Biotech Industry Seeks Tax $ to Fund GMO “Education”
November 10, 2016
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The biotech industry is asking congressional leaders for $3 million in taxpayer-provided funding to “educate” the public about biotechnology and agricultural production. Fifty-six groups wrote a letter to congressional leaders Oct. 6 urging support for the proposed funding.
“Regrettably, there is a tremendous amount of misinformation about agricultural biotechnology in the public domain,” the letter reads. “Dedicated educational resources will ensure key federal agencies responsible for the safety of our nation’s food supply – the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) – are able to more easily convey to the public science- and fact-based information about food.”
“Embracing modern agriculture is the right thing to do for our country, which has a rich history of nurturing science, research, and innovation in all areas of the economy, including farming.
Groups signing the letter include the American Society of Sugarbeet Technologists,
American Soybean Association, National Seasoning Manufacturers Association, National Confectioners Association, and National Corn Growers Association.
The letter was sent to members of the Ag Appropriations Committee to include $3 million in the 2017 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act.
The industrial food sector has spent hundreds of millions of dollars over the past few years on stealth PR tactics and deployed over a dozen front groups to push coordinated messages to attack organic food, defend pesticides and the routine use of antibiotics, and promote GMOs.