The Monsanto Sponsored Ebola Vaccine Will Kill More People Than the Ebola Itself

By Dave Hodges

Monsanto, or Mnsatan as many call them, has partnered with the Department of Defense to use a proxy third party company to develop a vaccine against Ebola. The seed money began at $1.5 million. The value of the deal could grow to an estimated $86 million dollars. The company’s name is Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corporation (TKMR) (TKM.TO), a leading developer of RNA interference (RNAi) therapeutics. “TKM-Ebola, an anti-Ebola virus RNAi therapeutic, is being developed under a $140 million contract with the U.S. Department of Defense’s Medical Countermeasure Systems BioDefense Therapeutics (MCS-BDTX) Joint Product Management Office”.  As breaking and shocking of a news story as this has the potential to be, the real story is that this is not the most important part of the Ebola threat which has invaded the United States.

The most three evil corporations, in no particular order are Standard Oil, Goldman Sachs and Monsanto. So, has this announcement raised eyebrows? Of course it has. Everything Monsanto touches has a distinct trail of greed, corruption and influence peddling.

On last night’s broadcast of The Common Sense Show, I hosted Joe Hagmann of the Hagmann and Hagmann Report. Joe expressed the view that the real threat to our citizens may not come from the Ebola itself, but it likely would come from the resulting vaccine. In a mid-afternoon phone conversation  I had with Joe Hagmann, prior to the show, I asked him if he had heard about Monsanto being given control of the development of an Ebola vaccine with DOD seed money. Subsequently, the News Director of my show, Annie De Riso discovered that this was the case and the information was less than 48 hours old.

Will the Threat Be In the Form of Ebola Or Will It Come From the Vaccine?

Late last week, I reported the following:

A desperate search is on to find the hundreds of passengers who flew on the same jets as Sawyer (i.e. Patient Zero). A total of 59 passengers and crew are estimated to have come into contact with Sawyer and effort is being made to track each individual down. There is an inherent problem with this “track down.  Presumably, some of the passengers connected to other flights, which known to be the case. Let’s just say for the sake of argument that only 20 people, a low estimate given the nature of the airports that Sawyer was traveling in, were connecting to other flights, the spread of the virus would quickly expand beyond any possibility of containment because in less than a half a day, nearly a half a million people would be potentially exposed. Within a matter of a couple of hours, Sawyer’s infected fellow travelers would each have made contact with 200 other passengers and crew. Hours later, these flights would land and these people would go home to the friends, families and coworkers across several continents”.

I believe that as many have reported in the past 48 hours, Ebola has broken any possibility of containment and has now been unleashed on every continent. Many of my medical sources are telling me that modern medicine really does not know what the potential is for Ebola to spread from a significant, regionalized threat to a threat to become a global pandemic which would be as bad or worse than the 1918 Spanish Flu.

On last night’s show, Joe Hagmann expressed the opinion that perhaps the threat would be from the Ebola but from the virus. However, I am aware of 100,000 West Africans that are coming into this country, primarily acting as drug couriers. These men come from the seven country region in West Africa where the Ebola outbreak is raging out of control. And course, as I have stated many times, this has led even prominent physicians (e.g. Dr. Jane Orient) to state that it is not a matter of if, but when Ebola is spread throughout America and the world.

The UN Has Been Preparing to Assist with Health Crisis

Since the knowledge that UN military vehicles were being transported around the United States back in May, I have developed two sources from the DEA. One source is newly retired and maintains frequent contact with me. The other source has gone dark for the past 10 days and the covert communication method we were to use does is not working.

At the moment that I was signing off of my show last night, the retired DEA agent called me. He told me that the friendly debate over Ebola that I has having with Joe Hagmann was a meaningless conversation. He said that one of the five strains of Ebola has been weaponized and was developed at Ft. Dietrick. He further stated, that this strain of Ebola was released 8 months ago.  What he described is the classic Hegelian Dialectic in which the problem is created and a desired solution is enacted. Joe Hagmann may have been correct  in that the goal is to develop a vaccine. That is where the money is and that is where the future power over the people lies.

History Speaks Will America Listen?

During the H1n1 scare of a few years ago, we know that law enforcement officials in several states practiced a DUI roadblock kind of scenario in several states in which they were equipped with mock vaccine testing equipment to tell whether someone, or not, had been given the new vaccine against the virus. The roadblock consisted a large van for processing, a couple of busses and chase cars on the flanks to run down people who tried to avoid the checkpoint. According to my well-placed sources in Colorado, this was rehearsed over and over. These law enforcement officers were told that their families would be collected by DHS and protected in isolation against the spread of the pathogen and any resulting rioting. Former and highly decorated State Trooper from Kansas, Greg Evensen, stated on my show that these families would be not held for safekeeping, they were to be held hostage to force the law enforcement officials to do the bidding of the powers that be.

The bidding that Greg Evensen was speaking of was the fact that if you did not demonstrate that you had the vaccine, you would be given two choices, immediate injection with the vaccine or your car would be impounded and you would be sent to a medical FEMA camp by one of the busses present at the scene.

At one point during the H1N1 scare, I thought the public’s reaction to forced vaccinations, which began in many hospitals, forced the government to abandon its plans to launch the program. In the present time, I think that this was a beta test designed to put the mechanisms into place and to condition the public that this will someday happen.

I am presently traveling and I contacted two of my sources in law enforcement to ask them if they had done any drills with regard to the outbreak of Ebola. I was told that they had not. However, one source stated that a recent DHS memo reminded the officials that they were to remain current on their containment and interdiction procedures with regard to any virulent outbreaks.

The sum total of what we are looking is this. The short-term goal according to my DEA source is to make money off of the vaccine. The long-term goal is to begin to lockdown the country by using fear and the natural course of Ebola spreading. He stated that once people see communities being exposed, we will accept any restriction including mandatory vaccinations. I told him that no vaccine could be developed, tested and effectively used in a short time. He responded by stating that that the public is too stupid to know the difference. He has a point because that was what the government had done with the vaccine related to the H1N1 scare.

I have real concerns over the safety of such a vaccine. First, there is the Monsanto reputation issue in which they repeatedly proven that they cannot be trusted. Second, producing a vaccine in such a short amount of time is fraught with problems. Third, the use of the infamous adjuvants will no doubt resurface. During the H1N1 scare, it is was discovered that the vaccine was using MF59 and Squaylene in the vaccine to increase the volume of an existing batch. The adjuvants were linked to serious central nervous system damage.

There is another concern that I have as well. In December of 2012, I reported that I had a contact from FEMA who retired and “bugged out” to a communal safe haven with like minded officials from DHS and FEMA. His primary fear was the spread of a pandemic which he expected to happen within two years. His expertise was in counter-bioterrorism. You can read these stories at this link.

In San Diego, in October  31, 2012, DHS ran a Zombie preparedness drill and of all things the drill centered around shooting “crazed zombies”. I was told that the new weaponized strain temporarily turns people into people who act like they are on PCP.  The drill was participated in by Navy special forces and the Marines. The drill was later repeated in Idaho by the same entities. And let’s not forget that the homeless are being collected across the country and forcibly detained in makeshift shelters. I would submit that this is another dry run.

Conclusion

What does it all mean? The trend curve of information is pointing to the fact that Ebola is spreading but that the greater threat to the most people will not come from the Ebola but for the treatment of Ebola.  Monsanto needs to watched very carefully because my DEA source states that  vaccine will be on the market by year’s end.

Air Force prepares to dismantle HAARP ahead of summer shutdown

The U.S. Air Force gave official notice to Congress Wednesday that it intends to dismantle the $300 million High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program in Gakona this summer.

The shutdown of HAARP, a project created by the late Sen. Ted Stevens when he wielded great control over the U.S. defense budget, will start after a final research experiment takes place in mid-June, the Air Force said in a letter to Congress Tuesday.

The University of Alaska has expressed interest in taking over the research site, which is off the Tok Cutoff in an area where black spruce was cleared a quarter-century ago for the Air Force backscatter radar project that was never completed. But the school has not volunteered to pay $5 million a year to run HAARP.

Responding to questions from Sen. Lisa Murkowski during a Senate hearing Wednesday, David Walker, deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for science, technology and engineering, said this is “not an area that we have any need for in the future” and it would not be a good use of Air Force research funds to keep HAARP going. “We’re moving on to other ways of managing the ionosphere, which the HAARP was really designed to do,” he said. “To inject energy into the ionosphere to be able to actually control it. But that work has been completed.”

Comments of that sort have given rise to endless conspiracy theories, portraying HAARP as a superweapon capable of mind control or weather control, with enough juice to trigger hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes.

Scientists say all of that is nonsense, and that the degree of ionosphere control possible through HAARP is akin to controlling the Pacific Ocean by tossing a rock into it.

Built at a cost of more than $290 million, the site has 180 antennas on 30 acres that are used to direct energy into the ionosphere, which is 55 miles to 370 miles above the Earth, and monitor changes in the flow of charged particles. Stevens was the godfather of HAARP, which he helped start two decades ago with annual earmarks slipped into the defense budget.

At the hearing on defense research and innovation, featuring six representatives of the Pentagon, no one said HAARP has a future in the defense budget.

Walker said the Air Force has maintained the site for several years and the last project is one by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Once completed, the site will close.

DARPA Director Arati Prabhakar said, “The ‘P’ in DARPA is projects. We’re not in the business of doing the same thing forever, so very naturally as we conclude that work, we’re going to move on. It’s not an ongoing need for DARPA despite the fact that we had actually gotten some good value out of that infrastructure in the past.”

Walker said the Air Force would like to remove critical equipment this summer to avoid the expense of winterization.

Alan Shaffer, assistant secretary of defense for research and engineering, said HAARP is a “world-class facility,” but the department does not need it anymore.

“With all the other issues and problems and challenges facing the department at this time, we just don’t see that that investment, over a long-term period, is where we would prioritize our investment,” said Shaffer.

“No one else wants to step up to the bill, ma’am,” Shaffer said to Murkowski.

On another topic, Murkowski asked Shaffer about small modular nuclear reactors for remote areas. She said, for example, Eielson Air Force Base could benefit from “reliable energy security that nuclear power can provide.”

Shaffer said the “sticker shock” of an initial $1 billion investment for a small nuclear reactor is a huge obstacle.

 

The Geoengineered Nightmare On Planet Earth Continues to Unfold

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By: Dane Wigington

The climate system is continuing to unravel and the ongoing geoengineering programs are fueling the fire. The signs are everywhere and visible to all that are willing to open their eyes. As alarming as the climate meltdown is, the total denial of global geoengineering by the whole of the science community is just as concerning.

We all find ourselves in a literal circus of insanity in which the patently obvious is categorically denied by the so called “experts”, climate engineering is the most important case in point. The article linked below accurately outlines a planetary life support system that is literally imploding. The same article does not say a word about the single greatest climate disrupting factor of all, geoengineering.

To be clear, pumping 90 million tons of Co2 into the atmosphere every single day is a huge threat to planet Earth, those who don’t believe this are in denial every bit as much as those who don’t believe climate engineering is going on. This being said, the climate engineering and the decimation it is causing is an even greater threat than the Co2. Finally, the mass methane hydrate releases (already underway in the Arctic and being further fueled by geoengineering programs) will perhaps lead to total extinction on planet Earth if the releases continue. If we are to have any collective chance for survival, climate engineering must be exposed and brought to a halt. Even then, we will face unimaginable challenges. If we don’t stop the spraying, our horizon is beyond bleak.

Not a single word about climate engineering from the science community in the article below

Humanity’s Destruction of Earth’s Climate in Ninety Seconds

Data visualization that compresses thousands of years of historic atmospheric data presents frightening prospects for humanity’s future

- Jon Queally,

As carbon emissions concentrate in the atmosphere, the planet is burning up… and fast.

That is the well-known bottom line when it comes to human-caused global warming and climate change.

Over the course of April, according to the world’s premiere atmospheric monitoring station  Mauna Loa, Hawaii, which is run by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the concentration of carbon averaged more than 400 parts per million for the entire month for the first time in human history.

For those looking for a short, visual expression of what that means and looks like, an animation from the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) provides a  ninety-second, jaw-dropping look at the history of these concentrations and the “unparalleled” rise that has occurred over the last several decades:

As Climate Central‘s Brian Kahn notes, the visualization “makes clear that though there have been variations over time, the current rise is unparalleled.”

“Over the course of the past 2,000 years,” Kahn continues, “CO2 has stayed roughly around 280 ppm until the Industrial Revolution kickstarted a carbon emissions bonanza, driving levels higher and higher.”

Humanity soared past the 350 ppm milestone in 1989 and the pace of increase has only gained momentum since.

According to NOAA’s latest Annual Greenhouse Gas Index (AGGI), released last Friday, the warming influence from human-emitted greenhouse gases continues to increase.

Driven in large part by rising levels of carbon dioxide (CO2), the AGGI showed worldwide increases of 1.5 percent between 2012 and 2013. This means the combined heating effect of human-emitted, long-lived greenhouse gases currently in the atmosphere has increased by 1.5 percent in one year, and 34 percent since 1990.

In other words, despite the consistent and increasingly dire warnings from the scientific community, humanity is making the problem worse not better.

“We continue to turn the dial up on this ‘electric blanket’ of ours without knowing what the resulting temperatures will be,” said James Butler, Ph.D., director of the Global Monitoring Division of NOAA’s Boulder-based Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL). “We know that the world is getting warmer on average because of our continued emissions of heat-trapping gases. Turning down the dial on this heating will become increasingly more difficult as concentrations of the long-lived greenhouse gases continue to rise each year.”

Sifting Out The Lies, NASA’s Role In The Geoengineering Cover Up

We must all learn to constantly “sift the baby from the bathwater” so to speak. Too many people are trying to put everything in one box or another, in this category or that, our situation is not that simple. The more one researches from the whole horizon of data, the more one can put together the correct dots and thus a clear and correct picture. The article below from NASA has been critiqued by me with comments highlighted in blue which refer to sections of the NASA article highlighted in red. I hope this piece can serve as an example of “sifting through the lies to find the truth”.

Where Is The Most Intense Climate Engineered Cooling Being Focused? 

 The map below should make this clear. Concentrated geoengineering efforts are visible the blue “cooler than average” zones, most of the rest of the planet is in meltdown. Keep this in mind when reading the article and critiques posted below.

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Research NewsLong-Term Warming Likely to Be Significant Despite Recent Slowdown

Posted Mar. 11, 2014

(NASA’S JOB IS TO HIDE THE MASSIVE CLIMATE ENGINEERING PROGRAMS. TO COME UP WITH EXCUSES AND PATENTLY FALSE EXPLANATIONS TO EXPLAIN AWAY THE GEOENGINEERING EFFECTS IN WAYS THAT DON’T POINT OUT THE ALL TO OBVIOUS SPRAYING PROGRAMS. NASA FOR THE MOST PART IS NOTHING MORE THAN A BRANCH OF THE MILITARY INDUSTRIAL JUGGERNAUT OF INSANITY. NASA’S JOB IS TO LIE WHENEVER NEEDED AND WHENEVER ASKED AND THEN TO PUT THEIR “OFFICIAL” STAMP ON THE PROPAGANDA. DATA FROM THE GROUND CONFIRMS THAT THE PLANET IS IN FULL BLOWN MELTDOWN, WE DON’T NEED NASA TO TELL US THIS. WHAT NASA DOES IS TO HIDE THE SEVERITY OF WHAT WE FACE WHILE THE POWER BROKERS BUILD UNDERGROUND FACILITIES AND STOCK THEM UP IN PREPARATION FOR THE COMING COLLAPSE. WHAT NASA ALSO DOES IS TO “HIDE” THE ALL TOO OBVIOUS CLIMATE ENGINEERING BY SAYING “IT ISN’T SO” AND BY THEN EXPLAINING AWAY THE EFFECTS AS BEING CAUSED BY ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING BUT THE GEOENGINEERING AEROSOL SPRAYING).
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A new NASA study shows Earth’s climate likely will continue to warm during this century on track with previous estimates, despite the recent slowdown in the rate of global warming.

This research hinges on a new and more detailed calculation of the sensitivity of Earth’s climate to the factors that cause it to change, such as greenhouse gas emissions. Drew Shindell, a climatologist at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York, found Earth is likely to experience roughly 20 percent more warming than estimates that were largely based on surface temperature observations during the past 150 years.

Shindell’s paper on this research was published March 9 in the journal Nature Climate Change.

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Global temperatures have increased at a rate of 0.22 °Fahrenheit (0.12 °Celsius) per decade since 1951. But since 1998, the rate of warming has been only 0.09°F (0.05°C) per decade — even as atmospheric carbon dioxide continues to rise at a rate similar to previous decades. Carbon dioxide is the most significant greenhouse gas generated by humans. (THE “SLOWDOWN” IN WARMING IS A TOTAL LIE. THE CLIMATE ENGINEERING PROGRAMS WERE FULLY UNLEASHED IN 98, IS THIS DATE JUST A COINCIDENCE? HARDLY, THIS IS WHY THE POWER STRUCTURE HAS BASED THEIR “WARMING SLOW DOWN” LIE FROM THIS SAME DATE, IT GIVES THE APPEARANCE TO POLITICAL LEADERS (WHO HAVE SECRETLY SIGNED ON TO THE GEOENGINEERING PROGRAMS) THAT THE SPRAYING IS “WORKING”. NOT ONLY HAS THERE BEEN NO SLOWDOWN IN THE WARMING, IT IS ACCELERATING RAPIDLY WITH CLIMATE ENGINEERING FUELING THE FIRE OVERALL. “OFFICIAL TEMPERATURE READINGS ARE BEING FALSIFIED TO THE DOWNSIDE BY “OFFICIAL” AGENCIES TO GIVE THE IMPRESSION THE CLIMATE ENGINEERING PROGRAMS ARE COOLING THINGS DOWN OVERALL).

Some recent research, aimed at fine-tuning long-term warming projections by taking this slowdown into account, suggested Earth may be less sensitive to greenhouse gas increases than previously thought. The Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which was issued in 2013 and was the consensus report on the state of climate change science, also reduced the lower range of Earth’s potential for global warming.

To put a number to climate change, researchers calculate what is called Earth’s “transient climate response”. This calculation determines how much global temperatures will change as atmospheric carbon dioxide continues to increase — at about 1 percent per year — until the total amount of atmospheric carbon dioxide has doubled. The estimates for transient climate response range from near 2.52°F (1.4°C) offered by recent research, to the IPCC’s estimate of 1.8°F (1.0°C). Shindell’s study estimates a transient climate response of 3.06°F (1.7°C), and determined it is unlikely values will be below 2.34°F (1.3°C).

Shindell’s paper further focuses on improving our understanding of how airborne particles, called aerosols, drive climate change in the Northern Hemisphere. Aerosols are produced by both natural sources — such as volcanoes, wildfire and sea spray — and sources such as manufacturing activities, automobiles and energy production. Depending on their make-up, some aerosols cause warming, while others create a cooling effect. In order to understand the role played by carbon dioxide emissions in global warming, it is necessary to account for the effects of atmospheric aerosols. ( OUR ATMOSPHERE IS COMPLETELY SATURATED WITH TOXIC REFLECTIVE METAL AEROSOLS SPRAYED FROM JET AIRCRAFT AS PART OF THE ONGOING GLOBAL CLIMATE ENGINEERING ASSAULT. AS EXPECTED, NASA ABSOLUTELY WILL NOT MENTION THE SINGLE LARGEST SOURCE OF ATMOSPHERIC AEROSOLS, THEIR JOB IS TO HIDE THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM)

While multiple studies have shown the Northern Hemisphere plays a stronger role than the Southern Hemisphere in transient climate change, this had not been included in calculations of the effect of atmospheric aerosols on climate sensitivity. Prior to Shindell’s work, such calculations had assumed aerosol impacts were uniform around the globe. (THE NORTHERN HEMISPHERE HAS MUCH MORE AEROSOL IMPACT AS THERE IS MUCH MORE AEROSOL SPRAYING. IT IS NOW BEING REPORTED THAT AT LEAST SOME COUNTRIES IN SOUTH AMERICA ARE REFUSING TO ALLOW SPRAYING IN THEIR SKIES.)

This difference means previous studies have underestimated the cooling effect of aerosols. When corrected, the range of likely warming based on surface temperature observations is in line with earlier estimates, despite the recent slowdown. ( THE GEOENGINEERS, THE MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX, THE HYDROCARBON INDUSTRY, AND THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA THAT SERVES THEM ALL, IS TRYING DESPERATELY TO HIDE THE TRUE EXTENT OF CLIMATE DAMAGE. THE CLIMATE ENGINEERS ARE ENGAGED IN AN ALL OUT ASSAULT OF CONSTANT AND EVER INCREASING SPRAYING WHILE AT THE SAME TIME THE POWER STRUCTURE CONTROLLED AGENCIES LIKE THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AND NOAA ARE FALSIFYING THE TEMPERATURE READINGS TO THE DOWN SIDE IN MANY CASES. THIS COMBINATION GIVES POLITICAL LEADERS IN OUR COUNTRY AND AROUND THE GLOBE THE FALSE IMPRESSION THAT THE GEOENGINEERING IS WORKING. IT GIVES THE IMPRESSION THAT CLIMATE ENGINEERING IS COOLING THE PLANET. THE REALITY IS VERY DIFFERENT, THOUGH THE WEATHER MAKERS CAN CREATE VERY LARGE SCALE COOLING EVENTS BY HORRIFIC SPRAYING,  ENGINEERING “WINTER” STORMS, AND BY SPRAYING ICE NUCLEATING AGENTS ABOVE ALL PRECIPITATION EVENTS TO COOL DOWN THE AIR MASS (WHICH THEN CAUSES THE COLD AIR TO DESCEND AS COLD AIR IS HEAVIER), THE OVERALL EFFECT OF THE SPRAYING IS A WORSENED WARMING OF THE PLANET. THEN OF COURSE THERE IS THE FACT THAT THE SPRAYING IS LITERALLY POISONING THE ENTIRE WEB OF LIFE FROM THE CLOUDS TO THE GROUND, BUT NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT THAT DETAIL).

One reason for the disproportionate influence of the Northern Hemisphere, particularly as it pertains to the impact of aerosols, is that most man-made aerosols are released from the more industrialized regions north of the equator. Also, the vast majority of Earth’s landmasses are in the Northern Hemisphere. This furthers the effect of the Northern Hemisphere because land, snow and ice adjust to atmospheric changes more quickly than the oceans of the world.(AGAIN, THERE IS MUCH MORE CLIMATE ENGINEERING ACTIVITY IN THE NORTHERN HEMISPHERE).

“Working on the IPCC, there was a lot of discussion of climate sensitivity since it’s so important for our future,” said Shindell, who was lead author of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report’s chapter on Anthropogenic and Natural Radiative Forcing. “The conclusion was that the lower end of the expected warming range was smaller than we thought before. That was a big discussion. Yet, I kept thinking, we know the Northern Hemisphere has a disproportionate effect, and some pollutants are unevenly distributed. But we don’t take that into account. I wanted to quantify how much the location mattered.”

Shindell’s climate sensitivity calculation suggests countries around the world need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the higher end of proposed emissions reduction ranges to avoid the most damaging consequences of climate change. “I wish it weren’t so,” said Shindell, “but forewarned is forearmed.” (AS EXPECTED, THE MOST “DAMAGING” FACTORS OF ALL IN REGARD TO THE DISINTEGRATING CLIMATE SYSTEM ARE NEVER MENTIONED, THE ONGOING ALL OUT ASSAULT OF GLOBAL GEOENGINEERING ).

Monsanto GM Soy Is Scarier Than You Think

Soybeans are the second-largest US crop after corn, covering about a quarter of American farmland. We grow more soybeans than any other country except Brazil. According to the US Department of Agriculture, more than 90 percent of the soybeans churned out on US farms each year are genetically engineered to withstand herbicides, nearly all of them involving one called Roundup. Organic production, by contrast, is marginal—it accounts for less than 1 percent of total American acreage devoted to soy. (The remaining 9 percent or so of soybeans are conventionally grown, but not genetically modified.)

Americans don’t eat much of these lime-green legumes directly, but that doesn’t mean we’re not exposed to them. After harvest, the great bulk of soybeans are crushed and divided into two parts: meal, which mainly goes into feed for animals that become our meat, and fat, most of which ends up being used as cooking oil or in food products. According to the US Soy Board, soy accounts for 61 percent of American’s vegetable oil consumption.

Given soy’s centrality to our food and agriculture systems, the findings of a new study published in the peer-reviewed journal Food Chemistry are worth pondering. The authors found that Monsanto’s ubiquitous Roundup Ready soybeans, engineered to withstand its own blockbuster herbicide, contain more herbicide residues than their non-GMO counterparts. The team also found that the GM beans are nutritionally inferior.

In the study, the researchers looked at samples of three kinds of soybeans grown in Iowa: (1) those grown from GM herbicide-tolerant seeds; (2) those grown from non-GM seeds but in a conventional, agrichemical-based farming regime; and (3) organic soybeans, i.e., non-GM and grown without agrichemicals.

They found residues of glyphosate (the active ingredient in Roundup) and aminomethylphosphonic acid, or AMPA, the compound glyphosate breaks down into as it decays, on all 10 of the GM samples—and in none of the non-GM and organic ones.

The researchers found residue levels hovering above a level Monsanto itself has characterized as “extreme.”
The GMO soy had total residues averaging 11.9 parts per million, with a maximum reading of 20.1 ppm; the average is well below the Environmental Protection Agency’s limit of 20 ppm, a limit shared by the European Union. Yet as the authors note, back in 1999, Monsanto itself reported that the maximum recorded reading of glyphosate residue found on Roundup Ready soy was 5.6 ppm—a level it called “extreme” and “far higher than those typically found.”

So, the researchers found residue levels well below the EPA’s limit, but hovering above a level Monsanto itself has characterized as “extreme.” What to make of it?

As the authors note, the science around the effects of glyphosate at relatively low levels is controversial. By setting the residue limit at 20 parts per million, US and European regulators are endorsing a no-harm view. But some independent research, including a 2012 study (my account here) by University of Pittsburgh scientist Rick Relyea, found that Roundup in water at 3 ppm induced morphological changes in frogs. And in a 2012 paper, German researchers subjected various bacterial strains typically found in the guts of poultry to glyphosate at levels of 5 ppm and lower and found that it tended to harm beneficial bacteria like Lactobacillus, while pathogens like Salmonella entritidi tended to be “highly resistant” to it. The results suggest that glyphosate can shift the balance of the gut microbiota—hardly comforting, given the surge in research finding that subtle changes to the bacteria in our bodies have a huge impact on our health.

The study also found small but statistically significant differences in the nutritional quality of the soybean types: The organic soybeans had slightly higher protein levels than the other two, and lower levels of omega-6 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids showed no significant difference. Both fats are essential in human diets, but research suggests that US eaters tend to consume a higher ratio of omega-6 acids to omega-3 acids than is healthy.

It’s worth noting that food isn’t glyphosate’s only pathway to our bodies. In a 2011 study, researchers for the US Geological Survey “frequently detected” glyphosate in surface waters, rain, and air in the Mississippi River basin. “The consistent occurrence of glyphosate in streams and air indicates its transport from its point of use into the broader environment,” USGS stated in a press release, adding that “we know very little about its long term effects to the environment.”

Charles Benbrook, a Washington State University researcher who documented the rise in glyphosate use that has accompanied Roundup Ready crops, told me that “human dietary exposure to glyphosate is now probably the highest ever for any pesticide used in the US.” When you consider the additional doses we get through water and air, the chemical stands “in a class by itself” in terms of human exposure. “I sure hope EPA is right in its evaluation of the toxicity of glyphosate,” he said.

Thus a plague of herbicide-resistant weeds and a corresponding spike in herbicide use may not be the only black marks against Monsanto’s blockbuster Roundup Ready crops.

Artificial sweetener aspartame ‘is safe’, new lies from BBC

From  BBC news health:

Catherine Collins, Principal Dietitian at St George’s Hospital NHS Trust, welcomed the findings, saying: “Aspartame has been the sweetener with the biggest ‘conspiracy theory’ stories ever- ranging from behaviour issues in children to liver damage and cancer – all totally disproven, yet again, by this detailed scientific review.

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Is Breathing in China as Bad as Smoking?

By Adam Minter

Today the air pollution was so thick in Harbin, in northern China, that visibility was reduced to fewer than 33 feet in some parts of the city. In response to the conditions — which are equivalent to levels that exceed “hazardous” on the air-pollution measurement system used by the U.S. State Department in major Chinese cities –

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