It could have gone another way. The Judge could have caved to corporate pressure. The scientists and team at OEHHA could have been intimidated by the legal tactics of Monsanto. But they did not waiver. They looked at the sound science showing the carcinogenic effects of glyphosate in many studies, and by all legal and sound scientific measures, added glyphosate, used in the most widely sprayed herbicide in the world, to the California carcinogen list.
We can clearly see that public action matters. When glyphosate was first announced to be listed the OEHHA comment page they received more comments than any other time in history. You did that!
Together, we ARE raising awareness and taking action to protect the health of current and future generations. We cannot thank you enough.
What does this listing mean?
As soon as the No Significant Risk Level is set...(expect months) within a year everything that contains glyphosate above that level (lifetime exposure to that product for an average consumer) will have to be labeled with a warning in the state of California.
For instance, if the average consumer of hummus eats hummus twice a week every other week, the company will have to first test for glyphosate and then figure out how much exposure their customer would be exposed to over their lifetime at that consumer pattern. Because glyphosate accumulates in the bone marrow, that amount would have to be carried over and factored in. If that lifetime exposure exceeds the NSRL ( current proposal is 1100 micrograms per day- 4000 times higher than has been shown to cause liver disease) than that container of hummus would have to have a warning label that it contains an ingredient which causes cancer. The most recent tests for glyphosate on garbanzo beans (chickpeas) which make up hummus and wheat pita, a common lunch or snack especially for health-conscious consumers, of 3 oz each, was 1640 micrograms of glyphosate total. This amount, one serving in one day, obviously exceeds the proposed NSRL of 1100 micrograms per day.
The California law states that companies with 10 or more employees that expose Californians to chemicals on the Prop 65 list at levels above the relevant NSRL must provide a clear and reasonable warning prior to the exposure.
If a company does not comply and label, according to the OEHHA officials: "As noted in our Prop 65 in plain language FAQ (https://oehha.ca.gov/proposition-65/general-info/proposition-65-plain-language), penalties can be $2,500 per violation per day. Most Prop 65 enforcement is done by private parties. Any person can file a 60-day notice with the attorney general to allege a P65 violation."
This means citizen action will be able to hold any company responsible for glyphosate exposure. Funding for tests for glyphosate is now more important than ever. If you know persons or foundations that would like to fund testing please let us know. firstname.lastname@example.org. We need your help.
We would hope those food companies would take the initiative, however, and test for themselves. We would hope that within the next year, food manufacturers will source growers who do not use glyphosate herbicides. You may write your favorite companies and ask them to get tested and to be certified as Glyphosate Residue Free.
We also ask our neighbors and cities to stop spraying glyphosate herbicides. Community Flyer here.
We also request that you return any Roundup you, your parents, or neighbors have to the hardware store on July 7, 2017 the day the listing is enacted. Take a picture of yourself doing this and post it online! Share this random act of kindness initiative: Thank you Linda Mulligan for this great idea! Watch her video here.
Although we are sure Monsanto will continue to fight this listing, as they stand to lose billions of dollars in profits, we are also sure people like you will continue to speak up for the health and safety of our community. Big chemical companies may be able to squelch media coverage, but they cannot stop you and me from sharing with our neighbors at backyard barbecues and preschool parking lots. They cannot stop of from being in public spaces and passing out flyers with alternatives to Roundup. (Get yours here!) They cannot stop us from being in parades, festivals, fairs, and holding movie nights to watch our new documentary Communities Rising.
We will not stop, we will not give up, because the love for our children will never end! Thanks again for all you do!
"I am concerned that more limited options were not fully debated and considered because of the need for quick action," he wrote. "I know the Plant Board also shares my concern that this action is being taken in the middle of a growing season, but the volume of complaints do justify emergency action."
As of Friday morning, the board had received 507 complaints of suspected dicamba damage in 21 counties. Mississippi County had the most, with 135. Crittenden County had 74 complaints; Craighead County had 61.
Hutchinson also approved a way for the Plant Board to expedite its role in implementing stiffer fines for "egregious" violations of Arkansas regulations for spraying dicamba. The increase in fines -- from the current maximum of $1,000 to as much as $25,000 -- will take effect Aug. 1.
The proposed ban now goes for review to the eight-member executive subcommittee of the Arkansas Legislative Council. The subcommittee will take up the matter at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, its co-chairmen, Sen. Bill Sample, R-Hot Springs, and Rep. David Branscum, R-Marshall, said Friday.
Flanders Bans Glyphosate Herbicide Sales to Individual Consumers
The Flemish region has prohibited the sale of glyphosate herbicides to individual consumers, following two other regions of Belguim (Wallonia and Brussels), which put the same ban in place earlier this year and last year respectively.
German Nonprofit Creates New Open Source License for Seeds
…There is a similar initiative in the United States -- the Open Source Seeds Initiative, based in Wisconsin -- but they are not licensing, they are giving a pledge to varieties. We have different strategies, we, OSS, pursue the legal strategy, and they pursue the ethical strategy, but we are working closely together.
...This is important because we are living in a time of not only privatization of genetic resources, but the monopolization of genetic resources. Big companies, they are interested in producing few varieties and extending and distributing these varieties for large acreages -- the larger the acreage, the larger their return through royalties.
But what we need is diversity in production, diversity in genetic resources, and we need diversity in breeders. It is a danger if you are depending on a few companies -- because they tend towards uniformity, their energy for creating innovation is decreasing because competition is getting less and less. They are also producing variety that do not respond to the needs we have. For example, these big seed companies do not provide what is needed for adaptation to climate change.
Monsanto and Bayer, for example, you will have a concentration of a company which has dominating position in producing pesticides and herbicides, and dominating the seed sector -- they will link these two businesses together. They will produce seeds that correspondent with sales of agrochemicals. But in agriculture we need less pesticides, more agroecology. We need genetic resources and plants that fight pest and diseases by resistance, not by chemicals…
Bad news: AquaBounty has received a go-ahead to expand production of genetically modified salmon on Prince Edward Island. They will be required to inform the Canadian government "in the event of escape or release of fish, at any stage of their life cycle"
Emergency ban of dicamba pesticides recommended in Arkansas
"In response to dozens of new complaints of misuse of the highly toxic and drift-prone pesticide dicamba, an Arkansas regulatory committee today recommended an emergency ban of the controversial pesticide that has spurred three lawsuits and a dispute that led to the murder of an Arkansas farmer."
Agriculture giants Bayer, Monsanto merging could ruin American farmers
For farmers like us, these are more than numbers and statistics. We are small scale producers who have to suffer through major economic setbacks to our businesses, yet these companies expect us to simply “suck it up” and deal with the consequences of their actions. We want to be able to provide for our children, pay our mortgages and continue farming.
Food Evolution GMO Film Showcases Chemical Industry Agenda
The film, opening in theaters June 23, claims to offer an objective look at the debate over genetically engineered foods, but with its skewed presentation of science and data, it comes off looking more like a textbook case of corporate propaganda for the agrichemical industry and its GMO crops.
IFT is partly funded by big food corporations, and the group’s president at the time was Janet Collins, a former DuPont and Monsanto executive who now works for CropLife, the pesticide trade association. IFT’s President-Elect Cindy Stewart works for DuPont.
Seneff: “America has a terrible record on maternal mortality, but California is making a difference by being very prepared for hemorrhage following childbirth. I highly suspect that a key reason for the increase in C-sections and the increase in hemorrhage complications is chronic glyphosate poisoning. The US uses more glyphosate per person than any other country.”
California decided it was tired of women bleeding to death in childbirth
Interview with Chuck Benbrook, Maverick Organic Movement Expert Speaks Out
FPC: In what ways do Monsanto and other large agricultural companies influence academic and analytic discourses such as debates about GMOs and organic food?
CB: If you’re a large industry or a significant company you use industry resources to influence the careers of scientists in academia, government, and industry, and at multiple stages of their careers. You use your resources to directly fund research, and to make sure that the design of experiments that are funded with your money are going to, or are very likely to, produce a result that supports the direction you would like to see either your marketing efforts or public policy, or both, go in.
Residents Allege Herbicide Spraying Caused Health Problems
Residents report that they have experienced painful rashes and kidney issues. When asked by the Knoxville News Sentinel to comment, PVEC General Manager Randell Meyers denied that these health issues were caused by the spraying of herbicides. However, on March 10, a couple from Sharps Chapel filed a civil lawsuit claiming that Powell Valley Electric Cooperative was negligent in its use of toxic chemicals to clear brush from the cooperative’s electric poles."
Seneff: “A David vs Goliath story and maybe David can win?”
Monsanto’s Foes Are Branching Out
They are now extending to another legal challenge. On June 20, they joined other attorneys in filing a complaint that accuses the company of falsely advertising that glyphosate works by targeting an enzyme that is not found in people or pets. They are teaming up with another law firm that is building a name on suing food companies for making such claims.
Nitish Kumar slams NDA over ongoing agrarian crisis in the nation
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has criticised both the previous and current Indian governments for promoting GM seeds. He said, "The areas where [GM] Bt cotton is grown, there are more reports of farmer suicides. When I was the agricultural minister, I was against the approval of Bt cotton. I had clearly mentioned the agricultural ministry has nothing to do with Bt cotton. Now, you all can see that the crop is failing."
Seneff: “This is crazy! Buy a bag of LIbertuyLink soybean seeds and Bayer will contribute 5 cents to the AHA"s "Healthy for Good" campaign! That's right! Grow crops that are resistant to glufosinate, and produce food that's contaminated with glufosinate, and make people sick. Hard to know how "Healthy for Good" fits in there. Glufosinate is an amino acid analogue of glutamate, just as glyphosate is an amino acid analogue of glycine. They work the same way to ruin your health, except that it's a different amino acid that gets disrupted. Eventually, probably sooner rather than later, we'll have uncontrollable glufosinate-resistant weeds and we'll have to find some other toxic chemical to poison us with.”
Irvine Little League mom leads charge to wipe out pesticides on ball fields nationwide
“It’s kind of that unseen thing you don’t think about until someone brings it to your attention, to think about what are they treating the grass with and my kid is out there diving for balls?” Gramlich said. “It’s a great addition to safety.”