A farmer’s ‘naughty list’: Activists, celebrities and lawyers who spread the most misinformation in 2018

christmas santas list

That’s right: it’s almost time for the jolly old fat man to visit homes around the world to deliver presents and delight! But only for good girls and boys. The others end up with a nice lump of coal. Luckily, Santa has asked me to help him figure out who has been naughty this year ….

Friends of the Earth

This activist organization was already trending towards the naughty list, especially after it took aim at yours truly in a “report” a few years ago. But then it went and celebrated the announcement that Tanzania has banned all GMOs.  Yes, because prohibiting farmers in an African country from having highly-productive, drought-resistant crops is something to celebrate. How are they that dense?

Related article:  Viewpoint: New glyphosate study suggesting danger to honeybee microbiota is detailed, sophisticated—and wrong

Dewayne Johnson’s legal team

…. The Monsanto-glyphosate case was probably the scariest thing that happened to modern agriculture this year. And the effects could be far reaching. Johnson sued Monsanto claiming, despite all the evidence to the contrary, that his terminal cancer was caused by exposure to Round-Up. A jury awarded him a multi-million dollar award. Again, the lawyers did a nice job of proving their case, especially because the evidence was dubious. But there are 5,000 other lawsuits still pending on this same issue. And it could spur a new legal trend well beyond glyphosate and Round-Up. Good news for Johnson, bad news for the rest of us.

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