“...let’s look at the numbers, sir...let’s actually look at the rest and I showed it to him...and he goes “yea, that’s the average,” ...so sir, if the average is four percent every one of these mice studies...is outside the historical average, right? “Yea.” So earlier when you told this jury that they could disregard it because they're all within historical rate, that’s wrong? And he goes, “Yea, I misspoke.”
(Brent Wisner, speaking to one of Monsanto’s experts outside of the trial, away from the jury.) Video 3, https://responsibletechnology.org/wisnerinterviews/watch-the-wisner-interviews/
“You know it’s funny, Glyphosate and Roundup, they’re different things. People often don’t realize that. Glyphosate is one chemical in Roundup. Roundup actually has all these other chemicals. In fact, most of Roundup is these other chemicals. Some of its water. Fine, no one’s complaining about water, but the rest of it is surfactants and other sort of trace residue chemicals and those trace residue chemicals include fermaldahyde, dioxin, lots of stuff that we know is a problem. But putting that issue aside and this is going to blow your mind, it’s something that blows my mind whenever I tell people...to this day Monsanto has never conducted a long term carcinogenicity study on Roundup. They’ve only ever looked at Glyphosate. They’ve never looked at the actual thing, what people are using in the real world and, here’s the thing, when I asked them why...I got their toxicologist on the stand and I said why haven’t you done that? It’s seems like a no brainer. Why haven’t you done that in a rodent study? “Because all the rodents would die.” That was their answer...and the reason is because to give them the kind of doses that you would have to see would kill them...because Roundup is a heck of a lot more toxic than just Glyphosate and so the toxicity of the product is so severe that it would cause all these problems in the rats. It would kill them all. They wouldn’t have enough living to make it through the study and that’s why they haven’t done it…Now that’s not true, right? It’s toxic, but you can do the study, in fact there’s some researchers that are doing it right now in Europe. Right now that are actually designing...their actually going to do it.” Video 3, At 24:00, https://responsibletechnology.org/wisnerinterviews/watch-the-wisner-interviews/
Jeffrey Smith, IRT Founder interview with Brent Wisner, Esq.
Video 3: Monsanto’s Shocking Disregard for Science and Truth
In this interview, Wisner outlines Monsanto’s shocking manipulation and willful disregard of scientific evidence which proves the harm caused by Roundup. This video goes deep into the science of GMOs and pesticides, with Jeffrey Smith mining his decades of experience and Brent bringing his deep understanding gained from his trial research and preparation.
At about 21:00, Wisner speaking to Monsanto’s expert witness…
“...let’s look at the numbers, sir...let’s actually look at the rest and I showed it to him...and he goes, “yea, that’s the average.” ...so sir, if the average is four percent every one of these mice studies...is outside the historical average, right? “Yea.” So earlier when you told this jury that they could disregard it because there all within historical rate, that’s wrong? And he goes, “yea, I misspoke.”
At about 24:00...
“You know it’s funny, Glyphosate and Roundup, they’re different things. People often don’t realize that. Glyphosate is one chemical in Roundup. Roundup actually has all these other chemicals. In fact, most of Roundup is these other chemicals. Some of its water. Fine, no one’s complaining about water, but the rest of it is surfactants and other sort of trace residue chemicals and those trace residue chemicals include formaldehyde, dioxin, lots of stuff that we know is a problem. But putting that issue aside and this is going to blow your mind, it’s something that blows my mind whenever I tell people...to this day Monsanto has never conducted a long term carcinogenicity study on Roundup. They’ve only ever looked at Glyphosate. They’ve never looked at the actual thing, what people are using in the real world and, here’s the thing, when I asked them why...I got their toxicologist on the stand and I said why haven’t you done that? It’s seems like a no brainer. Why haven’t you done that in a rodent study? “Because all the rodents would die.” That was their answer...and the reason is because to give them the kind of doses that you would have to see would kill them...because Roundup is a heck of a lot more toxic than just Glyphosate and so the toxicity of the product is so severe that it would cause all these problems in the rats. It would kill them all. They wouldn’t have enough living to make it through the study and that’s why they haven’t done it…Now that’s not true, right? It’s toxic, but you can do the study, in fact there’s some researchers that are doing it right now in Europe. Right now that are actually designing...their actually going to do it.”
And towards the end, a study on Glyphosate was done that Monsanto said was incorrect. They offered to the study again, “for free.” Monsanto’s answer: no.https://responsibletechnology.org/wisnerinterviews/watch-the-wisner-interviews/
Breakfast Favorite Orange Juice Tainted by Glyphosate Herbicide Threatens Our Health and Florida’s Environment
Over one year after initial tests, Moms Across America sent America's most popular orange juice brands to be tested again for the carcinogenic chemical glyphosate. The new test results, ranging from 2.99 ppb to 17.16 ppb, are not promising. Although the different brands, Tropicana, Minute Maid, Costco’s Kirkland Signature, and Stater Bros. had slightly lower levels of glyphosate weed killer than the first tests conducted a year ago, all still had detectable levels of glyphosate. In addition, Moms Across America added another sample, Florida’s Natural, and the results were not only among the highest of all the brands tested for glyphosate residues, the sample from the brand showed results almost 3 times higher than the previous year’s test results provided to another organization, showing an increase, rather than a decrease of the use of glyphosate herbicides.
Florida’s Natural glyphosate testing in 2017 showed the following results: glyphosate amount detected: 2.14 ppb; AMPA amount detected: 1.98 ppb, the effective glyphosate level was 5.11 ppb. In 2018 the test results showed an effective level of glyphosate at 14.42.
Recently plaintiff Alexandra Axon, represented by Richman Law Group, sued Florida’s Natural for misleading the public by claiming their product is natural when in fact it contains glyphosate. The lawsuit is still pending.https://www.momsacrossamerica.com/orange..._source=yesmaam
Decision to Uphold Verdict Against Monsanto Sends Bayer Stock into Tailspin
But the verdict, even in its diminished form, provides hope that with continued pressure, with more trials, with more financial losses for Monsanto-Bayer, truth and science may one day prevail.
OCA, along with many other good organizations, is calling on schools throughout the country to ban Roundup, in honor of Johnson, a former school groundskeeper, who bravely stood up to Monsanto. Some schools have already stepped up to the plate, including California’s Benicia Unified School District, where Johnson worked before he was diagnosed with cancer.
We’ll have more soon on our campaign to get Roundup out of schools, and how you can help. For now, please take the following actions:https://www.organicconsumers.org/blog/de...554dmoL-M-p6RnI
The Monsanto Papers
In "The Monsanto Papers: Poisoning the Scientific Well,"23 a paper published in The International Journal of Risk & Safety in Medicine, June 2018, Leemon McHenry describes the importance of this cache of documents:
"The documents reveal Monsanto-sponsored ghostwriting of articles published in toxicology journals and the lay media, interference in the peer review process, behind-the-scenes influence on retraction and the creation of a so-called academic website as a front for the defense of Monsanto products …
The use of third-party academics in the corporate defense of glyphosate reveals that this practice extends beyond the corruption of medicine and persists in spite of efforts to enforce transparency in industry manipulation."https://www.wakingtimes.com/2018/10/30/t...Jk8ZkVznXXsU7Zs
Tell the National School Boards Association: No More Monsanto Roundup Weedkiller!
To be delivered to Frank C. Pugh, President, National School Boards Association, All National School Boards Association Board Members
As the organization representing the top decision-makers at U.S. school districts, you have a responsibility to millions of parents and school children to protect children from harm.
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.https://petitions.moveon.org/sign/tell-the-national-school?source=c.em&r_by=5382364
Does your local school district spray Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller?https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScBsKKkGlmEhFCpRaq-mt5zWk7Q7aWcgf3J5Zyk06z59Hd7hQ/viewform
My fight for justice goes on – Dewayne “Lee” Johnson
I needed answers, and not simply for my own peace of mind. I was a groundskeeper for many years. It was not just a job for me but a livelihood, a labor that brought me peace and the gratification that comes with making things beautiful. When I realized that every day for years I had been spraying this chemical — sometimes 150 gallons of it a day — across playgrounds not unlike the ones my kid frequented, something in me was stirred to action. If I could prove it caused me harm, then perhaps I could give people a chance to protect themselves and their own children. Maybe I could give them the chance that was taken away from me.https://www.gmwatch.org/en/news/latest-n...yL1SiZRyynAIeV0
Former EFSA GMO Panel member says GM Bt crop toxin allergy study is solid
He told EU Food Policy that those papers, except the most recent one, were quoted in his minority Opinion and were presented at EFSA working group meetings. But, he said, "They were all disregarded by toxicologists for irrelevant reasons, such as being performed using cell-based tests."
He accused EFSA of ignoring the issue of allergenicity by relying on tests that were recommended more than 15 years ago and never updated to fit the newer generation of GMOs.
He added that the Authority had also ignored "the progress made in the knowledge and mechanisms involved in the regulation/deregulation of the immune response".https://www.gmwatch.org/en/news/latest-n...1n3vMQEt6HPF1qU
Vermont Negligent on Monitoring Dairy Use of Antibiotics
Alarmingly, when asked in an official public records request submitted by Regeneration Vermont seeking information about the VAAFM’s efforts and programs to answer the urgent calls to reduce antibiotic use, Dr. Haas responded with the following: “There is not a program in place with the goal of reducing antibiotic use on dairy farms.”
Furthermore, when Regeneration Vermont asked Dr. Haas for records on overall antibiotic usage and trends in the state, she responded – in writing – with this: “The Agency does not monitor antibiotic purchases and sales or maintain records that quantify this data. As such, we do not have records responsive to this request.”https://www.organicconsumers.org/blog/vermont-dairy-antibiotic-use
Glyphosate herbicide sales banned in Punjab
The secretary, Department of Agriculture, Punjab ordered on October 23, 2018 that the herbicide glyphosate would now be regulated in the state. The department has taken the step based on reports of adverse health effects of this chemical. PGIMER in Chandigarh has also provided evidence that the chemical is harmful.https://www.gmwatch.org/en/news/latest-n...DXLjOaatsECTOro
Rounding Up Glyphosate: Toxicity Known Since the 80s—So Why Weren’t We Protected? By Brian S. Hooker, Ph.D.
As a society, our food supply and even our vaccines are awash in glyphosate, which should be of grave concern. One study has shown that 93% of individuals tested in the U.S. show levels of glyphosate in their urine. Average levels of glyphosate in urine of children in this study eclipsed 3.5 parts per billion. This is highly disconcerting given that another study shows glyphosate-related damage to the liver and kidneys of rats at levels as low as 0.05 parts per billion. Despite all this evidence, the U.S. EPA sticks to their claim that glyphosate is safe for consumption. As is the case with vaccines and other medical products, with our food supply, we simply cannot trust our government to tell us what is safe to put in our bodies.https://worldmercuryproject.org/news/rou...ZemW7f1IRLSaCio
The man who beat Monsanto: 'They have to pay for not being honest'
Johnson said he wanted to use the platform he has been given to continue raising awareness about glyphosate. He is now advocating to get the product off every school campus and playground in California. The Benicia school district, his former employer, already said it would stop using glyphosate. He considers that a start.
The case could encourage consumers to change their habits and explore alternative ways to manage weeds, he said: “I’m hoping that it snowballs and people really get the picture and they start to make decisions about what they eat, what they spray in their farms.”
For Johnson, the case was never about “crumbling a company or taking down an empire”. “I hope [Monsanto] gets the message that people in America and across the world are not ignorant,” he said. “They have already done their own research.”https://www.theguardian.com/business/201...ZLb2PyKw5IlbA0o
RFK, Jr.: “This is huge!”
Monsanto's Role in Roundup Safety Study Is Corrected by Journal
Bayer AG’s defense of Roundup weed killer may take a hit after an academic journal said Monsanto Co. didn’t fully disclose its involvement in published research finding the herbicide safe.
A correction issued by Critical Reviews in Toxicology, a journal that analyzes health risks of chemicals, may bolster arguments that Monsanto, acquired by Bayer this year, ghost-wrote safety reviews as lawyers try to convince juries that Roundup causes cancer.https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/...Ap0gVw8V35zB6Mw
Another Reason to End the 'Dirty Dairy' Industry: Contaminated Hamburgers
How sick are those cows? Colby writes:
Dairy cow health is becoming a major issue for the industry, giving rise to extra costs associated with replacing the burned out cows and concerns about meat containing residues of the increased medications being used. A recent Cornell University study found that mortality rates in U.S. dairy herds was over 10 percent a year. That means one out of every 10 cows in a herd is prematurely dying every year. In 2002, the dairy mortality rate was 3.8 percent. Something’s seriously wrong in the dairy barn.
Weakened from living under unhealthy, filthy, stressful conditions, many of those cows, destined for hamburger meat, become sick with Salmonella Newport. New Food Economy reports that “experts seem to agree that whenever Salmonella Newport turns up in ground beef—the exact scenario that lead to last week’s recall—dairy cows tend to be the culprit.”https://www.organicconsumers.org/blog/end-dirty-dairy-industry-contaminated-hamburgers
Inadequate procedure led to GM crop approvals: European Ombudsman starts investigation
Issues highlighted in the complaint include:
* Lack of guidance on how to assess the risk of nutritionally-altered GM crops
* Failure to properly assess health risks of altered oil content
* Failure to protect vulnerable groups, including children and people with relevant health conditionshttps://www.gmwatch.org/en/news/latest-n...J8c6ECsryPdnL-4
Veterans with Gulf War Illness Have Higher Mitochondrial DNA Damage, Dysfunction, Study Suggestshttps://mitochondrialdiseasenews.com/201...z8sDqcNnVsxKM-E
Nearly one-third of General Mills shareholders seek more accounting on pesticides in supply chain
A group of environmentally minded investors persuaded about one-third of General Mills’ voting shareholders to support a proposal aimed at eliminating pesticide use from the company’s supply chain.http://www.startribune.com/nearly-one-th...u-3MNdJdmK2rdro
Lawyers: CRT Correction of Glyphosate Review Only Tells Half the Story
During a deposition, Heydens admitted that draft manuscripts of the glyphosate review were sent to him, and that he read “parts of them” before the paper was published. When asked whether or not he made dozens of edits to the manuscript, Heydens said, “I don’t recall.”https://www.baumhedlundlaw.com/9-18-journal-correction-monsanto-review/
US Food Brands Petition EPA to Ban Pre-Harvest Glyphosate Spraying
The Environmental Working Group, joined by food and nutrition companies including MegaFood, Ben & Jerry’s, Stonyfield Farm, MOM’s Organic Market, Nature’s Path, One Degree Organic Foods, National Co+op Grocers and Happy Family Organics, petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday to sharply limit glyphosate residues allowed on oats and prohibit the pesticide’s use as a pre-harvest drying agent.https://sustainablepulse.com/2018/09/28/...g/#.W83JvGhKhD9
US FDA and Cornell University Reports Show Glyphosate Residues in Corn, Soybeans and Pet Food
In a separate peer-reviewed study, also released on Monday by Cornell University, levels of glyphosate were found in a range of pet foods.
The 18 dog and cat foods tested were all mixtures of vegetable and meat ingredients, and one product was certified GMO-free. The study found that all of the products contained glyphosate at concentrations ranging from approximately 80 to 2,000 micrograms of glyphosate per kilogram (ppb).
Dr Michael Antoniou of King’s College London, who has conducted research on the health impacts of glyphosate herbicide, reacted in a quote for GM Watch; “The authors of this study, as quoted in this article, are ignoring established scientific principles and evidence in arriving at their conclusion that the levels of glyphosate residues found in the pet foods are “within a range that would be deemed safe for humans”.
“First, they do not acknowledge the well established principle of low dose toxicity, especially through endocrine disruption, which does not follow a linear ‘dose makes the poison’ model. Second, they ignore a large body of evidence that shows that daily intake of glyphosate well below what regulators have ruled as safe causes ill health to multiple organ systems such as the liver, kidney and reproductive system.”https://sustainablepulse.com/2018/10/04/...d/#.W83IZmhKhD8
RFK, Jr.: “Energized by the Johnson win, a snowballing series of courtroom challenges are now threatening the legacy and finances of Monsanto—and the future of a chemical that is ubiquitous around the globe.”
'The world is against them': new era of cancer lawsuits threaten Monsanto
“Monsanto needs to realize that we are not going to be silent any more,” said Barton, a third-generation farmer, who is part of a California lawsuit filed by the Baum Hedlund firm, which represented Johnson. “We are not going to roll over and play dead … People should be warned that this stuff is everywhere and we should be careful of this product.”
Barton, 69, said he also feared that his three sons could get sick due to their Roundup exposure.
“My dad exposed me to this. He never would’ve done that if he knew it was dangerous,” he added. “I have this guilt that I may have endangered my own sons.”
Those outcomes could be devastating for Johnson and a setback for those fighting glyphosate. But cancer patients and families across the country will be able to push forward regardless of what happens in San Francisco, said David Levine, a University of California Hastings law professor.
“Even if Monsanto gets a complete victory here, it’s not going to stop other plaintiffs.”https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/oct/07/monsanto-trial-cancer-appeal-glyphosate-chemical
Active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup hurts honey bee guts
The weedkiller glyphosate decreases microorganisms in honey bee guts and these changes leave them more susceptible to death, according to a new study.https://www.ehn.org/monsanto-herbicide-r...FJAUzA2qN0KSLBo
NATIONWIDE CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT TARGETS DUPONT, CHEMOURS, 3M, AND OTHER MAKERS OF PFAS CHEMICALS
Rather than suing for cash penalties, the suit seeks to force the companies to create an independent panel of scientists “tasked with thoroughly studying and confirming the health effects that can be caused by contamination of human blood with multiple PFAS materials.” Such a panel would parallel the C8 Science Panel, which was created by the earlier class action litigation in West Virginia. That panel, overseen by epidemiologists approved by lawyers from both sides in the suit, found six diseases to be linked with PFOA exposure, including testicular cancer and kidney cancer.https://theintercept.com/2018/10/06/dupont-pfas-chemicals-lawsuit/
The Death of Fabián Tomasi
In an article written a few months before his death, Tomasi wrote about the silence and fear surrounding the suffering caused by fumigation, saying: “I do not want to swallow my words. I want to scream.” He talked about the numerous threatening phone calls he received for speaking out (presumably from area soy growers), and the corrupt collusion between governments and multinational corporations: “They are not business people, they are agents of death.” (Read an English translation of the article here).
Tell Kroger to stop selling food grown with toxic pesticideshttps://action.beyondpesticides.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=26526
The Top 10 Organic MISTAKES – Are you making these?
#8. There are about 35 or more non-organic substances allowed as ingredients in or on products labeled as “organic,” (chlorine materials, phosphoric acid) thanks to the corrupt USDA, including certain chemicals used on organic crops (arsenic, lead salts).
#9. Assuming the label “Non-GMO” means the product is organic. Sure, Non-GMO is a quality, trusted label, but it’s not synonymous with certified organic.https://www.naturalnews.com/2018-09-20-t...ATPDRjMU3Btleg#
Brain’s connection to immune system discovered: New study identifies lymphatic vessels on the brain
Lymphatic vessels are an integral communication network of the circulatory system. These vessels travel around the body carrying the lymph fluid which delivers white blood cells to various organs and drains harmful fluid to the lymph nodes. This process tells the immune system if an organ is under attack or is injured. This makes the lymphatic vessels very important in disease management.https://www.naturalnews.com/2018-10-21-n...4iNyCCJz6ZvAEts
First evidence of the body's waste system in the human brain discovered - 2017
By scanning the brains of healthy volunteers, researchers saw the first, long-sought evidence that our brains may drain some waste out through lymphatic vessels, the body's sewer system. The results further suggest the vessels could act as a pipeline between the brain and the immune system.https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/10/171003111111.htm
Seneff: “I missed this when it came out last August, but it is definitely worth reading. Very scary implications in terms of second and third generation effects. Could even be a threat to the long term survivability of the human species.”
Environmentally-Caused Disease Crisis? Pesticide Damage to DNA Found 'Programmed' Into Future Generations
In their study, Winchester and his team found that concentrations of atrazine in drinking water were highest in May and June when farmers sprayed their fields with the herbicide. They also found that birth defects peaked during the same months indicating a close correlation.
"We plotted water concentrations and birth defects, and they fit like a hat," Winchester said.
But the most disturbing finding was that atrazine had epigenetic effects. Epigenetics is the theory that environmental factors, such as diet, lifestyle choices and pesticides can impact the health of people who are exposed to them and also their descendants. Human DNA, according to epigenetics, is not unchangeable; it can be altered by such environmental factors. Epigenetic changes can be imprinted on the DNA of a fetus during pregnancy according to Winchester.
"We waited until the third generation, where no direct exposure (to atrazine) occurred, to ask if these epigenetic effects could be inherited, because there is no mechanism, no exposure, no toxicity that could explain a change in disease rates in the third generation. We found that 50 percent of offspring had multiple diseases, emotional and physical problems, hyperactivity, abnormal sperm, and premature puberty."https://www.ecowatch.com/generational-ha...oNzspw253LiDHgQ
26+ Books You Should Read That Empower Women
#4 UNSTOPPABLE: Transforming Sickness and Struggle into Triumph by Zen Honeycutt, Moms Across America.https://fupping.com/taegan/2018/10/21/26-books-you-should-read-that-empower-women/
'The Guy Who Defended Company That Caused Worst Oil Spill in US History' Just Confirmed to Head DOJ's Environmental Division
"Clark's blatant hostility toward environmental protection is good news for polluters, but awful news for the rest of us," warned Environmental Working Group (EWG) president Ken Cook. "The guy who defended the company that caused the worst oil spill in U.S. history is not likely to aggressively go after corporate environmental outlaws."
"Clark's appointment is a doubling down on the administration's strategy of retreating from the future and branding America as a petrostate while China steals our global energy, economic, and moral leadership, and the rest of the world moves forward," concluded environmental attorney Robert F. Kennedy Jr.https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/1...irmed-head-dojs
Microplastics found in 90 percent of table salt
A new study looked at sea, rock, and lake salt sold around the world. Here’s what you need to know.https://www.nationalgeographic.com/envir...r.testname=none