Barbara H. Peterson on March 11th, 2018

Barbara H. Peterson

Farm Wars

The following is a letter and supporting documents from Dr. Rosemary Mason MB ChB FRCA, detailing Monsanto’s contribution to what is known as the Sixth Mass Extinction. The supporting documents can be downloaded at the bottom of the page. But first, let’s understand what we are talking about when we speak of the Sixth Mass Extinction.

What is the Sixth Mass Extinction?

For many decades, scientists have warned that human activity is pushing life on our planet beyond the point of no return. In the Earth’s history there have been five mass extinction events, most recently the Cretaceous–Tertiary mass extinction that occurred almost 65 million years ago and was thought to have been caused by the massive impact of an asteroid on Planet Earth. In the 21st century, we face a sixth mass extinction. According to an article published in July by Gerardo Ceballos and colleagues, the Earth is experiencing a huge decline in species’ populations and a great reduction in their range that could have profound effects on the ecosystems on which human civilisation depends. They found that about 30% of land vertebrates including reptiles, birds, and amphibians are experiencing a decline and losses in local population. In some parts of the world they are losing 70% of their species because of habitat degradation. The authors describe their findings as a biological annihilation, claiming that the sixth mass extinction might be already underway. (Lancet)

What is Driving it?

We are now living in the Anthropocene, the first time in Earth’s history when synthetic chemicals—created by humans—are damaging the planet and contributing to a major loss of biodiversity. Pesticides are a particular problem in this regard. Agricultural practices changed dramatically following World War II. Methods for the production of nitrogen for manufacturing explosives were adapted for use as fertilizer in agriculture. Further, chemicals used to combat insect vectors for disease during World War II were adapted for the control of insect pests in agriculture. Eventually, herbicides used as defoliants to destroy food supplies and aid in combating soldiers using forests as cover, were customized to control weeds in agriculture. The heavy use of pesticides in agriculture has resulted in global exposure to these chemicals. Travelling through water, air, and in migrating animals, pesticides can be found in drinking water reservoirs, the atmosphere, on mountain tops, and even in remote areas in the Arctic where they are not used. The widespread exposure to agrichemicals has altered landscapes and ecosystems around the world. In addition to directly killing non-target organisms, target and non-target organisms can evolve resistance to pesticides, resulting in altered gene pools. (Elementa)

The Letter

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Barbara H. Peterson on February 3rd, 2018

Barbara H. Peterson

Farm Wars

One simple word.

It can build up or tear down.

It can send your spirit soaring to heights unknown, or crashing to depths unfathomable.

One simple word.

And yet, we are careless.

Words are tossed around like so much chaff in the wind, never to be taken back, affecting the lives in their path in ways never intended nor realized.

And we live in their confines. The worlds we create for ourselves from their constructs. The worlds we allow others to create for us by their acceptance.

A word is thrown. Someone catches it and spins a reality from it to live in. We live and die by the power of words.

Proverbs 18:21 (ESV):  Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.

The power to create and destroy.

Our words.

The words that we speak and write every minute of every day. The power of which we take for granted and carelessly give to others and by so doing, allow them to create our destinies for us. The power that we throw away because we do not realize the treasure that we are gifted with.

And so we are constrained in a world that we did not create for ourselves. That has been manufactured to keep us confined, ignorant and enslaved to those who do understand the power of one simple word. And use it against us. For their own benefit.

And the power to dissolve the chains that bind us lies in one simple word.


Belief in your power.

The power that each and every one of us has been gifted with to create a world to live or die in.

Our choice. Not someone else’s.

And the chains dissolve when we realize the power of our words, own that power, and use it to speak life. That is the power of creation. And it is ours.

Let freedom be spoken.

©2018 Barbara H. Peterson

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Barbara H. Peterson on November 18th, 2017


A new paper finds that the active ingredients of the commonly used herbicides, RoundUp, Kamba and 2,4-D, (glyphosate, dicamba and 2,4-D, respectively), each alone cause antibiotic resistance at concentrations well below label application rates. The paper also finds that inert ingredients (surfactants) that are commonly used in some herbicide formulations and processed foods also cause antibiotic resistance. These authors first observed this antibiotic resistance in their paper published in in the American Society of Microbiology’s journal mBio in 2015, and this follow up study was conducted in order to identify which ingredients in herbicides were responsible.

The new study found an antibiotic resistant response was caused by both the tested surfactants, Tween80 and CMC. These both are also used as emulsifiers in foods like ice cream and in medicines, and both cause antibiotic resistance at concentrations allowed in food and food-grade products. Read the rest of this entry »

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Barbara H. Peterson on November 5th, 2017

Barbara H. Peterson

Farm Wars

Finally, something to sink our teeth into regarding holding Monsanto liable for at least a portion of the harm it has caused. Here is the brief of the lawsuit outlining the corruption and sidestepping by Monsanto using cherry-picked, dubious science to defend its continued poisoning of the public.


Hearing Date: December 11, 2017

Time: 9:00 a.m.


If you would like to contact the firm that has put this together to support them in any way, the contact page is:






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