Weedkiller found in wide range of breakfast foods aimed at children

Originally published in the Guardian by Oliver Milman Significant levels of the weedkilling chemical glyphosate have been found in an array of popular breakfast cereals, oats and snack bars marketed to US children, a new study has found. Tests revealed glyphosate, the active ingredient in the popular weedkiller brand Roundup, present in all but two… Read More Weedkiller found in wide range of breakfast foods aimed at children

Monsanto Found GUILTY In Roundup Cancer Case

On August 10, Monsanto was found guilty on all counts in the first of many cases connecting Roundup’s main ingredient, glyphosate, to cancer. The jury awarded Dewayne “Lee” Johnson, a Bay Area school district groundskeeper, $289 million. Johnson sprayed Roundup and a similar product, Ranger Pro, at his job as a pest control manager at a San… Read More Monsanto Found GUILTY In Roundup Cancer Case

Meet Monsanto’s Dangerous Bioengineered Plant That Never Dies

Originally published in AlterNet by George Kimbrell Creeping bentgrass can cross-pollinate with related wild species and spread uncontrollably. Earlier this month, the Department of Agriculture quietly greenlighted the first-ever genetically engineered grass. The GE creeping bentgrass, a product of Monsanto and Scotts, is genetically engineered to be immune to Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide. You may not… Read More Meet Monsanto’s Dangerous Bioengineered Plant That Never Dies

Monsanto’s Roundup weed-killer goes on trial with billions at stake

Originally published on CBS News by Aimee Picchi After it was introduced in the 1970s, Roundup was promoted as an “herbicide that gets to the root of the problem.” Now, four decades later, manufacturer Monsanto will face a lawsuit that seeks to get to the root of another problem: whether the active ingredient in the… Read More Monsanto’s Roundup weed-killer goes on trial with billions at stake

FDA OKs first U.S. genetically engineered salmon facility, at Albany

Originally published in Star Press by Seth Slabaugh The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday announced its approval of the first U.S. facility for production of genetically engineered salmon. However, an “import alert” for genetically engineered salmon remains in place, preventing U.S. production for now. “With the facility now approved, commercial production of AquAdvantage… Read More FDA OKs first U.S. genetically engineered salmon facility, at Albany

Farmers Switched to Organic After Pesticides Made Them or Their Families Sick

Originally published in EcoWatch by Ken Roseboro Some farmers transition to organic production to earn premium prices paid for organic crops. Others switch to make their farms more sustainable. But for some farmers transitioning to organic is a necessity to save their health—and even their lives. Blaine Schmaltz, who farms in Rugby, North Dakota, is… Read More Farmers Switched to Organic After Pesticides Made Them or Their Families Sick

Weedkiller found in granola and crackers, internal FDA emails show

Originally published in the Guardian. US government scientists have detected a weedkiller linked to cancer in an array of commonly consumed foods, emails obtained through a freedom of information request show. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been testing food samples for residues of glyphosate, the active ingredient in hundreds of widely used herbicide products, for… Read More Weedkiller found in granola and crackers, internal FDA emails show

Argentine study links glyphosate herbicide to miscarriage, birth defects

Originally published on GMWatch Miscarriages in town at heart of GM soy-growing area are running at three times – and birth defects at twice – national average. People living in an Argentine town in the heart of the GM soy and maize growing area suffer miscarriages at three times and birth defects at twice the… Read More Argentine study links glyphosate herbicide to miscarriage, birth defects

Fast food makes the immune system more aggressive in the long term

Fast food is junk food, and it is laden with GMOs. _________________ From Science Daily: “The immune system reacts similarly to a high fat and high calorie diet as to a bacterial infection. This is shown by a recent study led by the University of Bonn. Particularly disturbing: Unhealthy food seems to make the body’s… Read More Fast food makes the immune system more aggressive in the long term

New Study Shows Eating Organic Food Can Actually Prevent Weight Gain

“You already know that eating organic food is good for you, allows you to take in less potential toxins and pesticides, and is helpful for the planet. But did you also know that if you eat an organic diet, you’re more likely to avoid weight gain?”  Read more at Rodale’s Organic Life. This finding published in… Read More New Study Shows Eating Organic Food Can Actually Prevent Weight Gain

4 Ways To Feed Your Baby An All Organic Diet—Without Spending Hours In The Kitchen

“It used to be that if you wanted your baby to eat organic, you had to spend several hours in the kitchen making your own baby food. But according to a new report from Allied Market Research, the organic baby food market is projected to more than double in the next few years, from nearly… Read More 4 Ways To Feed Your Baby An All Organic Diet—Without Spending Hours In The Kitchen

Glyphosate and GM crops are harming no-till soils

Magazine dedicated to promoting GM crops and glyphosate herbicides in no-till systems recommends reducing the use of these products No-Till Farmer is a magazine aimed at farmers who grow GM glyphosate-tolerant corn and soybeans using herbicides instead of ploughing to control weeds. In a revealing sign of the times, the magazine has published an article… Read More Glyphosate and GM crops are harming no-till soils

Spinning Science & Silencing Scientists: A Case Study in How the Chemical Industry Attempts to Influence Science

Introduction. On February 6, 2018, the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology is scheduled to hold a hearing entitled, “In Defense of Scientific Integrity: Examining the IARC Monograph Programme and Glyphosate Review.” The chemical glyphosate is a herbicide most commonly found in Monsanto’s commercial weed-killer Roundup. Committee Chairman Lamar Smith scheduled this hearing after months… Read More Spinning Science & Silencing Scientists: A Case Study in How the Chemical Industry Attempts to Influence Science

Industry writes its own rules for assessing pesticides, GMOs

Originally published on GMWatch Eleven out of 12 EU pesticide and GMO risk assessment methods studied were developed or promoted by industry, a new report from Pesticide Action Network[1] (PAN) shows. The report says that harmful effects observed in animal safety studies on pesticides can be swept under the carpet by using these methods. For example, tumours… Read More Industry writes its own rules for assessing pesticides, GMOs

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

As our Non-GMO Victory grows, Monsanto’s Attack Strengthens

According to surveys, more than half of Americans are looking for non-GMO food and beverages; more than a quarter are making their food purchases because of non-GMO labels. Our goal of a non-GMO food supply is drawing closer! And because of that, Monsanto is freaking out… The biotech bullies created yet another front group to mislead… Read More As our Non-GMO Victory grows, Monsanto’s Attack Strengthens

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.

This will make you look at those corn chips in a new way.

Over 80% of corn grown in the U.S. contains genes from the soil bacterium Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis), which produce insecticidal proteins within the plant—in every cell of the plant.  This means that all corn products that are not organically produced, or that have not been certified as non-GMO by the Non-GMO Project, are highly likely… Read More This will make you look at those corn chips in a new way.