“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.

PAN Europe chemicals policy co-ordinator Hans Muilerman said: “It took us years to get these documents.
They did everything they could to keep them secret. What the papers revealed shocked me, even
after 15 years working on pesticides. How can health officials try and twist a law designed to
protect people into something that does the opposite, on behalf of industries causing serious
illnesses? We think they want to see a globalised farming system in the mould of Monsanto, free
of meaningful regulations. They aimed to allow pesticide exposure higher than what the law intended....”


Latham: “This is excellent news: "Final notices of cancellation for the registration of 12
neonicotinoid pesticides have been published in the Federal Register by the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency."”

Center for Food Safety wins in case to force EPA to ban 12 neonicotinoids

The litigation stems from a 2013 lawsuit brought by CFS on behalf of a coalition of conservationists and beekeepers. The civil complaint accused EPA of failing to protect pollinators, beekeepers, and endangered species from these dangerous pesticides.

Another part of the settlement will play out over time. For the first time, EPA is required to analyze and address the impact of the entire neonicotinoid pesticide class on endangered species under the Endangered Species Act.

CFS Legal Director George Kimbrell, who was lead counsel in the case, said the “cancellation of these neonicotinoid pesticides is a hard-won battle and landmark step in the right direction.”

“The war on toxins continues, ” he said in a news release. “We will continue to fight vigilantly to protect our planet, bees, and the environment from these and similar dangerous toxins.”

A relatively new class of pesticides known as neonicotinoid pesticides or “neonics” are the products being canceled under the settlement. Chemically-related to nicotine, these “neonics” interfere with the nervous system of insects, causing tremors, paralysis, and eventual death. They are effective even when administered at shallow doses.

Unlike traditional pesticides, “neonics” are systemic — meaning they are distributed throughout the plant and make the entire plant toxic to insects. Bees and other pollinators are exposed to these toxic chemicals through pollen, nectar, dust, dew droplets on plant leaves, and in the soil where many native bee species nest. These neonics came into heavy use in the mid-2000s at the same time beekeepers were observing widespread cases of colony losses.

“Neonics represent an enormous threat to our bees and pollinators,” said Neil Carmen, pollinator liaison for The Sierra Club, a plaintiff in the case. “Taking these products off the market is absolutely necessary.”

Neonics are 10,000 times more toxic to bees than any other pesticide. They are typically applied as a seed coating, a process by which agrichemicals are mixed together with large batches of seeds in order to coat them before the seeds are planted.

After neonic-coated seeds are planted, the chemicals spread far beyond the crop they are intended for and can contaminate nearby wildflowers, soil, and water — all of which pose significant threats to bees foraging and nesting in the area. It has been known for several years that these chemicals can kill or weaken more than just the targeted pests. Non-target harm can occur to beneficial invertebrates, as well as to birds and other wildlife, through both direct and indirect effects.

The CFS case was originally filed in 2013. In May 2017, the court ruled in favor of the organization and the other plaintiffs. Represented by CFS legal counsel, the plaintiffs included CFS, Sierra Club, Beyond Pesticides, Center for Environmental Health, Pesticide Action Network, and four commercial beekeepers, Steve Ellis, Jim Doan, Tom Theobald and Bill Rhodes.

According to CFS, the European Union banned three neonic pesticides from being used on crop fields after the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) expressed concern about the harms neonics pose to pollinators. France has also banned the use of two additional neonic pesticides in crop fields and in greenhouses.

In 2017, CFS filed another legal action against EPA demanding that neonic-coated seeds no longer escape regulation. In 2018, CFS filed a notice of intent to sue the Trump Administration for reversing a moratorium on neonic pesticides and genetically-engineered crops in wildlife refuges.

CFS recently endorsed the Protect our Refuges Act of 2019, which would reinstate the moratorium on wildlife refuges, and supports the Save America’s Pollinator’s Act, which would require EPA to take immediate action to protect pollinators from neonics. CFS is also petitioning California to protect four species of bumblebees by adding them to the state’s Endangered Species List.

CFS just launched a free Wild Bee ID app that empowers gardeners to take an active role in bee conservation by identifying the bees in their backyards that are native to North America and the plants those native bees have evolved to pollinate.



RFK, Jr.: “Bayer had a spy sitting with our legal team during Hardeman Trial”

Consultant poses as journalist in Monsanto trial

The relaxed, confident thirtysomething was in fact an employee of Washington-based FTI Consulting, which has a client list that includes Roundup-maker Monsanto and its parent company Bayer.
Her assignment was to take notes on the legal proceedings that unfolded in San Francisco in March, FTI spokesman Matthew Bashalany told AFP.


DowDuPont giving generously to lawmakers sitting out a ban on controversial pesticide

The 118 members of Congress who haven’t sponsored a measure to ban chlorpyrifos, which has been linked to brain damage in children, have received many more campaign contributions from the pesticide’s manufacturer.

Ten of the 107 cosponsors of the Ban Toxic Pesticides Act of 2019 reported receiving $14,000 in campaign contributions since 2017 from the Midland, Mich.-based DowDuPont Inc. Federal Election Commission records show 118 of the 330 congressmen who haven’t sponsored the measure received $379,651 from Dow during the same period.

The disparity underscores the high stakes at issue in the long-running battle between environmentalists and Dow, a major corporate ally of the Trump administration..


New study links Roundup weed killer to liver damage

Dr. Kenneth Spaeth is chief of occupational and environmental medicine at Northwell Health in Great Neck, N.Y. He said that the UCSD study findings regarding liver disease raise "a whole other area of potential reason to have concern about this product and its widespread use globally."


International scientists urge precaution with gene drives: New study

Gene drives should be treated with the utmost precaution, international scientists conclude in a new and comprehensive study which will be published and presented on May 24 in Bern, Switzerland. The emerging technology is currently not fit for application due to important uncertainties at the scientific, technical and practical levels and due to serious limitations with their functioning, the study shows.


The study summary…

Conclusions and recommendations…

• Military funding is one of the largest resources of gene drive research. This shows that offensive or
defensive weapons are considered as potential applications. However, gene drive R&D for civilian use and for military use cannot be separated.


Controversial Drug Ractopamine Is Back in the News—And Still in Your Food

If you buy industrially produced pork at a U.S. supermarket, it likely contains ractopamine—about 60 – 80 percent of industrial pork producers use the drug. If Trump forces China to allow imports of U.S. pork raised with ractopamine, that percentage could increase—and so will Elanco’s profits.

Pork producers aren’t required to tell you they use ractopamine, so don’t bother looking for it on the label. To avoid it, buy from a trusted local farmer, or look for the American Grassfed Association (AGA) logo—AGA-certified meat prohibits the use of ractopamine.

Ractopamine’s long, controversial history..


Industries trying to get the laws changed so journalists can’t access info.
They don’t want what happened to Monsanto Bayer to happen to them.
The largest lobbying group in Washington is Pharma.
Pharma trying to hide something?
Kind of like Merck hiding their vaccine failure.

The Union of Concerned Scientists has a Monsanto problem

“It’s really disappointing to see the Union of Concerned Scientists working to reduce transparency into how taxpayer-funded science is conducted,” says DC political veteran Mike Ryan, who played a critical role in killing AB700. A former Policy Advisor to Nancy Pelosi and the DCCC, Ryan now runs government affairs for the New England Anti-Vivisection Society (NEAVS). “I don’t understand why they would choose to be complicit in helping hide records of corporate influence, animal abuse, and other wrongdoings.”

In a recent episode of NPR’s “On the Media” Halpern repeated many of the same arguments against transparency that media organizations have called dangerous. Whether UCS will continue this campaign against the public interest remains unknown.


Cathy Lawson: “Ironic that the likely source of this outbreak is lack of sanitation in agriculture, when it is the implementation of sanitation that has so greatly improved human health.”

A Lethal Industrial Farm Fungus Is Spreading Among Us By Alex Liebman and Rob Wallace, PhD

It is becoming increasingly apparent that C. auris’s resistance, and that of many other fungi species, is traceable to industrial agriculture’s mass application of fungicides. These chemicals approximate the molecular structures of antifungal drugs.


Russia goes after Nestle after discovery of GMO in its breakfast cereals

EXCERPT: According to [Russia’s consumer rights protection watchdog] Rospotrebnadzor, the manufacturer [Nestle] knew about the non-compliance of its Bystrov brand ingredients with the mandatory requirements and did not inform the watchdog about that.


Don’t be Caught off Gourd by GMO Zucchini

Zucchini, a delicious type of summer squash, is one of the lesser-known GMO risk crops. It is almost exclusively grown in the United States. There are only about 2,500 acres of GMO zucchini—that’s ten small family farms worth. While there are well over 200 different varieties of GMO corn, there are only two known GMO squash events.


Monsanto parent company Bayer faces thousands of Roundup-cancer cases after $2 billion verdict

Bayer lawyers said in a call with reporters on Wednesday that they intend to challenge the court ruling. The plan is to argue that because the EPA — the United States’ highest regulatory body in this field — concluded that there is no clear link between glyphosate and cancer, Bayer is not liable and all cases against the company should be thrown out.

That doesn’t quite sound like a winning argument and doesn’t quite pass the sniff test, according to Wisner.

“Legally this is preposterous,” Wisner said. “There are lawsuits involving drugs and products that have been approved by the EPA and FDA that won, so there’s a strong body of case law that says that doesn’t excuse you of liability. And compounding that, we have internal Monsanto documents in which they admit this is geno-toxic — they know this causes cancer.”

In the Pilliod case, Wisner’s team introduced Monsanto’s own warning label that they provide their employees as evidence. The label encourages workers to wear chemical goggles, boots and other safety protection when spraying RoundUp. They also procured an internal Monsanto study in which scientists recommended that people wear gloves and boots when using the company’s lawn and garden concentrate.


Animal Doctor: Plague affecting amphibians caused by more than a fungus

Their immune and reproductive systems have been damaged by agricultural petrochemical insecticides. These and other chemicals are in the rain, acidified with carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels, that falls ever more unpredictably on wetlands and jungle habitats. The documented disappearance of insects due to similar human causes means many insectivorous amphibians are malnourished or starving. The bats of North America dying from white nose fungal disease are casualties of similar causes.

These losses mean the web of life in many ecosystems, the natural biodiversity, is being destroyed. In the absence of adequate biodiversity controls — namely bats, toads and frogs — harmful insects, such as mosquitoes and ticks, proliferate.


Explosive new evidence confirms Kevin Folta consulted for Bayer, despite all his denials

Michael Balter has also posted an invoice from Folta to Bayer for expenses in March 2018, which also confirms that direct billing and payments have been occurring between Folta and Bayer.

According to Balter, in total Folta “made about $200,000” from consulting for Bayer. Balter also suggests Folta has held stock in both Bayer and Monsanto, which Bayer now owns, despite his many protestations of having no vested interest in the companies whose products he so vigorously defends. Although Balter has not yet revealed what evidence he has for this, when Folta attempted to deny having any significant holdings of this kind, Balter said “you are lying” and even challenged Folta to “sue me and let's let legal discovery establish what stock you own".


In the US, Danone is known as Dannon.

Culture club: Why Danone is opening access to thousands of its yogurt strains

Danone will open its collection of 1,800 yogurt strains for research to mark the 100th anniversary of the development of its first yogurt. The move underscores the company's commitment to promoting open science and transparency in research, Danone said in a release.
The French company will also grant access to its 193 lactic and bifidobacteria ferment strains at the Biological Resource Center of Institut Pasteur in Paris, as well as the more than 1,600 strains the company has collected at its research and innovation center.


Vine Hill: “We pay these officials a lot of money to do this job and yet they appear to be looking
after corporation interests rather than ours!”

Top EU officials fought for higher pesticide exposure, secret documents show

PAN Europe chemicals policy co-ordinator Hans Muilerman said: “It took us years to get these documents. They did everything they could to keep them secret. What the papers revealed shocked me, even after 15 years working on pesticides. How can health officials try and twist a law designed to protect people into something that does the opposite, on behalf of industries causing serious illnesses? We think they want to see a globalised farming system in the mould of Monsanto, free of meaningful regulations. They aimed to allow pesticide exposure higher than what the law intended.


Sign the petition! Stop the Unregulated Release of GE Trees into Wild Forests


GM Watch Daily Digest

Stage set for new wave of GM plants to be approved and imported after EU elections
Roundup settlement talks set to start between Bayer and cancer victims
Costly cancer lawsuits may spur search to replace world's most common weedkiller


A. Vrilya: “Monsanto/BAYER and their criminal minions need to be sued, tried & publicly executed
for Crimes Against Humanity and all web of Life on this planet. BAYER has a notorious history of
Crimes Against Humanity & Genocide ~ from financing Hitler and the NAZI's during WW2, to supplying
Hitler and the NAZI's with Zyklon-B used to exterminate millions of Jews in the gaz chambers, to
using slave labor and human guinea pigs for medical experiments in the concentration camps, to
mass killing bees and pollinators with neonics, to genetically modifying our food crops and spraying
their poisonous pesticides in our food, soil, air, water and environment...Toxic Food For Thought.”

Bayer hires law firm to investigate Monsanto stakeholder file issue

Monsanto is accused of compiling a file of prominent personalities in hope of influencing their positions on pesticides

“Bayer stands for openness and fair dealings with all interest groups,” it added.

“We do not tolerate unethical behavior in our company. Of course, this also applies to data protection regulations in all jurisdictions in which we operate.”


Costco Will Reportedly Stop Selling Roundup After $2B Awarded to Couple Who Claim It Caused Cancer

Zen Honeycutt, the founder of Moms Across America who created a petition for the big box store to stop selling Roundup, announced the news on her website.

“I called the headquarters, and after two days of messages and calls, I did finally confirm with three people that Costco was not ordering Roundup or any glyphosate-based herbicides for the incoming spring shipments,” she wrote.

A representative for Costco told PEOPLE, the company does not “have a statement available about the decision.”


How do we BAN Glyphosate?

Moms Across America Brainstorming session! Watch/listen to this video and tell us your ideas! Email info@momsacrossamerica.org- what your idea is and how you will help make it happen!



"Non-unique" new GMOs: Barrier to regulation or smokescreen for industry?

The ENGL experts' argument ignores several rather obvious facts about GMOs and patents:

* The whole GMO business model centres on patents and the aggressive marketing of the GMO to farmers, the food industry, or consumers, based on its supposed special qualities. Secret or “stealth” GMOs are of zero benefit to the industry.

* If it's difficult or impossible to enforce the GMO regulation because you can't prove that the modified DNA in a product arose from gene editing, then it is also not possible to patent the product.

* A gene-edited plant is only of interest to the industry if it can patent and own it.

* If the DNA alteration brought about by the gene-editing tool is not unique and already exists in naturally bred plants, it cannot be patented.

* The “new GMO” has to be precisely molecularly characterised in terms of the alterations in its genetic sequence, or it cannot be patented.

* If the gene-editing-induced DNA alteration cannot be detected, the developer cannot protect its patent against competitors who may seek to copy the product or prevent farmers from saving and re-sowing seed (this practice is forbidden with current GMO seeds).

In order for the gene-editing commercial venture to proceed, developers must be able to prove that they have come up with a unique invention. They must characterise the changes brought about to generate the GMO and they must provide a method to detect their GMO.


Chronic kidney disease epidemic may be result of high heat, toxins

EXCERPT: Newman and study co-author Richard Johnson, MD, of the University of Colorado School of Medicine, said the disease could be caused by heat, a direct health impact of climate change, as well as pesticides like glyphosate.


The study…

Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Cause in Agricultural Communities


Prenatal and early-life pesticide exposures associated with increased autism risk and severity

As the authors conclude, “Our findings support the hypotheses that prenatal and infant pesticide exposures to these substances increase the risks for autism spectrum disorder, and exposures in infancy could contribute to risks for more severely impaired phenotypes with…intellectual disability.”

This study is the largest of its kind to date. The co-authors end their paper ominously: “From a public health and preventive medicine perspective, our findings support the need to avoid prenatal and infant exposure to pesticides to protect early brain development.

We end with a challenge. Look at the aerial photo below of a typical, rural American town, and ask yourself how the pregnant women and babies living here are supposed to avoid pesticide exposure?


Children’s Environmental Health Centers to Lose All EPA Fundi

This announcement represents yet another attack by the Trump administration on science, public health, and children and families, as well as another wink and nod to industries whose products harm. Says Tracey Woodruff, who runs the University of California, San Francisco Pregnancy Exposures to Environmental Chemicals Children’s Center: When EPA weights the harms of a chemical against its benefits, this “works out perfectly for industry. . . . If EPA doesn’t know, it counts for zero.” The centers are very concerned that EPA’s withdrawal of support will force them to shutter important, long-term research projects.

The studies conducted by these centers often begin before birth and follow subjects through childhood and into adulthood, yielding unusually rich data that can track, for example, environmental exposures early in life and subsequent and related health problems years later. In addition, these longitudinal studies can adapt to the changing mixes of exposure risks children may face over 20 years or so as they grow from newborns to young adults. Ruth Etzel, MD, a pediatrician at EPA specializing in children’s environmental health, notes, “Twenty years ago, what we were studying is not the same as what we’re studying today. We have to study children now, in their communities.”


Trump EPA Seeks to Slash Pesticide Protections for Imperiled Wildlife


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David Moyer: From the wastewater pond to the kitchen table

In a book I wrote in 2015, I introduced the term “perilous symbioses” in the context of mental illness. Here is simple example. An industry manufactures a toxin that increases the risk for depression (e.g., mercury) and the pharmaceutical industry comes up with a treatment for depression (e.g., antidepressants).

With glyphosate, we have an example of “perilous symbiosis.” Corporations manufacture glyphosate. The pharmaceutical industry works to develop a treatment to mitigate one of the harmful effects. Actually, when the toxic effects are particularly onerous, a third symbiotic beneficiary class, the lawyers, enter the fray. Note the appeal of the August 2018 $289 million finding against Monsanto for a glyphosate-linked terminal cancer. The court settled on $80 million. (I digress. I promised to only talk about livers.) To summarize, the beneficiaries of the perilous symbioses win. We, the public lose.

The FDA should have banned glyphosate years ago. For now, the most we consumers can do is to stay away from it, whether it is in our weed killer, our breakfast cereal, our nonorganic bread or our fast foods. As a prophet said of old, “They that sow the wind shall reap the whirlwind.”


Frequently Asked Questions?

What does GMO mean?
What modifications are made to GMOs? What do they do?
Aren’t all crops genetically modified because they change over time?
What food is GMO?
What is genetic engineering?
What is biotechnology?
What does non-GMO mean?
How do products become Non-GMO Project Verified?
What does the black and white butterfly logo mean?
What does high risk mean? What crops are high risk?
Does the Non-GMO Project look at animal feed when evaluating meat or dairy products?
What’s the difference between Non-GMO Project Verified and Organic?
Are NGPV products tested for chemicals such as glyphosate?
Why does the Non-GMO Project verify products like orange juice and salt?
Why did I see the word modified or artificial on the ingredient panel of a Non-GMO Project Verified product?
How do you test for GMOs made with new techniques such as CRISPR?
Do we need GMOs to feed the growing human population?
How do GMOs affect farmers?
How do GMOs impact the environment?


CRISPR gene editing can backfire

However, the method, which lets researchers precisely delete genes in a plant’s DNA, didn’t make cassava resistant, instead causing viruses to mutate and be passed down to the next generation.

“Publishing negative results doesn’t happen very frequently, so I was happy to see this was published,” he said.


Nigeria Approves Two GMO Cotton Varieties to Increase Output


Seafood Without The Sea: Will Lab-Grown Fish Hook Consumers?

His company, BlueNalu (a play on a Hawaiian term that means both ocean waves and mindfulness), is racing to bring to market what's known as cell-based seafood --- that is, seafood grown from cells in a lab, not harvested from the oceans.

Those cells are then carefully cultivated and fed a proprietary custom blend of liquid vitamins, amino acids and sugars. Eventually, the cells will grow into broad sheets of whole muscle tissue that can be cut into filets and sold fresh, frozen or packaged into other types of seafood entrees.

But unlike today's wild-caught or farmed fish options, BlueNalu's version of seafood will have no head, no tail, no bones, no blood. It's finfish, just without the swimming and breathing part. It's seafood without the sea.


Will Gene-Edited Food Be Government Regulated?

A lot of consumers will find that unacceptable, he says. Gene editing is new, it's powerful, and people will have a host of questions about it. They'll want to know, for instance, whether their own food is genetically edited. "The first step in having a discussion about technology is knowing what's out there," Jaffe says.


If You Eat Meat or Dairy, You Eat Cotton

Some animal feeds contain as much as 15 percent cottonseed content. Cottonseed and cottonseed meal both contain a high fat content and can be a protein source for animals. Cottonseed hulls can also end up in animal feed as roughage, but this material has little nutritional value. GMOs aside, animals cannot have too much cotton in their diet because cotton contains gossypol; this compound can be toxic to people and animals in sufficiently large quantities. The United States Department of Agriculture recently deregulated a new type of GMO cotton in which the gene responsible for producing gossypol has been switched off. In theory, this would make the resulting cottonseed meal safe for human consumption. This specific type of cotton is not yet commercially available, but most cotton is already genetically modified.


Campbell’s soup changed tomatoes’ DNA and opened up a can of mystery


Look for numbers beginning with 9 to signify organic...

Sticker Shock: PLU Myths and Truths


They Grow the Nation’s Food, but They Can’t Drink the Water

Arty turns 10 this summer.