Loc: Waterloo, NY
“The most important thing to realize is that you cannot wash glyphosate off food since it is incorporated into each cell of the plant.” Dr. Jill Carnahan, M.D.
“Children do not have the enzymes in their livers to detox and break down toxins, especially infants and the unborn children. There are NO safe levels.” Andre Leu, President IFOAM, Australia at the Monsanto Tribunal
“*Please don’t be a smartypants and say, “Hey, all crops are genetically modified”. Yes, yes, we have been selectively breeding plants for thousands of years. We all know that. But the term “GMOs” refers to the recent development of “gene splicing” and the development of transgenic crops, creating forms of life that nature, or selective breeding, could never have created. Jonathan Foley, Ph.D https://globalecoguy.org/zombie-gmo-myths-a59123a403f2
“If we are going to live so intimately with these chemicals--eating and drinking them, taking them into the very marrow of our bones--we had better know something about their nature and their power.” Rachel Carson, Silent Spring
“...It’s at the beginning of life, it’s at the end of life. The really creepy thing is there’s a lot of studies coming out, cutting edge stuff, showing epigenetics, showing that there’s damage that occurs to a parent, but you don’t see the results of that damage until a generation or two afterwards, so who knows what’s going to happen to the children.” Brent Wisner, attorney for Dwayne Lee Johnson. https://www.facebook.com/HighWireTalk/videos/2157052507846542
Stand With Jurors Against Monsanto! Petition
Charlie Kaupp, Juror #11, wrote:
[O]n August 10th, the jury spoke unanimously on every one of your verdict questions except the one about the amount of punitive damages (and that one was eleven-to-one). Monsanto requested a jury trial, as is their right. The fact that sixteen San Francisco citizens gave up six weeks to participate in the justice system with honor and integrity, only to have our verdict overruled, is an insult to our intelligence and disrespectful of our time, not to mention disrespectful to the process and institution of trial by jury.
Monsanto Jury in Historic Revolt Against Judge Attempting to Toss Out Their Unanimous Verdict
Howard commented to me on his impression of the impact of corporations that he gained by being a part of the Monsanto Trial. “I went into the trial not knowing a lot about Monsanto and it was the evidence at the trial that convinced me this corporation cannot be trusted,” he said. “This was a wake-up call. Being on the jury changed my life. I was interested in the environment before, but this was like, ‘Oh ok... it’s time to get back to work.’ I was angry. I have had a reminder to myself to divest from fossil fuels for years, and after the Monsanto trial- I finally did it. I divested.”
He stated, “I learned at this trial, you cannot trust these corporations. They are putting the almighty dollar before human lives. When you see the evidence in the documents with your own eyes, and you see the people lying to you, when they are sworn in to tell the truth... then you have to do something. That is why I am speaking up now.”
Howard pointed out that he and the jury were instructed by the judge that they could disregard some or all of a witness's testimony based on their credibility. When they saw Monsanto's witnesses, how highly uncomfortable they were and other body languages, the juror determined, very carefully, that many were simply not credible. "When they were performing linguistic gymnastics, doing every they could to avoid the issue of their products causing cancer, we did not see them as credible."
The matter at hand is more than whether Monsanto will be held accountable in this one case, (there are 8,700 more lawsuits pending against them) but whether justice will be served. The real issue is one that strikes to the core of our independence and democracy... whether justice can be influenced by pressure from corporations, or not.
All parties agree that we were an exceptional jury. We were, in fact, praised by Monsanto, and you, your Honor, for our attention, intelligent questions, etc. Yet our integrity, intelligence, and common sense has been cleverly and openly attacked by inference. The idiopathy issue, the science, the non-economic damages issue, what is and what is not evidence, the higher bar for punitive damages, credibility of witnesses: I got it. I believe my fellow jurors got it. With all due respect, your Honor, I don’t see how this can go both ways. Monsanto can’t ask for a jury, state that we intelligently, and with diligence considered only the testimony and evidence, and methodically weighed that evidence— and then turn around and infer that we must have ignored your instructions and did not comprehend the evidence! It just doesn’t add up.
The possibility that, after our studious attention to the presentation of evidence, our adherence to your instructions, and several days of careful deliberations, our unanimous verdict could be summarily overturned demeans our system of justice and shakes my confidence in that system.
As one of the 12 jurors in the above-referenced case, I urge you uphold the original verdict on both punitive damages and future non-economic damages. Monsanto’s attorneys have asked you to serve as the “13th juror” and vacate a “flawed judgment” where the size of the award “demonstrates the significant prejudicial misconduct that inflamed this jury.” I see absolutely no basis or credibility behind the arguments used by Monsanto’s attorneys…
Finally, while your instructions regarding punitive damages were more strict (clear and convincing evidence rather than a “likelier than not” scenario, paired with the behavior being executed by a managing agent of Monsanto), we approached the questions using a very measured process based on the evidence we were presented. We found that certain evidence showed behavior that any reasonable member of our society would deem malicious and with the outcome of harming Mr. Johnson. I found the argument about what constitutes a “managing agent” at Monsanto to be unnecessary. Any reasonable professional with any experience in the workforce would be able to identify the “managing agents” within any workplace. It’s simple clues – titles like “director,” or responsibilities like managing toxicology for an entire portfolio of products – that made this obvious for us.
US FDA and Cornell University Reports Show Glyphosate Residues in Corn, Soybeans and Pet Food
Sustainable Pulse Director, Henry Rowlands, reacted to the FDA report; “The levels of glyphosate found in soybeans and corn are of great concern. In 1999, the EPA’s ‘safe level’ (MRL) for soybeans was raised from 0.1 mg/kg (100 ppb) to 20 mg/kg (20,000 ppb) in the USA and Europe. Likewise in 2004, the glyphosate MRL for soybean was raised from 0.2 mg/kg (200 ppb) to 10 mg/kg (10,000 ppb) in Brazil. A peer-reviewed study in 2014 suggested that these MRL adjustments were only made in response to actual observed increases in the glyphosate residue detected in GM HT soybeans.
Seneff: “I just came across this 2015 paper about a mutation substituting aspartatic acidfor a glycine residue in the enzyme that synthesizes the "universal sulfate donor" (PAPS). The authors specifically mention that a ""larger and negatively charged aspartic acid" in place of this highly conserved glycine residue would severely disrupt the enzyme function. Glyphosate is also larger and negatively charged. The mutation causes polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) in women due to excess androgen synthesis because sulfation of DHEA (its precursor) is impaired.”
Q: M. Hermosillo: “Stephanie, is there a relation of glyphosate with the deficiency of cholesterol sulphate and the resulting blocking of arteries?”
A: “Seneff I absolutely think so! Glyphosate is a multidimensional train wreck for sulfate. It block bile flow in the liver/gallbladder, which prevents cholesterol sulfate circulation via bile acids/ chylomicron. If glyphosate substitutes by mistake for glycine during protein synthesis, it can be predicted to disrupt enzymes involved with the synthesis of PAPS, the universal sulfate donor, and with the transfer of sulfate from PAPS to cholesterol and other sterols. This forces the liver to distribute cholesterol packaged up inside LDL particles rather than as the water-soluble cholesterol sulfate molecule. This causes elevated serum LDL - the so-called "bad cholesterol." Glyphosate would also disrupt the uptake of LDL into the tissues through glycine substitution, because the LDL receptor depends on glycine to be able to go to the cell membrane and retrieve cholesterol and fats from LDL.”
A: Seneff: “I do think that apple cider vinegar (I use Braggs' organic) is beneficial to clear glyphosate. Acetobacter are among the very few microbes that know how to break the C-P bond in glyphosate, and this allows them to break it down into harmless components. Other fermented foods would also work, such as kombucha, kefir, sauerkraut, etc.”
PAPSS2 Deficiency Causes Androgen Excess via Impaired DHEA Sulfation—In Vitro and in Vivo Studies in a Family Harboring Two Novel PAPSS2 Mutations
Seneff: “CKDu (chronic kidney disease of unknown origin) is now affecting agricultural workers in Florida. I believe that glyphosate is the most important factor in this disease, and I have published two papers, together with Laura Orlando, discussing the evidence and explaining plausible connections between glyphosate and CKDu.”
“Laura Orlando and I wrote two papers linking CKDu to glyphosate. The second one details how glyphosate substituting for glycine in multiple proteins can explain the disease. "Glyphosate Substitution for Glycine During Protein Synthesis as a Causal Factor in Mesoamerican Nephropathy" Pdf download available here:” https://www.omicsonline.org/open-access/...525-1000541.pdf
On the Trail of a Deadly Disease That Cuts Down Farmworkers in Their Prime
The kidney condition, which has claimed at least 20,000 lives in Central America, is showing up in the U.S.
Grandparents remember back in the day when you drove at night, you drove through bugs. Bugs would be splattered on the front of our parent’s cars and windshields. Bug zappers that came out in the late 80’s were a nightmare if you wanted to have your window open at night. Fast forward to 2014, my new neighbor has a bug zapper. I was so worried. I liked my windows open. There was rarely a zap. Where were all the bugs? Whether it’s chemicals or climate change, our kids have been damaged and many are too sick and tired to deal with what’s has been done to their health and their environment. Us grand people must do something.
Seneff: “Very grim news from the insect world. I'd bet my money on glyphosate as a major factor in the demise of insects, worldwide.”
‘Hyperalarming’ study shows massive insect loss
In 2014, an international team of biologists estimated that, in the past 35 years, the abundance of invertebrates such as beetles and bees had decreased by 45 percent. In places where long-term insect data are available, mainly in Europe, insect numbers are plummeting. A study last year showed a 76 percent decrease in flying insects in the past few decades in German nature preserves.
Similar things have happened across the Midwest and Mid-South over the past two years. From Mississippi to Illinois, people have noticed trees or other kinds of wild vegetation that show signs of damage from dicamba. The Environmental Protection Agency now has to decide whether farmers should be allowed to keep using this chemical in quite the same way. The agency's previous approval expires at the end of the year.
Seneff: “Significant new development! It's now possible to get your hair tested for glyphosate and - surprise! surprise! -- they're finding remarkably high levels in various hair samples. Still think glyphosate doesn't accumulate in the body?”
Glyphosate Found in Human Hair as Unique Testing Project Releases First Results
The unique project, which began in July 2018, has already discovered the world’s most used herbicide, glyphosate, in a number of hair samples at over 66 parts per billion (ppb), which is a much higher level than the average urine level of 3 ppb reported by the University of California San Francisco in 2016. The main metabolite of glyphosate, AMPA, was also found in some of the hair samples at even higher levels than glyphosate itself.
The Detox Project Director, Henry Rowlands, stated Wednesday; “Even at this early stage of testing we believe it is vital to warn the public and regulators that glyphosate is being found in human hair.
“The levels found are surprising to everyone involved, as we have been working on urine testing with university and commercial laboratories over the past four years and we have never seen such results.”
Q: J. A. : Stephanie Seneff, I also worry about what’s not coming out of the body and presenting in hair samples. Where else is it storing?
A: Seneff: “It's getting stored everywhere! Monsanto found the highest concentrations in the bone marrow. But also in liver, lungs, testes, brain, etc., etc. It gets inserted into proteins by mistake in place of the coding amino acid glycine (according to a theory with very strong support from the research literature).”