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Study trying to link glyphosate to liver disease is bad science

A one litre bottle of Roundup weedkiller.

A bottle of Roundup herbicide.

A study linking glyphosate to liver disease, published in the journal Scientific Reports in January 2017, uses flawed data from 2012, which was rejected by the wider scientific community due to a flawed scientific approach. This latest study was conducted by infamous researchers, including Robin Mesnage and Gilles-Eric Seralini, who have a history of using bad science to link Monsanto’s products to health issues. Similar past studies from these researchers were classified as ‘pseudoscience’ and lacking ethical conduct by the international science community.

This new study relies on the same samples from a 2012 Seralini study that was determined to be scientifically flawed by multiple regulatory authorities around the world and was eventually retracted ...

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AN OPEN LETTER ABOUT THE MONSANTO TRIBUNAL

Image of a farmer on a farm. Monsanto's response to the Monsanto Tribunal.

For The Record: The mock tribunal distracts from real dialogue on the world’s food and agriculture needs and the full realization of human rights.

To people interested in food, the environment and biodiversity, human rights, and Monsanto,

In growing our food, farmers face some tough challenges as the world’s population continues to grow. We work daily to provide farmers with a broad range of solutions so they can have better harvests while making land, water and other natural resources go further, and make a more balanced plate of food more accessible for everyone.

To address these ever increasing challenges collaboratively and advance our commitment to human rights, we welcome a genuine constructive conversation with diverse ideas and perspectives about food and farming...

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Fighting the hydra of science myths: an interview with Kavin Senapathy

We interviewed Kavin Senapthy on food myths and counter movements, food education and how consumers both in Europe and beyond can be better informed about where their food comes from and how it is produced.

Kavin Senapathy

Who is Kavin Senapathy?

Kavin Senapathy is a science communicator tackling myths on science, health and food. She is the co-Executive Director of international pro-science, pro-biotech organization March Against Myths, and co-author of “The Fear Babe: Shattering Vani Hari’s Glass House,” a book discussing popular food misconceptions and why they proliferate in the face of mountains of evidence against them...

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“The Age of Stupid”: Part 2

We interviewed the ‘Risk-Monger’, a.k.a David Zaruk, on food propaganda, food labelling and how European consumers can be better informed about where their food comes from and how it is produced. Click here to see the first part of the interview.

David Zaruk, A.K.A. The Risk MongerWho is David Zaruk?

David Zaruk is the outspoken blogger known as the Risk-Monger. A philosopher by training, he has been an EU risk and science communications specialist since 2001. David believes that hunger, AIDS and diseases like malaria are the real threats to humanity – not plastics, GMOs or pesticides. Also follow him in smaller doses on the Risk-Monger FB page: www.facebook.com/riskmonger 

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“The Age of Stupid”: Part 1

We interviewed the ‘Risk-Monger’, a.k.a David Zaruk, on food propaganda, food labelling and how European consumers can be better informed about where their food comes from and how it is produced.

David Zaruk, A.K.A. The Risk Monger

David Zaruk, A.K.A. The Risk Monger

Who is David Zaruk?

David Zaruk is the outspoken blogger known as the Risk-Monger. A philosopher by training, he has been an EU risk and science communications specialist since 2001. David believes that hunger, AIDS and diseases like malaria are the real threats to humanity – not plastics, GMOs or pesticides. Also follow him in smaller doses on the Risk-Monger FB page: www.facebook.com/riskmonger 

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The European Food Safety Authority: “Glyphosate is Unlikely to Pose Carcinogenic Hazard” (EN/DE/FR/NL/ES/RO)

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The authority’s conclusions on glyphosate align with conclusions from regulatory agencies around the world.

At Monsanto, we’re fully confident in the safety profile of our products. Our confidence is based on rigorous internal safety assessments in addition to safety assessments by regulatory authorities, independent researchers and other experts around the world. Today, the independent European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) announced its conclusions about the active ingredient glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup brand products.

Notably, EFSA ...

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EU hampers African food innovations

EU policies are holding African food innovations back, especially in maize crops, banana and coffee crops.

EU policies are holding African food innovations back, especially in maize crops, banana and coffee crops.

Over the last twenty years Africa’s share of world food exports has dropped from 11% to under 3% due in part to current European Union (EU) policies. Now Thailand exports nearly as much food as all of sub-Saharan Africa according to Calestous Juma, a professor at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, whose views are published on CapX, a website aggregating stories on popular capitalism around politics, economics, markets and ideas.

To achieve its technological and food export objectives, Africa needs to partner with its historical trading partners such as the United Kingdom...

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Is new Slate magazine story on misleading GMO war a game changer?

“They’ll always want more studies. They call themselves skeptics. But when you cling to an unsubstantiated belief, even after two decades of research and experience, that’s not skepticism. It’s dogma.”

This is an excerpt from a feature story published last week in the online current affairs and culture magazine Slate on the hypocrisy and immoral tactics used by anti-GMO activists on the dangers of genetically modified organisms. The story, called an Unhealthy Fixation, has been making a storm on social media. It puts a high-resolution magnifying glass on the blatant fear mongering, error and fraud tactics uses by activists.

For example, while anti-GMO zealots paradoxically communicate the message that Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) bacteria crops are hazardous, they encourage you t...

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A response to Russia Today’s report on Bt cotton in India

By Arun Gopalakrishnan

A recent report by Russia Today titled, “GMO that kills: GM-cotton problems drive Indian farmers to suicide” has been making the rounds in various social media platforms. While it aims to showcase nothing less than complete devastation in India’s cotton fields, the reality is completely different.

If ever there was a ready example of how technology directly translates into improved standards of living for farmers, it would be India’s success story in cotton. Since the introduction of hybrid Bt cotton seeds in 2002 and farmers choosing to plant them widely since, farmers have turned India into the world’s largest producer of cotton...

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Why grow Bt cotton? A farmer in Burkina Faso shares his own experience (EN/FR)

Soma Amadou“Why do farmers use genetically modified (GM) seeds?” we often get asked. We usually respond by saying that they provide farmers economic and environmental benefits, and that we have seen this happen first-hand in Spain and Portugal, Africa, the United States, Canada, South America and Australia — basically everywhere that GM plants are grown.

The problem, in the increasingly cynical society that we live in, is that people are often skeptical of that message because of the messenger: Monsanto. “Well you would say that, wouldn’t you?” people often respond, “After all, you sell them.” We also sell plenty of non-GM seeds, so the question is somewhat unfair, but they do have a point.

So we put the question to Soma Amadou, a cotton farmer in Burkina Faso, who has been growing Bt cotton for seve...

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