by: Jonathan Benson
One of the arguments supporters of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) often give in defense of the controversial technology is that the scientific community has supposedly come to a consensus that biotechnology is a safe and effective way to produce food. What they’re not telling you is that many of the so-called scientists and academics who endorse GMOs in the public realm are being paid to do so by the very corporations pushing these GMOs for profit.
U.S. Right to Know, a non-profit organization that advocates for honesty in food labeling, recently published a series of emails gathered through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request that expose massive collusion between what has come to be known as “Big Food” and a number of front groups operating under the guise of academia. In short, multinational GMO corporations such as Syngenta and Monsanto are conspiring with university professors, scientists, and others to push GMOs and crop chemicals in exchange for favors, vacations, and cash payouts.
The group explains that these emails, which have been published at GMO.news, clearly demonstrate how Monsanto and others are using an academic veneer to peddle their public relations talking points to the masses. The goal of this, of course, is to feign GMO safety and effectiveness by creating the illusion that “science” supports Monsanto’s agenda.
“The agrichemical and food industries are spending vast sums of money to convince the public that their food, crops, GMOs, additives and pesticides are safe, desirable and healthy,” reports U.S. Right to Know’s Gary Ruskin. “These emails reveal how Monsanto and its partners use so-called ‘independent’ third-party scientists and professors to deliver their PR messaging. Since the companies themselves are not credible messengers, they use these scientists and professors as sock-puppets to shape the media narrative on food issues, particularly GMOs.”
Monsanto’s “biofortified boys” in academia exposed for shattering trust, deceiving public
After identifying some of the biggest names in academia who support GMOs, U.S. Right to Know filed FOIA requests seeking emails and documents on 43 public university faculty and staff. Of these, nine have thus far been procured, and information on three individuals in particular has now been posted publicly for the world to see.
Dr. Kevin Folta from the University of Florida; Dr. Bruce M. Chassy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and Dr. David Shaw of Mississippi State University are all now on the chopping block for their involvement in biotech schemes to promote GMOs and crop chemicals at speaking engagements, conferences, and other forums in exchange for favors and cash payments.
Each of these men is an academic scientist and scholar, so their opinions on GMOs and biotechnology are held in high regard in the public arena. This is exactly what corporations like Monsanto hope will keep the GMO train moving right along and convince legislators and others to continue supporting the use of biotechnology.
PDF and TXT files of the email exchanges between these men and the biotech heads for whom they work in secret are available for viewing at GMO.news.
“This document dump contains a goldmine of truly shocking revelations about blatant collusion between Monsanto and university professors, whom the biotech industry calls their ‘Biofortified boys,'” writes Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, about this eye-opening revelation.
“Every single scientist [who’s] publicly defending Monsanto has direct or indirect ties to the biotech industry … And these secret emails now coming out about Kevin Folta and Monsanto reveal the deep, shady layers of collusion and academic corruption that deliberately distort the GMO debate in America.”
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