Reality-Check
May 22, 2014
Myth #9: Monsanto hired security firm Blackwater to spy on critics

False! We have never hired Blackwater or its affiliates.

Like almost any big company, we monitor potential security threats by keeping an eye on websites and news reports. (Given how often our sites are invaded by various colours of extremists–four times at one French site last year alone!–it would be imprudent not to try to anticipate some of those incidents).

Sometimes we hire outside companies to help us. Between 2008 and 2010, we hired a company called Total Intelligence Solutions (TIS) to help us monitor publicly available information. An Internet story incorrectly reported that TIS was part of Blackwater.  And the myth lives on. But it is a myth.

[If you’ve heard any other stories about Monsanto that you suspect aren’t true, check out our other blog entries in this series or download our pocket-sized Myths & Facts leaflet, which is available in several languages.]

 

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