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Learn what other moms are learning about gmo foods, what happens when they take their kids off this food.

Moms Speak Out About GMOs!

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Monsanto says its pesticides are safe. Now, a court wants to see the proof by Carey Gillam, The Guardian, 5 Mar 2018

...This week’s events will mark the first time that the body of research, some that has been gathering dust in stuffy scientific journals or confidential corporate files, will be analyzed under oath for all to see.

Monsanto has tried to persuade US judge Vince Chhabria to throw out the litigation, and sought to keep secret the many internal documents it has been forced to turn over in discovery. But Chhabria has ordered that the hearing be video-recorded and shared publicly over the internet. And he has granted permission for plaintiffs to explore in open court such things as the ghostwriting of science as well as a controversial 1983 study that EPA scientists at the time said showed evidence of glyphosate’s cancer-causing potential.

The court has dubbed the 5-9 March events as “science week” because the only evidence to be presented will come from experts in cancer science, including epidemiologists, toxicologists and others called to analyze relevant research. There will be no crying cancer victims to tug on heart strings; just opposing sides presenting science to a judge who will decide if the lawsuits can move forward.

The public offering of expert testimony in San Francisco about Monsanto’s pervasive pesticide presents an important opportunity to separate the science from the spin. We all should be watching.

One country at a time.

Germany Will Phase Out Glyphosate Herbicides ”As Fast As Possible”

“We will develop alternatives jointly with the agricultural sector as part of an arable farming strategy which will regulate environmentally friendly and nature-compatible use of plant protection chemicals.”

Film showcasing dangers of GM crops and associated pesticides wins two international awards

The film discusses the risks to farming, the food supply and public health posed by GM crops and their associated pesticides. Among the interviewees featured in the film are the London-based molecular geneticist Dr Michael Antoniou, who states that the agrobiotech industry is "turning our food into a slow poison"; Steven Druker, public interest attorney and author of the book Altered Genes, Twisted Truth, which highlights the corruption of the US regulatory policy on GMOs; and GMWatch's Claire Robinson, who discusses the industry-orchestrated persecution of scientists whose work uncovers risks from these products.

People are not focusing on the real issue: that Congress is allowing all this.

Something is very wrong in the US because the majority of the population does not seem to care that they are being poisoned.

There are other similar cases everywhere we look. Some studies show that aspartame causes cancer, yet corporate money managed to get it into the common food supply. In the hospital where I work, they sell the patients and staff sodas laden with aspartame. In another case, the sugar industry influenced Harvard studies. Yet few people seem to care.

It’s a similar situation with GMOs and their associated pesticides. Industry and industry-friendly scientists conduct studies that say GM foods are safe. Yet some independent researchers have found opposite results. These independent researchers are attacked, fired, and even physically assaulted if they don't acquiesce. The Monsanto Papers appear to show that the company hired people to go after researchers.

Introduction to The Institute for Responsible Technology

At The Institute for Responsible Technology, we share information about genetically engineered foods as well as the herbicides that are soaked into the crops that we eat. [1 minute 23 seconds]

Mosquito control chemical under the spotlight again in microcephaly cases

The paper states that pyriproxyfen is structurally related to a juvenile hormone, which has been shown to interact with different metabolic pathways in mammals. In particular, the authors propose that pyriproxyfen can disturb the metabolism of retinoic acid, a metabolite of vitamin A, which is known to be able to cause microcephaly.

Manufacturer studies showed brain problems in exposed rats…

The Plot to Take Down IARC and Continue Poisoning Us Must Be Stopped - Moms Across America

The Congress members that are pandering to the chemical corporations and are trying to defund IARC are a disgrace to democracy. They need to hear from their constituents that you will NOT support an elected official who receives donations from chemical companies or continues their attack on IARC.

It is in times like this that we must take action, we must speak up for our health and freedom.

A GMO Corn and Its Non-GMO Parent Are Not Substantially Equivalent

The findings disprove industry and regulatory agency claims that NK603 is “substantially equivalent” to its non-GMO counterpart.

Alteration in the protein profile of the GMO crop revealed by the proteomics analysis reflected oxidative stress (damage to cells and tissues by reactive oxygen) and an imbalance in energy utilization.

GOOD NEWS! Not every judge can be bought.

Arkansas judge dismisses Monsanto lawsuit on dicamba ban

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza dismissed the lawsuit by St. Louis-based Monsanto seeking to block the state Plant Board's decision to ban dicamba from April 16 through Oct. 31. Arkansas has the toughest restriction in place on dicamba, though several states have imposed other restrictions or requirements.

Cancer Claim for Monsanto's Roundup Gets Judge's Scrutiny

A federal judge is reviewing claims that the active ingredient in Monsanto's widely used weed killer Roundup can cause cancer.

Chhabria will not determine if the cancer connection exists, but whether the claim has been tested, reviewed and published and is widely accepted in the scientific community.

Mrs. Lisa Oz

Dr. Oz’s wife, is the narrator of the documentary, “Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of our Lives.” Dr. Oz has said on his show in the past “When I go home, I’m not Dr. Oz, I’m Mr. Oz.” He was referring to vaccinations. He stated that although he gets an annual flu shot, Mrs. Oz runs the show at home. She does not vaccinate herself or her children. Surely Mrs. Oz wouldn’t have gmo corn oil on her dinner table, and Dr. Oz’s show is giving into pressure by advertisers.

IRT: “We realize Dr. Oz needs to sell ads, but this is not in line with the good he has done in the food movement. Corn oil?”

Audience Stunned as Dr. Oz Does a Complete 180, Promotes GMO Food Company on Popular TV Show

As arguably the most prominent and well known TV personality in the world of natural health, Dr. Mehmet Oz has gained a huge national following, promoting everything from natural weight loss supplements to healthy and unique foods.

Over the years he has even gained the trust of many in the organic and non-GMO food movement because of his powerful support for GMO labeling, a subject most other TV hosts and networks have never touched.

Unfortunately for the movement, however, it appears as if Dr. Oz has done a complete 180, forging a partnership with one of Big Food’s most ubiquitous GMO products for a recent segment — and the looks on the faces of his audience show just how shocking it was for everyone involved.

US researchers blame Russkies for anti-GMO media

With the Russians being blamed for just about everything bad that happens in the West, from freezing weather in the UK to the election of Donald Trump in the US, it was surely only a matter of time before they were accused of trying to turn American citizens against GMOs.

Vandana Shiva

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Household usage of organic foods climbs to 30% in seven years: Packaged Facts 12-Feb-2018 By Stephen Daniells

The number of consumers seeking out and purchasing organic foods or products with clean labels continues to rise, with the products seen as healthier, more nutritious and more environmentally friendly, says a new report.


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The lie of substantial equivalence

These findings contradict the assumptions of regulators who approved NK603 on the basis of false claims of substantial equivalence, a concept that underpins GMO regulation in many countries and regions across the globe.

This article ends with a paediatrician's comments on the potential clinical relevance of the findings to humans. Below is a summary only of this three-page article.

Monsanto Papers Lead to New European Parliament Pesticide Committee

The Conference of Presidents, a governing body of the European Parliament, has Thursday endorsed the mandate of a Special Committee to analyse and assess the authorisation procedure for glyphosate and other pesticides, following recent revelations from the Monsanto Papers and the Great Glyphosate Rebellion, in which many EU states have vowed to phase out the use of glyphosate-based herbicides.

Status of Organic Hydroponics, Aquaponics, Aeroponics; National Organic Standards Board Fall 2017 Updates
USDA Agricultural Marketing Service sent this bulletin at 01/25/2018

The NOSB has recommended prohibiting aeroponic systems in organic production. USDA will consider this recommendation; aeroponics remains allowed during this review.

Frankenfruit is coming to a store near you. Take action, sign the letter.

Genetically engineered (GE) apples—the Arctic Apple— are being released in grocery stores without labels, but the company behind them, Intrexon, won’t tell us where.

Major companies – like McDonald’s, Wendy’s, and Gerber – have committed not to sell GE apples. So, Intrexon is banking on deceiving customers with unlabeled GE apples at the grocery store to make its sale goals.

What we do know?

The GE apple was created using an experimental, unregulated technique called RNA interference. Many scientists are concerned that this process may have negative unintended impacts on human health and the environment.

We do not need more risky and dangerous technologies in our food!

Intrexon is the same synthetic biology company that owns the GE salmon and GE mosquito. The company continues to unleash untested and poorly regulated technology into the environment without concern for the long-term impacts on the environment and human health.

Potential Trade Bill dispute sparks fears of Brexit 'power grab'

Scotland currently has a ban on growing GM crops, using its autonomy under EU law. SNP ministers would also want an EU ban on chlorinated chicken imports.

But after Brexit, there are fears the Conservative Government at Westminster may seek to allow GM crops, lower environmental protections and food standards, and allow unrestricted US agricultural imports in a bid to help strike a UK/US trade deal.

Millions say no to gene drives as Brazil attempts to legalize genetic extinction technology

Gene drives are a controversial new technology that uses CRISPR-Cas9 to spread a specific genetic trait through an entire species or population – in some cases with the purpose of driving species to extinction. Current gene drives experiments have been conducted on insects, rodents and plants. If the inserted genetic trait results in only male offspring, as is being attempted for rodents and mosquitoes, a full wild population or even a species could go extinct. As far as is known, gene drives have never been released into the environment anywhere in the world.[3]

“Gene drives organisms pose unique threats to nature and livelihoods”, says Silvia Ribeiro, Latin America Director for ETC Group. “It is the first time that the biotech industry has intentionally designed GMOs to spread aggressively in the natural environment and contaminate wild species. It seems surreal that a decision to impose such great dangers to a mega diverse country such Brazil would be taken by a small technical commission, without even involvement of either Congress or civil society.”

Australia, New Zealand approval of GM rice questioned

"It is self-evident that food products with no history of safe use must be subjected to the highest standards of risk assessment before the most vulnerable groups of the population are exposed to it. However, no toxicological studies were performed with the rice. In the light of the humanitarian claims made in the context of GR2, it is surprising that this application is not based on a full set of data to establish high safety standards," the Testbiotech report said.

Testbiotech executive director Christoph Then warns that FSANZ’s decision to approve the application may influence countries that are either field testing or importing GM rice. "The assessment of FSANZ might be used in the countries to claim food safety to get quicker approval," Then tells SciDev.Net.

IRT: “We call this checkbook science.”

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

In March 2015, the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), based in Lyon, France, released a hazard assessment that found glyphosate to be “probably carcinogenic to humans.” In December 2017, the EPA released a draft human health risk assessment that concluded, “glyphosate is not likely to be carcinogenic to humans.” There are significant differences between these two types of assessments because they attempt to evaluate different questions. According to IARC, “A cancer ‘hazard’ is an agent that is capable of causing cancer under some circumstances, while a cancer ‘risk’ is an estimate of the carcinogenic effects expected from exposure to a cancer hazard.” As more scientific data is gathered and analyzed to more fully understand the impacts of glyphosate on human health, it is important for the science to lead the way, and for industry and politicians to remain on the sidelines. But that has not happened. There is significant evidence that Monsanto launched a disinformation campaign to undermine IARC’s classification of glyphosate as a probable carcinogen. A multi-district litigation court case against Monsanto regarding potential adverse health consequences of exposures to glyphosate has revealed hundreds of pages of internal Monsanto e-mails, memorandums, and other records that clearly show Monsanto engaged in a decades-long concerted effort to fend off any evidence suggesting potential adverse human health effects from glyphosate and more recently to undermine IARC’s findings. They ghost wrote scientific articles on glyphosate, established front groups to help amplify their anti-IARC message and scientific evidence they did not like, and they attempted to silence scientists who reached conclusions questioning glyphosate’s safety.

Bills to ban certain pesticides move forward in legislature

"It's been around for 40 years. It's been used safely for 40 years," said Dan Clegg of Monsanto. (Isn’t that what Monsanto said about DDT and Agent Orange?)

Watch “Gmo’s Revealed”

Brazil sugar mills start genetically-modified cane plantation

PIRACICABA, Brazil, March 2 (Reuters) - Brazilian sugar mills looking to grow the world’s first variety of genetically modified (GM) sugarcane have planted an initial area of 400 hectares (988 acres), according to the research firm behind the project.

Developed by Centro de Tecnologia Canavieira (CTC) with Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) genes that make it resistant to the cane borer, around 100 mills are working with the GM cane, company Chief Executive Gustavo Leite told Reuters.

One farm, ZERO bull. Meet Unsung Hero Martha Boneta. - Farm Freedom

Civic group Avaaz “commanded” in subpoena to turn over to Monsanto all its communications

“Avaaz beat Monsanto in Europe and in Argentina, and so they’re coming after us in US courts. Monsanto is infamous for its corporate bullying, but this time they’ve picked a fight with a movement of nearly 50 million people who are going to fight back.

“Imagine a world where any time you called on your government to regulate a corporation because science showed its products could be making people sick, that corporation could force you to reveal everything you and your friends had ever privately written or said about them. That is the world Monsanto is hoping to create.

“There are millions of people around the world who have a deep and genuine concern that Monsanto’s glyphosate is making us and our environment sick. That is the sole reason our members have called on governments to regulate it based on independent science. We’re not going to let this legal attack slow down that essential work one bit.

Glyphosate and GM crops are harming no-till soils

Magazine dedicated to promoting GM crops and glyphosate herbicides in no-till systems recommends reducing the use of these products

Kremer told attendees at the National No-Tillage Conference earlier this year, “This is all supported by research. I’m not just making this up. With that amount of glyphosate out there, it’s beginning to raise some eyebrows and people are wondering what else might be happening with this amount of chemical in the environment.”

Success of GM mozzie project queried by Cayman mosquito research unit

It seemed that while the former MRCU director, Dr Bill Petrie, had recommended the national roll-out, other scientists at the department had concerns about how successful the West Bay pilot had been. Following Petrie’s departure from the unit last summer and after mixed messages from government to their private sector partners, the planned island-wide roll-out was shelved by the ministry and the MRCU.

Dicamba Drift Could Put 60 Million Acres of Monarch Habitat at Risk

There's now another reason to worry about the controversial chemical. It's particularly harmful to milkweed, the only host plant for the iconic and already at-risk monarch buttery.

In a new report publisehd Thursday, researchers with the Center for Biological Diversity warn that the expanded use of dicamba, which is projected to increase by nearly 100-fold on cotton and soybean fields, will put more than 60 million acres of monarch habitat at risk by 2019.

And this is why there is a global movement to end the use of these crops and their chemicals. Do your own at home science experiment. Eat organic for a week and watch what happens.

Have you been wondering if GMOs are dangerous to your health?

If you are, you’re not alone. In 2013, 75% of people polled by The New York Times expressed concern about GMOs, particularly the health risks. More and more research reveals you have good reason to be concerned.

Access the full article, or a summary of the article for the layperson, by clicking the boxes below.

A peer-reviewed article, published TODAY, November 7, 2017, in the International Journal of Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine, demonstrates that GMOs are likely taking a heavy toll on our health. And a survey of 3,256 people who avoided them reported astonishing improvements in 28 health conditions.

Monsanto mouthpieces: House Science Committee, EPA, EU-EFSA

Below I untangle some of the most oft-spouted false or manipulative claims of the chemical industry, using the IARC and EPA glyphosate assessments as a case study.

-False: IARC is an extreme organization that says everything causes cancer
-The Truth: Only about 20% of substances examined by IARC have been classified as known or probable human carcinogens.

-False: The dose makes the poison, so things at low doses are safe even if they are toxic at high doses
-The Truth: This statement—a favorite of chemical industry consultants and lobbyists—is about 500 years out of date.

-False Claim: Tumors in rodents in the high-dose treatment group shouldn’t count as evidence of cancer risk
-The Truth: Tumors in the high dose group predict cancer risks at lower doses

-False Claim: EPA followed international standards and best practices for study evaluation and data integration (systematic review)
-The Truth: EPA and EFSA followed the agrochemical industry recommendations, which led to disregarding evidence that glyphosate may cause cancer

Kroger’s Annual Organic Produce Sales Reach $1B

65 Health Risks of GM Foods

A summary of the 65 Health Risks Presented in Genetic Roulette by Jeffrey Smith

The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods
Section 1: Evidence of reactions in animals and humans
Section 2: Gene insertion disrupts the DNA and can create unpredictable health problems
Section 3: The protein produced by the inserted gene may create problems
Section 4: The foreign protein may be different than what is intended
Section 5: Transfer of genes to gut bacteria, internal organs, or viruses
Section 6: GM crops may increase environmental toxins & bioaccumulate toxins in the food chain
Section 7: Other types of GM foods carry risks
Section 8: Risks are greater for children and newborns

India: Farmers welcome move to restrict glyphosate use

“Firstly, the poison that we are putting into our soil will also enter our food chain and glyphosate has also been identified by WHO as a possible carcinogenic. Secondly, increasing use of weedicide is also damaging to farmers in the longer run. The weedicide is meant to kill vegetation and this makes it harmful to agriculture. Because, you keep the soil alive and the microbes alive. Different vegetative matters actually enrich the soil fertility.”

The government is going to counter ‘misinformation’ about GMO foods - 2017

The deal to avert a government shutdown, which passed the Senate by a vote of 79 to 18 Thursday, allocates $3 million to “consumer outreach and education regarding agricultural biotechnology,” which includes genetic engineering of food and commodity crops. The money is to be used to tout “the environmental, nutritional, food safety, economic, and humanitarian impacts” of biotech crops and their derivative food products.

GM maize approved in the EU caused kidney disease and bladder stones in rats

A Monsanto genetically modified (GMO) insecticidal maize that has been approved for food and feed use in Europe for seven years was found to cause kidney disease and bladder stones in rats in industry’s own tests. Before the maize was approved, several EU member states raised concerns about these results and the implications for food safety. But the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) dismissed the concerns and gave a favourable opinion on the GMO maize.[1] With the usual lack of agreement from EU member states on whether to authorize the maize, the Commission approved[2] it in 2011.

Why Anyone Who Questions the Safety of GMOs is Labeled Anti-Science - 2015

Forgive me, but it doesn’t take a scientist to figure out this insanity. I can be called anti-science all day long, but at this point it boils down to some simple common sense.

Lawsuit demands US EPA vacate dicamba registration

"The evidence shows that, rather than protecting farmers and the public interest, government officials rushed this pesticide to market without the rigorous analysis and data the law requires," said George Kimbrell, a lawyer with the Center for Food Safety, in a press release. "There was good reason that decision had such devastating consequences last year: it was illegal."

Are there corn or soy fields near your child’s school?

New state pesticide law affects local farms - 2017

Starting Jan. 1, California farmers will no longer be able to make certain pesticides applications within a quarter-mile or less of schools and daycare centers between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday to Friday. The banned applications include application by crop dusters, air blasters and sprinklers, as well as most dust and powder pesticides.

Brace yourself for dicamba damage 3.0

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.

US EPA settles Syngenta pesticide claim for pennies on the dollar

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The Dog Cancer Series - Rethinking the Canine Epidemic

Digital storyteller Rodney Habib's dog, Sam, was diagnosed with cancer which sent him on a mission to save her life. Partnering with world-renowned wellness veterinarian Dr. Karen Becker, they spent the year travelling the globe gathering the most up-to-date information on canine cancer. This 7-chapter documentary is a culmination of their findings.

Arty turns 11 this summer.