“By slipping it into our food without our knowledge,
without any indication that there are genetically modified organisms in our food,
we are now unwittingly part of a massive experiment.”
Geneticist David Suzuki (Humans “are part of a massive experiment.”)



House Committee’s Farm Bill Would Make It Easier for Millionaires to Get Subsidies

The new bill also loosens restrictions for family farms. Previously, the children, siblings and spouse of a farmer could also receive subsidies. But the bill adds cousins, nieces and nephews to the list of family members who can get up to $125,000 a year. And because of lax eligibility rules, these passive family members don’t have to lift a finger on the farm to receive a payment.

Instead of taking this opportunity to tighten the subsidy loopholes that were established in the 2014 Farm Bill, the House Agriculture Committee’s bill only creates more loopholes. These loopholes will further concentrate farm subsidies to the wealthiest and most successful farms, instead of helping the farmers who actually need them.


Gilles-Eric Seralini, Ph.D. - He’s on Facebook

Seralini is the French scientist who did the long-term rat study that found that Glyphosate caused tumors and told us that “the other ingredients in Glyphosate are a thousand times toxic.” Like Andy Wakefield (MMR vaccine), corporations, in Seralini’s case, Monsanto, didn’t like what Seralini found and tried to ruin his reputation and career. Like Wakefield, Seralini sued and won his court case against the people that tried to defame him. You can read all about the Seralini’s team’s studies and about the court case on his website.

7. Séralini’s study showed that 90-day tests commonly done on GM foods are not long enough to see long-term effects like cancer, organ damage, and premature death. The first tumours only appeared 4-7 months into the study.

9. Long-term tests on GM foods are not required by regulators anywhere in the world.


Hilbeck commented on the attacks on Séralini’s research and the vested interests behind many of them: “Such attacks on scientists who highlight risks of GM plants are normal. It’s always the same industry-linked GM proponents who immediately try to defame the critical studies and their authors in a concerted campaign. This is about money.

“Now they’re pointing the large caliber weapons at Séralini, because his feeding study focused on the health of animals, which in turn serve as a model for humans.”



Zen interviews Seralini

Moms Across America’s Zen Honeycutt discusses the impact of GMOs and the full formulation of Roundup with Professor Gilles-Eric Seralini - March 2016

“It doesn’t wash off.”

“The other ingredients in Glyphosate are a thousand times more toxic…”


Organic Consumers Association Statement on DOJ Approval of Bayer-Monsanto Deal

“We are disappointed though not surprised by the DOJ’s decision to allow Germany-based Bayer to buy Monsanto. The monopolistic and criminal histories of both Monsanto and Bayer have been well documented. Allowing these two companies to merge into the world’s largest seed and pesticide company spells disaster for consumers, for the environment and for farmers who will now have even fewer choices.

“In the end, it really doesn't matter who manufactures or sells Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller, or any other dangerous chemical. The damage to human health and the environment remains the same, as does OCA’s commitment to getting these chemicals out of our food system.

“The industrial chemical agriculture model, where factory farms and GMO monoculture crops have produced unhealthy food while poisoning the environment and creating a nightmare of superweeds and superbugs is not the future of food. We will continue to promote an alternative organic regenerative model that truly nourishes the world while restoring the ecosystem."


The $66 billion Bayer-Monsanto merger just got a major green light -- but farmers are terrified

"Let's just cut to the chase: These companies want to make more money, they want to raise prices," Mark Connelly, an agriculture analyst at the brokerage and investment group CLSA Americas, previously told Business Insider. "No company in this industry needs these deals in order to innovate."

Todd Eney, a fourth-generation farmer in central Montana, previously told Business Insider that as suppliers of seeds and chemicals have become more consolidated, he hasn't seen many benefits.

"These corporate bigwigs, are they really going to do what they say?" he said. "Our farm has been out here since 1935, and I'm 40 years old and I've watched a lot of small family farms in our area go under. They can't compete because they can't pay the price of input because of what these companies are wanting to charge for input now."


Seralini: “A nouvele publication showing the horrors of glyphosate herbicides. Of course, glyphosate acts with its formulants containing arsenic and oxidized petroleum derivatives.”

Journal of Environmental Protection

Environmental Exposure to Glyphosate and Reproductive Health Impacts in Agricultural Population of Argentina - Received: January 18, 2018; Accepted: March 23, 2018; Published: March 26, 2018

ABSTRACT: Argentina annually utilizes 240,000 tons of glyphosate in industrial agriculture and a change in the profile of morbidity is perceived for physicians of agricultural areas; now reproductive disorders seem to prevail. The objective of this study is to determine concurrence of glyphosate exposure and reproductive disorders in a typical argentine agricultural town (Monte Maíz). An ecological study was developed with an environmental analysis of pollution sources including measurements of glyphosate and other pesticides and a cross-sectional study of spontaneous abortions and congenital abnormalities prevalence. Glyphosate was detected in soil and grain dust and was found to be at an even higher concentration in the village soil than in the rural area; 650 tonnes of glyphosate are used annually in the region and manipulated inner town contaminating the soil and dust in suspension of the town creating an burden of environmental exposure to glyphosate of 79 kg per person per year. We do not find other relevant sources of pollution. The spontaneous abortion and congenital abnormalities rates are three and two times higher than the national average reported by the national health (10% vs. 3% and 3% - 4.3% vs 1.4% respectively). Our study verified high environmental exposure to glyphosate in association with increased frequencies of reproductive disorders (spontaneous abortion and congenital abnormalities) in argentine agricultural village, but is unable to make assertions cause-effect. Further studies are required with designs for such purposes.


USDA Reapproves Carrageenan for Use in Organics, Ignores Its Own Experts

“Iconic brands in the organic industry, like Organic Valley, Stonyfield, and Eden Foods, all looked at the research, listened to the concerns of their customers, and purged carrageenan from their products,” stated Dr. Linley Dixon, Senior Scientist at The Cornucopia Institute.

Most of Tobacman’s published research was funded by the National Institutes of Health. She added, “It is unconscionable to permit the continued use of carrageenan in organic foods after this decisive vote, and reflects the impact of commercial interests over science.”

The carrageenan industry, funding its own research, has long claimed that food-grade carrageenan and poligeenan (a known carcinogen) are two distinctly different substances. The industry still denies that food-grade carrageenan contains poligeenan, however, their own data and the publicly funded scientific research has shown otherwise.


EWG's 2018 Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce - Hot Peppers make the dirty dozen list

The USDA tests found a total of 230 different pesticides and pesticide breakdown products on the thousands of produce samples analyzed. EWG's analysis of the tests shows that there are stark differences among various types of produce. The Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce™ lists the Dirty Dozen™ fruits and vegetables with the most pesticide residues, and the Clean Fifteen™, for which few, if any, residues were detected.

Because federal law does not require labeling of genetically engineered produce, EWG advises people who want to avoid GMO crops to purchase organically grown sweet corn, papayas, zucchini and yellow squash. For processed foods, look for items that are certified organic or bear the Non-GMO Project Verified label. EWG recommends that consumers check EWG's Shopper's Guide to Avoiding GMO Food, Food Scores database and EWG's Healthy Living app, which can help identify foods likely to contain genetically engineered ingredients. GMO labeling is important because agribusinesses are currently testing other varieties of GMO crops, which the USDA may approve in the future.


Geneticist David Suzuki Says Humans “Are Part of a Massive Experiment”

“By slipping it into our food without our knowledge, without any indication that there are genetically modified organisms in our food, we are now unwittingly part of a massive experiment.”

He continued:

“The FDA has said that genetically modified organisms are not much different from regular food, so they’ll be treated in the same way. The problem is this, geneticists follow the inheritance of genes, what biotechnology allows us to do is to take this organism, and move it horizontally into a totally unrelated species.

Now David Suzuki doesn’t normally mate with a carrot and exchange genes, what biotechnology allows us to do is to switch genes from one to the other without regard to the biological constraints.

It’s very very bad science, we assume that the principals governing the inheritance of genes vertically, applies when you move genes laterally or horizontally. There’s absolutely no reason to make that conclusion.”


Insecticide found in same B.C. hummingbirds that are in decline - 2017

"No one has ever measured pesticides in hummingbirds before. So we decided to try it," she said in an interview. "It turns out, to our surprise actually, that the birds are obviously picking up pesticides in their food, which can be nectar and also insects."


Mitra: “Consolidated all of Anthony Samsel-Stephanie Seneff's peer reviewed papers on glyphosate in a single blog, since I often have to often tell folks about these papers and where to find them.”

Peer reviewed glyphosate papers of Anthony Samsel & Stephanie Seneff

Glyphosate I: Glyphosate’s Suppression of Cytochrome P450 Enzymes and Amino Acid Biosynthesis by the Gut Microbiome: Pathways to Modern Diseases.

Glyphosate II: Glyphosate, pathways to modern diseases II: Celiac sprue and gluten intolerance

Glyphosate III: Glyphosate, pathways to modern diseases III: Manganese, neurological diseases, and associated pathologies

Glyphosate IV: Glyphosate, pathways to modern diseases IV: cancer and related pathologies

Glyphosate V: Glyphosate pathways to modern diseases V: Amino acid analogue of glycine in diverse proteins

Glyphosate VI: Glyphosate pathways to modern diseases VI: Prions, amyloidoses and autoimmune neurological diseases.

Glyphosate VII is in the works.


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.


More organic than thou? Rebel farmers create new food label

Under the current U.S. Department of Agriculture program, the organic label means that your tomato has been produced without synthetic substances — with some exceptions — and without certain methods, like genetic engineering. The additional label, which does not yet have a name or wording, would indicate that a tomato, for example, has been grown in soil, and that meat and dairy products came from farms that pasture their animals.

An inspector would certify that the farm has complied with the new standards, and the farms — not distributors — would add the label.


Banned Monsanto Chemical Could Be the Final Nail in the Coffin for Monarch Butterfly Population, New Report Warns

The report, titled ‘Dicamba: ‘A Menace to Monarchs,’ was released by the Center for Biological Diversity, and said that the decline of the butterflies in recent decades has coinicided with the surge in GMO crops that are resistant to glyphosate, Monsanto’s controversial cancer-linked herbicide.
Monsanto insists its products are safe citing government regulatory approvals, but a huge amount of research contradicts their assertions, others point out.

The urgent Monarch butterfly situation has been exasperated by the adoption of dicamba, which was approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2016 in order to combat the growing problem of glyphosate-resistant weeds.


USDA Refuses to Regulate Genome Editing in Plants

Cornucopia’s Take: USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue issued clarification, below, on the USDA’s oversight of plants produced through genome editing, including CRISPR. Perdue has set the stage to ensure that food produced using these gene-editing technologies does not have to be labeled “GMO.” Shoppers can avoid all genetically modified crops by choosing only certified organic food.


New Map Identifies Organic Farming Hotspots

USDA map shows regions with highest share of organic ops


Zach Bush, MD Describes Factors Leading to Electrosensitivity and the Importance of Repairing the Extracellular Matrix

Dr. Zach Bush of Revolution Health and Biomic Sciences in Charlottesville, VA speaking at the Global Foundation for Integrative Medicines conference in October 2016 as part of the EMF Panel Q&A. Dr. Bush describes the loss of bacterial communication in our bodies from modern food and farming practices, the ravages from the weedkiller glyphosate, that worsens it, and the importance of addressing and repairing the extracellular matrix in order to heal from electrosensitivity and the common leaky membranes and autoimmunity that accompanies it.


Changing Faces: The Consequences of Exposure to Gene and Thyroid Disrupting Toxins Paperback – November 20, 2017 by Judy Hoy

Judy, a biologist, wildlife researcher and wildlife rehabilitator along with her husband Bob, a biologist and Montana game warden (now retired), began observing new birth defects and health issues in mammals and birds in western Montana the spring of 1995. This book chronicles over 20 years of observations regarding the changes in the faces and the vital organs of vertebrate newborns now being observed throughout North America. Included is discussion of how people and other animals, plants, and the entire biodiversity of our planet are being dangerously affected by a combination of factors, one being recent excessive use of specific herbicides, fungicides and insecticides. What we can do to mitigate these devastating changes is addressed in the sincere hope that positive action will be taken before it is too late. Mass extinctions are already occurring as a result of the changes humans are causing to the face of the planet. This book is somewhat like "Silent Spring" by Rachel Carson, but is not as technical and has lots of photos to illustrate the birth defects and health issues, along with stories of individual animals. In the process of rehabilitating wildlife, Judy discovered how to correct certain defects such as underdeveloped bones, particularly those facial bones which result in underbite and overbite, allowing normal growth. She also discovered how to mitigate certain other health issues such as how to heal broken bones in mammals and birds in about half the usual time. The stories of the individual animals, which prompted her discoveries, are in this book in the hope that others can also be helped.


Good article about Monsanto and Glyphosate...

The Last Roundup: how Monsanto created the fable of “the world’s safest herbicide”

Science tells us what First Peoples around the world have tried to tell the rest of us for hundreds of years: Mother Nature bats last.

We don’t have a choice to play nice with the forces of the natural world. Doing so is a matter of survival.

Part 1: https://www.nationalobserver.com/2016/07/04/opinion/last-roundup

Part 2: https://www.nationalobserver.com/2016/07/25/opinion/last-roundup-how-monsanto-created-fable-%E2%80%9C-world%E2%80%99s-safest-herbicide%E2%80%9D

Seneff: “New open access paper just out linking autism to Clostridia overgrowth caused by glyphosate exposure!”

Clostridium Bacteria and Autism Spectrum Conditions: A Systematic Review and Hypothetical Contribution of Environmental Glyphosate Levels, Published: 4 April 2018

Abstract: Nowadays, there seems to be a consensus about the multifactorial nature of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The literature provides hypotheses dealing with numerous environmental factors and genes accounting for the apparently higher prevalence of this condition. Researchers have shown evidence regarding the impact of gut bacteria on neurological outcomes, altering behavior and potentially affecting the onset and/or severity of psychiatric disorders. Pesticides and agrotoxics are also included among this long list of ASD-related environmental stressors. Of note, ingestion of glyphosate (GLY), a broad-spectrum systemic herbicide, can reduce beneficial bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract microbiota without exerting any effects on the Clostridium population, which is highly resistant to this herbicide. In the present study, (i) we performed a systematic review to evaluate the relationship between Clostridium bacteria and the probability of developing and/or aggravating autism among children. For that purpose, electronic searches were performed on Medline/PubMed and Scielo databases for identification of relevant studies published in English up to December 2017. Two independent researches selected the studies and analyzed the data. The results of the present systematic review demonstrate an interrelation between Clostridium bacteria colonization of the intestinal tract and autism. Finally, (ii) we also hypothesize about how environmental GLY levels may deleteriously influence the gut–brain axis by boosting the growth of Clostridium bacteria in autistic toddlers.


Dried GMO apple ‘bits’ debut on Amazon.com

Arty turns 11 this summer.