The tests, commissioned by the Organic
Consumers Association (OCA), found that 93 percent of Americans have
detectable levels of the chemical glyphosate in their urine.
As noted by the Detox Project: 2
Results from a German study 3
published in 2012 showed that even people who have no direct contact
with agriculture have significant concentrations of glyphosate in
Between 1974 and 2014, 9.4 million tons of glyphosate was used worldwide.
Glyphosate Threatens Ecological, Animal and Human Health
As noted by The Center for Biological Diversity, the heavy use of glyphosate - particularly on genetically engineered (GE) Roundup Ready crops, which are also developed by Monsanto - has been implicated in the dramatic decline in Monarch butterflies.
Evidence 6,7 has also linked glyphosate to Bee Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) and honeybee starvation, 8 along with toxicity to soil, woodland plants, amphibians, fish, aquatic environments and mammals, 9 causing reproductive problems and endocrine disruption.
According to other recent research, glyphosate may also promote antibiotic resistance by disrupting gut bacteria and dysregulating manganese utilization (manganese accumulation in bile acids allows Salmonella to gain a stronghold there).
Monsanto, a 'Sinister Threat to the Planet's Ecosystem'
Considering the many concerns raised by scientists about the toxic nature of glyphosate and formulations containing glyphosate (which typically turn out to be even more toxic than glyphosate in isolation), you'd think the U.S. government, if not Monsanto itself, would take action to protect human health.
Instead, they've done the converse...
In fact, it could easily be said that without the support by government officials and regulators, Monsanto would never have been able to achieve its current power status.
As noted by Martin:
The company's history goes all the way back to 1901, when John Francis Queeny founded Monsanto Chemical Works in St. Louis, Missouri.
His father-in-law, a sugar merchant named Emmanuel Mendes de Monsanto provided funding.
The company was also enlisted to help with American bomb making.
To circumvent the regulations and high taxes in St. Louis, Monsanto moved its business 4 miles south, establishing its own town, Monsanto, Illinois.
Not surprisingly, regulations were lax in the town of Monsanto, and corporate taxes were low. As a result, the town attracted a number of other factories.
According to Martin,
A History of Concealment
Monsanto became a leading producer of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), producing nearly all PCBs sold in the U.S., an estimated 1.25 billion pounds.
As noted by Martin, the toxicity of PCBs were known, and concealed, by Monsanto executives. Today, lingering PCB pollution has led to at least 700 lawsuits on behalf of people who claim their exposure to PCBs caused non-Hodgkin lymphoma. 10
In 2002, Monsanto was found guilty of decades of "outrageous acts of pollution" in the town of Anniston, Alabama, where it dumped PCBs into the local river and secretly buried the toxic chemical in a landfill. 11
The charge of "outrageous" in Alabama law requires the act to be,
Indeed, internal documents revealed Monsanto had full knowledge of the severity of the pollution problem it caused for at least three decades, and decided to cover it up.
As reported by The Washington Post at the time: 12
US Government Shields Monsanto From PCB Fallout
Seattle recently filed a lawsuit against Monsanto for PCB pollution.
They want Monsanto to pay to help clean up pollution it caused in the Duwamish River and also wants to hold the company responsible for making the river's fish too contaminated to eat. 13
San Diego has also sued Monsanto for polluting the Coronado Bay with PCBs, 14 while San Jose, Oakland and Berkeley, California and Spokane, Washington have filed lawsuits against Monsanto for continuing to produce and promote PCBs despite knowing their hazards. 15
However, it remains to be seen whether these lawsuits will ever move forward.
Congress is in the process of updating the Toxic Substances Control Act and the House of Representatives has conveniently slipped in a clause that many are calling a "gift" to Monsanto, as the paragraph shields the company from legal liability related to PCBs.
Monsanto's War Contributions - Atomic Bomb, DDT and Agent Orange
Most people are unaware that in 1943, Monsanto joined the U.S. war machine.
Monsanto head Charles Allen Thomas received an invitation from the Pentagon, asking him to join the Manhattan Project. Monsanto's laboratories subsequently produced polonium for the atomic bomb, which ended up being dropped on Hiroshima, Japan.
According to Martin, Monsanto was also responsible for irradiating American citizens on U.S. soil, supplying radioactive iron for human experiments.
Between 1945 and 1947, Vanderbilt University researchers fed radioactive iron to nearly 900 pregnant women to test the effects of radiation on the human body and fetus.
Monsanto also produced one of the world's first pesticides, dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, better known as DDT.
Advertised not only as harmless but actually good for human health, DDT was widely used without any safety precautions whatsoever to kill off disease-carrying mosquitoes.
For three decades, marketing campaigns assured DDT's safety and benefits, despite the growing number of scientific investigations suggestion otherwise. Today the toxicity of DDT is well-recognized, but it was public pressure that forced the U.S. government to finally ban the chemical in 1972.
Monsanto's contributions to the U.S. war machine continued during the Vietnam War, when the company became a leading producer of Agent Orange, a defoliant that had severe health consequences for those exposed to it, thanks to the presence of dioxin.
According to Martin, Monsanto and the U.S. government were aware of the toxic nature of dioxin, but hid it from the public.
Still to this day, Vietnamese people, American veterans and chemical plant workers suffer the consequences of exposure. In the town of Nitro, where Monsanto dumped dioxin for years without informing the residents, people also suffer elevated rates of cancer and other health problems.
Byproducts from the manufacture of Agent Orange were also dumped into New Jersey's Passaic River for decades, turning it into one of the most contaminated waterways in the U.S.
Monsanto Tries to Rebrand Itself
In 1977, Monsanto hired the PR firm Bain & Company to help them reshape public opinion about the company, which had grown increasingly negative.
Bain employee Mitt Romney was selected for the task, and Romney suggested Monsanto rebrand itself as a life affirming company by shifting its focus toward food and agriculture.
Under Romney's guidance, Monsanto slogans such as "Feeding the World" were born.
But this corporate facelift was as shallow as they come, because Monsanto didn't stop making toxic chemicals. Nor did it change the way it does business. For example, Monsanto acquired Searle, the maker of aspartame, a toxic sweetener now found in more than 6,000 food products and beverages.
Martin describes the history behind this controversial sweetener, and the political connections that ultimately allowed aspartame to flood the market, despite studies suggesting it may be harmful to human health.
Monsanto also contributed recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) to the U.S. food system.
This synthetic hormone increases milk production in cows. However, research suggests that drinking milk from rBGH-treated cows may also increase your risk of cancer.
Monsanto's entry into agriculture may have been the most destructive of all. By producing genetically engineered (GE) herbicide-resistant seeds and the pesticides that go with them, Monsanto has been able to spread its toxic influence even further than ever before.
Remarkably, the company tries to pass itself off as a "sustainable agricultural company," despite the fact that its chemical-based methods are anything but.
Monsanto Has Long History of Lobbying Against Warning Labels
Since its inception, Monsanto has repeatedly fought attempts to warn people about the potential health risks associated with their products.
Repeatedly, the company has insisted their products are completely safe, even when they knew it wasn't true.
Monsanto has vehemently fought:
Monsanto's history really speaks for itself, and its current behavior tells us nothing has changed since the days of,
The only thing that has changed is that now the company is able to ensure that virtually every person on the planet is affected by its toxic chemicals, via food.
SAD NEWS - House Passes DARK Act Compromise
The House passed a compromise to the DARK Act that will force food distributors to disclose the presence of genetically "engineered" (GE) ingredients with a smartphone scan code.
It's now headed to the White House, where President Obama is expected to sign it.
Genetically modified organisms (GMOs), or genetically "engineered" (GE) foods, are live organisms whose genetic components have been artificially manipulated in a laboratory setting through creating unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacteria and even viral genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods.
GMO proponents claim that genetic engineering is "safe and beneficial," and that it advances the agricultural industry. They also say that GMOs help ensure the global food supply and sustainability.
But is there any truth to these claims? I believe not.
For years, I've stated the belief that GMOs pose one of the greatest threats to life on the planet. Genetic engineering is NOT the safe and beneficial technology that it is touted to be.
The FDA cleared the way for GE (Genetically Engineered) Atlantic salmon to be farmed for human consumption. Thanks to added language in the federal spending bill, the product will require special labeling so at least consumers will have the ability to identify the GE salmon in stores.
However, it's imperative ALL GE foods be labeled clearly without a smartphone scan code because not everyone owns a smartphone.
The FDA is threatening the existence of our food supply. We have to start taking action now. I urge you to share this article with friends and family.
If we act together, we can make a difference and put an end to the absurdity.
Boycott Smart Labels Today
When you see the QR code or so-called Smart Label on a food product, pass it by.
Products bearing the Grocery Manufacturer's Association's (GMA) Smart Label mark are in all likelihood filled with pesticides and/or GMO ingredients.
The GMA's 300-plus members include chemical technology companies, GE seed and food and beverage companies.
Monsanto, Dow and Coca-Cola are just some of the heavy-hitters in this powerful industry group, which has showed no qualms about doing whatever it takes to protect the interest of its members.
Don't waste your time searching through their website, which may or may not contain the information you're looking for. If they insist on wasting your time and making your shopping difficult, why reward them with a purchase?
A little known fact is that the GMA actually owns the "Smart Label" trademark that Congress has accepted as a so-called "compromise" to on-package GMO labeling, and that's another reason why I believe the Smart Label mark is the mark of those with something to hide such as Monsanto.
Will you financially support a corrupt, toxic and unsustainable food system, or a healthy, regenerative one?
There are many options available besides big-brand processed foods that are part of the "GMA's verified ring of deception."
Last but not least, encourage good companies to reject QR codes and to be transparent and clear with their labeling.
This will eventually ensure that all GMO foods can easily be identified by the GMA's "verified ring of deception" mark that is the Smart Label.
...all vowed to voluntarily comply with Vermont's GMO labeling law by labeling all of their foods sold across the U.S.
Will their plans change if the current "compromise" gets passed by the Senate?
That remains to be seen, but if you like these companies, I would encourage you to reach out to them and ask them to remain steadfast in their promise.
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