Word is out that the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), which helped Monsanto write the DARK Act, has scheduled a lobbying day for October 7. And the DARK Act is set to be heard by the Senate Agriculture Committee, likely the week beginning October 5.


Distrust over EU GM crop approvals grows as at least 16 countries move towards national bans - October 1, 2015

On 2 October, eleven EU countries (Austria, Croatia, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, and Poland) and four regional administrations (Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in the UK, and Wallonia in Belgium) had already formally notified the Commission of their intention to ban GM crop cultivation under new EU rules [1]. Statements by the governments of five additional countries inform of more impending notifications (Bulgaria, Denmark, Italy, Luxembourg and Slovenia) [2].

This brings the total number of countries who have already declared their intention to put in place GM crop bans to 16 – plus four regions – representing over 65 per cent of the EU’s population and 65 per cent of its arable land. More could follow suit as the deadline approaches.


Though not a member state of the EU, Serbia is also adamantly against GMOs and will not allow cultivation.

Serbia will not allow cultivation of GMO crops - 9/28/15


Wales Joins 15 EU Countries with New Total Bans on GM crops - Oct 2 2015


Croatia latest to take up GMO cultivation opt-out - Paul Hutchison - 25 September 2015


BREAKING NEWS: Poland Becomes 14th European Nation to Officially Ban GMOs - By Nick Meyer On September 30, 2015

Continuing a trend of GMO bans sweeping across Europe, the nation of Poland has officially announced its decision to join 13 other nations so far in excluding Monsanto’s controversial crops from its nation’s farmland.

The announcement came via Informacyjna Agencja Radiowa (IAR) – a press agency working with Polskie Radio in Poland, according to this article published by Radio Poland.


Slovenia and Serbia Give Green Light to GM Crop Bans - Sep 29 2015

The Slovenian Government Committee for Economic Affairs has allowed the country to send an official request to the European Commission for the banning of GM crops.


The New England Journal of Medicine - GMOs, Herbicides, and Public Health - Philip J. Landrigan, M.D., & Charles Benbrook, Ph.D. - 8/20/2015

"We believe that the time has come to thoroughly reconsider all aspects of the safety of plant biotechnology. The National Academy of Sciences has convened a new committee to reassess the social, economic, environmental, and human health effects of GM crops. This development is welcome, but the committee's report is not expected until at least 2016...In the meantime, we offer two recommendations. First, we believe the EPA should delay implementation of its decision to permit use of Enlist Duo...and we believe the time has come to revisit the United States' reluctance to label GM foods. We hope that the FDA will reconsider labeling of GM foods and couple it with adequately funded, long-term postmarketing surveillance."



At the moment, there are non-browning versions of Golden Delicious and Granny Smith apples. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has allowed Okanagan Specialty Fruits to produce them in test plots covering a few acres in the states of New York and Washington. Carter says his company now is working to put the trait in Fuji and Gala apples, too.




Information on GMO Sweet Corn

Animal and Plant Inspection Service Finally Proposes Stricter Regulation of Genetically Engineered Wheat


F.D.A. Nominee Califf’s Ties to Drug Makers Worry Some


Dirty Money, Dirty Science


Synergistic Destruction: How and GMOs Converge to Fuel Autism and Neurodegenerative Conditions - Dr. Matthew Buckley, PSc.D.

There is a lot of debate as to what is the cause, or better yet, causes of autism. This post isn’t intended to cover all of the variables which fuel autism. It is intended to provide the reader with an understanding of chief mechanisms related to how consumption of Monsanto’s RoundUp, by way of consuming genetically modified corn, soy, canola oil, sugar beets, or any other “RoundUp ready” crop, as well as vaccines may fuel microglial activation, a leading factor in all neurodegenerative conditions, including autism (1)(2)(3), Alzheimer’s(4)(5), ALS(6)(7), Parkinson’s(8)(9), non-situational depression(10)(11), and virtually all forms of chronic illness. While this post is more directed towards the discussion of autism, the reality is that all of the factors that I discuss below are unquestionably major factors of consideration in all neurodegenerative conditions.

If any of these live viruses from the vaccines managed to withstand an inadequate immune response, and instead became a chronic infection, which does happen(51), and therefore become a chronic inducer of IFN-y, you have a perfect recipe for significant ongoing brain inflammation, particularly in the GMO induced gut flora altered individual given the fact that IFN-y is also a known promoter of leaky gut.(52)


Carcinogenicity of tetrachlorvinphos, parathion, malathion, diazinon, and glyphosate - 20 March 2015

In March, 2015, 17 experts from 11 countries met at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC; Lyon, France) to assess the carcinogenicity of the organophosphate pesticides tetrachlorvinphos, parathion, malathion, diazinon, and glyphosate (table). These assessments will be published as volume 112 of the IARC Monographs.1


The Bees Have Their Day in Court—and Win Big

A federal appeals court overturns the government’s approval of a powerful new pesticide linked to pollinator deaths.


Four Decades of Herbicide Use Is Creating Zombie Weeds That Just Won't Die

The big change was the development of "Roundup-Ready" crops, introduced by Roundup manufacturer Monsanto in the mid-1990s, he said. Those genetically modified corn, soybeans and other plants were able to survive glyphosate exposure, so farmers could spray the herbicide on their fields — and many came to rely on that single chemical as a result.

"We didn't exercise really good judgement," Johnson said. "We over relied on the herbicide, and Mother Nature will not be defeated ... as a result, a number of weed species have increased in intensity."


Report: Pesticide exposure linked to childhood cancer and lower IQ


EWG's Dirty Dozen:Cancer Prevention Edition

Here are EWG's tips for avoiding 12 harmful chemicals that have now been found to also disrupt cancer-related pathways — known as cancer hallmarks.


Dr. David Lewis: Science Often Plays Second Fiddle to Politics - September 28, 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.


Neonics: Toxic Until Fully Tested - 9 minute video

U.S. regulatory agencies have set what they say are “safe” limits for neonic residues on our food, including baby foods. But as Scott Hoffman Black, executive director of The Xerces Society, points out, no one is studying the long-term, potentially carcinogenic effect neonics have on humans. Check out our video of the week to learn more:

"Should we be feeding this to the next generation when we don't know the real ramifications of doing that."


Give Americans what they want and deserve: Label GMO foods

"As a business owner who has built Eden Foods, I find it unconscionable that big food companies are frantic to hide what is in their foods and where they come from. More specifically, they insist upon a right to hide the presence of genetically modified organisms, or GMO, ingredients. American people overwhelmingly want the right to know if GMOs are in their food, but large agribusiness companies do not believe the American people should have this right, which more than 60 other countries specifically do."


Reno, Nevada Kick-Starts Pesticide-Free Parks Program - (Beyond Pesticides, September 29, 2015)


Genetically modified foods are a health scourge - Dr. Jim Roach - September 25, 2015

The Environmental Protection Agency's approval of the herbicides was made in haste, based on poorly designed, outdated studies and on an incomplete assessment of human exposure and environmental effects, the cancer research agency said. The editorial notes the science was based solely on studies commissioned by herbicide manufacturers in the 1980s and 1990s and never published.


The American Academy of Pediatrics Cuts Ties with Monsanto

I think we are all turning a corner…pediatricians, moms, food companies and social media. As long as we put our priorities on the health of our children and communities, things are going to keep getting better.”


Monsanto ‘Deliberately Covered Up Data’ Proving Glyphosate is Cancerous for Four Decades

What will it take to shut down Monsanto’s doors irrevocably? Likely it will be the same type of lawsuit that finally pulled the shades on the tobacco industry. If Big Tobacco eventually had to pay a $206 billion settlement over 25 years for lying about the health impacts of cigarettes, what do you think Monsanto will have to pay for lying about glyphosate’s carcinogenic nature for almost 40 years?


Monsanto connection never disclosed in professor’s GMOs paper

His e-mail lays out Monsanto’s strategy in detail. A marketing company along with the American Council for Science and Health, which has been criticized for its ties to corporations, would “merchandize” the papers online, disseminate them to the media, and schedule op-eds, blog posts, speaking engagements, events, and webinars. A Google search of Juma’s paper reveals it has landed on many websites and Twitter.


Massive legal loophole means companies can add new ingredients to foods with no government safety review


Complete Genes May Pass from Food to Human Blood


McDonald’s Introduces an Organic Burger (Really) - By Gina-Marie Cheeseman on September 29, 2015


Opting out of GMOs in the EU – what does it take? - September 3, 2015 by Pat Thomas

Not there yet

Counties wishing to opt out of GMO cultivation are indeed weighing many factors and the process is neither simple nor straightforward.

We should be celebrating that the process of challenging GMO cultivation on UK and EU soil has begun. But there is some danger in presenting it as a fait accompli, as has been the case so far. Doing so risks making the public believe that there is no more to do, that government has done the ‘right thing’ and that they no longer need to pay attention to a subject which many find difficult and challenging.

A drop-off in public engagement and support for a GMO free UK now would be disastrous. More than ever we need citizens to support their governments, to be vocal about their desire to see the UK remain GMO free and use their considerable persuasion to create a GM-free tipping point in this country and beyond.


Dining on Insecticides in Congress - By Cynthia Palmer - September 30, 2015


Study Links Asthma to Low Levels of Gut Bacteria in Newborns


Newsweek: Worm now thrives on GMO corn designed to kill it, study says May 25, 2015 by Erin Elizabeth - See more at: http://www.healthnutnews.com/newsweek-wo...h.dFv58oZi.dpuf


Citing WHO report, former farmhand sues Monsanto over glyphosate - Sep 29, 2015


Organic Food during Mother's Pregnancy Reduces Risk of Male Birth Defects - 30/09/15


"Citric acid conjures up lemons and sounds harmless. This expose gives you a hint about the hidden dangers of many of the ingredients in the long list of additives in a typical processed food product. A fascinating read and very sobering. Glyphosate in citric acid? Possibly. But who's checking?" Dr. Stephanie Seneff


Exposure to toxic chemicals is threatening human reproduction and health.


Dust Study: Is There More to the Story on GMOs?


Genetically modified organisms fail to realize initial goal: Vietnamese-German expert - 09/30/2015

“In my opinion, GMOs cannot be considered the future of food for human beings,” he said.


We've Missed the Entire Point About GMO Food -- A Farmer Explains Why - 09/22/2015

See, despite whatever personal opinions you may hold about the safety, health benefits or labeling of GMO foods, one fact remains inarguable: In order for these crops to grow, it requires death on a massive scale. And that's precisely how GMO crops function. The genetic modification creates an immunity to herbicides such as glyphosate (commonly sold under the brand name RoundUp, for example), eliminating competition so the corn/soybean/canola doesn't die when everything else does.

And when I say death on a 'massive' scale, I'm talking massive. You can see it from outer space. According to the USDA, this year in America alone, more than 170 million acres of corn and soybeans are in production. At a conservative estimate of 10 gallons of glyphosate (the herbicide most commonly used in conjunction with GMO crops) per acre in dilution, this translates to roughly two billion gallons of herbicide poured onto American soils this year alone. Put another way, we're taking an area the size of California and Montana combined, and killing it dead each year.

Most ironically, more than 85% of this GMO corn and soy doesn't even end up as food for humans, at least not directly. 40% is used for ethanol production, and another 45% goes into animal feed. So, let's get this straight: we're killing off hundreds of millions of acres not for human food, but primarily for fuel and feed? That's a real head scratcher right there.

The bottom line is this. Instead of worrying about whether a bag of GMO corn chips is safe to eat, we should probably be asking ourselves some bigger questions. Such as, are we okay with using billions of gallons of herbicide each year, supplied by many of the same companies that provide our seeds? And perhaps most importantly, what are the viable alternatives?


A Fired-Up Bernie Sanders Takes On Monsanto (1994) - 11 minutes


Health professionals join global call for ban of “Highly Hazardous Pesticides”

Nearly 120 concerned professors, toxicologists, epidemiologists and physicians from 24 countries signed the letter, citing the World Health Organization’s statistics on the serious, sometimes fatal, effects of pesticide exposure. Noting the health impacts on children, the signers said that “there is growing evidence that the health of future generations may be severely jeopardized” by highly hazardous pesticides, also known as HHPs.


"The toxic baby" Tyrone Hayes ~ Atrazine herbicide - 17 minutes


The hidden ingredient in engineered food by Dr. Thierry Vrain

The diversity of the Microbiome is essential to the health of many organs and particularly sensitive are the brain, the immune system, and, of course, the digestive tract. So when you eat everyday foods containing more than 1 ppm of glyphosate – the level where it kills all bacteria in the lab – you should logically expect antibiotic damage to the Microbiome. Consequences can include celiac, Crohn’s, allergies, asthma and many other immune deficiency symptoms such as Alzheimer’s, dementia, autism and eventually all manners of cancer. And that’s just for humans. We know that fish, frogs, rats and pigs become ill and promptly die. You can easily Google the published and peer-reviewed studies that support every word of this statement. You can also watch my lecture on YouTube: Engineered Food and Your Health: the Nutritional Status of GMOs.

If I were the vice president for promotion at Monsanto, I would do a number of things to keep this secret from going public. I would do all the standard things, of course, like hiring the best advertising brains in the business, emphasizing safety and singing the wonders of the genetic engineering technology. I would also keep your attention on the debate about the engineering technology, i.e. are GMOs good or bad for you? I would spare no trick of the trade to keep your attention away from the toxicity of the herbicide that is sprayed on your food. I would create a small army of graduate students (and scientists, of course – only the size of the bursary differs) and other mercenaries to engage with the anti-GMO “activists” and constantly remind you of the insanity of your fear. Most of the pro and anti-GMO rhetoric is just that: a lot of hot air and a lot of fear. Anything goes as long as it keeps your attention away from the secret ingredient. I would even have books published on the topic, some with all the available evidence of corporate malfeasance exposed in plain view, as long as the emphasis stayed away from the secret.


This Country Is Already Carbon Neutral and Now Plans to Go 100% Organic and Zero-Waste


Did You Grow Corn in Michigan in the Past Two Years? You’re Part of a Lawsuit - September 22, 2015


A Short Report on Journalists Mentioned in our FOIA Requests

U.S. Right to Know is conducting an investigation of the food and agrichemical industries, their PR firms and front groups, and the professors who speak for them.


Carol Grieve interviews Don Huber. Includes link to audio.


German Retailers fueling the rapid growth of non-GMO soy consumption


Argentine Government Asks Citizens for Their Opinions on New GMOs


Transgenic Bananas?

Arty turns 11 this summer.