On Contact: Chris Hedges interviews Vandana Shiva, Mar 30, 2019 – 27 min
This week Monsanto/Bayer AG was ordered by a California federal court to pay $80 million to Edwin Hardeman after a jury found its weed killer, Roundup, caused his cancer. The case is just one of thousands of lawsuits filed against the company over plaintiff’s use of the glyphosate-based herbicide. In 2015, the World Health Organization classified glyphosate as probably carcinogenic to humans. The Food and Drug Administration has concluded the herbicide is not likely carcinogenic to humans. In August 2018, a jury in California state court awarded a school’s groundskeeper, Dewayne Johnson, nearly $289 million in damages. The verdict was later reduced to $78 million and is on appeal. In this conversation with Chris Hedges, environmental activist and author, Vandana Shiva, talks about Monsanto/Bayer AG and other big AG players interests in India and her fight to protect life forms, seed varieties and farmers.
True Activist – November 18, 2013 – By: Marco Torres
Artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, emulsifiers, sweeteners have saturated the food supply for more than four decades. We are on the precipice of discovering what our toxic food industry has done to our bodies and our environment. There is a heightened awareness and a sense of caution on the minds of most grocery shoppers, so let’s make it easier for them. Here are 25 of the most common toxic ingredients you must avoid in foods. The discovery of even one of these ingredients on a food label means “stay away.”
Two years in the making, the film that’s sure to send shock waves through the “environmentalism” movement has now been launched. The feature documentary Biosludged is available to watch now at Biosludged.com or BrighteonFilms.com.
This powerful, hard-hitting documentary features EPA whistleblower and scientist Dr. David Lewis, author of Science For Sale – How the US Government Uses Powerful Corporations and Leading Universities to Support Government Policies, Silence Top Scientists, Jeopardize Our Health, and Protect Corporate Profits.
Biosludged reveals how the EPA is committing science fraud to allow the ongoing poisoning of our world with toxic sewage sludge that’s being spread on food crops. The criminality and fraud of what’s exposed in this film is truly mind-blowing.
The film also features many other scientists, researchers and citizen activists who are all working to shine the light on the grotesque practice of cities spreading toxic sewage sludge on farms, crop lands, city parks and forests.
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.
The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has now upgraded the cancer-causing status of the common plastic ingredient styrene. The move came in response to the results of a comprehensive study carried out by researchers from Aarhus University, along with new animal evidence.
More than 70,000 people were included in the register-based research. The scientists looked at the incidence of acute myeloid leukemia, which is a rare form of leukemia that has been associated with styrene exposure. In a population of this size, the researchers would statistically expect 10 patients to have the disease. Instead, they found 25 cases of the illness, leading them to conclude that the ingredient is even riskier than once believed.
They also found a fivefold higher risk for a specific type of nasal cancer among those who have been exposed to styrene.
In response, the IARC has upgraded styrene from being “possibly carcinogenic” to being “probably carcinogenic” to humans. The announcement will be published as a monograph – a special type of impartial research report that countries can use as a basis for legislation – written by 23 researchers from all over the world. These researchers reviewed and reevaluated the chemical’s risk in light of the latest research on exposure to styrene, including human epidemiological studies, mechanism studies, and experiments with animals.
You can find styrene in synthetic rubber, disposable tableware, fiberglass plastic, Styrofoam and some other types of packaging, and insulation materials.
How to stop the Cause of IBS, Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis The antibiotics, genetically modified foods and toxins we take in to our bodies are the cause of many systemic conditions. The current medical model is hedonistic in nature. This means that it is meant to “just make people feel good” by relieving symptoms instead of focusing on the actual CAUSE of the symptoms. There is no money in prevention, only in masking symptoms.