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We are down to the wire with the EPA and glyphosate. This past week the EPA appealed to the Supreme Court to extend the deadline for their decision on whether or not to renew or revoke the license glyphosate. Preposterous. They have had 13 years to review glyphosate.

In the meantime, people are getting sick and dying. Our pets, pollinators, babies, and neighbors are dying. Our health care costs are skyrocketing.

Professor Emeritus at Perdue University, a sixty-year plant pathologist Don Huber PhD. said, “Glyphosate herbicides make DDT look like mouthwash.” 

Three hundred million pounds of these toxic chemicals are sprayed in America on our food crops and communities every year. The CDC found glyphosate in 80% of the 2,310 American urine samples. We are in a health crisis primarily due to these toxins. 

This is a historic moment. This is the time in history when the EPA will decide to affect millions of lives and wildlife species. Recently, the Supreme Court rejected the EPA’s interim glyphosate approval and ordered the  EPA to review available science and come to a decision by Oct 1, 2022.

We only have a little over two months to communicate with the EPA and urge them to do the right thing.

When 10,000 moms called the EPA regarding our findings of glyphosate in breastmilk, urine, and tap water none years ago, one of the more relatable staffers said to me:

“We encourage your moms to communicate with us by any means necessary."

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Artificial Food Dyes - Small Change, Enormous Impact

You may have heard the uproar about Skittles, how a California man sued Mars for not warning their customers that it contains harmful levels of titanium dioxide...well, it’s not only this colorful candy that contains toxic chemicals. MOST candies, many children’s medicines, and processed foods in America also contain artificial dyes! But the majority of these chemicals are not allowed in Europe! What gives?

Moms Across America Board member Kelly Ryerson, AKA Glyphosate Girl, weighs in on the situation as our guest writer.



Synthetic food dyes. They are approved for use by the FDA, so could they be causing the entire body a hysterical emotional meltdown? Indeed they were and can.

As a young child, my son had two identities. One was a sweet, curious boy who enjoyed reading and playing with his trains. The other, well, I can only refer to it as a dead ringer for the Tasmanian Devil. For those not subjected to hours of Looney Tunes as a child, Taz is an animated character who became famous for his short temper and extreme, hurricane-like energy bursts.

Doctors dismissed these outbursts as normal little boy behavior, but there was something peculiar about the tantrums. They triggered so quickly over nothing in particular like some switch had been activated in his mind that sent his nervous system into high gear. My mom’s mind fled into all kinds of worst-case scenarios, abetted by Google searches on everything from terrifying brain diseases to my general failure as a parent. Because what would mom-life be without some occasional self-blame.   

A few months passed, and a few childhood viruses came and went. One particularly nasty flu sent me to the drugstore to pick up my son’s favorite grape-flavored Children’s Tylenol. Twenty minutes after dosing the Tylenol, that notorious Taz returned. I looked at the bottle. 

D&C Red No. 33 & FD&C Blue No. 1.

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CDC Finally Tests for Glyphosate in Humans

Finally.

Nine years after Moms Across America initiated the first citizen-funded glyphosate testing in America - on our children’s urine, tap water, and breast milk, nine years after we asked the EPA, FDA, and CDC to test for glyphosate, the CDC has finally tested.

A recent article in The Guardian article reported the results:

More than 80% of urine samples drawn from children and adults in a US health study contained a weed-killing chemical linked to cancer, a finding scientists have called “disturbing” and “concerning”.

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Good News for Us, Bad News for Bayer and Glyphosate

Standing up for FamiliesWhen people told us we didn’t have a chance against Monsanto and the agriculture industry, we didn’t listen. We mothers knew that protecting our children and families surpassed any fear, desire for comfort, or success. We had to try. We had to make an effort. Not standing up for our families meant foregoing our integrity. That was not an option.

We were not the only ones that persisted. Organizations like the Center for Food Safety, Beyond Pesticides, Organic Consumers Association, and many others have been rallying, suing, and petitioning to protect the food supply for far longer. So today, we celebrate and acknowledge all of the advocates, lawyers, nonprofit staff, groups, and citizens who are creating a future where Monsanto et al. are obsolete, where healthy, non-toxic, whole foods are plentiful and affordable for all. We still have a long way to go, but today, we celebrate three big wins over the past three weeks.

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South Korean Initiative Labels Foods that Help Prevent Disease

korean flagThere is a new and inspiring initiative in South Korea by iCoop to label foods that help prevent lifestyle-related diseases. The initiative was sparked by consumers fed up with their government's refusal to label GMOs, which have been shown to cause tumors, DNA mutation, allergic reactions, and various harmful health effects. The South Korean consumer advocates said enough is enough and went on the offense, saying, fine, then we will label the foods that prevent disease.

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The Latest REALLY Bad Ideas from the Food Industry

GMO Hens and Honey

While innovation is generally championed in all markets, and problem-solving for vegans, climate change, the environment, etc., is appreciated, there is a line that scientists are crossing in the name of these causes that often goes too far. The point at which one crosses over into the realm of “too much, too far” is when they create a new product while wearing blinders that block out their view of the safety and health implications.

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Court Says EPA Shirked Duties on Glyphosate

A historic win today!

From the Center for Food Safety:

SAN FRANCISCO — Today, in a historic victory for farm workers and the environment, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit sided with the Center for Food Safety (CFS) and its represented farmworker and conservation clients by overturning the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) decision that the toxic pesticide glyphosate is safe for humans and imperiled wildlife. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Monsanto-Bayer's flagship Roundup weed killer, the most widely used pesticide in the world.

The 54-page opinion held the Trump administration's 2020 interim registration of glyphosate to be unlawful because "EPA did not adequately consider whether glyphosate causes cancer and shirked its duties under the Endangered Species Act (ESA)." Represented by the Center for Food Safety, the petitioners in the lawsuit included the Rural Coalition, Farmworker Association of Florida, Organización en California de Lideres Campesinas, and Beyond Pesticides. A consolidated case is led by Natural Resources Defense Council and includes Pesticide Action Network.

Read the full article here

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USDA Makes Surprising Commitments to Organic Food, Access to Local Food, and Food as Medicine

On Wednesday, May 31, 2022, Tom Vilsack, US Secretary of Agriculture, made a major announcement about the funding of a framework to transform the food supply. Referencing supply chain issues as the impetus for the changes, Vilsack laid out a comprehensive plan which would, if implemented thoroughly, decrease further supply chain issues and increase access to healthy, organic food for millions.

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Alarming Studies Connect Cell Phone Use to Bone Density Loss and Impaired Healing

If you do not subscribe to Arthur Firstenbergs's newsletter titled International Appeal to Stop 5G on Earth and In Space, we highly recommend that you do.

In his latest newsletter, he touches upon many important subjects. We wish to bring to your attention the issue of studies showing cellphone use contributes to bone density loss and impaired healing. These alarming studies are imperative for anyone who uses a cell phone, puts it in their pants pocket, avoids brittle, broken bones, or wants their child's or their bone development to progress normally.

Check out the full article here.

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Glyphosate and GMOs in Beer?

Glyphosate in German Beer: New Testing 

Germans are serious about the quality of their beer. While there are countless beer brands, the level of quality is not the same for every brewer.

A recent study by ÖKO-TEST (the German equivalent of Consumer Reports) found trace amounts of glyphosate in beer for 12 of the 50 German beer brands they tested. Only the organic brands showed no detectable levels. 

You can read details from the ÖKO-TEST study here, but it's in German, so you might need a translation tool like Google Translate. Keep reading here as we analyze the findings. 

Meanwhile, in July of 2020, a second Canadian grain processor restricted the processing of oats sprayed with glyphosate as a desiccant (drying agent)  in their facilities due to the impaired quality of the oats. The presence of glyphosate in beer, made with various grains often sprayed with glyphosate as a desiccant, would indicate a potential decrease in the quality of the product.

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