In a blow to Bayer, judge to allow controversial evidence in Roundup cancer trials

Chhabria on Monday said plaintiffs could introduce some evidence of Monsanto's alleged attempts to ghostwrite studies and influence the findings of scientists and regulators during the first phase of upcoming trials. He said documents which showed the company taking a position on the science or a study introduced during the first phase were "super relevant."

The company had hoped the judge would take a harder line on such evidence following a Jan. 3 order by Chhabria restricting evidence of corporate misconduct. At the time, that decision lifted Bayer's shares nearly 7 percent.

Monsanto had argued much of this evidence was a "sideshow" that would only distract jurors from the scientific evidence.

Plaintiffs' lawyers contended some evidence of corporate misconduct was inextricably linked to their scientific claims.

The judge appeared to agree with them, saying it was difficult to draw the line between scientific evidence and allegations of corporate misconduct, and questioned whether it would be fair for the jury to not hear about the company's alleged attempts to influence scientists.

The order applies to Hardeman's case, which is scheduled to go to trial on Feb. 25, and two other upcoming cases. There are some 620 Roundup cases before Chhabria, out of more than 9,300 nationwide.

Seneff: “Weston A Price Foundation has just published an article that I wrote explaining how glyphosate could cause non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. The story is fascinating but complex.”

Glyphosate and Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

We have all long awaited the day when a trial against Monsanto, linking glyphosate—the main ingredient in the herbicide Roundup—to cancer, would result in a large settlement in favor of the plaintiff. That day has finally arrived. Those of us who have been asserting (against popular belief) that glyphosate is very harmful to humans are all rejoicing in the outcome, which represents the first time anyone has succeeded in a lawsuit claiming that glyphosate causes cancer.

Robert Schooler...

Cornell Student Who Took on Bill Gates, Monsanto Plans to Expose Their Agenda Even Further in Blockbuster New Project

But the school’s ongoing GMO propaganda-fest is being countered by a renegade student and filmmaker named Robert Schooler, whose latest project aims to expose Cornell and Gates’s GMO agenda on a level not seen in years.

“Hey Cornell, remember me? Your beloved hippie student who can’t stand the fact that you’re so cozy with Monsanto and the Biotech GMO industry?” Schooler asks in a video announcing plans for the aforementioned new film project.

“Remember when (in that course) your professors claimed that the glyphosate ingredient in Roundup is safer than table salt and coffee?” he continues. “That we need GMOs to solve world hunger?”

“Remember when midway through (their pro-Biotech) course I learned that all the professors making these wild claims along with the deans of the Ag school, were all copied in emails from Monsanto, their PR firms and other biotech corporations?”

“Remember when I decided to host my own independent GMO course at Cornell, free from Monsanto influence?

“Well that’s why I’ve decided to create a documentary film about my experiences, well more like an open letter to you and also to Bill Gates, Bill Nye and Neil DeGrasse Tyson…and everyone else who considers themselves to be pro-GMO.”

Schooler hopes his first film, titled GMO WTF (which stands for Grow More Organic Wholesome Tasty Food), will receive the funding it needs through its GoFundMe page, which can be found by clicking here.

Check out his must-watch video announcing the project by clicking below:

With his friends from the GMO WTF lecture series all expected to contribute, Schooler plans to expose the truth on topics including:

-GMO (and industrial) agriculture
-Monsanto (“and their pals” in the GMO industry)
-The current state of our universities (like Cornell)
-Academic freedom & scientific integrity
-Other similar topics including a new way forward

“A Blatant Display of Unscientific Propaganda:” Cornell Student Exposes GMO Propaganda in Scathing New Letter - 2016

China Soon to Announce Tight Glyphosate Residue Controls on Food Imports

According to multiple sources, China will soon be introducing extremely low maximum residue limits (MRLs) for glyphosate on many imported raw food materials and all final food products, but it will likely remain the world's largest exporter of the highly toxic chemical.

GM Watch: “The agenda to sneak GMOs into our foods advances.”

GMO foods could soon be mislabelled as biofortified

This is an extremely worrying report. The Codex Alimentarius is a collection of internationally adopted food standards which has a huge influence on national and regional food laws and practices.

We have already gone through the sordid history, in detail, of how the draft definition of Biofortification had been infused with the disease of GMOs.[1] I won’t repeat that history here. Just know that, now, the term Biofortification will have huge ramifications for the entire World. If the pro-GMO forces can succeed in continuing to hide their genetic-engineered foods within the definition of Biofortification and in using its appealing, natural-sounding name to sell their GMO foods, then consumers will be deceived on a worldwide scale.

Many more articles on GM Watch’s Facebook page...

Pricey GMO soy seeds lose lustre as farmers hunt for more profit
Macron backs down on pledge to ban glyphosate in France
UK: GM wheat and broccoli trials planned
Deceptive reporting of GMO90+ EU-funded feeding study on GM maize
Bees face yet another lethal threat in dicamba, a drift-prone pesticide
Is award-winning Reuters reporter a Monsanto “puppet”?
China confirms birth of gene-edited babies, blames scientist He Jiankui for breaking rules
Are GM food opponents stupid?

Analysis: Wins and Losses in the Farm Bill—Time for a Green New Deal

(Beyond Pesticides, December 19, 2018) As the dust still settles on the final Farm Bill, which passed the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives last week, it is clear that neither the substance nor the process on a range of issues meet the urgent need to address key sustainability issues that put the future in peril.

We must not allow this Farm Bill to be the final word on a number of critical environmental and public health issues facing the nation and world. That is why it is absolutely critical that we get to work immediately, with the new Congress, to set a new course that transforms the institutions of government that are holding back the urgently needed transition to a green economy.

On the Farm Bill, our victories were mostly measured in terms of what we were able to remove from the legislation—not the standard of achievement that we need to face critical environmental threats.

The good. Our major victory in the Farm Bill does not move us forward, but simply protects the status quo of our democracy—protecting the power of states and local government to adopt pesticide restrictions that are more stringent than the federal government. With your help and the help of a broad network of local officials nationwide, we were able to stop a preemption provision from being inserted in the federal pesticide law. Although the victory was in defeating this provision, the chemical industry has awakened a new front in the pesticide reform movement. As a result of this provision, there is new momentum to reassert the rights of local governments and repeal state-level preemption of municipalities. Other environmental setbacks to the Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, and farmworker protection were taken out of the final bill. A great thanks to those who participated in this important process.

The bad…

Fyi: Ocean Spray products…gmo beet sugar...

Q: “Tell me, how healthy is the Ocean Spray Cranberry? Do you use pesticides? Do you use GMO's? I like your product, but prefer to consume products which are pure, not tampered with…”

A: “...As for GMOs, our cranberries and grapefruit, which are our primary ingredients, are not products of biotechnology. The beet sugar used to sweeten some of our products is considered genetically modified beet sugar. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has determined that foods produced using biotechnology are as safe and essentially the same as traditionally grown foods. This fact has also been endorsed by the USDA and independent organizations such as the American Medical Association, the American Dietetic Association and the National Academy of Sciences…”

Glyphosate Causes Changes to DNA Function Resulting in Chronic Disease, According to Study - 2016

(Beyond Pesticides July 18, 2016) A review of the scientific literature links glyphosate, one of the most popular weed killers in the U.S. and the active ingredient in Roundup, to a wide range of diseases through a mechanism that modifies DNA functioning, adding a new even more troubling dimension to the herbicide’s cancer classification by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. According to the most recent review, Glyphosate pathways to modern disease V: Amino acid analogue of glycine in diverse proteins, conducted by independent scientists Anthony Samsel, Ph.D. and Stephanie Seneff, Ph.D., a scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), glyphosate acts as a glycine analogue that incorporates into peptides during protein synthesis. In this process, it alters a number of proteins that depend on conserved glycine for proper function. According to the authors, glyphosate substitution for glycine correlates with several diseases, including diabetes, obesity, asthma, Alzheimer’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and Parkinson’s disease, among others.

California Scientists Developing Cow-Free Dairy Milk From GMO Yeast and 3D Printed Milk Proteins

The brainchild of Ryan Pandya, formerly of the Bill Gates funded Biotech and vaccine company MassBiologics, and co-founder Perumal Gandhi, the company Perfect Day aims to produce cow-free milk with the goal of disrupting the dairy industry.

This new type of dairy will be made from food grade GMO yeast that has been altered through gene sequencing and 3D printing to produce proteins identical to those found in cow’s milk.

GM Bt toxin is immunogenic, allergenic, and causes pre-cancerous intestinal changes - 2018

New study raises further safety concerns over GM Bt crops

Study of the allergenic potential of Bacillus thuringiensis Cry1Ac toxin following intra-gastric administration in a murine model of food-allergy

Abstract: ...Seven weeks after, mice were intragastrically challenged and allergic reactions along with diverse allergy related immunological parameters were evaluated at systemic and intestinal level. The groups immunized with, Cry1Ac, OVA/Cry1Ac or OVA/CT developed moderate allergic reactions, induced significant IgE response and increased frequencies of intestinal granulocytes, IgE+ eosinophils and IgE+ lymphocytes. These same groups also showed colonic lymphoid hyperplasia, notably in humans, this has been associated with food allergy and intestinal inflammation. Although the adjuvant and allergenic potential of CT were higher than the effects of Cry1Ac, the results show that applied intra-gastrically at 50 μg doses, Cry1Ac is immunogenic, moderately allergenic and able to provoke intestinal lymphoid hyperplasia. Moreover, Cry1Ac is also able to induce anaphylaxis, since when mice were intragastrically sensitized with increasing doses of Cry1Ac, with every dose tested, a significant drop in rectal temperature was recorded after intravenous challenge.

35,000 Protestors in Berlin Call for Agricultural Revolution

FWC to suspend aquatic spraying

“There has been a catastrophe in Florida, and I’m not talking about Hurricane Michael,” said Mr. Iglesias, general manager of Roland Martin Marina and chief of the Martin Marine Center Series fishing tournaments at the December meeting. “I’m talking about the spraying of herbicides at a tune of $23.5 million. That number is $23.5 million worth of poison being poured into the lakes all over the State of Florida.”

He said on Lake Okeechobee alone, $2.5 million is spent each year on herbicide spraying.

“The active ingredient of the poison being sprayed is called Glyphosate!

Big Telecom’s Power Grab

TelecomPowerGrab is a project of Americans for Responsible Technology.

Interior Department Quietly Proposes New Rules to Deny Public Access to Documents

The Trump administration is proposing to significantly limit the amount of information it makes available to the public about national parks, national monuments, wildlife refuges, and other public lands. During the holidays and amidst the government shutdown, the Department of the Interior announced changes in how it processes requests from the public through the Freedom of Information Act (commonly called FOIA) — a bedrock law passed in 1966 that ensures government transparency and public access to agency records.

Don't Let Trump Shut Us Out!
Arty turns 11 this summer.