First Commercial Crop of GMO Arctic Apples About to Hit Market

The apples stirred up major controversy in February 2015 when the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) deemed both the Arctic Golden Delicious and Arctic Granny varieties safe for human consumption. It was the first time the federal agency approved an aesthetically-improved genetically engineered food.

According to Good Fruit Grower, a publication from the Washington State Fruit Commission, after 20 years of development, Okanogan Specialty Fruits is expecting to harvest its first commercial crop of about 50 bins of Arctic Golden Delicious in Washington this year.

The Canadian company will also plant its first Arctic Granny Smiths this year and is awaiting approval from the USDA for a third variety, the Arctic Fuji. On Dec. 31, 2015, the company formally submitted a petition to the USDA requesting the deregulation of its GMO Fuji, and announced plans for its fourth variety, the Arctic Gala.

http://www.ecowatch.com/first-commercial...1891167341.html



Atrazine, Propazine, Simazine and their Chlorometabolites DACT, DEA and DIA Listed Effective July 15, 2016 as Reproductive Toxicants

On March 27, 2015, the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) provided notice that atrazine, propazine, simazine, des-ethyl atrazine (DEA), des-isopropyl atrazine (DIA) and 2,4-diamino-6-chloro-s-triazine (DACT)[1] would be added to the list of chemicals known to the state to cause reproductive toxicity for purposes of Proposition 65[2] with a delayed effective date due to pending litigation.

The listing of these chemicals was initially to be effective on August 3, 2015. Due to Syngenta Crop Protection’s[3] legal challenge to the listing, this was later changed several times because of delays in the litigation. Syngenta’s challenge was unsuccessful in the trial court. Although the case has been appealed, no stay of the listing has been granted. Therefore, atrazine, propazine, simazine, des-ethyl atrazine (DEA), des-isopropyl atrazine (DIA) and 2,4-diamino-6-chloro-s-triazine (DACT) are being added to the Proposition 65 list on July 15, 2016.

In summary, these six chemicals are listed under Proposition 65 effective July 15, 2016 as known to the state to cause reproductive toxicity, as follows:

http://oehha.ca.gov/proposition-65/crnr/...t-dea-and-dia-0



Decades of EPA deception and Senatorial corruption By Zen Honeycutt, Moms Across America Founder

On June 14th, with a team of 8 scientists and a farmer, I met with EPA directors of the Pesticide Division and Review Board. After an hour of scientists presenting challenging scientific information, about a myriad of ways in which glyphosate, the declared active ingredient of Roundup, harms life and the soil, I had an opportunity to ask a question. Although I had many questions to ask I chose to ask a very important one.

"Do you have any long term animal studies on the final formulation of Roundup?"

The director looked at his team and one answered, "Well there are hundreds of formulations."

I was irritated that she was trying to dodge the question.

"On any of them? Do you have long term animal studies on any of the final formulations of Roundup?"

There was an awkward moment.

"Long term animal studies on the final formulation? No, not that I know of."

Stunning. Even though I knew, from scientist Anthony Samsel's findings, that they did not have any, it was still stunning to hear them admit it.

"Then, how do you claim that it’s safe?"

I looked at the team incredulously. The tension in the room was thick.

The director stepped in to answer..and to not answer the question. He said, essentially, "We know you have a lot of questions and you have all brought us a lot of information. We are here to listen to your information and review it."

They refused to answer the question, because they couldn’t.

http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/e...rial-corruption



Stephanie Seneff: “Now we have resistance to both dicamba and glyphosate in the GMO soy crop - and Monsanto expects to make lots of money selling dicamba to control the glyphosate-resistant weeds. Who knows what kind of synergistic toxicity we'll find once these two chemicals end up routinely together on our dinner plate.”

Monsanto, DuPont sign supply agreement for dicamba herbicide

U.S. seed and agrochemicals companies Monsanto Co and DuPont said on Thursday they have signed a multi-year supply agreement for the weed killer dicamba in the United States and Canada.

Under the deal, whose terms were not disclosed, Monsanto will supply its farm seeds and chemicals rival with the herbicide, which will be sold as DuPont FeXapan herbicide plus VaporGrip Technology, the companies said.

http://www.jamestownsun.com/news/nation-...camba-herbicide



Monsanto Tries to Build a Society of GMO and Pesticide Devotees, One Child at a Time By Lorraine Chow / AlterNet July 4, 2016


The company covertly indoctrinates children through education propaganda.

On Oct. 14, 2015, the International Food Information Council and the American Farm Bureau Federation released a free, 38-page, downloadable lesson plan called “Bringing Biotechnology to Life: An Educational Resource for Grades 7-10.”

The International Food Information Council is a front group funded by some of biggest names in biotech and junk food: Bayer, Dow, DuPont, Coca-Cola, Kellogg, Nestle and more. The American Farm Bureau Federation, according to SourceWatch, is a “right-wing lobbying front for big agribusiness and agribusiness-related industries that works to defeat labor and environmental initiatives, including climate change legislation.” The organization is adamantly against GMO labels, and even spoke out against Roberts’ and Stabenow’s deal for being too lenient.

The lesson plan created by the International Food Information Council and the American Farm Bureau Federation is deceptively innocuous until Lesson 7, which includes the theme, “Where would we be without ‘GMOs’?” In the “discussion prompt” section, students are asked to choose between planting magical, problem-solving GMOs or allow people to get sick, go hungry or exploit the environment by not planting GMOs.

Here’s the first prompt:

Imagine you are a sugar beet farmer. You love growing sugar beets that provide about half the sugar in the U.S., but managing the weeds on your farm is very difficult. Each year the weeds threaten to choke out your crop, and you have to spray more herbicides to control them. You find out about a new genetically engineered sugar beet that is resistant to glyphosate, a common herbicide. This plant will allow you to spray glyphosate directly on your crop, which is less toxic than the other herbicides you have been using, without harming the sugar beet. What do you do?



http://www.alternet.org/food/monsanto-indoctrinates-children-through-educational-propaganda



UK farmers link Brexit vote and glyphosate

https://www.euractiv.com/section/uk-europe/video/british-farmers-on-brexit-and-glyphosate/



Many Foods Subsidized By the Government Are Unhealthy

Americans are fat and sick

http://time.com/4393109/food-subsidies-obesity/



Monsanto, Bayer and the Push for Corporate Cannabis

Monsanto now appears to be developing genetically modified (GMO) forms of cannabis, with the intent of cornering the market with patented GMO seeds just as it did with GMO corn and GMO soybeans. For that, the plant would need to be legalized but still tightly enough controlled that it could be captured by big corporate interests. Competition could be suppressed by limiting access to homegrown marijuana; bringing production, sale and use within monitored and regulated industry guidelines; and legislating a definition of industrialhemp as a plant having such low psychoactivity that only GMO versions qualify. Those are the sorts of conditions that critics have found buried in the fine print of the latest initiatives for cannabis legalization.

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/36746-monsanto-bayer-and-the-push-for-corporate-cannabis



GMO Foods, Glyphosate, Autism & Obesity - Stephanie Seneff - video and transcript

http://highintensityhealth.com/stephanie-seneff-phd-gmo-foods-glyphosate-autism-obesity/



Published on May 27, 2016

“It’s just crazy to me that the government is fine with this.”

The microcephaly epidemic in NE Brazil "due to the Zika virus" has been well publicized in the international media. But is the Zika virus actually the cause? This area of Brazil produces a lot of GMO Roundup-Ready corn, soy, and cotton for export. This means considerable exposure to glyphosate in Roundup and other formulations in the water and the air, on top of whatever is present as a contaminant in food sources. Furthermore, the Tdap vaccine was aggressively administered to pregnant women in Brazil starting in 2015, cooincident with the microcephaly outbreak. Tdap contains aluminum, a well-established neurotoxin. Together with colleagues, I have published a paper arguing that aluminum and glyphosate are synergistically toxic in the brain.

Microcephaly is one of the conditions linked to neural tube defects, which, in turn, are linked to folate deficiency. Impaired folate metabolism is also a common feature in autism. Folic acid fortification of wheat-based products was introduced in the U.S. in 1998, coincident with the rapid rise in the production of GMO Roundup-Ready corn and soy crops. Folic acid is a synthetic, oxidized, and unmethylated form of folate, and it has important flaws in terms of how it's metabolized. In this talk, I will argue that folic acid and glyphosate are synergistically toxic, and their disruption of the methylation pathways can lead to both neural tube defects and autism.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kj-hOG1zq_E



From DDT to Glyphosate: Rachel Carson, We Need You Again - 10 minute video on DDT and glyphosate.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mF2iS5vIamg



Rachel Carson Lecture 2013

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UD2lfivkDI



Corporations Should Have To Tell Us What's In Our Food? (w/Guest: Patty Lovera)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-tbXFCrUKA


West Africa: Organic cotton & increased yields

http://www.panna.org/global-stories-field/west-africa-organic-cotton-increased-yields



Sign the petition to the Dept. of Justice to stop the Big Ag mergers

Tell the Dept. of Justice to block the proposed merger of Dow Chemical and DuPont, the potential merger of Bayer and Monsanto, and any subsequent merger attempts between the Big Six agrichemical-seed companies (Syngenta, Bayer, BASF, DuPont, Monsanto, and Dow Chemical). Seed monopolies are bad for farmers, bad for people and bad for the planet. Make your voice heard!

http://seedmatters.org/mr-seed-dc/?referrer=gfu



Don’t Eat the Yellow Rice: The Danger of Deploying Vitamin A Golden Rice

https://www.independentsciencenews.org/h...rice/#more-2154

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16025655



WHOLE FOODS CAVES TO MONSANTO TO KILL GMO-LABELLING BILL?

Perhaps some of the names of GMO supporters are unsurprising, but when a company like Whole Foods, which is so dedicated to marketing themselves as the go-to for healthy, honest living, appears to side with the industry giants, it begins to feel as though corruption knows no limits.

http://www.collective-evolution.com/2016...labelling-bill/



CDC, EPA Urge Aerial Mosquito Spraying in Puerto Rico Amid Protest - (Beyond Pesticides, July 11, 2016)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced last Wednesday, July 6 that Zika is spreading rapidly in Puerto Rico, and recommends aerial spraying of the toxic pesticide Naled for mosquito control, much to the dismay of many area farmers, activists and concerned citizens who feel that the decision was made without consultation or information provided to the local population. Aerial spraying of pesticides have long been used for mosquito control, but many experts believe that these methods fail to sufficiently manage mosquito populations, increase pesticide resistance, and kill other species that would have acted as a natural predator to mosquitoes. Many experts agree that combating mosquito-borne diseases should include good surveillance and scientific understanding for controlling mosquito populations, including a focus on eliminating or managing breeding areas, utilizing biological controls, exclusion from indoor environments with screening, and repellents.

http://beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblo...o-amid-protest/



Roundup Ready GMO Grass Coming to a Lawn Near You?
Scotts Miracle-Gro Company is developing another variety of GMO grass that's engineered to withstand applications of glyphosate

http://www.ecowatch.com/scotts-roundup-ready-gmo-grass-1915521468.html?xrs=RebelMouse_fb



Over 200 tons of poisonous herbicides are dumped on North America’s wild lands every year

http://inhabitat.com/study-shows-200-ton...nds-every-year/



The National Young Farmers Coalition

"It’s absolutely essential that we have good public policy at the federal, state and local levels to compliment the passion that our young farmers have for doing this work." - Representative Sean Patrick Maloney presenting his comprehensive new bill today, The Beginning Farmer Agenda Act.

This bill is the direct result of young farmers speaking up for their needs and will pave the way for important ‪#‎FarmBill‬ changes. Thank you Representative Sean Patrick Maloney for championing this important effort!

https://www.facebook.com/youngfarmerscoalition/?notif_t=notify_me_page&notif_id=1468260876284676


Glyphosate Herbicides Cause Tragic Phosphorus Poisoning of Lake Erie

The study follows a joint agreement by the U.S. and Canadian governments earlier in 2016 to seek a 40% reduction in phosphorus runoff into sections of Lake Erie plagued by harmful algae blooms that foul drinking water and kill fish.

https://www.organicconsumers.org/news/gl...oning-lake-erie


IT'S TIME TO BAN ATRAZINE NOW

A new analysis from the Environmental Protection Agency paints a grim picture for wildlife in the United States. The country's second-most commonly used pesticide, atrazine, is likely harming most species of mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles, especially in the Midwest where its use is highest.

http://action.biologicaldiversity.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=17476



Post Foods faces lawsuits over 'natural' cereal claims

In New York and California, the lawsuits are proposed class actions brought by consumers. Advocacy group Organic Consumers Association filed the lawsuit in Washington, D.C., on behalf of the general public. All three lawsuits were filed June 22.

http://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/news/...ral-cereal.html



U.S. IMPORTERS BOUGHT ABOUT 44,900 T ORGANIC CORN FROM ROMANIA

"This is organic grade, non-GMO corn," one European trader said. "I think we could see more purchasing like this as sales of organic foods in the United States increase."

http://www.agriculture.com/content/us-importers-bought-about-44900-t-organic-corn-from-romania



Cotton crisis

At the heart of the crisis was a massive decline of 27.8pc in cotton production. It should be remembered that cotton is the mainstay of our agriculture and textile industry. The cotton crisis has emerged as a very controversial issue. Well-informed farmers attribute this disaster to the widespread use of genetically modified seeds that were formally introduced in the country in 2010 but were being smuggled since 2005. Now BT cotton (a genetically modified variety) is grown in 88pc of the cotton-cultivated area.

http://www.zubeidamustafa.com/cotton-crisis



Watch this short video of President Obama on the campaign trail in 2007, when he promised to label GMOs. Then sign the White House petition to hold him to his promise.

President Obama: VETO the DARK Act should it make it to your desk. Sign the petition:

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/veto-dark-act-s764



FRESNO COUNTY RANCH GROWING ORGANIC AND READY TO LEARN FROM A DISTANT LAND

Cameron has watched the change over the years. Currently, the ranch is expanding its organic fields by another 70 acres. It's a process that takes about three years.

"We're market driven, and if the consumer wants organic food, we'll do our best to grow it," said Cameron.

READ: http://abc30.com/…/fresno-county-ranch-growing-org…/1389095/



Pesticides Linked to Parkinson's Risk in People with Specific Gene

The findings show that for people with certain genes, exposure to pesticides may increase the risk of developing Parkinson's disease two to six times, the researchers said.

"We should be much more careful in our industrial agriculture with the agents we're putting out in the environment," said study author Dr. Beate Ritz, a professor of epidemiology at University of California, Los Angeles and co-director of the school's Center for Gene-Environment Studies in Parkinson's Disease. "All of this is environmental exposure, not occupational exposure. It can be quite harmful."

http://www.livescience.com/43069-pesticides-parkinsons-disease-genes.html



Russian State Duma Passes Total Ban on GMO Crops and Animals

Russia’s State Duma adopted Friday the third and final reading of a government bill that introduces a total ban on the cultivation and breeding in Russia of genetically modified (GM) plants and animals, except for scientific research purposes.


The Sate Duma has also given the Russian Government the right to prevent the import of products containing GMOs in to Russia, if it is revealed that a specific GMO has a negative impact on human health and/or the environment

Russia’s Agriculture Minister, Alexander Tkachev, stated Friday; ”The Ministry of Agriculture is strongly against GMOs, Russian products will remain clean.”

http://sustainablepulse.com/2016/06/25/r...s/#.V4ZmG0YrKVP


Monsanto and DuPont Announce New Weed Killer for GMO Crops

The rival seed and agrichemical companies have signed a multi-year supply agreement for the weed killer dicamba in the U.S. and Canada, Reuters reported. The new product, DuPont FeXapan herbicide plus VaporGrip Technology, will go with Monsanto's new Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans which are genetically altered to resist dicamba and glyphosate.

http://www.ecowatch.com/monsanto-dupont-weed-killer-gmo-crops-1910876805.html



Another “Too Big to Fail” system in GMOs

Just like the financial system before the 2007-8 crisis, the GMO agriculture system is fragile and unstable, according to investment expert Mark Spitznagel and risk expert Nassim Nicholas Taleb.

The GMO experiment, carried out in real time and with our entire food and ecological system as its laboratory, is perhaps the greatest case of human hubris ever. It creates yet another systemic, “too big too fail” enterprise — but one for which no bailouts will be possible when it fails.

http://www.gmwatch.org/news/latest-news/16300



Pesticides Are Associated with Allergic and Non-Allergic Wheeze among Male Farmers

http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/wp-content/uploads/advpub/2016/7/EHP315.acco.pdf



Addressing the issue of horizontal gene transfer from a diet containing genetically modified components into rat tissues - 2014

http://www.academicjournals.org/journal/AJB/article-full-text/BE5331948800



Petition - Mr. Seed Goes to Washington

http://seedmatters.org/mr-seed-dc/?referrer=gfu



Government approves GMO ban extension

Currently the government only allows genetically modified crop field trials on a case-by-case basis under strict conditions. The plants have to be located in a covered area and monitored by the police to prevent vandalism by anti-GMO activists. They will have to be planted at least 300 metres from other species to prevent cross-pollination. Machinery and test materials have to be cleaned and correctly incinerated.

http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/genetically-...ension/42260828



Applegate Farms Moves to Make Its Meat GMO-Free

Applegate Farms has started shipping Non-GMO Project Verified organic chicken nuggets to retailers nationwide.

http://www.agweb.com/article/applegate-farms-moves-to-make-its-meat-gmo-free-blmg/



Protect Science from Corporate Interference

We need your help in standing up to these baseless attacks. Chairman Smith recently issued subpoenas to the Union of Concerned Scientists, several other nonprofit organizations, and state attorneys general demanding all correspondence related to our work to hold the fossil fuel industry accountable. It's not just an attack on our First Amendment rights to freely associate and petition the government—it's also a crass attempt to stop UCS and state prosecutors from holding ExxonMobil accountable.

Add your name to our letter demanding Chairman Smith stop this abuse of power and cease his attacks on UCS and other private organizations.

https://secure3.convio.net/ucs/site/Advo...subsrc=facebook



Organic Farmers Leave Organic Trade Association over GMO Labeling Betrayal

OSGATA’s decision was prompted by OTA’s duplicity towards organic farmers and consumers when a small number of OTA board members endorsed a dangerous Senate bill that would immediately preempt existing strong state GMO Labeling laws that are widely supported by the Organic community and ninety percent of consumers.

http://sustainablepulse.com/2016/07/13/o...l/#.V4aN2kYrKVN



Maryland to Become First State to Ban Bee-Killing Pesticides

http://www.healthy-holistic-living.com/maryland-to-become-first-state-to-ban-bee-killing-pesticides.html?t=ROL&cid=soc_Rodale%27s%20Organic%20Life%20-%20Rodale%27s%20Organic%20Life%20-%20RodalesOrganicLife_FBPAGE_Rodale%27s%20Organic%20Life_ThirdPartyonly:%20HealthyHolisticLiving_



At 30:00, Roberts/Stabenow gmo labelling bill, RT News, 10 minutes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJn61xoXMaw
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