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  • Adam Hardy 10:04 am on September 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: glyphosate, health, lbislington, ,   

    @IslingtonLB and others should stop use of #glyphosate 

    … and not replace it with the next product from Monsanto whose claims that it is safe are only backed up by their multi-million dollar legal department.

    CNN: Monsanto now paying millions to victims of glyphosate exposure

    I don’t actually read CNN but this is the first coverage of it I found. Roundup (glyphosate) is used extensively throughout the UK by councils, the railways etc. We all have it in our bodies and due to the way it is used agriculturally just before harvest, it is in all our foodstuffs and comes out in our urine (fortunately, compared to other chemicals with accumulate).

    Brought to my attention via Riverford veggie box blog:



  • Kate Calvert 9:24 am on June 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Beyond GM, glyphosate, GMOs   

    The GMO Debate Starts to Hot Up Again 

    Beyond GM is a new independent initiative working to raise the level of debate on genetically modified organisms.

    They describe their background as being the two decades of the idea of GMOs being sold to the public as a way to fix the food system and feed the hungry. In practice, they say, after 20 years only four main GM crops – cotton, maize, soya and canola – have emerged. Around half of those are used to make biofuels, a large proportion goes to feed livestock, and the rest is used to create fats, sugars and fillers for processed foods.

    Costs for the farmer are found to be between three and six times higher than conventional growing, with very variable results, a result, says Beyond GM, of a time when many still believed industrial farming was the way to provide enough food.

    They add that GM foods are not cheaper, and not more nutritious. They may even be harmful. Indeed, 300 scientists from around the world have signed an open letter to say there is no scientific consensus on GMO safety and the weight of the evidence otherwise is cause for concern. For example, farmers are beginning to report that their animals get ill when they eat GM feed. Impaired immunity, gut and reproductive abnormalities have all bee reported. As a result the farmers have to spend yet more on medicines and vet bills.

    Even so, biotech companies are lobbying for government regulators to agree more GM crops and foods and although the majority of the public oppose this, they are slipping through under the radar.

    Beyond GM reports that the UK government plans to allow more open air trials and to encourage farmers to ‘go GM’ from 2017. In the EU the coalition that blocked the planting of GM crops has broken up and the European Parliament voted to allow individual member states to make their own decisions about whether to grow GM crops.

    The UK government does not plan any post-marketing monitoring or co-existence measures to protect organic and non GMO farmers. And of course the crops require high levels of pesticides such as glyphosates, which remain as residues in foods. And because they become dispersed they affect more than the GMO crops. In 2015 the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a branch of the World Health Organization, declared glyphosate a ‘probably human carcinogen’. Beyond GM says there is continuing research showing adverse effects on kidneys, liver, and reproductive organs, and that glyphosate is a hormone disrupter.

    After the rejection of GM some years ago, supermarkets are now apparently beginning to stock food with GM ingredients as well as meat milk and eggs from animals fed on GM feed. Beyond GM plans to increase public awareness of the issues.



  • Kate Calvert 1:25 pm on June 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bayer, EU, glyphosate,   

    A Big Win on Glyphosphates – but no let up 

    Campaign group Avaaz has just announced that the European Union just refused to grant Monsanto a new licence for its flagship product – the pesticide glyphosate. Avaaz reports that glyphosate accounts for up to a third of all Monsanto’s revenue but there was opposition to approval from countries including Germany, France and Italy. Avaaz is now asking for independent verification of the safety of glyphosate and lobbying for 18 months to be set aside for this work.

    However, closer to home it seems that London boroughs have happily been spraying glyphosate on their parks, where residents duly breath it in. There’s a 38degrees petition against its use by Camden and it seems likely others will follow given the World Health Organisation’s view that glyphosates probably cause cancer.

    At the same time the Swiss-based chemicals group Bayer is proposing to buy Monsanto. It’s a move which SumofUs reckons, ‘could spell disaster for our food supply and farmers, ushering in a new era of sterile crops soaked in dangerous pesticides. If the deal is successful, it’ll make the new corporation the biggest seed maker and pesticide company in the world — and it will have almost total control of the most important aspects of our food supply’.

    And for added anti Monsanto feeling listen to the new album by Neil Young – The Monsanto Years – offering old-fashioned protest songs from an old rocker – review by  Rolling Stone.

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