We’ve Been Sold a Lie for Two Decades About Genetically Engineered Foods...

Dec 4, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Food Europe has been right all along to renounce GE crops. By Reynard Loki / AlterNet March against Monsanto 2014-05-24 Photo Credit: Die Grünen Kärnten/Flickr CC Editor’s note: The terms GE (genetic engineering) and GMO (genetically modified organism) are often used interchangeably, but their meanings are different. GMOs, which are produced when plant breeders select genetic traits that may also occur naturally, have been around for centuries. Common examples are seedless watermelons and modern broccoli. The subject of much recent debate are GE foods, which have only been around in recent decades and are produced by transferring genes between organisms. The resulting GE organisms—either plant-, or in the case of GE salmon, animal-based—would not otherwise occur in nature. This article is about GE foods. In 1994, a tomato known as Flavr Savr became the first...

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While the nation was watching the election, the EPA just approved another toxic herbicide for Monsanto...

Nov 17, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]  by: L.J. Devon, Staff Writer  NATURAL NEWS (NaturalNews) As universities across the country hold cry-ins, counseling sessions, and post-election therapy events for narcissistic, cry-baby college students, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has quietly approved Monsanto’s new drift-prone herbicide, which will further poison, emasculate, and weaken the population. The soils are suffering from persistent over farming, bio-solid toxins, and chemical-intense agriculture. Soil and crops are so nutritionally depleted; the effect can be witnessed in the panicky, easily manipulated, fragile-minded behaviors of people. EPA bows to Monsanto again, keeping farmers trapped in the herbicide-dependent agricultural cycle The EPA is run by people who have worked for the biotech industry, who buckle under the pressure of the demands of multinational corporations like Monsanto. The EPA cannot protect anything if they lack the courage to say no...

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MONSANTO IS SCRAMBLING TO BURY THIS BREAKING STORY – PLEASE SHARE...

Nov 15, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Food Babe   I am frankly shocked this information is not making front page news right now. Monsanto will do anything to bury this story… and as of right now, it’s working. Not a single mainstream media outlet has covered this appalling new report that shows millions of people being poisoned by a chemical that does not belong in our food. This chemical is ending up in processed foods like Cheerios, Ritz Crackers, and Oreos and being consumed by humans across the world. The health of millions of people is on the line and this news must go mainstream! That’s why I’m calling on every single one of you who reads this post to share this breaking story now. The only way this injustice will be corrected is if enough of us stand up and demand that something be done to...

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The Bizarre History of How Corporate Food Industry Flooded Our Farmlands with GMOs...

Nov 3, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Books It’s one elaborate con job. By Linda Bonvie, Bill Bonvie / Skyhorse Publishing Photo Credit: Sandra Matic / Shutterstock The following is excerpted with permission from the forthcoming book Badditives! The 13 Most Harmful Food Additives in Your Diet—and How to Avoid Them by Linda Bonvie and Bill Bonvie (January 2017). Copyright 2017, Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. No matter what you may have heard about how completely “safe” genetically modified foods are, it is part of an elaborate con job—one designed to protect the profits of both Big Food and the biotechnology industry at the expense of your family’s health. Perhaps the best indicator of how patently false those notions are comes from those consumers whose honesty you can always depend on—animals. As Jeffrey M. Smith, executive director of the Institute for Responsible Technology, notes...

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THE NEW YORK TIMES CUTS THROUGH THE HYPE ON GMOS...

Nov 2, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   They’re likely safe to eat, but they sure haven’t lived up to their high-yield, low-pesticide promise. Tom Philpott  MOTHER JONES Eighty percent of US corn, by far our biggest crop, is genetically modified. What has that gained us? James Brey/iStock Genetically modified seeds emerged in the mid-1990s and have since conquered million of acres of US farmland. Today, upward of 80 percent of corn, soybean, and cotton acreage is planted with crops engineered to withstand herbicides or insects, as have large portions of our sugar beet and alfalfa crops. Beyond the massive marketing triumph and financial success of companies like Monsanto and Syngenta—which sell both the seeds and the related herbicides—what has the industry achieved in terms of public benefits? Have they helped farmers churn out more food per acre and reduce...

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SEEDS OF CORPORATE POWER VS. FARMERS’ RIGHTS...

Oct 7, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Karen Hansen-Kuhn, Foreign Policy in Focus | Report (Photo: Pascal Frei; Edited: LW / TO) The consolidation of corporate power in agriculture has been in the news a lot lately, first with the proposed ChemChina-Syngenta and Dow-DuPont mergers, and now with Bayer’s proposal to purchase seed giant Monsanto. National Farmers Union president Roger Johnson testified in Congress that the proposed mergers would enable just three corporations to control 80 percent of the USseed supply (and 70 percent of the global pesticide market). The result is that farmers have fewer and fewer choices about the kinds of seeds they want to plant. The concentration of processing and distribution also limits options and further squeezes farmers at a time when prices are tumbling around the globe. This expansion of corporate control is also happening in...

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MERCK TO ADD GLYSOPHATE TO VACCINES IN HUGE DEAL WITH MONSANTO...

Oct 1, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] SP Team  THE SCIENCE POST.COM   Pharmaceutical giant Merck announced today that they would be altering the recipe for their vaccines and making them even more toxic by adding glyphosate (a broad-spectrum systemic herbicide used to kill weeds and cause cancer). The news comes with confirmation of a deal with Monsanto who will be proving the glyphosate which they have in surplus and are trying to use up. “This is a great deal for both parties involved,” said Monsanto CEO, Judas Luciferr. “We get to sell off some of our glyphosate inventory and Big Pharma gets to make more people sick, and therefor lifetime customers, with their vaccines.” Some critics of the move argue that glyphosate is not safe to be injected, but Monsanto countered by saying it is not safe to eat...

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BIG PHARMA/BIOTECH MERGERS: CONSOLIDATING THE SYNTHETIC REALITY AGENDA...

Sep 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Print Friendly or Save as PDF September 26th, 2016 By Makia Freeman Contributing writer for Wake Up World Big Pharma-Big Agra mergers have accelerated recently, with Syngenta being bought by ChemChina (China National Chemical Corporation), Dow Chemical merging with DuPont, and Monsanto agreeing to be acquired by Bayer on Sept. 14th 2016 for US$66 billion. Bayer and Monsanto have signed off on the deal, now US and EU regulators will examine the details. If the deal is approved, this new corporate behemoth will be the largest agribusiness on Earth, selling 29% of the world’s seeds and 24% of the world’s pesticides. This would constitute a massive consolidation of power into the hands of a few, a power which would determine who gets seeds to grow food to eat, and who doesn’t. Big Pharma and Big Biotech are in the...

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THE PATENT THAT COULD DESTROY MONSANTO AND CHANGE THE WORLD …...

Sep 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] ECOSNIPPETS.COM   If there’s anything you read – or share – let this be it. The content of this article has potential to radically shift the world in a variety of positive ways. And as Monsanto would love for this article to not go viral, all we can ask is that you share, share, share the information being presented so that it can reach as many people as possible. In 2006, a patent was granted to a man named Paul Stamets. Though Paul is the world’s leading mycologist, his patent has received very little attention and exposure. Why is that? Stated by executives in the pesticide industry, this patent represents “the most disruptive technology we have ever witnessed.” And when the executives say disruptive, they are referring to it being disruptive to the chemical...

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‘A Five-Alarm Threat to Our Food Supply’: Experts Describe Bayer-Monsanto Merger...

Sep 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Food A scary future for farmers around the world. By Katherine Paul / AlterNet NEW YORK CITY – MAY 23 2015: environmental activists joined a global day out against Monsanto’s GMO programs & demanding that foods be labeled. Photo Credit: a katz / Shutterstock.com It’s been about a week since Monsanto and Bayer confirmed their intention to say “I do”—ample time for media, lawmakers, consumer and farmer advocacy groups, and of course the happy couple themselves, to weigh in on the pros and cons. Reactions poured in from all the usual suspects. Groups like the Farmers Union, Food & Water Watch, Friends of the Earth and others didn’t mince words when it came to condemning the deal. (Organic Consumers Association tagged it a “Marriage Made in Hell” back in May, pre-announcement, when the two mega-corporations were still...

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HUNGARIANS JUST DESTROYED ALL MONSANTO GMO CORN FIELDS...

Sep 15, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Hungary has taken a bold stand against biotech giant Monsanto and genetic modification by destroying 1000’s of acres of corn found to have been grown with genetically modified seeds, according to Hungary deputy state secretary of the Ministry of Rural Development Lajos Bognar. Unlike many European Union countries, Hungary is a nation where genetically modified (GM) seeds are banned. In a similar stance against GM ingredients, Peru has also passed a 10 year ban on GM foods. “Almost 1000 acres of maize found to have been planted with genetically modified seeds have been destroyed throughout Hungary, deputy state secretary of the Ministry of Rural Development Lajos Bognar said. The GMO corn has been ploughed under, said Lajos Bognar, but pollen has not spread, he added. Unlike several other EU members, GMO seeds are banned in Hungary....

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10 States Report Crop Damage From Illegal Herbicide Use on Monsanto’s GMO Seeds...

Sep 12, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Food Missouri has suffered the most, with damage to more than 40,000 acres of crops. By Lorraine Chow / EcoWatch tractor spraying pesticides on soy bean Photo Credit: Fotokostic/Shutterstock To the horror of farmers across America’s farm belt, hundreds of thousands of crop acres have been adversely impacted by the apparent misuse of the drift-prone herbicide dicamba on Monsanto’s Roundup Ready Xtend soybean and cotton plants. According to a recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) compliance advisory, the EPA and state agencies have received an “unusually high” number of reports of crop damage that appear related to the illegal spraying of dicamba. A soybean plant affected by dicamba drift from a nearby field, roadside or other area where the herbicide was applied. Purdue The EPA has collected similar reports of crop damage from 10 states: Missouri, Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois,...

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13 Academics Who Have Become Shills for Corporate Giants in the Food, Agrochemical and Fossil Fuel Industries...

Sep 9, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Investigations Mounting evidence reveals that corporations are buying science and support from university professors. By Lorraine Chow / AlterNet Secretly exchange of money between business person Photo Credit: alphaspirit/Shutterstock There’s nothing new or unusual about corporate and academic collaboration. IBM, for instance, has partnered with universities around the country since the 1940s to support computer science education. This relationship is mutually beneficial both for the tech giant and the institutions sponsored. IBM’s grant dollars provide welcome funding for research and equipment for students, all while fostering a new class of computer scientists and engineers. University-business partnerships, however, require a careful balance. Take the tobacco industry. According to a 2012 study by Harvard professor Allan Brandt, cigarette makers all but invented the concept of industry-academic conflicts of interest. Since the 1950s, cigarette companies have sought...

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10 States Report Crop Damage From Illegal Dicamba Use on Monsanto’s GMO Seeds...

Sep 3, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Lorraine Chow   ECOWATCH.COM To the horror of farmers across America’s farm belt, hundreds of thousands of crop acres have been adversely impacted by the apparent misuse of the drift-prone herbicide dicamba on Monsanto’s Roundup Ready Xtend soybean and cotton plants. A soybean plant affected by dicamba drift from a nearby field, roadside or other area where the herbicide was applied. PurdueAccording to a recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) compliance advisory, the EPA and state agencies have received an “unusually high” number of reports of crop damage that appear related to the illegal spraying of dicamba. The EPA has collected similar reports of crop damage from 10 states: Missouri, Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. Missouri appears to have suffered the most. According to the Southeast Missourian, the...

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So What Became of the $1.9 Billion for Zika...

Aug 17, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Congress by Marco Cáceres  | Law, Congress The U.S. government laid out a proposal to spend $1.9 billion on activities—including buying or developing vaccines—to combat Zika before knowing for sure if the virus, in fact, posed a serious health threat to the American public… On Feb. 22, 2016, the White House submitted to the U.S. Congress a $1.9 billion emergency supplemental appropriations request from the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) for fiscal year (FY) 2016 for “preparedness efforts” related to the Zika virus.1 Funding would support immediate response activities to prevent the spread of, prepare for, and respond to Zika virus transmission; fortify domestic public health systems to prevent, detect, and respond to Zika virus transmission; speed research, development, and procurement of...

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Doctors Name Monsanto’s Larvicide As Cause of Brazilian Microcephaly Outbreak...

Aug 15, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] General A report from the Argentine doctors’ organisation, Physicians in the Crop-Sprayed Towns, challenges the theory that the Zika virus epidemic in Brazil is the cause of the increase in the birth defect microcephaly among newborns. The increase in this birth defect, in which the baby is born with an abnormally small head and often has brain damage, was quickly linked to the Zika virus by the Brazilian Ministry of Health. However, according to the Physicians in the Crop-Sprayed Towns, the Ministry failed to recognise that in the area where most sick people live, a chemical larvicide that produces malformations in mosquitoes was introduced into the drinking water supply in 2014. This poison, Pyriproxyfen, is used in a State-controlled programme aimed at eradicating disease-carrying mosquitoes. The Physicians added that the Pyriproxyfen is manufactured...

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How One GMO Nearly Took Down the Planet...

Aug 7, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] New law deals major blow to GMO labeling. By Thom Hartmann / AlterNet   Genetically modified fruit Photo Credit: wellphoto/Shutterstock On July 29, President Obama signed bill S.764 into law, dealing a major blow to the movement to require GMO labeling. The new law, which food safety groups call the “Deny Americans the Right to Know” (DARK) Act, has at least three key parts that undermine Vermont’s popular GMO labeling bill and make it nearly impossible for Americans to know what’s in their food. The law claims to set a federal labeling standard by requiring food producers to include either a QR barcode that can be scanned with a phone, or a 1-800 number that consumers can call to find out whether a product contains genetically modified ingredients. But according to the Institute for...

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Obama’s New So-Called GMO “Labeling” Law Is a Gift to Industry...

Aug 4, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   MARK KARLIN, EDITOR OF BUZZFLASH TRUTHOUT On July 29, President Obama signed a bill that is a setback for our right to know about GMOs in food. (Photo: David Goehring) You may have read that President Obama signed a so-called GMO “labeling” law on July 29. Media outlets like ABC News reported that the bill “mandate[es] GMO labeling.” However, the reality of the new legislation is what Rick North, writing on the progressive commentary forum BlueOregon, calls a “sham”: It’s a major victory for Monsanto, the biotech industry and Grocery Manufacturer’s Association, all of whom know labeling could diminish their profits. Most polls found about 90% of respondents wanted on-the-package GMO labeling, an almost-unheard-of support level for any issue. True public advocates, like the Organic Consumers Association, Consumers Union, Center for Food...

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UNITED STATES MAP OF POISONED PARKS AND PLAYGROUNDS...

Aug 1, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Community New York Rev. Billy & The Stop Shopping Choir, Organizer Our map will expose 100,000 toxic sites where Monsanto’s Roundup and Glyphosate are sprayed in parks, playgrounds and public spaces. Over 13.42 billion pounds of Glyphosate have been sprayed on our planet in the past decade. Glyphosate use has risen exponentially since the introduction of genetically modified crops.   The EPA is holding a public hearing on glyphosate on October 18th. We want to present our map as evidence. Scientific studies show that Glyphosate is carcinogenic and toxic. Glyphosate is persistent in our blood, bodies, soil and water. It is in our breast milk and most organic foods. It is ubiquitous. Glyphosate has been linked to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, birth defects, celiac disease, allergies and asthma.   It only costs one dollar to reveal one public place that has...

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Another Disastrous Side Effect of Monsanto’s Notorious Roundup Pesticide Discovered...

Jul 21, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment The controversial main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup is being connected to algae blooms that have fouled drinking water and killed wildlife. By Lorraine Chow / EcoWatch   VIA ALTERNET Glyphosate, the controversial main ingredient in Monsanto‘s Roundup and other herbicides, is being connected to Lake Erie’s troubling algae blooms, which has fouled drinking water and suffocated and killed marine life in recent years. Phosphorus—attributed to farm runoff carried by the Maumee River—has long beenidentified as a leading culprit feeding the excessive blooms in the western Lake Erie basin. Now, according to a new study from chemistry professor Christopher Spiese, a significant correlation has been established between the increased use of glyphosate to the percentage of dissolved reactive phosphorus (DRP) in the runoff. As No-Till Farmer observed from the study, DRP loads in Lake Erie increased in the mid-1990s at...

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BAYER’S $62 BILLION PROPOSED TAKEOVER OF MONSANTO WOULD CREATE THE WORLD’S LARGEST AGRIBUSINESS...

May 24, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Renae Merle  THE WASHINGTON POST genetically modified corn plants inside greenhouses housed on the roof of Monsanto agribusiness headquarters in St Louis, Missouri, 21 May 2009. Bayer said on Monday that it had offered to buy Monsanto for $62 billion in cash. (Photograph by Brent Stirton/Getty Images.) The German pharmaceutical giant Bayer announced on Monday that it had offered $62 billion to acquire Monsanto, potentially pushing the iconic maker of aspirin and Alka-Seltzer further into the world of genetically modified seeds and agricultural chemicals. The unsolicited offer, if accepted by St. Louis-based Monsanto, would create the world’s largest agrochemicals company. The 115-year-old Monsanto would be absorbed into the overseas giant, Bayer, bringing with it the herbicide Roundup and a controversial history as one of the first companies to create a genetically engineered...

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LONG BEACH FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST MONSANTO...

May 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] TRUTHDIG posted by emma niles   The Port of Long Beach. (via Flickr) Following the lead of six other West Coast cities, the city of Long Beach on Thursday filed paperwork to sue Monsanto, alleging that the agrochemical giant is responsible for chemical contamination of its water sources, including the Port of Long Beach. The Long Beach Post reports: According to the complaint, PCBs find their way to Long Beach waters when they leach, leak, off-gas and escape their intended applications, causing runoff during naturally occurring storm and rain events, after being released into the environment. … The city said it continues to “incur significant costs related to PCBs in its storm water and the sedimentary deposits in the Port of Long Beach and adjacent ocean floor areas,” according to a release. In...

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TOXIC LEGACY: MONSANTO AND PCB CONTAMINATION...

May 10, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] “But, the most important thing about PCB’s … is that we have identified a mad dog—a known bad actor in the case of PCB. There is no doubt about its toxicity and danger in the environment. It has caused millions of dollars worth of damage in the United States; the time has arrived to get rid of it.” – Statement of Congressman Gude, Legislative History of TSCA (1976). Monsanto was, in essence, the sole manufacturer of PCBs in the United States from 1930 until 1977. PCBs are an extremely toxic, persistent chemical that can cause cancer, neurological damage, immunological damage, and other severe human health problems. Monsanto contaminated the entire planet with PCBs through its manufacture, distribution and aggressive marketing of roughly 1.4 billion pounds of PCBs during this period. Due to the toxicity of PCBs and widespread contamination of air, water and soils in the U.S.,...

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Monsanto’s Controversial Glyphosate Herbicide Is Being Sprayed in New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Portland...

Apr 27, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Environment The herbicide was classified as “probably carcinogenic to humans” by the World Health Organization. By Lorraine Chow / EcoWatch  VIA ALTERNET Man in a protective suit spraying plants against pests, Disinfection, photography Photo Credit: overcrew/Shutterstock Reverend Billy and The Stop Shopping Choir have published two new interactive maps showing where glyphosate is being sprayed in California’s Bay Area and Portland. Based on the maps, glyphosate—the cancer-linked main ingredient in Monsanto’s weedkiller Roundup—is being used in a number of public spaces including parks and playgrounds in both cities. According to a press release sent to EcoWatch, the Portland map displays 1,592 locations in the city where herbicides containing glyphosate are being sprayed. “Monsanto’s Roundup and its key ingredient glyphosate are major weapons in the Portland Parks Department’s arsenal of herbicides,” the release states. A Care2 petition has been posted to...

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Food Companies Plan to Label GMOs—but Is There More to the Story?...

Mar 24, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Companies’ change of heart may mask a larger strategy to pass a rival bill. By Katherine Paul and Ronnie Cummins / AlterNet Photo Credit: Burtmurno/Flickr Creative Commons The world’s largest food corporations have spent hundreds of millions of dollars (some of it illegally) to avoid being required to label the genetically engineered ingredients in their products. But with the July 1 deadline for complying with Vermont’s GMO labeling law on the horizon, a handful of the largest multinational food corporations have announced they will now label GMOs—not solely because they will be forced to, but because as General Mills claims, they believe “you should know what’s in your food and how we make ours.” Have consumers won the GMO labeling battle? Have these food companies that so fiercely fought to keep labels off their products really split...

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ARGENTINES LINK HEALTH PROBLEMS TO AGROCHEMICALS...

Mar 9, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]  Arkady Bukh, esq. BASAVILBASO, Argentina (AP) — Argentine farmworker Fabian Tomasi was never trained to handle pesticides. His job was to keep the crop-dusters flying by filling their tanks as quickly as possible, although it often meant getting drenched in poison. Now, at 47, he’s a living skeleton, so weak he can hardly leave his house in Entre Rios province. Schoolteacher Andrea Druetta lives in Santa Fe Province, the heart of Argentina’s soy country, where agrochemical spraying is banned within 500 meters (550 yards) of populated areas. But soy is planted just 30 meters (33 yards) from her back door. Her boys were showered in chemicals recently while swimming in the backyard pool. After Sofia Gatica lost her newborn to kidney failure, she filed a complaint that led to Argentina’s first criminal convictions...

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56 INDIGENOUS CORN VARIETIES AT RISK AS MONSANTO EYES MEXICO...

Jan 16, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Lorraine Chow  ECOWATCH Mexico’s unique and treasured native corn varieties could be under threat as Monsanto, the world’s largest seed producer, vies to plant genetically modified (GMO) corn in the country. In August 2015, a Mexican judged overturned a September 2013 ban on GMO corn, thus opening more business opportunities for Monsanto and other agribusinesses pending favorable later court decisions. Monsanto even announced in October 2015 that it was seeking to double its sales in the country over the next five years. Chef Pancho Ibanez of Mexico City-based restaurant Pujol. He joins roughly 80 other Mexican chefs who are speaking out against GMO corn. Photo credit: Financial Times The GMO corn ban remains pending a ruling on the appeal, but a final decision could end up in Mexico’s supreme court. Monsanto, which is seeking five permits to grow...

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Monsanto’s Migraine: Big Fiascoes Facing the World’s Biggest Seed Company...

Oct 3, 2015 Posted by

[Translate]   Environment The problems are piling up at the company’s front door. By Reynard Loki / AlterNet Photo Credit: a katz/Shutterstock.com Monsanto has been reeling from a number of setbacks around the globe. Here’s a look at some of the main reasons that 2015 has been a giant headache for the biotech giant. But that headache could find some reilef if the U.S. Senate hands them a legislative victory that would keep American consumers in the dark about what’s in their food. Roundup Probably Causes Cancer In March, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the World Health Organization’s cancer arm, said that the controversial herbicide glyphosate — the main ingredient in Monsanto’s popular weedkiller Roundup — is “probably carcinogenic to humans.” IARC noted, “Case-control studies of occupational exposure in the USA,...

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ARE SCIENTISTS WHO COLLABORATE WITH INDUSTRY TAINTED?...

Sep 9, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Shutterstock By Nathanael Johnson   GRIST Kevin Folta, a plant biology professor at the University of Florida, has received money for travel expenses from Monsanto and other companies. Chuck Benbrook, until recently a research scientist at Washington State University, received funding for both travel and research from companies like Whole Foods and Organic Valley. Neither of these facts is hugely consequential in itself. But these scientists work on opposite sides of today’s widening debate over the future of U.S. agriculture — the argument between “big” and “small,” conventional and organic, whether farming should go back to the land or back to the lab. Because of that, and thanks to a New York Times feature that hoisted them into the spotlight, they have become lightning rods for questions about research funding, conflicts of interest,...

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NEW MONSANTO SPRAY KILLS BUGS BY MESSING WITH THEIR GENES...

Aug 19, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Tom Philpott   MOTHER JONES B Brown/Shutterstock In a fascinating long piece in MIT Technology Review, Antonio Regalado examines the genetically modified seed industry’s latest blockbuster app in development—one that has nothing to do with seeds. Instead, it involves the industry’s other bread-and-butter product: pesticide sprays. But we’re not talking about the poisonous chemicals you convinced your dad to stop dousing the lawn with. The novel sprays in question are powered by a genetic technology called RNA interference, which promises to kill specific insects and weeds by silencing genes crucial to their survival, while leaving nontarget species unscathed. RNAi, as it’s known, is an emerging science; the two US researchers who discovered it brought home a Nobel Prize in 2006. Regalado describes the process like this: The cells of plants and animals carry...

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