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    Monsanto's stranglehold on seeds in India: Legal battle over GM cotton rules biotech plant varieties and seeds cannot be patented

    Lorraine Chow EcoWatch
    Wed, 11 Apr 2018 22:13 UTC


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    Could Monsanto's six-decade presence in India be coming to a halt?

    On Wednesday, the Delhi High Court ruled that the biotech giant cannot claim patents for Bollgard and Bollgard II, its genetically modified cotton seeds, in the country.

    Citing India's Patents Act of 1970, the court said that plant varieties and seeds cannot be patented, thereby rejecting Monsanto's attempt to block its Indian licensee, Nuziveedu Seeds Ltd., from selling the seeds.

    "What it means is effectively Monsanto has no patent on seeds in India and they have never had it. They have tried to hoodwink the seed companies and farmers for years claiming they have a patent and making huge amounts of money from that," Diya Kapur, a lawyer for Nuziveedu Seeds, told Bloomberg.

    As Dilsher Dhillon wrote in Business Insider India, Wednesday's verdict could prompt Monsanto to pull out of the country:
    With the latest ruling, Monsanto's claims against Nuziveedu for unpaid royalties have been waived because its patents are invalid. It will now have to settle for the rates decided by the government.

    This is a significant blow for Monsanto, the world's largest seed producer, as it currently licenses its seeds to nearly 50 domestic companies through its local joint venture with Mahyco Seeds Ltd. It could, in all probability, lead to the company's complete exit from India.
    Monsanto had already threatened to stop business in India after the government imposed price controls on cotton seeds in 2016.
    Monsanto first introduced its GM-technology in India in 1995. Today, more than 90 percent of the country's cotton crop is genetically modified. These crops have been inserted with a pest-resistant toxin called Bacillus thuringiensis, or Bt.

    Business Insider's Dhillon noted that the ruling has significant implications for Monsanto and farmers alike:
    While yields have increased significantly, Monsanto has long been accused of overcharging farmers for its seeds, especially given the fact that their ability to resist pests diminishes with time. The high cost of seeds and royalties left thousands of farmers in a vicious cycle of debt, which inevitably led to many suicides when crops failed. As a result, the government was forced to start regulating Bt cotton prices in 2006.
    Hence, the Delhi High Court's ruling can be seen as a moral reckoning on Monsanto. But it also has wider implications. Yes, it will reduce prices for farmers, given that seed licensing companies pass on the royalty costs to them, but it could prove to be the death knell for innovation in the agriculture sector-something that will hurt farmers in the long run.

    However, the company's presence in India may ultimately be decided by its pending mega-merger with Bayer AG.

    "Bayer is generally seen as a company with a more collaborative approach towards governments. If Bayer sits down at the negotiating table with the Indian government and works out a solution, then it's possible that the next generation of Bt cotton technology may still see the light of day in India at some point in the future, although it may take years," Abhijit R. Akella, vice president at IIFL Institutional Equities, told Mint.

    A Monsanto India spokesman said the company was "very disappointed" with the court's ruling.

    "Today's order will have wide-ranging, negative implications for biotech-based innovation across many sectors within India, and is inconsistent with other international markets where agricultural innovation has flourished," the spokesman said.

    Monsanto said it might challenge the decision in India's Supreme Court.
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    "Today's order will have wide-ranging, negative implications for bio-tech based innovation across many sectors within India...

    Good. India called out Bill Gates on his *hit, and his shares of Monsanto stock will suffer here, too. Negative implications for Monsanto; better health for India.

    "...and is inconsistent with other international markets where agricultural innovation(corruption) has flourished," says this Monsanto the Monster spokesman.

    Change happens. Now Monsanto-Bayer can expect the tides to turn, and other countries will be consistent with these types of rulings.

    We voted to ban GMO farming right here in our county. Monsanto tried to come into our courts to overrule the voice of the people. They lost.

    Bayer is not going to pull the wool over our already opened eyes, Monsanto. Get used to it.

    Changing the names of their drugs and companies is a long-held strategy of their deceptive practices.
    (Nice try...doesn't fly!)

    Yeah!!! Good for India. Let's follow her example.

    I love victory stories like this. Thanks, Herve!

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    Monsanto laments it cannot patent life: India's top court upholds decision that seeds cannot be patented

    Lorraine Chow EcoWatch
    Mon, 07 May 2018 19:48 UTC


    Bt cotton. © Abhishek Srivastava

    In an another legal blow to Monsanto, India's Supreme Court on Monday refused to stay the Delhi High Court's ruling that the seed giant cannot claim patents for Bollgard and Bollgard II, its genetically modified cotton seeds, in the country.

    Monsanto's chief technology officer Robert Fraley, who just announced that he and other top executives are stepping down from the company after Bayer AG's multi-billion dollar takeover closes, lamented the news.

    Fraley tweeted,
    "Having personally helped to launch Bollgard cotton in India & knowing how it has benefited farmers ... it's sad to see the country go down an anti-science/anti-IP/anti-innovation path..."
    Monsanto first introduced its GM-technology in India in 1995. Today, more than 90 percent of the country's cotton crop is genetically modified. These crops have been inserted with a pest-resistant toxin called Bacillus thuringiensis, or Bt.

    Citing India's Patents Act of 1970, the Delhi High Court ruled last month that plant varieties and seeds cannot be patented, thereby rejecting Monsanto's attempt to block its Indian licensee, Nuziveedu Seeds Ltd., from selling the seeds.

    Because of the ruling, Monsanto's claims against Nuziveedu for unpaid royalties have been waived, as its patents are now invalid under Indian law. Royalties will now be decided by the government.

    Indian environmentalist Vandana Shiva, who is known for her fierce activism against corporate patents on seeds, called the top court's move a "major victory" that opens the door " to make Monsanto pay for trapping farmers in debt by extracting illegal royalties on BT cotton."

    She also said in a video Monday in front of the Supreme Court,
    "Our sovereignty is protected, our laws are protected. Our ability to write laws in the public interest [and] for the rights of farmers through the constitution are protected."
    "The Earth will win. Seed will win. Monsanto will lose," Shiva added.

    A Monsanto India spokesman told Reuters the case will be submitted for an expedited preliminary hearing on July 18.

    "We remain confident on the merits of the case. India has been issuing patents on man-made biotech products for more than 15 years, as is done widely across the globe," the spokesman said.

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    SOTT Comment: Read the following articles by Vandana Shiva about the corporate monopoly of seeds and the lies biotech corporations peddle to ultimately patent and control life:
    The seed, the source of life, the embodiment of our biological and cultural diversity, the link between the past and the future of evolution, the common property of past, present and future generations of farming communities who have been seed breeders, is today being stolen from the farmers and being sold back to us as "propriety seed" owned by corporations like the US-headquartered Monsanto.
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    Hmm. They blocked the patent. But Nuziveedu will sell the seeds in Monsanto's place. A good first step but I hope they can keep walking away from the product itself.

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    Breakthrough in explosive lawsuit against Monsanto
    by Jon Rappoport
    May 23, 2018
    https://jonrappoport.wordpress.com/2...inst-monsanto/
    Quote A San Francisco lawsuit against Monsanto and its weedkiller, Roundup, is moving forward. And it’s just received a new green light from the judge in the case.

    Monsanto’s lawyers are bracing for a deep level of attack, which they were hoping to avoid. The judge has ruled the jury can hear testimony on this issue: Monsanto suppressed evidence that Roundup causes cancer.

    Reporter Carey Gillam has the story (The Guardian, 5/22): “At the age of 46, DeWayne Johnson is not ready to die. But with cancer spread through most of his body, doctors say he probably has just months to live. Now Johnson, a husband and father of three in California, hopes to survive long enough to make Monsanto take the blame for his fate.”

    “On 18 June, Johnson will become the first person to take the global seed and chemical company to trial on allegations that it has spent decades hiding the cancer-causing dangers of its popular Roundup herbicide products – and his case has just received a major boost.”

    “Last week Judge Curtis Karnow issued an order clearing the way for jurors to consider not just scientific evidence related to what caused Johnson’s cancer, but allegations that Monsanto suppressed evidence of the risks of its weed killing products. Karnow ruled that the trial will proceed and a jury would be allowed to consider possible punitive damages.”

    “’The internal correspondence noted by Johnson could support a jury finding that Monsanto has long been aware of the risk that its glyphosate-based herbicides are carcinogenic … but has continuously sought to influence the scientific literature to prevent its internal concerns from reaching the public sphere and to bolster its defenses in products liability actions’, [Judge] Karnow wrote.” [Yes, the Judge in the case wrote that statement.]

    “Johnson’s case, filed in San Francisco county superior court in California, is at the forefront of a legal fight against Monsanto. Some 4,000 plaintiffs have sued Monsanto alleging exposure to Roundup caused them, or their loved ones, to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). Another case is scheduled for trial in October, in Monsanto’s home town of St Louis, Missouri.”

    “How the Johnson lawsuit plays out could be a bellwether for how other plaintiffs proceed. If Johnson prevails, there could be many more years of costly litigation and hefty damage claims. If Monsanto successfully turns back the challenge, it could derail other cases and lift pressure on the firm.”

    “According to the court record, Johnson had a job as a groundskeeper for the Benicia unified school district where he applied numerous treatments of Monsanto’s herbicides to school properties from 2012 until at least late 2015. He was healthy and active before he got the cancer diagnosis in August 2014. In a January deposition, Johnson’s treating physician testified that more than 80% of his body was covered by lesions, and that he probably had but a few months to live.”

    How will Monsanto proceed? First, they’ll argue that Johnson’s cancer could have been caused by other factors. They’ll throw the kitchen sink at the jury. It could have been genetics. It could have been lifestyle. It could have been causes that are still unknown to researchers. It could have been starlight from a galaxy far, far away. Monsanto’s lawyers will try to bury the jury in reams of supposition.

    Second, they’ll show the jury an EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) finding that Roundup does not cause cancer. Like the FDA, the EPA has sided with major corporations in efforts to protect them. Monsanto will claim: “The federal government has asserted Roundup is safe, and that’s the end of our responsibility. The federal government is the final arbiter.” Which is to say: the truth isn’t the final arbiter.

    Third, Monsanto will execute a series of acrobatic moves to prove they never suppressed evidence that Roundup causes cancer. They were simply “considering all relevant safety issues.” They were “posing various scenarios.” Their internal memos were “temporary work product” on the way to making a final judgment about Roundup’s safety. They were raising valid concerns about flawed studies that claimed Roundup was dangerous.

    If all else fails, Monsanto might try to settle with Johnson—and then claim the $$ payout was simply a way to show compassion for his unfortunate condition—and move on—continuing to offer the public a fine and safe product (Roundup). No guilt admitted.

    In the extreme—and I need to raise this question—might Monsanto, behind the scenes, secretly and illegally offer Johnson’s lawyer and his client a very large sum to present a weak case in court and let Monsanto win the case?

    You decide.

    If Monsanto has intentionally hidden the dire effects of Roundup for decades, while people have gotten sick and died, what wouldn’t they do?

    Among the myriad scandals and crimes of Monsanto, here is one that sheds light on the mindset of the company. Axisoflogic.com reports (3/22/12): “In 2001, 3,600 inhabitants of the city of Anniston, Alabama, attacked Monsanto for PCB [a chlorine chemical] contamination. According to a report, declassified by the U.S. Agency of Environmental Protection (EPA), Monsanto for almost forty years dumped thousands of tons of contaminated waste in a stream and an open garbage dump in the heart of a black neighborhood in the city.”

    “The way The Washington Post reported the story is instructive: ‘Monsanto documents — many emblazoned with warnings such as ‘CONFIDENTIAL: Read and Destroy’ — show that for decades, the corporate giant concealed what it did and what it knew. In 1966, Monsanto managers discovered that fish submerged in that creek turned belly-up within 10 seconds, spurting blood and shedding skin as if dunked into boiling water. They told no one.”

    “Monsanto was finally convicted in 2002 of having polluted ‘the territory of Anniston and the blood of its people with the PCB’. The firm was ordered to pay $ 700 million in damages and to guarantee the cleaning-up of the city. No legal action was brought against the company officials.”

    [From Hervé: I had already posted the above in the "Monsanto And Its Lethally Toxic Trails" thread where it is more fitting]
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    Breakthrough in explosive lawsuit against Monsanto
    by Jon Rappoport
    May 23, 2018
    https://jonrappoport.wordpress.com/2...inst-monsanto/
    Quote A San Francisco lawsuit against Monsanto and its weedkiller, Roundup, is moving forward. And it’s just received a new green light from the judge in the case.
    ...
    The jury just found for groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson in this case, fining Monsanto $289 million in damages, as reported on this new thread: Monsanto was Just Fined $289 Million by San Francisco Jury for Failing to Warn of Known Cancer Risk.

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    Judge tosses Monsanto's 168-page subpoena targeting activist group
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    THIS IS VERY ENCOURAGING!BLESS THAT JUDGE!!
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    "Monsanto can’t catch a break, not that it deserves one. The $50-billion mega-corporation, now owned by Bayer, has taken a beating this year, both in the courts and in the public eye.

    On August 10, a jury ordered Monsanto to pay $289.2 million to a former groundskeeper who successfully argued that the company’s flagship weedkiller, Roundup, caused his cancer. A few days later, Monsanto lost its bid to keep glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, off of California’s Proposition 65 list of carcinogens.

    Now this: On September 6 (2018), a Manhattan judge threw out a subpoena filed by Monsanto against an activist group, going so far as to lecture Monsanto on the importance of free speech and democracy.

    The 168-page subpoena, issued on behalf of Monsanto from a New York court, would have forced the global activist organization Avaaz to hand over decade’s worth of internal campaign communications, including personal information belonging to millions of activists who signed petitions against Monsanto’s genetically modified crops and Roundup weedkiller.

    In an email to members sent immediately following the court victory, Avaaz campaign director Iain Keith said:

    This subpoena was terrifying and would have had Avaaz spend months and hundreds of thousands of dollars digging up and handing over to Monsanto everything anyone on our team ever said or wrote about them for YEARS. Including even the email addresses and identities of our members who had sent messages to officials about Monsanto!

    In a Facebook video Keith said:

    “Monsanto was so angry about the millions of activists who fought to convince the European Union and other governments to step up and protect citizens from glyphosate that it took us to court and wanted us to hand over all of our strategies and partnerships.”



    But the case didn’t go Monsanto’s way. Judge Shlomo S. Hagler of the Manhattan Supreme Court Justice “absolutely destroyed” Monsanto’s subpoena, Avaaz said.

    Judge Hagler said 'the subpoena would have a ‘tremendous chilling effect’” and that “no member would want to have their privacy and their activity known.' "
    Short video at: https://www.facebook.com/organiccons...0853987656445/
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    We beat #Monsanto in court! The judge even said that Monsanto was trying to stop the lobbying efforts of our members. In his words, “This is America...you can speak your mind.”

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    Judge tosses Monsanto's 168-page subpoena targeting activist group
    Organic Consumers Association"TOP NEWS OF THE WEEK
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    THIS IS VERY ENCOURAGING! BLESS THAT JUDGE!!
    Thanks for passing along the good news, onawah!

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    India’s State of Sikkim Banishes All Pesticides and GMO, Watches Both Wildlife and Tourism Flourish

    By Nick Meyer Global Research,
    March 08, 2019
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    The organic movement has been seen as a fad and a trend by many, but others call it a necessity in a changing world where toxic chemicals are increasingly killing life from the bottom of the food chain up, including people as the story of terminally ill groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson demonstrated.

    Organic agriculture is still a ways off from becoming truly mainstream in the United States, especially with companies like Bayer (now the owner of Monsanto) renewing their push for more pesticides and new technology-intensive methods of farming.

    But even as the U.S. continues to approve new “longer-lasting” GMOs, harsh, toxic pesticides and other unnatural “innovations,” other parts of the world are anteing up on organic farming like never before.

    While these changes have been far from simple, places like the Himalayan state of Sikkim in India are making immense progress, helping to support the health of pollinators, human beings, and the environment in the process.

    Indian state first to go 100% organic
    In January 2016, the state of Sikkim, in the shadow of the world’s third-tallest peak Mt. Kanchenjunga, succeeded in becoming the first fully organic state in India, and probably the world. A few short years later, there are still plenty of kinks to be worked out, but the benefits are being seen first hand.

    Bee populations are said to be rebounding, with plants dependent on bee pollination like cardamom providing much higher yields. Cardamom for example has risen by more than 30% since 2014, a report from The Washington Post said.

    Tourism to the region has also increased nearly 70% since the state went organic according to the BBC (see video below), and soil health has rebounded tremendously, as is usually the case when organic methods are applied. Marketed as an eco-friendly dream destination, the region boasts 500 species of butterflies, 4,500 types of flowering plants, and rare wildlife like the red panda, Himalayan bear, snow leopards and yaks.

    The state also received a Future Policy Award 2018 at a UN ceremony in Rome, beating out 51 other nominees from 25 countries worldwide for best promoting agro-ecology.

    While many farmers have struggled in the years following Sikkim’s mandated switch to organic, they have also said that their crop yields have rebounded to what they were before the change. In response to the increasing signs of success, Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi has recognized the state for its contributions and pledged further support for organic farmers throughout India.

    Thus far, there have also been concerns about ineffectiveness of the bio-pesticides being used in place of synthetic ones, as well as rising prices and diseases affecting crops.

    The state has also had to rely on conventional crops from West Bengal to help feed its population while farmers continue to learn how best to maximize yields with assistance from government programs.

    But positive signs abound, as shown in the BBC report below.
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    Yields up for all but one crop in India’s first organic state
    While individual farmers have reported difficulties in multiple cases including much lower income in some places, as a whole things seemed to be looking up yield-wise as of April 2017, when it was reported that productivity per capita among four major crop types had risen.

    The Sikkim mandarin orange, a local specialty crop, saw yields per capita drop 22% from 2010-2011 to 2015-2016.

    But during that same time period, all other fruits rose by 5% on average, total spices including ginger and cash crop turmeric rose 2%, large cardamom rose .8%, and all roots & tubers including potatoes rose by .6%.

    Officials say that the health of the environment, which had been suffering under the conventional system of agriculture, has improved, however, as has the health of the locals.
    “It’s had a huge impact,” said Khorlo Bhutia, Sikkim’s secretary of horticulture and cash crop development. “It’s because of the good environment – chemical-free air, water, food – all these factors.”
    The country is serious about passing them on to the rest of the world, although the process is one fraught with challenges and hard work.
    “This is a big moment for India,” said India’s minister of agriculture and farmers’ welfare Radha Mohan Singh in 2018, adding that people have slowly been jumping on board with the idea of going 100% organic.
    Sikkim is currently offering organic agriculture modules for students in the fourth and fifth grades, in stark contrast to the United States where propaganda from chemical companies like Monsanto has infiltrated students’ textbooks.
    “The approach Sikkim has started will be adopted by the whole world tomorrow,” he said, in a speech that stretched five hours. “This is our vision!”
    Renowned organic activist and author Vandana Shiva has also joined in the project, as shown in the video below.



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    Mexico bars shipment of glyphosate pesticide

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    The Mexican government says it won't allow a 1,000-ton shipment of the pesticide glyphosate into the country, citing health and environmental concerns.

    Mexico became the latest in a string of countries to announce bans on glyphosate, the active ingredient in weed killer Roundup.

    Mexico's environment department said Monday it denied a permit to import glyphosate, presumably for agricultural use.

    The department said "glyphosate represents a high environmental risk, given the credible presumption that its use can cause serious environmental damage and irreversible health damage."

    There have been a host of successful U.S. lawsuits from people who claim glyphosate causes cancer.

    Previously, Thailand and Germany announced bans or phase-outs of glyphosate.

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    Some years ago a Monsanto succursal in a European port tried to return glyphosate produced in Argentina back to that country . They were refused re-entry by the customs authorities and searched in the international traders community to lobby the authorities. As far as I know without success.
    It seems they are trying to dump their poison in third world countries.

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    Monsanto Rejected and Sued Around the World
    12/12/19
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    "I have good news today. I read the news all the time about GMOs. My friends over at GM Watch keep us informed and I’m looking at a lot of unprecedented pushback on Monsanto and GMOs. The first comes from South Africa. The agriculture minister rejected a submitted application for Monsanto’s so-called ‘drought tolerant’ corn. South Africa has been marching lockstep with Monsanto. In fact, I’ve done some work for South Africa and I remember this one farmer saying, ‘Oh, we were so successful with genetically engineered cotton in the Makhathini flats’. Well, it turned out it was all a lie. After years of proclaiming success, he finally admitted it was a failure.

    Right now, there’s a lot of genetically modified corn there. This is the first country where the staple for the population that’s eaten three times a day is corn and is genetically modified. I remember talking to a former Monsanto scientist who was very concerned about this because he was aware that when corn was fed to rats as part of a Monsanto study, the rats got seriously damaged. But they didn’t withdraw the corn, they rewrote the study to hide the effects. And he told me that the amount of corn that was fed to those rats for just 90 days was, first a lower quantity then is eaten three times a day by the people in Southern Africa. But also, the length of time. The rats were damaged in 90 days and people will be eating corn their whole lives.

    In the movie Genetic Roulette, I talk about a farmer whose farm workers ended up eating genetically modified corn that he was growing and had serious health issues. They were dying at very high rates and he had to employ 20% more workers because so many were sick. It’s a horrible story. But when they switched to non-GMO corn, they got better. When they switched back to GMO corn, they got worse and when they switched back to non-GMO corn, they got better.

    So, the fact that the minister rejected the corn is great news for the people, but it’s also setting a precedent because around the world, very few of these captured governments ever reject a proposal. I remember talking to a person who was asked by a scientist, who was asked by the Supreme Court of India to evaluate the approval process in India for GMOs. He told me that it was a complete facade. Everything that was handed in was approved. And every time there was an objection, the group that was in charge (which was the majority appointed by the pro-GM government and the pro-GM industry) just rubber stamped it and said any objection was not credible and it had been disproven and discredited even though it wasn’t true.

    Here we have the South African ministry ministers saying: guess what guys? In times of drought, when there was no water availability, the GMO does not outperform the natural. Also, the claims that it has higher yields was very inconsistent and the claims that it will kill insects was from one field trial over two seasons. And we know how Monsanto conducts its research, it’s so called science. So good on you South African trade agriculture minister!

    Now let’s come back to the US. Different state governments – Indiana and Illinois – are following in the footsteps of Arkansas, North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota, trying to restrict the spraying of Dicamba. Roundup has been sprayed so much that the weeds outsmarted Monsanto and gained resistance. And so, Monsanto realized that it’s not working in the fields. More than half of the US fields have Roundup resistant weeds in it. So, they created genetically engineered crops that were resistant to both Roundup and another herbicide called Dicamba. Dicamba tends to volatilize. It rises in the air, it’s pushed by the wind and then lands on other plant life and hurts it or kills it. So supposedly Monsanto developed a version of a combination of Roundup and Dicamba that doesn’t easily volatilize. But what they did in their “brilliance” is they introduced the seeds that were resistant to Dicamba and Roundup before they had approval for their chemical. And so, all these people in Arkansas and other places started to use the seeds (this was for cotton or soybeans) and it turns out that it was volatilizing and was causing damage all over the state. The state tried to ban it, the EPA came in and stopped them.

    There has been a big fight between local agricultural and the EPA. It turns out it’s causing damage on millions of acres. Two farmers duked it out. One actually murdered the other one over a fight on this. It was a horrible story. But now, states around the growing area are asking for restrictions. In this case, Indiana and Illinois are trying to prohibit applying Dicamba after June 20th, which means after the volatilization will cause significant damage to other crops. What happened in these places was a lot of the farmers looked around and saw massive browning in soybean regions where there wasn’t Dicamba resistant seeds and they were forced to plant Monsanto’s Roundup and Dicamba resistant crops because otherwise they may have faced drift from nearby crops. And so, they were forced to get the GMOs.

    Now the long-awaited Monsanto version of the spray came out and it turns out it doesn’t do much better than the original. It still can volatilize; it can still cause massive problems. What they’re facing now is Roundup losing its efficacy around the field. This is interesting. It’s like nature’s fighting it back. In South Africa, the drought resistant corn doesn’t work; the Dicamba doesn’t work in the United States. And so, it’s a technology that’s failing. We also know that there’s been lawsuits. The technology is dangerous, it’s deadly. So, in Canada there’s been a small number of individual lawsuits. But now a lawyer has filed a $500 million class action against the makers of Roundup, which is now Monsanto owned by Bayer.

    At the same time in Australia, a couple of farmers are suing over the fact that they were using Roundup and it caused cancer. One farmer, Ross, has the most common story I’ve heard. He was told that Roundup was absolutely safe. He said that he saw advertisements that you could drink it. He used it since 1976 on oats, wheat and barley crops. And so he was driving around in his tractor that didn’t have a cabin and it was like a mist all over him from this so-called “safe Roundup.” And then he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2018. In papers all over theUnited States they call it “Farmer’s Disease,” which is tragic.

    So, in Australia, a lot of local shires and cities are already implementing bans and restrictions on Roundup. So, there’s a whole wave of them, one after the other, and some are dealing with trying vinegar, steam methods and a lot of other ways that can handle the weeds without having to poison the people.

    Germany, which is the home country for Bayer, who now owns Monsanto, they said they’d ban glyphosate by 2023 and their Southern neighbor Austria is on track to become the first EU country to ban glyphosate, possibly by the beginning of the year. They passed the vote; they just now have to make sure that the wording of the vote is not in violation of the EU law. The European commission has always been pro-GMO and pro-Monsanto. But now a technocrat government has said it’s waiting to see if the commission is going to rule on whether the ban would conform to EU rules.

    Mexico also banned a thousand-ton shipment of glyphosate on the basis that it represents a high environmental risk given the credible presumption that it’s use can cause serious environmental damage and irreversible health damage.

    So, there we are. Around the world, more and more people and governments are pushing back on Roundup and GMOs. This is great. This is what we’ve been working towards. Who knew that the World Health Organizations Committee (IARC) was going to declare glyphosate a probable human carcinogen? But that was big. That was very important, and it unleashed the possibility of lawsuits. I think there’s going to be lawsuits over different diseases. There’s so much evidence now of different diseases, not just non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, other types of cancers, autism, diabetes, hypertension, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s- all these different things we believe are related to GMOs, Roundup and glyphosate in particular.

    It’s interesting. What’s happening now is there’s a big movement online as I’m sure you’re aware of – these summits and online docu-series. Well, a lot of the people who run them become aware of the role that GMOs and Roundup play in all these different diseases. I’m interviewed on anxiety summits, thyroid summits, cancer summits, Alzheimer’s summits, microbiome summits, gut health summits and inflammation summits because it applies virtually everywhere. In my opinion, it’s one of the most serious disruptors of these and other health problems. So before I sign off, we have good news from around the world. Please give some good news from your house, which is eliminate the non-organic products. Why? Non-GMO is not good enough anymore. Roundup is sprayed on non-GMO oats, wheat, barley, corn and soy. The non-GMO soy, non-GMO corn, non-GMO navy beans, lima beans, lentils, mung beans. It’s sprayed on orange groves and vineyards. It’s all over the place and you don’t want to be eating glyphosate levels in your food. So just as the whole world is pushing back, please push back on Monsanto and Roundup.

    Safe eating everyone!

    BREAKING NEWS: France bans dozens of glyphosate weedkillers. After the production of this newsletter, the news broke that France’s health and environment agency said it was banning dozens of glyphosate-based weedkillers, most of the volume of such products sold in France, ruling there was insufficient data to exclude health risks. Another one bites the dust!"
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    Former Monsanto CEO Ordered to Testify at Roundup Cancer Trial
    12/10/19
    https://www.organicconsumers.org/blo...content=OB+646

    "Former Monsanto Chairman and CEO Hugh Grant will have to testify in person at a St. Louis-area trial set for January in litigation brought by a cancer-stricken woman who claims her disease was caused by exposure to the company’s Roundup herbicide and that Monsanto covered up the risks instead of warning consumers.

    Grant, who led St. Louis-based Monsanto from 2003 until the company was sold to Bayer AG of Germany in June of 2018, and spent a total of 37 years working for Monsanto, was subpoenaed by lawyers for plaintiff Sharlean Gordon, to testify at a trial slated to begin Jan. 27 in St. Louis County Circuit Court.

    The Gordon trial was originally scheduled for August of this year but was delayed as part of an effort to undertake settlement talks between Bayer and lawyers for tens of thousands of plaintiffs who are suing Monsanto with claims similar to Gordon’s.

    Two other trials set for January, both in courts in California and both involving children diagnosed with cancer, were recently postponed due to continued settlement talks.

    Bayer estimates that there are currently more than 42,000 plaintiffs alleging that exposure to Monsanto’s Roundup and other glyphosate-based herbicides made by Monsanto caused them or their loved ones to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

    Grant did not have to testify live at the three Roundup cancer trials that have taken place so far because they were all held in California. But because Grant resides in St. Louis County, plaintiffs’ attorneys saw an opportunity to get him on the stand in person.

    Attorneys for Grant have been fighting the subpoena, arguing that he is not a scientist or regulatory expert and he has already provided information in deposition testimony. Grant has also argued that he should not have to testify because he plans to be out of the country starting February 9.

    But in a decision handed down Dec. 5, a special master appointed to the case sided with Gordon’s attorneys and ruled that Grant was not entitled to an order quashing the subpoena for trial testimony.

    “Mr. Grant appeared for interviews on public radio representing that Roundup is not a carcinogen; in earnings calls for investors Mr. Grant personally responded that the classification of glyphosate as a probable carcinogen was ‘junk science;’ in 2016 Mr. Grant personally lobbied the EPA Administrator and the Agricultural Committee Chair of the topic of glyphosate,” the special master’s order states.

    “Although Mr. Grant does not have scientific knowledge that doubtless will be a significant component to this lawsuit, he was CEO of Monsanto for 15 years and took part in presentations, discussions, interviews and other appearances for Monsanto as CEO in which the topics of Roundup and glyphosate were explained, discussed and defended,” Special Master Thomas Prebil said in his decision.

    Gordon developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma after using Roundup herbicides for 25 years at her residence in South Pekin, Illinois, and has suffered extensive debilitation due to her disease. Gordon’s stepfather, who also used Roundup at the family home where Gordon lived into adulthood, died of cancer. The case is actually derived from a larger case filed in July 2017 on behalf of more than 75 plaintiffs. Gordon is the first of that group to go to trial.

    In the three previous trials, unanimous juries have found that exposure to Monsanto’s herbicides does cause non-Hodgkin lymphoma and that the company did cover up the risks and fail to warn consumers. The three juries awarded a total of four plaintiffs more than $2 billion in damages, but the three trial judges have reduced the awards significantly in each case.

    All are being appealed and none of the winning plaintiffs have yet received any of the monetary awards the juries ordered.

    JOHNSON APPEAL DELAYED

    The first plaintiff to win against Monsanto is a California school groundskeeper from California. Dewayne “Lee” Johnson was awarded $289 million by a jury in August 2018. The trial judge later lowered the damages to $78 million. Monsanto appealed seeking to overturn the jury decision and Johnson cross-appealed seeking to reinstate the full award of $289 million.

    The California Court of Appeal 1st Appellate District said it would act swiftly in ruling on the consolidated appeals and lawyers for both sides initially hoped to have a ruling by the end of this year. But the case has been delayed for several weeks as both sides awaited a date for oral arguments. On Dec. 3, Monsanto’s attorneys asked the court not to schedule oral arguments in January or February, as several new Roundup trials are set for those months. Johnson’s attorneys opposed that request for further delay.

    On Friday, the court issued an order stating that while it agreed with Johnson about the need to
    “schedule oral argument as soon as practicable,” it was unlikely oral arguments could be held until March of April “given the number and length of all the briefs to be considered, the outstanding motions that the court must rule on when considering the merits of the appeal,” and other factors.

    Posted with permission from U.S. Right to Know : https://usrtk.org/monsanto-roundup-t...ial-in-person/ "
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    Monsanto NOT Losing Ground!
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    12/26/19
    https://www.organicconsumers.org/blo...hole-new-level

    Shocking on a whole new level.

    "The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has failed consumers over and over again.

    We’re used to it.

    But this latest news—that the EPA (along with the U.S. Dept. of Justice) has stepped in to help overrule jurors in a Monsanto Roundup weedkiller case—is shocking on a whole new level.

    It’s also a stark reminder of how critical it is that we fight back against corporate and political corruption, and that we do everything in our power to support a new kind of food and farming.

    OCA is committed to doubling down on our mission to protect your right to safe food and a healthy ecosystem. But we need your support today. Can you help keep us going strong in 2020?

    Ban Monsantos glyphosate herbicide ROUNDUP

    Bayer, which bought Monsanto in 2018, has been struggling financially since three juries found in favor of defendants who alleged that Roundup weedkiller caused their cancer. The company now faces more than 43,000 similar lawsuits.

    But Bayer is appealing the judgments against it, including the $25 million awarded to cancer victim Edwin Hardeman.

    And now, the EPA and the Justice Department have filed court papers supporting Bayer’s argument that Roundup doesn’t cause cancer, and that therefore, the courts should reverse the Hardeman jury’s decision—and the $25-million award.

    This is the world we live in today.

    A world where the warnings of some of the best scientists in the world are ignored.

    A world where our government regulatory agencies go to bat for the rights of corporations to poison our food and water.


    But we also live in a world where millions of consumers are demanding a healthier future.

    And where a growing number of organic and regenerative farmers and ethical businesses are shining a light on food production practices that are better for consumers, better for farm animals and better for the environment.

    It’s our job to support those consumers and farmers and businesses.

    But we will need your support more than ever in 2020. Because we simply can't do this work without you."
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    Monsanto NOT Losing Ground!
    Organic Consumers Association
    12/26/19
    https://www.organicconsumers.org/blo...hole-new-level

    Shocking on a whole new level.

    "The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has failed consumers over and over again.

    We’re used to it.

    But this latest news—that the EPA (along with the U.S. Dept. of Justice) has stepped in to help overrule jurors in a Monsanto Roundup weedkiller case—is shocking on a whole new level.

    It’s also a stark reminder of how critical it is that we fight back against corporate and political corruption, and that we do everything in our power to support a new kind of food and farming.

    OCA is committed to doubling down on our mission to protect your right to safe food and a healthy ecosystem. But we need your support today. Can you help keep us going strong in 2020?

    Ban Monsantos glyphosate herbicide ROUNDUP

    Bayer, which bought Monsanto in 2018, has been struggling financially since three juries found in favor of defendants who alleged that Roundup weedkiller caused their cancer. The company now faces more than 43,000 similar lawsuits.

    But Bayer is appealing the judgments against it, including the $25 million awarded to cancer victim Edwin Hardeman.


    And now, the EPA and the Justice Department have filed court papers supporting Bayer’s argument that Roundup doesn’t cause cancer, and that therefore, the courts should reverse the Hardeman jury’s decision—and the $25-million award.
    This is the world we live in today.

    A world where the warnings of some of the best scientists in the world are ignored.

    A world where our government regulatory agencies go to bat for the rights of corporations to poison our food and water.[/COLOR]


    But we also live in a world where millions of consumers are demanding a healthier future.

    And where a growing number of organic and regenerative farmers and ethical businesses are shining a light on food production practices that are better for consumers, better for farm animals and better for the environment.

    It’s our job to support those consumers and farmers and businesses.

    But we will need your support more than ever in 2020. Because we simply can't do this work without you."
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