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    (UR) Ohio — Glyphosate, the main ingredient found in Monsanto’s best-selling herbicide, RoundUp, has poisoned Lake Erie.

    Scientists from Ohio Northern University (ONU) in the U.S. have discovered that glyphosate is largely responsible for an increase in harmful algae blooms that contaminate lake water and kill off life dependent upon this habitat.

    Namely, dissolved reactive phosphorous (DRP) has been contaminating Lake Erie and the Maumee watershed. This DRP comes from surrounding farms that rely on Monsanto’s weedkiller to grow their crops. The runoff ends up in the lakes, killing fish and contaminating the water.

    Though Lake Erie’s trouble with phosphorous is not new, there has been an alarming increase in DRP, which caused scientists to question its probable origins.

    Christopher Spiese, a chemist at Ohio Northern University suggests that an increase in the use of glyphosate is causing the problem. DRP loads in Lake Erie have been increasing since the early 1990s — the same time that RoundUp was being sold to farmers across the U.S.

    RoundUp was first introduced commercially in 1974, but it was in the 90s that farmers started to spray it copiouslyon genetically modified crops. RoundUp is currently Monsanto’s biggest profit-maker, accounting for a whopping one-third of its total sales in recent years.



    Despite its worldwide use, members of the E.U. Parliament addressed the “European Commission, Food Safety Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis, and responsible Ministers of the Member States” to try to ban glyphosate across Europe. Traces of it were found in the urine of almost every member of parliament who tested for it.

    Ohio Northern researchers have confirmed that glyphosate is causing the harmful algae blooms in Lake Erie, but Drs. R. Michael McKay and George Bullerjahn of Bowling Green State University have been studying this likelihood since 2012. They suspected that the growing ‘dead zones’ in the Great Lakes were caused by this herbicide, killing millions of fish and polluting drinking water every year.

    McKay explained:

    “Our research is finding that Roundup is getting into the watershed at peak farming application times, particularly in the spring.”

    Bullerjahn explained further:

    “It turns out that many cyanobacteria present in Lake Erie have the genes allowing the uptake of phosphonates, and these cyanobacteria can grow using glyphosate and other phosphonates as a sole source of phosphorus.”

    ONU research also attests that the delicate balance of Mother Nature is further disturbed by RoundUp. Spiese states:

    “These crops that are able to grow in the presence of glyphosate have really kind of started to take over, to the point where we’re washed in Roundup.”

    Spiese figured out that for every acre of GM soy planted with the use of RoundUp, you can count on one-third of a pound of phosphorous being dumped into the Maumee. He argues:

    “The P in glyphosate is what we call phosphonate, a phosphorus-carbon bond. A phosphorus-carbon bond is extraordinarily stable. It’s very difficult to break. We don’t expect this to contribute one bit to the DRP.”

    But it did. Add one more disaster to Monsanto’s growing list of environmental misdeeds.

    This article (Researchers Find RoundUp Responsible for Harmful Algae Blooms In Great Lakes) is free and open source. You have permission to republish this article under a Creative Commons license with attribution to Christina Sarichand UndergroundReporter.org. If you spot a typo, please email the error and the name of the article to undergroundreporter2016@gmail.com. Image credit: Flickr/NOAA



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    7 minutes ago, unregistered190 said:

    I hope Monsanto ceases to exist, they finally lost a major lawsuit.


    Technically , they don't exist anymore 


    Bayer-Monsanto Deal Would Forge New Agricultural Force


    The German pharmaceutical and chemical conglomerate aims to add Monsanto’s world-leading position in seeds and crop genes to its stable .

    Monsanto Co. agreed to sell itself to Bayer AG BAYRY +1.83% after months of haggling, in a $57 billion deal that would create an agricultural powerhouse and end the independence of one of the most successful and controversial companies in the U.S.

    If regulators approve the deal, which was unveiled Wednesday, the German pharmaceutical and chemical conglomerate would inherit Monsanto’s market-leading position in seeds and crop genes. That would tilt Bayer heavily toward agriculture in a long-range bet on high-tech crops to sustain a growing global population. 

    In the near term, the sale of St. Louis-based Monsanto, long a ubiquitous presence in American agriculture, spotlights a sagging U.S. farm economy that shows few signs of rebounding as farmers prepare to reap another in a string of record corn and soybean crops this autumn. 

    The Bayer-Monsanto union is the latest in a wave of tie-ups that have reordered the $100 billion global market in crop seeds and pesticides in the past 10 months. Major fertilizer producers also have pursued deals. Seed makers, having laid off thousands of employees and mothballed some research projects, regard mergers as a way to cut costs while more deeply integrating the development of new seeds and chemicals.

    Bayer plans to fuse its prowess in pesticides—it ranks among the world’s largest suppliers—with Monsanto’s capabilities in seed genetics and biotechnology, which have allowed it to develop corn, soybeans, cotton and other crops that can survive weed-killing sprays and make natural toxins to repel bugs. The merged company would be the largest supplier by sales of both seeds and pesticides. 

    Werner Baumann, Bayer’s chief executive, said in an interview Wednesday that the deal is “a fantastic combination for modern agriculture, to cater to the needs of society by providing the tools needed to feed a rapidly growing population.”

    Because of the two companies’ far-flung operations and markets, the deal would require approval from about 30 regulatory agencies around the world, executives said, including antitrust enforcers already examining deals between some of the companies’ main rivals.

    Dow Chemical Co. and DuPont Co. are pursuing a merger, and Swiss pesticide giantSyngenta AG agreed in February to a $43 billion takeover by China National Chemical Corp., a state-owned company that sells generic agricultural chemicals.

    In June, European Union antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager took the unusual step of assuring some concerned European lawmakers that EU officials would thoroughly vet any deal between Bayer and Monsanto.

    Bayer on Wednesday pledged to pay Monsanto $2 billion if the deal is blocked by regulators, an increase from the $1.5 billion fee Bayer offered in July. While analysts say the companies might have to sell some overlapping businesses, including in cotton and canola seeds and herbicides, to satisfy antitrust concerns, Monsanto CEO Hugh Grant told reporters on a conference call that overall, “I think it’s a very clean deal.”

    The companies plan to seek approval from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S., which reviews foreign-driven purchases of U.S. assets for national-security risks. Such a review should present no impediment, Mr. Baumann said, given Bayer’s 150-year history of doing business in the U.S.

    Monsanto has embraced biotechnology since its infancy. It commercialized the first genetically modified soybean and cotton varieties in 1996 and widely licensed its crop genes to rivals.


    Monsanto agreed to sell itself to Bayer in a $57 billion deal that would forge a new agricultural force. Coverage includes:

    Bayer’s Deal At A Glance

    Deal Faces Intense Regulatory Scrutiny

    Merger Reshapes Seed Sector

    Behind the Deal: Doubts About Genetically Modified Crops

    Monsanto Helped Shape Biotech Revolution in Agriculture

    A Longtime Industry Identity Could Die With Merger

    Using Debt Helped Bayer Avoid Shareholder Vote

    Heard on the Street: Monsanto Deal Offers Cheap Crop Insurance

    But biotech’s rise in farming has sparked pushback from environmental and consumer groups. While the World Health Organization and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have vouched for the safety of biotech crops, Monsanto’s success in the field has made it a target for their foes. Consumer concerns about the safety and environmental impact of such crops have helped fuel a burgeoning market for foods made without them.

    While farmers prize biotech seeds for simplifying weed and insect control, they also have locked horns with Monsanto. At times they have bridled at the higher cost and the company’s efforts to protect its intellectual property; it sometimes has taken farmers to court when it suspected them of illegally saving and replanting its seeds.

    “While others were in the business, like Dow and Syngenta, they were clearly identified as the lead player,” said Dan Glickman, vice president of the Aspen Institute Congressional Program and a former U.S. agriculture secretary. “For that reason a lot of the barnacles and negatives attached to these technologies became their problem more than the others.” 

    Monsanto has acknowledged it was slow to identify and respond to consumer questions about biotech crops. 

    Bayer’s Mr. Baumann said his company, which also develops genetically modified crop seeds, shares Monsanto’s belief that the technology will help feed a global population expected to swell to 9.7 billion by 2050 from about 7.4 billion, according to United Nations projections.

    Mr. Baumann and Monsanto’s Mr. Grant said they haven’t determined whether or how Bayer would continue to use Monsanto’s brand name if the deal succeeds, but Mr. Grant said Monsanto is willing to be “flexible.” Monsanto’s hometown of St. Louis would become the company’s global hub for seeds.

    The deal would rank as the largest-ever foreign corporate takeover by a German company, according to Dealogic. Bayer’s crop-science division, would account for roughly half of group sales, up from about 30% in 2015. Bayer’s health-care division would make up the rest. 

    The companies aim to close the merger by the end of 2017. Bayer said it expects the deal to generate synergies of $1.5 billion after the third full year following the closing. 

    The $128-a-share purchase price came in below some analysts’ projections of around $135 a share. Mr. Grant said Monsanto’s board weighed all its options, including staying independent, and that Bayer’s all-cash offer was the best choice. “I’m very comfortable on the price,” he said. “This combination with Bayer unlocks the next tranche of growth and opportunities.”

    Write to Jacob Bunge at jacob.bunge@wsj.comand Christopher Alessi at christopher.alessi@wsj.com

    Corrections & Amplifications: 
    Bayer said it agreed to buy Monsanto on Wednesday. An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated it was Monday. (Sept. 14, 2016)



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    Yeah, Dewayne Johnson was awarded 289 Mil in his lawsuit against Monsanto in August.

    I found it interesting when the Judge read through each question put to the jurors and how each juror answered "yes"

    to every question stating that not only is B - M culpable, they knew well in advance that glyphosate is extremely harmful, etc.

    GMOs are frankenstein shit from the get go and as I understand, were developed to withstand glyphosate and not die.

    IMO even with studies proving it's harm to our Earth and it's inhabitants, in the end the damage has been done and

    Bayer Monsanto DGAF.  Loosing a few multi million dollar cases and paying off gov't officials will just be business as usual.

    Makes me think of Dow Chemical here in MI and the battle against DDT.  Eventually Dow was forced to stop manufacturing it

    yet by then, each of us carry it in our systems and it will be passed on to further generations.

    Fucking profit mongers, money is their only game.


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