The debate on genetically modified (GM) brinjal variety continues to generate heat. Former managing director of Monsanto India, Tiruvadi Jagadisan, is the latest to join the critics of Bt brinjal, perhaps the first industry insider to do so.
Jagadisan, who worked with Monsanto for nearly two decades, including eight years as the managing director of India operations, spoke against the new variety during the public consultation held in Bangalore on Saturday. Continue reading »
Monsanto Co will pay $80 million to settle civil accounting violations after it allegedly misstated its earnings in connection with its top-selling Roundup product, U.S. securities regulators said on Tuesday.
The Securities and Exchange Commission also said that three accounting and sales executives have also agreed to settle charges in connection with the case. Continue reading »
The EU Commission should not authorize the use of glyphosate-tolerant GM soybeans in food and feed, said the European Parliament on Wednesday.
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 »
On Friday it was revealed that the global GMO promoters Cornell Alliance for Science, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, are giving Hillary Clinton as an example of one of the ‘powerful people‘ who supports GMOs and the Biotech industry worldwide.
Hillary Clinton, who is currently in a race with anti-GMO Senator Bernie Sanders to become the Democratic Party’s Presidential candidate, is coming under increasing pressure following a series of revelations regarding her ties to Monsanto and the Biotech Industry. Continue reading »
Mexico’s unique and treasured native corn varieties could be under threat as Monsanto, the world’s largest seed producer, vies to plant genetically modified (GMO) corn in the country.
In August 2015, a Mexican judged overturned a September 2013 ban on GMO corn, thus opening more business opportunities for Monsanto and other agribusinesses pending favorable later court decisions. Monsanto even announced in October 2015 that it was seeking to double its sales in the country over the next five years.
If you feed pigs sweeteners, they will have an enormously increased appetite and they will gain weight much faster.
A new study claiming diet beverages may be more beneficial to weight loss than water was funded by Coke, Pepsi, and other soft drink conglomerates. The analysis, published in November in the International Journal of Obesity by a professor at the University of Bristol, concluded that low energy sweeteners (LES) in place of sugar “in children and adults, leads to reduced EI [energy intake] and BW [body weight], and possibly also when compared with water.” Continue reading »
Berkeley, CA — Monsanto and its ancillaries are facing another lawsuit over pollution caused by their manufactured chemicals. A 6-0 vote by the Berkeley City Council last week prompted an official complaint demanding the conglomerate pay for a cleanup of the PCB-compromised San Francisco Bay.
PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) were almost exclusively produced by Monsanto from 1935 to 1977, according to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). The ATSDR marked the company’s production figure at 99 percent. The Environmental Protection Agency banned PCBs in 1979, deeming them probable human carcinogens. However, the chemical, commonly used in products like paint and ink, is still present in the environment, and it is seeping into the Bay through storm drains. Continue reading »
Monsanto announced Wednesday that sales in the company’s agricultural productivity segment, which includes its probable carcinogen Roundup herbicide, fell 34 % to $820 million. Monsanto’s shares fell over 2% as a result.
The Biotech giant also said Wednesday that it now plans to cut a total of 3600 jobs, or about 16 % of its global work force, through fiscal 2018, and expects to record $1.1 billion to $1.2 billion in restructuring charges. Continue reading »
In a major victory for scientific truth, a high court in France has ruled that several false accusers, who made repeated efforts to destroy the work of Professor Gilles-Eric Seralini, engaged in defamation. And one of them is now being held legally responsible to pay the price for his crimes.
Marc Fellous, a former chairman at the Biomolecular Engineering Commission (BEC) in Paris, has officially been indicted for “forgery” and “the use of forgery” in defaming Prof. Seralini, whose work indicted Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide and genetically-modified (GM) corn. Continue reading »
Dicamba herbicide drift onto plants growing adjacent to farm fields causes significant delays in flowering, as well as reduced flowering, of those plants, and results in decreased visitation by honey bees, according to researchers at Penn State and the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture.
Earlier this year Reuters reported that Monsanto’s efforts to expand its agrichemical interests beyond what has long been its bread-and-butter glyphosate herbicide business were confirmed by plans to invest potentially more than $1 billion in a U.S. production facility for Dicamba – as an alternative herbicide. Continue reading »
Monsanto’s Intacta RR2 PRO soybeans are outperformed by non-GM soybeans in the major soy-producing regions of Brazil, according to a new scientific study reported in Valor Econômico.
Source: Valor Econômico pratoslimpos.org.br
Translated by GM Watch: www.gmwatch.org
Intacta soybeans contain genes for tolerance to glyphosate herbicide and a Bt insecticidal toxin. Continue reading »
Monsanto has been squirming since the World Health Organization classified glyphosate, the active ingredient in their hallmark herbicide Roundup, as a PROBABLE human carcinogen. The body which made the determination is designed to do just that, and yet Monsanto and their friends in high places unleashed a barrage of the usual criticisms claiming that the WHO was out of step with science. A new paper in the glyphosate series by Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneff shows that it is Monsanto who is out of step, and how their own studies demonstrated unqualified links to cancer for over 30 years. Continue reading »
This article has been published before, but as a precurser to the next article it kinda helps show their plan.
We must stop this attempt to create a new and potentially even bigger monopoly. Action Alert!
Monsanto recently reached a deal with Deere & Co. that could dramatically alter the US agricultural market, and not for the better.
John Deere, the world’s largest producer of agricultural machinery, agreed to purchase Monsanto’s Precision Planting LLC equipment unit. As part of the deal, information on crops contained in Monsanto’s FieldView software app, used with the equipment, will send continuous information back to Monsanto. Monsanto will know which farmers have planted which crops, and where. Continue reading »
Mexico’s Supreme Court last week supported rulings from March 2014 that blocked genetically modified (GM) soy from being grown in the Mexican sates of Yucatan and Campeche. The Supreme Court ruling means that Mayan communities in the area will be completely protected from GMO contamination in their honey production.
It was a very bad week for the Biotech industry in Mexico. On Wednesday Demanda Colectiva Maíz (Acción Colectiva), announced that opponents of genetically modified (GM) maize in Mexico also prevailed in an important new federal appeals court ruling. Continue reading »
For the past 35 years Monsanto has known of the link between glyphosate and cancer, but has systematically worked to cover it up through scientifically fraudulent methods in its safety testing research programme. This is the most significant conclusion to be drawn from a new research paper published in the Journal of Biological Physics and Chemistry and now available online.
For the first time the authors, Dr. Anthony Samsel and Dr. Stephanie Seneff, present in tabulated form the data contained in secret Monsanto studies conducted in the period 1980 – 1990 which showed unequivocally that animals exposed to different quantities of glyphosate in their food supply developed tumorigenic growth in multiple organs. Continue reading »
Dr. V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai is so confident about his research on Monsanto’s genetically modified soy, he is offering to sign over his $10 million building in Cambridge, MA if Monsanto can prove him wrong.
“If this is what it takes to bring the truth to the American people, then I am more than willing to do it,” Ayyadurai stated in a press release.
Dr. Ayyadurai released a bombshell in July when his peer-reviewed study found that GMO soy accumulates formaldehyde, a carcinogen, and disrupts plant metabolism. Instead of engaging the MIT graduate and systems biologist, Monsanto and its propaganda arms have launched character attacks. Continue reading »
Monsanto and the biotech industry are relentless in their efforts to push (GM) genetically modified crops on the world, under false pretenses that their products increase yields and reduce the use of chemicals. These claims are not supported by the facts.
The biotech industry has already gained control of the U.S. soybean, corn and cotton market by infiltrating regulatory agencies, providing falsified data, using their patents on life to drive non-GMO farmers out of business, buying off lawmakers and spending millions on propaganda. Continue reading »
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, over 50 American women were killed by their tampons. Although the FDA and the feminine hygiene industry have gone to tremendous lengths to try to memory hole this true history (and label it just a “rumor”), tampons made from certain non-natural fibers were found to harbor deadly bacteria and release a sufficient quantity of chemicals to kill or injure over a thousand women.
The worst offenders were Procter and Gamble’s ultra-absorbent Rely tampons. According to the book Soap Opera: The Inside Story of Procter and Gamble, the company dismissed consumer complaints about the tampons for years. A 1975 company memo disclosed that Rely tampons contained known cancer-causing agents and that the product altered the natural organisms found in the vagina. Rely tampons were taken off the shelves in 1980, but many women claim they left a legacy of hysterectomies and loss of fertility.
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It had been quite a downcast start to the third quarter earnings season following very disappointing earnings from Illumina, Adobe and Yum Brand. Then Moments ago agri-giant Monsanto made it four out of four when it reported absolutely terrible results, cut guidance, but at least announced a new $3 billion stock buyback, one that will soak up all the company’s net cash flow. The cost of all of this: some 2,600 worker terminations.
There is a corporate monster in the making. If allowed to emerge, it will gain near complete control of one of the most vital elements to human survival: our global food supply. This monster – a conglomeration of two corporate entities, Monsanto and Syngenta – must be stopped for the sake of the planet and future generations.
H/t reader squodgy:
“Nothing changes…..certainly not greed, corruption, disinformation or the desire for power…”
– California Just Announced It Will Label Monsanto’s Roundup as Cancer Causing (Anti Media, Sep 12, 2015):
California just dealt Monsanto a blow as the state’s Environmental Protection Agency will now list glyphosate – the toxic main ingredient in the U.S.’ best-selling weedkiller, Roundup – as known to cause cancer.
Under the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 — usually referred to as Proposition 65, its original name — chemicals that cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm are required to be listed and published by the state. Chemicals also end up on the list if found to be carcinogenic by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) — a branch of the World Health Organization. Continue reading »
H/t reader squodgy:
“Once again, in their perpetual fight for dominance in poisoning the world population, they vow to take the court judgement of “GUILTY OF POISONING” a French Farmer, on to the next level of Court.
When will farmers & consumers wake up to this tyranny and skullduggery?”
– French court confirms Monsanto guilty of chemical poisoning (Reuters, Sep 10, 2015):
A French court upheld on Thursday a 2012 ruling in which Monsanto was found guilty of chemical poisoning of a French farmer, who says he suffered neurological problems after inhaling the U.S. company’s Lasso weedkiller.
The decision by an appeal court in Lyon, southeast France, confirmed the initial judgment, the first such case heard in court in France, that ruled Monsanto was “responsible” for the intoxication and ordered the company to “fully compensate” grain grower Paul Francois. Continue reading »
A new ground-breaking peer-reviewed study has been published in Environmental Health Journal that shows the levels of glyphosate-based herbicides which the general public are commonly exposed to in drinking water, altered the gene function of over 4000 genes in the livers and kidneys of rats.
The study results suggest that long-term exposure to an ultra-low, environmental dose of Roundup at an glyphosate-equivalent concentration of only 50 ppt (parts per trillion), in an established laboratory animal toxicity model system, can result in liver and kidney damage, with potential significant health implications for humans as well as domesticated animal and wildlife populations. Continue reading »