Dr.D, read this first article.

Wow, a whole country gets it.

Why are Americans so stupid? Seems we've been dumbed down some how.

Some of us want to know who and what is poisoning our loved ones.

If you don't, that's fine.



Folks: New study by Seralini down the page...



Big win!!!


Germany has banned the use of glyphosate along with the cultivation of GMO crops.

Germany's Angela Merkel finally reaches coalition deal with SPD

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Agriculture:

The pesticide glyphosate, a source of much friction between the CSU and SPD, will be banned, along with genetically modified crops. On top of that, the two parties agreed to limit animal experiments and to introduce a new "animal welfare label" to help ensure better conditions in industrial farming. That measure was already being planned by current Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt of the CSU.

http://www.dw.com/en/germanys-angela-merkel-finally-reaches-coalition-deal-with-spd/a-42459353




And back in the USA, Cuomo is spending $65 million of our tax dollars to find out what we already know, that chemical runoff from wineries, farms and factories are poisoning our drinking water.

Will the chemical companies, oh, I mean the "national experts," come up with a cause? This may be a job for the best expert in the country, Erin Brockovich. Watching!


Algae summits battle the blooms in region

Will summer 2018 bring another scourge of algae to the Finger Lakes? A $65 million project to combat harmful algae blooms at select water bodies in the state is bringing in national experts to work with state and local leaders in battling the blooms that pose a hazard to health and drinking water — not to mention an economic blow to recreation and tourism.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a round of summits by region to begin taking place next week, including one set for March 26 in Brighton.

http://www.mpnnow.com/news/20180221/algae-summits-battle-blooms




BREAKING NEWS: Personal Information of Millions at Risk as Monsanto Hits Activist Group with Court Subpoena

“If they get their hands on all our private information, there’s no telling what they’ll use it for,” Avaaz said in response. “So we’re going to fight this. Because Monsanto may have unlimited resources to intimidate, but Avaaz has unlimited people power, and our members just aren’t afraid.”

Avaaz’s petition calling for a moratorium on glyphosate has attracted over 2 million signatures, meaning the private data of a vast amount of people could end up in the hands of the highly controversial GMO and agrochemical company.

“The subpoena has been issued as part of a class action lawsuit in the U.S. where people who believe that Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide caused Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in themselves or their loved ones are suing Monsanto,” Avaaz added according to the article.

https://www.march-against-monsanto.com/b...court-subpoena/




Tell Congress: Put More Veggies—and Less Junk Food—in the Farm Bill!

https://action.organicconsumers.org/o/50865/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=21517




How the Government Supports Your Junk Food Habit - 2016

But critics say the subsidies program no longer serves its original purpose. Instead of supporting small farmers who grow fruits, nuts and vegetables – which the government calls “specialty crops” — the program now primarily subsidizes large producers that churn out a handful of “commodity” crops that include grains, corn, sorghum and oilseeds like soybeans.

According to the Government Accountability Office, small “specialty” farms represent three-quarters of the country’s cropland but receive just 14 percent of government subsidies. Large agribusinesses that specialize in growing the major commodity crops represent 7 percent of the cropland and receive about half of all subsidies.

Previous versions of the farm bill even stipulated that farmers who took subsidies for commodity crops could not grow fruits and vegetables. If they did, they were penalized…

https://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/07/19/how-the-government-supports-your-junk-food-habit/




Seneff: “I have long suspected that glyphosate contamination in peanuts could be the reason for the epidemic we're seeing in peanut allergies. Zen Honeycutt's recent results give strong support for that idea.”

Got Monsanto's Glyphosate in Your Lunch? By Mom’s Across America’s Founder, Zen Honeycutt



Since glyphosate is being found to be present in tea and these other foods, it is likely that other toxins, such as arsenic and heavy metals might also be present, as a recent study by Seralini et al. showed these known poisons to be found in all of the glyphosate herbicides tested. The CA EPA Office of Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) placed glyphosate on the Prop 65 carcinogen list on July of 2017 and by July 2018, citizens and NGOs may be able to sue food manufacturers for not labeling their foods and beverages which contain high levels of glyphosate. The problem is, citizens should be able to sue for even nanograms of glyphosate in our food products, not just high levels, because again, ultra-low levels, levels in the part per trillion, have been shown to cause harm and stimulate the growth of cancer cells.

Monsanto and 11 states have sued the CA EPA OEHHA for listing glyphosate as a carcinogen and demand it be removed, claiming one reason is that having to label glyphosate-containing products, which may include many food products, could lead to a loss of profits. Moms Across America and the National Health Federation filed an Amicus Brief and pointed out that the Office of Health Hazard Assessment makes determinations based on impact to public health, not on impact to the profits to corporations. Sri Lanka, Italy, Austria, Germany, France and six Middle Eastern countries have declared or begun to ban or restrict the use of glyphosate herbicides.

If our American health agencies will put our citizen’s health first and do their job, food and beverages containing glyphosate will be labeled and they would be lobbying our government to ban glyphosate herbicides altogether.

If our food manufacturers value their customers and the health of Americans they will heed the warning from numerous studies that have been published for years showing serious harm and death from glyphosate and toxic chemicals, and ask their suppliers discontinue the use of these chemicals and source organic ingredients instead. We certainly hope they will. Our lives literally depend on it.

http://www.momsacrossamerica.com/got_mon..._source=yesmaam




US Court Rejects FDA Appeal on GMO Salmon Approval Documents

Last week, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denied the FDA’s latest attempt to hide thousands of pages of key government documents related to the agency’s first-ever approval of genetically engineered (GE) salmon for human consumption. The court’s decision is a big win for public transparency and a firm rejection of the Trump administration’s position that it can unilaterally decide whether to withhold government documents from public and court review.



The FDA is now required to fully complete the record with all relevant documents. The district court is expected to set a deadline after a hearing in late February. In addition to working to ensure the timely completion of that process, Earthjustice will thoroughly review the full basis for the agency’s decisions.

“Our courts provide a level playing field where not even the federal government is above the law,” says Earthjustice attorney Steve Mashuda. “Federal agencies cannot avoid accountability by omitting inconvenient facts and presenting a fictional account of their decisions.”

https://sustainablepulse.com/2018/02/05/...s/#.WojfSminFD-




Dr. Jonathan R. Latham

Jonathan R Latham, PhD is co-founder and Executive Director of the Bioscience Resource Project and the Editor of Independent Science News. Dr. Latham holds a Masters degree in Crop Genetics and a PhD in Virology. He was subsequently a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Genetics, University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has published scientific Papers in disciplines as diverse as plant ecology, plant virology, genetics and genetic engineering.

Dr Latham is also the Director of the Poison Papers project, which publicizes documents of the chemical industry and its regulators. He has written for Truthout, MIT Technology Review, the Guardian, and many other magazines and websites.

Latham: “So you don't need to read the paper: We are not protected by our chemical regulations against neurotoxic industrial chemicals say researchers who worry about the unexplained epidemic of neurological illnesses.”

Consensus statement on the need for innovation, transition and implementation of developmental neurotoxicity (DNT) testing for regulatory purposes.

Abstract

This consensus statement voices the agreement of scientific stakeholders from regulatory agencies, academia and industry that a new framework needs adopting for assessment of chemicals with the potential to disrupt brain development. An increased prevalence of neurodevelopmental disorders in children has been observed that cannot solely be explained by genetics and recently pre- and postnatal exposure to environmental chemicals has been suspected as a causal factor. There is only very limited information on neurodevelopmental toxicity, leaving thousands of chemicals, that are present in the environment, with high uncertainty concerning their developmental neurotoxicity (DNT) potential. Closing this data gap with the current test guideline approach is not feasible, because the in vivo bioassays are far too resource-intensive concerning time, money and number of animals. A variety of in vitro methods are now available, that have the potential to close this data gap by permitting mode-of-action-based DNT testing employing human stem cells-derived neuronal/glial models. In vitro DNT data together with in silico approaches will in the future allow development of predictive models for DNT effects. The ultimate application goals of these new approach methods for DNT testing are their usage for different regulatory purposes.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29447839




Crazy for Grass

While acres of GMO corn and soy on many of the state’s ranches shriveled up and died, the deep-rooted, “warm season grasses, cool-season grasses, grasses that germinate early and grasses that germinate later” on Taggart’s ranch survived.

And so did Taggart.

Taggart, recently featured in an ABC News "Food Forecast" segment, calls himself a pioneer in the grass-fed, grass-finished—also known as 100% grass-fed—meat industry. But he’s the first to admit he isn’t doing anything new.

“Cows are ruminant animals. They have four parts to their stomach for a reason, and that’s so they can digest grass, which we don’t very well, and convert it to a protein that we can consume. They were designed to eat grass. This system worked for a few million years before we got here. It’s designed to work that way and it works very well if you just get out of the way and let it happen.”



According to Nielsen data, retail sales of grass-fed beef grew from $17 million in 2012 to $272 million in 2016.

Health-conscious, environmentally concerned consumers are driving the demand. Grass-fed beef is better for your health than beef finished on grain in today’s factory farms.

https://www.organicconsumers.org/blog/saving-soil-and-their-ranches-raising-100-grass-fed-beef

Grass-Fed Beef | ABC News

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xf-0AgzrE2Q

Why This Meat Is So Healthy

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2018/02/19/why-is-grass-fed-meat-healthier.aspx




Seneff: “This article says: “Damaged” proteins may indicate a lack of amino acid availability, or influence of environmental factors on cellular protein production.” I would suggest that it is glyphosate that is messing up the protein synthesis machinery by substituting for the coding amino acid glycine.”

Blood Test Study Reveals Deranged Proteins in Abundance in Children with Autism

https://www.brainhealth2030.org/single-p...ren-with-Autism




M&M’s maker Mars breaks ties with industry group in push for transparency

"We do not want to be involved in advocacy-led studies that so often, and mostly for the right reasons, have been criticised," Berninger said.

https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/compan...r-transparency/




This new game from Beyond GM serves up serious information about genetic modification in food and farming.

Seed Control

The practice of saving this year’s seeds for replanting next year is as old as farming itself. It is an important part of the economy of many small farms and also helps ensure continuity in a farmer’s crops, from season to season.

GMO seeds, which are patented products owned by the companies that engineer them, cannot be saved and farmers risk prosecution and high fines if they try to do so.

The issue of corporate control of the world’s seeds can be looked at in different ways; one perspective has it that four companies control over 40% of the global seed supply; another is that ten companies control 75% of global seed sales. Either way it is clear that the power and control over our food system now sits in a few, undemocratic hands.

Looked at regionally the picture is even more horrific; the “big four” – Monsanto, DuPont/Pioneer Hi-Bred, Syngenta and Dow AgroSciences, all biotech companies – own 80% of the US corn market and 70% of the soybean business. These are almost all GMO crops and the genetically engineered traits within them are owned by Monsanto.

In Europe, Monsanto subsidiaries control over 40% of the non-GMO fruit and vegetable seeds sold.

This concentration of power limits the independence of farmers to save their own seeds as well as the choices they have over which crops and varieties to grow. It also drives drive up farming costs, inhibits public sector research into sustainable alternatives and places the global food system under the control of a corporate cabal.

Close and spin again.


http://beyond-gm.org/gmo-wheel/




China gets tougher on soybean importers in GMO clampdown

From January this year, any US cargo that has more than 1% foreign matter must be clearly identified as such and will be subject to further inspections in China.

That, sources say, will lead to additional inspections taking place in the US and adding up to 15 cents a bushel ($5/mt) on the cost.

https://www.agricensus.com/Article/China-gets-tougher-on-soybean-importers-in-GMO-clampdown-686.html




Non-GMO food labeling programs increasing in Europe

Other EU countries that have non-GMO labeling programs include Austria, France, Luxembourg, Hungary, Slovenia, and Italy’s Tiro region. Similar programs are underway in Belgium, Croatia, Serbia, and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

http://non-gmoreport.com/articles/non-gmo-food-labeling-programs-increasing-in-europe/




Monsanto Faces Farmer Antitrust Suit on Dicamba, Resistant Seed

Monsanto Corp. faces a treble damages class action alleging that its pesticide Dicamba poses such a risk to farmers they are forced to purchase resistant seed — marketed under patent at high prices by Monsanto — to avoid catastrophic damage to their crops from pesticide drift.

A North Dakota farm alleges it bought and Monsanto’s dicamba-resistant soybean seeds to avoid damage from nearby farms using the pesticide. The complaint, filed Feb. 1 in Missouri federal court, says that Monsanto recklessly marketed a pesiticide shown to be very volatile and very mobile from target fields to neighboring areas. As a result, it alleges, farmers with no intention to use Monsanto’s dicamba pesticide still must purchase its marketed resistant cotton and soybean seeds or risk heavy crop damage.

https://biglawbusiness.com/monsanto-faces-farmer-antitrust-suit-on-dicamba-resistant-seed/




Healthy Food, Healthy Children

Ethnographer: a branch of anthropology dealing with the scientific description of individual cultures.

One of the things that surprised me about this project was how convinced I became that GM foods and their associated pesticides were a problem. When I began, I honestly didn’t initially think GM foods were as big a problem as Michelle and others made them out to be. However, the more I learned about the theories of chronic illness that were being talked about in the integrative medical world and the amazing assault-like campaigns to dismiss concern over these food technologies, the more I was convinced.

If I had to pick one most surprising insight about this work, however, it would be the degree to which attacks on scientific credibility have not only defined the work on this area, but also penetrated into the communities of opposition to GM foods. So in the first place, the ways in which the agrochemical industries have tried to silence anyone writing against these technologies, going way beyond simple questioning of the science to full blown character assassination, is to my mind evidence of their suspicion that the existing science alone is not convincing enough. Industry’s and industry-paid spokespersons’ steadfast and persistent campaigns to evade criticism and even questioning of the risks are stunning. At the same time, I’ve noticed that similar critiques of “the science” have trickled down into communities that are opposed to GM foods (based on evidence and not simply on politics). I find this fascinating.

https://www.gmoscience.org/healthy-food-healthy-children/




Nigeria: National Inter-Religious Council moves against genetically-modified crops

The religious body had raised the concern following several complaints it received on the possible dangers of the unguarded release of GMOs into the Nigerian agriculture and food chain.

https://guardian.ng/news/national-inter-religious-council-moves-against-genetically-modified-crops/




Where do GMOs Show Up in My Food?






A new study from Seralini...

French Wine Study Shows Humans Can Taste Pesticides

Among the people who detected the pesticides, 57% were then able to identify the exact wine containing them!

Please find the full details of this amazing study here.

https://www.gmoseralini.org/french-wine-study-shows-humans-can-taste-pesticides/




Canada approves non-browning GMO fuji apple

Following the lead of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Canadian federal agencies have approved the marketing of the non-browning Arctic Fuji.

https://www.thepacker.com/article/canada-approves-non-browning-gmo-fuji-apple




Modified

A new documentary film by Aube Giroux, seeks the answer to one question: "Why are genetically modified foods not labeled in Canada and the United States, despite being labeled in 64 countries around the world?"

https://www.modifiedthefilm.com/




HYBRID SEEDS VS. GMOS

Farmers and gardeners have NOT been cross-breeding seeds like this for thousands of years. What those well-intentioned readers fail to understand is the fundamental difference between hybrid seeds and GMOs.

https://www.foodrenegade.com/hybrid-seeds-vs-gmos/




Former SouthCoast author pens new non-GMO cookbook

“The Vermont Non-GMO Cookbook” has 125 recipes, all organic and “farm to fork,” heavy with Vermont’s natural resources like local produce, maple syrup, cheese and products from local distillers. There isn’t a GMO to be found.

http://www.southcoasttoday.com/news/20180124/former-southcoast-author-pens-new-non-gmo-cookbook




Grassroots community group Friends of the Earth Australia is petitioning to stop Australia from becoming the first country in the world to deregulate a range of new GMO techniques in animals, plants and microbes.

Stop the Government deregulating genetically modified animals

https://friendsoftheearthmelbourne.good....t-a-submission/




Industry writes its own rules for assessing pesticides, GMOs

The new report shows that industry, often via the industry lobby group, the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI), not only designed the methods but also, in 75% of the cases studied, managed to infiltrate its experts into regulatory panels such as those of EU Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) to get these methods adopted. The WHO, EU Commission and EFSA failed to stop the infiltration of industry and maintained an ineffective conflict of interest policy. Not coincidentally, regulators also failed to keep their distance from industry. In 50% of the cases studied, regulators and EFSA had exclusive meetings with industry on the methods, excluding other stakeholders.

In the case of GM crops, the concepts of "substantial equivalence" and "comparative assessment" were designed and promoted by industry employees and consultants via ILSI. These same ILSI-affiliated people joined EFSA and 'helped' develop the EFSA guidelines for assessing GMOs, which are based on the ILSI-developed concepts. ILSI even stated that the guidelines developed at EFSA and the WHO represented a major success of its work.

http://www.gmwatch.org/en/news/latest-news/18107




“GMOs: Patented. Real crops: Not patented. GMOs: Contaminate real crops. Real crops: Magically patented now.

Farmer growing real crops: Capable of getting sued by the vandals who contaminated his crops for not taking every possible precaution against their vandalism (ie, building a billion-dollar massive atrium instead of growing crops like a normal person).

Moral of the story: GMOs would be evil and dangerous even if they were safe. Which they aren't, so it's even worse.” G. Insana

Indian state warns local firms over spread of unauthorized Monsanto GM cotton

Using unapproved GM strains is illegal and the state earlier said criminal charges can be brought against those found guilty under India’s Environment Protection Act.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-india...n-idUSKCN1FY2IT

Farmers...

Percy Schmeiser - Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZhMJ0sCjxc

Full documentary, “David vs. Goliath.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVgwqpvI1bg





Brace yourself for dicamba damage 3.0

University researchers and government personnel say drift damage is likely in 2018.

Love it or hate it, there will be dicamba formulations sprayed on farm fields across the U.S. this year. The murmur in agriculture circles is there will be a repeat of drift damage, and more complaints.

http://www.wallacesfarmer.com/herbicide/brace-yourself-dicamba-damage-30




Latham: “USDA approves hydroponic production as an organic technique. Vegetables without soil.” (Fyi, Latham will be speaking in North Carolina on February 21st. The title of his talk, "GMOS, THE PESTICIDES IN YOUR FOOD, & HOW THE EPA FAILS US EVERY DAY.)

USDA Accused of Disseminating “Corporate Propaganda” Backing Agribusiness Switch of Organics to (Soil-less) Hydroponic Production

Despite the USDA’s claim that hydroponics has always been approved as part of organics, The Cornucopia Institute, a farm policy research group based in Wisconsin, has obtained numerous internal and external emails exchanged between NOP staff and certifiers expressing their understanding that soil-based production is required. These documents were procured through a Freedom of Information Act request and are dated as recently as 2016.

“The NOP has unilaterally, and in secret, allowed for the certification of soil-less systems without standards, public notice, or opportunity for public comment,” said The Cornucopia Institute’s senior scientist, Linley Dixon, PhD.

https://www.cornucopia.org/2018/02/usda-accused-disseminating-corporate-propaganda/





The villagers who fear herbicides - 2016

Horacio Brignone lives in the village of María Juana in the Argentine flatlands, or pampas. From his window he can see fields of soya.

His 20-year old son has suffered from asthma since he was three years old, he says, but when he recently moved to a city the condition disappeared.

"He hasn't had an attack for two years since he went to study in Córdoba," says Horacio. "But when he came home for two months recently, he began to cough again."

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-36924361




The Precautionary Principle Asks "How Much Harm Is Avoidable?" Rather Than "How Much Harm Is Acceptable?"

Additionally, risk assessment is easily manipulated. Two groups of fully qualified risk assessors, given identical data, can reach wildly different estimates of risk. Therefore, numerical risk assessment fails the acid test of science -- reproducible results -- and does not qualify as "science" or "scientific." Risk assessment is a political art that uses some scientific data. As EPA administrator William Ruckelshaus wrote in 1984, "We should remember that risk assessment can be like the captured spy: If you torture it long enough, it will tell you anything you want to know."

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/43517...m-is-acceptable




LARGEST-EVER STUDY REVEALS ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF GENETICALLY MODIFIED CROPS - 2016

“The fact that we have 14 years of farm-level data from farmers all over the U.S. makes this study very special,” Ciliberto said. “We have repeated observations of the same farmers and can see when they adopted genetically modified seeds and how that changed their use of chemicals.”

Since 2008, genetically engineered crops have accounted for more than 80 percent of maize and soybean crops planted in the U.S. Maize seeds are modified with two genes: one kills insects that eat the seed and one allows the seed to tolerate glyphosate, a herbicide commonly used in weed killers like Roundup. Soybeans are modified with just one glyphosate-resistant gene.

Unsurprisingly, maize farmers who used the insect-resistant seeds used significantly less insecticide – about 11.2 percent less – than farmers who did not use genetically modified maize. The maize farmers also used 1.3 percent less herbicide over the 13-year period.

Soybean crops, on the other hand, saw a significant increase in herbicide use, with adopters of genetically modified crops using 28 percent more herbicides than non-adopters.

Ciliberto attributes this increase to the proliferation of glyphosate-resistant weeds.

https://news.virginia.edu/content/larges...-modified-crops




67 Environmental Rules on the Way Out Under Trump

To date, the Trump administration has sought to reverse more than 60 environmental rules, according to a New York Times analysis, based on research from Harvard Law School’s Environmental Regulation Rollback Tracker, Columbia Law School’s Climate Tracker and other sources.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017...tform=hootsuite




EPA Settles Syngenta Pesticide Claim For Pennies On The Dollar


The GMO company will pay $150,000 instead of the $4.8 million that had been sought for exposing Kauai workers to pesticides.

http://www.civilbeat.org/2018/02/epa-set..._eid=18634e4e60




USDA gives nod to Mexican dragonfruit, pomegranates - 2011

(Irradiate: to treat by exposure to radiation.)

In the pest risk assessment, the USDA said fresh pitaya and pomegranates can be safely shipped to the U.S. if they are irradiated first.

https://www.thepacker.com/article/usda-gives-nod-mexican-dragonfruit-pomegranates




How Vegetable Oils Replaced Animal Fats in the American Diet - Crisco

In this excerpt from The Happiness Diet, discover how Procter & Gamble convinced people to forgo butter and lard for cheap, factory-made oils loaded with trans fat.

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archi...an-diet/256155/
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