Clinton’s long history of being pro GMO, ties to Monsanto through close associates, and failure to grasp the simplest of truths about GM science makes her semi-sorta-kinda support for the right to know and independent science a bit of a puzzle. Jeffrey Smith was in attendance at Clinton’s town hall meeting in Fairfield, Iowa, 12/22/15. … Read More What IS Hillary Clinton’s Stance on GMOs?
Mitochondrial dysfunction is associated with a long list of degenerative disease and chronic health conditions including autism, Alzheimer’s, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s, and obesity. Mitochondria are specialized cellular parts that perform specific functions. Mitochondria are primarily responsible for energy production, but are also involved in detoxification and cellular signaling related to apoptosis… Read More GMOs, glyphosate and mitochondrial dysfunction
Monsanto has been squirming since the World Health Organization classified glyphosate, the active ingredient in their hallmark herbicide Roundup, as a PROBABLE human carcinogen. The body which made the determination is designed to do just that, and yet Monsanto and their friends in high places unleashed a barrage of the usual criticisms claiming that the… Read More Monsanto Hid Evidence of Roundup and Cancer
From the Journal of Biological Physics and Chemistry, V15(3), Sep 2015: Glyphosate_pathways_to_modern_diseases_IV_cancer_and_related_pathologies “The increase in glyphosate usage in the United States is extremely well correlated with the concurrent increase in the incidence and/or death rate of multiple diseases, including several cancers. These include thyroid cancer, liver cancer, bladder cancer, pancreatic cancer, kidney cancer and myeloid… Read More Latest study just released: Glyphosate (Roundup) and Cancer
Did you know? The now familiar Non-GMO Month of October began five years ago on a special day, 10-10-10. Each year it gets bigger and better. The number of events at local retailers keeps growing with more food manufacturers participating – and more people eating non-GMO! The Non-GMO Project verification seal is recognized in stores… Read More Welcome to IRT! What is a GMO? 1:24 min video with Jeffrey Smith
Victory is sweet. Let’s have a shout out to all the European non-GMO advocates and environmentalists! Congratulations! As of the October 3rd cut-off date, the European Commission reported receiving a total of nineteen requests from member states to opt-out of the cultivation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Under the new rules passed by the European… Read More The European GMO “ban-wagon” is on a roll
Industry reps cry that Europe could soon become a “graveyard” for biotech products; environmentalists rejoice. The mass rejection of the GM technology means that approximately two-thirds of Europe’s arable land will remain GMO free. Legislation to allow EU member states to restrict or ban the cultivation of crops containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on their… Read More Over half of the European Union’s 28 countries, representing two thirds of the population, want nothing to do with GMOs
As of July 23, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015” which –if passed in the Senate– would consolidate federal control of labeling initiatives for genetically modified foods. Listen to Jeffrey Smith outline the strategy that puts an end to the political wrangling. A transcript of… Read More Can there be a non-GMO future after the DARK Act?
The obvious concern is that any consumer safety labeling law—perhaps especially, labeling of GMOs—could be targeted and overturned on the basis that it caused a barrier to trade. Associated Press reports that the U.S. House Agriculture Committee has voted 38-6 to repeal a “country-of-origin” (COOL) labeling law for beef, pork and chicken— just two days… Read More Consumer Safety Laws Going Down Because of Trade Deals
IRT applauds Congressman DeFazio’s action as a champion of the people vs. Big Food. “Call it the smoking gun,” said DeFazio. “Proof that fast track and massive free trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership are written by and for multinational corporations such as agriculture giant Monsanto. Instead of using trade deals as an opportunity to… Read More Congressman Peter DeFazio of Oregon speaks out against trade deals that favor multinational corporations like Monsanto
Read the full report: Kurenbach B, Marjoshi D, Amábile-Cuevas CF, Ferguson GC, Godsoe W, Gibson P, Heinemann JA. 2015. Sublethal exposure to commercial formulations of the herbicides dicamba, 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid, and glyphosate cause changes in antibiotic susceptibility in Escherichia coli and Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium. mBio 6(2):e00009-15. doi:10.1128/mBio.00009-15. Funding for this work was provided by… Read More International Research Team links Glyphosate to Antibiotic Resistance
On March 20th, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a unit of the World Health Organization, released their report that classified glyphosate as a 2A carcinogen — probably carcinogenic to humans. In particular, the IARC reviewers cited studies from the U.S., Canada and Sweden suggesting that people exposed to glyphosate had a higher… Read More Glyphosate contamination of food and water: should we be concerned?
This 30 minute free film is a MUST SEE: The new documentary, Synthetic Forests, from director Ed Schehl (A Silent Forest, 2010) illuminates the issue of genetic engineering versus nature as never before. Along with the expansion of industrial agriculture, tree factories are yet but one more example of the conversion of natural resources to… Read More Replacing Nature: GE Trees and Monoculture Crops
Is genetically modified rice linked to a sudden rise in the leukemia incidence rate among students at Huazhong Agricultural University (HUA) in central China, in one of the country’s three top rice-producing regions? “When we entered the University, the school required all students to promote genetic modification (GM), upon entering the University, our teacher told… Read More Brazilian Research Provides Clue to Jump in Leukemia Rates at Huazhong Agricultural University in Central China?
Could China stop the new 2,4-D resistant GMO crops from spreading across U.S. farmlands? If China refuses to grant import approval, then the answer could be YES. While non-GMO advocates and environmentalists work feverishly through the U.S. court system to prohibit Dow Agrosciences from unleashing the so-called Agent Orange GMO seeds, Dow has voluntarily restricted… Read More China Positioned to Decide if 2-4-D Resistant GMOs Will Be Adopted by U.S. Farmers
The USDA is asking for public comments on a proposed policy for agricultural “coexistence”. This can be read as an attempt to impose a policy of détente between GMO and non-GMO farmers and handlers. How will this relationship of coexistence and cooperation be defined and managed? The deadline for comments was extended from January until March 4, 2014.
Claire CaJacob, Global Wheat Technology Lead for Monsanto, stands in the growth chamber at Monsanto’s Chesterfield Village Research Center. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, email@example.com. 01-08-14. Oh No, No, NO!!! No GMO WHEAT. GMO wheat is not yet on the market, but Monsanto has been hard at work in their Chesterfield Village facility, where one particular… Read More Monsanto at Work on GMO Wheat – Again
Keep Genetically Modified (GM) Mosquitoes Out of Key Haven FL 9 A.M.-Noon Eastern Standard TimeTuesday, January 20th 2015 Flood the in-boxes of Mosquito Control and Oxitec with questions. If you don’t have your own question ready, see 5 good ones below. Send to these email addresses: Florida Keys Mosquito Control District (FKMCD): firstname.lastname@example.org Oxitec Ltd: email@example.com… Read More Action Alert: Keep Genetically Modified (GM) Mosquitoes Out of Key Haven FL
Once again, the USDA gives the nod to the biotech seed and agrochemical industry over protests from organic farmers and other specialty crop growers. This latest “technology” from Monsanto—that’s what they call their patented seeds—is genetically engineered to survive new and more potent weed killer combinations. January 15. The USDA has given final approval for… Read More USDA Gives Monsanto the Green Light