Glyphosate Worse Than We Could Imagine By F. William Engdahl

15 April 2019 — New Eastern Outlook

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As new studies continue to point to a direct link between the widely-used glyphosate herbicide and various forms of cancer, the agribusiness lobby fights ferociously to ignore or discredit evidence of human and other damage. A second US court jury case just ruled that Monsanto, now a part of the German Bayer AG, must pay $ 81 million in damages to plaintiff Edwin Hardeman who contracted non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma cancer. The ruling and a line-up of another 11,000 pending cases in US courts going after the effects of glyphosate, have hit Bayer AG hard with the company announcing several thousand layoffs as its stock price plunges.

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New Studies Confirm Dangers of Glyphosate By F. William Engdahl

26 February 2019 — New Eastern Outlook

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Since the 1960s uproar over the dangers of widespread agriculture use of the weed killer, DDT, no other herbicide or agriculture chemical has stirred as much widespread opposition as glyphosate. Glyphosate is the main and only publicly disclosed ingredient in the world-leading herbicide, Roundup from Monsanto/Bayer. With fierce opposition from many EU member states, in 2018 owing to a sly maneuver by the former German Minister of Agriculture, the EU Commission ruled to continue allowing the controversial pesticide. Now recent tests have added to the body of evidence that glyphosate is carcinogenic and should be banned immediately.

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Tanzania Orders Destruction of Monsanto / Gates’ GM Trials Due to Illegal Use for Pro-GM Propaganda

23 November 2018 — African Centre for Biodiversity

Tanzanian civil society organisations (CSOs) welcome the decision of the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Mathew Mtigumwe, to bring an immediate stop to all ongoing GM field trials taking place in the country. These are under the auspices of the Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) project which includes Monsanto, the Gates Foundation and national research centres. This decision has since been verified by the newly appointed Minister of Agriculture, Japheth Hasunga in latest media reports.

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GMO Propaganda and Neoliberalism vs Localisation and Agroecology By Colin Todhunter

19 November 2018 — Global Research

What people communicate is a matter of choice. But what can be more revealing are the issues they choose to avoid. There are certain prominent pro-GMO activists who describe themselves as ‘science communicators’. They hit out at those who question their views or who have valid criticisms of GM technology and then play the role of persecuted victim, believing that, as the self-appointed arbiters of righteousness, they are beyond reproach, although given their duplicity nothing could be further from the truth.

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Global Glyphosate Study Pilot Phase Shows Adverse Health Effects at ‘Safe’ Doses

16 May 2018 — Istituto Ramazzini

Summary:

  • Three peer-reviewed accepted manuscripts from the pilot phase of the Global Glyphosate Study are available online today (May 16th). The papers will be published in the prestigious scientific journal Environmental Health later in May.
  • The pilot study was a single-dose study on glyphosate based herbicides (GBHs) in rats, using the the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s acceptable daily dietary exposure level of glyphosate (cRfD) – 1.75 mg/kg/day. (a single-dose study means that the same concentration was given to the rats daily over a 3 month period).
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Organic Bytes: What will it take to get this chemical banned?

26 April 2018 — Organic Consumers Association

[First, a whinge about the the UK environmental movement: It sucks! Organisations like Friends of the Earth (FOE) and Greenpeace with millions in resources can’t even manage a weekly newsletter like this one from OCA, a US-based organisation or another I carry here, Sustainable Pulse. Greenpeace do have RSS feeds but you have hunt around the website to find them and my subscription to FOE has yet to deliver anything. What does it tell us about the state of political involvement here in the UK? WB]

ESSAY OF THE WEEK

What Could Go Wrong?

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Monsanto is working frantically with its cronies at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to get another 15-year approval for its Roundup weedkiller—before EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt gets fired or Trump is impeached.

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Global Breaking News on GMOs and Pesticides 25 April 2018

25 April 2018 — Sustainable Pulse

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UCSF Places Secret Agrichemical Industry Documents including Monsanto Papers Online 

The University of California, San Francisco Industry Documents Library placed online several collections of agrichemical industry documents on Thursday, including some acquired and donated by U.S. Right to Know, a consumer and public health watchdog group. The documents shine light on the public relations, scientific, legislative and regulatory tactics the industry has used to defend […] The post UCSF Places Secret Agrichemical Industry Documents including Monsanto Papers Online …

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GMOs and Pesticides – Global Breaking News

17 January 2018 — Sustainable Pulse

US Organic Food Movement Protests USDA Interference in Animal Welfare Standards 

The U.S. organic food movement, representing dozens of brands, thousands of organic farmers and millions of organic consumers, as well as retailers, certifiers, and organizations, has published an open letter in the Washington Post. The cosigners are demanding that the USDA stop interfering with the public process that has created clear standards for animal welfare in […] The post US Organic Food Movement Protests USDA Interference in Animal Welfare Standards appeared first on …

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New Global Review Shows Five-Fold Increase in Pest Resistance to GM Crops

11 October 2017 — Sustainable Pulse

A new global assessment, released Tuesday by the University of Arizona, helps scientists explain why cases of pest resistance to genetically modified crops increased by more than fivefold in the past decade, yet some pests remain suppressed. In 2016, farmers worldwide planted more than 240 million acres (98 million hectares) of genetically modified corn, cotton […] The post New Global Review Shows Five-Fold Increase in Pest Resistance to GM Crops appeared first on Sustainable Pulse.

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Is Google Helping Monsanto Hide the Truth?

30 September 2017 — Organic Consumers Association

OCA fundraising meter at $135kFirst, the good news. The work we’re doing together is paying off.

This week, the EU Parliament banned Monsanto lobbyists from attending any meetings there—because the Biotech Giant refused to show up for hearings into allegations that it had interfered with safety studies.

This, on top of class action lawsuits by farmers whose crops were damaged by Monsanto’s dicamba herbicide, and hundreds of lawsuits by people who have non-Hodgkin lymphoma cancer after being exposed to Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, is eroding Monsanto’s power.

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A Short History of Glyphosate

6 September 2017 — Sustainable Pulse

A Short History of Glyphosate 

The Detox Project and Sustainable Pulse has created and published Wednesday the first ‘Short History of Glyphosate’, which identifies some important dates during the scandalous history of the World’s most used herbicide. 1961: Glyphosate was patented in the U.S. as a Descaling and Chelating Agent by the Stauffer Chemical Co. Due to its strong metal […] The post A Short History of Glyphosate appeared first on Sustainable Pulse.

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Degeneration Nation

13 July 2017 — Organic Bytes

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After decades of trying to reform public policy on food and farming, including an intense four-year battle to force mandatory labeling of GMOs (rudely terminated in 2016 when Congress and the Obama administration rammed through the outrageous DARK Act), food activists and conscious consumers find ourselves wondering “what’s the use of lobbying the government?”

Do we really think the Trump administration, the Republican Congress, and farm state and Establishment Democrats care about the toxicity, exploitation and environmental destruction of our food system?

The culinary directive from Congress and the White House this summer goes something like this: Don’t worry. Shut up and eat your Frankenfoods, cheap junk foods, and factory-farm meat, dairy and poultry.

Don’t worry about Monsanto’s Roundup or Dow’s neonic residues in your food and water. Don’t worry about the dubious fare at your local supermarkets, including thousands of products fraudulently labeled or advertised as “natural.”

It’s time to step up the attack on Monsanto, pesticides, factory farms, fake “natural” products, organic fraud, and the entire degenerative food and farming system. It’s time to make organic and healthy food the norm, not just the niche market that it still is.

Read Ronnie’s essay: ‘Degeneration Nation’