GMO Free New York: “BREAKING: Bayer-Monsanto has been dealt another tough loss in California's Supreme Court. The Court rejected a challenge by Monsanto Co. to California’s decision to list the chemical glyphosate, in its Roundup herbicide, as a cause of cancer. Roundup was found by a San Francisco jury last week to be responsible for a former school groundskeeper’s cancer in a $289 million verdict. The dominoes are finally falling. Keep those losses coming!”

Monsanto loses another court case over its widely used weed killer

The state Supreme Court rejected a challenge by Monsanto Co. on Wednesday to California’s decision to list the main ingredient in its Roundup herbicide as a cause of cancer, the same chemical that a San Francisco jury found responsible for a former school groundskeeper’s cancer in a $289 million verdict last week.

The justices denied Monsanto’s request for a review of a lower-court ruling that upheld the state’s authority to add the herbicide glyphosate to its Proposition 65 list of carcinogens. Justice Ming Chin voted to take up the appeal, but four votes were needed to grant a hearing by the court, which currently has six members.

Prop. 65, a 1986 ballot measure, requires the state to publish a list of chemicals known to cause cancer or birth defects. A listing prohibits businesses from discharging the chemical into sources of drinking water and requires them to warn members of the public who may be exposed to the substance.

In Wednesday’s case, Monsanto challenged a Prop. 65 provision that requires the state to list a chemical as a carcinogen if it has been classified as one by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. The agency is an arm of the World Health Organization and has a governing council from 25 nations, including the United States.

The agency classified glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen in 2015 based on 17 scientists’ reviews of research on animals — though Monsanto contended other scientists’ review of the same studies had reached the opposite conclusion.


Tell the EPA: Ban Monsanto’s Roundup Weedkiller!

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been conducting its required 15-year re-registration review of glyphosate since 2009. The agency was supposed to reapprove or ban the chemical by the end of 2015. We assumed that glyphosate would get the stamp of approval for another 15 years while President Obama was still in office.

Then, in March 2015, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) panel of cancer experts, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), did its own review of the latest science on glyphosate. The IARC panel of 17 scientists unanimously agreed to reclassify the chemical as a probable human carcinogen.

The IARC cancer finding forced the EPA to take its glyphosate review more seriously. That slowed down the process. Now, the decision is in the hands of the Trump administration’s EPA.

The campaign to ban Monsanto’s Roundup is winning around the globe. And the recent verdict in the the Dewayne Johnson v. Monsanto case can only help to bolster the case for an outright ban on Roundup. Jurors in the case unanimously decided that not only did Roundup weedkiller cause Dewayne Johnson's cancer, but that Monsanto knew the herbicide was carcinogenic, yet but hid that fact from Johnson and the public.

It's past time for the EPA to do its job by ending Monsanto's reign of terror.

TAKE ACTION! Tell the EPA: Ban Monsanto’s carcinogenic glyphosate-based Roundup weedkiller! Please add your own comments, especially if you or your loved-ones have been sickened by exposure to glyphosate.

Monsanto Papers | Secret Documents

The collection of documents known as The Monsanto Papers or The Monsanto Secret Documents are available, here, and explained in detail. Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman is one of the leading law firms representing people across the nation in lawsuits against Monsanto. These personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits claim that exposure to the herbicide weed killer, Roundup, causes non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

These documents, obtained via Discovery (pre-trial civil procedure allowing the parties to obtain evidence from each other) allow people to see what is happening “behind the curtain” of secrecy that normally shrouds ongoing litigation. You will find links to internal Monsanto emails, text messages, company reports, studies and other memoranda.

Index of People Named in Monsanto Papers

The Monsanto Papers tell an alarming story of ghostwriting, scientific manipulation, collusion with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and previously undisclosed information about how the human body absorbs glyphosate. These documents, which Monsanto does not want you to see, provide a deeper understanding of the serious public health consequences surrounding Monsanto’s conduct in marketing Roundup.

Declassifying Monsanto’s Secret Documents
It is important for the public, regulatory agencies, and scientists to be fully informed of the processes which occur behind the thick veil of corporate unaccountability that have a direct impact on public and environmental health. This way, regulators can make informed decisions, the public is provided the opportunity to know what it is consuming (and at what cost), and scientists are able to build upon transparent data as well as know how much weight to place on research that may have an undue corporate profit motive behind it.

In fact, these documents were released in part to aid the efforts of the European regulators and the California Office of Health Hazard Assessment, who are currently in the midst of making imperative decisions regarding glyphosate registration/classification. The damning tale that these documents tell over how Monsanto has handled the issues over the ostensible safety of its widely-used product will provide regulators across the globe with access to key information that should inform their vital decision-making processes. We sincerely believe that it is imperative for the litigation process to be as transparent and open to public scrutiny as possible, particularly since every aspect of this case has repercussions for society as a whole.

On March 13, 2017, U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria ruled that certain documents obtained by plaintiffs in the Monsanto Roundup multidistrict (MDL) litigation could be unsealed. Subsequently, the judge published them on March 14 and March 15 on the website for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. These were the very first evidence to be declassified.

On June 30, 2017, Baum Hedlund, along with the leadership of the Roundup multidistrict litigation (MDL), challenged the protection of another group of documents, in an effort to make them available to the public. In a meeting to discuss the matter, Monsanto told the plaintiffs’ attorneys to “go away” and that the company would not voluntarily agree to de-designate any documents.

Pursuant to Paragraph 16.3 of the Protective Order in the MDL, Monsanto was required to file a motion seeking continued protection of those documents challenged by the Plaintiffs’ June 30, 2017 letter within 30 days. In failing to file such motion within 30 days, i.e., July 31, 2017, Monsanto “automatically waive[s] the confidentiality designation for each challenged designation.” Id. ¶ 16.3. And, since Monsanto did not file any motion seeking continued protection of the documents, it waived confidentiality over them. The documents are now officially public and Baum Hedlund is excited to share them with the world. This second group of documents was first published on the Baum Hedlund website on August 1, 2017.

We sent the August batch of Monsanto secret documents to (1) the EPA Office of Inspector General, Arthur Elkins, Jr., who is presently investigating whether there was illegal collusion between EPA and Monsanto; (2) the California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), which listed glyphosate as a substance known to the state of California to cause cancer on July 7, 2017 and is soliciting comments from Baum Hedlund and others to advise about whether glyphosate should be given a safe-harbor; and (3) the European Parliament members, who, on July 4, 2017, sent a letter to the judge overseeing the MDL litigation, requesting documents as the EU considers whether it will renew registration of glyphosate for sale in Europe.

You can view these documents in the chart we created or in the pages that follow. With each document, you will find a corresponding description, which briefly summarizes the key points raised, as well as commentary describing the relevance of the documents to the ongoing Roundup litigation. Only the August 2017 batch of documents contain the relevance information. Our commentary on the relevance of these documents may contain allegations cited in the Roundup litigation. These are allegations only, as the litigation is ongoing and there has not been any determination of guilt or liability.

The Monsanto Papers are in chronological order within four categories:

Ghostwriting, Peer-Review & Retraction: pages one – four
Surfactants, Carcinogenicity & Testing: pages five – seven
Absorption, Distribution, Metabolism & Excretion: page eight
Regulatory & Government: pages nine and ten

Is Agriculture’s Use of Glyphosate Feeding Lake O’s Explosive Algae Blooms? Professor Geoffrey Norris, SLR/IRL

What is most amazing to me are his comments on glyphosate, most famous for being the active ingredient in Roundup, but now used under many names. Sometimes I hear people screaming so much about Roundup that I tune it out, but Professor Norris’ observations really got to me.

He notes that glyphosate, used excessively in agriculture production around south and central Florida may actually “feed”cyanobacteria (toxic blue-green algae blooms). Also mind-blowing are Professor Norris’ insights into the reproduction of the hungry and ancient cyanobacteria that reproduces through binary fission (copying itself) “producing endless clones” “with no dissipation of mutant genes as a checks and balance to adaptation…”

Glyphosate Sprayed on GMO Crops Linked to Lake Erie’s Toxic Algae Bloom

Glyphosate, the controversial main ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup and other herbicides, is being connected to Lake Erie's troubling algae blooms, which has fouled drinking water and suffocated and killed marine life in recent years.

Genetically Modified Children

Can Monsanto chemicals permanently alter your child’s genes? Low-income tobacco farmers face skyrocketing cancer rates with more devastating repercussions affecting their children: severe physical deformities and mental disabilities. Choosing between poverty or poison, Latin American growers have no choice but to use harmful chemicals such as glyphosate (in Monsanto’s Roundup) and Bayer’s Confidor, if they want to certify and sell their crops to Big Tobacco. As patent and regulatory laws continue to favor the profits of Monsanto and chemical companies, the tobacco makes its way into the hands and mouths of consumers worldwide in Philip Morris tobacco products, while the poisons used to harvest the crops contaminate the farmers’ blood and are modifying the human genome, creating genetically modified children.

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Genetically Modified Food to Be Labeled in Iran

Also by the next month, all food products containing ingredients which are derived from GMOs will carry labels, as well, Asghari stated.

From CBS New York

Jury Awards $289 Million In Roundup Cancer Case

USA Today

Jury orders Monsanto to pay $289 million to cancer patient in Roundup lawsuit

"Did Monsanto know or should reasonably have known that users would not realize the danger?"

"Did Monsanto fail to adequately warn of the danger?"

"Was Monsanto’s failure to warn a substantial factor in causing harm to Johnson?"

To each of those questions, the jury’s response was, “Yes.’’

From 2016

Scientists Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneff have just gotten the fifth peer reviewed paper on Glyphosate published. Its named "Glyphosate pathways to modern diseases V: Amino acid analogue of glycine in diverse proteins".

In this regard Tony Mitra interviewed Anthony Samsel, to cover the newly emerging scientific findings on Glyphosate and how it can and does hurt creatures including humans. In the course of the interview, Anthony Samsel mentioned the issues being covered in their next paper, the 6th one.

This covers a number of vaccines that use animal byproducts such as egg protein and gelatine. He suspected these products might be contaminated with Glyphosate, if the vaccine makers were using factory farmed animals fed with Glyphosate laced GMO feed.

To verify, he got a large number of vaccines that do use egg proteins and gelatine and got them analyzed in multiple labs. The results confirmed his doubt. The vaccines themselves are largely contaminated with Glyphosate and pose serious hazard to those that are and will be vaccinated using these products.

This video covers only that part of the talk. In case you missed it,

#BREAKING: A San Francisco jury has awarded $289 million to a school groundskeeper who says Monsanto's Roundup weed killer caused his cancer.…/jury-awards-289-million-groundskeepe….

Childhood cancer on the rise.

Glyphosate in vaccines and our food supply.

You connect the dots.

RT News - Monsanto Verdict

New study...

GM Bt toxin is immunogenic, allergenic, and causes pre-cancerous intestinal changes

But a new study (abstract below) casts these claims into doubt and raises new questions about the safety of GM Bt toxin.

The study performed in mice found that the GM Bt toxin Cry1Ac is immunogenic, allergenic, and able to induce anaphylaxis (a severe allergic response that can result in suffocation). The responses that Cry1Ac was found to produce in the mice included "mildly allergic manifestations” around the mouth, nose and ears, as well as wheezing, hair standing on end, and diarrhea.

The study also found that Cry1Ac provoked intestinal lymphoid hyperplasia, a condition marked by an increase in the number of cells contained in lymph nodes. The condition is associated with food allergy, inflammatory bowel disease, and colon cancer.

Study of the allergenic potential of Bacillus thuringiensis Cry1Ac toxin following intra-gastric administration in a murine model of food-allergy - August 2018

US Appeals Court Orders EPA to Ban Chlorpyrifos Pesticides

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must finalize its proposed ban on chlorpyrifos, a pesticide linked to learning disabilities in children, from use on produce sold in the U.S. within 60 days, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday.

The judges found the agency broke the law by continuing to allow the toxic chemical to be used on fruits and vegetables despite solid science, including from EPA’s own scientists, showing it harms the developing brain.

The ruling comes in a lawsuit brought by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) as part of a coalition of labor and health organizations, represented by Earthjustice. The decision can be found here.

Erik Olson, Senior Director of Health and Food at the Natural Resources Defense Council stated; “Some things are too sacred to play politics with—and our kids top the list. The court has made it clear that children’s health must come before powerful polluters. This is a victory for parents everywhere who want to feed their kids fruits and veggies without fear it’s harming their brains or poisoning communities.”

Dow Chemical—the nation’s largest manufacturer of chlorpyrifos—has close ties to the President. Among other things, the company reportedly donated $1 million for Trump’s inauguration and its CEO previously played a chief advisory role to the president, heading up his now defunct “American Manufacturing Council.”

In the absence of EPA action, states are starting to stand up. In June, Hawaii became the first state to ban the chemical. And at the end of July, California released a scientific study reaffirming health concerns about the chemical and setting the stage for extensive restrictions. Legislation is also pending in Congress to ban chlorpyrifos and similar pesticides nationwide.

National Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

The Natural Resources Defense Council works to safeguard the earth - its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends.

Brazil Judge Suspends Use of Agrochemical Glyphosate


(I’ll post the link when the film becomes available to rental/streaming/purchase.)

In the award-winning new documentary Modified, the filmmaker and her mother embark on a very personal and poignant investigative journey to find out why genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are not labeled on food products in the United States and Canada, despite being labeled in 64 countries around the world. Interweaving the personal and the political, the film is anchored in the filmmaker’s relationship to her mom, a gardener and food activist who battled cancer during the film's production. Their intimate mother-daughter quest for answers, fueled by a shared love of food, reveals the extent to which the agribusiness industry controls our food policies, making a strong case for a more transparent and sustainable food system. A visual celebration of family legacy and the love of food, cooking, and gardening. Winner of six festival awards since its release. Modified will be showing in select cities in the U.S. very soon. Check out the schedule:


“Not all Non-GMO certifications are trustworthy. NSF's True North certification (see logo in the image) CANNOT BE TRUSTED. The organization falsely certifies ingredients produced with an extreme method of genetic engineering also known as SynBio, or synthetic biology, as Non-GMO. This includes ingredients such as Cargill's "Eversweet", a synthetic version of stevia. The Non-GMO Project does not allow any type of GMO ingredient to be certified Non-GMO and we believe their certification is trustworthy. NSF: We smell a lawsuit.”

Sweet Talk: FDA's 'Added Sugar' Label Hits Sour Note With Maple Syrup Makers

"I support clear and transparent labeling, and I support common sense," Donovan said. "That is why I stand with Vermont's sugar makers to ask the FDA to amend its guidance so that consumers are not led to believe that anything is added to their 100 percent pure Vermont maple or honey products."

"Vermonters have stood behind maple for generations and sugar makers need their support again," said Brown. "Please tell the FDA what every Vermonter already knows — pure maple syrup has no added sugar."

What's the difference between USDA Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified? Here's what you need to know…

What's the Difference? There is some confusion about what the USDA Organic and the Non-GMO Project Verified labels mean. What you need to know:

Non-GMO Project Verified does NOT mean organic or grown without synthetic pesticides. Non-GMO Project Verified means conventionally grown from non-GMO seeds and with testing of the supply chain/product to make sure there is no more than nine tenths of 1% GMO contamination (this is the same standard used in the EU). Conventionally grown non-GMO foods are still grown with toxic synthetic agrichemicals, such as Roundup, dicamba, neonicotinoids, chlorpyrifos, etc.

Certified Organic is a regulated standard where the crops must be grown from organic seeds (GMO seeds are not allowed) and without toxic, synthetic pesticides. But it is important to know that there is little testing for potential GMO contamination and crops may go to market even if they are heavily contaminated.

So for high risk ingredients such as corn, soy, sugar from sugar beets, canola, cottonseed oil... look for BOTH the USDA Organic AND the Non-GMO Project Verified butterfly labels to avoid toxic synthetic pesticides and potential GMO contamination. Happy shopping!

Non-GMO Month: Understanding Natural, Non-GMO & Certified Organic

One of the most common misconceptions is that many people think that “Natural” means Organic. Sadly, the word “Natural” is not a regulated term. Consumers think “Natural” means it’s a healthier choice than something that’s not “Natural” but to be completely honest with you, the proof is on the ingredient label. That’s where you’re going to see if the product is healthy for you or not. Can you read the ingredients? Or are there a whole bunch of terms on there that you don’t understand? Is it made from whole, organic foods? Or is it made from chemicals? That’s where you need to look to get your answer. Skip over the “Natural” label and look at what the company is using to make the food or food-like product they’re selling to you.

Another area where people seem to get confused is differentiating between the terms “Certified Organic” and “Non-GMO”. It’s important to note that all organic products are Non-GMO, however, the opposite is not true...Certified Organic is the gold-standard of quality when it comes to food products. Look for the green and white USDA Organic Seal on your food packages to ensure the product is organic.

GMO Free New York: “European Court of Justice Rules Organisms Produced Through Gene Editing are GMO. As expected, the GMO industry doesn't like the EU Court's decision that organisms obtained by "new GM" techniques, including genome editing, are GMOs and fall under the EU's GMO legislation. The GMO industry has fought and lobbied hard to convince world regulators that organisms produced through new genetic engineering techniques, such as CRISPR gene-editing, should not be considered GMOs, should not require any safety testing, and should not be labeled for consumer transparency.

U.S. regulators need to take note and fall in line instead of doing the GMO industry's bidding. Organisms produced through techniques such as gene editing and synthetic biology are GMO. They need to be LABELED.”

Industry "shocked" by EU Court decision to put gene editing technique under GM law

#EmbracingNature? Biotech industry spin seeks to exempt new GMOs from regulation

The rest of America needs to step up. Austin, Texas...

Council votes to disallow certain chemicals in pest control

According to Texas Public Interest Research Group, the ordinance also bans the use of bee-killing neonics and possible carcinogen glyphosate (the main ingredient in Roundup). The new policy also affirms that contractors who apply pesticides inside city buildings do so in accordance with the city’s IPM policy.

GMO Free CNY on the verdict: “This is huge!!!”

Glyphosate Sprayed on GMO Crops Linked to Lake Erie’s Toxic Algae Bloom

Glyphosate, the controversial main ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup and other herbicides, is being connected to Lake Erie's troubling algae blooms, which has fouled drinking water and suffocated and killed marine life in recent years.

Phosphorus—attributed to farm runoff carried by the Maumee River—has long been identified as a leading culprit feeding the excessive blooms in the western Lake Erie basin. Now, according to a new study from chemistry professor Christopher Spiese, a significant correlation has been established between the increased use of glyphosate to the percentage of dissolved reactive phosphorus (DRP) in the runoff.

"It turns out that many cyanobacteria present in Lake Erie have the genes allowing the uptake of phosphonates, and these cyanobacteria can grow using glyphosate and other phosphonates as a sole source of phosphorus," Bullerjahn said.

GMO Free USA: “While Bayer-Monsanto et al tout the safety and benefits of CRISPR and gene edited crops, scientists and recent studies are telling a different story, cautioning that unwanted DNA changes may slip by undetected. The tool can cause large DNA deletions and rearrangements near its target site on the genome, according to a paper published on 16 July in Nature Biotechnology. In the EU, foods produced with CRISPR and other newer forms of genetic engineering are regulated in the same ways as other GMOs. Got toxic gene edited food? You'd never know because the corporate lobby wins again and our government has declined to regulate it.”

CRISPR gene editing produces unwanted DNA deletions

DNA-cutting enzyme used for genetic modification can create large deletions and shuffle genes.

How Toxic Are Your Tampons? Product Investigation Reveals Shocking Details

There are several chemicals of concern when it comes to feminine care products, especially inside tampons. Not only does the Chem Fatale report showcase some deeply troubling issues within the feminine care industry, but additional chemicals are also problematic. The highly toxic herbicide Glyphosate was found as a contaminant residue in a whopping 85% of cotton hygiene products tested by the University of La Plata in Argentina. Glyphosate has been linked to cancer by the World Health Organization. Additionally, 62% of the same samples also tested positive for AMPA (aminomethylphosphonic acid) which is a metabolite derivative of glyphosate.

Aside from secondary contaminants, volatile organic compounds and pesticide residues found in feminine care products, the following is a list of toxic ingredients purposely added to the product. And due to lack of regulation and proprietary protection laws, many of these hazardous chemicals are not on the label:

My Body, My Blood; Proposed Legislation (A. 521)

As a woman, an eco-entrepreneur and feminist I was excited to hear Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal speak about her proposed Legislation (A. 521) that will require disclosure of ingredients in menstrual care products because this is an important issue, a no talk topic because of it’s “nature” because that’s how it is for all things vagina related.

Tampons, pads, menstrual cups and period underwear are women’s most intimate personal care products; their purpose is direct contact with our most sensitive and absorbent tissues of our bodies. We assume these intimate products are made from simple safe materials but are they? Our disconnection to this once sacred function of caring for our blood, can lead us into compromised health from minor irritations to death.

GMO grass is creeping across Oregon

Missteps by agribusiness giants allowed the invasion. Now they’re off the hook for cleanup.

So far, Scotts has led the battle to rein in its escapee, with some recent success. But in a series of decisions over the last several years, the USDA has relieved Scotts of future responsibility in return for the company’s promise not to market the grass. Scotts has pledged not to turn its back on the problem, but after this summer, it no longer has to bankroll cleanup efforts. Now, Erstrom and others say there are no legal safeguards to keep the task — with its reported $250,000 annual price tag — from becoming the burden of local growers and the state and county governments.

Scotts and Monsanto started working on the Roundup-resistant version in the 1990s. It was to be the first commercial GE grass. As scientists had done with corn and soy, they used bacteria to insert a segment of DNA into the bentgrass genome, which allowed the plant to survive a dose of the herbicide even as neighboring weeds withered.

GM beer, anyone?

Genetic engineers are altering brewers' yeast to generate fake beer without hops.

Farm at hospital provides organic produce for patients

Eighty percent of the produce harvested from the acre-and-a-half farm goes to the cafeteria at Augusta Health where chefs turn it into organic meals for patients, some of whom could suffer serious complications if germs are present.

GMO Food Labels Are Coming But The Word Will Be ‘Bioengineered’

By 2020, many foods produced with genetic engineering will have to say so on their labels. Earlier this month, the USDA announced their proposal for the rules and accompanying logos, which cleverly sidestep the GMO labeling controversy by not using the letters G-M-O at all.

From 2016…

Concerns over use of glyphosate-based herbicides and risks associated with exposures: a consensus statement

Our focus is on the unanticipated effects arising from the worldwide increase in use of GBHs, coupled with recent discoveries about the toxicity and human health risks stemming from use of GBHs. Our concern deepened when the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) re-classified glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans” (i.e., Group 2A) [1].

UPDATE: On Aug. 9, 2018, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals orders the U.S. EPA to finalize its proposed ban on chlorpyrifos within 60 days, based on undisputed findings that the pesticide is unsafe for public health, and particularly harmful to children and farmworkers.


Chlorpyrifos - The toxic pesticide now harming our children and environment

US Appeals Court Orders EPA to Ban Chlorpyrifos Pesticides

Please eat the dandelions: 9 edible garden weeds

2016 - Near extinction possible for monarch butterflies – new study
Arty turns 11 this summer.