Corporate Crime and Lies
A report in Nature Biotechnology examines how GMO companies withhold data, forbid researchers from publishing studies showing harm from GMOs, and create other barriers to scientific assessment of GMOs.
The New York Times reports on a letter from a group of University scientists who told EPA that GMO companies are thwarting scientific assessments of GMO crops. Scientists tell the Times that GMO companies can “launder the data” to avoid negative findings, and shut down studies when outcomes don’t favor GMOs.
Crocodyl is a corporate research and accountability collaboration of several nonprofits. Their corporate research includes profiles on the leading GMO producers, including Monsanto, Syngenta, Bayer, DuPont, Dow and BASF.
A 2004 NY Times investigation uncovers price-fixing by Monsanto and other GMO crop companies in the 1990s.
The pesticide and GMO companies have for decades used a variety of front groups to attack opponents and present bogus “science” about the benefits of their products. One such front, called The National Center for Food and Agricultural Policy, was for years headed by Leonard Gianessi, who’s “research” industry would tout as “independent” confirmation of their products’ benefits.
Also see the “Monsanto Files” collection of articles under “Background Briefs.”
Monsanto’s PCB pollution in Anniston, Alabama has been well-documented by the Environmental Working Group. Among other charges, a jury found the company guilty of the crime of “outrage,” which is legally defined as conduct “so outrageous in character and extreme in degree as to go beyond all possible bounds of decency so as to be regarded as atrocious and utterly intolerable in civilized society.”
SourceWatch on Monsanto’s global pollution legacy.
In 2003, Monsanto (and other GMO companies) are accused of using child labor in India. Reports state 17,000 children work in cruel conditions for the company’s Indian subsidiary. Despite company denials, the reports surface again in 2005, and in 2008.
The Ecologist on the approval of aspartame.
In 2009, residents of Sauget, Illinois file suit against Monsanto for health problems related to decades of the company’s pollution.
In 2005, Monsanto was fined $1.5 million for bribery in Indonesia.
NY Times exposes Monsanto for paying African Americans to “protest” in support of GMO foods outside an FDA hearing in Washington, DC
Peter Montague, EPA Investigates Monsanto, July 27, 1994.