Loc: Waterloo, NY
Keystone Mills, Route 336, Romulus, NY
This farm is letting other Seneca County farmers know that they are adding non gmo crops this year. This is good news. Remember the "tipping point of consuming rejection?" Well, we are over the tipping point and more food producers need non gmo ingredients for their products.
Dr. Jonathan Latham - GMO Hazards to Health and Ecosystems - (1 hour, 13 minutes)
"But the new trick of the industry is to introduce plants that are doublely and triplely resistant to herbicides. So Monsanto now has crops that are resistant to Dicamba and 2,4-D and to Roundup, but they are going to have to spray all of these...so 2,4-D and Dicamba are not replacements for Roundup. "So basically, Roundup is being sprayed even more but these herbicides are going to be used on top of that."
British Scientist Dr. Jonathan Latham talks about the new and old research into the hazards of GMOs and the lack of regulatory supervision in the United States.
Stephanie Seneff: "I was mesmerized by this article on CRISPR. This is the best I've seen to help you understand exactly what CRISPR is and why it's dangerous."
God’s Red Pencil? CRISPR and The Three Myths of Precise Genome Editing
"Thus CRISPR itself will need tweaking before it can be useful for safe commercial products, and that is the first error of the tweaking argument. So far, it is technically not possible to make a single (and only a single) genetic change to a genome using CRISPR and be sure one has done so (Fichtner et al., 2014). As Fichtner noted “in mammalian systems Cas9 causes a high degree of off-target effects”. And at least until modified versions come into use, this will limit the safety, and hopefully limit the application, of CRISPR and related biotechnologies. There is, furthermore, no guarantee that more precise versions of CRISPR are even biologically possible. Technically therefore, precision is a myth: no form of genome editing can do what is currently being claimed."
"Why is this discussion of precision important? Because for the last seventy years all chemical and biological technologies, from genetic engineering to pesticides, have been built on a myth of precision and specificity. They have all been adopted under the pretense that they would function without side effects or unexpected complications. Yet the extraordinary disasters and repercussions of DDT, leaded paint, agent orange, atrazine, C8, asbestos, chlordane, PCBs, and so on, when all is said and done, have been stories of the steady unraveling of a founding myth of precision and specificity.
Nevertheless, with the help of industry propagandists, their friends in the media, even the United Nations, we are once again being preached the gospel of precision. But no matter how you look at it, precision is a fable and should be treated as such."
Study Finds Neonicotinoids Cause Compound-Specific Harm to Bumblebees (Beyond Pesticides, May 2, 2016)
A study published online last week has examined the effects of three neonicotinoids (neonics) on bumblebee colonies, from live bee kills to changed sex ratios. Neonics have been widely cited as contributing to the demise of both managed and wild bee and pollinator populations. They can cause changes in bee reproduction, navigation, foraging, and even the suppression of bee immune systems.
ELWOOD — In an effort to make its products as safe as possible, Elwood-based Red Gold says it won't use plant products that contain genetically modified organisms, nor will it use industrial chemical BPA in the lining of its cans.
Of the 93 products produced by the tomato product production company, 90 will now carry a label identifying them as not containing GMOs or using liners with bisphenol A, or BPA
U.S. grain companies plan to reject Monsanto Co.'s new genetically modified soybeans because of concerns that they could disrupt international trade without a key regulatory approval from the European Union.
Monsanto trims some claims but fails to toss Roundup cancer suit
A man suing Monsanto claiming that the company's blockbuster herbicide gave him cancer can proceed with a claim that the agrochemical giant failed to warn the public about Roundup's risks, but allegations about the sufficiency of its warnings to U.S. regulators are preempted, a federal judge in California has ruled.
Connecticut Legislature Votes Unanimously to Adopt Pollinator Protections (Beyond Pesticides, May 3, 2016)
In a bipartisan victory for bees, last week the Connecticut House of Representatives unanimously (147-0) passed a wide-ranging bill aimed at protecting declining pollinator populations within the state from toxic neonicotinoid (neonic) pesticides. Bill No. 231, An Act Concerning Pollinator Health, was also passed unanimously (36-0) through the Connecticut State Senate on April 21, and now goes to Governor Dannel P Malloy for his signature. Earlier in April, both houses of the Maryland legislature passed the Maryland Pollinator Protection Act, which is currently awaiting action by Governor Larry Hogan (R).
Stephanie Seneff: "I just gave a presentation at the U. of Toronto and it's available on youtube! This is Part 4, where I make a case for why glyphosate might be making MMR much more toxic than it would otherwise be."
Organic Consumers Association Sues to Keep Synthetics Out of Organic Infant Forumula (Beyond Pesticides May 3, 2016)
Last week, the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) filed lawsuits against two popular infant formula makers for falsely labeling their products as organic. The claims against both The Honest Co. and Hain Celestial Group allege that their products contain ingredients that are prohibited under the Organic Food Production Act (OFPA) of 1990 as well as non-organic and non-agricultural ingredients.
Sigh....Rick Friday - Yesterday at 2:24pm · Again, I fall hard in the best interest of large corporations. I am no longer the Editorial Cartoonist for Farm News due to the attached cartoon which was published yesterday. Apparently a large company affiliated with one of the corporations mentioned in the cartoon was insulted and cancelled their advertisement with the paper, thus, resulting in the reprimand of my editor and cancellation of It's Friday cartoons after 21 years of service and over 1090 published cartoons to over 24,000 households per week in 33 counties of Iowa. I did my research and only submitted the facts in my cartoon. That's okay, hopefully my children and my grandchildren will see that this last cartoon published by Farm News out of Fort Dodge, Iowa, will shine light on how fragile our rights to free speech and free press really are in the country
Pines International: If you watch farm programs on television at 5 a.m. or read the magazines that GMO farmers read, you quickly realize that they are being propagandized by Big Ag.
When farmers choose to join GMO programs, they are forced to buy their seed from the poison companies and are forced to buy the toxic chemicals they use from the same monopoly. They even have to pay additional fees just for the privilege of being in a GMO program.
Most of the revenue GMO farmers receive for selling their grain goes to the poison companies. GMO farmers are not only locked into contracts, but also, through very stringent control of the media, they are locked into a belief that there are no alternatives.
Meanwhile organic farmers are doing quite well providing certified organic grains to the rapidly-expanding organic food marketplace.
Firing this talented and free-thinking cartoonist for telling the truth demonstrates how the poison companies control the information being presented to American farmers.
How to help? Consider a quick note to Farm News about how badly Americans need a free, independent press to discuss farm issues. Here’s the publisher’s contact information: Larry Bushman email@example.com
Hawaii becomes the first state in the country to help local farmers with up to a $50,000 tax break for growing organic food through a bill I passed this year. It means more local jobs, more healthy food, and less dependence on foreign imports. Thanks to the Hawai'i Center for Food Safety Action Fund and our local farmers for helping to push HB1689! Mahalo!
The Monsanto Tribunal is an international civil society initiative to hold Monsanto accountable for human rights violations, for crimes against humanity, and for ecocide. Eminent judges will hear testimonies from victims, and deliver an advisory opinion following procedures of the International Court of Justice. A parallel People's Assembly provides the opportunity for social movements to rally and plan for the future we want. The Tribunal and People's Assembly will take place between 14 and 16 October 2016 in The Hague, Netherlands.
Feldman said the most popular chemical products contain carcinogens that cause disease and are endocrine disruptors. He said they harm water, birds, bees, fish, aquatic plants, and humans.
“When you put a chemical out there you have all kinds of unintended consequences,” said Feldman. “We really don’t know as much as we should, considering the toxic capabilities of chemicals. Look at DDT, banned many, many years ago yet it can still be found in water.”
Cargill CEO Dave MacLennan: Food consumers are increasingly values voters
Cargill has been a staunch supporter of genetically engineered crops. But at the same time, it’s been developing GMO-free supply chains, in both corn and soybeans, for food manufacturers tapping a growing GMO-free market.
“We’d like to see a closing of the revolving door, between lobbyists and big campaign contributors and corporate interests. And working in the FDA or the EPA or any of these – Can you imagine a Cabinet under Bernie Sanders with an environmentalist at the head of the EPA? With somebody without ties to Monsanto or the chemical companies at the head of FDA? I mean, those kinds of things, we want to say, ‘This is the future.'”
France says 'non' to TTIP following leaked documents
Hollande said: “We will never accept that principles essential to our agriculture, our culture, trade reciprocity, and access to public procurement are jeopardised; this is why at this stage, France says no to the current step of international trade negotiations.”