Barbara H. Peterson
Repeated inquiries have gone unanswered and posters censored on the Factor GMO blog regarding the “transparency” of this study. This begs the question – Is Factor GMO really the answer to our prayers for a truly unbiased GMO and Glyphosate safety study, or just another paper-pushing shill study rubber-stamped by the likes of Monsanto?
Here is information about the study from the Factor GMO website:
The ‘Factor GMO’ study will investigate the health effects of glyphosate, Roundup and a GM maize variety that has been in our food and animal feed supplies for many years. It will answer the question: Is this GM maize variety and glyphosate/Roundup safe for human health?
‘Factor GMO’ will be the largest and most detailed long-term experiment ever conducted on glyphosate and Roundup. It will add invaluable data of unprecedented power to enable regulators, governments and the general public of every country to answer the question: Are glyphosate herbicides harmful at real world levels of consumption/exposure?
The three arms of the experiment will enable vital questions to be answered, such as:
- Is the GM food or glyphosate toxic to organ systems over the long-term?
- Does the GM food or glyphosate certainly cause cancer?
- Does the GM food or glyphosate reduce fertility or cause birth defects?
- Is the mixture of chemicals present in ‘Roundup’ herbicide more or less toxic than its active ingredient glyphosate?
This study will be first ever to have a comprehensive multi-generational arm – this will be the first study to thoroughly test for effects on reproductive capability and incidence of birth defects of GMOs and glyphosate/Roundup.
The study will also establish a new, higher standard for the rigorous testing of glyphosate and Roundup that will be applicable world-wide.
The full data and results of the study will be made publicly available.
The questions we want answered regarding this study are very simple really, and ones that a totally “transparent” endeavor should be more than happy to address:
- What is the rodent control group being fed?
- What has the rodent control group been fed prior to the study, and for how long?
- Is and has the control group feed been tested for the presence of Glyphosate?
Barbara H. Peterson
Remember when products made with glyphosate sported the label “biodegradable” and Monsanto, the company that makes those products, was sued for false advertising fraud in New York in 1996? Guess what? Monsanto LOST and had to remove the ”biodegradable” label from its product.
From the 1996 lawsuit:
F. Based on his investigation, the Attorney General believes that Monsanto’s advertising represents, directly and by implication, that:
a) Monsanto’s glyphosate-containing pesticide products and the components thereof are safe and will not cause any harmful effects to people or the environment.
b) Monsanto’s glyphosate-containing pesticide products and the components thereof are safe because they will quickly break down into natural substances.
c) Monsanto’s glyphosate-containing pesticide products and the components thereof stay where they are applied and will not movethrough the environment by any means.
d) Monsanto’s glyphosate-containing pesticide products and the components thereof are good for the environment.
e) Monsanto’s glyphosate-containing pesticide products and the components thereof are less toxic than certain common household products.
f) The characterization of Monsanto’s glyphosate-containing pesticide products and the components thereof as practically non-toxic implies broad application to all potential toxic effects (acute and chronic).
g) The characteristics of Monsanto’s glyphosate-containing pesticide products can be adequately described by the characteristics of glyphosate alone.
The Attorney General finds that the representations set forth in paragraphs E and F above constitute false and misleading advertising
You would think that this would change company policy regarding fraudulent practices, eh? Not Monsanto.
Another suit is placing Monsanto in the crosshairs for the very same thing – false advertising – except this time, it’s for falsely stating that “the world’s most popular weedkiller, works by targeting an enzyme supposedly found only in plants, but not in people.”
According to the latest lawsuit: “…this is blatantly false. Contrary to Defendant’s claim, Roundup targets an enzyme found in both plants and people.“
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Barbara H. Peterson
Monsanto and the State of Oregon’s Brian Clem are attempting to circumvent the Jackson and Josephine County GMO bans, and make it next to impossible for any county in the state to enact such a ban. In other words, what “you the people” want doesn’t mean a hill of beans compared to what the people who pay us want.
Just as we are battling to defend our democratic vote banning GMO’s in Jackson County, the Oregon House just passed a sneak attack on the ability of our county and all others to pass laws that protect family farmers growing traditional crops from practices such as growing GMOs.
The bill, HB 3212, was proposed by Rep. Brian Clem, and is not only targeted at GMOs, but undermines the ability of every county and city to adopt any law, like Jackson County’s ban on GMOs, that protects family farmers from damaging agricultural practices.
HB 3212 would define any county, city or state law addressing farming practices as a “land use regulation” and would require local governments to either pay “compensation” for a landowners claimed reduction in their property value OR waive the law entirely. That’s right – under HB 3212 Jackson County could be allowed to waive the GMO ban if individual GMO growers claimed the ban had reduced the value of their property, or the county could face potentially millions of dollars in compensation claims.
Help us stop this misguided law that would expose Jackson County and many other counties to costly litigation threats that put family farmers at risk. OFFC is working closely with Senator Bates and Rep. Buckley to help stop HB 3212, but we need your help today.
Please take a minute now to EMAIL and also CALL the five senators on the Senate Committee who are considering HB 3212 and tell them you oppose HB 3212 and support maintaining the ability of local communities and the state to protect family farmers, organic farmers and the environment without the threat of millions of dollars in liability claims.
email@example.com ( 503-986-1715)
Thank you for your support!
Our Family Farms Coalition
One of the key aspects of the Jackson and Josephine County GMO bans was that there would be relatively no cost to the local governments to implement them. Now, the state is attempting to turn the tide and enact legislation that would cost local governments dearly unless they waive the law and allow business as usual for the GMO juggernaut to continue. Did you expect anything else?
©2015 Barbara H. Peterson
Lobbyist tells the world that Monsanto herbicide is safe enough to drink, then refuses to drink it!
In the wake of the World Health Organization’s designation of the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide as a “probable carcinogen”, the French investigative journalist and film maker Paul Moreira has released a sensational video of an interview with the high-profile GMO advocate Patrick Moore.
In the film, Moore first assures Moreira that you can drink a whole quart of glyphosate without suffering any harm and then refuses to drink it, telling the film maker, “I’m not an idiot.”
The interview was recorded as part of Moreira’s six-month-long investigation for the documentary “Bientôt dans vos assiettes” (Soon on your plate), originally broadcast by the French TV channel Canal +.
The film shows the terrible damage done in Argentina over the last 15 years by the use of increasingly large and uncontrolled amounts of agrochemicals in the GMO soy-growing areas. The documentary notes the explosion of illnesses, including cancer, among those living in the areas where the Roundup Ready crop is being cultivated.
Here’s the transcript of Moreira’s interview with Moore, which is conducted in English:
Moore: Do not believe that glyphosate in Argentina is causing increases in cancer. You can drink a whole quart of it and it won’t hurt you.
Interviewer: You want to drink some? We have some here.
Moore: I’d be happy to actually… Not, not really, but…
Interviewer: Not really?
Moore: I know it wouldn’t hurt me.
Interviewer: If you say so, I have some glyphosate.
Moore: No, I’m not stupid. Read the rest of this entry »
Something rather remarkable is happening in the middle of Poland’s capital, Warsaw, and it’s not exactly a capital city spectacle. In fact, rather the opposite.
Tucked-away under a line of trees, opposite the Prime Minister’s Palace in Central Warsaw, is a small ramshackle camp, comprising two tents, a Second World War wood fired mobile cooking apparatus, some chairs and benches, a pile of logs and a number of banners, posters and logos.
This is ‘Green City’ a symbolic and actual site of occupation by farmers fighting to save their livelihood and way of life. At the time of writing, it is in its 28th day of existence – and it isn’t planning on going anywhere, in spite of the fact that it is illegal and suffering under a daily fine imposed by the Polish government. A fine which is, in many ways, a small replication of what is happening on a much bigger scale to farming communities throughout the European Economic Community and beyond.
At Green City, a name affectionately bequeathed upon the camp site by local Warsaw well-wishers, the fourth shift is taking place. A group of thirty farmers is replacing another similar sized group which has been ‘in residence’ for the last week.
A huddle of farmers gather around as hot vegetable soup is served from the wood fired dispenser. Conversations break-out with supporters who arrive sporadically with gifts of food and other items. In amongst the protesting farmers is Edward Kosmal, the owner of a mixed family farm in Zachodniopomorskie Province in North West Poland, and leader of the resistance to the ‘land grabs’ that are taking place there.
A strongly built, quiet and thoughtful man, Kosmal has resolutely refused to give-in to government intransigence and deafness to the farmer’s calls for fair treatment. His emergence as farmer’s leader is both welcome and necessary. A steady and determined hand on the helm is critical to the staying- power of this grass roots uprising which has already been hailed as the single largest farmers protest to have ever taken place in Poland. Read the rest of this entry »