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Re: Genetically Modified Food Products in America
« Reply #226 on: July 18, 2017, 05:29:00 PM »
Thanks for posting this wonderful news.  Missouri will be the last, if ever, to follow, as Monsanto is based here.....you know the rest.

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Re: Genetically Modified Food Products in America
« Reply #227 on: August 17, 2017, 03:55:56 AM »
Yowbarb Note: Lots of current articles at this link
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http://www.march-against-monsanto.com/  March Against Monsanto

GMOs Are Safe To Eat Says Research Group That Takes Millions From Monsanto Aug 15, 2017

By Tami Canal On August 15, 2017

Public skepticism is growing over a new report that claims genetically modified (GE or GMO) foods are safe for consumption, particularly as information emerges that the organization that produced the report has ties to the biotechnology industry.

Genetically Engineered Crops: Experiences and Prospects (pdf), released by the federally-supported National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, states not only that GMO crops are safe to eat, but that they have no adverse environmental impacts and have cut down on pesticide use. Its publication comes as U.S. Congress—which founded the institution—considers making GMO labeling mandatory on consumer products.

“There clearly are strong non-safety arguments and considerable public support for mandatory labeling of products containing GE material. The committee does not believe that mandatory labeling of foods with GE content is justified to protect public health,” the report states.

However, one day before publication, the environmental advocacy group Food & Water Watch (FWW) reported in an issue brief (pdf) that the National Research Council (NRC)—the National Academy of Sciences’ research arm—has deep ties to the biotech and agricultural industries, which FWW says have “created conflicts of interests at every level of the organization.”

The NRC and the National Academy of Science take millions of dollars in funding from corporations like Monsanto, DuPont, and Dow Chemical, FWW reported in its issue brief, Under the Influence: The National Research Council and GMOs (pdf).

Representatives from those companies—along with Cargill, General Mills, and Nestlé Purina, among other GMO-friendly businesses—also sit on the NRC’s board that oversees GMO projects. NRC has not publicly disclosed those ties, FWW said. In fact, more than half of the invited authors of the new report have ties to the industry.

According to the issue brief, not only does the NRC have a history of bias toward the industry, it has also worked to silence critics of GMOs and of the companies that sit on its board.

[SEE the rest of the article here:  http://www.march-against-monsanto.com/gmos-are-safe-to-eat-says-research-group-that-takes-millions-from-monsanto/ ]

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Re: Genetically Modified Food Products in America
« Reply #228 on: October 10, 2017, 03:44:34 PM »
Monsanto Banned From Parliament!

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2017/10/10/biotech-company-banned-from-parliament.aspx?utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art2&utm_campaign=20171010Z1_UCM&et_cid=DM161461&et_rid=79650753

"Monsanto  Banned From Parliament"

Editor's Note:  I took the liberty of posting this here, in spite of Parliament being in UK.

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Re: Genetically Modified Food Products in America
« Reply #229 on: October 10, 2017, 06:11:49 PM »
Never thought I'd live to see this :D

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Re: Genetically Modified Food Products in America
« Reply #230 on: October 12, 2017, 01:27:34 PM »
Monsanto Banned From Parliament!

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2017/10/10/biotech-company-banned-from-parliament.aspx?utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art2&utm_campaign=20171010Z1_UCM&et_cid=DM161461&et_rid=79650753

"Monsanto  Banned From Parliament"

Editor's Note:  I took the liberty of posting this here, in spite of Parliament being in UK.

Awesome! I had posted awhile ago a story the Monsanto corporation found guilty of crimes against humanity... at the Hague!!
Wouldn't that be enough to get them shut down?
One can only hope...

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« Reply #231 on: November 04, 2017, 06:17:48 PM »
Since Roundup goes hand in hand with "Roundup-Ready crops", so many of those GM (genetically mutated) crops, this article from www.greenmedinfo.com is relevant:

Roundup Weedkiller Linked To Global Epidemic of Fatal Kidney Disease



Posted on:
Tuesday, February 25th 2014 at 8:45 pm
Written By:
Sayer Ji, Founder
This article is copyrighted by GreenMedInfo LLC, 2014
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Photo credit: Ed Kashi for La Isla Foundation/VII
The mystery of what is causing thousands to die each year from a fatal kidney disease may now be solved, with evidence pointing to the world's most heavily used herbicide Roundup (glyphosate) as the primary culprit.
A new study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health proposes a link between the herbicide known as Roundup (aka glyphosate) and a series of mysterious epidemics of fatal chronic kidney disease of unknown origin (CKDu) affecting several poor farming regions around the world. 
The extent of the health problem is so massive that the Center for Public Integrity found that CKDu has killed more people in El Salvador and Nicaragua than diabetes, AIDS and leukemia combined, over the past 5 years on record.
Titled, "Glyphosate, Hard Water and Nephrotoxic Metals: Are They the Culprits Behind the Epidemic of Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Etiology in Sri Lanka?," researchers hypothesized that while glyphosate is toxic, it alone is not capable of destroying kidney tissue on the scale recently observed in rice paddy regions of Northern Sri Lanka, or in El Salvador where it is the second leading cause of death among men. They propose glyphosate becomes extremely toxic to the kidney when it mixes with 'hard' water or heavy metals like arsenic and cadmium, either naturally present in the soil or added externally through fertilizer inputs. Hard water contains 'metals,' such as calcium, magnesium, strontium and iron, along with carbonate, bicarbonate, sulphate and chlorides.
The new hypothesis explains a number of observations connected with the disease, including why in afflicted regions like Sri Lanka there has been a strong association between the consumption of hard water and the occurrence of this special kidney disease, with 96% of CKDu patients having consumed hard or very hard water for at least five years.
The image below shows how closely water hardness and the prevalence of CKDu overlap:

The discovery of a 'new disease'
According to the study, a "Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown etiology (CKDu)" was discovered among the rice paddy farms in Northern Central Province of Sri Lanka in the mid-1990s.  The condition spread quickly to other farming areas, and now afflicts 15% of working age people in the northern part of the country, or a total population of 400,000 patients with an estimated death toll of around 20,000. Watch the videos "Mystery in the Fields" and "Cycle of Death" for 5 minute documentaries providing additional background information on afflicted areas around the world.
CKDu does not carry the same known risk factors as chronic kidney disease, which include diabetes, high blood pressure and glomerular nephritis, an inflammatory kidney condition. The Sri Lankan Ministry of Health introduced criteria for CKDu in 2009, including:
   1.   No past history of, or current treatment for diabetes mellitus or chronic and/or severe hypertension, snake bites, urological disease of known etiology or glomerulonephritis.
   2.   Normal glycosylated hemoglobin levels (HbA1C ˂ 6.5%).
   3.   Blood pressure ˂160/100 mmHg untreated or ˂140/90 mmHg on up to two 
antihypertensive agents.
Owing to the fact that geographical and socioeconomical factors play such a central role in determining risk, it has been assumed that environmental and occupational factors are the main causative agents and therefore that CKDu is a form of toxic nephropathy, i.e. chemically-induced damage. The authors point out that even the World Health Organization conducted studies to determine  the origin of CKDu, and that the general consensus is the disease as multiple causes, including:

   •   Exposure to arsenic
   •   Exposure to cadmium
   •   Exposure to pesticides
   •   Consumption of hard water
   •   Low water intake
   •   Exposure to high temperatures (and resultant dehydration)
The authors, however, propose: "Whatever hypothesis that is propounded should be able to answer the questions as to why CKDu is confined to certain geographical areas of Sri Lanka and why there was no CKDu in Sri Lanka prior to the 1990s."
Roundup Weedkiller (Glyphosate) The Likely Culprit
The study goes on to detail how since 1977 political changes in Sri Lanka lead to large scale importation and application of agrochemicals, especially for rice paddy farming. They propose that 12-15 years of cumulative exposure to low concentration kidney-damaging compounds, along with their increasing bioaccumulation within the environment and human body, could explain the sudden appearance in the 1990's of clinically identifiable CKDu.  They hypothesized the existence of a so-called Compound "X" as the incriminating agent, which they determined would have to have the following characteristics:
   •   A compound made of recently (2–3 decades) introduced chemicals to the CKDu endemic area.
   •   Ability to form stable complexes with hard water.
   •   Ability to capture and retain arsenic and nephrotoxic metals and act as a "carrier" 
in delivering these toxins to the kidney.
   •   Possible multiple routes of exposure: ingestion, dermal and respiratory absorption.
   •   Not having a significant first pass effect when complexed with hard water.
   •   Presenting difficulties in identification when using conventional analytical methods.
Following an extensive search they arrived at glyphosate, which is the most widely used herbicide in Sri Lanka, as the likely culprit. They describe how glyphosate's half-life can increase from several weeks in normal water to many years in hard water, as it forms hard to biodegrade glyphosate-metal complexes (GMCs).  GMC exposure can happen in two ways: consumption of contaminated hard water, or it can form within the human body following glyphosate's entry into circulation. Farmers (and their families) are at constant risk of exposure through skin or inhalation, in addition to untreated drinking water.
The study describes in depth the way in which GMCs may evade the liver's detoxification mechanisms and damage the kidneys. This is in addition to the over 20 distinct modes of toxicity we have indexed on the GreenMedInfo.com database on glyphosate harms.
Finally, the authors discuss evidence that glyphosate may be behind similar epidemics of chronic kidney disease of unknown cause in Central American countries of El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica, and India.
To read the entire open access study visit this link: www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/11/2/2125

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Re: Genetically Modified Food Products in America
« Reply #232 on: January 26, 2018, 11:57:07 AM »
Since Roundup goes hand in hand with "Roundup-Ready crops", so many of those GM (genetically mutated) crops, this article from www.greenmedinfo.com is relevant:

Roundup Weedkiller Linked To Global Epidemic of Fatal Kidney Disease


Posted on:
Tuesday, February 25th 2014 at 8:45 pm
Written By:
Sayer Ji, Founder
This article is copyrighted by GreenMedInfo LLC, 2014
Visit our Re-post guidelines

Photo credit: Ed Kashi for La Isla Foundation/VII
The mystery of what is causing thousands to die each year from a fatal kidney disease may now be solved, with evidence pointing to the world's most heavily used herbicide Roundup (glyphosate) as the primary culprit.
A new study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health proposes a link between the herbicide known as Roundup (aka glyphosate) and a series of mysterious epidemics of fatal chronic kidney disease of unknown origin (CKDu) affecting several poor farming regions around the world.
The extent of the health problem is so massive that the Center for Public Integrity found that CKDu has killed more people in El Salvador and Nicaragua than diabetes, AIDS and leukemia combined, over the past 5 years on record.
Titled, "Glyphosate, Hard Water and Nephrotoxic Metals: Are They the Culprits Behind the Epidemic of Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Etiology in Sri Lanka?," researchers hypothesized that while glyphosate is toxic, it alone is not capable of destroying kidney tissue on the scale recently observed in rice paddy regions of Northern Sri Lanka, or in El Salvador where it is the second leading cause of death among men. They propose glyphosate becomes extremely toxic to the kidney when it mixes with 'hard' water or heavy metals like arsenic and cadmium, either naturally present in the soil or added externally through fertilizer inputs. Hard water contains 'metals,' such as calcium, magnesium, strontium and iron, along with carbonate, bicarbonate, sulphate and chlorides.
The new hypothesis explains a number of observations connected with the disease, including why in afflicted regions like Sri Lanka there has been a strong association between the consumption of hard water and the occurrence of this special kidney disease, with 96% of CKDu patients having consumed hard or very hard water for at least five years.
The image below shows how closely water hardness and the prevalence of CKDu overlap:

The discovery of a 'new disease'
According to the study, a "Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown etiology (CKDu)" was discovered among the rice paddy farms in Northern Central Province of Sri Lanka in the mid-1990s.  The condition spread quickly to other farming areas, and now afflicts 15% of working age people in the northern part of the country, or a total population of 400,000 patients with an estimated death toll of around 20,000. Watch the videos "Mystery in the Fields" and "Cycle of Death" for 5 minute documentaries providing additional background information on afflicted areas around the world.
CKDu does not carry the same known risk factors as chronic kidney disease, which include diabetes, high blood pressure and glomerular nephritis, an inflammatory kidney condition. The Sri Lankan Ministry of Health introduced criteria for CKDu in 2009, including:
   1.   No past history of, or current treatment for diabetes mellitus or chronic and/or severe hypertension, snake bites, urological disease of known etiology or glomerulonephritis.
   2.   Normal glycosylated hemoglobin levels (HbA1C ˂ 6.5%).
   3.   Blood pressure ˂160/100 mmHg untreated or ˂140/90 mmHg on up to two 
antihypertensive agents.
Owing to the fact that geographical and socioeconomical factors play such a central role in determining risk, it has been assumed that environmental and occupational factors are the main causative agents and therefore that CKDu is a form of toxic nephropathy, i.e. chemically-induced damage. The authors point out that even the World Health Organization conducted studies to determine  the origin of CKDu, and that the general consensus is the disease as multiple causes, including:

   •   Exposure to arsenic
   •   Exposure to cadmium
   •   Exposure to pesticides
   •   Consumption of hard water
   •   Low water intake
   •   Exposure to high temperatures (and resultant dehydration)
The authors, however, propose: "Whatever hypothesis that is propounded should be able to answer the questions as to why CKDu is confined to certain geographical areas of Sri Lanka and why there was no CKDu in Sri Lanka prior to the 1990s."
Roundup Weedkiller (Glyphosate) The Likely Culprit
The study goes on to detail how since 1977 political changes in Sri Lanka lead to large scale importation and application of agrochemicals, especially for rice paddy farming. They propose that 12-15 years of cumulative exposure to low concentration kidney-damaging compounds, along with their increasing bioaccumulation within the environment and human body, could explain the sudden appearance in the 1990's of clinically identifiable CKDu.  They hypothesized the existence of a so-called Compound "X" as the incriminating agent, which they determined would have to have the following characteristics:
   •   A compound made of recently (2–3 decades) introduced chemicals to the CKDu endemic area.
   •   Ability to form stable complexes with hard water.
   •   Ability to capture and retain arsenic and nephrotoxic metals and act as a "carrier" 
in delivering these toxins to the kidney.
   •   Possible multiple routes of exposure: ingestion, dermal and respiratory absorption.
   •   Not having a significant first pass effect when complexed with hard water.
   •   Presenting difficulties in identification when using conventional analytical methods.
Following an extensive search they arrived at glyphosate, which is the most widely used herbicide in Sri Lanka, as the likely culprit. They describe how glyphosate's half-life can increase from several weeks in normal water to many years in hard water, as it forms hard to biodegrade glyphosate-metal complexes (GMCs).  GMC exposure can happen in two ways: consumption of contaminated hard water, or it can form within the human body following glyphosate's entry into circulation. Farmers (and their families) are at constant risk of exposure through skin or inhalation, in addition to untreated drinking water.
The study describes in depth the way in which GMCs may evade the liver's detoxification mechanisms and damage the kidneys. This is in addition to the over 20 distinct modes of toxicity we have indexed on the GreenMedInfo.com database on glyphosate harms.
Finally, the authors discuss evidence that glyphosate may be behind similar epidemics of chronic kidney disease of unknown cause in Central American countries of El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica, and India.
To read the entire open access study visit this link:
www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/11/2/2125

Wow, ilinda, this is really major news.  :o
Thank you for finding and sharing this info!

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« Reply #233 on: January 26, 2018, 12:09:44 PM »
Screen shot is from the article ilinda posted,  http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/roundup-weedkiller-linked-global-epidemic-fatal-kidney-disease

screen shot: Roundup, toxic hard water and a global epidemic of Kidney disease 2018 Greenmedinfo article

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« Reply #234 on: May 03, 2018, 09:59:48 AM »
(Editor's Note:  The headline probably written by industry, is meant to make this stuff more "palatable" to the general public.  But check out some of the comments of the sharp-eyed, thinking readers.  Good!)

https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/scientists-accidentally-produce-enzyme-devours-120200826.html
Scientists accidentally produce an enzyme that devours plastic

….At first, the enzyme looked similar to one evolved by many kinds of bacteria to break down cutin, a natural polymer used by plants as a protective layer. But after some gentle manipulation, the team actually improved its ability to eat PET (polyethylene terephthalate), the type of plastic used in drinks bottles……
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So what happens when it runs out of plastic to eat?

Headline from 5 years from now: Global crisis continues as plastic eating bacteria spreads out of control.

What else does it devour, if it can devour plastics?

"According to the team, potential future uses for the enzyme could include spraying it on the huge islands of floating plastic in oceans to break down the material."
If I understand the article correctly, it would break down into petroleum. In the ocean. How is that better than plastic?

The law of unintended consequences comes to mind.

You can't turn bacteria into an enzyme. Enzymes are proteins which catalyze chemical reactions. Bacteria produce enzymes. I wish these writers were a bit more educated. Or at least their editors more attentive.

Does it devour politicians?

As Elmer Fudd would say, Be wary, wary careful.

"spraying it on the huge islands of floating plastic in oceans" ...because what could go wrong?


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« Reply #235 on: May 19, 2018, 12:30:24 PM »
http://dailynativenews.site/2018/03/37-million-bees-found-dead-after-planting-large-gmo-corn-field
37 Million Bees Found Dead After Planting Large GMO Corn Field

Millions of bees dropped dead after GMO corn was planted few weeks ago in Ontario, Canada. The local bee keeper, Dave Schuit who produces honey in Elmwood lost about 37 million bees which are about 600 hives.

“Once the corn started to get planted our bees died by the millions,” Schuit said. While many bee keepers blame neonicotinoids, or “neonics.” for colony collapse of bees and many countries in EU have banned neonicotinoid class of pesticides, the US Department of Agriculture fails to ban insecticides known as neonicotinoids, manufactured by Bayer CropScience Inc.

Two of Bayer’s best-selling pesticides, Imidacloprid and Clothianidin, are known to get into pollen and nectar, and can damage beneficial insects such as bees. The marketing of these drugs also coincided with the occurrence of large-scale bee deaths in many European countries and the United States.
Nathan Carey another local farmer says that this spring he noticed that there were not enough bees on his farm and he believes that there is a strong correlation between the disappearance of bees and insecticide use.

In the past, many scientists have struggled to find the exact cause of the massive die-offs, a phenomenon they refer to as “colony collapse disorder” (CCD). In the United States, for seven consecutive years, honeybees are in terminal decline.

US scientists have found 121 different pesticides in samples of bees, wax and pollen, lending credence to the notion that pesticides are a key problem. “We believe that some subtle interactions between nutrition, pesticide exposure and other stressors are converging to kill colonies,” said Jeffery Pettis, of the ARS’s bee research laboratory.

The collapse in the global honeybee population is a major threat to crops. It is estimated that a third of everything we eat depends upon honeybee pollination, which means that bees contribute over 30 billion to the global economy.
A new study published in the Journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences revealed that neonicotinoid pesticides kill honeybees by damaging their immune system and making them unable to fight diseases and bacteria.

After reporting large losses of bees after exposure to Imidacloprid, banned it for use on corn and sunflowers, despite protests by Bayer. In another smart move, France also rejected Bayer’s application for Clothianidin, and other countries, such as Italy, have banned certain neonicotinoids as well. After record-breaking honeybee deaths in the UK, the European Union has banned multiple pesticides, including neonicotinoid pesticides.

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« Reply #236 on: May 19, 2018, 04:41:32 PM »
This is so heart-breaking. 

On a positive note, I discovered some honeybees living inside of one of our window frames, and am encouraging them! 
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« Reply #237 on: May 20, 2018, 06:54:01 PM »
This is so heart-breaking. 

On a positive note, I discovered some honeybees living inside of one of our window frames, and am encouraging them!
Good for you!  If you're like me, you'll probably let them build an entire hive there!  Wouldn't that be cool? Your own "observation hive".

Do you think that the unusually long winter is the main culprit in the loss of your bees?  And do you think those bees inside your window frames are a remnant of one of your hives?  Do you know the minimum number of bees needed to survive and make a new queen, then continue on?  I always believe wildlife, including honeybees can surprise us just when we think we have all the facts on a given species. 

For example, the space in your window frames is probably a bit warmer, even in the dead of winter, than their hives.  Maybe that is their way of preserving what is/was left of one or more hives that could not survive that winter.  I'm assuming your winter was as loooooonnnnng as ours.

Sending good vibes to your window-frame-bees.  Love it.

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« Reply #238 on: May 20, 2018, 07:01:15 PM »
I do think they are from one of our former hives, as their coloring was dark like the Russians.  I don't know hive population minimums for feral colonies, but would love to learn more.  Am thinking that wild honey bees might not operate by the "rules" that govern the human endeavor of beekeeping - LOL!

New colonies are arriving by the end of this month - will try to get photos.

Thanks for good wishes to the bees!  :)
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