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Bugler daily report on Soy Beans

Soybean futures are mostly a nickel higher so far this morning, after closing Friday 4.5 cents higher. NASS cut the soybean acreage figure by 1.1 million acres, and raised the national average yield by a tenth of a bushel to 47.2 bpa. That makes US production 3.888 bbu and was about 23 mbu smaller than the average trade estimate. It was down 47 mbu from the September figure. USDA raised the crush estimate 10 mbu, and cut the 15/16 export figure by 50 mbu from last month due to slow export sales. New crop ending stocks thus tightened 25 mbu, which was in line with the average trade guess. Projected new crop Brazilian production jumped 3MMT from last month to 100 MMT. CFTC on Friday afternoon showed the spec funds still net short soybeans as of October 6, but trimming their net bearish position to -19156 contracts.

Note: Spec funds still net short Soybeans as of Oct 6th!
Are people just not buying GMO soy beans as much?

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Chemical Exposures Are a Major Threat to Human Health and Reproduction

Below is a cut and paste from an article written by Dr. Mercola about a newly report by the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), which represents OB-GYNs in 125 countries, chemical exposures represent a major threat to human health.

"Monsanto Sued Over Carcinogenic Herbicide

Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto's best-selling herbicide Roundup, is one of the most commonly used herbicides in the world. An estimated one billion pounds a year is sprayed on our food crops, resulting in the average American eating several hundred pounds of glyphosate-contaminated food every year. In March, glyphosate was reclassified as a Class 2 A “probable carcinogen” by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a division of the World Health Organization (WHO).

The California’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has also issued a notice of intent14 to label glyphosate as “known to cause cancer.” Six months after the IARC’s report became public, Enrique Rubio, a farm worker, and Judi Fitzgerald, an horticultural assistant, sued Monsanto claiming Roundup caused their cancers, and that the company falsified safety data, intentionally mislead regulators about Roundup’s dangers, and failed to properly warn users about its carcinogenic potential.

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“Attorney Robin Greenwald, one of the attorneys who brought Rubio’s case, said on Tuesday that she expects more lawsuits to follow because Roundup is the most widely used herbicide in the world and the WHO cancer classification gives credence to long-held concerns about the chemical. ‘I believe there will be hundreds of lawsuits brought over time,’ said Greenwald. Monsanto spokeswoman Charla Lord said that the claims are without merit and that glyphosate is safe for humans when used as labeled.”

More Legal Troubles for Monsanto

Monsanto’s legal troubles over its toxic products don’t end there. A French appeals court recently upheld a guilty ruling against Monsanto in the chemical poisoning case of a French farmer who used Roundup. The company is also tying up the courts in St. Louis, Missouri, where several residents have sued Monsanto claiming they developed lymphohematopoietic cancer as a result of PCB exposure.16

Monsanto was the primary manufacturer of PCBs in the US from 1929 until about 1977, and a number of lawsuits over PCB pollution has been brought since the ban on PCBs took effect. In 2002, Monsanto was found guilty of decades of "outrageous acts of pollution" in the town of Anniston, Alabama. Residents accused the company of dumping PCBs into the local river and a landfill. Court records showed Monsanto was aware of the toxic effects of PCB for at least three decades, but that the company refused to take corrective action due to cost.

All of Monsanto’s products are rooted in chemicals, and there’s nothing “green” about that. Earlier this year, San Diego sued Monsanto for polluting the Coronado Bay with PCBs. Monsanto always has been, and still is, a chemical company.

Moreover, Monsanto has made a habit out of marketing its chemicals as exceptionally safe and beneficial, only to decades later be revealed to be exceptionally toxic. In recent years, it has tried to greenwash its image, claiming it is now an agricultural company. But let’s face it, its main bread and butter are:

Roundup, a carcinogen and promoter of antibiotic resistance
Genetically engineered Roundup resistant seeds, which by their design end up being more heavily contaminated with this toxin
Genetically engineered Bt plants, which are actually registered with the EPA as a pesticide,17 since the entire plant is designed to produce Bt toxin internally"

When I was healing from a Basal Cell Carcinoma, besides eating organic foods, I had to remove a lot of toxic chemicals from my environment and only use natural products without chemicals. Had to use a reverse osmosis water purifier, air purifier, reduce and lower EMF exposure etc.

Living in today's world of chemicals, we should all work to lower our exposure to them.

Wishing you the best,

Rachel

PS Do not wait for our government or it's agencies, to protect you.

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Just received a newsletter from: Institute for Responsible Technology | The Most Comprehensive Source of GMO Health Information on the Web

What happens when kids get great-tasting, healthy food at school?

The first-in-the-nation 100% organic, non-GMO school lunch program began in Sausalito Marin City School District in 2013. It has been a blazing success in its first two years of operation. Teachers and admininstrators report:

increased leadership qualities exhibited by students;
improved academic performance;
67% decrease in disciplinary cases;
increased attendance.

Teachers have also observed students treating one another with respect, improved manners, and more open communication.

Steve Van Zant, Superintendent of Sausalito Marin City School District, is clearly pleased with the result. "Food service is one of those things as a superintendent, you say, 'I can't lose money on this.'" But after talking to Conscious Kitchen founder, Judi Shils, Van Zant was convinced he had an opportunity to do something special. As it turned out, the results were not only positive for the budget, it created a whole new school culture.

The cafeteria became a place people wanted to be. "The employees are very happy to be working there; it is probably one of the happiest kitchens you'll ever find," continues Van Zant. "They're not just heating and serving, they're actually making food that they're proud of. . . The teachers sit down and eat with the children every day. It builds a community."

We all have a stake in our community schools. Such success in transforming the school culture reflects far beyond the school walls. To find out more about the Conscious Kitchen program and how your school can get involved, you can download the Conscious Kitchen Story pdf HERE.

To learn more,watch the one-hour webinar with Conscious Kitchen founder, Judi Shils, Sausalito Marin City School District Superintendent, Steve Van Zant, and the team members.
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Monsanto Lobbyist Swears Herbicide Safe Enough

To Drink…Until Journalist Offers Him A Glass

MARCH 26, 2015

by JAMESON PARKER

Lobbyists are known for talking a big game, and none have that reputation more than the ones who work for embattled chemical company Monsanto. But what happens when a journalist asks one to put his money where his mouth is? Cringeworthy results.

Monsanto has recently made headlines once again when a World Health Organization report found that the ingredient glyphosate was likely posing considerable risk to people.

According to the Des Moines Register:

The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) said in a report Friday that glyphosate was “probably carcinogenic” to humans. The agency said the chemical, used in more than 750 products made by Monsanto and other companies, has been found in water, air and food during spraying. But WHO said use of the weed killer is often low in areas where most of the public would face the greatest risk of exposure.

In the United States, Monsanto seems intent to keep exposure low, despite insisting that it’s harmless. In other countries, particularly in undeveloped countries with lax regulations, the herbicide is used liberally and the health effects are beginning to become extremely worrying. A recent study found cases of cancer having doubled in a short time, just as the use of crop dusting and industrial-scale use of herbicides has skyrocketed. Sri Lankans have experienced similar problems. According to a study done by Rajarata University and the California State University, glyphosate was linked to a spike in kidney problems, as well as a host of other ailments.

In the fallout, Monsanto has gone on the offensive, issuing press releases and rallying their army of well-paid lobbyists in the hopes of killing the story.

In a clip released in anticipation of an upcoming French TV documentary about Monsanto, a flack hired by Monsanto to argue that the active ingredient in its Roundup weed killer products is harmless towards people is put on the spot. After towing the official line that Roundup is not raising the cancer rates in areas where it is used heavily, one such lobbyist Dr. Patrick Moore swore that Roundup was so safe that he would drink it and nothing would happen, leading to an amazing exchange between the interviewer and an increasingly frantic Moore.


“You can drink a whole quart of it and it won’t hurt you.”

“You want to drink some? We have some here.”

“I’d be happy to, actually.”

Within seconds of accepting, and perhaps realizing that the interviewer was dead serious, Moore has a crisis of conviction and backs away. “Not really,” he demurs. “But I know it wouldn’t hurt me.”

The interviewer presses on. “If you say [it’s safe], I have some.”

“I’m not stupid,” Moore answers.

According to Moore, people try to commit suicide with his products all the time but fail. (Not exactly a great sales pitch.) However, each time he is offered a glass of the “harmless” chemical, Moore panics. Sensing he is losing control of the narrative (and looking like a hypocrite), Moore gets angry and walks out of the interview, with a final comment that the interviewer was “a complete jerk.”


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Watched

Today I received an email, to watch our government in action: as the Senate listened to testimony basically against our right to have GMO's labeled.
I will post the email after, these comments.
As I listened to these people answer the question: Do you think GMO's are safe? Yes, one after the other, I heard them say and I was taken back at how corrupt our government has become. They talked about the consumer, as they would a confused 6 year old!!! Deep in my consciousness, I was sickened.
I called my senator and gave my opinion to vote agaisnt, the dark act, that would not label GMO's.
I have heard legitimate scientist, state that we will see the affects of GMO's etc. by the 3rd generation: mutations etc.

The lady who works in my local bank, knew nothing of GMO's and ate, like the typical American and her bady was born with digestive problems and had to stay in the hospital for about 30 days, before she could bring him home. Must the human DNA be destroyed by corporate Greed!!!
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TODAY: Watch DARK Act Hearings Live, then Call Your Senators!

Dear Rachel,

In July, Monsanto’s dream bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives, by a vote of 275-150.

Today, the bill—H.R. 1599—gets its first hearing in the U.S. Senate, before members of the Senate Agriculture Committee. The list of pro-GMO, anti-labeling witnesses at the hearing virtually guarantees a one-sided hearing.

Click here to watch today’s Senate DARK Act hearing, beginning at 10:00 a.m. EDT.

Then call your Senators and ask them to reject H.R. 1599, and to respect states’ rights to label GMOs!
Monsanto is desperate to convince Congress to pass H.R. 1599, better known as the DARK—Deny Americans the Right to Know—Act before Vermont’s GMO labeling law (Act 120) goes into effect on July 1, 2016.

H.R. 1599 is Monsanto’s dream bill. If it passes, GMOs will never be labeled, safety-tested or regulated to protect human health, the environment, or organic and non-GMO crops from contamination.
The Organic Consumers Association was not invited to testify at today’s hearing. Who did receive invitations?

Michael Gregoire, associate administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Gregoire helped Monsanto by cutting in half the time it takes for the USDA to rubber-stamp a new GMO crop.

William Jordan, deputy director, Office of Pesticide Programs, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Jordan oversaw the EPA’s reaction to the infamous StarLink GMO contamination scandal in 2000. The StarLink corn variety, engineered to produce a Bt toxin, was supposed to be limited to animal feed and industrial use out of fear it might cause severe allergic reactions. But it turned up in taco shells, and people started getting sick. Jordan refused to punish StarLink producer Aventis with even so much as a fine.

Susan Mayne, director, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, FDA

Mayne leads the FDA division that has the power to require labeling of genetically engineered foods (as long as the DARK Act doesn’t pass), but we don’t know where she stands on consumers’ right to know. Mayne came to the FDA just this year from the Yale Cancer Center. As the associate director of the Yale Cancer Center, Mayne was critical of research showing an 87-percent higher pancreatic cancer risk among regular soda drinkers. Mayne published her own research that disputed links between soda consumption and esophageal cancer. Most soda contains high fructose corn syrup made from GMO corn.

Joanna Lidback, producer, The Farm at Wheeler Mountain, Barton, Vt.

Lidback is a graduate of the American Farm Bureau’s Monsanto-funded Partners in Agricultural Leadership program. Lidback has an MBA and works full-time as a business consultant to Yankee Farm Credit. She is the first vice president of the Orleans County Farm Bureau. She’s on the board of directors of the Truth About Trade & Technology. Lidback also represents Agri-Mark, the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, and the National Milk Producers Federation, as a dairy farmer producing milk for Cabot Cheese. Vermont’s GMO labeling law won’t impact Lidback’s farm because it doesn’t cover the products of animals fed genetically engineered feed, but Lidback is expected to falsely claim that the law will put her farm out of business.

Daryl E. Thomas, senior vice president, Herr Foods, Inc., Nottingham, Pa.

Herr Foods represents the typical food company that wants to make money from the market for non-GMO foods, while keeping consumers in the dark about which foods contain GMO ingredients. On Herr’s website, the company explains its twisted position this way: “We know that food safety is paramount to everyone. So while we continue to explore opportunities to offer the latest developments in non-GMO ingredients, we remain committed to delivering to you the safest and best tasting snacks possible.” Herr’s recently began marketing a non-GMO popcorn called Go-Lite! Herr’s has been lobbying against mandatory GMO labels with the Snack Foods Association.

Gary Hirshberg, chairman and co-founder, Stonyfield Farm Inc., Concord, N.H.

Hirshberg is the only witness from “our side.” (he was the only one, that didn't answer the question with a yes but that more research needed to be made, he said. It was a weak representation for labeling and he should be ashamed of himself. He should have stood up and spoke what he really thought, since his company carries Organic products.)

Gregory Jaffe, project director, Biotechnology, Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI)

CSPI opposes GMO labels and safety testing. CSPI supports legislation introduced by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) in 2004 which was intended to permanently change the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act so that it “does not subject most genetically engineered foods to the lengthy food additive approval process.” Sen. Durbin’s bill is a tacit acknowledgement that GMOs are supposed to go through the food additive approval process, and an admission that in order to exempt Monsanto from that requirement, the law must change. As Steven Druker explains in his book, “Altered Genes, Twisted Truth,” in 1992, the FDA illegally exempted GMOs from the food additive approval process which requires new additives to food be demonstrated safe before they are marketed to the public. H.R. 1599 would enshrine in permanent law the FDA’s 1992 Guidance to Industry for Foods Derived from New Plant Varieties, which allows companies to go through a consultation process that the agency admits doesn’t determine the safety of new GMOs.

Ronald E. Kleinman, physician in chief, MassGeneral Hospital for Children, Boston, Mass.

Michele Simon exposed Kleinman in 2012 when he worked for the GMO junk food industry during the Prop 37 campaign to label GMOs in California. Kleinman presents webinars on children’s health, for Coca-Cola. Among the “most common misperceptions among parents” Dr. Kleinman promises to clear up on behalf of the soda giant are “the safety … of sugar, artificial colors and nonnutritive sweeteners in children’s diets.” His bio on the Massachusetts General Hospital webpage says he consults for the Grain Food Foundation, Beech Nut, Burger King, and General Mills. According to CSPI, (which is good on everything but GMOs), Kleinman served as a paid expert witness for Gerber when the company was sued for deceptive advertising, and he contributed to a children’s brochure entitled “Variety’s Mountain” produced by the Sugar Association.

Clearly, the deck is stacked against consumers at today’s hearing. That’s why OCA signed on to this letter to the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry expressing concern that consumers' interests will not be represented at the hearing.

And that's why it’s so important that your Senators hear from you today.

Click here to watch today’s Senate DARK Act hearing, beginning at 10:00 a.m. EDT.

Then call your Senators and ask them to reject H.R. 1599, and to respect states’ rights to label GMOs!

Thanks!

Alexis for the OCA Team


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I wrote my senator today to tell him to oppose the bill.

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Puppet Show

I am pasting a copy of Organic Consumer's email, I received today.
They are discussing the Senate Hearing on Labeling GMO's as a Puppet Show.

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I wrote my senator today to tell him to oppose the bill.

Here is the reply. Senator Kaine seems to be sitting on the fence.
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Monsanto hid evidence of roundup and cancer

Monsanto Hid Evidence of Roundup and Cancer - Institute for Responsible Technology

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Monsanto on Trial for Crimes Against Human Health


Global Food, Farming and Environmental Justice Groups to Put Monsanto on Trial for Crimes Against Human Health and the Environment in the International People’s Court in The Hague

Do I hear a short coming for Monsanto and Soy?

https://www.organicconsumers.org/press/global-food-farming-and-environmental-jus...ial-crimes-against-human

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