As Natural Society (and just about every other news source) has reported, the WHO recently classified the herbicide chemical glyphosate as a ‘probable carcinogen.’ Just days after the report was released publicly, GMO giant Monsanto called on the entire agency to issue a ‘retraction.’ But it doesn’t end there. The news also gives increased urgency to reconsider the use of GMO crops which have been made specifically to tolerate copious amounts of pesticides.
Emily Marquez, Ph.D., staff scientist at PAN, released the following statement:
“Given glyphosate’s widespread usage with crops genetically engineered to tolerate herbicides, IARC’s finding comes none too soon. The working group found ‘convincing evidence’ that glyphosate can cause cancer in laboratory animals. This, combined with more than a decade of studies documenting human exposure to the herbicide, gave IARC sufficient evidence to make the ‘probable human carcinogen’ classification.
It should be noted that in well over a decade’s use of glyphosate in GE crops, hundreds of millions of pounds of this chemical have been released into the environment. USGS surveys document widespread water contamination, and — as documented in a recent Consumer Reports study — residues of glyphosate also show up in our food. Even though glyphosate is so widely used, the U.S. does not currently conduct biomonitoring for glyphosate residues, and USDA conducts only minimal testing for food residues.
The U.K.’s Pesticide Residues in Food (PRiF) program has consistently found glyphosate residues in starchy foods in their quarterly survey. Though Monsanto’s ‘RoundUp Ready’ GE crops are not widely grown in Europe, glyphosate is used as a wheat desiccant prior to harvest. PRiF reported glyphosate residues in samples taken of cereal bars and bread.
The dramatic growth in herbicide use in the U.S. driven by GE technology has resulted not only in increased human exposure to these chemicals, but also in the development of herbicide-resistant ‘superweeds.’ Farmers are offered more toxic mixes of herbicides as a so-called solution to this new problem. Dow’s recently approved Enlist seeds — designed for use with a mixture of glyphosate and the antiquated, highly toxic herbicide, 2,4-D — offer a case in point.
This increasingly dangerous pesticide treadmill calls into question the logic of genetically engineered herbicide technologies that rapidly lose their utility to farmers and — as IARC’s recent finding makes clear —put human health at risk.”
Numerous past studies have proposed what most of us have already surmised, that glyphosate – the main ingredient in Monsanto’s RoundUp – is utterly killing us. What’s more – it is causing damage in much smaller servings than the agriculture industry is dishing out in its common GMO and pesticide spraying practices.
Positively, the news should give farmers yet another reason to start choosing organic, as many farmers have already done for various reasons. From falling GMO grain prices to a rising tide of public distrust of genetically modified ingredients, failing GMO traits, higher GMO seed prices, and the premium prices that people willingly pay for quality food over toxic junk, the conventional farmer is changing his tune when it comes to Big Ag practices. This news will undoubtedly spring this shift forward.
With the already existing plethora of research pointing towards Roundup’s dangers, as well as this most recent assessment from the WHO, I think we have reason enough to find a better way to stop weeds.
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It has been studied to death, but by all means let’s do it again. Especially if it is done correctly with proper oversight so only the delusional like johnny could dispute the findings. Of course johnny would dispute them if they don’t agree with his views. After all, he doesn’t even know what type of government we have.
Nothing of any worth here to comment on
So you don’t want anymore testing. Thank you for clearing up the fact that you agree with the safety of gmos. But still tell us what kind of government we have.
Still Nothing of any worth here to comment on
Lol, nothing to say when you have been caught!! I knew you were full of lies, of course that isn’t surprising from someone that uses two accounts and doesn’t know what type of government we have.
Still nothing of any worth here to comment on
What kind of government do we have johnny?
the kind of govt that don’t care about the people and let’s a big company dictate and put their own guy in a position to say what is safe to eat with no testing.
Gee I guess you missed the thousands of safety studies out there while you were forming your conspiracy theory.
Any safety studies have been filtered through Consanto’s fraud mill.
Kinda hard for them to filter the independent ones and they still show safety so you are wrong as usual. Why don’t you tell us what kind of a government we have johnny boy.
wrong again. no surprise.
Without even a reason it looks like you are acting like a child who knows they have been defeated.
funny you are the only one on here that would say that. sorry to break your fairy tale bubble shill.
No one else is backing you either, so no one else must care enough to support you.
go thru my comments how many have said i lied or what ever? now on the other hand you get WAY big time replies about your comments.
Let’s see on a site like this I don’t expect many to agree, but you can’t even get anyone to go along with you on here either. Go to a legitimate one and you would be torn apart.
what studies? the ones on the rats that got huge tumors, died sooner and were sterile? what studies were done by independent groups? send a link. Don’t forget the head of FDA was also mon satan attorney.
Google gmo dangerous talk and you can find many independent studies to link to there. I bet you won’t go there though. As for your study it was cut apart by every real scientist in the world. Your cute little pictures never show the control group as well either, could it be because they had the same rumors? Talk about your conspiracy.
all right put your money where your mouth is. LINK!!!!!!!
Dare to publish a scientific study against Big Biotech, and Monsanto
will defame and discredit you. For the first time, a Monsanto employee
admits that there
is an entire department within the corporation with the simple task of
‘discrediting’ and ‘debunking’ scientists who speak out against GMOs.
CAN ANYONE DOUBT GMO ROBERTS IS ONE OF THESE?
Sorry, wish I was, I could use the pay raise. If this really does exist do you really think they would put someone on here? You can’t even raise a good argument. Actually, you are helping the gmos with your conspiracy theories as they are entertaining, but not believable.
of course they would put someone on here…. to discredit everything. Do you even think or do you just copy and paste replies from your disinfo manual?
Only narrow minded people are on here. Your minds are already made up and unopen to the truth. If they were actually going to pay someone why wouldn’t they go to more moderate sites where they have a chance of doing good? You obviously don’t do very well in business do you.
People with unopen minds wouldn’t be on here. they would blindly think the govt and media has their back. the people on here want to know the truth of what is really going on. that is why everyone on here comments against you.
Yes you have such an open mind, for a new conspiracy theory that is.
conspiracy theorist: nothing more than a derogatory title used to dismiss a critical thinker.
I would never you thinker and you together. Comedian maybe, on your best day, moron on average, and dangerous to yourself and others on your worst.
It’s pretty obvious to everyone you can’t put anything together. NOT A CLUE.
here is a short version of truth I’m sure you still won’t comprehend.
You don’t know what truth is.
I was right you have no clue.
A lot more than you do.
is that what those voices in your head told you? It sure wasn’t anyone on here. Wake up mr. vanwinkle!!!
I told you the voices in your head don’t count.
Still seeing visions hey? Keep trying to get back to reality.
no I’ve been throwing you life lines to get back to reality but at this point all you’ve been giving me is reasons to support retroactive abortion. that comment will get the thumbs up a rollin!
Your right abortion is wrong, but your mother would have been justified.
obviously it was directed at you and the best you can come up with is the 2nd grade playground I know you are but what am I? How pathetic but then again no surprise.
LOL, you lie constantly and want people to believe in conspiracies that any fool could see through, and you think I’m childish? Keep the laughs coming.
plenty of people on here have awaken to the gmo bull. HOw many times have you been spanked on here and you don’t even realize your the butt of all the jokes. WOW!
And what did it change? Nothing, gmos are here to stay. They have been proven safe countless times and are helping to feed the world. New ones are getting approved all the time. So if the uneducated like yourself wish to make fun of it then so be it.
they havent proven safe in the least. but they have been proven toxic.
Only in faked studies that you cling to. The score is several thousand for safety to the very few (and even those can’t be replicated).
mon satan has been given a free pass. We are the lab rats now. plenty of evidence proves gmo’s are toxic but still nothing is done.
Yes with billions eating it daily for decades now, and with none of your horror stories ever coming true that is pretty good evidence.
plenty of evidence you just look the other way as your paid to do.
you are not fooling anyone.
MIT doctor reveals link between glyphosate, GMOs and the autism epidemic
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/049065_glyphosate_autism_GMOs.html##ixzz3XthPHkLj
HELLO they get a free pass with no testing because the people from the fda came from mon satan.
Oh and then you would think they would hold up everything that Dow would put forward now wouldn’t you. Once again your facts just don’t add up, but its nothing new.
the markets are rigged do some research and look up how the depression happened. elite families rule the world. the president on down the line are just puppets. Not just here but world wide or they take them out like Kadaffi or Saddam etc etc. Talking to you is like talking to a rock. The only reasons why I continue is to get a laughfrom you and face palms (along with others following) or to leave links for others to see truth and not the bull you believe or been paid to lie.
If all these big people rule the world then why bother? You don’t have a chance according to you. You are trapped in your dismal little life full of conspiracies and can never improve. Sounds like in reality you are just lazy and blame others for your short comings.
the supposed conspiracies are clues to awaken you. then learn about the big picture and how to save yourself and others. The only way to get saved is by Jesus. I’m just trying to wake more people up from the evil they are doing……… that’s you
And instead you turn them off, congrats.
turn what off? Again the big picture is so over your head you may as well be on another planet.
The people stupid, it is why labeling has been defeated ever single time it has been put before the people. If idiots like you actually kept there mouth shut instead of spreading lies and let it be about consumer choice it most likely would pass, but thanks to morons like you it never will.
wrong again. you just don’t want me to keep taking you out behind the wood shed time and time again.
You haven’t yet, matter of a fact you haven’t even put up a good argument.
like I said you are the butt of all jokes on here. That is no surprise to anyone on here.
Bright minds would disagree.
you wish. again look at the thumbs up. This is just a little site. on youtube and just yahoo and other sites I get a ton more thumbs up and see a ton of people that totally agree with my views. You on the other hand are the butt of all jokes on HERE! LOL LOL
You are getting a little over one vote per comment, and this is on a biased site. Congrats for all we know you vote for yourself. Go to a real site and see what they tell you freak.
I didn’t know you could vote for yourself but I do know you can see who does and you won’t see mine it is from other people einstein.
I can’t help it if you have multiple personalities and accounts.
way wrong again!
yes it is a biased site. That is why your paid by mon satan to sway opiniouns.
when the results of evil, which is rapidly taking over our world, comes to fruition, you can pat yourself on the back in helping the finished result. I have no desire to get into an ego contest with a person who has robotic consciousness, and is a paid shill.
monsato in english gematria is 666
10 Problems Genetically Modified Foods Are Already Causing
If there is a rising tide of public distrust of GMOs, it for two reasons:
1) Scientists have been poor communicators.
2) Anti-GMO scare tactics have succeeded despite there being no credible evidence to support such claims.
The main point is, this is a communication battle. Not a contest of science.
Deja Vu All Over Again? Bt Resistance in the Western Corn Rootworm
Union of Concerned Scientists
In August 2011, a scientist at Iowa State University published a peer-reviewed paper showing that at some locations in Iowa, rootworms (a major corn pest) had developed resistance to one of the two main types of commercialized Bt toxins engineered into Monsanto’s insect-resistant corn. If this resistance spreads, it could lead to increased insecticide use.
(In Bt crops, a gene from a soil bacterium that produces an insect toxin has been inserted into the crop’s genetic material.)
To maintain the efficacy of Monsanto’s rootworm product, the EPA requires that farmers plant some portion of their acreage with non-Bt corn. If resistant rootworms emerge from Bt fields, this “refuge” supplies non-resistant rootworms to mate with the few resistant individuals that survive on Bt corn, thus diluting the genetic pool of
A majority of independent academic scientist advisors told the EPA that farmers planting corn containing the Bt toxin Cry3Bb1 should use a50 percent refuge. However, the biotech industry and a minority of scientists convinced the agency to require only a 20 percent refuge. This has probably contributed to the rise of resistant rootworms.
Monsanto has responded much as it did to early reports of resistance to glyphosate—denying that resistance has been verified, which could encourage complacency, while recommending practices that could make the problem even worse.
For instance, at the top of Monsanto’s list of recommendations for farmers that face “significant corn rootworm pressure”—the company’s euphemism for suspected Cry3Bb1 resistance—is to use corn varieties that contain both Cry3Bb1 and another Bt toxin that has been approved for rootworm control, Cry34/35.
But research and theory show that where insects have developed resistance to one Cry toxin, the probability of resistance to the second toxin is greatly increased. Monsanto’s recommendation would therefore jeopardize not only Cry3Bb1, but also the other Bt toxin most widely used for rootworm control. It would, however, allow Monsanto to sell more of its product.
man I thought I schooled other trolls or paid dis info evil shills but you are really good at it. I’m new to this web site and you are great at what you do. GMO Roberts is pretty obvious that he is paid dis info. How is he still able to post on here. I can’t believe he is not banned. anyways keep up the great work.
The history of genetically engineered crops shows that it is not a
matter of whether they will contaminate other farmers’ crops, but when and how much. Monsanto jeopardizes the future of the fast-growing non-GE and organic food sectors—and the environmental benefits they provide—by threatening the purity of their products through gene contamination.
In a 2004 pilot study,
UCS tested samples of conventional (non-GE) corn, soy, and canola seed and found low-level but pervasive contamination with DNA derived from GEvarieties. Some 50 percent of the corn and soybean samples and more than 80 percent of the canola samples were contaminated, with Monsanto’s genes detected in all three crops.
Unapproved Genes in Food Products: Accidents Will Happen
Though they did not involve Monsanto products, a string of incidents over the last decade or so in which experimental or unapproved GE varieties were discovered in supplies of various crops and food products—including corn-based taco shells sold to consumers and long-grain rice bound for export—shows that GE contamination of non-GE crops continues to occur, with serious economic implications.
In the Starlink taco shell incident in 2000, costs to farmers from recalls and export restrictions were estimated at between $26 and $288 million, while the LibertyLink rice contamination discovered in 2006 had a significant impact on the export market for U.S.-grown rice, resulting in a $750 million settlement for injured rice farmers.
Roundup Ready Alfalfa: Disaster is Blowin’ in the Wind
Monsanto’s recently-approved Roundup Ready alfalfa may pose an even greater contamination threat.
Alfalfa, the fourth most widely grown crop in the United States (behind corn, soybeans, and wheat), is pollinated by various species of bees. Pollination between alfalfa fields, which can spread pollen from GE to non-GE alfalfa, has been detected at four kilometers—and honey bees can fly up to five miles. Feral alfalfa growing outside cultivated fields can act as a further bridge for contamination.
Moreover, alfalfa seeds are very small, and thus can be blown by wind into neighboring fields. Experts say that widespread planting of Monsanto’s GE alfalfa is almost certain to contaminate organic and non-GE alfalfa.
Such an outcome could spell economic disaster not only for those alfalfa growers but also for organic and pasture-based dairy farmers, who depend upon access to organic alfalfa to feed their cows in the winter. The organic dairy sector was valued at $3.9 billion in 2010, representing nearly six percent of the total U.S. market for milk products.
Contamination and self-seeding of organic alfalfa in perennial pasture could require expensive roughing and re-planting, with no assurance that some GE alfalfa would not emerge years later from buried seed.
How can you say “very true” when do don’t actually understand what he means?.
Another empty comment from one of the many profiles of johnny bisquick. Tell us johnny what kind of government do we have?
“Another empty comment”
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery- thanks for the compliment Bobo- but don’t you wish you could come up with some original material for a change. You’re certainly not the sharpest tool in the shed!
No just the most used! Of course I’m sure you wife goes out tool shopping instead of using the home version, johnny bisquick. By the way what type of government do we have.
LOL go ask your wife, when she comes home from tool shopping that is.
“1) Scientists have been poor communicators.”- only partially trus- the scientists at Monsanto don’t communicate at all.
“2) Anti-GMO scare tactics have succeeded despite there being no credible evidence to support such claims.” – GMO tactics have succeeded in nobody believing the false evidence they claim
Nothing but organic propaganda here. Try his other profile. Do tell us what type of government we have though.
Why don’t you try another board that believes what you are saying Bobo? I’m sorry , understands what you’re saying. No one here can make out your gibberish. Try the fascist board where you originally came from
Johnny, you seem upset pal. You really want me gone? I’m hurt. Since you keep repling I’m pretty sure you do care and want me to stick around. So now go on and tell us what kind of government do we have johnny bisquick.
How can I be upset when you are here. Who do you think gets me my daily laugh- that’s right -Bobo. But don’t forget you were the first one to post. Trolls are the always first to post- they show up like a mosquito looking for blood. The blood sucking trolls are always the first to reply ( usually with some pack of lies and a disparaging remark).
Roundup resistance has led to greater use of herbicides, with troubling implications for biodiversity, sustainability, and human health
Monsanto’s Roundup Ready system, which involves applying glyphosate (Roundup) herbicide to crops genetically engineered to tolerate it, was supposed to decrease overall herbicide use—and for a while, it did just that. However, this has changed drastically in recent years.
As we’ve already seen, the number and extent of resistant weeds have increased dramatically
over the past decade. At the same time, some Roundup-susceptible weeds have been replaced by weeds inherently less easy to control with glyphosate. The result has been an increase in overall herbicide use—recently estimated at about 383 million pounds higher than would have been the case without Roundup Ready crops.
Meet the New Herbicide, Same as the Old Herbicide
Monsanto’s proposed solution is to develop and seek regulatory approval for new engineered herbicide-tolerant cropsto augment Roundup Ready crops. Predominant among these new engineered crops are those with resistance to two of the oldest herbicides, 2,4-D and dicamba.
These herbicides may be more harmful in some respects than glyphosate. Both become volatile after application, which means they can spread to nearby wild vegetation—important for biodiversity and natural pest control—and to other susceptible crops.
There is also evidence that 2,4-D may increase the risk of some types of cancer.
More Herbicide = Less Biodiversity = More Insecticide
Because of the volatilization problem, increased use of the old herbicides may also harm neighboring crops that are not resistant to them—including locally grown fruits and vegetables. A recent article estimates that risk to plants surrounding sprayed fields is from 75 to 400 times greater for the older herbicides than for glyphosate. The industry is working
on formulations of these herbicides that may be less volatile, but that is unlikely to eliminate the problem—especially because the use of these herbicides is projected to increase tenfold.
Damage to plant biodiversity near crop fields may also reduce the abundance and diversity of beneficial organisms that thrive in those habitats (but not in monoculture crop fields). Recent research has shown that when agricultural landscapes are simplified by the reduction of plant and beneficial organism diversity, much more chemical insecticide is needed to control pest insects.
So if the volatilization problems are not eliminated, this “solution” to glyphosate resistant weeds may make matters worse, and may also lead to increased insecticide use—and possibly greater risk to people, especially farmers and farm workers.
On its website,
Monsanto lists an impressive set of benefits for its Roundup Ready weed control technology: profitability, efficiency, convenience, and sustainability. The company even calls Roundup Ready “a
perfect fit with the vision of sustainable agriculture and environmental protection,” claiming that it allows farmers to reduce overall herbicide use as well as fuel consumption and soil erosion.
But there’s a catch.
Enter the Superweeds
Beginning around 2000, weeds growing in Roundup Ready crops began to develop resistance to Roundup (glyphosate), the Monsanto herbicide that Roundup Ready crops are genetically engineered to tolerate. By 2011, eight agriculturally important weeds in the U.S. had developed glyphosate resistance associated with Roundup Ready crops.
Glyphosate-resistant weeds now infest millions of acres of U.S. cropland—and this area has been growing rapidly over the past several years. Countries where Roundup Ready crops were more recently introduced are now beginning to see similar growth in resistant weeds.
These “superweeds” are causing huge problems for U.S. farmers, especially in the Southeast (but also spreading in the Midwest), where some of these weeds cannot be effectively or economically controlled.
The impact on cotton production has led one scientist to compare a glyphosate-resistant weed to the notorious boll weevil, which devastated cotton production across the American South in the 1920s.
In response, farmers are increasing their overall herbicide use and in some cases, returning to heavy tillage (plowing), which can increase soil erosion—thus reducing two of the sustainability benefits
claimed for the Roundup Ready system.
Making Matters Worse
Why is this problem growing so fast? Because the Roundup Ready system encourages unprecedented reliance on a single herbicide—which, as biologists know, is likely to make resistance problems more severe. Pest resistance is not a new problem, but Roundup Ready technology has made it worse than before.
And Monsanto exacerbated the problem by discouraging farmers from employing typical resistance management approaches, such as alternating the types of herbicides used over time—which would
have reduced the amount of Roundup used in any given year, and thus cut into the company’s bottom line. This led a group of academic weed scientists to publicly contradict Monsanto’s recommendations and reiterate scientifically-based methods for reducing the resistant weed
Adding insult to injury, Monsanto representatives were described in a 2009 ABC News story as blaming farmers for overuse-related resistance problems.
Sacrificing Sustainability for Sales
Monsanto’s pronouncements and recommendations about its engineered
crops and glyphosate herbicide fly in the face of established science
and common-sense precautions. Its actions have undermined the goal of
weed control and jeopardized long-term use of glyphosate—a less toxic,
less persistent, and more effective herbicide than most others—in favor
of the company’s annual bottom line. This is the opposite of good
stewardship and sustainable practices. Monsanto’s denialism and
inadequate responses are likely to contribute to greater environmental
I agree monsanto is at least partially to blame. Glyphosate should never have been touted as cure all and ithasntbeen for sometime. It is a tool, a good tool, but not the only one. Farmers are also to blame because they have not listened to the requests to use a better variety of herbicides, because of the additional cost over glyphosate. These attitudes have changed at the corporate level and are slowly changing at the farm level. Glyphosate will still be used, but in combination with other modes of action. Now tell s johnny why do you use two profiles to post? One public and be hidden? While you are at it tell us what kind of government we have.
What’s the Alternative?
Union of Concerned Scientists
If Monsanto-style monocultural farming isn’t sustainable, what is? Research has shown that biologically diverse farms can be productive and profitable. These farms use sophisticated, science-based methods such as these:
Crop rotation—growing different crops in succession in the same field—is one of the most powerful techniques of sustainable agriculture. By replenishing soil nutrients and disrupting the food supplies of insect pests, it greatly reduces the need for chemical fertilizers and insecticides.
Cover crops such as hairy vetch, clover or rye can also promote soil health, prevent erosion, and suppress weeds, again reducing reliance on fertilizers and herbicides.
Natural pest predators—birds, beneficial insects, and spiders are natural predators of agricultural pests. Biologically diverse farms are more hospitable to these predators, and thus can reduce the need for insecticides.
We should also be wary that when we surrender seed production to a corporation and eventually let them monopolize farming and food production industries where no farmer will be able to save seeds for their next crops you are essentially putting your lives and your children’s lives in the hand of greedy, power-hungry maniacs.
Are you feeding your baby GMO snacks, laced with toxic pesticides?
Yes, if you feed them Gerber Graduates Lil’ Crunchies
Veggie Dip Baked Whole Grain Corn Snack. That’s a mouthful to say—and
as it turns out, it’s also a mouthful of pesticide-drenched GMO corn.
The folks at GMO Free USA sent a package of Gerber
Lil’ Crunchies to a certified lab to test for the presence of GMO
material. Here’s what the group learned:
The quantitative PCR test verified, by
DNA analysis, that 100% of the corn in the Lil’ Crunchies Veggie Dip was
GMO. All of the corn has been genetically engineered to be herbicide
tolerant (Roundup Ready) and the corn contained DNA sequences known to
be present in Bt insecticide-producing GMO corn.
monsato in english gematria is 666 imagine that!