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Academic GMO shills exposed: Once-secret emails reveal gross collusion with Monsanto, academic fraud at the highest levels inside U.S. universities


– U.S. Right to Know (USRTK), a non-profit organization dedicated to exposing the fraud and corruption surrounding the food industry, launched an investigation into the intimate and unethical relationship between the biotech industry and university faculty and staff, which is used to manipulate public opinion about GMOs and to coerce the government into passing legislation supportive of Big Ag’s patented seeds and pesticides.

The investigation, which is still ongoing, reveals how biotech industry giants Monsanto, DuPont, Syngenta, Dow AgroSciences and others, buy academics employed by taxpayer-funded universities to push GMOs and lobby Congress to pass legislation favorable of their products, with one of the most high-profile examples including attempts to derail states’ rights to enact GMO-labeling laws.

The collusion between Big Food, its front groups and university staff has been exposed through thousands of emails and documents obtained through a USRTK Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, which was meticulously filed over a six-month period.

USRTK: Public deserves to know about flow of money and level of coordination between Big Ag and public university scientists

The FOIA request sought to obtain emails and documents from 43 public university faculty and staff to learn more about the biotech industry’s public relations strategies. Records were requested from scientists, economists, law professors, extension specialists and communicators, all of whom are employed by taxpayer-funded public institutions and steadily promote GMO agriculture under the “independent” research.

Currently, USRTK has received thousands of documents in nine of their requests; however, much more information is expected to be released as FOIA requests continue to be answered.

The documents received thus far expose how the biotech industry funds expenses for university faculty to travel the globe promoting and defending GMOs and their associated pesticides, highlighting the shift that scientists have made from being researchers to being actors in Big Ag PR campaigns. Continue reading

Monsanto’s “Roundup Ready” 1,000 Times More Toxic Than Glyphosate Alone

“Glyphosate is definitely genotoxic. There is no doubt in my mind.” ~ Professor Christopher Portier, World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)

glyphosateCarolanne Wright – During a mid-July scientific briefing in London organized by the Soil Association, Professor Christopher Portier reaffirmed the findings of the World Health Organization (WHO); glyphosate is a probable carcinogen that also damages DNA. When both these factors are found within a single chemical, regulators believe there is no safe level of exposure.

Even more disturbing is the data presented by Dr. Robin Mesnage of the Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics at Kings College in London, which shows that “Roundup is 1,000 times more toxic than glyphosate alone.” He said, “Glyphosate is everywhere throughout our food chain – in our food and water. The lack of data on toxicity of glyphosate is not proof of safety and these herbicides cannot be considered safe without proper testing. We know Roundup, the commercial name of glyphosate-based herbicides, contains many other chemicals, which when mixed together are 1,000 times more toxic than glyphosate on its own,” as reported by GMWatch.

And we are saturated with the weedkiller. The latest European study on city dwellers discovered that in the UK, 7 out of 10 people tested positive for Roundup Ready in their urine.

Chemical Overload

New figures evaluated by the Soil Association highlighted the fact that glyphosate use in UK agriculture practices has risen by 400% over the last 20 years. Glyphosate is also one of three pesticides detected during routine testing of British bread, and found in 30% of samples taken by the Defra committee on Pesticide Residues in Food (PRiF).

These numbers shouldn’t be all that surprising considering nearly a third of UK cereals — barley and wheat — are sprayed with the chemical, equating to over one million hectares.

Says Peter Melchett, Soil Association Policy Director: Continue reading

Message In A Bottle

worldKatherine Frisk – Call me old fashioned. But if you do not understand how the seed and how the root system works in biology, you cannot understand the fruits of any plant that appears on the surface.

The same goes for humanity. In the modern world we ignore the seed and the root system and pay attention to the fruits. These days if we do not like what comes out of the ground we just chop it down, or genetically modify it, or even patent it to make money. The thing about seeds and root systems is that they can stay dormant for centuries, eons in fact, in spite of companies like Monsanto. And when then climate is right, they will re-grow and flourish. So no matter how much the powers that be might try to manipulate and control society, our seeds, our roots, will always be there, waiting for a spring rainfall to let them grow, flourish and develop.

At one time in my life I made a study of the Bushmen of the Kalahari. They have the oldest genetic structure of all race groups in the world. Today there are only approximately 400 of them left. They are almost extinct. But their genes are carried throughout all of humanity. So when I get lost, when the world confuses me with its lies, deceit, theft, wars and duplicity, I go back to my roots. I go back to the seed. I go back to these values, morals and humanity that so far as we know, is the oldest on earth still alive today. Even though there are now so few of them left.

So what kind of life do the Bushmen value? Here are the main points.

1. Freedom to roam the earth. No borders, no fences, no laws or regulations to tie them in. No ownership of property, no taxes, no levies, no slavery to a debt monetary system. Continue reading

The Complete History Of Monsanto, “The World’s Most Evil Corporation”

E Hanzai – Of all the mega-corps running amok, Monsanto has consistently outperformed its rivals, earning the crown as “most evil corporation on Earth!” Not content to simply rest upon its throne of destruction, it remains focused on newer, more scientifically innovative ways to harm the planet and its people.

monsanto1901: The company is founded by John Francis Queeny, a member of the Knights of Malta, a thirty year pharmaceutical veteran married to Olga Mendez Monsanto, for which Monsanto Chemical Works is named. The company’s first product is chemical saccharin, sold to Coca-Cola as an artificial sweetener.

Even then, the government knew saccharin was poisonous and sued to stop its manufacture but lost in court, thus opening the Monsanto Pandora’s Box to begin poisoning the world through the soft drink.

1920s: Monsanto expands into industrial chemicals and drugs, becoming the world’s largest maker of  aspirin, acetylsalicyclic acid, (toxic of course). This is also the time when things began to go horribly wrong for the planet in a hurry with the introduction of  their polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).

“PCBs were considered an industrial wonder chemical, an oil that wouldn’t burn, impervious to degradation and had almost limitless applications. Today PCBs are considered one of the gravest chemical threats on the planet. Widely used as lubricants, hydraulic fluids, cutting oils, waterproof coatings and liquid sealants, are potent carcinogens and have been implicated in reproductive, developmental and immune system disorders. The world’s center of PCB manufacturing was Monsanto’s plant on the outskirts of East St. Louis, Illinois, which has the highest rate of fetal death and immature births in the state.”(1)

Even though PCBs were eventually banned after fifty years for causing such devastation, it is still present in just about all animal and human blood and tissue cells across the globe. Documents introduced in court later showed Monsanto was fully aware of the deadly effects, but criminally hid them from the public to keep the PCB gravy-train going full speed!

1930s: Created its first hybrid seed corn and expands into detergents, soaps, industrial cleaning products, synthetic rubbers and plastics. Oh yes, all toxic of course!

1940s: They begin research on uranium to be used for the Manhattan Project’s first atomic bomb, which would later be dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing hundreds of thousands of Japanese, Korean and US Military servicemen and poisoning millions more. Continue reading

Call To Action On A Monsanto Roundup Class Action Suit

– A civil suit accepts a preponderance of evidence instead of evidence that proves guilt without any doubt. This civil suit demands a jury to hear it. It’s simply suing Monsanto for false advertising with Roundup, the world’s best selling herbicide.

According to the plaintiffs attorney T. Matthew Phillips, the science is there and he has scientists willing to testify. If it does go to the requested jury trial, the facts disclosed within that procedure become part of the public domain. These facts could publicly incriminate Monsanto as a toxic menace.

Here’s the crux of this suit, which contains minimal legalese and can be accessed here.[PDF] It claims what Roundup asserts on it’s label is false.

The label states in large letters: “Did You Know? Glyphosate targets an enzyme found in plants but not in people or pets.”

It will be easy to prove it’s false, which is another reason T. Matthew Phillips chose Los Angeles County Court instead of Federal Court. According to Phillips, California is generally pro-plaintiff when it comes to false advertising charges.

Why the Roundup label is false

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The Case for Nationalizing Monsanto

monopolyCharles Hugh Smith Capitalism fails in two situations: monopoly and state-capital cronyism. Monopoly extinguishes competition and that effectively extinguishes capitalism.

When the elites of the state and private capital collude, i.e. crony capitalism, the few gain power and wealth at the expense of the many.

The state (broadly speaking, government) fails when it serves the few at the expense of the many, while claiming to serve the interests of the many. The state only fulfills its purpose when it serves the interests of the many at the expense of the few who control the majority of the political power and private wealth.

Monsanto is the epitome of monopoly and crony-state collusion. But Monsanto’s grip is not only on the throat of the nation– through its monopoly on seeds that it enforces globally, its grip is strangling the entire world.

Monopolies on food, energy and water (what I term the FEW resources) are not like monopolies on discretionary goods and services. People have to pay whatever the monopoly charges, as substitutes are either unavailable, very expensive or under the control of the same cartel/quasi-monopoly. Continue reading