Seneff: “The tide is turning fast? I hope so!”

Investors flee Bayer after second glyphosate trial blow (Update)

The threat to German chemical giant Bayer and subsidiary Monsanto from US litigation swelled Wednesday, when its share price plunged after a jury ruled weedkiller Roundup was a "substantial factor" in an amateur gardener's cancer.

A wave of lawsuits has put pressure on Bayer since its $63-billion takeover of Monsanto last year, spooking investors who worry damages payouts could quickly mount into the billions if the firm fails to convince courts its product is safe.

Chief executive Werner Baumann said last month the company faced a total of 11,200 US cases over Roundup and its active ingredient glyphosate, a herbicide key to Monsanto's business model that has come in for intense scrutiny around the world.

That mass of lawsuits meant markets shuddered after a federal court finding Tuesday that Roundup was behind the non-Hodgkin's lymphoma suffered by 70-year-old Edwin Hardeman, who used the product for decades on the garden at his California home.

The second major legal setback in a year set the Leverkusen-based group's stock ebbing well into Wednesday trading after an initial plunge.

By 11:20 am in Frankfurt (1020 GMT), the shares were trading down 13.2 percent at 60.53 euros ($68.71), dragging down the DAX index of blue-chip German shares.

Since the merger was completed, Bayer's stock has shed almost 40 percent of its value.

Tuesday's "decision... has no impact on future cases and trials because each one has its own factual and legal circumstances," Bayer said in a statement, adding that it stood behind science it says demonstrates glyphosate is safe.

But IG analyst Chris Beauchamp told AFP the prospect of thousands of plaintiffs potentially being awarded tens of millions of dollars each means investors "start doing the numbers, and it doesn't look very pretty at all".

The latest case has so far brought no damages award against Bayer, as jurors now have to decide whether Monsanto is liable for the harm suffered by Hardeman.

Fired Quebec scientist blew the whistle on pesticide lobby influence

In May 2009, Quebec government scientist Louis Robert was 15 minutes away from entering a conference room to give a lecture about phosphorus when he got a phone call from his boss ordering him to call it off.

His boss threatened to move Robert into another office to perform administrative tasks if he dared to proceed with the lecture.

A year earlier, a senior public servant summoned Robert to a meeting at a restaurant with his boss, in which the scientist was told to cancel an on-camera appearance with journalists to talk about the management of fertilizers.

The interview was scheduled to be four days away, but it was cancelled and the journalists were then forced to send their questions to the ministry to proceed with their reporting.

Both incidents were recounted in an email sent to National Observer by Robert's public sector union.

Robert was previously employed at Quebec's Agriculture Department for three decades.

All in all, the scientist was personally ordered to cancel these types of appearances "five to six" other times over the past few years, according to his union.

Throughout this period, the union said he was trying to alert his superiors about attempts by industry to suppress publicly-funded science on the health effects of pesticides.

Phosphorus is a mineral that can pollute water as a result of runoff from fertilizers used in agriculture. An overabundance can lead to the growth of toxic bacteria, for example on Canadian lakes.

His supervisors gave him the brush-off. Eventually he leaked a document to Radio-Canada, feeling he had an obligation to inform the public.

Robert had noticed that Christian Overbeek, the head of Quebec’s public body on grain research, which is majority funded by the ministry, is also the president of a trade group of producers and is a lobbyist. Overbeek has spoken against excessive regulation of pesticides, a central issue that the grain research body examines.

Robert also realized that the board of directors of the public research body was entirely filled with corporate representatives. In fact, management had been pressuring all sorts of researchers not to disseminate or interpret the results of research projects, while the board had tried to discourage them from publishing their results in scientific articles, according to the Radio-Canada investigation.

UK will be forced to accept US food standards in a Brexit trade deal with Trump, warns former trade chief

He said that Washington would likely demand that the UK accepts US environmental and health standards. These include allowing chlorine-washed chicken and hormone-treated beef — as well as a raft of other punitive measures.

"All American administrations have been clear on the importance of agricultural exports," Donnelly said.


QUESTION TO THE JURY: Did Mr. Hardeman prove by a preponderance of the evidence that his exposure to Roundup was a substantial factor in causing his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma?

The answer was yes, for all 6 jurors.

The trial will now move to Phase 2 to determine Monsanto’s liability and subsequent damages.

Monsanto Asks Trump EPA to OK Drift-prone Pesticide on 90 Million Acres of Corn

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today it will consider allowing the highly drift-prone pesticide dicamba to be sprayed on up to 90 million acres of corn.

“Even after the EPA increased training for dicamba users, drift from this poison has killed 100-year-old oak trees and withered backyard vegetable patches and entire fields of non-GE crops,” said Donley. “Carelessly expanding dicamba use will spread its harm across the American heartland.”

Weed killer residues found in 98 percent of Canadian honey samples

Study is the latest evidence that glyphosate herbicides are so pervasive that residues can be found in foods not produced by farmers using glyphosate.

As U.S. regulators continue to dance around the issue of testing foods for residues of glyphosate weed killers, government scientists in Canada have found the pesticide in 197 of 200 samples of honey they examined.

The authors of the study, all of whom work for Agri-Food Laboratories at the Alberta Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, said the prevalence of glyphosate residues in honey samples - 98.5 percent - was higher than what was reported in several similar studies done over the last five years in other countries.

Will France Be the First Glyphosate-Free Wine Region in the World?

As consumers worry about traces of the weed killer in their food, French President Emmanuel Macron has proposed eliminating its use in France by 2022

Seneff: “Arkansas tried to do the right thing and restrict dicamba, but Monsanto won in the end. More troubles for farmers in Arkansas can be expected this year due to dicamba drift.”

Arkansas Tried to Restrict the Use of This Controversial Pesticide. Monsanto Fought Back and Won.

Dicamba drift has damaged millions of dollars worth of crops, as well as wildflowers that honeybees rely on to produce honey.

EPA Adopts Fringe Science Claim That Small Doses of Pollution Are Healthy

Health experts believe that if the EPA does adopt the rule, it could lead to wholesale changes to the agency's standards for regulating toxic waste, pesticides, and air and water quality.

Fracking Fluid Used to Irrigate Organic Crops

Government agencies that are responsive to special interests rather than the public won’t protect us. The USDA, as we’ve seen, favors Big Food and the watering down of what it means to be “organic.” We cannot let crony capitalism endanger our health.

Action Alert! Tell Congress and the USDA to stop allowing oil and gas wastewater to be sprayed on crops—especially organic crops. Please send your message immediately.

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.

The most widely used pesticide in the U.S., glyphosate is mostly used as a weedkiller on genetically modified corn and soybeans. But it is also increasingly sprayed on oats and other grains just before harvest as a drying agent, or desiccant. Glyphosate kills the crop, drying it out uniformly so that it can be harvested sooner. This makes harvesting easier but also increases the likelihood that the pesticide makes it into foods.

New cause for concern over weedkiller glyphosate

Study examines how herbicide adds to phosphorus levels in soil and waterways

First commercialized by Monsanto under the name Roundup, glyphosate has come under scrutiny in the past, mostly in relation to its potential toxicity. This new research, published recently in the Ecological Society of America’s Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, focuses not on direct health risks associated with the herbicide, but on its contribution to environmental phosphorus levels, an issue that has yet to receive much attention.

“No one has thus far investigated the impact of glyphosate use on phosphorus loads in agricultural areas, most likely because pesticides have always been considered a negligible source of nutrients,” says Marie-Pier Hébert, lead author of the study and a doctoral student in the Department of Biology at McGill University.

In many agricultural areas, decades of phosphorus-based fertilizer use have led to a saturation of the soil’s capacity to hold the nutrient. This increases the likelihood that any additional phosphorus applied to the land will run off into waterways, where it is a known cause of harmful algal blooms and deoxygenation leading to fish death.

“Our study argues that the recent and rapid rise in glyphosate use has magnified its relative importance as a source of anthropogenic phosphorus, especially in areas of intensive corn, soybean and cotton cultivation,” Hébert says.

The study…

The overlooked impact of rising glyphosate use on phosphorus loading in agricultural watersheds - 12/2018

Abstract: Glyphosate is the most extensively used pesticide worldwide. In addition to raising ecotoxicological concerns, the use of glyphosate adds phosphorus (P) to agricultural landscapes, influencing the accumulation and cycling of P in soil and nearby surface waters. Yet pesticides have been largely ignored when monitoring anthropogenic sources of P in agricultural watersheds. Estimating the supply of P derived from glyphosate use, both globally and in the US alone, we show that trends have markedly increased over the past two decades. Across the US, mean inputs of glyphosate‐derived P increased from 1.6 kg P km−2 in 1993 to 9.4 kg P km−2 in 2014, with values frequently exceeding 20 kg P km−2 in areas planted with glyphosate‐resistant crops. Although still a minor source of P relative to fertilizers, P inputs from glyphosate use have now reached levels comparable to those from sources for which P regulations were initiated in the past. We thus argue for greater recognition of glyphosate's influence on P flow in watershed research and management.

Early Pesticide Exposure Contributes to Faster ALS Progression

A new study helps determine the role of legacy organochlorine pesticides and pollutants during the course of the progressive neurodegenerative disease that has no cure.


AB468 The Children's School Environment Act

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation reports that in 2016, 742 organizations submitted school pesticide use reports and 927 different EPA registered pesticide products were used on schoolsites.

AB 468 the Children's School Environment Act (CSEA) has been introduced by Assemblymember Muratsuchi, requiring California schoolsites and day care centers to utilize organic landscape management practices in outdoor places at schoolsites, including playgrounds, turf, and athletic fields.

This legislation is sponsored by California Guild, co-sponsored by Non Toxic Communities and Beyond Pesticides.

Levels of autism in China similar to the West, joint Chinese-UK study shows


The first large-scale study of autism in China has revealed that around one in a hundred people in the country has an autism spectrum condition - the same figure as found in the West.

The research was carried out by an international team of researchers from the University of Cambridge, UK, and the China Disabled Persons' Federation and Chinese University of Hong Kong. It is the result of an international partnership launched in 2013.


Some previously posted Samsel videos from you tube...

Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, is also in biologics (va[[ines). From Anthony Samsel, PhD (chemist). Hear his scientific analysis on what he found. - 2017

Anthony Samsel on Vaccines contaminated with Glyphosate - 2017


Stephanie Seneff’s MIT home page. Her Papers, Powerpoints, etc.

Information on Glyphosate (Roundup)

The New Agent Orange: Roundup Poisoning and an Epidemic of Auto-immune and Neurological Disease. Presentation on October 20, 2018 hosted by…


Brockovich, Seneff, et. al. on Fluoride…

Letter from 2015 to IOM

What is required is the immediate removal of ‘safe and adequate’ fluoride recommendations from the DRI: Element list with its age appropriate suggestions as that artifact is being used in a manner harmful to public health. Furthermore, the notification of state Departments of Health of such removal and concerns on the part of the IOM as to the establishment of any safe level of the neurotoxic fluoride given its significant adverse impact on the health of the public documented by the science of the past twenty years is advisable given the seriousness of those risks.

In taking this action, we suggest you consider the precautionary principle applied by government
when no-smoking bans became the order of the day. A shared resource like water and air must
be safe for the most vulnerable of the public based on possible health risks and exposure over a
lifetime and include an adequate margin of safety. There is no evidence of such a scientifically
valid safe exposure level for fluoride.


Dr. Russell Baylock discusses the origin of the excitotoxin MSG and how it is used in our food as a flavor enhancer and the many different names food companies use to hide it. He exposes the research on MSG in baby food and how it effects the brain in children(Autism) and in adults(Alzheimer's) and much, much more........


What is GMO?

Genetic Roulette The Gamble of Our Lives

Secret Ingredients

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.

Moms Across America - Communities Rising

Across the country, citizens are taking action to protect their families from GMOs and toxic chemicals. Watch and share this moving and inspiring story.

Pollinator-Friendly Plants for Northeast United States
Arty turns 11 this summer.