In this video, the GMO industry’s main PR firm, Ketchum, brags about how it spun the media on GMO issues, and how it snoops on the social media accounts of people concerned about GMOs.
The video was just taken down after we called attention to it, probably because it’s embarrassing to Ketchum and the agrichemical industry. But we’ve put it up again, so that you can see it.
Ketchum is a fascinating PR firm. In addition to advocating for GMOs, they are also Russia’s PR firm*. We Americans don’t trust them when they speak for Russia and President Putin, so why should we trust them when they speak for GMOs?
Ketchum was also apparently involved in an espionage effort against nonprofit organizations concerned with GMOs.
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*[Update: Ketchum PR announced in March 2015 that it ended its partnership with Russia for undisclosed reasons. The Russia account was actually spun off to fellow Omnicom property GPlus, as Patrick Coffee reported in Adweek. Ketchum’s service to Russia provides “two perfect examples of why the public at large distrusts the PR industry,” Coffee wrote. In its DOJ filing, Ketchum reported terminating its relationship with the Russian Federation on Jan. 1, 2016.]