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Monsanto appeals $78M verdict in California weed killer suit
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Agribusiness giant Monsanto on Tuesday appealed a $78 million verdict in favor of a dying California man who said the company's widely used Roundup weed killer was a major factor in his cancer.
Organic Food Consumption Lowers Overall Cancer Risks in Large-Scale Study of French Adults
A team of French government scientists analyzed 68,946 citizens in the NutriNet-Santé cohort. Individuals were surveyed to determine if those who ate more organic foods had lower cancer rates. Their new journal article, published online by JAMA Internal Medicine this week (that’s the prestigious journal put out by the American Medical Association), reports their key findings: people consuming organic food most regularly had 25% lower overall cancer risk compared to the group of people reporting very little or no consumption of organic food.
The differences were substantial and highly statistically significant – “participants with the highest frequency of organic food consumption had a 25% lower risk of being diagnosed as having cancer during follow-up compared with those with the lowest frequency” (Hemler et al., 2018). Significant differences in cancer rates were found for Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (as much as a 86% reduction!) and postmenopausal breast cancer, even after accounting for factors like socioeconomic status and exercise habits (Baudry et al., 2018).
Histological evaluation of vital organs of the livebearer Jenynsia multidentata (Jenyns, 1842) exposed to glyphosate: A comparative analysis of Roundup® formulations
Abstract: Roundup formulations are herbicides whose active principle is glyphosate. However, these formulations are potentially more toxic to non-target organisms than pure glyphosate. This study aimed to evaluate and compare the toxic potential of the Roundup formulations through histological alterations in fish. Thus, males and females of the neotropical fish species Jenynsia multidentata (Jenyns, 1842) were exposed for 24 or 96 h to the Roundup Original® (RO), Roundup Transorb® (RT) or Roundup WG® (RWG) formulations, at a fixed concentration of 0.5 mg/L of glyphosate. This concentration is close to the maximum glyphosate limits found in the environment and is non-lethal to J. multidentata. The three formulations caused histological damage to the liver, gills and brain of J. multidentata, which increased over the exposure time. Differences in the histological alterations between females and males were observed in the liver and brain. Females were more tolerant to RO and RT than RWG. Males did not exhibit these differences in sensitiveness with formulations. The RWG caused more damage in the liver and gills and RT in the brain. Overall, there were differences in the toxicity of RO, RT and RWG and the toxic effect was presented through histological damage, reinforcing the usefulness of histological biomarkers for Roundup® toxicity. The comparison of the toxic potential of glyphosate-based herbicides is important because it could give support to the governmental organizations to set protective rules for the water ecosystems and human health, as well as to reduce the use of highly toxic formulations in agriculture.
Please sign the letter to our representatives, Read, Gillibrand and Schumer, at the link below.
Monsanto Protection Act Part II? Provision Written by Monsanto-Sponsored Congressman Could Revoke Citizens’ Right to Ban Cancerous Pesticides
With a push from Conaway, Monsanto and Bayer just might get their way again in 2018, as the latest U.S. Farm Bill, which should be passed before the end of the year, includes language that would prevent local governments from restricting pesticide use on private property, such as schools, parks and other similar places.
“We fear that in the worst case, it could wipe away all of these city and county ordinances across the country,” said Environmental Working Group legislative director Colin O’Neil, who’s been tracking the bill and working with officials at local municipalities according to a report in the OC Register.
Considering that we are just now waking up to the dangerous risks of what these pesticides can do to our health, it goes without saying that the timing of this these provisions couldn’t be better for Monsanto and Bayer, the latter of which spent over $14,910,000 lobbying Congress in 2017 alone.
Because Monsanto was able to use state preemption to block local pesticide bans, only 7 states still let local governments regulate pesticides, the article continued.
In response, the OCA’s own lobbying arm, Citizens Regeneration Lobby, launched a drive to stop Monsanto’s “toxic tricks” and to protect the rights of local governments to ban toxic pesticides, especially if enough evidence is found demonstrating their dangers.
To learn more or to submit an email comment to your state’s members of the Senate, you can click on this link. The key part of the bill to mention is Section 9101, which contains the proposed block on local pesticide bans.
New row erupts over Folta’s failure to disclose lucrative Bayer consultancy
Now they have published that information. The released documents show Folta disclosed to UF as far back as May 2017 that he was serving as “a consultant” – his term – in a legal dispute involving Bayer. The $600-an-hour work was commissioned by a law firm, Clifford Chance, acting for Bayer.
This confirms exactly what we published back in May: that Folta was “earning $600/hr for work involving the agrichemical giant Bayer”, and that “it involved legal issues”.
GMO Mosquito Application Withdrawn — But Another Is On The Way
Oxitec, the company that developed the genetically modified mosquito, has withdrawn its application with the Environmental Protection Agency to try the technology in the Florida Keys and Harris County, Texas.
‘This important decision puts controls on gene drives using simple common sense principles: Don’t mess with someone else’s environment, territories and rights without their consent,’ explains Jim Thomas, Co-Executive Director of the ETC Group. ‘Gene drives are currently being pursued by powerful military and agribusiness interests and a few wealthy individuals. This UN decision puts the power back in the hands of local communities, in particular Indigenous Peoples, to step on the brakes on this exterminator technology’.
The Convention on Biological Diversity decision (see Box) also requires that, before an environmental gene drive release, a thorough risk assessment is carried out. With most countries lacking a regulatory system for the technology, it requires that new safety measures are put in place to prevent potential adverse effects. The decision acknowledges that more studies and research on impacts of gene drives are needed to develop guidelines to assess gene drive organisms before they are considered for release.
‘In Africa we are all potentially affected, and we do not want to be lab rats for this exterminator technology,’ notes Mariann Bassey-Orovwuje of Friends of the Earth Africa, and chair of the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa. ‘Farmers have already marched in the streets of Burkina Faso to protest genetically engineered mosquitoes and we will march again if they ignore this UN decision. We are giving notice now that potentially affected West African communities have not given their consent or approval to this risky technology’.
Potatoes Have Landed on the Non-GMO Project’s High-Risk List – What This Means and What You Need To Know
Will GMO potatoes contaminate organic potatoes in the same way that GMO corn can contaminate organic corn?
“Because of the way that potatoes are propagated, or the way that they reproduce, it is not the same thing as corn. The concerns we have about GMO potato contamination have much more to do with co-mingling in the processing facility. GMO potatoes being mixed in with non-GMO potatoes at a manufacturing plant is a far bigger worry for us,” said Megan Westgate, Executive Director of the Non-GMO Project.
So, as of now, the main risk of GMO potatoes contaminating organic potatoes is about how the potatoes are handled at a processing facility rather than what happens in nature out on the farms.
The secret ingredients in our food may be a lead driver of our obesity, infertility, cancer, digestive problems, autism, brain fog, skin conditions, gluten sensitivity, allergies, fatigue, anxiety, and many other conditions. Meet more than a dozen people whose turned around serious health conditions after adopting a diet that avoids genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and food sprayed with toxic herbicides like Roundup. Learn from leading physicians who say that these are not coincidences. They see illness and recovery like this every day in their practice. And listen to the scientists who explain why.