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Monsanto is Sweating This One

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Touch the Soil News #619 California officials have been wrestling with the health risks of Roundup (a Monsanto product) whose primary active ingredient is glyphosate. Glyphosate has been determined to be a probable carcinogen by a study group sponsored by the World Health Organization. Before California could take action on requiring labeling on RoundUp products, Monsanto brought a lawsuit against California. Monsanto insists that its product poses no risk to people. Less than a week ago, Fresno County Superior Judge Krisit Kapetan ruled in favor of the state of California. California can now move forward to forcing Monsanto into putting cancer warnings on its glyphosate products – RoundUp. Farmers in…

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Is This For Real?

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Touch the Soil News #615 (feature photo courtesy of Food Democracy Now) Food Democracy Now http://www.fooddemocracynow.org/ recently published a report on the levels of the chemical glyphosate (Roundup) in popular American foods including Cheerios, Doritos, Oreos, Goldfish and Ritz cracker and Stacey’s Pita Chips. Following are some of the highlights of that report: Glyphosate – the active ingredient in Roundup – is the most heavily used chemical weedkiller in food and agriculture production in human history. 29 foods were tested for residues of glyphosate at the FDA registered laboratory – Anresco Laboratories of San Francisco. Scientific evidence shows that probable harm to human health could begin at ultra-low levels of…

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A Wrench in the Spokes of Monsanto’s Bike

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Touch the Soil News #333 Organizations and movements around the world have been fighting the likes of Monsanto and GMO foods that rely on heavy chemical use – particularly glyphosate – aka Roundup. Come to find out, the European Commission of the European Union had planned to rubber stamp a new 15-year license for the chemical. But not so fast, the nations of Italy, France, Sweden and the Netherlands decided to step in and block the approval. This international wrench in the spokes is being praised by Greenpeace and other anti-GMO organizations. International pictogram used to designate hazardous substances like glyphosate. So what was the reason we are we putting…

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The State of Vermont Arm Wrestles the GMO Cartel – the Biggest Showdown in U.S. Food History

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Touch the Soil News #116 –– includes 1 video   Over the last 20 years, the GMO cartel has scored success after success in controlling seeds, promoting chemical agriculture through plants resistant to pesticides, high level lobbying in Congress, the USDA and the FDA and spending millions to block state referendums to have foods labeled that contain GMO crops. In the process of getting their way, the Monsanto Corporation – the lead organization in creating GMO agriculture – has become popularly labeled as the most hated corporation in the world. Over the last three years, several key states have initiated referendums to label foods containing GMOs only to be marginally…

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Is Monsanto Perceived as the World’s Number 1 Villain Corporation? (Part 2 of 2)

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Touch the Soil News #110 –– includes 1 video While the world protests Monsanto, the question often arises: Who is Monsanto? This is a difficult question to answer. Monsanto reported that as of year-end 2014, it has assets of $22 billion and a whopping debt load of $14.1 billion. In this regard, Monsanto’s creditors are indirectly large stakeholders. So in some ways, the creditors are one of the faces of Monsanto. However, Monsanto’s creditors do not have a voting voice and are therefore more interested in Monsanto’s earnings, not what the company does to get its earnings. Stockholders use their votes to influence the business practices employed. We can also…

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News Roundup – News You Might Have Missed – Vol 2

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April 2015 │ Springdale, Arkansas Tyson Foods announced that it is striving to eliminate the use of human antibiotics from its U.S. broiler chicken flocks by the end of September 2017. They will report annually on their progress, beginning with their fiscal 2015 Sustainability Report. Tyson has already stopped using all antibiotics in its 35 broiler hatcheries, requiring a veterinary prescription for antibiotics used on broiler farms and having reduced human antibiotics used to treat broiler chickens by more than 80 percent since 2011. See uploaded video here. April 2015 │ USDA The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that the organic industry continues to show remarkable growth domestically…

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The Indomitable Human Spirit Won’t Quit Seeking the Truth About Toxic Farming

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IARC; Lyon, France – 3/17/15 │ Seventeen experts from 11 countries met at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). The IRC is a specialized research unit – with over 250 research experts – of the World Health Organization (see logo photo). The purpose of the effort was to assess the carcinogenicity of insecticides and the primary global herbicides (weed killers). Making international news was that one of the herbicides – determined to be a “probable carcinogen” – was Glyphosate. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in none other than Roundup. City folk know about Roundup as the chemical used around the house to kill weeds and unwanted grasses. However,…

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