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By: Jon Rappoport | NoMoreFakeNews.com -
Imagine you are a lawyer arguing a case before a judge. There is no jury. The judge will decide the outcome.
The judge tells you, “Look, the other side, your opponents in this case, have filed documents with me. These documents are at the heart of their argument. I can’t allow you to read the documents. I can only give you access to heavily redacted versions. You’ll have to do the best you can. I have read the full documents. Your opponents, of course, know every word of those documents. But you don’t. And you won’t. Good luck. Limp along as well as you can.”
That’s what we’re talking about here.
(The link to the document is located at the bottm of this article.)
During the temporary halt, a complete independent investigation would be done, to find out exactly how harmful the pesticides and GMOs were.
But the legal and binding vote was suspended, because Monsanto and Dow immediately sued.
The case is now hung up in Federal Court.
I’ve just learned that Monsanto filed documents “under seal,” to make its case in the proceeding now before Federal Judge Susan Oki Mollway.
Monsano requested the court make the documents secret, and the previous Judge, Barry Kurren, agreed to it.
Here, in legalese, is Kurren’s decision:
“ORDER GRANTING PLAINTIFFS’ EX PARTE APPLICATION TO FILE UNDER SEAL IN PART THE DECLARATIONS OF SAM EATHINGTON, JESSE STIEFEL, AND ADOLPH HELM IN SUPPORT OF PLAINTIFFS’ MOTION FOR TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER AND PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION re 13- Signed by Judge BARRY M. KURREN on 11/14/2014.
‘IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Plaintiffs’ ex parte application is GRANTED. Accordingly, the subject declarations shall be filed by the Court under seal, and redacted versions may be filed with the Plaintiffs’ Motion.’”
That means the lawyers for the voters of Maui can’t see those Monsanto documents. Not in full. They can only read redacted versions of Monsanto making its case for continued GMO/pesticide experiments on Maui—contravening the demands of Maui voters.
What kind of court is this?
Judge Mollway, who will decide the case, can read everything Monsanto offers in its defense, but the lawyers against Monsanto have no full access and, therefore, can’t argue their side from full knowledge.
This echoes of cases where prosecutors claim “national security” as an issue. In those instances, documents are either excluded as evidence, or only redacted versions are allowed in.
Is this what we’re dealing with here? Monsanto’s concerns have become, in a federal court, a matter of national security?
Below, you will see a link to one such redacted Monsanto document. You will see the many blacked out lines.
One section (no.7) states: “…Monsanto currently owns or leases approximately 784 acres of farmland on the island. Certain specific locations on Maui are uniquely suitable to multi-season/cycle breeding and research.” The next 14 lines of the section are blacked out.
It’s not much of a stretch to infer those 14 lines are blacked out to conceal Maui locations of Monsanto facilities. You mean the addresses and names of Monsanto stations and growing fields on Maui are a secret?
Suppose, in your city, in your region, a major corporation was carrying out, on a regular basis, experiments with new, non-commercial, toxic pesticide chemicals and genetically altered organic materials. And suppose you were told that the permanent facilities of that corporation in your region were located at secret sites. How would you feel about it?
Wouldn’t that raise significant suspicions in your mind? Wouldn’t you want to know exactly what was going on at each and every one of those facilities? And if you were denied that information, as well as the names and addresses of the locations, wouldn’t you infer the secrecy was covering up something harmful to you?
Whole sections of the Monsanto court document are blacked out (e.g., no. 8 and 9). What do they say? Only the Judge and Monsanto know. The lawyers representing the voters of Maui don’t have a clue.
Section 10 states: “The current [Monsanto] workforce in the County [of Maui] has been trained over many years at the precise pollination techniques required and to perform other specialized tasks.” The next two lines are blacked out. Why? Because Monsanto considers further explanation of what these workers do to be proprietary secrets? This is what the Maui voters want to know about, because they, the people of Maui, are on the receiving end of the secret wind-blown pesticide and GMO experiments.
Section 11 of the court document is quite strange. It states: “And the US Department of Agriculture [USDA] sets requirements for how regulated field trials of new GE [genetically engineered] crops must be conducted.” The next 12 lines are blacked out. Why? Are the USDA regulations themselves a secret? Is there something about these regulations Monsanto doesn’t want the public to know? The “field trials” are at the heart of what the people of Maui are objecting to. How toxic are the secret experimental pesticides? How dangerous to health are the secret experimental GMOs?
Section 13 mentions a corn-crop disease called Goss’s Wilt. Then, six lines are blacked out. Why? What is Monsanto hiding from the people of Maui?
How in the world can the lawyers representing the voters of Maui argue their case in federal court when all this information is being withheld from them? The answer: they can’t.
The lawyers representing the people of Maui should be filing new motions to declare this case an impossible travesty. Until the lawyers can read every word of the documents Monsanto has filed with the court, there is no case, there is no proceeding, there is only a con job, with Monsanto the preordained winner by default.
And until the alternative media covers the Monsanto-Maui case and blows it up into the scandal it is, there will be no chance of justice.
Here is a link to the Monsanto court document I’ve been referring to:
original article: https://jonrappoport.wordpress.com/2015/04/10/revealed-a-secret-monsanto-document-in-the-maui-gmo-case/
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The WHO has issued a damning pronouncement about the world’s largest seed company:
Glyphosate, the primary ingredient in Monsanto’s toxic Round-up herbicide, is “probably carcinogenic.”
The announcement comes after a report was published by the International Agency for Research on Cancer in a British medical journal. The agency cited numerous studies in which occupational exposure to glyphosate was linked to “increased risks for non-Hodgkin lymphoma”.
“The assessment followed a meeting this month among 17 experts representing 11 countries, who evaluated the cancer-causing potential of glyphosate and four other pesticides. The research agency, which hasn’t previously classified glyphosate, monitors global cancer cases while trying to identify causes and responses.”
Monsanto, unsurprisingly, disagrees with the assessment. Phillip Miller, the Vice President of what is possibly the most hated company in the world, responded to the WHO’s announcement:
“We don’t know how IARC could reach a conclusion that is such a dramatic departure from the conclusion reached by all regulatory agencies around the globe.”
Other studies concur that Round-up is deadly
Actually, it isn’t just the IARC that has reached such a conclusion. I guess VP Miller missed it, but last year, two major, peer-reviewed studies offered proof that glyphosate is deadly.
The first study found that glyphosate increases the breast cancer cell proliferation in the parts-per-trillion range.
An alarming new study, accepted for publication in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology last month, indicates that glyphosate, the world’s most widely used herbicide due to its widespread use in genetically engineered agriculture, is capable of driving estrogen receptor mediated breast cancer cell proliferation within the infinitesimal parts per trillion concentration range.
The study, titled, “Glyphosate induces human breast cancer cells growth via estrogen receptors,” compared the effect of glyphosate on hormone-dependent and hormone-independent breast cancer cell lines, finding that glyphosate stimulates hormone-dependent cancer cell lines in what the study authors describe as “low and environmentally relevant concentrations.”
Another study found that consumption of glyphosate causes intestinal and gut damage, which opens the door to numerous human diseases, such as diabetes, gastrointestinal disorders, heart disease, obesity, autism, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s
However, another classification of allergy-type food is emerging and getting recognized for adverse effects on the human intestinal tract and gut. Those foods are genetically modified organisms known as GMOs or GEs. There is scientific research indicating intestinal damage from GMO food and the article “Glyphosate’s Suppression of Cytochrome P450 Enzymes and Amino Acid Biosynthesis by the Gut Microbiome: Pathways to Modern Disease” discusses how the inordinate amount of pesticides sprayed on GMOs leaves residues in GMO crops that, in turn, are being traced to modern diseases. (source)
Monsanto’s stocks are falling
Monsanto’s stock has fallen more than 3% since the WHO’s announcement. Let’s spread this information far and wide and hope that stocks continue to fall for the company.
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By: Barbara Peterson | Farm Wars -
I want food that Grandma ate. How hard is that to understand? I don’t want it chemically lobotomized and coated with poison. I don’t want it genetically spliced to become something between a salamander and a tomato. I don’t want it radiated and mutated. I don’t want a virus inserted in its DNA. I don’t want its RNA tampered with to change its traits. I just want good, old fashioned food. The kind you grow in your garden and use to feed your family and critters. The kind the bees like to collect pollen from and not go belly up the minute they enter the hive. The kind that you can pick with your bare hands and eat right from the plant. The kind that won’t turn your stomach into a pesticide factory and your guts into mush.
I actually have the gall to want food that is edible and good for me, not just something a chemical company threw together sporting a pretty label and packaging that says it is. Is that really too much to ask?
Well, according to Monsanto et al, it is. And the agribusiness giants have taken over the universities.
These corporate GMO and chemical farming pushers are brainwashing whole generations of young adults and senior adults that GMOs are safe, have been around for thousands of years, and are a perfectly natural alternative to Grandma’s garden, made by Monsanto. The chemical/life sciences company. You know the one. The one that appears to poison the very ground that it sits on along with the people around it.
Just how were Nitro citizens exposed to dioxin? Monsanto was producing the toxic herbicide Agent Orange in Nitro, and dioxin is a chemical byproduct of the substance. It is known to cause serious health conditions. The factory which produced Agent Orange was opened in Nitro in 1948 and remained in operation until 2004, even though usage of this herbicide in the past (in Vietnam and other Asian countries) was fatal to millions of citizens and the war veterans who were exposed to it.
Is this what we want for our children? Our planet? Our dinner plates?
Monsanto laughed all the way to the bank while covering up the toxicity of its industrial shenanigans as Anniston, Alabama’s children played in and ate dirt soaked with PCBs at yet another toxic superfund site created by Monsanto.
On the west side of Anniston, the poor side of Anniston, the people ate dirt. They called it “Alabama clay” and cooked it for extra flavor. They also grew berries in their gardens, raised hogs in their back yards, caught bass in the murky streams where their children swam and played and were baptized. They didn’t know their dirt and yards and bass and kids — along with the acrid air they breathed — were all contaminated with chemicals. They didn’t know they lived in one of the most polluted patches of America.
That is what Monsanto is about. Greed and avarice. Not feeding a starving world as the PR would have you believe.
And this is the company my friends, that is hell bent on owning the foundation of the world’s food supply, including that snack you are munching on, organic or not. And we are supposed to trust its good intentions? I’ll just bet those kids who played on that toxic soil in Anniston are feeling the love about now, as they inhale their last breaths through a respirator in the cancer wing of the local hospital.
Want to know why supposed “scientists” from universities such as UC Davis can get by with purporting to be “not receiving funds” from the biotech industry while spouting Monsanto propaganda? Because the money they receive is laundered through the universities they work for. They don’t receive it directly from Monsanto, they simply receive their paycheck from the university that does. Or the foundation that does. Or whatever biotech sinkhole that will accept money for services rendered.
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Land grant universities’ dependence on industry money has corrupted the independence of public science, as academics align their research projects with the ambitions of the private sector. Industry funding also diverts academic resources and attention away from projects that benefit the public, including research that challenges corporate control of food systems.
Donors can and do influence the outcomes of research to meet their business needs. More than 15 percent of university scientists acknowledge having “changed the design, methodology or results of a study in response to pressure from a funding source.”
Individual examples of pro-industry research abound… [A] study found that around half of authors of peer-reviewed journal articles about the safety of genetically engineered (GE) foods had an identifiable affiliation with industry. All of these produced favorable results to industry sponsors, while very few acknowledged having received industry funding.
The future of a major research deal between UC Davis and the Monsanto corporation brings the role of the university into bold relief. How far can a university go in collaborating with private industry before its mission of contributing to basic knowledge becomes distorted? How will we know when it’s gone too far?
Here is a link to a letter confirming only one of Monsanto’s many contributions to UC Davis:
The following is a portion of a Sacramento Bee article that has been removed from the newspaper’s site:
A “who’s who” of international biotechnology companies fund work at UC Davis. They include Monsanto, Syngenta, DuPont and Bayer. Some grants pay for specific research, but many arrive with no official strings attached. Whatever the form, the companies get something in return – access to the university’s talent pool and, often, first crack at its scientific breakthroughs.
“The public is having a hard time figuring out where the corporate door ends and where the university door begins,” said Bill Liebhardt, former director of the UC system’s sustainable farming program, which promotes nonindustrial farming methods.
Small farmers — the very people agricultural colleges like UC Davis were established to help — feel neglected. “The university is being led by industry,” said Judith Redmond, co-owner of Full Belly Farm, an organic vegetable farm in Yolo County. (Source: Sacramento Bee)
But don’t worry, Monsanto and its cohorts are feeding the world. What’s left of it when they get through is anyone’s guess.
This type of behavior is unacceptable by any standards. The Universities are essentially bought off by corporate biotech interests such as Monsanto’s and tasked with unleashing a technology with relatively unknown consequences on the general public under the guise of a love for humanity; a PR campaign designed to sell as much of the stuff as possible. This type of behavior is not only unethical, but criminal. Yet, that is exactly what Monsanto has a sordid history of doing and getting away with. With the government’s blessing and complicity. Money talks, reason walks. Along with common sense, compassion, and any spark of humanity left in the souls of those wretched creatures who are pulling the trigger on humanity one gene-spliced concoction at a time.
Article first appeared at Farm Wars.
Although Europe has for the most part rejected genetically engineered organisms, that has not prevented GMO giant Monsanto from taking advantage of one-third of Europe’s arable land.
Long considered Europe’s “bread basket,” Ukraine’s agricultural potential is huge. It’s rich dark soil is highly valued and ideal for growing grain.
Farmland producing it matches Texas in size and amounts to about one-third of Europe’s arable land.
Ukraine exports include wheat, corn, barley, vegetables, sugar beets, sunflower seeds, meat and milk.
About one-fourth of Ukrainian workers are in agriculture or forestry related areas. Monsanto and other agribusiness giants intend exploiting Ukraine’s agricultural potential.
In 2014, the Oakland Institute published a report titled “Walking on the West Side: The World Bank and the IMF in the Ukraine Conflict,” saying:
“Whereas Ukraine does not allow the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in agriculture, Article 404 of the EU agreement, which relates to agriculture, includes a clause that has generally gone unnoticed: it indicates, among other things, that both parties will cooperate to extend the use of biotechnologies.”
“There is no doubt that this provision meets the expectations of the agribusiness industry.”
“As observed by Michael Cox, research director at the investment bank Piper Jaffray, ‘Ukraine and, to a wider extent, Eastern Europe, are among the most promising growth markets for farm-equipment giant Deere, as well as seed producers Monsanto and DuPont.”
Earlier Ukrainian law prohibited private sector farmland ownership. No longer. Private investors can buy it beginning in January 2016. More on this below.
IMF loan stipulations require permitting GMO production. Biowarfare is transforming millions pristine acres into poisoned wasteland. Ecogenocide for profit. Monsanto’s dirty hands are hugely involved.
In May 2014, The New York Times explained what was coming. Saying Ukraine’s agricultural success is crucial for its economy and ability to “reduc(e) its dependence on Russia.”
“Western interests are pressing for change…As part of (an IMF loan agreement), the country’s government must push through business reforms that” let agribusiness and other corporate sectors operate freely.
“Big multinationals” want to exploit Ukraine’s potential. Especially Europe’s richest farmland. Fascist run Ukraine is now ground zero for mass proliferation of harmful-to-health GMO crops in Europe.
On January 13, the European Parliament passed legislation granting member states the right to permit or prohibit GMO crops.
Nine EU countries currently ban them. Monsanto’s MON810 maize is the only GMO crop some European countries permit.
New legislation potentially opens things to greater GMO European production. According to UK-based Soil Association policy director Peter Melchett:
“The rights of farmers who do not wish to grow GMO crops, particularly in England are under threat by this proposal.”
“Indeed, the entire organic sector, growing rapidly in Europe and which may double by 2020, is in danger – as are the rights of anyone who wants to buy GMO free foods.”
Greens Party food safety spokesman Bart Staes said the new law “risks finally opening the door for genetically modified organisms to be grown across Europe.”
“Despite a majority of EU member states and citizens being consistently opposed to GMOs, the real purpose of this new scheme is to make it easier to wave through EU authorizations of GMO crops.”
“Countries opposed to GMOs are given the carrot of being able to opt-out of these authorizations but the scheme approved today fails to give them a legally-watertight basis for doing so. This is a false solution.”
Agribusiness giants like Monsanto may now apply more pressure than ever on EU countries to permit GMO production.
Friends of the Earth said the new law lets them have “first say in the decision-making process.”
Countries henceforth against GMO production may not ban them based on environmental concerns.
Only on environmental policy objectives, town and country planning, land use, socio-economic impacts, prohibiting GMOs in the presence of other crops, agricultural policy objectives or public policy.
Greenpeace said excluding environmental concerns could have “serious consequences.” According to its EU agriculture policy director Marco Contiero:
“This new law is supposed to give countries some legal muscle to prevent GMO crops from being grown on their territory.”
“But it has some major flaws. It grants biotech companies the power to negotiate with elected governments and excludes the strongest legal argument to ban GMO crop – evidence of environmental harm.”
Obama maintains strong ties to agribusiness giants like Monsanto. So do Bush and Clinton families. They oppose labeling.
Reportedly they eat organic foods whenever possible. Uncaring about mass marketing of harmful-to-human health GMOs.
On February 6, Sputnik News headlined “German Lawmakers Claim Ukraine Conflict Covers Up Massive Cropland Seizures.”
Saying it’s a “smokescreen” to let World Bank/European Bank for Reconstruction and Development financed agribusiness steal Ukraine’s highly valued farmland.
German left faction parliamentarian Birgit Bock-Luna said Ukraine’s conflict “is used to cover up a sale of farmlands in the interest of major corporations.”
A temporary ban prohibits it until January 2016. Monsanto, German and other agribusiness giants are circumventing the law.
Seizing land through leasing schemes. Generously financed by international money lenders, Millions of Ukrainian acres are being opened to GMO production.
“Lawmakers say they have reason to believe that the German government has been involved in funding farmland grabs in Ukraine through its ministries, providing assistance to joint EU and German agricultural projects with Kiev,” Sputnik News reported.
“The Ukraine Investment Climate Advisory Services Project, Germany’s agricultural center Deutsche Agrarzentrum (DAZ), and the German Advisory Group on Economic Reforms in Ukraine are some of the projects that helped to negotiate land grabs with Ukrainian government officials, lawmakers said.”
Kiev putschists are handing over Ukraine’s rich farmland to agribusiness in return for IMF loans.
The Oakland Institute’s report said Yanukovych’s pre-coup government began implementing “pro-business reforms” through the Ukraine Investment Advisory Services Project.
As well as by “streamlining trade and property transfer procedures…” Putschist takeover accelerated IMF/World Bank mandated structural adjustments.
Foreign investment followed. Agribusiness and other Western corporate interests are grabbing all they can.
At the expense of Ukraine’s economy and welfare of its people. Business giants “failed to demonstrate how (their) programs will improve the lives of Ukrainians and build a sustainable economic future.”
Free-wheeling plunder accomplishes the opposite. Ukraine is being systematically raped.
Its resources stolen. Its people exploited. Its economy deteriorating toward collapse.
While US supported war against its own citizens rages.
During a Wednesday Kiev press conference with illegitimate fascist prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Kerry repeated one Big Lie after another about conditions in Ukraine and Russia.
Claiming “remarkable democratic successes, even in the face of…incredible obstacles.”
Accused Donbas freedom fighters of Kiev-committed high crimes against peace.
“Let there be no doubt about who is blocking the prospect of peace here,” Kerry blustered.
“Russian weapons and fighters” are involved, he said. Despite no corroborating evidence whatever, Kerry claimed “no question about tanks flowing, rocket systems being transported, convoys of goods carrying both people, weapons, and other instruments of battle.”
On the one hand, Washington’s Ukrainian proxy war is murdering thousands of Donbas residents.
Irresponsibly challenging Russia at the same time. Positioning thousands of NATO forces near its border. Risking East/West confrontation.
On the other, Monsanto and other Western corporate predators are raping Ukraine. It’s a central European laboratory for plunder.
Poisoned with GMO crops. While its economy deteriorates toward collapse. On Thursday alone, its hryvnia currency lost 30% of its value.
Analysts called what happened stunning. Forbes said its economy “reached a breaking point.”
Its Donbas war is “put(ting) increasingly unbearable pressure on an economy” struggling to keep from collapsing altogether.
“Things can’t go on this way for much longer before something snaps,” said Forbes. Without multi-billions of dollars in aid, “there won’t be a Ukrainian economy left” before long.
Maybe no Europe if Washington’s rage for war isn’t stopped. On Friday, Munich’s 51st three-day Security Conference began.
Hundreds of politicians, diplomats, military officials, business executives, geopolitical experts, and various other public figures began discussing conflict resolution options while US manipulated war on Donbas escalates.
Twenty heads of state are attending. So are 60 foreign ministers. According to conference director Wolfgang Ischinger:
“The more serious the crisis, the more important the security conference will be for those diplomats who need to find solutions to conflicts.”
“The crisis in Ukraine, the continuing conflicts and processes of disintegration in the Middle East as well as new terrorist phenomena like the so-called ‘Islamic State’ have shown clearly that the basic rules of the international system are in question.”
Poroshenko is attending. So is Sergey Lavrov. Joe Biden and John Kerry head a US delegation.
According to Munich’s Suddeutsche Zeitung, they’re expected to urge tougher anti-Russian measures.
“(I)ncreas(ing) the price for (nonexistent) Russia(n) aggressive behavior.” Adding Europe’s security is at stake. Ignoring Washington’s full responsibility.
On Saturday, Biden, Lavrov and Merkel will address conference participants. Expect Ukrainian crisis conditions to be highlighted.
Lavrov is expected to meet Kerry and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg separately.
A panel discussion will address “The World in 2015: Collapsing Order, Reluctant Guardians?” Based on a report prepared for the conference.
Given Washington’s rage for war, Europe’s security is more jeopardized than any time since summer 1914 and 1939. Don’t expect Munich discussions to change things.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at [email protected]. His new book is titled “How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War”. www.claritypress.com/Lendman.html Visit his blog site at www.sjlendman.blogspot.com.
The Nature Conservancy (TNC) calls itself “the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.” According to its website, TNC “addresses the most pressing conservation threats at the largest scale.”
So you might be surprised to learn that TNC is run and funded by some of the world’s worst polluters and destroyers of the earth’s soil, air, water and food system—and that one of those companies is Monsanto.
Here’s what TNC CEO Mark Tercek has to say about GMOs. (Warning: It’s pretty much the same thing Monsanto has to say about GMOs):
“Another agricultural technology we should consider carefully is genetic modification. The National Academy of Sciences has found no adverse health effects from GMOs, and also concluded that they can be environmentally beneficial in some ways.”
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By: Christina Sarich | Natural Society -
Many individuals have heard it a million times, but for the uninformed, or those just looking to fuel their 2014 fire to finally defeat Monsanto and their cronies, you’ll be interested to know that Monsanto’s Bt-toxin is far from ‘safe’ as the chemical company claimed it would be when filing their papers with the FDA. New research from Canada show that BT toxins are showing up in pregnant women, and low and behold – they are killing human embryo cells. 2014 is the year of the horse, but we’re not through beating this one to death.
It’s called reproductive toxicology, and just like their suicide seeds, these Bt toxins are starting to kill our own unborn children. This is no exaggeration. Hopefully reading further will compel you to take action. It is time to put Monsanto to rest, bankrupt them, and let the world know their ‘secrets’ near and far.
Bt toxins are prominent in genetically altered crops such as corn, soy, wheat, and others, called Cry1Ab – and they can be lethal. Not only do these cry-toxins target the kidney cells of developing human fetuses, but when Cry1Ab and Cry1Ac are combined with RoundUp, they can delay apoptosis of human cancer cells. What’s worse, glyphosate, the main ingredient in RoundUp, also causes necrosis – i.e. the death of human tissue, and this happens even when the substance is found in much smaller amounts than what is currently being used on our agricultural crops. The stuff is still carcinogenic in the parts per trillion range.
In its rush to remain the ‘agricultural leader’ of the world, the US government erected defunct regulatory bodies that have no means to truly examine the ramifications of biotechnology on our food. The National Institute of Health (NIH) is a joke and the FDA gave Monsanto an indefinite hall pass to cause mayhem on the food supply.
More people need to file lawsuits against this company until they are without one red cent to continue poisoning the planet and killing our unborn babies. The Organic Seed Grower’s Association sued Monsanto in 2011, and Idaho wheat growers are suing Monsanto for cross-contamination, but what about parental groups? Mother’s Against Drunk Driving was formed when a mom lost her baby to a drunk driver. Perhaps the mothers who face reproductive failure due to Monsanto’s hand can sue them collectively.
The FDA’s internal memos about their concerns surrounding GMO seed crops recently surfaced in one lawsuit, though the public was never meant to see them. GMO foods are not the foods we have always eaten. This is an outright lie.
Any lawyers out there willing to go against the monopoly? I’d sign a class action suit today. Would you? In the meantime, utilize these 5 tips for avoiding GMOs while you write your local senator, state representatives, congressman, and president.
For two decades, Monsanto has randomly inserted the genes of one species into a non-related species, or genetically “interfered” with the instructions of an organism’s RNA—using viruses, antibiotic-resistant genes and bacteria as vectors, markers and promoters—to create gene-spliced seeds and crops.
All the while, Monsanto and its industry-paid scientists have claimed that GMO crops and foods, and the chemicals that accompany them, are perfectly safe. And therefore need no labeling or independent safety-testing.
Self-appointed GMO labeling “leaders” such as Scott Faber, a former lobbyist for the pro-GMO Grocery Manufacturers Association and now executive director of the Just Label It campaign, need to stop repeating Monsanto and Big Food’s lies that there is no “evidence” that GMOs are dangerous for human health or the environment.
It simply isn’t true. Here’s why. Along with 12 ways consumers can drive these dangerous, pesticide-laden foods off the market.
New evidence reveals that despite a ban on cultivation of GM rapeseed in Europe, Monsanto and Bayer’s plants are now freely growing there.
A new study published in PLoS titled ,”Unexpected Diversity of Feral Genetically Modified Oilseed Rape (Brassica napus L.) Despite a Cultivation and Import Ban in Switzerland,” is believed to be the first report of its kind showing that despite a cultivation and seed import ban of genetically modified (GM) oilseed rape in Switzerland, Monsanto and Bayer’s GM plants have been introduced into the environment there, confirming fears that once the GM genie has been let out of the bottle it can not be put back.
The GM plants were found growing freely along railway lines and in port areas at four sites in 2011 and 2012, with the most afflicted being the Rhine port of Basel and the St. Johann freight railway station in Basel, Switzerland. The glyphosate-resistant GM plants were identified as Monsanto’s Roundup-Ready GM event GT73. Additionally, the researchers found the glufosinate-resistant GM events MS8xRF3, MS8 and RF3 (all traded as InVigor, Bayer) at five sampling locations in the Rhine port. They noted that this is, to their knowledge, the first time that Bayer’s feral MS8xRF3, MS8 or RF3 plants were detected in Europe.
Another concerning finding was the discovery of ‘outcrossing’ (transference of genetic material between differing plant strains) between Monsanto’s GT73 GM plant and two non-GM oilseed rape plants. This confirms fears that GM plants are capable of transforming conventional and/or organically produced plants into GM ones (i.e. ‘biorape‘).
In fact, the study addresses this possibility directly:
“Another concern with respect to the cultivation of GM OSR [genetically modified oilseed rape] is an unintended gene flow towards conventional or organic OSR crops which could lead to co-existence conflicts between different farming systems .”
What is even more remarkable about the discovery of feral GM plants in Europe is that they have been banned from cultivation:
“In the European Union, GM OSR cultivation is presently prohibited and authorization for the import for food and feed processing is confined to the GM OSR events GT73 (Roundup Ready, Monsanto), MS8, RF3, MS8xRF3 and T45 (all traded as InVigor, Bayer CropScience). GM crop plants have found even less acceptance in Switzerland where currently neither the import nor the cultivation of GM OSR is allowed at least until the end of 2017 , . Nevertheless, the spread of GM OSR cannot totally be prevented by cultivation or import bans. In Japan, where GM OSR is imported but not cultivated, feral glyphosate- and glufosinate-resistant GM OSR plants have repeatedly been detected in port areas and along transportation routes -. The feral GM plants found most likely originated from imported transgenic seeds that were spilled during transport to oilseed processing facilities. Two countrywide studies from Switzerland have reported the occurrence of glyphosate-resistant GT73 OSR from four sites in 2011 and 2012 , . The case of Switzerland is remarkable, because GM OSR has neither been cultivated nor imported into the country.” [emphasis added]
If Switzerland has banned both the cultivation and importation of GM rapeseed plants into the country, how did they end up there?
The authors of the study propose the feral GT73 OSR “probably originated from spillage of conventional OSR seeds or other seed imports that were contaminated with GM seeds.”
This raises a larger question: how much of the world’s food supply is now contaminated with GM plant material?
As we reported on last year in an article titled, “Illegal StarLink™ GM Corn Resurfaces in Saudi Arabian Food Supply,” StarLink™ maize, the first genetically modified organism to be pulled off the market over a decade ago due to safety concerns, was recently found to be contaminating food products in Saudi Arabia. Also, the recent discovery of illegal Monsanto GMO wheat growing freely in an Oregon field, illustrates just how little control and knowledge we have about the extent of contamination of both the biosphere and our food supply.
The larger implications of discoveries like these is illegal (unapproved) GM plants may still be produced in the US (accidentally or by intention), and exported domestically and abroad, admixed with conventional and/or organically-certified materials.
Article Contributed by Sayer Ji, Founder of GreenMedInfo.com.
Sayer Ji is an author, researcher, lecturer, and advisory board member of the National Health Federation. He founded Greenmedinfo.com in 2008 in order to provide the world an open access, evidence-based resource supporting natural and integrative modalities. It is internationally recognized as the largest and most widely referenced health resource of its kind.
The fundamental and fiduciary responsibility that a government has is to protect its people. Not only has the government and its officials miserably failed in this duty, the health policies and related oversight poses the biggest threat to the health, safety and welfare of the American people.
The absolute totality of the full frontal assault that Americans are facing at the hands of government sanctioned entities (i.e. CDC, FDA) is overwhelming in its contemplation. The present American landscape is a war zone and American citizens are the targets for the poisoning of America.
Vaccine Manufacturers Inject Mercury, Aluminum, MSG and Formaldehyde Into Our Children
The evidence is overwhelming, vaccines induce irreversible health effects of over the long haul. The efficacy of most vaccines can be called into question because of shoddy research practices (e.g. placing the majority of high placebo response subjects in the experimental group). Our autism rates are skyrocketing and many health professions, such as Dr. Andrew Wakefield, have laid the blame at the feet of the CDC which is now operating a criminal front organization and protector of vaccine manufacturers. The CDC and Congress just indemnified all pharmaceutical companies from any legal liability. Is the government passing legislation protecting you from your own bad acts of negligence and malfeasance?
We will be hearing about Bill Gates a lot in the upcoming months as Ebola makes a comeback. Bill Gates has donated a total of $560 million dollars to the Global Fund. The Global Fund has also positioned themselves to be in charge of the distribution of the “newly developed”, and not yet announced vaccines for TB and HIV. Since the goal is the vaccination of every man, woman and child on the planet with multiple vaccines, Gates’ $560 million contribution to the Global Fund is chump change compared to the expected ROI. However, on deck is the Ebola virus and its new vaccines set to debut early next year.
Big Pharma has been fined billions of dollars for their fraud and unsafe practices. Gardasil manufacturers and distributors continue their full frontal assault on the health of America’s young girls. Yet, nothing ever changes. The fines are simply the cost of doing business and nobody goes to jail.
America’s Deadly Food Supply
The United States has the most unhealthy diets in the G20 nations. America leads the world in obesity and health related issues related to diet. Most modern countries, 52 in all, require their food supply to be labeled. This is especially true when it comes to GMO’s. GMO’s are pure poison to our food supply. The American people are Monsanto’s guinea pigs and their cash cow at the same time.
As Americans, we have a fundamental right to make informed choices as to what we put into our bodies. Parents have a right to protect their children from unsafe and unproven food. However, when one goes shopping in today’s grocery stores, American consumers are playing Russian Roulette with their health because Americans are consuming unknown quantities of unknown composition from Monsanto created Frankenfoods (i.e. GMO’s).
Reporters Steve Wilson and Jane Akre revealed the shocking truth that natural “foodists” have suspected for quite some time, in that almost all of the milk sold in the United States is a cancer-causing concoction full of a growth hormones manufactured by Monsanto called ‘Posilac,’ or ‘BGH,’ otherwise known as ‘rBGH’ or bovine growth hormone. The end result Fox piece was a damning condemnation of Monsanto and what it was doing to the nation’s milk supply.
On the Friday before Monday’s air date, Monsanto’s lawyer faxed a letter to Roger Ailes, the head of Fox News in New York, claiming that the series was biased and unscientific. Fox pulled the series for “further review.”
After the Florida station’s general manager, who had a background in investigative reporting, meticulously verified the damning contents in the show, he verified that every statement was accurate and unbiased. The station re-scheduled the series for the following week. Monsanto’s attorney immediately sent another, more strongly worded letter to Ailes, this time indicating that the news story “could lead to serious damage to Monsanto and dire consequences for Fox News.” The airing was postponed indefinitely and public safety “be damned”.
Fox fired the Florida station’s general manager and news manager to avoid Monsanto’s threatened retribution. Reporters Akre and Wilson “were repeatedly instructed to include unverified and even some outright false statements by Monsanto’s dairy research director.” In one instance, they were told to include a statement that milk from rbGH-injected cows is the same and as safe as milk from untreated cows. The reporters said that management even threatened to fire them if the statement was not forthcoming in the upcoming report. In other words the fix was on and Fox became Monsanato’s partner in crime and the public’s health was the end result.
When the now beleaguered reporters showed the evidence to Fox’s lawyer that Monsanto’s claims were not true, Fox’s lawyer replied, “You guys don’t get it, it isn’t about whether you have your facts right or whether it’s true. It’s the fact that we don’t want to put up $200,000 to go up against Monsanto.”
Fox suspended the two reporters and then subsequently fired them. Akre and Wilson sued the Fox station based upon whistle blower protection laws and were awarded. The jury awarded Akre $425,000, agreeing that her dismissal was in retaliation for her threat to tell the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) about the station’s plan to report false information on television and that the withholding of that information would endanger the public’s health and welfare.
On appeal, the case was overturned. It turns out that lying on TV is not against the law. The FCC’s policy against news distortion is a policy, not a “rule, law, or regulation,” so the Florida’s whistle-blower law did not apply. Furthermore, in a move certain to chill future whistleblowers, the court used the “Non-Prevailing Party Pays” provision of the state’s whistleblower protection act to rule that Akre and Wilson pay nearly $200,000 of Fox’s legal fees.
Welcome to America where we bankrupt reporters for trying to save the public’s health and Monsanto is rewarded for intentionally bringing harm to our citizens as the American legal system perverts the law to protect the guilty and harm the innocent.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the prostitute for Monsanato. For a chance at career advancement, the officials at the FDA have sold the country’s health interests, and even their own family’s health interests, down the proverbial river.
French Research Scientists Condemn GMO’s and Their Related Health Effects
French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault says he is prepared to call for a wider European ban on genetically modified produce following an alarming new study that throws the safety of the food into doubt. The European report, based upon a French study on GMO’s and their health effects on rats, claimed that 200 rats fed GM corn produced by Monsanto had suffered the growth of life-threatening tumors the size of ping-pong balls.
Monsanto has been strangely silent on the matter. However, French scientist, Joel Spiroux, has called for new rules on GMO foods as he stated “Current regulation tests are conducted over three months, but the really serious diseases, such as the death of rats due to tumors, occur only in the fourth month. “Therefore these tests give no real information about the effects of genetically modified food on health over a lifetime.”
The lesson here is simple, the American people have found one more government agency that is in the hip pocket of a corporate oligarchical structure as the FDA cannot be trusted to carry out its mandate to protect the American people. Meanwhile, American diabetes rates, cancer rates and obesity rates skyrocket in comparison to the rest of the world where GMO foods are labeled and can be easily avoided by an aware public.
Even liberal Hollywood figures have spoken out against Monsanto’s GMO’s as we see in the following video.
The Tip of the Iceberg
This article does not even scratch the surface. Our water is being poisoned. Our cell phones have scientifically been linked to brain cancer, despite the FDA’s best attempts to obfuscate the truth. We have witnessed the rise of mystery illnesses of which the government is fully aware. Federally mandated light bulbs are highly toxic and if broken, pose a series of dire health threats. Of course no discussion on this topic would be complete without a mention of Fukushima in which the government changed its threshold of safe radiation and increased it by a factor of 10 following the Fukushima meltdown. Some estimates place the radiation levels at 50,000 times the previous levels. Ocean life and soon to be human life are going extinct in the path of the radiation cloud and the danger is nowhere close to being over. And let’s not forget about Gardasil, VIOXX, Obamacare’s death panels, the quarter of million of us that will die to due to managed healthcare restrictions on treatment protocols in hospitals. Twenty thousand people, in Phoenix, have awakened to the fact that the smart meters are a significant threat and have demanded their removal and the numbers are growing. I am sorry we did not have the time or the space to mention MSG, dental fillings and of course, the globalist favorite, transhumanism.
The American government and this present administration do indeed love its American people to death.
Dave Hodges is the host of the popular weekly talk show, The Common Sense Show, which airs on Sunday nights from 9pm – Midnight (central) on the Republic Broadcasting Network and its 29 affiliate stations. Dave also hosts a website (www.thecommonsenseshow.com) in which he writes daily articles on the geopolitical state of affairs both nationally and internationally. The theme of Dave’s show and website centers around exposing the corruption and treason which has invaded the presidency and Congress as well as their corporate and banking benefactors. Dave is an award winning psychology, sociology, statistics and research professor. He is also a former college basketball coach who retired as the winningest coach in his college’s history. A mental health therapist by training, Dave brings a broad based perspective in his fight against the corrupt central banking cartels which have hijacked the US government. Dave and his wife, Nora have one son and they presently reside in rural Arizona approximately 25 miles north of the greater Phoenix area. Dave was drawn to the fight for freedom when the globalist central banking forces, led by Senator John McCain, attempted to seize his home and property and that of 300 of his neighbors, without one dime being offered in compensation. This attempted public theft of private property was conducted for the purpose of securing cheap land in which the globalists intended on putting in an international highway through their area known as the Canamex Corridor. Dave’s community appointed him the spokesperson and eventually his community won their fight against the bankers and their front man, Senator McCain. This event launched Dave’s career as a broadcaster and an investigative journalist. Dave’s website presently enjoys over a half a million visitors every month.
Technically, we lost. By about 800 votes. A fraction of a percentage point.
But we’ll never really know. Because this week, a judge in Oregon ruled against a lawsuit filed this week by our YES on 92 Campaign. The suit would have required the state to count the 4600 votes that election officials threw out—because they said the signatures on the ballot envelopes didn’t match the signatures on the voters’ registration cards.
Monsanto and Big Food will claim victory.
What they won’t say is that it took a record-breaking $20.7 million of advertising, intended to misinform and confuse voters, for them to buy this “victory.”
On the very day the judge denied voters in Oregon the right to have their votes counted, the pesticide and junk food makers were buying up seats on Capitol Hill, to make the case that no state should be allowed to pass a law requiring mandatory labeling of GMOs.
They are doing everything in their power to hide the truth about the toxic food they are producing, and the poisons they are unleashing into our environment.
Just as we will continue to do everything in our power to expose their dirty, toxic secrets.
The fact is, they are losing. Vermont has passed a solid, enforceable GMO labeling law. Sales of organics continue to outpace sales of their GMO junk food. Companies like Coca-Cola and General Mills are struggling. Last week Hershey’s announced it will remove genetically engineered high fructose corn syrup from its brand-name products. The United Nations has declared that small farmers, not Monsanto, will feed the world.
Thank you to everyone who helped fight this battle in Oregon. Let the boycotts of those companies that continue to fund anti-labeling, pro-GMO campaigns, continue!
By: Christina Sarich | Natural Society -
Here’s one for the history books, and a slap on the wrist for stock-holders like Bill Gates and George Soros. Monsanto stock has been downgraded to ‘Neutral’ from ‘Buy’ after an annual seed dealer industry survey showed bleak returns.
This may be the most depressing news in seven years for Monsanto, but great news for the seed industry, which has been monopolized by the chemical peddler since the early 1990s. The target price for (MON +0.1%) has been lowered from $140 to $127. Conditions affecting the downgrade include “greater discounting, reduced trait purchases, reduced spending on seeds, and share gains for non-major seeds brands” – with hardly a mention of the grass-roots, and international efforts of people to shine a light on Monsanto’s illegal influence on the world seed market.
“We are downgrading Monsanto from Buy to Neutral, due to the findings from our seventh Annual Seed Dealer Survey, which came back the most negative for the seed industry in the history of the survey,” Chris Shaw of Monness Crespi Hardt wrote. “The unprecedented results of this year’s survey has led us to be more cautious on Monsanto’s outlook for the current seed selling season.”
The firm who conducted the survey said the 50-plus dealers who responded are seeing challenging industry conditions – including greater discounting as a second straight year of significantly lower farm profits forces farmers to watch their spending closely, including on seeds. Could this be due to the outright false advertising by Monsanto that their GMO seeds would increase yields and be impervious to glyphosate and other herbicides?
Or what about the complete failure of Bt crops, designed to withstand the use of Monsanto’s favorite product – RoundUp? Indian farmers went belly-up trying to plant Monsanto seeds, causing an epidemic of suicides across the country. When Bt cotton started to fail, Big Biotech tried to blame the farmers. Come again?
Doug Gurian-Sherman, author of a 2009 study for the Union of Concerned Scientists comments on the failed promises of GM seeds to outperform conventional seeds:
“The technology has really been hyped up a lot. Even on a shoestring, conventional breeding outperforms genetic engineering.”
Hopefully this will spawn a new financial front against Monsanto as hedge fund managers and insider traders start dumping devalued Monsanto stock. Want to defeat the biotech hydra? Start with Wall Street.
By: Jon Rappoport | No More Fake News -
Barry Kurren is the US federal magistrate overseeing the court battle between Maui and Monsanto.
Judge Kurren’s wife, Faye, is the past president of the University of Hawaii Foundation, which is the fund-raising arm of the University.
On July 8, 2010, Monsanto gave $100,000 to University for its scholarship fund.
Judge Kurren’s wife, Faye, has also served as a trustee of the Nature Conservancy, which has a long-established relationship with Monsanto. From the Conservancy’s website: “Monsanto has supported the Nature Conservancy for years.”
Presently, Kurren’s wife is a board member of the First Hawaiian Bank. On its website, there is this quote of “GMO praise” (page 4 of 6):
“Kauai is an ideal research laboratory for the seed corn industry…there are currently five parent seed corn operations on the island: [biotech GM giants] Pioneer Hi-Bred…Syngenta, Dow Monsanto, and BASF. Dow Agrosciences recently leased 3,400 acres of former sugar land…”
These academic, corporate, non-profit, bank connections are part of Hawaii’s overall social and political networks, which form a “community of interest.”
What would happen if Judge Kurren suddenly ruled against Monsanto? How many shocks would ripple out into protected interests? How many social friendships would suddenly collapse? How embarrassing would it be for Faye Kurren?
How much easier would it be to “honor” those connections and friendships and moneyed interests by siding with Monsanto?
Originally published at No More Fake News.
Jon Rappoport is the author of an explosive collection, THE MATRIX REVEALED, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world.
For decades, Monsanto has claimed that Roundup and its key ingredient, glyphosate, are “safe.” The biotech industry has backed up those claims with industry-funded “studies.”
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which is supposed to protect us, has been protecting Monsanto’s profits instead. In July the EPA, despite new studies linking glyphosate to everything from infertility to cancer, actually raised the allowed limits of glyphosate on fruits and vegetables for human consumption.
The world has had enough.
On Tuesday, November 11, a $25-million international study was launched that will put an end, once and for all, to the question of whether or not Monsanto’s Roundup is “safe.”
The study, the first of its kind, will be based on a variety of herbicide-resistant corn. Three independent scientists, from the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, Moscow; University of California, Irvine, Calif.; and Maltoni Cancer Research Center, Bentivoglio, Italy, will investigate the answers to these questions:
- Is the GM food (or its associated pesticide) toxic to organ systems over the long-term?
- Does the GM food (or its associated pesticide) cause cancer?
- Does the GM food (or its associated pesticide) reduce fertility or cause birth defects?
- Is the mixture of chemicals present in Roundup herbicide more or less toxic than its active ingredient glyphosate?
The Global GMO Free Coalition, of which OCA is a member, supports the study. We believe it will provide the irrefutable, bullet-proof evidence needed to ban Monsanto’s Roundup.
Ever since former Monsanto lawyer Michael Taylor co-authored the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) substantial equivalency policy, which said that genetically modified foods are no different than non-GMO foods, independent scientists (and consumers) have been skeptical. To say the least.
Now yet another new published review, by researchers at the University of Adelaide, Flinders University and the Institute of Health and Environmental Research supports, again, our long-held belief that there isn’t enough evidence to conclude that GMO crops are safe to eat.
What these scientists found may not surprise you. But it will probably get your blood boiling. After you’ve calmed down . . . this would be a great study to share with anyone who tells you GMO foods are “perfectly safe.”
By: Steve Holt | TakePart -
News emerged this week about a possible settlement between Monsanto and the farmers whose wheat was allegedly contaminated by unauthorized genetically modified seeds produced by the biotech firm. Lawyers for a contingent of soft white wheat farmers in Kansas told a Kansas City federal judge that an agreement had been reached in a class-action lawsuit between Monsanto and a group of wheat farmers in Oregon, where “zombie” GMO wheat contaminated fields last year, throwing off wheat exports in the process.
Monsanto acknowledged that an “agreement in principle has been reached, but not finalized,” and that court-ordered mediation with the farmers continues, according to spokesperson Charla Lord. Details of the reported deal are still being kept private.
Some observers see the likely settlement as a “chink in the armor” of the biotech company.
“Monsanto never settles unless they’re seriously vulnerable, and the farmers and lawyers involved in this case should reject any settlement,” said Dave Murphy, founder of Food Democracy Now. “Contamination of farmers’ crops has been an integral part of Monsanto’s business plan, and these farmers need to gain strong legal protections from future contamination events, which are happening daily in farmers’ fields all over the world.”
The biotech brouhaha started in 2013, when an Oregon farmer noticed wheat growing in a fallow field. When he sprayed the suspicious wheat with the pesticide Roundup and checked back on the plants a while later, he was puzzled that the wheat hadn’t died. Monsanto has for years been developing a Roundup-resistant wheat seed, but it isn’t approved for commercial use. The genetically engineered wheat is one of the only commodity crops not authorized for sale or human consumption, though Monsanto has publicly stated its plans to continue researching ways to introduce G.E. wheat to the U.S. market.
Meanwhile, the zombie wheat case in Oregon spooked export markets, and GMO-wary Japan and South Korea halted U.S. wheat imports, causing a temporary price drop for farmers.
But even a temporary lull in the commodity market can devastate individual farmers. So last June the Oregon farmer, along with a farmer in Kansas, filed suits against Monsanto for negligence that resulted in loss of business. Several anti-GMO groups, including the Center for Food Safety, joined the suit.
“Monsanto has put our farmers’ wheat export market at grave risk. Billions of dollars, and our food supply, is at risk because of Monsanto’s negligence. They must be held accountable,” Andrew Kimbrell, executive director of the Center for Food Safety, said last summer.
Monsanto contended that the case was an “isolated incident,” and a bullish Monsanto executive, Robert Fraley, responded to the suit in a strange way: by alleging that the unauthorized wheat appeared as the result of sabotage.
When news of a settlement surfaced this week, Monsanto spokesperson Lord didn’t say whether the agreement with the Oregon wheat farmers indicates that the company is taking some responsibility for the cross-contamination or whether it still thinks it was sabotage.
The company apparently hasn’t spoken with the Kansas plaintiffs in months.
“We have not been in any mediations or discussion with Monsanto since April,” Patrick Pendley, senior partner at Pendley Baudin & Coffin in Plaquemine, La., which represents the Kansas farmers, told the National Law Journal, adding that he hopes to convene with the firm’s attorneys in advance of a federal court hearing this coming Tuesday.
If the reports are true, this will be the second major Monsanto settlement this year. In July, the company was ordered to pay residents of Nitro, W.Va., $93 million for exposing them to dioxin from a nearby plant where it has produced the poison for more than a half century.
Murphy of Food Democracy Now believes that combined with the West Virginia settlement, the wheat case reveals “serious legal vulnerabilities” in Monsanto’s business model.
“With this lawsuit, the contamination of farmers’ crops with their patented GMO genes is finally being exposed as the real threat that GMOs are to modern food production and the financial liability that could bring Monsanto down,” he said.
Steve Holt is a regular contributor to TakePart. He writes about food for Edible Boston, Boston Magazine, The Boston Globe, and other publications.
By: Isabelle Beenan | Natural Blaze -
What does smoking have to do with our food supply? Allow me to draw a little analogy between the conventional tobacco industry and the conventional food supply industry.
There is no need to rehash the whole tobacco industry debacle, other than to point out that morality and health do not have a place in the tobacco industry’s continued business.
Admitting to the addictive and destructive poisons added into commercial cigarette tobacco and the effects of such poison on human health took over 50 years! The tobacco industry vehemently denied and lied about the disastrous effects of their product and fought tooth and nail to perpetuate this destructive business to this day. They continue to market to children and have made little if any modifications to the product (besides the warning labels) that wipes out vast amounts of human lives every year.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 5 million people die from the effects of smoking per year worldwide – with the projected stats sitting at an estimated 8 million deaths per year by 2030. Everyday, over 3800 people younger than 18 years of age smoke their first cigarette.
I have to point out that from a purely selfish and immoral business/profit standpoint, they’ve got it nailed down! Addiction to the product ensures repeat consumption from the consumer for life. And the targeting of ‘youngens’ works perfectly in replacement of those that die. It’s the perfect way to keep the consuming cycle going. The cycle extends even further when the consumers find themselves faced with disease or illness and have nowhere but pharmaceuticals to run to. (Oh and I’m sure the projected increase in population reduction over the next 17 years has nothing to do with big tobacco still being in business!) *cough Agenda 21 compliance cough*
Pardon my blunt nature but this, in my opinion, is ridiculous and transitions perfectly into the meat of this Master The Basics Food Lesson: Our conventional food supply has been altered, genetically modified and ‘fortified’ with poisonous toxins!
The only way to achieve vibrant health and clarity of mind is to only consume organic food. Plain and simple.
If I prepared a beautiful meal for your children and family and you saw me spray some glyphosate (look it up) on it, would you eat it?
Would you serve it to your children knowing I just poisoned it? How about if you saw me add a few drops of sodium fluoride to their sippy cups? Would you let them drink it?
Your answers are probably no. So why do so many of us continue to consume these things? Is it because we don’t see ’what is going on in the kitchen’ so to say, that we turn a blind eye to what is going into the food and just take it and swallow?
It took over 50 years for the tobacco industry conglomerates to admit after lengthy litigation to the disastrous effects of cigarette smoking on human health and to add warning labels to the packaging. How long are we going to keep feeding poison to our families? For the next 50 years until big agriculture has been pressured and litigated enough that they have no choice but to fess up to their criminal negligence and issue a statement that the food *may* be toxic? It’s time for us all to wake up and smell the genetically modified coffee.
We are facing the same issue with the food supply here in North America. The good news is that the rest of the world seems to be ahead of us on this one and it’s time to catch up. This is made evident in the image shown below outlining the GMO labeling requirements globally. Thankfully, the organic food market has grown exponentially in North America as a result of the conscious awakening that is taking place towards the healing power of organic food and the dangers associated with GMO crops. Funny note: Monsanto (one of the largest producers of GMO agriculture) has banned GMO foods within their own cafeteria!
After seeing what happens to rats when fed GMO, are you now still willing to feed it to your kids? To yourself? Look at the results, sure as humans we have a longer lifespan, so the visible effects may take longer to manifest than they did for the rats, but seriously are you willing to knowingly do that to your body? Or inflict that kind of damage on your family? Is that ‘happy’ meal box and commercial on TV distracting and cute enough to trick us into ingesting that rubbish on a daily basis?
Isabelle Beenen is a World Citizen. Independent Writer. Founder of the upcoming Unprogram Yourself TV and Unprogram Yourself Radio. BD for Street Queen Energy Shots. Problems= Opportunities!! I am re-creating my life!