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Judge in Second Roundup Cancer Trial Worked for Firm that Defended Monsanto

On March 12, both sides in the Edwin Hardeman vs. Monsanto case delivered their closing arguments in San Francisco Federal Court.

In his ruling, Chhabria also wrote:

. . . there is strong evidence from which a jury could conclude that Monsanto does not particularly care whether its product is in fact giving people cancer, focusing instead on manipulating public opinion and undermining anyone who raises genuine and legitimate concerns about the issue.

The judge worked for the firm when Monsanto was engulfed in an all-out legal battle over rBGH, a genetically engineered drug developed by Monsanto. The drug, which is injected into cows to boost milk production, increases levels of another hormone, IGF-1 which has been linked to breast, prostate, colon, lung and other cancers in humans.

Not only is rBGH dangerous to humans, but its use is considered inhumane as it causes a string of health problems in cows—painful udder infections, hoof problems and birth defects. To counter these health issues, dairy farmers use antibiotics, which in turn contributes to the rising threat of antibiotic resistance, as explained in a report by Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) Oregon Chapter.

The synthetic growth hormone, approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1993, is banned in Europe and Canada.


Monsanto Roundup Trial Tracker: New Developments
March 11, 2019 by Carey Gillam

If the jury does not unanimously decide either for Hardeman or Monsanto then the case would be a mistrial. Chhabria has also said that if that happens he is considering retrying it in May.

If the jury finds for Hardeman on causation, the trial would quickly move into Phase II using the same jury. And that is where things will really start to get interesting. Hardeman’s attorneys plan to call several Monsanto executives for testimony, including former Monsanto Chairman and CEO Hugh Grant. Grant spent more than 35 years at the company and was named CEO in 2003. He led the company until its acquisition by Bayer AG last summer.

Additionally, lawyers for Hardeman plan to call Roger McClellan, editor of the scientific journal Critical Reviews in Toxicology (CRT), which published a series of papers in September 2016 that rebuked the finding by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) finding that glyphosate was a probable human carcinogen. The papers purported to be written by independent scientists who found that the weight of evidence showed the weed killer was unlikely to pose any carcinogenic risk to people.

However, internal Monsanto documents show that the papers were conceptualized from the outset as a strategy by Monsanto to discredit IARC. One of Monsanto’s top scientists not only reviewed the manuscripts but had a hand in drafting and editing them, though that was not disclosed by CRT.

Hardeman’s lawyers additionally said they plan to call Doreen Manchester, of Croplife America, the agrochemical industry’s lobbying organization. Manchester’s role at CropLife has been helping “lead federal and state litigation to support pesticide regulatory issues.”


Third Roundup Cancer Trial Begins on March 25 in Oakland, California

March 8, 2019 – Oakland, California – –The trial of Pilliod v. Monsanto Company (now Bayer) begins with jury selection on Monday, March 25, 2019, in Superior Court of California for the County of Alameda before Judge Winifred Smith. Attorneys for the plaintiffs anticipate the trial will last about a month.

Pilliod v. Monsanto is the first case in the California Roundup Judicial Council Coordination Proceedings (JCCP) and the third Roundup cancer case to proceed to trial.

More than 250 Roundup cancer cases are consolidated before Judge Smith as part of the California Roundup JCCP. Plaintiffs in the lawsuit allege exposure to Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer caused them to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

The first case to proceed to trial, Dewayne “Lee” Johnson v. Monsanto Co., resulted in a $289 million jury verdict in August, 2018, which the presiding judge later reduced to $78.5 million (Johnson v. Monsanto is a California state court case that is not part of the California Roundup JCCP). The Johnson case is currently on appeal. The Miller Firm LLC and Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman co-tried the Johnson case.

The second Monsanto Roundup cancer case to go to trial is currently underway in federal court in San Francisco. Attorneys Aimee Wagstaff (lead trial counsel) of Andrus Wagstaff and Jennifer Moore of Moore Law Group are trying the case of Hardeman vs Monsanto.


The case is Alva Pilliod and Alberta Pilliod v. Monsanto Company, Case No. RG17862702, JCCP No. 4953.

Alva Pilliod and his wife, Alberta, allege that long term exposure to Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide caused them to develop cancer (non-Hodgkin lymphoma). Alva and Alberta are both in their 70s and have been married for nearly 50 years.

Attorneys for the Pilliods, The Miller Firm, asked Judge Ioana Petrou (the couple’s original judge who has since been appointed to the First District Court of Appeal) to expedite trial due to their advanced ages and cancer diagnoses, according to court filings, like they did in the Johnson trial. Monsanto opposed their request for the expedited trial date but Judge Petrou found the couple’s ages and diagnoses warranted trial preference.

Alva suffers from non-Hodgkin lymphoma in his bones that spread to his pelvis and spine. He was diagnosed in 2011. Alberta’s non-Hodgkin lymphoma brain cancer diagnosis came in 2015. The couple started using Roundup in the 1970s and continued using the herbicide until only a few years ago. They have two children and four grandchildren.


Seneff: “Wow! This is almost too good to be true! Maybe we can get glyphosate off the market without ever having to get the government to legislate against it!”

Harrell’s CEO provides insight on decision to discontinue glyphosate sales

Jack Harrell Jr. cites insurance concerns in letter released by company.

...That said, during our annual insurance renewal last month, we were surprised to learn that our insurance company was no longer willing to provide coverage for claims related to glyphosate due to the recent high-profile lawsuit and the many thousands of lawsuits since. We sought coverage from other companies but could not buy adequate coverage for the risk we would be incurring. So we had no choice other than to notify our Harrell’s Team and customers that we would no longer offer products containing glyphosate as of March 1, 2019…


Seneff: “Citrus greening is a major crisis among the Florida orange groves. I had suspected that glyphosate was the biggest factor, and it looks as if my suspicions are correct. I also suspect that glyphosate is the key reason for the algae blooms and Red Tide in Florida. When will they wake up and realize what is happening? This is a fabulous article and it gives me hope!”

Expert says there’s a cure for citrus greening – so why is it being ignored?

But Frank Dean is not convinced that the bacterium is the cause of citrus greening. He believes that the disease is actually a metabolic and nutritional problem in plants caused in part by the overuse of pesticides, especially glyphosate herbicides, which are used in non-organic citrus orchards to kill weeds and grass around trees.


French, German farmers destroy crops after GMOs found in Bayer seeds


Demand for Non-GMO Products Hits the Seed Industry

“We’re continuing to hear concerns about GMOs from our customers and while we are certified organic that doesn’t say anything about GMO contamination,” Stearns said, who worked with the Non-GMO Project to develop a non-GMO verification program for seed. “We’ve spent a huge amount of time implementing (GMO) preventative measures and did GMO testing but we felt this wasn’t enough. We wanted third party verification of our claims.”

Stearns said there are many more GMO plants than people think.

“There are some 40 GMO plant species, including things like petunia and endive,” he said. “There are contamination risks even when a GMO crop is not commercially approved, such as when crops such as GMO wheat escape field trials.”


Improved regulation needed as pesticides found to affect genes in bees

Lead author of the study Dr. Yannick Wurm, from Queen Mary University of London, said: "Governments had approved what they thought were 'safe' levels but pesticides intoxicate many pollinators, reducing their dexterity and cognition and ultimately survival. This is a major risk because pollinators are declining worldwide yet are essential for maintaining the stability of the ecosystem and for pollinating crops.


Fish Groups Slam FDA Lifting of Import Ban on GMO Frankenfish


Bayer + Monsanto = A Match Made in Hell - The Corbett Report

It is hardly surprising that the first thing Bayer did after completing their takeover of Monsanto earlier this month was to announce that they were dropping the Monsanto name, merging the two companies' agrichemical divisions under the Bayer Crop Science name. After all, as everyone knows, Monsanto is one of the most hated corporations in the world. But Bayer itself has an equally atrocious history of death and destruction. Together they are a match made in hell.




What is seafood fraud? Dangerous—and running rampant, report finds
In a test of fish bought in 24 states and the District of Columbia, Oceana found consumers weren't getting what they paid for.


Thierry Vrain: “Neonicotinoids are now everywhere in the environment (not unlike glyphosate). They also affect vertebrates at extremely low pollution levels. This is quite new and totally unexpected.”

Effects of Neonicotinoid Insecticides on Physiology and Reproductive Characteristics of Captive Female and Fawn White-tailed Deer

Abstract: Over the past decade, abnormalities have been documented in white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) in west-central Montana. Hypotheses proposed to explain these anomalies included contact with endocrine disrupting pesticides, such as imidacloprid. We evaluated the effects of imidacloprid experimentally at the South Dakota State University Wildlife and Fisheries Captive Facility where adult white-tailed deer females and their fawns were administered aqueous imidacloprid (an untreated control, 1,500 ng/L, 3,000 ng/L, and 15,000 ng/L). Water consumption, thyroid hormone function, behavioral responses, and skull and jawbone measurements were compared among treatments. Additionally, liver, spleen, genital, and brain imidacloprid concentrations were determined by an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Results indicated that 1) control deer consumed more water than treatment groups, 2) imidacloprid was present in the organs of our control group, indicating environmental contamination, 3) as imidacloprid increased in the spleen, fawn survival, thyroxine levels, jawbone lengths, body weight, and organ weights decreased, 4) adult female imidacloprid levels in the genitals were negatively correlated with genital organ weight and, 5) behavioral observations indicated that imidacloprid levels in spleens were negatively correlated with activity levels in adult females and fawns. Results demonstrate that imidacloprid has direct effects on white-tailed deer when administered at field–relevant doses.


As Federal Government Refuses to Ban Glyphosate Local Municipalities are Taking Action to Protect Citizens

He discovered Biscayne Bay’s pesticide and herbicide pollution was such that blue-green algae bloom surges that create red tide was beginning to overwhelm the bay. This not only kills fish and other aquatic wildlife, but it creates noxious fumes that are hazardous to nearby land animals and humans. (Source)

In 2009, an independently funded research project by scientists at Bowling Green State University had already linked glyphosate from farmers who spray glyphosate products on their crops as a phosphorous fuel that has expanded and hastened toxic green algae blooming in the Lake Erie of the Midwestern Great Lakes.

The researchers commented:

It turns out that many cyanobacteria present in Lake Erie have the genes allowing the uptake of phosphonates, and these cyanobacteria can grow using glyphosate and other phosphonates as a sole source of phosphorus.

Our research is finding that Roundup is getting into the watershed at peak farming application times, particularly in the spring. (Source)


Dr Thierry Vrain: Glyphosate, Food, and your Gut (Food)

Dr. Vrain connects the pervasive use of glyphosate with our food supply with long term health problems now emerging in humans. Everything starts in our gut, and Dr. Vrain shares how we need to take care of what we eat - both in production and in consumption. Every time you hear about glyphosate in the news, connect it with your food and water. Dr. Vrain helps build that connection.


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The Monsanto Papers | Four Corners

Four Corners investigates the secret tactics used by global chemical giant #Monsanto to protect its billion-dollar business and its star product — the weed killer, #Roundup.


Bill Would Ban Late-Harvest Spraying of Roundup Weedkiller on Oats

DeLauro’s Legislation Would Require Tests for Glyphosate on Kids’ Foods

WASHINGTON – Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) introduced legislation today to dramatically limit American children’s exposure to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller, in food. The bill would not only ban late-harvest spraying of glyphosate on oats but also require the federal government to test foods popular with children for the herbicide, which has been linked to cancer.

Key provisions in DeLauro’s bill include:

Prohibiting the spraying of glyphosate as a pre-harvest drying agent on oats.
Lowering by 300-fold the permissible level of glyphosate residues on oats, restoring the legally allowed level to just 0.1 parts per million, or ppm.
Requiring the Department of Agriculture to regularly test fruits, vegetables and other foods routinely fed to infants and children for glyphosate residues.

O’Neil explained that in the past two decades, the Environmental Protection Agency has increased the level of glyphosate residue allowed on oats from 0.1 ppm to 30 ppm, largely to accommodate Canadian oat farmers who use it. The lax policy has resulted in the contamination of oat-based foods with the carcinogenic weedkiller.

Last year, independent laboratory tests commissioned by EWG found glyphosate residues in popular oat-based foods marketed to children, such as Cheerios and Quaker oatmeal. Almost three-fourths of the samples tested had glyphosate levels higher than what EWG scientists consider protective of children’s health with an adequate margin of safety.

“It is shocking that USDA’s annual pesticide residue survey fails to include the most widely used pesticide in America,” he said. “Parents deserve to know how much of the food they buy and feed their children could potentially be contaminated with a highly toxic chemical listed by the state of California as a substance known to cause cancer. DeLauro’s bill is an important first step toward providing that information for consumers.”


Global Glyphosate Study pilot phase shows reproductive and developmental effects at "safe" dose

A new study(1) has found that exposure to glyphosate-based herbicides (GBHs), including Roundup, caused reproductive and developmental effects in both male and female rats, at a dose level currently considered safe in the US (1.75 mg/kg bw/day).

AGD, the distance between the anus and the genitals, is a sensitive marker of prenatal endocrine disruption(2) affecting the genital tract development. Exposure to different chemicals including pesticides has been linked previously to altered AGDs and other endocrine effects(3)(4).

This is the fourth in a series of related papers(5) from the pilot phase of the Global Glyphosate Study. The first results of the pilot phase of the study were presented to the European Parliament on May 16, 2018. The previous peer-reviewed publications show that exposure to GBHs leads to other effects, including altering the gut microbiota of rats in early development, particularly before the onset of puberty.


Scientists Release Controversial Genetically Modified Mosquitoes In High-Security Lab

"All the offspring. All the children — the mosquito children — have this modification," Mueller says.

Researchers created the mosquitoes by using the powerful new gene-editing technique known as CRISPR, which Mueller likens to a "molecular scissor which can cut at a specific site in the DNA."

"The females become a bit more male," Mueller says. "A kind of hermaphrodite."


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At this point, I don’t have words for what they’ve done to generate their earnings on the backs of our farmers, except for one: extortion.


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French court cancels Monsanto weedkiller permit on safety grounds

PARIS (Reuters) - A French court canceled the license for one of Monsanto’s glyphosate-based weedkillers on Tuesday over safety concerns, placing an immediate ban on Roundup Pro 360 in the latest legal blow to the Bayer-owned business.

A court in Lyon in southeast France ruled that the approval granted by French environment agency ANSES in 2017 for Roundup Pro 360 had failed to take into account potential health risks.


New analysis raises questions about EPA’s classification on glyphosate weed killer

Researcher says the EPA has disregarded substantial evidence that the popular herbicide is linked to cancer

According to the report, which examines the opposing positions taken by the EPA and an international cancer research agency on glyphosate-based herbicides, the EPA has disregarded substantial scientific evidence of genotoxicity associated with weed killing products such as Roundup and other Monsanto brands. Genotoxicity refers to a substance's destructive effect on a cell's genetic material. Genotoxins can cause mutations in cells that can lead to cancer.

The EPA classifies glyphosate as not likely to be carcinogenic while the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which is part of the World Health Organization, classifies it as "probably carcinogenic."

The paper was authored by Charles Benbrook, a former research professor who served at one time as executive director of the National Academy of Sciences board on agriculture, and was published in the journal Environmental Sciences Europe on Monday. It is based on Benbrook's review of EPA and IARC records regarding the types and numbers of glyphosate studies each organization evaluated.

"Clearly, compared to EPA's genotoxicity review, the IARC review is grounded on more recent, more sensitive, and more sophisticated genotoxic studies, and more accurately reflects real-world exposures," Benbrook told EHN.

Benbrook testified as an expert witness in the first lawsuit to go to trial against Monsanto over claims its glyphosate herbicides cause cancer. The plaintiff in that case, Dewayne "Lee" Johnson, won a unanimous jury award of $289 million last year that the judge in the case cut to $78 million. Thousands of additional cancer victims have sued Monsanto and the second trial begins Feb. 25 in federal court in San Francisco. Benbrook is also expected to testify for the plaintiff in that case.

Monsanto is seeking to exclude Benbrook's testimony at trial, saying he has no expertise in any physical science or field of medicine and no training or degree in toxicology and has never worked at the EPA or other regulatory body.

In the new analysis, Benbrook is critical of the EPA's scrutiny of glyphosate herbicides, noting that little weight was given to research regarding the actual formulations sold into the marketplace and used by millions of people around the world. Instead, the EPA and other regulators have mostly pointed to dozens of studies paid for by Monsanto and other companies selling glyphosate herbicides that found no cancer concerns. The EPA has given little attention to several independent research projects that have indicated the formulations can be more toxic than glyphosate alone, according to Benbrook.

According to Benbrook, the EPA's failure to focus on formulated glyphosate-based herbicides is dangerous because these formulations "account for all commercial uses and human exposures (no herbicide products contain just glyphosate)."

More research is needed on real-world exposures, Benbrook concludes.


Gene-edited farm animals are coming. Will we eat them?

To oversee the emerging field of biotechnology, the Reagan administration, rather than passing new laws, created a “coordinated framework” in which regulatory agencies would use their existing laws for oversight. Genetically engineered animals thus fall under the FDA’s process for approving new veterinary drugs.


Notice how healthy the cows look...

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