May 25

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UCSF Presentation Reveals Glyphosate Contamination in People across America:

Glyphosate, the most used herbicide in the World, has been found in the urine of 93% of the American public during a unique testing project that started in 2015.

Glyphosate, labeled a ‘Probable human carcinogen’ by the World Health Organization’s cancer agency IARC in 2015, has now been revealed to be ubiquitous in the first ever comprehensive and validated LC/MS/MS testing project to be carried out across America. Continue reading »

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May 24

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Monsanto’s Cotton Rejected Again: Burkina Faso Brings Back Indigenous Varieties:

Monsanto has been trying to take over Africa’s cotton for decades with their patented, genetically modified (GM) seed. Not without irony, Burkina Faso is just one of the African countries that has been wary of any of Monsanto’s GM seed, adding to the credo, ‘better off dead, than GM fed,’ when it came to accepting U.S. food aid that was primarily genetically altered. Africa’s biggest cotton grower in Burkina Faso is now phasing out Monsanto’s GM cotton and returning to indigenous varieties by 2018, due to concerns of cross-contamination of local crops and the less-than-stellar performance of Monsanto’s Bt variety. Continue reading »

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May 21

Maui Completely Stops Spraying Roundup, Switches to Organic Herbicides

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May 19

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Monsanto about to Be Given a Taste of its Own Medicine?:

An oligopoly takes shape to corner the human food supply.

The hunter, it seems, has become the hunted. After wresting control of roughly a quarter of the global seeds market by acquiring a massive portfolio of seed companies, including Agroceres, Asgrow, Cristiani Burkard, Dekalb, Delta & Pine and the seeds division of Cargill North America, Monsanto now suddenly finds itself on the menu of two very powerful, much bigger rivals.

On Thursday, it was reported that Germany’s two chemical-industry titans Bayer and BASF, both of which have a market capitalization more than double Monsanto’s, are mulling a takeover bid. Continue reading »

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May 18

NAS Report Shows GM Crops ‘Clearly Not the Answer to World Hunger’:

A new National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine report “Genetically Engineered Crops: Experiences and Prospects” released today recommends pre-market safety assessments of GMOs, and it cites consumers’ social and economic choices as issues that policymakers should consider when debating  mandatory labeling for GMOs.

Consumers Union, the policy arm of Consumer Reports, agreed.

“When it comes to GMO labels, the NAS report points out that there are value choices that consumers want to make when they shop for food.  We’re pleased to see that the report cites the wealth of polling data showing consumers want GMO labeling,” stated Michael Hansen, Ph.D., senior scientist with Consumers Union.

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May 18

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Nebraska Farmers Launch Cancer Case against Monsanto’s Roundup:

Four Nebraska farmers have stated in a U.S. lawsuit that “despite Monsanto’s claim that its Roundup weed-killer is safe enough to drink” the widely used herbicide gave them non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Source: www.courthousenews.com

The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans” but Monsanto has promoted Roundup as “safe enough to drink,” the farmers say in their federal lawsuit. Continue reading »

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May 18

China Agriculture Ministry: No Approval for Monsanto’s RR2 Xtend GMO Soybeans

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May 17

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New Evidence About the Dangers of Monsanto’s Roundup:

John Sanders worked in the orange and grapefruit groves in Redlands, California, for more than 30 years. First as a ranch hand, then as a farm worker, he was responsible for keeping the weeds around the citrus trees in check. Roundup, the Monsanto weed killer, was his weapon of choice, and he sprayed it on the plants from a hand-held atomizer year-round.

Frank Tanner, who owned a landscaping business, is also a Californian and former Roundup user. Tanner relied on the herbicide starting in 1974, and between 2000 and 2006 sprayed between 50 and 70 gallons of it a year, sometimes from a backpack, other times from a 200-gallon drum that he rolled on a cart next to him. Continue reading »

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May 15

For The American Farmer “It’s Death By A 1,000 Knives”- US Farmland Values Plunge Most In 30 Years:

Not so long ago, US farmland – whose prices were until recently rising exponentially – was considered by many to be the next asset bubble. Then, exactly one year ago, the fairytale officially ended, and as reported in February, US farmland saw its first price drop since 1986. It was also about a year ago when looking ahead, very few bankers expected price appreciation and more than a quarter of survey respondents expect cropland values to continue declining.

They were right.

According to several regional Fed reports released last Thursday, real farmland values in parts of the Midwest fell at their fastest clip in almost 30 years during the first quarter. Continue reading »

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May 11

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The Coming Wide-Spread Use of Drones in Agriculture

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May 06

Extreme crop damage in Europe due to cold:

With about 80% of the fruit harvest destroyed in parts of Austria, the words ‘complete catastrophe’ have been used. 

In several European countries – such as Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Croatia, Germany, Slovenia, France and Belgium – apples, pears, cherries and grapes were frozen early last week.

Excerpts from a summary by NFO, the Dutch fruit growers association:

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In the state of Styria the words ‘complete catastrophe’ have been used. About 80 per cent of the fruit harvest destroyed … €100 million Euro in damages for the fruit sector (without grapes) alone.

Councillor Hans Seitinger: “This is truly a unique situation, which has not occurred in the last 50 years.” Continue reading »

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Apr 21

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Thousands of US Farms Switch to Organic as Demand Continues to Boom:

Organic food demand is so booming that multiple efforts are underway to support the acquisition of organic farmland. Even Costco is getting in on the action by offering to help farmers buy land and farm equipment. People’s huge appetite for organics has been ignored by Big Ag for so long that land to grow food organically in the U.S. is rather scarce. Currently, organic farming acres make up less than one percent of total U.S. farmland. Instead of growing our own, we’re importing a bunch of organic corn, soy, and other products every year.

This trend of people wanting organic products seems to be growing, too. U.S. Department of Agriculture statistics show that in 2014, certified organic operations in the U.S. had reached an astonishing number of 19,474, while a total of 27,814 certified organic operations exist around the world. Other studies report that another 3,000 farms are transitioning to organic. The word is out – individuals everywhere are quickly switching to organic. Continue reading »

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Apr 17

Citizens In Hungary Burn Monsanto GMO Cornfields:

Citizens in Hungary have located and destroyed 1000 acres of cornfields that were found to be grown with GMO seeds supplied by Monsanto. 

In Hungary, GMO seeds are banned along with other GM ingredients.

Health-explorer.com reports: Continue reading »

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Apr 13

Chinese Citizens Protest against ChemChina’s $ 43 Billion Acquisition of Syngenta:

A large group of Chinese experts and citizens have joined together to sign a protest letter against ChemChina’s acquisition of the Swiss pesticide giant Syngenta.

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The protest letter is based on the serious health concerns many Chinese citizens have over GMO crops and pesticides. The letter can be found in full below and was even signed by China’s former Chemical Industry Minister Qin Zhongda:

Protest Inquiry Letter to

State Council State-Owned Assets Supervision & Administration Commission Regarding ChinaChem Massive Funds Acquisition of GM/ Toxin Company Syngenta

(Submitted Date: 2016-03-31)

Respectful leading officials of State Council State-Owned Assets Supervision & Administration Commission,

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Apr 06

Burkina Faso Association Seeks $ 83 Million from Monsanto over GMO Cotton Failure:

Burkina Faso’s cotton association is seeking 48.3 billion CFA francs ($83.91 million) in compensation from U.S. seed company Monsanto after it said genetically modified cotton led to a drop in quality, association members said on Monday.

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Source: www.reuters.com

Cotton is the second-biggest source of revenue for the impoverished West African country after gold.

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Apr 06

Gates Foundation and USAID Spread GMO Industry Control over Traditional African Crops:

The African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB), in a new report published Monday titled, “For your own good!” The chicanery behind GM non-commercial ‘orphan crops’ and rice for Africa shows that the GM industry is expanding its grasp to African traditional crops such as cassava, sorghum, sweet potato, pigeon pea, cowpea, banana as well as rice under the guise of philanthropy.

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The report reveals that a great deal of research and development is currently underway into the genetic modification (GM) of these crops, with most of the on-going trials being focused on drought and salt tolerance, nitrogen use efficiency, resistance to tropical pests and diseases and nutritional enhancement (biofortification). The key countries that have been targeted include, Burkina Faso, Egypt, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda and Malawi. Continue reading »

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Mar 28

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Thanks to Solar Panels, Syrian Farmers Could Feed People for First Time in Years:

United Kingdom — A group of Syrian activists have launched a solar-powered irrigation initiative in the Idlib province to assist local farmers in restoring local agriculture devastated by the country’s five year civil war. Prior to the revolution,  farmers in Idlib’s western countryside would use electricity to pump wells and irrigate their orchards. Since the crippling devastation of much of the country’s infrastructure, some have gone years without being able to harvest a single crop. They have been forced to seek out alternative energy solutions. Continue reading »

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Mar 24

There’s a global sugar shortage and it’s even bigger than expected:

There’s a global sugar shortage and it’s even bigger than we expected

The global sugar shortage expected to hit in 2016 will be even more severe than expected because of droughts caused by El Nino.

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Mar 02

New research shows regulatory “safe” limits for glyphosate may not be safe at all:

The approval process for glyphosate herbicide is disputed because the commercial herbicide formulations as sold and used contain additives or co-formulants, which are more toxic than glyphosate alone. Yet glyphosate alone is tested to calculate the ADI or acceptable daily intake, the level that is supposedly safe to consume over the long term. That’s in spite of the fact that we are exposed to the formulations, not the isolated presumed active ingredient glyphosate. Continue reading »

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Mar 02

Spain Urged to Ban GM Maize over Crossbreeding Fears with Invasive Wild Ancestor:

On Thursday thirteen civil society organisations active in agriculture and environmental issues have officially alerted the European Commission that the wild ancestor of cultivated maize, teosinte, has appeared in Spain and is spreading widely in maize growing areas as an invasive species.

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Teosinte and maize have the potential to interbreed and form hybrids. This applies equally to genetically engineered maize MON810, produced by Monsanto and grown on more than 100,000 hectares in Spain. Due to the risks of appearance of an invasive, transgenic teosinte species, the organisations have asked the Commission and the Spanish government to ban the cultivation of MON810 in 2016. Continue reading »

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Feb 28

Virginia nullifies federal cannabis prohibition, legalizes hemp farming:

On January 26, the Virginia House of Delegates unanimously voted to pass a bill that would allow its citizens to grow and process hemp products. Similarly to Oregon, South Carolina, Colorado, Maine, Vermont and other states, Virginia sought to give people the legal grounds to oppose the current unconstitutional federal ban that was in place for this industry. Every single representative voted yes to this proposition, yielding a 98-0 majority in favor of the hemp farming initiative, or House Bill 699.

What does Virginia gain from legalizing hemp?

Hemp, which is not to be confused with marijuana, belongs to the same family of plants, cannabis sativa, but does not contain enough tetrahydrocannabinol or THC in order to be psychoactive. In fact, most countries around the world have already made this significant delimitation between hemp and marijuana. Instead of banning hemp altogether, they introduced a limit of 0.3% allowed THC in hemp varieties, which renders it useless for recreational purposes. This has yet to happen in the United States.
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Feb 11

Indian Food and Agriculture Under Attack

H/t reader squodgy:

“Seems Monsatan has been part of John Perkins’ Hitmen Group for decades…

Monsanto and the Mustard Seed By Vandana Shiva

(Article in full down below.)

And they’re still at it, destroying economies, cultures, health…who needs war when Monsatan’s about?

Indian Food and Agriculture Under Attack

In 2013, India’s former Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar accused US companies of derailing the nation’s oilseeds production programme. Similar claims had been made before. For instance, we could revisit the 1998 mustard oil tragedy. At the time, Rajasthan Oil Industries Association claimed that a “conspiracy” was being hatched to undermine the mustard oil trade and charged that the “invisible hands of the multinationals” were involved (see the article ‘Monsanto and the Mustard Seed’).

India was almost self-sufficient in edible oils by the mid-1990s. Its farmers met 97% of domestic need. However, its edible oil import bill has increased dramatically since then. By 2013, India was the world’s second biggest importer of edible oils. Food and trade policy analyst Devinder Sharma notes that between 2006-07 and 2011-12 alone edible oil imports rose by 380%. Continue reading »

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Feb 10

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Portuguese Medical Association President Calls for Global Ban on Glyphosate:

The President of the Portuguese Medical Association, José Manuel Silva, has called for a Global ban on the World’s most used herbicide, Glyphosate, over the many health concerns surrounding the chemical.

Editorial by José Manuel Silva, President, Portuguese Medical Association. Published first in Portuguese in the July/August 2015 issue of the Portuguese Medical Association Magazine.

The New Statutory Rights of the Portuguese Medical Association and Glyphosate Continue reading »

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Feb 10

European Parliament Objects to Three GM Soybean Authorizations:

The EU Commission should not authorize the use of glyphosate-tolerant GM soybeans in food and feed, said the European Parliament on Wednesday.

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MEPs noted that glyphosate, a herbicide, classified as “probably carcinogenic” by the World Health Organisation (WHO), and that GMOs are being authorized in the EU without the support of member states. Continue reading »

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Feb 10

40 Years of Science: Organic Agriculture Key to Feeding the World:

Washington State University researchers have concluded that feeding a growing global population with sustainability goals in mind is possible. Their review of hundreds of published studies provides evidence that organic farming can produce sufficient yields, be profitable for farmers, protect and improve the environment and be safer for farm workers.

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The review study, “Organic Agriculture in the 21st Century,” is featured as the cover story for the February issue of the journal Nature Plants and was authored by John Reganold, WSU regents professor of soil science and agroecology, and doctoral candidate Jonathan Wachter. Continue reading »

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Jan 16

Saudi Arabia is Buying Up American Farmland to Export Agricultural Products Back Home

Saudi Arabia is Buying Up American Farmland to Export Agricultural Products Back Home:

Just what we need, cornfield crucifixions.

Seriously though, this is very troubling. The Saudis are explicitly conserving their own resources at home, while exploiting land and water supplies here in America.

CNBC reports:

Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf countries are scooping up farmland in drought-afflicted regions of the U.S. Southwest, and that has some people in California and Arizona seeing red. Continue reading »

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Jan 15

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Dec 30

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‘Organic’ from China exposed: The shocking truth about ‘organic’ foods grown in the world’s worst environmental cesspool

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Dec 26

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‘Israeli planes spray crop-killing chemicals on Gaza farms’:

Israeli planes have reportedly sprayed chemical substances on farmlands across the besieged Gaza Strip, killing off the crops in the already impoverished Palestinian territory.

“Several farmers informed us that Israeli planes had sprayed their lands with pesticides,” Wael Thabet, head of the plant protection department at Gaza Agriculture Ministry, said on Wednesday.

The outskirts of al-Qarara town north of Khan Yunis, and Wadi as-Salqa agricultural town south of Deir al-Balah are the affected areas. Continue reading »

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Dec 14

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Syngenta mixed GMOs into US crops to force the world to accept untested biotechnology, lawsuit claims:

Agri- and biotech giant Syngenta is being sued by hundreds of farmers in at least 20 states for shocking business practices, including using the American people as GMO guinea pigs.

According to Arkansas Business, one of the lawsuits against the Swiss seed manufacturer, which has been filed on behalf of two Newport-area farms, alleges that Syngenta “has engaged in a criminal conspiracy to contaminate the U.S. corn crop to force China (and) other nations that buy U.S. corn and U.S. farmers to accept” GMO corn.

The publication further reported in online editions: Continue reading »

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