“Until our elected leaders in Congress require the EPA to adopt more transparent, science-based
practices that prioritize the health of Americans over industry profits, consumers should assume
they’re on their own when it comes to protecting themselves and their families.” JFK, Jr.


Pilliod v Monsanto Oakland, CA Closing Statements 5-8-19, a Little Monsanto History on Glyphosate Fraud from the Get-Go as told by master story-teller/attorney Brent Wisner. They KNEW and what did they do??.....



Part 1: What the heck is organic anyway?

Part 4: Current challenges

In recent years, updates to the standards (or a lack thereof) have caused concern. Here’s what you should know:

Recently, organic advocates proposed stricter rules for organic livestock certification called the “Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices.” The proposed changes would have raised standards for organic animal agriculture and tightened enforcement.4 Unfortunately, the rule didn’t pass. That means, for example, that although some egg cartons bear the organic seal, the chickens’ “outdoor access” was to an enclosed porch rather than true pasture. That’s not the bucolic farm consumers imagine when they think “organic.”

Congress passed a bill allowing hydroponic production under the organic seal.5 Many organic farmers feel strongly that soil is the essence of organic, and hydroponic requires no soil. It is possible to buy a product with the organic label that was grown indoors under artificial light and without soil.

As organic has become more profitable, there’s been an increase in import fraud. That means that some shipments (usually livestock feed) claimed as organic were actually conventional. The most recent Farm Bill has applied specific resources to eliminating fraud.
As more and more labels have entered the marketplace, like Fair Trade, Biodynamic, Non-GMO, Certified Humane, and more, confusion in the grocery aisle has increased.

The bottom line: no current label is as all-encompassing as USDA Certified Organic.

USDA Certified Organic is the only label that means no synthetic pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers, and no GMOs—not to mention it prohibits dozens of other additives.

There are several new certifications emerging that aim to take organic even higher. If you’re as passionate about soil health, animal welfare, and social fairness as we are, keep your eyes open for these “coming soon” labels:

Regenerative Organic Certification: Regenerative Organic Certification requires eligible farms to be USDA certified organic first. The farms must then implement additional practices to improve soil health, animal welfare, and social justice. Learn more at RegenOrganic.org.
The Real Organic Project: The Real Organic Project is also an add-on to USDA certified organic. It prohibits hydroponics and upholds high standards for animal welfare and soil health. Read the standards at RealOrganicProject.org.

Next week: the truth about organic and pesticides.


OCA: In the last two months, two presidential candidates—Sens. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)—have floated proposals to take on Big Agribusiness and start rallying support for America’s small family farmers.

You don’t have to support, or even like, Sens. Warren or Sanders. (As a nonprofit organization, we don’t endorse candidates—but we do support or oppose their positions on the issues we care about).

But if you care about a clean environment, pesticide-free food, and your local organic farmer, you’ve got to like what these two candidates are saying. And if we let these candidates know we support their plans to take on Big Ag, who knows how many more candidates will finally see the light?

Read Sanders’ plan to reform ag policy

Read Warren’s statement on ag policy

SIGN THE PETITION: Tell Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders “Thank you!” for standing up to Big Ag and looking out for small farmers!


Are you ready to eat gene-edited food? It’s arrived

But I do know that eventually the public will want to know what restaurants are serving food featuring gene-edited tools.

For now Calyxt says that's not going to fly. CEO Jim Blome said ,yup, the oil is “in use and being eaten” but the company claims it can't reveal where for competitive reasons.

That's just goofy. If gene-edited soybean oil is so great wouldn't you want to shout where you can eat it to the moon? Especially if you have no competition?

Anyway, like it or not, TALEN and CRISPER will overrun the market place within the next five years...and maybe sooner.

And it's not just grains and vegetables. How would you like your gene-edited steak served?


Shocking Monsanto Records Reveal White House May Have Betrayed Cancer Victims



Illegal Bt brinjal in India: A call to initiate criminal proceedings against regulators and corporations

The letter also includes a lab report: a definitive test carried out at accredited laboratory SGS in Ahmedabad, which states that the brinjal sample from Haryana sent to it tested positive for a plant GMO: the test confirms that the brinjal in question is genetically modified.


Soy found to be ‘unfit for human consumption’ and what the industry never told you about it

There is no such thing as an all-natural soy-based food, because soybeans are toxic in their natural state. Processing is essential for soy foods, because soy is poisonous in its natural organic state (containing natural insecticides), so there are never truly organic soy products for human consumption.


NY lawmakers vote to ban pesticide blamed for harm to babies

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- New York lawmakers have voted to join Hawaii in banning a widely used pesticide that's blamed for harming the brains of babies.

The Democrat-led Senate and Assembly passed legislation Tuesday evening that would immediately prohibit aerial spraying of chlorpyrifos. All use of the pesticide would be banned in December 2021.

The pesticide is used on many crops, including apples, a leading New York product.

California and other states are also considering restrictions on the chemical after the Trump administration balked at a federal ban.

Studies have linked chrlopyrifos to neurological problems in children. A federal appeals court ruled last year that the Trump administration endangered public health by ignoring evidence about the pesticide.

The measure now moves to Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who hasn't weighed in on the bill.


Bayer Braces for Third Roundup Verdict

“That is a number that changes things,” lawyer Brent Wisner said Wednesday at the close of a trial in state court in Oakland, California. He also asked the jury to award about $55 million to compensate Alva and Alberta Pilliod for economic damages like hospital bills and noneconomic losses such as pain and suffering.

Investors have been closely watching developments in the costly Roundup litigation, and Bayer fell as much as 2.6% Thursday in Frankfurt. The shares have fallen about 40 percent since the $63 billion Monsanto purchase was completed in June.

Wisner argued that Monsanto’s internal data and documents reveal its “manipulation and fabrication of science,” just like other defective products that got to market based on fraudulent representations that they were safe.


Monsanto Roundup Trial Tracker: “Go Get ‘Em” – Jury Deliberations Starting in Roundup Cancer Trial

See transcript of closing arguments here.


OCA: “The U.S. is asking China to lift a ban on ractopamine, a drug used to increase weight gain and leanness in pigs, cattle and turkeys. The drug, banned in 160 countries, is linked to health problems in humans.”

The War Over Ractopamine is Heating Up

Still, even while facing protein deficits as a result, the country has been resistant to importing ractopamine-treated meat. In fact, ractopamine, a beta agonist used to increase weight gain, feed efficiency and leanness in pigs, cattle and turkeys, is banned in most other countries, including China, Russia, Taiwan and the European Union.2

Only 26 major meat-producing countries allow ractopamine use,3 while at least 160 have banned it.4 The growth drug, marketed as Paylean for pigs, Optaflexx for cattle and Topmax for turkeys, is controversial not only because it's linked to adverse effects in animals but also because of human health concerns.

The continued use of the drug in U.S. meat is causing tensions during talks aimed at ending the U.S.-China trade war. According to Reuters:5


FDA approves genetically modified Fuji apple

Arctic Fuji is third variety Okanagan Specialty Fruits has been approved to grow.

Through biotechnology, the enzyme in Arctic apples responsible for browning has been turned off, which OSF said can significantly impact unnecessary food waste when it comes to apples that would normally get thrown out after they have turned brown from getting bruised, sliced or bitten, enabling the unique non-browning trait to benefit every sector of the supply chain.


Denton ends use of glyphosate herbicide for city parks - Texas


Latham: “My interview with Sasha Lilley of KPFA on the systemic collusion of EPA with the chemical testing laboratories and the chemical industry.”

The EPA and the Chemical Industry: A Cosy Alliance

The Environmental Protection Agency is tasked with safeguarding the public from toxic exposure. But Jonathan Latham, executive director of the Bioscience Research Project, says that The Poison Papers — an enormous trove of documents — indicate that the EPA and the chemical industry often work hand in hand to mislead us into thinking that toxic chemicals are safe for human use.


Human society under urgent threat from loss of Earth's natural life

Scientists reveal 1 million species at risk of extinction in damning UN report


ABC, NBC and MSNBC Prime-Time Shows Ignored Landmark UN Report on Biodiversity



“Everyone had always thought that because these are intended to work on the surface of the skin that they wouldn’t be absorbed, but they are,” says Theresa Michele, director of the FDA’s division of nonprescription drug products, and coauthor on the FDA-funded study. Her team found that it took only a few hours after the application of sunscreen for the photoprotective chemicals to infiltrate the bloodstream and shoot up to concentrations above the FDA’s toxicology threshold that triggers further safety testing.



What is GMO?

Genetic Roulette The Gamble of Our Lives

Secret Ingredients - Free to watch May 15th

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 10 this summer.