Activist claims ‘Big Ag’ promotes GMOs, subverting food system

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Companies like Monsanto hope that casting doubt on the GMO labeling debate will cause us to get caught up in the proverbial weeds of the issue. So let’s get something straight: the debate over GMOs isn’t just about GMOs. It’s about the current and future state of our food system—who grows and sells our food, how it’s marketed, and what technologies were used to produce it. By selling seeds to farmers, peddling pesticides, forming corporate monopolies, and funding academic research on GMOs, agribusiness giants like Monsanto have one goal in mind: controlling the food system.

Monsanto’s roots in the biotech game date back decades, and they have a long history of subverting public policy. In effect, the company used its relationship with the Reagan Administration to create a weak regulatory process that would help the company bring its products to market quickly and smoothly. A 1985 U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ruling that allowed for plants to be patented further entrenched Monsanto’s power in this area. Since 1999, the fifty largest agricultural and food patent-holding companies and two of the largest biotech and agrochemical trade associations have spent more than U.S. $572 million in campaign contributions and lobbying expenditures, much of it to create a favorable political context to allow GMOs to proliferate.

Corporations and their hired guns love confusing people about the science behind their questionable products to help shape favorable public opinion (in the case of GMOs, asserting there is scientific consensus where none actually exists). But we aren’t buying their spin, nor should you.

Read full, original article: Monsanto mounts an aggressive GMO PR campaign

  • crush davis

    Who does this intellectual giant think should fund university research? Oh, that’s right…the guvment. Cause the multibillion-dollar organic industry sure isn’t. Go away already, you sanctimonius banshee. You are doing nothing but perpetuating bad information.

  • Carl G Craver

    This is a perfect case of “cut and paste journalism”.
    I wonder if the author actually did any research or just read a few articles and message boards because this is just the same old recycled lies and myths that have been debunked and aren’t even worth the bandwidth to dispute.

  • First Officer

    Plants have been patented since the 1930’s. First patented GMO plants are to go off patent this year.

  • mem_somerville

    “Captured by the industry”? WTF? Why are these activists (paid to argue their position, I’ll note) unable to imagine that Nye and Tyson looked at the science instead?

    Because they can’t?

    • Stuart M.

      Tyson is my hero, he has looked at the science and openly stated he supports biotech. He has taken a lot of heat for his stance. Nye has unfortunately bought into the anti-GMO hysteria, hook, line and sinker. Bill Maher is another celebrity who can be so sharp on many issues but is totally warped on the issue of biotech.

  • Farmers daughter

    Having spent the morning with a USDA senior advisor to the Secretary, his stats were staggering. While the world adds 6 million people each month, the USA loses 1 acre of prime farm land per minute to urban encroachment. Furthermore, if Americans actually ate the dietary guidelines we could not feed our own country, let alone the world. But by all means America, keep pushing organic, local, and non GMO (and non ‘non big ag’) sometimes I just want to slap people and scream ‘WAKE UP’

  • LCEP

    “In effect, the company used its relationship with the Reagan Administration to create a weak regulatory process that would help the company bring its products to market quickly and smoothly.”

    => So thounsands of scientific papers is a “weak regulation” ? Let’s apply the same “scientific weakness” to all sorts of products given to human, organic or not ! I think we could be surprised about what we can find in just 90 days rat’s feeding !

  • Stuart M.

    There is one reason Monsanto and other biotech companies have become so successful: their seeds and other agricultural products are the very best in the world, that is why farmers want them and pay for them.