Back in December
we burned some planted longleaf.
Six weeks later, they're greening up and candling.
I couldn't find a single longleaf that didn't survive.
Even ones that a few weeks ago you would have thought
were burnt sticks now have green leaves or white candles
Natural Society has awarded Monsanto the Worst Company of 2011 award
for its ongoing work to threaten human health and the environment.
Currently responsible for 90 percent of all genetically-modified (GM)
seed in the US, the biotechnology giant is also the leader in developing
genetically-modified (GM) seeds and the resulting crops worldwide.
But Monsanto is perhaps best known for its herbicide Roundup, which
many experts link to soil damage and herbicide-resistant superweeds,
not to mention potential health problems.
“We were very much surprised by our findings. Until now, it
has been thought almost impossible for Bt proteins to be toxic to
human cells. Now further investigations have to be conducted to find
out how these toxins impact the cells and if combinatorial effects
with other compounds in the food and feed chain have to be taken
into account,” says Gilles-Eric Séralini from the University
of Caen, who supervised the experiments. “In conclusion, these
experiments show that the risks of Bt toxins and of Roundup have
The toxicity of the corn itself may have been a surprise,
but not that of Roundup:
These findings are in accordance with several other investigations
highlighting unexpected health risks associated with glyphosate
including ones by Dr. Séralini,
already showed exposure to glysophate (the active ingredient in Roundup)
to be "a risk factor for developing Non-Hodgkin lymphoma",
and to be toxic to human umbilical, placental, and placental cells with a
"is far below agricultural recommendations and corresponds to low levels
of residues in food or feed."
Prof. Andrés Carrasco has demonstrated birth defects in amphibians
and there is increasing evidence of human birth defects.
"I am alive today, but part of the farming population is going to be
sacrificed and is going to die because of this," Francois, 47, told
He and other farmers suffering from illness set up an association
last year to make a case that their health problems should be linked
to their use of crop protection products.
France and the EU have already take other actions:
The Francois case goes back to a period of intensive use of
crop-protection chemicals in the European Union. The EU and its
member countries have since banned a large number of substances
Monsanto's Lasso was banned in France in 2007 following an EU
directive after the product had already been withdrawn in some other
France, the EU's largest agricultural producer, is now targetting a
50 percent reduction in pesticide use between 2008 and 2018, with
initial results showing a 4 percent cut in farm and non-farm use in
Because of the dangerousness of these products, in the country,
nobody says anything, it's omerta!
Why such a vow of silence?
The pressure of lobbyists is strong according to Paul François.
He says the dangers of pesticides may be as important as those of
I would say worse, because asbestos doesn't usually drift
across the road onto you, and isn't deliberately applied
to most crops, unlike RoundUp.
It's time to break the silence, so we won't have so many
farmers and children and other people being made sick by pesticides.