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Ex-Monsanto Employee Removed from Science Journal that Retracted Study Showing GMOs Cause Tumors

The story of Prof. Gilles-Eric Séralini and his study showing that GMO food causes tumors in lab rats was reported far and wide, even in mainstream sources, but the narrative was changed when it was retracted by the Journal of Food and Chemical Toxicology.

That retraction was mysteriously preceded by the appointment of Richard Goodman, an ex-Monsanto employee who was named to the Editorial Board shortly before it happened, casting doubt on its motives.

Now, months after the republication of the Séralini study in another journal, Food and Toxicology is replacing Goodman with a new Editor-in-Chief, José Domingo, who has published papers questioning the safety of GMO crops. From one of Domingo’s papers: 

Critical changes have this year been made at the journal, Food and Chemical Toxicology, from which the Editor-in-Chief A. Wallace Hayes retracted the important paper by the Séralini team. The Editorial Board of the journal [19] now has a new Editor-in-Chief, José L. Domingo, who has published papers showing that safety of GM crops is not an established fact; and the Editorial Board no longer includes Richard Goodman, the ex-Monsanto employee who became Associate Editor for Biotechnology not long before the Séralini paper was retracted.”

According to this article from Global Research, the pro-Biotech editor A. Wallace Hayes will also be replaced by the journal, which of course begs the question: What would have happened had these two strong pro-GMO influences not been on the board at the time of the Séralini retraction?

seralini study editors

The infamous tumor-riddled lab rats from the Seralini study, which was retracted only after the appointment of a former Monsanto employee to one journal’s editorial board, and later republished in another peer-reviewed journal.

 

Ex-Monsanto Employee Removed from Science Journal that Retracted Study Showing GMOs Cause Tumors

The story of Prof. Gilles-Eric Séralini and his study showing that GMO food causes tumors in lab rats was reported far and wide, even in mainstream sources, but the narrative was changed when it was retracted by the Journal of Food and Chemical Toxicology.

That retraction was mysteriously preceded by the appointment of Richard Goodman, an ex-Monsanto employee who was named to the Editorial Board shortly before it happened, casting doubt on its motives.

Now, months after the republication of the Séralini study in another journal, Food and Toxicology is replacing Goodman with a new Editor-in-Chief, José Domingo, who has published papers questioning the safety of GMO crops. From one of Domingo’s papers: 

Critical changes have this year been made at the journal, Food and Chemical Toxicology, from which the Editor-in-Chief A. Wallace Hayes retracted the important paper by the Séralini team. The Editorial Board of the journal [19] now has a new Editor-in-Chief, José L. Domingo, who has published papers showing that safety of GM crops is not an established fact; and the Editorial Board no longer includes Richard Goodman, the ex-Monsanto employee who became Associate Editor for Biotechnology not long before the Séralini paper was retracted.”

According to this article from Global Research, the pro-Biotech editor A. Wallace Hayes will also be replaced by the journal, which of course begs the question: What would have happened had these two strong pro-GMO influences not been on the board at the time of the Séralini retraction?

seralini study editors

The infamous tumor-riddled lab rats from the Seralini study, which was retracted only after the appointment of a former Monsanto employee to one journal’s editorial board, and later republished in another peer-reviewed journal.

 

Report: Monsanto Released Toxic Chemicals Hundreds of Times Without Giving Proper Notifications

The Monsanto Company is once again dealing with negative publicity after it was announced that they have been fined by the EPA and the U.S. Department of Justice for the release of toxic cheicals into the environment without prior warning.

The incidents occurred at the company’s Soda Springs, Idaho facilities according to the Associated Press and resulted in a $600,000 fine (a paltry sum considering Monsanto’s vast profits).

Officials said that hazardous chemicals that can pose “serious health risks” were released during between 2006 and 2009 as hydogen cyanide, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and mercury were all given off.

According to the letter of the law companies are required to report such releases immediately.

“Each of these chemicals are hazardous and can pose serious health risks to workers and the community if mishandled or released in an uncontrolled manner,” federal officials said in a statement.

The Soda Springs facilities are operated by P4 Production LLC, a wholly owned Monsanto subsidiary. The company said it reconciled differences with the EPA, some as early as 2009, and received the EPA’s violation notice in May 2011.

monsanto fined in idaho

The Soda Springs plant in Idaho. Via Wikimedia.

“The protection of our employees, public health and the environment is always our No. 1 priority,” said Roger Gibson, P4’s vice president of operations. “As a long-time neighbor within the Soda Springs community, we care deeply about public health and the quality of our air, land and water, and we are committed to complying fully and transparently with all applicable laws and regulations.”

The company mines phosphate ore in southeastern Idaho which is then refined to make products including aviation fluids, herbicides and fire retardants, the AP report said.

Monsanto has also been in the news this week over a report that glyphosate is a likely carcinogen, but dodged a bullet when a lawsuit against it by the city of San Diego was ignored by the mainstream media.

Top Medical Journal, WHO Confirm: Monsanto’s Flagship Product Probably Causes Cancer

Recently, a major report in one of the world’s top medical journals concluded that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s best selling herbicide Roundup, is a “probable” carcinogen.

The report, which was published by the World Health Organization in The Lancet, said that there is “limited evidence” the weedkiller can cause non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and lung cancer and “convincing evidence” that it can also cause cancer in lab animals.

It was issued after a meeting of 17 cancer experts from 11 countries was convened this month.

In response the United States’ EPA has said it will consider the French agency’s evaluation.

Monsanto has denied the findings of the report saying that “all labeled uses for glyphosate are safe for human health” according to Phil Miller, the company’s global head of regulatory and government affairs.

The EPA has previously ruled that the agricultural chemical could be used “without unreasonable risks to people or the environment,” but considering its widespread use especially in U.S. farming coupled with the Lancet’s findings and other warnings, others remain far from convinced.

Several other studies including this 2013 one in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology have made similar associations.

monsanto roundup linked to cancer

And glyphosate is becoming ubiquitous in the environment as well. A 2014 study of U.S. mothers found glyphosate in their breast milk at rates 760 to 1,600 times higher than what European safety standards allow. The chemical has also been showing up in rain and drinking water samples.

Approximately 1 billion pounds of pesticides are sprayed on U.S. crops every year and many of these sprays contain glyphosate; meanwhile that number is rising each year in large part due to the use of Roundup-resistant genetically modified crops from Monsanto.

Glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide in the world and is used on various types of crops, including Monsanto’s genetically modified, lab-created ones from seeds designed to withstand large doses of chemicals while the weeds and pesticides around it are killed.

Top Medical Journal, WHO Confirm: Monsanto’s Flagship Product Probably Causes Cancer

Recently, a major report in one of the world’s top medical journals concluded that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s best selling herbicide Roundup, is a “probable” carcinogen.

The report, which was published by the World Health Organization in The Lancet, said that there is “limited evidence” the weedkiller can cause non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and lung cancer and “convincing evidence” that it can also cause cancer in lab animals.

It was issued after a meeting of 17 cancer experts from 11 countries was convened this month.

In response the United States’ EPA has said it will consider the French agency’s evaluation.

Monsanto has denied the findings of the report saying that “all labeled uses for glyphosate are safe for human health” according to Phil Miller, the company’s global head of regulatory and government affairs.

The EPA has previously ruled that the agricultural chemical could be used “without unreasonable risks to people or the environment,” but considering its widespread use especially in U.S. farming coupled with the Lancet’s findings and other warnings, others remain far from convinced.

Several other studies including this 2013 one in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology have made similar associations.

monsanto roundup linked to cancer

And glyphosate is becoming ubiquitous in the environment as well. A 2014 study of U.S. mothers found glyphosate in their breast milk at rates 760 to 1,600 times higher than what European safety standards allow. The chemical has also been showing up in rain and drinking water samples.

Approximately 1 billion pounds of pesticides are sprayed on U.S. crops every year and many of these sprays contain glyphosate; meanwhile that number is rising each year in large part due to the use of Roundup-resistant genetically modified crops from Monsanto.

Glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide in the world and is used on various types of crops, including Monsanto’s genetically modified, lab-created ones from seeds designed to withstand large doses of chemicals while the weeds and pesticides around it are killed.

Editorial: “We Aren’t Buying Monsanto’s Aggressive PR Spin, And Neither Should You”

One minute Bill Nye the Science Guy is all for proper independent testing and labeling of GMOs, the next minute he’s visiting Monsanto headquarters and changing his mind.

One minute Neil DeGrasse Tyson is keeping his eyes focused on the Cosmos, the next he’s speaking out why we shouldn’t even worry about unlabeled GMOs (and getting something very fundamentally wrong about the basic science at the same time).

What’s going on here, anyway?

As the world becomes more and more aware of the truth about GMOs and the damage cause by agrochemicals, more and more people are speaking out on social media and in protests like MAM.

This has caused Monsanto to respond by spending several millions in PR campaigns in deliberate attempts to mislead the public about the science behind their products, and much more.

monsanto pr

Monsanto has had a strong influence in the U.S. government and in the media due in large part to millions in PR spending.

Recently, Author Wenonah Hauter of Food Tank had the following editorial published in the Christian Science Monitor, which touches on Monsanto’s “aggressive PR campaign” and how it is working to obscure the myriad objections to the company’s products and GMOs.

An excerpt:

Corporations and their hired guns love confusing people about the science behind their questionable products to help shape favorable public opinion (in the case of GMOs, asserting there is scientific consensus where none actually exists). But we aren’t buying their spin, nor should you…”

To read the full editorial and find out why Hauter feels that way exactly, check out this link. Thanks for reading and we’ll see you at MAM on May 23!

Editorial: “We Aren’t Buying Monsanto’s Aggressive PR Spin, And Neither Should You”

One minute Bill Nye the Science Guy is all for proper independent testing and labeling of GMOs, the next minute he’s visiting Monsanto headquarters and changing his mind.

One minute Neil DeGrasse Tyson is keeping his eyes focused on the Cosmos, the next he’s speaking out why we shouldn’t even worry about unlabeled GMOs (and getting something very fundamentally wrong about the basic science at the same time).

What’s going on here, anyway?

As the world becomes more and more aware of the truth about GMOs and the damage cause by agrochemicals, more and more people are speaking out on social media and in protests like MAM.

This has caused Monsanto to respond by spending several millions in PR campaigns in deliberate attempts to mislead the public about the science behind their products, and much more.

monsanto pr

Monsanto has had a strong influence in the U.S. government and in the media due in large part to millions in PR spending.

Recently, Author Wenonah Hauter of Food Tank had the following editorial published in the Christian Science Monitor, which touches on Monsanto’s “aggressive PR campaign” and how it is working to obscure the myriad objections to the company’s products and GMOs.

An excerpt:

Corporations and their hired guns love confusing people about the science behind their questionable products to help shape favorable public opinion (in the case of GMOs, asserting there is scientific consensus where none actually exists). But we aren’t buying their spin, nor should you…”

To read the full editorial and find out why Hauter feels that way exactly, check out this link. Thanks for reading and we’ll see you at MAM on May 23!

‘Altered Genes, Twisted Truth:’ Jane Goodall Promotes Attorney’s New Book on the Fallacies of GMO “Safety”

Supporters of companies producing genetically modified foods like Monsanto, DuPont and the others claim that their products have been rigorously tested and that their safety has been proven.

But millions of activists across the globe remain skeptical of these claims, in large part because of government collusion with the aforementioned chemical and GMO companies.

Accusations of systematic scientific fraud and bias in favor of approving GMOs and maintaining the status quo have yet to be answered, and now a new book is once again pointing the finger at these companies over the safety of their products.

The book titled ‘Altered Genes, Twisted Truth,’ was recently launched at a press conference in London by author Steven M. Druker, and includes a foreword from renowned researcher Dr. Jane Goodall.

The book is available on Amazon and is currently ranked #1 in three separate categories on the shopping website.

In the book, Druker, an American public interest attorney who gained notoriety for initiating a lawsuit against the FDA forcing it reveal files on genetically modified foods, reveals his shocking findings and demonstrates the dangerous pattern of corruption and selective ignorance exhibited by the organization. 

Those files showed that GMOs were only allowed to make it to market in 1992 because the FDA ignored the warnings of its own scientists, violated a federal food safety law allowing them to be marketed without having been proven safe through standard testing, and lied about the facts surrounding them according to this article from the website Farm Wars.

Contrary to the pronouncements of its proponents, the massive enterprise to reconfigure the genetic core of the world’s food supply is not based on sound science but on the systematic subversion of science – and it would collapse if subjected to an open airing of the facts,” Druker said.

Goodall had this to say about Druker’s book: “I shall urge everyone I know who cares about life on Earth, and the future of their children, and children’s children, to read it,” she said.

jane goodall gmo book

 

It will go a long way toward dispelling the confusion and delusion that has been created regarding the genetic engineering process and the foods it produces. . . . Steven Druker is a hero. He deserves at least a Nobel Prize.”

Druker issued a challenge to the Royal Society in Britain to confront and addressing the facts. culled from 15 years of research in the book, as well.

For more info, read the original article from BeyondGM here or check out the book on Amazon (it’s about 15 bucks).

‘Altered Genes, Twisted Truth:’ Jane Goodall Promotes Attorney’s New Book on the Fallacies of GMO “Safety”

Supporters of companies producing genetically modified foods like Monsanto, DuPont and the others claim that their products have been rigorously tested and that their safety has been proven.

But millions of activists across the globe remain skeptical of these claims, in large part because of government collusion with the aforementioned chemical and GMO companies.

Accusations of systematic scientific fraud and bias in favor of approving GMOs and maintaining the status quo have yet to be answered, and now a new book is once again pointing the finger at these companies over the safety of their products.

The book titled ‘Altered Genes, Twisted Truth,’ was recently launched at a press conference in London by author Steven M. Druker, and includes a foreword from renowned researcher Dr. Jane Goodall.

The book is available on Amazon and is currently ranked #1 in three separate categories on the shopping website.

In the book, Druker, an American public interest attorney who gained notoriety for initiating a lawsuit against the FDA forcing it reveal files on genetically modified foods, reveals his shocking findings and demonstrates the dangerous pattern of corruption and selective ignorance exhibited by the organization. 

Those files showed that GMOs were only allowed to make it to market in 1992 because the FDA ignored the warnings of its own scientists, violated a federal food safety law allowing them to be marketed without having been proven safe through standard testing, and lied about the facts surrounding them according to this article from the website Farm Wars.

Contrary to the pronouncements of its proponents, the massive enterprise to reconfigure the genetic core of the world’s food supply is not based on sound science but on the systematic subversion of science – and it would collapse if subjected to an open airing of the facts,” Druker said.

Goodall had this to say about Druker’s book: “I shall urge everyone I know who cares about life on Earth, and the future of their children, and children’s children, to read it,” she said.

jane goodall gmo book

 

It will go a long way toward dispelling the confusion and delusion that has been created regarding the genetic engineering process and the foods it produces. . . . Steven Druker is a hero. He deserves at least a Nobel Prize.”

Druker issued a challenge to the Royal Society in Britain to confront and addressing the facts. culled from 15 years of research in the book, as well.

For more info, read the original article from BeyondGM here or check out the book on Amazon (it’s about 15 bucks).

Do You Value Your DNA and Genetic Health? Stay Away from Monsanto Chemicals, Study Says

It’s no secret that farm chemicals are dangerous to the workers and wildlife that are exposed to them, but until recently we didn’t quite know the full extent of that damage.

Farm workers in the soybean industry are particularly at risk of being harmed by synthetic herbicides and pesticides (especially the ones manufactured by Monsanto) according to a study published in the journal ‘Mutation Research/Genetic Toxicology and Environmental Mutagenesis,’ which included 127 people, most of whom were exposed to these chemicals during their work in the Brazilian soybean industry.

While the powers-that-be insist these chemicals are safe, the study casts a dark shadow on their safety especially in light of the importance of genetic health, both now and among future generations, to human health in general.

DNA damage has been recorded as a likely side effect of exposure to Monsanto farm chemicals including those in Roundup.

Damage to human DNA has been recorded as a likely effect of Monsanto chemicals including those in Roundup.

 

Monsanto Chemicals Linked to Genetic Damage

According to the study, released in 2013 but recently reported on by the news website RT, the soybean workers exposed to agricultural chemicals like glyphosate, which is included in Monsanto’s best-selling ‘Roundup’ herbicide, were recorded as having higher levels of DNA and cell damage.

Of the 127 people, 81 exposed to the chemicals were studied along with 46 who were not exposed. Those working with the chemicals showed a higher level of DNA damage as well as cellular apoptosis (programmed cell death, or suicide committed by damaged cells within the body).

“Our findings indicate the advisability of monitoring genetic toxicity in soybean farm workers exposed to pesticides,” the researchers said.

For more info, read the full text of the study here.

Nick Meyer writes for the website AltHealthWORKS.com, you can like their Facebook page by clicking here