Sorry, Monsanto: GMO Crops Now Banned in 38 Countries, Grown in Only 28

Why the controversy over an Iowa cartoonist is no laughing matter

Landmark expose of the American Farm Bureau that aired on 60 Minutes on April 9, 2000

60 Minutes: Farm Bureau (Part 1 & 2)

How to Use Vinegar & Salt As a Weed Killer

Without Saying A Word, This Short 6 Minute Video Will Leave You Speechless

Russian Organic Wheat takes world by Storm, US GMO Glyphosate losing out!

Common sense oversight needed to halt agency advocacy

German retailer announces GMO-free milk.

Monsanto May Pull Its Biotech Soybean Seeds From Argentina

Monsanto’s GMO Food and its Dark Connections to the “Military Industrial Complex”

One of the more damming studies on the safety of GM foods was led by biologist Dr. Gilles-Eric Seralini of the University of Caen, which was the first study to examine the long term affects on rats that had consumed Monsanto’s GM corn and its Roundup herbicide. The study was conducted over a 2 year period – which is the average life-span of a rat – as opposed to Monsanto’s usual period of 90 days. The peer-reviewed study found horrifying effects on the rats health, with a 200% to 300% increase in large tumours, severe organ damage to the kidney and liver and 70% of female participant rats suffered premature death. The first tumours only appeared 4 to 7 months into the research, highlighting the need for longer trials.

Initially the study was published...

EPA Finds Atrazine Threatens Ecological Health

..Shortly before atrazine’s most recent re-registration in 2003, University of California, Berkeley professor and scientist Tyrone Hayes, PhD was hired by Syngenta to conduct safety tests on the chemical regarding its impact on amphibian health. However, what he found was not what the company had hoped for: his experiments showed that atrazine could impede the sexual development of frogs, to put it lightly. After the company criticized his research, Dr. Hayes cut ties with the company. But he continued his research, this time releasing studies that described the effects of the chemical less gingerly, like the 2010 study, Atrazine induces complete feminization and chemical castration in male African clawed frogs, published in the esteemed journal the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. During this time, Syngenta continued to target not only Dr. Hayes research, but his personal life. (See: A Valuable Reputation, by The New Yorker). Through the discovery process on a lawsuit launched by public water utilities over widespread atrazine contamination, a list of goals produced by Syngenta’s public relations was brought to light. Goal #1: “discredit Hayes.”

FDA Seeks to Redefine ‘Healthy’

Hawaii aims to be 1st to help farmers get certified organic

Namibia: Maize Imports Raise Fear of GMO

30 Reasons to Never Put Another M&M in Your Mouth Ever Again

Yosemite, sponsored by Starbucks? National Parks to start selling some naming rights.

POLITICO takes a look at some of the comments FDA received about how it should define the "Natural" food label in the future:

NATURALLY OPINIONATED: Well, you all had plenty to say about how or whether the FDA should define the term "natural" on food labels. While comments submitted at the deadline late Tuesday have yet to appear in the regulatory docket, and the roughly 5,000 already posted appear to be individuals or letter writing campaigns, those sent to MA by food, ag and consumer groups show that the FDA is going to have to reconcile a huge variety of thoughts on the issue. Here's a quick look at some comments:

- Center for Food Safety : "Because misuse of the term 'natural' has permeated the marketplace to such a great extent and has been corrupted beyond the point of rehabilitation ... FDA should prohibit using the term ... If FDA allows use of the term 'natural,' the term should only encompass single-ingredient foods ... In addition, if FDA promulgates a definition of 'natural,' the agency should explicitly exclude foods produced in whole or in part with genetic engineering because allowing GE foods to be labelled as 'natural' would be exceptionally misleading to consumers."

- Grocery Manufacturers Association : "The definition for 'natural' should allow acceptable post-harvest processing and production methods. Furthermore, other aspects of sourcing, such as agricultural practices, use of biotech seeds, and animal husbandry (e.g., attributes such as 'free range,' 'fair trade,' 'grass fed'), should have no bearing on the 'natural' status of an ingredient or food."

- Natural Products Association: "Natural should mean natural, which in our general view is no chemicals, no additives, and no kitchen chemistry."

- Animal feed groups : The Pet Food Institute, American Feed Industry Association and National Grain and Feed Association argue that FDA should follow in line with the Association of American Feed Control Officials standard for 'natural' as it looks to define the term for use in human food. That standard "recognizes that some forms of processing can be used - and indeed may be necessary - for foods to be appropriate for consumption by animals. It also acknowledges that the production of certain animal foods requires certain vitamins and minerals that can only be obtained in sufficient quantities if they are synthetically derived."

- Consumer Federation of America: The standard for "natural" should meet and exceed those maintained by USDA in its organic program to end consumer confusion about the difference between the two, the group argues. But if the the agency won't do that, "we recommend that FDA require the following disclaimer: 'Natural' means that this product contains no artificial or synthetic ingredients. It does NOT mean that this product meets USDA National Organic Program standards related to the use of pesticides or other synthetic chemicals, irradiation, fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients, and bioengineering."

Stephanie Seneff: "They've identified my "top three picks" for the cause of the epidemic in autism: vaccines, electromagnetic fields, and glyphosate." 5/11/16

It's true. Pesticides are harming our children

Irish famers protest following TTIP leaks

The President of the Irish Cattle and Sheep Association, Patrick Kent said the possibility of American beef being imported into Ireland could make farming "unviable".

Pepsi, Frito-Lay Quietly Adding GMO Ingredient Labels To Some Foods

Whether or not you agree with mandatory labeling for foods containing genetically modified or genetically engineered ingredients, the Vermont law requiring this information on food sold in that state will go into effect on the first of July. Some companies — including Mars, Campbell Soup, and General Mills — have announced decisions to implement these labels nationwide, while PepsiCo appears to be quietly putting labels on its products.

Video from December 2015 well worth reposting.

Monsanto CEO on debate over GMO and food labeling

Namibia: Maize Imports Raise Fear of GMO

The Namibian Organic Association last year called on the Government to protect the nation against Monsanto's GMO crops in view of the extraordinary danger it represents for the entire biosphere and the particular economic and environmental risks it poses for organic producers. It is important to note that the current Southern Africa generation will be the first generation of humans consuming GM maize as a staple food.

Why The FDA Is Re-Evaluating The Nutty Definition Of 'Healthy' Food

What's With Wheat Official Trailer (3 minutes)

What’s With Wheat documentary investigates the growing epidemic of wheat intolerance, and why after eating wheat for thousands of years, it has been linked to so many health problems.
Register for the FREE 7-day online screening coming June 2016 at

Transatlantic Trade: What the Latest Leak Means for Science-Based Safeguards

"The latest leak confirms what we believed all along – that TTIP will probably mean science-based safeguards that are less protective of the public and more beneficial for special interests."

Available: Videos to Promote Healthy Communities

Watch the videos here. You can access the playlist, which includes all of the available videos of the 2016 forum, as well as previous years, on Beyond Pesticides’ YouTube page.

EPA's Tie to Monsanto Could Be Disastrous for Us - May 11, 2016 - 6 Minutes

An EPA report on glyphosate was recently taken down just three days after it was published. And it's a move that has both Republicans - and progressives - up in arms. Conservatives are quick to declare how much they hate the EPA and it's "job-killing regulations." But progressives want to know why the EPA relies on so many studies conducted by the very industries that they're supposed to regulate.

Results of Glyphosate Pee Test Are in ‘And It’s Not Good News’

Last month, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) volunteered to take a urine test to see if glyphosate—the cancer-linked weedkiller—is in their system. Forty-eight MEPs from 13 different European Union countries participated in the test, and now the results are in.

Op-Ed In science, follow the money – if you can

Disclosure matters because when a special interest sponsors research, that research is likely to produce results in favor of the sponsor. This is not an opinion but a scientific conclusion based on studies of published research on drugs and devices, tobacco and chemicals. For instance, in 2006, a study in the American Journal of Psychiatry examined every publicly available trial funded by the pharmaceutical industry for five antipsychotic drugs. The paper found that nine out of 10 published studies concluded that the best drug was the one sold by the company funding the trial.

BREAKING NEWS: Judge overturns the will of the voters in Josephine Co. Oregon by striking down their voter-approved GMO-free zone.

Truly a sad day for all Oregonians--especially the farmers who just want to grow safe, affordable food without having their fields contaminated by the corporate GMO food and poison system....

Bayer Said to Explore Bid for $40 Billon Seed Company Monsanto

Monsanto Pushes Their “Support” for GMO Labeling

Across America, confusion reigns in the supermarket aisles about how to eat healthfully. One thing on shopper’s minds: the pesticides in fruits and vegetables.

Forbes attacks pro-organic group 'Moms Across America,' for promoting GMO-labeling through independent billboard campaign

Dr Sachin Patel interviews Dr Stephanie Seneff

"Doctors! Have you noticed the there has been an increase in disease across all age groups. Children and adults are sicker than ever. The only explanation would be something in our environment.

I spoke with one of my heroes, MIT research scientist, Stephanie Seneff. Her research is showing some interesting correlations between chronic disease and what we spray on our food.

If you are a functional medicine doctor, this video is a must watch. You will realize in a short amount of time why your patients are so sick."

New Study Finds Clear Nutritional Advantage in Organic Foods

Rochester, NY to Get All-Vegan School

As Big Candy Ditches GMOs, Sugar Beet Farmers Hit A Sour Patch

Meanwhile, the amount of beet sugar looking for buyers has been increasing, while there's a shortage of cane sugar. That shortage is bad enough that sugar users, such as candy companies, are asking the USDA to allow more imports of cane sugar to ease the shortage.

Beyer says that he and his fellow sugar beet farmers are thinking about going back to growing non-GMO beets.

Organic Farmers Must Do These 11 Things Just to Prevent Being Contaminated (and Sued)

“If I decided to spray my house purple and I sprayed on a day that was windy, and my purple paint drifted onto your house and contaminated your siding and shingles, there isn’t a court in the nation that wouldn’t in two minutes find me guilty of irresponsibly damaging your property,” he said.“But when it comes to agriculture (since the advent of GMOs), all of a sudden the tables are turned.”

McDonald's McTeachers are using public schools to market junk food to children

Glyphosate and baking bread

I got a note today from someone concerned about non GMO wheat being desiccated with glyphosate prior harvesting, and how it is causing problems with bread makers who find the dough does not rise enough if there is glyphosate present, and how some of the bakers are reluctant to accept wheat that has glyphosate in it etc. There was also a mention of presence of shikimic acid that might be the culprit. This information, about shikimic acid and dough not "rising" properly if glyphosate is present, got me intrigued and I passed this info and asked some questions to a few scientists. Received the following response from scientist Dr. Don Huber, ex purdue University professor, ex US bioterrorism expert and biologist that has been studying Glyphosate for decades. This is what he had to say:

"Tony, It isn't the high shikimic (product accumulating when the shikimatemate pathway is blocked by glyphosate) as much as the antibiotic effect of the residual glyphosate in the wheat from desiccation that prevents the yeast from working.

A couple of years back, there was a back-log of orders for the ABRAXIS kits for measuring gyphosate because the brewers were having to test each load of malting barley for glyphosate since levels were high enough to prevent fermentation. It has continued and only gotten worse! Don."

Before someone comes to the wrong conclusion, no, Dr. Hayes has stated that he did not study Atrazine's affect on humans.

Biologist targeted for exposing the gender bending pesticide - Atrazine - poisoning America

Biologist, Tyrone Hayes is a soft-spoken professor at the University of California with a big message. One of the most commonly used pesticides in agriculture, atrazine, is responsible for feminizing amphibians, according to his research. More importantly, the chemical is effectively eliminating male chromosomes at an alarming rate, at levels which are three times lower than what are currently appearing in our drinking water. It isn't just lead and fluoride we need to be concerned about, but a known endocrine disruptor, created by Syngenta, that is utterly changing our gene pool.

Moms Across America: The upcoming federal hearings in Honolulu are coming up soon! On June 15th all eyes will be on the outcome of the lawsuits that the agrochemical industry brought against Kaua`i, Maui, and the Big Island for their initiatives to regulate the industry. This is a vital time for the movements to protect the people and environment of Hawaii. What happens will have far reaching implications and by raising awareness to the bullying of the corporations we can demand accountability. Please share AINA and donate what you can to their cause.

Movie trailer: Revolution: Food

How a Virginia Nonprofit is Helping Veterans Launch Careers in Farming

CropLife America Pressured House Committee to Investigate EPA Glyphosate Review

Seeds, Monsanto in Iraq (3 minutes)

Interesting talk by Dr. Dahlia Wasfi from 2008 about seeds in Iraq.

UPDATE - just to keep all of you in the loop on our film, SECRET INGREDIENTS... We're just finishing up the editing process, adding music and doing all the post production. We know you can't wait to see it! Check out the trailer and give what you can to help us cross the finish line so you can see it soon! Thanks for being there with us. It's going to be POWERFUL!

Investing in Organics – a Profitable Endeavor

Overall, organic farming can produce better yield while lowering operating costs. Additionally, it enhances the natural capital (restoration of degraded land), and has climatic resilience.

Plus, organic farming produces positive externalities and the chance to monetize them – like global carbon stocks sequestration. There’s three times more carbon in the soil than in the air.

There are also higher value markets that demand a massive premium (three times as much for corn) and more profitable farming – $300 versus $100 per acre than in conventional farming.

Tell the EPA: Ban nerve-damaging pesticides harming nearly all endangered species

Major Grocery Chain Expanding Organics to Meet Consumer Demand

Guide to Avoiding GE Fish (not updated since 2013)

Disgusted with Ensure and Other Formulas, This Woman Created An Alternative Made From Real Food Ingredients

This Ingredient Isn’t Food, But Most Americans Eat It.

Cottonseed oil is made from a byproduct of the industrial waste from the cotton farming industry, which isn’t a food crop. Cotton crop waste is also used is to make some “cellulose” additives (when wood isn’t used) that’s added to products like Kraft shredded cheese. You’ll find these cotton byproducts in hundreds of mainstream processed foods because they’re cheap to produce and have a long shelf life. Cotton waste is also fed to conventional farm animals as a way to cheaply dispose of it and artificially bulk up their feed.

China Agriculture Ministry: No Approval for Monsanto’s RR2 Xtend GMO Soybeans

BREAKING NEWS: Monsanto Suspends New GMO Soybean in Argentina. Monsanto requested Argentine exporters inspect soybean shipments to ensure farmers are paying royalties for using their products, but the Argentine government refused. In other words, Monsanto wanted the Argentine government to function as their private seed police. The Argentinians aren't having any of that. Good riddance, Monsanto. Nobody needs your toxic soybeans.


A Decade into the Pollinator Crisis, Unsustainable Bee Losses Continue

(Beyond Pesticides, May 17, 2016) It was 10 years ago that commercial beekeepers first reported widespread, unsustainable winter losses of their honey bee colonies. A decade after the alarm was first sounded on pollinator declines, results of 2015-16 Colony Loss Survey show no sign the crisis of abating. According to the Bee Informed Partnership survey, beekeepers lost 28.1% of their colonies over this past winter, and a total of 44% of their colonies over the last year.

GMO Foods: Science, PR, and Public Backlash

Bayer Makes Move for Monsanto in Agrichemicals Mega-Merger

‘Symphony Of The Soil’: New Documentary Connects Soil Health To Human Health

European Commission Fails to Push Through Glyphosate Re-Approval

A decision on whether or not to re-approve the controversial toxic substance glyphosate for use in Europe was postponed Thursday for the second time, following disagreement among representatives of EU governments, as the Great Glyphosate Rebellion continues.

Look at the last 2 pages for percentages of specific crops being treated with Roundup

Under the Influence: The National Research Council and GMOs

The National Research Council's ties to the biotech industry and other corporations create conflicts of interest and raise questions about the independence of their work.

Conflict of Interest Concerns Cloud Glyphosate Review

Organic Bytes
Arty turns 11 this summer.