GMO industry manipulates the media, public opinion and politics with sleazy tactics, bought science and PR spin, report reveals…
Monday, December 14, 2015 by: J. D. Heyes
(NaturalNews) An Oakland-based public interest group has published a new report detailing the extent to which agri-business giants like Monsanto have gone in mounting a public relations campaign aimed at legitimizing and defending genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in our food chain.
In “Seedy Business: What big food is hiding with its slick PR campaign on GMOs,” the group, U.S. Right To Know, accused the agrichemical and food industries of spending lavishly the past few years pushing and touting GMOs globally, at the risk of fact-based science proving that they are harmful:
Since 2012, the agrichemical and food industries have mounted a complex, multifaceted public relations, advertising, lobbying and political campaign in the United States, costing more than $100 million, to defend genetically engineered food and crops and the pesticides that accompany them.
The report further states that the industry “manipulates the media, public opinion and politics with sleazy tactics, bought science and PR spin.”
Spin is spun regardless of health risks to the public
As noted by Corporate Crime Reporter, the report presents data showing that the PR campaign promoting GMOs launched by agri-giants and the food industries they serve is both massive and complex. Its multi-faceted approach includes advertising and support of key political campaigns in the U.S. to fend off criticism of GMOs and defend the pesticides that have been co-developed to accompany them.
“The purpose of this campaign is to deceive the public, to deflect efforts to win the right to know what is in our food via labeling that is already required in 64 countries, and ultimately, to extend their profit stream for as long as possible,” said Gary Ruskin, executive director of USRTK.