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Glyphosate detected in cotton hygiene products.

85% of Tampons Contain Monsanto’s ‘Cancer Causing’ Glyphosate

Glyphosate, a widely popular herbicide that has been linked to cancer by the World Health Organization’s cancer research arm, was detected in 85 percent of cotton hygiene products tested in a preliminary study from researchers at the University of La Plata in Argentina.

According to Revolution News, the samples—which included gauze, swabs, wipes and feminine care products such as tampons and sanitary pads—were purchased from local supermarkets and pharmacies in the La Plata area.

The findings were presented last week at the third national congress of Doctors of Fumigated Towns in Buenos Aires.

“Eighty-five percent of all samples tested positive for glyphosate and 62 percent for AMPA, which is the environmental metabolite, but in the case of cotton and sterile cotton gauze the figure was 100 percent,” Dr. Damian Marino, the study’s head researcher, told the Télam news agency (via RT.com). An English translation of the Télam report can be read here.

“In terms of concentrations, what we saw is that in raw cotton AMPA dominates (39 parts per billion, or PPB, and 13 PPB of glyphosate), while the gauze is absent of AMPA, but contained glyphosate at 17 PPB,” said Dr. Marino.

Dr. Medardo Avila Vazquez, president of the congress, said (via RT.com) that the result of this research is “very serious when you use cotton or gauze to heal wounds or for personal hygiene uses, thinking they are sterilized products, and the results show that they are contaminated with a probably carcinogenic substance.

“Most of the cotton production in the country is GM [genetically modified] cotton that is resistant to glyphosate. It is sprayed when the bud is open and the glyphosate is condensed and goes straight into the product.”

Glyphosate is the key ingredient in biotech giant Monsanto’s Roundup, the most popular weedkiller in the U.S. “Roundup Ready” cotton, soy and corn crops have been genetically modified to withstand application of the herbicide.

In fact, farmers sprayed 2.6 billion pounds of Monsanto’s glyphosate herbicide on U.S. agricultural land between 1992 and 2012, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

In 2015, the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that adoption of genetically modified-varieties, including those with herbicide tolerance, insect resistance or stacked traits, accounted for 94 percent of the nation’s cotton acreage.

The graph below from the U.S. Department of Agriculture indicates an upward trend on the country’s adoption of genetically modified soybean, corn and cotton.

Monsanto maintains the safety of their product, citing its approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which “classified the carcinogenicity potential of glyphosate as Category E: ‘evidence of non-carcinogenicity for humans.'”

Monsanto is also demanding a retraction of the World Health Organization’s classification of glyphosate as a possible carcinogen.

This is not the first time that the chemical makeup of feminine care products has been put under the lens. A 2013 report by Women’s Voices for the Earth detailed how the feminine care industry sells products containing unregulated and potentially harmful chemicals, including preservatives, pesticides, fragrances and dyes.

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Local Wisdom from Comox Valley

What a breath of  fresh air to see  a rotten apple called a rotten apple !
The writer is Jim Boulter , current president  of Comox Valley Nature.
This excerpt is  the President’s Comments in the Jan 2018 CVN newsletter.
  Ref #3 about the non-legal basis of maximizing shareholders returns is worth reading.
 President’s Comments

      I tend to be quite ambivalent when it comes to GMO food supplies like the salmon post above. Maybe it is just my suspicious and cynical nature, but I feel that the food industry seems to be benefitting from two things, which are diametrically opposed. On the one hand, the industry considers their products so safe that no real, long term research efforts are needed to prove this fact, on the other hand these same products are so unique they get to be patented, copyrighted and licensed out. What research does get done is typically in-house, and therefore subject to at least the appearance of bias. When outsiders like the general public or journalists try to gain insight into the process, the industry uses lawyers to make sure that “proprietary information” is not released.  

   To borrow a phrase from Joseph Stieglitz, a recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, these issues represent a “perverse incentive”: the top employees of these companies and their Board of Directors cannot be held personally responsible for the decisions they make, but they benefit directly from those decisions in the form of higher pay and stock options. All upside, with no downside. Look at Chemie Grunethal, the company that produced thalidomide 1, for example. A half a century later, the company has still not suffered any economic or legal repercussions for selling a woefully under-tested product to pregnant women as a sleeping and anti-nausea tonic. Can we expect any less from Monsanto and its cronies?

  Normally I do not have much in the way of solutions, but this time I do have a couple suggestions on how this can be changed.

The first is open, independent, and long-term animal testing of any GMO product designed to be eaten.

The second is to remove the ability of companies to have court decisions “sealed” so each additional victim has to re-try the case, as was done in the Ford Pinto 2 scandal.

A third thing would be to make people responsible for the “bad decisions” personally responsible. Ford for example, literally got away with murder with no repercussions.

The fourth thing that comes to mind is the supposed legal requirement that corporations act to maximize 3 the shareholders returns, which it turns out has no basis in law.

    In the meantime, and in view of the industries reluctance to have their products labeled as GMO 4, I suppose we will have to hope that those suppliers who avoid GMO label their products as non-GMO.  Given my philosophy of “I don’t plan to have an accident, but I always wear my seatbelt”,  maybe I will stay cautious and avoid GMO whenever it is known to me. Unlike the big corporations I cannot have my (GMO) cake and eat it too.  

1) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/12082527/Thalidomide-50-years-on-Justice-has-never-been-done-and-it-burns-away.html 

2) https://users.wfu.edu/palmitar/Law&Valuation/Papers/1999/Leggett-pinto.html 

3) https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/businesses-focus-on-maximizing-shareholder-value-has-numerous-costs/2013/09/05/bcdc664e-045f-11e3-a07f-49ddc7417125_story.html?utm_term=.a2016cf96f67 

4) Opposition to I-522  (Washington State) came primarily from large chemical corporations (Monsanto Company, DuPont Pioneer, Dow Agro-Sciences LLC, and Bayer Crop-Science), and organizations such as Washington Friends of Farms and Forests, Northwest Food Processors, Washington Association of Wheat Growers, the Washington State Farm Bureau and the Grocery Manufacturers Association, who rallied and mounted a $46 million campaign via Nestle SA, General Mills Inc., Coca-Cola Co and PepsiCo Inc. to defeat the initiative.[16][17][18] These large donations have reportedly “shattered” previous fundraising records against any other initiative, a full month ahead of the election.[19] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_Initiative_522_(2012)#Opposition

 

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Market Status of GMO Arctic Apple & comments .

Market Status of Arctic Apple

Genetically modified (GM or genetically engineered) apples will not be sold in Canada in 2017. However bags of sliced GM “Arctic” apples will be sold in some grocery stores in the Midwest US this year. Some GM apple orchards are established in Washington and New York state, but none yet in Canada.

“Arctic® apples will be commercially available in the U.S. later this fall. Our volumes are limited and Arctic® apples will only be available in a small number of U.S. supermarkets this year. While Arctic® Golden and Arctic® Granny varieties have also successfully satisfied regulatory requirements in Canada, there is no firm timeline for Canadian commercial introduction.” – From Neal Carter, President of Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. to Canadian Biotechnology Action Network, September 2017

Comments from GE Free CV:

1) Do you look for a  Best before Date on your milk cartons, bread,cheese ?

Why then are we rejecting Nature’s own Best Before Date by browning the apple and potato, showing us the nutritional value inside the fruits has changed?👎

2) The 3 first direct human consumption GMO  products : their BRAND Name and Market Status:

a) Arctic Apple   from Okanagan Specialty Fruits:

The genetically modified non-browning apple (Golden Delicious and Granny Smith) was approved in Canada in March 2015 and is also approved in the US. It is genetically modified to keep from going brown after being cut, for 15 days or more. The company Okanagan Specialty Fruits says the GM apples “have more eye appeal: no yucky browning.”    Marketed in USA midwest  in fall of 2017. but not sold in Canada.

b) Innate Potato  from Simplot : no Innate potato was planted in 2017 😊

The company Simplot says they have only put the GM potato on hold until the market is ready. ( May 2017).

A huge THANK  YOU for all your letters to  Sobeys, Loblaw and Costco earlier this year to reject the non-browning potato. This delay / stopping, would not have been possible without your consumer inputs.😘 😘

c) AquAdvantage Salmon from Aqua Bounty.

Update – October 12, 2017:

The salmon has been genetically engineered with a growth hormone gene from Chinook salmon and genetic material from ocean pout (an eel-like creature). The company says its “AquAdvantage” salmon grow to market-size twice as fast as other farmed salmon.

For more info :refer to CBAN.ca/ GMO products.

 

 

 

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GMOs &Roundup linked to Cancer by Jeffrey Smith

 

How are GMOs and Roundup linked to cancer?

That was the subject of my talk this past weekend in Orlando at the exciting The Truth About Cancer conference.  Below are the 10 main points from my presentation. Oct 12,17.

GMOs and Cancer

1.      The very process of creating a GMO creates side effects that can promote cancer. Monsanto’s Roundup Ready corn, for example, has higher levels of putrescine and cadaverine. These are not only linked to cancer and allergies, they produce the foul smell of rotting dead bodies.

2.      Bt-toxin, which is manufactured by the altered DNA in every cell of genetically modified varieties of corn, cotton, and South American soy, pokes holes in cell walls. It may create “leaky gut,” which is linked to cancer and numerous other diseases.

3.      Most GMOs are “Roundup Ready”—designed to be sprayed with Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide. These include Soy, Corn, Cotton, Canola, Sugar Beets (for sugar), and Alfalfa. Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, is classified as a class 2A carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (part of the World Health Organization). They said it probably causes cancer in humans, does cause cancer in animals, does cause mutations in DNA that can lead to cancer, and where it is heavily sprayed, cancer rates are higher.

4.      Roundup is also sprayed on numerous non-GMO crops just before harvest as a desiccant, to dry down the crop as it is killed by the herbicide. Some of these other crops include: Wheat, Oats, Flax, Peas, Lentils, Dry Beans, Sugar Cane, Rye, Triticale, Buckwheat, Millet, Potatoes and Sunflowers. Canola, Corn and Soybeans labeled non-GMO may also be sprayed with Roundup.

5.      To avoid Roundup, eating non-GMO is not sufficient. It is better to choose organic, which does not allow the use of GMOs, Roundup, or other synthetic poisons. (Products labeled both Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified are even better, because the latter requires tests for possible inadvertent GMO contamination.) Since Roundup is sprayed on most US cotton, residues are found in cotton products including tampons. 

 BUY ORGANIC!

6.      Several cancer rates in the US are rising in parallel with increased use of glyphosate on GMO soy and corn fields. These include leukemia and cancers of the liver, kidney, bladder, thyroid, and breast.

7.      In Argentina, the rate of cancer in communities living near Roundup Ready soybean fields has also skyrocketed, as have birth defects, thyroid conditions, lupus, and respiratory problems.

8.      The following are just some of the health effects of glyphosate, all of which are known to increase cancer risk. Glyphosate:

a.      Damages the DNA

b.      Is an antibiotic

c.       Promotes leaky gut

d.      Chelates minerals, making them unavailable

e.      Is toxic to the mitochondria

f.        Interferes with key metabolic pathways

g.      Causes non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

h.      Degrades into Sarcosine and formaldehyde

9.      The full Roundup formulation is up to 125 times more toxic than glyphosate alone. It also has a greater endocrine disruptive effect.

10.    Thousands of people how were exposed to Roundup and are now suffering from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma are suing Monsanto. The lawsuit forced Monsanto to make public secret documents, emails, and texts. These are smoking guns, providing clear evidence that Monsanto colludes with government regulators, bullies scientists, ghostwrites articles, pays off journal editors and scientists, and publicly denies evidence of harm that it privately admits to.

(Watch the speech for some pretty shocking revelations.)

Jeffrey Smith is the founder and CEO of Institute for Responsible Technology.

Health Canada approves sale of genetically modified salmon for human consumption – National | Globalnews.ca

A genetically modified salmon has been approved for human consumption by Canadian food regulators, making it the first genetically modified animal to be allowed for sale at grocery stores in Canada.

Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said Thursday they have approved AquaBounty’s genetically modified salmon after four years of testing saying the fish is as safe and nutritious as conventional salmon.

“GM foods are becoming more common every day and are part of the regular diets of Canadians,” the agency said in a statement. “GM foods that have been approved by Health Canada have been consumed in Canada for many years and are safe and nutritious.

AquAdvantage Salmon is developed by Massachusetts-based company AquaBounty and places a growth hormone gene from a Chinook salmon into the genome of Atlantic salmon, resulting in a salmon which grows faster and reaches market quicker.

The decision by Health Canada follows approval from a review from the U.S. Drug and Food Administration last year that approved the salmon for use.

Source: Health Canada approves sale of genetically modified salmon for human consumption – National | Globalnews.ca

Canadians unknowingly eating GM salmon | CBAN

Canadians unknowingly eating GM salmon
Ottawa – August 7, 2017 –

AquaBounty revealed on August 4, in its quarterly financial results, that it has sold approximately five tonnes of genetically modified (GM or genetically engineered) Atlantic salmon fillets in Canada.(1)

This is the world’s first sale of GM fish for human consumption and has occurred without GM product labelling for Canadian consumers.

“No one except AquaBounty knows where the GM salmon are,” said Lucy Sharratt of the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN). “The company did not disclose where the GM salmon fillets were sold or for what purpose, and we’re shocked to discover that they’ve entered the market at this time.

”Without mandatory labeling in Canada, CBAN works to track GM foods to keep Canadians informed.

“The immediate remedy is for grocery stores to commit to keeping GM salmon out,” said Sharratt.  So far, two grocery companies in Canada have published statements online responding to consumer concerns over GM salmon: IGA Quebec states that it only orders non-GM salmon, and Costco’s website states that it does not intend to sell it.(2)

“We clearly need mandatory labelling of all GM foods,” said Thibault Rehn of the Quebec network Vigilance OGM, a member group of CBAN.

There is no federal government tracking of GM products in the market and Members of Parliament voted down a Private Members Bill for mandatory GM food labelling in May.  GM salmon is approved for human consumption in the US and Canada, but there is a import ban in the US until labelling guidelines are published.

“When it comes to GM foods, Canadian consumers are shopping blind,” said Sharratt.

Source: Canadians unknowingly eating GM salmon | CBAN

Monsanto Is Scrambling To Bury This Breaking Story – Don’t Let This Go Unshared!

Here is why we all should be concerned about eating glyphosate:

Independent research links glyphosate to cancer (sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) and it has been deemed a probable human carcinogen by the World Health Organization’s team of international cancer experts. The childhood cancer rate is steadily rising and experts say that they don’t know why. Why are they not taking a closer look at these facts?

Source: Monsanto Is Scrambling To Bury This Breaking Story – Don’t Let This Go Unshared!

Chronic exposure to neonicotinoids reduces honey bee health near corn crops | Science

 

Damage confirmedEarly studies of the impacts of neonicotinoid insecticides on insect pollinators indicated considerable harm. However, lingering criticism was that the studies did not represent field-realistic levels of the chemicals or prevailing environmental conditions. Two studies, conducted on different crops and on two continents, now substantiate that neonicotinoids diminish bee health (see the Perspective by Kerr). Tsvetkov et al. find that bees near corn crops are exposed to neonicotinoids for 3 to 4 months via nontarget pollen, resulting in decreased survival and immune responses, especially when coexposed to a commonly used agrochemical fungicide. Woodcock et al., in a multicounty experiment on rapeseed in Europe, find that neonicotinoid exposure from several nontarget sources reduces overwintering success and colony reproduction in both honeybees and wild bees. These field results confirm that neonicotinoids negatively affect pollinator health under realistic agricultural conditions.

Source: Chronic exposure to neonicotinoids reduces honey bee health near corn crops | Science

Three New “Non-Browning” GMO Apples To Hit Store Shelves! Here Is How To Avoid Them

How to Avoid the New GMO Apples

According to the Ag publication from CapitalPress.com, about 1,000 to 1,200, 40-pound boxes of the new Arctic Golden, GMO apple will be sliced and sold in grocery stores for marketing purposes in the western U.S. this fall.

The company is growing most of its own apples in the Pacific Northwest, on the East Coast, and in Canada. [4] Retailers, food service, and quick-serve restaurants have all expressed interest in using the GMO apples according to the CapitalPress report, which means that people eating out may unwillingly become test subjects.

In order to make sure you’re avoiding the new GMO apples, here’s what you must do:-Buy certified organic or Non-GMO Project Verified whenever possible, or from a trusted local farmer-Do not buy any apples labeled ‘Arctic,’ which may be designated with a sticker or special packaging-Avoid buying any unlabeled or pre-sliced apples, like those found in cafeterias or kids’ meals

Source: Three New “Non-Browning” GMO Apples To Hit Store Shelves! Here Is How To Avoid Them

Nearly a third of food samples in CFIA testing contain glyphosate residues – Health – CBC News

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s report on testing of glyphosate is titled “Safeguarding with Science: Glyphosate Testing in 2015-2016, and was published on its website this week.

Glyphosate is used to kill weeds, but can also be used to dry grains and legumes before they’re harvested.

Source: Nearly a third of food samples in CFIA testing contain glyphosate residues – Health – CBC News