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Chow writes: "The recently passed Congressional budget that averted government shutdown will allocate $3 million to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to promote 'the environmental, nutritional, food safety, economic and humanitarian impacts' of biotech crops and genetically modified (GMO) ingredients in food to consumers - many of whom are wary of the products."

Farm fields with pesticides warning. (photo: Food and Environment Reporting Network)
Farm fields with pesticides warning. (photo: Food and Environment Reporting Network)


$3 Million Earmarked for 'Government-Controlled Propaganda Campaign to Convince Americans GMOs Are Safe'

By Lorraine Chow, EcoWatch

05 May 17

 

he recently passed Congressional budget that averted government shutdown will allocate $3 million to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to promote "the environmental, nutritional, food safety, economic and humanitarian impacts" of biotech crops and genetically modified (GMO) ingredients in food to consumers—many of whom are wary of the products.

While the specifics of the campaign are yet unclear, the measure calls for the "publication and distribution of science-based educational information."

According to the Washington Post, more than 50 agriculture and food industry groups said the funding is needed to counter "a tremendous amount of misinformation about agricultural biotechnology in the public domain."

But Rep. Nita M. Lowey (D-NY) opposed the measure, describing it as government-sponsored GMO propaganda.

"It is not the responsibility of the FDA to mount a government-controlled propaganda campaign to convince the American public that genetically modified foods are safe," Lowey said during a congressional hearing. "The FDA has to regulate the safety of our food supply and medical devices. They are not, nor should they be, in the pro-industry advertising business."

The Post reported that Rep. Robert B. Aderholt (R-Ala.), the chair of the House agriculture appropriations subcommittee and defender of the GMO education funding, received $10,000 from agritech giant Monsanto in 2016.

"This is a really clear example of big ag influencing policy," said Dana Perls, the senior food and technology campaigner for Friends of the Earth. "The Trump administration is putting big ag before consumer desire and public health ... Consumers do not want this."

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+3 # laborequalswealth 2017-05-05 17:53
But deny global warming.

Cafeteria science.
 
 
+3 # sea7kenp 2017-05-06 06:39
Putting GMO foods in our Cafeterias?
 
 
0 # EternalTruth 2017-05-07 09:05
That too.
 
 
+12 # librarian1984 2017-05-05 20:09
What are they going to do, waterboard us? Set up re-education camps with Bush Family Textbooks and Beauregard Sessions uniforms that we buy at the company store?

$3 million is not NEARLY enough to brainwash enough of us to take the deadly stench from Monsanto. Instead, let's SUE them for $3 trillion. And then Exxon and BP and whoever-the-hel l is fracking all over PA.

And let's confiscate the funds in offshore accounts. Oligarchs got to go.
 
 
+5 # Wise woman 2017-05-05 21:34
Smart consumers don't want trump, period!
 
 
+3 # EternalTruth 2017-05-06 08:33
Glyphosate! It's not just for breakfast anymore!
 
 
-3 # Texas Aggie 2017-05-06 09:25
Interesting that the photo shows a conventional crop treated with pesticides that wouldn't have been necessary with Bt GMO crops. And while people seem to be upset about $3 million spent on pointing out the facts about GMOs, they don't seem to have any problem with vastly more being spent on imaginary conspiracy scare stories about GMOs.
 
 
+1 # oakes721 2017-05-06 12:19
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Nothing short of Force-Feeding unwilling consumers. Claiming that biotech crops promote "the environmental, nutritional, food safety, economic and humanitarian impacts" deepens the LIES at every level. Propagandists belligerently kick down the obvious TRUTH as the biggest gang in town bows down in subservience to corporate puppeteers.
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0 # SOF 2017-05-07 18:05
We need debates.Real Debates. Highly visible. Widely announced with enthusiasm. PBS could air a series of debates over days or weeks.. We could at least learn something and what the other side believes. GMOs, Climate Change, Ocean changes, nuclear dangers, loss of soil, extinctions, bees, EMPs.. Carbon and chem trails, vaccines and ETs, oh my.... Fat chance. Confusion and disunity aids the coup. "Fake science" has been spoken. At least we should know who lies or has knowledge of illegal sleeze. Corporations, the Congress and Agencies would risk suspicion if they refuse. Or Trump could just make citizen and science expression illegal after he has finished reducing the rights of the Press.
 

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