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Roundup Trial Involving Married Couple with Cancer Nearing End - USRTK
Expert witness Chadi Nabhan, a hematologist and medical oncologist who was chief medical officer for Cardinal Health in Chicago until recently joining Aptitude Health, took the stand Monday with testimony that extended into Tuesday. Plaintiffs’ attorneys have additional testimony to present to jurors via video-recorded depositions before resting their case. Lawyers for Monsanto are expected to offer their own witnesses starting next week. Closing arguments are expected by May 6.
Glyphosate Worse than We Could Imagine. “It’s Everywhere”
In a long-term animal study by French scientists under Gilles Eric Seralini, Michael Antoniou and associates, it was demonstrated that even ultra-low levels of glyphosate herbicides cause non-alcoholic liver disease. The levels the rats were exposed to, per kg of body weight, were far lower than what is allowed in our food supply. According to the Mayo Clinic, today, after four decades or more pervasive use of glyphosate pesticides, 100 million, or 1 out of 3 Americans now have liver disease. These diagnoses are in some as young as 8 years old.
What is becoming clearer is the colossal and obviously deliberate official blind eye given to potential dangers of glyphosate-based pesticides by regulatory bodies not only in the EU and the USA, but also in China, which today produces more glyphosate than even Monsanto. Since the Monsanto Roundup patent expired, Chinese companies, including Syngenta, Zhejiang Xinan Chemical Industrial Group Company, SinoHarvest, and Anhui Huaxing Chemical Industry Company, have emerged as the world’s major producers of the chemical as well as largest consumers, a not good omen for the future of the legendary Chinese cuisine.
Why You Should Be Concerned About Monsanto’s New Dangerous Food Technology
Without much more than a whisper from the mainstream media, Monsanto’s newest Frankenfood has received full EPA approval and will be arriving on dinner plates by the end of the decade. The implications of this are harrowing, to say the least.
Indeed, critics of RNA interference technology make the point that RNAi technology aims to target the production of a specific protein by identifying the sequence in question. But two or more genes can have sequence homologies. This means, as applies to the use of RNA interference in medicine, a gene that is targeted to turn off a “disease-causing gene” could have a number of off-target effects, one of which would be turning off a gene that is essential to health and vitality.
This is, in fact, what happened October of last year, when Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, a leading developer of RNAi drugs, announced it had decided to discontinue revusiran, its lead drug candidate, after an excess of deaths occurred in the experimental drug group versus placebo. This sent shockwaves throughout the overly exuberant RNAi drug industry, reducing their stock 6% on average.
Criticisms of RNAi in the agricultural sector are long-standing among the highly informed. For instance, Jonathan Latham, Ph.D. and Allison Wilson, Ph.D., wrote a seminal paper on the topic over a decade ago titled “Off-target effects of plant transgenic RNAi: three mechanisms lead to distinct toxicological and environmental hazards,” wherein 3 of the primary safety concerns are addressed:
As we have seen in Monsanto’s own paper on the topic, foods contain hundreds of small RNAs whose 100% complementarity match with human genes imply they can directly impact, and even silence those genes. This silencing is not necessarily “bad,” but it is clear that we are tinkering with a design that we are only just beginning to understand, much less know how to ascertain the risks of and properly regulate.
But, considering that Monsanto’s research reveals how intricately connected the human and the food genomes are — and furthermore, that post-2008 research has surfaced showing Monsanto was wrong and plant RNAs from food do have direct impacts on human genome/epigenome expression — it is highly irresponsible for them to continue to claim that food manipulation technologies will not have unintended, adverse effects in principle.
Sadly, with the EPAs approval of four new RNAi forms of corn already completed, and likely many more on the way, we may be stuck with secondary and much slower forms of recourse: post-marketing, epidemiological surveillance of exposed populations, where patterns of disease can take decades if not generations to surface — and then with so many confounding factors at play, not with any certainty.
That said, I believe education and the awareness it generates is our best bet at countermanding the widespread acceptance of this highly experimental and obviously dangerous form of genetic engineering. As has been the case recently with glyphosate being classified as a carcinogen by the California EPA, and a growing mainstream movement to fight the forced feeding of non-labeled GMO laden products (March Against Monsanto), the tides are turning. Please help us spread this information far and wide.
RFK, Jr.: "These documents are part of the growing trove of documents known as the #Monsanto Papers. The Monsanto Papers tell an alarming story of ghostwriting, scientific manipulation, collusion with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and previously undisclosed information about how the human body absorbs glyphosate. These documents allow people to see what is happening “behind the curtain” of secrecy that normally shrouds ongoing litigation and provides a deeper understanding of the serious public health consequences surrounding Monsanto’s conduct in marketing #Roundup."
Roundup Cancer Attorneys Release New Monsanto Papers Documents
The documents released today are part of the growing trove of documents known as the Monsanto Papers. The Monsanto Papers tell an alarming story of ghostwriting, scientific manipulation, collusion with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and previously undisclosed information about how the human body absorbs glyphosate. These documents allow people to see what is happening “behind the curtain” of secrecy that normally shrouds ongoing litigation and provides a deeper understanding of the serious public health consequences surrounding Monsanto’s conduct in marketing Roundup.
Baum Hedlund shared the documents with regulators, lawmakers and some media prior to today’s publication. Attorneys Michael L. Baum and R. Brent Wisner also traveled to Canada earlier this year to personally brief Members of Parliament on the issues raised in these and other previously released Monsanto Papers documents.
One of the key themes in the Monsanto Papers is the company’s effort to derail and discredit scientists that call into question the safety of Roundup and glyphosate. A clear example of this can be found in an email between Monsanto scientist Dr. Daniel Goldstein and academic Bruce Chassy, wherein Dr. Goldstein remarks that the company “has been playing Whack-a-Mole for years and calling it just that” in regards to fending off scientific findings that are at odds with Monsanto’s claim that Roundup is safe.
13 WAYS THAT GMOS HAVE RUINED AMERICA’S WAY OF LIFE BY ZEN HONEYCUTT, MOMS ACROSS AMERICA
I intended to write this article and title it ”How Monsanto Has Ruined Our Lives.” But then I realized it is not just Monsanto who has done these things. They led the way by developing GMOs that can tolerate herbicides and have pesticides built in, but they should not get all the credit. US companies Dow/Dupont, and EU companies Syngenta/ChemChina, BASF, and Bayer/Monsanto have had numerous lawsuits against them as well for egregious crimes against humanity. For now however, because I am not European, I am going to focus on what’s happening in the Good Ol’ US of A. Below is is only a partial list - 15 ways in which Monsanto and all the makers of GMOs and related chemicals have ruined American culture.
Keep in mind this list only pertains to the people who are fully aware of the ways in which GMOs and related toxins can harm our health and life on the planet. For instance, they know that at very low levels, parts per billion and even parts per trillion, glyphosate-based herbicides (GBH) like Roundup and Rodeo can cause a myriad of health issues. 80% of GMOs are engineered to withstand glyphosate based herbicides. But avoiding GMOs is not good enough. GBH are sprayed on non GMO, non organic crops like wheat, beans, peas, sugar, soy,and oats as a drying agent and on the soil of thousands of crops,like potatoes,carrots, grapes and berries. The crops then uptake into the plant or fruit and end up in your meal or beverage. Glyphosate does not dry off, wash off or cook off.
7. Holidays: Eating foods that our parents or in-laws have made for decades is now no longer safe. Family gatherings, instead of being joyful, are often dreaded, just because of the food that will be served. Non-organic foods like GMO potatoes, RBGst GMO growth hormone in milk and cheese, glyphosate on wheat, SynBio in vanilla, CRISPR in mushrooms, and more have now completely ruined Grandma’s scalloped potatoes. Auntie Sue’s Mac-n-Cheese, your sister’s angel cake, and Grandpa’s stir fry garlic mushroom topping that your husband loves to pile on Uncle Joe’s marinated medium steak, which is also ruined by the way, have been dangerously manipulated by factory farming and GMO animal feed. Oh, and those alcoholic beverages we like to indulge in in over the holidays? Most wine and beer tested have been found to contain glyphosate. They have ruined our way of celebrating! Not to mention the stress of trying to educate non-willing family members on why you do not want to consume what they have lovingly prepared. Thanks Monsanto, you ruined many of our family relationships, too.
What to do about this besides weep and rage? Eat organic. Opt out of the Big Ag GMO chemical farming industry by buying and growing organic and regeneratively farmed food. Also, opt out of Big Pharma (all have sister companies that are Big Ag) by treating your family with food as medicine. Don’t stress about why are they doing this - we know why, it’s all about money. We stop them from ruining our lives by taking the power back and educating ourselves. Learn about the herbs, barks, teas, and tinctures that our ancestors used and regain the knowledge and power we have had for thousands of years....before Big Pharma and Big Ag came along and ruined almost all of our ways of life.
New survey in humans shows link between advanced liver disease and glyphosate
Dr Antoniou's study, being a controlled animal feeding trial, shows a causative link between exposure to Roundup herbicide and NAFLD and NASH.
Prof Mills' study does not prove that glyphosate actually causes liver disease. It is an "after the fact" study in humans with liver disease, in which exposure to glyphosate herbicide was not controlled but glyphosate excretion was measured after the subjects became ill. However, it does show a correlation between high glyphosate levels in human urine and NASH.
The study suggests that people should minimise their exposure to glyphosate herbicide and other pesticides by seeking out organically grown food.
Dr Antoniou continued, "The question that remains unanswered is which component(s) of commercial glyphosate-based herbicides constitute the NAFLD-NASH risk factor. Is it the glyphosate alone, or the toxic adjuvants present in commercial formulations, or a combination of the two? Further studies are needed to resolve this crucial issue.”
Vrain: "Mind boggling epigenetic study. Glyphosate increased prostate, kidney and ovarian diseases, as well as heightened obesity and birth abnormalities in future generations of rats that were not exposed to the chemical. This is about your children and grandchildren. "
Assessment of Glyphosate Induced Epigenetic Transgenerational Inheritance of Pathologies and Sperm Epimutations: Generational Toxicology - April 23, 2019
Conclusions: In summary, glyphosate was found to promote the epigenetic transgenerational inheritance of disease and pathology through germline (i.e. sperm) epimutations. Negligible pathology was observed in the F0 and F1 generations, while a significant increase in pathology and disease was observed in the F2 generation grand-offspring and F3 generation great-grand-offspring. Therefore, glyphosate appears to have a low or negligible toxic risk for direct exposure, but promotes generational toxicology in future generations. Observations suggest generational toxicology needs to be incorporated into the risk assessment of glyphosate and all other potential toxicants, as previously described 45. The ability of glyphosate and other environmental toxicants to impact our future generations needs to be considered, and is potentially as important as the direct exposure toxicology done today for risk assessment.
Dr. Thierry Vrain, Former Pro-GMO Scientist, Speaks Up Against Glyphosate - 2015
Dr. Thierry Vrain, former genetic engineer and soil biologist with Agriculture Canada, spoke with us today about his concerns with genetically engineered crops (GMOs) and more importantly, the use of Glyphosate (RoundUp). Dr. Vrain’s background in the field of genetic engineering (for 30 years), makes him an expert on this gene technology. He explained how a cell is genetically engineered and what happens after this random insertion process through a gene gun and how it can have unknown effects.
Since leaving Agriculture Canada 12 years ago, he has learned much more about the process of genetic engineering and the BT process (insect resistant) and the HT (herbicide resistant) crops that make up about 500 million acres. His primary concern at this time is the widespread use of Glyphosate which is a powerful herbicide, mineral chelator and a patented antibiotic. Dr. Vrain stated when speaking about Glyphosate:
“It’s almost as if the entire population of North American is on a low-grade antibiotic diet day in day out from birth, everyday, so this is the reality.”
'It's a groundswell': the farmers fighting to save the Earth's soil
Farmers across the world are ditching their ploughs to protect ecosystems – and it’s working
The insects are the bottom of the food chain and there are so many things that eat them,” he says. “Since they have come back we have seen a huge increase in birds: skylarks, flocks of yellowhammers, kites, buzzards, and we are not doing anything special to attract them – they just love the fields, the system we have here.