Lead tainting Geneva's soil kept hidden for 30 years

Geneva city officials gagged by hired attorney

But state and city officials never warned residents and the decision to clean it up was deferred 16 more years, a Democrat and Chronicle investigation has found. Children dug for worms and played in the dirt, and adults planted gardens for more than a generation; oblivious to the small but real risk posed by that tainted soil.


Alarming Levels of Glyphosate Contamination Found in Popular American Foods

For the full report on this unique food testing project including detailed scientific background click here. Or for a shortened link Click here:bit.ly/glyphosateFood

The results published in this report are from the first independent glyphosate residue testing of popular American food products performed using liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS), the regulatory recognized “gold standard” testing methods at an FDA registered laboratory.

These newest findings also come as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) postponed hearings last month, which were due to explore glyphosate’s link to cancer in humans.


FDA Suspends Testing for Glyphosate Residues in Food

The FDA’s residue testing for glyphosate was combined with a broader herbicides analysis program the FDA set in motion in February of this year. But the glyphosate testing has been particularly challenging for the FDA. The agency was finally forced to put the glyphosate residue testing part of the work plan on hold amid confusion, disagreement and difficulties with establishing a standard methodology to use across the agency’s multiple U.S. laboratories, according to FDA sources. Equipment issues have also been a problem, with some labs citing a need for more sensitive instruments, sources within FDA said.

FDA spokeswoman Megan McSeveney confirmed the testing suspension and said the agency is not sure when it will resume.

“As testing for glyphosate will expand to several locations, we are currently working to ensure that the methods are validated for use in these labs. As soon as the validation is completed, testing for glyphosate will resume,” she said. “We cannot speculate on timing at this point.”


Don't Use My Tax Dollars to Promote GMOs!

Big Biotech and Big Food think the only reason consumers don’t like their GMO foods is because we are just too ignorant to “understand” their benefits. So to help “educate” us, groups like the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization, and the Corn Growers Association, among others, want Congress to give them some of our taxpayer money to help promote their toxic, unhealthy, environmentally unfriendly products.


Organic Farmland Increases as Consumer Demand Skyrockets

(Beyond Pesticides, November 14, 2016) New research published by Meracris, a provider of market data and trading for organic, non-GMO (genetically modified organisms or (GE) genetically engineered) and certified agricultural commodities, documents an 11 percent increase in organic farmland since 2014. The number of certified organic farms grew to almost 15,000, marking a 6.2 percent increase of organic farms between June 2016 and 2014. The top five states leading the transformation to organic fields are California, Montana, Wisconsin, New York and North Dakota. California heads the pack, claiming 688,000 acres dedicated to organic farming techniques. There are now 4.1 million acres of organic farmland in the United States, and that number is predicted to keep increasing as the demand for organic products continues to rise. A recent market analysis by the Organic Trade Association found that Americans have spent $43 billion on organic products in 2016 a $4.2 billion increase from 2015.


Regenerative—not ‘Climate-Smart’—Agriculture Needed to Feed the World and Cool the Planet

Speaking to a panel hosted by the Social Innovation and Global Ethics Forum in conjunction with the COP22 Climate Summit, Cummins told participants that “Climate-Smart Agriculture” (CSA), is a clever term used to describe a limited approach to adapting to climate change and to addressing global food insecurity through agricultural practices that fail to meet the standard of regeneration.


A matter of fraud: hidden poisons in pesticides - Message from prof. Gilles Eric Séralini to the Monsanto Tribunal and People’s Assembly.

Transcript and six minute video.

Nicolas Defarge, from Dr Séralini’s team, was present at the Monsanto Tribunal. Please find the video of his testimony at the end of Séralini’s transcript: “Studies from Monsanto have not been published in any scientific magazines. In Roundup, for example, glyphosate it is not the only toxic that needs to be addressed, the other additives are more toxic and dangerous because there is a synergistic effect. Where is the truthful science here?”

Thirty years ago I began my career trying to know what are the pollutants in babies’ genes, and I saw that three of the major pollutants belong to Monsanto. At the time, I had nothing against them. But I saw that the PCBs, which are from the plasticiser family, and derivatives of petroleum residues, dioxins (also derivatives of petroleum), and pesticides (including Agent Orange or RoundUp, which is the world’s main pesticide) were there. And what I did was try to find a mechanism by which they could give chronic diseases, and because in fact every family in the world is ridden by chronic diseases and people are suffering all over the world because of them.

These diseases are not due to bacteria or viruses, and not due to a genetic ‘shift’ in humanity, no. We have more and more pesticides inside ourselves. There is no human organ, no brain, no mammary gland that is devoid of pesticides from these big companies.

So we discovered just major frauds and problems at the scientific level: that the products declared as ‘inert’ were fantastically toxic, in fact. One thousand times more toxic than the supposed active ingredient that Monsanto was putting in the world’s major pesticides, used on 80% of edible agricultural GMOs. So you imagine that the world’s major toxic products in the world are in food and are designed to be even more present in modified food.

So what we did was to treat some human cells with these products and we saw that the hidden poisons were in fact petroleum residues burned probably with animal fat called PoEA (long chains of polycyclic hydrocarbons) one thousand times more toxic, as I said, than glyphosate for instance, which is a major chemical presented as a pesticide by Monsanto; but when we test the glyphosate pesticide alone, it does not have any proper herbicidal activity; when you test these hidden poisons alone, they do have it. So this is a matter of fraud: to declare the wrong activating region and to declare hidden poisons as confidential and harmless.

What we did then was the longest test possible with these products applied to rats. We discovered that they were getting tumours, kidney diseases from which the rats were dying, and also liver diseases. And then, Monsanto and allies, they all came on us and defamed us everywhere in the world, because they have friends in all health agencies throughout the world. And they said very stupid things but we didn’t realize how ridiculous their arguments were at first. They said those were the wrong rats, a species that was naturally prone to tumours… so we took the rats and saw that they were not prone to tumours when you gave them a clean, organic diet. We also saw that the rats they were talking about, used for their own experiments, were highly contaminated by industrial food retaining huge amounts of pesticides – and we published that.

And now all these people – 85 of them in the world – have more money than 3.5 billion people: you could reach up to 3.5 billion people at these Assemblies and still not be as rich as these companies that are making the major poisons in the world. That’s abnormal, it’s against any form of life.

I dedicated my entire life as a researcher to find the way in which these products render our children sick and I would like now a rise of conscience from all of you – and there is a big hope to request transparency. We have also learned how to de-toxify the body from these poisons: this is possible with good aromatic plants. We know today that with a clean diet, obtained with agroecological methods, we can really slow down the number of chronic diseases. So let’s do it, and let’s have, all together, a rise in conscience.



Rothamsted Research submits application to Defra for permission to carry out field trial with GM wheat plants


BREAKING NEWS: Sonoma County, California Passes Measure M to Ban GMO Crop Cultivation. YES 55.9% to NO 44.1%. Sonoma joins Humboldt, Marin, Mendocino, Santa Cruz and Trinity Counties, and bridges the largest GMO Free Zone in the United States. Everyone is glad this election is over. But the work we have in front of us has certainly not changed. Let's get to work expanding the GMO Free Zones in America and shifting the market for a non-GMO and organic food system. Sonoma County shows that when we make the effort, Monsanto doesn't win. Boycott GMOs. Ban GMOs. Change the food system.




German cabinet approves draft law banning GMO crops

Under the draft German law, applicants seeking EU approval to cultivate GMO crops will be asked by the German government to remove Germany from the area in the EU where the crops are approved for growing.

If this is refused, a ban on growing the GMO crop in Germany can be imposed even if the EU approves the plant strain as safe to cultivate.


US EPA Approves Toxic Dicamba Herbicide for Use on GMO Crops

Ignoring the legal requirement to examine threats to endangered species, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved Wednesday the use of the dangerously toxic herbicide dicamba on crops genetically modified to tolerate the chemical.


Election Results Highlight Critical Need for Environmental Resolve

(Beyond Pesticides, November 10, 2016) In the wake of the monumental decision to elect Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States, Beyond Pesticides’ work to protect public health and the environment is more critical than ever. On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 saw Mr. Trump prevail in winning the presidency, and Republicans hold on to their majorities in both the U.S. House and the Senate. In the coming months, the President-elect will deliberate on cabinet appointments, which will impact pesticide and agriculture policy and the laws and regulations that have the capacity to protect citizens from the harmful effects of chemical intensive practices.

According to an article in Scientific American, Donald Trump may select Myron Ebell, “one of the best-known climate skeptics” and director of the Center for Energy and Environment at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, to lead his U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) transition team. This represents a blow to the environmental movement, which has been building momentum to fight global climate change, transition to organic agricultural systems, and protect the public from the threat of corporate mergers that threaten farmers, rural communities, and consumers. Despite having few details on environmental policy, it is clear from Donald Trump’s campaign speeches and the information available on his website that protecting the environment and public health is not high on his list of priorities.


State Attorneys General Join Fight to Stop Agrochemical Industry Mergers

(Beyond Pesticides, November 9, 2016) Seven state attorneys general (AGs) have joined together to investigate federal antitrust concerns related to the merger of agrochemcial giants Dow Chemical and DuPont. A separate group of state AGs is expected to form to simultaneously probe a similar merger between Bayer and Monsanto. This involvement signals grave concern from states over the prospect of these large-scale mergers, which would concentrate control in fewer companies, thus giving monopoly status to a smaller number of chemical manufacturers in the agrochemical industry. Reuters reports that the involvement of the state AGs will increase scrutiny of these mega deals, as they were previously only being reviewed at the federal level by antitrust experts at the Department of Justice (DOJ). Since DOJ has yet to file a lawsuit opposing the mergers, groups and individuals who want to see the mergers blocked are thrilled to see the states get involved and urge DOJ to act.


EU Commission says plants and animals derived from conventional breeding are non-patentable

The international coalition No Patents on Seeds! has for many years been demanding that these patents are stopped. With the support of many thousands of supporters, they have filed petitions and oppositions. They are seriously concerned about the increasing monopolisation of the seed and food production. The organisations in the international coalition are now calling on the political decision-makers to ensure that the EPO fully adopts the EU statement, and the rules for the interpretation of patent law become legally binding.


EU Commission pushes for first GMO cultivation authorizations in 18 years

The EU Commission and a few pro-GMO member states are trying to sneak through approvals for new GM crops to be grown in Europe's fields – and they seem to be hoping that the public, press, concerned NGOs, and even MEPs won’t notice.


Worm Woes - Bollworm Outsmarting Bt Cotton Trait


Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund News Digest


Why Are Taxpayers Being Asked to Pay to Promote a Failed GMO Technology?

Last weekend (Oct. 29), the New York Times ran a piece on how the biotech industry has failed to deliver on its promises for GMO crops. The article followed less than a month after the biotech industry asked congressional leaders for $3 million in taxpayer-provided funding to “educate” the public about biotechnology and agricultural production.

Congress should turn down this request for two reasons. First, the biotech and food industries should spend their own money to market their products. And second, Congress shouldn’t use taxpayer money to promote what scientists and international organizations have said for years, and the latest investigation by the Times reveals, is a technology that not only doesn’t live up it its hype, but is counterproductive to resolving the critical issues of global food sovereignty and global warming.


Australian authority to allow glyphosate use on barley

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) will now permit barley producers to use glyphosate on non-malting barley crops. Glyphosate is an herbicide that is applied to rid crops of weeds.


In Letter to EPA on Atrazine Hazards, House Republicans Challenge Science, Call the Weedkiller Safe

(Beyond Pesticides, November 7, 2016) In a letter last week on the widely used weedkiller atrazine, Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) and 105 of his colleagues told Gina McCarthy, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), that, “It would be irresponsible to greatly restrict one of the safest and most trusted herbicides on the market.” The letter was triggered by EPA’s release in June of its draft Ecological Risk Assessment on atrazine, which found levels of concerns exceeded by as much as 200-fold for some organisms. Lawmakers indicated that the draft assessment in its present form, “Would have a significant impact on farmers and rural communities nationwide.” Despite a wealth of information to the contrary, they claim that restricting the use of atrazine would put an unnecessary financial burden on farmers.


CDC Report Finds Occupational Pesticide Poisoning Widespread, with Farmworkers at Greatest Risk

(Beyond Pesticides, November 8, 2016) A report published last month from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds that over 2,600 cases of acute pesticide poisoning occurred among workers in 12 states between 2007 and 2011. The report, published by CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), highlights the hazards conventional pesticides pose to both farm and non-farm workers who apply these inherently toxic chemicals. Results of this study underscore the importance of calls from public health and farmworker advocacy groups for improving the protection of workers who grow and harvest the food that makes its way to American’s dinner plates. The results also support a wholesale transition away from toxic chemicals in favor of organic and sustainable alternatives.


This reference shows that the eggs and bovine serum used in Vaccine production are allowed glyphosate residues.


Victory for America’s Youth – Constitutional Climate Lawsuit against U.S. to Proceed

Federal Judge Ann Aiken rejects U.S. government and fossil fuel industries motions to dismiss

Eugene, OR – Today, the federal court in Eugene, Oregon decided in favor of 21 youth plaintiffs in their “groundbreaking” constitutional climate lawsuit against President Obama, numerous federal agencies, and the fossil fuel industry. U.S. District Court Judge Ann Aiken completely rejected all arguments to dismiss raised by the federal government and fossil fuel industry, determining that the young plaintiffs’ constitutional and public trust claims could proceed. Now, the 21 plaintiffs, who range in age from 9-20, are preparing for trial in what is believed to be a turning point in United States constitutional history.


Obama Administration Gives Up on Pacific Trade Deal

A sweeping Pacific trade pact meant to bind the U.S.and Asia effectively died Friday, as Republican and Democratic leaders in Congress told the White House they won’t advance it in the election’s aftermath, and Obama administration officials acknowledged it has no way forward now.


Blueberries and Kale Placed on Most Toxic List

Arty turns 11 this summer.