I posted some of the reviews from The Truth About Vaccines Docu-Series in the Parenting Group thread on Vaccines. There are many from health care professionals. Glyphosate has been covered in the series.

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Why Cornell Alliance for Science’s GMO food safety evaluation is meaningless

The authors also point out the Alliance’s failure to make the methodology public at the outset. They warn, “This may raise suspicion among the skeptical public who form the target audience for this exercise that the criteria upon which the abstracts are evaluated might be retrospectively selected to fit a preordained conclusion.”

The authors conclude, “Based on … weaknesses in the study design, we believe it is questionable as to whether any objective or meaningful conclusion can be drawn from the Alliance’s initiative.”


Cornell Alliance for Science Evaluation of Consensus on Genetically Modified Food Safety: Weaknesses in Study Design


Canadian Food Inspection Agency Finds Residues of Glyphosate in One-Third of Food Products Tested

(Beyond Pesticides, April 17, 2017) The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) published a report on glyphosate testing last week, finding traces of the chemical in about one-third of food products and residue levels above the acceptable limits in almost four percent of grain products. These findings come on the heels of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) decision to abandon plans for testing the U.S. food supply for glyphosate residues. In light of this, Beyond Pesticides is again urging USDA to test for glyphosate residues in U.S. food.


Bills reversing GMO pre-emption die in Oregon


Court Orders EPA to Close Loophole, Factory Farms Required to Report Toxic Pollution

"In the words of the court, the risk of air emissions from CAFOs 'isn't just theoretical; people have become seriously ill and even died' from these emissions. But the public cannot protect itself from these hazardous substances if CAFOs aren't required to report their releases to the public. The loophole also prevented reporting of these toxics to local and state responders and the court held that plainly violated the law."


Monsanto Sued for Misleading Labeling of Popular Herbicide Roundup

(Beyond Pesticides, April 10, 2017) Two nonprofit organizations on Friday filed a lawsuit against Monsanto for misleading the public by labeling its popular weedkiller Roundup as “target[ing] an enzyme found in plants but not in people or pets.” This lawsuit charges that this statement is false, deceptive, and misleading, because the enzyme targeted by glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, is, in fact, found in people and pets. [For additional information on glyphosate, visit Beyond Pesticides’ Gateway on Pesticide Hazards and Safe Pest Management].

Beyond Pesticides and Organic Consumers Association (OCA), through their attorneys, Richman Law Group, filed jointly on behalf of the general public in Washington D.C. under the District of Columbia’s Consumer Protection Procedures Act.

“The unequivocal nature of Monsanto’s label claim on Roundup belies the complexity of human biology and the impact this highly toxic chemical has on the functioning of the human gut bacteria, essential our health,” said Jay Feldman, executive director of Beyond Pesticides. “With this claim, Monsanto is falsely telling the public that its product cannot hurt them,” he said.

“Corporations must be held to a high standard when it comes to the information they include on product labels, especially when it comes to the issue of safety,” said Ronnie Cummins, OCA’s international director. “For decades, Monsanto has used false labeling claims to dupe consumers into believing that they can spray Roundup on their yards and in their gardens, without risk to themselves, their children or their pets. It’s time for the courts to step in.”


Tiny, family-run newspaper wins Pulitzer Prize for taking on big business

He won for editorials that confronted the state's most powerful agricultural interests, which include the Koch Brothers, Cargill and Monsanto, and their secret funding of the government defense of a big environmental lawsuit. His "tenacious reporting, impressive expertise and engaging writing" were quite self-evident if you've seen his labor (which actually spanned two years, though he won for last year's efforts).


Happening at the Capitol this week: GMO crops, dairy air emissions and P.E. requirements

The Senate Environment Committee will consider three controversial bills regulating agriculture.

SB 1037 would allow local governments to ban genetically engineered crops.

SB 197 would require the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission to adopt a program for regulating air contaminants from dairy confined animal feeding operations.

And SB 892 would require aerial pesticide applicators to notify the state of planned applications on privately owned forest land and report on them afterward. It also requires the state to maintain an electronic reporting and notification system with free public access.


USDA to analyze GE virus effect on greening, environment

Trenton, Fla.-based Southern Gardens Citrus Nursery LLC, has asked for approval of a permit for the environmental release of the genetically engineered virus. The company is requesting the permit to use the GE virus as a biological control agent to help manage citrus greening disease, according to a news release.


Common Pesticides Speed Up Puberty in Boys

"Given the growing use of pyrethroid insecticides, our findings have important implications for the assessment of children's health risk from these insecticides…[and] suggest pyrethroid exposure is a potential risk factor for earlier male puberty."

"Consistent with the human data, our animal study shows that postnatal exposure to a widely used pyrethroid pesticide, cypermethrin, can accelerate pubertal timing and induce circulating levels of gonadotrophins and testosterone in male mice," she explained.

"This is the first study to provide evidence that environmental exposure to pyrethroids…is associated with measurable effects on male pubertal development. Given the growing use of pyrethroid insecticides, we must prudently assess these chemicals for their risks to children's health," she concluded.


More on the GMO Arctic Apple.

The GMO Arctic Apple - Jonathan Latham, PhD, Co-Founder & Executive Director of Bioscience Resource Project

"These apples make long double stranded RNA molecules (dsRNA). dsRNAs are proven vertebrate toxins. They are called toxins in the scientific literature."

Q: So how is that government is recognizing these altered consumables as G.R.A.S.? [Generally Recognized As Safe]

A: Because the regulatory agencies have been captured by the industry that owns these products. They're essentially writing & administering the rules that regulate their own industry's products. Really.


The Organic Trade Deficit Is Hurting Farmers—Here’s What You Need to Know

Q: The environmental case for amending the farm bill in favor of organics is clear, but is there also a business case for doing so?

A: Organic farming is not just a win for the environment and for consumers—it can be quite profitable for farmers who go through the three-year federal certification process, because the prices they receive for certified-organic products are often significantly higher than those for conventional crops. As nations like Russia, Romania, and China continue to expand organic production, the US should be reducing barriers for organic transition, so we can expand organic production here at home—or run the risk of American farmers falling further behind in the international marketplace.


National Biotechnology Panel Faces New Conflict of Interest Questions - 2016

Critics say that several committee members have financial ties to biotech businesses that could color the panel’s report, expected to be published soon, potentially giving short shrift to health and environmental worries.


Seneff: “Hmm. Millions of Americans with allergies to the proteins in latex? Perhaps derived from rubber plants grown in Malaysia? Glyphosate is often used to control the weeds between the rows of trees. Glyphosate contamination in the rubber --> protein allergies? Interesting to note that children with spina bifida and other defects of the neural tube have a very high likelihood of allergies to latex. AND, there's latex in the stopper of the vaccines. The puzzle pieces are falling in place!”

Danger: Latex in vaccine packaging, including rubber caps for syringes and vials, an overlooked severe allergy problem for millions of Americans to consider


Moms Exposed To Monsanto Weed Killer Means Bad Outcomes For Babies

“This is a huge issue,” said Paul Winchester, medical director of the neonatal intensive care unit at the Franciscan St. Francis Health system and professor of clinical pediatrics at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, Indiana. He said this is the first U.S. study to demonstrate glyphosate is present in pregnant women. “Everyone should be concerned about this.”


New study on Monsanto weedkiller to feed into crucial EU vote

Full results should be available by June, Belpoggi said, and will be submitted in a paper for peer review and publication in a scientific journal. A draft copy of the results will be sent at the same time to the European Commission.

The Commission has said it expects to restart talks with EU member states by August on re-approving the use of glyphosate in herbicides. A decision is due before the end of 2017.

"We would like to have the results in time to help regulators have a good judgment about this chemical," Belpoggi said. "If it is negative (no effect), then I will be happy because I am also exposed. But if there is some damage, then we would like everyone to know."


Humphries: “I love these vets at dogs naturally. They get it.”

The Leaky Gut Epidemic: Why Your Dog’s Allergy Treatment Doesn’t Work

6. Diet

Dogs eating processed diets or diets high in carbohydrates (and any kibble on the market will be high in carbohydrates) will have unbalanced gut flora. Carbohydrates, especially those with a higher glycemic load, are the preferred food for many harmful bacteria. Grains and carbohydrates will also cause an overgrowth of fungus and yeast. Dairy products, genetically modified (GMO) foods, preservatives, coloring and chlorinated water can also harm the microbiome.


Decoding Pet Food

The pet food industry is failing and misleading its customers, according to a recent report from The Cornucopia Institute. Here's what you need to know about popular pet food brands.

Arty turns 11 this summer.