“*Please don’t be a smartypants and say, “Hey, all crops are genetically modified”.
Yes, yes, we have been selectively breeding plants for thousands of years.
We all know that.
But the term “GMOs” refers to the recent development of “gene splicing”
and the development of transgenic crops, creating forms of life that nature,
or selective breeding, could never have created.

Jonathan Foley, Ph.D https://globalecoguy.org/zombie-gmo-myths-a59123a403f2

Seneff: “Internal FDA emails reveal that they are finding glyphosate contamination in lots of foods. No surprise to me, but good to see that at least they are finally starting to test for it! I look forward to seeing the final published results once they come out. It is crazy that the government has been so uninterested in finding out how much glyphosate is in our food, given how widely it is used in agriculture.”

Weedkiller found in granola and crackers, internal FDA emails show by Carey Gillam

The FDA has been testing food samples for traces of glyphosate for two years, but the agency has not yet released any official results

But the internal documents obtained by the Guardian show the FDA has had trouble finding any food that does not carry traces of the pesticide.

“I have brought wheat crackers, granola cereal and corn meal from home and there’s a fair amount in all of them,” FDA chemist Richard Thompson wrote to colleagues in an email last year regarding glyphosate. Thompson, who is based in an FDA regional laboratory in Arkansas, wrote that broccoli was the only food he had “on hand” that he found to be glyphosate-free.

That internal FDA email, dated January 2017, is part of a string of FDA communications that detail agency efforts to ascertain how much of the popular weedkiller is showing up in American food. The tests mark the agency’s first-ever such examination.

Thompson’s detection of glyphosate was made as he was validating his analytical methods, meaning those residues will probably not be included in any official report.

Separately, FDA chemist Narong Chamkasem found “over-the-tolerance” levels of glyphosate in corn, detected at 6.5 parts per million, an FDA email states. The legal limit is 5.0 ppm. An illegal level would normally be reported to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), but an FDA supervisor wrote to an EPA official that the corn was not considered an “official sample”.

Other findings detailed in the FDA documents show that in 2016 Chamkasem found glyphosate in numerous samples of honey. Chamkasem also found glyphosate in oatmeal products. The FDA temporarily suspended testing after those findings, and Chamkasem’s lab was “reassigned to other programs”, the FDA documents show. The FDA has said those tests were not part of its official glyphosate residue assignment.

“Even with low levels of pesticides, we’re exposed to so many and we don’t count the fact that we have cumulative exposures,” Birnbaum said.

The US Department of Agriculture was to start its own testing of foods for glyphosate residues in 2017 but dropped the plan.

The lack of government residue data comes as Monsanto attempts to bar evidence about glyphosate food residues from being introduced in court where the company is fighting off allegations its Roundup products cause cancer.

In a case set for trial on 18 June, San Francisco superior court judge Curtis Karnow recently denied the company’s motion to keep the jury from hearing about residues in food. The judge said that although Monsanto worries the information “will inflame the jury against Monsanto based on their own fear that they may have been exposed”, such information “should not be excluded”.


Moms Across America

Zen Honeycutt has Dr. Stephanie Seneff on today…

LIVE: HOW Glyphosate is Likely Harming You and WHY it Needs to Be Banned with Dr. Stephanie Seneff.



“Moms- do you know a teacher supportive of our cause who notices significant health issues over the past 20 years ( since GMOs and toxins got into our food supply) and how they affect her students? I am about to go to print with my book but could use two more quotes- just a sentence or two from a current or former teacher about this subject. Please email me quick! zen@momsacrosaamerica.org

Philip Ackerman, Ph.D. speaking in Ovid and Ithaca...

Author and professor Philip Ackerman-Leist tells the (pre)cautionary tale of how the Italian town of Mals set a global precedent by passing the world’s first municipal referendum and ordinances to ban all synthetic pesticides. At the same time the region will support the transition of all farmers to organic systems and support new local sustainable business ventures.

A Precautionary Tale: How One Small Town Banned Pesticides, Preserved Its Food Heritage, and Inspired a Movement shows how towns and regions can reclaim and protect their communities, health, and economy — by supporting a transition to diversified, small-scale organic systems and small-scale local businesses. Featuring multimedia artist Douglas Gayeton’s “information artworks,” Ackerman-Leist’s presentation is accompanied by a pop up art show.

All three events are Free & open to the public.

The Ovid Firehouse, Ovid, NY
Wednesday, May 14th at 7pm

Buffalo Street Books, Ithaca, NY
Tuesday, May 15th at 5pm

Mann Library Room 102, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Wednesday, May 16th at 4:00pm


Seneff: “Please sign this petition to show your support, if you agree!”

Tell the EPA: Ban Monsanto’s Carcinogenic Glyphosate-Based Roundup Weedkiller!


GM Watch - Is this tomato engineered? Inside the coming battle over gene-edited food

The agriculture industry, which hopes Crispr technology will transform the business, faces opponents who call it "GMO 2.0"


Glyphosate in Review

There were a series of events that took place in the mid-1970s, which have proven to be highly destructive to the health of Americans in the 21st century.

We now know that the 1977 dietary guidelines were based on flawed and fraudulent scientific research. We all were guinea pigs in a grand nationwide experiment, which has now been proven a colossal failure by scientific research. It is not saturated fat that is implicated in heart disease, but the over consumption of sugar, high fructose corn syrup, pasta, bread, and other carbohydrates, and the under consumption of healthy saturated fat. [4, 5]

We also know that the uncontrolled use of antibiotics in agriculture and in health care has been a major assault on human gut health. [6, 7] This too was another grand experiment that failed. Similarly, modern vaccines have been shown to compromise the human immune system. They have set into place multigenerational patterns of gut dysbiosis. [8] Yes, vaccines are one more grand experiment that failed. They promised disease free living, but only created more suffering.


Great article. I copied it all here, except the references, as it was kind of hard to read on his web page.

Seneff: “Dr. Martin Michener is a friend of mine, a graduate from Harvard, and a brilliant scientist. He's also a really good writer. He wrote this essay on glyphosate that hopefully you will find to be gripping and terrifying…”

Avoiding Glyphosate - A summary of recent work in progress by Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneff by By Martin C. Michener, PhD.

Reflect, please on the history of marketing and selling the “harmless” active ingredient in the weed-killer Round-up®. The company which Monsanto bought, had discovered this master-chelator could dissolve most metal scale deposits in boilers and pipes. But discharging the flush promptly produced an obvious plant killing effect.

In 1972 Monsanto began marketing Round-up® as an herbicide, with three claims which later proved to be misleading at best, untrue at worst (1). The first claim is that the mode of action was to block the Shikimic Acid pathway – a biochemical series of steps that throughout biology produces three diet-essential amino acids (AA), needed for all protein synthesis. These are the same three, out of the twenty coded for by all DNA-RNA synthesis, which contain phenolic rings: Phenylalanine (F), Tyrosine (Y) and Tryptophan (W). The second claim continued: since human biochemistry does not contain this pathway, the herbicide is harmless. This immediately raised the question: Where then do we get the three AA for all our own synthesis, and the answer is two-fold: from our diet and from our gut microbiome. Once the use of Round-up became common, crops are grown with residues, so that our diet in fact became very short of the three, F,Y and W. Worse, the residues in our food have a disastrous effect on our gut microbiome, from which we now depend for F, Y and W. Blocking the Shikimate path in your gut causes the precursors of the process to build up, and especially the toxin m-cresol, which first KILLS OFF the helpful bacteria then pathogenic bacteria take over. The Clostridium bacteria quickly over grow and produce more cresol, which they tolerate. This hostile takeover is accompanied by another disaster, far more permanent in its effect on your health: the tight junctions in the gut lining, which we depend on to seal the fluids in the gut from the blood itself, become leaky, and Crohn’s disease then permits huge molecules, like Aluminum and antigenic large chain food proteins to join the blood stream. But the drama of chronic ill health is just getting started. Most of your immune system is not only located along the gut wall from end to end, but it is linked to your private colony of microbes. This in turn, is linked to your brain, so that moods are largely dictated by the biome on a minute-by-minute basis.

As if these extensive injuries were not sufficiently distressing, glyphosate deprives the liver of its most necessary detoxification capability. It is a series called the Cytochrome P450 inducible enzymes, capable of reducing the impact of the cresol and other bacterial endotoxins (2) (3) (4).

The combination of triple disasters: unhandled toxins, loss of mood guidance and blood suddenly filled with foreign material, causes what amounts to a four-alarm fire in the immune system. Called a cytokine storm, the immune system is activated by the cytokines, and begins the week-long process of developing antibodies against food antigens, as well as hastening immune cells called to the brain, in responding to the impaired mood state. Recovery from the many problems will take from weeks to years.

At this point, the problems requiring healing are almost too many to consider in this summary. Conventional (allopathic) medicine fails in every respect because they are officially in denial that glyphosate could ever do any of these damaging processes. Their pharmaceutical masters will economically not allow such logic. Here are some of the actions which have helped many people, in a large part undertaken with holistic advisors. For the invading pathogens, restore the gut ecology; eat a complex of thousands of species of microbiome supplements matching the war-torn community. Somehow the spores must pass the acid stomach “firewall” to again establish dominance over the toxic Clostridium army – this has been accomplished by saline home lacto-fermented kraut or kimchi, rather than with sterile store foods. Cabbage and onion family ferments provide plenty of sulfur nutrients. Another approach is to flush out the phenolic toxins, then reconnect the damaged intestinal cells, by closing the tight-junctions again, to seal off the damaged blood, and reestablish the synthesis of F, Y and W to provide their lost functions. Optimally, this all may take a month or more.

We now need to consider what the loss of those three Amino Acids to all synthesis may entail. Tryptophan is the sole precursor of serotonin AND melatonin. While you may have heard of serotonin’s importance as a brain neurotransmitter for happiness and self-esteem, you may not be aware of its role in the intestine, the origin of its name in controlling peristalsis of the normal gut. Without serotonin, gut movement and mixing of food are prevented, stopping digestion. Gas builds up; cramps and pains become intolerable. Thus, to all this pain is added the toxin load, ill-mood, failing immune system, and the patient may wish she was dead.

What about Y? Tyrosine is the sole precursor for dopamine, another brain neurotransmitter essential for feeling of well-being and for planning muscle movement. Tyrosine is also precursor to melanin which darkens the skin in response to sunburn.

We now also have an explanation of the reported autopsy findings that sulfate is deficient in many brain disorders (Autism, Alzheimer’s): Glyphosate inhibits the sulfation of cholesterol and the glycosaminoglycans, both critical to cell membrane repair and health especially of muscles, blood vessels and nerves. (5) (1)

How does all this glyphosate ever enter the body? Glyphosate levels in our food chain took a monster leap upward in 1980-85, when (it being deemed so harmless) glyphosate spray was recommended to kill wheat and other grain crops, just prior to harvest. Thus the “weedicide” became instead a “cropicide” (6). Sprayed on your food at harvest-time, the chemical moves directly into the grain to where seed embryos are being pre-formed and joins the seed part which becomes flour and that we eat. So, if you ever doubted hundreds of privately paid-for tests show now that WE EAT IT! (7) (8). Such spraying of an unlicensed, untested compound on America’s grain has all the logic of injecting each slaughtered chicken with formaldehyde, based on the reasoning that the cadaver would then not rot. As we have repeatedly seen, assumptions of harmlessness have been well-paid for. The initial reports of licensing appear now all to have been written by Monsanto employees and consultants, without attribution of interest conflicts. Some relevant postings of decisions have been removed, for example http://archive.hgca.com/publications/documents/cropresearch/RR65_Final_Research_Review.pdf

But wait! Monsanto also sells you, Roundup Ready® crop plants (R-R). Follow their predatory marketing logic: To farm and to deserve to pay such huge seed fees, you must first qualify. What happened to a free market? You must sign away all your rights TO EVER TEST OR TO SAVE these seeds. And Monsanto has developed a righteous reputation of dangerous enforcer-lawyer teams. Against millions of years of nature and man’s proud crop breeding practices, farmers now face a twisted patent authority, reserved by corporate off-shore money, thriving by the patent protection of a BOUGHT American congress. So, we now respond, what in the world is so important that users NOT be allowed to test or to ever document?

If no bacterium or plant can live with their Shikimate pathway “blocked” how can the GMO corn and soybean be “patent protected engineered” (AKA genes be altered) so as now to RESIST the claimed guarantee of the invincible Glyphosate? Warning: The plot now thickens.

We must reexamine the claim that glyphosate BLOCKS shikimate pathway, and ask “How did Monsanto UN-block the pathway which all plants and bacteria use and on which humans depend for proteins? We look more closely at this pathway.

The BLOCKED enzyme in the chain is called 5-enolpyrovyl-shikimate-3-Phosphate Synthase. (EPSPS) — such names! Monsanto looked at the genetics of all the “weeds”, which had recently defied their “patent-briefly-and-falsely-assured” master compound, and which now in a few evolutionary years had become resistant to glyphosate. These weeds got everyone’s attention and again were flooding farmers’ fields, now denied the exclusive and care-free occupation by their expensive chosen R-R crops.

Perhaps in a war-room, I do imagine they might have said to their best chemists: “Go! Do it like them weeds do it!” So, I again imagine these engineers came to realize the “blockage” claim was preposterous, and found what glyphosate actually does to EPSPS: to substitute this herbicide molecule for glycine molecule during EPSPS synthesis. Where genes coded glycine, glyphosate the destructor itself enters the incipient protein, not blocks it. Such devious mis-synthesis had never been admitted nor expected.

To make R-R crops, Monsanto took the gene sequence for EPSPS, located the code call for the normal AA glycine (Gly96), and modified it to Alanine (Gly96Ala), mimicking those offensive weeds (9). Glycine specification is swapped out for Alanine, the second most simple AA in the list of twenty. For these crops, this solved the mis-manufacture with glyphosate! But does it completely restore the synthesis of F, Y and W as well? Reportedly no, the artificial sequence now produces these AA in comparatively a poor quantity, but at least the plant doesn’t DIE from Roundup application. So, now these expensive R-R crops provide less of the three AA in your diet, but you would never guess it from the advertising, and farmers today are only held to account for their produce by the market to an aesthetic value, not the nutritional value? Or, are they?

Now knowing that claims one and two are bogus, we ask, based on knowing EPSPS is destroyed by gulping in glyphosate instead of glycine as was the DNA design until the enzyme became useless to the plants and bacteria: what of the millions of other possible proteins could be similarly destroyed? Here, the picture gets much darker, because evidence has been now obtained by analysis, again by Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneff (10). If the code for glycine now inserts glyphosate in ONE protein, what about the accuracy of the 100,000 other proteins we code and daily depend on for mere life within the human genome? Our medical establishment cannot just go in to reengineer the DNA of every person in the planet, let alone all the plants and wildlife on the earth, and look for and replace every glycine code with an alanine code!! Especially now economically as medicine is in complete denial about food nutrition and contaminants.

Anthony Samsel has evidence about to be published, which he has allowed me to share with a wide audience, giving proper credit. We may hear the expression: “You are what you ate.” Well, if informed people refuse to eat glyphosate-contaminated foods, what about feed that our confined livestock may have eaten (their having no such choice of refusal)? What if the meat and fat from slaughtered livestock has also been mismanufactured, and we are consuming meals with (now-hidden-inside proteins) glyphosate, perhaps to be released as the proteins in our food are digested, thence damaging our gut and starting the horrible cycle anew? Such protein from the local store would actually test glyphosate free (bound in a long protein chains), and the danger would only emerge after eating and the toxic digestion had begun. Mismanufacturing our own connective tissues with included glyphosate might predict rising connective tissue failure rates. How many elbow, hip and knee surgeries have you had in your family recently? How many needed to be redone?

But we haven’t even discussed Monsanto’s third claim: that glyphosate is readily broken down and does not accumulate in the soil. A lawsuit in France proved Monsanto simply boldly lied about this one; it is out there, Ralph!

We now have agricultural soils all over the world, contaminated especially in natural clays for decades, not for the days or weeks as claimed. Crops planted thereon are likely to slowly take up these residues, at sub-lethal levels, especially as it may be found now in mammalian structural proteins, such as collagen, actin, chondroitin, keratin, myosin, on which we rely for nutrition. These proteins are coded for many glycine entries, possible sites for glyphosate substitution.

In the cell protein manufacturing — in the endoplasmic reticulum — why do these two AA get mixed up? Glyphosate’s proper chemical name is N-methyl-phosphonyl-glycine. Note the parent derivative name.

In commercial manufacturing, common glycine, COOH-CH2-NH2 is conceptually converted to glyphosate by attachment to nitrogen N of –

CH2-P(OH)2=O .

One can see the similarity to glyphosate: COOH-CH2-NH-CH2-P(OH)2=O but one cannot forgive the deliberate other deceptions.

In the damaged proteins like EPSPS, the extra methyl-phosphonyl (bold) must stick out from each new protein, thus interfering with the three-dimensional folding and thus the strength and function of the original protein.

Dr. Samsel explained he has obtained connective tissues from a slaughter house, from pigs fed GMO-R-R feed containing glyphosate residues (11). He has then subjected these tissues to such digestion as would occur in a human small intestine. He then analyzed for glyphosate, both before and after digestion. The glyphosate undetected, bound inside the tissue proteins he assures me returns again, intact after the process, active in the resulting mix. In simple terms, glyphosate hidden inside the meat connective tissues, returns after digestion to threaten the human who eats it. Undeterred by cooking, it will still be there. Bone-broth anyone?

This news, both published and unpublished, is dire. It is not hyperbole to say glyphosate substitution may well be considered to be the cause of most of the idiopathic (unsolved) chronic diseases now rising in human world populations as glyphosate may continue to increase in our diets. The extensive immune damage from a single glyphosate gut disruption, likely leaves life-long auto-immune predilection. So, try this: Please ask your friends who do you know has pain that “doctors” are not treating meaningfully? I’m betting you have heard but possibly discredited someone close to you, thinking they are crazy or self-indulgent. Really?

Why the alarm? What happens if one in a thousand proteins are mis-manufactured by a compound which does not break down as was supposed? Why care about deficient F, Y and W? Well, to put it bluntly, Y is precursor to dopamine (that when fails, produces Parkinson’s disease). W is precursor to both melatonin (without which no brain repair during sleep) and serotonin, also essential for brain well-being and for gut food passage. Without both serotonin and dopamine, any person would likely be sleepless, and possibly exhibit severe mental derangement. Lacking self-esteem, some might become suicidal, or enraged and potentially commit mass mayhem – possibly indiscriminate murders about which their family and friends would then remain in disbelief, clueless about real causes. Could this clearly be a case of de facto government sanctioned poisoning?

Imagine, as friends relate to me, trying to sort through your child’s chronic illness with the doctor, who may be more worried about his financial relationships with his drug company’s reactions if he/she dare ask about Federally sanctioned food toxins.

Please understand, this is now evolutionary history. Never have ecologists seen a man-made contaminant thwart the 4-billion-year-old coding system for all living cells and produce vast amounts of the wrong protein from the correct code. We have a “mutation” without any mutation in the DNA. Why would any responsible scientist, trained to know this ancient locked-in plan of nature, deliberately produce a massive experiment with the largest selling agricultural chemical in history? Is there a just punishment possible for receiving billions of dollars, trading not only the future of human health, but for destroying the fundamental interactions of our entire living planet?



The Glyphosate Grain Problem

So if there are no GMO varieties of wheat in the market, how is glyphosate getting into the wheat and other grains?

Dr. Don Huber, Professor Emeritus of Plant Pathology at Purdue University, explains why:

“There are two reasons that a farmer wants to [use glyphosate on non-GMO crops]. It is for late season weed control in situations where he has patches of green weeds in the field that came up late. [This is commonly done with wheat and barley.] It is a little slower to harvest when weeds are present.

The other reason involves late season snow. In the northern region such as in the Dakotas, in certain parts of Montana, and in the Prairies of Canada, there is a very short growing season. If it snows on the crop at harvest then you may lose the crop, because you can’t get back into the field to do the harvest.

In these regions, 70% of the wheat and barley are desiccated with glyphosate before harvest. [This kills the plant so that it will wilt and dry]. Farmers don’t want to take a risk of losing their entire wheat and barley crop, so they will take a cut in yield and quality by using glyphosate a few weeks before harvest, and then harvest the crop early.

Farmers don’t realize how much they are contaminating that food or feed product when they do this. They will accept the cut [in quality and quantity of the crop], because that can buy them a week advantage in harvest. It’s really more done for ease and planning. However, it is just the dumbest thing you could ever do from a health and safety standpoint.

In fact, beer brewers are having a problem with glyphosate. A few years ago, when one of my colleagues wanted to get more Abraxis test strips for testing materials for glyphosate residue, he was told that they had a 3 month backlog. He asked, what was causing this? He was told that every load of malt barley coming out of North Dakota has to be tested, because the glyphosate levels were so high that it kills the yeast in the brew mix.” (Source.)

Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneff published as study titled: Glyphosate, pathways to modern diseases II: Celiac sprue and gluten intolerance in Interdiscip Toxicol. 2013; Vol. 6 (4): 159–184. They produced the following chart showing a correlation between glyphosate use on wheat and Celiac disease:


EU Bans “Organic” Hydroponic Imports

Cornucopia’s Take: Beginning in 2021, the European Union will no longer accept produce labeled “organic” that has been produced hydroponically, including so-called “container production.” European hydroponic producers who use approved organic inputs will still be able to export their produce to the U.S., although their produce will not be eligible for organic status in their own country. It remains to be seen whether this will increase hydroponic exports from the EU to the U.S. Cornucopia continues to insist that soil-less hydroponic production of vegetables and fruits should not be eligible for sale in the U.S. as organic.


Seneff: “Evaggelos Vallianatos reflects on the corruption at the EPA and the dire future for our planet.”

The US Environmental Protection Agency at a Crossroad

I worked at the EPA from 1979 to 2004, through five administrations (both Republican and Democratic), and watched firsthand how industry guided deregulation, expertly subverting EPA charged with protecting our health, our drinking water, and the air we breathe.

With the assistance of highly placed industry appointees in both the White House and Congress, chemical and agricultural giants essentially control the actions of EPA. The agency routinely shrinks from enforcing the law; does little to bring bad practices to an end; overlooks evidence of wrongdoing; ignores the rapid increase of cancer and other diseases corresponding to the rapid spread and increase of the use of toxic chemicals; and fails to keep polluting companies accountable.

Here’s how it works. Corporate lobbyists meet almost daily with EPA scientists and managers, muscling their corrupt science and pressuring them to say yes to industry proposals. This task is made easier when – as often happens – industry’s chief lobbyists are former EPA political appointees, and senior EPA officials are former industry heavyweights.

EPA scientists quickly learn that challenging the corporate agenda can bring career-ending payback: their decisions will be questioned; their promotions and careers will be put at risk. EPA scientists learn not to ask many questions when they evaluate industry data about new pesticides, for example.

I opposed the agenda of the “regulated” industry. I kept asking questions. I challenged senior EPA officials to justify the unethical practice of licensing neurotoxins for farming. These compounds are siblings of chemical warfare agents.

EPA’s industry bosses hand-pick the scientists to collect data or – inside the agency -- to adopt industry information and rubber stamp it as government policy. A product labeled “EPA Approved” loses its integrity.


Glyphosate Herbicide Causes Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria, Kidney Disease, and Infertility

Glyphosate may well be the most toxic chemical ever approved for commercial use, as it is now linked to kidney disease, antibiotic resistant bacteria, inflammatory bowel disease, obesity, depression, ADHD, autism, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, ALS, multiple sclerosis, cancer, cachexia, infertility, and developmental malformations. It destroys the microbiome of humans and plants, which is the root cause of many modern diseases.


The Well-Stocked Hardware Store - Making the Switch

To assist local garden centers and hardware stores in transitioning their customers to holistic lawn care practices, Beyond Pesticides has crafted the “Well-Stocked Hardware Store,” which provides the products and tools necessary to support a move to healthy, organic landscapes. This guide fits in with Beyond Pesticides’ Model Pesticide Policy and Implementation Plan for Communities, but can be used independently for hardware stores looking to encourage the use of products and practices that protect the health of their customers, community, and the wider environment.


Suspicious Organic Grain Shipment Intercepted at U.S. Port


Common Weed killer Used in Modern Agriculture Could be Main Factor in Gluten Intolerance

In her most recent research published in a peer-reviewed journal along with Anthony Samsel, she looks at the role of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, which is the most popular herbicide used worldwide, and its toxic effect in destroying our digestive system. Here is another piece of the problem when looking at gluten sensitivities. In a recent interview she was asked about glyphosate’s role in Celiac disease and gluten sensitivities, and this was her reply:


Time to Ban Monsanto's Roundup Weedkiller—But Will the EPA Act?

According to Carey Gillam, reporting for U.S. Right to Know, and the plaintiffs’ attorneys, the following experts testified for the plaintiffs.

In February, the U.S. Congress weighed in on the glyphosate-cancer connection. The House Science Committee held a hearing, “In Defense of Scientific Integrity: Examining the IARC Monograph Programme and Glyphosate Review.” For the Republican leaders of the committee, Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and Vice Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.), the purpose of the hearing was to attempt to discredit WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer.

The strategy backfired, as the hearing only stirred public concern over Roundup’s carcinogenicity and Monsanto’s undue influence over EPA decision makers. Chairman Smith’s witnesses were not credible. In fact, they are among the chemical industry’s most notorious shills:

This lie would never have been uncovered if it weren’t for the lawsuits filed on behalf of Roundup-exposed cancer victims that, as the report states, have “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.”

The results of ongoing investigations and court testimony will likely undermine the legitimacy of the EPA’s decision, should it approve glyphosate. As consumers whose food supply is contaminated with glyphosate, we need to keep up the pressure on the EPA, regardless of Pruitt’s ties to Monsanto.


Companies That Modify Livestock Genes Want to be Regulated by the Friendlier USDA Instead of the FDA

The FDA decided otherwise, however. Two days before President Barack Obama left office, the agency said it planned to treat edits made to animals as new drugs. To the agency, genetic tinkering is “intended to affect the structure [or] function” of an animal. Therefore, gene editing, just like any veterinary drug, falls under the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act of 1938, the law from which that phrase comes.


Tell Your Senators: Don’t Put a Dow-Dupont Lawyer in Charge of Cleaning up Dow’s Toxic Waste Dumps!

Peter C. Wright is a lawyer who has spent his entire career helping Monsanto and Dow avoid cleaning up their toxic pollution.

Now, Trump wants to put Wright in charge of—guess what?—forcing companies like Monsanto and Dow to clean up their toxic pollution.

Wright’s current employer, DowDuPont, is listed as the responsible party for more than 100 toxic Superfund sites that the EPA is trying to get cleaned up across the nation.

Wright has a long history of being on the wrong side of the chemical safety debate. One of his favorite defense strategies is to argue that dioxin, a known carcinogen and Monsanto and Dow pollutant, isn’t really as bad as the EPA makes it out to be—even though scientists place dioxin “among the most toxic chemicals known to man.”

This is Wright’s dirty work. He has proudly made a career helping Monsanto and DowDuPont avoid cleaning up their toxic waste—now Trump wants him to be in charge of that project for the entire country, including all of the sites that Dow and Monsanto poisoned with dioxin contamination in the process of making and storing Agent Orange.


Half of All Children Will Be Autistic by 2025, Warns Senior Research Scientist at MIT

This month, the USDA released a study finding that although there were detectable levels of pesticide residue in more than half of food tested by the agency, 99% of samples taken were found to be within levels the government deems safe, and 40% were found to have no detectable trace of pesticides at all. The USDA added, however, that due to “cost concerns,” it did not test for residues of glyphosate. Let’s repeat that: they never tested for the active ingredient in the most widely used herbicide in the world. “Cost concerns”? How absurd—unless they mean it will cost them too much in terms of the special relationship between the USDA and Monsanto. You may recall the revolving door between Monsanto and the federal government, with agency officials becoming high-paying executives—and vice versa! Money, power, prestige: it’s all there. Monsanto and the USDA love to scratch each others’ backs. Clearly this omission was purposeful.


'Green Enough'

In her book, Segedie exposes thousands of brands and products that contain toxic and hormone-disrupting ingredients. She also offers sane, common-sense guidance for choosing safer, toxin-free products, as well as advice on where to buy meat, dairy and eggs that don’t contain antibiotics, GMOs, growth hormones and dangerous pathogens.




Dr Belinda Martineau

We need all the facts on GMOs – not just the ones that zealous GMO proponents cherry-pick. Below is an excellent article by Dr Belinda Martineau, who helped develop the world's first commercialised GM food, the Flavr Savr tomato.

Food Evolution film neglects to mention important facts… like glyphosate is a probable human carcinogen

I was invited to participate in a panel discussion of the film at the University of San Francisco earlier this month. What follows is a copy of the remarks I made.

The reason scientists need to be abjectly honest when explaining genetic engineering to the public is because… only by considering all the pertinent, available information—the whole truth about crop genetic engineering as we know it—can society at large make good, informed decisions about how to use and control this powerful technology.

Instead, this film leaves out important information that is crucial to an informed public debate about GMOs.

We knew adding foreign genes to plants could cause mutations in the recipient plant, for example, and that sometimes the inserted DNA sequence had been changed from the DNA sequence we had intended to insert. We therefore suggested to FDA ways that we would identify and minimize such unintended effects. And frankly, I was surprised when, in May of 1992, before its scientists had thoroughly examined all the data we had sent them, FDA decided that, with only a couple of exceptions, regulation of GE food and feed crops would not be required by that agency; it put a voluntary consultation process in place instead. It remains a voluntary system to this day. [See my previous blog post for more information on the timing of FDA’s GMO policy in relation to its review of Calgene’s safety data.]

For example, it leaves out important information pertaining to the safety of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide. It neglects to mention the fact that the arm of the World Health Organization that classifies compounds as carcinogenic—or not—the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), has classified glyphosate as an animal carcinogen and a probable human carcinogen. [Since the release of Food Evolution, Monsanto sued California for using IARC’s classification to require warnings of glyphosate exposure; Monsanto lost that law suit and, on April 19, 2018, Monsanto lost its appeal of that decision as well.]

I say that Séralini’s original study should never have been retracted. And Professor Fred Gould, who was the chairman of the committee that put together the most recent National Academy of Sciences report on GMOs, told me [during the “on the record” Scientific Uncertainty and Professional Ethics panel discussion of GMOs and scientific uncertainty that I mentioned above] that he agreed that the paper should never have been retracted.


FDA OKs GM salmon facility at Albany, Indiana


Is Cornell University misleading us on GMO food safety? by Claire Robinson

Watch lecture ten of our independent lecture series to learn that Cornell is indeed misleading us on the safety of GMOs (among a host of other topics).


EFSA boss: EU food law overhaul ‘a big step towards transparency’

The European Commission made it absolutely clear that, under its proposal, EFSA will publish everything that is not protected. And I find this very useful. Of course, it’s also a challenge for us in terms of IT infrastructure. It won’t be like putting 10,000 pages of pdf files on the internet – we’re talking about structured data that should be searchable. This means industry will also have to submit data in a structured way, which will involve a lot of talks with them to make it happen.

Another aspect, which I find is missing in the current discussion, is that academic research will have access to this data. And maybe academic research will find patterns in the data that regulators didn’t see.


Pesticide Executives Are Running Ag Policy for Donald Trump

The USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service is the “eyes, ears, and voice for U.S. agriculture around the world.”


BASF to Crank Up R&D `Two Gears' With Bayer Seeds, Next CEO Says

BASF will soon enter the crop-seed business with its agreement to purchase agriculture assets from Bayer. That sale is part of Bayer’s effort to win antitrust approval for its $66 billion purchase of Monsanto Co.

Brudermueller said gene editing tools such as Crispr-Cas will help BASF develop seeds designed to work with crop chemicals, much as Monsanto’s Roundup Ready seeds are genetically engineered to survive applications of Roundup herbicide.


Seneff: “Multiple countries are beginning to recognize the dangers of glyphosate and restricting its use. You might hope regulators in the US would notice this and maybe implement glyphosate restrictions.”

Germany + 13 Other Countries Say No to Glyphosate: What About the U.S.?

If Germany passes this regulation, it will join many other countries that are saying no to glyphosate.

According to Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, a U.S. law firm representing hundreds of plaintiffs suing Monsanto for allegedly causing their cancer, the following countries have banned or placed restrictions on the use of glyphosate:

• Belgium: In 2017, the Flemish government banned individual use of glyphosate and voted against relicensing glyphosate in the EU. The country was one of six EU member states to sign a letter to the EU Commission calling for "an exit plan for glyphosate."
• Bermuda: The island outlawed the private and commercial sale of all glyphosate-based herbicides.
• Colombia: In 2015, the country forbid the use of glyphosate to eliminate illegal plantations of coca, often used to make cocaine, due to concern that the herbicide causes cancer. However in 2017, the country reinstituted its controversial fumigation program. But instead of using aerial fumigation, glyphosate is now sprayed manually, from the ground.
• Netherlands: Dutch officials have banned all non-commercial use of glyphosate.
• Sri Lanka: In 2014, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa mandated an all-out ban on glyphosate, following a study linking Roundup to Fatal Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), the second-leading cause of death among males in the country. Sri Lanka was the first country to issue a nationwide ban on glyphosate.
• El Salvador: Passed a law banning glyphosate, citing the same study linking fatal chronic kidney disease to Roundup.
• Middle Eastern countries, including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman and the United Arab Emirates, have stopped glyphosate use.
• France: President Emmanuel Macron announced in Novemenber 2017, an outright ban on glyphosate, to take effect "within three years."

“For decades now, the public has been exposed, unknowingly and against their will, to glyphosate, despite mounting evidence that this key active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide is harmful to human health and the environment,” International Director of Organic Consumers Association Ronnie Cummins explained. “Now, is the time to increase pressure around the world and encourage more states, cities and countries to ban this toxic chemical.”


Jonathan Foley

Global Environmental Scientist. Wonder Junky. Author. Executive Director, California Academy of Sciences. My words, my views.

Zombie GMO Myths

Before I dive into them, I should state here, for the record, that I am neither “for” or “against” GMOs. To me, they are simply a new kind of technology, and technology can be used poorly or wisely.

My concern about GMOs is that they are being used very poorly right now, and without larger social and environmental consequences in mind. Plus, their use is largely driven by profit, which makes me nervous. And even the more enlightened proponents of GMOs still seem to overlook to the longer-term environmental, economic, and social impacts of this technology.

With that in mind, here are my responses to the zombie GMO questions I get asked all the time.

*Please don’t be a smartypants and say, “Hey, all crops are genetically modified”. Yes, yes, we have been selectively breeding plants for thousands of years. We all know that. But the term “GMOs” refers to the recent development of “gene splicing” and the development of transgenic crops, creating forms of life that nature, or selective breeding, could never have created.


How Big Sugar Killed a 1968 Study That Pointed to a Heart Disease Link - 2017

Industries have been trying to influence the scientific debate around products for decades, a tactic that can sometimes have unintended consequences.

Arty turns 11 this summer.