Monsanto Jury in Historic Revolt Against Judge Attempting to Toss Out Their Unanimous Verdict
In 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.Read more
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 But the ban was revoked by the current administration.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
Consumers Urge Home Depot and Lowes to
Stop Selling Roundup Due To Improper Labeling
For Immediate Release
Contact: Zen Honeycutt
Mission Viejo, CA July 10, 2018, Moms Across America and consumers have initiated a campaign to urge Home Depot and Lowes, two of the largest retailers of Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup, to pull the products from the shelves due to improper labeling and their carcinogenic effects.
“Home Depot and Lowes promote the sale of Roundup not just in their weed and pest control sections but in several prominent places throughout their stores. This is blatant preferential promotion of a carcinogenic product during a time when 1 out 3 people in America are expected to get cancer, according to The American Cancer Society. Without proper labeling, this is misleading and irresponsible. Even if there were proper labeling, we urge retailers to listen to the consumers calling their offices and pull the product from the shelves to protect their customers,” said Zen Honeycutt, Founding Executive Director of Moms Across America.
Glyphosate, an ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, was placed on the CA EPA Prop 65 carcinogen list on July 7, 2017. According to thirty years of California EPA Policy, one year later all products in California that contained the chemical glyphosate were identified to be labeled with a warning label for carcinogenic and/or reproductive effects. This CA Prop 65 warning label mandate did not happen by its scheduled July 7th 2018 date of enactment because Monsanto sued and the judge temporarily placed a stay on that procedure.
The request coincides with the week of the commencement of the Johnson v Monsanto trial. Dewayne Johnson, a 46-year-old pesticide applicator for the Benicia, California school district, used Roundup hundreds of times over a period of about three years and now has non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Studies have shown an increased risk of contracting non-Hodgkin's lymphoma with glyphosate herbicide exposure. Despite wearing full protective gear, over 80% of his body is covered with lesions and doctors predict he has two years to live. Johnson has a wife and three children.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified glyphosate a probable carcinogen in March of 2015. Nonprofit organizations like Beyond Pesticides and Moms Across America provide information of over ten alternatives to Roundup and support for school districts, towns, and counties to go toxin- free.
Moms Across America is a 501c3 non profit with the motto of “Empowered Moms, Healthy Kids.”
New Test Results Show What Popular Beer and Wine Brands Have in Common:
March 15, 2018 , Mission Viejo Ca- It has been a rough few years for the alcohol industry, but change is a-brewing. In 2015, Los Angeles CBS news broke the announcement of a lawsuit against 31 brands of wines for high levels of inorganic arsenic. In 2016, 12 California wines tested were all found to be positive for glyphosate herbicide. In 2016, beer testing in Germany also revealed residues of glyphosate in every single sample tested, even independent beers. Vinters and brewers alike began noticing the growing demand for organic. Just this week, Anheuser-Busch announced that their brand Michelob has launched a new beer Ultra Pure Gold made with organic wheat. What do these events all have in common?
How are they connected? If you remember, French scientist Seralini et al released shocking findings in January of 2018 that all the brands of the glyphosate-based Roundup they tested, over a dozen, had high levels of arsenic, over 5x the allowable limit. Roundup used in vineyards and sprayed on grains used in beer as a drying agent is appearing to be one of the major contributing factors of arsenic (and of course, glyphosate) residues in our wine and beer.
Today Moms Across America is releasing new findings of glyphosate in all of the most popular brands of wines in the world, most of which are from the US, and in batch test results in American beer. The findings were at first, confusing. But one thing that was clear was that the beer and wine industries must and in many cases are, moving away from Monsanto’s Roundup in order to avoid contamination by this chemical herbicide, a known neurotoxin, carcinogen, and endocrine disruptor, which causes liver disease. Despite Monsanto’s impassioned appeal of “irreparable harm”, CA federal Judge Shubb allowed glyphosate to remain on the CA Prop 65 carcinogen list in a ruling out just two weeks ago.Read more
CA Judge OKs Glyphosate Prop 65 Listing But Decides Public Doesn’t Need Cancer Warning Label on our Food and Products
February 27, 2018-- Today a CA Federal Judge ruled that the public does not need a warning label to inform us that cancer-causing and harmful chemicals in glyphosate herbicides are in our food or products, temporarily relieving manufacturers from the responsibility of being honest with their customers. At a time when more and more American families are struggling with diseases and their high cost, one man decided that it was an injustice to the chemical companies to have to tell us about the presence of their chemicals.
Senior United States District Judge William B. Shubb released his ruling regarding the case of Wheat Growers and Monsanto against the California Environmental Protection Agency (CA EPA), Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) and the CA Attorney General to remove glyphosate, the declared active chemical ingredient in Roundup, the most widely used herbicide in the world, from the CA Prop 65 carcinogen list, a law approved by California voters by ballot initiative in 1986.
The Judge ruled that OEHHA can keep glyphosate on the Prop 65 carcinogen list but the manufacturers such as Monsanto and food producers will not have to label their products with a warning label. Normally, the law states that products containing chemicals on the list, above a certain level, must label their products within a year from the listing. The label would state, “WARNING this product contains a chemical known to the state of California to cause cancer or reproductive harm.” The temporary preliminary injunction granted by the judge halts the impending labeling by manufacturers of products and foods containing glyphosate and allows them to not inform their customers of this fact... that glyphosate has been found to cause cancer in animals and to be a probable human carcinogen.Read more
Watch and share this very important interview of Dr. Stephanie Seneff, MIT scientist reviewing her and Gregory L. Nigh's newest paper called Anencephaly and Glyphosate: Death by a Thousand Cuts.
Direct link to paper:
Scientists have had evidence of this problem for over 15 years. See the Argentinian paper here:Read more
For Immediate Release
Glyphosate Weedkiller Found in All 5 Popular Orange Juice Brands
Supporting article and full results here.
Facebook LIVE link here.
Mission Viejo, CA- Today Moms Across America released glyphosate test results revealing that all of the five popular orange juice brands tested positive for glyphosate weed killer. Moms Across America founder Zen Honeycutt stated, "The discovery of glyphosate residue in orange juice is unacceptable, especially since a branch of the World Health Organization designated glyphosate a probable carcinogen, two years ago, back in the spring of 2015. The EPA has had ample time to revoke the license of this chemical and restrict its use in our food and beverage crops. As confirmed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, our children, who frequently drink orange juice for breakfast, are especially vulnerable to pesticides and measures should be taken immediately to protect them."
The average person in America consumes 2.7 gallons of orange juice and 3 pounds of oranges each year. “100% Pure Orange Juice” is a common claim used by many juice brands that allow consumers to feel safe when serving it to their families on a daily basis. Finding glyphosate in food and beverages is becoming less of a surprise and more of a serious health risk, as honey, cereals, bagels, eggs, snacks, wine, beer, and most recently Ben & Jerry’s Ice cream have tested positive for glyphosate. The EU is currently reviewing evidence of coverups by the manufacturer and is considering banning the use of glyphosate herbicides.
Glyphosate is the declared active chemical ingredient in Roundup, manufactured by Monsanto, and 750 other brands of glyphosate-based herbicides. Roundup is the most widely used herbicide in the world, often sprayed as a weedkiller between citrus trees, found in irrigation water and rain.
Two samples of each of the following brands were tested for both the herbicide glyphosate and its residue AMPA. Positive results ranged from 4.33 parts per billion (“ppb”) to an alarming 26.05 ppb. Studies have shown that only 0.1 ppb of glyphosate destroys beneficial gut bacteria, weakening the immune system, which can lead to a wide variety of health and neurological issues. Additionally, 1 part per trillion (ppt) has been shown to stimulate the growth of breast cancer cells. 1 ppt is equivalent to 1 drop in the water of 22 Olympic swimming pools combined.
Conventional citrus growers often insist that harsh chemical herbicides are necessary to maintain crop production and to prevent competition for water between weeds and the orange trees. However, Dr. Don Huber, a professor at Purdue University, a farmer educator, and a plant pathologist with 50 years of experience, has stated that glyphosate is not safe and can, in fact, increase water usage, disease and can be detrimental to citrus growth, soil and irrigation water quality. The USGS showed that counties in Florida had as much as two tons per square mile of residual glyphosate/AMPA in their soil.
Moms Across America and consumers call on Congress to require the EPA to revoke the license of glyphosate, as is being discussed in Europe, and for farmers to switch to organic regenerative practices to protect their families, farm workers, consumers, wildlife, and the environment.
For the full article click here.
Moms Across America is a 501c3 nonprofit, a National Coalition of Unstoppable Moms whose motto is Empowered Moms, Healthy Kids.
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Pesticide Spraying for Mosquitoes, Weeds etc and Solutions
Like you, I want my kids and pet to be safe. However, this is the season for the spraying of toxic chemicals from a helicopter for mosquitoes, by neighbors in their yards, or on our street for weeds. These chemicals threaten my children's and our neighborhood's health. These chemicals are shown to be neurotoxins, endocrine disruptors ( tiny amounts can cause birth defects or miscarriage) and carcinogens.
Many consider these chemicals "safe" because they are approved by the EPA but that is not a scientifically sound assumption. Here's why:
The EPA has confirmed they do NOT approve the final formulation of chemical pesticides/larvacides/herbicides/fungicides. They only ask for long-term animal studies on ONE ingredient in the formulation, not all of them together as they are used. So NO ONE, not the applicator, our elected officials, Vector Control or EPA can accurately claim that they are safe. That claim is completely unfounded.
So before you buy Roundup and spray it near your front sidewalk, where pregnant women, kids, and pets will walk a minute later, before you agree with the spraying of larvicides from helicopters and drones over our neighborhood, and if you choose not to object to carcinogens being sprayed on our streets, please consider that it is up to us to protect our neighborhood. There ARE alternatives that can be used that are safe for us. The only downside is that the chemicals companies just won't make a profit.
For example BATS eat 600-1000 mosquitos per hour! Concerned about West Nile? Put up a bat house! See link: http://www.drsfostersmith.com/pic/articl...
Buy one at Home Depot for example, click here.
Or make a bat house with your kids or Boy/Cub/Girl Scouts! http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/outdoors/gardening/how-to-build-a-bat-house
Precut bat house here.
Weeds DIE when you pour white vinegar and boiling water on them! I have presented the city with a safe non-toxic STEAM weed control possibility Weed Technics as well. They KNOW they can use other methods besides poison. Weed wacking and hand pulling is always an option too.
Just so you know, Mission Viejo has STOPPED spraying glyphosate-based herbicides(Roundup/Rodeo) in our neighborhoods as per the request of concerned residents. They still are spraying on major roads/sidewalks, curbs (around drains to the ocean) such as Alicia. They are still spraying in our parks where our children play. We need more people to speak up and ask them to use alternatives. Please go to the Non Toxic Mission Viejo Facebook page if you want to get involved or just call the city council and make a request.
UPDATE: In August of 2018, school pesticide applicator Dwayne "Lee" Johnson, who is dying of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, was awarded 289.2 million dollars from Monsanto by a California Supreme Court jury. Monsanto was found guilty of acting with "malice and oppression," meaning they knew their glyphosate products could cause cancer and the company executives suppressed the information. As of September 2018, over 8,000 more Roundup users are filing lawsuits against Monsanto.