Monsanto Papers Lead to New European Parliament Pesticide Committee

Originally published on Sustainable Pulse. The Conference of Presidents, a governing body of the European Parliament, has Thursday endorsed the mandate of a Special Committee to analyse and assess the authorisation procedure for glyphosate and other pesticides, following recent revelations from the Monsanto Papers and the Great Glyphosate Rebellion, in which many EU states have vowed to phase… Read More Monsanto Papers Lead to New European Parliament Pesticide Committee

These pre-sliced apples may be a short-cut to health risks.

Everyone loves time-saving short cuts, but you really should read this before you grab that bag of pre-sliced apples.  10-oz. bags of Arctic brand pre-sliced genetically engineered non-browning apples are now on sale in grocery stores in the Midwest according to a news release from The Packer. To accomplish the non-browning effect, scientists at Okanagan… Read More These pre-sliced apples may be a short-cut to health risks.

SHAPE, #1 Women’s Fitness Magazine Headlines Survey Results

“The Possible Health Risks of GMO Foods, According to the Latest Research” The ’90s brought us a lot of amazing things, like Britney Spears, Friends, butterfly clips, and millennials—but the era also brought us a little thing called genetically modified organisms (or GMOs). Even though at this point, the technology and GMO foods have been around… Read More SHAPE, #1 Women’s Fitness Magazine Headlines Survey Results

Congressman Peter DeFazio of Oregon speaks out against trade deals that favor multinational corporations like Monsanto

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

Brazilian Research Provides Clue to Jump in Leukemia Rates at Huazhong Agricultural University in Central China?

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?

USDA Gives Monsanto the Green Light

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

Tell FDA: Do Not Approve Genetically Engineered Salmon!

GMO Salmon California Senator, Dianne Feinstein cosponsored S. 229 and S. 230, introduced by Senator Mark Begich [D-AK] on January 31, 2011. These bills would have required the labeling of genetically modified salmon and banned the approval of genetically modified salmon by the FDA, respectively. Both these bills have been referred to Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. Unfortunately, the 112th Congress did not take action on either of these bills before adjourning. In order for these bills to be considered again, they would have to be reintroduced in the 113th Congress.

 Senator Feinstein continues:

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Tumors, Bad Organs, and Death…Oh My!

rat with tumor When a comprehensive two-year study showed that Monsanto’s Roundup Ready corn, and even Roundup by itself, caused massive tumors, organ damage, and early death of rats, Monsanto’s minions jumped into high gear with a shoot-the-messenger, kill-the-study campaign. Now the study’s lead author, Professor Gilles-Eric Séralini, is fighting back. He’s filed a libel lawsuit against some of the “so-called scientist” attackers. A global petition has been launched demanding that approvals of GM foods be frozen until studies proving long-term safety are conducted and verified. Sign the petition and a visit this terrific new website: GMOseralini.org that completely shreds the biotech industry’s arguments.

A bottom-line summary of the study’s findings is: Definitely Avoid Eating GMOs.

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New Benbrook data blow away claims of pesticide reduction due to GM crops

Data presented at a conference by Dr Charles Benbrook analyse pesticide use on GM and non-GM equivalent crops over the first 16 years of use, from 1996 to 2011. The analysis is based on widely accepted USDA data.

Crops considered are herbicide-tolerant corn, soy, and cotton; Bt corn varieties engineered to resist corn rootworm and European corn borer pests; and Bt cotton.

Benbrook’s new data challenge “conventional wisdom” on GM crops and pesticide use. Dozens of papers in peer-reviewed journals assert GM crops reduce pesticide use, either based on no data or proprietary surveys of “representative fields”. Scientists repeat the claim in professional meetings and policy venues and lack of independent analyses by government or university experts allows the claim to go unchallenged, despite growing evidence to the contrary.

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GM Soy linked to health damage in pigs — a Danish Dossier

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A Danish farming newspaper has caused quite a stir by devoting a sizeable part of its 13 April edition to the discoveries by pig farmer lb Borup Pedersen that GM soy has a damaging effect both on his animals and on his farming profitability. On the front page of the paper there was a lead story under the headline “Pig farmer reaps gains from GMO-free soy”. On a sidebar the paper referred to Mr Pedersen’s contention that DDT and Thalidomide were minor problems when set alongside GMOs and Glyphosate. In an Editorial Comment on page 2, the paper argued that it would be grossly irresponsible for the authorities to ignore or ridicule the discoveries made by the farmer in his pig farming operations, and it congratulated the authorities for commissioning a new study designed to determine whether stomach lesions and other effects might be associated with GM soy; in the study 100 animals will be fed with non-GM soy and 100 with GM soy in their diets.
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