From Brussels to Arkansas, a Tough Week for Monsanto

Opposition from France and Italy doomed a European Union vote on Thursday to reauthorize the world’s most popular weedkiller, glyphosate, a decision that came hours after Arkansas regulators moved to ban an alternative weedkiller for much of 2018.

The decisions are a double blow to the agrochemical industry and particularly to the chemicals giant Monsanto…

With Roundup On The Rocks, Monsanto Hatches New Seeds And A Dangerous New Plan

Monsanto has aggressively marketed its genetically modified, dicamba-tolerant seeds along with its associated herbicide, hoping to capture half of the entire U.S. soybean market by 2019. Monsanto even began pushing dicamba-tolerant seeds on farmers before its new dicamba herbicide was approved by the U.S. government, forcing farmers who bought the seeds to use older and illegal dicamba-based herbicides. Growing dicamba-tolerant seeds would preclude farmers from using any other but the dicamba-based herbicide during growing season, and create the risk of having their crops overrun by weeds, including so-called “superweeds.”

The EU and glyphosate: it's time to put children's health before pesticides

Our children are growing up exposed to a toxic cocktail of weedkillers, insecticides, and fungicides. It’s on their food and in their water, and it’s even doused over their parks and playgrounds. Many governments insist that our standards of protection from these pesticides are strong enough. But as a scientist and a lawyer who specialises in chemicals and their potential impact on people’s fundamental rights, I beg to differ.

Paediatricians have referred to childhood exposure to pesticides as creating a “silent pandemic” of disease and disability. Exposure in pregnancy and childhood is linked to birth defects, diabetes, and cancer. Because a child’s developing body is more sensitive to exposure than adults and takes in more of everything – relative to their size, children eat, breathe, and drink much more than adults – they are particularly vulnerable to these toxic chemicals. Increasing evidence shows that even at “low” doses of childhood exposure, irreversible health impacts can result. But, most victims cannot prove the cause of their disability or disease, limiting our ability to hold those responsible to account.

Seneff: “Jeffrey Smith has a long new article out showing that people heal their guts when they switch to non-GMO and/or organic food. He thinks glyphosate is a big part of the reason. You can find a link to the full article here.”

New Findings Show Avoiding GMOs Improves Health

Survey results reveal that 3,256 people reported improvements in 28 health conditions after reducing their GMO intake. An astonishing 85% of respondents reported improvements in their “digestive problems,” the ailment most commonly cited. Of these respondents, 80% said their digestive issues were “significantly improved”, “nearly gone”, or “completely recovered”. Remarkably, at least half the respondents also reported recovery from fatigue, obesity, brain fog, food allergies, and anxiety or depression. To access the article with the complete list of conditions that improved, click here.

Interview with Pediatrician, Dr. Michelle Perro, M.D. by Jeffrey M. Smith

Farmer feeds GMO corn to his pigs: they all become sterile. (12 minutes)

Jerry Rosman, a pig farmer in Iowa, was cultivating GMO corn,(Roundup Ready and BT) and fed this corn to his pigs. Result: his sows became infertile, and then after one year he went bankrupt. See the whole interview here:

Allan Savory - Desertification - Livestock mimicking nature

Recommended watching by one of our local organic farmers, Autumn’s Harvest Farm, Romulus

How to green the world's deserts and reverse climate change | Allan Savory

"Desertification is a fancy word for land that is turning to desert," begins Allan Savory in this quietly powerful talk. And terrifyingly, it's happening to about two-thirds of the world's grasslands, accelerating climate change and causing traditional grazing societies to descend into social chaos. Savory has devoted his life to stopping it. He now believes -- and his work so far shows -- that a surprising factor can protect grasslands and even reclaim degraded land that was once desert.

Seneff: “UK supports ban of neonicotinoids. If we can get rid of both glyphosate and neonicotinoids not only will the bees come back but we'll also start seeing autism rates going down!”

UK will back total ban on bee-harming pesticides, Michael Gove reveals

The decision reverses the government’s previous position and is justified by recent new evidence showing neonicotinoids have contaminated the whole landscape and cause damage to colonies of bees. It also follows the revelation that 75% of all flying insects have disappeared in Germany and probably much further afield, a discovery Gove said had shocked him.

Monsanto, Henry Miller, and the FDA

Now that it has come to light that Monsanto has apparently ghost-writen for Miller about RoundUp/glyphosate, I am even more curious about what kind of influence that company might have had over Miller back when the FDA policy was being formed.

The World According to Monsanto


Little Rock, Ark.: The Arkansas State Plant Board voted today to ban the pesticide dicamba for the 2018 planting season. The decision was based on advice from a task force composed of scientists, farmers and other experts. Arkansas came to the decision after a year of record crop losses caused by dicamba — during 2017, the state received more pesticide complaints than it ever has in one year.

Inhalation of glyphosate herbicide increases anxiety...

Behavioral impairments following repeated intranasal glyphosate-based herbicide administration in mice

Abstract: ...The present study reveals that repeated IN exposure to Gly-BH in mice affects the central nervous system probably altering neurotransmission pathways that participate or regulate locomotor activity, anxiety and memory.

The article below is long but well worth the time to read it. It encapsulates the reasons why no one can trust regulatory reports claiming that glyphosate is safe.

How Monsanto captured the EPA (and twisted science) to keep glyphosate on the market

The Moms Across America testing was not part of any formal scientific study, but Monsanto — the owner of the Roundup trademark and the premier glyphosate manufacturer — jumped to defend its most profitable pesticide based on a new study that found no glyphosate in breast milk. But this research, purported to be “independent”, was actually backed by the corporation itself.

“Anybody who finds out about this is not going to trust a chemical company over a mom, even if [that mom] is a stranger,” says Moms Across America founder Zen Honeycutt. “A mother’s only special interest is the well-being of her family and her community.” Honeycutt says she has been sharply criticized for the breast milk project because it was not a formal scientific study. But she says her intention was “to find out whether or not glyphosate was getting in our breast milk, and if it was, to have further scientific studies conducted and therefore to provoke a movement so that policies would be changed”.

Seeds of Destruction: The Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation

This skillfully researched book focuses on how a small socio-political American elite seeks to establish its control over the very basis of human survival, the provision of our daily bread. Control the food and you control the people. This is no ordinary book about the perils of GMO. Engdahl takes the reader inside the corridors of power, into the backrooms of the science labs, behind closed doors in the corporate boardrooms. The author reveals a World of profit-driven political intrigue, government corruption and coercion, where genetic manipulation and the patenting of life forms are used to gain worldwide control over food production. The book is an eye-opener, a must-read for all those committed to the causes of social justice and World peace.

Monsanto accused of ignoring relevant scientific data on glyphosate

EXCERPT: Beate Ritz, chair of the epidemiology department at the University of California, found that out of 32 epidemiology studies looking at the link between glyphosate and cancer, 28 showed a higher risk for people exposed to the substance.

No need for condoms – GE corn can do the job - 2009

Considering the severity of the potential threat, Greenpeace is demanding a recall of genetically-engineered food and crops from the global market.

Brockovich: “17,585 Secret Chemicals... many are now in our Drinking Water.

When companies want to begin making and selling a new chemical, they are required to file a written notice with the USEPA. Current regulations do not mandate that any particular health or safety studies be performed, and according to a 2007 report, only 15% of new chemical notices contain any information about the materials’ impact on health. Chemical manufacturers are permitted to claim that various parts of the information they give to the USEPA are confidential business information,"CBI". About 95 percent of new chemical notifications include information that is protected as a trade secret.

Almost every chemical in commerce today comes in contact with our air, soil or water... and if it gets in the air or soil... it's in the water. We don't even have names for these chemicals... or laboratory test procedures to identify them... we are in fact lab rats for industry... until we happen upon toxins after years of exposure.”

The Poison Papers - Documenting the Hidden History of Chemical and Pesticide Hazards in the United States

The Poison Papers are a compilation of over 20,000 documents obtained from federal agencies and chemical manufacturers via open records requests and public interest litigation. They include internal scientific studies and summaries of studies, internal memos and reports, meeting minutes, strategic discussions, and sworn testimonies. The majority of these documents have been scanned and digitized by us for the first time and represent nearly three tons of material. The regulatory agency sources of these documents include: the EPA, the USDA Forest Service, the FDA, the Veterans Administration, and the Department of Defense. Chemical manufacturers referenced in the documents include: Dow, Monsanto, DuPont, and Union Carbide, as well as many smaller manufacturers and the commercial testing companies who worked for them.

The Poison Papers are a project of the Bioscience Resource Project and the Center for Media and Democracy. The Poison Papers were largely collected by author and activist Carol Van Strum.

The Poison Papers catalogue both the secret concerns of industry and regulators over the hazards of pesticides and other chemicals and their efforts to conceal those concerns.

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U of S research reveals controversial insecticides are toxic to songbirds

“These chemicals are having a strong impact on songbirds. We are seeing significant weight loss and the birds’ migratory orientation being significantly altered,” said Eng, who also worked with colleagues from York University. “Effects were seen from eating the equivalent of just three to four imidacloprid treated canola seeds or eight chlorpyrifos granules a day for three days.”

Neonicotinoids have become the most popular class of insecticides among farmers because they are very successful at killing pests and are easy to apply.

“In the past farmers might have placed an insecticide into a crop duster and would spray their fields with the insecticide. However, now farmers have access to seeds that in many cases are already coated with neonicotinoids,” said Morrissey. “Birds that stop on migration are potentially eating these seeds, but can also mistakenly ingest the chlorpyrifos pellets for grit, something they normally eat to aid in the digestion of seeds.”
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