One student asked what Monsanto was doing to counter the “bad science” around their work. Dr. Moar, perhaps forgetting that this was a public event, then revealed that Monsanto indeed had “an entire department” (waving his arm for emphasis) dedicated to “debunking” science which disagreed with theirs. As far as I know this is the first time that a Monsanto functionary has publically admitted that they have such an entity which brings their immense political and financial weight to bear on scientists who dare to publish against them. The Discredit Bureau will not be found on their official website.Spin doctors have been weaving webs under the guise of science for nearly a century that we know of in the U.S. But recent examples show that deception-for-profit has been perfected since then.
Let's not forget that Monsanto deployed tactics against social media activism as far back as 2010. It was then discovered that they have ties to Blackwater. Blackwater, which boasts of having Monsanto as a client was paid the big bucks to infiltrate high into the ranks of social media activism that was critical of Monsanto. Furthermore, internet-based tactics that appear to naturally support Monsanto and GMOs could really just be a paid-for PR spin.
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