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Healthier Cereals Snare a Spot on New York School Menus
The New York City public school system has quietly replaced breakfast cereals made by the Kellogg Company, the titan whose name is virtually synonymous with cereal, with those from a small California upstart called Back to the Roots.
In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In SEED: The Untold Story, these reluctant heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds.
Use the code IRTSEED for 10% off when you rent or purchase the film at seedthemovie.com, and 25% of the proceeds are donated to the Institute for Responsible Technology!
A small Hyderabad-based firm is giving the world's biggest seed company Monsanto a hard time
In an interview in which he let loose peals of laughter, Rao pointed out that the first item under "Risk Factors" in the IPO prospectus for his company, of which he controls more than 80 per cent of shares, was the possibility of his contract with Monsanto being disrupted. Still, he said, Monsanto made a mistake in thinking it had the upper hand.
Europe poised for total ban on bee-harming pesticides
The documents are the first indication that the powerful commission wants a complete ban and cite “high acute risks to bees”. A ban could be in place this year if the proposals are approved by a majority of EU member states.
Jeffrey Smith is in Moscow - Monsanto’s powerful grip
A Russian Scientist tells what happened to the rats fed GMO soy in her study, and what the pro gmo folks did to her, a Farmer who won the case Monsanto brought against him.
Listen to what happened to the rats fed GMO soy and what the pro gmo folks did to her. Also meet a farmer that wanted Monsanto to prove their seeds were non gmo and Russian activists and hear how Monsanto is trying to fight Putin's anti-GMO law.
Most of the rat pups died within one to two days...smaller size pups..next generation, all of them were infertile...they tried to stop all of my experiments...asked me not to speak about my experiments...I was forced to leave my institute.
The question on Nuessmeier’s mind is whether foreign countries, especially Turkey or nearby countries such as Ukraine and Romania that may ship through Turkey, are intentionally mislabeling conventional grain as organic to make huge profits. There’s no proof of such fraud, but U.S. Department of Agriculture officials have heard the complaints and are investigating.
Americans At Greater Risk Of Glyphosate Exposure than Europeans
For instance, between 1999 and 2015 the EPA approved a doubling of tolerable residues on soybean grain and a 49-fold increase on corn grain. And shockingly, since 1993 the agency has approved a 2,000-fold increase in the tolerance level of glyphosate residues on alfalfa grown for animal feed. The agency has also increased the allowable level of glyphosate for wheat – up 5-fold between 2012 and 2015 – running the risk of glyphosate ending up in flour. Testing has also turned up glyphosate in samples of honey, soy sauce, infant formula and even breast milk.
As if such misuse of science weren’t bad enough, audits by FDA and EPA soon found that most of the thousands of industry safety studies used to approve pesticide registrations were fraudulent. Alerted by FDA scientist Adrian Gross, EPA had discovered in 1976 that Industrial BioTest Laboratories [IBT], which had conducted many of the pesticide safety tests submitted to EPA by manufacturers, had been routinely faking tests, falsifying data, and altering results for years. Subsequent investigations of other testing laboratories found similar practices in more than half the labs whose tests supported EPA registrations of pesticides.
“IBT was not a unique case of scientific fraud,” Vallianatos writes, “it was emblematic of a dark and deviant scientific culture, a ‘brave new science’ with deep roots throughout agribusiness, the chemical industry, universities, and the government.”
In 1979, during the seven years of EPA dithering over this scandal, Vallianatos came to work at EPA. He soon learned that not a single pesticide registration was to be canceled due to fraudulent or nonexistent test data. Instead, he notes, EPA’s reaction was to outsource science. It shut down its own testing laboratories, closed its own libraries of toxicity data on thousands of chemicals, and outsourced all evaluations of industry-sponsored studies. “The unspoken understanding in this outsourcing of government functions has been the near certainty of finding industry data satisfactory – all the time.” This issue is relevant today, given that chemicals such as 2,4-D and glyphosate (Roundup™), whose uses have been vastly increased by GMO practices, were originally registered on the basis of invalid IBT studies.
Agrochemicals And The Cesspool Of Corruption: Dr. Mason Writes To The US EPA - 2016
As in her many previous letters to various institutions and officials, Mason provides much evidence to show how the concept of independent science is being made a mockery of by what to all intents and purposes is arguably corporate-sponsored corruption facilitated by prominent public agencies and officials. And once Mason peels away a very thin veneer – it is not a very subtle form at that.
Non-GMO Project Verified is the only independent, third-party program that requires ongoing testing of ingredients that are at high risk of being genetically modified. According to the USDA, more than 90 percent of the crops used for livestock feed (corn, soy and alfalfa) are GMOs. The Non-GMO Project seal was the first label approved by FSIS in 2013, and that approval remains in effect today.
Check out the graphic at 1:04. Glyphosate was patented as a herbicide and antibiotic in 1974 and it’s usage has been increased over the years, including desiccation of crops.
Dr. Eggertsen: “Among the proposed factors contributing to the increase in autism are: ...the increase in glyphosate (Roundup) exposure in our foods in large part due to its use on gmo crops, the increase in exposure to industrial chemicals.”
Not Just For Corn and Soy: A Look at Glyphosate Use in Food Crops
In a memorandum dated Oct. 22, 2015, EPA analysts reported an "updated Screening Level Usage Analysis"for glyphosate use on food items. That memo updates estimates of glyphosate use on crops in top agricultural states, and provides annual average use estimates for the decade 2004-2013. Seventy crops are on the EPA list, ranging alphabetically from alfalfa and almonds to watermelons and wheat. And, when compared to a prior analysis that ran through 2011, it shows that glyphosate use has been growing in production of most of the key food crops on the list. Here's a snapshot:
Seneff: “Tony, this is a monumental achievement! I so appreciate your dedication to this cause and your determination to make this information available to the general public. This book will be invaluable for those trying to minimize their glyphosate exposure. Bravo to you!”
Poison Foods of North America
A few things became clear as more and more data were analyzed. For example, crops that were not genetically modified but were grown in an industrial scale in north America and were desiccated with glyphosate, had very much more glyphosate in them, than genetically modified Roundup Ready crops.
Another shocking realization was, Canada and the US were producers of the most toxic food in the planet. The difference was not even marginal. Canadian and American grown foods, especially those conventional non GM crops that used glyphosate as a pre-harvest desiccant, had an order of dimension greater level of glyphosate poison in them than the same crops grown anywhere else.
Medical school to examine whether professor published paper partly written by chemical company
At issue is a 2000 paper published in the journal Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology. It concluded that a review of studies of one of Monsanto’s most successful products, the widely-used herbicide Roundup, showed no evidence of harmful effects on people.
This forum will discuss what kind of futures these new genetic engineering techniques could create, the potential risks to human health and the environment, and the politics that are at play globally and in Australia.
In what Monsanto and its supporters clearly see as an extremely worrying development, the GMO-supporting agribusiness giant Cargill has responded to the ever-growing demand for non-GMO products by announcing a new identity preservation programme for non-GMO crops and some new Non-GMO Project verified ingredients. And Cargill has done this very publicly, even tweeting, “We work closely with the #NonGMO Project & hope to have even more Cargill ingredients verified in the near future.”
EU nations vote against GM crops, but not enough to block them
"He can put himself on the side of the majority of countries, citizens and farmers who do not want genetically modified crops, or he can back the mega-corporations behind the industrialization of our countryside," she said.
Are Toxic Chemicals Turning Boys Into Girls? (Remember Tyrone Hayes’ Atrazine research on the desexing of frogs?)
Synthetic chemicals can create these silent switches in Nature’s plan. EDCs we encounter every day can alter the sex hormone balance, preventing male genitals from growing properly. By suppressing testosterone or by enhancing or mimicking the female sex hormone, estrogen, they can undermine the natural testosterone messages surging through a growing fetus.
EPA Reverses Course and Allows Continued Use of Highly Neurotoxic Pesticide, Chlorpyrifos
(Beyond Pesticides, March 31, 2017) On Wednesday, Scott Pruitt, the new head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), rejected the conclusions of EPA scientists, and independent scientific literature, and reversed a tentative decision from 2015 to revoke food residue tolerances of chlorpyrifos due to the chemical’s neurotoxic impacts. This would have effectively banned chlorpyrifos from agriculture. This decision stemmed from a petition and lawsuit filed by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA) ten years ago, calling for EPA to revoke all chlorpyrifos tolerances and cancel all registrations. A Federal Appeals court mandated that EPA take final action by March 31, 2017. Mr. Pruitt’s decision leaves the door open for continued neurotoxic dangers for humans, especially children, who have been shown to be especially vulnerable to chlorpyrifos.
Shockingly Higher Rates of Autism and Developmental Delays in Asia
Japanese children have developmental delays 2x higher than the US. Korean children have autism and developmental delays 2-3x higher. According to the Autism Speaks of Philippines, at least 1 million, or 1 out of 33 children in the Philippines had been diagnosed with autism in 2014 (more without healthcare are likely to have symptoms), which is far worse than our current 1 out of 68 children. I was crushed. I was Angry. I was Outraged.