Anti-GMO group March Against Monsanto promotes, profits from anti-vaccine ads

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Visit the March Against Monsanto website and you’ll see a strange ad peppering the pages, among the usual dubious stories about the evils of Monsanto, GMOs, pesticides and so on. It’s an advert for a “docu-series” called Vaccines Revealed, claiming that it is “Exposing the biggest public health experiment… ever!”.

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Click through and you’ll be confronted with typical anti-vaccine conspiracist propaganda, alleging sinister corporate “experiments,” huge damage done to so-called “vaccine injured” people, and entreaties not to go around “blindly jabbing lab made cocktails into our bodies.” This ad is no accident — March Against Monsanto now carries explicitly anti-vaccine stories on its site.

What struck me about Vaccines Revealed in particular was the list of so-called experts featured in the documentary. Here, sandwiched between lead anti-vaxxers Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Andrew Wakefield (of MMR-autism infamy), is Stephanie Seneff, listed as a Senior Research Scientist, MIT. )

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Seneff is notorious for promoting a bogus graph purporting to link glyphosate applied to corn and soy (and thus the real bogeyman, GMOs) with a rise in autism diagnoses. This graph has become a classic of correlation-causation confusion, and has been satirized by similar graphs showing an equally good correlation between the rise in organic food sales — and Jim Carey movies — and autism.

Related article:  Scientists challenge organic backer Benbrook claims that GM crops increase pesticide spraying

The most influential anti-GMO group in the US, the Organic Consumers Association (OCA), has also been directly involved in anti-vaccine campaigning.

[Editor’s note: Read the GLP’s article “Anti-vax Organic Consumers Association, linked to measles outbreak, has deep ties to anti-GMO conspiracist USRTK“]

According to the Genetic Literacy Project, Mercola.com has pumped hundreds of thousands of dollars into the OCA, and also America’s leading anti-vaccine group, the National Vaccine Information Center.

Read full, original post: Are the anti-GMO and anti-vaccine movements merging?

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