“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.”)

“*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

Toxic Truth: New Evidence for Banning Monsanto's Roundup Weedkiller

As reported this week in the Guardian, new tests show that when Roundup’s key active ingredient, glyphosate, is combined with other chemicals to create the final product, the herbicide is more toxic to human cells than glyphosate alone.

“We don’t know what the formulation is,” Devito told the Guardian.” That is confidential business information.” According to the Guardian, for testing purposes, scientists sourced some samples from store shelves, picking up products the EPA told them were the top sellers, he said.

Adjuvants in pesticides are generally declared as inerts, and for this reason they are not tested in long-term regulatory experiments. It is thus very surprising that they amplify up to 1000 times the toxicity of their AP [active ingredient] in 100% of the cases where they are indicated to be present by the manufacturer.”


Judge Rules Non-Profits Can Sue Monsanto for Misleading Labeling of Popular Herbicide Roundup

Jay Feldman, executive director of Beyond Pesticides, the lead plaintiff in the case, said:

“In the face of EPA’s poor regulation of pesticides, misleading pesticide product labeling cannot be left unchecked. The court’s decision to allow our case to move forward, in denying Monsanto’s motion to dismiss, is critical to showing that the company is deceiving the public with a safety claim on its Roundup (glyphosate) label. Its advertising and labeling claim that Roundup ‘targets an enzyme found in plants but not in people or pets’ is false, given the devastating harm that glyphosate has on beneficial bacteria in the gut biome. The disruption of the gut biome is associated with a host of 21st century diseases, including asthma, autism, bacterial vaginosis, cardiovascular disease, cancer, Crohn’s disease, depression, inflammatory bowel disease, leaky gut syndrome, multiple sclerosis, obesity, Type 1 and 2 diabetes, and Parkinson’s.

“The science on the hazards of Roundup (glyphosate) are clear and Monsanto officials know it. With this case, we seek to ensure that the public is not misled by false advertising and product labeling in the marketplace. It is a critical step toward ensuring that people are fully informed before purchasing toxic products that can poison them, their families, and the communities where they live.”

OCA International Director, Ronnie Cummins said:

“Monsanto aggressively markets Roundup as ‘safe’ for humans and animals, despite newer studies indicating that glyphosate may be carcinogenic and its use may affect human and animal cardiovascular, endocrine, nervous and reproductive systems. No reasonable consumer seeing the claim on this product that glyphosate targets an enzyme not found ‘in people or pets’ would expect that Roundup actually targets an important bacterial enzyme found in humans and animals, affecting the health of their immune system.

“Survey after survey shows that consumers rely on labels to guide their purchases and keep them and their families safe. When corporations mislead on the issue of a product’s effect on consumers and their families, they put everyone, but especially young children—in this case, playing in yards and parks—at risk, leaving the public no other recourse than to use the legal system to seek the removal of this misleading information.”

U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly, a Trump appointee, ruled that OCA and BP presented enough evidence to support that Monsanto’s labeling of its flagship weedkiller, Roundup, misleads consumers.


Judge Rules on Misleading Roundup Label Lawsuit

“This is a very important court ruling that brings a crucial issue into focus; We need to know much more about what glyphosate and other ubiquitous chemicals are doing to our gut microbiome, which according to research is the key to our health and happiness. We know far too little about glyphosate and that will only be changed if comprehensive independent science is supported globally,” says Henry Rowlands, director of The Detox Project.


GMO Free USA: “When you thought it couldn't get worse... Scott Pruitt's EPA is considering Syngenta's proposal to spray their neonicotinoid-class, bee-killing pesticide, thiamethoxam, on the most widely grown crops in the U.S. The application, if approved, would allow the highly toxic pesticide to be sprayed directly on 165 million acres of wheat, barley, corn, sorghum, alfalfa, rice and potato. Syngenta gets richer, our bees die, more neurotoxins in our food and... you can guess the rest.”

EPA Considers Allowing Bee-Killing Pesticide to Be Sprayed on 165 Million Acres of U.S. Farmland

"If the EPA grants Syngenta's wish, it will spur catastrophic declines of aquatic invertebrates and pollinator populations that are already in serious trouble," said Lori Ann Burd, director of the Center for Biological Diversity's environmental health program. "You know the pesticide-approval process is broken when the EPA announces it will consider expanding the use of this dangerous pesticide on the same day its own scientists reveal that the chemical kills birds and aquatic invertebrates."


The Cornucopia Institute

is a nonprofit organization engaged in research and educational activities supporting the ecological principles and economic wisdom underlying sustainable and organic agriculture. Through research and investigations on agricultural and food issues, The Cornucopia Institute provides needed information to family farmers, consumers, stakeholders involved in the good food movement, and the media.

USDA Rejects Organic Checkoff Proposal

“We are delighted that this poorly thought out proposal was rejected by the USDA,” said Will Fantle of The Cornucopia Institute, a farm policy organization and organic industry watchdog. “This is a win for organic farmers and their allies,” Fantle added.


Expert Advisory Panel Addresses Imports Fraud and Biodiversity Conservation

Prior to the meeting, the Real Organic Project released their provisional standards, planned to be implemented on roughly 50 “pilot” farms this summer. Dixon noted that this particular add-on label is farmer-driven and an attempt to guide consumers to organic products that come from farms using soil- and pasture-based production. The label effort came after the USDA ignored the requirement for soil in the organic regulations by allowing hydroponic production to be certified.


Hydroponic Producer Calls Soil “Inert,” Soil Farmers Know Better

Cornucopia’s Take: Hydroponic growers in the interview below claim that soil is just another “inert” medium. Real organic farmers know better. Soil is teeming with microbiological activity, fungus, and other tiny life forms that exist in beautiful symbiosis with plants. Real organic farmers care for the biodiversity around them, grow humus, and build soil fertility to trap carbon and water in the earth. Plants grown in soil receive micronutrients that cannot be replaced by liquid fertilizer in water. Cornucopia’s Mark Kastel explains that the organic certification of hydroponic produce is not just confusing for consumers, it is against the law that created organic certification in the first place.


Unreleased FDA Testing Reveals Glyphosate in Common Household Foods

Cornucopia’s Take: As glyphosate is sprayed on corn, soy, wheat, and oat crops in rising amounts, it is finding its way into cereals, crackers, and many other products on grocery store shelves. Unfortunately, the FDA is under no obligation to share their full findings with public, unless the public files a freedom of information request, as The Guardian has done. The FDA official report will be released in late 2018 or early 2019. Glyphosate is not allowed in organic agriculture, although its ubiquitous use in conventional and GMO agriculture has caused widespread contamination of soil and water.


GE Salmon Caught, Temporarily, in a Net of Regulation

Cornucopia’s Take: Genetically engineered (GE) salmon by AquaBounty have yet to hit U.S. markets, in part because the FDA has yet to come out with their GE labeling law. Funding behind the GE salmon appears to be nearly infinite, and AquaBounty is determined to wait out legislators and policies. While it is likely that these fish will make it to U.S. markets at some point, many retailers have already stated they will not carry the controversial fish, and modern salmon breeding has already produced fish that mature as quickly as the AqaBounty fish. We will continue to monitor this story as it unfolds.


Moms: “I have mixed feeling about this- CEO of Monsanto stepping down. On one hand, I am totally thrilled- I don't have to see him at Monsanto shareholder meetings anymore, extolling the virtues of GMOs and glyphosate. I feel good about that. On the other hand, he is not going to JAIL and the Bayer/Monsanto company is just getting bigger. The German company will own 60% of the world's food seeds and 70% of cotton seeds. That is not only scary, it is stupid. We gotta keep raising awareness folks, even when it feels we are going upstream, that's the time to be the strongest.”

Monsanto CEO to leave company after Bayer acquisition


Moms: “Congressman Lieu actually cares about toxins in our food and our health crisis. What about your Representative?”

Lieu: “Last year I asked the @TheJusticeDept to investigate allegations the @EPA was covering up the dangers of glyphosate, the active ingredient in the weed killer RoundUp manufactured by Monsanto.

New info suggests this toxic chemical is now found in common food items. Unacceptable.”


Tell Congress: Pass the Local FARMS Act!

Either way, consumers are buying more local food, as are restaurants, schools and other institutions. And yet, our $90 billion Farm Bill is written largely to favor the corporations that produce factory farm meat and highly processed GMO junk foods—it does little to help build markets and infrastructure designed to support your local independent farmer.

The Local Food and Regional Market Supply (Local FARMS) Act aims to change that.

The bill, introduced by Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Representatives Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb), and Sean Maloney (D-N.Y.), would support the continued expansion of new market opportunities for American family farmers by:

• Helping farmers reach new markets through outreach, cost-share, and technical assistance programs

• Increasing access to fresh, healthy, local food among low-income groups and communities in need

• Developing new and strengthening existing infrastructure that connects producers to consumers

The Agriculture Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives has already passed their version of the Farm Bill (H.R. 2) and the Local FARMS Act isn’t in it. On the bright side, H.R. 2 may not have the votes to pass the House.


Citizens Regeneration Lobby (CRL)

is the Organic Consumers Association's sister lobbying organization. CRL is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit education and grassroots lobbying organization that builds local, state, regional and national support, among citizens and government officials, for local and regional organic regenerative agriculture and policies.


This is an excellent video that will bring you up-to-date on what’s been going on with glyphosate and Monsanto in the last year.

Seneff: “20 minute documentary on the dangers of glyphosate and how Monsanto protects it.”

Make some time in your day to watch our mini documentary highlighting all the strategies and toxic tricks used by Monsanto to ensure that they can sell their products, despite the clear dangers for humans and for the enviroment.

Monsanto’s Toxic Tricks


Seneff: “New German documentary on the Bayer/Monsanto merger.”

‘Harvest of Greed:’ Provocative New Film Exposes True Dangers of the Monsanto-Bayer Merger For the World to See

Despite the slanted title against the chemical farming industry, the documentary takes both sides of the equation into account, educating viewers on the chemical companies’ viewpoints while also chronicling the widespread troubles, protests and concerns of natural and family farmers worldwide.

It includes interviews with Bayer CEO Werner Baumann and Monsanto CEO Robert Fraley and offers unprecedented access into their facilities, but also tells the complex stories of adversarial farmers, environmental advocates and protesters on the ground through expert storytelling and interview footage.

Many of them face difficult questions as they wrestle with the enormous specter of the two mega-corporations, both of which have been involved not just in the agricultural system but also some of the most egregious wartime horrors of the past century.


Here is the USDA’s proposed label for foods containing genetically engineered ingredients. (This is the alternative to the complex and confusing QR codes that many companies will use because they know consumers won’t scan them.) While terms like “GMO,” “GM,” “GE,” are now widely used by everyone, USDA decides to create a new acronym, “BE.” Is it just to confuse people more?

New Federally Required GMO Labels Won't Say 'GMO'

According to Politico, the USDA’s long-awaited106-page proposal for how companies must disclose the presence of genetically modified ingredients in their products includes eliminating the words “genetically modified” or “genetically engineered” and replacing them with “bioengineered.”

That means no more “GMO”—instead consumers will see “BE” on the environmentally friendly looking green and yellow images.

The images are just as insulting to consumers as the law, which the chemical and junk food industry lobbyists spent $400 million to pass—under the specious name of the “Safe and Affordable Food Labeling Act.”


Seneff: “I will be giving a webinar presentation linking glyphosate to gut dysbiosis and autism on May 8. Jeffrey Smith will be talking about the benefits of an organic diet on May 17. Here's the link where you can register for these events.”

May 8 - Glyphosate, Autism and Gut Dysbiosis: Connecting the Dots - Dr. Stephanie Seneff

May 17 - Three Reasons Why Organic Diets Can Cure You - Jeffrey Smith, IRT


What causes intestinal inflammation? Glyphosate, gmo foods do.

Fecal markers of intestinal inflammation and intestinal permeability are elevated in Parkinson's disease - February 2018


Fecal markers reflecting intestinal inflammation and increased intestinal permeability have been primarily investigated in inflammatory bowel disease so far. Our data indicate that calprotectin, alpha-1-antitrypsin and zonulin could be useful non-invasive markers in PD as well. Even though these markers are not disease-specific, they corroborate the hypothesis of an intestinal inflammation as contributing factor in the pathogenesis of PD. Further investigations are needed to determine whether calprotectin, alpha-1-antitrypsin and zonulin can be used to define PD subgroups and to monitor the effect of interventions in PD.


Toxic Overload From Within… Metabolic Endotoxemia by Jill Carnaham, M.D.

The Leaky Gut Cycle & LPS

When a person has intestinal permeability or leaky gut syndrome, these LPS can leak through the gastrointestinal wall and into the bloodstream causing serious, bodywide inflammation. This can cause a vicious cycle of declining health that looks like this:

Inflammation of the gut lining leading to leaky gut and…

Poor nutrient absorption (especially vitamin B12, magnesium, and iron), which then causes…
A strong immune system response to the offending particles, which causes…
Gastrointestinal issues including food intolerances, celiac disease and eventually leading to various autoimmune diseases.

And autoimmune disease may cause inflammation of the gut lining, which starts this cycle over again. Within this cycle, LPS is pouring from the gut lumen into the bloodstream, causing inflammation, and exacerbating every step along the way.


Seneff: “Here's another great blog post by Marty Michener on toxic metals.”

Marty Michener, Ph.D.

Marty Michener has focused on nature and health for over 60 years, earning a BS at Cornell University and a PhD at Harvard University both in biology. Until last year, he taught soils and plants at the Boston Architectural College, School for Landscape Architecture, and recently taught plant and ecology courses at Harvard Arnold Arboretum and at Antioch University of New England. From 1980 until 1996 he was employed as an environmental consultant, working especially on wetland delineation and evaluation. His recent e-publication, Beneath the Fruited Plain, is an example of his ability to relate human ecology observations to include sustainable agriculture, soil science, nutrition, and field studies. He now studies the human ecology of idiopathic diseases, regenerative soil health and sustainable nutrition, serving as part-time Science Coordinator for the Hudson Foundation for Agricultural Integrity, Hudson, NY. This blog contains many original essays on a variety of interests.

Welcome to our oasis of information. Thanks to having so many unique and well informed friends, it has been a lifetime of learning on many fronts. Much of the truth I’ve found to be contrary to “mainstream”, and I am taking this uncensored medium to give, at any one point in time, my best appraisal of the most useful “take” on each topic.

For a devoted scientist, expertise is time-dependent. I have written that a scientist is one who is glad to being shown wrong. We will see how we hold up.

Elemental Impacts - POISON OR MEDICINE? Marty Michener, Ph.D.

(Mercury, aluminum, glyphosate, florine, beryllium, chromium, aresenic, lead)

In our own culture’s twisted logic, many popular medical procedures have been shown over time to be categorically unsafe at all levels, despite doctors having been taught to apply them widely. In fact, today’s physicians are often only advised by the procedure sales representative technicians, motivated by high product acceptance. Thus doctors recite to their patients only the favorable facts, leaving out the side-effects they may not know about. This the news media would have us believe is “science-based medicine.”

The FDA has reduced the use of thimerosal in vaccines, but is publicly still defending the safety of Thimerosal’s use in all vaccines. So much for science-based medicine, replaced by bought-out-politician-based medicine.


The good news is that removing amalgam fillings, and ensuring sufficient dietary sulfur and selenium helps prevent mercury accumulations and it slowly eliminates the stored burden.


Dr. Seneff and colleagues report aluminum concentrating in the pineal glands, where it debilitates the process of transferring sulfate from cholesterol sulfate and heparan sulfate to the essential factor in brain maintenance: melatonin sulfate.


Aluminum gains entry to mitochondria as a mimic of calcium. It also gains entry chelated by glyphosate, now commonly found in many foods. High aluminum is found in the pineal gland during autopsies of Alzheimer’s and autistic bodies. Nanoparticle aluminum has been found highly destructive; it causes cells to self-destruct.


Summary: All the evidence points to glyphosate herbicide making aluminum more destructive. Ecological balance requires as much prevention of ingesting these synergistic xenotoxins as possible.


Curb Your Confusion - The Myth of Natural Foods

Through our Myth of Natural Campaign, we directly confront food companies—sometimes using consumer protection laws like those in Washington, D.C. and California as the basis for lawsuits—for labeling or marketing products as “natural” when independent lab testing shows the products to be contaminated with pesticides, antibiotics and other drugs, and “unnatural” ingredients.

Examples include: Nature Valley Granola Bars, which tested positive for glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup® weed killer; Post Shredded Wheat, which tested positive for glyphosate (the suit has been settled); Sioux Honey, which tested positive for glyphosate; Sanderson Farms chicken which tested positive for a long list of drugs, hormones, pesticides and other contaminants; and Bigelow Tea, which tested positive for glyphosate.

OCA’s Myth of Natural Campaign also addresses other labeling and marketing claims, many of which imply that products were produced using “natural,” “sustainable” or “socially responsible” methods of production.

The Myth of Natural Campaign also takes on corporations like Ben & Jerry’s and Bigelow that claim to be “socially responsible” and “environmentally friendly” despite the presence of pesticides in their products and the use of toxic chemicals or unfair labor practices in their supply chains.



Now in 2016, alarm bells are ringing and in California alone, the problem has become incredibly severe:

“The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that the U.S. Forest Service has identified an additional 36 million dead trees across California since its last aerial survey in May 2016. This brings the total number of dead trees since 2010 to over 102 million on 7.7 million acres of California’s drought stricken forests. In 2016 alone, 62 million trees have died, representing more than a 100 percent increase in dead trees across the state from 2015. Millions of additional trees are weakened and expected to die in the coming months and years.”


“Life is being killed off, you can see it in the trees.”


David Suzuki - Silent Forest


I can’t find the actual published paper, but check out the second article on tea and glyphosate...

Tea records highest concentration of Glyphosate: US research

According to the paper, Glyphosate is the most widely applied herbicide in the world to eliminate broadleaf weeds and grasses that compete with crops. The paper said the highest concentration was found in four specific sample sources. They are tea bag, tea leaves, coffee power and honey.

“We observed elevated urinary glyphosate levels in participants who drank tea,” the paper said.




When Corporations Play 'Monopoly,' Consumers Lose

Robert Reich wants you to know about the biggest economic problem you’ve heard almost nothing about—the Monopolization of America—and how it affects what you pay for food and other consumer products.

In his latest video on Facebook, released Sunday and already seen by more than 500,000 viewers, Reich says America’s monopoly problem stems from the “hidden upward redistribution of money and power from the majority of Americans to corporate executives and wealthy shareholders.”


The Monopolization of America


Take Action to Ban Neonics in the U.S.!

The neonicotinoid insecticides now banned in the E.U are sold by Bayer and Syngenta and used by Monsanto to coat its genetically engineered seeds. They are the cause of the massive bee die-offs that commercial beekeepers in the U.S. reported this year—and every year since 2006.


Carbon dioxide, New York farms, cover crops holding the weeds down, 10 minutes.

Regenerative agriculture -- a solution to climate change | Ben Dobson | TEDxHudson

Dobson has been a farmer his entire life. But it wasn’t until six years ago that he made the connection between agriculture and climate change.


Judy Hoy - Author of Changing Faces: The Consequences of Exposure to Gene and Thyroid Disrupting Toxins

In the Northwest there’s a saying “Shoot – Shovel -Shut up” describing the prevalence of ranchers killing live stock of all kinds with birth defects.

Judy talks very specifically of some of the issues she’s seen with bison and deer with dysfunctional and missing male genitalia.


RFK, Jr.: “This is huge!”

New York prevails on natural gas pipeline denial

"The court rightfully denied the attempt to use the federal justice system to force New Yorkers into a pipeline we don't want and don't need," said Wes Gillingham, associate director of Catskill Mountainkeeper.


Experts Beg Gardeners To Look For Hummingbird Eggs Before They Prune

“Hummingbird eggs are tiny, about the size of jelly beans! Please remember to carefully check for nests before you trim trees and shrubs this spring.”


Studies Link Canine Cancers to Lawn Chemicals


CBD Oil Benefits: How To Heal Your Dog With Hemp

Arty turns 11 this summer.