Monsanto Finally Admits What We All Suspected About Roundup & Cancer

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An EPA official bragged about helping Monsanto cover up cancer risks associated with Roundup, a new lawsuit is alleging.

Roundup is one of the best-selling herbicides in the world.

“If I can kill this I should get a medal,” former EPA official Jess Rowland allegedly said in a phone call, discussing a federal investigation into glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup.

At the time, Rowland was a deputy division director in the Environmental Protection Agency’s pesticide division.

The phone call was entered as evidence in a federal lawsuit alleging that glyphosate-based herbicides like Roundup cause Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a deadly form of cancer, Bloomberg reported.

Just as significant, Monsanto’s Donna Farmer wrote in a now-public email that “you cannot say that Roundup does not cause cancer … we have not done carcinogenicity studies with Roundup.” The email is now part of the lawsuit.

Monsanto Finally Admits What We All Suspected About Roundup & CancerThe plaintiffs’ attorneys are alleging that Monsanto knew Roundup caused cancer but sold the herbicide anyway.

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Rowland’s relationship with Monsanto was suspicious, U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria said at a hearing in San Francisco. Plaintiffs’ attorneys want Rowland to testify and explain his actions.

The attorneys are charging that Rowland leaked a report to the media that claimed there was insufficient evidence to say glyphosate caused cancer. It was written by a committee he chaired. Rowland quit his job at the EPA days after the study was leaked.

“My reaction is when you consider the relevance of the EPA’s reports, and you consider their relevance to this litigation, it seems appropriate to take Jess Rowland’s deposition,” U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria said, according to Reuters.

Monsanto employees were the ghost writers for two reports on Roundup that the committee headed by Rowland relied on for its findings, plaintiffs’ attorneys charged. The reports concluded that glyphosate was not carcinogenic.

“I think it’s important that people hold Monsanto accountable when they say one thing and it’s completely contradicted by very frank internal documents,” plaintiffs’ attorney, Timothy Litzenburg, told The New York Times.

Around 220 million pounds of glyphosate were used in the United States in 2015, The Times reported. Monsanto makes much of its money from selling corn, cotton and soybean seeds that are genetically engineered to resist glyphosate.

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Non-Organic Crops Are About to Become Much More Toxic

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corn crop gmo toxicWhen Monsanto first released their Roundup Ready crops, which are seeds that have been engineered to withstand the company’s trademark pesticide, most farmers rejoiced. After all, this meant that they could eliminate weeds without having to worry about damaging their crops. And as an added bonus, it was thought at the time that these GMOs would reduce pesticide use; a notion that is laughable in retrospect.

The application of glyphosate around the world has increased 15 fold since these Roundup Ready crops were first introduced in the 1990s. These days US farmers are applying 300 million pounds of glyphosate to their crops every year, which is staggering when you consider that they were only using 11 million pounds per year in the 1980’s. However, this usage rate as less to do with popularity and more to do with necessity.

Roundup Ready crops have created a problem in agriculture that is similar to the problems caused by antibiotics, whose overuse has bred highly resistant strains of superbugs. The overuse of glyphosate has bred superweeds, which are resistant to the pesticide. And the more resistant they become, the more pesticides that farmers have to apply. It’s an endless cycle that farmers have no idea how to break out of. The problem just keeps getting worse and worse as the years go by. There are now 100 million acres of crops in the United States that contain superweeds.

So if Monsanto caused this problem, do they have a solution? Yep, and it’s the kind of horrifying solution that only Monsanto could come up with.

Monsanto’s own solution to this escalating problem would seem as laughably predictable as a bad Hollywood sequel if it weren’t all too real: Let’s roll out more GMO crops designed to withstand being doused with even more weed killer. Monsanto calls its next-generation line of GMO soybeans “Xtend,” and these are capable of not only surviving heavy applications of glyphosate but an older, more potent herbicide known as dicamba.

Federal regulators have yet to approve the new dicamba-based weed killer Monsanto formulated to pair with its dicamba-resistant GMO soybeans. But that apparently hasn’t stopped some desperate farmers from spraying dicamba anyway. And because the chemical has a nasty tendency to drift to neighboring fields, Monsanto’s new GMO crops aren’t only upending the natural order, they appear to being upending the social order in tight-knit farming communities too: Neighbors are accusing neighbors of illegally spraying dicamba and killing off crops that haven’t been engineered to tolerate the chemical. Dozens and dozens of complaints have been filed in Missouri and in Arkansas, but that may only be the beginning in the next chapter of the Monsanto saga. If the company’s new herbicide wins federal approval and certain farmers start spraying it, surrounding farmers might have no choice but to plant Monsanto’s dicamba-resistant GMO crops too—or risk their own crops dying from herbicide drift.

As one crop scientist at the University of Arkansas tells NPR: “[These farmers are] afraid they’re not going to be able to grow what they want to grow. They’re afraid that they’re going to be forced to go with that technology.”

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out where this is going. There’s going to be more pesticides on more crops, more superweeds, and a hell of a lot more money for Monsanto. As for the company’s new dicambe based pesticide, it hasn’t shown any potential to cause health problems in humans, but there also hasn’t been nearly as many studies on the chemical. When Roundup first came out for instance, everyone thought it was safe. Now it’s becoming more acceptable in the scientific community to admit that this stuff is super toxic. Until dicambe is used on a wider scale, we won’t really know what it’s capable of.

If you haven’t switched to organic food, consider this a wake-up call. America’s food supply is probably about to become more toxic than any of us could have imagined.

Joshua Krause was born and raised in the Bay Area. He is a writer and researcher focused on principles of self-sufficiency and liberty at Ready Nutrition. You can follow Joshua’s work at our Facebook page or on his personal Twitter.

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Farmers Are FINALLY Turning Against Monsanto, And Here’s Why

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America’s most popular weed killer, Monsanto’s Roundup, gave four Nebraska farmers cancer, a new federal lawsuit alleges.

The suit accuses the agribusiness giant of putting people in danger by refusing to label its products as a carcinogen.

Farmers Larry Domina, Frank Pollard, Robert Dickey and Royce Janzen developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer that affects the immune system. They allege they developed cancer because of exposure to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, a press release from the Domina Law Group says.

Glyphosate was classified as a cancer-causing agent by the World Health Organization, and California following by doing the same.

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Roundup is used by Nebraskans raising everything from grain to grass and tulips to trees. Nothing on the label alerts users to health risks,” attorney David Domina said. “Nebraskans deserve the benefit of the WHO research, and protection against unknown exposure.”

Monsanto regularly puts farmers in danger by not labeling Roundup as a carcinogen, Domina charged. The agribusiness giant made $4.8 billion from Roundup sales in 2015. Monsanto also markets Roundup Ready genetically modified seeds to farmers.

Monsanto championed falsified data and has attacked legitimate studies that revealed Roundup’s dangers,” the lawsuit, filed in US District Court in Lincoln, alleges. “Monsanto led a campaign of misinformation to convince government agencies, farmers and the general population that Roundup is safe.”

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Glyphosate appears on a list of chemicals described as known to cause cancer that was issued by the California Environmental Protection Agency on September 4, 2015. The state based its decision on a March 2015 report from the World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer. The same report found that glyphosate might cause non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

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Monsanto sued California to try and stop California from listing glyphosate as a carcinogen in January.

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Monsanto (NYSE: MON) is a publicly traded company that reported $13.68 billion in revenues on February 29, 2016, data provided by YCharts.com indicates. Monsanto’s revenues have fallen by $1.6 billion over the past year. In February 2015 the chemical company reported sales of $15.28 billion.

The four Nebraskans are not the only farmers who allege they were harmed by Monsanto’s herbicides. In 2012, a French court found that farmer Paul Francois’s memory loss, headaches and stammering were caused by a Monsanto weed killer, Lasso. The court ruled that Francois got sick after inhaling the herbicide for years.

No court date in the Nebraska farmers’ case has been set yet.

The Domina lawsuit could be the first of several against Monsanto in the United States. The Domina Law Group and New York law firm Weitz & Luxemborg are seeking farmers and agriculture workers who believe they were harmed by Roundup.

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Create Your UNgrocery list

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You are wasting SO much money at the grocery store, buying convenience foods that are actually JUST as easy to make at home, almost almost far less expensive and always healthier.

There are so many things that you can make at home instead of buying! Start creating your ungrocery list!

This is not an exhaustive list by any measure, but this should get you started on creating your own ungrocery list. Many of these recipes (well, the food-related ones) can be found in my cookbook A Cabin Full of Food, and if you are interested in increasing your food self-sufficiency, I urge you to get a copy. However, in the meantime, I would like to share some great ideas from friends of mine.

Homemade White Bread

There is such a difference between store bought bread and homemade bread that they almost shouldn’t be called the same thing.

Find out how to make a basic white bread from my friend Kim.

Croutons and bread or cracker crumbs

All of these things are very easily made at home. Elaina has directions for making delicious homemade croutons

Muffins

Do not buy muffins. Once you have a basic muffin recipe like my Banana Muffins and understand how to modify it, a batch of muffins can be mixed and in the oven in five minutes.

Jam, jelly and preserves of all kinds

My friend Cari has a recipe for Grape Jelly. You can home-canned or purchased grape juice. (And yes, you CAN make your own grape juice, too!)

Canned stew and soup

With home-canned meat and vegetables in the pantry, making soup and stew literally takes minutes. Get the canned stew off your grocery list and onto your ungrocery liste. Fnd out how to make homemade beef stew in fifteen minutes.

Chip and Vegetable Dip

But, but, but doesn’t it come in a little package that … well, it can, but it shouldn’t. This classic dip was made long before those dried mixes. Learn to make your own Onion Dip.

Biscuit Mix

Take a few minutes to mix up some biscuit mix and you will walk right by those boxes at the grocery store!

Extracts

Find out how easy it is to make your own Vanilla Extract from my friend Cari.

Holly also has instructions for making Vanilla Extract and Vanilla Syrup.

Cream soups

You certainly do NOT need to buy canned cream soups. Annette tells you how to make your own Cream of Chicken Soup

Canned meat

You do need a pressure canner for this, but it is possible to make the most tender, melt-in-your-mouth canned meat at home.

Canned Baked Beans

You really can make your own canned baked beans, and they are just as convenient as the commercial version – only far, far less expensive. 

Pancake syrup

For the record, I’m not talking about maple syup. If you do not have your own maple trees, then please purchase maple syrup – from a small producer, of course, and not a huge company. Pancake syrup is nothing more than a flavoured sugar syrup!

Chocolate syrup

Chocolate Syrup should definitely be on your Ungrocery list!
Cheese – cream cheese, cheddar/Colby, mozzarella, Parmesan

Hot cocoa mix

Have you ever made your own hot cocoa mix? It’s delicious!

Soap Concentrate

You’ll kick yourself when you find out how easy it is to make your own Castile Soap Concentrate – at far less cost than buying it!

Laundry Soap

Not everyone has the same results from homemade laundry soap, but if you’re interested in trying it, my friend Kim tells you how to make it

Have you ever thought about all the things you can make at home instead of buying. Keep your money in your pocket.

Applesauce

Not only will my friend Kim tell you how to make your own homemade chunky applesauce, but she has directions on both canning and freezing it.

Cranberry sauce

Don’t limit yourself by only having cranberry sauce at Christmas. Homemade Cranberry and Fruit Sauce is delicious all year round!

Salad Dressing

Don’t buy that Ranch Mix from the store. Really – you can make your own quite easily with ingredients that you recognize.

Pancake mix

Don’t do it. Just don’t do it. The purchased mix doesn’t actually save you any time and it certainly won’t save you money. Learn how to make your own Pancake Mix.

Pie shells

Don’t buy these! Annette tells you how to make your own Pie Shells and even a No-Roll Pie Crust!

Paper towels, paper plates, paper napkins, etc

I cover this in Time To Dispose of the Disposables. From diapers to family cloth, there are reusable versions of all the disposables. Check it out.

Cheeseburger Macaroni

Are you always buying those “helper” boxes at the store? Besides the fact that they are full of salt, and don’t really save you any money, they are EASY to recreate at home. Check out this recipe for homemade Cheeseburger Macaroni.

Wine

Really? WINE? If you like drinking wine with your dinner, you need to realize just how easy and affordable it is to make at home. My friend Danielle has instructions for making your own wine.

Tomato products

There are so many wonderful ways to make your own tomato products, and the flavour is usually much better than anything you can buy.

First step is learning how to can your own tomato sauce – save that taste of summer to enjoy all winter. Roasted Tomato Sauce is absolutely delicious.

Deodorant

My friend Cari has a great tutorial for making Tea Tree Deodorant. She even has a short video to show you how easy this is to make!

Chicken or beef or vegetable broth

Homemade broth is nothing like the stuff you buy from the store. Learn how to make a rich, nutritious beef broth from my friend Elaina and here are directions to make Homemade Vegetable Stock.

Lip Balm

Everyone loves soft lips (or rather, no one likes having dry, cracked lips!), but why buy tubes of what-is-in-this lip balm when you can make your own Peppermint Lip Balm with ingredients you can actually pronounce?

Here’s a home security tip I wrote down in my “Frugal Notebook” years ago:
“Put a pair of worn, dirty, size 14 work boots outside the front door. Wet often so they always look freshly used. Hey – would *you* break in?”

If you like the idea of cooking from scratch and eating food that “remembers where it came from”, you really need to check out A Cabin Full of Food. Almost a thousand recipes will keep you busy for a long time!

The FDA Just Surprised Everyone And Did Something About Roundup

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The United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) now considers glyphosate – the most widely used herbicide in the world — a potential threat to public health.

The agency says it plans to test many common foods to see if they contain the potentially cancer-causing chemical, which is the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup.

There has been considerable public pressure for the government to study glyphosate.

“The agency is now preparing plans for Fiscal Year 2016 to measure glyphosate in soybeans, corn, milk, and eggs, among other potential foods,” FDA spokeswoman Lauren Sucher told Newsweek.

Last year, researchers at the World Health Organization (WHO) released a report that said glyphosate probably causes cancer in human beings, Off The Grid News reported at the time. Monsanto at the time accused the international agency of having an agenda.

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Monsanto makes around $5 billion a year from sales of Roundup, Civil Eats reported. Several studies have linked glyphosate to kidney and liver problems and a type of cancer called lymphoma. Worldwide, farmers used around 1.65 billion pounds of glyphosate on crops in 2014, according to research in the journal Environmental Sciences Europe.

The FDA’s decision seems to contradict the Environmental Protection Agency, which declared that glyphosate did not cause cancer, The New York Times reported. An earlier EPA study had found it might cause cancer in mice.

The Government Accountability Office two years ago criticized the FDA for not adequately testing chemicals in foods.

“FDA does not disclose in its annual monitoring reports that it does not test for several commonly used pesticides with an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established tolerance (the maximum amount of a pesticide residue that is allowed to remain on or in a food) — including glyphosate, the most used agricultural pesticide,” the GAO report read.

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