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Illinois Illegally Seizes Bees Resistant to Monsanto’s Roundup; Kills Remaining Queens

government helps monsanto wipe out bee population

If anyone supports government inspections of private property, this should be a warning to them.

If you think it would be OK to have government agencies inspecting your home for guns, or even keeping you on a list of gun owners, here is the kind of evidence that shows that governments are, at best, inherently arbitrary and unjust. At worst governments are corrupt and tyrannical.

So now they don’t seem to know what happened to his bees. “Golly. I didn’t know we were supposed to keep track of the property we “confiscate” (i.e. steel) from citizens. I thought we could just arbitrarily go wherever we wanted, taking anything we wanted at any time… with impunity. Why would we have to keep track of it or return it?”

It’s sort of like the gun confiscations that went on after hurricane Katrina. What gives the government a right to take a $300 gun from someone who isn’t causing any trouble at all and who only wants it to protect his property? That is money that government entities are stealing outright from citizens. Would you be OK with some military or law enforcement officer say, “Hey. Give me that valuable object you own.”? Me neither. What if they could just “confiscate it no matter what it was? That’s what we’re looking at here.

Honey bees are absolutely necessary to the growing of food. Just ask the thousands of big farmers that contract with bee keepers to pay to have honey bees put next to their fields or orchards. Without bees, food doesn’t grow. Now our ever-beloved Monsanto has managed to wipe out droves of bees and coming back for the ones that are resistant to their pesticide. The government is apparently on their side.

Should we not have the right to grow food if we want? We should probably leave that up to the government too. They do such a great job with everything else…

 

Illinois Illegally Seizes Bees Resistant to Monsanto’s Roundup; Kills Remaining Queens

The Illinois Ag Dept.  illegally seized privately owned bees from renowned naturalist, Terrence Ingram, without providing him with a search warrant and before the court hearing on the matter, reports Prairie Advocate News.

Behind the obvious violations of his Constitutional rights is Monsanto. Ingram was researching Roundup’s effects on bees, which he’s raised for 58 years.  “They ruined 15 years of my research,” he told Prairie Advocate, by stealing most of his stock.

A certified letter from the Ag Dept.’s Apiary Inspection Supervisor, Steven D. Chard, stated:

“During a routine inspection of your honeybee colonies by … Inspectors Susan Kivikko and Eleanor Balson on October 23, 2011, the bacterial disease ‘American Foulbrood’ was detected in a number of colonies located behind your house…. Presence of the disease in some of your colonies was confirmed via test results from the USDA Bee Research Laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland that analyzed samples collected from your apiary….”

Ingram can prove his bees did not have foulbrood, and planned to do so at a hearing set in April, but the state seized his bees at the end of March. They have not returned them and no one at the Ag Dept. seems to know where his bees are.

The bees could have been destroyed, or they could have been turned over to Monsanto to ascertain why some of his bees are resistant to Roundup. Without the bees as evidence, Ingram simply cannot defend against the phony charges of foulbrood.

Worse, all his queens died after Kivikko and Balson “inspected” his property, outside of his presence and without a warrant.

 

Of note, Illinois beekeepers are going underground after Ingram’s experience and refuse to register their hives, in case the state tries to steal their private property on phony claims.

if bees die food won't grow

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New Research Connects RoundUp Active Ingredient Glyphosate Produced by Monsanto to Many Diseases

Debbie Stabenow - has damaged her brain by eating too much GMO food

I have been reading more and more about research showing that many of the newly prolific and mystifying diseases, disorders and syndromes we seem to have so much trouble with here in the United States are connected to the active ingredient glyphosate in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide.

Of course, old research also connected RoundUp to many diseases and disorders as well, but that was back when it was a conspiracy theory to think that the government would ever lie or even be terrible at conducting or interpreting research or even making sure it was valid. Yes, that was way back in the day when people thought maybe some parts of the government weren’t corrupt to the point that they didn’t mind how sick you got or if you died as long as they were personally paid off by huge, super-wealthy corporations.

The next time you hear the term conspiracy theory interpret that to mean “facts that haven’t been proven to the satisfaction of people who can profit from keeping them repressed.”

The video below is very enlightening and I highly recommend it.

Many Diseases Now Connected to RoundUp Active Ingredient Glyphosate Produced by Monsanto

Leaky gut syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, colitis, obesity, heart disease, autism and more–a groundbreaking study now shows a direct link between RoundUp (Glyphosate)-soaked crops and these diseases. And it all goes back to our gut bacteria…

I can not stress enough the importance of watching this video (link below)… but here’s a synopsis for those on a time crunch:

Jeffrey Smith interviews Dr. Stephanie Seneff about Glyphosate from Kristin Canty on Vimeo.

For years, Monsanto assured us that the “metabolic pathway” that enabled RoundUp to kill plants did not exist in the human body. Stephanie Seneff, PhD, a Senior Research Scientist at MIT, has now proven that our gut bacteria does indeed contain the very same metabolic pathway, and it’s being targeted and killed by exposure to RoundUp / consuming RoundUp Ready GMO crops such as corn and soy — in much the same way.

Considering that RoundUp Ready crops represent the primary purpose / large majority of GMO crops world wide, and GMOs are reported to be in >70% of processed foods, this is a significant finding–even more so when contrasted against these specific diseases.

If you only watch the first 5 minutes of this video, you’ll learn enough to be sobered.

If you know anyone with autism in their family, keep watching through the 10 minute mark.

Debbie Stabenow - has damaged her brain by eating too much GMO food

Better yet, make time to watch the whole thing. It’s packed with facts that will make you a far more informed and aware human and (hopefully) motivate you to March Against Monsanto this weekend!

The video:
http://vimeo.com/65914121

The study:
http://www.mdpi.com/1099-4300/15/4/1416

 

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Sobering Facts About Monsanto’s RoundUp (Glyphosate) and How The EPA Ignores Dangers

Presented below are ten sobering facts about Glyphosate (the key ingredient in Monsanto’s RoundUp weedkiller, which the majority of Monsanto’s seeds are genetically engineered to withstand):

1) Glyphosate causes disease and biological / physiological disorders in crops

Fifteen years of research by the USDA indicates that the chemical glyphosate, the key ingredient in RoundUp herbicide, is linked to fungal root disease in plants.

Article:http://www.reuters.com/article/2010/04/13/us-usa-gmos-regulators-idUSTRE63C2AJ20100413
Purdue Report about biological/physiological disorders: http://www.btny.purdue.edu/weedscience/2011/GlyphosatesImpact11.html

superweed

2) Glyphosate is no longer effective at killing weeds

Article about Superweeds: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/04/business/energy-environment/04weed.html
International Database on Glycines (Glyphosate family):http://www.weedscience.com/summary/MOA.aspx?MOAID=12
Iowa State: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/CropNews/2011/0120hartzler.htm
University of Arkansas: http://bumperscollege.uark.edu/test_cses2012/1946.php
National Academy of Sciences Report: http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=12804

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3) Glyphosate use is increasing steadily

According to the USGS, more than 88,000 tons of glyphosate were used in the United States in 2007, up from 11,000 tons in 1992. Since the advent of “super weeds,” the use of glyphosate (and other even stronger weed killers) has risen significantly.

Article: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/08/31/us-glyphosate-pollution-idUSTRE77U61720110831

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4) Glyphosate is not breaking down as promised

In 1996, New York’s attorney general sued Monsanto over the company’s use of “false and misleading advertising” about RoundUp. That case ended with Monsanto agreeing to stop calling Roundup “biodegradable,” and to pull ads claiming that Roundup was “safer than table salt,” “practically nontoxic,” and ”stayed where you put it.”

Two decades after the advent of “RoundUp Ready” crops and their dominance in the agricultural marketplace, the evidence of their falsehoods abound: multiple studies have found significant levels of glyphosate in streams, soil, air, rainwater, and groundwater:

Wastewater: http://toxics.usgs.gov/highlights/glyphosate_wastewater.html
Rain and Streams: http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article.asp?ID=2909
Groundwater: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22101424
Soil: http://www.docstoc.com/docs/124999079/Effects-of-Glyphosate-and-Foliar-Amendments-on-Soil-Microorganisms (slideshow; see presentation here; view reporthere)
Atmosphere, Soil and Surface Water: http://environment.gov.ab.ca/info/library/6444.pdf
Mississippi and Iowa Streams: https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2009AM/finalprogram/abstract_162346.htm

Glyphosate residues are also found in our food: a  recent study found that Glyphosate residues in the main foods of the Western diet – sugar, wheat, and genetically modified corn and soy – inhibit critical enzymes in mammals [which] manifests slowly over time, as inflammation damages cellular systems throughout the body.Source: http://www.mdpi.com/1099-4300/15/4/1416

No surprise, a study done in Germany in 2012 found glyphosate in all of the urine samples it took from non-agricultural workers in Berlin, at levels 5-20 times the limit for drinking water. Source: http://www.ithaka-journal.net/herbizide-im-urin?lang=en

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5) Glyphosate causes birth defects and tumors in animals, and sharp declines in beneficial insects

And often at dilutions far lower than the concentrations used in agricultural and even home garden spraying…

Study: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20695457
Study: http://www.scribd.com/doc/57277946
Study: http://sustainablefoodtrust.org/2012/09/.pdf
Study: http://www.mlmp.org.pdf
Study: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/abstract

June 2011 report assembled by an international team of scientists revealed that studies done as early as the 1980s by biotech and ag-industry corporations (including Monsanto) all showed that Roundup’s active ingredient glyphosate causes birth defects in laboratory animals… again, at very low exposures. Read a related article here.

Glyphosate test charts

6) Glyphosate is a genotoxic endocrine disruptor to human cells

http://www.barnstablecounty.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/gasnier-toxicology-elsevier-262-184-191-glyphostae-ed-human-cell-lines2.pdf

sprayweeds roundup
Glyphosate is the key ingredient in Monsanto’s RoundUp weedkiller, along with other “inert” ingredients that are potentially even more dangerous. Use vinegar instead!

7) Glyphosate is linked to cancer

Three studies have linked glyphosate exposure with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma:

2001: http://cebp.aacrjournals.org/content/10/11/1155.long
2002: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12148884
2003: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1740618/

DNA damage

8) Glyphosate causes DNA damage

Inhalation of glyphosate was observed to cause DNA damage after short exposure to concentrations that correspond to the 450-fold dilution of spraying most commonly used in agriculture:

Study: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22331240

EPA crop

9) The EPA is still working on Glyphosate’s human risk assessment

Although the EPA has found the time to establish a National Acceptable Daily Intake of glyphosate (5.5% per day; as cited in the study done on pregnant women), long-term human risk assessment studies are slow to emerge.

Glyphosate Detected in Pregnant Women:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22261298
EPA Study Outline and Schedule: http://pesticidetruths.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Reference-glyphosate-2009-12-00-Final-Work-Plan-EPA.pdf

GMO Crop charts

10) Glyphosate resistance is the primary purpose of genetic crop engineering

GM crops have been responsible for a 527 million pound increase in herbicide use in the United States over the first 16 years of commercial use of GM crops (1996 – 20011).

Article containing multiple source links:http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/sis5219
Article compiling facts researched by Nature Magazine: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/05/01/the-rise-of-genetically-modified-crops-in-two-charts/
Study: Benbrook, C. 2009. Impacts of Genetically Engineered Crops on Pesticide Use: The First Thirteen Years

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Glyphosate-resistant giant ragweed infesting RoundUp Ready corn; photo by Dr. Bill Johnson

Additional Sources and Studies about Glyphosate:

For those who want as many scientific references, peer-reviewed studies, and reports as possible…

Why Glyphosate Should be Banned
A Review of its Hazards to Health and the Environment
Sirinathsinghji, E., Ho, Mae-Wan
Overview: http://permaculturenews.org/2012/11/01/why-glyphosate-should-be-banned-a-review-of-its-hazards-to-health-and-the-environment/
Full Report (ISIS Members only): http://www.i-sis.org.uk/error/login_error.php?location=Why_Glyphosate_Should_be_Banned.php
Glyphosate Fact Sheet from Beyond Pesticides
http://www.beyondpesticides.org/pesticides/factsheets/Glyphosate.pdf
Glyphosate Fact Sheet from Pesticide.org
http://www.pesticide.org/get-the-facts/pesticide-factsheets/factsheets/glyphosate
Glyphosate Fact Sheet from Mindfully.Org
http://www.mindfully.org/Pesticide/Roundup-Glyphosate-Factsheet-Cox.htm
Glyphosate Toxicology
Caroline Cox. Journal of Pesticide Reform, Volume 15, Number 3, Fall 1995. Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides, Eugene, OR.

http://gmo-awareness.com/resources/glyphosate/

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