Zen Honeycutt, Moms Across America

"No one sets out to be an activist. No one wants to volunteer to spend their time speaking up about things which most people don't understand or want to hear. No one wants to feel different or awkward in their circles of friends. But when you look at your baby, or niece or nephew or grandchild, suddenly what other people think of you is the least of your concerns. If there is an injustice happening to a child you love, all that matters is protecting them. We are at a point in history where everyone needs to become an activist or everyone is going to get sick. Corporations are polluting our water, food, air, medical treatments and playgrounds with chemicals. It's time to speak up, stand up, and show up for the ones you love. Please do something today." Go to

www.momsacrossamerica.org and click on Action.




The brainwashing of the American public begins - funded by the Gates Foundation.

https://www.facebook.com/afreshlook.org/videos/p.880793888768493/880793888768493/?type=2&theater

http://afreshlook.org/?utm_source=FBPAGE...=AFreshLook2017




Seneff: “Moms Across America may be small, but they are powerful!”

How Monsanto Captured the EPA (And Twisted Science) To Keep Glyphosate on the Market

The Moms Across America episode fits a pattern that has emerged since 1974, when the EPA first registered glyphosate for use: When questions have been raised about the chemical’s safety, Monsanto has ensured that the answers serve its financial interests, rather than scientific accuracy and transparency. Our two-year investigation found incontrovertible evidence that Monsanto has exerted deep influence over EPA decisions since glyphosate first came on the market—via Roundup—more than 40 years ago.

We have closely examined the publicly available archive of EPA documents from the earliest days of the agency’s consideration of glyphosate. Significant portions of the relevant documents have either been partially redacted or omitted entirely. But this archived material reveals that EPA staff scientists, who found much of the data submitted by Monsanto unacceptable, did place great weight upon a 1983 mouse study that showed glyphosate was carcinogenic.

http://inthesetimes.com/features/monsanto_epa_glyphosate_roundup_investigation.html




CPG Sec. 550.625 Oranges - Artificial Coloring

In case you didn’t know: The skins of conventionally grown Florida oranges are injected with RED FOOD DYE, early in the growing season. Be aware that if your child has known reactions to food dyes, you should definitely be selective with which oranges you buy. Here is a link to the FDA rule:

https://www.fda.gov/ICECI/ComplianceManuals/CompliancePolicyGuidanceManual/ucm074540.htm




Tyson Foods Linked to Largest Toxic Dead Zone in U.S. History

What many people don't realize is that this livestock feed production is controlled by a very small number of large and powerful corporations, making huge upstream profits, but creating massive downstream pollution. These companies—ADM, Bunge, Cargill (often referred to as the ABCs)—don't have much of a public reputation, as they don't sell directly to individual consumers. Under our current regulatory system, they're also not responsible for their run-off or excess fertilizer use, both of which are classified as "non-point source" pollution. In other words, soil erosion and run-off from enormous swaths of America's crop fields are washing into the waterways, and taxpayers shoulder the burden. These two factors mean that industrial agriculture companies operate with impunity while polluting the land, rivers and oceans.

https://www.ecowatch.com/tyson-foods-toxic-dead-zone-2504305201.html




These baby foods and formulas tested positive for arsenic, lead and BPA in new study


Mainstream brands including Gerber, Enfamil, Plum Organics and Sprout were among the worst offenders — scoring two out of five in the Clean Label Project's report card for toxic metals. Plus, 60% of products claiming to be "BPA free" tested positive for the industrial chemical bisphenol A. The quantities of contaminates range, but some products tested positive for up to 600 parts of arsenic per billion. That's far more than just trace amounts.

Arsenic was the most common contaminate spotted in the Clean Label Project study. Nearly 80% of infant formula samples tested positive for arsenic. The toxin is associated with developmental defects, cardiovascular disease, neurotoxicity, diabetes and even cancer, according to the World Health Organization.

Jaclyn Bowen, executive director of Clean Label Project and a food safety scientist, said rice-based baby food such as snack puffs had some of the highest levels of arsenic.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nati...tudy/794291001/




Monsanto halts launch of chemical after users complain of rashes

The delayed launch of what Monsanto calls a blockbuster product is another setback for the company, which is already battling to keep a new version of a herbicide on the market in the face of complaints that it damaged millions of acres of crops this summer.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-monsa...s-idUSKBN1D202Y




Study ties pesticides in food to reduced fertility in women

"There have been concerns for some time that exposure to low doses of pesticides through diet, such as those that we observed in this study, may have adverse health effects, especially in susceptible populations such as pregnant women and their fetus, and on children," she said. "Our study provides evidence that this concern is not unwarranted."



"A reasonable choice based on these findings is to consume low-pesticide-residue fruits and vegetables instead of high-pesticide-residue ones. Another option is to go organic for the fruits and vegetables known to contain high pesticide residues," she said. "It is very important to keep in mind that, as far as we are aware, this is the first time that this association is reported, so it is extremely important that our findings are replicated in other studies."

http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/30/health/pesticides-in-food-fertility-study/index.html




Merchants of Doubt (2014)

A documentary that looks at pundits-for-hire who present themselves as scientific authorities as they speak about topics like toxic chemicals, pharmaceuticals and climate change.

Trailer: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3675568/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRenGy0cg5s




Episode #39: Glyphosate with Dr. Stephanie Seneff, PhD

In this episode, you will learn about the pesticide glyphosate, its impacts on health, and what can be done to help the body detoxify it.

https://www.betterhealthguy.com/episode39




HOW CONGRESS IGNORED SCIENCE AND FUELED ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE

None would be good enough. Whitten renewed the rider every year until he retired in 1995. Whitten’s obstinacy on behalf of agriculture cemented the security of farm antibiotic use in the United States. The United States let growth promoters and preventive dosing flourish unregulated. More and more evidence— which is to say, larger, deadlier outbreaks—would accumulate for decades before anyone found the courage to try to control farm antibiotics again.

Excerpted from Big Chicken by Maryn McKenna; published by National Geographic Partners on September 12th, 2017.

https://www.wired.com/story/big-chicken/




Brockovich: “Today Moms Across America released glyphosate test results revealing that all of the five popular orange juice brands tested positive for glyphosate weed killer. Moms Across America founder Zen Honeycutt stated, "The discovery of glyphosate residue in orange juice is unacceptable, especially since a branch of the World Health Organization designated glyphosate a probable carcinogen, two years ago, back in the spring of 2015. The EPA has had ample time to revoke the license of this chemical and restrict its use in our food and beverage crops. As confirmed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, our children, who frequently drink orange juice for breakfast, are especially vulnerable to pesticides and measures should be taken immediately to protect them."

http://www.momsacrossamerica.com/all_top_5_orange_juice_brands_positive_for_weedkiller




How Big Food does politics in Washington

Big Food trade associations got a meeting at the White House to argue that the deadlines for implementing the new Nutrition Facts panel and GMO labeling need to be synchronized (translation: delayed as long as possible).

Here’s who came to the meeting with the White House Office of Management and Budget:

https://www.foodpolitics.com/2017/09/how-big-food-does-politics-in-washington/
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.

https://ccrjustice.org/AgGagAcrossAmericaReport




EPA chief backs another pesticide harmful to kids

EXCERPT: EWG’s analysis of the [US EPA] assessment found that if the EPA followed the rules required by a federal law to protect children’s health, dicamba would be banned.

http://www.gmwatch.org/en/news/latest-news/17942-epa-chief-backs-another-pesticide-harmful-to-kids




Glyphosate debate divides grain industry, sparks concern from livestock farmers

“If feed grain has residues, it gets into the animal and then gets into the human food chain.”

"We need to be aware that there are many countries in the world now that have banned the product completely."

http://gmwatch.org/en/news/latest-news/1...vestock-farmers




Gates Foundation Grants Additional $6.4 million to Cornell’s Controversial Alliance for Science

The Alliance has engaged in a diverse array of biotech-related activities since 2014. A major one is to train advocates in countries where GMOs are contentious in the techniques of “strategic communications”. This Global Leadership Fellows Program is an official Cornell certificate program and fellows are given business cards bearing the Cornell logo. The program trains 25 individuals per year and fellows are expected to become the trainers of others.

https://www.independentsciencenews.org/n...ce-for-science/




Arkansas Plant Board Backs Dicamba Ban Next Summer in Blow to Monsanto

The Arkansas Plant Board has approved new regulations that prohibit the use of dicamba from April 16 through Oct. 31, 2018 after receiving nearly 1,000 complaints of pesticide misuse in the state.

https://www.ecowatch.com/arkansas-dicamba-2488282344.html?xrs=RebelMouse_fb&ts=1506110021




Glyphosate: Less toxic than table salt?

Backhaus points out that:

1. Glyphosate is never used in its pure form – it’s always mixed with additives (adjuvants) that are toxic in their own right. So comparisons based on the pure chemical are meaningless.

2. The toxicity scale is based on the LD50 value of each substance – the concentration that kills half the organisms after short-term exposure to the compound in question. But the LD50 is about acute lethality. The concern with glyphosate herbicides is not how many people will keel over and die from a high short-term exposure (few) but how many will be affected by realistic low doses over a long-term period (potentially many). Particular concerns with glyphosate herbicides are developmental effects and cancer. Cancer does not arise from acute toxicity, but from long-term chronic toxicity. Cami Ryan’s infographic has nothing to say about these crucial endpoints.

http://gmwatch.org/en/news/latest-news/17945




From Dietitians for Professional Integrity, a new study published in the British Medical Journal finds that...

"industry payments to journal editors are common and often large, particularly for certain subspecialties. Journals should consider the potential impact of such payments on public trust in published research."

Payments by US pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers to US medical journal editors: retrospective observational study

Highlights:

* "Journal editors wield enormous power; they are the individuals who determine a substantial amount of the content and conclusions of what appears in their journals, including article selection, article content, and which articles have accompanying editorials."

* "Compared with author conflict of interest, editorial conflict of interest has been infrequently studied."


* "We used information from the CMS Open Payments database to examine financial payments from industry to US editors of 52 prestigious medical journals drawn from 26 specialties in 2014. We found that 50.9% of editors received at least some general payments from industry, and these payments were often large."


* "Our finding that editors of high impact journals (in specialties such as cardiology, gastroenterology, and endocrinology) receive larger payments than the typical practicing physician of the same specialty should raise questions."


* "It is important to acknowledge that we do not know if editorial relations influence publication decisions. In the best case, the answer would be a categorical “no.” That said, even the appearance of conflicts of interest can severely damage the fragile public trust in the medical research enterprise.52 Editors have an important influence and responsibility for ensuring the integrity of medical research.45 Editorships at high impact journals are sought after positions, and editors set the tone for the rest of the academic profession."

http://www.bmj.com/content/359/bmj.j4619




From Dietitians for Professional Integrity

A disturbing, but important, NPR read. Remember these farmers next time Monsanto touts its "corporate social responsibility" efforts.

Monsanto Attacks Scientists After Studies Show Trouble For Weedkiller Dicamba


Highlights:

* "Dicamba, an old weedkiller that is being used in new ways, has thrust Bradley and a half-dozen other university weed scientists into the unfamiliar role of whistleblower, confronting what they believe are misleading and scientifically unfounded claims by one of the country's biggest seed and pesticide companies: Monsanto."


* "Dicamba has a well-known defect. It's volatile; it tends to evaporate from the soil or vegetation where it has been sprayed, creating a cloud of plant-killing vapor that can spread in unpredictable directions. It happens more in hot weather, and Monsanto's new strategy inevitably would mean spraying dicamba in the heat of summer."


* "Monsanto and two other chemical companies, BASF and DuPont, announced that they had solved this problem with new "low-volatility" formulations of dicamba that don't evaporate as easily. Yet the companies — especially Monsanto — made it difficult for university scientists to verify those claims with independent tests before the products were released commercially."


* "To make matters worse, Monsanto started selling its new dicamba-tolerant soybeans in 2016, before the new low-volatility formulations of dicamba were even approved for sale."


* "When spraying started, complaints rolled in. The new "low volatility" versions of dicamba didn't stay where they belonged. They drifted into nearby fields, damaging crops there — mostly soybeans, but also vegetables and orchards. There were reports of damage from Mississippi to Minnesota, but the problem was worst in Arkansas, Missouri and Tennessee."


* ""All I got was denial that there was a problem," Kevin Bradley, a professor of weed science at the University of Missouri, says. "What I kept hearing was: It's not a big problem nationwide; we always have these kinds of mistakes or accidents with the introduction of any new technology."


* "So Bradley, a past president of the Weed Science Society of America, started collecting data on crop damage from across the country, mapping the epidemic. By the end of the summer, Bradley estimated that at least 3.1 million acres of crops had shown some injury from drifting dicamba."


* "Monsanto's executives insist that the people who sprayed dicamba were just learning how to do it properly and didn't follow directions. Partridge says his company checked out more than a thousand cases of dicamba damage, "and in 88 percent of those instances, the label was not followed." Farmers or pesticide applicators sprayed dicamba too close to neighboring fields, didn't clean out their equipment properly or used the wrong nozzles."


* "Bradley and his colleagues in other states say that much of the damage they saw this year looks more like what they had feared all along: volatilization."


* "Monsanto — and farmers who want to use dicamba — have been fighting back. In Arkansas, where state regulators proposed a ban on dicamba during the growing season next year, Monsanto recently sued the regulators, arguing that the ban was based on "unsubstantiated theories regarding product volatility that are contradicted by science."


* "The company called on regulators to disregard information from Jason Norsworthy, one of the University of Arkansas' weed researchers, because he had recommended that farmers use a non-dicamba alternative from a rival company. Monsanto also attacked the objectivity of Ford Baldwin, a former university weed scientist who now works as a consultant to farmers and herbicide companies."


* "Bradley says executives from Monsanto have made repeated calls to his supervisors. "What the exact nature of those calls [was], I'm not real sure," Bradley says. "But I'm pretty sure it has something to do with not being happy with what I'm saying.""


* "Over the course of recent decades, publicly funded agricultural extension services have shrunk, and farmers have turned to seed and chemical companies for advice. "It's become so weighted towards — 'well, the companies did their research, and it said this, so that must be the way it is!' " Bradley says. "You know what? Maybe that's not the way it is."

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017...ot-a-love-story




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From Dietitians for Professional Integrity

The FBI’s Hunt for Two Missing Piglets Reveals the Federal Cover-Up of Barbaric Factory Farms

"Animal welfare laws are woefully inadequate, and the ways they are enforced is typically little more than a joke," The Intercept's Glenn Greenwald states in this excellent article that also touches on the legal and political aspects of this issue that raise more than a few red flags.

Conflict of interest FYI: As you read this piece, keep in mind that global animal pharmaceutical giant Elanco -- which believes that in order to feed 9 billion people by 2050 we need more conventionally-raised cattle, chickens, and pigs -- has been in partnership with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation since 2013 via a $500,000 "Future of Food" grant.


Highlights:


* "At Smithfield, like most industrial pig farms, the abuse and torture primarily comes not from rogue employees violating company procedures. Instead, the cruelty is inherent in the procedures themselves."


* "Pigs are placed in a crate made of iron bars that is the exact length and width of their bodies, so they can do nothing for their entire lives but stand on a concrete floor, never turn around, never see any outdoors, never even see their tails, never move more than an inch."


* "The pigs are so desperate to get out of their crates that they often spend weeks trying to bite through the iron bars until their gums gush blood, bash their heads against the walls, and suffer a disease in which their organs end up mangled in the wrong places, from the sheer physical trauma of trying to escape from a tiny space or from acute anxiety (called “organ torsion”)."


* "The U.S. government uses extreme measures to protect the agricultural industry — not from unjust economic loss, violent crime, or theft, but from political embarrassment and accurate reporting that damages the industry’s reputation."


* "A sweeping framework of draconian laws — designed to shield the industry from criticism and deter and punish its critics — has been enacted across the country by federal and state legislatures that are captive to the industry’s high-paid lobbyists. The most notorious of these measures are the “ag-gag” laws, which make publishing videos of farm conditions taken as part of undercover operations a felony, punishable by years in prison."


* "When Smithfield learned that The Intercept was reporting on these issues, a spokesperson emailed a statement and invited further questions. The statement claims that in response to DxE’s reporting, Smithfield “immediately launched an investigation and completed a third-party audit,” and “the audit results show no findings of animal mistreatment.”"


* "This is a typical industry tactic: When they claim, as they almost always do, that their paid auditors discovered “no findings of animal mistreatment,” what they mean is that there was no evidence that their employees engaged in activities that corporate procedures explicitly prohibit (such as beating the animals or administering electric shock)."


* "But what the audit does not do is ask whether the procedures themselves (such as gestational crating) are abusive and thus constitute “mistreatment.”


* "The USDA is typically dominated by executives from the very factory farm industries that are most in need of vibrant regulation. For that reason, animal welfare laws are woefully inadequate, but the ways in which they are enforced is typically little more than a bad joke."

https://theintercept.com/2017/10/05/factory-farms-fbi-missing-piglets-animal-rights-glenn-greenwald/




ADM invests in non-GMO high-protein soybean meal

STRAUBING, GERMANY — Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM) will be making further investments at its crushing facility in Straubing to produce non-GMO high-protein soybean meal. Located in southern Germany, the added capability will allow the site to serve ADM’s growing portfolio of soybean meal customers and support local farmers in increasing the region’s soybean output.

The move to processing non-GMO soybeans is a part of the company’s growth plan.

“The decision to invest in the production of non-GMO high-protein soybean meal is a logical step after the successful implementation of non-GMO soybean processing at the site in May 2016,” said Jon Turney, general manager, European soybean crush at ADM. “The demand for non-GMO soybean meal from European soybeans is steadily growing. With the production of non-GMO high-protein soybean meal, ADM will be able to better meet the needs of its poultry feed customers, as well as the dairy and pig feed markets.”

http://www.world-grain.com/articles/news_home/World_Grain_News/2017/10/ADM_invests_in_non-GMO_high-pr.aspx?ID=%7BA2F5B981-5FCC-481E-9368-72FB9E0318FF%7D&cck=1#.WfxMGH6N8LM.facebook





This Tiny Country Feeds the World - The Netherlands has become an agricultural giant by showing what the future of farming could look like.

"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.

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2017/09/holland-agriculture-sustainable-farming/




A Kansas City Writer's New Book Investigates How We Ended Up 'Doused' In Weed Killer

Gillam has been investigating biotech crop technology, agricultural chemicals and pesticide development, along with the environmental impacts of American food production, since 1998. When she began covering these topics, one of her first assignments was to learn everything she could about Monsanto from a business standpoint.

The more she learned, she says, the clearer it became to her that Monsanto was knowingly passing off a product as safe which not only had terrible consequences for the health of consumers and farmers, but a devastating environmental impact as well.

In our recent conversation, I asked Gillam to talk specifically about one common agricultural chemical called glyphosate, which she says has been discovered in almost everyone's urine.



KNIGGENDORF: "You write that the lawsuits, which began in 2015, will most likely rival the lawsuits over DDT, asbestos, and PCBs. Do you really think it’ll reach those heights?"

GILLAM: "If you talk to lawyers and independent observers and others, they do feel very strongly — and the evidence is pointing to the fact — that this could be very similar to what we’ve seen in the tobacco industry, for example, and with PCBs and asbestos. They’re all examples where giant industries and corporations proclaim their products to be safe, over and over and over again for decades. And it was really only through litigation and the uncovering of internal documents that the public and the regulators and the policy makers were able to see clearly the dangers that had been hidden from the public."



KNIGGENDORF: "It also sounds like these chemical companies also have their fingerprints all over websites people would go to for information. Are there websites that you know of as being truly independent?"

GILLAM: "I would have said WebMD is great. But you see in the internal documents how Monsanto and their PR agencies and other surrogates enlist people to write blogs and (material for) WebMD. The PR company will draft it for them, but they want it to look like it’s coming from an independent individual. It’s outrageous."

http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-writers...killer#stream/0




Food fight: Health Canada, advertisers argue over protecting kids from junk food ads

The industry has undertaken a voluntary initiative to date and it's been deemed to be ineffective," James says. "The criteria are very weak, and we know that, in the online environment, about three-quarters of the industry that is signed up for these pledges is marketing unhealthy food and beverages to children.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/health-canada-junk-food-advertising-1.4251950




“We Didn’t Want to Put…a Skull and Crossbones on the Package:” GMO Apple Creator Discusses Why He Doesn’t Believe in Labeling His Company’s Product

“We didn’t want to put ‘GMO’ and a skull and crossbones on the package,” said Carter during a presentation in San Francisco according to the article, on why his company decided not to label the apples as GMOs.

“I don’t think we’re hiding behind the fact that we use that technique,” Carter also said according to CBCNews in January of this year about GMO labeling. “We don’t want to demonize the product by putting a big GMO sticker on it.”

http://althealthworks.com/14127/we-didnt...mpanys-product/




A School-Based Brand Marketing Program's Adherence to Federal Nutrition Criteria.

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.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28818419






Dark chocolate is now a health food. Here’s how that happened. The Mars company has sponsored hundreds of scientific studies to show cocoa is good for you.

Such overwhelmingly positive findings suggest this area of industry-funded nutrition science may be biased. “By spending a lot of money on one topic but not another, [it] can sort of create a publication bias,” said Richard Bazinet, a University of Toronto nutrition researcher. In other words, companies pouring money into studying a certain food and a specific set of questions about that food pushes the research agenda in a particular direction — one that the food companies favor. (In the Cochrane review of chocolate research, studies funded by companies with a commercial interest in the results tended to report effects on blood pressure that were larger than the independent studies, “indicating possible bias.”)



In our review of cocoa health science published to date, we found that the most compelling (and best-studied) effect has to do with cocoa’s effects on blood pressure.

There’s promising evidence showing cocoa flavanols can increase the synthesis of nitric oxide in the blood vessels, which boosts blood flow (or vasodilation) and reduces blood pressure. Lower blood pressure has been linked with a lower risk of cardiovascular events like heart attack, stroke, and cardiovascular mortality. According to a Cochrane systematic review of the cocoa research on blood pressure, flavanol-rich chocolate and cocoa products “cause a small (2 mmHg) blood pressure-lowering effect in mainly healthy adults in the short term.”

https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/10/18/15995478/chocolate-health-benefits-heart-disease
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