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

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

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

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

Monsanto banned from European parliament

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

GMOs Revealed

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

Oregon Appeals Court Keeps Blocking Josephine County's GMO Ban

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

Who is Carey Gillam?

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

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

Herbicide Atrazine Found to Affect Health Across Multiple Generations

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

Tell Garden Retailers to Pledge Not to Sell GMO Grass

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

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

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

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

Abundant Land: Soil, Seeds and Sovereignty - Hawaii

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

First study finds neonic pesticides in US drinking water

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Minding your mitochondria | Dr. Terry Wahls

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

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

France to ban glyphosate weedkiller by 2022, develop alternative

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

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

Jonathan Latham:

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NAFTA 2.0: doing harm with ag biotech approval shortcuts

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

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

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

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

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

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

Free to watch: Vaccines Revealed…

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

9 farmers die in Yavatmal after spraying insecticide on crops

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

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

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

Can You Pick the Bees Out of This Insect Lineup?

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

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

Study Shows Climate Change Threatens Soil Organisms Essential to Life

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

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

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

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

FDA approves genetically engineered ‘pink pineapple’ for sale

Why Hydroponics Is Not Organic - Comment by October 11 at

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gluten Intolerance is really GLYPHOSATE POISONING

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

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

That "something" is glyphosate.

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

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

Tell Congress: Subsidize Healthy Foods, Not Junk Foods!

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

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

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

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

Moms Across America Update…Glyphosate in Vaccines

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


Link to article referenced in video…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ex-Wrigley workers sue over exposure to flavoring chemicals

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

Trouble in the fields: Why the superweeds are winning

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Precautionary Principle states that “if an action or policy has a suspected risk of causing harm to the public, or to the environment, in the absence of scientific consensus (that the action or policy is not harmful), the burden of proof that it is not harmful falls on those taking that action.” (Wikipedia).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Glyphosate Weedkiller Found in All 5 Popular Orange Juice Brands

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

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

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

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

How to Eat a Non-GMO Diet with Jeffrey Smith

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

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

All of presentations of the impacts glyphosate in European Parliament

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

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

The Indian farmers falling prey to pesticide

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The distinct properties of natural and GM cry insecticidal proteins

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

The Misleading and Deceitful Ways of Dr. Kevin Folta

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

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

Seed Industry Structure – Dr. Phil Howard

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read our press release for the EU Parliament press conference…

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

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

How are GMOs and Roundup linked to cancer?

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

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

GMOs and Cancer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Watch the speech for some pretty shocking revelations.)

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

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

Safe Eating.

Jeffrey Smith
Executive Director
Institute for Responsible Technology
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Moms Across America added a new video: Birth Defects and Glyphosate Connection

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

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

Glysophate in Breakfast Cereal

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

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

Remember bug zappers?

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

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

More than 75 percent decline over 27 years in total flying insect biomass in protected areas
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Arizona Science Institute Launches First Ever Glyphosate Testing Biobank

MetricBio have launched the first ever Glyphosate Biobank, to help shed further light on the levels of glyphosate in the U.S population and to help researchers to investigate human health issues surrounding the World’s most used herbicide, The Detox Project reported on Tuesday.

The new study being performed by MetricBio is again involving the general public but this time we are not only giving people the opportunity to find out the level of glyphosate in their urine, we are also enabling them to be part of a ground-breaking Glyphosate Biobank, which will aim to help this and future generations to find out details about the health effects of glyphosate.

If you would like to participate in this study please click on the following link to read the full details and to order your glyphosate study kit.

ADD YOUR NAME: Tell the EPA: Don’t Let Dow Chemical Poison our Kids!

In November 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finally took steps to ban chlorpyrifos, an agricultural pesticide known to be especially harmful to farmworkers and children.

Then along came the Trump Administration. Intent on prioritizing corporate profits over public health, Trump’s EPA reversed the ban—just 20 days after EPA Chief Scott Pruitt met with the CEO of Dow Chemical.

New Groundbreaking Research Shows Glyphosate Persists in Soil

The research study by the Dutch University of Wageningen and Rikilt laboratories, jointly with the JRC, reveals that among 317 EU soil samples of arable land, 42% contained AMPA, the most toxic metabolite of glyphosate, while glyphosate was found in 21% of the soils; 18% of the samples had both. The study was conducted in six crop systems along 11 EU member states comprising soils under different geographical and climatic conditions.

New research challenges assumption of substantial equivalence for Roundup-tolerant GMOs

The Study:

Latham: “Neonicotinoid insecticides and the environment - Open Letter from the World's Scientists. Sign or read or share please.”

An open letter to policy makers and regulators

t is the view of the undersigned scientists that the balance of evidence strongly suggests that these chemicals are harming beneficial insects and contributing to the current massive loss of global biodiversity. As such, there is an immediate need for national and international agreements to greatly restrict their use, and to prevent registration of similarly harmful agrochemicals in the future.

Failure to respond urgently to this issue risks not only the continued decline in abundance and diversity of many beneficial insects but also the loss of the services they provide and a significant fraction of the biodiversity heritage of future generations.


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Why Has the E.P.A. Shifted on Toxic Chemicals? An Industry Insider Helps Call the Shots

A scientist who worked for the chemical industry now shapes policy on hazardous chemicals. Within the
E.P.A., there is fear that public health is at risk.

Food As Medicine Full Documentery

“That chicken wing you’re eating could be as deadly as a cigarette.” “As we learned from the tobacco industry, a powerful corporation can sell the general public just about anything.”

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Non-GMO Month: Understanding Natural, Non-GMO & Certified Organic

Another area where people seem to get confused is differentiating between the terms “Certified Organic” and “Non-GMO”. It’s important to note that all organic products are Non-GMO, however, the opposite is not true: Non-GMO products are not organic. That’s not to say that Non-GMO products are bad, it’s a matter of you choosing what you’d rather eat and feed your family because a product that’s not Certified Organic but is Non-GMO is grown with pesticides and chemical fertilizers. If you want food free from toxic chemicals and GMO’s, organic is your choice.

Bulgaria Prohibits Advertising of ‘Unhealthy’ GMO Foods to Children

Advertisers in Bulgaria will now be stopped from targeting children in promotional material on TV and in print for foods deemed unhealthy, including those containing GMOs. The unique law also prohibits children from taking part in commercials promoting unhealthy foods.

The importance of regulating advertisements on the internet and other remote sales of food was included in the law.

IRT: Monsanto Is Poisoning the Whole Population

According to a just released study published in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers at the University of California, San Diego, confirmed that the amount of glyphosate in our bodies is 13 X more than it was before GMOs were introduced in the mid-90s. That is no surprise because most GMOs are engineered to be sprayed with Roundup. (Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup.) Use of glyphosate has risen 15 X since the introduction of Monsanto’s Roundup Ready crops. Even tiny amounts are linked to serious disease and chronic health conditions in other research.

Read more about the study HERE.

Exposure to Glyphosate, Chemical Found in Weed Killers, Increased Over 23 Years

“What we saw was that prior to the introduction of genetically modified foods, very few people had detectable levels of glyphosate,” said Mills. “As of 2016, 70 percent of the study cohort had detectable levels.”

IRT: Monsanto Caught Red-Handed

This is one of the best summary articles of how Monsanto was caught red-handed. Published Oct 24th in Der Spiegel, the widely read German news publication, the story adds explosive details of Monsanto’s deceit and deception just as the European Commission must decide about re-licensing of glyphosate. Permission to sell the chemical in the European Union expires on December 15th.

Monsanto’s lies began to unravel with the court-ordered release of internal emails and documents as part of an on-going class-action suit in California. The plaintiffs in that suit claim Monsanto's Roundup has caused non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a form of lymph node cancer, in them or members of their family.

"The Monsanto Papers tell an alarming story of ghostwriting, scientific manipulation and the withholding of information," says Michael Baum, a partner in the law firm of Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, which is bringing one of the US class actions. According to Baum, Monsanto used the same strategies as the tobacco industry: "creating doubt, attacking people, doing ghostwriting."

Seneff: “It would be so sweet if glyphosate falls and then glufosinate falls right behind it. Both of them probably derive much of their toxicity from the fact that they are amino acids. Glyphosate is a SYNTHETIC amino acid analogue of glycine, and glufosinate is a NATURAL amino acid analogue of glutamate. Amino acid analogues can get copied into proteins by mistake in place of the coding amino acid that they resemble, and I have come to believe that this is the source of the insidious cumulative toxicity of these molecules.”

France Withdraws License for Bayer’s Glufosinate Herbicide after Health Review

French health and environment regulator ANSES said on Thursday it had withdrawn the license for Bayer’s Basta F1 weedkiller made with glufosinate-ammonium, citing uncertainty over its effect on health following a review.

The product, which is used to spray vineyards, fruit orchards and vegetables, was the only weedkiller containing glufosinate authorized in France, ANSES said in a statement, reported by Reuters.

Glufosinate is an alternative to glyphosate, the world’s most popular weedkiller substance which is currently the subject of fierce debate in the European Union over whether its license should be extended.

On Wednesday an initial round of votes on the proposed 10 year re-license for glyphosate by European Union (EU) member states failed to reach a majority and has thus forced the European Commission (EC) to consider a phase out or shorter license for the world”s most used herbicide. France was one of the leading countries to vote against the re-license.

On Tuesday, MEPs at the European Parliament voted to ban the use of glyphosate in Europe, 244 out of 355 MEPs voted to ban glyphosate completely in 2022 and to refuse the 10 year re-license for glyphosate, with restrictions on use from 2018.

Costco develops new safer chemicals policy

Costco made its announcement on its website stating:

“Costco’s Chemical Management Policy goes beyond the boundaries of regulatory compliance in an effort to reduce potential chemical harm to humans and to the environment from the product manufacturing process and from consumer use and disposal.”

The policy outlines the steps the company is taking with suppliers including:

Seneff: “A vet speaks out about the damage glyphosate is doing to his livestock. The chat room is quite entertaining!”

Poisoned Fields - Glyphosate, the underrated risk?

J. Denning: “This is excellent coverage of the glyphosate poison coverup. If you can only watch a minute, watch at 40 minutes, for 2 minutes. Moms Across America founder Zen Honeycutt, reports that Moms Across America testing reported found 166 parts/billion of glyphosate (weed poison Roundup) in breast milk, which is 1600 times higher in the breast milk than is allowed in European water.

Zen asks: "Why is a mom having to do this testing? Why isn't our government doing it? Why isn't the chemical manufacturer who manufactured this chemical doing this? Why aren't the food companies doing this? Why aren't the baby formula companies doing this?"

European Member States Continue Great Glyphosate Rebellion with 10 Year License Refusal

An initial round of votes Wednesday on the proposed 10 year re-license for glyphosate by European Union (EU) member states has failed to reach a majority and has thus forced the European Commission (EC) to consider a phase out or shorter license for the world”s most used herbicide.

Million-dollar grant to fund corn breeding efforts

The University of Illinois is set to start an organic corn breeding initiative using grant money.

WAND-TV’s partners at The News-Gazette report the campus will claim $2 million from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Farmers will work with researchers and buyers to see what products they can make through corn breeding. The process will use seeds and tissues stored at the U of I campus.

The News-Gazette says consumers will grade the products farmers create with the organic corn parts.

Rep. Rodney Davis, who announced the grant, says the money will help farmers in Illinois create the “highest quality products”. He believes farmers will be able to produce more foods and make more money through breeding.

Organic farming advocates examine ways to combat fraud

Following the discovery of the phony organic imports, the OTA formed an Anti-Fraud Task Force dedicated to seeking foreign and domestic compliance with USDA organic standards by developing a best-practices guide to use in managing and verifying supply chain integrity. The guide will include a vulnerability assessment and an alert reporting system.

Stop the Monsanto-Bayer mega-merger

Bayer and Monsanto filed their merger for approval -- and European regulators could approve it by early 2018.

With your help, we can convince European regulators to stop this merger.

Moms Across America: “OUTRAGEOUS! FDA is having two meetings to ask how they should spend the $3M allotted them to do a Monsanto PR campaign for GMOs. One is in San Francisco on Nov 14. Can anyone go? And get others there?”

FDA Announces Two Public Meetings on Agricultural Biotechnology Education and Outreach

The U.S Food and Drug Administration is announcing public meetings to be held in Charlotte, North Carolina, and San Francisco, California, regarding its Agricultural Biotechnology Education and Outreach Initiative. Congress appropriated $3 million to fund this initiative, which calls upon the FDA to work with USDA to provide education and outreach to the public on agricultural biotechnology and food and animal feed ingredients derived from biotechnology.

Docs Show How Monsanto Crushes Dissent with Thousands of Paid Trolls

“Monsanto even started the aptly-named ‘Let Nothing Go’ program to leave nothing, not even Facebook comments, unanswered; through a series of third parties, it employs individuals who appear to have no connection to the industry, who in turn post positive comments on news articles and Facebook posts, defending Monsanto, its chemicals, and GMOs.”

It isn’t as if this is really news to any of us, but it is darned satisfying to see that the truth always comes out.

This time a California court might be holding Monsanto to the fire not only for causing wide spread cancer, but proving that they used Orwellian mind control tactics to sway the public’s acceptance of their own poisoning.

Goodbye to Golden Rice? GM Trait Leads to Drastic Yield Loss and “Metabolic Meltdown”

“What the Indian researchers show is that the Golden Rice transgenes given to them by Syngenta caused a metabolic meltdown,” says Jonathan Latham, Executive Director of the Bioscience Resource Project. “The classic criticisms of genetic engineering as a plant breeding tool have always been, first, that introduced DNA will disrupt native gene sequences and, second, that unpredictable disruption of normal metabolism may result from introducing new functions. Golden Rice exemplifies these flaws to perfection.”

Heritage Apples Making A Comeback

“We are always looking for old varieties, especially if they originated in the upper Midwest,” says Bussey. “Let us know if you have an old tree. We would love to hear about it. We may take scion wood from it or know someone who would.”
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Zen Honeycutt, Moms Across America

"No one sets out to be an activist. No one wants to volunteer to spend their time speaking up about things which most people don't understand or want to hear. No one wants to feel different or awkward in their circles of friends. But when you look at your baby, or niece or nephew or grandchild, suddenly what other people think of you is the least of your concerns. If there is an injustice happening to a child you love, all that matters is protecting them. We are at a point in history where everyone needs to become an activist or everyone is going to get sick. Corporations are polluting our water, food, air, medical treatments and playgrounds with chemicals. It's time to speak up, stand up, and show up for the ones you love. Please do something today." Go to and click on Action.

The brainwashing of the American public begins - funded by the Gates Foundation.

Seneff: “Moms Across America may be small, but they are powerful!”

How Monsanto Captured the EPA (And Twisted Science) To Keep Glyphosate on the Market

The Moms Across America episode fits a pattern that has emerged since 1974, when the EPA first registered glyphosate for use: When questions have been raised about the chemical’s safety, Monsanto has ensured that the answers serve its financial interests, rather than scientific accuracy and transparency. Our two-year investigation found incontrovertible evidence that Monsanto has exerted deep influence over EPA decisions since glyphosate first came on the market—via Roundup—more than 40 years ago.

We have closely examined the publicly available archive of EPA documents from the earliest days of the agency’s consideration of glyphosate. Significant portions of the relevant documents have either been partially redacted or omitted entirely. But this archived material reveals that EPA staff scientists, who found much of the data submitted by Monsanto unacceptable, did place great weight upon a 1983 mouse study that showed glyphosate was carcinogenic.

CPG Sec. 550.625 Oranges - Artificial Coloring

In case you didn’t know: The skins of conventionally grown Florida oranges are injected with RED FOOD DYE, early in the growing season. Be aware that if your child has known reactions to food dyes, you should definitely be selective with which oranges you buy. Here is a link to the FDA rule:

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

What many people don't realize is that this livestock feed production is controlled by a very small number of large and powerful corporations, making huge upstream profits, but creating massive downstream pollution. These companies—ADM, Bunge, Cargill (often referred to as the ABCs)—don't have much of a public reputation, as they don't sell directly to individual consumers. Under our current regulatory system, they're also not responsible for their run-off or excess fertilizer use, both of which are classified as "non-point source" pollution. In other words, soil erosion and run-off from enormous swaths of America's crop fields are washing into the waterways, and taxpayers shoulder the burden. These two factors mean that industrial agriculture companies operate with impunity while polluting the land, rivers and oceans.

These baby foods and formulas tested positive for arsenic, lead and BPA in new study

Mainstream brands including Gerber, Enfamil, Plum Organics and Sprout were among the worst offenders — scoring two out of five in the Clean Label Project's report card for toxic metals. Plus, 60% of products claiming to be "BPA free" tested positive for the industrial chemical bisphenol A. The quantities of contaminates range, but some products tested positive for up to 600 parts of arsenic per billion. That's far more than just trace amounts.

Arsenic was the most common contaminate spotted in the Clean Label Project study. Nearly 80% of infant formula samples tested positive for arsenic. The toxin is associated with developmental defects, cardiovascular disease, neurotoxicity, diabetes and even cancer, according to the World Health Organization.

Jaclyn Bowen, executive director of Clean Label Project and a food safety scientist, said rice-based baby food such as snack puffs had some of the highest levels of arsenic.

Monsanto halts launch of chemical after users complain of rashes

The delayed launch of what Monsanto calls a blockbuster product is another setback for the company, which is already battling to keep a new version of a herbicide on the market in the face of complaints that it damaged millions of acres of crops this summer.

Study ties pesticides in food to reduced fertility in women

"There have been concerns for some time that exposure to low doses of pesticides through diet, such as those that we observed in this study, may have adverse health effects, especially in susceptible populations such as pregnant women and their fetus, and on children," she said. "Our study provides evidence that this concern is not unwarranted."

"A reasonable choice based on these findings is to consume low-pesticide-residue fruits and vegetables instead of high-pesticide-residue ones. Another option is to go organic for the fruits and vegetables known to contain high pesticide residues," she said. "It is very important to keep in mind that, as far as we are aware, this is the first time that this association is reported, so it is extremely important that our findings are replicated in other studies."

Merchants of Doubt (2014)

A documentary that looks at pundits-for-hire who present themselves as scientific authorities as they speak about topics like toxic chemicals, pharmaceuticals and climate change.


Episode #39: Glyphosate with Dr. Stephanie Seneff, PhD

In this episode, you will learn about the pesticide glyphosate, its impacts on health, and what can be done to help the body detoxify it.


None would be good enough. Whitten renewed the rider every year until he retired in 1995. Whitten’s obstinacy on behalf of agriculture cemented the security of farm antibiotic use in the United States. The United States let growth promoters and preventive dosing flourish unregulated. More and more evidence— which is to say, larger, deadlier outbreaks—would accumulate for decades before anyone found the courage to try to control farm antibiotics again.

Excerpted from Big Chicken by Maryn McKenna; published by National Geographic Partners on September 12th, 2017.

Brockovich: “Today Moms Across America released glyphosate test results revealing that all of the five popular orange juice brands tested positive for glyphosate weed killer. Moms Across America founder Zen Honeycutt stated, "The discovery of glyphosate residue in orange juice is unacceptable, especially since a branch of the World Health Organization designated glyphosate a probable carcinogen, two years ago, back in the spring of 2015. The EPA has had ample time to revoke the license of this chemical and restrict its use in our food and beverage crops. As confirmed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, our children, who frequently drink orange juice for breakfast, are especially vulnerable to pesticides and measures should be taken immediately to protect them."

How Big Food does politics in Washington

Big Food trade associations got a meeting at the White House to argue that the deadlines for implementing the new Nutrition Facts panel and GMO labeling need to be synchronized (translation: delayed as long as possible).

Here’s who came to the meeting with the White House Office of Management and Budget:
Ag-Gag Across America - Corporate-Backed Attacks on Activists and Whistleblowers

This report, the first of its kind, discusses ag-gag laws in historical and political context, catalogues an earlier wave of ag-gag legislation, examines each recent law in detail, explores constitutional concerns and current lawsuits, and documents several successful campaigns to defeat ag-gag legislation.

EPA chief backs another pesticide harmful to kids

EXCERPT: EWG’s analysis of the [US EPA] assessment found that if the EPA followed the rules required by a federal law to protect children’s health, dicamba would be banned.

Glyphosate debate divides grain industry, sparks concern from livestock farmers

“If feed grain has residues, it gets into the animal and then gets into the human food chain.”

"We need to be aware that there are many countries in the world now that have banned the product completely."

Gates Foundation Grants Additional $6.4 million to Cornell’s Controversial Alliance for Science

The Alliance has engaged in a diverse array of biotech-related activities since 2014. A major one is to train advocates in countries where GMOs are contentious in the techniques of “strategic communications”. This Global Leadership Fellows Program is an official Cornell certificate program and fellows are given business cards bearing the Cornell logo. The program trains 25 individuals per year and fellows are expected to become the trainers of others.

Arkansas Plant Board Backs Dicamba Ban Next Summer in Blow to Monsanto

The Arkansas Plant Board has approved new regulations that prohibit the use of dicamba from April 16 through Oct. 31, 2018 after receiving nearly 1,000 complaints of pesticide misuse in the state.

Glyphosate: Less toxic than table salt?

Backhaus points out that:

1. Glyphosate is never used in its pure form – it’s always mixed with additives (adjuvants) that are toxic in their own right. So comparisons based on the pure chemical are meaningless.

2. The toxicity scale is based on the LD50 value of each substance – the concentration that kills half the organisms after short-term exposure to the compound in question. But the LD50 is about acute lethality. The concern with glyphosate herbicides is not how many people will keel over and die from a high short-term exposure (few) but how many will be affected by realistic low doses over a long-term period (potentially many). Particular concerns with glyphosate herbicides are developmental effects and cancer. Cancer does not arise from acute toxicity, but from long-term chronic toxicity. Cami Ryan’s infographic has nothing to say about these crucial endpoints.

From Dietitians for Professional Integrity, a new study published in the British Medical Journal finds that...

"industry payments to journal editors are common and often large, particularly for certain subspecialties. Journals should consider the potential impact of such payments on public trust in published research."

Payments by US pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers to US medical journal editors: retrospective observational study


* "Journal editors wield enormous power; they are the individuals who determine a substantial amount of the content and conclusions of what appears in their journals, including article selection, article content, and which articles have accompanying editorials."

* "Compared with author conflict of interest, editorial conflict of interest has been infrequently studied."

* "We used information from the CMS Open Payments database to examine financial payments from industry to US editors of 52 prestigious medical journals drawn from 26 specialties in 2014. We found that 50.9% of editors received at least some general payments from industry, and these payments were often large."

* "Our finding that editors of high impact journals (in specialties such as cardiology, gastroenterology, and endocrinology) receive larger payments than the typical practicing physician of the same specialty should raise questions."

* "It is important to acknowledge that we do not know if editorial relations influence publication decisions. In the best case, the answer would be a categorical “no.” That said, even the appearance of conflicts of interest can severely damage the fragile public trust in the medical research enterprise.52 Editors have an important influence and responsibility for ensuring the integrity of medical research.45 Editorships at high impact journals are sought after positions, and editors set the tone for the rest of the academic profession."

From Dietitians for Professional Integrity

A disturbing, but important, NPR read. Remember these farmers next time Monsanto touts its "corporate social responsibility" efforts.

Monsanto Attacks Scientists After Studies Show Trouble For Weedkiller Dicamba


* "Dicamba, an old weedkiller that is being used in new ways, has thrust Bradley and a half-dozen other university weed scientists into the unfamiliar role of whistleblower, confronting what they believe are misleading and scientifically unfounded claims by one of the country's biggest seed and pesticide companies: Monsanto."

* "Dicamba has a well-known defect. It's volatile; it tends to evaporate from the soil or vegetation where it has been sprayed, creating a cloud of plant-killing vapor that can spread in unpredictable directions. It happens more in hot weather, and Monsanto's new strategy inevitably would mean spraying dicamba in the heat of summer."

* "Monsanto and two other chemical companies, BASF and DuPont, announced that they had solved this problem with new "low-volatility" formulations of dicamba that don't evaporate as easily. Yet the companies — especially Monsanto — made it difficult for university scientists to verify those claims with independent tests before the products were released commercially."

* "To make matters worse, Monsanto started selling its new dicamba-tolerant soybeans in 2016, before the new low-volatility formulations of dicamba were even approved for sale."

* "When spraying started, complaints rolled in. The new "low volatility" versions of dicamba didn't stay where they belonged. They drifted into nearby fields, damaging crops there — mostly soybeans, but also vegetables and orchards. There were reports of damage from Mississippi to Minnesota, but the problem was worst in Arkansas, Missouri and Tennessee."

* ""All I got was denial that there was a problem," Kevin Bradley, a professor of weed science at the University of Missouri, says. "What I kept hearing was: It's not a big problem nationwide; we always have these kinds of mistakes or accidents with the introduction of any new technology."

* "So Bradley, a past president of the Weed Science Society of America, started collecting data on crop damage from across the country, mapping the epidemic. By the end of the summer, Bradley estimated that at least 3.1 million acres of crops had shown some injury from drifting dicamba."

* "Monsanto's executives insist that the people who sprayed dicamba were just learning how to do it properly and didn't follow directions. Partridge says his company checked out more than a thousand cases of dicamba damage, "and in 88 percent of those instances, the label was not followed." Farmers or pesticide applicators sprayed dicamba too close to neighboring fields, didn't clean out their equipment properly or used the wrong nozzles."

* "Bradley and his colleagues in other states say that much of the damage they saw this year looks more like what they had feared all along: volatilization."

* "Monsanto — and farmers who want to use dicamba — have been fighting back. In Arkansas, where state regulators proposed a ban on dicamba during the growing season next year, Monsanto recently sued the regulators, arguing that the ban was based on "unsubstantiated theories regarding product volatility that are contradicted by science."

* "The company called on regulators to disregard information from Jason Norsworthy, one of the University of Arkansas' weed researchers, because he had recommended that farmers use a non-dicamba alternative from a rival company. Monsanto also attacked the objectivity of Ford Baldwin, a former university weed scientist who now works as a consultant to farmers and herbicide companies."

* "Bradley says executives from Monsanto have made repeated calls to his supervisors. "What the exact nature of those calls [was], I'm not real sure," Bradley says. "But I'm pretty sure it has something to do with not being happy with what I'm saying.""

* "Over the course of recent decades, publicly funded agricultural extension services have shrunk, and farmers have turned to seed and chemical companies for advice. "It's become so weighted towards — 'well, the companies did their research, and it said this, so that must be the way it is!' " Bradley says. "You know what? Maybe that's not the way it is."

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From Dietitians for Professional Integrity

The FBI’s Hunt for Two Missing Piglets Reveals the Federal Cover-Up of Barbaric Factory Farms

"Animal welfare laws are woefully inadequate, and the ways they are enforced is typically little more than a joke," The Intercept's Glenn Greenwald states in this excellent article that also touches on the legal and political aspects of this issue that raise more than a few red flags.

Conflict of interest FYI: As you read this piece, keep in mind that global animal pharmaceutical giant Elanco -- which believes that in order to feed 9 billion people by 2050 we need more conventionally-raised cattle, chickens, and pigs -- has been in partnership with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation since 2013 via a $500,000 "Future of Food" grant.


* "At Smithfield, like most industrial pig farms, the abuse and torture primarily comes not from rogue employees violating company procedures. Instead, the cruelty is inherent in the procedures themselves."

* "Pigs are placed in a crate made of iron bars that is the exact length and width of their bodies, so they can do nothing for their entire lives but stand on a concrete floor, never turn around, never see any outdoors, never even see their tails, never move more than an inch."

* "The pigs are so desperate to get out of their crates that they often spend weeks trying to bite through the iron bars until their gums gush blood, bash their heads against the walls, and suffer a disease in which their organs end up mangled in the wrong places, from the sheer physical trauma of trying to escape from a tiny space or from acute anxiety (called “organ torsion”)."

* "The U.S. government uses extreme measures to protect the agricultural industry — not from unjust economic loss, violent crime, or theft, but from political embarrassment and accurate reporting that damages the industry’s reputation."

* "A sweeping framework of draconian laws — designed to shield the industry from criticism and deter and punish its critics — has been enacted across the country by federal and state legislatures that are captive to the industry’s high-paid lobbyists. The most notorious of these measures are the “ag-gag” laws, which make publishing videos of farm conditions taken as part of undercover operations a felony, punishable by years in prison."

* "When Smithfield learned that The Intercept was reporting on these issues, a spokesperson emailed a statement and invited further questions. The statement claims that in response to DxE’s reporting, Smithfield “immediately launched an investigation and completed a third-party audit,” and “the audit results show no findings of animal mistreatment.”"

* "This is a typical industry tactic: When they claim, as they almost always do, that their paid auditors discovered “no findings of animal mistreatment,” what they mean is that there was no evidence that their employees engaged in activities that corporate procedures explicitly prohibit (such as beating the animals or administering electric shock)."

* "But what the audit does not do is ask whether the procedures themselves (such as gestational crating) are abusive and thus constitute “mistreatment.”

* "The USDA is typically dominated by executives from the very factory farm industries that are most in need of vibrant regulation. For that reason, animal welfare laws are woefully inadequate, but the ways in which they are enforced is typically little more than a bad joke."

ADM invests in non-GMO high-protein soybean meal

STRAUBING, GERMANY — Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM) will be making further investments at its crushing facility in Straubing to produce non-GMO high-protein soybean meal. Located in southern Germany, the added capability will allow the site to serve ADM’s growing portfolio of soybean meal customers and support local farmers in increasing the region’s soybean output.

The move to processing non-GMO soybeans is a part of the company’s growth plan.

“The decision to invest in the production of non-GMO high-protein soybean meal is a logical step after the successful implementation of non-GMO soybean processing at the site in May 2016,” said Jon Turney, general manager, European soybean crush at ADM. “The demand for non-GMO soybean meal from European soybeans is steadily growing. With the production of non-GMO high-protein soybean meal, ADM will be able to better meet the needs of its poultry feed customers, as well as the dairy and pig feed markets.”

This Tiny Country Feeds the World - The Netherlands has become an agricultural giant by showing what the future of farming could look like.

"Almost two decades ago, the Dutch made a national commitment to sustainable agriculture under the rallying cry “Twice as much food using half as many resources.” Since 2000, van den Borne and many of his fellow farmers have reduced dependence on water for key crops by as much as 90 percent. They’ve almost completely eliminated the use of chemical pesticides on plants in greenhouses, and since 2009 Dutch poultry and livestock producers have cut their use of antibiotics by as much as 60 percent."

It certainly calls into question the fear-mongering narratives put forth by agrochemical giants -- which also often mock urban farming.

A Kansas City Writer's New Book Investigates How We Ended Up 'Doused' In Weed Killer

Gillam has been investigating biotech crop technology, agricultural chemicals and pesticide development, along with the environmental impacts of American food production, since 1998. When she began covering these topics, one of her first assignments was to learn everything she could about Monsanto from a business standpoint.

The more she learned, she says, the clearer it became to her that Monsanto was knowingly passing off a product as safe which not only had terrible consequences for the health of consumers and farmers, but a devastating environmental impact as well.

In our recent conversation, I asked Gillam to talk specifically about one common agricultural chemical called glyphosate, which she says has been discovered in almost everyone's urine.

KNIGGENDORF: "You write that the lawsuits, which began in 2015, will most likely rival the lawsuits over DDT, asbestos, and PCBs. Do you really think it’ll reach those heights?"

GILLAM: "If you talk to lawyers and independent observers and others, they do feel very strongly — and the evidence is pointing to the fact — that this could be very similar to what we’ve seen in the tobacco industry, for example, and with PCBs and asbestos. They’re all examples where giant industries and corporations proclaim their products to be safe, over and over and over again for decades. And it was really only through litigation and the uncovering of internal documents that the public and the regulators and the policy makers were able to see clearly the dangers that had been hidden from the public."

KNIGGENDORF: "It also sounds like these chemical companies also have their fingerprints all over websites people would go to for information. Are there websites that you know of as being truly independent?"

GILLAM: "I would have said WebMD is great. But you see in the internal documents how Monsanto and their PR agencies and other surrogates enlist people to write blogs and (material for) WebMD. The PR company will draft it for them, but they want it to look like it’s coming from an independent individual. It’s outrageous."

Food fight: Health Canada, advertisers argue over protecting kids from junk food ads

The industry has undertaken a voluntary initiative to date and it's been deemed to be ineffective," James says. "The criteria are very weak, and we know that, in the online environment, about three-quarters of the industry that is signed up for these pledges is marketing unhealthy food and beverages to children.

“We Didn’t Want to Put…a Skull and Crossbones on the Package:” GMO Apple Creator Discusses Why He Doesn’t Believe in Labeling His Company’s Product

“We didn’t want to put ‘GMO’ and a skull and crossbones on the package,” said Carter during a presentation in San Francisco according to the article, on why his company decided not to label the apples as GMOs.

“I don’t think we’re hiding behind the fact that we use that technique,” Carter also said according to CBCNews in January of this year about GMO labeling. “We don’t want to demonize the product by putting a big GMO sticker on it.”

A School-Based Brand Marketing Program's Adherence to Federal Nutrition Criteria.

Fewer than one third of Box Tops foods met the Smart Snacks standards. Schools should consider whether the benefit of participation outweighs the harm of exposing kids to unhealthful marketing. Alternatively, schools could opt not to participate unless companies limit redeemable products to household items or healthful options meeting the Smart Snacks standards.

Dark chocolate is now a health food. Here’s how that happened. The Mars company has sponsored hundreds of scientific studies to show cocoa is good for you.

Such overwhelmingly positive findings suggest this area of industry-funded nutrition science may be biased. “By spending a lot of money on one topic but not another, [it] can sort of create a publication bias,” said Richard Bazinet, a University of Toronto nutrition researcher. In other words, companies pouring money into studying a certain food and a specific set of questions about that food pushes the research agenda in a particular direction — one that the food companies favor. (In the Cochrane review of chocolate research, studies funded by companies with a commercial interest in the results tended to report effects on blood pressure that were larger than the independent studies, “indicating possible bias.”)

In our review of cocoa health science published to date, we found that the most compelling (and best-studied) effect has to do with cocoa’s effects on blood pressure.

There’s promising evidence showing cocoa flavanols can increase the synthesis of nitric oxide in the blood vessels, which boosts blood flow (or vasodilation) and reduces blood pressure. Lower blood pressure has been linked with a lower risk of cardiovascular events like heart attack, stroke, and cardiovascular mortality. According to a Cochrane systematic review of the cocoa research on blood pressure, flavanol-rich chocolate and cocoa products “cause a small (2 mmHg) blood pressure-lowering effect in mainly healthy adults in the short term.”
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The Doctors TV Show, 10:00 a.m. this morning.

Jeffrey Smith on National Television this Wednesday, November 8th

On Wednesday, November 8th, watch Jeffrey Smith on the national TV show, The Doctors, in an hour-long episode discussing Monsanto and its herbicide, Roundup. Jeffrey, bestselling author of Seeds of Deception and Genetic Roulette, is a leading spokesperson on the health dangers of GMOs and Roundup, and the ways Monsanto manipulates science to cover up health impacts.

Also appearing is Brent Wisner, a lead attorney in federal litigation against Monsanto, in which thousands claim that exposure to Roundup caused non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. The litigation forced Monsanto to release documents, emails, and texts, which, according to Wisner’s firm, “tell an alarming story of ghostwriting, scientific manipulation, collusion with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and previously undisclosed information about how the human body absorbs glyphosate. These documents, which Monsanto does not want you to see, provide a deeper understanding of the serious public health consequences surrounding Monsanto’s conduct in marketing Roundup.”

Teri McCall, a plaintiff in the case, will also be on the show. Teri’s husband Jack, accompanied by the family dog Duke, regularly sprayed Roundup around their farm. Jack died of Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, while Duke died of lymphoma.

Jeffrey Smith, the founder of the Institute for Responsible Technology, first appeared on The Doctors in 2015, after the World Health Organization’s expert committee made the determination that Roundup’s active ingredient glyphosate probably causes cancer. In that show, he faced off against Donna Farmer, Monsanto’s senior toxicologist, who dismissed the herbicide’s link to cancer saying, “I mean this very honestly, I am extremely highly confident in this product.” But according to Monsanto’s secret documents, says Smith, Farmer was far from confident in private.

Go here to discover when it’s on in your area:

Plus review their 30 second promo here:

This will be a great resource for you and to share with friends and family to help them learn the truth about GMOs and Roundup. Please share this far and wide.
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From Brussels to Arkansas, a Tough Week for Monsanto

Opposition from France and Italy doomed a European Union vote on Thursday to reauthorize the world’s most popular weedkiller, glyphosate, a decision that came hours after Arkansas regulators moved to ban an alternative weedkiller for much of 2018.

The decisions are a double blow to the agrochemical industry and particularly to the chemicals giant Monsanto…

With Roundup On The Rocks, Monsanto Hatches New Seeds And A Dangerous New Plan

Monsanto has aggressively marketed its genetically modified, dicamba-tolerant seeds along with its associated herbicide, hoping to capture half of the entire U.S. soybean market by 2019. Monsanto even began pushing dicamba-tolerant seeds on farmers before its new dicamba herbicide was approved by the U.S. government, forcing farmers who bought the seeds to use older and illegal dicamba-based herbicides. Growing dicamba-tolerant seeds would preclude farmers from using any other but the dicamba-based herbicide during growing season, and create the risk of having their crops overrun by weeds, including so-called “superweeds.”

The EU and glyphosate: it's time to put children's health before pesticides

Our children are growing up exposed to a toxic cocktail of weedkillers, insecticides, and fungicides. It’s on their food and in their water, and it’s even doused over their parks and playgrounds. Many governments insist that our standards of protection from these pesticides are strong enough. But as a scientist and a lawyer who specialises in chemicals and their potential impact on people’s fundamental rights, I beg to differ.

Paediatricians have referred to childhood exposure to pesticides as creating a “silent pandemic” of disease and disability. Exposure in pregnancy and childhood is linked to birth defects, diabetes, and cancer. Because a child’s developing body is more sensitive to exposure than adults and takes in more of everything – relative to their size, children eat, breathe, and drink much more than adults – they are particularly vulnerable to these toxic chemicals. Increasing evidence shows that even at “low” doses of childhood exposure, irreversible health impacts can result. But, most victims cannot prove the cause of their disability or disease, limiting our ability to hold those responsible to account.

Seneff: “Jeffrey Smith has a long new article out showing that people heal their guts when they switch to non-GMO and/or organic food. He thinks glyphosate is a big part of the reason. You can find a link to the full article here.”

New Findings Show Avoiding GMOs Improves Health

Survey results reveal that 3,256 people reported improvements in 28 health conditions after reducing their GMO intake. An astonishing 85% of respondents reported improvements in their “digestive problems,” the ailment most commonly cited. Of these respondents, 80% said their digestive issues were “significantly improved”, “nearly gone”, or “completely recovered”. Remarkably, at least half the respondents also reported recovery from fatigue, obesity, brain fog, food allergies, and anxiety or depression. To access the article with the complete list of conditions that improved, click here.

Interview with Pediatrician, Dr. Michelle Perro, M.D. by Jeffrey M. Smith

Farmer feeds GMO corn to his pigs: they all become sterile. (12 minutes)

Jerry Rosman, a pig farmer in Iowa, was cultivating GMO corn,(Roundup Ready and BT) and fed this corn to his pigs. Result: his sows became infertile, and then after one year he went bankrupt. See the whole interview here:

Allan Savory - Desertification - Livestock mimicking nature

Recommended watching by one of our local organic farmers, Autumn’s Harvest Farm, Romulus

How to green the world's deserts and reverse climate change | Allan Savory

"Desertification is a fancy word for land that is turning to desert," begins Allan Savory in this quietly powerful talk. And terrifyingly, it's happening to about two-thirds of the world's grasslands, accelerating climate change and causing traditional grazing societies to descend into social chaos. Savory has devoted his life to stopping it. He now believes -- and his work so far shows -- that a surprising factor can protect grasslands and even reclaim degraded land that was once desert.

Seneff: “UK supports ban of neonicotinoids. If we can get rid of both glyphosate and neonicotinoids not only will the bees come back but we'll also start seeing autism rates going down!”

UK will back total ban on bee-harming pesticides, Michael Gove reveals

The decision reverses the government’s previous position and is justified by recent new evidence showing neonicotinoids have contaminated the whole landscape and cause damage to colonies of bees. It also follows the revelation that 75% of all flying insects have disappeared in Germany and probably much further afield, a discovery Gove said had shocked him.

Monsanto, Henry Miller, and the FDA

Now that it has come to light that Monsanto has apparently ghost-writen for Miller about RoundUp/glyphosate, I am even more curious about what kind of influence that company might have had over Miller back when the FDA policy was being formed.

The World According to Monsanto


Little Rock, Ark.: The Arkansas State Plant Board voted today to ban the pesticide dicamba for the 2018 planting season. The decision was based on advice from a task force composed of scientists, farmers and other experts. Arkansas came to the decision after a year of record crop losses caused by dicamba — during 2017, the state received more pesticide complaints than it ever has in one year.

Inhalation of glyphosate herbicide increases anxiety...

Behavioral impairments following repeated intranasal glyphosate-based herbicide administration in mice

Abstract: ...The present study reveals that repeated IN exposure to Gly-BH in mice affects the central nervous system probably altering neurotransmission pathways that participate or regulate locomotor activity, anxiety and memory.

The article below is long but well worth the time to read it. It encapsulates the reasons why no one can trust regulatory reports claiming that glyphosate is safe.

How Monsanto captured the EPA (and twisted science) to keep glyphosate on the market

The Moms Across America testing was not part of any formal scientific study, but Monsanto — the owner of the Roundup trademark and the premier glyphosate manufacturer — jumped to defend its most profitable pesticide based on a new study that found no glyphosate in breast milk. But this research, purported to be “independent”, was actually backed by the corporation itself.

“Anybody who finds out about this is not going to trust a chemical company over a mom, even if [that mom] is a stranger,” says Moms Across America founder Zen Honeycutt. “A mother’s only special interest is the well-being of her family and her community.” Honeycutt says she has been sharply criticized for the breast milk project because it was not a formal scientific study. But she says her intention was “to find out whether or not glyphosate was getting in our breast milk, and if it was, to have further scientific studies conducted and therefore to provoke a movement so that policies would be changed”.

Seeds of Destruction: The Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation

This skillfully researched book focuses on how a small socio-political American elite seeks to establish its control over the very basis of human survival, the provision of our daily bread. Control the food and you control the people. This is no ordinary book about the perils of GMO. Engdahl takes the reader inside the corridors of power, into the backrooms of the science labs, behind closed doors in the corporate boardrooms. The author reveals a World of profit-driven political intrigue, government corruption and coercion, where genetic manipulation and the patenting of life forms are used to gain worldwide control over food production. The book is an eye-opener, a must-read for all those committed to the causes of social justice and World peace.

Monsanto accused of ignoring relevant scientific data on glyphosate

EXCERPT: Beate Ritz, chair of the epidemiology department at the University of California, found that out of 32 epidemiology studies looking at the link between glyphosate and cancer, 28 showed a higher risk for people exposed to the substance.

No need for condoms – GE corn can do the job - 2009

Considering the severity of the potential threat, Greenpeace is demanding a recall of genetically-engineered food and crops from the global market.

Brockovich: “17,585 Secret Chemicals... many are now in our Drinking Water.

When companies want to begin making and selling a new chemical, they are required to file a written notice with the USEPA. Current regulations do not mandate that any particular health or safety studies be performed, and according to a 2007 report, only 15% of new chemical notices contain any information about the materials’ impact on health. Chemical manufacturers are permitted to claim that various parts of the information they give to the USEPA are confidential business information,"CBI". About 95 percent of new chemical notifications include information that is protected as a trade secret.

Almost every chemical in commerce today comes in contact with our air, soil or water... and if it gets in the air or soil... it's in the water. We don't even have names for these chemicals... or laboratory test procedures to identify them... we are in fact lab rats for industry... until we happen upon toxins after years of exposure.”

The Poison Papers - Documenting the Hidden History of Chemical and Pesticide Hazards in the United States

The Poison Papers are a compilation of over 20,000 documents obtained from federal agencies and chemical manufacturers via open records requests and public interest litigation. They include internal scientific studies and summaries of studies, internal memos and reports, meeting minutes, strategic discussions, and sworn testimonies. The majority of these documents have been scanned and digitized by us for the first time and represent nearly three tons of material. The regulatory agency sources of these documents include: the EPA, the USDA Forest Service, the FDA, the Veterans Administration, and the Department of Defense. Chemical manufacturers referenced in the documents include: Dow, Monsanto, DuPont, and Union Carbide, as well as many smaller manufacturers and the commercial testing companies who worked for them.

The Poison Papers are a project of the Bioscience Resource Project and the Center for Media and Democracy. The Poison Papers were largely collected by author and activist Carol Van Strum.

The Poison Papers catalogue both the secret concerns of industry and regulators over the hazards of pesticides and other chemicals and their efforts to conceal those concerns.

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U of S research reveals controversial insecticides are toxic to songbirds

“These chemicals are having a strong impact on songbirds. We are seeing significant weight loss and the birds’ migratory orientation being significantly altered,” said Eng, who also worked with colleagues from York University. “Effects were seen from eating the equivalent of just three to four imidacloprid treated canola seeds or eight chlorpyrifos granules a day for three days.”

Neonicotinoids have become the most popular class of insecticides among farmers because they are very successful at killing pests and are easy to apply.

“In the past farmers might have placed an insecticide into a crop duster and would spray their fields with the insecticide. However, now farmers have access to seeds that in many cases are already coated with neonicotinoids,” said Morrissey. “Birds that stop on migration are potentially eating these seeds, but can also mistakenly ingest the chlorpyrifos pellets for grit, something they normally eat to aid in the digestion of seeds.”
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GMO Apples Hit Store Shelves This Week—but Where?

This month, up to 400 Midwest grocery stores started quietly testing packages of sliced “Arctic Apple” GMO apples.

Intrexon, the company marketing the apples, won’t tell us which stores are selling them.

The company also won’t label its apples “GMO” because, according to Intrexon’s CEO: “We didn’t want put ‘GMO’ and a skull and crossbones on the package.”

TAKE ACTION: Help us find the GMO apples! Join the scavenger hunt, November 7 – December 1, to locate the stores selling GMO apples. Sign up here and we’ll send you instructions, talking points, etc.

The Arctic Apple is one of the first GMOs to be marketed directly to consumers instead of farmers. It was created for purely cosmetic purposes to never brown, no matter how old or rotten it is.
In other words, it’s completely unnecessary.

It’s also risky. The Arctic Apple was developed using a technology that many scientists worry may have unintended, negative consequences—for our health, and the environment.

So why make a GMO apple that consumers don’t need or want? To generate profits for companies like Intrexon.

And guess what? If consumers, many of them unaware they’re buying a GMO product, buy enough of these apples, and generate enough profits for Intrexon, it could open the floodgates to other new risky and unlabeled GMO foods that Big Ag wants to force onto your plate.

The only way to show companies like Intrexon that we don’t want their GMO apples is to not buy them—and convince grocery stores to not sell them.

But first, we have to find them.

US: Moms Across America call for total glyphosate ban

Moms Across America is now pushing for a ban and says it has support from Organic Consumers Association, Institute for Responsible Technology and Thinking Moms Revolution.

“European Member States, after considering volumes of scientific studies and numerous testimonies by lawyers and researchers, have refused to renew the license for glyphosate. If it is not safe for Europeans, and Malta, Sri Lanka, and Argentina who have banned glyphosate, then we do not want glyphosate in our United States,” says Zen Honeycutt, Executive Director of Moms Across America.

“We urge our governors to take bold steps like the Governor of Arkansas and Missouri did in banning Dicamba, and ban glyphosate herbicides and toxic chemicals immediately.”

Jonathan Latham: “The latest article based on the Poison Papers, which are 20,000+ documents from the chemical industry and their regulators. This piece was originally published by BuzzFeed Germany.”

Years Before Vietnam, the Chemical Industry Knew About Dioxins

But the letter from the Monsanto physician, stamped “Confidential”, is dated 1956, well before the Vietnam war. It is part of an extensive correspondence between German chemical manufacturer Boehringer Ingelheim and US chemical group Dow. From such correspondence it can be concluded that the chemical industry knew of what one called “the extraordinary danger of the tetrachlorobenzodioxin”, yet kept it secret.

The 2018 Whole Seed Catalog ( U.S., Canada, And Mexico)

Governor Brown: Ban Glyphosate in California!

Watch this short two minute video. Multiple tax deductions taken away from you, but corporations keep the deductions. Who is running your country? Corporations. Who is pushing the gmo and vaccine agendas? Corporations.

Rep. DelBene Shows How GOP Tax Plan Favors Corporations Over People

Dr. Michelle Perro, M.D

She's an Integrative Pediatrician, and an advocate for children. Around the year 2000, Dr. Michelle Perro, M.D., noticed that kids weren't as robust, noting a stark increase in digestive dysfunction, immune dysfunction, and neurologic dysfunction. She saw an unbelievable decline in children's health and is talking to Jeffrey Smith about it.
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