Thursday, January 10, 2019

Whitewash Author to Speak in Chicago!!

CAREY GILLAM, the author of WHITEWASH: The Story of a Weedkiller, Cancer, and the Corruption of Science,  will speak in CHICAGO on MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4 at 5:30 p.m.

She will speak in downtown Chicago at the Gleacher Center of the University of Chicago, just off North Michigan Avenue.

This event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, but to attend you MUST respond using this "Eventbrite" invitation.

You can learn more about Investigative Journalist Carey Gillam here:

And you can find her book WHITEWASH at Amazon at:

Whitewash by
Carey Gillam
As you already know, one of the chief applications for genetic engineering is to render crops immune to the effects glyphosate, a dangerous weedkiller, so that weeds in surrounding areas can be killed without harming crops.   This has exposed farmworkers, consumers, and anyone who comes in contact with the air and water polluted by glyphosate to be exposed to this harmful and reportedly carcinogenic chemical. 

We are delighted that Ms. Gillam will be speaking at one of the foremost schools of business administration in the U.S., under the auspices of the Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State ( which states as it's goal: "... to promote and disseminate research on regulatory capture, crony capitalism, and the various distortions that special interest groups impose on capitalism."

Do not miss this opportunity to learn about this important threat to our health and our environment!   

Here again is the invitation; registration here is REQUIRED for this free event.  We strongly  suggest you register soon!t

Whitewash author Carey Gillam

NOTE:  While one of the principal uses of genetic engineering is to facilitate the application of the herbicide (weedkiller) Glyphosate on certain crops, Glyphosate is widely used in other contexts as well.  So Carey Gillam's book Whitewash will be of interest to food consumers generally, and not only to those principally interested in genetically engineered (or bioengineered) crops.  

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Look Out! "GMO 2.0" is Here!

New genetic techniques affecting food crops are now on the scene.  You may have heard about CRISPR, Gene Drive, Synthetic Biology, and others.  What are they and why should we be concerned?
Here are some a few articles about these new technologies: 
From the New York Times

And, with more detail, from the European Network of Scientists for Social and Environmental Responsibility (ENSSER) on "New Genetic Modification Techniques" (NGMT):

Since these new products are neither regulated for safety nor labeled, and since we still do not have a clear picture of the health, environmental or food security risks they entail, many people may wish to avoid them.  But how?

The Non-GMO Project, has addressed this. (Their verification mark is intended to give shoppers the assurance that a product has completed a comprehensive third-party verification for compliance with "Non-GMO Project Standard." the most rigorous Standard in the industry.) 

In case you are not familiar with the Non-GMO Project, here is a picture of the mark you may see on products at the market. 

 Here is their statement concerning "GMO 2.0": 

Biotechnology companies are making a concerted effort to distance themselves from the consumer and manufacturer rejection of GMOs by claiming that new genetic engineering techniques are not actually GMOs. These new genetic engineering techniques such as synthetic biology, gene drives, and gene editing, like CRISPR and TALEN, are often not “transgenic,” meaning the products of GMO 2.0 do not contain genes from multiple species the way “traditional” GMOs do. However, they are still products of biotechnology as defined by the Codex Alimentarius, a collection of international food standards; the Codex definition is the same one used by the Non-GMO Project.

Some of the new types of genetic engineering can’t yet be identified using current testing methodologies. In order to keep these technologies out of Non-GMO Project Verified products, our Standard outlines affidavit-based requirements for Non-Testable High-Risk Inputs. It is important to note that these requirements are within the context of the Project’s rigorous verification program, which includes segregation and traceability measures and testing for Major (Testable) GMO risk ingredients. This will support manufacturers in meeting consumer expectations, ensuring that the ingredients they are using are truly non-GMO. 

We hope to learn more about health and safety concerns, environmental effects and food security issues associated with these products in the near future.  But without this knowledge, many consumers, following generally accepted precautionary principles, may choose to avoid these products. 

Friday, August 18, 2017



E-Mail your views to before FRIDAY, AUGUST 25.

The main messages to convey are:

1. Labeling must be CLEAR and ON THE PACKAGE.
(That is, QR codes, 800 numbers, and references to websites are NOT acceptable as the sole means of informing consumers.)     

2. All genetically engineered foods must be clearly labeled as such, including processed foods (such as oils, sweeteners, etc.) and present in any amounts.   

3. Foods must be labeled SOON.  Industry has had plenty of notice and consumers have already had to wait far too long. 

It's good to put your name and address -- or at least your city and state -- on these e-mails.  It underscores that these decisions affect real people, real families!


OR:   Center for Food Safety has made this EASY for you to do, so please do it NOW!
Go to the Center for Food Safety website at the link below and click on TAKE ACTION!
The rest is easy!


Take advantage of this opportunity to be heard, or to add to your previous message!   

For more information please see our earlier post of July 10 at:


Saturday, August 5, 2017

Glyphosate in the News!

Glyphosate, the leading active ingredient in Roundup® weedkiller, is back in the news.   Most foods that are genetically engineered today are engineered to withstand applications of glyphosate, which the U. N. has called a "probable carcinogen, " and which California is  adding to it's list of chemicals known to cause cancer.

Recently we have learned of foods being marketed with traces of this toxic product.   Arguments persist as to whether these levels are safe.  We urge readers to examine some of these websites and make up their own minds about the level of risk they find acceptable for themselves and their families.

We are also including some links about similar situations involving another toxic weed killer, diacamba. (see item 4 below).

1. This article, published in the New York Times on July 25, 2017, discusses findings of glyphosate in Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream.

Embedded in this article is a short video (less than 7 minutes long) about the history of Roundup and glyphosate.  You can also see the video here:


This article from Organic Consumers Association throws more light on the Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream situation and suggests specific corrective action steps for consumers.

This was recently published in Fortune Magazine about California's latest actions regarding glyphosate.


Arkansas and Missouri have taken similar actions with respect to another agricultural chemical, dicamba.

We will continue to update this post and add others from time to time, but the links above will give you basic information.

Monday, July 10, 2017



This is your chance as a consumer to let the Department of Agriculture know how you would like genetically engineered foods (GMOs) to be labeled.

This is the important Action to take NOW!
E-Mail your views to: BEFORE MONDAY,  JULY 17, 2017.

The main messages to convey are:

1. Labeling must be CLEAR and ON THE PACKAGE.
QR codes, 800 numbers, and references to websites are NOT acceptable as the sole means of informing consumers.     

2. All genetically engineered foods must be clearly labeled as such, including processed foods (such as oils, sweeteners, etc.) and present in any amounts.   

3. Foods must be labeled SOON.  Industry has had plenty of notice and consumers have already had to wait far too long. 

It's good to put your name and address -- or at least your city and state -- on these e-mails.  It underscores that these decisions affect real people, real families!


Here is some background information:

On June 28 the U. S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural  Marketing Service  (AMS) posted a request for input in developing a proposed bioengineered food disclosure rule. 

You may read this request at:

More Information about this:    

Although responses are sought to thirty questions (see: ) there is no requirement that you follow this format.  


IF YOU WISH: you may respond via the Center for Food Safety.
(We are grateful to the Center for Food Safety for making this easy for you with a model letter, and for their additional explanations. )

To access Center for Food Safety for this purpose, Please click here: 

or here (which goes to the same place!):

Either way you make your views known is fine, but please do it now or as soon as possible before Monday, July 17, 2017.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Alliance for Natural Health: a Wealth of Information

Alliance for Natural Health (ANH-USA) takes on the "Myth of Industry" that we need genetic engineering to "help feed the poor."   Their Pulse of Natural Health newsletter this week (to see it, click here) has some useful information about how natural plant breeding can fortify nutritional content.   Also, see their new "GMO Facts Microsite (click here).   Once you are there you will find links to a wealth of additional GMO-related information.   Thanks ANH-USA for this great resource!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Historic Tribunal in The Hague

The weekend of October 14-16, coincides with World Food Day and marks the opening of the International Monsanto Tribunal in The Hague, as well as the accompanying People's Assembly.  The former will examine the role of Monsanto in crimes against against humanity and the environment, while the latter will seek ways in which citizens of the world can transition to a regenerative, socially economic and just and democratic food and farming system.

For the basic information about this program: click here.
And for the PRN Newswire discussion of these events: click here.

Videos are now available for many of these proceedings.
Terri Reardon of Illinois Right to Know GMO has kindly provided these links to some of the People's Assembly Proceeding.

1. Vananda Shiva Opens the People's Assembly:

2.  More videos from the People's Assembly:

The Tribunal itself was live streamed.  We hope that some videos will be available for later viewing and if so we will post links on these pages.

In the meantime, we urge interested readers to check Google and You Tube for other videos that may be posted.