"On Sunday, French Ecology Minister Ségolène Royal announced that the government would ban the sale of Roundup at garden centers in the country. "France must be on the offensive with regards to the banning of pesticides," Royal said on French television, according to Agence France-Presse. "I have asked garden centers to stop putting Monsanto's Roundup on sale"
Shortly after the WHO announcement, Patrick Moore, who has an ecology Ph.D. and is a controversial defender of genetically modified crops, offered to drink Roundup on French television to prove its safety.
But when a TV host offered him a glass of the stuff, Moore refused, and the video of the exchange quickly went viral online."
THE NETHERLANDS BANS ROUNDUP May 25, 2015
"First Russia, Tasmania, and Mexico say no to Monsanto and now, the Netherlands have passed a similar ban, determined to keep Glyphosate-laced herbicides away from the general public for good.
Late last year, the Dutch parliament voted to ban the sale of glyphosate-based herbicides to private parties. The ban, under which agricultural use is excluded, was initially proposed several years ago. However, it is thought that Monsanto influence prevented it from taking place at the time."
Mar 26 2014
"This news comes as another huge blow to the biotech industry, following as it does by Brazil’s Federal Appeals Court that unanimously decided to cancel the release for cultivation of Bayer’s Liberty Link GM Maize."
DENMARK ACTUALLY TOOK THE LEAD AND BANNED ROUNDUP IN 2003.
Many other countries have banned glyphosate or are planning to ban it.
When will the United States follow suit?
Monsanto guilty of chemical poisoning in France
Feb 13, 2012, REUTERS
"A French court on Monday declared U.S. biotech giant Monsanto guilty of chemical poisoning of a French farmer, a judgment that could lend weight to other health claims against pesticides.
In the first such case heard in court in France, grain grower Paul Francois, 47, says he suffered neurological problems including memory loss, headaches and stammering after inhaling Monsanto's Lasso weedkiller in 2004.
He blames the agri-business giant for not providing adequate warnings on the product label.
Monsanto said it was disappointed by the ruling and would examine whether to appeal the judgment.
Previous health claims from farmers have foundered because of the difficulty of establishing clear links between illnesses and exposure to pesticides.
Francois and other farmers suffering from illness set up an association last year to make a case that their health problems should be linked to their use of crop protection products.
The agricultural branch of the French social security system says that since 1996, it has gathered farmers' reports of sickness potentially related to pesticides, with about 200 alerts a year.
The Francois case goes back to a period of intensive use of crop-protection chemicals in the European Union.
The EU and its member countries have since banned a large number of substances considered dangerous."
A few years ago, there were sixteen countries that had TOTAL OR PARTIAL BANS on GMOs.
Now there are at least twenty-six, including Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, Austria, China, India, Japan, France, Germany, Hungary, Luxembourg, Greece, Bulgaria, Poland, Italy, Mexico and Russia.
Significant restrictions on GMOs exist in about sixty other countries.
2015 Survey: 68% of Doctors Think GMOs Should be Labeled
July 9, 2015
ROUNDUP, BY MONSANTO, IS THE HERBICIDE OF CHOICE IN AMERICA.
ROUNDUP IS A GLYPHOSATE HERBICIDE,
EVEN the World Health Organization's research arm declares glyphosate a probable carcinogen, BUT NOT THE EPA!
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in Lyon, France, concluded that glyphosate is a probable human carcinogen, a statement that has been followed by an immediate backlash from industry groups.
A summary of the study was published in The Lancet Oncology.
Glyphosate, and specifically the product ROUNDUP, has been linked to tumors in mice and rats — and there is also what the IARC classifies as ‘mechanistic evidence’, such as DNA damage to human cells from exposure to glyphosate.
GENETICALLY ENGINEERED MAIZE STUDY REPUBLISHED
"A controversial paper linking genetically modified maize to the development of tumors and other severe disease in rats, which was published in 2012 and retracted in 2013, has now been published again, by a different journal.
Four other journals offered to publish the paper, lead author Gilles-Eric Séralini says. He and his team chose the journal Environmental Sciences Europe, he says, because it is open access so would make the study’s findings available to the whole scientific community."
THAT PAPER WENT ONLINE ON JUNE 24, 2014, BUT WENT UNNOTICED, OR AT LEAST UNREPORTED BY AMERICAN MAINSTREAM MEDIA.
The health effects of a Roundup-tolerant NK603 genetically modified (GM) maize (from 11% in the diet), cultivated with or without Roundup application and Roundup alone (from 0.1 ppb of the full pesticide containing glyphosate and adjuvants) in drinking water, were evaluated for 2 years in rats. This study constitutes a follow-up investigation of a 90-day feeding study conducted by Monsanto in order to obtain commercial release of this GMO, employing the same rat strain and analyzing biochemical parameters on the same number of animals per group as our investigation. Our research represents the first chronic study on these substances, in which all observations including tumors are reported chronologically. Thus, it was not designed as a carcinogenicity study. We report the major findings with 34 organs observed and 56 parameters analyzed at 11 time points for most organs.
Biochemical analyses confirmed very significant chronic kidney deficiencies, for all treatments and both sexes; 76% of the altered parameters were kidney-related. In treated males, liver congestions and necrosis were 2.5 to 5.5 times higher. Marked and severe nephropathies were also generally 1.3 to 2.3 times greater. In females, all treatment groups showed a two- to threefold increase in mortality, and deaths were earlier. This difference was also evident in three male groups fed with GM maize. All results were hormone- and sex-dependent, and the pathological profiles were comparable.
Females developed large mammary tumors more frequently and before controls; the pituitary was the second most disabled organ; the sex hormonal balance was modified by consumption of GM maize and Roundup treatments.
Males presented up to four times more large palpable tumors starting 600 days earlier than in the control group, in which only one tumor was noted. These results may be explained by not only the non-linear endocrine-disrupting effects of Roundup but also by the overexpression of the EPSPS transgene or other mutational effects in the GM maize and their metabolic consequences.
Our findings imply that long-term (2 year) feeding trials need to be conducted to thoroughly evaluate the safety of GM foods and pesticides in their full commercial formulations.
A MAJOR DEPARTMENT OF THE FDA IS TODAY HEADED BY A FORMER MONSANTO CEO.
THE FDA, USDA, EPA ALL ALLOWED MONSANTO TO MARKET THEIR ROUNDUP AND GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOOD PRODUCTS AFTER, AT MOST, A SHORT 90-DAY "STUDY" ON RATS.
SOME MONSANTO PRODUCTS OFFERED NO STUDIES BEFORE BEING MARKETED.
MONSANTO DID THE RAT STUDIES, OR CLAIMED TO, FOR ONLY 90 DAYS, WHICH WAS FINE, JUST FINE BY THE FDA.
ONLY 90 DAYS.
IT IS INTERESTING TO NOTE THAT FOOD ANIMALS RAISED ON GM GRAINS ARE SENT TO MARKET AT A YOUNGER AGE THAN CATTLE, HOGS, SHEEP, POULTRY WHO DO NOT GET FED GM PRODUCTS.
MANY HAVE QUESTIONED THIS PRACTICE AND WONDERED IF THE ANIMALS ARE PROCESSED BEFORE THE EFFECTS OF GM FEED BECOMES GLARINGLY OBVIOUS IN THEIR BODIES.
SHORT TERM VERSUS LONG TERM EFFECTS SHOW THAT LONG TERM SHOULD HAVE BEEN THE FOCUS OF STUDIES FROM THE START.
DID MONSANTO DO ANY HUMAN STUDIES?
DO PIGS FLY?
MONSANTO NEVER HAD TO DO HUMAN STUDIES...NOT ONE.
ROUNDUP, LIKE ALL MONSANTO PRODUCTS, INCLUDING ITS GMO FOODS, WAS OKAYED FOR MARKET IN RECORD TIME WITHOUT EITHER LONG-TERM STUDIES ON LAB RATS, OR ANY STUDY INVOLVING THEIR EFFECTS ON HUMAN BEINGS.
NO ONE KNEW WHAT LONG-TERM EFFECTS THERE WOULD BE!
NO ONE SEEMED TO CARE AT THE FDA, USDA, EPA OR ANYWHERE IN GOVERNMENT.
COULD THAT BE BECAUSE EX-MONSANTO EMPLOYEES HAVE HEADED DEPARTMENTS WITHIN THE FDA FOR A DECADE OR MORE AND HELD POSITIONS IN ALL OF OUR "REGULATORY AGENCIES".
ALL THEY SEEM TO WANT TO REGULATE IS OUR RIGHT TO FREE CHOICE AS TO WHAT FOODS WE CONSUME AND OUR RIGHT TO KNOW WHAT'S IN THE FOODS WE EAT, WHO GROWS THEM AND WHETHER OR NOT THEY ARE GENETICALLY MODIFIED, BIO-ENGINEERED FOODS.
HOW VERY CONVENIENT FOR MONSANTO, RIGHT?
HOW CAN IT BE THAT, KNOWING HUMANS WOULD BE DIRECTLY IN CONTACT WITH ROUNDUP, MONSANTO NEVER HAD TO DO HUMAN STUDIES, YET THE HERBICIDE WAS OKAYED FOR MARKET IN RECORD TIME?
COULD IT BE THE VERY SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP MONSANTO AND THE GMO COMPANIES HAVE ENJOYED WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SINCE THE FIRST WORLD WAR?
MONSANTO DID SUPPLY AGENT ORANGE TO THE MILITARY BACK DURING THE VIETNAM WAR.
MONSANTO HAS PRODUCED 10 WELL KNOWN POISONS.
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HOW DOES MONSANTO CARRY SO MUCH POLITICAL WEIGHT, SO MUCH CLOUT WHEN IT COMES TO THE BUSINESS OF PRODUCING UNTESTED PRODUCTS?
IT'S CALLED A "REVOLVING DOOR"...MONSANTO PEOPLE GET EMPLOYED BY THE FDA, EPA, USDA THEN MAYBE GO BACK TO MONSANTO, OR ELSE THEY LEAVE FEDERAL JOBS AND GO TO WORK FOR MONSANTO...AS A "REWARD" MAYBE?
THIS ISN'T CONSPIRACY THEORY CRAP!
THIS IS SIMPLY FACTUAL INFORMATION AND HAS EVEN BEEN REPORTED ON BY BIG NAMES IN AMERICAN MEDIA.
NOT FOR LONG, NOT FOR LONG ENOUGH, BUT EVEN THE NEW YORK TIMES QUESTIONED THE "REVOLVING DOOR" BETWEEN OUR "REGULATORY AGENCIES" AND THE KINGS OF GENETICALLY MODIFIED PRODUCTS!
ANYONE CAN GO LOOK ON LINKEDIN AND SIMILAR WEBSITES AND SEE HOW MANY HAVE BEEN EMPLOYED BY BOTH OUR GOVERNMENT AGENCIES AND MONSANTO, ET AL.
"Most high-level FDA employees have a background in either medicine or law, but one of the largest private-sector sources is the Monsanto Company. Over the past decades, at least seven high-ranking employees in the FDA have an employment history with the Monsanto Company.