Malibu, CA City Council Unanimously Votes to Ban Pesticides on Public Property - (Beyond Pesticides, July 5, 2016)
Last week, Malibu City Councilmembers, in a unanimous decision (5-0), voted to make Malibu, California’s (CA) public spaces poison free, which means an immediate ban on all pesticides, rodenticides and herbicides. During a marathon meeting that ran into the early hours past midnight, more than 24 Malibu residents and stakeholders came to give public comments on pesticide use on public parks and city property. You can view the city council meeting here. The entire discussion and vote is included, starting at 3:29:37 (or section 6.A.).
Folic Acid and Glyphosate - Posted on May 4, 2016 by Stephanie Seneff, PhD
One has to wonder whether somebody involved in the introduction of this law knew something about the potential of glyphosate to cause spina bifida. It would not take a rocket scientist to think that disruption of the gut microbes that naturally produce folate for the host would lead to folate deficiency. In fact, it is a direct hit: folate is produced from products of the shikimate pathway, and this is the pathway that even Monsanto admits is disrupted in plants and microbes by glyphosate. Furthermore, the microbes that synthesize folate for the host, lactobacillus and bifidobacteria,3 are the ones that glyphosate preferentially kills.4 A continued rise in spina bifida would raise public awareness of a hidden environmental toxicant that might be causing this rise. Making sure that pregnant women were well supplied with external folic acid might mask the problem.
Stephanie Seneff: “Lactobacillus reuteri reverses autism in mice. I'd wager that glyphosate (Roundup) is causing a reduction in Lactobacillus species in the gut. Christie Fulton Abercrombie.”
A single species of gut bacteria can reverse autism-related social behavior in mice
The absence of one specific species of gut bacteria causes social deficits in mice, researchers at Baylor College of Medicine report June 16 in Cell. By adding this bacterial species back to the guts of affected mice, the researchers were able to reverse some of the mice’s behavioral deficits, which are reminiscent of symptoms of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) in humans. The investigators are now looking to explore the effects of probiotics on neurodevelopmental disorders in future work.
BREAKING NEWS!: IARC Senior Scientist: Glyphosate Can Cause Cancer (3 minute video and transcript)
euronews: “But as a consumer, as a farmer, as an occasional beer drinker, as somebody who likes to sit in parks that have been treated with glyphosate, what and who should I believe?”
Kurt Straif: “I think it’s important to understand the literature that our assessment that glyphosate can cause cancer in humans still stands, and then you have to look at the other assessments for the specific scenarios, and that is not my authority to comment on these evaluations.”
euronews: “There were credible reports that emerged after this joint FAO-WHO panel back in May that some of the scientists had received payoffs by Monsanto, the number one producer of glyphosate. As a scientist are you disturbed by these kinds of reports?”
Kurt Straif: “It is an important topic that needs important scrutiny, yes.”
Pro-GMO Spin Masquerading As Science Courtesy Of “Shameful White Men Of Privilege”
“W all due respect, science is about evidence not authority. What do they know of agriculture? Done relevant research?” He added that the 107 Nobel laureates comprised one peace prize winner, eight economists, 24 physicists, 33 chemists and 41 doctors.
The type of PR Roberts is engaging in relies on the media and public bowing down to a scientific priesthood whose authority should never be questioned. But it should be and it has been. And, in questioning the claims Roberts makes, it soon becomes clear he is not basing his position on facts, but falsehoods and misrepresentations.
GREAT NEWS!!! Minnesota courts rule that organic farmer can sue neighboring farms for contamination and damages!
COURT RULES ORGANIC FARMERS CAN SUE CONVENTIONAL GMO FARMERS WHOSE PESTICIDES ‘TRESPASS’ AND CONTAMINATE THEIR FIELDS
But after appealing, the Johnson’s received favor from the Appeals Court, which ruled that particulate matter, including pesticides, herbicides, and even GM particulates, that contaminates nearby fields is, in fact, considered illegal trespass, and is subject to the same laws concerning other forms of trespass. In a similar case, a California-based organic farm recently won a $1 million lawsuit filed against a conventional farm whose pesticides spread through fog from several miles away, and contaminated its fields.
Dr. Don Huber, Professor Emeritus of Plant Pathology at Purdue University, holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Idaho, a Ph-D from Michigan State University, and is a graduate of the US Army Command & General Staff College and Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He was Cereal Pathologist at the University of Idaho for 8 years before joining the Department of Botany & Plant Pathology at Purdue University in 1971. His agricultural research the past 55 years has focused on the epidemiology and control of soilborne plant pathogens with emphasis on microbial ecology, cultural and biological controls, nutrient-disease interactions, pesticide-disease interactions and techniques for rapid microbial identification. On today’s episode of Bulletproof Radio, Dave and Dr. Huber talk about glyphosates, GMOs, natural mycotoxins, fertility, concerns for the global population, biological system and more. Enjoy the show!
Glyphosate Herbicides Cause Tragic Phosphorus Poisoning of Lake Erie
Christopher Spiese, a chemist at Ohio Northern University, says a combination of factors is causing the problem. But at the Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference held earlier this year in Ada, Ohio, he focused in on one specific practice that’s changed over the last few decades — the use of glyphosate.
Libby Dayton, the Ohio State soil scientist leading the data collection, says, “The frustration I hear from farmers is that they understand there’s a problem but don’t have the guidance they need in terms of which practices to adopt in order to reduce their [phosphorus] runoff risk.”
Argentinian Study: Tampons, Sanitary Pads and Sterile Gauze Contaminated with Probable Carcinogen Glyphosate
He continued: “There is a basic premise in research that when we complete testing on out target we have to contrast it with something ‘clean’, so we selected sterile gauze for medical use, found in pharmacies.”
“So we went and bought sterile gauze, opened the packages, analyzed and there was the huge surprise: we found glyphosate! Our first thought was that we had done something wrong, so we threw it all away and bought new gauze, analyzed them and again found glyphosate,” Dr. Marino concluded.
Gene expression analysis confirms Roundup causes liver and kidney damage at very low doses - 2015
Lead author Dr Michael Antoniou said: “The findings of our study are very worrying as they confirm that a very low level of consumption of Roundup weedkiller over the long term can result in liver and kidney damage. Our results also suggest that regulators should re-consider the safety evaluation of glyphosate-based herbicides.”
Lead on a global treaty to halt climate change. End destructive energy extraction: fracking, tar sands, offshore drilling, oil trains, mountaintop removal, and uranium mines. Protect our public lands, water supplies, biological diversity, parks, and pollinators. Label GMOs, and put a moratorium on GMOs and pesticides until they are proven safe. Protect the rights of future generations.
Spain: Farmers abandon Monsanto’s GM maize en masse
“It’s a clear trend. The producers of the area, one of the largest with more than 700 hectares, have stopped growing GM maize. They have realized that after several harvests, production is much less profitable," explains Juanjo Mayén, a farmer from Binéfar in Huesca, Aragon.
Lidl to list GMO-free dairy products in its German stores
Linnea Pettersson, from Bord Bia’s Düsseldorf Office, has said that with this move, Lidl clearly marks its stance against the use of genetically modified fodder within the dairy production process, as does their decision to replace conventional, non-GMO products by retailing the GMO-free Milbona range at the same price in their stores.
Since the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) was mandated in 2007—requiring that gasoline be diluted with corn-based ethanol—there have been terrible unintended consequences:
— The average American family now pays about $2,000 more for food because of the RFS. — Higher food costs, driven by the RFS, are hurting families across the country. — Higher ethanol blends could damage engines—car engines, but also boats, motorcycles, snowmobiles, lawnmowers, and other gas-powered equipment.
Anti-hunger advocates, consumer groups, and many others support ending the ethanol mandate. Please add your voice to this effort. Email the EPA now to oppose any expansion of the RFS mandate.
U.S. Senate Moves to Limit GMO Labeling - (Beyond Pesticides, June 7, 2016)
Despite an outpouring of letters, calls and protests, in a key procedural vote yesterday, the Senate voted to deny Americans the right to know what is in in their food products, and to preempt states’ rights to create their own genetically engineered food labeling laws. In a cloture vote of 65-32, the highly-flawed genetically engineered (GE or GMO) labeling bill, S.B. 764, offered by Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Pat Roberts (R-KY), also known as the Deny Americans the Right to Know (DARK) Act, passed through the Senate. This “compromise” bill allows producers to use QR codes and “smart labels” instead of clear, on-package labeling of food products that contain genetically modified organisms, which means that consumers will need to use a smart phone for the information. The bill also exempts major portions of current and future GE foods from being labeled, and, in an affront against democracy, preempts the genetically engineered food labeling laws in Vermont (which went into effect July 1), Connecticut, Maine and Alaska.