Shedding Light in the Darkness

Monsanto’s Dirty Tricks


Living on Maui we know what Monsanto will do to protect its interests. The GMO/pesticide behemoth and its allies spent almost $8 million trying to defeat a citizen’s initiative in November to declare a moratorium on GMO crop growing in Maui County. All that money funded an avalanche of TV and newspaper advertising opposing the measure, aimed at our population of just 140,000 folks. We won, they lost. The moratorium passed, but five moths later it hasn’t been implemented because of the inertia of County officials and judicial blocks.

In the big picture, companies like Monsanto were implicated in a new petition to the US Department of Agriculture filed by the watchdog group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. It revealed that suppression and alteration of scientific work for political reasons is common at the USDA. And USDA scientists whose work carries with it policy implications that negatively reflect upon corporate stakeholder interests routinely suffer retaliation and harassment.

The petition alleges that companies like Monsanto “have access to top agency managers” and are “invited to lodge complaints” about the work of USDA scientists.

In other shocking news, Stephanie Hampton writing for Daily Kos, reported attending a talk by Monsanto’s Dr. William “Bill” Moar, where he revealed Monsanto has “an entire department” dedicated to “debunking” science which disagreed with theirs.

Also, in responding to the World Health Organization’s recent classification of glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, as “probably carcinogenic to humans,” the company trotted out “experts” like Henry I. Miller, who wrote a rebuttal in Forbes, titled March Madness from the United Nations.

It turns out Miller is a research fellow at a conservative think tank, and GMO advocate, who, after the nuclear meltdown in Fukushima, suggested that exposure to radiation from the disaster could actually provide health benefits!


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