When you think of what makes America tick, especially in terms of blue collar ingenuity, you cannot deny the impact that our nation’s agricultural community has had.
We look to our nation’s farmers as the unsung heroes of America, and with good reason: Their hard work and determination continues through all conditions, and whatever Mother Nature throws their way. From drought to flood, the agriculture industry’s output must remain at a high level in order to maintain balance here in the homeland. Throw a curve ball their way, and farmers the nation over will find a way to adapt and make hay…no pun intended.
That is precisely why the Big Agriculture lobby and corporations such as Monsanto are so reviled among America’s hardest working folks. These entities have been throwing unnecessary and expensive monkey wrenches into the nation’s figurative agricultural gears for decades.
Now, in a shocking development, we have discovered that Monsanto was not only taking horrendous advantage of American farmers, but also paying people to muddy up the discourse online regarding their practices and dangers.
Biotech giant Monsanto is being accused of hiring, through third parties, an army of Internet trolls to counter negative comments, while citing positive “ghost-written” pseudo-scientific reports which downplay the potential risks of their products.
The documents emerged during pre-trials on 50 lawsuits against Monsanto which were pending in the US District Court in San Francisco. The plaintiffs allege that exposure to the biotech giant’s flagship product, the herbicide Roundup, caused them or their relatives to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma, while Monsanto concealed the potential risks.
In March, a judge ruled, despite Monsanto’s objections, that the documents obtained by the plaintiffs could be released. The court papers are being gathered at the website of food-safety whistleblower organization US Right to Know.
Just how awful were the revelations in this document?
The plaintiffs alleged that Monsanto targeted all online materials and even social media comments that indicate potential dangers of its products, according to one document released late in April.
“Monsanto even started the aptly-named ‘Let Nothing Go’ program to leave nothing, not even Facebook comments, unanswered; through a series of third parties, it employs individuals who appear to have no connection to the industry, who in turn post positive comments on news articles and Facebook posts, defending Monsanto, its chemicals, and GMOs,” the document reads.
On a larger scale, Monsanto allegedly “quietly funnels money to ‘think tanks’ such as the ‘Genetic Literacy Project’ and the ‘American Council on Science and Health”– organizations intended to shame scientists and highlight information helpful to Monsanto and other chemical producers,” according to the plaintiffs.
Monsanto has also recently lost a major court case in which glyphosate, the active ingredient in their ultra popular Round Up brand of week killers, was found to be the cause of a user’s cancer.
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