Viewpoint: Attacks against ‘Monsanto shill’ illustrate ridiculous claims of anti-GMO lobbyists

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[Editor’s note: David Zaruk is the Risk-Monger. He has been an EU risk and science communications specialist since 2000, active in EU policy events from REACH and SCALE to the Pesticides Directive]

When some activist group sent a circular around their networks that I was a threat to their campaigns, it became imperative to them that they link me to Monsanto…They searched so much that after a certain time, Google noticed and it became a connection they could predict. I had my Facebook followers search my name and see how far into my last name they would need to type before Google suggested “David Zaruk Monsanto”. Most results were between the ‘a’ and the ‘u’. That is proof enough! I am indeed a Monsanto shill.

There was a 14-page report against me, prepared by some organisation called (Dis)Qualify your Sources. The main news from this report was the gotcha “Thank you letter” from the European Crop Protection Association…It seems Monsanto is a member of this trade association!!! That is proof enough! I am indeed a Monsanto shill.

Monsanto was not just an evil company, it was pure evil. This created the means for opportunists to build their own brands and reputation by fighting this iconic dark side…Somehow we had forgotten that this was just a seed company making products that farmers used and appreciated.

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