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.
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 NEO: Will 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.
Do you like your food, wine, and other beverages pesticide free? GMO-related approvals lacking robust risk assessment, and open marketplace experimentation (without consumer consent!), will continue to pose obstacles to source healthy, untainted food…..unless consumers keep wallets closed to GMO. Monsanto’s flawed and failing GMO technology continues to be exposed with increasing pesticide resistance to Roundup’s active Glyphosate ingredient. Meanwhile, USDA continues to dangerously greenlight triple-stacked GMO pesticide tolerant and next generation engineered plants, with inadequate risk assessment. Resultant casualties can include those individuals growing and wanting to eat crops from organic and sustainable farming methods, as well as toxic pesticide fallout on whole ecosystems! Unless a plant is genetically engineered to tolerate 2 additional chemical sprays (that have been approved for GMO crops without appropriate consideration to farmers’ non GMO plants and homeowner gardens), all vegetation can be harmed due to atmospheric drift of volatile Dicamba and 2,4-D. http://www.ecowatch.com/wine-monsanto-dow-dicamba-2-4-d-2177053648.html
Soils and ecosystems will also be receiving much higher pesticide dousings in the New Year as more toxic pesticide technology is rolled out. As a consequence, health care costs will likely rise from the toxic spray drift residues ending up on food you consume. The US government doesn’t routinely measure or inform consumers about such contamination.
In a further development to expand this pernicious GMO monoculture agricultural technology, a Monsanto merger with Bayer, will likely expedite the global spread of this newer genetically engineered plant technology. What is very sinister about this new triple stacked GMO pesticide-dependent technology is that it is truly intolerant of native plant ecosystems and nonGMO farming, including your backyard garden patch. You won’t know you’re on the receiving end of pesticide toxins until your plants silently succumb or your health is compromised. So in this new year we must all remain vigilant and actively hold our decision makers to be accountable to the American people, especially when health care and agriculture are on the table.
What is contaminating our foods, polluting our water supplies, and destroying soils health? GLYPHOSATE, best known for being the active ingredient in RoundUp, along with other so-called “inert” ingredients. Glyphosate was originally patented as a boiler descaler by Stauffer Chemical. Later after Monsanto obtained this broad spectrum biocidal chemical, it was patented as an herbicide to be paired with its GMO RoundUp Ready crops, and subsequently patented as an antibiotic by the corporation.
A further use was later recommended as a crop ripening/drying agent for food crops such as wheat, barley, lentils, peas and other nonGMO grains and legumes, leading to chemical residue to contaminate much of our food supply.. In short, Glyphosate is virtually ubiquitous in western developed agriculture, except for organic farming. And, unbeknownst to many people , they are consuming it in such quanty that it has been detected in their urine, and also in babies’ umbilical cord blood. http://www.ecowatch.com/why-is-glyphosate-sprayed-on-crops-right-before-harvest-1882187755.html
All of this has been happening under the guise of government deception, despite numerous peer-reviewed studies and evidence from around the world showing cancer, liver and kidney toxicity, and other health and ecosystem harms. The US government has been covering this up with abundant industry and special interest sponsored science. Unlike many major industrialized countries around the world, the US has taken numerous evasive actions to prevent useful consumer GMO labeling, inclusive of other crops containing Glyphosate, which has been declared a probable carcinogen by WHO. And if you explore the other pages on this site, you’ll find out toxic fallout is even worse than you can imagine, with the addition of Dicamba and 2,4-D( related to Agent Orange from Viet Nam) will be sprayed alongside Glyphosate in 2017! Find out what you can do to help protect your family and ecosystem health and act accordingly in 2017.
This is what the new “GMO labeling law” has brought to consumers:
“Unfortunately, the USDA-run National Organic Program (NOP) is written to protect the producers [especially GMO-related!] first, not the consumer. For instance, if an organic farmer’s crops are found to be contaminated by GMOs, that farmer can still send his crops to market under the certified organic label, as long as the farmer has shown that he/she has not purposely grown GMOs. Monsanto-friendly USDA wrote this loophole so that the source polluters (GMO farmers and GMO seed corporations) would have no liability for their pollution. But that’s not fair to organic farmers who get contaminated.” Sourced from http://gmofreeusa.org/wp-content/uploads/
USDA law is not just unfair to organic famers, it’s a serious threat to their livelihoods as unpreventable and unwanted GMO contamination can bankrupt them! It’s prudent to know your surrounding farmers to beware of Bt pollen contamination and/or whats been farmed on or adjacent the land in prior years. In short USDA GMO agricultural policy has been crafted to potentially crush small family farmers who work hard to preserve the quality and purity of their nutritious produce; they have no definitive organic protection under US law! In this regard the organic label is slanted to be anti-consumer as consumers may not be getting what they think they are buying when buying the organic label! Compliments of both mainstream parties’ politicians who feed on our money -buys influence government.
And then there’s this for millennial to beware: http://livingmaxwell.com/vance-crow-monsanto-director-millennial-engagement
Also a note for millennials this Presidential election: Dr. Jill Stein appears to be the best candidate for GMO labeling as noted by her position paper. Hillary Clinton has flip-flopped when challenged by Bernie, but her history shows strong ProGMO interests. Donald Trump says he is for labeling but who knows exactly what that means. It looks like Gov. Johnson is for the TPP but can’t figure what Johnson’s position is on GMO food labeling since he teamed up with Gov. Weld.