Brazil becomes the newest country to refuse GMO imports from the United States

However, there seems to be a catch. Currently, Brazil is the second largest producer of GM crops in the world (the United States is the first). 93% of their soybeans, 90% of their corn, and 60% of their cotton is genetically modified. So Brazil’s motivation for rejecting GM crops from their competitors may be related to trade and not health.

As of 2015, there were 38 countries that had banned GM crops. 19 of these nations are from Europe and include Denmark, Luxembourg, Malta, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

http://www.nationofchange.org/2017/02/21...-united-states/



Kenya says no to genetically modified maize trials

Talks involving representatives from the health and environment ministries and the Kenya’s National Biosafety Authority (NBA) reached a deadlock in meetings held to discuss applications last week, according to the person, who asked not to be identified because the discussions were private.

http://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/world/a...d-maize-trials/



Grain Millers Inc. firm on glyphosate-treated oats ban

“The early use of glyphosate as a desiccant really doesn’t allow the plant to mature,” Tyson said.

“It kills the oat plant, and the results are comparable to an early freeze.

http://www.producer.com/2016/01/grain-mi...J5jfIQ.facebook



US Right to Know & Carey Gillam sue the EPA for Records

“So I sued the EPA this morning; too much dodging, too little transparency. Hoping court will order EPA to turn over records related to its dealings with Monsanto and glyphosate/Roundup.”

https://usrtk.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/EPA-lawsuit.pdf



This book uncovers the biggest scientific fraud of our age. It tells the fascinating and frequently astounding story of how the massive enterprise to restructure the genetic core of the world's food supply came into being, how it advanced by consistently violating the protocols of science, and how for more than three decades, hundreds of eminent biologists and esteemed institutions have systematically contorted the truth in order to conceal the unique risks of its products–and get them onto our dinner plates.


Altered Genes, Twisted Truth provides a graphic account of how this elaborate fraud was crafted and how it not only deceived the general public, but Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Barack Obama and a host of other astute and influential individuals as well. The book also exposes how the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was induced to become a key accomplice--and how it has broken the law and repeatedly lied in order to usher genetically engineered foods onto the market without the safety testing that's required by federal statute. As a result, for fifteen years America's families have been regularly ingesting a group of novel products that the FDA's own scientific staff had previously determined to be unduly hazardous to human health.

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?url=search-alias=stripbooks&field-keywords=Altered+Genes,+Twisted+Truth:+How+the+Venture+to+Genetically+Engineer+Our+Food&linkCode=sl2&tag=satish0b-20&linkId=1e0aaa33ea65e8cd7f1490ac62943cf8



UN Experts Slam Global Pesticide Industry for Human and Environmental Damage – Full Report

Urging a new approach to farming, they say: “It is time to overturn the myth that pesticides are necessary to feed the world and create a global process to transition toward safer and healthier food and agricultural production.”

http://sustainablepulse.com/2017/03/07/u...e/#.WL7teYgrKVN




Debunking 'Alternative Facts' About Pesticides and Organic Farming

"When you look at the substances themselves and not at the use rates, organic represents the least toxic set of substances," said Nate Lewis, farm policy director at the Organic Trade Association. "The difference is pretty striking."

Most pesticides allowed for use in organic farming are derived from plants or bacteria. "They have their roots in nature," said Charles Benbrook of Benbrook Consulting Services, an organic consulting firm.

http://www.ecowatch.com/pesticides-organ...ontent=EcoWatch



Scientist’s ground-breaking research uncovers new risks of GMOs, glyphosate

http://non-gmoreport.com/articles/scient...mos-glyphosate/



Zen is in Fukuoka, Japan - Japan's Green Co-Op Preschool Focuses on Organic, Local Food

https://www.facebook.com/MomsAcrossAmerica/videos/754025114764028/



Canadian environment groups want webinar pulled from classrooms over GMO foods

"So, we're making people aware. And, I think it's important that we have another perspective and that we not promote through our classrooms across the country genetically engineered food."

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-gmo-webinar-council-of-canadians-1.4009043



Just One Small Problem With This Major Report on GMO Safety

Researchers allege undisclosed conflicts of interest on a National Academies of Sciences panel.

http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2017/03/gmo-report-national-academies-conflict-of-interest



CORNELL STUDENT EXPOSES THE GMO PROPAGANDA THAT IS PUSHED IN UNIVERSITY

“A Blatant Display of Unscientific Propaganda:” Cornell Student Exposes GMO Propaganda in Scathing New Letter - 2016

http://althealthworks.com/10640/a-blatan...ing-new-letter/

The Fall '16, independent GMO lecture series at Cornell University: https://www.gmowtf.com/gmo-course



Showdown at the Organic Corral

Dueling Corporate Interests Wait to See What the New Trump/Perdue Administration Will Do with the Pending Updates to Organic Animal Welfare Standards

https://www.cornucopia.org/2017/02/showd...=AnimalRuleMORE



Beyond Monsanto’s GMO Cotton: Why Consumers Need to Care What We Wear

2. Non-organic cotton is one of the most genetically engineered, pesticide- and chemically-contaminated crops in the world.

3. GMO and toxic cotton: You’re eating it.

9. What women wear “down there” is not as innocuous as you may think. Because feminine hygiene products are considered “medical devices,” those who manufacture pads and tampons are not required to disclose their ingredients.

http://ronnie.organicconsumers.org/beyon...e-what-we-wear/



The True Cost - Now on Netflix and Amazon

It’s not a pretty story. Watch the film, may find yourself echoing the narrator’s lament: “My God, we can do better than this.”

http://truecostmovie.com/



Tell Attorney General Sessions: Protect U.S. Farmers and Consumers. Say ‘NO’ to Big Biotech Mergers!

https://action.organicconsumers.org/o/50...h.pfdy9WBZ.dpuf



Propaganda Wars: 'Pro-Science' GMO, Chemicals Boosters Funded by Cimate Change Deniers

They promote GMOs, defend toxic chemicals, and attack people who raise concerns about those products as 'anti-science'. But behind the slick 'astroturf' PR fronts lurk some very dubious funders: the same arch-conservative foundations that finance climate science denial. Stacy Malkan exposes the key players in the agribusiness and chemical industry propaganda wars.

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In some cases, they are even gaining in influence as they align with establishment institutions such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Cornell University and the University of California, Davis.



As we enter the fifth decade of losing the war on cancer, and as climate instability threatens ecosystems and our food system, it's time to unravel the network of science deniers who claim the mantle of science and expose them for what they are: propagandists who do the dirty work of industry.

http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_an...ge_deniers.html



Organic Consumers Association Endorses New American Grassfed Association Dairy Standards

https://www.organicconsumers.org/press/o...dairy-standards

Buying Grass-Fed Dairy is About to Get Easier

https://www.organicconsumers.org/news/buying-grass-fed-dairy-about-get-easier



CSAs Band Together to Develop a Charter

https://www.cornucopia.org/2017/02/csas-...ampaign=CSAMORE



Lengthy battle looms in U.S. over revoluntionary gene-editing patent rights

“Thus, anyone wishing to use CRISPR (e.g., including agro uses), will need a license from Berkeley, while only uses involving eukaryotes will require both Berkeley and Broad.”

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/02...s/#.WLrNhogrKVP



Experts urge revision to pesticide guidelines following toxicity study

Previously, it was always assumed that ‘the dose makes the poison’, in terms of chemicals causing detrimental health effects on organisms. Yet it has now been found that when organisms are exposed to two toxicants in sequence, the toxicity can differ if their order is reversed.

This is due to the fact that some chemicals cause lingering damage to organisms’ systems, causing a slow recovery time, resulting in ‘carry over toxicity’ which then compounds the effects of a second pollutant.

https://www.york.ac.uk/news-and-events/news/2017/research/pesticide-toxicity-study/



Bojangles’ Chicken ‘n Biscuits Whistleblower Sends Us Never Before Released Ingredients

I really appreciate this whistleblower’s incredible courage to reach out. Bojangles’ gives the impression they use better and more authentic ingredients than other chicken restaurants like KFC, but when you see what this whistleblower says they are putting into their food, I think you’ll be surprised.

http://foodbabe.com/2017/03/01/bojangles...ed-ingredients/



U.S. Agriculture Still Using Antibiotics that Cause Bacterial Resistance to Life-Saving Medicines, Problem Eliminated in Organic Production

The report calls for (i) stringent regulations to eliminate use of antibiotics in food production, which leads to antibiotic resistance, residues in manure, and contamination of waterways, and (ii) a widespread shift to certified organic food production, which prohibits all antibiotics. The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) moved to eliminate the last allowed use in organic crop production, on apples and pears, in 2013.

http://beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblo...nic-production/



EPA joins FDA to approve 3 types of genetically modified potatoes


The three new varieties, Ranger Russet, Atlantic and Russet Burbank, under the company’s Innate brand, are designed to minimize bruising and black spot, as well as reduce the amount of a chemical that is potentially carcinogenic that develops when potatoes are cooked at high temperatures, according to AP.



The potatoes will be mostly grown in Idaho and Wisconsin and will be sold in supermarkets across the nation. One of the company’s oldest business partners, McDonald’s, has rejected using any of Simplot’s genetically engineered potatoes.

The company will likely introduce the potatoes as pre-cut or pre-peeled potatoes for hotel convention centers and restaurants, “where the resistance to bruising makes them a good product,” according to Doug Cole, the company’s director of marketing and communications, who spoke to Phys.org in January.

https://www.rt.com/usa/378966-epa-fda-approves-gmo-potatoes/



The Toxins That Threaten Our Brains

“So you recommend that pregnant women eat organic produce?” I asked Grandjean, a Danish-born researcher who travels around the world studying delayed effects of chemical exposure on children.

“That’s what I advise people who ask me, yes. It’s the best way of preventing exposure to pesticides.” Grandjean estimates that there are about 45 organophosphate pesticides on the market, and “most have the potential to damage a developing nervous system.”

Landrigan had issued that same warning, unprompted, when I spoke to him the week before. “I advise pregnant women to try to eat organic because it reduces their exposure by 80 or 90 percent,” he told me. “These are the chemicals I really worry about in terms of American kids, the organophosphate pesticides like chlorpyrifos.”

For decades, chlorpyrifos, marketed by Dow Chemical beginning in 1965, was the most widely used insect killer in American homes. Then, in 1995, Dow was fined $732,000 by the EPA for concealing more than 200 reports of poisoning related to chlorpyrifos. It paid the fine and, in 2000, withdrew chlorpyrifos from household products. Today, chlorpyrifos is classified as “very highly toxic” to birds and freshwater fish, and “moderately toxic” to mammals, but it is still used widely in agriculture on food and non-food crops, in greenhouses and plant nurseries, on wood products and golf courses.

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archi...tm_source=atlfb



UN Report Finds that Pesticide Use Negatively Impacts Human Rights

(Beyond Pesticides, March 8, 2017) A report released by the United Nations finds that human rights are adversely affected by pesticide use. With chemicals, like pesticides, long advanced by the synthetic pesticide and fertilizer industry as the answer to feeding the world, the Special Rapporteur on the right to food report concludes that industrialized agriculture has not succeeded in eliminating world hunger, and has only hurt human health and the environment in its wake. The report will be presented before the Human Rights Council today, and aims to give the international governing body an in-depth understanding of the state of global pesticide use in agriculture and its impact on human rights, specifically as it relates to food security. It also looks at the impact of pesticides on the environment, highlighting the need for a transition to more sustainable agricultural practices on a global scale.

http://beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblo...s-human-rights/



“Organic” Foods From China? Buyer Beware!

https://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/fo...na-buyer-beware



Judge Threatens to Sanction Monsanto for Secrecy in Roundup Cancer Litigation

The transcript of a recent court hearing reveals that Judge Vince Chhabria, who is overseeing a combination of more than 55 lawsuits filed against Monsanto in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, warned Monsanto that many documents it is turning over in discovery will not be kept sealed despite the company’s pleas for privacy. He threatened to impose sanctions if Monsanto persists in “overbroad” efforts to keep relevant documents out of public view.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/judg...b0c3276fb78433?



Written by a retired EPA employee and the author of the book, 'Poison Spring'.

Why Honeybees Don’t Have A Chance In The Midst Of Pesticides


It took seven years, from 1976 to 1983, to shut down IBT. And none of the major pesticides that gained license through the flawless data generating IBT machine lost their “registration” with the EPA. In other words, the fraud and crime of approving pesticides with fake data was never punished. The owners of IBT pesticides did not go to prison.

This period of wild industry corruption gave birth to glyphosate, a weed killer that achieved global significance, being the biggest selling pesticide ever. From 1974, when it came to market, to 2014, more than 1.6 billion kilograms of glyphosate drenched America. This is a Monsanto product.


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/why-...4b0c3276fb7831c
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