California Judge Rules Against Monsanto, Allows Cancer Warning on Roundup

One for consumer transparency! –

California is the first U.S. state to require Monsanto to label its blockbuster weed killer, Roundup, as a possible carcinogen, according to a ruling issued Friday by a California judge.

Fresno County Superior Court Judge Kristi Kapetan previously issued a tentative ruling on Jan. 27 in Monsanto Company v. Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, et al.Judge Kapetan formalized her ruling Friday against Monsanto, which will allow California to proceed with the process of listing glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, as a chemical “known to the state to cause cancer” in accordance with the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, better known as Proposition 65.

Source: California Judge Rules Against Monsanto, Allows Cancer Warning on Roundup

The Insecticides To Avoid If You Have Small Children In The House

The Insecticides To Avoid If You Have Small Children In The House

They’re often a lot more accessible than you realise, especially to an active toddler! Why being extra careful when it comes to these common household chemicals is so important –

When experts at Australian poison hotlines receive a call about a one-year-old, chances are it’s because the toddler has put ant bait in its mouth. Ant bait and liquid is by far the most common cause of insecticide poisoning for children under five, but thankfully, the consequences are rarely severe.

Yet ingredients in other household bug sprays and treatments can cause hospitalisation and, in extreme cases, death. An analysis of calls to the Queensland Poisons Information Centre found that of all enquiries, 49 percent were to do with household insecticides and children under five.

Researcher Karin English of the University of Queensland told The Huffington Post Australia that one-year-olds were the age group most commonly affected by insecticides.”That’s not a surprise because children at that age put everything in their mouths,” English told HuffPost Australia.

Source: The Insecticides To Avoid If You Have Small Children In The House

Bayer to Buy Monsanto Creating World’s Largest Seed and Pesticide Company

Bayer to Buy Monsanto Creating World’s Largest Seed and Pesticide Company

Yikes! –

Monsanto has finally agreed to be purchased by Bayer AG in a historic $66 billion all-cash takeover. The agreement, which both corporations have confirmed, will form the largest seed and pesticide company in the world.

The German pharmaceuticals and chemicals giant had been courting the St. Louis-based seed maker for roughly four months, with the aspirin-maker sweetening the pot with ever-growing sums of money. Bayer finally plans to pay $128 a share for Monsanto, up from its initial May offer of $122 a share. Not only is this the largest foreign corporate takeover ever by a German firm, it’s the largest cash bid on record, as Reuters reported.

A successful merger would create the world’s largest agrichemical firm, which will control more than one-fourth of the combined global market for seeds and pesticides.

According to Bloomberg, “The deal gives Bayer more than 2,000 varieties of seeds for crops such as corn, soybeans, and wheat. Adding that portfolio to its own vegetable, rice, cotton and oilseed offerings give Bayer a virtually unassailable position at the head of the market.”

Source: Bayer to Buy Monsanto Creating World’s Largest Seed and Pesticide Company

Glyphosate Found in Childhood Vaccines

Glyphosate Found in Childhood Vaccines

It really does get everywhere! Worrying research –

Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s flagship herbicide Roundup and hundreds of other herbicides, has been found in vaccines. The MMR II vaccine had levels up to 25 times higher than the other vaccines. Following our test, additional independent tests have confirmed these findings at or above the same levels.

The tests were conducted using the ELISA method. Vaccines contain many ingredients that could be genetically modified (GMO). More than 80 percent of GMOs are genetically engineered to withstand glyphosate-based herbicides and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) allows glyphosate on 160 non-organic food and feed crops. These facts made us wonder if glyphosate could be contaminating not only our water, urine, breast milk, food, soil, beer and wine, but also vaccines.

Source: Glyphosate Found in Childhood Vaccines

Taiwan Recalls Quaker Oats Products Imported From U.S. After Detecting Glyphosate – EcoWatch

Taiwan Recalls Quaker Oats Products Imported From U.S. After Detecting Glyphosate – EcoWatch

Yikes! A daily morning dose of pesticides with your brekkie? Not a good idea… –

More bad news for Quaker Oats. A random inspection from Taiwan’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) detected glyphosate in 10 out of 36 oatmeal products it tested, exceeding the country’s legal limit.Quaker Oats products sold in Taiwan were found to contain glyphosate levels exceeding the legal limit following a random inspection from the country’s FDA.

The 10 products, including those from the Quaker Oats brand, were found to have glyphosate residue levels between 0.1 parts per million (ppm) and 1.8ppm, the agency said, prompting a recall of nearly 62,000 kilograms of oatmeal. Taiwan does not permit residues levels of glyphosate to exceed 0.1 ppm, and the companies that violated the regulated standard may face fines between NT$60,000-$200 million (USD$1,800-$6 million).

Source: Taiwan Recalls Quaker Oats Products Imported From U.S. After Detecting Glyphosate – EcoWatch