The ‘Non-GMO’ Label Doesn’t Go Far Enough: Taking Stock of GMOs and Glyphosate

By Dr. Jeremy L. Caradonna,Environmental Studies, University of Victoria

and Dr. Thierry Vrain,Head of Biotechnology at Agriculture Canada’s Summerland Research Station (retired)

The total sale of products with ‘Non-GMO’ labeling is now in the billions, and the growth of this market is certainly to be applauded. However, the Non-GMO label inadvertently shields health-conscious consumers from one of the scarier realities of the modern food system—that glyphosate, which is the main ingredient in the herbicide Roundup, is also being applied to non genetically modified crops.

Species of Gut Bacteria reverses Autism?

A new study shows that a single species of gut bacteria can reverse autism-related social behavior in mice. The absence of a one specific species of gut bacteria causes social deficits in mice, researchers report. By adding this bacteria species back to the guts of affected mice, the researchers were able to reverse some of their behavioral deficits, which are reminiscent of symptoms of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) in humans. The investigators are now looking to explore the effects of probiotics on neurodevelopmental disorders in future work.

Presentation to Opposition Committee Agriculture & Food

Banning Roundup in Agriculture is an Imperative.

In the US a judge has ruled that kids can sue the US government for inaction on Climate Change. Last July, a court in The Hague has ordered the Dutch government to cut its emissions by at least 25% within five years, in a landmark ruling expected to cause ripples around the world. As incontrovertible proofs that Roundup is linked to autism, cancers, and other disorders accumulate, we can expect to see large groups of the population suing government for inaction against toxic agriculture.

Banning Roundup in agriculture won't solve everything but it will at least stop contaminating our food supply with this known toxin, and show that government is taking action. It may even motivate government to change forestry practices for currently BC forestry industry sprays about 18,000 hectares of forests with Glyphosate at a highter toxicity despite the fact that a Ministry of Environment 7paper dated 2008 shows it kills amphibians. Of course it also kills most animals since it greatly reduces food supplies and pollutes the air and waterways. 

Top African Producer Bans GM Cotton

(AFP - 24 April 2016) Burkina Faso, Africa's top cotton producer and the sole West African nation to venture into biotech farming, is dropping genetically-modified (GM) cotton on quality grounds.
The world's 10th largest cotton producer, with four of its 19 million people dependent on the "white gold", Burkina Faso earlier this month said it was giving up Monsanto's GM Bt cotton because it had proved uneconomical.

Fructose Alters Brain Genes

(University of California, Los Angeles - April 22, 2016) A range of diseases -- from diabetes to cardiovascular disease, and from Alzheimer's disease to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder -- are linked to changes to genes in the brain. A new study by UCLA life scientists has found that hundreds of those genes can be damaged by fructose, a sugar that's common in the Western diet, in a way that could lead to those diseases.

Glyphosate in California Wine

(Beyond Pesticides, March 25, 2016) Glyphosate is found to contaminate California wines, according to a new report from the non-profit group Moms Across America. Glyphosate is [a] pervasive and toxic chemical found in Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer and was classified in 2015 as a probable carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).

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