(Thank you Barron’s🙂
Monsanto’s Tough Week: Now It’s Birth Defects
By Tiernan Ray
Tough week for Monsanto (MON). Tuesday, word went around that the company’s “SmartStax” seeds were yielding less in Iowa’s corn harvest than expected. That prompted analysts, including Goldman Sachs, to cut their price targets on the stock.
Today, it’s the rumor that the company’s herbicide, “Roundup,” could be causing birth defects, based on a study released by researchers in Argentina, and published in the August issue of the academic journal Chemical Research in Toxicology.
The study itself focuses broadly on herbicides containing glyphosate, but F. William Engdahl over at Global Research lays out the explicit connection to Roundup, a glyphosate-based herbicide, writing:
Widespread reports of human malformations began to be reported in Argentina beginning 2002, two years after widespread aerial spraying of Roundup and planting of [Roundup Ready] Soybeans was begun. The test animals used by CarrascoÃs group share similar developmental mechanisms with humans. The authors concluded that the results Ã¬raise concerns about the clinical findings from human offspring in populations exposed to Roundup in agricultural fields.Ã® Carrasco added, Ã¬The toxicity classification of glyphosate is too low. In some cases this can be a powerful poison.Ã®
(April: Let’s not fail to realize the crops/plants themselves contain pesticides within every living cell on the plant. Studies need to be done on this as well?)
Monsanto shares today ended down 9 cents at $47.91, which is actually pretty good considering the state of the broader market today.
Posted in American Politics & Food, Biotech Companies, Canadian Politics & Food, Monsanto, World GE Politics
Tagged Biotech Companies, Birth defects, Glyphosate, GMO, Monsanto stocks fall, Roundup Ready, SmartStax Corn
By Ronnie Cummins, Founder and Director of Organic Consumers Association
Gen-M, “Generation Monsanto,” the first generation of humans force-fed genetically modified foods, hasn’t reached reproductive age yet (they were born in the late 1990s). But, if a critical mass of animal feeding studies are any indication, the millennial generation, reared on Food Inc.’s unlabeled “Frankenfoods” can look forward to a long-term epidemic of cancer, food allergies, sterility, learning disabilities, and birth defects.
Corn (85% of U.S. production is GM), soy (91% GM), cotton (88% GM), canola (85% GM) and sugar beets (95% GM) are all genetically engineered by Monsanto to withstand massive doses of the company’s glyphosate herbicide RoundUp, or else to exude their own pesticide, Bacillus Thuriengensis (Bt). RoundUp, the favorite weedkiller poison of non-organic farmers and gardeners, causes brain, intestinal and heart defects in fetuses. And scientists warn that RoundUp, the most extensively used herbicide in the history of agriculture, “may have dire consequences for agriculture such as rendering soils infertile, crops non-productive, and plants less nutritious.” In addition, hundreds of thousands of US dairy cows are injected with genetically engineered Bovine Growth Hormone (developed by Monsanto) in spite of studies linking rBGH with cancer, and longstanding bans on the drug in the EU, Japan, Canada, and most industrialized nations.
Posted in American Politics & Food, Biotech Companies, Food Security, World GE Politics
Tagged Animal feeding studies, Birth defects, Cancer, Food Allergies, Genetically Modified Organisms, GMO, learning disabilities, Monsanto, Organic Consumers Association, rBGH, Ronnie Cummins, Sterility
Monday, February 22, 2010 by: S. L. Baker, features writer
(NaturalNews) Gastroschisis is a birth defect in which the intestines, and sometimes other organs, develop outside the fetal abdomen and poke out through an opening in the abdominal wall. Long considered a rare occurrence, gastroschisis has mysteriously been on the rise over the last three decades. In fact, the incidence of the defect has soared, increasing two to four times in the last 30 years. But why?
Researchers think they’ve found the answer. The culprit behind the suffering of babies born with this condition appears to be the agricultural chemical atrazine. That’s the conclusion of a study just presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) held in Chicago.
Researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle were alerted to a higher than normal number of cases in of the birth defect in babies born in eastern Washington. So they began investigating to see if the increased incidence was due to some kind of environmental exposure in that area.
Posted in American Politics & Food, Biotech Companies, Canadian Politics & Food, Herbicides, Lawn care, Pesticides
Tagged 2-4-D, Atrazine, Biotech Companies, Birth defects, Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid, EPA, Gastroschisis, Infant deaths, Lawn care chemicals, Nitrates, Pesticides, Prostate Cancer, Washington