Cornell student Robert Schooler is on a mission to expose the corporate, pro-GMO influence he has seen on campus. It won't be easy. This conversation usually attracts a lot of criticism and accusations, but is one that we agree is worth exploring.
Check out the trailer on his site to learn more about his documentary project.
Dr. Don Huber: What We Know So Far About Glyphosate and GMOs (At 5:00)
Dr. Don Huber, Professor Emeritus, Plant Pathology, Purdue University, is one of the leading experts in the world on Glyphosate and GMOs and how they effect the environment and human health. I spoke with Dr. Huber this week, and he shared some of the latest information regarding Glyphosate and GMOs and their ill effects on the immune system and the environment. He explained how glyphosate bioaccumulates in the brain, bone marrow and other organs and how this chronic toxin reeks havoc on human health. Dr. Huber explained why genetic engineering is a “fossil science” that may have consequences that we may not know about for years. This interview is packed full of critical information that you need to know about genetic engineering and glyphosate.
Seneff: “This is a new podcast interview with Dana Laake where I discussed the novel I wrote while I was discovering just how bad things are today in terms of food and medicine. We covered a broad spectrum of topics in this conversation and I hope you might find it interesting and useful.”
Congressmen take USDA to task for delaying organic industry animal welfare rule, 22-Jan-2018 By Elizabeth Crawford
Members of Congress chastise the US Department of Agriculture in a Jan. 17 letter for threatening to withdraw a widely popular final rule passed in the 11th hour of the Obama Administration that would heighten animal welfare standards for organic producers.
Seneff: “Cozy relationship between Newsweek and Monsanto led to Newsweek publishing an article encouraging you to distrust organic food. I hope most readers don't fall for it!”
Monsanto’s Fingerprints All Over Newsweek’s Hit on Organic Food
The concept of the front group – explained in the emails I reported here – was to create a credible-sounding platform from which academics could attack critics of the agrichemical industry while claiming to be independent, yet secretly receiving funds from industry groups. Wink, wink, ha, ha.
“The key will be keeping Monsanto in the background so as not to harm the credibility of the information,” wrote a Monsanto executive involved in the plan.
Award-winning film “Modified” premieres at Santa Barbara International Film Festival — a review
Giroux is a gifted investigative journalist and filmmaker. She leaves no stone unturned in her determination to find out why GMOs are neither labelled nor adequately regulated in North America, when they are banned in 38 countries and clearly labelled in 64. She takes us to France, to hear from anti-GMO farmers and protesters, across the United States to meet with scientists and farmers concerned about the lack of transparency surrounding the research of GMOs, particularly the long-term effects of genetically modified crops on food sovereignty and of herbicides used on fields of GMOs.
For anyone who cares about what they put in their mouth, where it comes from and how it is produced — and I would like to think that is all of us — this film is a must-see. It is also beautiful beyond words.
Most people do not understand what a gmo farmer has to agree to...
What does a technology agreement for seed mean to you?
A technology use agreement — or TUG — is entered into by any farmer who plants a GMO commodity. These agreements, also simply known as "technology agreements," contain the terms under which a farmer may plant the seed of the company selling the seed.
But the agreement also contains the limitations for which the grown seed — the crop produced by the seed — may be used and how and where the crop may be sold. And the agreement also contains several other conditions that most farmers wouldn't agree to if they were on a level playing field with the seed company.
You see, it all started several years ago with the lawyers…
Seneff: “Sue Downs was my college roommate many moons ago at MIT. She's now spending much of her time getting the message out about toxic chemicals in our environment. She has a podcast and this is an iupcoming interview with Michelle Perro and Vincanne Adams, authors of the excellent book: What's making our children sick? I have read the entire book and I feel it shares an important message we all should be aware of. Sue Downs will be posting interviews with other experts in this space, including myself, in the coming months.”
What’s Making Our Children Sick? is a radical rethinking of the relationships between our children’s food, medicine, and health in the twenty-first century. Michelle Perro, MD, a veteran pediatrician with over 35 years experience successfully treating children, and Vincanne Adams, PhD, from the University of California, provide a clinical and scientifically sound explanation of the pediatric health crisis the agrochemical industry has helped to create, and present a food-focused, go-to resource for parents, practitioners, and health educators to follow. This book explores the links between GM foods, pesticides like glyphosate, and the emerging science around our gut health and offers a path forward to help heal our kids and reverse the compromised health of our food supply. Also discussed are other toxins such as EMF, aspartane, and the need for a medical model that looks for underling causes of medical conditions.
Seneff: “Wow! I am impressed with the German people! This brings me a lot of hope for the future.”
At Berlin March, Tens of Thousands Demand End to Industrial Agriculture
"Farmers and consumers from all over Europe have made it clear that they are fed up with current policies that benefit huge food and agriculture corporations, at the expense of the environment, peasant farming, and public safety," said Adrian Bebb, Friends of the Earth Europe
Ignoring adjuvant toxicity falsifies the safety profile of commercial pesticides by Robin Mesnage and Michael N. Antoniou
The added ingredients (adjuvants) in pesticide formulations currently escape close regulatory scrutiny and are often claimed to be "inert". However, studies have revealed that these supposedly “inert” diluents can be more toxic than the regulated active pesticide ingredient.
A new peer-reviewed article describes how the unregulated chemicals present in commercial formulations of pesticides could provide a missing link between negative health effects and pesticide exposure.
Seneff: “Pfizer's is giving up on drug development for Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. What we should be working on instead of "treatment" is "prevention" and the easy way to prevent these diseases is to avoid toxic chemical exposures, especially glyphosate.”
PFIZER ENDS FUNDING FOR ALZHEIMER'S, PARKINSON'S RESEARCH
Cholesterol Sulfate’s Critical Role in Optimal Health and How Glyphosate Disrupts It
While the synthetic production of sulfate helps protect the body from the negative consequences of sun exposure, the application of popular sunscreen lotions to the skin can have a reverse effect. Many sunscreen products contain aluminum nanoparticles that interfere with how eNOS functions by displacing the iron in the heme group. Dr. Seneff speculates that a person’s risk of skin cancer increases when the body is exposed to both glyphosate (from food sources) and aluminum (from sunscreen).
Sulfur Deficiency: A Possible Contributing Factor in Obesity, Heart Disease, Alzheimer’s and Chronic Fatigue
IN CONCLUSION: Modern lifestyle practices conspire to induce major deficiencies in cholesterol sulfate and vitamin D3 sulfate. We are encouraged to actively avoid sun exposure and to minimize dietary intake of cholesterol-containing foods. We are encouraged to consume a high-carbohydrate, lowfat diet which, as I have argued previously,34 leads to impaired cholesterol uptake in cells. Fortunately, correcting these deficiencies at the individual level is easy and straightforward. If you just throw away the sunscreen and eat more eggs, those two steps alone may greatly increase your chances of living a long and healthy life.
Roundup weed killer in LA River: Lawmaker concerned over public health, cancer risk, birth defects
A Southland congressman Monday urged the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to stop using Roundup weed killer and its active ingredient glyphosate in the Los Angeles River over concerns that it could be harmful to people’s health.
Seneff: New! 1 1/2 hour lecture by me with slides on autism and glyphosate and vaccines. Presented at the Autism Global Conference. I present some of my newest insights linking autism to channelopathies and bile acid disruption by glyphosate for the first time. Some of the science is a bit dense and I apologize for that, but I tried to simplify it as much as possible.”
At 35:00: ..Most disturbing is the presence of glyphosate in many popular vaccines...
In memoriam: Shiv Chopra, former Health Canada scientist and whistleblower
But Chopra and fellow scientists Margaret Haydon and Gérard Lambert refused, pointing to gaps in Monsanto’s safety data. The in-house controversy hit the fan at Senate hearings at the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Forestry in 1998, where Chopra delivered unflinching – many say heroic – testimony that blew the lid off government and industry complicity in Health Canada's drug approval process. His insistence on “my duty to speak out" made Chopra a darling of the non-GMO movement, but he refused to wear the hero’s mantle.
In early January, the City Council of Portland, Maine unanimously passed a tough ban on synthetic pesticide use in the city, leading many Portland residents to applaud their city’s new “organic” status. The ordinance comes in as one of the strongest pesticide use reduction policies in the country.
Seneff: “This article links chronic illness (diabetes, asthma, juvenile arthritis, etc.) to increased risk to mental health issues in children. I bet there's an indirect link in that the same poisons that are causing the chronic illness are also causing the mental health problems. Glyphosate, anyone?”
For Kids, Chronic Illness May Trigger Mental Health Issues
Monsanto's Roundup Destroys Healthy Microbes in Humans and in Soils
A new study shows that Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller, which we already know damages healthy soil microbial activity, also damages the gut microbiome of rats.
According to Prof. Gilles-Eric Séralini, one of the authors of the study:
These results show that the declarations of glyphosate as the active principle for toxicity are scientifically wrong, and that the toxicity assessment is also erroneous: glyphosate is tested alone for long-term health effects at regulatory level but the formulants—which are composed of toxic petroleum residues and arsenic—are not tested over the long term. We call for the immediate transparent and public release of the formulations and above all of any health tests conducted on them. The acceptable levels of glyphosate residues in food and drinks should be divided immediately by a factor of at least 1,000 because of these hidden poisons. Glyphosate-based herbicides should be banned.
Will the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency agree? And follow the lead of countries like France and Germany that have proposed countrywide bans on glyphosate?
Did you see the latest indictment of Monsanto making the rounds? It’s a “peer-reviewed” paper in the journal Entropy, co-authored by Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneff, blaming glyphosate, the compound in the herbicide Roundup, for virtually all the ills that can befall us.
But here’s the thing — they made it up. Or, all but. They say, “We explain the documented effects of glyphosate and its ability to induce disease, and we show that glyphosate is a ‘textbook example’ of exogenous semiotic entropy: the disruption of homeostasis by environmental toxins.” Exogenous semiotic entropy! That sounds serious. Google it, though, and you find that those three words occur together in only place. This paper. They made it up. At first, I thought the whole thing was one of those jargon-laden academic hoaxes but, alas, it isn’t.
Remember Stephanie Seneff? When last Orac discussed her, she had been caught dumpster diving into the VAERS database in order to torture the data to make it confess a “link” between aluminum adjuvants in vaccines and acetaminophen and—you guessed it!—autism. It was a bad paper in a bad journal known as Entropy that I deconstructed in detail around two years ago. As I said at the time, I hadn’t seen a “review” article that long and that badly done since the even more horrible article by Helen Ratajczak entitled Theoretical aspects of autism: Causes–A review (which, not surprisingly, was cited approvingly by Seneff et al). Seneff, it turns out, is an MIT scientist, but she is not a scientist with any expertise in autism, epidemiology, or, for that matter, any relevant scientific discipline that would give her the background knowledge and skill set to take on analyzing the epidemiological literature regarding autism. Indeed, she is in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT, and her web page there describes her thusly:
"Stephanie Seneff is a Senior Research Scientist at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. She received the B.S. degree in Biophysics in 1968, the M.S. and E.E. degrees in Electrical Engineering in 1980, and the Ph.D degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 1985, all from MIT. For over three decades, her research interests have always been at the intersection of biology and computation: developing a computational model for the human auditory system, understanding human language so as to develop algorithms and systems for human computer interactions, as well as applying natural language processing (NLP) techniques to gene predictions. She has published over 170 refereed articles on these subjects, and has been invited to give keynote speeches at several international conferences. She has also supervised numerous Master’s and PhD theses at MIT. In 2012, Dr. Seneff was elected Fellow of the International Speech and Communication Association (ISCA).
In recent years, Dr. Seneff has focused her research interests back towards biology. She is concentrating mainly on the relationship between nutrition and health. Since 2011, she has written over a dozen papers (7 as first author) in various medical and health-related journals on topics such as modern day diseases (e.g., Alzheimer, autism, cardiovascular diseases), analysis and search of databases of drug side effects using NLP techniques, and the impact of nutritional deficiencies and environmental toxins on human health."
So what we have here is a computer scientist interested in artificial intelligence who thinks she can switch her expertise to medicine, biology, and epidemiology. Let’s just put it this way. An undergraduate degree in biophysics in 1968 does not qualify one to do this sort of research, and, as I discussed in her foray into autism and vaccine epidemiology, it really does show. Badly. The paper was so embarrassingly incompetent that I’m surprised any journal was willing to publish it.
Don Huber - Science still looking for Purdue professor's GMO pathogen time bomb:
• Use Facts to Make Glyphosate and Glyphosate Resistant Crop Decisions, by Bob Hartzler and Mike Owen, Department of Agronomy, Iowa State, February 2011. "Information presented recently (by Don Huber) on the Web and in seminars across the Midwest has portrayed devastating consequences due to the widespread use of glyphosate and glyphosate resistant crops. It is important to recognize that there is little data published in refereed journals to support these claims. Data that are available have been taken greatly out of context to support the accusations... Recently, Purdue University faculty members have responded to these claims and using peer-reviewed science, have refuted the statements made by Dr. Huber."
• Infecting through misinformation…a new kind of communication pathogen?, by Cami Ryan, PhD, Doc Cami Ryan blog, August 21, 2011. "Huber has absolutely NO peer-reviewed science backing his allegations of the connection between the so-called pathogen and synthetic herbicide... When asked about who pays/backs him, he responded by reviewing his history of research (academic life at Purdue). When asked about the scientific processes that purportedly support his allegations, Huber reverts back to why he sent Vilsack the letter in the first place. He never responds to Olson’s questions directly. In fact, he subverts them. Also, there are no references to peer-reviewed research/science to support Huber’s claims. This link that Huber alleges exists between this ‘pathogen’ and synthetic herbicides is extremely weak and based primarily on conjecture...
• Some Thoughts About "Cred" and Don Huber, by Steve Savage, Applied Mythology, August 21, 2011. "Don 'Hubers allegations about a mysterious new super-bug are being widely repeated even though they lack scientific or even practical confirmation'. There are credulous audiences in many "green" or "food movement" circles that are more than "ready to believe" Huber. The more extraordinary the claims, the more credibility they seem to carry for those groups. At the risk of offending my readers, this phenomenon is not limited to those with Monsantophobia. There are audiences that are credulous when it comes to the statements of a minority of scientists who doubt Climate Change or Evolution. There are audiences that are credulous when it comes to "revelations" about Obamas birthplace or religion. There are audiences that are credulous when it comes to "death panels," "great Right Wing Conspiracies," "Dirty Dozen Lists" or links between vaccines and autism... In time, it is likely that Dr. Huber's claims will be fully debunked. Unfortunately, the credulous audiences who believe him now will probably never accept the findings of more traditionally credible sources..."
• A Generous Offer to Dr. Huber - Turned Down, by Professor Kevin Folta, Illumination, November 13, 2013. "Huber has a pathogen he says causes massive human disease and plant death. He will not release it to the wider scientific community for further tests, even after eight years of no publications or any signs of progress. But he'll jet set around the nation scaring people into believing his story. This should speak volumes. It did tonight, and in a room not usually warm to biotechnology. What I saw him do tonight was scare people for two hours with frightening slides, no controls, speculation, outright bogus claims, flawed logic and straight-up fear. Concerned heads around me nodded in acceptance, taking his authority as a credible source of information. I was so mad watching him misrepresent science and flat out spread misinformation to an interested audience. It stops here. I want to shine light on his false claims and starting with his pathogen is step one. I'm really angry about the distortion of science and the use of science to build fear."
• Don Huber, controversial activist scientist promoting mysterious GMO superbug scare, has no data, by Genetic Literacy Project, November 14, 2013. "One problem: there is not a shred of empirical evidence to back up his scare claims, no peer reviewed paper, and he has refused to make this ‘explosive’ data available to any other scientist in the world to confirm–or debunk. The mainstream consensus is that Huber has no data to back up his questionable claims–scientists at his former university have challenged him, writing that there is no evidence to support his allegations, but that’s not stopped activists from featuring Huber at events and promoting his patented scare talk on websites when there is no respectable scientists to engage him. In response to these wild claims, University of Florida scientist Kevin Folta has launched a petition at Change.org to demand that Huber either release his study material to the scientific community or stop misinformation."
• Deconstructing Don Huber – A Tale of Two Talks, by Organic farming advocate Rob Wallbridge, The Fanning Mill, January 10, 2014. "Huber intersperses, correlates, and extrapolates this valid data with information that has very little, if any, scientific value. He begins by noting that correlation does not equal causation, but then he’s off to the races with a blinding series of correlations, peppered with references to the results of a few real studies, to the point where most listeners lose track of the initial caveat... Huber also isn’t above using discredited science and non-science to bolster his claims and incite fear. The Seralini rat experiments and Carman/Vlieger pig study figure prominently in his presentation... Needless to say, there’s a great deal of skepticism in the scientific community. The claims he makes for this “entity” are simply not supported by our current understanding of the way the world works... To make matters worse, Huber has refused to share his data, the organism, or his methods for culturing the organism with the broader scientific community. He has published nothing about it that could be subject to peer review, and he’s not allowing other scientists access to the information they need to prove or disprove his hypothesis... Don’t be mistaken – whatever has lead him here, his current path is deceptive, misleading, and irresponsible. Unless and until he can stick to the science and offer solid evidence for his extreme claims, he must be called to account for the way he is scaring people, and his tour of terror must end."
• Are the Findings of Dr. Don Huber Alarming or Alarmist? - The Farmer's Life, November 13, 2013. "The claims of Dr. Huber are quite exceptional, but he alledgedly discover this organism 8 years ago, but he seems to refuse to let anyone else in the scientific community help him tackle the issue... Huber is claiming something pretty spectacular, yet no one credible seems to back him up."
• Purdue University discredits own professor : Environmentalist – COL (Ret.) Don M. Huber – Glyphosate – Animals and Miscarriages – No Scientific Data – Fearmongering, Pesticide Truths, March 2, 2011. "The issues and claims have been brought forward by Dr. Don Huber, retired professor of Plant Pathology at Purdue University. Recently, Purdue University faculty members have responded to these claims and using peer-reviewed science, have refuted the statements made by Dr. Huber..."
• Academic Petition Urges Don Huber to Share Findings, Change.org 2013.
Critiquing anti-biotech scientist Jonathan Latham's 'GMO Dangers' claims:
Dr Latham then starts outlining the science-based "Dangers of GMOs". . . . Italicized phrases are from the article.
1) "Bacillus thuringiensis is all but indistinguishable from . . .anthrax bacterium". The only. . . reason this sentence could have been written is to create fear. A protein that is encoded for in a GM crop is not equivalent to the organism it came from. . . . 2) ". . . Bt insecticides share structural similarities with ricin." This is a stupid argument. It's like saying . . . mushrooms from the grocery store are dangerous because there are poisonous mushrooms out there.