Loc: Waterloo, NY
Stephanie Seneff: "New paper! Just published in the journal, Agricultural Sciences. A collaboration between Nancy Swanson and myself (also with Chen Li and Gerald Koenig). Through studies on the FDA's FAERS database, we show compelling evidence that glyphosate in certain biological drugs is causing "death" as a "side effect" on rare occasions. And that a chronic form of kidney failure is likely due to chronic low-dose glyphosate exposure from the food."
Death as a Drug Side Effect in FAERS: Is Glyphosate Contamination a Factor?
An analysis of selected datasets from the FDA’s drug Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS) leads us to hypothesize that glyphosate contamination in both food and drugs is a major contributor to chronic and acute kidney failure respectively. In chronic kidney failure, glyphosate-induced pancreatitis results in the release of trypsin, causing a leaky vasculature. The albumin-bound glyphosate escapes into the tissues, protecting the circulatory system and kidneys but resulting in multiple symptoms related to skin, gut, brain, bones, lungs, etc. The rare and poorly understood acute kidney failure response reported for protamine sulfate and Trasylol® is strikingly similar to that associated with glyphosate poisoning. Both drugs are derived from biological tissues that are plausibly contaminated with glyphosate. These drugs protect from haemorrhage, which leads to retention of glyphosate in the vasculature, are followed by circulatory collapse and a high likelihood of death as an outcome. We support our argument by comparing symptom profiles of selected subsets of FAERS with those related to glyphosate poisoning, anomalous reactions to protamine sulfate, and conditions showing strong statistical time-trend correlations with glyphosate.
Regional co-ops are worried about losing big candy customers
“This is really just a matter of listening to and being responsive to what consumers want us to put into their products,” he said.
“If the industry is forced to cut back production because it can’t find a market for its sugar, the economic effect would flow back through all stages of production here in the [Red River] Valley,” Bangsund said, affecting jobs of those who grow, process, transport, package and sell the sugar.
Venezuelan Parliament Approves New Anti-GMO Seed Law - 12/23/15
The seed law has the backing of campesinos and rural families and will regulate the production of hybrid seeds in Venezuela and prevent the research, production, importation and distribution of GMO seeds.
Mwanzia says that when the rains came, she didn’t waste time searching for seeds at the market like before, she got her share of seeds from the seed banks. However, farmers have to return twice the amount when they harvest their crops in a bid to maintain seed security.
9 Heinous Items Sneaked Into the Budget Bill Congress Doesn’t Want You to See
7. Country of origin labels on meat repealed
While the food industry didn’t get the GMO labeling ban it lobbied for, it did get a major win in the budget bill as Republicans repealed Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) for beef, poultry, and pork. COOL is a common-sense measure that helps grocery shoppers make informed decisions by letting them know where their food comes from.
As a result of COOL repeal, American livestock farmers will lose business when competing with factory farming operations overseas.
“They’re importing meat from Brazil, and they’re going to ship it out of Brazil and bring it into this country,” Nebraska cattle farmer Jim Dinklage told NPR. “(Beef) would go the same way as the textile industry.”
Pesticide atrazine can turn male frogs into females
The 75 percent that are chemically castrated are essentially “dead” because of their inability to reproduce in the wild, reports UC Berkeley’s Tyrone B. Hayes, professor of integrative biology.
“These male frogs are missing testosterone and all the things that testosterone controls, including sperm. So their fertility is as low as 10 percent in some cases, and that is only if we isolate those animals and pair them with females,” he said. “In an environment where they are competing with unexposed animals, they have zero chance of reproducing.”
Stephanie Seneff: "This excellent article on the dangers of glyphosate to the soil and to animals exposed to it was written in 2011. Here we are several years later still escalating the use of glyphosate on crops every year. The US government really needs to wake up and do something about this! It was a USDA regulator who reported the damage to the soil. You'd think the USDA might be concerned about this?"
Jane Goodall and Steven Druker Expose US Government Fraud over GMOs
The book points out that if the FDA had heeded its own experts’ advice and publicly acknowledged their warnings that GM foods entailed higher risks than their conventional counterparts, the GM food venture would have imploded and never gained traction anywhere.
Glyphosate: Pathways to Modern Diseases - December 15, 2015
By Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneff
Atrazine: The Latest Pesticide on Trial
With California working to list atrazine as toxic to the reproductive system, three of the United States' most-widely used pesticides are under fire for adverse health effects.
This is a big deal. And it comes at a time when several top herbicides are under fire. In March, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified glyphosate—the active ingredient in the pesticide Roundup—as a probable human carcinogen. In August, IARC declared that 2,4-D, is probably carcinogenic to humans. And earlier this month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) withdrew its approval of a new herbicide called Enlist Duo, which combines glyphosate and 2,4-D.
With China's GMO sector in limbo, local seed firm targets U.S.
"The only way they might be able to break into the market is if their technology fees are going to be cheaper than Monsanto," said Carl Pray, professor at Rutgers University's agricultural, food and resource economics department.
Check out the new trailer for Secret Ingredients, Jeffrey Smith's latest video. This video will accelerate consumer rejection of genetically engineered foods. The feature-length documentary shares the stories of families that regain their health after eliminating GMOs and pesticides from their diet. These accounts are backed up by clinical experience from physicians as well as scientists explaining how GMOs and Roundup are linked to the specific diseases that people recovered from after changing their diets.
Agro minister Radha Mohan Singh picks a fight with GM giant MMBL
A regulatory battle is brewing in India’s cotton sector, with agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh hardening his stand on what he says are “exploitative” seed prices and taking an unprecedented step to control them from the next season.
Here's how Monsanto took bacteria surviving in toxic waste and put it in your food (5 minute video)
"Jeffrey Smith is a leading consumer advocate against genetically modified foods. Here he describes how Monsanto came across the idea of modifying food. He explains how the foods are altered, how that leads to toxins getting into your digestive system. Once there it could get into your blood and brain causing a number of issues."
Consumer Reports - FAQs About GMOs - Reprinted from the March 2015 issue of Consumer Reports magazine
“The contention that GMOs pose no risks to human health can’t be supported by studies that have measured a time frame that is too short to determine the effects of exposure over a lifetime,”
One main selling point for crops containing GMOs has been that they reduce the use of pesticides. The use of insecticides (which kill bugs) has declined since these crops were introduced in the mid-1990s, but the use of herbicides (which kill weeds) has soared.
"So here's what we found in Upstate New York where their water is supposed to be so great, they had three times higher of the levels of glyphosate that is allowed in Europe...
"...if we can get information from our government funded entities, how come we can't get information from our government funded gmo farming? We fund those gmo's. It's over 90 billion dollars a year. Every single family here, if you've got four people in your family, you pay $540 a year on average for gmo farming. Your paying for the planet to be polluted. You're paying for our children to be poisoned. That's your right to know where gmo's where and when they are so we absolutely deserve to know..."
"The gmo's and pesticides are considered a process, not an additive. Therefore, they do not need safety testing and they don't need to be labelled. If gmo's and pesticides were considered an additive, as they rightly are, they are put on our food or in our food, then they would need safety testing and they would have to be labelled."
"Gmo's and chemical farming directly violate our Constitutional right to life."
How The Gut Microbiota Affects Our Health with Dr. Erica & Dr. Justin Sonnenburg - Published on Dec 2, 2015
Dr. Justin Sonnenburg is an associate professor of microbiology and immunology at Stanford and Dr. Erica Sonnenburg is a senior research scientist in the Sonnenburg lab where they the research many aspects the interaction between diet with the 100 trillion or so bacteria in the gut (specifically the colon) and how this impacts the health of the host (which in this case is a laboratory research mouse). In this episode we discuss
More about scientist Tyrone Hayes and his study of Atrazine
Hermaphroditic, demasculinized frogs after exposure to the herbicide atrazine at low ecologically relevant doses
"Atrazine is the most commonly used herbicide in the U.S. and probably the world. It can be present at several parts per million in agricultural runoff and can reach 40 parts per billion (ppb) in precipitation. We examined the effects of atrazine on sexual development in African clawed frogs (Xenopus laevis). Larvae were exposed to atrazine (0.01–200 ppb) by immersion throughout larval development, and we examined gonadal histology and laryngeal size at metamorphosis. Atrazine (=0.1 ppb) induced hermaphroditism and demasculinized the larynges of exposed males (=1.0 ppb). In addition, we examined plasma testosterone levels in sexually mature males. Male X. laevis suffered a 10-fold decrease in testosterone levels when exposed to 25 ppb atrazine. We hypothesize that atrazine induces aromatase and promotes the conversion of testosterone to estrogen"
'Pesticide hub' in Junagadh switches to organic farming
"We have damaged nature and now we are facing its consequences. According to an estimate, over 135 people from Ajab village are cancer patients. This is alarming and pesticides are directly linked to various kinds of cancer and nobody has denied its ill-effect on human health," said Ashwin Ratanpara, who advocates organic farming in the village. "This is the reason villagers are adopting organic farming," he added.
Meet This Third-Generation Farmer Who Converted His 1,400 Acres to Growing Organic Food
Farmland here in New York looks similar, dominated by corn at 1.2 million acres and soybeans at 310,000 acres. But vegetable production sits in the number three spot with 136,000 acres of farmland; the western side of our state is one of the few vegetable hotspots contributing to the national total. Sweet corn, sadly, has only 28,000 acres to call its own in New York State.
“I really take issue with the line that so many American farmers regularly repeat about feeding the world.” Klaas Martens, a third generation farmer working huge swathes of land near Penn Yan, New York, said. “I always want to ask Corn Belt farmers whether they or anybody they know has ever eaten anything that they grow on their farm. The answer is almost invariably no.”