Seneff: “Cozy relationships between universities and agrichemical industry work to keep us in the dark about the toxicity of these chemicals.”

Is Something Fishy Going on Between the University of Florida and the Agrichemical Industry? Consumers Have a Right to Know

A lawsuit could uncover the deepest, darkest secrets of the food and agrichemical industries.

“Today, we see more and more examples of this type of influence," said Patty Lovera, assistant director of Food and Water Watch. In 2012, FWW published a report on corporate influence in university agricultural research, which found that private-sector funding “not only corrupts the public research mission of land-grant universities but also distorts the science that is supposed to help farmers improve their practices and livelihoods." A major part of the problem, said Lovera, is how public funding of research has declined since the 1980s, leaving the door ajar for the private sector to step into the breach. That said, the food and agrichemical industries have long used a variety of tactics to shape public discourse surrounding their products.

Monsanto scientists frequently sit on editorial boards at prominent publications, for example, while companies like Coca-Cola have exerted their influence to shape federal dietary guidelines, according to emails passed between two former Coca-Cola executives. But by funding research themselves, these industries can directly impact the information-flow, shaping studies to ensure the findings will prove favorable, Lovera said. "The level of influence, when you add it all together, is disheartening if you had started with the assumption that the academic process was somehow apolitical, or somehow non-corruptible," she said.

Glyphosate Residues Discovered in Almond Milk, Bread and Veggie Burgers

New laboratory testing commissioned by Moms Across America has shown the presence of the world’s most used herbicide - glyphosate – in almond milk, vegetarian burgers, bread and Skippy’s “100% Natural” peanut butter and Lipton’s “100% Natural” Mint and Green tea.

Honeycutt stated, “Now is the time. Our country is in an unaffordable and tragic public health crisis. Toxic chemicals have been shown to contribute to or cause many of these health issues, especially for our children. It’s time for our states to take actions that our EPA is not willing to take. They can, must and we believe, will protect our citizens from irreparable harm. It’s just a matter of which state will be the first to ban glyphosate?”

These Citizen-Regulators In Arkansas Defied Monsanto. Now They're Under Attack

And the members are proudly independent. The board is "self-governing, by the people, for the people," says Ray Vester, who represented rice farmers on the board for 18 years, through 2016. Vester says it's the best system of regulation he has ever seen. "Every other state, their boards are politically appointed by the party in power," he says.

Yucatán takes a stand against GMOs

To justify their decision the judges drew upon the constitution, which states that the opinion of indigenous communities should be taken into consideration when their way of living and culture could be at risk because of a new project or development.

35K Californians Boycotting Produce Grown With Oil Wastewater

“How in the world do these corporations think this is OK? This is scary. Hundreds of thousands of Americans put Halos Mandarins into their kids’ lunch boxes every day and by all appearances, Halos and other major California growers — some even considered ‘organic’ — are irrigating their crops with oil wastewater, laced with carcinogens,” explained Eddie Kurtz, executive director of the California-based Courage Campaign. “These brands have no plans to stop. If anything, Big Oil wants to find more takers for this toxic water. Consumers and parents all over the country need to take action immediately, educate each other, and stop buying food from these misguided, short-sighted companies.”

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The same is true for gmo and poison sprayed foods and vaccines. If these crops are fed to or injected into animals, which they are, and then you eat the animal, the poison is passed to you. See the article for the brands that were tested.

FDA to investigate after report exposes euthanasia drug in dog food

So how is pentobarbital, a drug not allowed to be used on animals or intended for food, getting into the food?

“It comes from euthanasia of animals using that euthanasia drug,” said Dr. Nicholas Dodman, chief scientific officer for The Center for Canine Behavior Studies and former director of the Animal Behavior Program at Tufts University. “So, these animals could be dogs, they could be cats, they could be horses - but how is it getting into the pet food? If they say it doesn’t come from dogs, cats and horses where does it come from? It doesn’t come from outer space.”

Complete Genes May Pass from Food to Human Blood - 2013

Our bloodstream is considered to be an environment well separated from the outside world and the digestive tract. According to the standard paradigm large macromolecules consumed with food cannot pass directly to the circulatory system. During digestion proteins and DNA are thought to be degraded into small constituents, amino acids and nucleic acids, respectively, and then absorbed by a complex active process and distributed to various parts of the body through the circulation system. Here, based on the analysis of over 1000 human samples from four independent studies, we report evidence that meal-derived DNA fragments which are large enough to carry complete genes can avoid degradation and through an unknown mechanism enter the human circulation system. In one of the blood samples the relative concentration of plant DNA is higher than the human DNA. The plant DNA concentration shows a surprisingly precise log-normal distribution in the plasma samples while non-plasma (cord blood) control sample was found to be free of plant DNA.

German coalition pledges GMO ban, phase out of glyphosate, expansion of organic farming

“We will with a systematic minimalisation strategy significantly restrict use of plant protection chemicals containing glyphosate, with the goal of fundamentally ending usage as fast as possible,” the draft deal to establish a new German coalition government said.

Insecticides showing up in Great Lakes rivers

“This was expected,” she says. “These higher concentrations happened after planting of mostly corn and soybeans and then [in] summer you can get other types of broadcast applications.”

She says they found neonicotinoids in Great Lakes rivers throughout the year, typically at low levels. But she says there are concerns about aquatic creatures being continually exposed to these insecticides.

The Most (And Least) Toxic Places In America

We began by tallying total toxin releases by state. This includes all toxins across all industries. In the map below, darker colors indicate a higher total volume of toxins (in pounds).

So, what changed in the 80’s and 90’s that could be contributing to this?

1986, Reagan signed the Childhood Vaccine Injury Act which gave vaccine manufacturers protection from being sued by anyone injured by a vaccine. So what did they do? They started making more vaccines. Kids today are getting 75 doses of vaccines by the time they reach 18. There are more coming because it’s a no risk money maker. They have no liability people!

1996, the first gmo food products were in our grocery stores, approved by Bush Sr. administration. Also noteworthy, in Obama’s administration there was a “rider” added to one of the bills that was to save the government from shutdown. The rider was written by Monsanto and submitted by their Missouri Senator. It was nicknamed “The Monsanto Protection Act.” Obama signed the bill and the rider went through. This Protection for Monsanto would have given them the same protection from liability that the vaccines manufacturers had. Fortunately, due to public outrage this rider expired. I posted about this previously in the beginning of this thread.

Also in the 90’s, the Clinton’s supported Monsanto. Hillary was one of their former attorneys.

Latham: In other words, from Ronald Reagan onward--through Bill Clinton and Barack Obama--American public health has been collapsing, lurching backwards from one election cycle to another. It would seem the partisan kabuki in Washington, shadows on the wall, is as much a cover for structural crack-up as its cause. University of Washington public health professor Stephen Bezruchka commented on the editorial: "The ship is sinking and we need to do more than re-arrange the deck chairs."

Failing health of the United States

In theory, policy makers jolted by the shortening lifespan of Americans would hasten to correct these conditions. They would promote education, boost support for children and families, increase wages and economic opportunity for the working class, invest in distressed communities, and strengthen healthcare and behavioral health systems. But the pro-business policy agenda favored by elected officials rarely prioritizes these needs. On the contrary, recent legislation and regulations may prolong or intensify the economic burden on the middle class and weaken access to healthcare and safety net programs.

Latham: “Congressional report hits Monsanto hard today.”

Spinning Science & Silencing Scientists: A Case Study in How the Chemical Industry Attempts to Influence Science

Minority Staff Report, Prepared for Members of the Committee on Science, Space & Technology, U.S. House of Representatives, February 2018

Conclusion. The incidents and tactics outlined in this report are, unfortunately, not
surprising when it comes to the chemical industry. These same tactics were employed by the
chemical industry with regards to lead and a host of other chemicals. They also mimic the
tobacco industry’s efforts to muddy the science surrounding the health effects of smoking. These
efforts have been thoroughly documented, perhaps most notably in David Michaels book,
“Doubt is Their Product: How Industry’s Assault on Science Threatens Your Health,” and in
“Merchants of Doubt,” by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway. These industry efforts
oftentimes only come to light through disclosure of internal industry documents through the
discovery process during litigation. The disclosures made during tobacco litigation revealed the
inner workings of the “science for hire” industry and industry’s tactics to undercut legitimate
science. Likewise, this report relies heavily on documents which have been publicly released in
the ongoing litigation with Monsanto. That litigation is ongoing, and many documents and
deposition transcripts remain under court seal. As these documents continue to be released to the
public, more revelations about industry tactics and influence will undoubtedly come to light.

Given the public policy implications of the IARC and EPA reviews of glyphosate (and other
chemicals), staff wanted to ensure that Members had the most up to date information concerning
the troubling industry led efforts to discredit the IARC process and exert undue influence at the

New report shows how industry managed to sweep harmful effects of pesticides under the carpet.

The facts that chronic diseases such as the endocrine-related breast and prostate cancers keep rising and that the collapse of ecosystems (bees, birds, insects, etc.) in agricultural areas is almost complete, are clear signs of a failing EU risk assessment system of pesticides, according to PAN Europe.

Michael Colby: GMO corn to blame for soaring pesticide use

Ending its three-year stall on publishing statewide pesticide usage data, Vermont’s Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets finally released the information in January in response to a public records request. The newly released data covers the years 2014-2016, and it shows a dramatic increase in pesticide use on Vermont’s dairy farms, particularly when it comes to managing GMO cornfields. The use of glyphosate, for example, more than doubled in those three years, while overall corn-related pesticide use rose 27 percent.

Have Monsanto and the Biotech Industry Turned Natural Bt Pesticides into GMO “Super toxins”? By Jonathan Latham, PhD

Second, there is a lesson here surely for new generations of biotechnologies. What our paper shows is that government regulators across the globe have opted to assume that Bt toxins, no matter how much they have been altered, whether accidentally or on purpose, have a toxicological profile that is unchanged.

Such an interpretation is highly convenient for applicants wanting to roll out potent novel toxins, but it is useless for protecting public health and the environment. Such disregard of the scientific evidence, laid out in full by us for the first ever time, is part of an unfortunate wider pattern–which we have been documenting–of adoption by GMO regulators of industry-friendly theoretical frameworks and interpretations.

It is the question for our times. How to integrate science into decision-making but ensure it is applied rigorously and impartially and therefore in the public interest?

Ohio files lawsuit against DuPont for allegedly dumping toxic chemical into Ohio River

On Thursday, Attorney General Mike DeWine filed a lawsuit against DuPont, alleging the chemical company released a toxic chemical from its plant on the Ohio River for decades despite knowing the risks it posed.

Oregon sues Monsanto, alleges company knowingly sold toxic PCBs for decades

"Monsanto knew decades before PCBs were banned that they were toxic to the environment, but they failed to disclose highly pertinent information," Rosenblum said in a statement. "And, now, Oregon is paying a big price as PCBs are being dredged up in river sediments and measured in the tissues of fish and wildlife throughout the state.

"PCBs are extremely hard to get rid of — and it will take significant time and resources to fully clean them up. It only makes sense that the manufacturer of these PCBs, Monsanto, help clean up this mess with dollars," Rosenblum said.

PCBs are particularly difficult to remove because they are passed through the food chain from smaller species to predators.

Monsanto's Fingerprints All Over Newsweek's Hit on Organic Food

If that name sounds familiar – Henry I. Miller – it may be because the New York Times recently revealed a scandal involving Miller: that he had been caught publishing an article ghostwritten by Monsanto under his own name in Forbes. The article, which largely mirrored a draft provided to him by Monsanto, attacked the scientists of the World Health Organization’s cancer panel (IARC) for their decision to list Monsanto’s top-selling chemical, glyphosate, as a probable human carcinogen.

From “Seeding Fear”

One farmer against big business - Monsanto

"10 Americans" by Environmental Working Group (22 minutes)

EWG President Ken Cook shares shocking information about how babies are born pre-polluted with as many as 300 industrial chemicals in their bodies.

The Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976, allowed 62,000 chemicals to be presumed safe. Most new chemicals approved in three weeks. When this video was made, the autism rate was 1 in 150. Today, it’s 1 in 48.

“Industrial pollution begins in the womb.”

TAKE ACTION: Tell Trump to Help Family Farmers—Lift the FDA’s Ban on Raw Milk

Glyphosate: The Hidden Dog Food Ingredient That Can Harm Your Dog

What all of this means for you and your animals is this: any wheat, genetically modified crop, cotton or animal product (meat, bones, milk, cheese) will have glyphosate contamination. Ugh!

Another addition to the Roundup formula is a surfactant agent, which increases its adhesion to the plant and meaning it can’t be washed off.

… and just about all of these foods are ingredients in commercial kibbles.

Kroger’s Annual Organic Produce Sales Reach $1B

A simple water test available at Home Depot can test if your tap water for this.

Atrazine: A Harmful Weed Killer Taints Tap Water for Millions in U.S.

Atrazine has been banned in Europe since the 1980s under laws that prohibit the use of any pesticide that contaminates drinking water. But in U.S., the federal government places few restrictions on its use.
Arty turns 11 this summer.