Dear Bill Nye: Are you indeed a corporate Monsanto whore? An open letter to my fallen hero

Dear Bill Nye: Are you indeed a corporate Monsanto whore? An open letter to my fallen hero

Bill, let’s be honest: your new episode on GMOs is absolute poppycock - and it has significantly damaged your reputation. The entire series feels like cheap propaganda, and I literally feel stupider after wasting my time watching it. If you continue to make similar content, you will completely sacrifice your credibility as a science communicator.

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Science, Dogma, and Mark Lynas

Science, Dogma, and Mark Lynas

Lynas’ main charge is that criticism of genetic engineering (GE) in agriculture is anti-science. His focus is on what he calls “the antis”—activists opposed to genetically engineered crops—but by setting up this straw man, and ignoring complex scientific concerns about GE while making summary judgments about its safety and value, he appears to be attempting to discourage real scientific debate.

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Why is Cornell University hosting a GMO propaganda campaign?

Why is Cornell University hosting a GMO propaganda campaign?

Cornell, one of the world's leading academic institutions, has abandoned scientific objectivity, writes Stacy Malkan - and instead made itself a global hub for the promotion of GM crops and food. Working with selected journalists and industry-supported academics, Cornell's so-called 'Alliance for Science' is an aggressive propaganda tool for corporate biotech and agribusiness.

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Farmers call for Cornell to evict the Alliance for Science

Farmers call for Cornell to evict the Alliance for Science

 “Yet there is no balance to this – nothing in the materials or programs of “The Alliance for Science” is anything but entirely pro-biotechnology.  They are without balance or significant critical evaluation of the range of agricultural systems and technologies that exist in food production today,” notes Elizabeth Henderson, organic farmer from Wayne County.

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Organic Farmers Are Not Anti-Science, but Genetic Engineers Often Are

Organic Farmers Are Not Anti-Science, but Genetic Engineers Often Are

We should continue to campaign for labeling GMOs. We should call upon Cornell to disband its propaganda arm for GMOs – the Alliance for Science – or repurpose it under the guidance of a board that represents the interests of the people of NY State. We should not oppose continuing research in genetic engineering, but we should demand that equal resources go into agroecology.

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The Puppetmasters of Academia (what the NY Times left out)

The Puppetmasters of Academia (what the NY Times left out)

The real scoop was not the perfidy and deceit of a handful of individual professors. Buried in the emails is proof positive of active collusion between the agribusiness and chemical industries, numerous and often prominent academics, PR companies, and key administrators of land grant universities for the purpose of promoting GMOs and pesticides. In particular, nowhere does the Times note that one of the chief colluders was none other than the President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

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The GMO Debate: One Student's Experience of Pro-GMO Propaganda at Cornell University

The GMO Debate: One Student's Experience of Pro-GMO Propaganda at Cornell University

Cornell, as an institution, appears to be complicit in a shocking amount of ecologically destructive, academically unethical, and scientifically deceitful behavior. Perhaps the most potent example is Cornell’s deep ties to industrial GMO agriculture, and the affiliated corporations such as Monsanto. I’d like to share how I became aware of this troubling state of affairs.

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