GREAT, AMAZING, FANTASTIC, WONDROUS NEWS!
Dewayne "Lee" Johnson, a school pesticide applicator with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, WINS his lawsuit against Monsanto! The jury (God Bless them) awarded Johnson 289.2 million dollars! 4000 other plaintiffs are waiting to sue Monsanto and 10,0000 are expected by the end of the year. Surely this decision has Bayer, who now owns Monsanto, reconsidering whether or not to continue to sell glyphosate-based products.
This is a huge win for humanity! Corporations around the world now get that they must take responsibility for the impact of their products!
Watch the verdict here:
US Court demands that the EPA must ban chlorpyrifos in 60 days! Chlorpyrifos, a chemical sprayed on food crops, is a known neurotoxin, especially to children, and was supposed to be banned last year. But the ban was revoked by the current administration. Coincidentally, the ban dismissal was enacted after Trump held a meeting with the CEO of Dow, the manufacturers of the chemical, who gave a 1.2 million dollar donation to his campaign. At Moms Across America, we believe that no matter who we vote for, what our political inclinations are, that every public figure has a responsibility to protect our children. This behavior is reprehensible, and we are glad that the courts have the power to reverse that decision and reinstate the ban. We simply cannot allow big business to harm our little kids.
Transcripts of the closing arguments here.
Johnson's lawyer's slides here.
Also, in the news is Monsanto on trial and Robert F. Kennedy Jr - one of the lawyers suing Monsanto for the link to Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Watch his stellar interview here.
We are so glad he addressed all the health issues we moms have been talking about for years now - and that the media is covering this issue!!!!Read more
Yesterday was a fascinating, infuriating, inspiring, and extremely complicated day. The closing statements of the Johnson v Monsanto trial were the lawyers final chance to persuade the jury to either hold Monsanto accountable for not labeling their product as a carcinogen ( leading to John's non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma) or believe the chemical company when they say their products are safe. Watch the NBC news coverage which includes Zen Honeycutt of Moms Across America!
In the packed San Franciso courtroom, Johnson's lawyer, Brent Wisner did an excellent job of showing that:
- Monsanto's Roundup and RangerPro can promote cancer and cause tumor growth.
- Monsanto knew this well before Johnson called them to ask if exposure could be connected to his lesions...and yet the doctor responsible failed to return his call.
- Monsanto failed to warn consumers with label or safety precautions.
To see some of the choice soundbites from the trial, follow Zen on Twitter:Read more
The EPA still has yet to deliver their decision on whether to renew glyphosate for another 15 years or revoke its license. They have been "reviewing" glyphosate for over 10 years.
We continue to remind the EPA of their responsibility to include real science and to protect people and animals, not the profits of the corporations. Here is a recent letter to the EPA. Feel free to use the links to tell your local officials that they need to discontinue the use of glyphosate herbicides.
Dear EPA Pesticide Review Board,
In light of recent studies, we are looking forward to your review of glyphosate-based herbicides (GBH) resulting in the refusal of the license of glyphosate.Read more
By Zen Honeycutt, Moms Across America
July 19, 2018 in Seoul, South Korea, for the first time, South Koreans hosted a Tri-Lateral Korea-US-Japan Symposium on the Consumer Right to Know GMO Labeling System. Over 200 gathered, including grassroots leaders, professors, food producers, concerned citizens, and National Assemblymen to discuss the health risks of GMOs and GMO labeling. South Korea has good reason to be concerned, they are the world’s largest importer of GMOs for human consumption and the health conditions of their citizens are skyrocketing.
South Korea has the highest recorded rates of pervasive developmental delays in the world. South Korea’s rates of autism are also extremely high, the last reported rates were 2 X higher than US autism rates in 2012. The rates of both autism and pervasive development delays correlate with the high amounts of agrochemicals used per unit in the relatively small countries of Japan and South Korea. The ingestion of chemicals due to agrochemical farming has not been of concern for the past two decades, but speakers at the conference discussed studies released over the past 5 years that show serious harm from GMOs and the most widely used glyphosate herbicides in the world. 80% of GMOs are engineered to withstand Monsanto’s flagship Roundup product (glyphosate herbicide), which is now used generically in over 750 brands around the world and has been linked to cancer, liver disease, and many health risks. The destruction of gut bacteria, which glyphosate has been shown to cause, has been linked to autism-like symptoms in rats. Reproductive changes due to the hormonal impact of glyphosate can also lead to developmental delays. New studies showing glyphosate herbicides' impact on the second generation of female rats, impacting fertility, point to great concern regarding the possible link to Korea's low birth rate as well.
Article by Kathleen Furey
Millennials who’ve watched Cowspiracy, or are health conscious and motivated to explore a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle, are targeted to save the planet by eating this "low-impact” food. Designed to convert meat eaters to a “plant based” i burger, it can now be ordered as a meat alternative at restaurants in many cities around the US. But, what is The Impossible Burger made of?
Nowhere do they claim that Impossible Burger ingredients are USDA Certified Organic. One look at the Impossible Burger package ingredients list tells any well-educated eater why: wheat, potato proteins, coconut oil, “other nutrients”, natural flavors and 2% or less of the following: leghemoglobin (soy), yeast extract, salt, soy protein isolate, konjac gum, xanthan gum, thiamin (vitamin B1), zinc, niacin, vitamin B6, riboflavin (vitamin B2), and vitamin B12. Many ingredients such as soy, potatoes, and several others, are genetically engineered (GMO) in a lab. GMO food products in the US today require no package label to identify them.Read more
My impressions of the "Monsanto Trial of the Century" opening statements in the case of Monsanto vs a school groundskeeper dying of cancer, (yesterday in SF) are:
It was a memorable day of high drama, mixed with hard times of having to sit still in absolute quiet (not easy for me). The room was filled with journalists and reporters, expert scientific and medical witnesses listening to every word, curious attorneys there to observe, the supportive and loving family of the cancer victim, and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. with the Baum, Hedlund and Associates law firm, filling the front row. There were 5 Monsanto attorneys at the right, front tables.
Sweetly, there was a handsome teenager in the row behind the front row, who looked to be RFK, Jr’s son, with the gorgeous Kennedy head of hair, and Kennedy promise and heart. I believe that he may carry on the Kennedy legacy.
There was a wall of cameras, which met us in the hall, as no filming was allowed in the courtroom, and the Court TV costs $500 to watch(!).
After getting up at 4 a.m. to drive to SF, with Kat Furey and Rouhi Akbari thru thick traffic, it was hard for me to sit from 9:30 to 4. We had 2 5-minute breaks and 1½ hours for a wonderful GF SF lunch at Sweet Maple. I am so glad that I was able to go to this "Trial of the Century."
I felt sorry for the jury who must endure many many days of high drama and grinding boredom, sitting and listening stolidly. True heroes.Read more
Saturday, July 7, 2018, was the day that all products containing glyphosate in California were supposed to have a WARNING label as a carcinogen due to being listed on the CA Prop 65 carcinogen list. Monsanto sued and temporarily stopped the 30-year practice of labeling chemicals on the list. And yet...the judge agreed to keep glyphosate on the Prop 65 carcinogen list. So he acknowledges glyphosate is harmful...but the public doesn't need to know?
We think everyone deserves to know! And these products should not be sold to the public!
If you go into Home Depot or Lowes, or any retailer selling Roundup, please speak up, tell the manager, or write a note to the manager. Let them know that the independent science shows that they are contributing to cancer if they continue selling Roundup and glyphosate-based products. Ask them nicely to stop selling them.
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C’mon Dad, we need you!
By Mike Gioscia of www.TheGreenDad.com
Mike and his family are featured in the new movie Secret Ingredients.
I was going down a familiar road and I didn’t even know it. When my son was diagnosed on the autism spectrum (PDD-NOS) years ago, I stated this to my wife: ‘We don’t have to tell people. We don’t have to say autism. We don’t have to brand him. We can say he has… some difficulties.
Yup. I said it. Denial? Is that what it is dad? A feeling of failure? My kid can’t have anything wrong with him! What would that say about me?!
Well, I snapped out of my selfish funk pretty quick, and I implore you, dad, to do the same. We need you out here. Your kid needs you, more than anything else you’ve got going on. Forget the office. The boat. The golf. The trips. Whatever it is that’s pulling you away from dealing. Deal! C’mon dad, we need you!Read more