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Balance wanted: European media coverage of GMOs and pesticides often misses it

by Brandon Mitchener

In a year in which the Oxford English Dictionary has named “post-truth” the word of the year, it should surprise no one that the global news media are under increasing scrutiny for failing to hold politicians and others accountable for telling outright lies that leave a mark—sometimes a decisive mark—on public policies. Lies helped fuel the “Brexit” vote in the United Kingdom, and lies and fake news played a starring role in the U.S. presidential election.

In the U.S., major news organisations including The New York Times and The Washington Post belatedly ramped up live online fact-checking services in the realisation that most voters couldn’t tell lies from facts. Google and Facebook have belatedly announced plans to ban fake news from their sites...

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Glyphosate: Monsanto statement on European Commission extension (EN/DE/FR/NL/ES/IT/RO)

In response to today’s action by the European Commission to only temporarily extend the authorisation of glyphosate for 18 months, Dr. Philip W. Miller, Monsanto’s vice president of global regulatory and governmental affairs, released the following statement:

Today’s decision by the European Commission to temporarily extend glyphosate’s authorisation by 18 months ensures that European farmers, municipalities, gardeners and other users will continue to have access to the herbicide glyphosate while a longer-term solution to the product’s reauthorisation is found.

 European farmers, municipalities, gardeners and other users have depended on glyphosate for 40 years as a safe, efficient and cost-effective tool for weed control...

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Monsanto launches #RootedInScience campaign

Darwin_misrepresentationEvery day in Europe seems to bring a new attack by non-governmental organisations, Greens and others on everything from plant breeding techniques to pesticides (think: glyphosate) to genetically modified seeds and ingredients. Yesterday, European governments failed to reach an agreement on the renewal of glyphosate, the main ingredient in the world’s most widely used herbicide, as the result of an epic onslaught of NGO spin and fearmongering ominously echoed by some misinformed European politicians. Tomorrow marks the annual March against Monsanto, in which angry mobs–especially in France–plan to demonstrate against Monsanto for presumed grievances, most based on conspiracy theories.

Given this context, it’s probably timely that Monsanto is launching a social media campaign celebrating the...

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“The Age of Stupid”: Part 2

We interviewed the ‘Risk-Monger’, a.k.a David Zaruk, on food propaganda, food labelling and how European consumers can be better informed about where their food comes from and how it is produced. Click here to see the first part of the interview.

David Zaruk, A.K.A. The Risk MongerWho is David Zaruk?

David Zaruk is the outspoken blogger known as the Risk-Monger. A philosopher by training, he has been an EU risk and science communications specialist since 2001. David believes that hunger, AIDS and diseases like malaria are the real threats to humanity – not plastics, GMOs or pesticides. Also follow him in smaller doses on the Risk-Monger FB page: www.facebook.com/riskmonger 

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“The Age of Stupid”: Part 1

We interviewed the ‘Risk-Monger’, a.k.a David Zaruk, on food propaganda, food labelling and how European consumers can be better informed about where their food comes from and how it is produced.

David Zaruk, A.K.A. The Risk Monger

David Zaruk, A.K.A. The Risk Monger

Who is David Zaruk?

David Zaruk is the outspoken blogger known as the Risk-Monger. A philosopher by training, he has been an EU risk and science communications specialist since 2001. David believes that hunger, AIDS and diseases like malaria are the real threats to humanity – not plastics, GMOs or pesticides. Also follow him in smaller doses on the Risk-Monger FB page: www.facebook.com/riskmonger 

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The letter that Lausanne Cité didn’t want you to read

You have to  appreciate the irony of Lausanne Cité, which has the gall to insist that readers’ commentaries on their articles and editorials avoid “messages full of hate, defamation, slander or character assassination.” They continue: “We invite you to maintain, at all times, a tone and proposals that are respectful.” (French original below)

Votre avis nous intéresse. Mais Lausanne Cités refuse toute forme de message haineux, diffamatoire, calomnieux ou attentatoire à l’honneur. Les propos racistes ou xénophobes, les menaces, injures ou autres incitations à la violence seront immédiatement supprimés de notre site. Nous vous invitons donc à toujours garder, en toute circonstance, un ton et des propos respectueux. Lausanne Cités

And yet, the very same Lausanne Cité, that apparen...

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Monsanto response to activist video published by The Guardian

The Guardian has published Monsanto’s response to an activist video rife with misinformation that was presented as news. Our response follows a fruitless exchange with The Guardian’s Readers Editor, who refused to remove the video from the Guardian’s website despite its being a piece of blatant propaganda. It’s a shame that the Guardian couldn’t even introduce our response without mistakes, misidentifying the author of the Monsanto letter, Daniel Kruithoff, as “Managing editor of Monsanto Australia & New Zealand.” Actually, he’s the head of our business in those two countries. Monsanto is not yet a publishing organisation. But sadly facts and accuracy don’t always seem to be top priority for the Guardian these days.

Here is what we said:

Last week the Guardian published a video called “...

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Independent panel to conduct review of IARC monograph on glyphosate (EN/DE/FR/NL/IT/ES/RO)

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Independent panel to conduct review of IARC monograph on glyphosate

Monsanto Co. has asked Intertek Scientific & Regulatory Consultancy to convene and facilitate a panel of internationally recognized scientific experts to conduct a review of the International Agency for Research on Cancer’s (IARC) monograph on glyphosate, which is expected to be published in July 2015.  The publication of the full monograph follows IARC’s summary findings which were reported in The Lancet Oncology on March 20, 2015.

The panel will include independent experts ...

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IARC and glyphosate: What we know (EN/DE/FR/NL/IT/ES)

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In March 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which assesses hazards potentially associated with cancer, concluded that glyphosate, an active ingredient in many popular herbicides such as Roundup®, is a “probable carcinogen.” This “2A” category also includes health risks from professions such as hairdressers and fry cooks and shift workers.

The 2A classification doesn’t prove that glyphosate causes cancer, and IARC’s conclusion conflicts with the overwhelming consensus of regulatory bodies and science organisations around the world tha...

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Are honey bee colonies collapsing? Read what the European Commission has to say about it

Boissay 100414 033By Brandon Mitchener

A lot of stories circulate on the Internet and news about a “colony collapse disorder” (CCD) which is allegedly wiping out bee colonies worldwide. In fact, CCD is a real problem facing beekeepers in many places. But the causes aren’t necessarily those that you might have been led to believe they are.

The use of pesticides, in particular, has been blamed for the CCD phenomenon, particularly in Europe. But are they the culprit? And are the bees even dying in the numbers that bee-costumed environmentalists would have us all believe?

In response to a question from a member of the European Parliament, the European Commission earlier this month put things in perspective:

The Commission wishes to clarify that colony collapse disorder (CCD) is not a disease but a specific...

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