Propaganda: information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view
Just four corporations now 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 these companies – Monsanto/Bayer, DowDuPont, Syngenta and BASF – have documented histories of hiding the health risks and environmental harms of their products. Since their records do not inspire trust, these companies rely on third-party allies to promote and defend their products.
U.S. Right to Know has uncovered many documents that shine light on the hidden corporate connections of front groups, academics, journalists and regulators who work with the pesticide companies to promote GMOs and pesticides and discredit critics, including journalists, scientists and public health groups; the following fact sheets document our findings.
Update: Newly released Monsanto documents reveal their full-court-press campaign to try to discredit our investigation and the work of our colleague, journalist and author Carey Gillam. “USRTK’s investigation has the potential to impact the entire industry,” according to Monsanto. See the documents here.
Academics Review: the making of a Monsanto front group
Alison Van Eenennaam: key outside spokesperson and lobbyist for the agrichemical and GMO industries
American Council on Science and Health is 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
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 Answers is a crisis 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
Kevin Folta’s misleading and deceptive claims
Mark Lynas of Cornell Alliance for Science promotes the agrichemical industry’s commercial agenda
Monsanto named these “industry partners” in its PR plan to confront glyphosate cancer ruling (2015)
Pamela Ronald’s ties to chemical industry front groups
Science Media Centre promotes corporate views of science
Sense About Science/STATS spin science for industry
More fact sheets about key front groups, trade groups and PR writers:
Science fact sheets:
Glyphosate: Health Concerns About Most Widely Used Pesticide
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