Seneff: “Truly brilliant! France is going to use a tax on glyphosate sales to help fund growth in organic agriculture! France's agenda is to totally phase out glyphosate in the next few years. Germany seems to be on board as well!”

French Government Starts Phase-Out of Glyphosate with Online Farmer Platform and Herbicide Tax

The new French Ecology Minister, François Goullet de Rugy, also confirmed that the tax on the use of glyphosate will also be increased to help the phase-out: “To achieve this, the government plans to increase the fee for phytosanitary pollution. This fee will be raised by 50%, one more euro per kilo, for glyphosate. “

“This tax will help finance, with up to 50 million euros per year, the development of organic farming in addition to the 71 million euros devoted to the Ecophyto program for the reduction of use of phytosanitary products”, de Rugy continued.

Second CA Glyphosate Trial Scheduled for Elderly Couple in Declining Health

Now, Monsanto's next date in the judgment seat in California has been set for March 18.

California Superior Court Judge Ioana Petrou granted an early trial Thursday to elderly couple Alva and Alberta Pilliod who claim their use of Roundup from 1975 to 2011 caused their non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Reuters reported.

U.S. judge selects first case in federal Monsanto weed-killer litigation

Hardeman’s case will mark the second trial in the U.S. litigation over glyphosate, after a California state court jury in August awarded $289 million to a school groundskeeper, finding Monsanto liable for the man’s cancer.

Latham: “How an industry test of chlorpyrifos was accepted by EPA even though it couldn't detected harm from lead nitrate. An experiment is only as good as its controls.”

Safety of Safety Evaluation of Pesticides: developmental neurotoxicity of chlorpyrifos and chlorpyrifos-methyl - 2018

Abstract: Authorization of pesticides for market release requires toxicity testing on animals, typically performed by test laboratories on contract with the pesticide producer. The latter provides the results and summary to the regulatory authorities. For the commonly used pesticide chlorpyrifos, an industry-funded toxicity study concludes that no selective effects on neurodevelopment occur even at high exposures. In contrast, the evidence from independent studies points to adverse effects of current exposures on cognitive development in children. We reviewed the industry-funded developmental neurotoxicity test data on chlorpyrifos and the related substance chlorpyrifos-methyl. We noted treatment-related changes in a brain dimension measure for chlorpyrifos at all dose levels tested, although not been reported in the original test summary. We further found issues which inappropriately decrease the ability of the studies to reveal true effects, including a dosage regimen that resulted in too low exposure of the nursing pups for chlorpyrifos and possibly for chlorpyrifos-methyl, and a failure to detect any neurobehavioral effects of lead nitrate used as positive control in the chlorpyrifos study. Our observations thus suggest that conclusions in test reports submitted by the producer may be misleading. This discrepancy affects the ability of regulatory authorities to perform a valid and safe evaluation of these pesticides. The difference between raw data and conclusions in the test reports indicates a potential existence of bias that would require regulatory attention and possible resolution.

Scientists warned this weed killer would destroy crops. EPA approved it anyway

"The EPA and Monsanto created a worst-case scenario, Mortensen said, by allowing and encouraging farmers to use an herbicide that kills a wide variety of plants at very low doses: “Dicamba-resistant crops should never have been released, period.” "

German Minister for Environment pushing for end of glyphosate

The Federal Minister for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Svenja Schulze (SPD) wants to push forward with ending the use of the controversial weedkiller glyphosate. She is therefore putting her fellow cabinet minister, the Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture Julia Klöckner (CDU), under pressure. “We now want to progressively drive the phase-out, including an end date,” said Schulze in Berlin on Tuesday (6 November). She added that glyphosate could not be replaced with similar substances either.

Dr Michael Antoniou...

Bound to fail: The flawed scientific foundations of agricultural genetic engineering (part 2)

But this viewpoint has been completely overturned by the new science of omnigenics, which teaches us that attempts to engineer complex traits (e.g. higher yield, drought tolerance, or disease resistance) into crops using transgenic and gene editing is destined to fail.

Remember Tyrone Hayes’ research on Atrazine?

Toxic herbicide found in many Texans’ drinking water

Nearly 500 water utilities across the state tested positive for atrazine — a weed killer — which can lead to harmful health effects, according to a new report. The Environmental Working Group also found that utilities are testing water during times when the herbicide isn’t being used as much — and that they may be lowballing the results.

Senator Elizabeth Warren: “Think it can’t get worse than Scott Pruitt? Andrew Wheeler will do anything to help the polluters he used to lobby for — including allow more toxic pollutants into the air our kids breathe. Now Trump wants him to run the EPA. It’s revolting."

Trump plans to nominate Andrew Wheeler, former coal lobbyist, as EPA chief

Amy Hart: Co-producer of the new film “Secret Ingredients”

Hart: “Great article from Mackenzie Feldman who is working to ban pesticides from UC Berkeley. Are toxic pesticides sprayed on your school grounds? Read this article.”

Banning UC Berkeley’s use of herbicides from courts to campus is a must

'Facts' don't give scientists a monopoly on the truth

Science and scientists can provide us with more reliable information but they cannot, and should not, impose their values on others from pulpits of scientific authority – behaving like high-priests of the truth.

Science and scientists have been used to justify polluting industries, cigarettes, DDT, and nuclear weapons, to name a few of many. It is right, therefore, for citizens to be critical of science and scientists, and the values they mix with facts when they make pronouncements about the "truth".

Latham speaking in Hawaii

Biotechnology, Agrichemicals, and the Value of Life

Latham: “J.R. Simplot is a potato processing and marketing company, based in Idaho, that has recently launched GMO potatoes with supposedly enhanced disease resistance, enhanced uniformity, and improved healthiness. However, according to Caius Rommens, their former lead potato breeder, the reality is very different. As a crop, the potatoes contain genetically unstable traits, suffer a significant yield drag, are designed to conceal bruises and spread diseases, and are intended to be grown and stored in ways that maximize disease and pest pressures. Additionally, as a processed food, they have lost the sensory attributes that make normal potato-based foods attractive. Even worse, they likely contain dramatically increased toxins that may cause health safety issues. Furthermore, the development of these GMO potatoes involved at least one act of biopiracy. Nevertheless, these GMO potatoes are quietly entering the marketplace with innocuous names such as Innate, White, and Hibernate. All this and more is described in a short new book, "Pandora’s Potatoes”, written by Caius Rommens, the inventor of these potatoes.”

Hidden Health Dangers: A Former Agbiotech Insider Wants His GMO Crops Pulled

Cornell Alliance for Science is a PR Campaign for the Agrichemical Industry

Despite its academic-sounding name and affiliation with an Ivy League Institution, the Cornell Alliance for Science is a public relations campaign to promote genetically engineered foods and pesticides. With $12 million in funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Cornell Alliance for Science claims to be working to “restore the importance of scientific evidence in decision-making,” however, the examples in this fact sheet show that the group:

Misleads the public with inaccurate information about science;

Elevates unreliable messengers who make false and unscientific claims; and,

Partners with front groups that have worked with the tobacco industry or chemical industries to manufacture doubt about science that raises health concerns.

The evidence suggests the Cornell Alliance for Science is using Cornell’s name, reputation and authority to promote the talking points and political agenda of the world’s largest agrichemical corporations.

The Gates Foundation helped launch the Cornell Alliance for Science in 2014 as an effort to “depolarize the charged debate” around genetically modified foods (GMOs)...

US plan to genetically alter crops via insects feared to be biological war plan

Program says it will use virus-carrying insects to engineer crops, but some worry it’s a way to develop biological agents

Latham: “Monsanto paid one ghostwriter $27,000 and another $20,000. Why Critical Reviews in Toxicology's Correction of its' Glyphosate Review Only Tells Half the Story. Longstory short. Winner: #Roundup. Loser: #Science, #ethics, #you.”

Lawyers: CRT Correction of Glyphosate Review Only Tells Half the Story

One Planet: The Poison Papers reveal chemical industry secrets in the US

On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet series, we’ll have a conversation with Dr. Jonathan Latham, the director of the Poison Papers, a vast trove of chemical industry and regulatory agency documents and correspondence stretching back to the 1920s.

The papers show that both industry and regulators understood the extraordinary toxicity of many chemical products and worked together to conceal this information from the public and the press.

Latham: “Most important to share and understand this. Pesticide-driven agriculture is for profit, not public benefit.”

Fertilizer destroys plant microbiome's ability to protect against disease

University of California, Berkeley, biologists found that spraying tomatoes with microbes from healthy tomatoes protected them from disease-causing bacteria, but that fertilizing the tomatoes beforehand negated the protection, leading to an increase in the population of pathogenic microbes on the plants' leaves.

Seneff: “Tony Mitra has a thoughtful new video expressing his suspicions that Bayer may be thinking of swapping out glyphosate for glufosinate as a major herbicide. Glyphosate is an amino acid analogue of glycine, and glufosinate is an amino acid analogue of glutamate. We can expect a whole new set of strange diseases to start showing up if we increase our exposure to glufosinate.”

Bayer Acquisition – Exit glyphosate, enter glufosinate ?

So what is behind this Bayer’s disclosure regarding a possibly selective and partial transparency on glyphosate safety?

Well, some of my scientist friends, such as Thierry Vrain of Canada, suspect that glyphosate has gotten so controversial and indefensible that Bayer may be planning to kill Glyphosate, and replace it with their own glufosinate. Phasing out glyphosate might need dexterity if Bayer wants to avoid being sued into bankrupcy. Is this transparency ploy an attempt to engineer a safe exit for glyphosate and a safe entry for glufosinate?

After all, Bayer’s baby – glufosinate, is the only other broad spectrum herbicide that is also a mimic of yet another canonical amino acid – glutamate, and has similar potential to cause biological havoc by wrongly getting into proteins.

So Stephanie Seneff rightly ponders about a shift to glufosinate that could open up another wave of new diseases due to new kinds of protein disfunction, and bring more misery to the living world.

New 20 minute video on children in Paraguay and damage to their DNA due to agrochemical exposure from the nearby soybean fields.

This 21 minute video describes an experiment that was conducted by researcher Stela Benitez Leite and collaborators comparing children in two different villages in Paraguay. The control group live near an organic sugarcane factory and were minimally exposed to toxic agrochemicals. The comparison group live in a rural area surrounded by soybeans that were frequently sprayed with pesticides. Comet assays and micronucleus examinations were performed on cell samples from both groups. The research results, showing statistically significant increases in DNA damage in cells from the exposed children, has been accepted for publication in the journal, Indian Journal of Medical Research, as a paper titled, "DNA damage induced by exposure to pesticides in children of rural areas in Paraguay."

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Bayer fights transparency of industry studies on pesticides, GMOs

Shock as Tanzanian government bans GMO trials

Missouri farmer charged with illegally using dicamba weedkiller

Bound to fail: The flawed scientific foundations of agricultural genetic engineering (part 2)

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