“The 12 jurors were not lightweights after all. There was a molecular biologist, an environmental engineer, a lawyer…” Brent Wisner
This story and the aftermath is something we should really pay attention to.
Cornell Food Researcher's Downfall Raises Larger Questions For Science
The fall of a prominent food and marketing researcher may be a cautionary tale for scientists who are tempted to manipulate data and chase headlines.
Brian Wansink, the head of the Food and Brand Lab at Cornell University, announced last week that he would retire from the university at the end of the academic year. Less than 48 hours earlier, JAMA, a journal published by the American Medical Association, had retracted six of Wansink's studies, after Cornell told the journal's editors that Wansink had not kept the original data and the university could not vouch for the validity of his studies.
In an internal review spurred by a wide range of allegations of research misconduct, a Cornell faculty committee reported a litany of faults with Wansink's work, including "misreporting of research data, problematic statistical techniques, failure to properly document and preserve research results, and inappropriate authorship." Cornell apologized for Wansink's "academic misconduct," removed him from his teaching and research posts, and obligated him to spend the remainder of his time there "cooperating with the university in its ongoing review of his prior research."
P-hacking is when researchers play with data to arrive at results that look like they're scientifically significant. For instance, they can cherry pick data points, re-analyze the data in multiple ways or stop an experiment early.https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/201...m_medium=social
Glyphosate Industry Fails to Stop US Funding for Global Cancer Agency
In a massive victory for independent science, it was announced Sunday that the U.S. Senate and Congress appropriations committees have deleted text from a controversial Bill, which would have cut all the U.S. funding to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), after they challenged the chemical industry by classifying the world’s most used herbicide, glyphosate, as a probable human carcinogen in 2015.
The ‘IARC rider’ text on page 110 (sec.229) of the draft Labor Health and Human Services FY19 Appropriations Bill was removed after negotiations.
Currently, 25 Nations contribute to IARC’s total budget of about USD $50 million (about EUR 44 million), with 7.5% (USD $3.8 million) coming from the U.S..
Following IARC’s classification of glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen in 2015, Monsanto and the American Chemistry Council launched a full-throttle attack on the international scientific body.https://sustainablepulse.com/2018/09/16/...y/#.W7K8A7xKhD9
GM Watch: “In a deeply sinister development, an obscure "science and technology think tank" wants to deny Americans the right to choose non-GMO foods. The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) has filed a petition with the US FDA against the Non-GMO Project in the hopes of getting its butterfly label banned from food packaging.”
US: GMO lobbyist attacks non-GMO labelling
GMO lobbyist Val Giddings – a former vice president of the Biotechnology Industry Organisation – is a senior fellow at this think thank.https://www.gmwatch.org/en/news/latest-news/18477-us-gmo-lobbyist-attacks-non-gmo-labelling
Stuart votes to ban city use of chemical glyphosate
STUART, Fla. - Stuart city commissioners voted to ban city use of the chemical glyphosate Monday night. Glyphosate is commonly found in the weed killer Roundup. It has been considered possibly carcinogenic and other research links the chemical to algae growth.
Now Martin County commissioners have directed staff to come back to the board in 90 days with an integrated pest management plan to reduce the use of glyphosate with the ultimate goal of eliminating chemicals.https://www.wptv.com/news/region-martin-...ical-glyphosate
Seneff: “Pressure is being put on the food industry to stop spraying oats with glyphosate right before harvest. Maybe it will have impact?? Especially if a lot of parents start boycotting non-organic oatmeal and Cheerios!”
US Food Brands Petition EPA to Ban Pre-Harvest Glyphosate Spraying
In 2016, a testing project by Food Democracy Now! and The Detox Project found alarming levels of glyphosate in General Mills’ Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios, Kellogg’s Corn Flakes, Raisin Bran and Frosted Flakes and PepsiCo’s Doritos Cool Ranch, Ritz Crackers and Stacy’s Simply Naked Pita Chips, as well as many more famous products.
In August, independent laboratory tests commissioned by EWG found glyphosate residues in popular oat-based foods marketed toward children. Almost three-fourths of the samples tested had glyphosate levels higher than what EWG scientists consider protective of children’s health with an adequate margin of safety.https://sustainablepulse.com/2018/09/28/...g/#.W65gRrxKhD-
GM Watch: “A few months ago GMWatch published two articles about the well known defender of pesticides and GMOs, Kevin Folta, doing lucrative consultancy work for Bayer while simultaneously claiming he declines all paid consultancy. Now the pro-GMO blog Biofortified has not only confirmed the Bayer consultancy but its founders have publicly condemned Folta for lying about it.”https://www.gmwatch.org/en/news/latest-news/18476
Study shows glyphosate may be killing honeybees
Glyphosate, the world's most widely used weed killer, has caused concerns over its potential risk to human health and the environment for decades. Now, new research shows that glyphosate may be indirectly killing bees.https://amp.dw.com/en/study-shows-glyphosate-may-be-killing-honeybees/a-45618950
The study: Glyphosate perturbs the gut microbiota of honey bees, published September 24, 2018http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2018/09/18/1803880115
Retraction by corruption
Dr Novotny's account of the events surrounding the Séralini study reveals the depths of deception and malpractice to which some scientists and corporations will resort in order to protect their products, even when they know or suspect that those products are harming the public. The journal that retracted the study, Food and Chemical Toxicology, no longer has Goodman and Hayes in place on its editorial board, but its publisher Elsevier should publish an apology to the Seralini team for its journal's role in the affair and the resulting damage to the reputations of the scientists involved.https://gmwatch.org/en/news/latest-news/18332-retraction-by-corruption
Great interview with lawyer, Brent Wisner...
'Monsanto's History Is One Full of Vast Lies'
Following a successful lawsuit against Monsanto for concealing the cancer risks of its pesticide Round Up, the lawyer representing the plaintiffs in the case says the Bayer subsidiary is likely to face many more legal challenges in the future.
DER SPIEGEL: The dangers of Monsanto products have been under discussion for decades. Why did a court only decide to address the issue now?
Wisner: There are several reasons. The most important was probably the classification by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, which is part of the World Health Organization. In early 2015, they evaluated glyphosate as "probably carcinogenic to humans." Monsanto's CEO responded by calling it "junk science." Before that, nobody had collected so much data and looked so deeply at the issue. That was a wake-up call.
DER SPIEGEL: How much does Monsanto have to do with the fact that a verdict was reached only now?
Wisner: A lot! Monsanto has an internal program called "Let Nothing Go." The aim of this program is to attack scientists who are critical of Monsanto products. They go after people directly and discredit them. They also pay others to do so.
DER SPIEGEL: Are there other such PR strategies?
Wisner: Another program is called "Freedom to Operate." Its purpose is to eliminate everything that might disrupt sales of their products - laws, scientific articles, they go after everything. As part of that effort, they also engage lobbyists - scientists who Monsanto pays for their opportunism. Such programs reflect a corporate culture that shows no interest whatsoever in public health, only in profits.
DER SPIEGEL: Monsanto continues to dispute that it tried to influence scientific research. What was the critical factor for jurors in reaching the verdict?
Wisner: I believe it was the scientific findings themselves. The 12 jurors were not lightweights after all. There was a molecular biologist, an environmental engineer, a lawyer. Some colleagues told me: "Be careful Brent, so much intelligence can be an impediment." But I was certain that the arguments in the critical studies, parts of which were suppressed, were the strongest evidence we had.http://www.spiegel.de/international/worl...223756-amp.html
Imported lentils laced with weed killerhttps://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/c...eed-killer.html
FOODSTIRS BECOMES FIRST GLYPHOSATE RESIDUE FREE CERTIFIED BAKING MIX COMPANY
“People don’t have to think twice about what is going in their bodies with Foodstirs baking mixes,” said Sarah Michelle Gellar, Chief Creative Officer and Co-Founder. “Our Glyphosate Residue-Free products raise the standard of what is acceptable in products so people can feel safe and good about what they’re eating.”https://detoxproject.org/sarah-michelle-...ng-mix-company/
Seneff: “Bad news! The French government voted against banning glyphosate despite the fact that over 80% of the population think it's bad for human health.”
French President Emmanuel Macron made a campaign promise: to ban glyphosate, the weedkiller sold under the Roundup brand. But last week, his party’s lawmakers rejected an amendment to do that, raising accusations they are beholden to the farm lobby.https://www.france24.com/en/20180923-fra...culture-lobbies
Local Focus Special Report: The glyphosate debate reaches New Zealandhttps://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12119085
Glyphosate in baby wipes.
Parents in France urged to avoid certain baby hygiene products
In its study the association notes that the levels of substances found in the nappies are very low but nevertheless the health risks associated with them "cannot be ruled out" because "newborn babies are exposed to glyphosate and other volatile organic components from other sources".https://www.thelocal.fr/20180830/french-public-warned-over-dangers-of-baby-cleaning-products
How Many American Deaths Will the EPA be Responsible for Before They Ban Glyphosate Herbicide?
How is this chemical possibly in the market? When the EPA okayed glyphosate (again) in 1993, it relied on the same toxicity studies Monsanto originally submitted.
Most of them were done in the 1970s, when the chemical was first used as an herbicide. Most, if not all of them, were done at the notorious Hazleton Laboratories (now Covance).
This lab also provided the tobacco industry with studies showing that second-hand smoke isn’t harmful to human health. The list of alleged violations for this lab is long and includes adding extra animals to experiments, not following scientific protocols, and secretly keeping extra animals off-site.
These, and other violations dating back decades, cast serious doubt on the validity of the toxicity studies done on glyphosate
It seems beyond doubt that cronyism, rather than any honest evaluation of the scientific data, is keeping glyphosate on the market. It’s time for that to change.
Action Alert! Tell the EPA to ban glyphosate.http://healthimpactnews.com/2018/how-man...sate-herbicide/http://www.anh-usa.org/action-alert-ban-glyphosate/
RFK, Jr.: “Good news! The Trump administration suffered seven major environmental setbacks in the past week as mounting losses in federal courts stall its ambitious deregulatory agenda.
Trump Administration Hit With 7 Major Environmental Setbacks In Court In Past Weekhttps://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-environmental-setbacks_us_5b770743e4b05906b4135d4f?u1e
Florida declares a state of emergency as red tide kills animals and disrupts tourismhttps://www.washingtonpost.com/news/spea...m=.3fee50918961
Monsanto ruling spurs French Greens to file for glyphosate banhttp://en.rfi.fr/france/20180819-monsanto-ruling-spurs-french-greens-file-glyphosate-ban
Michael McNeill on GMOs and Glyphosate, Family Days on the Farm, Keynote Speaker
Michael McNeill is an agronomist (the science of soil management and the production of field crops) from Iowa who has worked in the military as a plant pathologist and he also managed a Funk Seed research station for 12 years. Since 1983, he has worked in his company Ag Advisory, advising farmers with thousands of acres. Mr. McNeill has seen firsthand how GMOs and chemicals (especially glyphosate) have affected our land, animals, people and his own health.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TouNdr5U-p4&feature=youtu.be
Is spraying weeds in Central Florida lakes, contributing to Southwest Florida’s water crisis?http://www.winknews.com/2018/09/24/is-sp...s-water-crisis/
World's Most Popular Weed Killer Linked To Decline Of Honey Beeshttps://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-an...-of-honey-bees/
McDonalds: Here's why you DON'T want fries with that…https://www.facebook.com/inthenow/videos...NjE0MDk3MTUzMw/
Nonprofits Sue Pret A Manger for Deceptive Marketing of Foods as 'Natural'https://www.organicconsumers.org/press/nonprofits-sue-pret-manger-deceptive-marketing-foods-natural
Tell Congress: Pass the Local FARMS Act!
Update: Good news! Thanks to everyone who contacted Congress in support of the Local FARMS Act, one important piece of that bill—the Local Agriculture Market Program (LAMP)—was included in the Senate version of the Farm Bill. Please use the form on this page to send a follow-up email to your members of Congress asking them to keep up the campaign for local food in the Farm Bill!
Demand for locally grown food is on the rise, as consumers take more interest in how their food is produced, and how food production affects their own health, and the health of their communities.
That’s a positive trend. But if consumers want more local food, we have to help ensure the economic success of the independent farmers who grow that food.https://us.e-activist.com/page/5934/action/1
Fairness for Farmers—Consumers Hold the Key
“Fairness for Farmers: A Report Assessing the Fair Trade Movement and the Role of Certification,” identifies the fundamental differences between six fair trade product labels. It also emphasizes the importance of purchasing fair-trade certified products to ensure farmer fairness and to combat power imbalances often seen within global supply chains. The report states:
Small-scale farmers face many threats including land grabbing, unfair trade agreements, lack of government and technical support, low and volatile prices, uneven wealth distribution, corporate control of the food system, and climate change.
Global trade favors those already in power—businesses, governments, and the largest players at any stage of the supply chain whether large-scale farms, factory owners, or mega-corporations. In conventional supply chains, producers—the bottom of the chain—generally lack negotiating power and small-scale producers are further marginalized within the production sector since they are competing against bigger and better-resourced producers.https://www.organicconsumers.org/blog/fair-trade-label-differences
Live Interactive FB Interview w Allan Savory
Now, with two-thirds of the world’s land experiencing some level of desertification—causing hunger, poverty, violence, immigration and war worldwide—Savory is more confident than ever in the theory he discovered more than 40 years ago: The root cause of the problem lies in how we choose to manage land.https://www.facebook.com/events/367317303809542/permalink/368066443734628/
There Are Nearly 1,000 Chemicals in Our Food That Have Never Been Tested for Safety
Why the FDA and the EPA aren't set up to protect us from contaminants in the food we eat.
In July 2017, The New York Times ran a story titled The Chemicals in Your Mac and Cheese. Researchers, the article explained, had found plasticizers—known as phthalates—in the popular kids’ food. Fewer than two weeks later, the Times reported that traces of the herbicide glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup, had been found in Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Several people asked me: Should we be worried?
My answer: Yes, we should, but not just because researchers found plasticizers (which are chemicals that make plastics more durable) in our mac and cheese or herbicide in our ice cream. We should be worried because these kinds of environmental chemical contaminants are literally everywhere, in nearly all our foods.https://tonic.vice.com/en_us/article/a38...sted-for-safety
Crucial Antibiotics Still Used on US Farms Despite Public Health Fears
Tests at meat packing plants show no reduction in drugs, a year after new rules to clamp down on overusehttps://www.organicconsumers.org/news/cr...ic-health-fears
Monsanto's role in Roundup safety study is corrected by journal
Monsanto has defended the independence of the 2016 review, and the journal isn’t changing the papers’ scientific findings. But the journal’s publisher said Wednesday it’s issuing an “Expression of Concern” linked to the articles because the authors “have been unable to provide an adequate explanation to why the required level of transparency was not met on first submission.”https://www.gmwatch.org/en/news/latest-n...cted-by-journal
Patented Plants: What do GMO Patents Mean for Farmers, Researchers, and Consumers?
Chemical companies have turned patents and litigation into weapons against farmers big and small. The good news is that as consumers, we have the power to change the way our food is grown and made. By voting with our dollars, we can choose not to support practices that privatize our food supply, hurt small farmers, and restrict the free flow of information. The non-GMO movement is about more than the right to know, it’s also about doing what’s right. If you care about protecting our seed supply against predatory practices and corporate ownership, Look for the Butterfly when you shop. https://livingnongmo.org/2018/09/26/pate...-and-consumers/
Bayer Steps Up Legal Fight Over Weed Killer Blamed for Cancer
German company wants California judge to overturn jury verdict and $289 million damage award
Judge Suzanne Ramos Bolanos is expected to rule on Bayer’s requests by late October or early November.https://www.wsj.com/articles/bayer-steps...ncer-1537322047
'Death penalty for corporations': Gonzaga speaker talks about addressing chemical industry wrongshttps://www.inlander.com/spokane/death-p...nt?oid=13078851
(All the lectures from Schooler’s course are on you tube.)
The GMO Debate: One Student’s Experience of Pro-GMO Propaganda at Cornell University - 2016
My name is Robert, and I am a Cornell University undergraduate student. However, I’m not sure if I want to be one any more. Allow me to explain.
Cornell, as an institution, appears to be complicit in a shocking amount of ecologically destructive, academically unethical, and scientifically deceitful behavior. Perhaps the most potent example is Cornell’s deep ties to industrial GMO agriculture, and the affiliated corporations such as Monsanto. I’d like to share how I became aware of this troubling state of affairs.
We live in somewhat of a scientific dark age. Our universities have become extensions of corporate power, at the cost of our health, livelihoods, and ecology. This has to stop, yesterday. We cannot afford to spread lies to our undergraduate students. Cornell, please reconsider your ways. Until you do, I will be doing everything in my power to counter your industry GMO propaganda efforts with the facts.https://www.independentsciencenews.org/h...ell-university/
Glyphosate perturbs the gut microbiota of honey bees
Edited by Margaret J. McFall-Ngai, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI, and approved August 21, 2018 (received for review March 6, 2018)http://www.pnas.org/content/pnas/early/2018/09/18/1803880115.full.pdf
Seneff: “Surprise Surprise! Glyphosate disrupts the gut microbiome of bees, harming the bees. Finally they are acknowledging that glyphosate might be a factor in bee colony collapse syndrome. My personal belief is that it is the biggest factor.”
Monsanto's global weedkiller harms honeybees, research finds
Glyphosate – the most used pesticide ever – damages the good bacteria in honeybee guts, making them more prone to deadly infectionshttps://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/sep/24/monsanto-weedkiller-harms-bees-research-finds
Seneff: “This is a remarkable ten minute video on the phosphate fertilizer industry in Florida. No wonder they have a blue-green algae problem!”
Phosphate Mining is Florida's dirty little secret. Not many people even know of the environmental devastation that is going on in our state involving this mining. Our leaders are looking the other way while these companies destroy our natural wonders. Please share this video because all Floridians need to know the facts so we can demand that our leaders stop them from poisoning our environment and our water supply!https://www.facebook.com/michael.a.knepp...DA8&fref=nf
Petition - Moms Across America
Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Costco: Remove Roundup From Your Shelves!https://www.change.org/p/home-depot-lowe-s-and-costco-remove-roundup-from-your-shelves
Pesticide atrazine can turn male frogs into females
Date: March 1, 2010
Source: University of California - Berkeley
Summary: The herbicide atrazine, one of the world's most widely used pesticides, wreaks havoc with the sex lives of adult male frogs, emasculating three-quarters of them and turning one in 10 into females, according to a new study. These changes occur at atrazine levels below what the EPA considers safe for drinking water. The changes skew sex ratios in the frog population and could be a major cause of amphibian decline worldwide.https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/03/100301151927.htm
Hayes interviewed by Democracy Now…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Z5MA_5Zfb0
How Energy Companies and Allies Are Turning the Law Against Protesters
In at least 31 states, lawmakers and governors have introduced bills and orders since Standing Rock that target protests, particularly opposition to pipelines.https://insideclimatenews.org/news/22082...-iowa-louisiana
Trump’s EPA Says More Americans Will Die Under Its Power-Plant Rollback
The new rule would give states more leeway to set limits on greenhouse gas emissions from their power sectors -- even though, by the agency’s own admission, that will result in higher levels of particulate matter and ozone being emitted by coal plants than would have occurred under President Barack Obama’s plan. That pollution is linked with respiratory infections, asthma and impaired lung function.https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/...-plant-rollback