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The Unfortunate Casualties of an Anti-Biotech Attack
"Today is a really special podcast is an amazing guests that we have that takes us back to the time when the tenor towards genetic engineering was very different back around the turn of the Millennium I. Guess is the turn of the century two two. It was a little bit different field before the Internet really took over the defamation of scientists and career assassination, and those opposed to technology took on other means to solve their problems. At least to. Agitate and we'll talk about that today in an event from two thousand and one and we'll talk more about that in a second speaking with doctor, Toby Bradshaw A. He's a professor emeritus in the Department of Biology at the University of Washington and thank you for joining me today. I really appreciate you being toby. It's a pleasure to be here. Yeah this is really an interesting point in history and I remember when this happened. And in a kind of kind of fell into the background a little bit, but let's set the stage if we go back to two thousand and one. What kind of work were you doing in Merrill Hall at the University of Washington. Since the mid nineteen nineties, I have been working on the genetic adaptation and growth in hybrid poplars. They're fast growing tree. News all around the world, but heavily in the Pacific northwest up to produce. Hebrew products primarily so I was involved with. The early molecular genetics research, including M Gino Mapping. And ultimately identifying traits that were responsible for faster growth, which I had a basic interest in, but which of course the temp companies had a commercial innocent. And where you're working with genetic engineering, or were you really just dealing with hybrids myself? I was only producing hybrid poplars through traditional cross pollination methods that have been used for centuries in in poplars around the world I was also collaborating with Steve Strauss. At Oregon State University on some preliminary work to genetically engineered trees, four different growth form to produce more would in a smaller land area, but I myself had never still have never a genetically engineered a tree. And really the facility that you were working at. It isn't on the campus, right? It's it's the center for Urban Culture and what are the kinds of things that were being done there well. It is technically on the UW. Campuses at the very periphery separated from the main campus by the Union Bay Natural Area A place for I enjoyed bird every day on my walk to work, so that was a nice interlude. Of every day, but the other kinds of work that we're going on at the Center for Urban Horticulture included a restoration ecology primarily for wetland restoration, understanding a plant succession after the eruption of Mount Saint Helen's in nineteen eighty was conservation work for rare plants, going on so rare plants in Washington be propagated for reintroduction into the wild, and that was a particular focus of my colleague I'm single ride card who you will hear more about later and the graduate students in Undergrad who doing their own research, their work on a wide range of topics, including for example how to? Have, urban gardens produce more food for people who otherwise might not be able to afford a fresh vegetables, so it was. A typical horticulture center I, think it most universities where there was a mix of basic research applied research in outreach up to the public in the form of extension. And, so it doesn't sound like this was the you know the the center of the universe of Monsanto or something I mean this sounds like a really practical extension oriented center that had significant roles in community, and and and even just in the regional agriculture's that's. Is that more what it was about yes? Oh, the University of Washington is not a land grant university. It's not an agricultural school. School, in the focus at the UW has always been a basic research and the center. For urban horticulture included in its mission, some applied research and quite a bit of extension and outreach up to the public, so in that way it was different from much of the rest of campus in its mission, but by no means is the University of Washington on any kind of center for plant biotechnology now. It isn't now. Yeah. Good basic biology know basic science and a lot of really good plant people there, but it's Can you give me a little bit of sense? Outside the University of like two, thousand, zero, two, thousand and one, what was the environment like a genetic engineering in your perspective and in your area of the country? What was really happening? Then in that environment, it was an interesting time. The first genetically engineered crops that were planted on a wide scale, had only been in production for less than a decade, so as a relatively new technology on the commercial sector, perceiving though scientists and people who keep up with science for familiar with the progress of genetic engineering. How it was eventually applied in agriculture, get caught a lot of the general public by surprise, and as everyone who's familiar with plant biotechnology knows that can sometimes lead to misunderstandings. And worse at the the first inkling that I had that anyone might be opposed to the kinds of research that I was doing was just a couple of years before in nineteen, ninety nine, when Seattle hosted the World Trade Organization meetings and I had some of my. Poplars. That were growing in pots out in the back forty behind the. Urban Horticulture. Cut Down by vandals during those WTO protests mean. As often happened to these kinds of things at my mind. The damage done to my plants was fairly minimal. Because these are poplars. Cut Him off. They just re grow the we. That's how we actually propagate them through cutting, so it had zero effect on me, but at the same time they went through and cut down all of the older seedlings that a colleague of mine was growing for re, vegetating streamsides in Alder. Don't re sprout after being cut-backs. Again it was one of these ready fire. Aim moments for an activist who really didn't understand. Even the species of trees that they were looking at i. mean did a lot more damage to someone else's research than to mind we might. Research was essentially funded by the wall critics,
Bayer paying up to $10.9B to settle Monsanto weedkiller case
"German pharmaceutical company Bayer says it's paying up to ten point nine billion dollars to settle a lawsuit over subsidiary Monsanto's weed killer roundup which has faced numerous lawsuits over claims of causes cancer beer said it was also paying up to one point two billion dollars to settle to further cases one involving P. C. B. N. water the company said the roundup settlement will bring closure to about seventy five percent of the current one hundred and twenty five thousand piled in on fly old claims the agreement is subject to a judge's
Bayer says it's paying up to $10.9 billion to settle a lawsuit over subsidiary Monsanto's weedkiller, PCB cases
"Waters Germany's Bayer agreed to settle U. S. lawsuits claiming that it's widely used weedkiller roundup cause cancer for as much as ten point nine billion dollars after more than a year of talks the German pharmaceutical giant will be paying almost eleven billion dollars to settle a lawsuit over subsidiary Monsanto's weed killer roundup which is facing numerous lawsuits over claims it cause cancer bear says will also be paying up to one point two two billion to settle future claims including one involving PCB in water the roundup settlement will bring closure to nearly three quarters of the current one hundred twenty five thousand filed an un filed
Judge: California can’t require cancer label for weed killer
"Cannot require a cancer warning label on roundup the world's most widely used weed killer so says a federal judge who issued a permanent injunction against the labeling saying the state could not be a legal standard for such a requirement Monsanto says its product is safe but it's facing thousands of lawsuits cancer victims in northern California have won nearly two hundred million dollars in awards in three lawsuits
How The Food Industry Manipulates Public Opinion, Science, And Government
"Today. I want to talk about how the food industry many plays public opinion manipulate science. Manipulates the government. So here we go. Let's take on Science I. I mean who isn't confused about what to eat. And that's why I wrote my book action. But what's really going on is a concerted effort by the food industry that manipulates science. The government our government spends about one billion a year on nutrition research. The food industry spends twelve billion. And they find all kinds of concocted studies. That actually manipulate the truth. For example. I think Coca Cola. Spent one hundred twenty million dollars to universities and other groups to actually provide money money for research and guess what they funded three hundred eighty nine articles and one hundred sixty nine journals. Things like exercise. Is the key to weight. Loss at soda doesn't have any role in our way. The Snack Food Manufacturers Association groups that confections group funded studies that show the kids. We Candy Actually Lose More Weight and have less inflammation the kids who don't eat candy. I mean how does that even make sense? And when you look at the data I'm you know studies funded by the food. Industry Are Eight to fifty times more likely to show benefit? I studied for example on artificial sweeteners. Show that by the food industry that ninety nine percent they're safe and effective but about ninety plus percent of the studies but their independence show that they cause weight gain obesity. Damage the microbiome and definitely are not a healthy food and not good for dieting. So we have so much going on all the time in research I there was a there was a big review. For example by a group of scientists have looked at sugar recommendations it was published in the animal internal medicine which is one of the most important journals in medicine and yet it it shed very computing. Seems like there's no evidence for assure guidelines to reduce sugar that actually sugar is an harmful that our concerns are overstated in the data to support any limits on sugar in our diet. Well the study was funded by a group called the International Science Institute which sounds awesome but turns out is funded by none other than Coca Cola and Monsanto and Pepsi and all the big characters in the food industry so we're completely bamboozled by misinformation major journals and it confuses doctors nurses nutritionists computers the public and even in confuses policymakers. How do you make sense of all this? So you really have to follow the money so nutrition. Science corruption is huge. And it doesn't just stop there. He go onto fun all sorts of professional associations for example the American Diabetes Association the American Heart Association the Academy of Nutrition Dietetic which which receives forty percent of its funding from the food industry. They create a partnership with kraft singles. Calling it the smart slice of cheese you know which is crazy because it's not even cheese. Something has to be fifty one percent cheese to call it cheese so I'd say cheese like product or I don't even know what to call it. The government doesn't like to call cheese and that's called a heart healthy. Smart Snack is because they were funded by the food industry They are also corrupting their meetings. Their meetings and they provide all sorts of CO education so they have panels with makers of high fructose Corn Syrup and transfats an all kinds of crazy stuff and it just computers nutritionist. Because it seems like it's good science. They're very very good and they spend millions millions and billions on this so they corrupt all these organizations and and so Dr John Nine Ninety s as a professor at Stanford said. We shouldn't believe any recommendations coming out of professional societies that have conflicts of interest. I mean how does the American Heart Association can have fruit loops and twix cereals? Be Hard healthy when they're so full of sugar because they're low fat they get three hundred thousand dollars for putting that seal of approval so we have to be very cautious consumers. See Not just stop. With professional associations they also create front groups. Front groups are group's that actually seem like they're legitimate groups but actually are funded by the food industry or the Agan History of the oil industry. So you've got things like climate smart. Agriculture sounds wonderful. And I who's against that right but it's funded by the fertilizer companies who want to use more fertilizer and as we've talked about before fertilizer drives huge amounts of damage to the ecosystem uses tons of energy to produce damage our waterways at his huge contributor to climate change so Not so smart. In my opinion I see you've got then you've got the ways in which these companies also create corporate social responsibility and it's another mechanism. They used they. They fund groups that are social groups. It's called corporate social responsibility. And what did they find? They find the N. W. C. P. And they find the Hispanic preparation make money. And what does that do that makes them sort of loyal to them and a little bit and the it co ops them for example and there's a soda tax on the ballot. They actually will oppose a soda tax. Because they're funded by coca-cola or or the food industry or so makers is pretty pretty frightening. they also fun things like the hunger groups which which why they're so against limiting soda for snap or food stamps are we spent seven billion soda for the poor every year about thirty billion servings through our food stamp program how that make any sense. When we're trying to create a healthy population says all these insidious ways they caught these groups. I remember when I was showing fed up in Atlanta. I met with Bernice King. Martin Luther King's daughter and she wanted to the movie and the King Center instead of being nonviolent is also nonviolent yourself through how you take care of your health and she was all excited about it and I got a call later. We couldn't show the film there and I was like why and that was moving about obesity in the food industry said well because Coca Cola Funds King Center. It's pretty frightening And how they co op these groups And we also do all kinds of other nefarious things They besides the front groups besides sole told responsibility besides getting into our public health academies besides corrupting science. They're involved in terrible political efforts that are behind the scenes that manipulate public opinion for example. Now there's a couple of things that happened. One was an effort by the Grocery Manufacturers America which essentially was a representative now-disbanded thankfully that was representing the big food companies and they illegally got them to contribute to a slush fund to fight. Gmo labeling. Which would have cost those companies billions of dollars and fight it in Washington state and they pretended to sort of hide behind this this group. That wasn't actually disclosing the funding Attorney General Washington state figure this out and sued the grocery manufacturers of America for campaign finance violations and led to the biggest settlement. I think it was like fourteen or eighteen million dollars against them Yet the ballot passed to fight. Gmo labeling and they won they spent so much money but they got slapped a few million bucks. I mean they make millions of dollars. They don't really care. But after that a number of these companies actually you're standing up and doing good things and I think I see I see progress. I see change and that makes me happy for example Nestle's known Unilever and Mars Got Out of Jimmy at that point the grocery manufacturer America and they formed a sustainable food policy alliance which was a great idea. And I think it's exciting and we'll see what happens with that. Nomination hopefully work with him on my food fix campaign so so that was terrible and then of course even worse things eighty for example they create a ballot initiative in California which was to prohibit local governments from raisings local taxes unless there was a two thirds majority which would have crippled the governments in the local towns so they couldn't schools are departments police stations etc and They didn't care about that but they cared about was manipulating. The Governor Governor Jerry Brown is probably liberal governor. We had in America to put a preemptive policy that prevented any future taxes on soda. Junk food. Now think about that. I mean they literally strong armed the government by threatening them with a measure that would they spent seven million dollars promoting that would have crippled local governments and basically bribed to force the governor to create this preemptive law which is terrible so all of a sudden affairs ways that the food industries acting and we need to fight
Pesticide Police, Overwhelmed by Dicamba Complaints, Ask EPA for Help
"In some of the big farming states officials have become overwhelmed by complaints about a weed killer that farmers are using. The demand for enforcement is so high that these officials say they don't don't have time to think about anything else. Some of them argue the federal government should really just take this product off the market. Here's NPR's Dan Charles. For the past three summers the phones have been ringing like crazy. In the office of the Indiana state chemist farmers and homeowners were reporting a kind of chemical hit and run their soybean fields. Tomato plants looked sick with curled up leaves and they blamed pesticides from nearby farms. So Andy. Ross one of the field investigators had to jump in his car and head to the scene. It's sort of a mad rush at the beginning B.. Rush out you do the field work you take the pictures. You Take the samples. You get him back here back to the lab test S. those samples of leaves and Soil Pesticides Lab Supervisor Ping want says her people were overwhelmed to first issue. Was We quickly reach our maximum storage capacity. They had to buy more freezers store. The evidence there is not an inch of wall space left and their tests showed the same thing thing over and over Die Cam die campus herbicide for years ago the Federal Environmental Protection Agency approved a new use for it. Farmers now can spray special versions of camera right over some soybean varieties that are genetically engineered to tolerate it. The weeds die but these crops are fine. A lot of farmers love this technology and majority of also being planted in America. This past year. Were I can be tolerant others. Like Louis. Floor in Frankfort Indiana who's growing soybeans. That can't tolerate DOT Cambe. They think it's a plague. I had about an eighty acre field. That was whacked pretty hard with Cambe. He says it cut his harvest on those sakers by a third. That CAM has this problem. It does not always stay where it's sprayed on hot days. It can evaporate and drift across the landscape damaging other their plants and it's been happening on an enormous scale across the soybean farming belt from Minnesota in the north to Arkansas. In the south millions of acres of old old-style soybeans have been damaged also vineyards and orchards friendships of ended over this in one dispute between farmers in Arkansas one farmer shot and killed the other Louis Floor Nelson's neighboring farms as a potential threat and I just flat out tell people I've got a lawyer you know watching. What are your neighbors? Say to that they think it. It's up to state governments to investigate reports of pesticide drift. And figure out if anybody caused by breaking the rules but in Illinois the number number of complaints went from about one hundred twenty four years ago to over seven hundred in two thousand nineteen in Indiana went from about sixty two two hundred and Dave Scott. WHO's in charge of Indiana's pesticide inspections says everybody is overwhelmed? We're just running ourselves ragged. Just trying to get out there. Collect the evidence. It's also so frustrating. Field investigator Andy. Roth often sees dot can damage across entire fields. And he can't figure out where it came from WHO to hold accountable. Sundays you WPRO. Am I doing any good. Am I making an impact here or what might just spinning my wheels. Meanwhile because of Campbell the inspectors don't have time to do everything else else. They're supposed to do the check on. Pesticide uses at schools or golf courses or businesses. Leo read another. Indiana official is also president elect of the Association of American pesticide control officials. I think the most affected states would all agree that it's not acceptable to continue with this. The number of complaints. It's just not acceptable but the EPA reapproved Daikin but just a year ago before the two thousand nineteen growing season. It decided did the problem could be addressed with a few new restrictions on where that can be sprayed and more training for people who use it. I asked read about that. So what was the experience experienced in two thousand nineteen. Did it fix. The problem knows a matter of fact. A- The the complaint numbers went up in some states the numbers did go down but not necessarily because there was less damage. According to a survey of farmers in Missouri Eighty percent of them are not bothering to file formal complaints anymore. They I don't think does any good. Leo Read from the Office of the Indiana state chemist. Says he understands why you know. I've I've used the phrase die camper fatigue and it's very real thing another another possible sign of dicamba fatigue all but one of Missouri's eight pesticide inspectors left their job within the past year and a half Missouri officials said there was not any single reason for the rapid turnover but according to minutes of meetings between state pesticide enforcement agencies heavy workload and burn out was at least one reason last fall a group of state officials including Leo read had a conference call about Di Cambio with officials at the EPA. They had a question. The question is you are crinkled soybean leaves an unreasonable adverse effect. Because if if they are then. This product is federally miss branded if a product product is found to be miss branded than it can no longer be sold or used and EPA spokesperson said damage to plants can be an unreasonable adverse effect but it depends ends on the extent of the damage and on the benefits of spraying the pesticide. A lot of farmers don't want to give up those benefits nor does the company Bayer formerly Monsanto Santa which cells die camera herbicide and Campbell tolerant soybean and cotton seats. It's a billion dollar business at the end of two thousand twenty the EPA will have to decide ride once again whether to let farmers keep spraying. This Chemical Dan Charles N._p._R.
Pesticide Police, Overwhelmed By Dicamba Complaints, Ask EPA For Help
"In some of the big farming states officials have become overwhelmed by complaints about a weed killer that farmers are using. The demand for enforcement is so high that these officials say they don't don't have time to think about anything else. Some of them argue the federal government should really just take this product off the market. Here's NPR's Dan Charles. For the past three summers the phones have been ringing like crazy. In the office of the Indiana state chemist farmers and homeowners were reporting a kind of chemical hit and run their soybean fields. Tomato plants looked sick with curled up leaves and they blamed pesticides from nearby farms. So Andy. Ross one of the field investigators had to jump in his car and head to the scene. It's sort of a mad rush at the beginning B.. Rush out you do the field work you take the pictures. You Take the samples. You get him back here back to the lab test S. those samples of leaves and Soil Pesticides Lab Supervisor Ping want says her people were overwhelmed to first issue. Was We quickly reach our maximum storage capacity. They had to buy more freezers store. The evidence there is not an inch of wall space left and their tests showed the same thing thing over and over Die Cam die campus herbicide for years ago the Federal Environmental Protection Agency approved a new use for it. Farmers now can spray special versions of camera right over some soybean varieties that are genetically engineered to tolerate it. The weeds die but these crops are fine. A lot of farmers love this technology and majority of also being planted in America. This past year. Were I can be tolerant others. Like Louis. Floor in Frankfort Indiana who's growing soybeans. That can't tolerate DOT Cambe. They think it's a plague. I had about an eighty acre field. That was whacked pretty hard with Cambe. He says it cut his harvest on those acres by a third. That CAM has this problem. It does not always stay where it's sprayed on hot days. It can evaporate and drift across the landscape damaging other their plants and it's been happening on an enormous scale across the soybean farming belt from Minnesota in the north to Arkansas. In the south millions of acres of old old-style soybeans have been damaged also vineyards and orchards friendships of ended over this in one dispute between farmers in Arkansas one farmer shot and killed the other Louis Floor Nelson's neighboring farms as a potential threat and I just flat out tell people I've got a lawyer you know watching. What are your neighbors? Say to that they think it. It's up to state governments to investigate reports of pesticide drift. And figure out if anybody caused by breaking the rules but in Illinois the number number of complaints went from about one hundred twenty four years ago to over seven hundred in two thousand nineteen in Indiana went from about sixty two two hundred and Dave Scott. WHO's in charge of Indiana's pesticide inspections says everybody is overwhelmed? We're just running ourselves ragged. Just trying to get out there. Collect the evidence. It's also so frustrating. Field investigator Andy. Roth often sees dot cam damage across entire fields. And he can't figure out where it came from WHO to hold accountable. Sundays you WPRO. Am I doing any good. Am I making an impact here or what might just spinning my wheels. Meanwhile because of Campbell the inspectors don't have time to do everything else else. They're supposed to do the check on. Pesticide uses at schools or golf courses or businesses. Leo read another. Indiana official is also president elect of the Association of American pesticide control officials. I think the most affected states would all agree that it's not acceptable to continue with this. The number of complaints. It's just not acceptable but the EPA reapproved daikin but just a year ago before the two thousand nineteen growing season. It decided did the problem could be addressed with a few new restrictions on where that can be sprayed and more training for people who use it. I asked read about that. So what was the experience experienced in two thousand nineteen. Did it fix the problem. No as a matter of fact a- The the complaint numbers went up in some states. The numbers did go down down but not necessarily because there was less damage. According to a survey of farmers in Missouri Eighty percent of them are not bothering to file formal complaints anymore. They I don't think does any good. Leo Read from the Office of the Indiana state chemist. Says he understands why you know. I've I've used the phrase die camper fatigue and it's very real thing another another possible sign of dicamba fatigue all but one of Missouri's eight pesticide inspectors left their job within the past year and a half Missouri officials said there was not any single reason for the rapid turnover but according to minutes of meetings between state pesticide enforcement agencies heavy workload and burn out was at least one reason last fall a group of state officials including Leo read had a conference call about Di Cambio with officials at the EPA. They had a question. The question is you are crinkled soybean leaves an unreasonable adverse effect. Because if if they are then. This product is federally miss branded if a product product is found to be miss branded than it can no longer be sold or used and EPA spokesperson said damage to plants can be an unreasonable adverse effect but it depends ends on the extent of the damage and on the benefits of spraying the pesticide. A lot of farmers don't want to give up those benefits nor does the company Bayer formerly Monsanto Santa which cells die camera herbicide and Campbell tolerant soybean and cotton seats. It's a billion dollar business at the end of two thousand twenty the EPA will have to decide ride once again whether to let farmers keep spraying. This Chemical Dan Charles N._p._R. News.
Bayer's Latest Roundup Trial Postponed Amid Settlement Talks
"Kim Alexis Kevin to win is following the latest from the Monsanto roundup cancer trial is downtown at the courthouse this opening statements in this case where is supposed to be under way now this is a case involving for plaintiffs four people including one from Missouri who say they got cancer non Hodgkins lymphoma for using that we kill around up but the judges called a time out and the lawyers with their long raincoats and briefcases have gotten on the elevator they're going to meet lawyers for bear Monsanto and the plaintiffs' lawyers to try to make a deal if not we could have opening statements here at one thirty this afternoon at the courthouse Kevin killing solicitors radio
Bayer faces fourth U.S. Roundup cancer trial in Monsanto's hometown
"The fourth trial over claims the active ingredient in roundup causes cancer opens today the case is being heard in Saint Louis for roundup maker Monsanto was headquartered before bear bought the company two years ago for more than sixty billion dollars the first three trials ended with multi billion dollar verdicts against Monsanto and bear there is appealing those
Google says new AI model allows for near 'instantaneous' weather forecasts
"Says that it is developing new. Ai Models that could allow for what it is calling. Nearly instantaneous weather forecasts something that would be useful in an era of climate change. Apparently even the best best most sophisticated existing weather forecasting techniques can still take hours to put together although that extra time does allow for more detailed granular forecasting quoting the verge however the work is in the early stages and has yet to be integrated into any commercial systems. The early results look promising. In the non peer reviewed paper Google's researchers describe how they were able to generate accurate rainfall predictions up to six hours ahead of time at a one kilometer resolution from just minutes of calculation the company's researchers train their AI model on historical radar data collected between twenty as seventeen in two thousand nineteen in the contiguous by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. They say their forecasts were as good as or better than three existing methods making predictions from the same data though their model was outperformed when attempting to make forecasts. More than six hours ahead of time. This seems to be the sweet spot for machine learning and weather forecast right now making speedy short term predictions while leaving longer forecast to more powerful models. Noah's weather models for example can create forecasts casts up to ten days in advance while we've not yet seen the full effects of ai on weather forecasting plenty of other companies are also investigating the same area including IBM and Monsanto and as Google's researchers point out such forecasting techniques are only going to become more important in our daily lives as we feel the effects of climate change and quote indeed. This is a direct quote from the researchers from the paper which is linked in the show notes quote as weather patterns are altered by climate change and as the frequency of extreme weather events increases. It becomes more important to provide actionable predictions at high spatial and temporal resolutions. Such predictions facilitate. It'll take effective planning crisis. Management and the reduction of losses to life and property a deal based infrastructure can provide predictions within minutes of receiving new data. Yeah allowing them to be fully integrated into a highly responsive prediction service. That may better suit the needs of now casting than traditional numerical methods and quote
How Hedonism Can Change Our Food System
"That'd be surprised to learn that there is a major monopoly when it comes to seeds globally over a third of all seeds are in the hands of just three companies in this mini episode Dr I'm in sits down with mastermind chef and regenerative agriculture advocate Dan Barber together they discussed the importance of seeds why Dan supports a hedonistic approach to changing the way we out there some of the biggest problems we have are are solvable by actually rethinking how we grow food and that's really what you've come to his chef as solving the problem of hedonism you have to go back to the farm and the seed and the soil grow food empowering message I want to go into the seed coat anything permit it because most people don't understand that there's a seed monopoly out there that the centralization of seed creation production and the selling seeds is happening at scale globally and is undermining local farmers and food producers all over the world and most of them around the world are women and small holders or formal what you just said is a front page New York Times story and I don't know why this is the the the seed industry is now consolidate the point that any new variety of seed that has developed sixty eight percent sixty eight percent is in the hands of three companies Nearly seventy percent of the future of our food is in the hands of three companies choose Monsanto and while Monsanto has just been bought by the by Barry there's dupont and then there's Kim China so there's there's three big players now I mean next time we talk that might be too but that is a frightening reality because because if you if you do and I think you should look at seeds as the blueprint for the whole system then you're talking about these companies controlling the system is that just a see that doesn't taste good at I number it's a blueprint for how you're supposed to farm and that's what scares me is that you're you roll out everything from the amount of acreage that should go on the where it should be grown you know forget rotations it's not in that but that whole baked all the way to the processor is what we're talking about that's how baked in it is that's a monopoly knowing what what I find most interesting is that the three companies we just mentioned are not seed companies chemical companies yeah they're creating seeds to sell their close right in like the it's what roundup ready sees the cause and what incentive do you have in that scenario to create a strong seed that doesn't need the chemical intervention I yeah there's not and that's where it's the David and Goliath story it's like that's crazy and people don't understand that because there's so much mixed messaging and because people don't think of food as as C. Driven you know we think too much of it actually as farm and Soil Germany even though guy we should be thinking more about small farms and diversified Zim biodiverse farms in soil and regenerate farms their all important but the seed is the blueprint for how that stuff gets into play and that's where that's why went to the seeds because you can you can have the best farmer like this Guy Klaus Martins mentioned the being I went to visit the most the best rotations the most regenerative and biologically diverse soil if you ever see that doesn't have the genetics to be expressed than what are we talking about you cannot have a delicious Haute or a delicious carrot that has is a bad seed grown in bad soil probably wasn't grown locally probably wasn't picked the right moment none of those things can happen and have a delicious jaw-dropping the experience it's impossible it's so it was beautiful as it when you focus on hedonism it solves the world's problems healthier is a soil that's tickets movement I think it's because while it may seem fringy or esoteric or on the margin it actually is putting a crack in and the whole agriculture system in crack in our thinking about food and when you combine that with these other huge transfer seeing which is the decline of our health the species and the obesity and diabetes epidemics and the decline of our environment and the climate change were experiencing and all the economic burden that comes from that I mean Z.. Global problem that has solutions but they start at the farm and have to rethink that it and really appreciating it through truly great food truly great flavor is one one waited to up end the paradigm that we have now we are now going out to eat more and more and this isn't just white tablecloth residents down for an experience that is unique to the region and and that's where the power of the culture comes into play we have to breed for that and that's what we're trying to do because that's also where the healthiest seeds are gonNA come from the culture but the environment what is specific about the region soil and micro-climate that will make this seed is fits all I want the seat to work the exact same in New York California Michigan Texas Canada Mexico India China and that Boyer the dumbed down the genetics to do that that much I know and flavor is just tamped down everything has tamp down but my point is if you eat the diversity that's required in the organic system you not only have this incredible array of flavors and nutrition at your disposal but you also have the regeneration of the soil which is true sustainability so that's I just think the ticket is this is this deliciousness and this you celebrate Tori hedonistic look at food which is so interesting because that's what cuisines and cultures have taught us over time for thousands of years seeds were saved and exchange as part of community self-preservation sadly between nineteen o three and nineteen eighty three we lost an astonishing ninety three percent of our unique seed varieties this resulted in more than just a lack of selection at the market seemed diversity compliments soil diversity and unique seed varieties allow farmers our chance at a productive harvest this doubles as a form of insurance if one crop doesn't grow as hoped there are others to fall back on Conventional Agriculture Embraces Mono Culture meaning one crops may be grown over thousands of acres and then the same thing is growing again after harvest this depletes the nutrients in the soil and puts the farmer at risk should think threatened that particular crop it also perpetuates a farmer's reliance on government subsidies by cultivating seeds based on flavor and variety and supporting growers who were passionate about regenerative agriculture not only will our food tastes better but we will begun to shift food system and exciting and positive new
'Sontag: Her Life and Work' by Benjamin Moser
"Today I'm very pleased to have as my guest the very brilliant Benjamin Moser who is the author of two biographies of Women Writers The I was a biography of Cou- reese the specter which did a good deal of bringing the Specter a writer who spent a good majority of for life in Brazil to the attention of American readers and the second is the biography of Susan's son tag her life and work which has been a controversial book as if a biography could be controversial but nevertheless this is the way it seems now what do you think of the controversy that seems to have surrounded this book well I think a book about Susan Santa that wasn't controversial would not be a book about Susan's contact I think she's somebody who elicited very heavy very visceral and sometimes violent opinions all through her life and I don't really see this controversial this book I see it more as just I hope it's something starting a conversation about an author that I think is more essential than ever Monsanto was always associated with fashion she was associated with with photography associated with being on the cover of Vanity Fair and the only possible American intellectual who could have been on the cover of Vanity Fair I think the real writers that we actually care about are the ones who go on after their deaths and who have these chances to be reevaluated I can remember the first time I read Susan Sonntags First Book which was against interpret Tation can you remember the first time he read against interpretation yes I can't because I actually hadn't read it until I started working on this book really I know I had read the Auger fi stuff mainly and then I had read essays from against interpretation I think I hadn't read the whole book I'd read notes on Camp I'd read the title essay I'd read some of the film essays but what was really exciting about going back to read it now is that you see a world you see this time which is quite again it feels contemporary but it's all most sixty years old you know against interpretation but you get this whole Panorama of culture and ideas that feels very adding to me I have to tell you it was the first of her books that I read I was astonished by it because Some of the enormity of range of what she's read I mean just when she makes a list of the books that she thinks of you think Oh my you'd already read that in the early sixties choose only in her early thirties to thirty when that book came out before it became fashionable to avert Arto Susan cared about our toll and in fact you know she seems to no that the time she's living in as opposed to the time she died in was a time when p do new things I- slivered out some quotes from Susan let's hear Susan people want to be moved on is a writer want to move people I was very moved cried even a couple of passes that I was riding this one line that made me laugh grimly where I wanna say I say but I don't feel it's me the book says it was a time when knowledge was fashionable Philistinism was unfashionable and I wrote that line with a great deal of Glee and grimness has a time we live in as a time in which knowledge is unfashionable Philipson as it was very fashionable I'm talking to Benjamin Moser son tags biographer that what you just heard was the very first time I sat face to face with Susan from our first conversation and You considered deeply the subject of knowledge and Philistinism and Susan's almost desire to attack the Philistines can you talk to me that I think it's really funny I think it's one of the great American questions I think we're living in a time when Philistinism seems triumphant we don't have to name names but I think we all know who I'm talking about and I think that there's a kind of feeling that we're always being engulfed by the gold escalator and the the all the things in her lifetime worse symbolic of Middle Brow Ism whether it was life magazine in the book of the month club or elevator music all these kind of things Santiago always stood for the opposite of all that crap now you seem to think she becomes as she lives longer and longer harder and harder on the people around her tell me what you mean tell me what that means a lot of it might have had to do the fact that she was physically ill a lot of her life when she was forty two she got stage four breast cancer and it almost killed her and she was subjected to this very gruesome horrifying treatment that did end up saving her life and that's nineteen in seventy five to seventy eight so she's in her mid forties by then and it seemed to me that something did change in her where she got more impatient she got more intolerant of certain people but I think that it's something that's interesting to try to understand what happens but then AH dwell on it too much because what I'm really interested in in Santiago and what I think makes her relevant is her writing and her ideas I think that what we're talking about is a person who wrote in the introduction to against interpretation that we need an erotics of art not a her renewed ix of art and she writes about her fondness for the supremes which at that time you take some on won't take any number of someone's whether it's Irving Hauer Saul bellow they're not listening to the supremes they find it be quite a surprise that a highly thought of intellectual is talking about the supremes by the end of her life she's not talking about the supreme sending more and she's not talking about neurotic criticism no well I think it's very important again to think about how old a lot of this is this is again it's almost it's more than fifty years ago in that time and in that year that was really shocking and it's absolutely really hilarious to see the reactions that she got because the thing about the supreme it's not like she wrote about this frame she said something about how she likes the supremes in one line nobody it followed her the whole life but you point down very well and intelligently and correctly in this book the Cultural Conservatives awesome is has very little to do with political conservatism. Well this is another idea that I think has been forgotten sondheim comes out of a world where out of me education where what she means a small C. conservatism is starting off with Plato and Aristotle and going up to Dante and Shakespeare through the great modern poets and that love that syllabus that Canon that became extremely unfashionable and now I think we're in a world where people aren't reacting against Beethoven you know they don't even know who Beethoven is Dante Shakespeare and so both the people who wanted to modernize that and expand it for example to feminist African American authors those people lost out just as much as the people who wanted it closed for political reasons from the right wing and what happens in that song tag is very perceptive about time and time again it said it all lose out to money it always is out to consumerism and so what happens is you know famous a great painting becomes an expensive painting a great song becomes a song that gets a lot of play on the radio a lot of clicks on the Internet and that's the thing we're in now come talking once again to Benjamin Moser Susan Sonntags biographer in a book from Echo called Sawa tag do you think that you're writing a biography of Susan or in addition a biography of her times well I think both the book is called Sante her life and work and those are two things that are complementary but I'd really there's a lot I'd like people to remember that people don't remember people don't member for example that it was quite common for women to write their husbands books as happened to attack yes fascinated yeah I had no idea will I didn't either I've inhabited this world of the great female intellectuals having done Clarissa Specter before and then Sante it's a world that generation of my grandparents grandmother's generation that I'm familiar with and so about three months ago this piece came out in the Guardian announcing that I had discovered that Sante had actually written the book upon which her husband's career was based book called for the mind with moralist and this piece went viral everybody was talking wrote me and they said are you kidding this happen to everybody nobody wire people so surprised and the reason they're surprise is that I think feminism has made so many gains is that people have forgotten what it was like so when you're talking about a history of her life and times when she applied she's got Souza's very brilliant student and she comes into the World king world and she applies for a job at a magazine and her friend a male friend says well the fact that you're a woman is a real problem but we're going to try to help them get over that and that was a totally normal thing to say to a woman at that time now you would get sued and you know rightly so a lot of the ideas that we think are able in in our culture whether you think about the position of African Americans do you think about the position of women are homosexuals or all these things they've changed really radically and one of the things I think a book like the biographies and Sonic can do is trace the evolution of these ideas so that's the part that I find fascinating because sometimes she's ahead of things and somehow she's behind wind and sometimes she's struggling to understand new ideas as they come into the world it's a fascinating
Roundup labels warning of cancer won't be permitted, EPA says
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Roundup labels warning of cancer won't be permitted, EPA says
"The trump administration says it won't approve warning labels for products that contain it Glyfada site it's the latest move pushing back against California the state requires warning labels on products that contain the chemical which some health experts have linked to cancer but it hasn't been in to enforce because Monsanto the company that makes roundup sued to block the labels the environmental protection agency says it's research shows the chemical poses no risk to public
Roundup labels warning of cancer won't be permitted, EPA says
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Roundup labels warning of cancer won't be permitted, EPA says
"The trump administration will not approve warning labels for roundup here's correspondent Mike Garcia the US environmental protection agency says it will no longer reprove labels warning wife will say it is known to cause cancer the chemical is marketed by Monsanto as a weed killer under the brand name roundup in twenty fifteen the international agency for research on cancer classified wife of state as probably carcinogenic triggering a warning label under California law Monsanto sued and last year a federal judge blocked California from enforcing the warning label until the lawsuit was resolved the EPA says it's research shells wife will say poses no risk to public health hi Mike
Roundup labels warning of cancer won't be permitted, EPA says
"The trump administration is now telling companies not to warn customers about products that contain the leading chemical found in weed killers the US environmental protection agency says it will no longer approve labels warning the clivus eight is known to cause cancer the chemicals marketed as a weed killer by Monsanto under the brand roundup California requires warning labels on black is a products because the international agency for research on cancer says that it is probably carcinogenic the EPA
Bayer mediator dismisses report of $8 billion Roundup settlement
"There was a big spike in the stock of the German chemical and pharmaceutical company Bayer today which has since moderated this after Bloomberg news reported a multi billion dollar settlement is in the works covering people who sued saying the weed killer roundup gave them cancer now round up is made by Monsanto which Bayer acquired however a judge appointed mediator later said he's on aware of a settlement in the bear stock is up one point eight
"monsanto" Discussed on Hard Factor
"So you so much roundup experts in law saying that the latest decision will definitely not stand in appeals court as it is highly unusual for peanut damages to be any more than four times the amount awarded as compensating damages. Also, the California Supreme Court ruled in two thousand sixteen that any punitive damages exceeding the amount of the competent Tori, damages by ten times as likely unconstitutional so likely these two will see around maybe two hundred million dollars each which is still pretty good for their kids. Not too bad. It's not. Yeah. For still good. I wish that Monsanto to pay more. It sounds like these you just need to be shut down. Take the product off the shelves is what needs to happen round up needs to go. Yeah. But for I would say a tenth of that out for twenty million dollars. I would go ahead and be a spokesperson for up with my cancer. And go place to play. Just being like. Kramer or needed? They cigar thing. Yeah. Or like, the Marlboro, man. Thank you for smoke. Akwa? It's a spring so going to the internet forest gnome says I'd love to see Monsanto beer, go bankrupt bears, a corporate descendant of the German chemical firm, I G Farben which in sleeve concentration camp inmates to make synthetic rubber and also manufactured Zyklon. Peak asked us to execute them. If that's true that's pretty fucked up. Oh, that's didn't a lot of a lot of German companies started during the Nazis IBM car company. Yes. There was a couple of comments about IBM. And all I mean. It wasn't that long ago. Guys IBM would be m isn't that a? IBM and built the built the machines that that ran the punch cards to to say you were going to concentration camp or not ban. Oh, really internet. That's how they got there. That was the first contract national Business Machines. Thanks, Okay. okay. Wow. All right and Paul Crozier says couldn't happen to nicer company. So fuck Monsanto. They're evil. Fuck those guys. The liquor store around the corner next. Yeah. They might taking it to another German story odd for us. We've only done like one German story before these two in the history of the show. This is a crazy one. There's potentially a killer on the loose in Germany, but instead of normal murder weapons like guns knives or hands. This guy is rocking across crossbow, or it could be a murder suicide Colt thing, you descend fun. I'll give you the details. I like it because it's a faraway story..
"monsanto" Discussed on Hard Factor
"So yesterday Monsanto probably the most evil company in the world right behind the liquor store next to my house that absolutely Gouges me to death with their high convenience and high prices was ordered to pay two billion dollars in punitive damages because it was company to you. Yeah. It's like right around the corner and double the price. That's it's not just Wes trust me. You have to go to a lot of people. They know it. They know it. It's a Colin Quinn. This liquor store. So there were two billion dollars in punitive damages because it was determined that their cancer was caused to long term exposure to the company's weed killer roundup. Yeah. Yeah. So obviously. So the jury in Oakland, California determined that the couples non-hodgkin's lymphoma was indeed caused by round up and gave them each a coup billion dollars in punitive damages as well as fifty five million incompetence Ori compensatory damages you pretty much had it you just gone Pence or bet store. Got it. This is the third similar loss from on Santo in California since August with one man being ordered eighty million and another man, a greenkeeper two hundred eighty nine million, so many greens keepers. You think they've paid under the table that we don't know about keepers. Yeah. There's been like three three lawsuits lawsuits are gonna start coming out of the woodwork thirteen thousand more plaintiffs fucked up. I mean, I know I've sprayed a lot around up in my life. You guys have to Slough yard you up a lot with you guys. Fortunately, so. Loves roundup. I always get the big jugs with like the. That does the work for you. Just everything's getting hates weeds. You not a good product barely. So apparently, the key. These cases have also uncovered some internal documents that that plaintiff's lawyers say reveal the ways in which the company has quote bullied, scientists over the years, and he'll do. Yeah. Exactly. Ghosts right research defending the safety of glysophate, which is the main cancer causing you can't play Monsanto bullying. Every day. That sounds pretty funny. I mean, if I can't these people are pieces of shit aren't these same people to GMO's dry. Yeah. Cornyn. Fuck fuck the farmers over there. Most famous for their infringement their hybrid corn that kills people and gives them cancer. And they're round roundup. The corn kill the cure is delicious horn the corn. The weed killer goes a cancer. So yeah, they're the there. These are the first three trials among an estimated thirteen thousand other plaintiffs across the country waiting to get their mitts on the German owned company. So it looks like they're gonna lose a ton of money. If the rest of the cases, go is these three already have bear g which the German company owns Monsanto after buying it for somewhere around sixty three sixty five billion dollars last year said it would appeal the latest case saying that none of the cases have yet to make it through appeals court AK the slashing of actual warded money court. And they also noted that the EPA who's lead decision makers likely vacation in the Bahamas aboard Monsanto's company on yacht has found that the weed killer is perfectly safe, which appears kind of like saying that long term exposure to sucking down more blows perfectly safe, right? It was the pollen that got those ground. Keep exactly exactly. We haven't been able to kill all these cancer patients with our litigation yet. So just wait to pay him with their dead. Just wait. That's true. That's true. I mean, what's going to happen? Unfortunately, they got cancer. You know that? Yeah..
"monsanto" Discussed on The Majority Report with Sam Seder
"We've put us two hundred and fifty million dollars to deal with these losses. And all that money is gone. Let me ask you this in the context of the of the original case. And presumably bear will appeal and maybe they will prevail. Maybe they won't. They'll maybe the negotiate. If there's if there's at least four to nine thousand cases out there, they know they're going to have to go through this again. So they probably sitting there trying to figure out some type of algorithm. Like how much is this going to cost us like we wanted this to go away or maybe they'll just say, we're just going to keep fighting this for eternity. It's going to be one of our divisions is going to be protecting bear. Some law is going to be a law firm may by lava, but in the original case, what was the was? It was the case centered on the fact that Monsanto must have known that their secondary spraying that their new off label use of glides glyphosate would lead to this what Monsanto new. From the seventies at there was a lot of problems. In fact. Original rats study is when they were trying to get licensed. Original Rad's as show that the rats tumors. And Monsanto was able to draw on EPA as it turned out. Monsanto had a mole and the EPA as pesticide division who rose up and Anna was running. The division isn't name was just Roland, and he was doing favors for Monsanto two blocks is to kill studies, and we have. We got all those documents. At one point, he's telling his anto a handler, if I can kill this study by another agent. I'm a metal, and then he goes on these succeeds in killing it. So we had all these documents showing that onto and knew that it was carcinogenic or had reason to believe that and was killing the studies on after the other. And you know, that's one of the things that he's on a. Damage is because. Knowing this option, not only that on Santo, not only block a successfully blocked. They were goes riding, somebody's were bribing. Scientists were they were. They had captured regulatory agency. They add their own guy running the pesticide division any day, and we approve. They also the thing they really work concerned about. They didn't not want any testing done on the whole compound. They would allow testing ungloved eight. A actually add things in the competent that may. More dangerous life assay. Probably the interaction of called agitation advocates. Okay. And those those, that the molecules that allowed glide eight to penetrate the ark of the plant, they do the same thing with humans. If you what what he's indicates is at worst thing that you can do with roundup is the spray it. It's probably worse than eating five say because of the capacity these surfing surfactants or. Benadryl your body and very, very efficiently and degrassi all the internal barriers, including the blood brain barrier in your body. So the stuff is really the compound itself has an up and has it, and we have all kinds of documents in which. In which there's. We gotta make sure that nobody tests entire comp. Wow. All right. Well, Bobby Kennedy. Thank you for for updating. I am. Right? Being back ring of fire. Well, yes, I appreciate that. All right. Bobby Kennedy folks, and we'll take quick break, be right back with more from mass torts twenty eighteen. So that's Bobby Kennedy and. We will head into the fun half. It's now one thirty five eastern time..
"monsanto" Discussed on The Majority Report with Sam Seder
"Already filed a number of heels. Verged pill is at the judge has Elodie to reduce or to even to eliminate that Jerry judgment. I think it's going to be hard for her to do. Even though she was an unfriendly to aren't case throughout the trial. But we know. We picked jury thirty five people excluded from the jury because expressed. Negative attitudes towards Monsanto which is orient itself right? Thirty five people. Jers who are left over express, no negative, Tim eight toward on Santa. It was highly educated, jury. Everybody on it had a college education to working scientists on the jury level of attention. One of the jurors filled five notebooks notes. All of the terrorists took notes throughout the trial. They were all alert and they asked early detailed questions about specific rat studies and specific rats in those rats as they were very, very well informed, and it would be and the the the the verdict wasn't rash on would be kind of a. I happen the, he's an American jury system. If judge went and meddled with verdict, after these people gave two months of their lives. Come in and gave all that attention. You know? So what are you guys anticipate Monsanto? Does they come? They claim their appeal is no longer fun. Santo. It's bear because bear which German pharmaceutical company and air was. The company that was a big supporter of Hitler's was. It was called farve and at that time and it made the. Zyklon b gas that was used to exterminate. Jews at Alice wedge and it has a long history, but it's a huge chemical conglomerate now and pharmaceutical conglomerate. They purchase them on Santo for sixty six billion dollars in June. And right before this verdict came down and there's a cat dropped eighteen point eighteen percent and then it regained fours? No, it's the the permanent injury from an lawsuit from that verdict is about fourteen percent, which is billions and billions of dollars. And you know, I think. It looks like they did not do it due diligence on Monsanto and there's alcohol does have a lot of reason to be angry at them out because Monsanto. Had won it, negotiate it into of with bear. That aired don't worry..
"monsanto" Discussed on The Majority Report with Sam Seder
"We need to start forced relocation of some folks. So you guys look around the studio. Go, Matt, I'll go back when when it pays enough that's going to it's going to be costly. I think. I have to imagine services a great idea, Sam. I will volunteer for Omaha, I mean out of trees. They're almo- really lot of good wannabe. Be that flat. I miss the Missouri river valley so I could go back out there. All right. So fair program farmers market? I buddy. You might need to go back to jersey and make sure that that criminal gets reelected. Plead the fifth on that one I used to work for his daughter. All right. Because this is like a hotbed of corruption in that studio. All right. We Ecorse on not going to hear from Susan Collins for, I guess, another two hours. Thank you. Oh. But. Let's take a another quick break. And when we come back Bobby Kennedy on the recent court case involving Monsanto which is now owned by bear as he'll tell us, and an interesting case involving roundup. Go to that now. So joining me now at the mass torts twenty eighteen conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. Bobby Kennedy who is obviously longtime a lawyer with Waterkeeper. And now are you working with a specific firm on this one. On on the Monsanto round of. Matlin. Hedlund bomb Hedlund. Okay. And. Okay. And so all right. Tell us about this. This Monsanto roundup litigation because I think there's a lot of questions that folks are aware of new report. I think out by the European saying that there's reasonable leave. It is damaging to Bs and be colonies. There's been all sorts of questions about its overuse for like environmental issues and creating a monoculture. And then there's also I think. Intellectual property issues involving people having the ability to own though and seeds, what? What aspect of this have you guys been working on? What we. Were opened that litigators essentially on one aspect which isn't on Hodgkin's lymphoma. And as you point out this. Chemical has a lot of problems with an really the problems have served and the concern surface. Overreaching aunt and how on Santa is recommending round round up is the is common name the brand names or Monsanto's product life. And many errors, and it's a, it's an urban side. He is unto MTO is farmers to kill weeds and avoid paying people to as a. Monsanto. It really made its money. It's now fifty percent or seventy five percent of the urban decide that sprite in America is round up and around the world. It's probably got eighty percent of the world market and REEs. That market is developing GM plants that roundup resistant so farmers other than the individually, spraying weeds can ask saturate the entire landscape roundup, it kills everything except for that target organism the GM oh, roundup ready corn that round at. I don't know which can grow through a toxic spray and two thousand six months developed a new application or essentially kind of an off label application for round up which was art at recommending to farmers. And if you spray roundup on crops before harvest, it is makes them is your harvest of the first time in history eat round up as being sprayed on on seedlings, but directly on foods now it's showing up everywhere. It's in milk accent mother's milk. It's in our children. It's in beer and wine. It's in almost all of virtually all the corn that you can eat. It's in. Almost all the wheat. No, such thing as roundup ready lead, it's used on weed as desiccation and because it's an Allen all of our foods and you're seeing this huge explosion of gluten allergies which everybody is wondering where to gluten allergies Kaushik from when kids such thing as gluten allergies as we know. Right. Eric, extremely rare and today is is painfully common. All right, when we so let me ask you this..
"monsanto" Discussed on Opening Arguments
"Like plenty of things that are extremely minority positions in science nevertheless would meet that kind of bar right? Like it doesn't. It doesn't require that your expert be using the most common, you know, the the, the majority consensus, right? Even the overwhelming consensus. You can put on experts that have minority or even fringe views. And typically what court say is right, it's a kind of marketplace of ideas argument right there like, look, we we serve gate keeping function. We're going to keep out stuff that's total crap. But if there is a dispute right, then put your experts on at the other side, put their experts on and then try and impeach those experts in cross examination and ask them about their methodology and that sort of thing. But you know, in this in this case, what what Monsanto tried to do was they moved to. Exclude and then to strike the testimony of the plaintiffs experts and the court ruled, they said, where the validity strengths and weaknesses of studies are subject to scientific information debate. The trial court may not step in and resolve the debate over the validity of the studies. So in other words, yeah, it right. So the court kind of throws up its hands and says, look, we're not gonna decide for the jury. We're gonna let the jury figure it out. They basically said that a group of twelve random as holes. I'm sure I'm sure the very nice people, but they're not scientists. I don't know. Please continue dump at my talk, not the jurors I didn't. I didn't say the lawyers said the jury. I'm just saying group of twelve random people with a known amount of toxicology background who who. I'm sorry, but like this is not how science works like, would you? Would you ask twelve people who've never worked as mechanics to do to by jury? Figure out what's wrong with your carburetor? No, no. But some talks ecology works his way. I didn't go to grad school for this. Sorry, I'm just a little mad. The the now the listeners just heard a bunch of horns and stuff. Sorry, this is. I think that expletive Laden rant is. On this segment. I think that works well, and thank you so much for coming on and explaining to us non toxicology people, how that how that all work. So disappointing. I mean, if I, if I could just leave one tiny little thing other than that expletive Laden rant so that people don't think elevate. It's, it's it's not that juries can't do anything. There's obviously a lot of room for that in the political in the political and judicial system. It's just, this is this is not how science works, and I really hope that people understand that this is this was really the. It's not that you know, it's not that there weren't new insights to be found about round up, but this is something that scientists new foreign wide was not carcinogenic, and there could have been a lot of other causes for this man's cancer. The fact that he worked with roundup every day, you know, that's that is one thing that he worked with every day. He might drink coffee every day, which was also. A known carcinogen. Yeah, Coffey we live in California. We have signs in front of we. There are signs at DisneyWorld saying that they use known carcinogens their, they're assigned in front of your seaweed like into print of seaweed at the supermarket, saying it's a known carcinogen. There are so many things that are on the IRA IS's list and knowing that they had a report that was tampered with to turn round up into a into an arbitrary carcinogen on their list that should give people some pause before they accept this. Jury's pronouncement of roundup as causing cancer. So I, I'm worried for the future of agriculture based on these twelve people's decision that roundup cause cancer. That's all. That's a great way. Yeah, and thank you so much for the breakdown event and hey, throw out.
"monsanto" Discussed on Inquiring Minds
"There's just no clear evidence there. And then the meta analysis that other groups have done, including European regulators of larger epidemiology studies that they've been looking at people that are actually using these. This urbicide realistic conditions found no link whatsoever. So what do you do hear the evidence seems to say that there's no strong link at the same time. You know, it's I understand why people feel like it might cause cancer because Monsanto has a murky past in terms of being transparent about health risks of some of their of their products, and that that's been proven out in a number of legal filings. But this seems to run contrary to what the evidence says. And so this is one where I feel very conflicted. How do you feel about this ruling? Yeah, you know, I wasn't in the room when the prosecution and the defense were presenting their evidence. So I don't know how compelling it seemed to the jurors. It makes me wonder if San Francisco is a place where we have a larger pop. Relation of individuals who are skeptical of GMO's and of other kinds of interventions like that that you know, maybe that it was. It was an easier place for this ruling to come down in favor of the plaintiff, but I also don't know anything about his cancer and whether you know what, what other potential causes we can look at that may have been bigger risk factors for him. So I think that you know, I feel like I don't have enough information to have an informed opinion about it, but it was very surprising and I'll just say to conclude I, I wasn't in that in the proceedings either. So in a way, we'll never know. We'll never know what the jury was deliberating in where their minds were. One interesting fact that did emerge is that at least four, the jurors do have scientific training in their backgrounds. So this isn't the probably that situation where the jurors didn't. Oh, how to deal with the information. They had expertise there as well. And by all indications, they really delve deep into some of the studies and evidence that was being presented. But at surface, it's a really strange decision. We all know what's going to happen next though. It's going to go to appeal and sadly the groundskeepers probably gonna pass before it. The appeals of filing is is heard, but this portend many more lawsuits coming online related to round up. And maybe some films eventually seems like all these big cases do turn out to be a great fodder for documentaries Thai style filmmaking. So we'll see, I guess we'll learn more in the future. When it comes.
"monsanto" Discussed on Inquiring Minds
"It's Friday, August seventeenth twenty eighteen and you're listening to up to date our weekly recap of science in the news. I'm engrave Scotus and I'm sure hurry. All right. This week I was shocked by something. And now normally I would say, oh, this is where I talk about the Parker solar probe and how amazing that is. But something else really kind of blew my mind this week and it was in a legal court. So here in San Francisco lawsuit was filed by groundskeeper at a local school against Monsanto because he claims that he contracted cancer as a result of being exposed to their urbicide roundup, which is the most widely used urbicide in the world. And he said over the course of using this weed killer in in the course of his job and having a couple of accidents that he was exposed to enough round up in in conjunction with how that interacted with a bunch of other. Chemicals in the roundup itself, not just the active ingredient that he contracted cancer. This story is very sad in the sense that he is the accelerated a trial because he has terminal cancer, and so he will be passing soon. And so the judge the jury found in favor of the groundskeeper and awarded two hundred ninety million dollars in damages and why I'm bring us up on a science show is, is that there is a lot of hand wringing about how the jury came to this conclusion because the science says they might have come to the wrong conclusion here. Yeah, I mean, I thought that there was already, you know, a pretty pretty growing body of evidence, pretty large body of evidence that roundup is comparatively safe. Yeah. So there's three essential big studies. Have been done in a bunch of smaller ones, roundup has been pretty heavily studied and the active ingredient in round up gets often cities glysophate. And so there's been some small animal studies that have been done most of them what they've seen like most of the concerning ones have shown at a very high dosage. And I mean like the equivalent of us eating like thirty kilograms of this stuff like so like bathing in it. We saw some rats develops at Noma in their kidneys, but we're not sure if it's causal or if there are other factors at play. But because there's been a few animal studies in mice that shot that saw that the WHO released a report saying that round up probably causes cancer. This is sort of like they're they're safest conservative way of saying, and there's something here, but we don't have a strong link, but the dosage is really important, right? I mean, that was exactly what you know that I've heard there. You know, I, I would imagine. Drinking coffee will cause cancer at some point if you drink enough of it, but you'd probably probably have a heart attack from being over caffeinated before that happens. This is just an example I using off top of my head, but I certainly have heard also people talk about glyphosate in the past and it's used in vaccines and claiming that that's one of the things that makes vaccines unsafe. But again, if you look at the amount of the product that's in avec scene, it's well. Well, well, below what the EPA or other agencies consider to be a safe level. Fundamentally, what we're talking about is study design here, and so we can kind of tease apart the dosage, but they're trying to prove something that's incredibly hard to prove. And so when you have a limited number of of mice, you are going to tend to give them a higher dose. That's usually how a lot of these studies are done to try to establish causal link and the work your way backwards from here..
"monsanto" Discussed on Jokes So Funny
"Yeah. I mean, I think that's really about it. Okay. Okay. That'd be and said, I think this is a good time to take some hot takes. Okay. Let's do it. Jury rules, Monsanto liable in weed killer case, Tony, crazy weed, man do this is what I'm telling you. It's about some. It's about time. Somebody Helmand Santo responsible for all the weeds. They've been killing. You know what I'm saying? Like we needed to go get them. They've been getting away with the, we genocide for what forty fifty years now working, and now we're gonna crack down. We're not gonna. Let them slay all those weeds. Think you're going to get killing a standalone, an innocent little, Dan align Monsanto. She's shits, we love the planet. All right. We lower weeds and we're gonna keep saying, gosh, what are those weeds due to you? Oh, they don't look good in my garden. Crazy old men just out there picking weeds all day? Yeah. Yeah, pick it out of the ground. Spray it with this shit started back with Reefer madness ma'am. It did. Yeah, started feeling one weed and then we're like maybe key out onto like we gotta do something about this. Roundup. We've got to kill the weeds because these blacks are out here, raping everything. That's a part of Reefer madness. I wanna marijuana. It's like, I don't know why I'm on like I don't smoke weed. I don't know why talked about it. I don't know. I'm talking about. I don't know why you talk like your on it all the time to talk like that because like I learned how to be an adult while on we in the. Later on in my life. I got off we'd, and now I'm just I'm just. That's interesting. That's why you see a bunch of people that became responsible. Adults will drinking lots of Bud Light and they're just stayed that way for forever. Ever. Trailer park you've ever visited is just people whose developmental stages occurred while they were drinking but light, you're the other way around and you're drinking thing like they talk like they're just junk all day. Some of them. Yeah. I know it's a cross between an accent and the middle disability. You know, that's weird. I wonder if there's for real any like hold strong to like if there's any truth behind what you're talking about. Like if if I smoke weed everyday from eighteen to twenty five. In my just going to say, dude for the rest of my life. Yes, it has to have some impact. You know what I mean? Like it's it's like this lake. If you drink a Jones coal every day of the week, it's not guaranteed that you're going to be a hipster, but like it's probably going to rub off on your little bit. You know what I mean? The same thing with weed where it's like it might not have any psychological impact so to speak. But like it's probably going to affect your baby. You're just because you're in that crowd, you know. Interesting. What do you think you would have talked like? Had you not? How do you think you with Sam? I mean, really gimme gimme gimme Daniel that didn't do lifelong. We'd thing one sag have to think really hard. We'll see. That's the problem. Your. Accurate representation of what it would be like just like, fuck man. It's, I don't know. It's like I know I know how to write a professional Email. I can read a professional Email. I give a representation. Email templates to though the I know how to do the emails speak, you know, I think he'd sound a little like this here been looking over these documents for my 401K package Boston. I think before I come the CEO we're in need, get an upgrade on these digits learn. I think that's what it sound like, what do you think? Yeah, I imagine something like that. I feel like that would have been the easiest x. accent to go for when that question, maybe just trying to like talk faster. Yeah. Yeah. Oh, okay. In with more with less airy nece rights. So should I do sound kind of space down? Yeah. Well, okay. So we're looking through the numbers for January and for traffic. I don't know if we're tracking the right ROY. Okay. We're looking through the numbers and gaining weight, and I don't think we're tracking the ROI for this right by really fast..
"monsanto" Discussed on KUGN 590 AM
"Lot of emails and stuff from from monsanto that have leaked and confirming that scientists working on their research there and i use research in big sarcastic air quotes the they knew it was it was carcinogenic and so that's going to come out in court and i think that it's just you're going to see huge huge settlements it they're not gonna take round up off the market but you're just going to start to see lots of settlements and you're in brockovich and on this isn't this perfect for her i think she is actually because a lot of the monsanto the roundup runoff has gone into waterways and she's really working with a lot of different water come like water utilities and things like that and suing various cities that are not chromium six is in a lot of our tap water and it's so bad for you and so she's been working on that so that she's probably is somehow connected maybe with monsanto a lot of credible people who are not axe grinders on one side or the other are on this bandwagon there's more objective thinking about this from both sides if you will of the political spectrum because it's so obvious what's gone on it's clear it really is is not this is not even politicians who are getting money for monsanto would try to get in the way of it but this is not even a political discussion it's so clear that these guys and this product is so bad but that didn't even speak to how they've tried to overtake the production of seeds for the entire world i mean it's just a bad budget and you know it's been going on for a really really long time family friends who live in alabama and monsanto had a big plant down there and this is going back probably to like maybe the eighties and there was a huge spill and it and whatever the chemical wise it could have been phosphate i'm not sure but there were some horribly toxic chemical that went into the local waterways it near oxford alabama and literally the fish at two heads the fish you you can google this and you can see the entire town was paid off by monsanto and then monsanto gives them blood tests annually and if and and a lot of people have had cancer and things like that so monsanto settlement with this entire town is oh we'll we'll pay for your medical costs and come in for a blood test every year and there are people who've been getting blood tests since the eighties because they know how toxic this stuff was monsanto knows and that's why they've hush money so the the rest of they fool the town into thinking that they're so benevolent oh we're going to do these wonderful things for you we'll pay for all of your medical costs it's just to stave off suit and it's not even national news to me like when i found out about that i couldn't believe that that's not something that the entire country knows about but it's like monsanto there the new big tobacco yeah they're just gonna people off for dying so the next thing in terms of trying to find out what is new what's different as some of the things that are coming out as a result of that tie cave rescue which apparently was very close to being a complete disaster yeah wasn't did you jack i heard that yeah and they said that there were just the amount of things that had to go right to make this all work they were just very lucky that everybody made it out i think people are forgetting that somebody died one of the divers died trying to place those really had to place oxygen tanks all along the way so that they could stop and get oxygen but gosh one of some of the unsung heroes here apparently very quietly us navy seals were involved with the thai crew to make sure that what they did was done properly with the right equipment sales from everywhere everywhere brits are the ones who kind of started the whole from there i think there are some australian ones so there were just divers from all over the place it was really kind of a universal effort engineers from elon musk's company and.
"monsanto" Discussed on Radio Free Nashville
"Undermine scientific evidence showing that their chemicals were causing cancer it is amazing what they called in what they were able to accomplish these documents paint a clear picture of a corporate cover up that rivals even the tobacco companies and as best as industry that were engaged in cover up decades ago one of the biggest targets of this monsanto cover was the ioc from the world health organization where i are came out and said yeah this will cause human cancer after that happened just to understand the power the power of what bear in monsanto we're going to be able to do together just monsanto on their loan oh by by by themselves they were able to put a group that were classified they were able to go after the world health organization to the point that they've actually convinced congress that we shouldn't fund the world health organization because they were mean to monsanto about up by saying that this stuff can cause cancer and human beings holy cow so yeah it is the the the the the legs of this company already it's astounding but then when you think of what there weather able to do now with with with this merger i don't know how we can keep up with it we we can only do what we do every day and that's taken to court show these ugly documents you know let let the media at least give it to the media even though the media typically doesn't do anything with that kind of information because they want to they don't want to offend their their advertisers.
"monsanto" Discussed on BizTalk Radio
"Opinions dry planas claim plaintiffs claim monsanto wilfully ed negligently released roundup ready to extend cropping systems without the an accompanying epa approved a herbicide the suit blames monsanto for the off labels sprang that resulted in monsanto's uh that resulted monsanto rejects the claims the basile's lawsuit seems to be unprecedented expansion of the law by attempting to impose liability on a company that did not make the product that allegedly caused the damage that's right monsanto does it make they cambe and did not sell the product that allegedly caused the damage and in fact will warned against the very use to the product warned against using dyke bacon was bad stuff in the complaint monsanto said in an emailed statement the suit is simply an attempt to shift responsibility away from individuals who knowingly and intentionally broke state law in federal law and harm their neighbors in the process it in the process the lawsuit is wholly without merit and we will defend ourselves accordingly monsanto said so that's what it's about it is a odd day cambe of thing so in other words people were planting the seeds and they were getting we up through the men the farmers were using die cambe to kill the weeds in die camera has a bad drift problem and now they're blaming monsanto so that's the bottom line that's what it's all about there will be long lawsuits about it i'm sure that will go on and on to all the break a dawn uh but it has nothing to do actually with round up it has to do with die cambe which is not manufactured by monsanto day campbell by the way kills our plants it is it actually gets into the soil in kills appliance outweighing it also kills the plaid's from a fully our application in it has a residual in the soil to whereas round up or the active ingredient glysophate does not okay eru glysophate you sprayed on foilage the foliage of the plant and translocate through the village into the root system and kills the plant but does not harm the soil in there's all kinds of restrictions on the way round up used and people are very careful with it but you know die cambe not so much obviously people broke the law it wasn't montana's fault they warned breaking the law as you can tell i am somewhat of a supporter of monsanto i think they're chemistry is just fine self you're.
"monsanto" Discussed on NPR's Business Story of the Day
"Support for this podcast and the following message come from novo nordisk dedicated to research and innovation to help millions of people living with diabetes learn more at novo nordisk dot u s monsanto the pioneer of genetically modified food likes to say it is rooted in science but some leading scientists are accusing the company of denying evidence about the risks of its newest we'd killing technology and fears dan charles has the story the chemical that set off this war over we'd science is called camp it's a weedkiller sold under trade names like clarity and ban fell and it's advertised as the solution to a farmers worst enemies if you hate canada fissile because it costs he started getting even with ban veil herbicide but dammit doesn't know the difference between weeds and crops it can kill both once here soybeans are vegetables sprout you can't spray this chemical without hurting them unless you're using some of monsanto's new seeds the company has tweaked the genes in soy beans and cotton created new genetically modified varieties of those crops that can tolerate duck cambe this year for the first time farmers got to spray di but right over there soybeans to clear out the weeds and a lot of them did scott partridge montana's vice president of global strategies says farmers planted di cambe tolerant crops on twenty six million acres the demand ford is overwhelming the need to a truly difficult to manage we is huge but when the spraying started so did the complaints dot cambe wasn't staying where it belongs it was drifting into nearby fields damaging crops that didn't have montana's new genes reports of this came in from mississippi to minnesota 3 million acres in all made became impossible the calls were coming in uh three and four day sometimes eight or twelve a day bob scott is a we'd expert at the university of arkansas there is no precedent for what we've seen this year now monsanto insists it knows what happened.
"monsanto" Discussed on WGTK
"What they all were one was he wanted to get rid of the federal reserve riot gear promoter thing uh they just did you were too much of a rebel and the evidence that he wanted to get the federal reserve all these things that i you know i've i've out i understand like any okay so go ahead you the you didn't paul on on this one but no obvious target car loan i think he was pretty right weather warfare go to jail engineering watch is there a scientists wayne gain winging home and you can watch a video uh you cuba's well wonderful so what did gain wigan can what does he proof you fill the proof of the campaign trail shelly pow the point it can okay so what helped me just tell me what is the purpose of the camp trails what are what are they doing to us there are changing one thing to changing land thirteen inc like non santo uh who have they've developed you know on monsanto seed but you're not german goal from year to year they which dan round up okay so so what what did the kem trails do i don't understand what what are they have to do with monsanto well i think they're changing the soil so that uh only hugh corporations can provide the world how so that he in other words are they helping to grow more crops y if they were changing the soil to make it more fertile and more productive why would they have to keep it secret i think that following about big mining i think there's people in the world that are.
"monsanto" Discussed on KVNT Valley News Talk
"Time in any van i've that's not which i called you called about something even even more deeply hidden a nefarious who by the way who did who did who did kill kennedy who do you think killed kennedy's if it wasn't lee harvey oswald if he was just a patsies i said he was a uh basically and why did they want to kill the president because he was doing some things on the government not wanted with you and i can't remember what the all were one was he wanted to get rid of the federal reserve is some other thing they just get it you will too much of a rebel and the evidence that he wanted to get rid of the federal reserve all these things that are you know i've i've rat i understand like any okay so go ahead you the eu you didn't paul on on this one but now i have recovered car loan i think he was pretty riaan weather warfare voted keo engineering watch or is it as scientists maintain winging home a video uh i cuba well wonderful so what is gain wigan can what does he prove so the proof of the campaign trail he shows how the point you can kiss so what helped me just tell me what is the purpose of the camp trails what are what are they doing to us eric changing one thing to changing as the land thirteen we corporations like non fantato uh dave developed on monsanto seed you're not germany from your ears eight withstand round up okay so so what what did the kem trails do i don't understand what what are they have to do with monsanto well i think they're kingking soil so that only a few corporations can provide the world oh so that he in other words are they helping to grow more crops why if they were changing the soil to make it more fertile and more productive why would they have to keep it secret i think it's always about big money i think there's people in the world that are extremely powerful very greedy and sinister who could unity can you name one just name one well any rob any rod uh huh uh we will be right back on the medved show it is conspiracy day needs leeds conspiracy day one michael medved show labor day and back to.
"monsanto" Discussed on KYW Newsradio 1060
"To prepare their fields that doesn't have to kerr when you can kill the weeds with a chemical and guifa say round up are absolutely instrumental and it's interesting peter it's an incredible cycle that monsanto has created between their roundup ready see leeds and then the herbicide roundup right i mean it's this virtuous cycle that is used by the agricultural community around the world sure it's kind kinda thing the business school professors rave about every time they sell more gmo seeds gmo being the acronym for genetic genetically modified oregon move whenever they sell the seeds farmers and need more round up four i should say they need more the life of say they can obtain the urbicide from other manufacturers monsanto as i was saying before cells in the round up brand which is the most popular and certainly the most profitable so every time they sell more of these gmo seeds there are selling morgue life assay and just the opposite also occurs if there if farmers are going to use a lot for sater lot of round up on their crops they're going to want to move to gmo seeds because the the beside wong hurt those see that's great virtue of the kind of secrets i saw the monsanto world is this virtue is symbiosis between life of say the urbicide and genetically modified seeds all right so a great business for monsanto which explains why there and monsanto want to link up in a sixty six billion dollar deal will get to that a little bit later talk to me about life they say the epa has looked at eight to determine whether or not it's safe they been reviewing it for years for decades so we then the pa is something called the office of pesticide programs and they're responsible for but they call registering pesticides and once at least one every fifteen years they have to review them make sure that they are safe let's remember a pesticide as a chemical or a compound designed to kill things so it has inherent qualities that would require a great deal of health effects testing you don't want to allow widespread use.
"monsanto" Discussed on Bloomberg Radio New York
"The weeds with a chemical anglade for see and round up are absolutely instrumental and it's interesting peter sitting clinton cycle that monsanto has created between their roundup ready seeds and then the herbicide roundup right i mean it's this virtuous cycle that just is used by the agricultural community around the world sure it's the kind of thing the business school professors rave about every time they sell more gmo seeds gmo being the acronym for genetic genetically modified organisms whenever they sell the seeds farmers need more round up four i should say they need more life of say they can obtain the urbicide from other manufacturers monsanto as i was saying before cells in the round the brand which is the most popular and certainly the most profitable so every time they sell more of these gmo seeds they're selling morgue life asea and just the opposite also occurs if there if farmers are going to use a lot of life for cedar lot of round up on their crops they're gonna wanna move to gmo seeds because the the beside won't hurt those seeds that's great virtue the kind of secret sauce the monsanto world is this virtue is symbiosis between the life the see the urbicide in genetically modified seeds all right so great for monsanto would explains why there and monsanto want to link up in a sixty six billion dollar deal we'll get to that a little bit later tux need that life the epa has looked at eight to determine whether or not it's safe they been reviewing it for years for decades so we then the epa is something called the office of pesticide programs and they're responsible for what they call registering pesticides and once at least once every fifteen years they have to review them make sure that they are safe let's remember a pesticide as a chemical or compound designed to kill things so it has in here parente qualities that would require a great deal of health effects testing you don't wanna allow widespread use of chemicals on food crops and drainage into streams and all the other problems.