Widespread Glyphosate Contamination in Wine - Posted by Zen Honeycutt on March 24, 2016
100% of Wine Tested Showed Positive Results
Los Angeles - Today, Moms Across America released new results revealing that ten major California wines contained the chemical glyphosate, the declared â€śactiveâ€ť ingredient in Roundup weedkiller and 700 other glyphosate-based herbicides. Glyphosate, deemed a probable carcinogen by the World Health Organization in 2015, was found in all three categories of wine. This includes conventional (chemically grown), organic and biodynamic wine. The methodology used for the testing was the same as the beer tests in Germany, where all 14 beers tested positive for glyphosate. The highest conventional wine test result for glyphosate was 28 times higher than the glyphosate levels found in the organic and biodynamic wines.
Because Roundup/glyphosate is not permitted on organic or biodynamic vineyards, the results are unexpected and can only be explained by the drift of chemical sprays from neighboring vineyards. This could mean legal ramifications for the contamination and devaluation of another companyâ€™s product.
Zen Honeycutt, Director of Moms Across America, states â€śWe have recently learned that the detection of glyphosate is an indicator of the presence of many other co-formulants in glyphosate-based herbicides which, combined, are 1000 times more toxic than glyphosate alone. French scientist Gilles-Ă‰ric Seralini and his team have also discovered that these co-formulants are also endocrine hormone disruptors, which can lead to breast cancer, miscarriages, birth defects and many other health issues. There should be zero glyphosate and related chemicals in our wine, food or personal products.â€ť
Consumers may wonder how Roundup/glyphosate is getting into their wine. Roundup/glyphosate is sprayed every year in conventional vineyards. A 1-2 ft strip is sprayed on either side of the grape vines which are planted in rows, to kill weeds when the vines are dormant in late winter or early spring. According to plant pathologist, Don Huber from Purdue University, the vine stems are inevitably sprayed in this process and the Roundup is likely absorbed through the roots and bark of the vines from where it is translocated into the leaves and grapes.
All the wines tested were from the Napa Valley, Sonoma and Mendocino County areas. According to the CA Dept of Health, breast cancer rates in the Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino counties is 10 to 20 percent higher than the national average. 700 lawsuits are currently pending against Monsanto for the connection between non-Hodgkinâ€™s lymphoma and Roundup.
Currently the FDA does not require end product testing or labeling for pesticides. Therefore the public is unable to know the type or amount of any pesticides that are present in the wines.
Moms Across America and other groups call for the protection of organic and biodynamic brands, farm workers and consumers by requesting that all food producers STOP spraying toxic chemicals on their crops.
TV documentary puts Bordeaux and pesticides in spotlighthttp://www.decanter.com/wine-news/tv-doc...eoSiLtFfBixC.99http://winecountrygeographic.blogspot.com/2016/02/finallyfrench-television-documentary.html
France To Ban All Pesticides Amid Worldwide Bee Death Epidemichttp://yournewswire.com/france-to-ban-all-pesticides-amid-worldwide-bee-death-epidemic/
Seralini on the Real Risk of Roundup and gmo crops
Professor Seralini says that the untested co-ingredients in glyphosate, a/k/a roundup, is a thousand times more dangerous than glyphosate.
World renowned French scientist Professor Seralini who conducted the only public studies on Roundup with his team, explains how faulty the EPA approval process is and how toxic the product truly is. Interviewed by Zen Honeycutt, Executive Director of Moms Across America
3 minute cliphttps://www.facebook.com/MomsAcrossAmerica/videos
Full interview, 30 minuteshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ARD0INBXDA&feature=youtu.be
GMO labeling bill advances in Assemblyhttp://libn.com/2016/03/17/gmo-labeling-bill-advances-in-assembly/
Two Manlius, New York farmers transitioning to organic.https://www.facebook.com/Tre-G-Farms-LLC-140098646037912/
GMO news related to Irelandhttp://www.gmo-free-regions.org/gmo-free-regions/ireland.html
"Just as safe as table salt." (See, Tyrone Hayes' studies on Atrazine harm to amphibians, links at bottom)
Brothers Brian and Darren Hefty are the charismatic owners of Hefty Seed Company, one of the nationâ€™s top ag retailers with annual sales of more than $100 million, and the hosts of their show Ag PhD. The popular show promotes chemicals and chemical mixes as weed killers for conventional U.S. farmers. Many of the chemicals they advocate for are scientifically proven to be harmful to human health and the environment. In this program they astonishing make an attempt to justify the use of DDT and Atrazine (a known endocrine disruptor banned in Europe yet used widely in the U.S.). Glyphosate (Roundup - a "probable" carcinogenic - WHO), 2,4-D (a "possible" carcinogenic - WHO) and dicamba are also among the many chemicals they promote to conventional farmers across the country. The show offers insights into how farmers are being sold these chemicals and the inner workings of the conventional agriculture industry in general. Much of the dialog is shocking given what is known about these chemicals from the World Health Organization (WHO), scientists such as Dr. Tyrone Hayes and Dr. Don Huber and even the EPA.https://www.facebook.com/OrganicRising/v...e=2&theater
Atrazine - Silencing the Scientist: Tyrone Hayes on Being Targeted By Herbicide Firm Syngenta https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mP-6Gp5RbjQhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1Nom0UX83w
City of Portland sues Monsantohttp://www.kgw.com/news/local/city-of-portland-to-sue-monsanto-for-contaminating-waterways/85906401
General Mills to start using GMO labeling nationwide
General Mills will begin voluntarily labeling products nationwide that contain genetically modified ingredients after the failure of Congress to reach a national labeling law, a â€śwatershedâ€ť development, according to one consumer group.
The Golden Valley-based company said Friday that since it will be forced by July 1 to begin labeling for GMOs in Vermont â€” the result of a state law there â€” it will extend GMO labeling nationwide.
Statement from General Mills about their decision to label for the presence of GMOs:http://www.blog.generalmills.com/#article/22595
Video: Hilary Clinton Endorses GMOs, Solution-Focused Crop Biotechnologyhttps://www.organicconsumers.org/news/vi...p-biotechnology
How Vermont beat Big Food
It was May 8, 2014, when the state of Vermontâ€”knowingly or notâ€”launched the war with the American food industry that spilled onto the floor of the U.S. Senate yesterday.
Sitting behind an antique desk brought onto the steps of the statehouse in Montpelier for the occasion, Gov. Peter Shumlin signed a bill that would make Vermont the first state to require the labeling of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. Vermont is a heavily agricultural state that prides itself on a reputation for purity: green mountains, real maple syrup, small dairy farms. And though bioengineered foods donâ€™t pose any documented health risk, its legislature had decided, by a large majority, to stand firmly on the side of caution.
Read more: http://www.politico.com/agenda/story/201...7#ixzz43HiPwC76
Boulder County Commissioners Seek to Transition Away from Growing GE Crops on Open Space Landshttps://www.organicconsumers.org/news/bo...pen-space-lands
Nitrogen From Farm Fertilizers Remains in Soil and Could Pollute Drinking Water for Decades
Des Moines, Iowaâ€™s water utility is suing three rural counties in federal court, claiming they violated the Clean Water Act by polluting the river from which the city gets its drinking water with nitrates present in agricultural runoff that have been linked to cancer and birth defects.http://www.newsweek.com/nitrogen-stays-farm-soils-decades-could-pollute-drinking-water-437120
Farmers Diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Take Action
Domina Law Group will be investigating these cases for farmers throughout Nebraska and across the countryhttp://news.sys-con.com/node/3728343
MEPs Urge EU Food Safety Authority to Release Secret Glyphosate Files
Three Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), representing the Greens/EFA Party, have made a Freedom of Information request to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), in an attempt to reveal the secret Biotech industry studies that EFSA used in their controversial risk assessment on the Worldâ€™s most used herbicide â€“ glyphosate.http://sustainablepulse.com/2016/03/16/m...s/#.VuyoMP32aQG
Obama Administration Sued Over Failure to Protect Monarch Butterflies
WASHINGTONâ€” Two conservation groups filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today over its failure to protect the monarch butterfly under the Endangered Species Act. Center for Food Safety, the Center for Biological Diversity and allies formally petitioned the Service in August 2014 to protect the monarch as a â€śthreatenedâ€ť species following a 90 percent population decline over the preceding two decades. In December 2014 the Service determined that protection may be warranted, triggering an official review of the butterflyâ€™s status that, by law, must be completed within 12 months. More than a year later, however, the Service has failed to issue a final decision on whether to protect the charismatic orange and black butterfly under the Act. Todayâ€™s lawsuit requests that the court set a deadline for that decision.http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2016/monarch-butterfly-03-10-2016.html
Worldâ€™s Largest Community Kitchen at Indiaâ€™s Golden Temple To Serve Organic Food
(Beyond Pesticides, March 18, 2016) One of the worldâ€™s largest community kitchens, will soon be serving organic food. Guru Ramdas Langar Hall at Sri Harmandir Sahib (popularly known as the Golden Temple) in Amritsar, India feeds 100,000 people daily for free. Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), which administers the gurdwaras (places of worship for people of the Sikh faith) across the country, has decided to adopt organic farming, foregoing the use of use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers.http://beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblo...e-organic-food/
Organic farmer Jim Gerritsen warns UMPI students of perils in food, science
â€śThereâ€™s no failure in the ability of organic farmers to grow food,â€ť he argued. â€śThe challenges are political challenges. We have a concentrated corporate control of our government. Everybody knows about the revolving door of people from private industry that come into the government as supposed regulators. Private industry people are making decisions on behalf of the citizens, but in fact theyâ€™re making it for the corporations they come from.â€ť
Gerritsen said that he and other organic advocates are trying to counter what they see as corporate influence creeping into the U.S. Department of Agricultureâ€™s organic farming regulations. For instance, a recent investigation by Cornucopia Institute found 14 certified organic poultry and dairy factories in states like Texas â€śprovided no legitimate grazing, or even access to the outdoors,â€ť despite the pasture requirements laid out in the original national organic law.
â€śClearly, there is a bias and theyâ€™re not willing to enforce the law,â€ť Gerritsen said. For smaller farmers trying to meet consumer demand for pasture-raised meat, the current system puts them â€śat a competitive disadvantage, trying to compete with mega operations.â€ť
Organic groups are also looking to challenge a decision by the USDAâ€™s National Organic Program to permit cisgenic cell fusion hybrid seeds, which they contend are a form of genetic engineering that would otherwise be banned.
Cisgenic seed cell fusion is a process of modifying a plant by adding mutations from other plants in its family, creating â€śa hybrid plant containing the mitochondrial and chloroplast DNA from one cell and the nuclear DNA from a different one,â€ť according to The Natural Farmer, a part of the Northeast Organic Farming Association.
Some scientists argue that cisgenic seeds are closer to traditional breeding methods than the GMO process, but Gerritsen and organic advocates argue that the fundamental problem is patenting seeds created with any artificial methods in a laboratory.
â€śThe seed has to support genetic diversity. Anything that is organic seed cannot be patented,â€ť Gerritsen said.http://bangordailynews.com/2016/03/18/ho...-science/print/
Harvest of Change
Farm families confront a nation in transition. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2014/09/21/iowa-families-face-change/15890607/
Changing to non-GMO soy transformed the health of my pigs
Two days afterwards, he said to me: "You have changed the food." He always notices whenever there is any problem with the feed and tells me. This time was different. Something very good was happening with the food as the pigs were not getting diarrhoea any more.http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_an...of_my_pigs.html
Bernie Sanders Vows to Protect Organic Farming, Calls Out Monsanto As Presidential Campaign Heats Up
â€śThe debate should be â€“ how do we make sure that the food our kids are eating is healthy food. And having the courage to take on these huge food and biotech companies who are transforming our agricultural system in a bad way,â€ť Sanders says in the video below from Facebook user Adryenn Ashley.http://althealthworks.com/9017/we-need-t...h.OiOGvzw4.dpuf
Kelloggâ€™s and Mars Announce GMO Labeling as Big Food Crackshttp://sustainablepulse.com/2016/03/22/k...s/#.VvDNdP32aAJ
Monsanto Is Inside Everythinghttp://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2016/03/22/monsanto-glyphosate.aspx
Rochester River School
The Rochester River School is the first school in the country to be based on the principles of humane education, as well as the first public school in the country to offer a free, plant-based vegan lunch program and curriculum. http://www.rochesterriverschool.org/
Consumed Official Trailerhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZHxPRPox9chttp://gowatchit.com/microsite/2769http://www.consumedthemovie.com/
Bayer sees gloomy GM picture in Europe
"As an industry we were so convinced of the technology we thought it was obvious that it should be accepted by society (but) it hasn't been and I don't see that changing any time soon in Europe." http://www.farmweekly.com.au/news/agricu...pe/2751998.aspx
ConAgra to disclose GMOs on labels throughout U.S.http://www.reuters.com/article/congra-gmo-idUSL2N16U2G5
Vermont House Votes to Authorize State Regulation of â€śTreated Articles,â€ť such as Neonic-Coated Seeds
(Beyond Pesticides March 23, 2016) Last week, the Vermont House of Representatives passed a bill that authorizes state regulation of pesticide-treated products, including telephone poles and coated seeds, that are exempt from federal pesticide regulations. H.861 is the latest in a string of laws introduced this legislative session in Vermont to address the impact of harmful neonicotinoid insecticides on Vermontâ€™s ecology and agriculture, and symbolizes a concentrated effort by the legislature to reverse pollinator declines within the state. If passed by the Senate and signed by the governor, the bill will allow the Secretary of Agriculture to regulate above and beyond current federal laws, which exempt treated articles from regulation completely, and write appropriate rules http://beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblo...ty-to-regulate/
Food Companies Plan to Label GMOsâ€”but Is There More to the Story?
Is there something more to these recent announcements than just the need to comply with Vermontâ€™s law? As in, a strategy to lull consumers into complacency, while at the same time forcing Congress to give food companies what theyâ€™ve wanted all alongâ€”a free pass on labeling?
Researchers Call for More Study of Agent Orange Effects on Vets and Their Kids
A committee of the Institute of Medicine said even though the Vietnam War ended four decades ago, much is still not known about the way the herbicide Agent Orange has impacted vets and perhaps their children. https://www.propublica.org/article/resea...vets-their-kids
Children of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance
Is Agent Orange Still Causing Birth Defects?http://covvha.net/
If you are a child of an American Vietnam Veteran:
Veteran COVVHA is running a HIPPA compliant survey the looks at health and wellness of Children of American Vietnam Veterans. If you are the child of an AMERICAN Vietnam Veteran please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org requesting a link to the survey. No identifying information will be shared and no information collected by COVVHA will never be sold. http://covvha.net/children-of-vietnam-ve...oxin-exposures/
This Hospital Removes GMO Food From Menu
A well-known hospital in Vermont is tackling this dilemma. The University of Vermont Medical Centerâ€™s cafe, which serves 2 million meals a year, will be reducing its inclusion of GMO foods on its menu so that visitors and patients alike will have better access to healthier, cleaner food.http://www.healthyfoodusa.com/this-hospital-removes-gmo-food-menu/
USDA regulators clear two GM corn traits from Monsanto, Syngenta
CHICAGO (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will no longer regulate a genetically-modified corn developed by Monsanto Co to resist its dicamba herbicide, the agency said on Wednesday.
The move by the agency's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), means it can now be planted without permits or any additional regulatory oversight from the agency. http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKCN0WQ013
General Mills (GIS) to Double Organic Acreage Sourcinghttp://finance.yahoo.com/news/general-mills-gis-double-organic-183006654.html
CDC Misconduct? Raw Milk â€śDeathâ€ť Victim Was Treated for Advanced Cancerhttp://www.davidgumpert.com/cdc-misconduct-raw-milk-death-victim-treated-advanced-cancer
Farmageddon - Trailerhttp://farmageddonmovie.com/
BASF cuts plant science biz in half, RTP ops to be 'reduced'
Field testing sites in Kekaha, Hawaii, as well as sites in India and Puerto Rico will be closed, with the restructuring expected to be completed by the end of the year.http://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/blog...-ops-to-be.html
Pesticides: Economic nonsense?http://www.euractiv.com/section/agriculture-food/news/pesticides-an-economic-nonsense/
GMO labels spread as U.S. congressional effort to halt them fades
One food industry representative, who requested anonymity, said Senate attention had waned after the bill's failure and that there was a lack of consensus over how to proceed. http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSL2N16W1I2
A Town Demands Protection from Pesticides http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/...des-glyphosate/