Germany-based pharmaceutical giant Bayer has finally sealed the deal with Monsanto, purchasing the seed giant for $66 billion following months of negotiations and various offers.
The merger is reported to be one of the biggest of all-cash deal on record.
There are many effects of this huge merger but as usual, the consumer loses out. Firstly, it strengthens the monopolization of the world’s food supply. It also means more GMOs and chemicals to be sprayed on them.
Some are now predicting the merge could also mean the takeover of the marijuana industry.
According to Big Buds Mag:
Monsanto has an intimate business relationship with Scotts Miracle-Gro, a convicted corporate criminal– and Scott’s Miracle-Gro is trying to take over the marijuana industry,
Is Monsanto Going After the Pot Industry?
In states where the plant has been legalized or decriminalized, Scott’s Miracle-Gro has looked to capitalize on the ever expanding cannabis industry.
CEO of SMG, Jim Hagadorn, stated his intentions – spend up to $500 million to completely buy out the marijuana industry.
A Scott’s Miracle-Gro front group has already purchased General Hydroponics, Botanicare and Gavita:
Major hydroponics nutrients, lighting, soil, and other grow equipment manufacturers report they’ve also been offered takeover bids by Scotts Miracle-Gro or its ‘Hawthorne’ front company. Maximum Yield Magazine, which bans marijuana hydroponics nutrients company Advanced Nutrients from its indoor gardening expo events, welcomed a Monsanto affiliate into its Boston gardening expo several years ago.
Of course, Bayer play a leading role in this pre-planned monopolization.
The German chemical lords do business with GW Pharmaceuticals, a company based in the United Kingdom that grows cannabis and produces medicines from its compounds.
Monsanto and Bayer Share Information on How to Genetically Engineer Cannabis
Bayer sells some of GW Pharmaceuticals’ products, including Sativex, a costly medical cannabis spray that’s reported to work less effectively than naturally grown pot.
Both Monsanto and Bayer have a history of producing chemical weapons used in war and toxic products, including PCBs, DDT, Agent Orange, Roundup and GMOs.
Members of the cannabis industry have seen the writing on the wall in terms of the world’s seed monopolies’ interest in marijuana.
“Michael Straumietis, founder and owner of hydroponics nutrients company Advanced Nutrients, has constantly warned the marijuana community about Monsanto, Scotts Miracle-Gro, GMO marijuana, and corporate takeover of the marijuana industry.”
The two corporations, which have now merged into one, have agreed to share trade secrets about plans to produce genetically modified marijuana.
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By Dr. Mercola
Pharmaceutical companies spend billions of dollars to influence, “educate,” and entertain doctors around the world.
According to ProPublica’s “Dollars for Docs” website, which you can use to find out if your doctor accepts money from the drug industry, 1,630 companies have made payments to more than 681,000 doctors, totaling more than $3.5 billion.
You can also find out if your doctor receives payments from Big Pharma by visiting OpenPaymentsData.CMS.gov. This site has tallied nearly $6.5 billion in payments since 2013.
Drug companies have long tried to influence doctors’ prescribing habits by paying them for research activities, speaking and other “consulting,” or offering gifts of free meals and travel. However, it hasn’t always been possible to find out what gifts your own doctor might be accepting.
The Physician Payments Sunshine Act, which is part of the Affordable Care Act, went into effect in 2013. For the first time, the Act requires drug and medical device makers to collect and disclose any payments of more than $10 made to physicians and teaching hospitals.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is in charge of implementing the Sunshine Act, which it has done via its Open Payments Program. You can easily search the site to find out what (if any) payments your doctor has received, along with the nature of the payments.
Many Doctors Believe They’re Not Affected by Drug Company Freebies
It is the rare physician who has not been given something by a drug company at some point during his or her career. Many physicians have regular contact with the drug industry and its representatives.
One study found physicians began interacting with pharmaceutical reps in medical school and continued at a rate of about four meetings a month.
A New England Journal of Medicine study also highlighted the prevalence of physician-industry relationships, noting that “most physicians (94 percent) reported some type of relationship with the pharmaceutical industry.” This included:
Receiving food in the workplace (83 percent)
Receiving drug samples (78 percent)
Reimbursement for costs associated with professional meetings or continuing medical education (35 percent)
Payments for consulting, giving lectures, or enrolling patients in trials (28 percent)
Despite these cozy relationships, many physicians believe they’re immune to the effects of free food, free travel, and speaking gigs that essentially amount to free money.
They understand there’s a conflict of interest there, but employ a number of psychological dynamics, including denials and rationalizations, to justify the relationship.
According to a study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, in order to resolve their state of cognitive dissonance, the physicians:
Avoided thinking about the conflict of interest
Disagreed that industry relationships affected physician behavior
Denied responsi [...]
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By Dr. Mercola
With the advent of the "green revolution" starting in the 1930s, chemicals were widely embraced as the way to eradicate hunger and ensure abundant harvests. Pesticides and synthetic fertilizers were hailed as scientific marvels that afforded the Western world the highest standard of living the world had ever known.
In this chemistry-based model, every problem has a chemical solution: pesticides to kill pests, herbicides to address weeds, insecticides to get rid of specific insects, fungicides against mushrooms and fungi and synthetic fertilizers to promote growth.
All seemed well and good, but as the decades wore on, problems and drawbacks became apparent. Today, the hazards associated with pesticides have become quite obvious to anyone willing to look.
However, that doesn’t mean appropriate action is being taken to protect human and environmental health. On the contrary, the chemical industry has fought long and hard, often employing questionable methods, to hide the truth about many of these harmful chemicals; putting profit ahead of safety.
Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup herbicide, is the most used agricultural chemical in history. It finally got some serious media attention after the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) of the World Health Organization (WHO) determined it is a probable human carcinogen.
Less notorious, but certainly no less harmful, is atrazine, the second most commonly used herbicide in the U.S. It’s widely used to combat weeds on golf courses, residential lawns and Christmas tree farms. It’s also used on half of all corn grown in the U.S.
Atrazine was approved for use in 1958, but has been banned in Europe since 2005 due to suspected health concerns and environmental damage, including the high risk of water contamination.
In the featured video, Tyrone Hayes, Ph.D., a UC Berkeley professor of integrative biology, explains how Novartis (which later became Syngenta) hired him to investigate the effects of atrazine on amphibians, and then blocked the publication of his work when they didn’t like the results.
The research showed that atrazine causes hermaphroditism in frogs (turning males into egg-laying females) by inducing an enzyme called aromatase, which causes overproduction of estrogen.
The voice box in male frogs also did not develop properly, indicating that testosterone was not being produced at appropriate levels for development. On the whole, the research raised serious questions about human health effects.
According to Hayes, atrazine may be involved in the development of breast cancer, for example, since many breast cancers are triggered by the overproduction of estrogen.
Hayes claims Syngenta initially tried to convince him to manipulate and misrepresent the data. Hayes refused, ultimately resigning from his contractor position with Syngenta after they refused to allow him to publish his results. He also was not allowe [...]
For the first time in history, a United States Surgeon General has sent out a mass message to American physicians. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy sent a letter to 2.3 million doctors in recent days, asking for their help to end the epidemic of prescription painkiller overdose deaths. The landmark letter is a signal to doctors across the country that it is time for something to be done about the growing opioid painkiller problem in America.
American citizens are dying by the thousands each year; they are overdosing on prescription painkillers like oxycodone, fentanyl and morphine. Business Insider reports that between the years 2013 and 2014, the number of synthetic opioid-related deaths increased by a staggering 79 percent. Because synthetic opioids have an effect on the brain that is similar to heroin, and cause slow breathing, they are also associated with serious risks of overdose and death.
What should be a rare occurrence is happening with shockingly high frequency, largely because of heightened accessibility. Though the United States only makes up 5 percent of the earth’s population, the nation’s citizens are responsible for roughly 80 percent of the world’s opioid consumption. Opioid painkillers are not fluffy, fun drugs; they are extremely potent. Fentanyl, for example, is 50 times stronger than pure heroin. While fentanyl is legal and available through prescription, it is also manufactured illegally underground and sold across the nation.
A CDC report revealed that in 2012, healthcare providers across America filled out 259 million prescriptions for opioid painkillers – enough for every person in the country to have their very own bottle of pills. The CDC itself states, “Many states report problems with for-profit, high-volume pain clinics (so-called ‘pill mills’) that prescribe large quantities of painkillers to people who don’t need them medically.”
To make matters worse, opioid painkillers are also often prescribed along with benzodiazepine drugs. Benzodiazepines act like tranquilizers, greatly increasing the risk of accidental overdose and death. Though they are well aware of this fact, many doctors continue to prescribe the two drugs together. Clearly, this is a very questionable practice. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 31 percent of all opioid prescription-related deaths in 2012 involved the use of both opioids and benzodiazepines.
These kinds of drugs are addictive and easily accessible, regardless of whether they are obtained through a prescription or not.
In his letter, Murthy discusses how many doctors have been incorrectly taught that opioids were not addictive “when prescribed for legitimate pain.” Murthy goes on to note that many doctors were “encouraged to be more aggressive about treating pain.”
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There was a time when “FDA Approved” was a vote of credibility. We could purchase a product and feel safe because the government watchdogs had checked it out thoroughly before allowing it to be sold.
Now, “FDA Approved” means “The company that produced this product has enough money and clout to allow it to be sold.”
Many people rely on the FDA as a source of knowledge and safety. Their recommendations mean something to folks who feel as though someone is watching out for them and that in America if something was bad, the government wouldn’t allow it to be sold. They believe that the drugs are tested and approved for our benefit and that the manufacturers of Big Pharma are at the mercy of the fierce protectors who are advocating for the people.
Unfortunately, it couldn’t be further from the truth. This is all part of the giant marketing deception perpetrated on a trusting public.
Some people are so snowed by what the FDA does that they want it to be even more powerful. There is actually an “alliance for a stronger FDA” whose mission reads like a diary entry from a hostage with Stockholm Syndrome.
With responsibility for products that comprise more than 20% of all national consumer spending, theU.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) oversees aspects of several industries that are key to our nation’s growth and prosperity.
A science-based, predictable, and efficient FDA helps these industries — including the food, drug, medical device, and cosmetics industries — to innovate and to create high-paying jobs here in America while improving our balance of trade.
The Alliance for a Stronger FDA works to ensure annual appropriations that will adequately fund the FDA’s essential missions, and we believe that the American people expect this too. There is no backstop, no other agency, that performs this critical work.
The federal government gives the FDA about $8 per year for each American (an “appropriation” of $2.561 billion for FY 2014). Nowhere else in the federal budget does so little money need to go so far. The FDA has just 10,000 employees to monitor food safety, review the safety and efficacy of medical products, assure the safe use of those medical products, and protect the American people, their pets, and their farm animals from poorly made, counterfeit, and illegal food, drugs, and cosmetics.
Recent research on a variety of topics has led me to note some astonishing facts about the GMO Food and Drug Pushers Administration. Like a bad penny, it seems whatever topic I’m looking into, the FDA keeps turning up. The FDA has a central role in the increasing tyranny in the United States and we, as taxpayers, are funding them to do this. Be warned, you aren’t going to like what you read below, but unless you are mired in intractable cognitive dissonance, you’re going to see a pattern of abuse and deception.
The FDA’s Perpetual Conflicts of Interest
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There are a few theories proclaiming how man became a life form. They range from a superior race of space alien beings who tinkered with DNA, to a gradual process of chemical evolution from single cells to the vast complexity of our current taste bud system. Count me as a believer. We were handcrafted from the soil, so what grows in the soil is what feeds us and all living creatures. Unfortunately, since the days of nuclear testing, the soil’s life-giving properties have been devastated by GMOs, pesticides, pollution, plastics, depleted uranium, pharmaceuticals and all those toxic ingredients dumped into the water circulating our earth. Clean, organic robust food from good soil is MORE than food — it’s medicine. Folks in New York City know this, and doctors are prescribing good food for their patients.
Mike Adams, the Health Ranger reports, “Dubbed the ‘Fruit and Vegetables Prescription Program,’ it allows doctors to ‘prescribe’ fresh fruit and vegetables to overweight or obese patients by giving them ‘Health Bucks’ that are redeemable at local farmer’s markets. . .
“This program makes New York City the largest U.S. city to officially acknowledge that fruits and vegetables have a role to play in preventing chronic degenerative disease — an idea that the FDA insists is delusional. According to the FDA, there is no such thing as any fruit, vegetable, supplement or superfood that has any ability whatsoever to prevent, treat or cure any disease.
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