Thanks to Bluefeather6 for the link.
Compiled by Rosemary Mason MB ChB FRCA on behalf of a global network of independent scientists, beekeepers and environmentalists
Have you wondered why pollinators, birds, amphibians, bats etc. have dramatically decreased in numbers in the last 20-30 years? Or perhaps you weren’t even aware of the fact – because the British Media has been silent on the matter.
But you will be aware of the increasing number of diseases that are affecting us all: obesity, type 2 diabetes, autism, Dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s, various neurological disorders, cancers, inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, infertility, birth defects, depression, heart disease, strokes, hypertension etc.
Why has no-one in medicine, public health or medical epidemiology managed to work it out? “It’s difficult to get a man to understand something if his salary depends upon his not understanding it.”1
The answer is simple; but the cure is not. We are slowly, silently being poisoned. Our genes, and those of our children, are being damaged by toxic chemicals. 2 Of course it is something of a ‘post-code’ (or water-shed ‘post code’ lottery3 ) and depends on where you are living. If you live in London and eat organic food, you may not have noticed. But there are pesticide residues (particularly glyphosate) in staple foods that are made from cereal crops, because many are desiccated (dried off) with glyphosate before harvest. Since 2007, most brewers and distillers have permitted pre-harvest desiccation to be done, so it will now be in beer and whisky. Most of the imports from the US have ingredients contaminated with GM and herbicides (such as glyphosate, 2,4-D, glufosinate, dicamba) in the production process.
In South Wales we have found that glyphosate is present in our tap water. 4 This is because large amounts of glyphosate are used on noxious weeds such as Japanese knotweed that are invading previously industrialised areas. Contractors on quad bikes with knapsacks have been spraying Roundup® along kerbs, verges, highways, even in areas of schools, libraries and doctors surgeries. In 2012 the Chemicals Regulation Directorate (CRD) instructed the workers not to spray on hard surfaces, 5 because there is a lot of run-off into water courses, but I doubt whether a technical instruction posted on a website ever gets passed on to a worker.
Our Assembly Member wrote to the Local Council, but they said that Roundup® was perfectly safe. (This is a Monsanto myth: since 1996 the Corporation has been convicted in courts for fraudulent and false advertising6 ). Our Council refused to stop spraying until they were instructed to do so by the CRD or Defra. We have spent 3 years writing to these two Government Departments. Both maintain that glyphosate
1 Upton Sinclair. American writer http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/21810-it-is-difficult-to-get-a-man-tounderstand-something
4 http://farmwars.info/?p=11565 Page 1.
and the neonicotinoid insecticides are perfectly safe if applied in the correct dosages! We remain at an impasse and continue to be poisoned by Government policies.
Unfortunately some members of the British Government, such as the Defra Minister, Environment Minister, Science Minister and their Chief Scientists and a few MPs are ‘in bed’ with the pesticides companies. They, together with NFU Chairman, Peter Kendall, and many scientists from the John Innes Centre have held secret meetings with industry to devise a strategy to try to get GM crops into the UK. 7 Paradoxically, at the same time, a significant number of countries are banning them.
Here is a 2012 Report: Combating Monsanto: Grassroots resistance to the corporate power of agribusiness in the era of the ‘green economy’ and a changing climate. 8 It is compiled by La Via Campesina, 9 Friends of the Earth International and Combat Monsanto. Many countries have banned GMO crops. This Report also documents many crimes (including murder) committed by the Corporate Industries in their quest for seed and pesticide dominance. Is it significant that the UK has volunteered to take the first stockpile of chemicals from Syria (for the deadline: 31/12/2013) into an unknown British Port for destruction? These precursors are capable of being used by the pharmaceutical industry. 10
The supposedly independent committees in the UK; the Advisory Committee on Pesticides (ACP) and the Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment (CoT) both have at least one or two members with conflicts of interest. Defra Committees are also filled with ‘trusted’ graduates from British Universities.
Fera bee scientists have been executing work commissioned by Syngenta11 and when the long awaited work on bumblebees12 was rejected by EFSA as being deeply flawed, Dr Helen Thompson Fera Chief Bee Scientist responsible announced she was going to work for Syngenta (full time!). This had happened once before in 1997 with Dr Peter Campbell, Head of the UK Pesticides Safety Directorate, who rotated into Syngenta).
The British Beekeeping and the Scottish Beekeeping Associations (BBKA, SBA) have been in receipt of industry money and are on Defra’s side.13 They claim that there is no Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) in the UK. This is in stark contrast to the European Beekeeping Coordination which is joining with Buglife in a new lawsuit.
7 Attendees on: http://tinyurl.com/9jbce4g Agenda on: http://tinyurl.com/8ahylza Summary on: http://tinyurl.com/92rrajn
8 http://www.groundwork.org.za/Press%20Releases/Monsanto%20Publication%20- %20EN%20Final%20Version.pdf
9 An international movement which brings together millions of peasants, small and medium-size farmers, landless people, women farmers, indigenous people, migrants and agricultural workers from around the world. It defends small-scale sustainable agriculture as a way to promote social justice and dignity. It strongly opposes corporate driven agriculture and transnational companies that are destroying people and nature
10 Why is the UK taking the chemical weapons from Syria? http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/20/syrian-chemical-weapon-arsenal-destruction-timetable-ukboost
12 http://www.fera.defra.gov.uk/scienceResearch/scienceCapabilities/chemicalsEnvironment/documents/repor tPS2371Mar13.pdf
The Year 2014 marks the People’s ‘Fight for Life’ vv Governments and Corporations.
In December 2013, I was invited to be a Guest Speaker at a Symposium in Beijing to be held in July 2014, to give an account of the toxicity of glyphosate (despite all our evidence having been dismissed as ‘hypothetical’ by Lord de Mauley and the CRD). In China there are epidemics of Parkinson’s disease and depression. There are several preparations of glyphosate to choose from, Monsanto, Bayer or cheaper Indian and Chinese lookalikes. I cannot attend in person, but I have sent them our papers. I give links to four of them here; but the most recent one: How glyphosate is being whitewashed for its review in the EU and the US is attached to this email. The following documents have been posted:
Corporate Espionage: The Séralini Affair and Beyond (sent to Dirk Detken Chief Attorney to the European Food Safety Authority on 13/12/2013 with cc to Scotland and Europe): is at: http://farmwars.info/?p=12140
Glyphosate: Destructor of Human Health and Biodiversity: Another Silent Killer: This was the first letter sent on 06/09/2013 to Sir Harry Burns, Chief Medical Officer for Scotland. It was eventually acknowledged, but only after I had had to ask for one. http://farmwars.info/?p=11565
Glyphosate, GMOs and the BBC: in which I addressed Prof Jonathan Jones and the BBC about their misconceptions about the effects of Glyphosate on Human Health on 21/10/2013. http://farmwars.info/?p=11789
Glyphosate at the root of human and animal diseases: epidemiological evidence: this was the second letter to Sir Harry Burns, Chief Medical Officer for Scotland, sent on 21/11/2013. The reply (received on 13/12/2013) was negative and had clearly been written by a member of the Chemicals Regulation Directorate. However, when I came to print it out, the letter vanished before my very eyes, before I had a chance to put it on record. http://farmwars.info/?p=11963
15 http://www.moraybeedinosaurs.co.uk/neonicotinoid/Corporate%20Espionage%20The%20Seralini%20Affair %20and%20Beyond.pdf http://farmwars.info/?p=11789
amino-acids serotonin and tryptophan account for the massive increases in the incidence of depression (which can’t be cured by cognitive therapy, only SSSRIs). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_AHLDXF5aw&feature=player_embedded
Defra Expert Committee on Pesticide Residues in Food 17
This is why we all have glyphosate residues in our bodies: it is in our staple foods.
The results from monitoring of Pesticide Residues in food have been published quarterly since 2000. Bread and breakfast cereals are staple foods but there are no maximum residue limits (MRLs) for bread or cereals. Residues in bread are tested twice a year. 2002 3rd Quarter: Comments: “Residues of chlormequat,18 glyphosate and pirimiphosmethyl 19 were found (in bread). These pesticides are commonly used on cereal crops, and residues have been found in other cereal products, therefore these findings are not unexpected. None of the residues found were of concern for consumer health. 2006 3rd Quarter: Comments: “Eating more starchy foods, like bread, is an important part of the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) advice on healthy eating. The incidence of pesticide residues in bread is relatively high, but our assessment of the risk indicates that the levels we have found in this survey would not be expected to have an effect on health.” 2007 3rd Quarter: Comments: “Eating more starchy foods, like bread, is an important part of the FSA’s advice on healthy eating. We often find pesticide residues in bread but our assessment of the risk indicates that the levels we have found in this survey would not be expected to have an effect on health. We have asked the Secretariat to write to the Home Grown Cereals Authority about the incidence of residues”. I couldn’t find a reply. 2011 3rd/4th Quarters for Lentils: Comments: Sixteen samples of lentils contained glyphosate above the MRL. A new higher level of glyphosate is expected to come into force in summer 2012. None of the residues detected in this survey would be above the new proposed MRL.”
EFSA’s Reasoned Opinion Panel increases MRLs at the request of industry (Monsanto in this case, to 100 times the previous MRL!)
Monsanto Europe asked EFSA to set the import tolerance for glyphosate in lentils “in order to accommodate the authorised desiccation use of glyphosate in lentils in the US and Canada” from 0.1 mg/kg to 10 mg/kg20 (i.e. 100 times: January 2012). EFSA had granted similarly elevated MRLs for glyphosate on wheat and GM soya.
Reviews of glyphosate for re-registration in the EU and the US will be held in 2014
Virtually all the companies have their own brand of glyphosate; Monsanto’s is Roundup®. Bayer Garden has Super Strength Glyphosate.21 Each is ‘formulated’ with a highly toxic stabiliser, a commercially secret ingredient, which allows it to penetrate surfaces in the manner of corrosive detergents.22 The authors studied nine formulations and demonstrated that all formulations are more toxic than glyphosate alone. Among them, POE-15 appears to be the most toxic principle against human cells, even if others are not excluded. The Regulatory Agencies such as EFSA have only assessed plain glyphosate. It was evaluated in
18 Chlormequat, a plant growth regulator was present consistently throughout.
19 pirimiphos-methyl, is an organophosphate insecticide for use in storage. The approval was revoked on 24/03/2011, but it was only finally banned 31/03/2013, presumably to allow stocks to be used up.
22 Ethoxylated adjuvants of glyphosate-based herbicides are active principles of human cell toxicity. Toxicology 2013.
2002 by Germany, the Rapporteur Member State, and is due to be re-evaluated in 2014. If it is deregulated, most of the commercial GM crops will have to go as well because they are glyphosate-tolerant and can resist large amounts of glyphosate being sprayed to kill ordinary weeds. The development of super-weeds means that more glyphosate, or another herbicide has to be applied. ‘How glyphosate is being whitewashed for its review in the EU and the US’ is attached.
The Battle Lines are already drawn up in this David vv Goliath contest
Syngenta has submitted a legal challenge to the European Commission’s decision to suspend the use of thiamethoxam on bee attractive crops 23 and the National Farmers’ Union has announced that they are going to join Syngenta in the lawsuit.
Bayer CropScience is suing the European Commission. 24 A subsidiary of Bayer AG (FWB: BAYN) is challenging Europe’s recent ban on a class of pesticides believed to be killing off millions of bees.
The British Government has joined forces with Monsanto, EFSA and the EU Commission to fight civil society in the EU Court to defend the right to import Monsanto’s transgenic soybean Intacta® which produces an insecticide and is resistant to glyphosate herbicides such as Roundup®.25
However, Civil Society is fighting back against government and corporations
An Australian organic farmer is suing his neighbour (effectively Monsanto) 26
This is a landmark world’s first trial beginning on February 10 2014 Steve Marsh, an organic farmer from Kojonup, south of Perth, lost organic certification for most of his farm when GM canola (Oil Seed Rape) contaminated his crop. He is suing his neighbour (whose costs will be paid by Monsanto 27) in the Supreme Court of WA. On 11/12/2013 independent South Australia Senator Nick Xenophon launched the farmers’ petition, 28 and videos and a website for the Safe Food Foundation, which is coordinating fundraising for Steve’s case which is already attracting global interest as the first of its kind.
Six NGOs are mounting a legal action to defend the neonicotinoids ban: Buglife, Client Earth, SumOfUs, Pesticides Action Network, Greenpeace and the European Beekeeping Coordination 29 and are applying to the courts to defend a ban of three deadly chemicals found to have harmful effects on wildlife. Buglife 30 (CEO Matt Shardlow) has been fearless in the fight against pesticides. It is the sole conservation organisation in the UK to stand up and be counted. The Buglife paper against the neonicotinoids31 was published in 2010. Buglife needs money to fight this legal action and to buy reserves to protect invertebrates: ‘the small things that run the world’.
27 Monsanto has the money to win in court and/or settle with anyone who opposes them.
Loss of Invertebrates: ‘the small things that run the world’
In the US in 1980, Professor E.O. Wilson, 32 the eminent Harvard entomologist, was asked to identify the most important problem facing the world in the next decade. To quote his words:
“The one process on-going in the 1980s that will take millions of years to correct is the loss of genetic species diversity by the destruction of natural habitats. This is the folly our descendants are least likely to forgive us.”
Sir David Attenborough said:
“If we and the rest of the back-boned animals were to disappear overnight, the rest of the world would get on pretty well. But if the invertebrates were to disappear, the world’s ecosystems would collapse.”
Civil Society will be defending itself against the Lawsuit brought by the British Government 33 NB not a single British organisation defending, only European.
The defence of the lawsuit will be led by Testbiotech, a German biotechnology firm. 34 : Christoph Then, firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel +49 15154638040, www.testbiotech.org
Foundation on Future Farming: www.zs-l.de
Society for Ecological Research: www.oekologische-forschung.de
German Family Farmers Association (ABL): www.abl-ev.de
The GMO Emperor has no clothes. 35 A Global Citizens Report on the State of GMOs False Promises, Failed Technologies
This 251-page document has been coordinated by Vandana Shiva, Navdanya; Debbie Barker, Centre for Food Safety; Caroline Lockhart, Navdanya International with contributions from 21 global organisations in the following countries; USA, Mexico, Latin America, Uruguay, Patagonia, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Poland, Russia, Africa, India, Japan and Australia. WHERE WAS GREAT BRITAIN?
Are we living in a Democracy or a Dictatorship?
We are beginning to understand the patterns of the outrageous conspiracy between the US Government, the British Government, the Big Corporations, including ‘Philanthropists’ who are still making money from those same Corporations. That might explain some of the intense surveillance by GCHQ and NSA of many other organisations. Nevertheless, rich, powerful and clever as they all are, they have no concept of environmental factors, of what Nature does for us for free. They have not been watching the “canary in the cage” although conservation organisations have repeatedly warned them. Undoubtedly, if nothing changes, we are heading for the 6th Global Extinction.
32 Prof E O Wilson’s quotation at http://www.rense.com/general96/killingbees.html Killing Bees In America & Worldwide Will Be The Death Of Humanity by Frosty Wooldridge.
34 Testbiotech was founded in 2008 by a group of experts and registered as a non-profit organisation to promote independent research and public debate on the impacts of biotechnology. Testbiotech is a centre of expertise concerned mainly with the ecological, social and ethical consequences of modern biotechnology. It is in Frankfurt.
Read more: http://www.moraybeedinosaurs.co.uk/neonicotinoid/Global%20Citizens%20Report%20against%20Big%20Ag,%20Big%20Pharma%20and%20Governments.pdf
See Appendix graphs of glyphosate applied to crops & percentage of GE corn and soy planted