Want to protect your immune system? Get glyphosate out of your body.
The best way to reduce your exposure to glyphosate? Switch to an organic diet.
A study published this week in the journal Environmental Research supports previous research showing that an organic diet is an effective way to reduce the burden of glyphosate in your body.
Reporting on the study for U.S. Right to Know, Carey Gillam writes:
“Notably, the researchers found that the children in the study had much higher levels of glyphosate in their urine than did the adults. Both adults and children saw large drops in the presence of the pesticide following the diet change.”
The study’s release coincided with a report last week by Michelle Perro, executive director GMOScience, highlighting the impact of glyphosate exposure on the body’s immune system. Perro wrote:
“Considering the fact that the average daily diet of most Americans is abundant in glyphosate as well as other pesticides and nutrient deficient (from soil depletion), one can appreciate that chronic dosing of glyphosate will result in an underperforming immune system which is unable to meet the challenges of modern day infections.”
Those “modern day infections” Perro refers to include, of course, COVID-19.
Though U.S. regulatory agencies steadfastly refuse to acknowledge the science, glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto/Bayer’s Roundup weedkiller, is linked to a host of human illnesses, including cancer, liver and kidney disease and chronic gastrointestinal disease.
And new studies highlight once again, the link between glyphosate exposure and infertility.
We can’t stop pushing for a ban on glyphosate. But until we get it, your best line of defense is to make sure you, and your kids, eat organic.
Read ‘U.S. Study Shows Switch to Organic Diet Can Quickly Clear Pesticide From Our Bodies’
Read the full study
COVID-19, the Gut Microbiota and Glyphosate: What Are the Links?
Read ‘New Weedkiller Studies Raise Concern for Reproductive Health’
TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress to Ban Monsanto/Bayer’s Cancer-Causing Roundup Weedkiller!
Last week, we launched our Gain of Function Hall of Shame with a profile of Christian Hassell, the government scientist who chairs a secret committee known as P3CO (Potential Pandemic Pathogen Care and Oversight). The P3CO is tasked with reviewing all gain-of-function experiments, including research that could be used to develop biological weapons from bat coronaviruses.
This week, we bring you Christian Hassell’s boss, Robert Kadlec.
Kadlec's title is Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response (ASPR) for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. In that role, Kadlec oversees a multi-billion-dollar stockpile of medical countermeasures to "defend" the American people against any biological threat, whether military, criminal, natural or accidental.
The stockpile overseen by Kadlec used to be housed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. But Kadlec fought to put it under his control.
In a normal year, this would mean Kadlec managing a budget of more than $2 billion. But with COVID-19 this year, Kadlec is spending $11.5 billion just on companies’ efforts to develop, manufacture, store and deliver new vaccines.
Kadlec’s responsibilities don’t end with his role at HHS. He also plays a big role in overseeing all federal biodefense activities and budgets. And he has a long track record of doling out big contracts to his buddies in the vaccine industry.
Read ‘Dr. Robert Kadlec: How the Czar of Biowarfare Funnels Billions to Friends in Vaccine Industry'
Visit the Gain-of-Function Hall of Shame
SIGN THE PETITION: Stop the Genetic Engineering of Viruses! Shut Down All Biowarfare Labs Now!
If you eat meat, you need to read this article.
Investigative journalist Andrew Wasley spent more than 15 years, traveling to far corners of the world, to uncover the story of how the production of cheap meat harms animals, the ecosystem and human health.
Wasley’s investigation is global, comprehensive and shocking. And chock full of reasons to #BoycottBigMeat.
This is investigative journalism at its best. And it doesn’t come without risks. As Wasley writes:
“In Brazil, one undercover investigator, examining the impacts of the export-led cattle industry, was outed in a chilling advert placed in a local newspaper and had to quickly flee the region. His safety—and that of colleagues—was judged to be under threat."
Wasley’s story is so compelling, we invited him to do an interview with us—you can watch it here.
Watch OCA’s interview with Andrew Wasley
Read '15 Years Undercover on the Trail of the Global Meat’ Industry'
TAKE ACTION to ban factory farms! Tell Congress to pass the Farm System Reform Act of 2019
“I don’t think it’s a conspiracy theory. I think it’s a legitimate question that needs to be investigated and answered. To understand exactly how this originated is critical knowledge for preventing this from happening in the future.” —Xiao Qiang, a research scientist at the School of Information at the University of California at Berkeley, said in a statement issued by the International Center for Technology Assessment
The director of the International Center for Technology Assessment (ICTA) has joined the call for a thorough investigation into the origins of COVID-19.
In an interview with Corporate Crime Reporter (CCR), Andrew Kimbrell said he rejects the idea that he and others who believe the virus originated in the Wuhan lab are conspiracy theorists. Kimbrell told CCR:
“This whole gain of threat research, there are many reputable scientists now saying – it gives you no information, it’s not useful for vaccines, it’s not useful for anything except for the curiosity and interest of this small group of scientists who do this research.”
The statement issued by ICTA calls for a moratorium on gain-of-function research, in part because:
“Gain of Function/Gain of Threat research to create novel pandemic viruses is now being practiced in laboratories around the globe mostly in secret, and no doubt, some of this research involves bioweapons research. This research now includes synthetic biology, synthetic virology, gene editing and other cutting edge technologies. It is difficult to fully and accurately assess the risk to public health from this research.”
Kimbrell said that because in the aftermath of COVID-19, billions are earmarked for coronavirus research, there is the “real possibility that a significant portion of these funds will be spent on this dangerous research which would increase the risk of future pandemics rather than lessen that threat.”
Read ‘Andrew Kimbrell on the Origins of COVID-19’
Read the International Center for Technology Statement on COVID-19
SIGN THE PETITION: Stop the Genetic Engineering of Viruses! Shut Down All Biowarfare Labs Now!
“Everything is connected. Patterns everywhere.” - from the novel, “Be My Wolff,” by Emma Richler
It’s all coming together.
Genetic engineering of foods bringing us pesticides like Roundup, that weaken our immune systems.
An industrial food system making us overweight and undernourished, and exposing us to a wide range of illness-inducing chemicals.
Gain of function “research” bringing us genetically engineered viruses designed to be as lethal as possible—especially for the obese and immune system-compromised.
Systemic policy failures fomenting civil unrest among populations that have been marginalized and disenfranchised, and left to bear a disproportionate share of the burden of environmental pollution, lack of access to decent jobs, good food, affordable healthcare—and now, heightened vulnerability to a global pandemic.
Never has it been more critical that we recognize that everyone, everything, is connected.
It's no longer enough to just bring down one corporation, or one industry. It's no longer enough to fight for just one policy reform, to make just one demand.
It's time to take a holistic view toward solving the multiple crises we face. It's time to demand nothing short of radical systems reform.
If all we do is settle, we'll all fail.
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Our “Myth of Natural” campaign is one of our pet projects—now, we’ve taken that project to the pet food aisle.
Champion Petfood, which sells pet food under the Orijen and Acana brand names, claims some of its pet foods contain “free-run” chicken.
In fact, Champion sources its chicken from industrial factory farms, where chickens not only don’t have “free-run” privileges—they’re actually crammed by the tens of thousands into windowless buildings. During their short lives, they never set foot outdoors.
Champion’s pet food brands make other false marketing statements, including this one on the Acana website:
“Raised under the highest standards for animal care and food safety by people we know and trust, on family-run American farms, our free-run poultry and cage-free eggs are nourishing, natural, and antibiotic free.”
In fact, that farmer depicted on the website, whom Champion purportedly “knows and trusts” as Todd of Clark Farms? He’s actually Greg Hefton, a contract grower for Tyson Foods—the largest industrial poultry producer in the U.S.
We know your pets don’t read labels and websites. But you do. And we think pet food makers shouldn’t be allowed to make false and misleading statements.
So this week, on behalf of you, your pets and truth and transparency in labeling, we sued Champion.
Read our press release
Read the full lawsuit
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