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U.S. judge limits evidence in trial over Roundup cancer claims
U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria in San Francisco in an order on Thursday granted Bayer unit Monsanto’s request to split an upcoming trial into two phases. The order initially bars lawyers for plaintiff Edwin Hardeman from introducing evidence that the company allegedly attempted to influence regulators and manipulate public opinion.
Thursday’s order applies to Hardeman’s case, which is scheduled to go to trial on Feb. 25, and two other so-called bellwether trials which will help determine the range of damages and define settlement options for the rest of the 620 Roundup cases before Chhabria.
But Hardeman’s lawyers contended that such evidence, including internal Monsanto documents, showed the company’s misconduct and were critical to California state court jury’s August 2018 decision to award $289 million in a similar case. The verdict sent Bayer shares tumbling though the award was later reduced to $78 million and is under appeal.
Under Chhabria’s order, evidence of Monsanto’s alleged misconduct would be allowed only if glyphosate was found to have caused Hardeman’s cancer and the trial proceeded to a second phase to determine Bayer’s liability.
“The USDA’s plan for labeling genetically modified food is an insult to consumers. What people across the country have asked for—and what Congress has passed—is more information and transparency about the food on the nation’s shelves. What USDA has produced is a marketing campaign aimed at putting a positive spin on GMO food. These labels should give people the facts of whether ingredients in their food have been genetically altered, plain and simple. It seems like USDA is trying to paper over those facts here. In the coming Congress, I will be working on the House Appropriations Committee to push against this deceptive campaign.”
“The USDA and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue Screw America: The GMO labeling law (also known as the DARK Act signed by Obama in 2016) gave the USDA two years to finalize rules for national GMO disclosure. The rules are finally here and it is anything but disclosure and transparency. Some of the most egregious points in the finalized rules are: 1) It exempts highly processed GMO ingredients that can't be detected by current testing methods such as starches and oils made from GMO corn, soy and canola, sugar from GMO sugar beets and GMO high fructose corn syrup. That basically exempts nearly 80% of all GMO ingredients. 2) It exempts GMOs made from newer genetic engineering methods such as CRISPR. 3) It exempts food manufacturers that make less than $2.5 million. 4) The words "GMO", "genetically modified" or "genetically engineered" can not be used. USDA has replaced those words, commonly known to the public, with the word "bioengineered". And instead of the word "bioengineered", disclosure can be in the form of just a QR code that the consumer must scan with a smartphone or an 800 phone number that the consumer must call. This is COMPLETE BS. The USDA has wasted two years worth of taxpayer money to deliver a sham in the interest of Bayer-Monsanto, the American Farm Bureau, and GMO farmers. BOYCOTT GMOs.”
Final GMO labeling rule does not require labeling of highly refined ingredients from GM crops, if no modified genetic material is detectable, 20-Dec-2018 By Elaine Watson
In its final GMO labeling rule - released this morning - the USDA says it will not mandate the labeling of highly refined ingredients from GM crops if no ‘modified genetic material’ is detectable, but it will allow manufacturers to make voluntary disclosures on such products in the interests of transparency.
Shocking Report Shows Weedkiller Ingredient Glyphosate Causing Americans to Be Sicker and Dying Younger
Conclusion: Scientific evidence is rapidly growing that indicates Roundup and glyphosate leads to many serious and often health problems. Giving that this toxic chemical can cause diseases from cancer to dementia to autism, isn’t it time for more to be done to eliminate the use of glyphosate in agriculture? where are the alternatives? why hasn’t the EPA re-classified it as a human carcinogen?
As of this writing, at least 13 countries, including Germany and Belgium, have introduced legislation to limit or ban the use of glyphosate. More countries are considering it. However, in the US, the EPA continues to give the green light to glyphosate and Roundup use. Perhaps as more scientific evidence is revealed about the dangers of this chemical, the tide will turn against Monsanto and Roundup even in the United States.
Congress Finally Passed a New Farm Bill and It Continues to Pay Homage to the Cult of Corn and Soy
So, why exactly has the image of modern agriculture come to consist largely of herbicide-drenched GMO crops stretching to the horizon and livestock wallowing shoulder to shoulder in their own manure? The answer, in part, lies in the agricultural subsidy system: Farmers grow what the government pays them to.
American farmers who produce commodity crops — staples like corn, soy, wheat and cotton — are eligible for various forms of government assistance, generally lumped together under the broad banner of “subsidies,” which forms a central component of the Farm Bill produced by Congress roughly every five years. The latest version of this omnibus legislation was signed into law by President Trump late last year, bringing a long-raging debate over the merits of agricultural subsidies back to the fore.
The inner workings of subsidy programs is a subject best left to PhD economists, but, generally speaking, they kick in when demand for a particular crop falls. According to the laws of supply and demand…
Meanwhile, fruits, nuts and vegetables — known as “specialty crops” in industry jargon — account for only 10 million acres, or about three percent of cropland. We all know they’re supposed to account for more than that on our plates. Yet, specialty crops aren’t eligible for Farm Bill subsidies. One significant change in the newly passed Farm Bill was the inclusion of subsidies to help organic farmers transition through the three-year period between ceasing chemical sprays and acquiring certified-organic status — and the price premiums that come with it — which should help to bring many more acres under organic cultivation.
What Foods Are Banned in Europe but Not Banned in the U.S.?
The European Union prohibits many food additives and various drugs that are widely used in American foods.
A 1958 amendment to the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act prohibits the Food and Drug Administration from approving food additives that are linked to cancer, but an agency spokeswoman said that many substances that were in use before passage of the amendment, known as the Delaney amendment, are considered to have had prior approval and “therefore are not regulated as food additives.”
BHA and BHT The flavor enhancers and preservatives BHA and BHT are subject to severe restrictions in Europe but are widely used in American food products. While evidence on BHT is mixed, BHA is listed in a United States government report on carcinogens as “reasonably anticipated” to be a human carcinogen.
Kyrgyzstan Parliament Orders 100% Organic Agriculture within 10 Years
The move by Kyrgyzstan follows a similar announcement in 2015 by Bhutan, which will have entirely organic food production by 2020, following a five year phase-out of all the remaining non-organic agriculture in the country.
Dastanbek Djumabekov, the Chairman of the Jogorku Kenesh (Parliament) of Kyrgyzstan, instructed the government to implement a plan with which the production of agricultural products throughout the country should become 100% organic within ten years.
Supreme Court Blocks ExxonMobil's Effort to Conceal Decades of Documents in Probe of Oil Giant's Climate Deception
Wiles also posited that “Exxon fears nothing more than the truth these documents will reveal: that they have known for 50 years that their products cause climate change, and ran a massive deception campaign to confuse the public about it, consequences be damned.”
Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org, said in response to the ruling on Monday, “This is an important moment.”
As the #ExxonKnew campaign — run by a coalition of groups that aim to hold the company accountable — concluded, “No one is above the law.”
Powerful 2 minute video from Jeffrey Smith on GMOs and glyphosate in pet foods.
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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.