Benbrook testified that Lee Johnson’s Roundup exposure exceeded the typical exposure
endured by the farmers who were the subjects of Monsanto’s loudly touted Agricultural
Health Study. Large-scale farmers are “inside a cab with glass and a sophisticated
air filtration system… the [farm] industry’s done a great job of really minimizing
exposures for people—with modern equipment,” Benbrook said, while Lee and other non-farm
users “use either a backpack sprayer or a hand-held sprayer… kind of like a power washer,”
which leak and create aerosols that follow the applicator in a toxic cloud. (RFK, Jr.)
Plaintiff’s Final Live Witness Testifies in Monsanto Trial
On Friday morning, July 29, day 13 of the Monsanto trial, we called our final live witness in Dewayne Johnson’s case against Monsanto—Dr. Charles Benbrook. Benbrook is an agricultural and toxicology scientist. A Harvard graduate and former executive director of the National Academy of Sciences, Benbrook has been studying the link between glyphosate and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma since 2000.
Benbrook is part of the team of scientists working with Children’s Environmental Health Network to study the effects of widespread herbicide exposure on children. He explained that “there’s great concern, particularly in the Midwest,” due to Roundup’s increased pervasiveness, and that there had been a “substantial increase in herbicide use [over that period]. There’s [now] over three quarters of a pound of the glyphosate-active ingredient applied on every cropland acre in America if you spread it out equally.”
Benbrook testified that our Monsanto-friendly Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) focus on glyphosate alone is a sham intended to gloss over the more important question of “whether the Roundup formulation itself, not just a single ingredient, is toxic and carcinogenic.” He said that Monsanto uses a potent surfactant that dramatically amplifies Roundup’s toxicity.
Benbrook testified that glyphosate is a proven animal carcinogen. My colleague, Brent Wisner of Baum Hedlund Law, delicately asked a series of carefully phrased questions to lead Benbrook through descriptions of some of the 20-odd animal studies linking Roundup to cancer.
In recent days, as described in an earlier post, our side has been dealt a series of harsh rulings by Judge Bolanos, rulings which limited the admissibility of this class of evidence. Monsanto’s attorney, Kirby Griffis, objected forcefully whenever Wisner and Benbrook edged near the red lines drawn by the judge. Despite these interruptions, Benbrook succeeded, if haltingly, in describing Monsanto’s attempts to suppress data on glyphosate’s carcinogenicity.
Benbrook showed that Monsanto had repeatedly killed internal company studies of carcinogenicity. When an EPA-mandated animal study showed clear evidence of glyphosate’s carcinogenicity, the company bullied and bamboozled the EPA to withdraw the study. According to Benbrook, that study showed that “three in 50 of exposed mice were getting kidney tumors following exposure.” When the EPA caved in, it ordered Monsanto to redo the study. Monsanto simply sandbagged the agency, refusing to comply. Eventually, the beleaguered agency backed down completely.
Benbrook pushed back hard on Griffis’ claim that the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) never looked at real-world exposure data before issuing its monograph that glyphosate is a probable human carcinogen. “Heavens no,” Benbrook said laughing at the Monsanto attorney. “The very first section addresses use and exposure!”
Benbrook also eviscerated Monsanto scientist, Dr. William Goldstein’s earlier testimony that the IARC committee “cherry picked the data that they wanted to focus on rather than looking at the broader weight of evidence.” Benbrook explained:
“IARC relies only on scientific studies published in peer-reviewed journals, where all the data is available, the methods are available, the science is transparent, if you will, fully explained. One of the things IARC does… certainly better than any regulatory agency around the world, is really critically evaluate the quality of the individual studies so that they put the most weight on the best studies.”
Benbrook contrasted IARC’s open, transparent protocols with EPA’s dubious practice of relying upon secret, unpublished and not peer-reviewed studies by industry, and upon covert consultations with the regulated company.
Benbrook testified that Lee Johnson’s Roundup exposure exceeded the typical exposure endured by the farmers who were the subjects of Monsanto’s loudly touted Agricultural Health Study. Large-scale farmers are “inside a cab with glass and a sophisticated air filtration system… the [farm] industry’s done a great job of really minimizing exposures for people—with modern equipment,” Benbrook said, while Lee and other non-farm users “use either a backpack sprayer or a hand-held sprayer… kind of like a power washer,” which leak and create aerosols that follow the applicator in a toxic cloud.
Benbrook was a powerful final live witness who reinforced, and tied together, the testimony of the Plaintiff’s five-week parade of expert fact witnesses. Kirby Griffis’ (Monsanto) afternoon cross examination of Benbrook was bootless.
As one of our final treats for the jury, Wisner played videotaped testimony of Steven Gould, Monsanto’s head of sales for the West Coast, who worked closely with product safety chief Dr. Donna Farmer during his time at Monsanto. As the tape played on the courtroom monitor, the jury watched Plaintiff counsel’s Jeff Seldomridge of the Miller Firm catch Gould in embarrassing whoppers so many times during the video depo that the befuddled Gould looked like a nervous wreck by the time the credits rolled.
In his finalé, Gould grudgingly acknowledged trading emails with Greg Fernald, a chief marketer for Roundup’s California distributor, Wilbur-Ellis. Gould complained to Fernald that California school districts were banning the use of Roundup on school grounds.
“It’s hard to understand how against all science and law they can do that—can do this,” Fernald responds. “We are being overrun by liberals and morons, sort of like a zombie movie. So we just have to start taking them out one at a time, starting with the elections next year.”
Gould admitted to Seldomridge that he so admired Fernald’s turn of phrase that he forwarded Fernald’s email to Monsanto’s employees. Unfortunately, since we are before a California jury, Judge Bolanos had us redact out all reference to California, but the video was still effective.
The plaintiff’s trial team closed its case with the videotaped testimony from former Monsanto product salesman, Kirk Azevedo, who joined Monsanto on an idealistic impulse after seeing a speech by Monsanto’s founder, Robert Shapiro. During that talk, Shapiro described his vision of a green, clean and safe future in which Monsanto would make itself an exemplar of good corporate citizenship. Azevedo recalled Shapiro describing his vision for “reducing in-process waste and the factories of the future not being these spewing pollution factories, but, you know being these plants that are going to be green and we can, you know, help, you know, save the world in this regard.”
Azevedo then described a subsequent deflating interaction with a Monsanto senior vice president at a training seminar for the chemical company’s market managers. The V.P. was dismissive, “We don’t know what Robert Shapiro is really talking about here. He’s just kind of this visionary guy. This sort of thing isn’t really what we’re about. We’re about making money, so get that straight.”
We feel that the trial is going our way. Earlier in the morning, Wisner read a stipulation to the jury describing Monsanto’s value, which is relevant to the company’s ability to pay large damages. In June, Monsanto sold itself for $66 billion to Bayer (a German company cut from the same corrupt, manipulating and deceptive cloth as Monsanto). We were disheartened when Judge Ramos cautioned our side against any mention of Monsanto’s $66-billion market value to the jury. Finally, we stipulated with the company’s defense counsel that we would only use the company’s book value; a relatively paltry $6.6 billion. The tradeoff is that we can mention that Monsanto has $3.3 billion in cash on hand.
Government Approves Ban on the Cultivation of GMOs in Ireland
The Cabinet has agreed to enable Ireland to prohibit or restrict the cultivation of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in Ireland.https://sustainablepulse.com/2018/07/12/...d/#.W2Q-btJKhD-
I’ll post when there is another replay.
This weekend, you can watch all 20 videos for free from the Healing from GMOs and Roundup series starting now, through Monday, July 30th, at 9 am Pacific / 12 noon Eastern.
Jeffrey has created a short video to tell you about which are the best interviews to watch in case you don’t have time to view all of them. Please click here to watch Jeffrey’s short video. You then must come back to this email in order to register for free access to the replay weekend. (There is no registration link from the video’s page.)https://vimeo.com/282018665/7ec5b6d209https://healingfromgmos.com/irt-reg/
Another good reason to know your farmer.
Local certified grass fed farmer - Autumn’s Harvest Farm in Romulus.
Do You Know Where Your Meat Comes From?
But beef and pork? Those products are exempt from COOL laws. That means consumers have no idea where their steak and bacon came from, unless the producer chooses to label it.
Ever since COOL was repealed in 2015, U.S. cattle ranchers, including those in the grassfed beef industry, have been vocal on the need to reestablish the labeling law.
According to a lawsuit filed in June 2017, by American ranchers and cattle producers against the USDA and Sec. of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, millions of pounds of beef are now being imported from various countries and labeled as “Product of the U.S.A,” despite only undergoing repackaging in the U.S. The lawsuit alleges that this practice violates the Tariff Act of 1930.
While the lawsuit makes its way through the courts, Kenny Graner, president of the U.S. Cattlemen's Association (USCA), is looking for an opening in the recent NAFTA negotiations to strike a deal with Canada and Mexico that restore the labels on beef. (The WTO governs global trade, while NAFTA resolves trade disputes that erupt between only Canada, Mexico and the U.S.).https://www.organicconsumers.org/blog/do-you-know-where-your-meat-comes
U.S. Grassfed Meat Producers Need Your Help—Act By Midnight August 17
If you think meat labeled “Product of U.S.A.” should come from cattle actually raised in the U.S.—not imported from other countries—you’re not alone.
The American Grassfed Association (AGA) and the Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) have submitted a petition to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) asking that the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Services Agency change its labeling policy so that imported beef can no longer be labeled “Product of U.S.A.” just because the meat passed through a U.S.-based inspection plant, or was blended with meat from cattle actually born and raised in the U.S.
TAKE ACTION BY MIDNIGHT AUGUST 17: Sign the petition to help U.S. grassfed meat producers stop foreign meat from being labeled “Product of U.S.A.”https://advocacy.organicconsumers.org/page/6335/petition/1
RFK, Jr.: “Brand new study shows glyphosate harms DNA in human blood cells.”
The mechanism of DNA damage induced by Roundup 360 PLUS, glyphosate and AMPA in human peripheral blood mononuclear cells - genotoxic risk assessement
USDA Inspectors Complained About Chemicals Sprayed on Poultry. They Were Ignored.
A must see video.
Copy and paste the below link in your address bar.https://www.facebook.com/organicconsumer...MTQ1NA/?__xts__
"Biotechnology, Agrichemicals and The Value of Life" - Free Public Event - Kauai, Hawaii
Hopefully this will be recorded. Fyi...
Please join GMO-Free Kaua'i and Hawai'i SEED, in welcoming Dr. Jonathan Latham for his presentation at the Koloa Neighborhood Center on Friday, August 3 at 6:30 p.m.
Jonathan R Latham, PhD is co-founder and Executive Director of the Bioscience Resource Project and the Editor of Independent Science News. Dr Latham is also the Director of the Poison Papers project which publicizes documents of the chemical industry and its regulators. Dr. Latham holds a Masters degree in Crop Genetics and a PhD in Virology. He was subsequently a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Genetics, University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has published scientific papers in disciplines as diverse as plant ecology, plant virology, genetics and genetic engineering. Dr Latham talks frequently at international events and scientific and regulatory conferences on the research conducted by the Project. He has written for Truthout, MIT Technology Review, the Guardian, and many other magazines and websites.
3M KNEW ABOUT THE DANGERS OF PFOA AND PFOS DECADES AGO, INTERNAL DOCUMENTS SHOW
But the dangers presented by these industrial chemicals have been known for decades, not just a few months or years. A lawsuit filed by Minnesota against 3M, the company that first developed and sold PFOS and PFOA, the two best-known PFAS compounds, has revealed that the company knew that these chemicals were accumulating in people’s blood for more than 40 years. 3M researchers documented the chemicals in fish, just as the Michigan scientist did, but they did so back in the 1970s. That same decade, 3M scientists realized that the compounds they produced were toxic. The company even had evidence back then of the compounds’ effects on the immune system, studies of which are just now driving the lower levels put forward by the ATSDR, as well as several states and the European Union.
The suit, which the Minnesota attorney general filed in 2010, charges that 3M polluted groundwater with PFAS compounds and “knew or should have known” that these chemicals harm human health and the environment, and “result in injury, destruction, and loss of natural resources of the State.” The complaint argues that 3M “acted with a deliberate disregard for the high risk of injury to the citizens and wildlife of Minnesota.” 3M settled the suit for $850 million in February, and the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office released a large set of documents — including internal studies, memos, emails, and research reports — detailing what 3M knew about the chemicals’ harms.https://theintercept.com/2018/07/31/3m-pfas-minnesota-pfoa-pfos/
Carol Garnier Dutra
“This post concerns the private life, the suffering endured by Dewayne Johnson and his family, suffering which was created by Monsanto because there were no warning labels on Roundup/Glyphosate warning the potential user of this product that there is a 'cancer risk' from contact with this product. This case is a product liability case which concerns 'matter of choice' based on what we are told and what we are not told by the chemical company that made this product.
No one told us the risk we would put ourselves into by using Roundup and no one told us the risk we all face, every single one of us, on a daily basis, of eating GMO foods that contain Roundup herbicidal residues and a mutated insecticide, Bacillus Thuringiensis (BT), both inside all GMO foods. Add to this the addition of Glyphosate residues in non-GMO foods including non-GMO cane sugar, oats, and wheat that has been encouraged by Monsanto to farmers of these non-GMO food crops to 'dry' them out at harvest time. This practice puts Glyphosate residues into these non-GMO foods.
No one gave any of us (the consumers) a choice in this matter, and if you do go ORGANIC at this late date you must remember that you have been eating both Glyphosate residues and mutated BT in your food since 1994. You still stand the chance that you will develop a severe illiness from these toxins in your diet, including cancer. What a terrible price for all of us to pay.” Carol Garnier Dutra commenting on the Monsanto trial.
Seneff: “Of course! Put a former Dow chemical exec in charge of science at the USDA.”
Trump Just Nominated a Pesticide Exec to Oversee Science at the USDA
His nomination is the latest step in what has emerged as a remarkably active relationship between Team Trump and the company formerly known as Dow Chemical. After the 2016 election, Dow donated $1 million to Trump’s inaugural committee. In March 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency reversed an Obama administration plan to ban a widely used Dow Agroscience pesticide called chlorpyrifos, a potent neurotoxin that has been shown to stunt kids’ brain development—weeks after EPA director Scott Pruitt met privately with Dow CEO Andrew Liveris. In June that year, the Department of Justice approved Dow’s megamerger with former rival DuPont. Corteva, the agriculture unit of Dow-Dupont, is a massive player in both the US and global pesticide markets.https://www.motherjones.com/food/2018/07...cience-at-usda/
Denise Gabay Otten was live — with Stephanie Seneff at Talking Alternative Broadcasting.
July 24 at 6:59 PM · New York, NY - VACCINES AND GLYPHOSATE MAY BE CAUSING AUTISM!
Stephanie Seneff, PhD, TELLS US IT'S A TOXIC COMBINATIONhttps://www.facebook.com/denise.g.otten/...NzY3NjA4MzYwNA/
RFK, Jr.: “Big Biotech insists gene-editing techniques, such as CRISPR, are no different than traditional plant breeding methods. But a new study from the industry itself admits there are in fact SIGNIFICANT differences, including random mutations with unpredictable consequences.”
DowDuPont’s Own Scientists Confirm Critical Differences Between Gene-Editing and Conventional Plant Breeding Techniqueshttps://www.organicconsumers.org/blog/gene-editing-crispr-study
RFK, Jr.: “Guess who I ran into this morning?
“I’m here because this is an historic event," Ed Begley, Jr. told me. "For the first time ever, Monsanto will have to explain its crimes before a jury. This company has done more to harm families, farmers and food than any company on earth. It’ll be a great message if the American justice system still has the vitality to stand up to corporate power and corruption. I want to tell my grandkids I was here!””
Ed Begley, Jr. Attends Monsanto Trial
When I asked Ed how he felt about Monsanto’s herbicide glyphosate being found in our entire food supply, he answered:
“By itself, that’s a momentous crime against humanity! It’s chemical trespass! Little children are eating this poison in their breakfast cereal. I know I never gave Monsanto permission to put a known carcinogen in my lunch. If Monsanto’s executives want toxins in their family dinner, they should add it themselves at home.”https://www.organicconsumers.org/blog/monsanto-roundup-trial-ed-begley-jr
Resistance to genetically modified seeds in Africa
Seeds modified in a lab are often touted as a means to boost agriculture and food security in Africa. There is some resistance on the continent and debate on preserving its traditional seed base instead.https://www.dw.com/en/resistance-to-genetically-modified-seeds-in-africa/a-44736633
GMO Kids? Argentina Moms Confront Monsanto and Philip Morris Over Greed and Pesticides
What do these children have in common? Their fathers, all farmers working in Latin America, were exposed to agricultural pesticides that likely damaged their DNA, increasing the risk of cancer, birth defects and neurological disorders in the children they later fathered.
They also have this in common: Their mothers are fighting for justice for their kids.
“Genetically Modified Children,” a new one-hour documentary, exposes how Philip Morris and Monsanto have exploited generations of impoverished Argentinian farmers since 1996, when the Argentinian government authorized the use of genetically engineered crops to withstand the use of Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller.
Featured in the film are Dr. Hugo Gomez Demaio, head of neurosurgery at the Pediatric Hospital of Posadas, and Dr. Mario Barrera, neurosurgeon at the Medical School of Nordeste. (Both institutions are in Buenos Aires). The doctors are dedicated to highlighting and treating the link between glyphosate exposure and DNA damage.
Dr. Barrera explains:
“Even if the entire local environment is contaminated, it does not mean that all children will become sick. But when the father is exposed to herbicides, they are absorbed into the body and alter his DNA. He then passes that genetic mutation on to his children.”https://www.organicconsumers.org/blog/monsanto-roundup-gmos-argentina
Genetically Modified Children
A new documentary that exposes how Monsanto and Philip Morris have exploited generations of impoverished Latin American farmers since 1996, when the Argentinian government authorized the use of genetically engineered crops to withstand the use of Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller.https://vimeo.com/ondemand/gmchildrenhttps://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DMS82MR/
Secret Documents Expose Monsanto’s War on Cancer Scientists
This corporate war on science has major implications for all of us, considering that half of all men in the U.S. and a third of women will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in our lifetimes, according to the National Cancer Institute.https://www.organicconsumers.org/blog/monsanto-war-cancer-scientists
Glyphosate-based herbicide impairs female fertility – new study
Exposure to environmentally relevant doses of a glyphosate-based herbicide during pregnancy has been found not only to impair female fertility in rats, but to induce foetal growth retardation and malformations, including abnormally developed limbs, in their second-generation offspring.https://www.gmwatch.org/en/news/latest-n...ility-new-study
Perinatal exposure to a glyphosate-based herbicide impairs female reproductive outcomes and induces second-generation adverse effects in Wistar ratshttps://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00204-018-2236-6
South Koreans Take Stand Against GMOs By Zen Honeycutt, Moms Across America
July 19, 2018 in Seoul, South Korea, for the first time, South Koreans hosted a Tri-Lateral Korea-US-Japan Symposium on the Consumer Right to Know GMO Labeling System. Over 200 gathered, including grassroots leaders, professors, food producers, concerned citizens and National Assemblymen to discuss the health risks of GMOs and GMO labeling. South Korea has good reason to be concerned, they are the world’s largest importer of GMOs for human consumption and the health conditions of their citizens are skyrocketing.
When asked about the practice of not labeling GMOs ingredients such as oils and soy sauce, which are derived from GMOs, I stated, “Ask any parent of a child with a peanut allergy. They would never risk feeding their child something derived from peanuts. Genetic modifications are performed at the molecular level of DNA, which is not what the detection based system is testing for; that system tests for whole GMO proteins. Even trace amounts of genetically modified DNA could be harmful to a susceptible child. Parents deserve to know if their child’s food is derived from GMOs in order to be able to trace possible reactions and protect their child’s health.”
According to Dr. Michael Antoniou and team's work, specifically, their paper showing the non-substantial equivalence of NK603 GMO corn vs non-GMO, things can go very wrong due to a GMO's innate mutagenic properties. If you just focus on the GMO protein you will miss a whole lot of other changes that arise from the mutagenic effect of the GM transformation process.
Numerous scientific studies now show that genetically modified food has health risks. Clearly, these foods should be removed from our food supply. In the meantime, they should at least be clearly labeled to prevent further health care issues and higher costs…https://www.momsacrossamerica.com/south_..._source=yesmaam
Sound Health Radio with Zen Honeycutt ~ Founder~ Moms Across America
Zen Honeycutt, is the Founder and Director of Moms Across America, a non-profit National Coalition of Unstoppable Moms. With the motto "Empowered Moms, Healthy Kids" Moms Across America has grown rapidly, well over 400 leaders have created 700+ community events in all 50 states. Moms Across America empowers and amplifies the voice of the mom locally and nationally to create healthy communities by raising awareness about GMOs and related pesticides in our food. Zen has three boys with allergies and autism symptoms which greatly improved when they went GMO-Free and organic. She discovered that thousands of Moms are seeing the same results and Moms Across America is expanding to Mothers Across the World with co-creator Vandana Shiva. Zen has been featured on CNN, the Dr. Oz show, the Wall Street Journal, CSPAN, and Moms Across America has been on Fox News, Reuter's, ABC and more.
Zen is joining us to talk about her new book: 'UNSTOPPABLE: Transforming Sickness and Struggle into Triumph, Empowerment, and a Celebration of Community'http://www.blogtalkradio.com/sharry-edwa...-across-america
Fossil fuel industry spent nearly $2 billion to kill U.S. climate action, new study finds
Industry has out-lobbied environmentalists 10-to-1 on climate since 2000.https://thinkprogress.org/fossil-fuel-in...y-231325b4a7e6/
Key witness to toxic gas at Aliso Canyon expected to tell her story after months of SoCal Gas’ efforts to block testimonyhttps://www.dailynews.com/2018/07/22/a-k...t-aliso-canyon/
Natural Pest Control Linkshttp://www.beyondpesticides.org/http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/id/TIP02493http://www.gardensalive.com/Default.asphttp://www.nl-amer.com
Homemade Insecticidal Soap Sprayhttp://www.care2.com/gree.../homemade-insecticidal-soap.html