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Superweed Resists Another Class Of Herbicides, Study Finds

We’ve all heard about bacteria that are becoming resistant to multiple types of antibiotics. These are the so-called superbugs perplexing and panicking medical science. The plant analogue may just be waterhemp, a broadleaf weed common to corn and soybean fields across the Midwest. With resistance to multiple common herbicides, waterhemp is getting much harder to kill.

herbicidesIn a new study from the University of Illinois, scientists document waterhemp’s resistance to yet another class of herbicides, known as Group 15s. The study provides the first documentation of a non-grass plant to be resistant to Group 15 herbicides.

There are many herbicides on the market, but they all fall into one of 16 classes describing their mode of action (MOA), or specific target in the plant that the chemical attacks. Because of various regulations and biological realities, a smaller number of herbicide MOAs can be used on any given crop and the suite of weeds that goes along with it. Historically, about nine have been useful for waterhemp – and now the weed appears to be resistant to at least seven.

“In some areas, we’re one or two MOAs away from completely losing chemical control of waterhemp and other multiple-herbicide-resistant weeds,” says Adam Davis, head of the Department of Crop Sciences at Illinois and co-author on the study. “And there are no new herbicide MOAs coming out. There haven’t been for 30 years.”

Illinois weed scientist and co-author Aaron Hager adds, “We don’t want to panic people, but farmers need to be aware this is real. It continues on with the challenges we’ve warned people about for years.”

The research team tested the effectiveness of soil-applied Group 15 herbicides in a Champaign County population already resistant to five MOAs. They applied eight Group 15 formulations in the field at their label rates, and chose three – non-encapsulated acetochlor (Harness), S-metolachlor (Dual Magnum), and pyroxasulfone (Zidua) – for a rate-titration experiment in which the herbicides were applied at one-half, one, two, and four times the label rate.

The eight Group 15 products varied in their effectiveness, with encapsulated acetochlor (Warrant), S-metolachlor, metolachlor (Stalwart), and dimethenamid-P (Outlook) performing the worst. These products provided less than 25% control 28 days after application and less than 6% control 14 days later.

Of the rate-titration experiment, Hager says, “We found we could apply significantly higher than the labeled dose and still see resistance.” For example, S-metolachlor provided only 10% control at the standard label rate, 20% at 2x the label rate, and 45% at 4x the label rate.

Hager says farmers might not notice the poor performance of these soil-applied pre-emergence herbicides because waterhemp germinates continuously throughout the season. When a weed pops up mid-season, it’s hard to tell exactly when it emerged and whether it was exposed to residual soil-applied herbicides.

“If you think about how you use these products, rarely do they last the entire year. They’re very dependent on environmental conditions to work effectively. It could be too wet or too dry. Generally speaking, you have some weed escape. But many farmers would chalk it up to these weather issues. If you’re not thinking about it, you could very easily overlook resistance,” Hager says.

To confirm results from the field, the team performed a dose response test in the greenhouse. In that test, four waterhemp populations – three with resistance to multiple herbicides and one that is sensitive to all herbicides – were dosed with increasing levels of S-metolachlor, acetochlor, dimethenamid-P, and pyroxasulfone. Populations from Champaign County and McLean County survived higher levels of the Group 15 herbicides than the other populations.

Hager suspects the plants are breaking the chemicals down before they cause damage, a trick known as metabolic resistance. All organisms can turn on cellular defenses against toxins, but it is rather worrisome when weeds and other undesirable pests use their biology against human interventions.

“As we get into the era of metabolic resistance, our predictability is virtually zero. We have no idea what these populations are resistant to until we get them under controlled conditions,” Hager says. “It’s just another example of how we need a more integrated system, rather than relying on chemistry only. We can still use the chemistry, but have to do something in addition.

“We want farmers to understand that we have to rethink how we manage waterhemp long term.”

Article by University of Illinois. Image by L. Brian Stauffer, University of Illinois. The journal article, “Characterization of multiple herbicide-resistant waterhemp (Amaranthus tuberculatus) populations from Illinois to VLCFA-inhibiting herbicides,” is published in Weed Science [DOI: 10.1017/wsc.2019.13]. Authors include Seth Strom, Lisa Gonzini, Charlie Mitsdarfer, Adam Davis, Dean Riechers, and Aaron Hager.

Monsanto Is Finally Getting A Taste Of Its Own Poison

monsantoBy Joe Jarvis

Monsanto is the quintessential evil corporation.

In the 1960s it created Agent Orange, a defoliant–hardcore weedkiller–which the USA used during the Vietnam war. The military sprayed vast swaths of the jungle causing horrible health effects like cancer and birth defects in American veterans and Vietnamese civilians exposed to the chemical.

Then Monsanto brought their products home to the USA and started dumping its poison on the homeland.

Glyphosate is the main ingredient in Roundup, widely used as a weed killer. Monsanto holds patents on gene edited varieties of crops modified to withstand the herbicide while weeds die around them. It is also used to kill wheat plants for easier harvesting.

This means that practically everyone in the USA who consumes mainstream food products is exposed to Roundup.

Evidence suggests that gluten intolerance could be related instead to glyphosate intolerance. And the rise of certain types of cancer in the USA also corresponds to the use of Monsanto’s weed killer.

US regulatory agencies like the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) and EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) claim that glyphosate is safe for humans and the environment.

But American courts begs to differ.

About 13,000 civil cases against Monsanto are moving through the court system.

The first three came back in favor of the plaintiffs. The evidence showed that Roundup caused cancer in people exposed to the weedkiller.

So far the price has added up to $2 billion for the company, but it looks like that is just the beginning.

Meanwhile, the parent company, Bayer, which bought Monsanto last year is quickly plummeting in value.

Bayer acquired Monsanto for $63 billion last year.

Now investors are fleeing, and the value of Bayer has fallen by 40% since it bought Monsanto. Bayer is now worth $59 billion, less than it paid for Monsanto.

It is about time somebody pays for the damage Monsanto’s poisons have done to people. For too long this company has teamed up with the US government to poison the population for profit.

It will be satisfying if the civil damages mount to the point where these companies are liquidated in order to pay the victims. It is only fitting that the Roundup poisons and withers the companies which profited from it.

And with US courts finally holding companies accountable for the people they harm, this will stop other profit-seeking companies from going anywhere near the poison glyphosate.

Now if we could just hold the US government accountable for its part in poising its people, and playing defense for Monsanto…

This article first appeared at The Daily Bell.

Originally posted: https://www.naturalblaze.com/2019/05/monsanto-is-finally-getting-a-taste-of-its-own-poison.html

Phthalates in consumer products may be making you infertile: Scientists warn women about chemicals in food and beverage packaging, personal care products

infertilityInfertility is a common problem in the world today. While Big Pharma and the mainstream medical community have been quick to cash in on expensive fertility treatments and costly “solutions,” shockingly few people are asking themselves what’s causing infertility in the first place. Recently published research shows that a common contaminant, phthalates, could be what’s causing so much infertility.

Phthalates are industrial plasticizers that are used in a wide variety of applications. These bad boys can be found in everything from children’s toys to food packaging and cosmetics — and they are also known endocrine disruptors. Scientists continue to confirm that phthalates are a threat to human health, yet these toxins remain present in our society. The abundance of phthalates in consumer products is only made worse by their persistence in the environment — once these compounds are released into the wild, they take a very long time to break down. This means phthalates are a widespread threat that are hard to get rid of.

Phthalates cause infertility

new study from researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign finds that exposing female mice to phthalates can significantly decrease their fertility. The scientists gave female rodents an oral dose of the phthalate DiNP every day for ten days — and discovered that the chemical was incredibly damaging. Exposure to DiNP disrupted the females’ reproductive cycles and inhibited their ability to get pregnant for nine monthsafterwards.

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Published in the journal Toxicological Sciences, the findings from the Illinois team underscore a large body of research highlighting the toxic effects phthalates can have on health. The researchers used environmentally relevant doses of phthalates in the mice, giving them anywhere from 20 micrograms to 200 milligrams of the plasticizer chemicals.

Study co-author Katie Chiang said that the “doses are comparable to the levels of exposure that people may experience during their daily living and work activities.”

After the ten-day dosing period, the female mice were mated with untreated males on two occasions. Breedings occurred again at 3  and 9 months post-dosing.

“At three months post-dosing, a third of the females that were treated with the lowest doses of DEHP and DiNP were unable to conceive after mating, while 95 percent of the females in the control group became pregnant,” Chiang said.

Even in the smallest amounts tested, the negative effects of phthalate exposure remained prominent — imagine how devastating the effects of higher dosages must be.

The threat of phthalates is real

There is no getting around the fact that phthalates are a dangerous toxin. Much of mainstream science hesitates to call out toxic chemicals for what they are, probably out of fear that industry zealots will retaliate ten-fold. Even in the umpteenth study to confirm that phthlates disrupt female reproduction, U of I researchers say that their findings “warrant further investigation.”

How much investigation does there really need to be before we consider banning a chemical entirely? Six types of phthalates have already been banned from children’s toys and childcare products, due to their endocrine disrupting effects. This fact, combined with the overwhelming body of research which shows phthalates are harmful to humans, rodents and other animals, should lead you to wonder why phthalates are still so widely present in our food supply, the cosmetics industry and other applications.

If something is so toxic it needs to be banned from children’s toys, it’s safe to assume that it probably shouldn’t be used to store and package food — and it’s probably not something you want to put on your face, either.

Phthalates are known to be very harmful to the female reproductive system, but as EWG reports, these chemicals can be just as harmful to males, if not more so.

Learn more about phthalates and other hidden dangers at Toxins.news or Microplastics.news.

Sources for this article include:

ScienceDaily.com

EWG.org

EWG.org

Originally posted: https://www.naturalnews.com/2019-05-27-phthalates-in-consumer-products-making-you-infertile.html
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Roundup® & Glyphosate Exposed For What They Are: Toxic, Disease-Causing Chemicals

roundupBy Catherine J. Frompovich

Even though Monsanto has been ‘taken down’ via a buy-out by Bayer Pharmaceuticals, the ‘legacy’ of its toxic herbicide, Roundup®, literally has become a chemical scourge upon human health, plus the environment by poisoning soil, ground water, insect pollinators and producing other adverse effects yet to be discovered.

One unsuspecting place glyphosate, the main chemical active in Roundup®, has been scientifically found is in certain vaccines per the Anthony Samsel, PhD, and Stephanie Seneff, PhD, independent, conflict-of-interest-free research on page 15 of the report Vaccines and Glyphosate: A Toxic Combination.

One of the most dedicated, twenty-plus-years independent researcher to exposing the problems with Roundup® is Jeffrey Smith of the Institute for Responsible Responsibility. Jeffrey’s IRT recently produced a documentary about how changing from a standard American diet to an organic, glyphosate-free diet cured a family’s 21 different adverse health conditions, including Autism, which you can see below.

Secret Ingredients
A film by Jeffry Smith & Amy Hart

1:20:54

https://freeshowing.secretingredientsmovie.com/screening/watch/

If there is any relationship in the phrase “cause and effect,” this film should make consumers think how important it is to eat a clean, pesticide-, chemical-free dietto regain and also maintain optimum health, something your physician may not be aware about just yet!

Catherine J Frompovich (website) is a retired natural nutritionist who earned advanced degrees in Nutrition and Holistic Health Sciences, Certification in Orthomolecular Theory and Practice, plus Paralegal Studies. Her work has been published in national and airline magazines since the early 1980s. Catherine authored numerous books on health issues along with co-authoring papers and monographs with physicians, nurses, and holistic healthcare professionals. She has been a consumer health ​issues researcher ​and holistic health advocate since the late 1970s; she continues researching and writing in retirement. Her career in holistic healthcare began in the early 1970s when she had to save, and restructure, her life resulting from having “fallen through the allopathic medical paradigm cracks.”

Originally posted: https://www.naturalblaze.com/2019/05/roundup-glyphosate-exposed-for-what-they-are-toxic-disease-causing-chemicals.html?

Bayer Pharmaceuticals Taken Behind The Woodshed To The Tune Of $2Billion In Punitive Damages

bayerBy Catherine J. Frompovich

May 13, 2019 was not a very lucky day for Bayer Pharmaceuticals, the company that purchased Monsanto while also inheriting a backlog of lawsuits. The latest adjudications handed down by the court granting U.S.$1 BILLION in punitive damages to Alberta Pilliod and Alva Pilliod, each respectively, may include several unanticipated “collateral damage” consequences, the first of which could be Bayer’s demise. Hint: Think corporate karma.

Possibly, you may be wondering if Bayer is too big to fall; well think again. Stockholders inadvertently have ways of rearranging corporate structures. Can they afford the lawsuits? There’s close to a thousand lawsuits awaiting their day in court with Bayer.

Another possible by-product of the Pilliod lawsuits is chemical companies may become more science-conscious-struck in their research and decide not to fudge the real science when it proves chemicals are not consumer and user friendly. Who ever heard of “consensus science” before?

However, we also have to wonder what impacts there can and may be upon various “ABC” agencies in Washington, DC, that graciously approve health-destructive chemicals and products for consumer uses. “It’s safe to drink!” Remember that sales pitch.

Furthermore, can the above adjudications negatively impact how lobbyists, in particular, promote known health-damaging chemicals? Check out scientist Dr. Patrick Moore’s spiel in the video below.

1:39 minutes


https://youtu.be/fhES654s98Y?t=85

“Not really, I know it would not hurt me.” Dr. Moore, try telling that one to the Pilliods and the court that decided lawsuits in their favor. Of course, Bayer will appeal.

There’s an awful lot of incriminating evidence, which is found during the Discovery process in any lawsuit unless, of course, defendants use BleachBit disk cleaner software or take a hammer to the hard drive!

Personally, I’d like to see similar lawsuits filed against vaccine manufacturers in the USA, as Europeans now can do [1]. All chemical companies, which pharmaceutical makers actually are, i.e., legal drug suppliers, need to be held accountable at law for their products causing damage, e.g., opioids [2,3] and vaccines, plus contributing to the inordinate rise in U.S. healthcare costs.

U.S. health care spending grew 3.9 percent in 2017, reaching $3.5 trillion or $10,739 per person. As a share of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product, health spending accounted for 17.9 percent. [4] [CJF emphasis]

What needs to be mainstreamed is the U.S. CDC, FDA, HHS and Vaccine Court [United States Court of Federal ClaimsACTUALLY reports vaccine damage and pays compensation to a select lucky few. Check out this HRSA database. Pages 5, 8 and 9 ought to convince the mainstream media and all vaccine proponents that vaccines DO cause health harms.

That has to be addressed as the main reason for vaccine avoidances.

References:

[1] https://foreignpolicy.com/2017/06/26/science-wont-save-vaccines-from-lawsuits-anymore/
[2] https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-opioids-litigation/u-s-state-lawsuits-against-purdue-pharma-over-opioid-epidemic-mount-idUSKCN1IG2WU
[3] https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Pennsylvania-AG-Opiod-Drugmaker-Lawsuit-509891921.html
[4] https://www.cms.gov/research-statistics-data-and-systems/statistics-trends-and-reports/nationalhealthexpenddata/nationalhealthaccountshistorical.html

Resources:

WHO, Pharma, Gates & Government: Who’s Calling the Shots? Jan. 27, 2019
https://www.nvic.org/nvic-vaccine-news/january-2019/who,-pharma,-gates.aspx

GMOs: What Do The Stars Say Astrologically? Aug. 3, 2013
https://www.activistpost.com/2013/08/gmos-what-do-stars-say-astrologically.html

Catherine J Frompovich (website) is a retired natural nutritionist who earned advanced degrees in Nutrition and Holistic Health Sciences, Certification in Orthomolecular Theory and Practice, plus Paralegal Studies. Her work has been published in national and airline magazines since the early 1980s. Catherine authored numerous books on health issues along with co-authoring papers and monographs with physicians, nurses, and holistic healthcare professionals. She has been a consumer health ​issues researcher ​and holistic health advocate since the late 1970s; she continues researching and writing in retirement. Her career in holistic healthcare began in the early 1970s when she had to save, and restructure, her life resulting from having “fallen through the allopathic medical paradigm cracks.”

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Genetically Mutated Mosquito Experiments Target Africa Despite Failures

genetically mutated mosquitos genetically mutated mosquitosOxitec’s failed GM mosquito releases worldwide: Forewarnings for Africa and the Target Malaria project

By Dr Helen Wallace

A decade ago, genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes were first released globally, in the Cayman Islands, by UK-based company Oxitec. Further releases followed in Malaysia, Panama, and Brazil.

In a public relations whitewash, Oxitec has repeatedly claimed that the experiments successfully wiped out nearly 90% of the Aedes aegypti mosquito population, which is one of the vectors to transmit tropical diseases such as dengue fever, zika and chikungunya. Their approach was to release GM mosquitoes carrying a trait designed to kill both the male and female offspring before reaching adulthood.

However, these claims are not supported by the evidence that has become available on the releases, which were denounced as a failure by the Cayman Islands government. Most tellingly, Oxitec has quietly halted the planned releases of these GM mosquitoes in other countries.

This briefing: Oxitec’s failed GM mosquito releases worldwide: Forewarnings for Africa and the Target Malaria project, by the ACB, GeneWatch UK and Third World Network details the very serious concerns arising from the releases of GM mosquitoes around the world, which range from the risks posed to local populations and the environment to the lack of adequate risk assessment and flouting of international and local regulations. In this vlog, Dr Helen Wallace from GeneWatch UK highlights some key points.

In Africa, we need to heed these lessons, as the Gates-funded Target Malaria project has its sights on the continent, with the imminent planned release of 10 000 GM mosquitoes in Burkina Faso, which has raised ethical, scientific and regulatory concerns. The Gates Foundation also provides funding for Oxitec’s GM mosquito research. Ultimately, Target Malaria is preparing to use novel GM “gene drive” technology, also known as “extinction” or “exterminator” technology, allegedly to suppress the populations of mosquitoes that transmit malaria. (See below for links to other papers on the issue of GM Mosquitoes in Africa, by ACB, GeneWatch UK and TWN.)

Misleading publicity has led to significant opportunity costs and the exposure of people to unnecessary risks. We do not want a repeat of Oxitec’s mistakes in Africa, where biosafety capacity is either non-existent or sorely lacking and where there is a lack of fully informed consent for the planned experiments; poor compliance with regulatory requirements; unjustified hype about what the experiments can deliver; a lack of transparency and public consultation; and a lack of debate about alternatives.

Resisting these potentially dangerous and irreversible experiments has an added challenge: African institutions, up to the highest level of the African Union and the African Group negotiation bloc at international treaty negotiations, have been coopted to not only support, but aggressively advocate for, this technology.

We call for a halt to these releases and demand consultative processes that are open, transparent and inclusive, as well as discussions about long term sustainable alternatives to address malaria on the continent.

This article was sourced from African Centre for Biodiversity.

Vietnam Demands Monsanto Pay Victims Of Agent Orange For Cancer & Birth Defects

monsantoBy Arjun Walia

In Brief

  • The Facts: More than 4.8 million people in Vietnam have been exposed to the herbicide and over 3 million of them have been suffering from deadly diseases. Vietnam is again demanding that Monsanto (Bayer) be held accountable.
  • Reflect On: Things here are quite obvious, the information in the article is just a tidbit. The only thing making these corporations not accountable is their ownership and stranglehold on the government. They own and influence government agencies.

Agent Orange studies were mandated by Congress in the 1980s. These studies were headed by Dr. Frank DeStefano, and Dr. Coleen Boyle of the CDC, who are now in charge of vaccine safety studies at the agency.  Frank and Coleen ended the Agent Orange studies two years early, emphasizing that “no link” would be found between illnesses being reported by injured veterans and Agent Orange. The early termination of the study is what allowed the US Department of Veterans Affairs to deny any connection between Agent Orange and medical problems, preventing veterans and their families from qualifying for fair compensation. The Boyle/DeStefano team’s deception was outed by Admiral Zumwalt, who went to the President and laid out the science in a classified report (which has now been declassified):

“Without exception, the experts who reviewed the work of the Advisory Committee disagreed with its findings and further questioned the validity of the Advisory Committee’s review of studies on non — Hodgkin’s lymphomas .”

“a decision which should have been based on scientific data was reduced to vague impressions”

[One impartial review team’s results were] “a stunning indictment of the Advisory Committee’s scientific interpretation and policy judgments”

“1987 Followup Examination Results,” described statistically significant increases in health problems among Ranch Handers including all cancers”

“The work of the Veterans’ Advisory Committee on Environmental Hazards, as documented in their November 2, 1989 transcript, has little or no scientific merit, and should not serve as a basis for compensation or regulatory decisions of any sort.”

This is one of many examples of fraud that’s come out of the CDC, and it’s a huge problem that many from within the agency, even as of recent, are trying to expose. One of the latest examples is known as the ‘Spider papers.’ A group called the CDC Scientists Preserving Integrity, Diligence and Ethics in Research, or CDC SPIDER, put a list of complaints in a letter to the CDC Chief of Staff and provided a copy of the letter to the public watchdog organization U.S. Right to Know (USRTK).

We are a group of scientists at CDC that are very concerned about the current state of ethics at our agency.  It appears that our mission is being influenced and shaped by outside parties and rogue interests. It seems that our mission and Congressional intent for our agency is being circumvented by some of our leaders. What concerns us most, is that it is becoming the norm and not the rare exception. Some senior management officials at CDC are clearly aware and even condone these behaviors. Others see it and turn the other way. Some staff are intimidated and pressed to do things they know are not right. We have representatives from across the agency that witness this unacceptable behavior. It occurs at all levels and in all of our respective units.

The Vietnam Association of Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin (VAVA) recently told Reuters that more than 4.8 million people in Vietnam have been exposed to the herbicide and over 3 million of them have been suffering from deadly diseases. Agent Orange was one of many herbicides used by the U.S. military as a weapon during the Vietnam war, and Monsanto was contracted by the government to manufacture it for the Department of Defence. According to Monsanto:

The use of Agent Orange as a military herbicide in Vietnam continues to be an emotional subject for many people. Asian Affairs Specialist Michael Martin notes, ‘[a]t the time the herbicides were used, there was little consideration within the U.S. military about potential long-term environmental and health effects of the widespread use of Agent Orange in Vietnam. (source)

Below you will see pictures courtesy of Reuters of agent orange birth victims.

Millions upon millions of gallons of this stuff was dumped over millions of acres of land in Vietnam and other areas. Even today, countless people have been exposed to the herbicide and many of them continue to suffer from deadly diseases. The US government still maintains that the main objective for the spraying was to kill all of the forest in North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops along with any crops that might be used to feed them.

The millions of dollars that have recently been awarded to victims of Monsanto’s herbicides in America made noise across the world. There are currently more than 10,000 pending cases for herbicides causing cancer, and as a result, Vietnam likely thought it was finally time to seek justice for the victims of Agent Orange. Again, the biotech firm had supplied the US military with the chemical during the Vietnam War. The Vietnam Association of Victims of Agent Orange (VAVA) has written a letter to a US court asking that it restart a class-action lawsuit by Agent Orange victims against American chemical firms, including Monsanto, which the Eastern District Court of New York dismissed in 2004, claiming a ‘lack of evidence’ and asserting that ‘herbicide spraying… did not constitute a war crime pre-1975’.

Last month a jury in San Francisco awarded $80 million in punitive damages to Edwin Hardeman after the court found that Roundup, Monsanto’s infamous glyphosate-based herbicide, was a “substantial factor” in causing non-Hodgkins lymphoma cancer. In a similar case in August 2018, Dewayne Johnson was awarded $289 million after developing cancer from long-term exposure to Roundup. However, after months of legal drama, the terminally ill cancer patient agreed to a reduced payout of $78 million.

Despite the information shared earlier in this article, Monsanto is STILL denying the damage linked to Agent Orange.

It can, in my judgment, be concluded, with a very high degree of confidence, that it is at least as likely as not that the following are caused in humans by exposure to TCDD: non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, chloracne and other skin disorders, lip cancer, bone cancer, soft tissue sarcoma, birth defects, skin cancer, lung cancer, porphyria cutanea tarda and other liver disorders, Hodgkin’s disease, hematopoietic diseases, multiple myeloma, neurological defects and auto-immune diseases and disorders.

In addition, I am most comfortable in concluding that it is at least as likely as not that liver cancer, nasal/pharyngeal/esophageal cancers, leukemia, malignant melanoma, kidney cancer, testicular cancer, pancreatic cancer, stomach cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer, brain cancer, psychosocial effects, and gastrointestinal disease are service– connected.  (source)

Admiral Zumwalt’s report is used by veterans seeking compensation. Zumwalt’s son was exposed to Agent Orange and died of lymphoma in 1988.

Below is a picture of one of many birth deformities believed to be caused by Agent Orange.

Below is a photo from Vietnam circa 1961-1971. Credit: Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt, Jr. Collection: Agent Orange Subject Files/The Vietnam Center and Archive/Texas Tech University. The land on the right has been sprayed, and the land on the left hasn’t.

The Takeaway

The fact that Monsanto is just starting to be held accountable for the damaging effects from their herbicides is unbelievable, and the fact that they have not yet really been held accountable for DDT and substances like Agent Orange and the damage they have caused and continue to do is outrageous. What we can really take away here is the connection between big corporations and the United States government. It shows how powerful these corporations are, and how they sit above the government and influence policies and decision making. We do not live in a democracy, but more so a ‘corporatocracy.’ If you follow the money, corporations like Monsanto (now Bayer) sit above the government, and then the big banks sit above the corporations. This is exactly how the decision making process goes and it’s something that definitely needs to change.

At the end of the day, we are the ones who purchase these products, which is why awareness is key to stopping these powerful corporations from causing so much damage to our health and the environment.


Arjun Walia — I joined the CE team in 2010 shortly after finishing university and have been grateful for the fact that I have been able to do this ever since 🙂 There are many things happening on the planet that don’t resonate with me, and I wanted to do what I could to play a role in creating change. It’s been great making changes in my own life and creating awareness and I look forward to more projects that move beyond awareness and into action and implementation. So stay tuned 🙂 arjun@collective-evolution.com

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10 Reasons to Avoid GMOs

GMO1. GMOs are unhealthy.

The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) urges doctors to prescribe non-GMO diets for all patients. They cite animal studies showing organ damage, gastrointestinal and immune system disorders, accelerated aging, and infertility. Human studies show how genetically modified (GM) food can leave material behind inside us, possibly causing long-term problems. Genes inserted into GM soy, for example, can transfer into the DNA of bacteria living inside us, and that the toxic insecticide produced by GM corn was found in the blood of pregnant women and their unborn fetuses.

Numerous health problems increased after GMOs were introduced in 1996. The percentage of Americans with three or more chronic illnesses jumped from 7% to 13% in just 9 years; food allergies skyrocketed, and disorders such as autism, reproductive disorders, digestive problems, and others are on the rise. Although there is not sufficient research to confirm that GMOs are a contributing factor, doctors groups such as the AAEM tell us not to wait before we start protecting ourselves, and especially our children who are most at risk.

The American Public Health Association and American Nurses Association are among many medical groups that condemn the use of GM bovine growth hormone, because the milk from treated cows has more of the hormone IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor 1)―which is linked to cancer.

2. GMOs contaminate―forever.
GMOs cross pollinate and their seeds can travel. It is impossible to fully clean up our contaminated gene pool. Self-propagating GMO pollution will outlast the effects of global warming and nuclear waste. The potential impact is huge, threatening the health of future generations. GMO contamination has also caused economic losses for organic and non-GMO farmers who often struggle to keep their crops pure.

3. GMOs increase herbicide use.
Most GM crops are engineered to be “herbicide tolerant”―the deadly weed killer. Monsanto, for example, sells Roundup Ready crops, designed to survive applications of their Roundup herbicide.

Between 1996 and 2008, US farmers sprayed an extra 383 million pounds of herbicide on GMOs. Overuse of Roundup results in “superweeds,” resistant to the herbicide. This is causing farmers to use even more toxic herbicides every year. Not only does this create environmental harm, GM foods contain higher residues of toxic herbicides. Roundup, for example, is linked with sterility, hormone disruption, birth defects, and cancer.

4. Genetic engineering creates dangerous side effects.
By mixing genes from totally unrelated species, genetic engineering unleashes a host of unpredictable side effects. Moreover, irrespective of the type of genes that are inserted, the very process of creating a GM plant can result in massive collateral damage that produces new toxins, allergens, carcinogens, and nutritional deficiencies.

5. Government oversight is dangerously lax.
Most of the health and environmental risks of GMOs are ignored by governments’ superficial regulations and safety assessments. The reason for this tragedy is largely political. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), for example, doesn’t require a single safety study, does not mandate labeling of GMOs, and allows companies to put their GM foods onto the market without even notifying the agency. Their justification was the claim that they had no information showing that GM foods were substantially different. But this was a lie. Secret agency memos made public by a lawsuit show that the overwhelming consensus even among the FDA’s own scientists was that GMOs can create unpredictable, hard-to-detect side effects. They urged long-term safety studies. But the White House had instructed the FDA to promote biotechnology, and the agency official in charge of policy was Michael Taylor, Monsanto’s former attorney, later their vice president. He’s now the US Food Safety Czar.

6. The biotech industry uses “tobacco science” to claim product safety.

Biotech companies like Monsanto told us that Agent Orange, PCBs, and DDT were safe. They are now using the same type of superficial, rigged research to try and convince us that GMOs are safe. Independent scientists, however, have caught the spin-masters red-handed, demonstrating without doubt how industry-funded research is designed to avoid finding problems, and how adverse findings are distorted or denied.

7. Independent research and reporting is attacked and suppressed. 
Scientists who discover problems with GMOs have been attacked, gagged, fired, threatened, and denied funding. The journal Nature acknowledged that a “large block of scientists . . . denigrate research by other legitimate scientists in a knee-jerk, partisan, emotional way that is not helpful in advancing knowledge.” Attempts by media to expose problems are also often censored.

8. GMOs harm the environment.

GM crops and their associated herbicides can harm birds, insects, amphibians, marine ecosystems, and soil organisms. They reduce bio-diversity, pollute water resources, and are unsustainable. For example, GM crops are eliminating habitat for monarch butterflies, whose populations are down 50% in the US. Roundup herbicide has been shown to cause birth defects in amphibians, embryonic deaths and endocrine disruptions, and organ damage in animals even at very low doses. GM canola has been found growing wild in North Dakota and California, threatening to pass on its herbicide tolerant genes on to weeds.

9. GMOs do not increase yields, and work against feeding a hungry world.
Whereas sustainable non-GMO agricultural methods used in developing countries have conclusively resulted in yield increases of 79% and higher, GMOs do not, on average, increase yields at all. This was evident in the Union of Concerned Scientists’ 2009 report Failure to Yield―the definitive study to date on GM crops and yield.

The International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) report, authored by more than 400 scientists and backed by 58 governments, stated that GM crop yields were “highly variable” and in some cases, “yields declined.” The report noted, “Assessment of the technology lags behind its development, information is anecdotal and contradictory, and uncertainty about possible benefits and damage is unavoidable.” They determined that the current GMOs have nothing to offer the goals of reducing hunger and poverty, improving nutrition, health and rural livelihoods, and facilitating social and environmental sustainability.
On the contrary, GMOs divert money and resources that would otherwise be spent on more safe, reliable, and appropriate technologies.

10. By avoiding GMOs, you contribute to the coming tipping point of consumer rejection, forcing them out of our food supply.
Because GMOs give no consumer benefits, if even a small percentage of us start rejecting brands that contain them, GM ingredients will become a marketing liability. Food companies will kick them out. In Europe, for example, the tipping point was achieved in 1999, just after a high profile GMO safety scandal hit the papers and alerted citizens to the potential dangers. In the US, a consumer rebellion against GM bovine growth hormone has also reached a tipping point, kicked the cow drug out of dairy products by Wal-Mart, Starbucks, Dannon, Yoplait, and most of America’s dairies.

NOTE: As an additional motivation to avoid GMOs, you may wish to take a lesson from the animals. Eyewitness reports from around the world describe several situations where animals, when given a choice, avoid genetically modified food. These include cows, pigs, geese, elk, deer, raccoons, mice, rats, squirrels, chicken, and buffalo. We’re pretty sure the animals didn’t read the above 10 reasons.

The Campaign for Healthier Eating in America is designed to achieve a tipping point against GMOs in the US. The number of non-GMO shoppers needed is probably just 5% of the population. The key is to educate consumers about the documented health dangers and provide a Non-GMO Shopping Guide to make avoiding GMOs much easier.

Please choose healthier non-GMO brands, tell others about GMOs so they can do the same, and join the Non-GMO Tipping Point Network. Together we can quickly reclaim a non-GMO food supply.

Originally posted: https://responsibletechnology.org/10-reasons-to-avoid-gmos/

Make a list and check it twice: “Dirty Dozen” list of fruits and vegetables CONTAMINATED with pesticide residue

AvocadoA healthy diet contains lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. However, certain types of produce can also be bad for you. It’s not the produce themselves that are bad, but some fruits and vegetables may contain traces of harmful pesticides that are linked to harmful side effects.

Each year, the Environmental Working Group(EWG) publishes a list made up of the “Dirty Dozen.” This list ranks the pesticide contamination of popular fruits and vegetables. Both the Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen lists are based on results of over 40,900 samples of produce tested by the U.S.Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

All the samples are tested for pesticides after they have been prepared to be eaten, which means the produce is first carefully washed and peeled (when applicable). After the produce has been prepared, results indicate that many of the fruits and vegetables still contain pesticide residues.

Dirty Dozen (2019)

Below is EWG’s 2019 Dirty Dozen:

  1. Strawberries
  2. Spinach
  3. Kale
  4. Nectarines
  5. Apples
  6. Grapes
  7. Peaches
  8. Cherries
  9. Pears
  10. Tomatoes
  11. Celery
  12. Potatoes

For the past four years, strawberries remained in the top spot for the Dirty Dozen. The list is similar to last year’s results, with the exception of kale, which made the top 12 for the first time in 10 years. (Related: Pesticide chemicals found in 70% of fresh produce sold in U.S. grocery stores… are you eating poison?)

But according to Jaclyn London, a registered dietitian and Good Housekeeping’s nutrition director, you can still eat the fruits and vegetables included in this list if you buy organic produce that is free from genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and pesticide residue.

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Clean Fifteen (2019)

The EWG also published the “Clean Fifteen,” a list that includes 15 of fruits and vegetables “from conventional growers that generally had less residue in the group’s tests.”

  1. Avocados
  2. Sweet corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Frozen sweet peas
  5. Onions
  6. Papayas
  7. Eggplants
  8. Asparagus
  9. Kiwis
  10. Cabbages
  11. Cauliflower
  12. Cantaloupes
  13. Broccoli
  14. Mushrooms
  15. Honeydew melons

London notes that there are two important factors to consider when it comes to produce.

  • Try to eat more. If you want to be healthier, eat more organic fruits and vegetables. Snack on apples or eat a salad for lunch daily. Whenever you skip a fast food meal, you’re one step closer to improving your overall well-being.
  • Think about whole foods vs. fresh foods. Whole refers to the best form in which to eat fiber-filled fruit and vegetables, such as fruit instead of fruit juice or vegetables instead of veggie chips. Choosing whole foods will also help you reduce your intake of added sugar, saturated fat, and sodium. This may also include frozen and canned produce.

How to avoid pesticide residues in food

Pesticides don’t just keep insects from destroying crops. They are also linked to negative side effects such as cancer and Parkinson’s disease.

Aside from buying organic produce, there are several ways to avoid buying food laced with pesticides.

Always wash fruits and vegetables before eating them.

Washing produce, even if you grew it in your garden, helps get rid of dust, dirt, or chemical residues. Either rub the fruits and vegetables clean with your fingers or to use a special cleaning brush to get rid of all the residue and bacteria.

Don’t rinse produce with soap.

Don’t use detergents or special soaps to wash produce, unless you’re using soap made of natural and organic materials. Dish soap has harmful compounds that can easily penetrate the skin of fruits and vegetables, which may end up doing more harm than pesticides.

Grow your own produce.

Not everyone can cultivate their own garden, but this the best way to ensure that you are eating pesticide-free produce.

Purchase organic fruits and vegetables. 

To limit your overall exposure to pesticides, commit to buying only organic fruits and vegetables. Organic produce costs a bit more than commercially sprayed fruits and vegetables, but the added cost is worth it if you wish to stay healthy.

Take note of the fruits and vegetables included in both lists and buy organic produce to limit your exposure to pesticides and other harmful chemicals.

Sources include:

GoodHousekeeping.com

EWG.com

BestPlants.com

Originally posted: https://www.naturalnews.com/2019-04-15-dirty-dozen-list-fruits-and-vegetables-contaminated-with-pesticide-residue.html

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