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  1. Usury

    Usury Gold Chaser Platinum Bling

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    California Can Put Warning on Monsanto's Roundup (MON)
    By Richard Saintvilus | January 30, 2017 — 3:02 PM EST
    California is taking a stand against Roundup, Monsanto Company's (MON) weed killer, which various health organizations claim has an ingredient that causes cancer. A California judge issued a ruling Friday requiring Monsanto to label Roundup, which contains the chemical glyphosate, as a possible cancer threat. This comes despite the St. Louis-based agriculture giant insisting that the product poses no risk to people. The news sent Monsanto shares down 1.2% Friday. Monsanto said it will appeal the ruling. (See also: Monsanto Fights Back Against Roundup Health Claims.)

    Farmers and home gardeners spray Roundup to combat weeds and other unwanted plants that threaten their crops. California, the nation's leading agricultural state, will now be the first state to require a label informing consumers that the product can be dangerous. However, Monsanto said that California officials illegally based their decision for carrying the warnings on an international health organization located in France, noted the Associated Press.

    Monsanto attorney Trenton Norris said on Friday that the label would have immediate financial consequences for the company, reports the Associated Press. "It will absolutely be used in ways that will harm Monsanto," he said. Norris added that consumers would see the labels and stop buying the product. (See also: Top 3 Companies Owned by Monsanto.)

    Introduced it in 1974 as an effective way to fight weeds without hurting crops, glyphosate is sold in more than 160 countries. California uses it on 250 types of crops, noted the Associated Press. However, glyphosate is also colorless and odorless, making it hard to detect. Those qualities are perceived by health officials as dangerous to consumers. The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies the chemical as a "probable human carcinogen."

    Monsanto shares closed Friday at $109.40, down 0.36%. The stock has risen 3.98% this year, compared with a 2.5% rise in the S&P 500 index (SPX)

    http://www.investopedia.com/news/california-can-put-warning-monsantos-roundup-mon/
     
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    Usury Gold Chaser Platinum Bling

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    Does Roundup Cause Cancer?
    Written by Jamie Reno | Published on August 25, 2016

    • Roundup, the popular weed killer that multiple studies have linked to cancer.

      Republican nominee Donald Trump also has a vested interest in Monsanto.

      He reportedly owns as much as $50,000 worth of Monsanto stock in one of his two wealth management accounts with Deutsche Bank, according to a story on The Motley Fool website.



      Meanwhile, Monsanto has been busy this year defending itself against dozens of lawsuits from people with cancer who say they’ve been sickened by Roundup.

      The product’s main ingredient, glyphosate, is a “probable human carcinogen,” according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). The agency is the cancer wing of the World Health Organization (WHO).

      The IARC’s conclusion last year that glyphosate can cause cancer in humans was based largely on studies of exposure to glyphosate in nations across the globe.

      The findings were strongly disputed by Monsanto officials, who posted a detailed response on the company’s website.

      Read more: Vice report on genetically engineered crops stirs debate »

      Does weed killer also kill people?
      Roundup has been around since the 1970s.

      But its popularity soared in the 1990s when Monsanto introduced “Roundup Ready” crops, which are genetically engineered to resist the herbicide so that farmers can spray it liberally on entire fields.

      Monsanto reportedly took in revenue of nearly $5 billion for Roundup products in 2015.

      That’s the same year the IARC reported that glyphosate caused cancer in lab tests on animals, and concluded the chemical damaged DNA in human cells.

      Monsanto, which continues to insist that Roundup is safe and does not cause cancer, got a boost this year when the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the WHO Joint Meeting on Pesticide Residues (JMPR), concluded that glyphosate is “unlikely to pose a carcinogenic risk to humans from exposure through the diet.”

      We welcome this rigorous assessment of glyphosate by another program of the WHO, which is further evidence that this important herbicide does not cause cancer.
      Phil Miller, Monsanto
      After this second report was released, Monsanto released a statement on its website.

      “We welcome this rigorous assessment of glyphosate by another program of the WHO, which is further evidence that this important herbicide does not cause cancer,” Phil Miller, Monsanto’s vice president for global regulatory and government affairs, said in the statement.

      But multiple scientific studies in the United States and worldwide have linked exposure to glyphosate to cancer.

      And critics of the UN/JMPR declaration that glyphosate is an “unlikely” cancer risk have raised questions about whether this conclusion was influenced by industry ties.

      In a press statement, Greenpeace, the global environmental organization, noted that at least two experts involved in the decision, Alan Boobis and Angelo Moretto, have ties to the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) in Europe.

      That organization "receives a majority of its operating and research funding from private companies, including glyphosate producers Dow and Monsanto.”

      Greenpeace also pointed out and that ILSI’s Health and Environmental Sciences Institute (HESI) is primarily funded by private companies, including Monsanto.

      Read more: Wide range of pesticides contribute to dwindling bee populations »

      Taking Monsanto to court
      While politicians court Monsanto, an increasing number of Americans are taking Monsanto to court.

      At least 25 lawsuits have been filed in federal court by plaintiffs alleging that Roundup more likely than not caused their non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a common and potentially deadly blood cancer.

      When Maria Pichardo, 41, a married mother of three from Texas, was 12 years old, she started making annual summer trips with her family from her home state to Maryland and Minnesota to work in farm fields.

      It was during those years as a migrant worker picking fruits and vegetables that she was first exposed to Roundup.

      In an exclusive interview with Healthline, Pichardo said that in early 2000, she began using the pesticide at her house and on her surrounding property to control weeds.

      Since then, she’s routinely used Roundup to kill weeds.

      I was exposed to Roundup from the time I was a young girl, and for many years after that.
      Maria Pichardo, cancer patient
      In August 2014, Pichardo said she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

      In August 2015, several months after completing chemotherapy, she was diagnosed with the cancer again and underwent chemo a second time.

      “I was exposed to Roundup from the time I was a young girl, and for many years after that,” said Pichardo, who is still undergoing treatment. “After I was diagnosed with cancer, when I heard on the radio that there could be a connection between Roundup and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, I called the number and spoke to attorneys.”

      Pichardo’s attorney, Christopher Dalbey of Weitz and Luxenberg, an environmental law firm with offices in New York, New Jersey, and Los Angeles, told Healthline his firm has four active cases in federal court against Monsanto, with a total of seven plaintiffs.

      “Our federal cases are in Fresno [Mendoza], Los Angeles, Chicago, and Nebraska. We also have a case in Delaware state court with three plaintiffs,” said Dalbey.

      He added the lawsuits’ goal, in addition to rewarding plaintiff damages, is to force Monsanto to stop the use of glyphosate “or at the very least make Monsanto post more accurate warnings. One of the things we allege is that there is no warning of any carcinogen. The suggested safety measures are inefficient.”

      Read more: The lingering health effects of Agent Orange »

      Clinton and Monsanto
      Clinton’s relationship with Monsanto dates back to when she worked at the Rose Law Firm in Arkansas, where Monsanto was a client.

      Monsanto reportedly gave between $500,000 and $1 million to the Clinton Foundation, which has been in the news this week after critics said the organization traded donations for access to the State Department.

      In 2013, the New York Daily News reported that State Department officials under Clinton were using taxpayer money to globally promote Monsanto's GMO seeds.

      In 2015, Monsanto Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Hugh Grant spoke at the Clinton Global Initiative conference, along with many other high-powered people.

      And in 2014, Clinton was paid $335,000 to give the keynote address to a Monsanto lobbying group, Biotechnology International Organization (BIO), in San Diego.

      In the speech, she reportedly coached the lobbyists on how to develop “a better vocabulary” to improve the largely negative image of GMOs.

      An Organic Consumers Association report on the speech noted that Clinton received a “standing ovation” from the lobbyists for her encouraging advice on how to get more people to support GMOs.

      “‘Genetically modified’ sounds Frankensteinish. ‘Drought-resistant’ sounds like something you’d want,” Clinton reportedly said in the speech. “Be more careful so you don’t raise that red flag immediately.”

      Read more: Indoor pesticide use linked to childhood cancers »

      Trump’s stand on Monsanto
      As for Trump’s platform on environmental issues, his promises include saving the coal industry and canceling the Paris Agreement on climate change that was approved by more than 190 countries around the world.

      But he hasn’t said much about Monsanto.

      His reported stock holdings in the company may or may not have influenced him to delete a tweet that slammed Monsanto.

      Last fall, after it was announced that Ben Carson was leading Trump in the Iowa primary polls, Trump retweeted a message slamming Monsanto.

      Trump retweeted, “’@mygreenhippo #BenCarson is now leading in the #polls in #Iowa. Too much #Monsanto in the #corn creates issues in the brain? #Trump #GOP.’”

      But the tweet was quickly deleted, perhaps because most of Iowa’s corn and soybeans are genetically engineered.

      Trump said he didn’t post the remarks, tweeting, “the young intern who accidentally did a Retweet apologizes.”

      Read more: Consumers concerned about pesticides, GMO foods »

      Monsanto’s chemical past
      Monsanto's chemical-based herbicides and other concoctions over the past half-century have been blamed by some for killing and harming humans across the globe.

      Monsanto co-developed Agent Orange, the deadly herbicide that was used by the Department of Defense during the Vietnam War to flush out the enemy.

      As the Department of Veterans Affairs now acknowledges, Agent Orange causes non-Hodgkin lymphoma and many other types of cancer and other diseases, including Parkinson’s disease and diabetes.

      Agent Orange has killed and harmed more than half a million Vietnamese and also hundreds of thousands of U.S. war veterans.

      Monsanto also developed polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), which were used as hydraulic fluid and an engine lubricant. PCBs were banned in the 1970s after being linked to cancer and birth defects.

      As Reuters reported last year, Monsanto is still embroiled in multiple court cases over PCBs, which the WHO also labeled as carcinogenic.

      At least 700 lawsuits against Monsanto or Monsanto-related entities are reportedly still in the courts, Reuters noted. The plaintiffs in these cases are people who insist their non-Hodgkin lymphoma was caused by exposure to PCBs.

      Monsanto also marketed dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT), the highly toxic herbicide that was ultimately banned in the United States in 1972.

      Monsanto is also the world’s leader in producing genetically modified seeds, which have been banned in more than two dozen countries.

      Read more: Common chemicals may cause more cancer than previously thought »

      Linking Roundup to cancer
      The debate over whether Roundup’s glyphosate can cause cancer in humans continues.

      A few months after IARC said glyphosate probably causes cancer in humans, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) said glyphosate was “unlikely” to cause cancer in humans.

      But there are many other studies in the United States and globally that link glyphosate to non-Hodgkin lymphoma and other cancers.

      This includes a 2016 study from researchers in Italy and Brazil that concluded exposure to glyphosate “increases the risk for cutaneous melanoma.”

      A 2013 study concluded that glyphosate fuels breast cancer by increasing the number of breast cancer cells through cell growth and cell division.

      The study, published in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology, found that glyphosate fuels cancer cell lines that are hormone dependent.

      There are several recent studies that show glyphosate’s potential to be an endocrine disruptor, which are chemicals that can interfere with the hormone system in mammals. These disruptors can cause cancer tumors.

      And a 2013 peer-reviewed report in the journal Entropy, co-authored by Stephanie Seneff, Ph.D., at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), noted that glyphosate residues “enhance the damaging effects of other food-borne chemical residues and toxins in the environment to disrupt normal body functions and induce disease."

    http://www.healthline.com/health-ne...m=referral&utm_campaign=pubexchange_article#8
     
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    Not sure if this is the right forum or not, but here it is....
     
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    FWIW, dad suddenly developed deadly lymphoma in his bone marrow after years of exposure to this chemical in the farming industry. Of course, he also was exposed to other herbicides/insecticides as well as smoked and ate nitrates and artificial sweeteners every single day, so who knows. It is ironic though that he always swore the Roundup was safe as could be. He'd joke that he would feel safe drinking it anytime mom would get onto him about using it without a mask or gloves.
     
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    Glyphosate is used on our food crops.
    Will the food be labeled?
     
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    Usury Gold Chaser Platinum Bling

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    That would be awesome....one could only hope.
     
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    Could roundup be a problem for those applying it in concentration and not using precautions? I would think yes. I have used it in farming, saw many workers spraying, refilling backpacks, without any protective gear at all. Yep, could be a problem. Because it looks, smells as harmless as rainwater, does not mean it is.
     
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    That and some farmers are spraying it on crops as a defoliant, even though that's not an approved usage.
     
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    I suppose there may be a cancer causing ingredient in it but I suspect cancer can be caused by most anything. I know without it the cost of producing food will be much higher. I suppose I've used a couple Btrains of it and I ain't got cancer yet and if I do it will be blamed on other things I do.
     
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    Usury, I am in NO WAY discounting what happened to your father,

    Roundup was first used in the late 1970's to the early 1980's. In 1980, I lost my best friend, at age 38, from lymphoma, no way could it have been from Roundup.
    Do not misunderstand me, I am no fan of Roundup.
    However, I think if Roundup is solely to blame for lymphoma, there would be one helluva a lot of people dead and/or dying from it, than there are.
     
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    I must be Roundup ready. Been using it for years with no apparent ill effects.

    Keeps me from having to hire illegals to weed my acreage.
     
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    Agent Orange is OK as well.
    Very similar to radiation exposure.
    If people, govts, judicial systems, thus corporations do not see immediate results which harm...
    well then there must not be, right?
    Any remote historical study in regards to long term effects of detrimental practices allowed and supported by and for the rich, do not show any benefits worthy of cost.
    Asbestos, The Love Canal, Saccharin, DDT, Nicotine, lead paint, lead can sealer, lead piping, BPA, flame retardents, Dioxin, and that's off the top of my thoughts. Never mind medical, FDA, EPA, CDC, & assoc google list all should view.
    So, in 10 yrs, thirty years, when the effect comes forth, the corporations have changed names/ownership(Monsanto pursuing currently)liability strength diffused and society pays for the trivial financial cost imposed, and massive health burden.
    Within my life span glyphosate, made by same company as Agent Orange and other lobbied legal poisons, DDT anyone?, will be banned and blamed for blanketing the globe with genetically altering poison.
    Which costs less pitw & gringott reducing the average length of HEALTHY lifespan, or passing on simple increase in currency exchange for items farmed? Your social medical expenses will increase if you do not. Additionally, if you STUDY glyphosate's genetic acceleration of its target,which renders it less effective. Who will pay more for the n"New and Improved !" Round UP 2 ? I dare say you will.
    I am leaving out the biological damages to soils and waterways which shorten the lifespan of microscopic species humanity relies upon.
    I am leaving out the destruction of the two major pollinator species which humanity relies upon for sustenance.
    I am leaving out foreign countries studies, legal banning, and proclamations in regards to glyphosate and Monsanto GMO seeds.
    I am leaving out medical studies, dozens upon dozens now, which readily display long term effects of Round Up and Monsanto GMO seeds.
    Such are like a horse and water. Farmers readily display this exaggeratedly so and historically proven.
    Research the plow history in Europe and be mortified at such ignorance towards advancement.
    Then drink from the fountain of knowledge available for all, most of whom to blind to see.
    The 100 monkey rule is always facilitated by corporate and govt entities, despise their poisons, in all forms.
     
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    Some are spraying soil for complete kill off of any "invasive" non-seeded products.
    Landscapers are for reseeding lawns.
    Ginseng farmers many on public lands, are spraying for same kill-off before seeding.
    Research where it goes, and just what does it do, as nobody seems to give a fuk...
    until their kids have a big fat tumor.
    Glyphosate is a poison with monstrous long term effects.
    But hey ! Stawks are up and people are buying... on credit, just like glyphosate.
    When payment is requested, its form will not be appreciated.
     
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    I think you might have taken me for a round-up apologist.
    I think all these chemicals dumped on produce have a long term bad effect on the environment and people.
    How can it not be so?
     
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    One of the most egregious uses of Glyphosate is as a desiccate on grain at harvest - literally poisoning our food supply. Glyphosate is patented as an antibiotic, and when ingested, kills our gut flora -which is key to good health and longevity. Criminal as far as I'm concerned.
     
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    Absolutely not, a supporter through consumption.
    Who did not state regret of employee exposure, while eluding responsibility for the act.

    I owned a landscaping business by 1/3.
    Partners wanted and did use Round-Up.
    I refused and would not work sites where it had been applied.
    I told them, in the early 90's they would regret exposure, same as no sunscreen.
    A horse and water, like "High Plains Drifter".
    They look as if age has visited them earlier than it has me, red haired fair skin.
    They will die before I do.

    I worked in a custom boat building business before landscaping.
    All inside a 100' x 60' open end to end building.
    Was the only man to wear respirator when polyester resin, epoxy, acetone, etc came out or was curing.
    The owner is already dead.
    His son, who I worked on Alaskan fishing boats with a few winters... looks as though he will be soon.

    So with my sunglasses, earplugs in, and helmet on for the 110,000+ motorcycle miles, my dust mask and gloves and earplugs in at work now, knife always strapped on while commercial diving for 7 Atlantic winters, and metals flushing my body after thousands of aluminum tanks, I am the only one.
    I told them, but only so they could choose.
    I will remind them after they are gone.
    To do as all men have before, is not to be a man.
    To be sorry for what one has done, is not a man.
    To do, and to know, are miles apart.

    This most certainly is not only for you gringott.
    For all who can choose, or tell others, they have a choice.
    For more than 1/2 a life remaining, maybe there will come change.
    Hopefully by choice, not chance.
     

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