Hillary considers Monsanto shill Tom Vilsack as VP.

Two names emerge from Clinton’s VP deliberations: Kaine and Vilsack


On the President’s desk, biotech’s fake gmo labelling bill

S.764 - A bill to reauthorize and amend the National Sea Grant College Program Act, and for other purposes.


US: “Gene-edited” foods wouldn't be affected by GMO labelling law

As it is currently written, gene-editing would not fall under the bill’s current definition of "bio-engineering". In other words, crops or packaged foods that include a gene-edited ingredient would require no label at all.


Dicamba injury reports mount

Reed and Curtis Storey didn't plant dicamba-tolerant crops this year, but their soybean crop has been injured twice by applications made by neighboring farmers who did.

The Marvell, Arkansas, farmers aren't alone. Crop injury complaints continue to mount this summer across the Midsouth, along with heated discussions about who gets the blame.


Peeling Back the Curtain On Monsanto

From her home in the key farm state of Kansas, Gillam spoke with me about her coverage of these hotly debated issues and how pressure from Monsanto has gotten much uglier in recent years. Our conversation follows, condensed and edited.

“Monsanto does what all companies do to reporters: They get angry; they call your boss; they ask for a retraction or a clarification. But they were more aggressive than most companies. They’d call me at home, because they had my cellphone, and accuse me of being biased. They wanted to know if I had organic milk in my refrigerator, for instance. [Laughs] What kind of food did I feed my children. It was always a little odd.”


Malta Set to Become First European Country to Fully Ban Glyphosate


Paying Farmers to Go Organic, Even Before the Crops Come In

The clamor for organic crops is so intense that major food brands, like General Mills, Kellogg and Ardent Mills, are helping to underwrite the switch. General Mills, for instance, recently signed a deal to help convert about 3,000 acres to organic production of alfalfa and other animal feeds. Ardent offers farmers a premium for crops grown on land while a farm transitions to organic.


Steven Druker, Executive Director of Alliance for Bio-Integrity, Public Interest Attorney and Author of "Altered Genes, Twisted Truth", went head to head with a well-known GMO & pesticides pusher, Robert Wager, on Canada's TVO The Agenda program. Watch the debate and read Druker's followup thoughts… 27 minutes



Poison Fields


Dupont, Chemours Handed Another Loss in Teflon Chemical Case


Hillary Rodham Clinton on GMO crops. This was a paid speech.


Hillary Clinton And The GMO Agenda: What The Mainstream Media’s Not Telling You


Clinton's Statements On GMOs Vary Depending on Who Is Listening


CDC Official Resigns after Crony Ties Exposed

She was helping Coca-Cola influence world health officials on sugar limits.


Denmark Is Set To Become World's First 100% Organic Country


Bob's Red Mill adds 'Sourced Non-GMO Pledge' to packaging

Bob’s Red Mill is introducing a new emblem on its packaging to indicate its commitment to non-bioengineered ingredients. The new “Sourced Non-GMO Pledge” emblem indicates that all ingredients sourced for a product have been declared by their suppliers to have been made without the use of bioengineering.


Rachel Carson Lecture 2013


Is Gluten Taking the Blame for an Herbicide Problem?

As a nutritionist, I regularly help people improve their health by eliminating wheat and/or gluten from their diets but even I am becoming uncomfortable with the level of intolerance. How can so many people react so badly to the staff of life?

In a search for answers, I called MIT senior researcher, Stephanie Seneff. Dr. Seneff and a colleague published two papers pointing the finger at the herbicide, glyphosate. Glyphosate…


Farmers Rebel After Organic 'Elites' Throw Support Behind Sham Label Law

"It’s important for the world to understand that it was the Organic Trade Association that killed our state GMO labeling laws by backing Monsanto’s Stabenow-Roberts bill," said Maine organic seed farmer and longtime OSGATA president, Jim Gerritsen, who in 2011 was the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit against Monsanto.


Malibu Follows Topanga Example of Eliminating Pesticide Use


FDA Says No Regulation Needed for “Healthier” New Sweetener Made from Genetically Engineered Yeast

The association says that it is not the same as stevia by any measure, and notes that it is actually made through a synthetic genetic engineering process. The group says it is concerned that stevia’s reputation may be damaged if more food companies decide to adopt the supposedly stevia-inspired product.


Monsanto Fingerprints Found All Over Attack On Organic Food

Yet two email exchanges in 2010 reveal plans to find corporate funding for Academics Review while keeping corporate fingerprints hidden.


GM potato trial given the go-ahead in UK

The leader of the GM potato project is Jonathan Jones. Jones co-founded a biotech firm, Mendel Biotechnology, that had Monsanto as its main customer for several years. Mendel owns GMO patents and has partnered with Monsanto and Bayer.


Published on Jul 23, 2015
The story of a 4th generation farmer and seed cleaner who went toe to toe with Monsanto.


Published on Jun 14, 2016
Few corporations in the world are as loathed—and as sinister—as Monsanto. But the threat it poses to people and planet could be reaching new heights, as the World Health Organization has recently upgraded Monsanto's main product as carcinogenic to humans.

With protests against the agrochemical giant held in over 40 countries in May, learn why the global movement against Monsanto is of critical importance to our future.

In this episode of The Empire Files, Abby Martin issues a scathing expose on the corporate polluter, chronicling it's rise to power, the collusion of its crimes by the US government, and highlighting the serious danger it puts us in today.


German doctors demonstrated in front of the Ministry of Agriculture building to voice their opposition to the re-approval of glyphosate, a probable human carcinogen. "Cancer researchers of the World Health Organization have clear scientific evidence that glyphosate is genotoxic (damaging to DNA). For such genotoxic effects, there is no safe threshold. That alone must rule out a re-registration,” said Ludwig Brügmann, MD, Internal Medicine. MEANWHILE, back in the USA, most doctors are oblivious. What's wrong with this picture? Glyphosate needs to be banned worldwide!

READ (use google translator to translate from German)


Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund


Biodiversity, GMOs, Gene Drives and the Militarized Mind


Bangladesh: Bt Brinjal In the Dock (film 48 minutes, English subtitles)

But it soon becomes clear that the GM Bt brinjal programme in Bangladesh is an American project, controlled by US interests in partnership with private seed companies, including Monsanto and its Indian subsidiary Mahyco, and the Bangladeshi firm Lal Teer. The programme is funded by USAID under the Agricultural Biotechnology Support Project II (ABSP-II). It is promoted by Cornell University in the US in collaboration with its Bangladeshi partner, BARI (the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute).


Film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FP6og0Pjxe8

Corn rootworms quickly evolve resistance to multiple Bt toxins in GM maize

In the first study (abstract below), US researchers found that the Western corn rootworm pest is resistant to multiple Bt toxins. The study also found that cross-resistance is prevalent and evolves rapidly – in other words, exposure to one type of Bt toxin causes the pest to become resistant to that Bt toxin and also to other Bt toxins to which it has not been exposed.

The findings show that stacking (“pyramiding”) multiple Bt toxins in one crop in the hope that resistance will be delayed or avoided is a doomed strategy.


Monsanto and DuPont announce new weedkiller for GMO crops

Monsanto's own analysis has indicated that dicamba use on cotton and soy will rise from less than 1 million pounds to more than 25 million pounds used per year.


I was barred from Nobel laureate press conference by PR consultant with Monsanto ties

In the search for answers, I went to the official press event at the National Press Club in Washington. But as soon as I disclosed my affiliation with Food & Water Watch, a man guarding the door refused my entry. A representative from Greenpeace was also turned away—even though he was there to offer a response to the letter that the Nobel laureates had sent his organization. Without press credentials, the man told us, we weren’t allowed in.

Moments later, the man allowed a representative from Center for Science in the Public Interest, which supports the use of GMOs, to enter the press event.

And then I realized who this bouncer was: Jay Byrne, a former Monsanto communications executive who now runs a private consulting firm that works with biotech companies.


Vermont advocates slam US Senate approval of federal GMO bill

Rural Vermont Executive Director Andrea Stander [said,] “This bill had no hearings. It had no witnesses. It had no testimony. They didn’t allow any amendments. I mean it’s just an outrage. I mean over 90 percent of Americans in poll after poll after poll have said they want this information and they want it in a simple accessible way. What the Senate passed last night does none of that.”


Organic traitors and highway robbery

The bill passed last night is intended to hide information (behind electronic codes) from consumers, not provide it — in plain English, on a label.

The bill passed last night is intended to exempt the vast majority of GMOs from even having to be hidden behind codes, much less labeled in plain sight.

The bill passed last night is voluntary — it contains no enforcement mechanism, no penalties for non-compliance.


Rep. Tulsi Gabbard: Senate GMO Bill Creates Illusion of Transparency


Sen. John Tester speaks AGAINST the DARK Act EXTREME - July 6, 2016


Glyphosate Causes Changes to DNA Function Resulting in Chronic Disease, According to Study - (Beyond Pesticides July 18, 2016)

Stephen Frantz, Ph.D., a pathobiologist research scientist who led the research team explains it like this: “When a cell is trying to form proteins, it may grab glyphosate instead of glycine to form a damaged, mis-folded protein. After that it’s medical chaos. Where glyphosate replaces glycine, the cell can no longer conduct business as usual causing unpredicted consequences with many diseases and disorders as a result.”



State Cancer Profile


Monsanto’s Seed Imperialism Halted In Canada Thanks To Massive Protests

Dairy and livestock farmers in particular rely on alfalfa to feed their animals year-round. In fact, it is probably the most important staple crop currently grown in Quebec, which is why many farmers are speaking their mind about this potentially irreversible change to the agricultural process. Canada’s organic market has tripled since 2006, topping $3.7 billion annually, but this entire market is threatened with elimination by GM alfalfa.


Monsanto knew of glyphosate / cancer link 35 years ago - 2015

Research scientist Dr Anthony Samsel says: "Monsanto's Trade Secret studies of glyphosate show significant incidence of cell tumors of the testes and tumorigenic growth in multiple organs and tissues. They also show significant interstitial fibrosis of the kidney including effects in particular to the Pituitary gland, mammary glands, liver, and skin. Glyphosate has significant effects to the lungs indicative of chronic respiratory disease. Glyphosate has an inverse dose response relationship, and it appears that its effects are highly pH dependent. Both Monsanto and the EPA knew of the deleterious effects of this chemical in 1980 at the conclusion of their multiple long-term assessments, but the EPA hid the results of their findings as "trade secrets." Monsanto has been lying and covering up the truth about glyphosate's harmful effects on public health and the environment for decades. The increases in multiple chronic diseases, seen since its introduction into the food supply, continue to rise in step with its use. Monsanto's Roundup glyphosate based herbicides have a ubiquitous presence as residues in the food supply directly associated with its crop use. Nations must stand together against Monsanto and other chemical companies who continue to destroy the biosphere. We are all part of that biosphere and we are all connected. What affects one affects us all."


GMO Concerns Stop Brazil Chicken Producers Buying U.S. Corn

Yet there have been no imports from the U.S. so far this year, even though the corn shortfall is so severe that the chicken producers have cut output by 10 percent in recent months. The companies aren’t buying American grain because they’re concerned that Brazil’s stringent regulations on genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, threaten to hold up shipments, according to people familiar with the situation.


Gathering of the Agrarian Elders

Their end goal: a future where communities with healthy economies almost completely feed themselves based on their local food systems.


Deformities, sickness & livestock deaths: the real cost of glyphosate & GM animal feed? 2013


Obama Promises to Label GMOs

While on the campaign trail in 2007, Barack Obama promised to label GMO foods if elected.


Multiple efforts underway to increase U.S. organic farm land

Initiatives aim to boost organic supply to meet soaring demand for organic food



The researchers note that a malfunctioning immune system may be responsible for “social deficits in numerous neurological and psychiatric disorders.”


Avoid “miracle” rice, just eat a carrot!

Vandana Shiva weighs in on the Nobel laureates’ GMO golden rice promotional

How many Nobel laureates does it take to write a letter? Easily ascertained — the dead Gilman and 106 others were enlisted in “supporting GMOs and golden rice”. Correct answer — 107, dead or alive.

Cornell University is a “chosen” institution — central to genetically modified public relations. The Cornell Alliance of Science is funded by Bill Gates, just like the failed golden rice experiment.



A spirited discussion about genetically engineered foods was broadcast January 25, 2016 on The Agenda, the flagship current affairs program of TVO, Ontario’s public television network. (These products are also called “genetically modified organisms” or GMOs.) I presented evidence-based reasons for regarding these foods as abnormally risky and the current regulatory system as deficient, while Robert Wager, a biologist at Vancouver Island University, defended the foods and the system. However, his arguments substantially relied on assertions that were either flat-out false or significantly misleading. Some of his most serious distortions are detailed below, with citations to evidence that decisively demonstrates their erroneousness.


Cuba creates pro-GMO media campaign

In this month of July alone, Cubadebate has published two articles (which both essentially say the same thing), which rally against critical environmentalists who speak out against the use of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) in farming, and who promote food sovereignty.


American farmers struggling to feed the country's appetite for organic food

Consumer appetite for organic foods reached $13.4bn in the US last year – so why is only 1% of the country’s cropland dedicated to organic farming?


Journalist hits back at Cornell University’s Alliance for Science over Bt brinjal in Bangladesh


Campaigner Rachel Parent challenges Canada’s minister of health on GMO labelling

Despite this, in a 2015 meeting with two senior officials from Health Canada, Parent was informed that the agency does not carry out its own safety studies on GMOs: it merely reviews the data given to it by the industry and approves GM foods based on non-peer-reviewed industry-submitted information. One of the officials stated, “It’s up to them [the industry] to demonstrate the safety.” She was told that because some of the data is proprietary data, Health Canada is not going to divulge information to anyone else to test the product.


Emails reveal role of Monsanto in Séralini study retraction

In November 2013 the Séralini study was retracted by the journal’s editor, A. Wallace Hayes, after the appointment of a former Monsanto scientist, Richard E. Goodman, to the editorial board and a non-transparent review process by nameless people that took several months.

Did Monsanto pressure the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology (FCT) to retract the study? French journalist Stéphane Foucart addresses this question in an article for Le Monde.

The article shows the total subordination of Goodman to Monsanto. It also reveals how Hayes played a double role in the retraction of the study, acting behind the scenes to encourage Monsanto scientists to join the reviewing panel that would feed their views into the decision to retract.


After years of rise, cotton cultivation declines in India

Farmer activist Kishor Tiwari [said,] "Maharashtra started growing Bt cotton in 2004. That is the year when the crisis of farmer suicides took off in Maharashtra. Most of those who took their lives were cotton growers. Bt cotton didn't give them good returns due to rising cultivation cost, staggering yield, increasing resistance and other factors."


Hillary considers Monsanto shill Tom Vilsack as VP.

Two names emerge from Clinton’s VP deliberations: Kaine and Vilsack


Bunge introduces corn ingredients, oils with Non-GMO Project verification


Washington tribe joins legal challenge over modified salmon

A Native American tribe in Washington state has joined a lawsuit challenging the federal government's approval of an Atlantic salmon genetically modified to grow faster


Designated Pollinator Habitat Areas Still Put Pollinators At Risk - (Beyond Pesticides, July 20, 2016)

Farmers and land managers across the U.S. are being encouraged to plant pollinator habitat adjacent to farmlands to provide shelter and food for pollinator species. But according to a new study published last week, these conservation areas still put bees at risk for pesticide contamination, as they fail to provide spatial or temporal relief. This study emphasizes that meaningful solutions to reversing pollinator decline does not lie with focusing on planting pollinator habitat, but ensuring that these refuge areas are free from pesticide contamination, highly toxic to bees and other pollinators, and reducing the reliance on toxic chemical inputs in agriculture and other landscapes.


Russia Set to Limit Imports of GMO Animal Feed

Russian authorities are stepping up efforts to limit the import of GMO animal feed, the country’s food safety regulator Rosselkhoznadzor announced on Thursday. The move comes following a complete ban on the cultivation of GM crops and the breeding of GMO animals that was signed in to law by President Vladimir Putin in June.



Presumptive Democratic Nominee Hillary Clinton is reportedly considering Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack as her running mate for the presidency. In response, Friends of the Earth Action President Erich Pica issued the following statement:


Open Letter to Michelle Obama


California highlights atrazine harms

There’s no doubt that atrazine fits the bill. It’s an endocrine disruptor, which means it can derail the hormone system even at low levels of exposure. The pesticide has been linked with birth defects, irregular menstrual cycles, delayed puberty and infertility. It can also increase risk of ovarian and thyroid cancer, as well as non-Hodgkins lymphoma.


Strawberry pesticide usage stats from Cedar Circle Farm


Tyrone Hayes: “We have to be very careful...in syngenta's own notes shown here...they released an atrazine replacement (tba) in europe just months after they wrote this note stating that tba is even worse than atrazine (and causes mammary and testicular cancer)! further, if we get rid of triazines altogether...this will open up the market and increase the sales and use of monsanto's round-up ready gmo corn and the spraying of even more round-up (glyphosate)!”


Arty turns 11 this summer.