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Monsanto and the EPA have been lying to us for years about Roundup BY ZEN HONEYCUTT, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR
Decades of faulty chemical review procedures are beginning to be overturned. Last week, after years of asking, I received an email from the EPA confirming that the National Toxicology Program is currently reviewing glyphosate and glyphosate formulations.
This is incredibly welcome news because it has long been the EPA’s policy to only require long term safety studies on the one declared “active” chemical, for approval, not on the final formulation. This means that any claims that the final formulation of Roundup and other pesticides, are safe, are unfounded.
In a meeting I attended with a panel of scientists and consumer groups last year, the EPA Pesticide Review Board admitted to me that they didn't have a single long term study of the final formulation of Roundup. “Then how can you claim that it is safe?” I asked...and they refused to answer.
EPA to Investigate Civil Rights Abuses Over Pesticide Use in Hawaii
(Beyond Pesticides, March 14, 2017) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is opening an investigation into whether the Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) and the state Agribusiness Development Corporation (ADC) are discriminating against Native Hawaiians in their administration of the state’s pesticide program. The investigation comes after a number of local community groups, represented by the nonprofit environmental law organization Earthjustice, filed a complaint in September 2016 asking EPA to take action against systemic abuses of Native Hawaiian peoples. Local efforts to protect pesticide-exposed communities have been repeatedly stymied by giant pesticide corporations operating on the island, which filed lawsuits that ultimately struck down local laws.
Unsealed Documents Raise Questions on Monsanto Weed Killer
The court documents included Monsanto’s internal emails and email traffic between the company and federal regulators. The records suggested that Monsanto had ghostwritten research that was later attributed to academics and indicated that a senior official at the Environmental Protection Agency had worked to quash a review of Roundup’s main ingredient, glyphosate, that was to have been conducted by the United States Department of Health and Human Services.
The documents also revealed that there was some disagreement within the E.P.A. over its own safety assessment.
General Mills invests in organic to boost sales, ‘do the right thing’ By Elizabeth Crawford, 01-Mar-2017
General Mills’ splashy commitment last year to double the number of organic acres it sources from by 2019 not only is a strategic business move to boost sales, but part of a larger effort to “do the right thing,” according to the company’s organic ambassador.
Sulfate, Sleep and Sunlight: The Disruptive and Destructive Effects of Heavy Metals and Glyphosate
She discussed "a role for the pineal gland in neurological damage following aluminum-adjuvented vaccination." Along the way, she made many fascinating connections between various strands of her recent work, briefly summarized in this article.
Glyphosate: The Elephant in the Room
Dr. Seneff infers from these findings that glyphosate is making vaccines far more toxic than they would otherwise be.
Transcriptome profile analysis reflects rat liver and kidney damage following chronic ultra-low dose Roundup exposure - 2015
Robin Mesnage, Matthew Arno, Manuela Costanzo, Manuela Malatesta, Gilles-Eric Séralini and Michael N. Antoniou
Our results suggest that chronic exposure to a GBH in an established laboratory animal toxicity model system at an ultra-low, environmental dose can result in liver and kidney damage with potential significant health implications for animal and human populations.
California Court Ruling Against Monsanto Allows Cancer Warning on Roundup
Today, Judge Kapetan formalized her ruling against Monsanto, which will allow California to proceed with the process of listing glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, as a chemical “known to the state to cause cancer” in accordance with the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, better known as Proposition 65.
Study shows mercury concentrations in Hawaii-caught tuna on the rise
"This paper confirms our previous work showing that mercury concentrations in yellowfin tuna caught near Hawaii are increasing, and it demonstrates that the same phenomenon is happening in bigeye tuna," said lead author Paul Drevnick, in a news release.
Yellowfin and bigeye tuna are marketed as ahi and are widely used in raw fish dishes or for grilling.
Organic Agriculture Offers Clear Human Health Benefits, According to European Report (Beyond Pesticides, March 9, 2017)
This report adds to the growing body of evidence on impaired learning and lowered IQs in children prenatally exposed to low levels of certain pesticides, such as organophosphates. The combined evidence in the report suggests that human exposure to pesticides in the European Union (EU) “may cost at least €125 billion per year, as calculated from the loss of lifetime income due to the lower IQs associated with prenatal exposures.” The authors also note that this number is almost certainly an underestimation, as it does not account for the “possible contribution made by pesticides to the development of other prevalent diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease, diabetes and certain types of cancer.”
Multinationals descend on Parliament as feds review pesticide ban
Scheduled to testify before the Commons agriculture committee on Tuesday are representatives from pesticide manufacturers Bayer and Syngenta, as well as from CropLife, an industry lobby group that represents a number of chemical companies including Bayer, Monsanto, Dow and DuPont.
What are GMOs 2.0? It has been more than 25 years since the first ‘genetically modified organisms’ (GMOs) appeared in the food we eat. Today, a next generation of GMOs have emerged, created through more advanced techniques, referred to as synthetic biology (syn bio) or GMO 2.0. Synthetic biologists employ techniques that allow them to more significantly redesign the genetic makeup of living organisms through constructing, adding, deleting, silencing, or completely rewriting DNA and other genetic elements. They include (but are not limited to) DNA synthesis, genome editing, RNA interference, directed evolution and metabolic engineering. GMO 2.0 ingredients are found in food, feed, cosmetics, fragrances, supplements and more.
What is this database? This is a searchable database of GMO 2.0 ingredients. It includes ingredients that are already on the market, that are close to the market, or that are under development. The information here was compiled through six months of research, and will be updated as new ingredients or information emerges.
Why is this database important? Public opposition to GMO 2.0 is growing. However, the industries using GMO 2.0 are very opaque and it is difficult to determine where GMO 2.0 ingredients are found. This database was developed as an educational resource for consumers, policy-makers and manufacturers of consumer products to shed light on how widely synthetic biology techniques are being used to make everyday ingredients.
House GOP quietly advances key elements of tort reform
House Republicans are advancing a series of bills that would make changes to the civil justice system long sought by doctors and U.S. corporations, including a cap on some medical malpractice awards and new roadblocks for classes of people seeking to sue jointly to address harm.
Not Fit for a Dog! The Truth About Manufactured Cat and Dog Food - 2012
Not Fit for a Dog! reveals how the pet food industry has turned the recycling of human food and agricultural by-products and wastes into a multibillion dollar business that puts profits before the health of animals. Despite advertising claims that manufactured pet food is “scientifically formulated” for animals’ dietary needs, the ingredients in many pet foods are selected first for their cheapness, rather than for their nutritive value. The result is pet food so nutritionally unbalanced that it frequently causes diet-related diseases and even death.
Rhode Island State Representative Justin Price continues to show a level of courage and determination that is almost nonexistent in the halls of elected government officials at any level. In February of 2016 Geoengineering Watch published a report detailing the ongoing efforts by Rhode Island legislators to bring exposure and accountability to the critical issue of global geoengineering/climate engineering programs which are decimating the biosphere and the entire web of life. GeoengineeringWatch.org supplied climate engineering informational materials and educational DVDs to the legislators and committee members. A compelling short video testimony from the 2016 Rhode Island Legislation hearing is below.
City Creates Commission to Consider Curbing Herbicide Use
Monsanto Weed Killer Glyphosate Herbicide Found In Popular Beer Brands
Glyphosate levels were as high as 30 micrograms per liter, even in beer that is supposed to be brewed from only water, malt, and hops. This finding by the Munich Environmental Institute calls into question the rampant spraying of Round Up on both GMO and non-GMO crops around the world, and casts doubt upon Germany’s 500-year-old beer purity law.
A second pre-harvest option is an application of glyphosate at the hard dough stage. Research has shown that glyphosate applied with or without ammonium sulfate may hasten dry down of the wheat crop if conditions for dry down are adverse. With a pre-harvest interval of 7 days, a couple of days, at the most, may be gained. Since modern varieties allow for it, most wheat and barley is now straight cut instead of swathed. Table 1 summarizes advantages and disadvantages for each of these pre-harvest management options