstein and Donna Farmer regularly play Whack-A-Mole, which translates to smacking down any science that shows unfavorable results towards Monsanto’s products.
Goldstein and team celebrated that the abstract of the McDuffie 2001 article did not mention glyphosate exposure as a risk factor in NHL The omission of glyphosate in the abstract meant that searches for glyphosate wouldn’t pick up the positive findings of carcinogenicity in the study.
In the cross examination, the Monsanto attorney pulls up the Andreotti study for defense via the AHS. Cause that’s all they’ve got.


The jury has become friendly with one another, just like those in the Johnson trial! In fact, they are so chummy that Judge Smith sternly reminds them that they are not to discuss ANY of the proceedings with one another until deliberations. I’m sure that is excessively hard given all of the comedy material depicted today.

Before testimonies started, one of the huge overhead lights started strobing. Wisner requested that be turned off before we all became dizzy and ill. So we were only half-lit today.

In the middle of the video testimonies, the jurors are invited to stand up for a few-minute stretching session. It was just so hard to stay awake.

A juror on the end farthest from the gallery has brought a chinese folding fan, which she uses throughout the day.

Today could not have been better for the Plaintiff. Bayer attorneys have even more cranky frowns after the disaster of the day. It has to be frustrating to try to structure a decent argument that is so betrayed by these video testimonies of Monsanto’s own senior executives.

Tomorrow we will enjoy testimony from Agricultural Economist Chuck Benbrook. Hold onto your hats!
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#1528549 --- Yesterday at 11:55 AM Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food [Re: MissingArty]
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“...contaminants, such as formaldehyde…”
That’s in vaccines too.
But Pharma says vaccines are “safe and effective,”
like Monsanto said RoundUp was safe.

Monsanto Roundup Trial Tracker by USRTK, Carey Gillam

The Pilliod case is the third Roundup cancer trial. Juries in the first two cases found for plaintiffs, agreeing with allegations that exposure to Monsanto’s glyphosate-based herbicides cause cancer and that Monsanto has actively worked to hide information about the risks of its products for decades.

Before jurors adjourned for the week last Thursday they heard testimony about “dermal absorption” issues with Roundup and other glyphosate-based herbicides and how the common formulations Monsanto sold contained an ingredient referred to as POEA, a chemical with toxicity found to be 40 times stronger than glyphosate alone. Regulators such as the Environmental Protection Agency have not required Monsanto to provide long-term studies on the actual formulations that it sells, including those with POEA, which has been banned in Europe.

Plaintiffs’ expert witness William Sawyer, who is a forensic toxicologist, told jurors that along with POEA Monsanto’s herbicide products carried dangerous contaminants, such as formaldehyde. Overall, Roundup is about 50 times more genotoxic than glyphosate alone, Sawyer testified.

He also told jurors about how the product absorbs easily into human skin, even if someone spraying the herbicide is wearing a long-sleeved shirt or jeans.

“If a person is sweating and those pants are moist, it then gives a kind of a conduit for the
material sprayed on the clothing to flow through the wet garment onto the wet skin. And it increases the what we call the dermal exposure quantity….” Sawyer testified.

April 12, 2019

Judge Makes Official Order for Bayer Mediation With Cancer Victims

After a week of behind-the-scenes discussions, U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria has issued a formal order of mediation to seek a settlement between Bayer AG and lawyers representing thousands of cancer victims who are suing Monsanto alleging their exposure to the company’s Roundup herbicide caused their illnesses.

Collusion Or Coincidence? Records Show EPA Efforts To Slow Herbicide Review Came In Coordination With Monsanto

The documents reveal this was no accident, no bureaucratic delay, but rather was the result of a collaborative effort between Monsanto and a group of high-ranking EPA officials.
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