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What's accurate is that food additives in processed food are inadequately tested in the US.

- as recently detailed in multiple peer-reviewed journal articles produced by the PEW FOOD ADDITIVES PROJECT -> READ BELOW.

Robyn O'Brien @foodawakenings · May 7
U.S. spends more on cancer drugs than any other country, accounting for 40% of the $91 billion spent globally http://cbsn.ws/1rYOLTz

Robyn O'Brien @foodawakenings · May 7
According to the National Association of School Nurses, 19% of school children have food allergies, 1 in 5 kids. http://twitpic.com/e378lb

Robyn O'Brien @foodawakenings · May 7
Every 3 minutes, a food allergy reaction sends someone to the ER, accounting for more than 200,000 emergency department visits per year

Robyn O'Brien @foodawakenings · May 7
80% apples coated w/ chemicals banned in EU bc of cancer risk. Join others to protect US apples & families & sign=> http://www.mommygreenest.com/poison-apples/

Take a listen: TEDxMileHigh - Robyn O'Brien - Patriotism on a Plate
Uploaded on May 26, 2011


NRDC to launch attack on food ingredient approvals
By: Helena Bottemiller Evich
September 10, 2013 04:30 PM EDT


Aug 14, 2013
Project: Food Additives Project

The peer-reviewed journal Reproductive Toxicology published a paper from The Pew Charitable Trusts' food additives project examining the data used to make safety recommendations for chemicals added to food sold in the United States. The analysis of three major sources of toxicology information found significant gaps in the data for chemicals that are added to food and food packaging.

Pew’s analysis reveals:

* The Food and Drug Administration or industry decided that almost two-thirds of known additives were safe without having fed the additives to lab animals. This is based on Pew’s analysis of data reported in FDA, National Institutes of Health, or other leading toxicology databases.

* FDA’s own database on chemicals added directly to food indicates that:

* Only one in five chemicals has been evaluated using the simplest lab animal test recommended by FDA to evaluate safety.
* Only one in eight chemicals that FDA recommended be evaluated for reproductive or development problems had evidence it was tested for these effects.

* The lack of data means that often we don’t know whether these chemicals pose a health risk to the hundreds of millions of Americans who eat food with untested chemical additives.


Posted by proverbialwisdom | Thu May 8, 2014, 06:35 PM (0 replies)

I deleted all matters ENSSR from the post you are criticizing and added post #140. Please review. nt

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Thu May 8, 2014, 12:35 PM (0 replies)

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May 7, 2014, Vol 311, No. 17 > http://jama.jamanetwork.com/issue.aspx?journalid=67&issueid=930078

Current Issue

May 7, 2014, Vol 311, No. 17PDF

Theme: Child Health


The Genetic and Environmental Contributions to Autism: Looking Beyond Twins
Diana E. Schendel, PhD; Therese K. Grønborg, MSc; Erik T. Parner, MSc, PhD
Topics: autistic disorder, twins, genetics
JAMA. 2014;311(17):1738-1739. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.3554.


The Familial Risk of Autism
Sven Sandin, MSc; Paul Lichtenstein, PhD; Ralf Kuja-Halkola, MSc; Henrik Larsson, PhD; Christina M. Hultman, PhD; Abraham Reichenberg, PhD
Includes: Supplemental Content, Author Interview
Topics: autistic disorder, relationship - sibling
JAMA. 2014;311(17):1770-1777. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.4144.
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Wed May 7, 2014, 11:47 AM (0 replies)

I do not know more about the status of this ban in France. Do you know about this?


“Extreme Levels” Of Herbicide Roundup Found In Food
By: Emily Cassidy, Biofuels Research Analyst

FRIDAY, APRIL 18, 2014

A new study led by scientists from the Arctic University of Norway has detected “extreme levels” of Roundup, the agricultural herbicide manufactured by Monsanto, in genetically engineered soy.

The study, coming out in June’s issue of Food Chemistry and available online, looked at 31 different soybean plants on Iowa farms and compared the accumulation of pesticides and herbicides on plants in three categories 1) genetically engineered “Roundup Ready” soy, 2) conventionally produced (not GE) soy, and 3) soy cultivated using organic practices. They found high levels of Roundup on 70 percent of genetically engineered soy plants.

Crop scientists have genetically engineered soy to survive blasts of Roundup so farmers can spray this chemical near crops to get rid of weeds. But some so-called “super weeds” resistant to Roundup have developed. In turn, some farmers use yet more Roundup to try to kill those hardy weeds. This leads to more Roundup chemicals being found on soybeans and ultimately in the food supply.


Other research has detected Roundup residues in animals and people.

A study led by German researchers found high concentrations of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, in the urine of dairy cows and humans. This study, published last January in the journal Environmental & Analytical Toxicology, concluded that “the presence of glyphosate residues in both humans and animals could haul the entire population towards numerous health hazards.”

Big Ag wants us to believe that there is no difference between GE and conventional crops, but mounting research tells us that just isn’t true.


Reprod Toxicol. 2011 May;31(4):528-33. doi: 10.1016/j.reprotox.2011.02.004. Epub 2011 Feb 18.

Maternal and fetal exposure to pesticides associated to genetically modified foods in Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada.

Aris A1, Leblanc S.

Author information

Pesticides associated to genetically modified foods (PAGMF), are engineered to tolerate herbicides such as glyphosate (GLYP) and gluphosinate (GLUF) or insecticides such as the bacterial toxin bacillus thuringiensis (Bt). The aim of this study was to evaluate the correlation between maternal and fetal exposure, and to determine exposure levels of GLYP and its metabolite aminomethyl phosphoric acid (AMPA), GLUF and its metabolite 3-methylphosphinicopropionic acid (3-MPPA) and Cry1Ab protein (a Bt toxin) in Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. Blood of thirty pregnant women (PW) and thirty-nine nonpregnant women (NPW) were studied. Serum GLYP and GLUF were detected in NPW and not detected in PW. Serum 3-MPPA and CryAb1 toxin were detected in PW, their fetuses and NPW. This is the first study to reveal the presence of circulating PAGMF in women with and without pregnancy, paving the way for a new field in reproductive toxicology including nutrition and utero-placental toxicities.

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Tue May 6, 2014, 05:05 PM (1 replies)

My mistake, thank you for the correction.

The two broad classes of GMO crops are: glyphosphate resistant (herbicide) and BT-toxin producing (pesticide). My concern is that both categories have serious harmful human health repercussions. High levels of BT toxin were found in blood samples from both pregnant women and umbilical cords in a Canadian study (with the implication of horizontal transfer of gene to gut bacteria). Extremely high levels (as defined by Monsanto) of glyphosate were recently found as residue on the majority of GMO soy samples tested. Both are unacceptable for reasons articulated by Dr. Arpad Pusztai (below) on the 10th anniversary of 'the GM safety scandal.'

More: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024130570#post40


Dr Pusztai on the 10th anniversary of GM safety scandal

The following is an email - of 10 August 2008 from Dr Pusztai to Claire Robinson and Jonathan Matthews of GMWatch, in which Dr Pusztai comments on the 10th anniversary of the television interview

Dear Claire and Jonathan,

I thought that I should write to you on the 10th anniversary of my 150 seconds of TV "fame" and tell you what I think now. It is very appropriate to write to you because you have provided the most comprehensive service to inform people about the shenanigans of the GM biotechnology industry and its advocates.

On this anniversary I have to admit that, unfortunately, not much has changed since 1998. In one of the few sentences I said in my broadcast ten years ago, I asked for a credible GM testing protocol to be established that would be acceptable to the majority of scientists and to people in general. 10 years on we still haven't got one. Instead, in Europe we have an unelected EFSA GMO Panel with no clear responsibility to European consumers, which invariably underwrites the safety of whatever product the GM biotech industry is pushing onto us.

All of us asked for independent, transparent and inclusive research into the safety of GM plants, and particularly those used in foods. There is not much sign of this either. There are still "many opinions but very few data"; less than three dozen peer-reviewed scientific papers have been published describing the results of work relating to GM safety that could actually be regarded as being of an academic standard; and the majority of even these is from industry-supported labs. Instead we have the likes of Tony Trewavas and others writing unsupported claims for the safety of GM food and defaming people like Rachel Carson who can no longer defend herself; not that she needs to be defended from such nonentities.

In normal times one would not pay much attention to such people desperately trying to be seen as the advocates of true science, but these are not normal times. The mostly engineered (GM engineered) food crisis gives the GM biotech industry and its warriors an opportunity to come to the fore with claims that GM is the only way to save a hungry world; a claim not much supported by responsible bodies, such as the IAASTD. The advocates of GM also now think that they have found a chink in the armory of people's resolve that they can exploit by telling us that we would not be able to feed our animals without GM feedstuffs. In this way, they hope to bring in GM by the backdoor. Please remember that whatever our animals eat, we shall also get back indirectly. Rather ominously, there has been no work whatever to show the safety of the meat of GM-fed animals.

We must not underestimate the financial and political clout of the GM biotechnology industry. Most of our politicians are committed to the successful introduction of GM foods. We must therefore use all means at our disposal to show people the shallowness of these claims by the industry and the lack of credible science behind them, and then trust to people's good sense, just as in 1998, to see through the falseness of the claims for the safety of untested GM foods.

Let's hope that on the 20th anniversary I shall not have to write another warning letter about the dangers of untested GM foods!

Best wishes to all
Arpad Pusztai





Posted by proverbialwisdom | Tue May 6, 2014, 11:44 AM (1 replies)

Narrated by Robert Redford.

Helen Slottje, 2014 Goldman Environmental Prize, USA
Goldman Prize

Published on Apr 27, 2014 (2,112 views)

Using a clause in the state constitution that gives municipalities the right to make local land use decisions, Helen Slottje provided pro-bono legal assistance, helping towns across New York defend themselves from oil and gas companies by passing local bans on fracking.

She is the North America winner of the 2014 Goldman Environmental Prize, the world's largest recognition for grassroots environmental activists. For more information visit http://www.goldmanprize.org/home
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Mon May 5, 2014, 07:41 PM (1 replies)

Check it out.


Goldman Environmental Prize: The world's largest award for grassroots environmental activists
1,296 views 1 week ago

The Goldman Environmental Prize, founded in 1989 by San Francisco philanthropists Richard and Rhoda Goldman, continues today with its original mission to annually honor grassroots environmental heroes from the six inhabited continental regions: Africa, Asia, Europe, Islands & Island Nations, North America, and South & Central America. The Prize recognizes individuals for sustained and significant efforts to protect and enhance the natural environment, often at great personal risk...

MORE: http://www.youtube.com/user/goldmanprize/videos
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Mon May 5, 2014, 07:23 PM (0 replies)

NEW: Mitochondrial Dysfunction as a Neurobiological Subtype of Autism Spectrum Disorder


JAMA Psychiatry

Original Investigation | April 09, 2014

Mitochondrial Dysfunction as a Neurobiological Subtype of Autism Spectrum Disorder
Evidence From Brain Imaging

Suzanne Goh, MD1; Zhengchao Dong, PhD1,3; Yudong Zhang, PhD1,2; Salvatore DiMauro, MD3; Bradley S. Peterson, MD1

Author Affiliations
1Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, New York
2New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York
3Department of Neurology, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, New York

JAMA Psychiatry. Published online April 09, 2014. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2014.179

Link from Generation Rescue Twitter.

Near the conclusion of the latest IACC Full Committee Meeting on April 8, 2014, the topic of impaired mitochondrial function was briefly discussed + plans for follow-up at the next session in July. Watch here:


IACC Full Committee Meeting, April 2014 Video

Air date: Tuesday, April 08, 2014, 8:45:00 AM
Views: Total views: 630, (471 Live, 159 On-demand)
Runtime: 06:48:21

Category: Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee

Description: The IACC will meet to discuss ASD research and services activities.
Author: Dr. Thomas Insel

Overview page: https://iacc.hhs.gov/events/index.shtml

RECAP: Environmental insult with genetic susceptibility -> impaired mitochondria -> impaired cell energy -> impaired body function and health. Developing...
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Mon May 5, 2014, 12:23 PM (0 replies)


Retweeted by Autism Revolution
Martha Herbert ‏@marthaherbertmd 25 Jul 2012

Probably won’t find a single enviro culprit for #autism – many env agents, fewer physiological pathways. @AutismRevolutio @marthaherbertmd

Retweeted by Autism Revolution
Martha Herbert ‏@marthaherbertmd 25 Jul 2012

Synapses, glial cells, brain energy & more: all highly environmentally vulnerable–to many things. #ASD @marthaherbertmd @AutismRevolutio

Martha Herbert ‏@marthaherbertmd Feb 20 2014

MT - Beyond Hopelessness: Autism as a complex, chronic, whole-body disorder (not a permanent, brain-based trait)

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Mon May 5, 2014, 11:25 AM (0 replies)

Environment as important as genes in autism, study finds.


Environment as important as genes in autism, study finds

LONDON Sat May 3, 2014 9:41pm BST

(Reuters) - Environmental factors are more important than previously thought in leading to autism, as big a factor as genes, according to the largest analysis to date to look at how the brain disorder runs in families.

Sven Sandin, who worked on the study at King's College London and Sweden's Karolinska institute, said it was prompted "by a very basic question which parents often ask: 'If I have a child with autism, what is the risk my next child will too?'"

The findings, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), suggest heritability is only half the story, with the other 50 percent explained by environmental factors such as birth complications, socio-economic status, or parental health and lifestyle.

The study also found that children with a brother or sister with autism are 10 times more likely to develop the condition, three times if they have a half-brother or sister with autism, and twice as likely if they have a cousin with autism.

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Mon May 5, 2014, 03:00 AM (10 replies)
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