Academic GMO shills exposed: Once-secret emails reveal gross collusion with Monsanto, academic fraud at the highest levels inside U.S. universities
Tuesday, September 08, 2015 by: Julie Wilson staff writer
(NaturalNews) U.S. Right to Know (USRTK), a non-profit organization dedicated to exposing the fraud and corruption surrounding the food industry, launched an investigation into the intimate and unethical relationship between the biotech industry and university faculty and staff, which is used to manipulate public opinion about GMOs and to coerce the government into passing legislation supportive of Big Ag's patented seeds and pesticides.
The investigation, which is still ongoing, reveals how biotech industry giants Monsanto, DuPont, Syngenta, Dow AgroSciences and others, buy academics employed by taxpayer-funded universities to push GMOs and lobby Congress to pass legislation favorable of their products, with one of the most high-profile examples including attempts to derail states' rights to enact GMO-labeling laws.
The collusion between Big Food, its front groups and university staff has been exposed through thousands of emails and documents obtained through a USRTK Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, which was meticulously filed over a six-month period.
USRTK: Public deserves to know about flow of money and level of coordination between Big Ag and public university scientists
The FOIA request sought to obtain emails and documents from 43 public university faculty and staff to learn more about the biotech industry's public relations strategies. Records were requested from scientists, economists, law professors, extension specialists and communicators, all of whom are employed by taxpayer-funded public institutions and steadily promote GMO agriculture under the "independent" research.
Currently, USRTK has received thousands of documents in nine of their requests; however, much more information is expected to be released as FOIA requests continue to be answered.
The documents received thus far expose how the biotech industry funds expenses for university faculty to travel the globe promoting and defending GMOs and their associated pesticides, highlighting the shift that scientists have made from being researchers to being actors in Big Ag PR campaigns.
Named the "Biofortified boys" by Alicia Maluafiti, executive director of Hawaii Crop Improvement Association (HCIA), a biotech front group, the academics were awarded thousands, and in some cases, hundreds of thousands of dollars in unrestricted grant money.
Dr. Kevin Folta, professor and chairman of the Horticultural Sciences Department at the University of Florida, Gainesville, is one of the biotech industry's most cooperative "Biofortified boys." Emails show that Folta was enlisted to travel to Hawaii and later to Pennsylvania to "testify to government bodies to oppose proposed mandatory genetically modified labeling measures."
Folta has repeatedly denied ties to Monsanto or having accepted funds from them; however, newly released documents prove otherwise, exposing him as a bald-faced liar and attack dog for the biotech industry.
Sponsored and organized by the HCIA, which includes Monsanto, DuPont, Dow AgroSciences, Syngenta and BASF, Folta and others were recruited to meet with local business execs to lobby against Hawaii's proposed GMO-labeling law.
HCIA's Maluafiti writes:
So please know that you are part of our overall public education strategy and specifically – how do we use your valuable time wisely while you are here in Hawaii (besides hitting the beaches!) I'd love to hear your thoughts. Aloha!
A second email authored by Renee Kester, wife of Dow AgroSciences R&D Leader Kirby Kester, who is also president of the HCIA, thanks them for their support:
First off I would like to thank you for all of the support you have given us over here in Hawaii with regards to our recent legislative battles, it means a lot to all of us over here.
Monsanto asks academics to author articles promoting GMOs
In an effort to influence "thought leaders and influencers," Monsanto reached out to Dr. Folta and other academics, asking them to author a series of pro-GMO policy briefs to be used for "outreach and engagement with policy makers and consumers." The briefs were to be promoted as being authored by "independent scientists."
Eric Sachs, the chief of Monsanto's global scientific affairs group wrote:
The key to success is participation by all of you – recognized experts and leaders with the knowledge, reputation and communication experience needed to communicate authoritatively to the target groups. You represent an elite group whose credibility will be strengthened by working together.
Recognizing participants' careers are at stake, Sachs offers the academics assurance by promising that he will protect their "independence," as well as their reputations.
Some of the topics the academics were asked to write on include:
- Meeting World Challenges (discuss how GMOs will save the world by addressing shrinking agricultural resources, food security, food affordability and environmental sustainability).
- Stifling Innovation (discuss how GM crop regulations stifle technological advancements and prevent GMOs from improving overall quality of life).
- Holding Activists Accountable – assigned to Kevin Folta (discuss how anti-GMO activist campaigns spread false information and if left unchallenged will limit consumer choice, increase food prices, decrease farmer viability and undermine global food security).
- GM Crop Safety (address consumer and policy maker concerns that GM crops aren't tested for safety, convince public that they are proven safe).
- Consequences of Rejecting GM Crops (address public health fears and political resistance and concerns about biodiversity and biological safety and intellectual property rights that create barriers to GM acceptance).
- Sustainable Crop Systems (discuss how GM crop technology provides environmental benefits, increases yields and improves productivity).
- Responsible Choice (highlight the role GM crop technology plays in ensuring increase production and how it balances our needs for food, feed, fiber and fuel).
Academics were asked to include a "call to action," which would be used in the briefs to influence the public on a variety of platforms including social media, blogs, websites and allied organizations.
Montano enlists university scientists to pressure EPA to abandon proposed pesticide regulations
Documents reveal that Monsanto also used academics to put pressure on regulatory agencies like the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – in one instance pressuring the EPA to abandon its proposal to tighten regulations regarding pesticide use on insect-resistant crops.
"Is there a coordinated plan to maintain pressure and emphasis on EPA's evolving regulations?" asked Sachs in an email to Dr. Bruce Chassy, a professor emeritus at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.
Sachs continued, "Have you considered having a small group of scientists request a meeting with Lisa Jackson [referring to the EPA's administrator at the time]?"
With the help of an industry lobbyist, Chassy was eventually able to set up a meeting with Jackson, after which the agency's proposal was ultimately dropped.
Stay tuned for more as Natural News continues to dissect documents exposing the incestuous relationship between the biotech industry and university scientists.
By Carolanne Wright
Contributing Writer for Wake Up World
“Glyphosate is definitely genotoxic. There is no doubt in my mind.” ~ Professor Christopher Portier, World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)
During a mid-July scientific briefing in London organized by the Soil Association, Professor Christopher Portier reaffirmed the findings of the World Health Organization (WHO); glyphosate is a probable carcinogen that also damages DNA. When both these factors are found within a single chemical, regulators believe there is no safe level of exposure.
Even more disturbing is the data presented by Dr. Robin Mesnage of the Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics at Kings College in London, which shows that “Roundup is 1,000 times more toxic than glyphosate alone.” He said, “Glyphosate is everywhere throughout our food chain – in our food and water. The lack of data on toxicity of glyphosate is not proof of safety and these herbicides cannot be considered safe without proper testing. We know Roundup, the commercial name of glyphosate-based herbicides, contains many other chemicals, which when mixed together are 1,000 times more toxic than glyphosate on its own,” as reported by GMWatch.
And we are saturated with the weedkiller. The latest European study on city dwellers discovered that in the UK, 7 out of 10 people tested positive for Roundup Ready in their urine.
New figures evaluated by the Soil Association highlighted the fact that glyphosate use in UK agriculture practices has risen by 400% over the last 20 years. Glyphosate is also one of three pesticides detected during routine testing of British bread, and found in 30% of samples taken by the Defra committee on Pesticide Residues in Food (PRiF).
These numbers shouldn’t be all that surprising considering nearly a third of UK cereals — barley and wheat — are sprayed with the chemical, equating to over one million hectares.
Says Peter Melchett, Soil Association Policy Director:
“If glyphosate ends up in bread it’s impossible for people to avoid it, unless they are eating organic. On the other hand, farmers could easily choose not to use glyphosate as a spray on wheat crops – just before they are harvested. This is why the Soil Association is calling for the immediate ending of the use of glyphosate sprays on wheat destined for use in bread.”
The Soil Association issued a statement urging retailers and manufacturers to reject glyphosate in their products. The food industry claims that the levels of the chemical are not a danger to the public, but in light of the findings of IARC, this assurance comes under serious question — especially in regards to children.
Health Dangers of Roundup Ready
Research in PLOS ONE found that Roundup contaminated GMO food contributed to toxic effects on liver, neurodevelopment and reproduction in animal tests. And this study in Toxicology discovered that glyphosate-based herbicides are both toxic and endocrine disrupters.
The health effects of endocrine-disrupting chemicals doesn’t come cheap. IQ loss/intellectual disability, autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, obesity (both child and adult), diabetes, infertility and mortality associated with reduced testosterone carry a hefty price tag — to the number of $209 billion annually in the European Union, as documented in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.
MIT researcher Stephanie Seneff, PhD, also believes the weedkiller is at the root of a host of modern afflictions — from autism to diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Abdominal obesity and breast cancer are linked to glyphosate exposure as well, according to Seneff.
She presents her argument in the journal Entropy:
“Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup®, is the most popular herbicide used worldwide. The industry asserts it is minimally toxic to humans, but here we argue otherwise. Residues are found in the main foods of the Western diet, comprised primarily of sugar, corn, soy and wheat. Glyphosate’s inhibition of cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes is an overlooked component of its toxicity to mammals. CYP enzymes play crucial roles in biology, one of which is to detoxify xenobiotics. Thus, glyphosate enhances the damaging effects of other food borne chemical residues and environmental toxins. Negative impact on the body is insidious and manifests slowly over time as inflammation damages cellular systems throughout the body. Here, we show how interference with CYP enzymes acts synergistically with disruption of the biosynthesis of aromatic amino acids by gut bacteria, as well as impairment in serum sulfate transport. Consequences are most of the diseases and conditions associated with a Western diet, which include gastrointestinal disorders, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, depression, autism, infertility, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. We explain the documented effects of glyphosate and its ability to induce disease, and we show that glyphosate is the “textbook example” of exogenous semiotic entropy: the disruption of homeostasis by environmental toxins.”
Unlike the U.S. and UK, several countries have taken the findings of the WHO to heart. Several retailers in Switzerland and Germany have discontinued glyphosate products; France will phase out consumer glyphosate products by 2018 and Germany is requesting an European Union ban.
Due to other studies associating the chemical to kidney disease, El Salvador and Sri Lanka have fully banned glyphosate, while Columbia forbids aerial spraying of the weed killer on coca crops.
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Because I am accused I'd make propaganda for Russia, there are bad news out of the evil Russia.
The Russian government rejects any form of genetically modified organisms (GMO®s) the Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said on the occasion of the International Economic Forum, which took place in St. Petersburg between the 18th and 20th of June.
He told the participants, Russia has
'chosen another way' and so '[…] does not use technologies' to increase agricultural production.
Because Russia has enough land area for a natural cultivation, what makes the food in the country to the 'cleanest in the world'
makes Dvorkovich clear.
Russia is in fact firmly convinced GMO®s cause adverse health effects such as deformities in babies and cancer.
Parsifal, July 15, 2015
This announcement is in line with the demand of President Putin, who has already said in 2014 that Russian citizens must be protected from GMOs.
Russia has become a leader in the clean up of its agricultural area of all the toxins from the past, either pesticides or other harmful substances.
The Vice President of the Russian National Association for Genetic Security, Irina Ermakova, following on the subject said:
'It has not only proved in Russia but in many other countries around the world, GMOs are dangerous.
Consumption of GMOs can lead to tumors, cancer and obesity in animals'.
If the Americans necessarily want GMO®s, then let them do it, of course, only the Russians prefer natural grown food.
The Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced last year, Russia would no longer import any GMO® products.
He said as an explanation, Russia has more than enough agricultural land and resources to operate organic farming, safe and clean, without the need for patented seeds that will be bred by agriculture corporations® bred with genetic manipulation® and only with their own appropriate broad-spectrum herbicides is growing ever.
'If the Americans like to eat GMO® products, then let them eat it. We don't have to do that, because we have enough space and opportunity to produce organic healthy foods'
Yes, these evil Russian politicians who are worried about the health of the population.
That is outrageous and unacceptable.
Russians kindly, have to be like their Western counterparts, which hardly oppose the gene-filth and Franken Food which only represented the interests of the agricultural multinationals like Monsanto®, Syngenta®, Pioneer® and Bayer Crop Science®.
Finally, corporate welfare and the maximization of profits® have priority anyway.
These are also the major campaign contributors, which should not be scared.
So in Russia, I do not want to live, because I think its outrageous how all the peoples there are taken the liberty to consume genetically modified crops.
Since we are still in the 'free West' much better off.
We can choose between organic and GMO®, which is pure FREEDOM® !
... Sorry, no, we can not, because the politicians have rejected a clear labeling of GMO® products as such.
I now hear quite loudly 'PURCHASED POLITICIANS®' and 'CORRUPTION®' ?
Oh no trace.
On January 6, 2005, a fine of 1.5 million dollars was imposed upon Monsanto® since the corporation bribed from 1997 to 2002 at least 140 government officials in Indonesia in order for the introduction of Bt cotton variety 'Bollgard 'on the part of the Indonesian government to subvert required environmental risk assessment.
Thereby flowed bribes amounting to 700.000 US dollars with which, among others books and invoices were falsified.
Scientists are not bought !
As the Federal Agency for Agriculture had the sale of genetically modified maize MON810® banned in Deutschland® 2009®, protested against this decision 'renowned' German® scientific organizations (e.g. Helmholtz Community®, Fraunhofer Community®, Max Planck Community®, German Scientific Organization®, Leibniz Community®) in a joint statement.
Goodness, the US gov® exerts no pressure !
Shortly after the decision not to allow the cultivation of MON810® on German agricultural land, the Trade Commissioner of the United States® Ron Kirk summoned the German Ambassador Klaus Scharioth in Washington® to the Ministry, where he expressed the displeasure of the US gov® on prohibitions of MON810®.
In addition, as shown by the publishing of WikiLeaks US embassy cables, US Diplomats® have worked for Monsanto® and officially championed on Monsanto's request for a less restrictive genetic engineering policy … worldwide.
The Squirrel Test:
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The shorter piston is genetically modified corn and the longer normal corn.
Left picture is before the test and the right picture shows which piston has been eaten empty.
They have briefly tried and the GM maize then spurned.
The squirrels know what is good for them and what not !
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