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Will Monsanto Win (or Lose) Again?



“A California jury just held Monsanto’s Roundup and Ranger Pro herbicides responsible for a groundskeeper’s lymphoma. The jury slapped the agricultural giant  with a combined $289 million judgment — in compensatory and punitive damages —  in a landmark suit against Monsanto.”

It appears that the lawyers for the plaintiff finally exposed the secret tactics of Monsanto to suppress and manipulate scientific research in a number of ways using the companies own internal communications. Needless to say: Monsanto will appeal and this debate is far from over.

This is a statement from Ken Cook, President of the Environmental Working Group:

“Monsanto made Roundup the oxycontin of pesticides and now the addiction and damage they caused have come home to roost.

This won’t cure DeWayne Lee Johnson’s cancer, but it will send a strong message to a renegade company.”



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Lectins: The Latest Fad Diet?

There is a new book called The Plant Paradox by Steve Gundry that warns us of  the dangers of plants by way of compounds called lectins. Lectins serve as defensive mechanisms for plants against dangers against them (like being eaten). Will we soon be seeing “lectin free” on our food labels along with gluten free, non-GMO, lactose free, wheat free, etc, etc.?

We have been eating plants for many centuries and are claimed to be the healthiest way to  eat on the planet. How could they possibly be dangerous for us?  What are the facts?


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Fruits and Vegetables: Conventional or Organic?







Back in the day of my graduate years, the main topic for my dissertation research project was to investigate what if any differences occurred in breast cancer rates in female rats when given diets containing either omega-3 or omega-6 fatty acids. Spoiler: we found no significant differences in breast tumor incidence between our four groups of rats. So we repeated the study and still found no difference. Needless to say, it was a disappointment since every graduate student is sure they will inadvertently discover the cure for some disease and of course cancer was the big prize. No Nobel Prize here in other words.

Since then, diet and cancer research has progressed from dietary fats to the idea that diet and cancer associations involved the newly discovered phytochemicals found in fruits and vegetables that have the potential for cancer prevention.  The study found HERE was  observational (no cause and effect). However the study was huge and lasted for 32 years.

Some fear has been generated that conventional produce is not safe to eat due to the presence of harmful pesticides. It is important to know that all produce  may have some pesticide residues and that organic crops may use less or less toxic pest control methods.  Bottom Line: Enjoy eating more of any kind of produce  – conventional or organic.  Both have very similar nutritive values and health benefits. It’s your personal choice but we need to know the facts and not avoid fruits and vegetables due to pesticide fears.



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Glyphosate: Benefits and Concerns?

Problem: Little data, lots of confusion as to its safety.

Maybe if Monsanto would share their research, it would help to clarify since according to the following article, the results have not been made public.

Is it carcinogenic or not???? Would be nice to know the unbiased facts due to its wide use in all types of agriculture, including food crops. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in the best known herbicide, Roundup.



CLICK HERE. for more information about safety

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GMO 2.0?


It doesn’t look like genetically modified foods will be leaving us soon – on the contrary, more of them are in our future. Labeling proposals abound and regulations are currently a hot topic in the many diet debates. To date, many consumers are beginning to want more information about the foods we eat and are expressing more concerns about our food choices in the supermarket. In my opinion, that choice should be up to the consumer and should include as much information about that particular food product as possible.

A lot of newly proposed changes in our food culture will ultimately determine the makekup of our future food supply. The article states that USDA consumer comments are open until October 23, but COMMENTS are closed since the article was published in Sept. 2016.