Dr. Don Huber, Professor Emeritus of plant pathology at Purdue University and one of the leading GMO experts in the world.

"Future historians might well look back and write about our time, not about how many pounds of pesticide we did or did not apply; but how willing we are to sacrifice our children and jeopardize future generations with this massive experiment (that we call genetic engineering) that is based on false promises and "flawed science" just to benefit the "bottom line" of a commercial enterprise."

GMOs Revealed


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Just twelve days after Center for Food Safety (CFS) filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration for unlawfully withholding a required study on the feasibility of electronic disclosure for labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods, the USDA publicly released the study yesterday.

On August 25th, CFS filed a federal lawsuit against the Trump Administration for its failure to comply with the 2016 federal law on the labeling of GE food. The federal GE food law requires USDA to establish federal standards for labeling by July 2018. The just-released study had to be completed by law by July 2017, in order to inform the agency’s ultimate decision.

“While we are pleased that USDA finally released the digital disclosure study in response to our lawsuit, the study unfortunately confirms our concerns that digital disclosure is discriminatory and burdensome, as opposed to clear, on-package GE labeling.” said George Kimbrell, CFS Legal Director. “Now we must ensure that USDA follows the GE labeling law and requires disclosure that will be accessible to all.”

One of the most controversial aspects of the law is how it will require companies to label GE foods, and whether companies will be able to forgo clear, on-package labeling through the use of QR codes and other digital disclosures. The new federal law allows USDA to consider several options: on-package text, a GE symbol on packages, or “electronic or digital disclosures,” which would require shoppers to use a smart phone to scan packages to access a website or call a 1-800 number for every single product to find out if it was produced with genetic engineering.

The USDA study found, as CFS has long warned, that:

· Technological challenges disproportionately impact low-income earners, rural residents, and Americans over the age of 65.

· Consumers are unfamiliar with QR codes or do not know that digital links contain food information.

· Many of the more than 100 apps on the market that scan QR codes are not intuitive to use and include pop-up ads, causing consumer confusion.

· Consumers may not have equipment capable of scanning digital links on their own, and in most cases there is not a viable alternative provided by retailers.

· Consumers without phones are unlikely to find in-store scanners available and landlines do not provide a practical way of getting the information.

· Consumers may be unable to connect to broadband, or connect at a speed that is so slow that they cannot load information, particularly rural and low-income consumers.

· In-store scanners may be cost prohibitive for small and rural retailers and provide limited benefit due to limited consumer understanding and rapidly changing technology.

· The study also concluded that “offline alternatives are necessary for consumers who lack access to a scanning device or broadband.”

“Americans deserve nothing less than clear on-package labeling, the way food has always been labeled,” continued Kimbrell. “Allowing companies to hide genetically engineered ingredients behind a website or QR code is discriminatory and unworkable.”

It is unclear how USDA plans to comply with the federal law’s other mandates for the study, including that the public be given the right to comment on it.

In the United States, there has never been a food labeling requirement met by “QR” codes instead of on-package labeling. Even if access to digital disclosure was universal, a shopper would have to scan each item s/he is shopping for on any given shopping trip (which for a family of 4 could easily amount to more than 50 items). This would be an undue burden on the consumer and greatly impede access to information that is currently required for all other forms of food labeling. On-package labeling is simple, quick, and effective. As the USDA study clearly shows, QR codes, websites, and 1-800 numbers are not.


GM Moths Released in US for First Time: A Major Step for ‘Frankenbugs’

Biotech company Oxitec announced on Sept. 5 that it has started releasing genetically modified (GM) moths in Geneva, New York.

The moth has been genetically modified to produce offspring that will die before reaching maturity. It has a kind of genetic “kill switch.” Concerned groups like GeneWatch and the Center for Food Safety have pointed out that the kill switch is not 100 percent effective. Some GM moths survive and breed with the wild population, perhaps changing the wild population irreversibly and in unintended ways.


Cornell diamondback moth is just another GM failure

"Cornell's diamond back moth releases are not a credible approach to tackling this pest, the moths are just another GM failure", said Dr Wallace. "The releases are a desperate attempt by a failing company to convince investors that it has a worthwhile product".


US: Twenty-eight states make it illegal for counties and cities to pass seed laws

“This bill should be viewed for what it is — a gag order on public debate,” says Kristina Hubbard, director of advocacy and communications at the Organic Seed Alliance, a national advocacy group, and a resident of Montana, which along with Texas passed a seed-preemption bill this year. “This thinly disguised attack on local democracy can be easily traced to out-of-state, corporate interests that want to quash local autonomy.”


Moms Across America’s Zen Honeycutt LIVE at The Heirloom Expo on a special panel on glyphosate with Vandana Shiva and Robert Kennedy, Jr. - Glyphosate


The Sad Saga of Ignacio Chapela by John Ross

How to destroy Mexican corn, reap maximum profits, and buy a university in one easy lesson…

"I am living proof of what happens when biotech buys a university. The first thing that goes is independent research. The university is a delicate organism. When its mission and orientation are compromised, it dies. Corporate biotechnology is killing this university."


Gene-edited camelina cleared by USDA

The USDA has determined that a camelina variety that’s gene-edited to increased oil content doesn’t fall under its regulatory jurisdiction.

The Center for Food Safety, a nonprofit that’s critical of USDA, is concerned that USDA didn’t study the gene-edited cultivar’s potential to cross-pollinate with conventional camelina, which may hinder exports.


South Korean government to shut down GMO-related development project

On the morning of Sept. 1, the Rural Development Administration (RDA) and the North Jeolla Residents’ Campaign against GMOs signed an agreement at the RDA office in Jeonju, North Jeolla Province, in which the RDA agreed “not to promote the production of genetically modified crops” and promised to shut down its Genetically Modified Crop Development Project by the end of the year. The project had been suspected of being designed to promote the commercialization of genetically modified crops.


6 Ways Cornell University is acting like a PR firm for junk food, GMOs and pesticides

Consumers lose when professors get their marching orders from Big Ag and Big Food

T. Colin Campbell, professor emeritus at Cornell who formerly taught a course on plant-based eating at the university (which was abruptly canceled without his knowledge), said he is disappointed with the industry taking over academic interests at the college. "Cornell is my home. I love the university. But in reality, what they've done is abhorrent, it's disgusting, and I'd like to label this an assault on academic freedom. That's really what it comes to."


American agricultural suicide - Retired EPA Senior Executive

These recommendations will favor small farms over large corporate farming. Revitalizing farming communities would be a good thing. Will it happen soon? Not at the Federal level, with a regulation-averse White House and an anti-EPA head of EPA. Progress will have to come at the state and local level, from the people who know how to farm properly, wanting to get off the pesticide treadmill. Not just organic farmers, but also wise farmers.

Once, in the early years of the environmental movement, we knew these things. We tried to make them happen. It is not all about profit. It is about moving back from agricultural suicide toward agricultural health. Our time will come.


Dr. Tyrone Hayes - Atrazine

For the truly skeptic folks who just don't believe our government or industry would allow harm to come to us, I urge you to look at this scientists story. He was hired to do a study and they didn't like the outcome and wanted to squash it. Dr. Hayes tells his story...

Silencing the Scientist: Tyrone Hayes on Being Targeted by Herbicide Firm Syngenta

Atrazine-induced hermaphroditism at 0.1 ppb in American leopard frogs (Rana pipiens): laboratory and field evidence.

Herbicides: Feminization of male frogs in the wild

A Valuable Reputation - After Tyrone Hayes said that a chemical was harmful, its maker pursued him.

US: It's Not Easy Being Green: Are weed-killers turning frogs into hermaphrodites?

Hayes says that he was naive about how his findings would be received. After reporting his discovery to the other panelists studying atrazine, Hayes argued with them and with Syngenta for months about what to do next. There were protracted discussions about the statistical relevance of the voice-box data and disagreements over the pace of follow-up studies. Hayes was asked for repeated revisions of the “final” report on his results. He saw all of this as an effort to discourage him from publishing his findings. In November 2000 he quit the panel. In his letter of resignation he complained that were he to remain on the team, “recent history suggests that I will spend a great deal of effort preparing reports that will not be finalized in a timely manner, let alone published.” He added, “It will appear to my colleagues that I have been part of a plan to bury important data.”


Demasculinization and feminization of male gonads by atrazine: Consistent effects across vertebrate classes

Ubiquitous Herbicide Emasculates Frogs

Atrazine in Water Tied to Hormonal Irregularities - Women who drink water contaminated with low levels of the weed killer atrazine may be more likely to have irregular menstruation and low estrogen levels, according to a new study

Sperm counts in the West plunge by 60% in 40 years as ‘modern life’ damages men’s health. Pesticides, hormone-disrupting chemicals, diet, stress, smoking and obesity have all been suggested as possible reasons behind the dramatic declines but experts say more research is urgently needed.

LIVE: FDA and CDC Hide Documents about Glyphosate in Vaccines. Moms Across America

“They’re not protecting the public.”


Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Requester Service Center

How freedom falls — broken FOIA far from healing as US agencies cheat public BY CAREY GILLAM

Attempts to evade the FOIA law have become so routine that the U.S. Government Accountability Office is convening a team now to begin a broad audit of FOIA compliance at federal agencies. The GAO review will get underway this month, according to the GAO.

The investigation comes in response to a directive issued by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, congressional bodies that have oversight of FOIA operations. And it comes after a damning report from the House committee that found the culture of the executive branch of the federal government "encourages an unlawful presumption in favor of secrecy when responding to Freedom of Information Act requests.”


A Short History of Glyphosate


The true cost of US food identified in new report

Patrick Holden, Chief Executive of the Sustainable Food Trust said, “More than a year after our conference, at a time when governments are beginning to take action on pollution in transport, with plans for a ban on new diesel and petrol cars by 2040, food producers remain largely financially unaccountable for the terrible damage that current systems are inflicting on the environment and public health.


What glyphosate does to your brain

Recently, I wrote about how glyphosate can be linked to the development of autism. Here, I will try to present the core principles and effects in a little bit more detail. This relates not only to autism, but a lot of modern day diseases.


Cargill invests in 'clean meat' start-up

Cargill, Inc., announced it has joined billionaires Bill Gates and Sir Richard Branson investing in Memphis Meats, a San Francisco-based start-up making real animal beef, chicken and duck from single cells.


Ag-Gag Across America- Corporate-Backed Attacks on Activists and Whistleblowers

This report, the first of its kind, discusses ag-gag laws in historical and political context, catalogues an earlier wave of ag-gag legislation, examines each recent law in detail, explores constitutional concerns and current lawsuits, and documents several successful campaigns to defeat ag-gag legislation.


This Tiny Country Feeds the World

Almost two decades ago, the Dutch made a national commitment to sustainable agriculture under the rallying cry “Twice as much food using half as many resources.” Since 2000, van den Borne and many of his fellow farmers have reduced dependence on water for key crops by as much as 90 percent. They’ve almost completely eliminated the use of chemical pesticides on plants in greenhouses, and since 2009 Dutch poultry and livestock producers have cut their use of antibiotics by as much as 60 percent."

It certainly calls into question the fear-mongering narratives put forth by agrochemical giants -- which also often mock urban farming.


New policy resolution on consumer concerns about new genetic engineering techniques

Today, TACD published a new resolution on consumer concerns about new genetic engineering techniques. Consumers have right to know when new genetic engineering techniques are used, including in their food, but companies are lobbying to exempt such products from regulation. A number of new genetic engineering techniques have been developed which were not in use when current laws on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) were drafted.


A new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine "assessed the nutritional quality of products participating in "Box Tops for Education" ("Box Tops"), one of the largest national brand marketing programs in schools."

The study's conclusion:

"Fewer than one third of Box Tops foods met the Smart Snacks standards. Schools should consider whether the benefit of participation outweighs the harm of exposing kids to unhealthful marketing. Alternatively, schools could opt not to participate unless companies limit redeemable products to household items or healthful options meeting the Smart Snacks standards.


Box Tops Help Big Food’s Bottom Line

Earlier this month, the Journal of the American Medical Association published an editorial by Dr. Jennifer L. Harris and public health dietitian Tracy Fox titled, “Food and Beverage Marketing In Schools: Putting Student Health at the Head of the Class.” In it, the authors write that “marketing in schools is one tool in the food companies’ diverse toolbox to encourage children and adolescents to consume their brands and recruit lifelong loyal customers.” They note that the school environment provides “an optimal setting” for companies to reach youth and that marketing in schools “implies the school’s endorsements of the products.”

One of the most well-recognized examples of this sort of covert marketing is General Mills’ Box Tops for Education program, which launched in 1996 and has has earned $525 million for participating schools since its inception.


GM Watch

Monsanto files request to halt Arkansas dicamba ban - Monsanto fights to sell Arkansas farmers herbicide linked to crop damage

Andhra Pradesh chief minister opposes GM mustard commercialization

New GM techniques: Precaution, risk, and the need to develop prior societal technology assessment

EU and US consumers call for regulation and labelling of products derived from new GM techniques

GM moths released in New York

Seven of 28 EU states give feedback on glyphosate plan

New documents show Oxitec’s GM mosquitoes ineffective and risky

“Its not my fault” – industry response to dicamba damage

US: Court documents reveal Monsanto edited “independent” scientific review

France defies the Commission, vows to block glyphosate reauthorisation

Chinese authorities send 350 tons of imported GM alfalfa back to US

Monsanto calls for investigation into WHO agency for ignoring Monsanto-funded studies

Did Monsanto write Malawi’s seed policy?

Chipping away at a dangerous myth – “GMOs are key in promoting global food security”

Africans must not be used as guinea pigs for untested high-risk new GM technology

Canadians unknowingly eating GM food

US EPA welcomed industry feedback before reversing pesticide ban, ignoring health concerns

GMO food toxicity assessments need upgrading regarding exposure time and cumulative toxicity

US: Twenty-eight states make it illegal for counties and cities to pass seed laws

Biotech company studies GMO clover

Records show EPA efforts to slow herbicide review came in coordination with Monsanto

Does the biotech industry control what we know about GMOs?

Monsanto has a new agricultural disaster for sale: dicamba – America’s Lawyer

The Trump Administration’s false promise to Rural America

Monsanto was its own ghostwriter for some safety reviews of glyphosate

FDA casts doubt on safety of Impossible Burger’s key GMO ingredient

India's cotton yield to decline due to whitefly, pink bollworm attacks


The seven tactics unhealthy industries use to undermine public health policies

Below is a quick guide to their tactics, which I have assembled as a summary from three sources: Naomi Oreskes and Eric M Conway, Merchants of Doubt, William Wiist’s The Corporate Playbook, Health, and Democracy: The Snack Food and Beverage Industry’s Tactics in Context, and Nicholas Freudenberg’s Lethal but Legal.

1. Attack legitimate science


Should nutrition scientists take food-industry funding?

Most of what we know about the effects of sponsorship comes from a very large body of research on funding by the cigarette, chemical, pharmaceutical, and medical device industries. The results of this research are remarkably consistent: they demonstrate that industry funding influences the design, interpretation, and outcome of research.


This hospital grows its own food, then serves it to patients


Alcohol industry isn’t just funding studies; it’s also funding journalism to sway public opinion

The train has left the station. Big bucks interests – big pharma, big medical centers, big booze – have seen an opening. And they’ve seen it’s not that difficult, or expensive, to sidle up next to journalism efforts and to buy the best PR that money can buy.

Arty turns 10 this summer.