Sacrifice of Scientific Integrity at the Corporate Altar?

Too much meddling going on with GMO front organizations?

And corporate meddling is stepped up at the Global level at a time mega-mergers are ongoing…Bayer-Monsanto..

Le Monde weighs in on the incestuous chemical agriculture crop system

Are Government Science Committees Stacked with Industry Interests?  BUT Some Corporations GET IT to Give the Consumer/Mothers nonGMO to Feed Families

New Test for Glyphosate Free Residue Certification

This new certification is great news for food manufacturers who want to certify their food with this important quality attribute: food free from Glyphosate residues! Consumers will benefit as well because organic and nonGMO Verified Project labels do not necessarily mean foods are Glyphosate or Roundup-free.  Glyphosate is the most used and abused herbicide in history!  Roundup is a pesticide toxin sprayed on GMO crops as part of the pesticide-dependent GMO crop system,  but many people are unaware it is often used as a pre-harvest crop ripener on nonGMO crops.   In this application, it essentially kills the plant to facilitate harvesting of many conventional crops like beans, peas, chick peas, and other plants.  The Glyphosate toxin remains on the food part of the plant and accumulates on foods, lacking Federal government review or limits on residue accumulation from multiple sprays. So many people have no idea they are regularly ingesting a pesticide toxin (which has also been patented by Monsanto as an antibiotic) at their dining tables.  Over time, the sublethal chemical doses of Glyphosate can lead to a myriad of health problems.

For more information https://detoxproject.org/glyphosate-in-numbers/ and   https://www.ifoam.bio/en/news/2017/04/18/monsanto-tribunal-judges-present-their-conclusions

Lawsuits Piling Up Against Monsanto’s Roundup/Glyphosate

Monsanto appears to be falling behind when it comes to defending against harmful health findings in farmers, farm workers, animals and others exposed to toxic pesticide chemicals in Roundup’s Glyphosate herbicide formulations.  In fact, California has become the first state to declare Glyphosate as carcinogenic, following the World Health Organization’s finding last year. As a result of this cancer classification, Monsanto is now required to post”clear and reasonable warning” that the chemical  is known to cause cancer.  The mounting lawsuits allege farmers are developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma among other health harms from the Roundup chemical exposure to people and pets. People have been misled and lied to by industry and its surrogate speakers about Roundup’s so-called “safety” profile since the 1990’s.  

An article by Dr. Mercola published April 12, 2017 states: “To date, there are over 700 individual cases being brought against Monsanto at the state and federal level.In one of those cases in San Francisco, California, a judge unsealed documents that suggest employees of Monsanto ghost wrote studies attributed to academics — studies that were then used to determine glyphosate does not cause cancer.

Documents indicate a senior officer at the EPA worked with Monsanto to suppress independent reviews of the ingredients. Insider information was shared with Monsanto to guide the message they published to the public.  The chair of the EPA’s Cancer Assessment Review Committee even promised to obstruct a Department of Health and Human Services review of glyphosate, and indeed that safety review never took place. One of the attorneys for the McCall family, environmental activist and author Robert F. Kennedy Jr., commented:

“Mounting evidence suggests that Monsanto knew about the hazards posed by glyphosate exposure, but failed to disclose this information to the public. Any time a corporation markets a harmful product to consumers as safe for use, it must be held accountable for the damage caused by that product.

Glyphosate is the product of both modern chemistry and a profoundly corrupt corporate culture. It is sad for our country and our people that such a powerful economic leader can only be trusted to put private greed before public health.”

In 1987 11 million pounds of glyphosate were applied in the U.S, compared to the now nearly 300 million pounds applied each year.”  Continue reading article here.

4-11-17 NEWS: Monsanto has been using false information to consumers indicating  Roundup was biodegradable and not harmful to humans for years. Now there are 2 lawsuits to bring independent science (instead of company PR-contrived science) into the court room- Monsanto sued for misleading consumers in Roundup label

UN Experts Slam Global Pesticide Industry for Human and Environmental Damage

Reported by Sustainable Pulse: “Two United Nations experts are calling Tuesday for a comprehensive new global treaty to regulate and phase out the use of dangerous pesticides in farming, and move towards sustainable agricultural practices. They say: “excessive use of pesticides are very dangerous to human health, to the environment and it is misleading to claim they are vital to ensuring food security.”  The Special Rapporteurs pointed to research showing that pesticides were responsible for an estimated 200,000 acute poisoning deaths each year. The overwhelming number of fatalities, some 99%, occurred in developing countries where health, safety and environmental regulations were weaker.Chronic exposure to pesticides has been linked to cancer, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, hormone disruption, developmental disorders and sterility. Farmers and agricultural workers, communities living near plantations, indigenous communities and pregnant women and children are particularly vulnerable to pesticide exposure and require special protections.

The experts warn that certain pesticides can persist in the environment for decades and pose a threat to the entire ecological system on which food production depends. The excessive use of pesticides contaminates soil and water sources, causing loss of biodiversity, destroying the natural enemies of pests, and reducing the nutritional value of food. The impact of such overuse also imposes staggering costs on national economies around the world.  To continue reading click here

Other recent related stories from Sustainable Post :

Wild Bee Decline Threatens US Crop Production – New Mapping Study

New Study Shows Sequence of Exposure to Pesticides Affects Toxicity

Experts Agree on Unified Definition for Global Regenerative Agriculture

How Academic Institutions and Scientists are Tarnished by Monsanto’s Steady Degradation of Scientific Integrity – Farmers and Consumers Bear the Brunt of Serious Consequences

Science and scientists for hire to lie to the public?  Tracy Malkan has done a meticulous sleuthing job to expose the layers covering Monsanto’s capture of academics and their “contrived industry PR -driven science”substituting for authentic science in agricultural food biotechnology. Her recent piece, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/stacy-malkan/monsanto-fingerprints-fou_b_10757524.html exposes the farmer and consumer deception since 2010 in a report  titled “Academics Review” and passed off as an independent source from a nonprofit industry organization.  Ms. Malkan had to employ the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to get access to the information.

“Academics Review has no conflicts-of-interest associated with this publication, and all associated costs for which were paid for using our general funds without any specific donor’ influence or direction.What was not mentioned in the report, the news release or on the website: Executives for Monsanto Co., the world’s leading purveyor of agrichemicals and genetically engineered seeds, along with key Monsanto allies, engaged in fund raising for Academics Review, collaborated on strategy and even discussed plans to hide industry funding, according to emails obtained by U.S. Right to Know via state Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. 

Monsanto’s motives in attacking the organic industry are obvious: Monsanto’s seeds and chemicals are banned from use in organic farming, and a large part of Monsanto’s messaging is that its products are superior to organics as tools to boost global food production.”

If there is a glimmer of hope, it is that Monsanto is choking on its own  pesticide-dependent GMO technology , employed since the 1990’s, and fostered by a mostly captured and compliant US regulatory framework.  However, as Monsanto has been working on a merger with German Bayer to spread its global influence and profits, there are growing problems of more weed and pest resistance to the chemical crop technology.

F. William Engdahl, a strategic risk consultant recently authored an article in NEOWill Superweeds Choke GMO to a Timely Death in USA? As nature revolts with chemical resistant weeds, and farmers choke on the endless cost path to using more and more chemicals to try to kill the super weeds, their soils health and fertility declines.  As a consequence the nutritional content of crops and foods produced from this GMO chemical dependent agriculture has been declining and human health and fertility issues have been on the upswing.  Additionally chemical toxins from Roundup, 2,4-D, Dicamba and pre-harvest dousings with more Glyphosate mount on the way to consumers’ food plates.  An alarming study from University of Illinois researchers found 75% of fields contain resistant weeds.  Coupled with USDA’s November 2016 deregulation action to a runaway resistant GMO bent grass, more GMO infiltration of organic crops is inevitable and containment cost burdens are being shifted from the federal government to states at an inopportune time.  More and more farmers are shifting back to sustainable and organic farming methods  as the GMO cost affordability and weed problems have exposed GMO as a flawed, failing, and unsustainable agricultural technology.

“It seems that the lies of Monsanto-Bayer, Dow-Dupont, ChemChina-Syngenta are coming back to haunt them. Far from their widely advertised claim that their patented GMO seeds need far less chemical weed-killers, USA farmers are finding out, over a period of years, that their crop acreages sprayed with ample doses of Roundup or other glyphosate-based weed-killers are fostering the growth of toxic Superweeds. Those superweeds are “glyphosate-resistant” meaning the Monsanto and other glyphosate weed-killers are useless. Farmers are forced to pour on other toxic weed-killer options to salvage their crops.”

What can you do to expedite the end of GMOs in our food ?  Contact food companies such  as with Nestle in this link .  Current federal law allows food labeling and companies listen to consumers to protect their brands.

Escaped Scott’s GMO Grass Genes NOT Controlled by USDA Regulation -Will Federal Containment Failure Shift Open-Ended Costs onto States?

Can badly  risk-assessed GMO grass genes be contained?  It looks like Oregon will unfortunately be the 1st test case of the federal government shifting the  job of managing GMO grass escapees to a state.  Federal government regulatory failure, exacerbated by Obama’s USDA Secretary Vilsack, has essentially backed shifting GMO  escapee control costs to states.  In November of 2016, at the request of Scott’s and Monsanto, the USDA APHIS Biotechnology Regulatory Services section deregulated the grass stating: ” there is no longer any authority for APHIS to require a permit or notification for the importation, interstate movement, or environmental release of the regulated article pursuant to 7 CFR part 340.” In short, the federal government mismanaged the GMO grass control, and came up with this scheme for states to bear a dreadful burden.  Can the promiscuous GMO genes be controlled or has the federal government  opened up a wild Pandora’s Box?

A couple of years ago, the Connecticut legislature, under the forward looking leadership of Senate President Pro Tem Don Williams, put forth a pre-emptive initiative to keep promiscuous and pesticide-dependent GMO bluegrass genes out of CT lawns and ecosystems.   However, Scott’s seed company, biotech industry interests and other political and industry interests, worked behind the scenes to stymie the legislation despite approval at the legislative committee level.  Not only is GMO grass gene spread a critical  issue wherever it has been tested, but containment is very problematic.  The Federal government should not unfairly offload costly and risky control burdens to states via deregulation of the GMO grasses.  Many states do not have the wherewithal to address these Pandora’s Box runaway genes, which independent scientists, researchers and  many legislators have warned about for years.  Instead , with the Oregon bentgrass deregulation and USDA easing the way, Scott’s has exploited a loophole  to test the viability of  GMO pesticide-dependent bluegrass  in undisclosed locations, without  public knowledge and lacking robust risk assessment. Instead of due diligence employing the Precautionary Principle as Europe has done to protect the public, the federal government has allowed Scott’s and other companies to situate test plots  in unposted areas (unbeknownst to adjacent land owners) which could result in contamination of neighboring lands, nonGMO farm produce and more.

Consumers are at a serious disadvantage of being informed about Scott’s GMO pesticide-dependent lawn seed because  is unlabeled due to negligent government risk assessment and industry-orchestrated PR science.  It will also contribute to homeowner well water and surface water toxin contamination from applications of  Roundup. And what if stronger pesticides like 2,4-D, Dicamba (and worse!) are used in a fruitless attempt to contain the Kentucky bluegrass and other GMO escapee grasses?  Pesticide resistance is continuing to increase and more will have to be applied. Additionally, risks of export crop infiltration by unknown GMO genes could continue to result in losses to American export crops, particularly as many nations that will not accept GMO gene contamination.