Tracking the Pesticide Industry Propaganda Network

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Just four corporations control more than 60% of the global supply of seeds and pesticides. Public oversight of their activities is crucial for a safe and healthy food supply. Yet all these companies – Monsanto/Bayer, DowDuPont, Syngenta, BASF – have long histories of hiding the harm of their products. Since their records do not inspire trust, they rely on third-party allies to promote and defend their products.

The fact sheets below shine light on this hidden propaganda network: the front groups, academics, journalists and regulators who work behind the scenes with pesticide companies to promote and defend GMOs and pesticides. 

Information we report here is based on the U.S. Right to Know investigation which has obtained tens of thousands of pages of internal corporate and regulatory documents since 2015. Our investigation inspired a counter campaign by the pesticide industry which has tried to discredit our work. According to Monsanto documents revealed in 2019, “USRTK’s investigation will impact the entire industry.”

Fact sheets on pesticide industry front groups and PR allies

Academics Review: The making of a Monsanto front group

AgBioChatter: Where corporations and academics plotted strategy on GMOs and pesticides

Alison Van Eenennaam: Key outside spokesperson and lobbyist for the agrichemical and GMO industries

American Council on Science and Healthis a corporate front group

Bayer’s Shady PR Firms:FleishmanHillard and Ketchum PR

Biofortified aids chemical industry PR & lobbying efforts

Center for Food Integrity food and agrichemical industry PR partners

Cornell Alliance for Science is a public relations campaign at Cornell to promote GMOs

Council for Biotechnology Information, GMO Answers, CropLife: pesticide industry PR initiatives

Council for Biotechnology Info: Industry PR group CBI closes; GMO Answers moves to CropLife

Drew Kershen: agrichemical industry front group ringleader

Food Evolution GMO Documentary is a misleading propaganda film, say many academics

Geoffrey Kabat: ties to tobacco and chemical industry groups

Glyphosate Spin Check: tracking claims about the most-widely used herbicide

GMO Answersis acrisis management PR tool for GMOs & pesticides

Hank Campbell’s maze of Monsanto-loving science blogs

Henry I. Miller dropped by Forbes for Monsanto ghostwriting scandal

Independent Women’s Forum: Koch-funded group defends pesticide, oil, tobacco industries

International Food Information Council (IFIC): How Big Food spins bad news

International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) is a food industry lobby group, documents show

Jay Byrne: Meet the man behind the Monsanto PR machine

Jon Entine, Genetic Literacy Project: Key messengers for Monsanto, Bayer and the chemical industry

Keith Kloor: How a science journalist worked with industry allies behind the scenes

Kevin Folta’s misleading and deceptive claims

Mark Lynas of Cornell Alliance for Science deceptive and inaccurate promotions for the agrichemical industry’s commercial agenda

Monsanto’s campaign against transparency: “U.S. Right to Know communications plan”

Monsanto named these “industry partners”in its PR plan to confront glyphosate cancer ruling (2015)

Nina Federoff mobilized the authority of American science to back Monsanto

Pamela Ronald’sties to chemical industry front groups

SciBabe says eat your pesticides, but who is paying her?

Science Media Centre promotes corporate views of science

Sense About Science/STATS spin science for industry

Tamar Haspelmisleads readers of the Washington Post in her food columns

University of Saskatchewan: Peter Phillipssecret “right to know” symposium

University of Saskatchewan: Stuart Smyth’sagrichemical industry ties and funding

Val GiddingsFormer BIO VP is a top operative for the agrichemical industry

More front groups, trade groups and PR writers

BIO: biotech industry trade group

Center for Consumer Freedom

Crop Life International

International Life Sciences Institute

Julie Kelly

Kavin Senapathy/MAMMyths

Ketchum PR

U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance

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