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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9 Industries That Are Cashing In as Our Planet Heats Up...

Aug 8, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Environment Big Oil, Monsanto and Wall Street are all cashing in on climate change. By Larry Schwartz / AlterNet Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com Despite the fact that 98% of climatologists accept manmade climate change as a fact, almost a quarter of Americans still believe that climate science is junk science and that global warming is a grand hoax. Major oil companies have poured a lot of money into fueling climate skepticism. But while Big Oil wants to keep the public fooled, the major players in the industry, like Exxon and Shell, know better. They also stand to profit handsomely from a hotter planet. And they are not the only ones. Manmade climate change, caused by the burning of fossil fuels and the resulting widespread emission of CO2 into the atmosphere, may be a catastrophe for...

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Bill Nye on the Monsanto Eco Disaster: ‘We Accidentally Decimated the Monarch Butterfly Population’...

Jul 26, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Environment Monsanto’s glysophate doesn’t just kill weeds — it also kills other plants that pollinator species depend on to survive. By Lorraine Chow / EcoWatch   VIA ALTERNET Photo Credit: mr_coffee/Shutterstock.com Bill Nye is back with part two of his radio appearance, where he and co-host Chuck Nice delve even deeper into the Science Guy’s controversial flip-flop on genetically modified organisms (GMOs). You can listen to the StarTalk podcast below where Nye points out some of the “unintentional consequences” of GMOs, such as the widespread decimation of the monarch butterfly due to the use of herbicides, as well as the threat of monocultures to pollinators such as the honeybee. Here’s what they talked about in the second part of Nye’s appearance: On the “accidental decimation” of monarch butterfliesfrom the use of glyphosate “People developed this herbicide called glyphosate that kills all the weeds,...

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HOUSE REPUBLICANS WANT TO PREEMPT STATE GMO LABELING LAWS...

Jul 23, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Stephen Melkisethian By Clayton Aldern   GRIST Watch your step: Genetically modified foods (GMOs) have ended up on the congressional floor again. Tomorrow, the House will debate a largely Republican-backed bill that would bar the FDA from requiring GMO labeling, permit voluntary labeling on behalf of producers, and set up a non-GMO certification program. H.R. 1599, dubbed the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, would also prohibit labeling of food as non-GMO if it is grown with GM seeds. The debate over GMO safety and labeling has flared recently, due in part to a series of court cases in Hawaii and Vermont and the reintroduction of H.R. 1599 in Congress. A previous version of the bill died in committee in April 2014. Groups that campaign for GMO labeling see the bill as an abomination and have designated it the “DARK Act” — Denying Americans the Right-to-Know...

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Health Alert update: VERY IMPORTANT, INFORMATIVE ARTICLE ABOUT DANGERS OF GLYPHOSATE AND GMO FOODS...

Jul 6, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Fwd: Health Alert update: VERY IMPORTANT, INFORMATIVE ARTICLE ABOUT DANGERS OF GLYPHOSATE AND GMO FOODS Inbox x to Casey PLEASE take the time to read this article sent out by Dr. Mercola.  The information shared with him by Dr. Samsel, a Ph.d. scientist and researcher, well credentialed and well qualified to conduct a viable scientific investigation, shows that Monsanto knew that glyphosate was carcinogenic to lab animals as far back as 1981, but falsely demanded the data be hidden and regarded as “trade secret”.  THIS SHOULD ALARM EVERYONE WHO STILL HAS ANY INDEPENDENT, CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS LEFT. Virtually everything in conventional supermarkets–unless it is reliably “organically grown”–is loaded with pesticide residue, much of which is from Monsanto’s glyphosate, and nearly everything sold in conventional food stores contains some form of genetically modified organism,...

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Environmental Movement Making a Real Impact in the U.S., Study Finds...

Jun 19, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Environment States with strong green voices perform better on cutting emissions whereas those with climate skeptic views fare poorly. By Damian Carrington / The Guardian  VIA ALTERNET Keystone XL Pipeline Protest in Los Angeles, February 3, 2014 Photo Credit: Jonathan H. Lee/Flickr The environmental movement is making a real difference in the U.S., according to a new research that shows states with strong green voices have significantly lower emissions of the gases that drive global warming. The study is one of the first to quantify the real impact of green politics on the environment. It reveals that more environmentally-friendly states, such as New York and Vermont, have cut their greenhouse gas emissions despite rising population and affluence. But other states like Texas and Wyoming, where skepticism about climate change is much stronger, have...

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Monsanto Herbicide Faces Global Fallout After World Health Organization Labels It a Probable Carcinogen...

Jun 16, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Environment The fight against glyphosate is gaining momentum, and where governments are not stepping up to enforce bans, citizens and private companies are taking it upon themselves with major successes. By Eva Sirinathsinghji / The Ecologist  VIA ALTERNET Photo Credit: PiggingFoto/Shutterstock The World Health Organization’s official recognition of the health damage caused by glyphosate, the world’s most widely used herbicide, is having ramifications around the world. National governments are moving to restrict the chemical, campaigns to ban it are intensifying, and now ‘Roundup Ready’ GMO crops are coming under the regulatory spotlight. Could it be that the World Health Organisation’s classification of glyphosate as a ‘probable carcinogen’ (see [1] Glyphosate ‘Probably Carcinogenic to Humans’ Latest WHO Assessment, SiS 66) will be the final nail in the coffin for the world’s most popular herbicide...

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How Monsanto Could Get Even Bigger and More Powerful...

May 29, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Environment We should be very concerned about the future of the world’s food supply. By Reynard Loki / AlterNet Photo Credit: prudkov/Shutterstock Earlier this month, Swiss seed and agrochemical company Syngenta rejected Monsanto’s second takeover bid in a year. Syngenta’s board said the offer undervalued the company and did not fully address regulatory risks. But the St. Louis-based biotech giant, the world’s biggest seed seller, is not deterred and is planning a new offer to Syngenta, the world’s biggest pesticide and fertilizer seller. If approved, it would be the biggest agribusiness merger in history. But clearing antitrust regulators in the U.S. and the EU is a big if. The combined behemoth would be the world’s largest seed and crop chemical company with more than $30 billion in revenue and control over 35 percent...

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Robert Reich: Corporate Collusion Is Rampant and We All Pay the Steep Price...

May 25, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] The big banks even referred to themselves as “cartels,” but government will do nothing to stop them. By Robert Reich / Robert Reich’s Blog  VIA ALTERNET May 25, 2015 Photo Credit: via YouTube Last week’s settlement between the Justice Department and five giant banks reveals the appalling weakness of modern antitrust. The banks had engaged in the biggest price-fixing conspiracy in modern history. Their self-described “cartel” used an exclusive electronic chat room and coded language to manipulate the $5.3 trillion-a-day currency exchange market. It was a “brazen display of collusion” that went on for years, said Attorney General Loretta Lynch. But there will be no trial, no executive will go to jail, the banks can continue to gamble in the same currency markets, and the fines – although large – are a fraction of the...

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As Chipotle Goes GMO-free, Monsanto’s Worst Fear Is Coming True—And Corporate Media Is Freaking Out...

May 25, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Environment Chipotle’s decision may compel other food brands to follow suit. By Jonathan Latham, PhD / The Ecologist  VIA ALTERNET May 21, 2015 Photo Credit: Ken Wolter/Shutterstock The decision of the Chipotle restaurant chain to make its product lines GMO-free is not most people’s idea of a world-historic event. Especially since Chipotle, by US standards, is not a huge operation. A clear sign that the move is significant, however, is that Chipotle’s decision was met with a tidal-wave of establishment media abuse. Despite the company’s clear and rational explanation of its move, Chipotle has been called irresponsible, anti-science, irrational, and much more by the Washington Post, Time Magazine, the Chicago Tribune the LA Times, and many others. A business deciding to give consumers what they want was surely never so contentious. The media...

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Modern Life Is a Frightening Experiment in How Much Exposure We Can Take from Toxic Chemicals...

Apr 19, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] A new documentary reveals how the $770 billion chemical industry is pumping dangerous substances into our lives. By Allegra Kirkland / AlterNet Back in 1974, the agricultural multinational Monsanto developed a class of herbicides using glyphosate as the key ingredient. By the 1990s, the company had created corn, soy and cotton seeds genetically altered to resist glyphosate herbicides, meaning farmers could kill weeds without fearing for the health of their crops. Today, Monsanto’s Roundup is the most widely used weed-killer in the world. One problem: we now know with certainty that glyphosate is carcinogenic to humans and animals. Though Roundup has been plagued by controversy for years, a report released this March by scientists affiliated with the World Health Organization definitively linked the herbicide to increased risks for non-Hodgkin lymphoma, as well as DNA and chromosomal damage in mammals....

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California Water Wars: Another Form of Asset Stripping?...

Mar 25, 2015 Posted by

[Translate]   By Ellen Brown, The Web of Debt Blog | News Analysis In California’s epic drought, wars over water rights continue, while innovative alternatives for increasing the available water supply go untapped. Wars over California’s limited water supply have been going on for at least a century. Water wars have been the subject of some vintage movies, including the 1958 hit The Big Country starring Gregory Peck, Clint Eastwood’s 1985 Pale Rider, 1995’s Waterworld with Kevin Costner, and the 2005 film Batman Begins. Most acclaimed was the 1975 Academy Award winner Chinatown with Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway, involving a plot between a corrupt Los Angeles politician and land speculators to fabricate the 1937 drought in order to force farmers to sell their land at low prices. The plot was rooted in historical fact, reflecting battles between Owens Valley farmers...

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New Report Shows That The Most Popular Weed-Killer In The U.S. Probably Causes Cancer...

Mar 23, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] by Emily AtkinCLIMATE PROGRESS Spraying Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup could cause cancer, the World Health Organization said in a new report. CREDIT: shutterstock The most popular weed-killer in the United States — and possibly the world — “probably” causes cancer, according to a new report from the World Health Organization (WHO). Published Thursday in the journal The Lancet Oncology, the report focuses on a chemical called glyphosate, invented by Monsanto back in 1974 as a broad-spectrum herbicide. It’s the active ingredient in Roundup, a popular product used mostly in commercial agriculture production. Roundup is particularly good for genetically modified crops, which can be bred to resist damage from the product while it kills the weeds surrounding it. Roundup, shown here, includes a chemical that could be carcinogenic to humans. CREDIT: Shutterstock In the U.S.,...

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Eat at Your Own Risk: Flawed FDA Risk Assessments Strengthen Arguments for Labeling GMOs...

Mar 10, 2015 Posted by

[Translate]  By Alex James, Truthout | Op-Ed (Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout) For the past two decades, developers of genetically engineered (GE) crops and their corporate allies have maintained that because their products are so obviously safe, there is no need to label them. Thanks to marketing campaigns, squelched state initiatives and a flood of GE products on the market, the public has largely adopted this belief as well. Would it shock the public to know that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has never formally approved any GE crop as safe for human consumption? Instead, these companies have been trusted to self-regulate with little scientific oversight and even less transparency in their methods. This was quietly mentioned in December 2014, during a testimony given by Michael Landa, former director of the Center for...

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Diane Rehm Examines the Dangers of Monsanto’s Roundup and Dow’s Enlist Duo Herbicides...

Feb 5, 2015 Posted by

[Translate]   COLE MELLINO OF ECOWATCH ON BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT (Photo: EcoWatch)Article reprinted with permission from EcoWatch Yesterday on NPR’s The Diane Rehm Show, Diane Rehm and her guests discussed the race against pests and weeds, and the recent approval by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Dow AgroSciences’ herbicide Enlist Duo, a new combination of 2,4-D and glyphosate meant to fight chemical-resistant “superweeds.” This new herbicide has many in the environmental and health communities concerned because of the dangerous impacts to human health and the environment. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and other groups sued to block the EPA’s approval because they don’t think the EPA considered all of the environmental and health impacts of the new herbicide. Many have joined the NRDC in calling for a new approach to pest and weed control that doesn’t...

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SELF-DESTRUCTION GENES COULD KEEP GMO’S FROM SPILLING INTO THE WILD...

Jan 24, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] igor.stevanovic By Tim McDonnell Cross-posted from Climate Desk It’s the worst nightmare of activists opposed to genetically modified crops: An errant GMO seed blows out of a wheat or corn field and breeds with a species in the wild or on a neighboring farm. The modified gene proliferates and spreads through the population, and pretty soon the line between engineered crops and their “natural” counterparts begins to disappear, with unpredictable consequences for ecosystems. This happened in 2010 in North Dakota, when scientists discovered that genes from genetically engineered canola — grown commercially for its oil across the state — were appearing in nearly every sample of canola taken in the wild. In that case, the “escape” of GMO canola turned out to be no big deal. But it raised eyebrows with plant scientists about how...

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An Insurance Policy for Climate Change? How Seed Banks Are Protecting the Future of Food...

Dec 21, 2014 Posted by

[Translate] by Richard Schiffman   Moyers & Co. This post first appeared at Truthout. By now, most Americans know that the world’s rainforests are being cut down at an alarming rate, coral reefs are dying from ocean acidification and warming and the sea is being overfished to the point of exhaustion. We are in the midst of an unprecedented collapse of biodiversity, the largest extinction event since the dinosaurs disappeared from the earth 65 million years ago. It is essential that we preserve the remaining crop varieties that we still have. But fewer people have heard about another ongoing mass extinction that involves the foods that we eat. More than 75 percent of the fruit and vegetable varieties that humans once consumed have already gone the way of the woolly mammoth and the saber-toothed tiger,...

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The Real Reason Wheat Is Toxic? It’s Not What Your Friend Shared on Facebook...

Dec 7, 2014 Posted by

[Translate] Food   AlterNet / By Jill Richardson A scary blog post about the toxic dangers of wheat recently went viral. Its claims are completely bogus. Photo Credit: manoftaste.de / Flickr.com   A blog post called “ The Real Reason Wheat Is Toxic (it’s not the gluten)” recently went viral. Only, the claims the post makes are at best, dubious, and more likely, just plain wrong. In brief, here’s what it says: wheat is bad for you because most wheat in the U.S. is sprayed with Roundup before harvest. This wheat, by the way, is not genetically engineered. If it was “Roundup Ready,” like the majority of corn, cotton, canola, and soybeans, then the Roundup would only kill the weeds, but not the crop. In this case, the Roundup kills the crop. According to...

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GMOs Expose Dangerous Science Disconnect in Agriculture...

Oct 26, 2014 Posted by

[Translate] The Republic of Awesome Donald Carr – HUFFINGTON POST A contentious issue in the upcoming Colorado and Oregon GMO labeling referendums is the perceived safety of consuming genetically modified foods. Question a representative of the National Corn Growers Association or the American Farm Bureau Federation about the safety of eating GMOs and you’ll rightly be scolded about the scientific evidence that consuming those crops is as safe as any other. These representatives of the American farm lobby wield enormous political clout with conservative and rural lawmakers. They also influence farmers’ decisions. But, ironically, they are AWOL when it comes to publicly communicating the consensus on the science behind the single greatest threat to agriculture, which is human-induced climate change. What’s the result of this willful ignorance? A U.S Department of Agriculture survey released...

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Monsanto’s Roundup Linked to Cancer – Again...

Oct 14, 2014 Posted by

[Translate] This herbicide has become the foundation for an entirely novel approach to farming – biotech agriculture – that has expanded rapidly throughout the globe. Monsanto makes seeds for soy, corn, canola, cotton, alfalfa and sugar beets that are genetically engineered to be tolerant to Roundup. The seeds are marketed in 120 countries. Throughout the world, Roundup is sprayed heavily as a weed killer without fear of damaging the cash crops, which have been engineered to survive the herbicide’s effects. “The change in how agriculture is produced has brought, frankly, a change in the profile of diseases. We’ve gone from a pretty healthy population to one with a high rate of cancer, birth defects and illnesses seldom seen before.” Roundup seemed, at first, to be the perfect herbicide. It blocks the ESPS synthase enzyme, which prevents the synthesis...

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Is Your Athletic Field a Killer? Investigation Reignites Artificial Turf Controversy...

Oct 10, 2014 Posted by

[Translate]   Environment   AlterNet / By Cliff Weathers A college soccer coach may have unearthed a cancer cluster among soccer goalies, according to NBC News. Photo Credit: Krivosheev Vitaly/Shutterstock October 9, 2014  | A new report from NBC News has prompted further worry about the safety of artificial turf and whether its ingredients — namely ground-up rubber car tires — can be the source of illnesses that can include cancers such as leukemia and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. More than 13 million people play soccer in the U.S., some 4 million of them children and college athletes. Soccer complexes have become a staple of suburban America, and many of them opt for artificial turf over real grass. And those who play organized soccer may spend several days a week practicing and playing on artificial fields. Artificial...

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