“We need everyone to know what’s going on in the food supply
and we them to know about it now.” Zen Honeycutt, Founder, Moms Across America

“Not only does the House bill threaten organic integrity through increased use of pesticides;
it preempts Americans at the city, county, and community level from restricting the use of pesticides.
Other provisions would allow farmers to spray pesticides into water,
including drinking water sources.”

Are you paying attention to the Farm Bill? IRT

IRT: “We are excited to announce the replay of the entire Healing from GMOs and Roundup Expert Interview Series in response to the historic verdict against Monsanto last month! All 18 interviews, plus Jeffrey’s two sessions and our two Global Community Gatherings will be available for viewing or listening for five full days, September 7-11.”


Avaaz wins against Monsanto in court

Victory for privacy and democracy

Some of you will know that Monsanto tried to sue the citizen action group Avaaz to force it to hand over information it held on the company, including personal data on members of the public who had signed Avaaz petitions against Monsanto's weedkiller glyphosate.

Well, there's great news. Avaaz won in court against Monsanto. Avaaz just wrote to people on its email list:

"Our hearing just ended, and the judge absolutely DESTROYED Monsanto's subpoena on Avaaz!!!!

"He said the subpoena would have a 'tremendous chilling effect', saying "no member would want to have their privacy and their activity known" and actually gave Monsanto a lecture on democracy and free speech!!

"Avaaz members in the courtroom spontaneously broke into applause and huge smiles at his words. Here's a quick video filmed minutes ago from our Campaign Director Iain Keith on the steps of the courthouse: https://www.facebook.com/Avaaz/videos/458127264595784/

"This subpoena was terrifying and would have had Avaaz spend months and hundreds of thousands of pounds digging up and handing over to Monsanto everything anyone on our team ever said or wrote about them for YEARS. Including even the email addresses and identities of our members who had sent messages to officials about Monsanto!

"Even worse, lawyers told us that courts in New York tend to AUTOMATICALLY GRANT requests like this! Because usually, more info means more justice.

"But then our community got involved. Over 200,000 of us donated, and we hired the best lawyer in the business -- Andrew Celli, who has taken on cases like this before and won. He and his team worked with the Avaaz team to write a ridiculously great takedown of the Monsanto subpoena. It's long and legalistic, but if you speak that language, it's a thing of beauty -- you can read it here (https://avaazimages.avaaz.org/Avaaz%20Foundation%20VS%20Monsanto.pdf).

"Monsanto flew in a top lawyer, a man who's defended everything from asbestos to lead and arsenic. But between our briefs, and the powerful oral arguments, the judge was convinced, and took the incredibly RARE step of throwing out the ENTIRE subpoena!!! Normally they just narrow the scope of the subpoena to something more reasonable, but the judge couldn't find anything reasonable in Monsanto's claims about Avaaz!

"It's a moment to celebrate, but it may not be over.

"Monsanto can still appeal, or come at us another way. But we've got an amazing win and precedent set, and an amazing legal team, and as ever, an amazing movement that will stand by, stand up, and speak truth to power when it threatens.

"The purpose of these big legal attacks is to scare us. I have tears right now as I think about how, with the Avaaz community at our back, I really don't have to fear stuff like this. Because even the most powerful actors in this world, are not more powerful than the truth, than the power of good people coming together to work for everything we love, than the power of all of us in this incredible movement."


Schumer calls on FDA to publish its report on weed-killing chemical found in breakfast foods

“Simply put, the FDA must not only weed out the facts on glyphosate, but they must update the public on their progress,” Schumer said. “I have full confidence in their ability to effectively continue this study, but we are here to send them a message: get going.”



Tell the National School Boards Association: No More Monsanto Roundup Weedkiller!

In light of the latest evidence that Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller causes cancer, the National School Board Association must do these two things:

One, issue a formal policy statement advising all school districts to end the use of Roundup and all toxic agro-chemicals on school grounds.

Two, issue a formal policy statement advising all school districts to revamp their school lunch programs by transitioning to certified organic foods, in order to avoid serving foods contaminated with glyphosate and other pesticides.


Dr. Jason Dean interviews Zen Honeycutt, Founder of Moms Across America

Revolution Health is Live with Zen Honeycutt, Founder and Director of Moms Across America and Author of "Unstoppable." They are educating on Glyphosate, GMO's and Health.

This woman and her team of Moms are true SuperWomen in battling the toxic environment that our children are being exposed to and they are Making a Difference!

Zen talks about how she found out about Glyphosate, she explains genetically modified foods, CRISPR foods, her take on the Monsanto trial, her book - how to talk to your family and friends about gmo foods,


Suing Monsanto: An interview with Michael Baum and Pedram Esfandiary

MB: Yes. [W]hile we were working on this, Pedram and I in particular were researching how does non-Hodgkins lymphoma get caused by a pesticide? How does that occur? Either getting it on your skin, or you are breathing it in, or you may have a background level that you are already exposed to because it is in all non-organic food. So we decided to just pull the string on it and do research, and some of the research that came out of that is that there is—part of the human body…is a bunch of bacteria and fungi … that are called microbiota that …are the gut flora that help process foods and create the vitamins, and are part of your immune system. And they are also in your skin and all of your mucus membranes. And the label for Roundup says [it affects an] enzyme found in plants not in humans or pets,” so it’s safe. And they actually promoted it as being safer than salt, and you can actually drink it or put it in your food or bathe in it. They got prohibited by Elliot Spitzer in New York from saying those things, but the label gives the impression, and marketing gives the impression you can put on your shorts and walk out and spray the Roundup on your yard and on your driveway, and there’s no harm to worry about to your kids or your pets or yourself because it only affects an enzyme found in plants, not in humans.

And the lawsuit that we filed is that [the herbicide] interferes with a pathway called the shikimate pathway that involves an enzyme that is necessary for the plants to create three amino acids that are formed in building blocks for proteins. You interfere with those amino acids, you don’t get the proteins, and then the plant dies. And the microbiota that are on your skin and in your mucus membranes and in your gut rely upon the shikimate pathway. Human cells don’t have that pathway, so they don’t depend on the pathway, so it’s partly correct to say that it affects an enzyme found in plants, not in humans. But it is incorrect because the gut flora that are in your body are affected by it. And so it kills them or weakens some beneficial microbiota that affect and monitor cancer cells, and pathogenic microbiota. And some of the pathogenic microbiota are resistant to glyphosate. So it negatively selects bad bacteria to grow and thrive, and decreases some of the microbiota that are helpful for preventing some forms of cancer.

PE: But the broad—the policy issues here is that Monsanto’s kind of mantra has been to say 70 regulatory agencies across the world have approved glyphosate for use in their countries. The problem with regulatory agencies [is that they are] usually aligned with the executive, right? Or [with] the administrative government, and they are subject to lobbying influence. Whereas IARC is quite literally a research organization which receives funding from governments, but it is not approached by lobbyists, it doesn’t make regulatory decisions, it has no enforcement power, it is just an arm of the WHO that does pure research. So that is what is so compelling about IARC’s findings


Million Pregnancies Study Shows DDT Insecticide Linked to Autism in Children

The study, conducted in collaboration with investigators at the University of Turku and the National Institute of Health and Welfare in Finland, is the first to connect an insecticide with risk for autism using maternal biomarkers of exposure.


The Study…

Association of Maternal Insecticide Levels With Autism in Offspring From a National Birth Cohort - 2018

The odds of autism among offspring were significantly increased with maternal p,p′-DDE levels that were in the highest 75th percentile, with adjustment for maternal age, parity, and history of psychiatric disorders (odds ratio=1.32, 95% CI=1.02, 1.71). The odds of autism with intellectual disability were increased by greater than twofold with maternal p,p′-DDE levels above this threshold (odds ratio=2.21, 95% CI=1.32, 3.69). There was no association between total levels of maternal PCBs and autism.

These findings provide the first biomarker-based evidence that maternal exposure to insecticides is associated with autism among offspring. Although further research is necessary to replicate this finding, this study has implications for the prevention of autism and may provide a better understanding of its pathogenesis.


Study Suggests Link Between DDT Exposure in Womb and Higher Breast Cancer Risk

“This 54-year study is the first to provide direct evidence that chemical exposures for pregnant women may have lifelong consequences for their daughters' breast cancer risk,” said Barbara A. Cohn, Ph.D., of the Public Health Institute in Berkeley, Calif., and one of the study’s authors. “Environmental chemicals have long been suspected causes of breast cancer, but until now, there have been few human studies to support this idea.


A story behind the Monsanto cancer trial — journal sits on retraction

Carey Gillam is a journalist and author, and a public interest researcher for US Right to Know, a non-profit food industry research group

Nathan Donley, Ph.D, is a former cancer researcher who now works as senior scientist in the Center for Biological Diversity's environmental health program.


It has since become evident that these papers were anything but independent. Internal Monsanto documents forced into the public spotlight through litigation show that the papers were conceptualized from the outset as a deceptive strategy for Monsanto. One of Monsanto's top scientists not only reviewed the manuscripts but had a hand in drafting and editing them. The finished papers were aimed directly at discrediting IARC's classification.

In one internal email, Monsanto's chief of regulatory science, William Heydens, told the organizer of the panel, "I have gone through the entire document and indicated what I think should stay, what can go, and in a couple spots I did a little editing."

The importance of the papers to Monsanto as a tool to counter IARC's classification of glyphosate as a probable carcinogen was laid out in a confidential document dated May 11, 2015, naming several of the scientists who could be used as authors to give the papers credibility. The internal documents speak of "ghost-writing" strategies aimed at using non-company scientists as authors to lend credibility to the findings.

How many ghostwritten papers declaring pesticide safety are littering the scientific literature? And given the evidence of misconduct in this instance, why are these papers still in publication? Why has there been no retraction, no clarification, no correction to the obviously deceptive disclosure?

Last August, after the documents gained media attention CRT editor Roger McClellan said the "serious accusations" deserved "careful investigation", and he and CRT publisher Taylor & Francis would take "appropriate action".

Shortly thereafter the Center for Biological Diversity and three other national environmental-health organizations sent a letter to CRT and Taylor & Francis detailing the ethical misconduct and formally asking for a retraction. It's been more than a year since this investigation was begun and, despite multiple follow-up requests by the organizations, no action has been taken.

With Taylor & Francis's own policy being to issue a retraction for misconduct "when there has been an infringement of publishing ethics", the case for retraction couldn't be more clear.

Monsanto's fingerprints are all over this "independent" review, as laid out in Monsanto's own internal documents.

Taylor & Francis must determine the standards to which it is willing to hold scientists who publish in its journals – if not for the reputation of the journals themselves, then for the sake of scientific integrity itself and the public's right to the truth.


Japanese authorities recommend not regulating gene editing

A Japanese government panel announced Monday (August 20) that it recommends regulating only genetically modified organisms that have had foreign genes permanently introduced into their genomes and not those whose endogenous genes have been edited, according to NHK World-Japan. This means that developers will not have to get approval from the government to produce gene-edited organisms, The Mainichi reports.


Independent, rigorous, vilified - why attacks on IARC are unfair by Professor Neil Pearce

The recent decision of a Californian court to award compensation of $289 million to a man who claimed that herbicides containing glyphosate had caused his cancer (a non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma) has potentially profound implications. Glyphosate (Roundup) is one of the most commonly used herbicides in the world, and in most countries is available to the general public – you can buy it in the UK at your local garden centre. More court cases are pending in the USA, and similar cases in other countries are likely to follow.

A key piece of evidence in the trial was that the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an agency of the World Health Organisation (WHO), has classified glyphosate as ‘probably carcinogenic’. This classification has been followed by major controversies, particularly in light of the recent relicensing of glyphosate by the European Commission, hundreds of litigation cases in the USA brought by cancer patients against Monsanto (the producer of glyphosate), and the decision of the California Environmental Protection Agency to label glyphosate as a carcinogen.

Disappointingly, but perhaps not surprisingly, this controversy has led to attacks not only on the IARC decision, but also on some of those involved in the IARC Monograph meeting which made the decision, and on IARC itself. These events are not happening in a vacuum. There have been attacks on previous IARC decisions on potential causes of cancer such as formaldehyde, diesel fumes and radiofrequency electromagnetic fields. More ominously, there are moves by some governments to threaten to cut the funding of IARC, in response to these recent ‘inconvenient’ decisions.

So how do the IARC Monographs work? IARC, by far the most authoritative agency in this field, is supported by funding from 26 countries, including the UK. There are independent Governing Councils and Scientific Councils, and also Advisory Groups that recommend which chemicals and other exposures should be considered for evaluation of their carcinogenicity. Monograph Work Groups are then assembled, each of which evaluates the human, animal and mechanistic evidence for carcinogenicity.

On this basis, the agents being reviewed are classified as carcinogenic (group 1), probably carcinogenic (group 2A, which includes glyphosate), possibly carcinogenic (group 2B), not classifiable (group 3), and probably not carcinogenic (group 4). The voting members of the Working Groups are not employed by IARC, and receive no financial compensation; observers from industry and other interested parties can attend the Working Group meetings but not vote. There are clear and strict rules about what evidence can be included in IARC Monographs, with clear rules for searching all of the published literature, and also clear rules that literature that is not publicly available cannot be considered.

I recently reviewed the IARC processes, and some of the criticisms that have been made of them from industry, in a scientific paper with more than 120 co-authors, a group which includes most of the leading researchers in occupational and environmental cancer epidemiology. Some of us disagreed with individual Monograph decisions, which is normal and healthy in science. However, we concluded that, although there is always room for evolution and improvement, that the IARC processes are sound, and that recent industry-funded criticisms have been unfair and unconstructive.

We all look up to IARC and see it as a beacon of independence and objectivity in a world which is becoming increasingly partisan and polarised, and in which scientific evidence is increasingly disparaged and ignored. Facts matter, science matters, and in this field, there is no other agency which even comes close to IARC in terms of independence, objectivity, and transparency.

A few of the myths about IARC that are currently being propagated include “IARC finds that everything causes cancer", “IARC does no research, it only has opinions” and “IARC has been found to be corrupted” – I could go on. The facts are that IARC is under attack because it is objective, effective, and sometimes produces inconvenient findings.

We need, and rely on, a court system which is independent, fair, and not subject to political, corporate, or community pressure. We also need independent scientific bodies such as IARC which can review the scientific evidence objectively, and without conflicts of interest, even if this leads to conclusions that some may find inconvenient.


Is Monsanto's Glyphosate Connected to Red Tide and Marine Life Losses?

Honeycutt: How can officials and residents stop the growth of blue-green algae and red tide safely?

Seneff: For one, banning glyphosate would be a great start! Switching to renewable organic agriculture in the region would greatly curtail the toxic chemicals as well as reducing the nutrient run-off that's fueling the algae blooms. The homeowners should seek a solution for their yards that uses only natural methods to control weeds, including pulling them by hand.


Harmful algae bloom found on Seneca Lake


GM Watch: “Dr Michael Antoniou answers the question posed by Metafact

Metafact is a fact-checking website on scientific matters. The editor of the website has posed the question, "Is glyphosate carcinogenic?" to experts. The following response was written by Dr Michael Antoniou in collaboration with GMWatch's Claire Robinson.”

Is glyphosate carcinogenic?

Other epidemiological research – considered alongside animal studies by the World Health Organisation’s cancer agency IARC in a review that led to its classifying glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen – did find a link between exposure to glyphosate herbicides and cancer.[8,9] The strongest link was with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, the type of cancer that Johnson suffers from. Crucially, IARC identified definitive evidence that glyphosate is genotoxic; that is, it causes damage to DNA and thus compromises gene function, which could over time lead to cancer.[9]

Overall, the most comprehensive analysis of glyphosate’s ability to cause cancer is the review of IARC, which considered all peer-reviewed published literature.[8,9] Claims by pesticide industry defenders that this agency is discredited and its scientists biased have been comprehensively refuted by IARC.[10]

In conclusion, there are data from laboratory studies, including animal toxicity tests, and epidemiological investigations to justifiably classify glyphosate-based herbicides as probable carcinogens. Thus the jury’s conclusion – informed by testimony from several expert witness scientists appearing in support of the plaintiff – that Roundup was a substantial contributor to Johnson’s non-Hodgkin lymphoma appears justified. This is especially so in light of his unusually high-level occupational exposure over a considerable period of time.

Nevertheless, there are two important questions that remain to be answered:

1. The toxic potential of the co-formulants/adjuvants (e.g. POEA) is generally ignored by regulators[11] – yet they are present in commercial pesticides, including glyphosate-based herbicides such as Roundup. Do these adjuvants contribute to Roundup’s ability to cause cancer?


Bayer's Monsanto faces 8,000 lawsuits on glyphosate

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The number of U.S. lawsuits brought against Bayer’s (BAYGn.DE) newly acquired Monsanto has jumped to about 8,000, as the German drugmaker braces for years of legal wrangling over alleged cancer risks of glyphosate-based weedkillers.


Consumer Groups Announce Settlement of Legal Action Concerning ‘100% Natural’ Labels

Three nonprofit groups today jointly announced that they have resolved a consumer-protection action filed by the groups against General Mills on August 24, 2016, concerning General Mills’ labeling of its Nature Valley Granola Bars as “Made with 100% Natural Whole Grain Oats.” A copy of the Complaint is available at:...


Non Toxic Neighborhoods


Pesticide damage to DNA found "programmed" into future generations

"We plotted water concentrations and birth defects, and they fit like a hat," Winchester said.


One of the Largest Aquifers in the World Is Disappearing Because of Farmers

They know that if they do not conserve, the Ogallala Aquifer, the source of their prosperity, will go dry. The Ogallala, also known as the High Plains Aquifer, is one of the largest underground freshwater sources in the world. It underlies an estimated 174,000 square miles of the Central Plains and holds as much water as Lake Huron. It irrigates portions of eight states, from Wyoming, South Dakota, and Nebraska in the North to Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Texas in the South.


Seneff: “Consumer demand (mostly from countries outside of North America) is going to be the main driver behind getting farmers to stop using glyphosate as a desiccant.”

Day of reckoning coming for pre-harvest glyphosate?

“A large number of similar pending cases will now likely multiply,” a market watcher told Reuters.

Bayer could be tied up in court cases for years or will have to fork over billions to settle the lawsuits. Future court cases over glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, will generate more negative press — encouraging retailers to pull the product from shelves and fuelling political pressure to ban the herbicide. Investors are also asking questions about future sales of glyphosate-tolerant crops, which are core to Monsanto’s business.


Australia: Councils urged to suspend use of Roundup or face risk of legal action

“Local government authorities are now compelled by this legal precedent to protect their constituents and worker’s health and their own legal liability by suspending the use of glyphosate in public places and invest in safer, alternative weed control practices,” she said.

“It is simply absurd to suggest that allowing children to play on freshly sprayed grass within minutes of a pesticide application is safe.


Aluminium could cause multiple sclerosis, say scientists who link the disease to high levels of metal in the brain

Lead author Professor Chris Exley, from Keele University, claims the build up of aluminium in MS sufferers' brains 'cannot be ignored'.

The metal has previously been linked to Alzheimer's, with research suggesting dead patients also have higher levels of the metal in their brains than those without the disease.

Aluminium in Brain Tissue in Multiple Sclerosis


Ten Thousand Chemicals in Food and Food Packaging: What Are These Substances Doing to Our Children? By the World Mercury Project Team

The endocrine-disrupting effects of the additives found in food are of particular concern in early life, when developmental programming of organ systems is susceptible to permanent and lifelong disruption.


GMO seafood facing new challenges

Nestle USA, which created its own non-GMO label, was recently the target of a class action lawsuit in California over its seal. Lead plaintiff Jennifer Latiff alleges that even though the company uses a non-GMO label on more than 40,000 products – including Stouffer’s and Lean Cuisine frozen meals – the products actually contain some genetically engineered ingredients.

In addition, Nestle non-GMO label appears very similar to The Non-GMO Project’s butterfly logo, according to the complaint.


Sri Lanka: Lawyers to seek compensation for glyphosate deaths


The other Monsanto chemical that Bayer investors should watch

One lawsuit seeks to get dicamba taken off the market altogether. Oral arguments are scheduled for Aug. 29 in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Seattle over whether the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency broke the law in granting the herbicide a two-year registration, which expires in November.


The Man Who Fought Monsanto Will Leave a Lasting Legacy

Shifting Sands

Chemical pesticides have been in use since the end of World War II, and we have learned a number of lessons in that time: Chemicals that we thought (and were told) were perfectly safe have been found to be profoundly damaging to the birds and bees — and to us.

The insecticide chlorpyrifos, for instance, developed as a Nazi nerve gas, was promoted in the post-war period as an effective pesticide to kill cockroaches and other indoor pests and to stave off insects on farmland. It was not until 2000 that the evidence had piled high enough to show the brain-damaging properties of this insecticide, and advocates pushed hard enough to overcome industry lobbying, to pass an indoor ban. Another nearly 20 years have passed and we are still fighting over chlorpyrifos.

Hawaii was the first to pass a state-wide ban on chlorpyrifos in June and, just last week, the 9th Circuit Court ruled that the EPA must heed its own science and ban the insecticide as well. Now we know glyphosate formulations, which had been promoted as perfectly safe for human health for years, is irrefutably linked to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. At the press conference after the ruling, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., attorney of counsel Baum Hedlund, who tried the case, noted that “Monsanto has other problems.” The science on these glyphosate formulations is “cascading” with increasing evidence that these products may also be associated liver cancer and endocrine disruption, he added.

We’ve also learned that many of the companies that produce the chemicals we interact with daily have suppressed data, manipulated science, and lied to regulators. It has been reported that Dupont, for example, knew about the toxicity in the chemicals used in its Teflon products, but marketed the products as safe nonetheless. It has also been shown that Monsanto well knew the impacts of its PCBs and fought communities in court for years before settling lawsuits worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Now we know, through this case’s discovery process, that Monsanto has done all of this to keep its glyphosate products on the market. At that same press conference, Johnson’s lawyers noted that they were only able to use a fraction of the evidence against Monsanto in this trial. But more will likely come out in the proceeding cases.

We have been witness to this decades-long history of chemical companies dismissing the science about the human and environmental harm of specific chemicals — sometimes for years, sometimes for decades — all while their products remain in use.



We can’t wait for the EPA to take action on glyphosate. Parents shouldn’t have to worry about carcinogenic pesticides in their food at the grocery store.

Use the form below to stand with EWG and tell food companies like General Mills, Quaker and Kellogg’s to get glyphosate out of our food!


Top Pharma-Brand of Children's Vitamins Contains Aspartame, GMOs, & Other Hazardous Chemicals

Kids vitamins are supposed to be healthy, right? Well then, what's going on with Flintstones Vitamins, which proudly claims to be "Pediatricians' #1 Choice"? Produced by the global pharmaceutical corporation Bayer, this wildly successful brand features a shocking list of unhealthy ingredients, including:

Cupric Oxide
Coal tar artificial coloring agents (FD&C Blue #2, Red #40, Yellow #6)
Zinc Oxide
Ferrous Fumarate
DL-alpha tocopherol (synthetic vitamin E)
Hydrogenated Oil (Soybean)
GMO Corn starch


WATCH: New Film Exposes ‘Monstrous’ Child Deformities Caused by Agrochemicals in Argentina

The shocking film "Genetically Modified Children" unveils the horrors of decades of chemical-intensive agricultural practices in Argentina, where the majority of crops are genetically modified (GM) and routinely doused in dangerous agrochemicals, and the chokehold big tobacco companies such as Philip Morris and chemical and seed giants have on poverty-stricken farmers desperate to earn a living.

The film, produced by Juliette Igier and Stephanie Lebrun, shows the devastating health effects the region's agricultural sector is having on children,1 an increasing number of whom are being born with monstrous physical deformities. Some of the children's cases are so severe that, without a medical intervention, will result in death before the age of five.


Stephanie Seneff - Solutions For Glyphosate, Gut Health & Monsanto!

Stephanie Seneff talks about how glyphosate might be at the root cause of cancers like non hodgkins lymphomas, auto immune diseases, leaky gut, autism and so much more!


Lawsuit Alleges Chemical Companies Should Prepare For Unprecedented Storms

Criminal charges against a chemical company that flooded during Hurricane Harvey are raising two big questions: When is pollution an accident? And when is it a crime?



AMERICAN GROAN by glyphosategirl


Heavy Metals in Baby Food: What You Need to Know

Consumer Reports’ testing shows concerning levels of arsenic, cadmium, and lead in many popular baby and toddler foods

Our testing did have some encouraging findings for parents: It showed that 16 of the products had less concerning levels of the heavy metals, suggesting that all baby food manufacturers should be able to achieve similar results.

Our survey also suggests that parents are often unaware of the potential risks of heavy metals in their kids’ food. About half, for example, believed that children’s foods are subject to more strict regulation and safety testing procedures than other packaged foods.

But they aren’t—even though the FDA has acknowledged the dangers heavy metals in baby and toddler foods could pose.

In 2016, the FDA did propose limiting inorganic arsenic in infant rice cereal to 100 parts per billion, and in 2013 proposed limiting inorganic arsenic in apple juice to 10 ppb, the federal arsenic standard for drinking water. But neither limit was ever finalized. The agency told CR it is on track to finalize these guidelines by the end of 2018.

We informed the FDA of our overall findings, and the agency told us: “The agency has made this a priority and is working to reduce the health risks these elements present, especially to those most vulnerable: children.”



Just about every day there is a new case of corporate malfeasance—bribery, tax evasion, price-fixing, defrauding of government or consumers, environmental violations, unfair labor practices and much more. Given the frequency of these scandals, it is difficult to keep track of which corporation has done what.

The Corporate Rap Sheets below are dossiers summarizing the most significant crimes, violations and other questionable activities of the world’s largest and most controversial companies.

Coca-Cola Company
Darden Restaurants
Yum Brands

Dow Chemical (now merged with DuPont)
DuPont (now merged with Dow Chemical)

Anthem (formerly WellPoint)
Eli Lilly
Johnson & Johnson
UnitedHealth Group


Years Before Vietnam, the Chemical Industry Knew About Dioxins

Monsanto didn’t just prevent the public from finding out about the toxicity of dioxins. The company actively falsified studies on the subject. In 1985 Monsanto medical director George Roush declared under oath that he had known of such manipulations, according to a different Poison Papers file in which 27 cancer cases of workers exposed to dioxins were excluded from a peer-reviewed scientific study.

This rigged study was instrumental in the US Environmental Protection Agency failing to regulate dioxins, explain the Poison Paper publishers. The same falsification additionally protected manufacturers against the lawsuits of Agent Orange victims.


Vietnam Set to Increase Legal Pressure on Monsanto for Millions of Agent Orange Victims

“This case is a precedent that changes previous arguments that the herbicides supplied to the U.S. military by Monsanto and other American chemical companies during the Vietnam War are not harmful to people’s health,” deputy Foreign Ministry spokesperson Nguyen Phuong Tra said Thursday.

“We believe Monsanto should be held responsible for compensating the millions of Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange for the damage caused by the company’s herbicides,” Tra continued.


IRT: “New Film: Secret Ingredients shares the stories of people who regain their health after they remove GMOs and pesticides from their diet. Stay tuned for release information coming soon, and how you can see this groundbreaking new film by Jeffrey Smith and Amy Hart. Watch the trailer.”

Arty turns 11 this summer.