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Monsanto's Roundup Found in Baby Food

December 11, 2018

Screen_Shot_2018-07-30_at_6.32.21_PM.pngThe Chinese government is smart to announce that they will set low limits of glyphosate residues on their food imports. Grains have been shown to be especially high in glyphosate levels and the impact harming our most vulnerable.

Moms Across America announces that the baby food samples tested were positive for residues of glyphosate when the baby foods contained grains such as rice, wheat, or oats. Baby foods that contained only fruits and vegetables did not. Eight different conventional baby foods from two top brands, Gerber and Comfort for Baby, were tested by Health Research Institute labs in Iowa, with the “gold standard” HPLC MS/MS methodology. The levels found in the foods with grain as part of the ingredients averaged 14.3 parts per billion, which is 143 times higher than the amount that is allowed in EU drinking water. At-home testing on Gerber Oatmeal and Apple Toddler Cereal revealed that glyphosate levels between 50-200 ppb. Oats are commonly sprayed with glyphosate as a drying agent so most conventional oat products are expected to have similar levels of glyphosate.

Glyphosate is the declared active chemical ingredient in Roundup, manufactured by Monsanto/Bayer. Recent John v Monsanto jury trial found Monsanto guilty on all accounts, including for “malice and oppression”- meaning that the company knew their products could cause cancer and suppressed the information.

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French Government Taxes Glyphosate for Organic Farm Development

Huge News!!

We are so thrilled at this brilliant, delightful, creative solution! You are Manifique, Macron!

French Government Starts Phase-Out of Glyphosate with Online Farmer Platform and Herbicide Tax

The French government has released its glyphosate ‘phase-out’ online platform, in an attempt to help farmers across the country to stop using the world’s most used herbicide before 2020. Macron places a 50% increase tax on glyphosate and funds go to support organic farming. How brilliant!

Man of the Year! President Macron!

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Which Countries are Saying NO to GMOs This Week?

South Africa Government Rejects Monsanto’s GMO Triple Stacked Maize

The African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) has welcomed the decision of the South African biosafety authorities, rejecting Monsanto’s application for the commercial release of its GM drought tolerant triple stacked maize: MON 87460 x MON 89034 x NK 603. At its meeting on the 2nd October 2018, the Executive...


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War and Freedom

Screen_Shot_2018-11-12_at_8.12.35_AM.pngOn Veteran's Day, I am reminded to honor Veteran's and I do. My father is a World War II Veteran. He fought to protect democracy around the world for four years of his young life. I am grateful for the sacrifice so many gave and I cherish the freedoms we have in America.

I also detest war. War is simply when one entity is opposing it's will on another until the other finds they must defend themselves with force. It is a lack of communication, negotiation, compassion, and respect of individual rights. I think we can do better than war. We can honor each other, communicate, and come to agreements. This is possible when we set aside our ego, greed, force, and desire for power.


Moms do this on a daily basis. We set aside our needs, our ego, our desires for rest or a full meal to care for others. We know it is possible to negotiate, we do it with toddlers and/or teens every day. We may appear to be forceful at times, with impending consequences for certain behavior....but our end goal is to support our children to make responsible choices on their own, without our influence. Much like a sovereign country. Our goal is to have them be free.

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Glyphosate Free Wine, Aluminum in Vaccines and more.

Good News!

SmartVine Enters the Market as First-Ever Glyphosate Residue-Free Certified Wine

Sustainable Pulse interview with Christine Fitzgerald, Owner of SmartVine, the first-ever Glyphosate Residue Free certified wine.

"Using my knowledge of nutrition science I began formulating wine combinations with herb infusions. My business partner Chrystal understood formulating wine without the use of herbicides, pesticides, and insecticides, and using more of a natural, old-world style to make wine.

After 6 months of research and experimentation, we finally discovered the perfect iteration of SmartVine; blending clean, chemical-free wine that tasted amazing and was better for you."

Read full article here.

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GMO Potatoes Put on HIGH RISK List

From Non-GMO Project Verified 

Contact: Kristin Wheeler
Phone: 360.255.7704 x131

Non-GMO Project addresses supply chain risks caused by new techniques like CRISPR and RNAi

Screen_Shot_2018-10-30_at_1.11.19_PM.pngBELLINGHAM, WAOctober 31—The potato has been added to the High-Risk list of the Non-GMO Project Standard because a GMO potato variety is now “widely commercially available” in the United States. To determine when a crop needs to be moved from the Monitored-Risk list to the High-Risk list, the Project uses an established set of criteria related to the likelihood of GMO contamination in the conventional and non-GMO supply chain. As a result of today’s move, products made with potato will now be subject to extra scrutiny before they can become Non-GMO Project Verified.
On the market since 2015, the GMO potato developed by J.R. Simplot has been engineered through a method of gene silencing called RNA interference (RNAi). This genetic engineering technique results in a potato that hides the symptoms of blackspot bruising. Currently, GMO potatoes are being marketed under the Simplot Innate brand, found under the trademark White Russet.
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GMO and Glyphosate News Oct

Monday night October 29, 2018 on our Moms Connect Call, we discussed the following news. You can see the discussion here. And review the articles below. We hope you will join us next time! 

Pesticide-Free Organic Food Lowers Your Blood Cancer Risk by 86% – 70,000 French People Surveyed

Cutting out pesticides by eating only organic food could slash your cancer risk by up to 86 percent, a new study claims.

For full article click here.

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Breakfast Favorite Orange Juice Tainted by Glyphosate Herbicide Threatens Our Health and Florida’s Environment

Glyphosate in Orange Juice


Screen_Shot_2018-10-26_at_8.49.58_AM.pngIn August, news broke that Cheerios, Quaker Oats, and other breakfast cereals were contaminated with glyphosate weed killer. Just this week, more news of glyphosate in snack bars. Parents across the nation became concerned about their family’s breakfast foods and snacks. Now we learn we must also be looking at the most popular breakfast beverage, orange juice, as well.

Over one year after initial tests, Moms Across America sent America's most popular orange juice brands to be tested again for the carcinogenic chemical glyphosate. The new test results, ranging from 2.99 ppb to 17.16 ppb, are not promising. Although the different brands, Tropicana, Minute Maid, Costco’s Kirkland Signature, and Stater Bros. had slightly lower levels of glyphosate weed killer than the first tests conducted a year ago, all still had detectable levels of glyphosate. In addition, Moms Across America added another sample, Florida’s Natural, and the results were not only among the highest of all the brands tested for glyphosate residues, the sample from the brand showed results almost 3 times higher than the previous year’s test results provided to another organization, showing an increase, rather than a decrease of the use of glyphosate herbicides.

Florida’s Natural glyphosate testing in 2017 showed the following results: glyphosate amount detected: 2.14 ppb; AMPA amount detected: 1.98 ppb, the effective glyphosate level was 5.11 ppb. In 2018 the test results showed an effective level of glyphosate at 14.42.

Recently plaintiff Alexandra Axon, represented by Richman Law Group, sued Florida’s Natural for misleading the public by claiming their product is natural when in fact it contains glyphosate. The lawsuit is still pending.


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‘Being on the Jury of the Monsanto Trial Changed My Life’

Monsanto Jury in Historic Revolt Against Judge Attempting to Toss Out Their Unanimous Verdict

Screen_Shot_2018-10-17_at_8.08.25_AM.pngIn an unprecedented display of commitment to justice, eight of the 12 jurors and two alternates who served on the Johnson v Monsanto trial, 10 total, took a day off work, left their families, and showed up at the San Francisco Court last week to let Judge Bolanos know they want their verdict to stand. The “Trial of The Century” as many are calling it, resulted in a $289.2 million award by the jury from Monsanto to Dwayne “Lee” Johnson, a school pesticide applicator who contracted a terminal case of non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma while using Monsanto’s glyphosate herbicide products Roundup and Ranger Pro.

Upon arrival, “the courtroom was so full,” recounted Robert Howard, juror number four, in an interview with me, “that one of the jurors had to sit in his/her old seat. The Judge definitely noticed our presence.”

He shared how, for a long time, he and his fellow jurors, for whom he has the highest regard, remained silent. He referred to the saying, “Silence cannot be misquoted.” But when he saw the notice that the jury verdict might be overturned, he and several jurors knew it was time to speak up.

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Let $289M jury award stand in Monsanto case

Lee Johnson

Plaintiff Dewayne “Lee” Johnson reacts at a San Francisco Superior Court on Aug. 10 after hearing the jury verdict awarding $289 million in his suit against Roundup maker Monsanto.

Photo: Josh Edelson / AFP / Getty Images

By Neil Young and Daryl Hannah

Updated: Oct. 14, 2018 11:12 a.m.

As originally posted in the San Francisco Chronicle

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