Poisoning the Planet: Pesticides and Capitalism 27 May 2020

27 May 2020 — The New Dark Age

A collection of documents on the global impact of pesticides on ALL life on the planet. Most are in PDF format and consist of academic papers, contributions to institutes and governments by the leading investigators into the disaster. An essential resource for those doing research into pesticides and especially those who have yet realise the true scale of the disaster. Updated on a regular basis, so check back every now and again (the date reflects the latest addition)


Economic Impact of GMOs Researched By Nogenics

GMO Bio-Piracy, Bt & GMO Companion Chemical Pesticides

1- According to an ‘India Today ’Reported
2- According to ‘The Ecologist’ Reported
3- Why Bt Technology is an Economical Disaster in the Making
4- The Economic Health Impact of Bt Toxicity and GMO Poisonous Companion Pesticides   Chemical 5- Conclusion

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British journalists, politicians and farmers are being used as guinea pigs

On 21/03/2016 you replied to the Countess of Mar’s question about glyphosate. You said the government supported EFSA’s conclusions that glyphosate does not cause cancer. This was a little premature. The Commission was about to authorise glyphosate for a further 15 years, when 4 Members of the European Parliament asked for Freedom of Information to see the 14 unpublished carcinogenicity studies from the Glyphosate Task Force that IARC had been unable to see. Have the UK experts actually seen these studies or do they trust the Glyphosate Task Force (GTF), and the manufacturers of the chemical, implicitly?

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Open Letter to HSE, Defra and CRD about Roundup poisoning people and the environment

Complaints to HSE/Defra and CRD about Roundup poisoning our nature reserve and also people. This blanket spraying of herbicide on the public was against the advice of DIRECTIVE 2009/128/EC OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT but on the recommendation of the agricultural industry Between 2014 and 2017 HSE/Defra/CRD refused to ask the Council to stop spraying Glyphosate- based herbicides on Japanese Knotweed in the valley below us because it was poisoning our nature reserve and the surrounding area. This was even though we said there was glyphosate in the water at levels that promoted the growth of breast cancer cells in the lab and Cancer Research UK had reported 55,122 new cases of invasive breast cancer in 2015 and 11,563 deaths in 2016.1

They said it was “still legal.”

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US Scientists sound the alarm over global mass poisoning

The British Government, the US Government, the US Environmental Protection Agency and some farmers have worked together since before WW2 to silently poison air, water and food supply with synthetic chemicals

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THE COMPLEX NATURE OF GMOS CALLS FOR A NEW CONVERSATION

An honest discussion of genetically modified organisms must move beyond narrow concepts of human health to the wider social and environmental impacts of engineered crops.

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The sticky materiality of neo-liberal neonatures: GMOs and the agrarian question

Myles Carroll
School of Environmental Studies, University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada

ABSTRACT

This article uses Marxist theories of agrarian capitalism to explore the political economy of genetically modified organisms (GMO) agriculture. It argues that the successes and failures of GMO agriculture have been partly circumscribed by the structural requirements of the capitalist system, as well as by the materiality of GMO crops themselves. Successful innovations have been able to mitigate the material barriers to accumulation found in agricultural production, and thus appeal directly to farmers as comparatively profitable capital inputs. In this way, they cohere with David Goodman’s notion of appropriationism, where manufactured capital inputs (such as pesticides, machinery and fertilisers) replace ‘natural’ inputs (such as manure or draft animals), reducing labour time and biological contingency, and thus creating a competitive advantage for those farmers who adopt the new technology (at least temporarily). Conversely, innovations that are geared at consumers rather than farmers have largely failed due to their status as value-added products (whose value is subjective and market- driven) rather than capital goods. The article uses contrasting case studies of herbicide-tolerant soybeans, beta-keratin-enhanced rice and slow-ripening tomatoes to demonstrate how and why the structural imperatives of global capitalism have enabled the success of some, and the failure of other innovations.

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50 HARMFUL EFFECTS OF GENETICALLY MODIFIED (GM) FOODS

We are confronted with what is undoubtedly the single most potent technology the world has ever known – more powerful even than atomic energy. Yet it is being released throughout our environment and deployed with superficial or no risk assessments – as if no one needs to worry an iota about its unparalleled powers to harm life as we know it – and for all future generations.

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GMO Myths and Truths

An evidence-based examination of the claims made for the safety and efficacy of genetically modified crops and foods

John Fagan, PhD Michael Antoniou, PhD Claire Robinson, MPhil

2nd edition, Version 1.0

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CONSPIRACY OR A SIMPLIFIED AND BRIEF 3 PART STEP IN GLOBAL HUMAN AND ANIMAL FOOD CHAIN DOMINANCE

1.) tryptophan depletion and all essential mineral micronutrients by bio-tech giant monsanto and others = tryptophan (epsps) patents create sicknesses and diseases then make money off the contracted sale of the tryp gmo genetically improved products!

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‘Superweeds’ or ‘survivors’? Framing the problem of glyphosate resistant weeds and genetically engineered crops

In this paper, we explore how efforts to frame the socio-environmental problem of glyphosate resistant weeds — superweeds — at particular scales shape calls for certain governance strategies and regulatory responses. We use a political agronomy approach and the politics of scale literature to understand the linkages and relationships between socio-political and economic forces and the problem of glyphosate resistant weeds.

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Teratogenic Effects of Glyphosate-Based Herbicides: Divergence of Regulatory Decisions from Scientific Evidence

Abstract

The publication of a study in 2010, showing that a glyphosate herbicide formulation and glyphosate alone caused malformations in the embryos of Xenopus laevis and chickens through disruption of the retinoic acid signalling pathway, caused scientific and regulatory controversy. Debate centred on the effects of the production and consumption of genetically modified Roundup Ready® soy, which is engineered to tolerate applications of glyphosate herbicide. The study, along with others indicating teratogenic and reproductive effects from glyphosate herbicide exposure, was rebutted by the German Federal Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety, BVL, as well as in industry-sponsored papers. These rebuttals relied partly on unpublished industry-sponsored studies commissioned for regulatory purposes, which, it was claimed, showed that glyphosate is not a teratogen or reproductive toxin.

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‘Superweeds’ or ‘survivors’? Framing the problem of glyphosate resistant weeds and genetically engineered crops

In this paper, we explore how efforts to frame the socio-environmental problem of glyphosate resistant weedsd superweedsdat particular scales shape calls for certain governance strategies and regulatory responses. We use a political agronomy approach and the politics of scale literature to understand the linkages and relationships between socio-political and economic forces and the problem of glyphosate resistant weeds. We draw on in-depth interview data with representatives from farm groups, consumer and environmental advocacy organizations, agriculture and biotech companies, government regulatory agencies, and agricultural extension agents, together with a content analysis of websites of GE supporters and opponents. Together these data are used to explore how the problem of superweeds is being framed by proponents and opponents of GE crops, and among agricultural scientists, advocacy organizations and business. We conclude that when environmental problems associated with pesticide resistance are ‘scaled up’ to incorporate more systemic agricultural issues and are linked with broader socio-economic and political issues that impact a larger public, there are greater possibilities for pushing for government intervention and regulation to address environmental burdens and externalities.

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Written testimony to the Judges of the Monsanto Tribunal

The Monsanto Tribunal is an international civil society initiative to hold Monsanto accountable for human rights violations, for crimes against humanity, and for ecocide. Eminent judges will hear testimonies from victims, and deliver an advisory opinion following procedures of the International Court of Justice. A parallel People’s Assembly provides the opportunity for social movements to rally and plan for the future we want. The Tribunal and People’s Assembly will take place between 14 and 16 October 2016 in The Hague, Netherlands.

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Neoliberalism on the molecular scale. Economic and genetic reductionism in biotechnology battles

Kathleen McAfee

New agro-biotechnologies promise bounty from fine tuned molecular manipulation of food crops. They already provide profits and export opportunities to a few transnational seed/agrochemical/biotechnology firms. Against growing resistance in international arenas, industry and US government spokespeople have aggressively promoted genetic engineering, arguing that it permits precise control of life processes. However, this claim is based on a deceptive form of molecular-genetic reductionism which uses outdated notions of ‘‘genes’’ and ‘‘genetic codes’’ and disregards the interactions among molecules, organisms, their environments, and their social settings. This discourse, in turn, supports economic-reductionist arguments that genetic information should be patentable and that market-based management of biotechnology will benefit everyone.

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Industry Regulators, Governments and Corporate Media are colluding to poison the people

Rosemary Mason

Rosemary Mason

This accompanied an email to the Executive Director of the European Chemicals Agency. I told him that our Danish Grandchildren had been to stay and could see the effects of Roundup on our nature reserve.

I sent him the Poison Papers. I also updated him on the US Lawsuit against Monsanto. I told him that the sting has been taken out of the scorpion. Having always won lawsuits they started losing in 2016 to plaintiffs claiming their cancers had been caused by PCBs. This is where the exposure of emails started. Hand written notes at the end revealed the mind set of corporations where profits take precedence over human health and the environment.

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The GMO threat to food sovereignty: Science, resistance and transformation

– Brian Tokar

The expansive use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in agriculture is one of the most potent symbols of the worldwide threat to food justice and food sovereignty. Today over 365 million acres worldwide is believed to be planted in GMO varieties of soya, maize, cotton and other crops.1 Even though the vast majority of GMO crops are still raised in a small handful of countries, mainly in the Western hemisphere, they include agroexport giants such as the US, Argentina and Brazil. Much of the world, however, is continuing to resist this uniquely controversial and invasive form of genetic manipulation of our food.

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Genetically modified organisms (GMOs)

A genetically modified organism (GMO) is an organism whose genetic material has been altered using techniques in genetics generally known as recombinant DNA technology.

Recombinant DNA technology is the ability to combine DNA molecules from different sources into the one molecule.

An overarching ethical question is whether humans have the right to manipulate and modify other organisms in this manner, or whether it is “playing God.” In modern biological and biomedical research, the use of GMOs is acknowledged to be an invaluable tool for generating new knowledge. However, even if one has no normative objections to genetic engineering, research ethics questions arise: Do we know enough about what we are doing when we introduce new DNA? Is safety guaranteed? Does the research have an ethically acceptable purpose?

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2 Silent Killers – the Toxic Legacy of Biocides in Britain

What is a biocide?
It is a chemical that kills life. It can be a natural chemical. But nowadays they are mostly man-made chemicals. In modern life there are thousands of made-made chemicals used in consumer products, in food and in the environment, most of which are untested and not measured. In agriculture there are insecticides that kill insects, herbicides that ‘control unwanted vegetation’, fungicides that kill fungi or fungal spores, nematocides that kill plant- parasitic nematodes and molluscides that kill slugs and snails. The general term for them is ‘pesticides’ but the agrochemical industry prefers to call them ‘plant protection products’ (PPPs). Many farmers in the UK use PPPs, which means that there are pesticide residues in all our non-organic food.

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Genetic Engineering and Food Sovereignty

Sustainable Agriculture is the Only Option to Feed the World

Reader on Studies and Experiences

Threats by GM-Agriculture, Ways towards Sustainable Agriculture and Lobbying Work in Developing Countries

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Teratogenic Effects of Glyphosate-Based Herbicides: Divergence of Regulatory Decisions from Scientific Evidence

Abstract

The publication of a study in 2010, showing that a glyphosate herbicide formulation and glyphosate alone caused malformations in the embryos of Xenopus laevis and chickens through disruption of the retinoic acid signalling pathway, caused scientific and regulatory controversy. Debate centred on the effects of the production and consumption of genetically modified Roundup Ready® soy, which is engineered to tolerate applications of glyphosate herbicide. The study, along with others indicating teratogenic and reproductive effects from glyphosate herbicide exposure, was rebutted by the German Federal Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety, BVL, as well as in industry-sponsored papers. These rebuttals relied partly on unpublished industry-sponsored studies commissioned for regulatory purposes, which, it was claimed, showed that glyphosate is not a teratogen or reproductive toxin.

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CORN CULTURE AND DANGEROUS DNA:

Real and Imagined Consequences of Maize Transgene Flow in Oaxaca

Kathleen McAfee

Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

“Genetic pollution” in Oaxaca has become Exhibit A for critics of crop genetic engineering and the focus of angry charges and counterclaims by biotechnology researchers. Like many disputes about science and technology, this one is linked to economic and resource-control conflicts. To understand why this controversy is so intense, we need to locate the scientific findings and claims about crop gene flow within the broader frame of international agro-food restructuring and its consequences for agrarian communities.

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Transgenic Crops: An Environmental Assessment

Henry A. Wallace Center for Agricultural & Environmental Policy at Winrock International November 2000

Executive Summary
The varieties and uses of genetically altered (transgenic) crops have grown much more rapidly than our ability to understand or appropriately regulate them. At this writing, we have only a small core of scientific information to understand the short- and long-term environmental effects of these crops.

Some laboratory and field evidence is helping us to understand the potential environmental benefitsand risks of the most widely used products, such as herbicide-tolerant crops and plants engineered with the insecticide Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt). However, assessments that account for a full range of differences in geography, weather, pests, and management have not been completed. Only small amounts of funding (approximately 4 percent of U.S. agricultural biotechnology research dollars) are available for seeing these and other studies through to completion.

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The 7th International Symposium on the Biosafety of Genetically Modified Organisms

Beijing, China October 10-16

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A Review on Impacts of Genetically Modified Food on Human Health

Charu Verma, Surabhi Nanda, R.K. Singh, R.B. Singh and Sanjay Mishra

Abstract: Biotechnology offers a variety of potential benefits and risks. It has enhanced food production by making plants less vulnerable to drought, frost, insects, and viruses and by enabling plants to compete more effectively against weeds for soil nutrients. In a few cases, it has also improved the quality and nutrition of foods by altering their composition. However, the use of biotechnology has also raised concerns about its potential risks to the environment and people. For example, some people fear that common plant pests could develop resistance to the introduced pesticides in GM crops that were supposed to combat them.

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Bayer CropScience rules Britain after Brexit: the public and the press are being poisoned by pesticides

03/02/2020 The Prime Minister Boris Johnson suggests UK will be ‘governed by science, not mumbo-jumbo’ on food imports1

Boris Johnson has called for an end to “hysterical” fears about US food coming to the UK as part of a post-Brexit trade deal, as he ramped up threats to walk away from the EU effectively without a deal. In a speech setting out his goals for trade after Brexit, the prime minister talked up the prospect of an agreement with Washington and downplayed the need for one with Brussels, if the EU insists the UK must stick to its regulatory regime.

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The GMO threat to food sovereignty: Science, resistance and transformation

For W. Schanbacher, ed.,
Global Food System:  Issues and Solutions

Brian Tokar The expansive use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in agriculture is one of the most potent symbols of the worldwide threat to food justice and food sovereignty. Today over 365 million acres worldwide is believed to be planted in GMO varieties of soya, maize, cotton and other crops.

Even though the vast majority of GMO crops are still raised in a small handful of countries, mainly in the Western hemisphere, they include agroexport giants such as the US, Argentina and Brazil. Much of the world, however, is continuing to resist this uniquely controversial and invasive form of genetic manipulation of our food.

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Transgenic Crops 750 studies: hazards and uncertainties

Gabriel B FernandesGabriel B Fernandes

Leonardo Melgarejo
José Maria Gusman Ferraz

By evidencing and documenting the absence of scientific consensus with respect to the transgenics impacts to the people’s health and to the social-ecological biodiversity, this book brings vast elements for the evaluation of problems resulting from the adoption of this type of biotechnology.

Publication Date: 2017

Publication Name: Transgenic Crops 750 studies: hazards and uncertainties

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Biotechnology (GMO) issues and research priorities in natural resource management

Report to Land & Water Australia

Over the last two decades biotechnology has advanced to a level where it is generally feasible to make particular changes to the genetic code, and therefore to the expressed characteristics, of living organisms. The product of such a change is called a transgenic or genetically modified organism (GMO).

Such alterations to the structure and/or function of biological entities have the potential to alter the basis of many biologically based activities, including agriculture and aquaculture, medicine, hygiene and health, food production and processing, biochemical production, pest control, eco-tourism, and bioremediation.

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MANAGING THE AGRICULTURAL BIOTECHNOLOGY REVOLUTION: RESPONSES TO TRANSGENIC SEEDS IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES

MAY 2016
ALPER YAGCI, B.A., BOGAZICI UNIVERSITY
M.A., BOGAZICI UNIVERSITY
Ph.D., UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS AMHERST
Directed by: Professor Peter M. Haas

There has been heated debate over transgenic or genetically modified (GM) crops in agriculture. Advocates and critics argue over possible economic, environmental, public health implications of this technology. This study examines varying policy approaches to regulating GM crop cultivation in four developing countries where the technology has large potential application. Why have some countries banned GM crop cultivation in their territory while others encouraged it? In countries where GM crops were allowed, why have varying systems of intellectual property rights (IPR) protection been constructed? To investigate these questions I comparatively examine the policy experience (1995-2015) of Argentina, Brazil, Turkey relying on original fieldwork and India based on secondary literature. The explanation combines structural considerations with a social constructivist understanding of how actors make use of ideas to interpret and articulate their interests in a context defined by novelty and uncertainty.

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Genetically Modified Organisms
A Summary of Potential Adverse Effects Relevant to Sustainable Development

Biosafety Report 2011/02 GenØk – Centre for Biosafety Tromsø, Norway

GenØk – Centre for Biosafety (www.genok.no), is an independent research institution founded in 1998 and situated in Tromsø, Norway. GenØk is engaged in the field of biosafety and gene ecology research on modern biotechnology, nanotechnology, synthetic biology and further technologies emerging from these. The institution also works with capacity building and advisory activities related to biosafety. GenØk focuses on a precautionary, holistic and interdisciplinary approach to biosafety.

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Economic Impact of GMOs Researched By Nogenics

GMO Bio-Piracy, Bt & GMO Companion Chemical Pesticides

1- According to an ‘India Today’ Reported
2- According to ‘The Ecologist’ Reported
3- Why Bt Technology is an Economical Disaster in the Making
4- The Economic Health Impact of Bt Toxicity and GMO Poisonous Companion Pesticides Chemical
5 – Conclusion

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Nogenics/

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How Technology Is Changing What and How We Eat

Lisa Kretz

Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy and Religion University of Evansville, IN

To begin, two love stories are presented—both unlikely. One is derived from a novice farmer, the other from a cytogeneticist.

Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862) famously left the creature comforts of what constituted modern life in his day to build a home by his own hands, and grow his own food. In an oft-quoted passage he describes his motivations for his experiment in living so consciously close to nature: “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived…. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life” (Thoreau [1854] 1965, 67). Essential to living deep and sucking the marrow of life was eating food he had grown.

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CHEMICAL & GMO APOCALYPSE: INDUSTRIAL BAD SCIENCE, CORRUPTION & FASCISM, PESTICIDE-CHEMICAL-GMO-TRANSGENE-POLLEN-ENDOTOXIN POLLUTION, & HUMAN HEALTH & BEHAVIOR META-IMPLICATIONS

Murray Thompson

Murray Thompson

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The Livingston Tomato Report 2016:

The philosophical environmentalist’s guide to Justice in the Global Food System

“Everyone should have a fresh tomato to eat:

A critical assessment of this proposition in the Costa Rican and Canadian cases.”

This research paper sets the groundwork for an explanation of the global food system using complexity science as the theoretical framework to recount the story of the tomato (Solanum lycopersicum), its origin (Solanum pimpinellifolium), its role in popular culture how the tomato enters and exits the global food system and our digestive systems. By arguing in defense of the right of every person to eat a healthy tomato this study focuses upon the benefits and risks of herbicides, specifically N-(phosphonomethyl) glycine. I approach solutions from an environmental justice standpoint. I focus on the role of access to information as a leverage point.

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Open Letter to Bayer Crop Science Shareholders

Four different patents have been filed for glyphosate in the US by Monsanto (and granted)

  • As a chelator of heavy metals (used to clean boilers) and a wetting agent in 1961[1]
  • As an herbicide in 1968[2]
  • As an antibiotic in 2002[3]
  • As an anti-protozoal agent in 2003[4]

Monsanto and pesticide regulators claim that Roundup only affects plants, fungi and bacteria because they have the shikimate pathway which is absent in humans and animals. Their assertion displays considerable ignorance of human physiology. Alternatively, it is deliberately fraudulent. Humans and animals have trillions of bacteria in their gut: the gut microbiome.

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African Traditional Herbal Research Clinic

Volume 8, Issue 6 NEWSLETTER July 2013

TOXICITY – PESTICIDES, HERBICIDES, INSECTICIDES

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Sustainability Assessment of Genetically Modified Herbicide Tolerant Crops

The Case of IntactaTM Roundup ReadyTM2Pro Soybean Farming in Brazil in light of the Norwegian Gene Technology Act

The! Norwegian! Environment! Agency (www.miljodirektoratet.no) is an institution subordinated to the Ministry of Climate and Environment of Norway. It was established in 2013 with the merging of the Norwegian Climate and Pollution Agency and the Norwegian Directorate for Nature Management. The main focus of the Norwegian Environment Agency is the management of nature, pollution control and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. To this end, the Agency’s main functions are to monitor the Norwegian state of the environment; convey environment-related information; oversee and guide regional and municipal authorities; cooperate with industry authorities; act as an expert advisor; and assist in international environmental efforts.

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Revised Draft – 1st July 2014 comments welcome! The Politics of GMOs

Introduction

Environmentalists and many on the left have been campaigning against genetically- modified organisms (GMOs) since the 1990s. Dire warnings of danger were issued and many feared the immediate health and other consequences of these new crops. But today, while Europe remains virtually GM-free, GM-crops are grown widely, particularly in the USA, Brazil, Argentina, India, Canada, and China. The worst fears have not been realised and a number of erstwhile campaigners are now adamant that opposition was misguided at best, or even malign.

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GMO FACTS: SETTLING THE GMO DISPUTE

presented by Anarchy Books® and Renegade Publishing®

Another Jeff Prager Learning Experience PublicationTM

This publication was funded entirely by the generosity of the corporations that are directly involved in the manufacture and sale of Genetically Modified FrankenfoodsTM , FrankenseedsTM and Franken-Almost-Everything-Sold-At-The GrocersTM

Thanks to Monsanto, Syngenta, Dow Chemicals and Agroscience, BASF, Bayer Crop Science, Nabisco, Abbot Labs, Quaker Foods, Cargill, General Mills. Phillip Morris, Pillsbury, Betty Crocker, Campbells Soup, Aurora Foods, Smithfield Foods, Holsum, Kellogg’s, Interstate Bakeries, Kraft, Country Inn Specialties, Cadbury, Hershey’s, ConAgra, Carnation, Del Monte, Hellman’s, Hunt’s, Pace, Ortega, Tostito’s, Frito Lay, Pepsi, Coca Cola, Dole, Delicious Brands, Famous Amos, Keebler, Pepperidge Farms, Snack Wells. Banquet, Budget Gourmet, Green Giant, Healthy Choice, Kid’s Cuisine, Lean Cuisine, Stouffers, Marie Callenders, Ore-Ida, Heinz, Swanson, Vlasic, Weight Watchers, Chef Boyardee, Dinty Moore, Franco-American, Best- foods, Knorr, Lipton, Rice-A-Roni, Uncle Ben’s, Totinio’s, Orville Redenbacher, Pringles, Capri Sun Juices, Fruitopia, Gatorade, Hawaiian Punch, Hi-C, Kool Aid, Sunny Delight, Tropicana Twisters, Bumble Bee, Ocean Spray, Sara Lee, V8, Progresso, Del Monte, Hunts, Prego, Ragu, the JJ Smucker Company, Goya Foods, Post, Morton Salt, Sargento Foods, Croplife America, TreeTop Incorporated, Hillshire Brands, Godiva Chocolate, Clorox, Mars Food North America, Hormel Foods Corporation, the William Wrigley Jr. Corporation, Unilever and of course our staff voted and our favorite was Bimbo Bakeries USA. All of these companies manufacture numerous products that contain one and often more than one GMO ingredient, far more than any of us 99.99%’ers can count, or so it seems. Previous commitments and normal time constraints and pressing responsibilities simply didn’t allow me to include everyone. For those of you that were omitted from this illustrious list of first-class death merchants, and there are 100s more of you not mentioned, we aren’t fond of you either. You gentlemen should know better, and what’s confounding is that you probably do.

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GMO Myths and Truths

An evidence-based examination of the claims made for the safety and efficacy of genetically modified crops and foods

John Fagan, PhD Michael Antoniou, PhD Claire Robinson, MPhil

2nd edition

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Monsanto: Origins of an Agribusiness Behemoth

– Brian Tokar

Many years ago, in the spring of 1998, I was invited to be part of a publication that would make history, but not for the reasons its editors and publisher anticipated. The item in question was a special issue of the UK-based magazine, The Ecologist, profiling the Monsanto corporation and its expanding push to genetically engineer common food crops. Genetically engineered foods, or GMOs (i.e., foods made from Genetically Modified Organisms) had only been grown commercially for two short years, but had already inspired massive worldwide opposition. The first Global Day of Action against GMOs featured demonstrations and public gatherings in 19 U.S. cities, as well as 17 European countries, India, the Philippines, Malaysia, Japan, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil and Ethiopia.1 Greenpeace painted a 100-foot biodegradable “X” on a field of Roundup-resistant soybeans in Iowa, and later blocked a ship containing genetically engineered soybeans from leaving Cargill’s grain facility on the Mississippi River, outside of New Orleans.2 European activists fought to block imports of GMO corn and soybeans from the U.S., uprooted experimental plots of engineered crop varieties in broad daylight, and would soon succeed in their push for labeling requirements for products of genetic engineering throughout the European Union.

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Experience of Argentina with Release of GMOs into the Environment *

– As to 15th anniversary of the approval of RR soybean –

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Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Director-General
World Health Organisation

Dear Dr Tedros

In September 2017, I wrote an Open Letter to you and other WHO Directors, telling you about the US Lawsuits against Monsanto for Roundup causing cancer. I received no response.

On 10 August 2018, the jury found Monsanto guilty

Monsanto concealed, with malicious intent, that Roundup caused cancer and the California jury was unanimous in their findings and awarded $289 million for the plaintiff and against Monsanto.1

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GM crops vs. Apiculture. An ecological distribution conflict in the Mayan region of Mexico

Gabriel Tamariz

ABSTRACT
Genetically modified (GM) crops have increasingly transformed socio-ecological landscapes around the world. Their impacts on apiculture (beekeeping) when sharing the same landscape reflect these transformations in a variety of dimensions. As a consequence of such impacts these two sectors have already clashed in several regions. This paper studies a case of such a conflict in a biodiversity and cultural hotspot located in the Yucatan Peninsula, the southeastern part of Mexico. In doing so, it explores the visions of Mayan beekeepers and other local and international actors supporting their stand in this conflict. Analysis shows how this heterogeneous group of actors discursively positions its interests and values on this landscape. This study describes the dynamics of production, markets, and access to natural resources and services at stake, while interpreting the languages of valuation held by key actors through official publications and key respondent interviews. Consequently, this analysis suggests that the variety of interests and values in defence of apiculture point out to (existing and potential) transformations produced by GM crops in the economic, ecological, and cultural dimensions of this landscape. In being the first multidimensional approach to a specific conflict between these two sectors, this study introduces apiculture as a key indicator of the transformations that GM crops produce in socio-ecological landscapes.

Keywords: apiculture, ecological distribution conflict, genetically modified crops, languages of valuation

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The Fight Against Monsanto’s Roundup : The Politics of Pesticides

Mitchel Cohen

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Environmental & Analytical JEAT an open access journal Teratogenic Effects of Glyphosate-Based Herbicides: Divergence of Regulatory Decisions from Scientific Evidence

Michael Antoniou

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Open Letter to Bayer Crop Science Shareholders Four different patents have been filed for glyphosate in the US 2 Gradual onset of global extinctions of trees and crops from ‘diseases, pests and pollution’

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Open Letter to US Environmental Protection Agency about glyphosate and the International Monsanto Tribunal

Rosemary Mason
Rosemary Mason

Shockingly high levels of weedkiller found in popular breakfast cereals marketed for British children

“Corporate totalitarianism … rules through dispensability and corruption. It treats communities, people, countries, ecosystems and species as disposable and dispensable.”
“Far into the future, the World Controllers have created the ideal society. Through clever use of genetic engineering, brainwashing and recreational sex and drugs, all its members are happy consumers.” 1

“Comments are free…but facts are sacred.” CP Scott 1921 Guardian Editor
A Guardian editorial on 26/09/2018: Mr Corbyn ought to protect a “free press”, not attack it.

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European Chemicals Agency classifies glyphosate as a substance that causes serious eye damage

As the requirement for cataract surgery has increased, so has rationing, a BMJ survey finds1 Cataract surgery is the most common operation in the NHS, with more than 400 000 procedures performed every year in the UK. Experts had hoped that NICE’s 2017 guideline would make it harder for NHS commissioners in England to ration treatment for financial reasons. But the BMJ’s analysis shows that rationing has actually risen in parts of the country since then, with patients increasingly having to meet strict criteria before they can be referred for surgery. Among the 185 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) that provided data (95% response rate), the investigation found that almost 2900 prior approval requests or individual funding requests for cataract surgery were rejected last year, more than double the number two years ago.

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Glyphosate-based herbicides and neurodegenerative disorders

Rosemary Mason

A paper from neurologists in Germany showed that glyphosate-based herbicides cause demyelination. This provides a link to all the neurodegenerative disorders that have increased dramatically in the UK and  the US since 1980.

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New tests show that weed killer products are more toxic than their active ingredients

New tests show that weed killer products are more toxic than their active ingredients, but no-one has ever tested them: only the active product, glyphosate, has been tested

After more than 40 years of widespread use, new scientific tests show formulated weed killers have higher rates of toxicity to human cells.1

Carey Gillam Tue 8 May 2018 06.00 BST

“US government researchers have uncovered evidence that some popular weedkilling products, like Monsanto’s widely-used Roundup, are potentially more toxic to human cells than their active ingredient is by itself. These “formulated” weed killers are commonly used in agriculture, leaving residues in food and water, as well as public spaces such as golf courses, parks and children’s playgrounds.”

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Open Letter to the Health and Safety Executive and the Chemicals Regulation Division

Rosemary Mason

I am challenging the Health and Safety Executive and the Chemicals Regulation Division about their breach of safety regulations from 2012 in order to protect industry. I also accuse the European Commission, the European Food Safety Authority and the European Chemicals Agency of similarly protecting industry.

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Corporate Espionage: The Séralini Affair and Beyond

Compiled by Rosemary Mason MB ChB FRCA on behalf of a global network of independent scientists, beekeepers and environmentalists

Prof Gilles-Eric Séralini and colleagues at CRIIGEN in Caen had questioned the adequacy of Monsanto’s testing both for glyphosate and GM crops1

“The 90-day-long tests are insufficient to evaluate chronic toxicity, and the signs highlighted in the kidneys and livers could be the onset of chronic diseases. However, no minimal length for the tests is yet obligatory for any of the GMOs cultivated on a large scale, and this is socially unacceptable in terms of consumer health protection. We are suggesting that the studies should be improved and prolonged, as well as being made compulsory, and that the sexual hormones should be assessed too, and moreover, reproductive and multigenerational studies ought to be conducted too.”

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Open letter to NICE; glyphosate is an antibiotic, as are other herbicides

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance on overuse of antibiotics 08/09/2015

Deputy Chief Executive and Health and Social Care Director at Nice, Prof Gillian Leng, said: “The over- use of antibiotics in the last 30 years has led to microbial resistance, and with so few new antibiotics being developed, this could result in once-treatable infections becoming fatal in years to come.

This new draft guideline focuses on interventions to help change people’s behaviour, and reduce antimicrobial resistance. It also aims to increase awareness, to both the public and healthcare professionals, of the overuse and misuse of antibiotics, and the risks this could involve.”

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Open Letter to Two Eminent Plant Physiologists who claim that Roundup only affects plants, fungi and bacteria

Rosemary Mason

Boris Johnson is opening up the UK for biotechnology without the precautionary principle after Brexit.

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2 Silent Killers – the Toxic Legacy of Biocides in Britain

Rosemary Mason

It outlines the ways in which the British Government has worked with the Agrochemical Industry for many years to destroy biodiversity by using biocides – chemicals that kill life. There should be no place for biocides in agriculture or the amenity sector.

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Biocides glyphosate and clothianidin are contributing to the destruction of aquatic life on the Great Barrier Reef European Commission renews the license for glyphosate on the basis of ECHA’s Classification

Rosemary Mason

This is a letter to the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker
Vice President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans
The Health Commissioner Vytenis Andruikaitis

Why did President Juncker fail to state ECHA’s risk assessment in full?

“On 15 March 2017 ECHA’s Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) agrees to maintain the current harmonised classification of glyphosate as a substance causing serious eye damage and being toxic to aquatic life with long-lasting effects.”

Jack de Bruijn and Geert Dancet of ECHA admitted this was the harmonised risk assessment reached in 2002, when glyphosate was last assessed.

Why did the EU collude with corporations that made nerve gases in WW2 for chemical warfare and for use in the Nazi concentration camps?

They continued to use similar chemicals in agriculture to poison ‘pests’ that also poisoned beneficial insects, birds and people.

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TOXICITY AND HUMAN HEALTH RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH MONSANTO’S ROUNDUP AND OTHER GLYPHOSATE BASED HERBICIDES (GBH) RESIDUES IN OUR FOOD AND WATER.

The Joint WHO-FAO Meeting on Pesticide Residues (JMPR) – the arm of the WHO that determines and sets the so-called “safe” level of pesticide residues allowed in our food, water, etc, – has declared that glyphosate/Roundup is unlikely to cause cancer through pesticide residues in our food

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A Global Citizens Report against Big Ag, Big Pharma and Governments

Compiled by Rosemary Mason MB ChB FRCA on behalf of a global network of independent scientists, beekeepers and environmentalists

  • Have you wondered why pollinators, birds, amphibians, bats etc. have dramatically decreased in numbers in the last 20-30years? Or perhaps you weren’t even aware of the fact – because the British Media has been silent on the matter.

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The Corporate Takeover of Britain

Introduction

Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher became close friends. Both were involved in deregulation and both opened the way to corporate influence.

“Poison Spring: The Secret History of the US EPA1 documents, in devastating detail, the corruption and misuse of science and public trust that has turned the (US) EPA from a watchdog into a “polluters’ protection agency.” In its half-century of existence, the agency has repeatedly reinforced the chemical-industrial complex by endorsing deadly chemicals, often against the continued advice of its own scientists. It has botched field investigations, turned a blind eye to toxic disasters, and unblinkingly swallowed the self-serving claims of industry. “Rarely has our government allowed and encouraged the actions of the chemical industry so openly as it did during Reagan’s tenure in Office. He opened the door wide to corporate influence throughout the government, and especially at the Environmental Protection Agency, which began a precipitous functional decline. Reagan gave corporations the reins of power at the agency and they immediately began tearing the EPA apart.”

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New tests show that weedkiller products are more toxic than their active ingredients

Rosemary Mason

I have to thank Carey Gillam for the title of this article. In my discussions with the European Chemicals Agency they had insisted that they only did the harmonised classification of glyphosate. I tried to convince them that a substance that was classified as causing severe eye damage and was toxic to aquatic life with long-lasting effects shouldn’t be allowed on the market, but nevertheless, the European Commission renewed the licence based on ECHA’s reassurance that it wasn’t a carcinogen.

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Open Letter to the European Chemicals Agency about Scientific Fraud and Ecocide

Geert Dancet
Executive Director European Chemicals Agency

Dear Geert Dancet

When you were appointed in 2007 as ECHA’s Executive Director you had previously served in the European Commission’s industry directorate for more than 20 years. NGO’s expressed their dismay; they had serious doubts about your independence from the Commission.

Let’s hope you prove them wrong over the reassessment of glyphosate.

The German Government has accused the German Rapporteur Member State Federal Institute of Risk Assessment (BfR) and EFSA of scientific fraud for using Glyphosate Task Force (GTF) statistics but for some considerable time claimed them to be BfR’s own work. ECHA must ban glyphosate NOW. Human health and the environment are being totally destroyed by it and the hundreds of other chemicals that have been registered illegally. European regulators can no longer rely on industry assessments.

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Open Letter to the Director of the Oxford Martin School

Rosemary Mason

It is possible that the UK Government could find itself in The International Criminal Court prosecuted for environmental destruction and crimes against humanity.

The State of Nature Report 2016: “The report includes a new ‘biodiversity intactness index’, which analyses the loss of species over centuries. The UK has lost significantly more nature over the long term than the global average with the UK the 29th lowest out of 218 countries.

The agrochemical industry has worked within government since before WW2: Rothamsted Research is the longest running agricultural research station in the world

When UK Rothamsted was founded in 1843, it was an enormous tragedy that the philanthropist John Bennet Laws, owner of the Rothamsted Estate, appointed a chemist as his scientific collaborator. This set the pattern for farming in the UK: to rely totally on the agrochemical industry and the input of chemicals. Rothamsted developed the first chemical herbicide 2,4-D during World War II at British Rothamsted Experimental Station by Judah Hirsch Quastel (at the same time as in the US) and it was sold commercially in 1946.

‘The low cost of 2,4-d has led to continued usage today and it remains one of the most commonly used herbicides in the world.’ However, on 23/06/2015, WHO International Agency for Research on Cancer classified 2,4-D as a group 2B carcinogen (possibly carcinogenic to humans).

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Testimony to the Monsanto Tribunal Roundup has poisoned our Nature Reserve

Rosemary Mason

The European Food Safety Authority claimed that glyphosate is only minimally eco-toxic. I challenged that statement and sent them our photo-journal The Year of the  Bumblebee and an account of how, over 10 years of exposure to ultra-low dose Roundup sprayed on Japanese Knotweed in two valleys on either side of our reserve, the biodiversity has plummeted. I told them if they re-licensed glyphosate and the council continued their planned three-year Japanese Knotweed eradication programme, our reserve would become a biological desert just like the farmland in the US where Roundup Ready Crops were grown.

They ignored my plea and relicensed glyphosate for eighteen months for the European Chemical Agency to report.

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Glyphosate is an antibiotic and Japanese knotweed is a Glyphosate- Resistant (GR) Super Weed

  • Glyphosate was patented in the US as an antibiotic, acting against a wide range of pathogenic organisms. That is why it kills off many beneficial bacteria in the guts of humans and animals and allows toxic ones such as clostridium spp. to prevail. In January 2013 the Chief Medical Officer for England Dame Sally Davies announced that antibiotic-resistant diseases posed an ‘apocalyptic’ threat.[1] She told MPs that the issue should be added to national risk register of civil emergencies and placed the blame firmly on doctors, farmers and vets for overuse. This is a drop in the ocean compared with the global use of glyphosate.[2] Glyphosate is used to desiccate crops and those eating foods that are not organic are consuming residues every day in staple foods. The patent was granted to Monsanto US in 2010. Which other companies that produce glyphosate knew? Presumably Syngenta must have known, otherwise how could its parent company AstraZeneca predict that cancer “deaths are estimated to reach 12 million by 2030”?

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Open Letter to the Editor-in-Chief of The Guardian

Rosemary Mason

Humans and the environment are silently being poisoned by thousands of untested and unmonitored chemicals. But the UK Media are also being silent about the Agrochemical Industry

An Open Letter from America was sent on 11 November 2014, warning countries in Europe and EU regulators not to authorize GM crops because of the devastating effects on human health and the environment. David Cameron ignored that advice on behalf of England. He and Defra concealed the letter from the British public. The European Commission and the European Food Safety Authority ignored it as well and have continued to approve GM Crops for growing and for food and feed in the EU. Defra dismissed the complaints of Crop-sprayed rural residents in the UK of ill health: cancers, neurological conditions, allergies etc. just as the Argentinian Government dismissed the health complaints of rural communities in Crop-sprayed towns. In their re-assessment the German Rapporteur Member State, EFSA and the European Glyphosate Task Force excluded papers from Latin America where cancers, birth defects, infertility and DNA changes were shown. Exposure of the brains of unborn and young children in the UK to chemicals is reflected in OECD PISA figures for declining educational achievement in 2013.

A 2016 study also shows that in England the young have lower basic skills than their counterparts in Europe. The global élite may be able to survive by eating organic food, but not by the pollution of water, soil and air by genotoxic and teratogenic herbicides, insecticides and other industrial chemicals. Governments and Regulators only measure a small fraction of them. The chemical industry has created a toxic environment from which none can escape. The devastating effects of these silent killers in our environment do not distinguish between farmers or city dwellers, the wealthy or the poor, between media moguls, editors or their reporters, Monsanto or Syngenta Executives, Prime Ministers or Presidents. Many people in the UK are no longer reaching the biblical age of three-score-years-and ten because they are dying of cancers.

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Open Letter to George Eustice MP Minister of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food

Dear Minister

The Guardian European Environment journalist Arthur Neslen interviewed you about Brexit on 30/05/2016.1 You were alleged to have said: “The birds and habitats directives would go,” (referring to two key pieces of European environmental law). “A lot of the national directives they instructed us to put in place would stay. But the directives’ framework is so rigid that it is spirit-crushing.” On pesticides, you said “the EU’s precautionary principle needed to be reformed in favour of a US-style risk-based approach, allowing faster authorisation.”

Perhaps you aren’t aware that farmers, their families and rural communities are most affected by the toxic effects of pesticides?

CHEM Trust published a Report in 2010:2 A Review of the Role Pesticides Play in Some Cancers: Children, Farmers and Pesticide Users at Risk? “Studies of death registries in some parts of the world suggest that farmers and agricultural workers are more likely than the general population to die from several cancers including NHL, leukaemia, multiple myeloma, prostate cancer, Hodgkin’s disease, pancreatic cancer and brain cancer. Some studies strongly indicate an association between pesticide exposure and NHL, leukaemia and prostate cancer.”

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A Letter from America about the dangers of GM Crops and glyphosate

2 March 2016

Humans and the environment are being silently poisoned by thousands of untested and unmonitored chemicals

An Open Letter from America was sent on 11 November 2014, warning countries in Europe and EU regulators not to authorize GM crops because of the devastating effects on human health and the environment. David Cameron ignored that advice on behalf of England. He and Defra concealed the letter from the British public. The European Commission and the European Food Safety Authority ignored it as well and have continued to approve GM Crops for growing and for food and feed in the EU. Defra dismissed the complaints of Crop-sprayed rural residents in the UK of ill health: cancers, neurological conditions, allergies etc. just as the Argentinian Government dismissed the health complaints of rural communities in Crop-sprayed towns.

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Conflicts of interest and fraud in the re-assessment of, glyphosate in the EU, the UK and the US

UK Parliament Meeting Brings ‘Dangers’ of Roundup® into Public Focus. This meeting of world experts on glyphosate held on June 18 2014 was not reported by the UK mainstream Media Corporations

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Agroecology, Chaired by the Countess of Mar, met in the Houses of Parliament in London on June 18, 2014 to discuss the possible harm caused by the world’s most popular herbicide – Roundup®.

In what was one of the most comprehensive meetings ever held in Europe on Glyphosate and Roundup, experts from around the World gathered in London to share their expertise with the media, members of a number of UK political parties, NGO representatives and members of the general public.The interest in the event was very high and Committee Room 10 of the Houses of Parliament was full to the rafters, with experts having travelled from as far away as Russia, China and the U.S., to listen to the four speakers give detailed presentations on how the unanswered questions surrounding the possible harm caused by Glyphosate and Roundup should be approached.

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Open Letter to the President of the Royal Society and GMO Scientists

Serious questions about the independence of European Food Safety Authority GMO Panels and about the Royal Society Q&A on GM crops1

Question 14: How are GM Crops regulated? Answer 14: by the European Food Safety Authority

I wrote to Bernhard Url, Executive Director of EFSA in February 2016: Glyphosate causes cancer and birth defects. Humans are being poisoned by thousands of untested and unmeasured chemicals2 in which I asked him serious questions about the independence of EFSA Committees. He has not as yet replied.

Perhaps the President can ask the GM Scientists who are members of the Royal Society to answer these questions

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Monsanto has committed slow poisoning of the people of Wales with PCBs and Roundup

With help from the British Government, the Expert Committee on Pesticides, the Health and Safety Executive, Defra, the Royal Society, European Food Safety Authority, European Chemicals Agency (that said that glyphosate was not carcinogenic to humans but was toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects) the German Rapporteur Member State (that claimed glyphosate was not ecotoxic), the BBC, the BMA and Rupert Murdoch

Monsanto has also committed ecocide with Roundup in Wales

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Maladministration and criminal collusion with the agrochemical industry involved in the renewal of glyphosate registration

Letter to the EU Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly

You upheld my complaint about the Chief Attorney for European Food Safety Authority not replying to my letter of 22 October 2012 Subject: EFSA and the Séralini paper on rat tumours1

Iquotefromthetext: “Ihavebeenfollowingtheargumentaboutthescienceandstatisticsofthe Séralini study (on GM Roundup Ready Maize and rat tumours) between GM industry scientists and independent ones with mounting incredulity. I am not a toxicologist or a statistician. I am a medical doctor.

Latin America. As Senior Attorney to EFSA, I presume that your CEO Ms Catherine Geslain-Lanuélle must, on occasions, take your advice. Perhaps you would like to point out to her the trail of disasters to human health and the environment that has followed the planting of GM maize and Roundup® Ready crops in both Latin America and the US since they were first grown in 1996. These statistics are real, not theoretical laboratory ones. Are these the disasters that she would want to see repeated in Europe? Does she want to reject outright the Séralini study on rats and continue to insist that 90 days testing is adequate for the registration of GM crops? The first rat tumours in Séralini’s study appeared in males at 4 months. In 2010, at a physician’s meeting in Cordoba, it was reported that the whole farming area in which GM crops had been grown (14 provinces in Argentina and one in Paraguay) there were increases in cancers, birth defects, reproductive and endocrine disorders.

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Annex IV Mapping the practices of scientific (risk assessment) evaluation of active substances used in plant protection products

Dovilė Rimkutė

The regulation of risks and hazards is highly differentiated and contested within the EU and beyond, i.e. risk assessors arrive at different scientific conclusions. This study, first, maps the practices of scientific (assessments) of active substances used in plant protection products: glyphosate, 2,4-D, bentazone and neonicotinoid pesticides. Second, the study aims to explain ‘why scientific divergences have emerged’ and whether the scientific differences between different risk assessors can be explained by differences in their institutional designs (mandates, procedures, formal working policies) and/or the technical/scientific quality standards followed in the risk assessment processes. To that end, this study draws on the analysis of primary documents, semi-structured interviews with the representatives of agencies, as well as an online stakeholders’ survey. The study has shown that several factors have contributed to the explanation relating to the main research question of this research paper: ‘Why do risk assessors arrive at different conclusions?’ The results from desk research and semi-structured interviews suggest that the diverging scientific conclusions on the studied substances have emerged because different risk assessors have engaged in different types of scientific evaluations (hazard identification versus risk assessment), which is an important explanatory factor explaining discrepancies in scientific conclusions. Furthermore, the following factors were identified as important causes explaining scientific divergences in scientific evaluations: agencies relied on different data sources to assess risks and hazards; they applied different scientific approaches (i.e., methodologies) to assess the collected data; they engaged in the different interpretations when weighing indefinite results.

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“Roundup Ready”? Regulating Glyphosates Amidst Health, Economic And Public Concerns About GM

INGSA Case Studies, 2017

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Stevienna de Saille

Glyphosate is a leading herbicide, most notably sold as the compound Roundup, which is used in conjuction with crops genetically engineered to be resistant to its effects to reduce pesticide use and increase yields. However, Roundup is also used in maintenance of public parks, pest control in forests, and is sold in gardening centres for household use. Glyphosate itself is used in hundreds of products, making it difficult to fully test in combination with other chemicals which might be used. In light of this, its exact toxicity to humans, bees and the environment in general has been difficult to determine, and has formed a significant area of public resistance to genetically modified organisms. Recently, the licence for glyphosate has come up for renewal in the European Union, opening up the debate about a blanket ban once again. This debate has been recently complicated by the WHO’s reclassification of glyphosate as a probable carcinogen, a conclusion that was subsequently challenged by the renewal process, during which the report on acceptable risk issued by EFSA concluded that glyphosate was in fact not carcinogenic if used according to the limits set.

Publication Date: 2017

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Open Letter to David Coggon and Alan Boobis

Dear David

In 2011 you said that you belonged to the Hampshire Wildlife Trust. Do you still belong and have you noticed the reduction of butterflies, bees and birds in 2019? The IPBES Report says that loss of biodiversity is a bigger threat to humans than climate change.1

Press release: Dangerous Declines; ‘Unprecedented’ Species Extinction Rates ‘Accelerating’.

Perhaps you have been too busy with all your pesticide committees? I see that you are a member of Science Advice for Policy by European Academies (SAPEA). Have you have read my letter asking why you want to increase pesticide use for the industry? The European Commission has authorised 500 pesticides for use, double the number 10 years ago. As you can see from my letter there are far too many synthetic chemicals in the world and few of them have been properly tested.

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How Roundup Poisoned my Nature Reserve

 Rosemary Mason

A personal witness to the devastating demise of wild pollinators and other species as glyphosate herbicides increase in the environment Rosemary Mason MB ChB FRCA

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Effects of pesticides on humans and the environment: Why are the British Government and the BBC protecting industry?

Jonathan Gornall

Open Letter to the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed

Rosemary Mason
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Roundup and birth defects: the public has been kept in the dark

Rosemary Mason
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A Letter from America about the dangers of GM Crops and glyphosate

2 March 2016

An Open Letter from America was sent on 11 November 2014, warning countries in Europe and EU regulators not to authorize GM crops because of the devastating effects on human health and the environment. David Cameron ignored that advice on behalf of England. He and Defra concealed the letter from the British public. The European Commission and the European Food Safety Authority ignored it as well and have continued to approve GM Crops for growing and for food and feed in the EU. Defra dismissed the complaints of Crop-sprayed rural residents in the UK of ill health: cancers, neurological conditions, allergies etc. just as the Argentinian Government dismissed the health complaints of rural communities in Crop-sprayed towns. In their re-assessment the RMS, EFSA and the European Glyphosate Task Force excluded papers from Latin America where cancers, birth defects, infertility and DNA changes were shown. Exposure of the brains of unborn and young children in the UK to chemicals is reflected in OECD PISA figures for declining educational achievement in 2013. A 2016 study also shows that in England the young have lower basic skills than their counterparts in Europe. The global élite may be able to survive by eating organic food, but not by the pollution of water, soil and air by genotoxic and teratogenic herbicides, insecticides and other industrial chemicals. Governments and Regulators only measure a small fraction of them. The chemical industry has created a toxic environment from which none can escape. The devastating effects of these silent killers in our environment do not distinguish between farmers or city dwellers, the wealthy or the poor, between media moguls, editors or their reporters, Monsanto or Syngenta Executives, Prime Ministers or Presidents. Many people in the UK are no longer reaching the biblical age of three-score-years-and ten because they are dying of cancers.

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Monsanto to be put on trial at The Hague in the International Criminal Court

Rosemary Mason
Rosemary Mason

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‘Insect apocalypse’ poses risk to all life on Earth, conservationists warn

Report claims 400,000 insect species face extinction amid heavy use of pesticides

The “unnoticed insect apocalypse” should set alarm bells ringing, according to conservationists, who said that without a halt there will be profound consequences for humans and all life on Earth.


Open Letter to 5th Viscount Ridley and Editor-in-Chief of The Times The Rt Hon, the 5th Viscount Ridley

House of Lords

Dear Lord Ridley

I read your article in The Times 18 May 2016: “A time to embrace GM crops and reap the rewards.”1 I am surprised that the Editor-in-Chief of The Times accepted it without proof.

I would respectfully challenge your assertions and those of the NAS Report

Your Lordship and the National Academy for Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Report on GE Crops Experiences and Prospects from which you quote,2 claim that GE crops need fewer pesticides. I think I smell an industry rat. I find it hard to believe that so many experts on GE crops, in a 407 page Report, could possibly forget this paper by Benbrook on the massive increases in glyphosate use in Trends in glyphosate herbicide use in the United States and globally (2016) which states that, “Since 1974 in the U.S., over 1.6 billion kilograms of glyphosate active ingredient have been applied, or 19 % of estimated global use of glyphosate (8.6 billion kilograms). Globally, glyphosate use has risen almost 15-fold since so- called “Roundup® Ready,” genetically engineered glyphosate-tolerant crops were introduced in 1996. Two-thirds of the total volume of glyphosate applied in the U.S. from 1974 to 2014 has been sprayed in just the last 10 years”?3 [See page 3 for further discussion]

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Corporate influence in food science and policy

More Monsanto documents, more Tamar Haspel problems. Report by Paul D. Thacker

The University of Toronto, Faculty of Law is hosting a conference on food and law where I am appearing on a panel with other experts to discuss conflicts of interest and corporate influence. This presents a perfect opportunity to dive into a really understudied problem — in her recent book, NYU Emeritus Professor Marion Nestle found only 11 studies examining corporate influence on nutrition research — as well as address Tamar Haspel, a Washington Post food columnist who has a unique and conflicted approach to journalism.

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Open letter to the CMO (England), the Wellcome Trust and Public Health England

Why are your departments promoting corporations at the expense of public health and the environment? Is it to please the British Government or the Corporations?

The first part of this document is background information, the Open Letter starts on page 12

Background information
A NEW PAPER REVEALS MONSANTO’S SECRET STUDIES: MONSANTO KNEW THAT GLYPHOSATE CAUSED CANCER IN ANIMALS BUT MANIPULATED THE DATA1

Monsanto has known since the 1970s that glyphosate causes cancer, according to a new paper by researchers Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneff. Samsel is the first independent researcher
to examine Monsanto’s secret toxicology studies on glyphosate. He obtained the studies through a request to his senator. With Dr Stephanie Seneff of MIT, he reviewed Monsanto’s data. Samsel and Seneff concluded that: “significant evidence of tumours was found during these investigations”.

Extract: Glyphosate has a large number of tumorigenic effects on biological systems, including direct damage to DNA in sensitive cells, disruption of glycine homeostasis, succinate dehydrogenase inhibition, chelation of manganese, modification to more carcinogenic molecules such as N- nitrosoglyphosate and glyoxylate, disruption of fructose metabolism, etc. Epidemiological evidence supports strong temporal correlations between glyphosate usage on crops and a multitude of cancers that are reaching epidemic proportions, including breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, kidney cancer, thyroid cancer, liver cancer, bladder cancer and myeloid leukaemia.

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German Glyphosate Reassessment is fraudulent: reply to the CMO for Scotland 30/07/2014

In a Press Release in March 2014, The President of the German Federal Institute of Risk Assessment (BfR), Prof Dr Dr Andreas Hensel, on the basis of evaluation of 150 new studies and an additional 900 studies from the scientific journals, was quoted as having said on behalf of BfR: These new studies do not suggest that glyphosate has carcinogenic or embryo-damaging properties or that it is toxic to reproduction in test animals. The data do not warrant any significant changes in the limit values of the active ingredient… 1

The BfR legal department claims that the reassessment was solely done by BfR staff members

On 15/07/2014 Herr König, on behalf of the BfR Justiziariat (Legal Department), wrote to Dr Nancy Swanson with regard to her request for information (06/04/2014) about the Renewal Assessment Report (RAR) on glyphosate. Herr König said that the work on the RAR on glyphosate was “solely done by the BfR staff members of department no. 6, who are civil servant employees.”

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WE ARE WHAT WE EAT

The poisoning of our food supply

“We now live in a world where it is considered beneficial and necessary to spray poison over all our food and to add more poison (dye, preservatives, flavor enhancers, etc) in processing our food. Then we take more poison to counteract the poisons. Beam me up Scotty, the inmates are insane.” Dr Nancy Swanson; on the history of how corporations have successfully changed the laws in the US to poison our food: 03/04/2014 http://www.examiner.com/article/the-poisoning-of-our-food-supply

“The world of systemic insecticides is a weird world, surpassing the imaginings of the brothers Grimm. It is a world where the enchanted forest of the fairy tales has become a poisonous forest. It is a world where a flea bites a dog and dies…where a bee may carry poisonous nectar back to its hive and presently produce poisonous honey.” Rachel Carson on systemic insecticides in “Silent Spring”: 27/09/1962

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“Coalition against Bayer Dangers, http://www.CBGnetwork.org”
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The Chemicals Regulation Directorate, the European Food Safety Authority and the European Commission

Are in the hands of the Pesticides Industry

Compiled by Rosemary Mason MB ChB FRCA on behalf of a global network of independent scientists, beekeepers and environmentalists 2014

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OPEN LETTER TO THE NATIONAL FARMERS’ UNION Executive Summary

THE AGROCHEMICAL INDUSTRY HAS WORKED WITHIN GOVERNMENT SINCE BEFORE WW2

Rothamsted Research had been established by a philanthropist collaborating with a chemist in 1843 and had discovered the first chemical herbicide 2,4-D in 1941.

FROM THE 1970s INTO THE 2000s INDUSTRY HAS BEEN GIVEN FREE REIN

The Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution (RCEP) criticized the Government for its lax pesticides policy and particularly for aerial spraying, so in 2011 the RCEP was abolished. Syngenta, Bayer CropScience and Monsanto are working within Government. Freedom of Information requests showed that GM companies are running the Government’s PR strategy on GM crops by controlling how public and private money will be invested in research.1

THE GOVERNMENT REFUSED TO LEGISLATE ON ‘SUSTAINABLE’ USE OF PESTICIDES

EU Directive (2009/128/EC) Article 9: Aerial Spraying. The Government refused to prohibit aerial spraying. Article 10: Protection of Water Article. With regard to establishing buffer zones near to watercourses they would seek to work with industry. Article 11: They did not consider it necessary to prohibit the use of pesticides in sensitive areas such as Natura 2000 sites, children’s playgrounds, hospitals, schools, public parks etc. Article 31: Advance notice of spraying to members of the public (including children) who could be exposed to spray drift could be dealt with by developing ‘good relations with their neighbours’.

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Open Letter to the European Commission and European Food Safety Authority

Executive Summary

1) Sealed documents obtained from the US EPA show that Monsanto knew that glyphosate caused cancer in animals but manipulated the research results1
“During its years investigating glyphosate’s bioactivity, Monsanto conducted hundreds of trials on mice, rats, beagle dogs, rabbits and other life. Among the many cancers and diseases Monsanto’s own research found associated with glyphosate are: adenoma/cancer in the pituitary gland; glioma tumors in the brain; reticular cell sarcomas in the heart; malignant tumors in the lungs; salivary mandibular reticular cell carcinoma; metastatic sarcomas of the lymph gland; prostate carcinoma; cancer of the bladder; thyroid carcinoma; adrenal reticulum cell sarcomas; cortical adenomas; basal cell squamous skin tumours. In female mammals there were cancers of the lung, liver, thymus, stomach, bladder adrenal glands, ovaries, colon, uterus, parathyroid and mammary glands.” (page 5 US EPA)

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Close relationships between the British Government, the Agrochemical Industry, the European Food Safety Authority and the European Commission

Contents Page

Genetically Engineered Foods: The Biggest Fraud in the History of Science

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Glyphosate, destroyer of human health and global biodiversity

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Commercial formulations of herbicides induce changes in antibiotic response to E.Coli and S.enterica serovar Typhimurium; they are biocides

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ADAS recommended pre-harvest spraying of glyphosate on crops and spraying on grassland, but the first papers had been written by Monsanto scientists without declarations of conflict and without peer-review

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The public is unaware that glyphosate (and other pesticide) residues are present in food despite the fact that pre-harvest spraying began in Britain in 1980

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Disinformation from Science Media Centre and Glyphosate Task Force

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The Scandal of Glyphosate Re-assessment in Europe

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Other independent studies on the toxicity of formulated glyphosate and proof of deterioration of health in the UK and the US

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Britain involved with corporations at the expense of the health of the public

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Open letter from America to the Prime Minister warning the UK against GM crops: November 2014

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Background on systemic neonicotinoid insecticides: regulation by industry

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Conflicts of Interest in the EU: the Committees are controlled by industry: ‘professional’ members take turns in rotating around the committees

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European Commission, EFSA, UK, WHO and UNEP delay the criteria for defining endocrine disruptors. Is it to protect the Agrochemical Industry and the herbicide glyphosate/Roundup®?

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Other ways in which UK Ministers failed to adhere to the precautionary principle but preferred to support corporations and the economy

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UK denies that exposure to environmental chemicals damages foetal brains

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The Verdict of the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal concerning the six indicted corporations (BASF, BAYER, DOW CHEMICAL, DUPONT, MONSANTO, SYNGENTA)

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Genetically Engineered Foods: The Biggest Fraud in the History of Science1

Governments and leading scientific institutions have systematically misrepresented the facts about GMOs and the scientific research that casts doubt on their safety
On 4 March 2015 the Organisation Beyond GM facilitated the Press Release of American public interest attorney Steven Druker’s acclaimed new book, Altered Genes, Twisted Truth How the Venture to Genetically Engineer Our Food Has Subverted Science, Corrupted Government and Systematically Deceived the Public.2

His book reveals how governments and leading scientific institutions have systematically misrepresented the facts about GMOs and the scientific research that casts doubt on their safety.3

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5 November 2019

Another Silent Killer

Compiled by Rosemary Mason MB ChB FRCA with information from a global network of independent scientists, toxicologists, beekeepers, environmentalists, Governments, Industry and Regulators

An increase in the incidence of Type 2 diabetes, obesity and autism has been reported in Scotland. Similar increases have been seen globally. The herbicide glyphosate was introduced in 1974 and its use is accelerating. The manufacturers claim it to be safe, but none of the Regulatory Agencies are monitoring glyphosate levels in groundwater.

By courtesy of independent researchers around the world we present evidence that glyphosate interferes with many metabolic processes in plants, animals and humans, and glyphosate residues have been found in all three. Glyphosate is an endocrine-disruptor (as are many herbicides) it damages DNA and it is a driver of mutations that lead to cancer. We present graphs from the US which correlate glyphosate application and the percentage of GE soy and corn crops to the incidence and prevalence of various diseases in those on a Western diet. The Pearson’s correlation coefficients are very strong and highly significant for obesity, diabetes, autism, thyroid cancer, liver cancer, deaths from Parkinson’s, Senile Dementia and Alzheimer’s, inflammatory bowel disease and acute kidney failure.

We present Cancer Research UK graphs of upward trends in cancer incidences between 1975 and 2009, which are in line with the US graphs. Other consequences are gastrointestinal disorders, heart disease, depression, infertility, birth defect s and other cancers. The data for the amount of non-agricultural use of glyphosate in the UK appear to be confidential. Parts of South Wales, in former mining areas, Japanese knotweed and Himalayan Balsam abound. The local Council does not hold glyphosate records. Instead it contracts out to a commercial organisation to supply industry approved vegetation management techniques. A quote from the contractor:

“The glyphosate we use called round up has a hazard free label.” The level of glyphosate in a river draining from areas of Japanese knotweed was 190 parts per trillion (ppt) and local tap water was 30 ppt. These were of the order of concentrations found in a study in 2013 which showed that breast cancer cell proliferation is accelerated by glyphosate in extremely low concentrations: potential biological levels at part per trillion (ppt) to part per billion (ppb).”

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HOW CHINA IS MASS POISONING BILLIONS OF PEOPLE AND THE ENVIRONMENT WITH THE PRODUCTION OF GLYPHOSATE AND THE IMPORTATION AND CONSUMPTION OF GM ROUNDUP READY SOY AND CORN

China is the largest producer and exporter of glyphosate, the declared active ingredient in Monsanto’s infamous and highly toxic Roundup herbicide, as well as in other glyphosate based herbicides (GBHs). In 2015, China produced over 800,000 metric tons of glyphosate, which represented roughly 70% of global production. Over 80% of China’s production of glyphosate is exported in six countries, with the US, Brazil and Argentina representing 55-60% of the export market. The balance is consumed locally in China.[1]

Open Letter to the National Assembly for Wales about PISA tests and Ecocide

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Research Links Pesticide Harmful to Bees With Collapse of Fisheries

ANDREA GERMANOS, COMMON DREAMS

A new study provides further evidence of harm caused by a class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids, which have been linked to declines in bees, other insects, birds and other animal populations. Researchers linked use of the chemicals on fields of rice paddies nearby Lake Shinji in Japan with impacts to an entire food web that resulted in the collapse of two fisheries.
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“Glyphosate reassessment in Europe is fraudulent”

Steven Bradbury
Director
Office of Pesticides Programs
US Environmental Protection Agency 15/06/2014

Dear Sir

Did EPA know that three different patents have been filed and granted for glyphosate?

  • As a chelator of heavy metals and a wetting agent in 19611
  • As a herbicide in 19682
  • As an antibiotic in 20023
  • As an anti-protozoal agent in 20034In the US it is illegal to administer a drug in food without a medical license to do soThe World Health Organisation and the Chief Medical Officer for England, Professor Dame Sally Davies, have declared that antibiotic-resistant diseases pose an apocalyptic threat to humans. In 2013 the CMO told Parliament that this issue should be added to the national risk register of civil emergencies. She placed the blame on vets, farmers and GPs for over-use of antibiotics but I informed her that this was a drop in the ocean compared with the massive amounts of glyphosate used globally. Glyphosate is a very powerful antibiotic and those eating foods that are not organic are consuming residues every day in staple foods.

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Open Letter to the Global Pesticide Regulatory Authorities and the UK and US Media

Rosemary Mason
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Glyphosate is toxic to aquatic invertebrates and human reproduction

Jack de Bruijn
Director of Risk Management European Chemicals Agency

Jack de Bruijn

UNVEILING THE GLYPHOSATE CONSPIRACY1

  • Evidence now suggests taxpayers’ money has been used to shield Monsanto and other pesticides companies from liability and obstruct consumers’ ability to prove damages.
  • Jess Rowland, former associate director of EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs, appears to have aided and protected Monsanto’s interests. Legal teams are now requesting that he be ordered to supply information about his work to ascertain the quid pro quo relationships.
  • Rowland’s post-EPA work includes consulting for three chemical companies and that work involves a chemical in all three instances. All three companies are also close associates of Monsanto.

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Grave Inaccuracies and Omissions in US EPA Glyphosate Issue Paper: Evaluation of Carcinogenic Potential

Contents

Page 1 How Prof Gilles-Eric Séralini’s paper on 2-year rat feeding studies was retracted
Page 11 How Prof Andrès Carrasco’s work on teratogenicity was suppressed
Page 15 How the International Agency for Research into Cancer was sidelined
Page 18 How Samsel and Seneff’s five papers on Glyphosate and Modern Diseases were ignored Page 21 What Monsanto failed to reveal to the US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) Page 26 Open Letter from America to the Prime Minister warning the UK against GM crops
Page 27 The Secret History of the US EPA

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Agrochemical Apocalypse: Interview with Environmental Campaigner Dr Rosemary Mason

The renowned author and whistleblower Evaggelos Vallianatos describes British environmentalist and campaigner Dr Rosemary Mason as a “defender of the natural world and public health.” I first came across her work a few years ago. It was in the form of an open letter she had sent to an official about the devastating environmental and human health impacts of glyphosate-based weed killers. What had impressed me was the document she had sent to accompany the letter. It was over 20 pages long and contained official data and referred to a plethora of scientific papers to support the case she was making.


The British Medical Journal is unaware of the links between Cancer Research UK and the Pesticides Industry – 12 April 2016

An Open Letter from America was sent on 11 November 2014, warning countries in Europe and EU regulators not to authorize GM crops and glyphosate because of the devastating effects on human health and the environment. David Cameron ignored that advice on behalf of England. He and Defra concealed the letter from the British public. The European Commission and the European Food Safety Authority ignored it as well and have continued to approve GM Crops for growing and for food and feed in the EU. Defra dismissed the complaints of Crop-sprayed rural residents in the UK of ill health: cancers, neurological conditions, allergies etc. just as the Argentinian Government dismissed the health complaints of rural communities in Crop-sprayed towns. In their re-assessment, the RMS, EFSA and the European Glyphosate Task Force excluded papers from Latin America where cancers, birth defects, infertility and DNA changes were shown.

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The Cocktail Effect

UK citizens and the natural environment are being exposed to potentially harmful mixtures of pesticides.

These mixtures appear in our food, water and soil and can affect the health of both humans and wildlife. There is a growing body of evidence that pesticides can become more harmful when combined, a phenomenon known as the ‘cocktail effect’. Despite this, the regulatory system designed to protect us from pesticides only looks at individual chemicals and safety assessments are carried out for one pesticide at a time.

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Open Letter to Sir John Beddington Professor of Natural Resources Management Oxford Martin Commission

The Year of the Bumblebee

In 2010 when we sent you our photo-journal: The Year of the Bumblebee we said that Dr Henk Tennekes, an independent toxicologist from the Netherlands, prophesied environmental catastrophe from the use of the systemic neonicotinoid insecticides. He said that these chemicals act on the brains of insects (and humans) in a virtually irreversible and time-dependent manner.1 He showed that collapse of bee colonies, the loss of other invertebrates and bird declines in Europe are associated with chronic low levels of these chemicals.2 Bayer and Syngenta are fighting the partial neonicotinoid ban. The EU authorities have granted many exemptions including those requested by Industry (alone) and the NFU.3 There are plenty of independent studies from around the world to show that neonicotinoid insecticides are killing bees and they are fast heading for extinction. On 20/02/2017 a former employee of the US EPA wrote an article in the US Huffington Post showing that America’s honeybees are on life support.4 However, the summary written by Prof Charles Godfray of the Oxford Martin Commission 5 promoted a paper by Syngenta 6 that denies this. Lack of statistical analysis has been heavily criticized by independent scientists.7 These insecticides are still on the market and in fact the quantities exported by German companies even increased significantly – from 952 tons (2008) to 2269 tons (2014).

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The Baroness Chisholm of Owlpen House of Lords

British journalists, politicians and farmers are being used as guinea pigs

On 21/03/2016 you replied to the Countess of Mar’s question about glyphosate. You said the government supported EFSA’s conclusions that glyphosate does not cause cancer. This was a little premature. The Commission was about to authorise glyphosate for a further 15 years, when 4 Members of the European Parliament asked for Freedom of Information to see the 14 unpublished carcinogenicity studies from the Glyphosate Task Force that IARC had been unable to see. Have the UK experts actually seen these studies or do they trust the Glyphosate Task Force (GTF), and the manufacturers of the chemical, implicitly?

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Industry, Regulators, Governments and Corporate Media are colluding to poison the people

Monsanto forced to release incriminating emails in US Roundup/cancers trial

Judge Chhabria and the US law firm Baum Hedlund uncovered emails on September 26 2012 between Monsanto’s personnel to discuss plan to seek retraction of the Séralini study with the Editor of Food and Chemical Toxicology (who it turned out had signed a contractual agreement with Monsanto a short time before the article appeared.)

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Open Letter: Where have all our insects and birds gone?

Neonicotinoid insecticides, glyphosate and Roundup Ready GM Crops

Last year the Guardian published letters from all over the country asking this question. Both the neonicotinoid insecticides and glyphosate (Roundup) herbicide appear to be responsible.1
The UK government, the NFU, the Farming Minister, the Defra Minister, Defra and the Department of Health are supporting glyphosate and systemic neonicotinoid insecticides. Some UK farmers say it will be impossible to farm without access to these two chemicals. They are voting to grow GM Roundup Ready Crops after Brexit.

Has Monsanto told the truth about GM Roundup Ready crops? Monsanto, Bayer and Syngenta coat their GMO corn seeds with neonics but charge farmers extra for them— even though studies show that neonic-coated seeds provide no real benefit to farmers.

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Carcinogenicity assessment flawed for four out of 10 pesticides, new review shows

A new review of carcinogenicity assessments of pesticide active ingredients shows 40 percent were not carried out in compliance with existing European guidelines, leading to possible continued exposure of farmers and consumers to cancer-causing pesticides.[1] In 30 percent of the cases, significant details were missing from the dossiers, raising uncertainties about how European authorities came to the conclusion they did.


To those who support the renewal of the registration of glyphosate or remain silent about it

“Corporate totalitarianism … rules through dispensability and corruption. It treats communities, people, countries, ecosystems and species as disposable and dispensable.”

Update on glyphosate renewal: On May 17 2017, the European Commission announced its intention to renew the license for glyphosate for 10 years despite a petition last year from 1.5 million citizens urging them not to. The British Government and civil servants supported this renewal wholeheartedly. But are they aware of the implications? The EU Commission was in a hurry because it didn’t want to wait for the Monsanto Papers to come out. However, MEPs have asked for an inquiry into them.

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US Scientists sound the alarm over global mass poisoning

The British Government, the US Government, the US Environmental Protection Agency and some farmers have worked together since before WW2 to silently poison air, water and food supply with synthetic chemicals

A little more than 100 years later, on 21/12/2017, independent US Scientists sound the alarm over global mass poisoning

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Our Daily Poison: Chemical Contamination of Our Food, Farmland, Rivers and Seas

How the global pesticides industry has been allowed silently to destroy life

Our Daily Poison: From Pesticides to Packaging, How Chemicals Have Contaminated the Food Chain and Are Making Us Sick

Marie-Monique Robin is an award-winning French journalist, author and filmmaker. She is the patron of the Monsanto Tribunal and on the Steering Committee. She received the 1995 Albert- Londres Prize, awarded to investigative journalists in France. She is the director and producer of more than thirty documentaries across Latin America, Africa, Europe and Asia, receiving thirty awards. She wrote the best-selling documentary (and book by the same name), “The World to According Monsanto,” which has been broadcast on fifty international television stations, and translated into 22 languages.

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Monsanto’s science is fraudulent Glyphosate causes cancers, many other diseases and is toxic to the environment

World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has declared glyphosate as a 2A carcinogen (probably carcinogenic in humans) On 20/03/2015 IARC reached its decision based on the view of 17 experts from 11 countries, who met in Lyon, France, to assess the carcinogenicity of 5 organophosphate pesticides: tetrachlorvinphos, parathion, malathion, diazinon, and glyphosate.

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Why is Britain voting for the renewal of the license of glyphosate?

Europe-wide soil contamination by glyphosate and dramatic declines in insect biomass

Glyphosate and AMPA: widespread persistence in topsoils in Europe

“A new research study by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, the Dutch University of Wageningen and Rikilt laboratories, reveals that among 317 EU soil samples of arable land, 42% contained AMPA, the most toxic metabolite of glyphosate, while glyphosate was found in 21% of the soils; 18% of the samples had both. The study was conducted in six crop systems along 11 EU member states comprising soils under different geographical and climatic conditions. Denmark, the UK and Portugal are the worst in this spectrum, with the highest detection frequency, while Italy and Greece seem to be the ones using less glyphosate on their crops. However, and most notably, these 2 molecules could be found in every tested member state. All tested crops presented glyphosate and AMPA residues. By far, the worst case was that of Portuguese vineyards, while no crops exhibited patterns of reduced reliance on glyphosate compared to others.”

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Open Letter: Head of Unit Pesticides and Biocides and Senior Scientist Chemical Regulations Division

Klaus Berend
Head of Unit
EUROPEAN COMMISSION
DIRECTORATE-GENERAL FOR HEALTH AND FOOD SAFETY Food and feed safety, Innovation
Pesticides and Biocides
Cc Dave Bench UK CRD

Dear Klaus Berend

I am fully aware that you are not an expert in Pesticides and Biocides, but an expert in the REACH specifications of plastics in aviation. Nor was the previous holder of the post, Michael Flüh, who was a non-scientist. Therefore, it is hardly surprising that your letter to me displayed a lack of knowledge of the subject. Does the Commissioner for Health Vytenis Andriukaitis have a shortage of qualified candidates to choose from to fill the post of Head of Unit, as specified by Jean-Claude Juncker?

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Open Letter to Bayer CropScience

Werner Baumann Chief Executive Bayer CropScience

Dear Werner Baumann

An advertisement that Bayer placed in Politico and the Farmers’ Guardian on 19/12/2018 1

“Transparency creates trust. At Bayer, we embrace our responsibility to communicate how we assess our products’ safety — and we recognize that people around the world want more information around glyphosate. This month, we published more than 300 study summaries on the safety of glyphosate on our dedicated transparency website. “

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Why do the experts on Science Advice for Policy by European Academies fight for higher pesticide exposure?

Documents reveal EU bowed to demands of pesticide lobbies

An environmental non-profit has obtained documents showing the extent to which the European Commission has been lobbied by pesticide producers seeking to protect their interests, leading to a more lenient regulation of these controversial substances

The environmental group, Pesticide Action Network Europe (PAN), has obtained over 600 documents from the Commission showing top EU officials fighting to “cripple” the bloc’s pesticide protection legislation. “The Commission has chosen the side of the industry,” PAN’s Chemicals Coordinator Hans Muilerman told De Morgen.

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