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.
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
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.