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

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.

Did You Know Antibiotic Glyphosate is Sprayed on nonGMO Crops Right Before Harvest?

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.

Glyphosate /RoundUp Chemical Contamination of Many US Food Crops, Continues Unabated as Regulators FAIL TO ACT

A  FLAWED AND FAILING PESTICIDE DEPENDENT GMO TECHNOLOGY THAT PROMOTES FEEDING TOXINS TO CONSUMERS AND ANIMALS!

http://sustainablepulse.com/2016/11/14/alarming-levels-of-glyphosate-contamination-found-in-popular-american-foods/#.WCoyoHfMz-Z

Breaking news on more illegal activities by pro-GMO interests  GMO Groups Found Guilty of False Marketing and Money Laundering  Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) – laundered funds defeat western state GMO labeling initiatives in the peoples’ interests, but industry delaying tactics ultimately enabled industry interests to push a false labeling bill through at the federal level and keep citizens in the DARK about what’s in their food.  However, it took several years for this money laundering guilty verdict, and now citizens need to unite to correct the diversionary federal food labeling language. Multinational corporations  Coca Cola, Pepsi and General Mills were among those resulting in this GMO Food Labeling deception.  While justice prevailed in this case, the cost to consumers has been very high by not knowing about the pesticide-dependent toxic GMOs in food.

What’s Happening to Organic Labels?

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.

 

Impactful Cornell Student-Led GMO Course Ongoing and Available to Counter Industry PR-Driven Science

Click http://www.gmowtf.com  to find the speakers and subjects of the remaining lecture series through November 16th 2016. The course was designed to “provide an accurate, updated, and free reference on GMO science, ethics, and policy during a period of intense scientific and academic corruption. This reference is intended for all, yet aimed at students at the high school, undergraduate, and graduate levels.All class sessions available online.”  Get independent science, legal issues, food discussions right from the sources on YouTube or Facebook.

Don’t Let Politics Ruin Your Family’s Health!

Stop this fraudulent labeling bill [S. 764] in its tracks to save GMO labeling! Important message from Consumers Union:  The Senate just voted to block all state GMO labeling laws, including the historic Vermont bill that went into effect on July 1st. Defying Vermont’s citizens and consumers nationwide who want easy-to-read labels, some Senators sold us out to Big Food and Big Ag. It’s outrageous that our elected officials are siding with Monsanto and food industry lobbyists to thwart consumers’ interests to know critical ingredients in our food, especially due to the scientific-acknowledged creation of new potentially allergenic proteins from the GMO process itself. Having cleared the Senate, this new anti-labeling bill is headed to the House – but it’s not too late for us to speak up for GMO transparency.  Contact President Obama to VETO this bill. Also HERE

Consumerist gives you the real scoop, even the FDA doesn’t like this bill! “When the text of the bill, written by Sen. Pat Roberts (KS) and Sen. Debbie Stabenow (MI) — who have received a total of more than $2.1 million in campaign contributions from agribusiness donors this year alone — was first released, the Food and Drug Administration responded with a Technical Assistance Memo [PDF] that outlines the potential for new loopholes.https://consumerist.com/2016/07/12/federal-gmo-labeling-bill-opens-more-loopholes-than-it-closes/

From NY Times: “The biggest problem with the Senate bill is that — instead of requiring a simple label, as the Vermont law does — it would allow food companies to put the information in electronic codes that consumers would have to scan with smartphones or at scanners installed by grocery stores. The only reason to do this would be to make the information less accessible to the public.” http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/07/opinion/a-flawed-approach-to-labeling-genetically-modified-food.html?_r=0

From  Bloomberg article today:   Americans Are Buying Gene-Edited Food That’s Labeled Non-GMO “Products made possible through gene-editing have landed on grocery shelves. Whether they’ll stay there is up to shoppers wary of technological tinkering.”and ““There’s an overall distrust of Big Food and Big Science.” “Doug Gurian-Sherman, director of sustainable agriculture at the Center for Food Safety, said today’s conversations about gene-editing remind him of GMOs in the 1990s — the rhetoric is lofty and promises abound about healthier food and drought tolerance. “This is largely unproven” Gurian-Sherman said. (quotes from Bloomberg article).