US Right to Know calls Canadian researcher and university Monsanto ‘sock puppets’ — But finds no financial ties

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The University of Saskatchewan and one of its well-known professors are acting like “sock puppets” for agri-business giant Monsanto, says a U.S. researcher.

Gary Ruskin of U.S. Right to Know has obtained thousands of pages documenting North American university ties to corporations involved in genetic engineering.

[Read GLP’s profile of US Right to Know here. Read analysis of USRTK’s funding links anti-GMO and anti-vaccination Organic Consumer Association here.]

Ruskin recently shared with CBC News nearly 700 pages of U of S emails and other material. Ruskin said the documents show Monsanto has recruited a team of top academics in a “Machiavellian” effort to sway public opinion.

But a Saskatchewan professor featured in the documents says there’s nothing inappropriate about his work with Monsanto. The U of S agrees.

Peter Phillips, a distinguished professor in the U of S Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, said no money ever changed hands, and academics are mandated by their universities and granting agencies to partner with industry and other groups.

[Read an analysis of the CBC News article by plant scientist Kevin Folta here]

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  • shay simmons

    USRTK is a front group for the organic farming industry. Of course they are going to go after anyone who supports science-based agriculture.