Arson Suspected in Massive Fire at Monsanto Research Facility

Earlier this week, a Monsanto research facility in France was burned to the ground. Monsanto and investigators suspect an arsonist was responsible for the blaze.

Monsanto representative Jakob Witten told Reuters that investigators “strongly suspect it was a crime as no electrical or other sources were found.” He added that “No Monsanto sites in Europe have so far been the victim of fires of criminal origin, this is unprecedented violence.”

The fire had multiple points of origin, meaning it is unlikely the fire was caused by an electrical malfunction or other natural causes. Investigators also noticed a strong smell of gasoline in different areas of the site.

France announced in June that it wasbanning sales of Roundup, Monsanto’s flagship herbicide, amid public pressure and the World Health Organization’s announcement that the product is probably carcinogenic. Further, last month the country announced it was strengthening its ban on genetically modified crops. Monsanto is one of the most hated corporations on the planet and faces particularly strong resistance in France. If the fire is confirmed to have been arson, it is possible this vociferous opposition might have been a motivating factor.

GMO Bananas

Iowa State University researchers are moving ahead with their human guinea pig project which will pay a dozen students $900 a piece to eat genetically modified bananas. This comes in spite of petitions signed by 57,000 people which were delivered to university officials earlier this week. The project is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

GMO Labeling: The Shocking Draft Text of the New Dark Act

The new Dark Act contains some shocking text including details of how the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture will become a preacher for the U.S. Biotech industry: “EDUCATION.—The Secretary, in coordination with other Federal agencies as appropriate, shall provide science-based information, including any information on the environmental, nutritional, economic, and humanitarian benefits of agricultural biotechnology, through education, outreach, and promotion to address consumer acceptance of agricultural biotechnology.”

Full Text of the Draft New Dark Act

Trailer: What's With Wheat? - Coming April 2016 (4 minutes)

Brazil State Bans Pesticide After Zika Claim

Health officials suspend use of mosquito larvacide that an Argentine doctors’ group blamed for the surge in microcephaly cases among newborns

SÃO PAULO—Brazil’s southernmost state halted the use of a mosquito larvicide that an Argentine doctors’ group warns could be behind the recent surge of babies born with microcephaly.

This Chicken Farm Uses Oregano Oil Instead of Antibiotics

This success reveals an interesting trend when it comes to food shopping in the United States; people are generally becoming more aware of the health risks associated with mass produced, drug-fed chickens that are found on most commercial chicken farms. As such, more and more people are choosing to pay a little more for chicken like the ones found on Sechler’s farm.

Larvicide Manufactured By Sumitomo, Not Zika Virus, True Cause Of Brazil's Microcephaly Outbreak: Doctors

The group of Argentine doctors points out that during past Zika epidemics, there have not been any cases of microcephaly linked with the virus. In fact, about 75 percent of the population in countries where Zika broke out had been infected by the mosquito-borne virus.

In countries such as Colombia where there are plenty of Zika cases, there are no records of microcephaly linked to Zika, the group said.

Monsanto's response to the Zika virus story & info on their business partner that makes the larvicide in question.

Good news! Sikkim (India) goes organic

What does it take to turn 75,000 hectares of farmland organic? Well, people in the state of Sikkim can now speak to that. A mountainous region in eastern India, Sikkim recently became the first state in that country to go fully organic.

Why fruits and vegetables taste better in Europe

"The bottom line here with the industrial tomatoes is that tomatoes have been bred for yield, production, disease resistance," Klee told me. "The growers are not paid for flavor — they are paid for yield. So the breeders have given them this stuff that produces a lot of fruit but that doesn’t have any flavor."

Organic seed usage grows

Neil Young Takes His Anti-Monsanto Message on the Road

Weed-Whacking Herbicide Proves Deadly to Human Cells

Used in gardens, farms, and parks around the world, the weed killer Roundup contains an ingredient that can suffocate human cells in a laboratory, researchers say

Glyphosate briefings: reason for concern - 2013

Now tests have shown that glyphosate is present in the human body. Friends of the Earth Europe commissioned an independent laboratory in Germany to test urine samples from people in 18 countries for glyphosate. The results showed that traces of the chemical were found in samples from all countries, with 44 per cent of samples found to contain glyphosate on average. This media briefing explains the reasons for concern.

Study Says Pesticides Spur Antibiotic Resistance - 2015

“Regulators in all countries around the world need to go back and look at the safety assessments that they’ve carried out when they’ve approved these pesticides,” Young said. “Because they do not include studies to see whether these pesticides can induce antibiotic resistance.”

Cytotoxic and DNA-damaging properties of glyphosate and Roundup in human-derived buccal epithelial cells. - 2012

Abstract: Glyphosate (G) is the largest selling herbicide worldwide; the most common formulations (Roundup, R) contain polyoxyethyleneamine as main surfactant. Recent findings indicate that G exposure may cause DNA damage and cancer in humans. Aim of this investigation was to study the cytotoxic and genotoxic properties of G and R (UltraMax) in a buccal epithelial cell line (TR146), as workers are exposed via inhalation to the herbicide. R induced acute cytotoxic effects at concentrations > 40 mg/l after 20 min, which were due to membrane damage and impairment of mitochondrial functions. With G, increased release of extracellular lactate dehydrogenase indicative for membrane damage was observed at doses > 80 mg/l. Both G and R induced DNA migration in single-cell gel electrophoresis assays at doses > 20 mg/l. Furthermore, an increase of nuclear aberrations that reflect DNA damage was observed. The frequencies of micronuclei and nuclear buds were elevated after 20-min exposure to 10-20 mg/l, while nucleoplasmatic bridges were only enhanced by R at the highest dose (20 mg/l). R was under all conditions more active than its active principle (G). Comparisons with results of earlier studies with lymphocytes and cells from internal organs indicate that epithelial cells are more susceptible to the cytotoxic and DNA-damaging properties of the herbicide and its formulation. Since we found genotoxic effects after short exposure to concentrations that correspond to a 450-fold dilution of spraying used in agriculture, our findings indicate that inhalation may cause DNA damage in exposed individuals.

The effect of glyphosate on potential pathogens and beneficial members of poultry microbiota in vitro. - 2013

Abstract: The use of glyphosate modifies the environment which stresses the living microorganisms. The aim of the present study was to determine the real impact of glyphosate on potential pathogens and beneficial members of poultry microbiota in vitro. The presented results evidence that the highly pathogenic bacteria as Salmonella Entritidis, Salmonella Gallinarum, Salmonella Typhimurium, Clostridium perfringens and Clostridium botulinum are highly resistant to glyphosate. However, most of beneficial bacteria as Enterococcus faecalis, Enterococcus faecium, Bacillus badius, Bifidobacterium adolescentis and Lactobacillus spp. were found to be moderate to highly susceptible. Also Campylobacter spp. were found to be susceptible to glyphosate. A reduction of beneficial bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract microbiota by ingestion of glyphosate could disturb the normal gut bacterial community. Also, the toxicity of glyphosate to the most prevalent Enterococcus spp. could be a significant predisposing factor that is associated with the increase in C. botulinum-mediated diseases by suppressing the antagonistic effect of these bacteria on clostridia.

Glyphosate and Roundups Implications on Modern Diseases - 2013

An interview with Stephanie Seneff, PhD.

'Roundup' weed killer linked to cancer - after decades of use in backyards, parks and playgrounds across Australia

New study shows clear nutritional differences between organic and non-organic milk and meat

Speaking about the research, Helen Browning, chief executive of the Soil Association, said, “This research confirms what many people have always thought was true – what you feed farm animals and how you treat them affects the quality of the food – whether it’s milk, cheese or a cut of meat. These scientists have shown that all the hard work organic farmers put into caring for their animals pays off in the quality of the food they produce – giving real value for money.

A mouse’s house may ruin experiments

Environmental factors lie behind many irreproducible rodent experiments.

Nutrition can also determine whether a mouse study succeeds or fails, yet Brayton says that many researchers cannot even say where their animals’ feed comes from. Some mouse foods contain oestrogens and endocrine-disrupting chemicals that can affect research on cancer, among other diseases1. And the high-fat, high-sugar food used in obesity studies goes rancid quickly; when it does, mice may stop eating and lose weight without researchers realizing why.

Food choices can also alter a mouse’s gut microbiome. Catherine Hagan Gillespie, a veterinary pathologist at the Jackson Laboratory in Sacramento, California, has found that species of bacteria in the gut vary widely between mice from different vendors2. In another, unpublished, study, she found that mice with different assortments of gut bacteria showed different anxiety levels in behavioural tests.

Cuba's organic honey exports create buzz as bees die off elsewhere

"All of (Cuba's) honey can be certified as organic," Friedrich told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. "Its honey has a very specific, typical taste; in monetary value, it's a high ranking product."

After the collapse in 1991 of the Soviet Union, Cuba's main trading partner, the island was unable to afford pesticides due to a lack of foreign currency, coupled with the U.S. trade embargo. By necessity, the government embraced organic agriculture, and the policies have largely stuck.

Egyptian study shows damage from GMO corn. 2012

Histopathological Changes in Some Organs of Male Rats Fed on Genetically Modified Corn (Ajeeb YG)

Morphological and Biochemical Changes in Male Rats Fed on Genetically Modified Corn (Ajeeb YG)

Monarch Butterfly Decline Linked to Glyphosate

These Hired “Experts” Are Infiltrating The Media To Confuse You About Food…

Mystery E. Coli Strain Smoking Gun in Chipotle Sabotage, Federal Investigation Reveals

French Ecology Minister Calls for Ban on Glyphosate Formulations

Amazon facing new threat: Agent Orange

Agent Orange was as deadly as guns in the Vietnam War, killing or injuring an estimated 400,000 people. Decades later, the herbicide is being used to kill again — this time, on the Amazon rainforest.

In recent weeks, authorities have discovered ranchers spraying the highly-toxic chemical on sections of the forest in an attempt to clear the land without officials noticing. The herbicide is much harder to detect than traditional methods of deforestation, which usually involve less stealthy tools like tractors and chainsaws.

Farmers Can Receive Grants to Move to Organic Farming

Oregon farmers battle over GMO control

Oregon farmers are suffering real financial losses because of contamination from nearby genetically engineered crops, a Legislative committee heard Thursday.

State: Food industry lobby engaged in 'egregious' money laundering in 2013 vote

The Grocery Manufacturers Association concealed the source of $11 million spent to fight a 2013 ballot initiative, and internal documents reveal how it was done, state Attorney General Bob Ferguson charged in a court motion disclosed Wednesday.

Concerns over use of glyphosate-based herbicides and risks associated with exposures: a consensus statement

Glyphosate herbicide toxicity to native Hawaiian macroalgal and seagrass species

Is Cuba the future of farming?

"Cuba’s preeminent role in sustainable agriculture was a result of the collapse of the Soviet bloc and the immediate disinvestment in its Soviet-subsidized petroleum-based agriculture infrastructure. Cubans were faced with the choice of finding ways to grow food without chemical fertilizers and pesticides, or starving. Sustainable agriculture became the only option for feeding themselves.

Congressional Reps Want EPA Review of Glyphosate-2,4-D Mixture Enlist Duo

(Beyond Pesticides, February 18, 2016)

Last week, 35 members of Congress, led by Representatives Earl Blumenauer (OR-3) and Peter DeFazio (OR-4), signed a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy, challenging EPA’s review process for the glyphosate and 2,4-D herbicide mixture, known as Enlist Duo. It is produced by Dow AgroSciences for use in genetically engineered crops. The letter requests “more information about EPA’s plan to reevaluate Enlist Duo’s health and environmental risks.” The letter comes just weeks after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied a request from EPA to vacate its own decision to approve the toxic herbicide cocktail. Because of the court’s decision, EPA is solely responsible for the decision about Enlist Duo’s registration.

“This is part of a vicious cycle that is leading to more potent, dangerous chemicals being widely used on crops across the United States,” said Rep. Blumenauer. He continued, “With the rise of herbicide-resistant genetically modified crops, herbicides are more widely sprayed causing weeds to grow more resistant – ultimately, requiring the application of even stronger herbicides. EPA must take action to make sure products entering the market to be used on our food are safe for human health and the environment.”

European Scientists Discover Bee Resurgence After Banning These 3 Pesticides Still Used in The US

The European Academies Science Advisory Council, an independent body composed of representatives from the national science academies of European Union member states, has a growing body of evidence that shows the widespread use of the pesticides “has severe effects on a range of organisms that provide ecosystem services like pollination and natural pest control, as well as on biodiversity.”

Organic Dairy and Meat Higher in Essential Nutrients

(Beyond Pesticides, February 17, 2016)

After reviewing a prolific scientific database, researchers find that organic meat and milk have 50 percent more important nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids that are important in human nutrition. Organic meat has slightly lower concentrations of saturated fats, while organic milk contains 40 percent more linoleic acid, and carries slightly higher concentrations of iron, vitamin E and some carotenoids. While this new information certainly adds to the debate over the benefits of organic, it strengthens the argument that there is a nutritional advantage to eating organic that complements the environmental benefit of avoiding toxic pesticide use.

Organic Bytes - No Compromise

The Grocery Manufacturers Association, which represents Monsanto and the worst of corporate food, has set a very clear goal: Keep as much information about GMOs as possible away from consumers.

Consumers have an opposing goal: Tell us what’s in our food.

Is It Time to Go Organic for Your Dog's Food?

Many of today’s foods contain toxins such as pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics, growth hormones, and chemical additives that have been linked to serious health issues in both people and animals. To minimize this toxic assault, I feed my family, including my four-legged son, Chase, as many organic foods as possible. Let’s take a look at why “going organic” might make sense for your canine companion.

CNN Documentary Takes a Peek Behind the Food Industry Curtain

Asia watches as GMO legal challenge threatens Philippines food supply

France Says “Glyphosate Could Be Carcinogenic to Humans”

First the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) deemed glyphosate, the main component in herbicides such as Round Up, a ‘probable carcinogen.’ Then, California’s EPA announced that glyphosate-products would adopt a cancer label. Now, France’s Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) suggests that glyphosate is likely a category 2 carcinogen, meaning it is cancerous to human beings.

ANSES believes the classification of glyphosate should be rapidly reviewed by the European Chemicals Agency.

*****Take a look at the comments at the end of this article by Anthony Samsel, a "pediatrician" that works for Monsanto, among many others.

"Daniel Goldstein, let me correct your statements. First of all, Glyphosate is a synthetic amino acid analogue of our canonical amino acid glycine. Glyphosate functions at the molecular level and was found by Monsanto in radio-labeled C-14 studies in all tissues, glands and organs. Glyphosate causes cataracts, testicular damage, pancreatic and kidney damage. Glyphosate was found to destroy the basement membranes of all glands and organs. Monsanto's registrations for Roundup glyphosate-based herbicides are false and misleading. Both Monsanto and the US EPA substituted and used the CHRONIC studies conducted on Glyphosate Technical Acid N-Phosphonomethyl glycine to gain approval of the salts and esters of glyphosate found in all Roundup product. This bait and switch is fraud. Those salts and esters of glyphosate never were tested long-term for chronic toxicity. Glyphosate registrations should be pulled immediately."

Time for U.S. Regulators to Get Serious About Safety of Popular Pesticide

Monsanto's Newest GM Crops May Create More Problems Than They Solve - 2015

But others think the benefits will at best be short-lived. Weeds may soon become resistant to the new herbicide mixtures, resulting in new generations of ever-more-intractable weeds that will need to be controlled with yet more herbicides.

The new crops now await commercial deployment pending an ongoing review by the Environmental Protection Agency. If approved, it will “demonstrate once again that biotechnology in agriculture is all about increasing pesticide use and dependence,” said Bill Freese, a science policy analyst at the Center for Food Safety, an advocacy group that opposes the crops. In a critique of the USDA’s evaluation, Freese warned of “an era of much increased use of and dependence on pesticides.”

Pesticide - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Pesticides are substances meant for attracting, seducing, and then destroying any pest.[1] They are a class of biocide. The most common use of pesticides is as plant protection products (also known as crop protection products), which in general protect plants from damaging influences such as weeds, fungi, or insects. This use of pesticides is so common that the term pesticide is often treated as synonymous with plant protection product, although it is in fact a broader term, as pesticides are also used for non-agricultural purposes. The term pesticide includes all of the following: herbicide, insecticide, insect growth regulator, nematicide, termiticide, molluscicide, piscicide, avicide, rodenticide, predacide, bactericide, insect repellent, animal repellent, antimicrobial, fungicide, disinfectant (antimicrobial), and sanitizer.[2]

In general, a pesticide is a chemical or biological agent (such as a virus, bacterium, antimicrobial, or disinfectant) that deters, incapacitates, kills, or otherwise discourages pests. Target pests can include insects, plant pathogens, weeds, mollusks, birds, mammals, fish, nematodes (roundworms), and microbes that destroy property, cause nuisance, or spread disease, or are disease vectors. Although pesticides have benefits, some also have drawbacks, such as potential toxicity to humans and other species. According to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, 9 of the 12 most dangerous and persistent organic chemicals are organochlorine pesticides

What Happens When We Stop Listening to Monsanto - Ashley Lukens, Director, Hawai‘i Center for Food Safety - February 9th, 2016

Unlike previous hearings, the pesticide-seed industry’s tired talking points held no traction. They said: “The Environmental Protection Agency sufficiently regulates pesticides,” “Pesticide labels provide sufficient protection,” “Residential use of pesticides poses a greater risk than industrial agricultural use…” And the committees weren’t buying it.

Similarly, the industry’s claims that buffer zones “hurt farmers” did not hold water. Differentiating the demands of the agrichemical industry from the needs of local farmers is incredibly important to our work because it clarifies that when they say “right to farm,” what they are actually fighting for is a “right to spray.”

Why the shift in tone? It was the voices of community members, mothers like Colleen Chapman of Waialua and Malia Chun of Kekaha, that captured committee members’ attention. Facing daily threats of pesticide drift in their homes and communities, these women courageously shared their stories in a room full of industry representatives.

Brazen FAO flies its double helix colours

What the FAO is doing with this bio-technology symposium is worse than unconscionable and worse than being wilfully unmindful about the evidence of the harm – to animal populations, ecosystems and humans – caused by biotechnologies and especially those employed for agricultural purposes. The serious harm to health and the ecological and agronomical impacts of glyphosate and glyphosate tolerant crops for example are the most thoroughly researched. The same kind of evidence has now emerged for Bt crops and Bt toxins. Evidence that genetic modification per se is harmful is as broad and unimpeachable, with the uncontrollable processes of genetic modification having led to the phenomena of antibiotic resistance (reported from all over the world), the creation of new pathogens, the incidence of cancers, and the hijacking of the human body’s natural nucleic acids to do harm.

Has the US Biotech Industry Infiltrated the Russian Scientific Community?

This strength shown by the Russian government was also shown just last week when they dealt a huge blow to U.S. farmers, after banning all imports of U.S. soybeans and corn due to microbial and GMO contamination.

Tell the EPA and FDA: Immediately suspend Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide.

New Open Access article on glyphosate - Published 17 Feb 2016

Concerns over use of glyphosate-based herbicides and risks associated with exposures: a consensus statement

Abstract: The broad-spectrum herbicide glyphosate (common trade name “Roundup”) was first sold to farmers in 1974. Since the late 1970s, the volume of glyphosate-based herbicides (GBHs) applied has increased approximately 100-fold. Further increases in the volume applied are likely due to more and higher rates of application in response to the widespread emergence of glyphosate-resistant weeds and new, pre-harvest, dessicant use patterns. GBHs were developed to replace or reduce reliance on herbicides causing well-documented problems associated with drift and crop damage, slipping efficacy, and human health risks. Initial industry toxicity testing suggested that GBHs posed relatively low risks to non-target species, including mammals, leading regulatory authorities worldwide to set high acceptable exposure limits. To accommodate changes in GBH use patterns associated with genetically engineered, herbicide-tolerant crops, regulators have dramatically increased tolerance levels in maize, oilseed (soybeans and canola), and alfalfa crops and related livestock feeds. Animal and epidemiology studies published in the last decade, however, point to the need for a fresh look at glyphosate toxicity. Furthermore, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer recently concluded that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic to humans.” In response to changing GBH use patterns and advances in scientific understanding of their potential hazards, we have produced a Statement of Concern drawing on emerging science relevant to the safety of GBHs. Our Statement of Concern considers current published literature describing GBH uses, mechanisms of action, toxicity in laboratory animals, and epidemiological studies. It also examines the derivation of current human safety standards. We conclude that: (1) GBHs are the most heavily applied herbicide in the world and usage continues to rise; (2) Worldwide, GBHs often contaminate drinking water sources, precipitation, and air, especially in agricultural regions; (3) The half-life of glyphosate in water and soil is longer than previously recognized; (4) Glyphosate and its metabolites are widely present in the global soybean supply; (5) Human exposures to GBHs are rising; (6) Glyphosate is now authoritatively classified as a probable human carcinogen; (7) Regulatory estimates of tolerable daily intakes for glyphosate in the United States and European Union are based on outdated science. We offer a series of recommendations related to the need for new investments in epidemiological studies, biomonitoring, and toxicology studies that draw on the principles of endocrinology to determine whether the effects of GBHs are due to endocrine disrupting activities. We suggest that common commercial formulations of GBHs should be prioritized for inclusion in government-led toxicology testing programs such as the U.S. National Toxicology Program, as well as for biomonitoring as conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Maine Town Declares Food Sovereignty

Update March, 2013: Brooksville Becomes Ninth Maine Town to Pass Food Sovereignty Law

Here’s a Way to Eliminate the Regulators and Lawyers, and Build Community At the Same Time: Organize and Declare “Food Sovereignty,” Like Sedgwick, Maine

Citing America’s Declaration of Independence and the Maine Constitution, the ordinance proposed that “Sedgwick citizens possess the right to produce, process, sell, purchase, and consume local foods of their choosing.” These would include raw milk and other dairy products and locally slaughtered meats, among other items. This isn’t just a declaration of preference. The proposed warrant added, “It shall be unlawful for any law or regulation adopted by the state or federal government to interfere with the rights recognized by this Ordinance.” In other words, no state licensing requirements prohibiting certain farms from selling dairy products or producing their own chickens for sale to other citizens in the town.

High Fructose Corn Syrup Has Been Renamed and is Now Being Marketed as a Natural Sweetener

Big food companies are hiding ingredients they know we really don’t want to consume in their products. This time it’s the presence of a new version of high fructose corn syrup. But this is not the innocuous fructose that has sweetened the fruits humans have eaten since time began. This is a questionable ingredient with many names that could be causing all sorts of health problems.

Ray Allen Opening Organic Fast Food Spot In South Miami

In March, the former Heat superstar, two-time NBA champion and actor is opening up Grown, an organic fast food restaurant that promises to shake up the way we think about eating healthy.

Zen Honeycutt Interviews Kaua'i Councilman, Gary Hooser

Tom Colicchio Says Health Issues Due to Poor Nutrition Will Affect Us More Than ISIS

The #TopChef head judge & chef explains why presidential hopefuls need to focus more on food policy.

Scientists Express Concern Over Widespread Use of Glyphosate-Based Herbicides (Beyond Pesticides, February 22, 2016)

The study, published in the journal Environmental Health, was authored by 14 health scientists mostly from universities. Pete Myers, founder and chief scientist at Environmental Health Sciences is the lead author of the report.
“It’s time to call on the global science and regulatory community to step back and take a fresh look at glyphosate since everyone on the planet is or will be exposed,” said senior author Charles Benbrook, an agricultural economist and consultant at Benbrook Consulting Services.

Stephanie Seneff: "The victim was diagnosed with ovarian cancer 3 years ago and died last October. Not sure what year Johnson and Johnson switched from talc to cornstarch (obviously gmo). I'm wondering if glyphosate in the powder played a significant role in her illness."

Carol Garnier Dutra - February 21 at 12:42pm ·

In September 2012 Professor Gilles-Eric Seralini of the University of Caen, France published in the scientific journal 'Food and Chemical Toxicology' (FCT) his famous 2 year study (life span of rats equal to the life span of a human being) where he fed 100 male and 100 female Sprague Dawley rats, corn. The rats were divided into controlled groups. Monsanto's GM maize (corn) NK 603 was fed to one of the groups. This study was done in accordance with protocol that has been established for feeding studies. Professor Seralini found that the combination of Monsanto's corn coupled with the residues of the herbicide 'Glyphosate' (Roundup) , caused severe organ damage , plus massive tumors and premature death. Monsanto had to discredit Professor Seralini because his study proved just how dangerous GM Roundup ready food crops are for both human and animal consumption. Monsanto enlisted many persons to write to the FCT journal (published by Elsevier) trying to discredit Professor Seralini's study. This is much like we see on Facebook with 'Monsanto's paid shills' trying to discredit our opposition to GMO Roundup ready food crops.

In early 2013 a new Associate Editor for biotechnology was hired by 'Food and Chemical Toxicology' (FCT). That person was Richard E. Goodman, a former Monsanto employee, who filled a 'new position' created for him at FCT, which makes me think of how President Obama created a 'new position' at the FDA of 'Deputy Commissioner for Foods', and filled it with former 'Monsanto Vice President for Public Policy', Michael R. Taylor.

Richard E. Goodman was a former Monsanto employee from 1997 to 2004. Goodman is an active participant in a group called the 'International Life Sciences Institute' (ILSI) . ILSI is funded by Monsanto, BASF and Syngenta, which puts both Pfizer (owns Monsanto) and Novartis Pharma (in same company as Syngenta) into the picture going after Professor Serlini. ILSI is also funded by BIG food companies, Kraft, Nestle, Unilever, Coca-Cola, and McDonald's. Former President of McDonald's USA, LLC Janice L. Fields sits on Monsanto's Board of Directors.

The journal 'Transgenuic Research' published a critique of the Serlini study. This critique started that Serlini and his team did not follow protocol for their published study. The lead author of the critique was Paul Christou, who as it turns out is a Monsanto 'paid shill'. Monsanto bought the GM seed company Agracetus, which is Cristou's former employer and Monsanto holds the patents for the GM crops on which Christou's name is listed as the inventor. Christou is very connected to Monsanto. When Christou critiqued the Serilini study he did NOT declare his connection to Monsanto. The Serlini study was removed from the scientific journal 'Food and Chemical Toxicology (FCT). Richard E. Goodman delivered to Monsanto as he promised he would do. This again makes me think of Michael Taylor at the FDA, who also delivers to Monsanto.

This is not where this story ends. Serlini and his team of researchers have won 2 court cases. In the defamation case that Serilini and his team won in November 2015, the following was learned, ..."The trial demonstrated that the original author of the fraud accusation, prior to Marianne, was the American lobbyist Henry I. Miller in Forbes magazine. "... Marianne is a French magazine. Forbes magazine is a pro-Monsanto, pro-GMO magzine. Henry Miller is a former lobbyists for the cigarette lobby, and he worked for the FDA from '79 to '94. He is well known for his past 'editorials' claiming that smoking does not cause cancer. This is the same Henry Miller, who still writes pro-GMO articles for 'Forbes' magazine today, along with Kavin Senapathy, his female counterpart, who is another paid Monsanto 'shill'.

Professor Serlini's study has been re-published in 'Environmental Sciences Europe' along with extra material. The new paper presents the exact same results of the study as before, and the conclusions are unchanged.…/the-goodman-affair…/…/10.11…/s12302-014-0014-5…/…/…/…/article/pii/S027869151530034X…/d…/files/ilsi-article-final.pdf…/pages/board-of-directors.aspx

A Matter of Trust – What’s On Your Plate?

What we are eating is killing us. And the CEOs of Food, Inc. know it. And they don’t care. And those who still buy the stuff don’t want to know about it, or simply don’t care enough to find out. It is simply not a big enough issue. After all, you can’t run around all day cowering in fear over what may or may not kill you in the kitchen cabinet, or you are considered a nut job. Something of a whacko. Just eat it. Don’t worry about what’s in it. It tastes good, doesn’t it? And my personal favorite – You’ve gotta die from something! Just some of the most used guilt-tripping phrases to get people to just go along with the program. I will comply, I don’t want to stand out, I want to be accepted, I want to be part of the group and have people like me. So what if I get cancer in 40 years, I’ll be old then and it won’t matter. It will matter then, Bucko, if you make it that far without some other debilitating illness. We’ve all heard the excuses. And they are, to put it bluntly, lame. Just lame.

Bernie Sanders Vows to Protect Organic Farming, Calls Out Monsanto As Presidential Campaign Heats Up

Science for Sale - Brokers of junk science?

Two scientific journals known for their industry ties have become go-to publications for researchers who minimize risks from chemicals

“The harm is that it actually muddies the independent scientific literature,” said Jennifer Sass, a senior scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental group. “They’re stacking their weight on their side of the scale.”

Dr. Marcia Angell, a physician and longtime Editor in Chief of the New England Medical Journal (NEMJ), which is considered to another one of the most prestigious peer-reviewed medical journals in the world, makes her view of the subject quite plain:

“It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of the New England Journal of Medicine”

New Study Shows Organic Ag is Key to Feeding the World

This exciting news puts data to what we at Organic Valley and Organic Prairie have observed first-hand on our own farms for years: improvements in soil, water and feed quality, less energy use, increased biodiversity, reduced exposure to toxic chemicals for both farm workers and consumers, near-equal yields to conventional crops over time, and fair wages for the farmers.
Arty turns 10 this summer.