Christina Sarich – Monsanto’s GMO Bt Toxins Found in 93% of Pregnant Women

August 19, 2015

Have you heard of the genetically modified Bt toxin implemented into Monsanto’s GMO Bt crops such as corn and soy as a biopesticide? Maybe you have, but did you know that this registered insecticide is showing up in people around the world? A Canadian Hospital tested for Bt toxins in the blood serum of pregnant women and their unborn babies by sending their umbilical cord blood to a lab. Their findings were more than troubling. In 1995, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registered the first Bt plant-incorporated protectants for use in the United States. Since then, the EPA has registered 11 Bt plant-incorporated protectants, although 5 of these registrations are no longer active.  Read

Pat Thomas – Lab rats used in safety studies eat feeds laced with pesticides, herbicides and GMOs

August 4, 2015

A new scientific study has found that laboratory rats used in health and toxicity studies are routinely given feeds contaminated with herbicides, pesticides and GMOs, writes Pat Thomas, potentially invalidating the results of crucial safety tests on GMOs, agrochemicals, medical drugs and other substances, on which health and environmental regulators base critical decisions. The scientists tested 13 samples of proprietary feed. All contained significant amounts of pesticides and other contaminants. Traces of glyphosate were detected in 9 of the 13 diets, and 11 of the 13 diets contained ‘Roundup Ready’ GMOs. In the face of uncertainty we often look to science to help us make sense of things. Read

Errors, fraud, lies, and William Saletan – GM papaya: Saviour or health risk?

July 29, 2015

In Part 1 of this series we saw how Saletan used his Slate magazine piece to blame the critics of golden rice for the blindness and death of countless malnourished children, without making it clear that the real reasons this GMO crop is still unavailable are: 1. it has failed its field trials; 2. it hasn’t been safety tested; 3. it hasn’t even been shown to help the malnourished. Saletan also omitted to mention that tried and tested approaches to tackling vitamin A deficiency have already achieved a rapid reduction in the problem in the Philippines, the main target country for golden rice. In Part 2 we also considered Saletan’s sins of omission. We saw how he sought to bury the fact that the World Health Organization’s experts had declared the herbicide with which over 80% of the world’s GMO crops are grown a “probable human carcinogen”, while his authority for claiming that “experts agree” glyphosate is “relatively benign” was a report by US Dept of Agriculture economists that contained no evidence that could possibly support such an assertion. Read

Vandana Shiva: ‘We Must End Monsanto’s Colonization, Its Enslavement of Farmers’

July 29, 2015

Citizens of the U.S. are being denied the right to know what they are feeding their families. Despite the fact that 90 percent of American citizens want GMO labeling on their food, big business is doing everything it can to prevent people from accessing their rights. Representative Pompeo’s bill, popularly known as the DARK Act (Denying Americans the Right to Know), has been written almost entirely by the biotech industry lobby. While American citizens are advocating for their rights to knowledge and healthy, affordable food, Monsanto’s legal team is busy on every legislative level trying to prevent this from happening. Monsanto’s subversion of democratic legal processes is not new. In fact, it is their modus operandi, be it the subversion of LA’s decision to be GMO free by amending the California Seed Law—equating corporations with persons and making seed libraries and exchange of seed beyond 3 miles illegal—or suing Maui County for passing a law banning GMOs. Read

You Don’t Matter. House Votes for Monsanto’s Right to Deceive Consumers – Ronnie Cummins

July 24, 2015

On Thursday, 275 members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of H.R. 1599, the DARK (Deny Americans the Right to Know) Act. By voting for the DARK Act, these politicians voted against truth and transparency, against science, against the more than century-old right of states to legislate on matters relating to food safety and labeling. They voted against the 90-percent of Americans who are in favor of mandatory labeling of GMOs. They voted against the producers of non-GMO foods. They voted against you. Now that the DARK Act has been approved by the House, we’ll have to stop it in the Senate. We have to move fast—because Monsanto is desperate to pass a bill that preempts mandatory GMO labeling laws at the state and federal levels, before Vermont’s GMO labeling law takes effect next year. H.R. 1599 was sold to Congress via multi-million dollar public relations and lobbying campaigns built on lies and deception. The bill’s sole purpose is to support an industry—Monsanto’s poison-peddling industry—that was founded on lies and deception from the get-go. Were the Congress members who voted against you fooled by Monsanto’s slick, deceitful packaging of this so-called “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act”? Or

DARK Act on the Fast Track to Approval—We Need to Act Now!

July 22, 2015

The industry-sponsored voluntary GMO labeling bill is heading for a floor vote in the House, and could be voted on any day now. URGENT Action Alert! Last week, the “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015” introduced by Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS)—better known by pro-labeling advocates as the “Deny Americans’ Right to Know (DARK) Act”—was approved by the House Agriculture Committee. The next stop for the bill was supposed to be the Energy and Commerce Committee. But hours after the Ag Committee approved it, the announcement came that the bill would go right to the House floor just days later, bypassing Energy and Commerce altogether. Regular readers will remember that the DARK Act would pre-empt state-level, mandatory GMO labeling efforts with a wholly voluntary federal standard. Companies could elect to apply to the USDA for a “GMO-free” label, and then the FDA would review the product—or they could elect not to label their products at all, leaving consumers in the dark about what’s in their food. The bill is being pushed by the biotech industry and the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association. New additions to the DARK Act also prevent local communities from banning GMO crops! If the DARK Act passes

Monsanto in Deep Trouble: Another Possible Lawsuit Pending – Christina Sarich

July 15, 2015

Thanks to the admitted link between Monsanto’s best-selling herbicide known as Roundup and the development of cancer,another major lawsuit could be coming up against the biotech titan. This would be the second major lawsuit over Monsanto’s Roundup health risk, following awareness campaigns launched by groups like March Against Monsanto and individuals like Anthony Gucciardi. It was last May when we told you about the California-based lawsuit that alleged Monsanto acted “to conceal the fact that glyphosate is harmful to humans and animals.” The lawsuit was launched by the office of T. Matthew Phillips, and could amount to a serious legal precedent. Phillips will argue his case before the court on July 20, 2015, and the only argument Monsanto has put forward thus far in their legal brief in an attempt to have the case dismissed is that the class action suit ‘goes against preemptive federal law’ for labeling. But it does not. The EPA’s own rules demand that chemicals like Round Up be clearly labeled, and protect public good. The case is very likely to proceed. The New Lawsuit Against Monsanto Now, the McDivitt Law Firm seems to be collecting evidence for a personal injury lawsuit. Ever since the World Health Organization’s IARC declared that glyphosate was ‘probably

Monsanto Off the Hook for Cancers From PCBs It Produced – Andrea Germanos

July 9, 2015

Monsanto emerged victorious on Tuesday at the end of a nearly month-long trial in which plaintiffs had alleged the former manufacturer of PCBs showed “a reckless disregard for human life.” PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, were manufactured in the U.S. from 1929 until being banned in 1979, and, according to reporting by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Monsanto was the primary manufacturer of them. The EPA classifies PCBs as probable human carcinogens. The suit charges Monsanto with negligence for production and sale of PCBs despite knowledge of their harm. “Such conduct was gross and flagrant and done with a reckless disregard for human life and for the safety of others,” the Post-Dispatch reports the lawsuit as stating. Plaintiffs in the case developed lymphohematopoietic cancer after being exposed to PCBs.  The Post-Dispatch reports that a St. Louis County jury found the company not liable for the deaths and health effects from the exposure. As to why Solutia, Pharmacia and Pfizer are also named in the suit, the Post-Disptach explains: In 1997, Monsanto’s chemical business was spun off as Solutia. Three years later, the rest of Monsanto — its life sciences division — merged with Pharmacia. Then in 2002, the current incarnation of Monsanto, based in Creve Coeur, was spun off. A year later, Pharmacia merged

Greens warn: German breast milk unsafe

July 9, 2015

The Green party made their warning after testing the breast milk of 16 women from a variety of German regions. Traces of glyphosate, a chemical used in weed-killers, amounting to between 0.210 and 0.432 nanograms per mililitre were recorded. In drinking water a quantity of no more than 0.100 nanograms of the substance is allowed. Irene Witte, professor of toxicology at the University of Oldenburg described the findings as “intolerable.” “I would never have guessed that the quantities are so high,” she said. Witte warned that no conclusions should be drawn from tests on 16 women, but added that this was a first indication that there is a problem. She called for the tests to be broadened to included a larger sample set of breast-feeding women. The extent to which glyphosate is harmful to one’s health is still contested, but in March the World Health Organisation’s cancer research programme designated the substance as “likely carcinogenic.” Witte said that if the chemical is proven to be carcinogenic then any exposure could be dangerous. “There is not upper limit you can then put on the quantity. Every molecule could cause cancer.” Read

Activism Works: White House Announces New GMO Regulation Plan – Anthony Gucciardi

July 9, 2015

Will activism once again turn the tide in the political battle for GMO transparency? Following millions of concerned individuals speaking out over Monsanto’s monopoly of the food supply, the White House has officially announced that it will be rolling out a new ‘GMO regulation’ plan that could radically change the current food supply. In a recent announcement that you probably missed, as it was released just before the Fourth of July weekend on theWhite House website, the White House finally declared that a new review on the current GMO regulation laws is being launched. Regulation laws that have not been changed since 1992, when biotech juggernauts did not have nearly the firm grasp on the food supply that they do today. In other words, the 1992-based regulations are completely outdated, and the White House is being forced to (maybe) do something about it. And before you say that it will never happen, remember that it was our activism that forced the federal government to lower water fluoridation levels for the first time in 50 years. Once again, we are seeing our activism pay off in the form of action. Now, this new GMO regulation memorandum promises to: Develop new regulations that would clearly delegate responsibilities
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