France is the latest nation to voice opposition against genetically modified crops, with GM maize unlikely to hit French fields next year despite the end of a ban Monsanto maize. The news comes as evidence compiles that French legislatures will launch new restrictions regarding the use of Monsanto’s 810 maize on French soil. It all began when France’s State Council overturned the ban on Monsanto’s GMO maize stating that it was not sufficiently justified.
Monsanto’s best-selling herbicide Roundup has created a new category of superweeds that are heavily resistant to the herbicide that Roundup contains known as glyphosate. These resistant weeds currently cover over 4.5 hectares in the United States alone, though experts estimate the world-wide land coverage to have reached at least 120 million hectares by 2010. The onset of superweeds is being increasingly documented in Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Europe and South Africa.
Colorado’s Boulder County was the latest health freedom hotspot to stand up against Monsanto and genetically modified produce, with town advisory committees announcing plans to phase out GMO crops on open space in pursuit of sustainable and ethical farming practices.
Soy has been pushed as a popular health food for a very long time. Used by vegetarians and vegans as an alternative to meats, and applied to a score of other health foods, soy foods have been popularized and commercialized as one of the ultimate health foods. However, around 95% of soy can actually be damaging to your health.
Companies Merck and Monsanto may very well be two of the greatest mass health-impacting companies in our world today. Unfortunately for the entire global population, these health-impacts are far less than positive. Although many large corporations are riddled with deception and corruption, these two companies are the two top nominees for the grand prize.
Genetically modified crops are not only devastating to your health, but they are also wreaking havoc on the environment. New research adds to the mountain of evidence that genetically modified crops not only require more pesticides — defeating one primary purpose of their existence.
The month of October has been declared Non-GMO month, and October 16th is being recognized as World Food Day. In celebration of this month, activists and health-conscious individuals will be forming protests around the country.
Nearly 1 year ago Monsanto’s genetically modified seeds were ordered to be removed from the soil. However, this was not the first ruling for Monsanto concerning their genetically modified seedlings. Monsanto was previously ordered to remove their seedlings after they were deemed illegal due to insufficient environmental review from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), but Monsanto took no action.
Hungary has taken a bold stand against biotech giant Monsanto and genetic modification by destroying 1000 acres of maize found to have been grown with genetically modified seeds, according to Hungary deputy state secretary of the Minstry of Rural Development Lajos Bognar. Unlike many European Union countries, genetically modified (GM) seeds are banned in Hungary.
Following a report that U.S. regulators were completely aware of the fact that the best-selling herbicide product Roundup causes birth defects, the USDA is now announcing that it also damages the soil.
It may sound bizarre to those who are not familiar with the ongoing genetic manipulation of the planet by large biotech corporations, but the creation of human-animal hybrid chimeras has prompted a group of leading British researchers to call for a set of new rules.
The Food and Drug Administration has aimed its sights at smartphone applications created for the purpose of improving the user’s health such as blood sugar monitors and digital stethoscopes. In an attempt to screen medical apps in the same way that medical devices such as ultrasound machines are regulated, the FDA is demanding that health-based smartphone apps meet FDA standards before being approved for use. According to the FDA, some medical apps may pose a risk to human health.
The chemical at the heart of the planet’s most widely used herbicide — Roundup weedkiller, used in farms and gardens across the U.S. — is coming under more intense scrutiny following the release of a new report calling for a heightened regulatory response around its use. Critics have argued for decades that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup and other herbicides used around the globe, poses a serious threat to public health. Industry regulators, however, appear to have consistently overlooked their concerns.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has approved $20 million in new monies toward the development of “golden rice” — an untested, highly controversial GE (genetically engineered) crop that threatens biodiversity and risks bringing economic and ecological disaster to Asia’s farms. The leader of the Golden Rice project is Gerald Barry, previously director of research at Monsanto. Sarojeni V. Rengam, executive director of Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific (PAN AP), has called the rice a “Trojan horse”.
The Bill Gates Foundation has funded yet another mosquito-related venture, with UC Riverside researchers developing an experimental set of new chemicals that aim to inhibit the carbon-dioxide receptors of mosquitoes and flies. The announcement comes after the Bill Gates Foundation has already admitted to funding the development of genetically modified self-sterilizing mosquitoes, and purchasing 500,000 shares of the biotech company Monsanto.
When Dr. Don Huber, professor emeritus at Purdue University and internationally-recognized plant pathologist, wrote a letter back in January to US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack, warning him about a new mystery disease showing up primarily in genetically-modified (GM) crops, the notice fell on deaf ears. Research conducted by a team of senior plant and animal scientists found that Monsanto’s glyphosate chemical appears responsible for infecting plants with an AIDS-like syndrome that destroys their immunity
Monsanto, enemy of organic farmers and anti-GMO advocates alike, will likely be allowed to conduct its own environmental studies as part of a two-year USDA experiment. But there is no good that can possibly come of an experiment where the company behind nearly every genetically modified crop in our daily diets is allowed to decide whether its products are causing any environmental harm. And Monsanto isn’t the only biotech company that will be permitted to police itself.