Loc: Waterloo, NY
This is an older article but this is the time of year when beaches and oceans might be closed, ruining your family time at the water because Monsanto has convinced water departments and conservationists that glyphosate herbicides are safe to spray around reservoirs, recreational ponds, and run-offs into the ocean. Not true. Glyphosate has been linked to sex hormone changes, neurotoxicity, cancer, birth defects and as this article shows, the growth of toxic algae.
Glyphosate Sprayed on GMO Crops Linked to Lake Erie’s Toxic Algae Bloom
Phosphorus—attributed to farm runoff carried by the Maumee River—has long been identified as a leading culprit feeding the excessive blooms in the western Lake Erie basin. Now, according to a new study from chemistry professor Christopher Spiese, a significant correlation has been established between the increased use of glyphosate to the percentage of dissolved reactive phosphorus (DRP) in the runoff.
As No-Till Farmer observed from the study, DRP loads in Lake Erie increased in the mid-1990s at the same time that farmers began the widespread cultivation of crops genetically engineered to withstand multiple applications of Roundup.
"For every acre of Roundup Ready soybeans and corn that you plant, it works out to be about one-third of a pound of P [phosphorus] coming down the Maumee," Spiese told the agricultural publication.
The plan is to release up to 10,000 GE male moths each week during the cabbage planting cycle (about three to four months). The males are genetically engineered with a lethal gene that they pass on to females when they mate. Experiments already conducted show that the female offspring then die, usually as caterpillars.
The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY) roundly denounced the USDA’s permit for the world’s first open-air trials of the Genetically Engineered Diamondback moth to be released in Geneva, NY.
“NOFA-NY considers the release of a novel genetically engineered organism to be a major activity with potentially significant and heretofore unknown health and environmental effects,” said NOFA-NY Policy Advisor Liana Hoodes. “It is now up to New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to ensure the safety of its citizens before granting the necessary state permit. We call on the NYS DEC to require a full environmental impact statement and public hearings during a complete review under State Environmental Quality Review Act.”
Hoodes goes on to say, “most of the USDA’s environmental assessment confines its review to the general impacts of the new technology, yet neglects to adequately assess the potential impacts of the trials themselves on farms and residences near the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, NY and across the state.”
California to Warn Consumers About Monsanto’s Glyphosate—But How Much and How Soon?
...CNN also reported, and our experts agreed, that under Prop 65, Monsanto could get away with cancer-warning signs on store shelves, rather than labels on the products. Not ideal.
Reasons for hope
Whatever the levels set by OEHHA and the loopholes exploited by Monsanto, make no mistake: Getting glyphosate listed under California’s Prop 65 is huge, especially when considered in the context of all the other pressure being exerted right now on Monsanto.
Grim reaping: Many food crops sprayed with weed killer before harvest
Charles Benbrook, Ph.D., who published the paper on the mounting use of glyphosate, says the practice of spraying glyphosate on wheat prior to harvest, known as desiccating, began in Scotland in the 1980s. “Farmers there often had trouble getting wheat and barley to dry evenly so they can start harvesting. So they came up with the idea to kill the crop (with glyphosate) one to two weeks before harvest to accelerate the drying down of the grain,” he says.
The pre-harvest use of glyphosate allows farmers to harvest crops as much as two weeks earlier than they normally would, an advantage in northern, colder regions.
Seneff: “This is a very informative article on the techniques Monsanto and other biotech companies use to make sure that GMOs and the toxic chemicals used on them stay on the market. The chat room discussion is interesting too - lots of trolls up to their usual tricks.”
Flacking for GMOs: How the Biotech Industry Cultivates Positive Media—and Discourages Criticism
"I don’t think I have ever seen a group so intent on trying to personally attack the journalist covering the issue." said Monica Eng of WBEZ, Chicago’s NPR station. In April, 2016, Eng published a critical story revealing that the agrichemical giant Monsanto had quietly paid a professor at the University of Illinois to travel, write, and speak about genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and even to lobby federal officials to halt further GMO regulation. In a grueling, year-long reporting project, Eng uncovered documents proving that Monsanto made the payments to University of Illinois professor Bruce Chassy, and that he advised Monsanto to deposit money in the university’s foundation, where records are shielded from public disclosure.
Pesticides Threat to Champagne Water Quality (Seneca Lake, a toxic pool of chemicals?)
The extensive use of pesticides – including insecticides, herbicides and fungicides – in the region is causing serious concerns to the water quality of the region. According to a study conducted by the local water agency, Eau Seine et Normandie, the chemical residues found both in the surface and ground water in the Champagne area regularly exceed European authorized levels, both for individual chemical molecules and chemical compounds.
Rotten Eggs Jack and Peter DeCoster Headed to Jail—Finally
Martha Rosenberg reports on how after 33 years of labor, environmental, immigration, animal rights and food safety violations, two rotten eggs—Jack and Peter DeCoster—were finally ordered to jail for their role in a 2010 outbreak of salmonella poisoning. The reckoning was a long time coming, considering that as far back as 1982, at least one person had died from salmonella-infected eggs sold by the DeCoster-owned Quality Egg company. And in 1987, nine people died after eating DeCoster eggs, and 500 were sickened.
The DeCosters were each sentenced to three months in jail. Predictably, industry groups like National Association of Manufacturers and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (whose products are central to factory farming) called the sentences “unfair”—even though the DeCosters admitted that Quality Egg workers knowingly shipped eggs with false processing and expiration dates to fool state regulators and retail customers about their age and bribed a U.S. Department of Agriculture inspector at least twice to approve sales of poor-quality eggs.
Final Nail? Largest Ever Neonicotinoid Pesticides Study Shows Massive Damage to Bees
What happened when the two biggest makers of bee-killing pesticides commissioned a $3.5-million study on the impact of neonicotinoid pesticides on bees?
The scientists concluded that neonics do indeed harm bee populations. The companies (Bayer CropScience and Syngenta) that funded the largest ever field trial of its kind turned around and called the conclusions “unfair.”
Bee researcher David Goulson told Sustainable Pulse that despite industry’s reaction to the results, he had to give them a “10 out of 10 for effort:”
“The study is well designed, well replicated, well funded—ironically by industry who won’t be best pleased. But the results tally with what has gone before. It’s reached a point where it’s just not plausible to keep denying these things harm bees in realistic studies. I’d say it’s the final nail in the coffin.”
The study specifically found that exposure to neonicotinoids reduces honeybees’ ability to survive their winter hibernation, say researchers.
France is moving forward with a countrywide ban on neonics, effective 2018. While here in the good old United Corporations of America, the pesticide lobby still rules.
US organizations file complaint against Sanderson Farms over use of ‘100% Natural’ in advertising
“We felt the need to take this step based on the information that we received about the drug reside and information from our membership,” she told FeedNavigator. “We feel that consumers are being deceived in purchasing Sanderson Farms’ chicken.”
Seneff: “Many of the chemicals we consume in foods and drugs end up concentrated in sewage sludge that can get relabelled as organic compost. What goes around comes around.”
It’s Time to Talk (Again) about Sewage Sludge on Farmland
Has sewage sludge caused any farm damage? Once the sludge leaves the wastewater treatment plant, it is not tracked; there’s no national system for reporting sludge-related health or environmental problems; and farmers are not known for having deep pockets, which is what it would take to bring the issue of damages to U.S. courts.
Nevertheless, in February 2008, the McElmurrays, dairy farmers from Georgia, received an order and judgment issued by Federal Judge Anthony Alaimo of the 11th Circuit Court. The order addresses and confirms that there have been decades of deceit by the EPA and finds against the USDA and the EPA. The court acknowledges that the sludge applications on the McElmurrays’ farm were responsible for killing hundreds of diary cattle and contaminating the milk supplies in several states. This case allowed subsidies previously only awarded for crop failures due to bad weather or natural disasters to include the injurious affects of land applied sewage sludge. In his ruling, Judge Alaimo said, “senior EPA officials took extraordinary steps to quash scientific dissent and any questioning of EPA's biosolids program.” (United States District Court Southern District of Georgia, McElmurray v. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Case 1:05-cv-00159-AAA-WLB Document 67, Filed 02/25/2008.)
EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Met With Dow CEO Just Before Killing Effort to Ban Toxic Pesticide
New reporting by Associated Press begs further questions about administration's denial of science, coziness with industry
The new reporting comes a day after the American Academy for Pediatrics and advocacy organization Environmental Working Group (EWG) sent a letter to Pruitt urging him to ban the chemical, expressing "deep alarm" that the agency's "decision to allow the continued use of chlorpyrifos contradicts the agency's own science and puts developing fetuses, infants, children, and pregnant women at risk."
It also comes as the EPA "accelerates its purge of scientists."
Malathion Health Index by Wayne Sinclair, M.D., Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (Immunology Board Certified), Richard W. Pressinger, M.Ed., Tampa, Florida
The medical research below was located from the University of Florida and University of South Florida medical libraries. As can be seen from the research summarized below, contrary to what the public is often told by the Agriculture Industry and some governmental agencies, scientists are stating that malathion (even at low levels) is in fact, a harmful chemical.
Can you trust the American Heart Association with health information?
The American Heart Association (AHA) is the same organization who told us for years to eat margarine (which was notoriously high in trans fat) calling it “more heart-healthy” than butter because it contains “no dietary cholesterol”. They started this recommendation back in the 1960’s and continued it for decades while the primary ingredient in margarine was partially hydrogenated oil full of trans fat. Well, we now know that the trans fat in partially hydrogenated oils are responsible for upwards of 20,000 heart attacks every year – which spurred the FDA to finally ban it from our food (effective in 2018). It’s rare for the FDA to ban anything! Boy, I’d say the AHA was way off on that recommendation, wouldn’t you?