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Ban Genetically Modified (GMO) Alfalfa!

Updated: Aug 3, 2023

Genetically modified alfalfa was first approved for commercial release in the United States in 2011, amidst massive opposition from farmers and citizens alike. Alfalfa is a feral, perennial plant that spreads like a weed. It is a staple livestock feed, and it is used as fertilizer in the organic agriculture system. Almost immediately, genetically modified strains of alfalfa started contaminating the natural crop.

Many studies have shown health damage from genetically modified diets and also from the chemical herbicide glyphosate, commercially sold as Roundup, most commonly used on GMO crops. Seeds are genetically modified to withstand massive doses of chemical that would kill traditional plants. The associated health harm seen in the studies has included cancer, organ damage, reproductive damage, suppressed immune systems, severe digestive inflammation, and premature death.

The following article was first published on the public blog on April 9, 2015. The issues remain just as prevalent today and actually more so, as many more GMO foods have secretively been released onto the market and are showing up on supermarket shelves.

Wisconsin-based Forage Genetics is moving full speed ahead with its "co-existence plan" for genetically modified (GM) alfalfa in Canada, despite the fact that co-existence with a feral, perennial crop like alfalfa is impossible. Twenty "demonstration plots" of genetically modified alfalfa are scheduled to be planted in Eastern Canada during the 2015 growing season, and 12 of these plots were planted in 2014. The media is releasing information designed to placate the public and GMO opponents under this false headline: No Roundup Ready Alfalfa Production for 2015 In fact, Roundup Ready alfalfa will be produced in Canada in 2015, just as it was produced in 2014. GM alfalfa will not be released commercially this year, but Forage Genetics has plans to do so in the near future. Stop GM Alfalfa in Canada and Worldwide Monsanto's Roundup Ready alfalfa has now become the first genetically modified (GM) perennial planted in Canadian history. Twenty “demonstration plots” of genetically modified alfalfa are to be planted in Eastern Canada in spring 2015, and 12 of these plots were planted in 2014. Wisconsin-based Forage Genetics is also moving full speed ahead on a “co-existence plan” for GM alfalfa, which farmers and citizens know is impossible. Forage Genetics has plans for the wide-scale selling of Monsanto’s genetically modified (GM) alfalfa seeds in Ontario and Quebec because GM alfalfa has already been rejected wholeheartedly by Western Canadian farmers and ranchers. Monsanto's alfalfa strains have been genetically modified to withstand its glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup. Genes that are not naturally found in alfalfa have been implanted by scientists into the seeds so the plants will withstand major doses of the herbicide. GM alfalfa was unconditionally approved amidst much controversy in the United States in 2011, and genetically modified alfalfa has been planted there for the past four seasons. It now accounts for 70% of the alfalfa crop in some states and has contaminated the natural crop. Lawsuits are ongoing. A Call for an Immediate Moratorium on Genetically Modified Alfalfa in Canada The introduction of genetically modified alfalfa has the ability to wipe out the entire foundation of organic/non-genetically modified agriculture. Alfalfa is a staple livestock feed. It is a crop often used during the three-year field transition from conventional to organic farming. Alfalfa is also essential in crop rotations as a nitrogen-fixer and natural fertilizer of the soil. As alfalfa is embedded in the entire organic agriculture system, contamination by GM alfalfa would be devastating. Alfalfa is also used widely in non-GM agriculture. As a staple livestock feed, alfalfa is made into bales of hay that are fed to animals. What we feed our animals, we end up eating ourselves if we eat meat or animal products. Contamination by GMOs would particularly affect organic/non-GM meat, dairy, eggs, and honey. Because GM alfalfa would have an effect on soil quality, however, vegetables, fruits, and grains could also be affected. The first genetically modified organisms (GMOs) were released in the mid-1990s. GMOs have spread faster than anyone could have imagined, and due to the lack of labeling and segregation within the agricultural system, GM crops grown widely in Canada, especially soybeans, corn, and canola, have contaminated natural versions. If you are eating a non-organic product that contains a derivative of those three crops (soybeans, corn, or canola), you are almost guaranteed to be eating some genetically modified material. Already, there can be no guarantee that a food product labelled organic is completely free of genetically modified material. However, because the effort is made to keep organic crops separate from genetically modified crops, organic crops remain the best bet for non-GM food choices. (Source: Manitoba organic inspector Priscilla Reimer) Co-existence is Impossible Currently, the plan touted by GM proponents is a “co-existence policy” where genetically modified alfalfa can be grown, harvested, and used alongside non-genetically modified alfalfa. This is the plan Forage Genetics is moving ahead on in Canada, despite widespread opposition. What organic and non-GM farmers know is that this co-existence is actually impossible, particularly with a feral perennial crop (grows back year-after-year) like alfalfa that cross-pollinates widely, including by wind and insects. The first official case of alfalfa contamination by a genetically modified variety was reported by a farmer in Washington state in September 2013. The farmer’s natural alfalfa crop was rejected for export because, without his knowledge or intention, it was found to contain genetically modified material from Monsanto’s Roundup Ready GM alfalfa variety.

Exclusive: Washington state testing alfalfa for GMO contamination by Carey Gillam, Reuters, September 11, 2013 The Washington farmer complained to the United States Department of Agriculture, which responded with an “it’s not our problem” stance on the issue. The USDA claimed that the unintentional contamination of the natural alfalfa crop, as well as the resulting loss of markets and non-GM food security, were a “commercial issue” that must be dealt with in the marketplace. USDA will not take action in case of GMO alfalfa contamination by Carey Gillam, Reuters, September 17, 2013

Because many countries worldwide have banned genetically modified seeds, crops, and foods, including the European Union, any crop found to contain GM material will be rejected for export. In October 2014, for example, China slammed the door to U.S. hay imports after unintentional GM alfalfa contamination was found. China Rejects U.S. Hay Exports Due to Genetically Modified Alfalfa Contamination by Christina Sarich, October 3, 2014 PhD work done in Manitoba on the spread of genetically modified canola between 2004 and 2007 found unintentional GMO contamination as well as cross-breeding between GM strains. Escape populations of canola were studied - plants growing outside fields where they had not been planted - and widespread contamination by genetically modified organisms was found among them. The study found that the transportation and containment systems were most often the cause of the spread of the seeds (spilling from trucks, trains, and elevators), making the standard solution of "buffer fields" between GM and non-GM crops almost useless to stop contamination. Unless the growing, transportation, and containment of genetically modified seeds/crops is kept separate from non-genetically modified versions, contamination is inevitable. In particular, it would be impossible to contain a feral perennial plant like alfalfa to stop GM versions from contaminating the natural crop. The same PhD work found something else the GMO companies had not intended: some of the GM canola plants studied had cross-pollinated with each other in the wild, forming a hybrid of Monsanto's Roundup Ready variety and Bayer's LibertyLink variety. (Source: Alexis KnispelKanu) Major GM and Glyphosate Safety Concerns Uncovered An unprecedented animal feeding trial published in 2012 found that lab rats fed genetically modified corn as well as glyphosate residue - the primary ingredient in Monsanto's herbicide Roundup - developed high incidences of tumours, multiple organ damage, and premature death. The results of the GM feeding trial were published September 19, 2012 in the scientific journal "Food and Chemical Toxicology." The peer-reviewed study was conducted by a team of scientists led by biologist and endocrinologist Gilles-Eric Seralini of the University of Caen in France. Republished study: long-term toxicity of a Roundup herbicide and a Roundup-tolerant genetically modified maize by Gilles-Eric Séralini, Emilie Clair, Robin Mesnage, Steeve Gress, Nicolas Defarge, Manuela Malatesta, Didier Hennequin, and Joël Spiroux de Vendômois Link:

"Abstract Background The health effects of a Roundup-tolerant NK603 genetically modified (GM) maize (from 11% in the diet), cultivated with or without Roundup application and Roundup alone (from 0.1 ppb of the full pesticide containing glyphosate and adjuvants) indrinking water, were evaluated for 2 years in rats. This study constitutes afollow-up investigation of a 90-day feeding study conducted by Monsanto in order to obtain commercial release of this GMO, employing the same rat strain and analyzing biochemical parameters on the same number of animals per group as our investigation. Our research represents the first chronic study on these substances, in which all observations including tumors are reported chronologically. Thus, it was not designed as a carcinogenicity study. We report the major findings with 34 organs observed and 56 parameters analyzed at 11 timepoints for most organs. Results Biochemical analyses confirmed very significant chronic kidney deficiencies, for all treatments and both sexes; 76% of the altered parameters were kidney-related. In treated males, liver congestions and necrosis were 2.5 to 5.5 times higher.Marked and severe nephropathies were also generally 1.3 to 2.3 times greater. In females, all treatment groups showed a two- to threefold increase in mortality, and deaths were earlier. This difference was also evident in three male groups fed with GM maize. All results were hormone- and sex-dependent, and the pathological profiles were comparable. Females developed large mammary tumors more frequently and before controls; the pituitary was the second most disabled organ; the sex hormonal balance was modified by consumption of GM maize and Roundup treatments. Males presented up to four times more large palpable tumors starting 600 days earlier than in the control group, in which only one tumor was noted. These results may be explained by not only the non-linear endocrine-disrupting effects of Roundup but also by the over expression of the EPSPS transgene or other mutational effects in the GM maize and their metabolic consequences. Conclusion Our findings imply that long-term (2 year) feeding trials need to be conducted to thoroughly evaluate the safety of GM foods and pesticides in their full commercial formulations."

The study was attacked vociferously as flawed by other scientists and biotechnology groups. Despite the uproar, the Food and Chemical Toxicology journal, a major journal on toxicology, refused to retract the study (until, that is, the journal hired ex-Monsanto scientist, Richard E. Goodman, on its editorial staff). The trial studied the long-term effects of exposure to NK603 GM corn (Monsanto's Roundup Ready variety) and glyphosate - individually and combined - on the health of rats over two years. The study found that even exposure to levels considered "safe" resulted in severe negative health effects in the animals: - Of the rats fed GM corn or glyphosate residue, 50% of males and 70% of females died prematurely. This was compared to 30% and 20% respectively in the control group.

- Female rats developed fatal mammary tumours and pituitary disorders. Males developed liver damage, kidney and skin tumours and had problems with their digestive systems. - Rats fed GM corn or Roundup residues developed two to three times more tumours than the control group. The study found that ingestion of GM corn and glyphosate caused similar damage in the rats whether consumed separately or together. Even the lowest doses of GM corn and glyphosate, touted as safe by industry, were associated with severe health problems. Previous studies have produced similar findings, but this was the first ever feeding trial done over the course of the entire lifespan of a laboratory rat - two years. Despite the fact that lab rats live only two years, no genetically modified animal feeding trials have been done up to this point for longer than 90 days. Genetically modified seeds/foods have been rushed onto the market in Canada and the United States without any longer-term studies on potential effects. The majority of the tumours and devastating health effects that developed with the rats were detected after 18 months, which means that prior GM testing done over 90 days would not have discovered them.

Photographs of rats with tumours from the Seralini feeding study on GM corn and glyphosate

- In 2013, the results of a five-month feeding study done on just-weaned pigs were released in the "Organic Systems Journal." The study, conducted by lead researcher Judy Carman of Flinders University in Australia, found that a diet of genetically modified corn and soy produced severe stomach inflammation in the pigs, as well as enlargement of the uteruses in female pigs, indicating both digestive and reproductive damage from GM diets. A long-term toxicology study on pigs fed a combined genetically modified (GM) soy and GM maize diet by Judy A. Carman, Howard R. Vlieger, Larry J. Ver Steeg, Verlyn E. Sneller, Garth W. Robinson, Catherine A. Clinch-Jones, Julie I. Haynes, and John W. Edwards Link:

"Abstract A significant number of genetically modified (GM) crops have been approved to enter human food and animal feed since 1996, including crops containing several GM genes 'stacked' into the one plant. We randomised and fed isowean pigs (N=168) either a mixed GM soy and GM corn (maize) diet (N=84) or an equivalent non-GM diet (N=84) in a longterm toxicology study of 22.7 weeks (the normal lifespan of a commercial pig from weaning to slaughter). Equal numbers of male and female pigs were present in each group. The GM corn contained double and triple-stacked varieties. Feed intake, weight gain, mortality and blood biochemistry were measured. Organ weights and pathology were determined post-mortem. There were no differences between pigs fed the GM and non-GM diets for feed intake, weight gain, mortality, and routine blood biochemistry measurements. The GM diet was associated with gastric and uterine differences in pigs. GM-fed pigs had uteri that were 25% heavier than non-GM fed pigs (p=0.025). GM-fed pigs had a higher rate of severe stomach inflammation with a rate of 32% of GM-fed pigs compared to 12% of non-GM-fed pigs (p=0.004). The severe stomach inflammation was worse in GM-fed males compared to non-GM fed males by a factor of 4.0 (p=0.041), and GM-fed females compared to non-GM fed females by a factor of 2.2 (p=0.034)." Carman said that pigs were used in the feeding study because their digestive systems are similar to those of human beings. Carman is calling for further long-term animal feeding studies on GM foods before they continue to be commercially planted and ingested by humans. - Also in 2013, the results of a study on glyphosate excretion in the urine of Danish dairy cattle were released. The study, led by Dr. Monika Krueger, looked at 240 dairy cattle from eight different dairy farms in Denmark. It found that glyphosate was being excreted in varying amounts by all the cattle. Blood tests showed toxicity, with a particular effect on liver and muscle cells. The conclusion of this study was that glyphosate is toxic to the metabolism of dairy cattle. Field Investigations of Glyphosate in Urine of Danish Dairy Cows

by Monika Krueger, Wieland Schrodl, Jurgen Neuhaus, and Awad A. Shehata Link:

"Abstract In the present study, thirty dairy cows from each of eight Danish dairy farms were investigated for excretion of glyphosate in urine. Blood serum parameters indicative of cytotoxicity as alkaline phosphatase (AP), glutamate dehydrogenase (GLDH), glutamate oxaloacetate transaminase (GOT), creatinine kinase CK), nephrotoxicity, (urea, creatine), cholesterol and the trace elements as manganese (Mn), cobalt (Co), selenium (Se), copper (Cu) and zinc (Zn) were investigated. All cows excreted glyphosate in their urine but in varying concentrations. Increased levels of GLDH, GOT and CK in cows from all farms demonstrate a possible effect of glyphosate on liver and muscle cells. High urea levels in some farms could be due to nephrotoxicity of glyphosate. Also the unexpected very low levels of Mn and Co were observed in all animals which could be explained due to a strong mineral chelating effect of glyphosate. In contrast the mean levels of Cu, Zn and Se were within the normal reference range. In conclusion, this study gives the first documentation to which extent Danish dairy cattle are exposed to Glyphosate and its impact on blood parameters." - In 2015, Italian scientists found that a diet of GM soybeans caused DNA changes in the milk of mother goats, specifically decreasing immunoglobulin substances which could affect the immune systems of the offspring. Baby goats who fed from the mothers on GM soybean diets were also found to have significantly lower weights. Genetically modified soybean in a goat diet: Influence on kid performance

by R. Tudisco, S. Calabro, M.I. Cutrignelli, G. Moniello, M. Grossi, V. Mastellone, P. Lombardi, M.E. Pero, F. Infascelli Link:


The in vivo and post mortem performance and serum immunoglobulin G (IgG) concentration in kids born from goats fed conventional (group C) or genetically modified (group T) soybean meal were evaluated. The goat colostrum quality, in terms of chemical composition, as well as immunoglobulin concentration, and the presence of feed DNA fragments were also investigated. Kid birth weights were similar, while significantly (P < 0.05) higher in those born from goats in group C at day 30 and at slaughtering. In addition, kids from mothers fed conventional soybean recorded significant (P < 0.05) higher height at the withers and chest width. Concerning the post mortem measurements, only carcass weights were significantly affected by the treatment resulting in lighter T kids (P < 0.05). Colostrum from the treated groups recorded a significantly (P < 0.01) lower percentage of protein and fat. Similarly, both chemical parameters significantly differed in milk collected 15 days after kidding, although these differences disappeared in the successive samplings. Both colostrum and kids serum IgG concentration were significantly (P < 0.01) lower in the treated groups. Transgenic target DNA sequences (35S and CP4 EPSPS) were not detected in colostrum from goats that received a diet containing conventional soybean meal. By contrast, transgenic DNA fragments were amplified (P < 0.05) in samples from goats that received the transgenic soybean."

- A 2005 study on rats, led by neuroscientist Irina Ermakova, showed lower birth weights and premature death in the rats fed GM diets as compared to the control group.

GM soybeans and health safety—a controversy reexamined study by Irina Ermakova, et al. Link: Link to an article on the subject: Ermakova study on rats and GM soya

"Neuroscientist Irina Ermakova of the Institute of Higher Nervous Activity and Neurophysiology of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow made news headlines two years ago when she reported that rats fed diets containing glyphosate-tolerant genetically modified (GM) soybeans gave birth to pups with low survival rates or stunted growth... Supplementation of the diet of the females with GM soya led to the death of 25 pups, out of the 45 born by the end of the third week of lactation, while during the same period on the traditional soya supplemented diets only 3 pups died from 33. The mortality in the positive control group was also 3, but from the larger number of pups born, as it seen in Table 1. High pup mortality was generally characteristic for females fed the GM soya flour."

Roundup is currently the world's most popular and widely-used herbicide. Its global usage is set to double by 2017, according to Global Industry Analysts of San Jose, California. The Battle As it Stands

The sale and growth of genetically modified alfalfa was initially stopped by a lawsuit in the United States in 2007, but that lawsuit was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2010. A compromise that would have limited the growth of GM alfalfa, potentially protecting organic and non-GM farmers, was scrapped by the U.S. Department of Agriculture when it announced approval of unrestricted commercial cultivation on January 27, 2011. This decision is highly opposed by organic farmers, who stand to lose the most money (and their entire livelihoods) from contamination by genetically modified alfalfa or even the belief that their products are contaminated. It is also opposed by many non-GM farmers and by all who wish to eat GMO-free food. Genetically modified alfalfa was approved under Tom Vilsack as Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Vilsack is the ex-Governor of Iowa, a corn belt state. Genetically modified corn is big business in Iowa. As might be expected, Vilsack is a major supporter of Monsanto and their genetically modified seed varieties. Vilsack was even named Governor of the Year by the Biotechnology Industry Organization in 2001. In March 2011, a motion on the moratorium on the planting and growing of genetically modified alfalfa in Canada was tabled in Canadian Parliament by Liberal members of the House of Commons Agriculture Committee. That motion was left unaddressed as pro-GM Stephen Harper dissolved Parliament ahead of the federal election in May 2011. Wisconsin-based Forage Genetics International is now selling the seeds for "demonstration plots" of GM alfalfa being grown in Ontario and Quebec. It is also moving full speed ahead with its "co-existence plan," which would pave the way for the the wide-scale commercial sale and growth of GM alfalfa in Canada. Ontario and Quebec have been chosen as the introduction points for genetically modified alfalfa because farmers in Western Canada have already rejected GM alfalfa. National Farmers Union protests against GM alfalfa are ongoing in Canada. On April 9, 2013, protests were held outside MP offices across the country opposing the commercial sale and growth of GM alfalfa in Canada. Forage Seed Canada, an umbrella group representing provincial forage seed associations, is seeking allies to help block Roundup Ready alfalfa from commercial Canadian production. A Moratorium on GM Alfalfa in Canada We, as concerned citizens, are calling on our elected officials to do the responsible thing with untested, unproven GM alfalfa. We are calling for an immediate moratorium on the sale, planting, and growth of genetically modified alfalfa in Canada. We are asking for its sale and growth to be blocked in Ontario and Quebec, as well as in the rest of Canada. We are also calling for additional long-term animal feeding trials to be conducted on genetically modified alfalfa and glyphosate exposure by independent scientific bodies unaffiliated with and unfunded by GM corporations such as Monsanto, Bayer, Syngenta, BASF, Dow, and DuPont.

This article was first published on the public blog on February 14, 2021. Uranus in Taurus and More Unexpected Economic Justice for Bayer-Monsanto - or Is It So Unexpected After All?

Early on in the transit of Uranus in Taurus, we saw what I called at the time "unexpected (Uranus) economic justice (Taurus)" for the crimes against humanity, animals, and nature that have been committed by corporations Bayer and Monsanto, which merged in 2018 into Bayer-Monsanto. Roundup Lawsuits We saw this economic justice in the form of hundreds of millions of dollars awarded through California courts to people who said their cancers (specifically non-Hodgkin's lymphoma) were caused by exposure to Monsanto's glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup. The awards were later lowered drastically by the judges. Dewayne Johnson, 48, was originally awarded $289 million for compensation for his terminal non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. This was later reduced to $20.4 million. Edwin Hardeman, 71, was originally awarded $80 million for his Roundup-caused non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, which was later reduced to $25 million. Alva and Alberta Pilliod, 78 and 75 respectively, were awarded $2 billion for their non-Hodgkin's lymphomas, later reduced to $86.7 million. There are more than 100,000 lawsuits against Bayer-Monsanto over Roundup-related cancer and illness. Unfortunately, many of the plaintiffs will be settling for far less than their injuries warrant. In early February, it was reported that Bayer has set aside $2 billion to settle claims, earmarking between $5,000 and $200,000 for each case. Class members will have the option of settling or suing. The hits just keep coming for ole Bayer, though. (Yes, please keep them coming.) Shareholder Lawsuits In late January, it was announced that two law firms are suing Bayer for damages on behalf of shareholders who say they should have been warned about the possibility of Roundup lawsuits at the time of the acquisition of Monsanto. The $63 billion takeover of Monsanto in 2018 has been called "disastrous" by one of the investor litigants. These lawsuits have the possibility of multi-billion dollar awards for shareholders. Agent Orange Lawsuit Bayer is also facing more litigation over Monsanto's production of Agent Orange, a chemical defoliant used widely by the U.S. government during the war against Vietnam. Agent Orange has caused terrible birth defects, miscarriages, still births, and lifelong health problems for people exposed to it - both the Vietnamese people and U.S. soldiers - and the effects of Agent Orange exposure continue to be passed on through their offspring. In late January, it was announced that a Franco-Vietnamese former journalist and Vietnam War resister, Tran To Nga, was suing 14 American companies, including Bayer-Monsanto and Dow-Dupont, for damages related to Agent Orange exposure. Landmark Agent Orange Court Case Against Bayer-Monsanto Gets Underway by Jonathan Matthews "Up to 4.8 million people were directly exposed to Agent Orange and its effects have passed down the generations, with over 3 million Vietnamese still suffering its impacts. Hundreds of thousands have been born malformed – blind, deaf or with missing limbs or external tumours. It has also caused high levels of miscarriages, premature births and still births. It damages people’s immune systems and has caused significant increases in cancer and other diseases... Tran To Nga has suffered from typical Agent Orange effects, including a failing immune system, type 2 diabetes and an extremely rare insulin allergy. Among a litany of other health problems, she also contracted tuberculosis twice, developed breast cancer, and one of her daughters died of a malformation of the heart at 17 months. Her two other children also suffered serious health problems and one of her granddaughters was born with heart problems."

Dicamba Lawsuits Bayer-Monsanto also faces litigation over Monsanto's dicamba herbicide. Dicamba is highly volatile and drifts widely. It has caused damage to many farmers' crops after blowing in from neighbouring fields.

In February 2020, Bayer and BASF were ordered to pay $265 million to Missouri peach farmer Bill Bader after devastating damage to his peach trees was caused by dicamba drifting into his orchard from a neighbour's field. There are at least 140 other dicamba-related lawsuits pending.

PCB Lawsuits A class action lawsuit has also been brought against Bayer-Monsanto by 2,500 cities, counties, and ports over toxic PCBs (polychlorinated byphenyl). All these lawsuits are the result of actions taken by a truly evil corporation, Monsanto. However, Bayer is also getting nailed in court for its own greed-driven crimes against humanity. Yaz and Yasmin Lawsuits There are almost 20,000 lawsuits against Bayer for damages related to its deadly birth control pills Yaz and Yasmin. Women who took the pills experienced strokes, heart attacks, pulmonary embolisms, deep vein thrombosis, and other damage. Research has shown that a woman's risk of blood clots is six times higher when taking Yaz or Yasmin versus other types of birth control pills.

Essure Lawsuits The heinous Bayer-caused damage to women's health continued with Essure birth control coils. There were almost 40,000 lawsuits over damages caused by the implanted coils, including severe allergic reactions, miscarriages, perforated organs, the need for hysterectomies, and death. Bayer paid out relative peanuts to settle 90% of these cases - $1.6 billion.

Potential Class Actions Over Cipro and Avelox Then there is the possibility of future class action lawsuits over damages caused by Bayer's fluoroquinolone antibiotics Cipro and Avelox. I really have my fingers crossed over this one. Cipro was sold and prescribed for minor infections for 30 years, all while killing and disabling people, before the corporation was finally required to change the labels, in 2016 and 2017, to state that they are far too dangerous to be prescribed in this way. Despite the changed labels, fluoroquinolone antibiotics continue to be mis-prescribed by doctors and erroneously dispensed by pharmacists for minor infections. People are still being dreadfully harmed by these drugs every day. Fluoroquinolone victims and survivors number in the millions worldwide, and I am one of them. No amount of money can make up for the heinous crimes against humanity, animals, and the environment committed by both Monsanto and Bayer. We have to ask: with this many deaths and injuries on their records, how is the criminal Bayer-Monsanto hybrid monster still operating? How is it still profiting from the violence it has committed (and is still committing) against life on this planet? Worst Corporate Blunder in History or Intentional Short Selling Scheme? I was in disbelief when I learned that Bayer was planning to buy Monsanto, literally the most hated and publicly protested corporation on the planet at the time. It seemed Bayer's merger with Monsanto was one of the most terrible moves made by a corporation in all of human history. How could a multi-billion dollar trans-national corporation have such a huge blind spot? It seemed impossible to me, even as I relished the schadenfreude and cheered on the bankrupting of Bayer. This seemingly impossible blunder led me to believe that Bayer was being taken down intentionally for some reason. What could possibly be the reason for a billion-dollar corporation being intentionally damaged or destroyed like this? I raise the possibility of a short selling scheme. Bayer stocks dropped 45% after it lost its first Roundup case in August 2018.

This reminds me very much of the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig explosion and oil gusher in the Gulf of Mexico in spring 2010.

The possibility was raised fairly early on of an intentional blowout timed to the short selling of British Petroleum shares.

Short selling is a practise where a speculator borrows shares of a stock that he or she believes will decline in value in the future, committing to paying for those shares at a later date. In the meantime, the speculator sells the borrowed shares to another buyer at full market price. If the stock price declines later on, the speculator is able to buy the shares for a lower price than he or she sold them for, and a profit is made.

Following the Deepwater Horizon explosion, British Petroleum's stock declined by 55% in two months. This would have produced huge profits for anyone with foreknowledge of the disaster who was short selling BP shares.

The tanking of Bayer-Monsanto stock would have produced similar benefits for anyone with foreknowledge who was short selling the shares.

I've outlined in the past how Uranus ingresses are often used by the power establishment to time attacks. Uranus re-entered Taurus on May 15, 2018. This coincided with the worldwide March Against Bayer-Monsanto on May 19. I did a one-woman march in my town on that day as a survivor of Bayer crimes. Bayer lost its first Roundup case, the Dewayne Johnson case, on August 10, 2018, and Bayer stocks dropped by 45% since then. Uranus had just stationed retrograde at 2 degrees Taurus on August 7, 2018, making it a very powerful influence as the verdict was announced.

Taurus is a sign related to money, income, value, and worth. So we can see in the symbology of Uranus in Taurus the possibility of an intentional attack on the value of the corporation that would pay off in a money-making short selling scheme.

What seemed at the time like unexpected economic justice might not be so unexpected, after all. Saturn in Aquarius and Uranus in Taurus are locked into a square aspect throughout 2021. The squares are exact on February 17, June 14, and December 23. Under this square, we must be keenly aware of the intentional use of surprise, shock, upheaval, change, or the unexpected (Uranus) to traumatize people and advance the goals of the establishment (Saturn).

Update: Bayer-Monsanto was facing 125,000 lawsuits over Roundup-related cancer and illness. The corporation settled these cases in 2020 for $10 billion. Roundup Cancer Lawsuits by Katy Moncivais for From April 19, 2019: Uranus in Taurus, Bankrupting Bayer-Monsanto, and Unexpected Economic Justice for Corporate Violence


If I hear the truly ridiculous argument that "since all seeds cross-pollinate in the wild, we're already eating GMO food all the time," one more time, I think I will simply implode. There is a distinct difference between seeds cross-pollinating naturally in the wild and seeds being intentionally genetically engineered by human beings in a laboratory somewhere to withstand massive doses of chemical that would kill a natural (non-GMO) plant. Multiple studies have linked both genetically modified diets and glyphosate (the main ingredient in Bayer-Monsanto's Roundup herbicide, the most popular herbicide in the world) with things like cancer, reproductive damage, organ damage, and digestive damage. Bayer-Monsanto, BASF, and Dow-Dupont are chemical corporations that got into the seed/agriculture game so they could sell…


"Roundup and its key ingredient, glyphosate, have been linked to several types of cancer, including non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL), b-cell lymphoma and leukemia. As a result, thousands of people have filed lawsuits claiming the popular weed killer caused them to develop cancer.

Glyphosate, the weed-killing active ingredient in Roundup, stands at the center of these lawsuits. Court proceedings in some of the earliest Roundup trials revealed close interactions between Monsanto--the manufacturer of Roundup--and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

These interactions have cast doubt on the EPA's glyphosate rulings. Internal Monsanto documents also demonstrate repeated attempts, some successful, to manipulate published scientific studies and media reports in favor of glyphosate safety.

Roundup Weed Killer Lawsuits

In 1970, agricultural giant Monsanto developed…

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