Monsanto News

 

In 2018 Monsanto was taken over by Bayer AG.  Bayer has plans to rename “the most hated company in the world”.

 

Some of Monsanto’s products are:

 

Dicamba

 

·         drift-prone broadleaf weed control

·         kills everything except crops that are genetically engineered to resist it (“Xtend” soybeans and cotton)

·         non-GE plants exposed to the chemical are left wrinkled, cupped or stunted in growth

·         in Missouri, USA where farmers have been forced to use Xtend because their neighbours use it, use is so extensive that the trees are showing symptoms of injury by the growth regulator herbicide (source)

·         Monsanto (XtendiMax), DuPont Co. (FeXapan) and BASF SE (Engenia) sell formulations of the herbicide

 

Glyphosate (aka “Round Up”)

 

Roundup is a herbicide with the primary ingredient being glyphosate. Glyphosate works by preventing plants from being able to make the proteins they need to survive. Since virtually all plants make these essential proteins the same way, glyphosate affects nearly all plants.  Currently corn, soy, canola, alfalfa, cotton, and sorghum, (wheat is under-development) are “Roundup ready”.  This means that the plants have been genetically modified to resist Roundup.  Thus, these plants are unaffected when Roundup is applied and the weeds alone are impacted.

 

Roundup is also a desiccant used to dry-down crops such as sugar cane, barley, wheat, and oats especially in northern climates.  (Why Is Glyphosate Sprayed on Crops Right Before Harvest?)

 

However, it should be noted that some weeds are becoming Roundup tolerant (“superweeds”) so it is unclear how many more years glyphosate will be effective.

 

Additionally, since a large percentage of corn is “Roundup Ready” and corn is used extensively as animal feed, there are studies that indicate meat and dairy contain measurable amounts of glyphosate (article). There are also studies that have shown that there are already measurable amounts of glyphosate in human urine.  (article)

 

Monsanto is working on a Roundup Ready alfalfa, but the wisdom is generally questioned because alfalfa is a perennial plant, so it grows year after year. When a farmer wants to rotate his crops, Roundup won’t work to kill the re-growth of alfalfa so what herbicide will he use instead, and how strong will it have to be?

 

There are concerns about glyphosate’s impact on human health:

 

Glyphosate:  Unsafe on any Plate (.pdf)

 

Study: Glyphosate, pathways to modern diseases II: Celiac sprue and gluten intolerance (2013)

 

There are concerns about the effect glyphosate is having on soil: 

 

Concerns over glyphosate pass from human health to the soil

 

There are also concerns about the impacts of glyphosate on insects: 

 

Glyphosate Impact on Bees / About Bees / About Monarch Butterflies

 

Yet there is always the other side of the story:

 

NurseLovesFarmer.com – The Truth About Glyphosate and Wheat (2014)

 

 

Monsanto’s VisionMax/Vision

 

VisionMax® is 47% glyphosate.

 

The Ministry of Natural Resources sprays forests with Monsanto's VisionMax.  It weeds out hardwood stands and broadleaf undergrowth so that pulp and paper companies can make more profit by promoting softwood growth. Blueberries in spray zones are deemed inedible.

 

Some Quick Points to Remember:

 

VisionMax is already banned in Quebec and described as “probably carcinogenic to humans”.

 

Monsanto’s Posilac (rBGH)

 

-          Banned in Canada thanks to Dr. Shiv Chopra and others

 

 

Monsanto News

 

Date

Source

Title

Comment

2019-07-16

EcoWatch / Deutsche Welle

Bayer Monsanto Damages Reduced to $25.27 Million by U.S. Judge

Deutsche Welle

2019-06-24

Civileats.com

Roundup’s Other Problem: Glyphosate is Sourced from Controversial Mines

Gosia Wozniacka

- phosphate ore

2019-06-12

EcoWatch / Jordan Davidson

New Round of Tests Finds Breakfast Cereals Still Full of Glyphosate, Says EWG

Jordan Davidson

2019-05-19

EcoWatch / Olivia Rosane

Third Jury Rules Roundup Caused Cancer, Orders Bayer to Pay $2 Billion

Olivia Rosane

2019-05-01

EcoWatch/Olivia Rosane

EPA Says Glyphosate Does Not Cause Cancer. Other Public Health Groups Disagree

Olivia Rosane

2019-04-30

Fortune.com

Bayer CEO Has 9 Months to Overcome Shareholders' Extraordinary Rebuke of His Monsanto Deal

David Meyer

2019-04-26

Zerohedge.com

In "Stunning Decision" Bayer Shareholders Dump CEO Over Disastrous Monsanto Purchase

Tyler Durden

2019-04-12

EcoWatch/Olivia Rosane

French Court Rules Monsanto Liable for Farmer's Health Problems

Olivia Rosane

2019-04-03

Politico.eu

Concerns over glyphosate pass from human health to the soil

Simon Marks

2019-03-20

EcoWatch/Olivia Rosane

A Second U.S. Jury Finds That Roundup Causes Cancer

Olivia Rosane

2019-02

US PIRG Education Fund

Glyphosate Pesticide in Beer and Wine

Glyphosate Pesticide in Beer and Wine (.pdf)

2019-02-12

Return to Now

Glyphosate Found in All 5 Major Orange Juice Brands Tested

 

2019-01-16

QZ.com

A plagiarism scandal rocking the EU centers on the safety of the weedkiller glyphosate

Annabelle Timsit

2019-01-11

National Observer

Health Canada doubles down on glyphosate cancer fight

Carl Meyer, Alastair Sharp

2019-01-08

Alberta Farmer Express

No ordinary herbicide — glyphosate keeps making headlines

Alexis Kienlen, Glenn Cheater

2018-11-23

National Observer

Dying from cancer, this man's case has stunning repercussions in Canada

Carl Meyer

2018-11-17

CBC News (BC)

'It blows my mind': How B.C. destroys a key natural wildfire defence every year

Bethany Lindsay

2018-11-08

ScienceDaily

Florida monarch butterfly populations have dropped 80 percent since 2005

Florida Museum of Natural History

- glyphosate

- AO Monarchs News

2018-11-02

ThePostglob.com

EPA approves dicamba registration for next 2 years

dicamba-tolerant cotton and soybeans

2018-10-23

PrepareForChange.net

Bayer Stock Crashes After Monsanto Cancer Verdict Upheld By Judge; Analyst Estimates $800 Billion In Future Liability

Edward Morgan

2018-08-17

USA Today

Weed killer in breakfast cereals: How dangerous is it?

Marc Daalder and Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press

2018-07-11

EcoWatch / Olivia Rosane

More Than 400 Glyphosate Cancer Lawsuits Can Go to Trial, Judge Rules

Olivia Rosane

2018-07-03

EcoWatch / Modern Farmer

Neonicotinoid Pesticides Have Been Found in Wild Turkeys

Dan Nosowitz

2018-06-27

EcoWatch / Lorraine Chow

Dicamba Damage Roars Back for Third Season in a Row

Lorraine Chow

2018-06-18

EcoWatch / Olivia Rosane

First Glyphosate Trial, of Thousands, Begins as Plaintiff Fights for His Life

Olivia Rosane

2018-06-12

EcoWatch / Lorraine Chow

Beekeepers File Legal Complaint Against Bayer Over Glyphosate in Honey

Lorraine Chow

2018-06-04

EcoWatch / Lorraine Chow

Bayer to Drop Monsanto Name After $63 Billion Takeover

Lorraine Chow

2018-05-16

The Guardian

Glyphosate shown to disrupt microbiome “at safe levels”, study claims

Arthur Nelson

2017-08-03

EcoWatch / Organic Consumers Association

Glyphosate in Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream + 'Monsanto Papers' = Very Interesting Times

Katherine Paul

- cows being fed GMO feed treated with glyphosate

2017-07-07

Grist.org

Die-Camba

Nathanael Johnson

- dicamba drift

2017-06-17

Huffington Post

Playing Political Games

- Glyphosate

2017-06-05

Health Research Institute Laboratories

Certificate of Analysis: Orange Juice  & Glyphosate (.pdf)

Dr. John Fagan, Sr. Scientist

2017-01

Foodbabe.com

Monsanto Is Scrambling To Bury This Breaking Story – Don’t Let This Go Unshared!

- list of foods with levels of Glyphosate

2016-11-02

EcoWatch / U.S. Right to Know

Glyphosate Found in Iowa Honey

U.S. Right to Know

2016-10-12

Save the Bay of Fundy

Nova Scotia needs to review VisionMAX

Steve MacLellan

2016-09-27

Youtube / RT America

Mexico builds wall to keep out Monsanto’s GMOs (6 mins)

RT America

2016-09-13

Reuters

Bayer clinches Monsanto with improved $66 billion bid

Greg Roumeliotis and Ludwig Burger

- 3rd offer by German drug and crop chemical maker, Bayer, for the US seed company, Monsanto

2016-09-10

EcoWatch / Moms Across America

Glyphostate Found in Childhood Vaccines

Moms Across America

 

2016-09-02

EcoWatch / Lorraine Chow

10 States Report Crop Damage From Illegal Dicamba Use on Monsanto's GMO Seeds

Lorraine Chow

2016-08-02

EcoWatch / Lorraine Chow

3 Major Problems With Monsanto's New GMO Soybeans

Lorraine Chow

2016-08-01

Organic Consumers Association

Obama Betrays Consumers, Signs Sham GMO Labeling Bill

Katherine Paul

- brand boycott

2016-08-01

EcoWatch / Lorraine Chow

Monsanto's Unapproved GMO Wheat Found Growing in Washington State

Lorraine Chow

2016-07-29

EcoWatch / Lorraine Chow

Obama Signs Industry-Backed GMO Label Bill Into Law

Lorraine Chow

2016-07-08

Ring of Fire Network

Corporate Media Is Lying to You About The Dangers of Monsanto’s Roundup

Farron Cousins

2016-07-08

Ring of Fire Network

Ohio Jury Says DuPont Acted With Malice By Poisoning People With C8

Farron Cousins

2016-07-06

Food and Water Watch

I Was Barred from a Nobel Laureate Press Conference by a PR Consultant with Monsanto Ties

Tim Schwab

2016-06-30

Washington Post

107 Nobel laureates sign letter blasting Greenpeace over GMOs

Joel Achenbach

- golden rice

2016-06-29

EcoWatch / Lorraine Chow

Glyphosate Given Last-Minute Approval Despite Failure to Secure Majority Support

Lorraine Chow

2016-06-09

EcoWatch / Emily Cassidy

Atrazine and Glyphosate More Harmful Than Scientists Once Thought

Emily Cassidy, Environmental Working Group

2016-05-03

EcoWatch / Lorraine Chow

Quaker Oats Accused of Being ‘Deceptive and Misleading’ After Glyphosate Detected in Oatmeal

Lorraine Chow

2016-04-19

EcoWatch / Lorraine Chow

Glyphosate Found in Popular Breakfast Foods

Alliance for Natural Health USA

2016-03-25

Minds.com / Alternative World News Network

Organic farmer ordered to pay $804,000 in court costs after his crop was tainted by GMOs

- Steve Marsh, Australia

- canola

2016-03-05

EcoWatch / Ken Roseboro

Why Is Glyphosate Sprayed on Crops Right Before Harvest?

Ken Roseboro

2016-02-14

TrueActivist.com

President Of Portuguese Medical Association Calls For Global Ban On Glyphosate

Amanda Froelich

2016-02-12

EcoWatch / Lorraine Chow

Organic Farmer Dealt Final Blow in Landmark Lawsuit Over Monsanto’s GMO Contamination

Lorraine Chow

2016-02-12

EcoWatch / Lorraine Chow

Latin American Doctors Suggest Monsanto-Linked Larvicide Cause of Microcephaly, Not Zika Virus

Lorraine Chow

New York Times – 6-Feb-2016

2016-02-09

EcoWatch / Lorraine Chow

Coffee Farmers Sue Monsanto for Hiding Cancer-Causing Impact of Glyphosate

Lorraine Chow

 

2016-01-27

EcoWatch / Lorraine Chow

Seattle Sues Monsanto Over PCB Contamination, Becomes 6th City to Do So

Lorraine Chow

 

2016-01-14

TrueActivist.com

Lawsuit Filed Against Monsanto For Contaminating The San Francisco Bay With PCBs

John Vibes

2016-01-06

EcoWatch / Greenpeace East Asia

Greenpeace: Chinese Farmers Are Illegally Growing GMO Corn

Greenpeace East Asia

2015-12-17

Sum of Us Petition

What is Monsanto's carcinogenic herbicide doing in tampons?

 

2015-12-07

Aptn.ca

Fracking returning to NB after firing of top doctor, says provincial NDP

Dr. Cleary was also in the midst of conducting research into the use of glyphosate—a herbicide widely used on Crown land in the province—when she was put on leave several weeks ago.

2015-11-24

Anh-usa.org

Monsanto’s Spy Software to Control the Entire Agriculture Market

 

2015-11-13

LightWorker2950

Blog: The Real Reason Wheat is Toxic (it’s not the gluten)

Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

2015-11-11

SOTT.net

The human cost of agrotoxins. How Monsanto's glyphosate pesticide is killing Argentina

Tommaso Perrone

Lifegate link

- Pablo Ernesto Piovano

2015-10-06

EcoWatch / Lorraine Chow

Confirmed: American Academy of Pediatrics Cuts Ties With Monsanto

Lorraine Chow

2015-10-03

Salon.com

Monsanto’s migraine: The biotech giant is facing one fiasco after another

Rynard Loki, Alternet

2015-07-30

Chronicle Journal

Battling for blueberries

Jodi Lundmark

- VisionMax

2015-09-08

EcoWatch / Lorraine Chow

California Becomes First State to Label Monsanto’s Roundup as a Carcinogen

Lorraine Chow

2015-07-22

EcoWatch / Lorraine Chow

Bill Nye on Glyphosate: ‘We Accidentally Decimated the Monarch Butterfly Population’

Lorraine Chow

2015-07-21

CBC News

NB Power's herbicide 'essentially non-toxic' to humans, wildlife

Shane Fowler

2015-06-20

EcoWatch / Lorraine Chow

Monsanto Fires Back at Neil Young’s Scathing New Album

Lorraine Chow

2015-06-15

Before It’s News

Bombshell Secret Documents Show Monsanto Knew About Glyphosate Link To Cancer Over 35 Years Ago

AllHealthWorks / FeedTheWorld

2015-06-08

EcoWatch / Cole Mellino

How Monsanto Gained Huge Control of the World’s Food Supply

Cole Mellino

2015-06-01

EcoWatch / Cole Mellino

Neil Young Blasts Starbucks for Supporting Monsanto and GMOs in Rock Anthem

Cole Mellino

2015-05-16

EWAO.com

The Netherlands Ban Monsanto's RoundUp!

 

2015-04-10

EcoWatch / Environmental Working Group

Toxic Weed Killer Glyphosate Found in Breast Milk, Infant Formula

Environmental Working Group

2015-03-23

EcoWatch / Lorraine Chow

Monsanto’s Roundup — Most Popular Weed Killer in U.S. — ‘Probably’ Causes Cancer, WHO Report Says

Lorraine Chow

2015-03-05

EcoWatch / Stefanie Spear

Has Bill Nye Changed His Mind on GMOs?

Stefanie Spear

2015-01-15

EcoWatch

USDA Green-Lights Yet Another Monsanto GMO crop

Wenonah Hauter

- dicamba-tolerant soybeans and cotton

2015-01-23

EcoWatch / Organic Consumers Association

15 Health Problems Linked to Monsanto’s Roundup

Alexis Baden-Mayer

2015-01-13

RealFarmacy.com

WARNING: Glyphosate Found in Feeding Tube Liquid Given to Sick Children in Hospitals

Zen Honeycutt

2014-10-06

Ring of Fire Radio

More Evidence Shows Monsanto Chemical’s Deadly Effects

Joshua De Leon

2014-09-24

Peterson Farm Blog

Greg Peterson – Advocate for Truth: GMOs

Peterson Farm Bros

2014-07-28

Reuters

Brazil farmers say GMO corn no longer resistant to pests

Caroline Stauffer

2014-07-23

EcoWatch / Brandon Baker

EPA Denies Texas’ Emergency Request to Use Dangerous Herbicide on 3 Million Cotton Field Acres

Brandon Baker

2014-06-24

RealFarmacy.com

The Complete History of Monsanto, “The World’s Most Evil Corporation”

E Hanzai

2014-06-13

Realfarmacy.com

Blamed for Bee Collapse, Monsanto Buys Leading Bee Research Firm

Anthony Gucciardi

- buys Beeologics in Sept. 2011

2014-04-21

Io9.com

The GMO Mass Suicides Are A Myth

Mark Strauss

- India

2014-04-18

EcoWatch / Environmental Working Group

‘Extreme Levels’ of Monsanto’s Roundup Herbicide Found in Soy Plants

Emily Cassidy

2014-04-17

Collective Evolution

New Study Finds Roundup Herbicide to be 125x More Toxic Than Regulators Claim

Arjun Walia

2014-03-27

RT.com

Brazil looks to ban Monsanto’s Roundup, other toxicity risks

(EcoWatch article)

2014-03-24

EcoWatch / John Deike

Monsanto Ad Banned in South Africa Due to Deceptive GMO Messaging

John Deike

2014-03-21

EcoWatch / John Deike

Sri Lanka Bans Monsanto Herbicide After Report Suggests Link to Deadly Kidney Disease

John Deike

2014-02-27

EcoWatch / John Deike

Monsanto’s Roundup Found in 75% of Air and Rain Samples

John Deike

2014-02-26

EcoWatch / John Deike

Study Connects Monsanto’s Roundup to Fatal Kidney Disease Epidemic

John Deike

2014-02-09

Toronto Star

The GM controversy spreads to Canada’s largest crop

Alex Gillis

(article GM fish)

2014-01-13

EcoWatch / Food Democracy Now!

[US] Supreme Court Denies Family Farmers the Right to Self-Defense From Monsanto Lawsuits

 

2013-12

Ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

Study: Glyphosate, pathways to modern diseases II: Celiac sprue and gluten intolerance

Anthony Samsel, Stephanie Seneff

2013-11-26

True Activist

Geneticist David Suzuki Says Humans “Are Part Of A Massive Experiment”

Arjun Walia

2013-09-16

Natural Cures Note Medicine

Is your Representative in bed with Monsanto?

 

2013-09-12

EcoWatch / Center for Food Safety

GE contamination Found in Washington Alfalfa

- Monsanto’s Roundup

2013-08-17

Children of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance

Agent Orange – Monsanto’s Roundup and Birth Defects Report

Published by Earth Open Source (June 2011)

2013-07-12

Global Research

Monsanto Roundup:  The Impacts of Glyphosate Herbicide on Human Health.  Pathways to Modern Diseases

Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneff

2013-06-14

Digital Journal

Weed killer glyphosate found in human urine across Europe

Anne Sewell

2013-06-05

NaturalNews.com

It's on! Farmers begin suing Monsanto over genetic pollution of wheat crops

Mike Adams

2013-05-03

EcoWatch / Food & Water Watch

Study Links Monsanto’s Roundup to Autism, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s

Genna Reed

2013-02-21

Organic Consumers Association

Roundup More Toxic Than Officially Declared – New Study

GM Watch

POE-15

2013-02-20

EcoWatch/Pesticide Action Network

Farmer vs. Monsanto Reaches US Supreme Court

Pesticide Action Network

2013-02-01

Youtube / CropLife Canada

Pesticide regulation in Canada (2 mins)

CropLife Canada

2012-09-23

Youtube / Nice2MeetU2011

Understand what GMOs do to your body! RoundUp and Monsanto are killing us! (13 mins)

Seralini

2012

Cafc.uscourts.gov

Organic Seed Growers and Trade v. Monsanto Company (.pdf)

- legal ruling

2012-1298

 

 

 

 

Healthy Home Economist

The Real Reason Wheat is Toxic (it’s not the gluten)

Sarah

- pre-harvest desiccation using Roundup

 

 

Run-Off

 

Runoff is water from rain or melted snow which is not absorbed and held by the soil but runs over the ground and through loose soil. Agricultural runoff is water leaving farm fields because of rain, melted snow or irrigation. As runoff moves, it picks up and carries pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers and other pollution, which it can deposit into ponds, lakes, coastal waters and underground sources of drinking water.

 

 

Food for Thought

 

Even though the Monsanto protection act (USA) is in place and even though Monsanto is known for its brutal attack of patent infringement, typically leading to expensive court battles for the farmer, there is light at the end of the tunnel that will affect Monsanto in ways unknown.

 

All the farmer has to do is identify cross contaminated GM crops on their natural and organic farms and make a formal written demand to Monsanto to come and remove those plants before Monsanto makes a claim of patent infringement.

 

"If Monsanto refuses, and demands the farmer to not touch those plants, under jurisdiction of patent rights, the farmer can exorcise it's right to tell Monsanto their plants are on the farmers property and therefore trespasses"

 

If Monsanto refuses to collect its property, the farmer can have it removed and send Monsanto the bill for removal. If Monsanto refuses the bill, the farmer can take Monsanto to small claims court and will be granted the amount and avoid any gag clause Monsanto is famous for during negotiations with suits against people they fight.

 

While this may seem simple enough and it is, it is an example of how little farmers are in the know how to forearm themselves and beat Monsanto before they get dragged into a situation that typically causes great harm to the heritage the farmer has built.

 

 

Other Information:

 

AO Info: Farming in a Controlled Environment / Pesticides

 

Argentina: The Country That Monsanto Poisoned

 

Monsanto Owned Food Producers

 

The Complete History of Monsanto, “The World’s Most Evil Corporation” by E. Hanzai, REALfarmacy.com

 

International Monsanto Tribunal

 

Why Is Monsanto Evil, But DuPont Isn't? by Stephen D. Simpson, CFA

 

AWARE-Ontario.ca GMO News

 

 

Return to AWARE-Ontario.ca Home Page

 

List of Ontario’s Issues

 

What Can I Do?

 

 

Disclaimer: This information has been compiled through private amateur research for the purpose of allowing the reader to make an informed and educated decision.  However, while the information is believed to be reliable, accuracy cannot be guaranteed.

 

 

 

 


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