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    Monsanto's Roundup may be linked to fatal kidney disease, new study suggests

    A heretofore inexplicable fatal, chronic kidney disease that has affected poor farming regions around the globe may be linked to the use of biochemical giant Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide in areas with hard water, a new study has found. The new study was published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.
    Researchers suggest that Roundup, or glyphosate, becomes highly toxic to the kidney once mixed with “hard” water or metals like arsenic and cadmium that often exist naturally in the soil or are added via fertilizer. Hard water contains metals like calcium, magnesium, strontium, and iron, among others. On its own, glyphosate is toxic, but not detrimental enough to eradicate kidney tissue.
    The glyphosate molecule was patented as a herbicide by Monsanto in the early 1970s. The company soon brought glyphosate to market under the name “Roundup,” which is now the most commonly used herbicide in the world.
    The hypothesis helps explain a global rash of the mysterious, fatal Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown etiology (CKDu) that has been found in rice paddy regions of northern Sri Lanka, for example, or in El Salvador, where CKDu is the second leading cause of death among males.
    Furthermore, the study’s findings explain many observations associated with the disease, including the linkage between the consumption of hard water and CKDu, as 96 percent of patients have been found to have consumed “hard or very hard water for at least five years, from wells that receive their supply from shallow regolith aquifers.”
    The CKDu was discovered in rice paddy farms in northern Sri Lanka around 20 years ago. The condition has spread quickly since then and now affects 15 percent of working age people in the region, or a total of 400,000 patients, the study says. At least 20,000 have died from CKDu there.
    In 2009, the Sri Lankan Ministry of Health introduced criteria for CKDu. Basically, the Ministry found that CKDu did not share common risk factors as chronic kidney disease, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and glomerular nephritis, or inflammation of the kidney.
    Based on geographical and socioeconomical factors associated with CKDu, it was assumed that environmental and occupational variables would offer clues to the disease’s origins – or in this case, it came from chemicals.
    The new study noted that even the World Health Organization had found that CKDu is caused by exposure to arsenic, cadmium, and pesticides, in addition to hard water consumption, low water intake, and exposure to high temperatures. Yet why that certain area of Sri Lanka and why the disease didn’t show prior to the mid-1990s was left unanswered.
    Researchers point out that political changes in Sri Lanka in the late 1970s led to the introduction of agrochemicals, especially in rice farming. They believe that 12 to 15 years of exposure to “low concentration kidney-damaging compounds” along with their accumulation in the body led to the appearance of CKDu in the mid-90s.
    The incriminating agent, or Compound “X,” must have certain characteristics, researchers deduced. The compound, they hypothesized, must be: made of chemicals newly introduced in the last 20 to 30 years; capable of forming stable complexes with hard water; capable of retaining nephrotoxic metals and delivering them to the kidney; capable of multiple routes of exposure, such as ingestion, through skin or respiratory absorption, among other criteria.
    These factors pointed to glyphosate, used in abundance in Sri Lanka. In the study, researchers noted that earlier studies had shown that typical glyphosate half-life of around 47 days in soil can increase up to 22 years after forming hard to biodegrade “strong complexes with metal ions.”
    Scientists have derived three ways of exposure to glyphosate-metal complexes (GMCs): consumption of contaminated hard water, food, or the complex could be formed directly within circulation with glyphosate coming from dermal/respiratory route and metals from water and foods.
    Rice farmers, for example, are at high risk of exposure to GMCs through skin absorption, inhalation, or tainted drinking water. GMCs seem to evade the normal liver’s detoxification process, thus damaging kidneys, the study found.
    The study also suggests that glyphosate could be linked to similar epidemics of kidney disease of unknown origin in El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and India.
    Recent investigations by the Center for Public Integrity found that, in the last five years, CKDu is responsible for more deaths in El Salvador and Nicaragua than diabetes, AIDS, and leukemia combined
    http://rt.com/news/monsanto-roundup-kidney-disease-921/

    Is not like we didn't see this coming, the Monsanto's products aren't tested for a long time and now we are going to start the devastating effects on people's health.
    Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.

    Voltaire


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    Gardening experts commonly tell people that Roundup is harmless and breaks down in the soil after a week or so. I know people that use it to kill the grass in areas where they wish to plant a vegetable garden.

    I have never believed Monsanto's claims of harmlessness. Anything that will kill almost any plant life is likely to have detrimental effects on people.

    Don't forget that the Monsanto GMO seeds issue is built around genetically altered seeds that are resistant to Roundup, so farmers can apply Roundup directly on corn, soybeans and other crops without killing the crop. I don't want to eat anything that has ever had a herbicide applied to it. That information is never revealed in food labeling.

    You will not see this White House administration crack down on Monsanto. Obama is a Monsanto supporter, which means Monsanto is donating huge sums of money to Democrats. In the world of corrupt Chicago politics, that gives them protection from prosecution.
    "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." -- Benjamin Franklin


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    Quote Originally Posted by TopDogger View Post
    I have never believed Monsanto's claims of harmlessness. Anything that will kill almost any plant life is likely to have detrimental effects on people.
    It is pretty self explanatory:

    Dark History of the Monsanto Corporation

    Monsanto's Dark History 1901-2013
    Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.

    Voltaire


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    Monsanto Cancer Milk: FOX NEWS Kills Story and Fires Reporters!

    Exposing the global corrupt and dangerous 'system' regarding our health!

    FOX NEWS Reporters (Reporters Steve Wilson & Jane Akre) uncover that most of the Milk in the USA, and across some parts of the world is unfit to drink due to Monsanto Corporation's POSILAC®, which has been proven to be a cancer-causing growth hormone (known in short as "BGH" "BST" or "rBGH"), but they were fired for trying to tell people the truth.

    (Important note: After a long court battle, the Court dismissed the whistle blowers protection for the reporters because the Court stated that there was no law, to force that the NEWS state the truth! FACT! Going on to say the NEWS was no different than other TV shows/reality shows!!)

    But the FDA has turned a blind eye once again! If you consumed or fed regular milk to your family today (8/21/08), there is more than a 90% chance that it was from a cow injected with BGH (Bovine somatotropin developed by using recombinant DNA technology). You could be killing or harming your child every time you pour them a glass of milk, the same as pouring them a glass of slow acting poison.
    Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.

    Voltaire


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    I am surprised that Fox refused to report the story, but am not surprised that Monsanto has that much control over the powers that control our lives--including probably all major branches of the media.

    Even Obama is a staunch Monsanto supporter. Money creates strange bedfellows.
    "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." -- Benjamin Franklin


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    Quote Originally Posted by TopDogger View Post
    I am surprised that Fox refused to report the story, but am not surprised that Monsanto has that much control over the powers that control our lives--including probably all major branches of the media.

    Even Obama is a staunch Monsanto supporter. Money creates strange bedfellows.
    That's one more proof that mainstream merdia is fully controlled, and the worse is that this people cover up illegal activities, corruption at its best...

    You know Top, during the feudalism, laws were for the servants and peasants, not for the noble class!

    The Republic States corrected the inequality from the feudalism, but I guess today we aren't living in true spirit of Republic States. What we are witnessing is a return to a kind of philosophical feudalism!

    Don't forget that Feudalism is a Kings and serfs system with no middle class, can you see where is the condition of the middle class today?
    Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.

    Voltaire


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    It looks like there is an upcoming worldwide march against Monsanto on May 24.

    March Against Monsanto: May 2014 Events
    "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." -- Benjamin Franklin


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    TD, the march is symbolic but look at what is coming:

    An open door for GMOs? – take action on the EU-US Free Trade Agreement

    At the end of June, the European Union and the US will officially launch negotiations for a new free trade agreement known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The plan is to create the world's largest free trade area, 'protect' investment and harmonize regulation. While appealing to big business, the trade treaty poses a serious threat for citizen (link is external)s on both sides of the Atlantic, as it could weaken labour, social, environmental and consumer protection standards. One of the greatest risks includes US negotiators using the trade deal to push for the EU to open its plates and fields up to GM crops.

    Everything is on the table

    The negotiation agenda is very broad. According to the leaked EU draft mandate (link is external) it is likely to include “goods and services as well as rules on trade and investment related issues with particular focus on removing unnecessary regulatory barriers”, with the aim of promoting “the untapped potential of a truly transatlantic market place”. Basically, this means tackling what the Office of the United States Trade Representative understands as “technical barriers for trade”, among them EU restrictions on GMOs. (see pp. 61 (link is external)).
    One of the core part of the negotiations is that both the EU and US should recognize their respective rules and regulations, which in practice could reduce regulation to the lowest common denominator. The official language talks of "mutual recognition" of standards or so-called reduction of non-tariff barriers. However, for the EU, that could mean accepting US standards in many areas, including food and agriculture, which are lower than the EU's.
    US officials state (link is external) it quite clearly every time they have the opportunity: all so-called barriers to trade, including highly controversial regulations such as those protecting agriculture, food or data privacy are in their sights. Even the leaders of the Senate Finance Committee, in a letter (link is external) to U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk, made it clear that any agreement must also reduce EU restrictions on genetically modified crops, chlorinated chickens and hormone-treated beef.
    A unique opportunity for big business

    The negotiations are so broad that groups lobbying on the subject range from Toyota (link is external)and General Motors (link is external)to the pharmaceutical industr (link is external)y (link is external) and IBM (link is external); not to mention the Chamber of Commerce of the US (link is external), one of the most powerful corporate lobby groups in the US. Indeed, Business Europe, the main organization representing employers in Europe, launched their own strategy (link is external) on an EU-US economic and trade partnershipin early 2012, and their suggestions have been widely included in the draft EU mandate. Regarding agriculture, their demands include an “ambitious liberalisation of agricultural trade barriers with as few exceptions as possible”. Similarly, food lobby group Food and Drink Europe (link is external), representing the largest food companies (Unilever, Kraft, Nestlé, etc.), welcomed the negotiations, one of their key demands being the facilitation of the low level presence of unapproved genetically modified crops. This is a long-standing industry agenda also supported by feed and grain trading giants including Cargill, Bunge, ADM, and the big farmers' lobby COPA-COGECA. Meanwhile, the biotech industry on both sides of the Atlantic offers (link is external) its “support and assistance as the EU and the US government look to enhance their trade relationship”.
    No doubt this trade deal is an unique opportunity to achieve through closed and non-transparent negotiations what hasn't been possible so far in a transparent and democratic way. Tactics used to convince Europe to introduce GMOs have even included involving US diplomacy, as revealed by a recent report from Food and Water Europe (link is external). The TTIP offers the perfect vehicle to bypass overwhelming opposition to GMOs by EU citizens, as confirmed in every European opinion poll (link is external).
    According to a professional lobbyist (link is external), “EU-US trade negotiations will offer many US firms a second chance to get their interests implemented effectively in Europe. Thanks to this process numerous sectors that have been fighting for change for decades could see their fortunes turn around within a short period of time.” And of course, “US seed companies that for a decade have been struggling to break the deadlock over the authorization for the cultivation of their [GM] seeds now will be presented with the ultimate opportunity to change the entire process to suit their needs.”
    Time to raise citizens' voices - take action

    The European Parliament will vote 23rd of May on a resolution over the EU mandate for the negotiation of the TTIP. Corporate Europe Observatory and Friends of the Earth Europe have launched a joint campaign, Stop the Crop (link is external), to prevent the introduction of more GMOs into Europe's food and farming. We ask you to tell MEPs that EU citizens won't accept the introduction of GMOs through the back door. Public concerns must be debated openly and transparently!
    NOTE: The European Parliament already voted. You can read about the results here (link is external)
    http://corporateeurope.org/trade/201...rade-agreement

    People need to vote for the Euroseptics, right now the EU is made for multi national corporations and the international banking system, NOT FOR THE PEOPLE.
    Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.

    Voltaire


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    Internationally renowned natural health expert and Mercola.com founder Dr. Joseph Mercola interviews Dr. Judy Carman about the dangers of eating genetically modified foods.

    Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.

    Voltaire


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    The Case of The Vanishing Bees

    On a fine June morning last year at a Target store outside Portland, Oregon, customers arrive to a startling sight: the parking lot was covered with a seething mat of bumblebees, some staggering around, most already dead, more raining down from above. The die-off lasted several days.
    It didn't take long to figure out that the day before a pest-control company had sprayed a powerful insecticide on surrounding Linden trees to protect them from aphids; but nobody warned the bees to stay away. In the end, an estimated 50,000 bumblebees perished.
    The tragedy at Target wiped out as many as 300 bumblebee colonies of bees no longer available to pollinate nearby trees and flowers.
    The deadly pesticide is one of a fairly new family known as the neonicotinoids—“neonics” for short—developed a decade or so ago to replace organophosphates and carbamates, which are also highly toxic but dissipate far more quickly.

    Learn how "neonics" are turning the sweet lives of bees sour.

    Scores of plants—fruits, vegetables, ornamentals—are sprayed with neonics. The chemical penetrates the leaves and is taken up by the plant’s vascular system, turning the plant poisonous to insects eating the leaves, pollen and nectar. Alternatively, the plant’s seeds are soaked or the soil is treated with the chemical, with the same result. This is convenient for keeping beetles off your roses. It is lethal for bees and other pollinators.
    And even if it doesn’t kill directly, as happened at the Target lot, sub-lethal doses interfere with the bees’ immune systems and make them vulnerable to pests. They can also damage the bees’ ability to navigate back to the hive.
    Several of the neonics, incidentally, are made by Bayer, the same Bayer that made the aspirin in your medicine cabinet. Bayer is a German company; yet, since 2013, neonics may not be used on bee-attractive crops in Germany or any other country in the European Union.
    This prohibition on use in the EU is a manifestation of what’s known as the Precautionary Principle, a fancy way of saying “Look before you leap.” In the United States we do it backwards: Chemicals are deemed innocent until proven guilty, sometimes with disastrous results.

    Read the entire article at: The Case of the Vanishing Honey Bee: Pesticides and the Perfect Crime | Earthjustice
    Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.

    Voltaire


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