Monsanto Roundup Trial Tracker - May 8
May 8, 2019
Sparks to Fly in Closing Arguments at Third Roundup Cancer Trial
After two costly courtroom losses, lawyers for Monsanto and its German owner Bayer AG on Wednesday were set to make closing arguments in what is the third trial brought by people who blame their cancers on use of Monsanto’s Roundup and other glyphosate-based weed killer brands.
Plaintiffs Alva and Alberta Pilliod, a married couple in their 70s who both have non-Hodgkin lymphoma, claim that Monsanto should be held liable for their illnesses because scientific evidence shows Monsanto’s herbicides can cause cancer and because Monsanto failed to properly warn of the risks.
While Monsanto has maintained that the weight of scientific evidence shows no causal connection between non-Hodgkin lymphoma and its glyphosate herbicides, lawyers for the Pilliods presented scientific evidence during the trial that does show a cancer link. Moreover, the plaintiffs’ attorneys showed jurors a trove of internal Monsanto communications and other records that they said displayed the company’s manipulation of scientific literature, including ghostwriting several papers published in scientific journals. Also among the evidence were records showing Monsanto efforts to influence regulatory agencies, to plant helpful stories in the global news outlet Reuters, and to discredit scientists who determined the company’s products were potentially carcinogenic.
Closing arguments are expected to take most or all of the day and tensions on both sides are high.
On Tuesday, Monsanto filed a motion seeking to head off what it said were likely to be “improper” closing arguments by the lawyers representing the Pilliods. They singled out attorneys Brent Wisner and Michael Baum for criticism, citing various actions.
“Monsanto has a real concern that counsel’s closing argument in this case will be replete with misconduct,” the motion states.
In the motion, Monsanto attorneys said that the Pilliod lawyers “already turned this trial into a circus on multiple occasions,” including by twice putting on gloves before handling a Roundup bottle that contained only water.
In addition, the lawyers “paraded around celebrities and anti-Monsanto advocates Neil Young and Daryl Hannah… engaging in photo-ops right outside the jury room in a clearly improper attempt to influence the jury.”
“If any members of the jury were to perform a simple Google search for Mr. Young or Ms. Hannah, they would quickly learn of their strong anti-Monsanto sentiment,” Monsanto said in its filing, pointing out that four years ago Young produced an album critical of the company called “The Monsanto Years.”
In addition, Monsanto said, “Ms. Hannah’s Twitter account contains numerous tweets about the Roundup trials, including one where she specifically wrote about her experience in court during this trial: “Well that was a trip! – of course I know these skeevy corporate cronies manipulate & lie – but to see it right in front of your eyes is soooo depressing & creepy.”’
Monsanto also said that Wisner’s characterization of the case as “historic” should not be allowed again. Similarly, none of the plaintiffs’ lawyers should be allowed to suggest that the verdict will “change the world or have any effect outside of this case,” Monsanto argued.
The tiny courtroom in Oakland, California is expected to be packed. Dewayne “Lee” Johnson, who won the first trial against Monsanto last summer, is expected to be in attendance, as is Edwin Hardeman, who won the second trial.
Like the two previous trials, internal Monsanto records have provided some drama. On Tuesday, internal communications from last summer were made available by the court indicating clear White House support for Monsanto. In a report attached to a July 2018 email to Monsanto global strategy official Todd Rands, the strategic intelligence and advisory firm Hakluyt reported to Monsanto the following:
“A domestic policy adviser at the White House said, for instance: ‘We have Monsanto’s back on pesticides regulation. We are prepared to go toe-to-toe on any disputes they may have with, for example, the EU. Monsanto need not fear any additional regulation from this administration.”
Seneff: “Get ready for a vaccine against Celiac disease! This article discusses all kinds of hypotheses for why the rate is now four times as high as it was in 1950. Of course, no mention of glyphosate.”
Experimental Nexvax2 Vaccine for Celiac Disease on FDA Fast-Track for Approval
Fast-track designation is, by definition, “a process designed to facilitate the development, and expedite the review of drugs to treat serious conditions and fill an unmet medical need,”4 or for therapies that are expected to improve significantly upon existing treatments. Both measures may be somewhat subjective and are affected by a number of outside considerations.5 By all definitions, however, fast-track status implies some urgency for getting a therapy approved.https://thevaccinereaction.org/2019/04/e...rvi8KdSdsX5TmpQ
Free online showing of “Secret Ingredients”
May 15 - 22. Sign up here...https://freeshowing.secretingredientsmov...29-54168d1e9587
Petition - Burger King…
(Please report any illness associated with eating this engineered/lab grown/fake meat to IRT.)
IRT: “The Impossible Burger is a genetically engineered meat substitute. Available through a number of restaurants, it is highly controversial and it may even be causing health issues. A number of people have already reported digestive distress after eating the "burger." This is not surprising to us given its ingredients, including a combination of untested genetically engineered proteins. We believe that this burger should never have been allowed in the marketplace. The impossible burger, in addition to using genetically engineered soy that was sprayed with Roundup herbicide, and genetically engineered derived vitamins, utilizes a high-risk genetically engineered yeast in its production process. Friends don't let friends eat GMO burgers! Help us stop the Impossible Burger today.
NYC leaders call for ban on spraying in parks but are okay with having Monsanto’s poison injected into our bodies via vaccination.
NYC leaders join calls for ban on Monsanto herbicide
"Parks should be for playing not pesticides"https://www.ehn.org/monsantos-herbicide-...2634974362.html
Clips from “Secret Ingredients.”
This I did not know about Samsel’s wife. He was one of the firsts to study Glyphosate. https://www.facebook.com/responsibletechnology/videos/2204606753134548/
And another short clip about Bt Toxin in corn from the documentary…https://www.facebook.com/responsibletechnology/videos/431752490985815/
Jeffrey Smith explains the EPA’s involvement in helping Monsanto...https://www.facebook.com/responsibletechnology/videos/423040731815240/
Thank you to the doctors and researchers that are more concerned with the health of our nation than the size of their bank account.
IRT: “The declining status of children’s health is a growing concern. In response to the rapid rise in conditions such as autism, cancer, ADHD, GI distress, anxiety, depression, asthma, skin conditions, learning disabilities, and autoimmunity, Carla Atherton, Director of the Healthy Family Formula, has put together the 4th ONLINE Children’s Health Summit. Yes, listen from the comfort of your own home! The topic of this year’s summit? “Preventing and Reversing Childhood Chronic Illness,” and Jeffrey Smith will be speaking! Find out more here:”https://healthyfamilyformula.com/?fbclid...13-035a9c111115
Unstoppable with Kerwin Rae: Why it’s time to think about human extinction with Dr David Suzuki
After listening to this ep with Dr David Suzuki, you’ll never be the same again. The environmentalist, activist, professor of genetics and science broadcaster hits us with some home truths about what our future will look like if we continue to live the way we have been. What will life be like for our children and grandchildren? Can the damage we’ve done to the planet be reversed? Is extinction of the human race imminent? We talk about population control, the importance of renewable energy and discuss what we can do right now in our own lives that can actually make a difference. This is for anyone who cares about the future of mankind.https://mahb.stanford.edu/library-item/u...5EbWLyhQE7Ltqog
GLYPHOSATE FOUND IN FEEDING TUBE LIQUID POSTED BY ZEN HONEYCUTT - 2015
Microbe Inotech lab detected 6 out of 20 (30%) of Pediasure samples from the same batch tested postive at levels above 75ppb at 800-1110 X higher than has been shown to destroy gut bacteria in chickens (.1ppb). Only 50ppT ( trillion) was shown to cause liver, kidney and sex hormone changes in rats. These samples were sent by a Moms Across America supporter.This is the exact brand used in the pediatric rehabilitation hospital where she worked and was fed patients needing tube feeding in critical care.https://www.momsacrossamerica.com/glyphosate_found_in_feeding_tube_liquid
Mississippi grocery stores will soon have meat grown in a lab - Mississippi Meatshttps://www.wapt.com/article/mississippi...H1h__l9cjUrSoVc
EPA Seeks Public Comment on Use of Monsanto’s Weedkiller, Glyphosate on Oats Used in Foods Marketed to Kids
WASHINGTON – The Environmental Protection Agency is formally requesting feedback on a petition submitted by EWG and food companies seeking to significantly limit the use of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Bayer/Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup, on oats that are used to make a wide array of children’s foods, like breakfast bars and cereals.
EPA announced today that it will open up a 30-day public comment period beginning Monday, May 6.
Two rounds of laboratory tests commissioned by EWG found glyphosate in nearly every sample of oat-based cereal and other breakfast products at levels higher than what EWG considers protective for children’s health.
“No parent should worry whether feeding their children healthy oat-based foods will also expose them to a chemical linked to cancer,” said EWG Legislative Director Colin O’Neil.
“If EPA ultimately supports this petition, it could be the beginning of the end for one of the primary sources of glyphosate exposure in the diets of both children and adults,” said O’Neil. “We can be sure that the pesticide/agrichemical lobby won’t sit on the sidelines, though. Over the next month, it will be paramount that EPA hear from as many Americans as possible in order to build the necessary pressure to finally prohibit this needless use of Monsanto’s cancer-causing weedkiller.”
“For far too long, millions of Americans have been getting a dose of this toxic herbicide along with their breakfast,” said EWG Senior Science Advisor for Children’s Environmental Health Olga Naidenko, Ph.D. “If the EPA really cares about children’s health, it should cut off the largest source of glyphosate exposure from foods that children eat daily.”
The EPA’s legal limit on glyphosate residues is 30 parts per million, or ppm. The petition, joined by 18 industry leaders, asks the EPA to set a more protective standard of 0.1 ppm, which was the legal limit in 1993.
Over the past 25 years, the EPA has increased the amount of glyphosate residue allowed on oats 300-fold. The first increase, to 20 ppm, was granted in response to a 1997 petition from Monsanto, when farmers around the world first began using glyphosate widely as a late-season drying agent. It was increased to the current 30 ppm level in 2008.
Since then, scientists have linked glyphosate to cancer, and researchers around the world have called for stricter limits on glyphosate exposures.
In 2015, 17 of the world’s top cancer researchers convened by the International Agency for Research on Cancer reviewed hundreds of studies on glyphosate and voted unanimously to classify the weedkiller as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” In 2017, California added glyphosate to its official list of chemicals known to cause cancer.
A new analysis of glyphosate, released in April by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, gives weight to studies connecting glyphosate and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and recommends monitoring children’s exposure to this toxic weedkiller.
The petition, first filed in September by EWG, now includes MegaFood, Ben & Jerry’s, Stonyfield Organic, MOM’s Organic Market, Nature’s Path, One Degree Organic Foods, National Co+op Grocers, Happy Family Organics, Amy’s Kitchen, Clif Bar & Company, Earth’s Best Organic, GrandyOats, INFRA, KIND Healthy Snacks, Lundberg Family Farms, Organic Valley, Patagonia Provisions and PCC Community Markets.https://www.ewg.org/release/epa-seeks-pu...NWFNVAe9clgRm0k
Submit your comments, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA-HQOPP-2019-0066, by one of the following methods:https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspecti...9286.1557020412
New survey in humans shows link between advanced liver disease and glyphosate
The study suggests that people should minimise their exposure to glyphosate herbicide and other pesticides by seeking out organically grown food.
Commenting on the new study, Dr Antoniou said, “Our laboratory animal studies identified Roundup exposure as a previously unsuspected risk factor for developing NAFLD and NASH. The survey conducted by Prof Mills takes takes our findings a step forward by demonstrating a correlation between glyphosate exposure and the severity of liver disease in humans."
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.”https://www.gmwatch.org/en/news/latest-n...XJeR8mEYPZPJ5WQ
Glyphosate Excretion is Associated With Steatohepatitis and Advanced Liver Fibrosis in Patients With Fatty Liver Disease.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30954713
Superbugs to Kill More People than Cancer if Industrial Agriculture Doesn't Ditch Antibiotics and Pesticides
A recent study published in the journal Science of the Total Environment found more than 100 pesticides and 21 drugs in 29 waterways tested in 10 European nations. The substances detected include fungicides, herbicides and insecticides, as well as antibiotics used in livestock.
Scientists say the effects of these various substances mixing together in nature are unknown. However, mounting evidence links pesticides, as well as pollution, habitat changes and global warming, to an “insect Armageddon,” as insect populations were found to decline 76 percent during a 27-year research period.https://www.organicconsumers.org/blog/su...yWk5G5jWMnuGcTg
Glyphosate revolt rocks Germany Inc.
Bayer’s management board suffers massive vote of no confidence over glyphosate.https://www.politico.eu/article/glyphosa...N1qhZ8HR3vblJNQ
How GMO Seeds and Monsanto/Bayer’s “RoundUp” are Driving US Policy in Venezuela
With Juan Guaidó’s parallel government attempting to take power with the backing of the U.S., it is telling that the top political donors of those in the U.S. most fervently pushing regime change in Venezuela have close ties to Monsanto and major financial stakes in Bayer.https://www.mintpressnews.com/how-gmo-se...HLFgQ9FUIjnxLAI
Trump EPA Insists Monsanto's Roundup is Safe, Despite Cancer Cases
The EPA said its decision that glyphosate does not cause cancer is “consistent with the conclusions of science reviews by many other countries and other federal agencies”.
But another federal agency said earlier this month it could not rule out a link between glyphosate and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, within the US health department, published a 257-page report suggesting more research was needed.
Jennifer Sass, a chemicals expert at the Natural Resources Defense Council, said: “Health agencies and credible non-industry experts who have reviewed this question have all found a link between glyphosate and cancer.”
Olga Naidenko, a senior science adviser for the EWG, said more studies were necessary to know, in particular, how much glyphosate children were consuming.
“All of us are exposed and it is not just the risk of cancer because, as the latest research has indicated, for example, glyphosate can have very subtle interference with the endocrine system,” Naidenko said.
In the EPA press release, the US agriculture secretary, Sonny Perdue, said: “If we are going to feed 10bn people by 2050, we are going to need all the tools at our disposal, which includes the use [of] glyphosate.”
Naidenko countered that in the past, farmers had been able to grow crops without it.
The EPA has acknowledged that glyphosate poses an ecological danger. According to a press release, it “is proposing management measures to help farmers target pesticide sprays on the intended pest, protect pollinators and reduce the problem of weeds becoming resistant to glyphosate”.https://www.theguardian.com/business/201...-1ueTXqN0YPm4Ag
Following Their Hoosick Falls Playbook, State Officials Refuse to Share Test Results From 135 PFAS-Tainted Sites
ALBANY, May 7, 2019 —At least 135 public water systems across the state are contaminated with cancer-causing chemicals known as PFAS at levels above recommended thresholds for mandatory cleanup, according to state water sampling data.
Hoosick Falls drew nationwide attention in when it belatedly ordered a drinking water ban in early 2016 — long after state and local officials knew about dangerously elevated levels of PFOA, a common PFAS compound. State agencies “knew but didn’t inform the public” for 18 months before the federal Environmental Protection Agency ordered public disclosure, Moran added.https://waterfrontonline.blog/2019/05/07...sRCxmjXLHqIMD3c
Seneff: “Depression, ADHD, hypertension, inflammatory bowel disease, diabetes, cardiovascular disease - all getting worse in the millennials. Health starts to go downhill at age 27. This is going to make medical costs soar even more than the already unsustainable levels they are at now.”
Millennials' health plummets after the age of 27: Study finds the generation has unprecedented rates of diabetes, depression, and digestive disordershttps://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/artic...a8vkpPwXr4AUZTA
Atrazine & the environment
Exposure to atrazine does not kill right away. For sensitive species however, atrazine's sublethal effects can be almost as devastating.
Fish and amphibians are most vulnerable. A growing body of research shows that atrazine exposure--even to trace levels of the herbicide--can adversely impact a number of species. Tyrone Hayes and other scientists have conducted research to show that exposing frogs to as little as 0.1 parts per billion can cause severe health effects, including a kind of chemical castration. Atrazine exposure from contaminated surface water is also known to compromise fish and amphibian growth, behavior, immune function, and gonadal development. Hayes recently found that 10% of male frogs reared in atrazine laced water turned completely into females. Strikingly, the level of atrazine used in the study — 2.5 ppb — is less than the EPA limit for drinking water contamination.http://www.panna.org/resources/atrazine?...feA8EC0jR7Y2OxM
Coca-Cola Can Bury Adverse Findings from Health Research It Funds, Study Says
Coca-Cola’s research contracts are typical of other corporate funding contracts for public health research. Given corporate influence over corporate-funded public health research, and the inadequacy of standard conflict of interest statements to describe this influence, the study’s authors “recommend journals supplement funding disclosures and conflict-of-interest statements by requiring authors to attach funder agreements.”
The study raises particular concerns about the prospect of early termination of corporate-funded public health research, and the impact such termination may have on knowledge of the public health effects of corporate products or practices. The authors recommend that “Where studies are terminated without having been registered in advance, as should be the case with clinical trials, it may be that termination acts as suppression of critical health information. We therefore call for industry funders to publish complete lists of terminated studies as part of their commitment to act with integrity, and for clear declarations of involvement as standard publication practice.”
“We are already hearing accusations from experts in nutrition that the food industry is copying tactics from big tobacco’s playbook,” said Sarah Steele, the lead author of the study. “Corporate social responsibility has to be more than just shiny websites stating progressive policies that get ignored.”https://usrtk.org/academic-work/coca-col..._eid=500304028a
The EPA is meant to protect us. The Monsanto trials suggest it isn't doing that
…Revelations that have emerged from the trial testimony include:
* Monsanto never conducted epidemiology studies for Roundup and its other formulations made with the active ingredient glyphosate, to see if the products could lead to cancer in people who used them.
* At the same time as Monsanto was refusing to conduct long-term product safety studies, the company was spending millions of dollars on secretive PR campaigns – including $17m budgeted in a single year – to finance ghostwritten studies and op-eds aimed at discrediting independent scientists whose work found dangers with Monsanto’s herbicides.
* Several Monsanto scientists spent years putting together a sweeping paper that was published in a scientific journal in 2000, concluding Roundup posed…https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfre..._eid=500304028a
Monsanto Manipulates the Press (Carey Gillam at 5:45); FDA approves FrankenFish (20:00); The Man-Made Outbreak No One is Talking About; Leading Aluminum Scientist Speaks Up (Dr. Charles Driscoll from Syracuse University at 42:00), acid rain, aluminum, mercury.
A former corn-syrup lobbyist is drafting new federal dietary rules (seriously)
Under President Trump, the process is being overseen to a large extent by a former lobbyist for the Corn Refiners Assn. — the high-fructose corn syrup industry.
Yes, that would be the same sweetener commonly found in soda, candy, breakfast cereal, canned fruit, condiments and other processed foods and drinks frequently linked with the obesity crisis and increasing rates of diabetes and heart disease.
Meanwhile, a blue-ribbon committee of “nationally recognized health and nutrition experts” advising on the new guidelines contains a number of academics with significant ties to food and beverage companies.https://www.latimes.com/business/lazarus..._eid=500304028a
As Pesticide Turns Up in More Places, Safety Concerns Mount
A growing body of research is challenging the assumption that neonicotinoids are safer and less likely to spread than other pesticides
Neonicotinoids, which target insects’ nervous systems with lethal efficiency, were developed by Bayer in the 1980s as a safer alternative to existing pesticides. They are considered less toxic to vertebrates, and rather than being broadly sprayed over fields they can be applied directly to seeds or delivered via irrigation and incorporated into tissue as the plant develops—in theory minimizing their chances of spreading into the environment. But a growing body of research is challenging that paradigm, pointing to toxic impacts on nonpest species from bees to deer, and to transmission beyond farm fields. Only 2 to 20 percent of the neonicotinoids applied to seeds make it into the plant, says Jonathan Lundgren, an ecologist who worked with Jenks and directs the Ecdysis Foundation, an agricultural research organization. “That begs the question of where the other 80 to 98 percent of the chemicals are going,” he says. “And we’re starting to find them in other areas of the environment. We’re finding them in surface waters. We’re finding them in untreated plants.”https://www.scientificamerican.com/artic...concerns-mount/
Bee Alert: Is a Controversial Herbicide Harming Honeybees?
Recent court cases have focused on the possible effects of glyphosate, found in Monsanto’s Roundup, on humans. But researchers are now investigating whether this commonly used herbicide could also be having adverse effects on the health and behavior of honeybees.https://e360.yale.edu/features/bee-alert..._eid=500304028a
Watsonville latest city to ban Roundup, other glyphosate weed-killers
City Council takes stand against herbicide as health concerns mounthttps://www.santacruzsentinel.com/2019/0..._eid=500304028a
New Film Captures the Brutal Reality of Living Near Factory Farms
“Right to Harm” takes viewers into the lives of those fighting the impacts of CAFOs in communities across the nation.https://civileats.com/2019/05/02/new-fil..._eid=500304028a
Trump EPA insists Monsanto's Roundup is safe, despite cancer cases
Administration to keep weedkiller on the market after landmark court rulings and concerns over food
Jennifer Sass, a chemicals expert at the Natural Resources Defense Council, said: “Health agencies and credible non-industry experts who have reviewed this question have all found a link between glyphosate and cancer.”
“All of us are exposed and it is not just the risk of cancer because, as the latest research has indicated, for example, glyphosate can have very subtle interference with the endocrine system,” Naidenko said.https://www.theguardian.com/business/201..._eid=500304028a
Big Agriculture Is Breeding a Worldwide Health Crisishttps://finance.yahoo.com/news/big-agric..._eid=500304028a
Seneff: “Perhaps no surprise, but the Saint Lawrence river system is full of agrichemicals that are harming the fish.”
Pesticides are all over the St. Lawrence River — many at levels that hurt fish and invertebrates
Scientists tested the river system and found nearly one-third of the samples had neonicotinoid pesticides at levels higher than the threshold to protect aquatic creatures. Glyphosate and atrazine were in more than 80% of samples.https://www.ehn.org/pesticides-are-all-o...=1#rebelltitem1
Papantonio and Abby Martin: Bayer…Still A Sociopathic Drug Company - The Ring Of Fire
In the 1980’s, Bayer Corporation produced a medicine that was supposed to improve the lives of hemophiliacs. Bayer didn’t tell those hemophiliacs that their product was infected with HIV. Entire families of hemophiliacs died with AIDS as the virus spread within households. When Bayer was ordered to stop selling their drug in America, they dumped their AIDS laden product in Asia and killed Asian families. No one with Bayer management was arrested. No one who made those psychopathic quality decisions went to prisonhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FrXT3Zp...tn_CxXhBQGumXdo