Juror to Monsanto lawyer: If Roundup is safe, you drink it
However, the verdict illustrated in no uncertain terms the jury’s interest in throwing the book at Bayer. Nowhere was this more visible than in an unidentified juror’s reported post-verdict remarks to a Bayer lawyer:
When the company’s lawyer asked a juror after the verdict what the panel wanted to hear from Bayer, the juror responded that he wanted proof the chemical was safe: “I wanted you to get up and drink it.” The juror declined to be identified.﻿
A Monsanto lobbyist did once claim in a televised interview that “you could drink a whole quart of [Roundup] and it won’t hurt you,”—though when offered, thought it was a convenient time to end the interview. For the record, since we live in a world of Tide Pods challenges and the like, The Takeout would like to remind you that nobody should drink Roundup, for any reason at any time.
University of California System Halts Use of Glyphosate Herbicide by Jonathan Latham, Ph.D.
The universities’ decision cites “concerns about possible human health and ecological hazards, as well potential legal and reputational risks associated with this category of herbicides.” The suspension follows a campaign to end the use of herbicides across the University of California campuses by Herbicide-Free UC. This initiative started out as an Herbicide-Free Cal campaign that was founded by two UC Berkeley student-athletes in 2017, Mackenzie Feldman and Bridget Gustafson, after they were made aware of herbicides being used around their volleyball court.
Seneff: “Moms Across America has found significant glyphosate contamination in the GMO "Impossible Burger" fake beef product.”
GMO IMPOSSIBLE BURGER POSITIVE FOR CARCINOGENIC GLYPHOSATE
“We are shocked to find that the Impossible Burger can have up to 11X higher levels of glyphosate residues than the Beyond Meat Burger according to these samples tested. This new product is being marketed as a solution for “healthy” eating, when in fact 11 ppb of glyphosate herbicide consumption can be highly dangerous. Only 0.1 ppb of glyphosate has been shown to destroy gut bacteria, which is where the stronghold of the immune system lies. I am gravely concerned that consumers are being misled to believe the Impossible Burger is healthy.” stated Zen Honeycutt, Executive Director of Moms Across America.
The Impossible Burger is a new genetically modified (GM) plant-based product that was prominently featured at the Natural Products Expo West. Burger King, White Castle, Hard Rock Cafe, Red Robin, Cheesecake Factory** and hundreds of other restaurants now carry the product where it does not have to be labeled or described as GM on the menu. The Impossible Burger is made of GMO soy, which has been shown to cause organ damage in animal studies and has been shown to be significantly different from non GMO soy. The GM ingredients of the Impossible Burger, which includes a genetically modified yeast and GM soy leghemoglobin proteins, 46 of which are undisclosed and untested, are even more concerning to many consumers than the long-term health effects from glyphosate because of the reported immediate allergic reaction potential, which is acknowledged by the manufacturer. The part of the genetically modified soy used in the Impossible Burger has never before been allowed in the human food supply and has not been properly safety tested.
EXCLUSIVE, BREAKING NEWS AT CODEX ON LABEL DECEPTION IMPACTING ORGANIC FOODS
NHF Argues Against and Helps Defeat Organic Label Deception At Codex
Scott Tips – NHF President since 2007, Food-and-Drug specialist lawyer since 1983, and 19-year Codex veteran – gave convincing arguments as to why the inclusion of GMO foods under the “biofortification” label would be disastrous for consumers. Additionally, NHF argued that leaving it up to national authorities would dilute the goal of Codex, which is harmonization of food standards across country borders. With the World Trade Organization’s enforcement authority over Codex standards since the mid-1990s, more than ever we need assurance that food coming in from other countries is compatible with our own perception and experience of that food item. In other words, how would you like to reach for an item you think is organic only to then find out that that food contained GMOs?
Creating confusion, creating ill-health, and loss of consumer confidence would be the net result in this poor global decision, yet NHF and others fought with skillful argument and this definition of biofortification was not inevitably adopted, as the U.S. had declared it would be. Had this standard been adopted, it would have degraded the organic market, creating a massive loss of consumer confidence. This definition, allowing GMO foods, would have targeted an entire demographic of health-conscious individuals, seeking to deceive them and in so doing, would have undermined their health as we all know the impact of GMO foods: infertility, accelerated aging, faulty insulin regulation, organ damage, gastrointestinal, and immune system disorders, among other things.
Bob Quinn: It’s time to break our addiction to farm chemicals
Agricultural chemicals aren't helping us to be better farmers, and they certainly aren't helping us make more money — as farm foreclosures abound and half the neighboring farms of my youth are no more.
Quite to the contrary: these chemicals are undermining the economic and agronomic viability of our farms, polluting our water, and causing serious health problems in our communities.
First of all, agricultural chemicals haven't proven nearly as effective as we'd hoped.
Heavy applications of herbicides over many years has led to herbicide-resistant weeds, which means farmers just keep spraying more and more or turn to more potent herbicides in a losing battle against evolution.
Meanwhile, long-term application of chemical fertilizer in combination with recently adopted no-till systems is leading to soil acidification. These acid soils kill or stunt plants, so farmers have to apply lime – piling on yet another chemical to solve the problem created by the first chemical.
The other problem with agricultural chemicals is the side effects.
Pesticides don't just kill target organisms: they also harm critters that we need in order to be successful as farmers, like beneficial insects, pollinators, and soil microorganisms.
In fact, many of these chemicals harm us too: pesticides have now been linked to diseases from Alzheimer's to cancer to Parkinson's.
An organic eater can tell when there’s something bad in our food. We get sick. The symptoms come back. I know never to buy from your product again. So your lie that your product is organic will get you one sale. And messaging on social media to beware of your food.
New Transparency Project Finds Glyphosate in Top Selling Organic Pea Protein Products
Leah Segedie from Mamavation stated Tuesday; “When we got the test results back, we were shocked. The exact opposite of what we thought would happen, happened. Some of the organic pea protein brands’ products came back with higher levels of glyphosate than the conventional brands.”
Zen: “Pretty sure the movie Wine Country on Netflix was funded by the Grape Grower's Association and possibly therefore, Monsanto. The one scene where they are at an organic vineyard is completely disparaging. They make the vineyard owner look so annoying and they all make disgusted faces regarding the organic wine. I am so sick of the chemical companies buying our media. I, for one, am never drinking conventional wine again. They can have their pesticides!”
Wine Country on Netflix.
I also saw this movie. Don’t waste your time.
List of 50+ Foods Containing Weedkiller Ingredient Glyphosate