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Wake Up and Smell the Poison

Expert's Opinion on GMO, Herbicides and Public Health

The promoters and purveyors of GMOs have spent hundreds of millions of dollars portraying anyone who questions the safety of their products as ignorant, alarmist and “anti-science.”

So they’re no doubt stewing over an article written last week—by a medical doctor and a scientist—outlining in detail why these experts are so concerned about the GMO foods and ingredients that now permeate our food system.

In an article published August 20, in the New England Journal of Medicine, Philip J. Landrigan, M.D., and Charles Benbrook, Ph.D., present rational and reasoned, science-based evidence supporting their recommendations that 1), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) not allow the use of Dow’s Enlist Duo, a toxic combo of glyphosate and 2-4,D until further study, and 2), that GMOs be labeled.

On the issue of 2,4-D, Dr. Landigran and Dr. Benbrook write:

In our view, the science and the risk assessment supporting the Enlist Duo decision are flawed. The science consisted solely of toxicologic studies commissioned by the herbicide manufacturers in the 1980s and 1990s and never published, not an uncommon practice in U.S. pesticide regulation. These studies predated current knowledge of low-dose, endocrine-mediated, and epigenetic effects and were not designed to detect them. The risk assessment gave little consideration to potential health effects in infants and children, thus contravening federal pesticide law. It failed to consider ecologic impact, such as effects on the monarch butterfly and other pollinators. It considered only pure glyphosate, despite studies showing that formulated glyphosate that contains surfactants and adjuvants is more toxic than the pure compound.

And on labels?

[Labeling]is essential for tracking emergence of novel food allergies and assessing effects of chemical herbicides applied to GM crops.

Exactly.

https://www.organicconsumers.org/news/gmos-herbicides-and-public-health

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Fortunately:

Monsanto finally did not eat Syngenta
..for 47 Billion worth today
The project seams dead as for now...

Could not come better!
Stock price of Syngenta fell 18 percent
on this announcement of Monsanto today
but came back to original price before
Monsanto offer.

Glad to hear it - as being close to Syngenta.

GFIs1

NOT to THINK about what Monsanto would
have initiated with that power against the world!

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Monsanto Doesn't Want You to Know What's in Your Food
Call 866-772-3843 and Tell Your U.S. Rep:
Vote NO on Monsanto's Dream Bill — H.R. 1599!

We all deserve the right to know what's in the food we eat and feed our families.

Update: More than 2,000 calls have gone into members of Congress, but we need more! We are expecting the House of Representatives to vote on Monsanto's Dream Bill this week. Here are some ways you can help stop this terrible pro-Monsanto bill before the vote:

-- There's still time to make a call (or to make another one!) Call 866-772-3843 and you'll be connected to a staffer in your Rep's office. Use the script below to tell your Rep to vote NO on H.R. 1599.

Simply tell the staffer your name, where you're from and say:

"I'm a constituent and I care about my right to know what's in the food I eat. I want my representative to vote NO on H.R. 1599 and to support legislation to require mandatory GMO labeling (H.R. 913)."

-- Forward the email below to your network, or share on social media. Companies like Monsanto are lobbying hard for this bill, so we need many more people contacting Congress to protect our right to know what's in our food.

-- Send a personalized message to Congress. Form emails show our strength in numbers, but we know that members of Congress pay close attention to personal messages. Add a few lines about why this issue is important to you to make your message stand out.

@Rachel,
Thank you for alerting us of this bill. Do you know the status? I am moving to Virginia from Europe and I am looking forward to emailing my US representative though it will take a couple of months.

JohnS

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Response to JohnS question

Hi,

There is still time to make a difference.
Here is a link, to keep on top, of what is going on with HR 1599 and Monsanto:
https://www.organicconsumers.org/campaigns/millions-against-monsanto

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Hi,

There is still time to make a difference.
Here is a link, to keep on top, of what is going on with HR 1599 and Monsanto:
https://www.organicconsumers.org/campaigns/millions-against-monsanto

Thanks @Rachel,
I found the link to congress so that I can track the bill and read the text. It is not good making the labeling of products with GMOs not mandatory.
https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/1599

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Hi,

There is still time to make a difference.
Here is a link, to keep on top, of what is going on with HR 1599 and Monsanto:
https://www.organicconsumers.org/campaigns/millions-against-monsanto

Ok, just wrote my Senators to vote no.

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http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-09-13/monsanto-stunned-california-confirms-roundup-will-be-labeled-cancer-causing

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That could be big! a substantial piece of domestic seed is 'RoundUp Ready", which is also the source of a lot of complaints, because RR seed is also sterile, requiring farmers to buy seed every year instead of cultivating their own. I dont have a personal stance on GMO, but i do love to hate bully corporations like IBM and MSFT in the 90s and Monsanto in 2000.

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http://www.forbes.com/sites/bethhoffman/2013/07/02/gmo-crops-mean-more-herbicide-not-less/


According to the USDA, in 2012 more than 93 percent of soy planted was “herbicide tolerant,” engineered to withstand herbicides (sold by the same companies who patent and sell the seeds). Likewise, 73 percent of all corn now is also genetically modified to withstand chemicals produced to kill competing weeds.

>One of the main arguments behind creating these engineered crops is that farmers then need to use less herbicide and pesticide.

>But a new study released by Food & Water Watch yesterday finds the goal of reduced chemical use has not panned out as planned. In fact, according to the USDA and EPA data used in the report, the quick adoption of genetically engineered crops by farmers has increased herbicide use over the past 9 years in the U.S.

>It turns out that spraying a pesticide repeatedly selects for weeds which also resist the chemical. Ever more resistant weeds are then bred, able to withstand increasing amounts – and often different forms – of herbicide

>Food & Water Watch found that the “total volume of glyphosate applied to the three biggest GE crops — corn, cotton and soybeans — increased 10-fold from 15 million pounds in 1996 to 159 million pounds in 2012.”

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The Emperor Has No Clothes and neither does Monsanto!


Exposed

The Monsanto public relations machine has done a stellar job in recent years of reducing the GMO debate to one that pits “pro-science advocates” against “anti-science climate-denier types”—with Monsanto portrayed as being squarely planted in the pro-science camp.

But that well-oiled machine may be starting to sputter.

Turns out that a Monsanto executive solicited pro-GMO articles from university researchers, and passed the “research” off as independent science which the biotech giant then used to prop up its image and further its agenda.

We know this, thanks to thousands of pages of emails obtained by US Right to Know, under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). And because a host of news outlets—including the New York Times, the Boston Globe, Bloomberg, the StarPhoenix and others—are now running with the story.

You can read the rest of the article here:
https://www.organicconsumers.org/essays/emperor-has-no-clothes-and-neither-do-monsanto%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%98scientists%E2%80%99

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