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Monsanto and Glyphosate – Glyphosate Not the Only Ingredient in Roundup


Proper Gander

Published on Mar 9, 2016

Monsanto and Glyphosate: Glyphosate Not the Only Ingredient in Roundup

There is a debate on the direct threat of genes used in the preparation of these GMO crops, but the real danger may come from the pesticides associated with GM food.

Near the end of the video, we have Dennis Kucinich calling out Monsanto in front of congress.

GE biotechnology has typically not been used to increase crop yields, nutrition, or drought tolerance, but instead for herbicide resistant products. 80% of GMO crops are bioengineered only for pesticide resistance.

Monsanto Company is a publicly traded American multinational agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation headquartered in Creve Coeur, Greater St. Louis, Missouri. It is a leading producer of genetically engineered (GE) seed and Roundup, a glyphosate-based herbicide. Monsanto’s role in agricultural changes, biotechnology products, lobbying of government agencies, and history as a chemical company have made the company controversial.

Founded in 1901 by John Francis Queeny, Monsanto initially produced food additives like saccharin and vanillin, expanded into industrial chemicals like sulfuric acid and PCBs in the 1920s, and by the 1940s was a major producer of plastics, including polystyrene and synthetic fibers. Notable achievements by Monsanto and its scientists as a chemical company included breakthrough research on catalytic asymmetric hydrogenation and being the first company to mass-produce light emitting diodes (LEDs). The company also formerly manufactured controversial products such as the insecticide DDT, PCBs, Agent Orange, and recombinant bovine somatotropin (a.k.a. bovine growth hormone).

Monsanto was among the first to genetically modify a plant cell, as one of four groups announcing the introduction of genes into plants in 1983, and was among the first to conduct field trials of genetically modified crops, which it did in 1987. It remained one of the top 10 U.S. chemical companies until it divested most of its chemical businesses between 1997 and 2002, through a process of mergers and spin-offs that focused the company on biotechnology.

Glyphosate is a broad-spectrum systemic herbicide and an organophosphorus compound, specifically a phosphonate. It is used to kill weeds, especially annual broadleaf weeds and grasses that compete with crops. It was discovered to be an herbicide by Monsanto chemist John E. Franz in 1970. Monsanto brought it to market in 1974 under the trade name Roundup, and Monsanto’s last commercially relevant United States patent expired in 2000.

Farmers quickly adopted glyphosate, especially after Monsanto introduced glyphosate-resistant Roundup Ready crops, enabling farmers to kill weeds without killing their crops. In 2007, glyphosate was the most used herbicide in the United States’ agricultural sector and the second-most used in home and garden, government and industry and commerce.

The development of glyphosate resistance in weed species is emerging as a costly problem. While glyphosate and formulations such as Roundup have been approved by regulatory bodies worldwide, concerns about their effects on humans and the environment persist.

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Eight Ways Monsanto Fails at Sustainable Agriculture – http://www.ucsusa.org/food_and_agricu…
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Monsanto: The Evil Corporation in Your Kitchen – http://www.youcouldsavetheworld.com/f…
Glyphosate wiki – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glyphosate
The Horrific Truth About Monsanto’s Roundup Herbicide – http://articles.mercola.com/sites/art…
‘Herbicide probably carcinogenic’ – http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-bru…
Kucinich Calls Out Monsanto – http://www.nationofchange.org/kucinic…
Kucinich on GMOs – http://eatdrinkbetter.com/2012/09/20/…

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U.S. Citizens Demand Right to Know – Is it GMO?


centerforfoodsafety
Published on Mar 11, 2016

Three Questions for the U.S. Senate on GMO Labeling — The DARK Act passed the Senate Agriculture Committee on March 1, 2016 by a vote of 14-6. It will now go to the Senate floor any day. The DARK Act would overturn democratically-passed laws to label genetically engineered (GE) foods in Vermont and other states and block the government from ever implementing mandatory nationwide GE food labeling. Watch the video and take action to urge your Senators to oppose the DARK Act and stand up for your right to know! Take action here: bit.ly/stopthedarkact

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Soil Solutions to Climate Problems – Narrated by Michael Pollan


centerforfoodsafety

Published on Nov 19, 2015

Narrated by Michael Pollan

To learn more visit: http://soilsolution.org

A powerful solution to the climate crisis can be found right beneath our feet—in the soil.

By harnessing the immense power of photosynthesis, we can convert atmospheric carbon, a problem, into soil carbon, a solution. Emerging science proves that shifting to regenerative forms of agriculture such as agroecology, agroforestry, cover-cropping, holistic grazing and permaculture will allow us to store excess carbon safely in the ground.

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Biochar – Return to Ancient Wisdom | James Lovelock


ReturnProject

Published on Feb 7, 2014

Glimpse into the miraculous potential of Biochar as a significant solution to climate change, soil degradation, drought, slash and burn deforestation, peak phosphorus and the global food crisis.

Our independent feature film is now focused on Biochar education: http://www.blueprint-film.net

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Biochar – The Next Stage In Climate Action


ReturnProject

Published on Feb 5, 2014

A concise breakdown of ‘2012 US Biochar Conference’ along with corresponding visuals to illustrate the vast potential of Biochar as a solution to climate change, desertification and the global food crisis.

Our independent feature film is now focused on Biochar education: http://www.blueprint-film.net

Original conference videos: https://vimeo.com/user12930533/videos

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The Soil Solution to Climate Change Film


SustainableWorld

Published on Oct 12, 2014

What If A Solution To Climate Change Was Beneath Your Feet?

Soil is a living universe beneath our feet. As important to our lives as clean air and water, soil also holds a potential solution to the global climate crisis. Increasing numbers of scientists, farmers and ranchers are implementing innovative land use practices that build fertile soil and sequester atmospheric carbon These methods of land management have the potential to provide us with nutritious food, improved human health, cleaner water, and a healthier planet for all.

World wide, most soils are depleted of carbon. The atmosphere contains an excess of carbon in the form of CO2, a climate change causing gas. What if that CO2 could be removed and stored in our carbon-hungry soil through land management practices? Find out how in The Soil Solution.

The Soil Solution to Climate Change was one of thirteen films featured in A Climate of Change Tour sponsored by 350.org, TRUST campaign and Wild and Scenic Film Festival. It has screened at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Sausalito Film Festival, Awareness Festival, Davis Film Festival, Wild and Scenic Film Tour 2013 and the One Earth Film Festival.

Anything that we do to increase soil fertility could be a step in reversing climate change.
Here’s what you can do:

What Goes Up Must Come Down!- Cover bare soil with plants! Fertile soil is a natural sink for atmospheric carbon; the very same carbon that contributes to climate change. Excess carbon can be pulled out of the atmosphere by photosynthesis and into plants and the soil where it can have a beneficial effect.
Support Farmers and Ranchers Who Treat The Soil Like Gold- Buy from local food producers who increase soil fertility by using climate friendly agricultural methods including no or low-till plowing, cover cropping, composting and organic farming. If you eat meat, buy grass-fed beef from ranchers who practice holistic or rotational grazing methods that mimic the natural patterns found in nature.

If You Grow Your Own Food, Grow Your Own Soil- If you grow food, take care of your soil. Increase soil fertility by avoiding the use of toxic synthetic pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides on your garden or lawn. These poisons kill microorganisms that reside in and on the soil. These organisms perform numerous ecosystem services; including providing nutrients for plants, creating soil humus and loam and increasing plant health. The soil is filled with billions of unemployed microorganisms ready and willing to take on the job of providing nutrients to plants and indirectly to you.
Increase Your Skill Set- If you feel hopeless about climate change- it’s time to take action. Learn how to grow food without increasing atmospheric CO2. Take a course in organic gardening or regenerative farming. If you work with animals, learn about the benefits of rotational grazing. Get to know your local soil microbes and the Soil Food Web.

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Hawai’i GMO and Pesticides Litigation Update


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Published on Mar 23, 2016

Join our membership to stay up to date on the litigation’s! www.hawaiiCFS.org

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