Before You Read Another Health Study, Check Who’s Funding the Research

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Alison Moodie, The Guardian, December 12, 2016

Monsanto and other ag-biotech companies have recruited academics, and paid them in the form of grants and trips to publicly defend the safety of herbicides used on genetically engineered crops, according to private emails uncovered by nonprofit US Right To Know. In some cases, industry advisors even provided scripted answers to academics to answers such as “Do GMOs cause cancer?” According to an investigation into the emails by the New York Times, the biotech industry has published “dozens of articles” under the names of respected scientists, some of which were drafted by PR consultants. Kevin Folta, chairman at the horticulture sciences department at the University of Florida, wrote in one email to a Monsanto executive: “I am grateful for this opportunity and promise a solid return on the investment.”

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