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Book review and author interview by Dr Mercola. Big time public exposure. Mercola is a hero and has been attacked as a fraud, which is par for the course. Trump’s key defense is fake news, calling actual truth statements lies, to confuse and discredit the messenger, a common defense used by demigods and lawyers the world over. It’s a strategy for use by those unwilling to examine the evidence or the message.

This author has laid out a great case against Monsanto, the most evil of the pesticide companies.  Glyphosate or Roundup (trade name for actual product) contaminates proteins and genetic compounds like DNA, so its poisoning all food chains on the planet and is built into genetic compounds so pollutes all genes. Health claims made by Monsanto are based on old falsified studies and are public-ally presented as justified because their product can save millions from starvation, a falsehood beyond the pale.

Pesticide pollution is the most severe pollution because it requires special knowledge of chemistry and toxicology few make the effort to learn. Its much more than just another pollution but is already doing tremendous damage. Why are so many friends dying of cancer?

Dr. William Olkowski

Monsanto’s Round Up And The Environment

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Study Confirms We Are Being Poisoned

Monsanto Is Poisoning the Whole Population

According to a just released study published in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers at the University of California, San Diego, confirmed that the amount of glyphosate in our bodies is 13 X more than it was before GMOs were introduced in the mid-90s. That is no surprise because most GMOs are engineered to be sprayed with Roundup.  (Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup.)  Use of glyphosate has risen 15 X since the introduction of Monsanto’s Roundup Ready crops.  Even tiny amounts are linked to serious disease and chronic health conditions in other research.

Read more about the study HERE

Monsanto Caught Red-Handed

This is one of the best summary articles of how Monsanto was caught red-handed.  Published Oct 24th in Der Spiegel, the widely read German news publication, the story adds explosive details of Monsanto’s deceit and deception just as the European Commission must decide about re-licensing of glyphosate.  Permission to sell the chemical in the European Union expires on December 15th.

Monsanto’s lies began to unravel with the court-ordered release of internal emails and documents as part of an on-going class-action suit in California.  The plaintiffs in that suit claim Monsanto’s Roundup has caused non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a form of lymph node cancer, in them or members of their family.

“The Monsanto Papers tell an alarming story of ghostwriting, scientific manipulation and the withholding of information,” says Michael Baum, a partner in the law firm of Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, which is bringing one of the US class actions. According to Baum, Monsanto used the same strategies as the tobacco industry: “creating doubt, attacking people, doing ghostwriting.”

 

Europe Is Rejecting Monsanto’s Roundup

In Europe, Monsanto is being hammered as negative public opinion swells. On Monday, Oct 23rd, glyphosate critics (led by Greenpeace), handed the EU a petition signed by more than 1.3 million people calling for an outright ban. After the company shunned a parliamentary hearing into allegations that it unduly influenced studies into the safety of glyphosate, Monsanto lobbyists were completely banned from entering the European Parliament to meet with Members of Parliament (MEPs) or attend committee meetings. This was the first time MEPs used new rules to withdraw parliamentary access. MEPs subsequently voted on Tuesday, Oct 24th,  in a non-binding resolution, to ban glyphosate (Roundup) starting with a complete ban on household use, a ban in use for farming when biological alternatives work well, and a full ban in five years. Although member states must vote, this was a huge blow that may threaten Monsanto’s pending merger with Bayer.  On Wednesday, Oct 25th, the proposed 10-year re-license for glyphosate by EU member states failed to reach a majority and now forces the European Commission to consider a phase out or a shorter license.

 

Good news from India

Requests to commercially release a locally developed genetically modified mustard have been frozen amid stiff opposition from domestic activists and politicians.

The mustard variety would have been the first transgenic food crop allowed for commercial cultivation. But the environment ministry’s Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) has shelved approval despite a panel the ministry supervises giving the genetically modified mustard technical clearance last year.

 

This has been a banner week of news. And we are heartened by progress in Europe and India. But make no mistake. We are in a fight for the future of food and the health of people everywhere. Please share this newsletter, and if you have any questions, please contact us at info@ResponsibleTechnology.org.

 

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Note: This thoroughly researched article debunks Monsanto claims that their GMO products will save us from starvation. Many studies done independently of each other in many other countries supports this position. Below is an update I received from the latest IPM Practitioner.

 

Dear Bill,

The latest IPM Practitioner is now online at http://www.birc.org/news.htm

The lead article Glyphosate, GMO Soybean Yields and Environmental Pollution reviews yields, fertilizer and pesticide use, and effects of glyphosate sprays on soil microbes and diseases in GMO soybeans.

A repeated mantra of the biotechnology industry is that GMOs are needed because they increase crop yields. In the case of GMO soybeans, yields generally have not increased. In fact, USDA data show that to maintain average yields, a 50-70% increase in fertilizer, and major increases in pesticides are needed.

Farmers have adopted GMO soybeans not because of yields, but because they are easier to grow. Entire fields are aerially sprayed with herbicide, killing weeds, but sparing the resistant crop. Farmers jumped to adopt this easy method of weed control. But the golden promise of better yields with less work has a darker reality—many weed species have become resistant to glyphosate.

To solve glyphosate resistance, new GMO crops resistant to both glyphosate and dicamba have been commercialized. But the new GMOs have caused problems. Dicamba sprays applied to GMO soybeans damaged about 3 million acres of vulnerable crops last year.

If you could pass this information along to those who might find it useful, I would appreciate it.

Thank you,

William Quarles, Ph.D.

Managing Editor

IPM Practitioner