Quote: "File this under the category of "journalism we never thought we'd see." In a New York Times article published over the weekend, writer Eric Lipton covers the outrageous academic fraud taking place across America as university "scientists" prostitute themselves out to the biotech industry.
It's important that we, the pioneers of the New Media news movement, give credit where it's due in the mainstream media. With this story by Lipton, The New York Times has just trumped everybody else in the mainstream media. Sellout papers like The Washington Post -- whose entire editorial board is practically run by Monsanto -- would never dare publish such an investigative story. Somehow, The New York Times has now come to the realization that Big Biotech's academic fraud is too large and shady to keep ignoring.
time the truth finally came out. And the truth is that there is a long
list of universities, scientists and even journalists who are all bought
and paid for by the biotech industry. That list is now starting to come
US Right to Know did the investigative research cited by The New York Times
The breaking story is based on the extraordinary investigative work of Gary Ruskin and the U.S. Right To Know
organization, which supports GMO labeling and full transparency of
"scientists" who claim to be "independent" voices on GMOs. As Natural News readers have now come to realize, there is no such thing as an independent pro-GMO scientist. They're all science-for-hire biotech mercenaries who parrot the same B.S. line, "My opinions are my own."
single scientist that's publicly defending Monsanto has direct or
indirect ties to the biotech industry, it turns out. 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.
Biotech, it seems, is Big Tobacco all over again, with all its
fraudulent science and financial corruption of universities,
institutions and even scientific journals.
Biotech sleazebag Kevin Folta of the University of Florida: a real "class act" who lied about taking money from Monsanto.
Here's just a small taste of what The New York Times wrote about biotech sleazebag Kevin Folta, an academic prostitute whom we just covered for taking $25,000 from Monsanto while repeatedly claiming he was "independent" up until the day his financial ties were exposed. Folta joins other biotech sleazebags like Jon Entine, a former Forbes.com defamation con artist who's also exposed as a biotech industry shill in the documents linked to by The New York Times:
Folta is among the most aggressive and prolific biotech proponents,
although until his emails were released last month, he had not publicly
acknowledged the extent of his ties to Monsanto.
...A few weeks
later, the Council for Biotechnology Information — controlled by BASF,
Bayer, Dow Chemical, DuPont and Monsanto — asked Dr. Folta and other
prominent academics if they would participate in a new website, GMO
Answers, which was established to combat perceived misinformation about
their products. The plan was to provide the academics with questions
from the public, such as, "Do GMOs cause cancer?"
"This is a new
way to build trust, dialogue and support for biotech in agriculture that
will help explain in an independent voice what GMOs are," an executive
at Ketchum wrote to Dr. Folta.
But Ketchum did more than provide
questions. On several occasions, it also gave Dr. Folta draft answers,
which he then used nearly verbatim, a step that he now says was a
Additional excerpts from the NYT piece:
the world's largest seed company, and its industry partners retooled
their lobbying and public relations strategy to spotlight a rarefied
group of advocates: academics, brought in for the gloss of impartiality
and weight of authority that come with a professor's pedigree.
even some of the academics who have accepted special "unrestricted
grants" or taken industry-funded trips to help push corporate agendas on
Capitol Hill say they regret being caught up in this nasty food fight.
biotech industry has published dozens of articles, under the names of
prominent academics, that in some cases were drafted by industry
...Monsanto and its industry partners have also
passed out an undisclosed amount in special grants to scientists like
Kevin Folta, the chairman of the horticultural sciences department at
the University of Florida, to help with "biotechnology outreach" and to
travel around the country to defend genetically modified foods.
Folta, the emails show, soon became part of an inner circle of industry
consultants, lobbyists and executives who devised strategy on how to
block state efforts to mandate G.M.O. labeling and, most recently, on
how to get Congress to pass legislation that would pre-empt any state
from taking such a step.
...biotech companies paid for his trips to testify in Pennsylvania and Hawaii...
August 2014, Monsanto decided to approve Dr. Folta's grant for $25,000
to allow him to travel more extensively to give talks on the genetically
modified food industry's products.
in late 2011,
gave a grant for an undisclosed amount to Bruce M. Chassy, a professor
emeritus at the University of Illinois, to support "biotechnology
outreach and education activities," his emails show.
In the same
email in which Dr. Chassy negotiated the release of the grant funds, he
discussed with a Monsanto executive a monthslong effort to persuade the
Environmental Protection Agency to abandon its proposal to tighten the
regulation of pesticides used on insect-resistant seeds.
Chassy eventually set up a meeting at the E.P.A., with the help of an
industry lobbyist, and the agency ultimately dropped the proposal.
2013, Monsanto also asked David R. Shaw, the vice president for
research and economic development at Mississippi State University, to
intervene with the Department of Agriculture to help persuade the agency
to approve a new type of genetically modified soybean and cottonseed
designed by Monsanto.
Organic farmers argued against this move,
convinced that approval of the new seeds would lead to an increase in
potentially harmful herbicide use. Monsanto wanted Dr. Shaw, whom the
company has supported over the last decade with at least $880,000 in
research grants for projects he helped oversee, to refute these
arguments, the emails show." Go to: http://www.naturalnews.com/051098_Monsanto_influence_academic_prostitutes_New_York_Times.html#