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California considers plant warning labels as Walmart & True Value commit to phasing out bee-killing pesticides
As California considers legislation that would provide labels for seeds and plants that are pre-treated or pre-coated with bee-harming pesticides, two major retailers — True Value and Walmart — announced steps today to phase out the use of the products in their supply chain.
A Monsanto employee admits in one of the emails that the company wrote a study on glyphosate and later attributed the work to academics.
Another study on glyphosate was “redesigned” with help of company scientists in order to create a more favourable outcome, the internal emails suggest.
EUobserver and OneWorld have discovered that both of the studies were relied on by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) when it evaluated the safety of glyphosate in 2015 as part of the EU licence renewal process.
The documents, unsealed by an American federal court in California on 13 March, raise questions about the safety of the company’s flagship herbicide.
“You cannot say that Roundup does not cause cancer,” writes Monsanto toxicologist Donna Farmer in one of the emails, dated 29 September 2009. Farmer, who is writing to colleagues in Australia on how best to respond to a critical press report, says the chemical company has not done the necessary “carcinogenicity studies” to prove it.
Glyphosate, Vaccines and more: Moms Connect May 1 Update
New Paper out by Seneff & Samsel, increased rates of cancer (update on this new Paper coming): breast, lung, testical, ovarian; corn prices, farm bill; vaccines - Senator Pan, glyphosate never tested safe to be used in vaccines, red food dyes, Mother’s Day...
GMO/WTF - students replacing corporate propaganda with truth & integrity at Cornell University & beyond.
Dear Bill Nye: Are you indeed a corporate Monsanto whore? An open letter to my fallen hero. (Warning: frequent use of the f word.)
I hope I haven’t terribly offended you in this open letter, by using and refuting direct quotes from your own show, with, you know, science. You see, I’m passionate about correcting the classic biotech industry lies about GMOs and genetic modification, particularly at your alma mater, Cornell. I apologize if my emotions got the better of me. I’m just tired of everyone at my university being lied to and propagandized, year in and year out.
gmowtf started as an independent, free, student-led GMO lecture series at Cornell University, in direct response to the Alliance for Science and other sources of on-campus propaganda. Below is this lecture series in its entirety.
Central Illinois farm family honored as Organic Farmers of the Year
PrairiErth Farm has been participating in research with the University of Illinois for many years. Current research is studying the impact of various cover crop mixtures on weed suppression, soil microbial activity, and productivity.
Europe is Waging War on Insecticides and GMO Crops
Ken Roseboro of the Organic & Non-GMO Report shared the same sentiment. “The European people don’t want to eat GM foods, there is not market for them there, and yet the biotech companies continue to try to push their GMOs,” he told EcoWatch. “Hopefully, Commission President Juncker will side with the wishes of the majority of the European people and reject approval of these GM crops.”
Attacks on Cargill over non-GMO moves based on fear (“The tipping point of consumer rejection.” Jeffrey Smith. It’s working people.)
Cargill defended its work with the Non-GMO Project in a statement: “Cargill is working with the Non-GMO Project to verify several of our non-GMO ingredients because of consumer demand for non-GMO foods, and the Non-GMO Project is the most-requested third party certification among our food and beverage customers.”
Just a few months earlier, Cargill CEO David MacLennan told The Wall Street Journal: “There’s a growing group of people who don’t want GMO ingredients. So let’s develop a supply chain for that, rather than say, ‘You’re wrong if you don’t want GMOs.’ Our mind-set is we’re going to empathize and understand the consumer on what they want in their food.”
This is Business 101, meaning give the customer what they want, a no-brainer. Cargill, Bunge, and Ingredion understand that, but GMO proponents don’t seem to get it.
Here is the Monsanto guide to spraying crops right before harvest to kill them and start drying out the grain and seed right in the field. Since the word desiccation has a bad name, you'll find the quaint term, "pre harvest staging" used in Monsanto publications. Here is the link to the manual should you want to know the details of why so much herbicide is in your foods and which crops to avoid:
FEDERAL COURT CANCER CASE IN SAN FRANCISCO; WHAT MONSANTO DID KNOW
This is a legal document (dispute letter) in the 'discovery' portion of the Federal San Francisco Monsanto cancer trial. The plaintiff Edwin Hardeman is asking for Judge Vince Chhabria to rule on what Monsanto attorneys, Joe Hollingsworth and Ms. Stewart are doing in regards to refusing to produce the files for eleven people who work at Monsanto Chemical, who have information on what the company knew about Roundup, in relationship to it's causing cancer in individuals, who used the product.
Monsanto refuses to produce custodial files for eleven individuals, each of whom possess unique information critical to whether exposure to Roundup® causes cancer, Monsanto’s knowledge of that causal link, communications Monsanto made on the issue, and the relevant science1. Monsanto’s refusal to produce the custodial files is unnecessarily delaying discovery, this Court’s current expert disclosure order, and is premised on two arguments; that the requests are untimely and that the requested custodial files are not necessary. See Supplemental Case Management Statement, ECF No. 81 at 6. The ‘untimely objection’ is now moot given the consolidation of the Hardeman case into MDL No. 3:16-md-2741 VC. The ‘unnecessary objection’ is wrong as the identified custodians have relevant and unique discoverable materials.
Conclusion : The documents produced thus far demonstrate Monsanto’s early knowledge, its lack and/or manipulation of Roundup® testing, and its engagement in scientific misinformation. Upon best information and belief, Monsanto Europe is under the umbrella of the Monsanto worldwide headquarters in St. Louis. Indeed, Monsanto Europe routinely shared information with Monsanto St. Louis, and it was expected to do so. Each one of the requested custodians was carefully selected after reviewing the first batch of documents Monsanto produced, and each one is directly relevant to whether Roundup® causes non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, Monsanto's knowledge on the issue, communications Monsanto has made on the issue, and any scientific studies in which Monsanto may have been involved. As such, Mr. Hardeman requests the Court order production of the same. "...
Cornucopia codirector Mark Kastel and lead scientist Dr. Linley Dixon attended the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting in Denver last week to advocate for keeping organic farming rooted in soil, among other topics. The decision on organic certification of soil-less (hydroponic) systems was delayed again. The NOSB previously determined that hydroponics do not meet the soil-based requirements of organic law, but the National Organic Program has failed to enforce the soil requirement.
Two giant agribusinesses using hydroponic technology, Driscoll’s and Wholesum Harvest, along with their trade association, lobbied to distinguish their container systems from other hydroponic systems, although both rely completely on synthetic liquid fertility. Cornucopia staff and colleagues testified in the public interest on behalf of maintaining the international standards which almost universally ban hydroponic container growing in organics.
Independent NOSB members are pushing for a vote on the hydroponic issue at the next NOSB meeting, October 30 to November 1 in Jacksonville, Florida.
Organic feed suppliers expanding to keep pace with demand
In the Midwest, James Frantzen, owner of Iowa-based Riverside Feeds, has seen organic feed demand increase by double digits for the past four to five years, which led him to expand his production.
“We’re going to double in size with the tonnage of products that we offer pelleted and that does not include the customer pelleting,” Frantzen told FeedNavigator.com. “We’re going to include a lot more custom pelleted as long as it’s organic or at least non-GMO, so we’ll probably triple, if not more, the tonnage of overall materials running through the plant.”
Riverside’s feed is made from oat hulls, soybean hulls, or textured proteins, sourced from food-grade organic processing plants. A variety of Midwestern suppliers have ensured a steady supply of ingredients, which are made into pellets, primarily for feeding cattle.
Another Iowa-based feed manufacturer, Catalyst, recently received organic certification, becoming one of only a few in the Midwest offering premix and private label organic services.
New study published in April. Buy organic and don’t support farmers that use chemicals.
Neoniocotinoid Pesticides Impair Bees’ Ability to Fly
(Beyond Pesticides, May 3, 2017) Last week, researchers at the University of California San Diego revealed the first ever link between the use of neonicotinoid pesticides and the ability of bees to fly. Published in Scientific Reports, the study, “A common neonicotinoid pesticide, thiamethoxam, impairs honey bee flight ability,” builds on previous findings that neonicotinoid use interferes with bees’ ability to navigate, and concludes that exposure to thiamethoxam affects honey bee flight patterns as well as their physical ability to fly in ways that may be detrimental to their survival. The study is the latest in a growing body of science linking pesticide use to honey bee declines, raising concerns about overall honey bee health and longevity in the face of continued neonicotinoid use.
Bumblebee Exposure to Neonicotinoid Pesticide Reduces Egg Development (Beyond Pesticides, May 4, 2017)
In their analysis, the researchers find that exposure to the high dose of thiamethoxam-treated syrup leads to a decline in ovary development through a reduction in the length of the reproductive cells, or oocytes, of the queens of the four species. After exposure to the high dose syrup, there is also a reduction in feeding by B. pratorum and B. pascuorum queens and no difference in feeding for the other two bumblebee species, which suggests that species sensitivity to this chemical may differ.
Seneff: “This article from last July about early-onset Parkinson's (even in childhood) is very disturbing to me. My mother died of Parkinson's disease. Agricultural workers have a significant increased risk. William Shaw's new paper on triplets exposed to glyphosate (two males with autism and a female with a seizure disorder) talks about excessive dopaminergic stimulation in the brain due to overgrowth of Clostridia in the presence of chronic glyphosate exposure. I believe that glyphosate is causing a burn-out of the dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra (even in children!) due to overstimulation with dopamine that can not be metabolized because of a toxin produced by clostridia overgrowth in the gut. It also explains ADHD, which I now believe is a "second cousin" to Parkinson's disease.”
Two-year-old could be world’s youngest person diagnosed with Parkinson’s