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It’s Official: Glyphosate used on GM crops found in US rivers, rainfall

September 2, 2011 Leave a comment

Dear Eminem,

The toxic pollutant, glyphosate, marketed as Monsanto’s Roundup pesticide is now showing up in our rivers and rain. This stuff is so poisonous! It’s been linked to birth defects, neurological disorders and cancer. And now, it’s raining on your head, and Hailie’s…Please take a stand against Monsanto, Eminem! They are evil motherfuckers holding a gun to the head of all America and telling us to eat poisonous food or they gonna kill us.

It’s Official: Glyphosate used on GM crops found in US rivers, rainfall

Monitoring by the US Geological Survey (USGS) has revealed that glyphosate and its breakdown product Aminomethylphosphonic acid (known as AMPA) are frequently found in rainfall and rivers in the Mississippi Basin, where most GM crops tolerant to glyphosate are grown. [1]

Glyphosate (the basis of Monsanto’s brand name product Roundup) is widely used in the US with Monsanto’s Roundup Ready GM crops, which have been genetically modified to tolerate the weedkiller, so they survive when a field is sprayed with it. Herbicide tolerant GM plants are not currently grown in the UK due to concerns about adverse impacts on wildlife associated with the loss of habitat caused by the weedkiller. However Monsanto has lobbied persistently for their introduction. Roundup Ready soya and maize are imported from the US for use in animal feed, and meat and dairy products fed on GM feed are not labelled in many British supermarkets.

The USGS results are based on two studies of rain and watersheds in agricultural areas of the Mississippi Basin where the “the greatest use” of glyphosate takes place to control weeds in GM maize, soya and cotton tolerant to glyphosate/Roundup. The USGS reports that glyphosate use rose by more than eight fold, to 88,000 tons, in the 15 years to 2007, further eroding the myth that GM crops reduce chemical use.

Monsanto has repeatedly denied that glyphosate washes off fields in significant amounts, claiming the herbicide binds to soil particles and therefore cannot be leached. [2]

The USGS results confirm warnings from other countries that glyphosate is more mobile in some soils than the biotech corporation is prepared to admit. [3]

The presence of glyphosate and AMPA in surface waters means that drinking water quality and aquatic wildlife may be put at risk. Studies have shown many aquatic species are affected by the herbicide and its breakdown product, and there is growing concern about the safety of the product for human health. [4] In addition the overuse of glyphosate on GM soya, cotton and maize crops is driving an escalation and spread of problem weeds resistant to the weedkiller, meaning even more Roundup has to be used, often in combination with other herbicides, in an attempt to control these new “super” weeds.

The USGS found glyphosate in more than 60% of air and rain sampled at three locations in Mississippi, Iowa and Indiana, with AMPA found in more than 50% of samples, at concentrations up to 9.1ng/cubic metre and 0.49ng/cubic metre respectively. [5] Researchers from the USGS estimate that about 1% of glyphosate sprayed in catchments ended up in surface waters in the four areas where monitoring was conducted in streams and rivers. Concentrations varied between different river systems that formed part of the monitoring programme. The highest median level of glyphosate detected was 5.7μg/litre. [6] This level would not be allowed to enter public supply untreated under the EU Drinking Water Directive.

This year the European Commission postponed to 2015 a scheduled safety review of the European approval of glyphosate. [7]

Commenting Pete Riley of GM Freeze said:

“The Mississippi Basin has been subjected to glyphosate application on a massive scale for the last 15 years. As a result of this giant uncontrolled experiment, the USGS is now finding that glyphosate and its breakdown products are turning up in rainfall and rivers, and not, as Monsanto would have us think, being safely locked up in the soil.

“Politicians and regulators need to take note of these findings and suspend the use of Roundup tolerant crops wherever they are grown to protect water supply, wildlife and public health. The first step should be to urgently reschedule the safety review of glyphosate, ensuring it is both transparent and independent of data supplied by the industry.

“Thanks to opposition from the public and some Members States, the EU has escaped being part of the Monsanto experiment and has the opportunity to say ‘No’ to GM herbicide tolerant crops, which are now rightly seen as an escalation of the chemical arms race which began in the 1950s. On the basis of this latest USGS survey results, it’s time to use new tactics. The mounting evidence on the safety and movement of glyphosate now merits a ban on GM tolerant crops. ”

Categories: Environment, GMOs, Health, Monsanto

Which Fast Food Menu Items DON’T Contain GMOs?

Dear Eminem,

We know you spend a lot of time on the road…probably eating fast food. Did you know it’s virtually impossible to eat a fast food meal that doesn’t contain genetically modified ingredients? Do you feed that stuff to your kids?

Which Fast Food Menu Items DON’T Contain GMOs?

By Jill Ettinger, OrganicAuthority.com

Don’t believe the GMO experiment is on? Try this: Flight delayed. Starving. B-rated airport at best… and all you have around you are fast food restaurants. Ugh. Is there anything you can eat that’s healthy? Sure, some things would vaguely fit into the category, if your qualifier is simply ‘not deep fried’. But, what if you’re sick of being a guinea pig for Monsanto, Dupont and Cargill’s genetic engineering experiment and the 80 percent of processed foods that contain GMOs? Think your Taco Bell Bean Burrito or veggie sub are GMO-free?

We looked at menu items from fast food chains common in airports and highway rest stops: McDonald’s, Burger King, Carl’s Jr., Boston Market, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Taco Bell, Wendy’s, Subway, Panera and Au Bon Pain.

What we’re avoiding:

Anything derived from genetically modified corn or soy, which is in dozens of items from the obvious corncobs and chips, soy protein or soy sauce, to the clandestine ingredients like dextrose or lecithin. We’re also avoiding GMO canola and cottonseed oil. If you’re eating non-organic meat, eggs or dairy products, as you would in any fast food restaurant, you are also eating the GMO grains they were fed. So all items also had to be vegan in order to qualify.  All sodas and HFCS sweetened soft drinks contain GMOs and the diet ones have questionable ingredients as well, so stick with water or fresh juices, if available.

Read the results here.

Monsanto’s 5 Most Dubious Contributions to the Planet

Dear Eminem,

Monsanto has made gnarly products for some time, as Alternet reporter, Oliver Lee points out. But their GMOs just may be the most reckless of all. Read on…

Monsanto’s 5 Most Dubious Contributions to the Planet

There’s a whole lot more than just GMO seeds. Let’s take a quick look at some of the biotech giant’s most dubious contributions to society over the past century.
August 12, 2011  |

Oh, Monsanto, you sly dog.

You keep trying to make us believe you are “committed to sustainable agriculture” with your canny advertisments on American Public Media, even as you force-feed farmers your lab-grown Frankenseeds that expire every year (which are, let’s be honest, opposite of sustainable).

But we shouldn’t be surprised by the mixed message, should we? After all, you’ve been doing this for decades. With long-running corporate sponsorships, like Disney’s Tomorrowland, building reserves of goodwill as you spray us with DDT, it’s clear you’re entitled to send out products into the world with nary an environmental or health concern—just as long as you spend a bit of that hard-earned cash convincing us otherwise.

On that note, let’s take a quick look at some of the biotech giant’s most dubious contributions to society over their past century in business.

Read the full story on Alternet.

Eminem Named “King Of Hip-Hop” By Rolling Stone

August 15, 2011 1 comment

Dear Eminem:

There, they’ve said it, it’s done

The King of Hip Hop, you’re number one

Your voice is fierce we need it

To stop the GMOs bein seeded

Before hip-hop fans get all bent out of shape by Rolling Stone‘s claim that Eminem is the “king of hip-hop,” let’s set one thing straight. It’s all based on the fact that he sold the most albums — some $7.51 million — during the time of 2009 through the first seven months of 2011. According to the mag, “We’re not looking for the all-time greatest, although many of our contenders would vie for that crown.” You can read the rest of Rolling Stone‘s list here.

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Right2Know

Dear Eminem,

This October thousands of concerned Americans will March from New York to DC to create awareness about GMO foods. At the very least, don’t we deserve to know which foods contain the harmful ingredients?

You Don’t Have to Stand Alone Against Genetically Engineered Food (GMOs)!

Together Let’s Demand GMO Labeling Now! 

Join the GMO Right2Know March Oct 1-16, 2011

Most Americans agree we have a right to know what’s in our food, and a right to choose safe, healthy food for our families and ourselves.  And yet 80% of the packaged foods in America contain Genetically Engineered ingredients that have not been proven safe, and are not labeled!

Between October 1st and October 16th of this year, marchers from all across the country will be walking from New York City to the White House, in Washington DC, demanding labeling of all Genetically Engineered Foods, in what has come to be called the GMO Right2Know march. Come walk with us – step-by-step we will take back our Right to Know!

Genetically Modified Organisms  (GMOs) endanger our health, the environment, and our farmer’s livelihoods.  For too long, biotechnology companies like Monsanto have lobbied against labeling products containing their patented plants – plants which are specially designed to be sprayed with cancer-causing weed-killers, and plants which produce pesticides in every one of their cells.

The GMO Right2Know March is the first of it’s kind in America, and will have daily events between its kickoff in New York City and its finale at the White House, in Washington, DC. Come for the knowledgeable speakers, fun presentations, camping, and much, much more!  Now is your chance to make your voice heard.  We will win back our Right to Know what’s in our food – one step at a time!

Sign up, bring a group, and join the Right2Know community!  We are looking for walkers, bikers, drivers, volunteers, cheerleaders, hosts, and any other supporters out there!

Join us as we march from New York City to the White House in Washington DC from October 1 – October 16, 2011 for this historic march.

Why Get Involved?

These recent actions have created momentum to rally for the right to know about GMOs:

  • The decisions by the USDA to approve genetically modified Round-Up Ready™alfalfa seeds to be grown without restrictions.
  • The court decision to hold Bayer responsible for the LibertyLink contamination of rice.
  • The pre-emptive action by organic farmers and seed sellers to sue Monsanto for protection from patents on genetically
    modified seed.
  • The growth of the U.S. organic industry to $28.6 billion in 2010
  • The participation of hundreds of companies in the Non-GMO Project Grassroots organizing of the March 26th Right to Know Rallies and the response of 68,478 letters to Congress asking for GMO Labeling.
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Renegade

Eminem along with Jay-Z here in the dope “Renegade”.

“RENEGADE! Never been afraid to say
what’s on my mind at, any given time of day
Cause I’m a RENEGADE! Never been afraid to talk
about anything (ANYTHING) anything (ANYTHING), RENEGADE!” How about GMOs? Really. How could Monsanto even try to argue with this man.

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New Pathogen Discovery Linked to Monsanto’s Roundup Ready Seeds

Dear Eminem,

New Pathogens discovered in animals who eat Monsanto seeds! Do you feed your kids meat from animals tainted with GMO bacteria?

New Pathogen Discovery Linked to Monsanto’s Roundup Ready Seeds

May 13th, 2011 – Jill Ettinger

New Pathogen Discovery Linked to Monsanto's Roundup Ready Seeds

A new video interview by Food Democracy Now‘s David Murphy with Dr. Don Huber, Purdue Professor Emeritus and plant pathologist, reveals Huber’s startling discovery of an un-named new pathogen found to be causing health problems in livestock fed genetically modified corn and soy.

Among the most common genetically modified crops grown in the U.S., corn and soy are engineered to tolerate high levels of the glyphosate pesticide, commercially sold as Monsanto’s Roundup—the largest manufacturer of glyphosate pesticide and resistant Roundup Ready seeds.

What Huber and his team of researchers have discovered is severe soil damage where the GM seeds are planted, likely as a result of the use of Roundup pesticides, which are leading to imbalances in soil quality and to micronutrient mineral deficiencies. These nutrients, such as the mineral manganese, play a significant role not just in the health of the plants grown in the soil, but also in the health of livestock animals who eat them. Whether it’s the soil deficiencies or some other factor, this new microorganism is cause for alarm, according to Huber.

In the video, Huber states that the pathogen is virus-sized, but it is not a virus because it is capable of reproducing itself. It is not a microplasma or prion either. The pathogen is connected to infertility and miscarriages. According to Huber, it can kill a fertilized egg in 24-48 hours.

Despite the lack of comprehensive environmental impact studies on the health risks of long-term exposure to GM foods, the U.S. grows more than 165 million acres of GM crops (mostly Roundup Ready), more than any other country in the world and continues to deregulate more crops like the recent USDA approval to grow GM alfalfa.

Watch the video with Dr. Don Huber in its entirety.

Keep in touch with Jill on Twitter @jillettinger

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