Category Archives: GMO’s

Glyphosate Found in All 5 Major Orange Juice Brands Tested

Return to Now – Feb 12, 2019

The most-consumed fruit juice in America comes along with a toxic dose of glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s cancer-causing Roundup herbicide.

The news comes on the heels of the recent discovery of glyphosate in popular children cereals.

Testing commissioned by the grassroots activist group Moms Across America reveals glyphosate levels from 6 to 26 parts per billion in the five top selling orange juice brands in the United States.

While the EPA allows glyphosate residue levels up to 30 parts per million on citrus, Moms Across America founder Zen Honeycutt argues the agency’s standards aren’t up to date with modern science.

A 2012 study shows glyphosate levels as low as 100 parts per billion destroy beneficial gut bacteria, weakening the immune system and potentially creating a wide variety of health and neurological issues.

RELATED: We’re Not Gluten Intolerant, We’re Glyphosate Intolerant

2013 study found glyphosate levels as low as 1 part per trillion (the equivalent of one drop of water in 22 olympic swimming pools) can stimulate the growth of breast cancer cells.

Additionally, a 2014 study found that glyphosate bioaccumulates in bone marrow, which might explain it’s link to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

If a child is eating a bowl of Cheerios with glyphosate levels of 530 ppb, plus an not-yet-determined amount in his milk (cows eat grains soaked in glyphosate), adding a glass of O.J., with as much as 26 ppb, can’t make matters better.

The brands tested were:

Tropicana (26 ppb)

Minute Maid (14 ppb)

Signature Farms (6 ppb)

Kirkland (6 ppb)

Stater Bros (5 ppb)

The full report by Health Research Institute Laboratories can be seen here.

Glyphosate can be largely avoided by going organic.

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French Media Destroys Bayer/Monsanto with New Lobbying, Fake News and Bullying Revelations

Sustainable Pulse – Feb 3, 2019

In a weekend of fury against Bayer/Monsanto the French media has gone on the attack against the powerful company’s lobbying, fake news and bullying tactics.

Le Monde (Thursday 31st): By Stéphane Foucart and Stéphane Horel

Glyphosate: How Monsanto conducts its media war

“Let nothing go”: mentioned in the “Monsanto Papers” several times, the name of this media counter-offensive, intended to defend their products tooth and nail in the media or social networks and online forums. The documents put in the public domain by a US federal judge reveal some elements of the operation of this program, but its operator remained unknown until now.

According to our information, it is the firm Fleishman-Hillard – one of the largest U.S. public relations companies – which has been mandated in France and Europe to implement the program. It is intended to promote false public debate on Bayer/Monsanto’s products.

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Monsanto, pesticides heavyweight and specialist on information kits

Le Monde (Thursday 31st): By Stéphane Foucart and Stéphane Horel

“Thanks, Kate,” signed “Sam” at the end of his email. “Kate” is Kate Kelland a reporter for Reuters, the big British news agency. “Sam” Murphey works as Global Head of External Affairs for Monsanto. As an attachment to his email dated April 27, 2017, he attached a six-page document –  “information kit” – with each element falsely fueling the impression that the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) deliberately ignored data that could have changed its decision to classify glyphosate as “a probable carcinogen” for humans.

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EXCLUSIVE. Nicolas Hulot (Ex-French Enviornment Minister): “Monsanto asked a Belgian pharmacy company to take care of my reputation”

Le Journal du Dimanche (Saturday 2nd February): By Anne-Laure Barret

Nicolas Hulot delivers his opinion on Monsanto – “the worst firm in the world”.

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GMO: what the Monsanto Papers reveal about lobbying in France

Le Parisien (January 17th): By Gaël Lombart

A new document that we reveal suggests that an ‘independent’ scientist interceded for Monsanto with French agencies in 2012. Objective: to weigh in on the continuation of the sale of its transgenic maize NK 603, following the Seralini study, which showed the dangers associated with the GMO.

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French Court Cancels Monsanto Weedkiller Permit on Safety Grounds

Sustainable Pulse – Jan 16, 2019

A French court cancelled the licence for one of Monsanto’s glyphosate-based weedkillers on Tuesday over safety concerns, placing an immediate ban on Roundup Pro 360 in the latest legal blow to the Bayer-owned business, Reuters reported Tuesday.

Germany’s Bayer, which bought Monsanto for $63 billion last year, faces thousands of U.S. lawsuits by people who say its Roundup and Ranger Pro products caused their cancer.

A court in Lyon in southeast France ruled that the approval granted by French environment agency ANSES in 2017 for Roundup Pro 360 had failed to take into account potential health risks.

Bayer, which said it disagreed with the decision and was considering its legal options, has cited regulatory rulings as well as scientific studies that found glyphosate to be safe.

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The firm is appealing a first U.S. court ruling that awarded $78 million in damages to a school groundskeeper from California.

“Bayer disagrees with the decision taken by the Administrative Court of Lyon to cancel the marketing authorization for RoundUp Pro 360,” it said in a statement.

“This product formulation, like all crop protection products, has been subject to a strict evaluation by the French authorities (ANSES), an independent body and guarantor of the public health security.”

Glyphosate, which is off-patent and marketed worldwide by dozens of other chemical groups including Syngenta and DowDuPont’s Corteva Agriscience, is due to be phased out in France within three years under a pledge by President Emmanuel Macron, who stopped short of an outright ban.

The French court said ANSES had not respected a precautionary principle in French law, notably by not conducting a specific evaluation of health risks for Roundup Pro 360.

“Despite the European Union’s approval of the active substance (glyphosate), the court considered that scientific studies and animal experiments showed Roundup Pro 360 … is a potentially carcinogenic product for humans, suspected of being toxic for human reproduction and for aquatic organisms,” the court said in a summary of its ruling.

Bernstein analysts said in a note that the financial impact on Bayer of banning RoundUp Pro 360 in France would likely be limited, given it concerned one product in a market for glyphosate-based weedkillers worth around 40 million euros.

The World Health Organisation’s cancer agency concluded in 2015 that glyphosate was probably carcinogenic, an assessment cited by the French court in Tuesday’s ruling.

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Russia’s Clear GMO Labeling Rules Reach the Shelves across Eurasian Economic Union

Sustainable Pulse – Jan 3, 2019

The Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), including the countries of Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Belarus, has introduced clear GMO labeling on all food and supplement products containing genetically modified organisms, starting from last week.

Russia’s Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Protection and Welfare (Rospotrebnadzor) announced in 2016 that it was inviting all EAEU countries to apply a “GMO” label on the packaging of food products that contain genetically modified organisms.

The Rospotrebnadzor and the EAEU confirmed the proposed amendments to the technical regulations on the labeling of food products in the EAEU, despite objections from some European Union food manufacturers, who claimed that the new GMO label will cause problems for international trade.

According to the new regulations the basic size of the GMO label must not be less than 5 mm. The technical regulations also require that the GMO label be applied in a manner that provides easy readability and visibility throughout the shelf life of food and supplement products.

The announcement of the clear GMO labeling rules in the EAEU follows the disastrous GMO labeling rules announced in the U.S. last month, which according to Consumer Reports will not help consumers in America easily identify food that has been genetically engineered or that contains genetically modified ingredients.

The EAEU countries are also moving in the correct direction on sustainable agriculture;

In June 2016 Russia’s State Duma adopted the third and final reading of a government bill that introduced a total ban on the cultivation and breeding in Russia of genetically modified (GM) plants and animals, except for scientific research purposes.

Meanwhile, in December 2018 the Kyrgyzstan government announced that it is set to become only the second country in the world to change their entire nation in to a 100% organic farming paradise.

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MODIFIED: A Documentary about Food, Genetic Engineering, and Our Right to Know

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A Modified American Gothic – Modified Producer, biodynamic farmer, and award-winning filmmaker, Camelia Frieberg, with Aube Giroux.

Award-winning Canadian food blogger, filmmaker, and gardener, Aube Giroux, digs up the facts about GMOs

The film’s opening moments – the shadow cast by a mother and daughter crunching down a chilly dirt road in Nova Scotia – are the first steps taken in what would become a ten-year journey for filmmaker, Aube Giroux, and her mother, Jali.

This bittersweet, multi-award-winning documentary is an exposé of GMOs (genetically modified organisms) in our food system, but it is also so much more. And it’s the more that will have audiences putting down that popcorn, with a sidelong glance, and reaching for a hand to hold, or at the very least, a tissue. (Sorry, no details. To illustrate, would be to spoil this thing of beauty for the uninitiated.)

Giroux’s mother believed that with every bite of food we eat, we are making a choice about the kind of world we want to live in and the kind of agriculture we want to support, and it’s this ethos that propelled Giroux around the globe and deep into the fascinating, often clandestine, sometimes violent world of large scale agri-business and the fight – legal and otherwise – for and against GMOs.

In Modified, Giroux – relentlessly egged on by her mother – sets out to discover why GMO’s are not required to be labeled in Canada and the United States, while in 64 other countries around the world, they are.

Narrated by Giroux, she seamlessly weaves the personal with the political; the past with the present, humour with sadness, and art with reality, all while she ticks the requisite boxes of a good and fair documentarian. And while it’s clear what side Giroux falls on in the GMO debate, the film is well-researched, and features several interviews with credible scientists, farmers and beekeepers, professors, Members of Parliament, a PhD in genetics; Lawyer, Andrew Kimbrell, Director of the Center for Food Safety, and heavy-hitter Dr. Jane Goodall, who says, “It’s a complete lie that there is a consensus of scientific opinion that GMOs are safe; there is no such consensus.”

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From GM Potatoes to Glyphosate: Regulatory Delinquency and Toxic Agriculture

Dissident Voice – by Colin Todhunter / October 15th, 2018

Food and environment campaigner Dr Rosemary Mason has just produced the report ‘Shockingly high levels of weedkiller found in popular breakfast cereals marketed for British children’. In this 68-page document, she draws from new research in the UK that mirrors findings from the US about the dangerous levels of glyphosate found in food, especially products aimed at children (glyphosate is the active ingredient in Monsanto’s weedicide Roundup). Readers can access this report here (which contains all relevant references).

Mason begins by reporting on research that significant levels of weedkiller were found in 43 out of 45 popular breakfast cereals marketed to US children. Glyphosate was detected in an array of popular breakfast cereals, oats and snack bars.

Tests revealed glyphosate was present in all but two of the 45 oat-derived products that were sampled by the Environmental Working Group, a public health organisation. Nearly three in four of the products exceeded what the EWG classes safe for children to consume. Products with some of the highest levels of glyphosate include granola, oats and snack bars made by leading industry names Quaker, Kellogg’s and General Mills, which makes Cheerios.

The global food regime degrades public health and the environment, and it has narrowed the range of crops grown, resulting in increasingly monolithic, nutrient-deficient diets. Yet the powerful industry lobby calls for more deregulation and more techno-fixes like GMOs to ‘feed the world’. This is in spite of the fact that hunger and malnutrition are political: these phenomena are in large part the outcome of a global capitalist food regime that, with help from IMF/World Bank geopolitical lending strategies and WTO rules, has undermined food security for vast sections of the global population by creating a system that by its very nature drives inequality, injustice and creates food deficit areas.

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