Originally published November 5 2015
Another Monsanto academic shill exposed: University scientist exposed as propaganda writer for corrupt Big Biotech
by Daniel Barker
(NaturalNews) The latest Monsanto shill to be exposed in the media happens to hail from one the highest levels of academia: Harvard University.
Emails recently obtained by The Boston Globe through a public records request have revealed that Harvard Kennedy School Professor Calestous Juma wrote a widely published paper at the request of Monsanto without disclosing his connections to the biotech industry giant.
Juma, a Kenyan native and international development expert, wrote "Global Risks of Rejecting Agricultural Biotechnology" for a GMO propaganda website funded by Monsanto. The suggested title and contents of the article were apparently provided by Monsanto's Eric Sachs, head of regulatory policy and scientific affairs for the infamous GMO-slinging corporation.
In what was clearly a "you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours" bargain, Juma wrote what is essentially a propaganda piece for Monsanto in exchange for a merchandising deal provided by Sachs on behalf of the company.
From The Boston Globe:
His [Sachs's] e-mail lays out the agribusiness giant's strategy. A marketing company would "merchandize" the papers online, disseminate them to the media, and schedule op-eds, blog posts, speaking engagements, and webinars.
Monsanto suggested the research paper assigned to Juma be headlined "Consequences of Rejecting GM crops." In December 2014, Juma published "Global Risks of Rejecting Agricultural Biotechnology," on the website of the Genetic Literacy Project.
Juma says that he was not paid for writing the paper and that he viewed the invitation to do so in the same light as he would "an invitation to speak at a conference." He also claims that his failure to reveal his connections to Monsanto was not deliberate. "It's not that I was trying to hide anything," Juma was quoted as saying. He also said, "It may have been bad judgment on my part, but that's how I was thinking at the time."
"Bad judgment" is a huge understatement, as far as this writer is concerned...
A glaringly obvious case of conflict of interestProfessor Juma could not have been unaware of the high stakes involved in the publishing of such obvious propaganda for a company that is fighting to extend its influence and highly controversial practices on a global basis. A global development expert would certainly be aware of the implications of publishing such a paper, especially one that was purported to be impartial.
[T]he direct influence of the multinational corporation seems to be in contradiction of Harvard's rules. Their conflict of interest policy says that "faculty members should not permit outside activities and financial interests to compromise their primary commitment to the mission of the university."
This corruption of higher learning complements a deep infiltration by Monsanto into the federal branches, and the regulatory agencies that are supposed to protect the public using objective information.
Par for the courseThis latest episode might be one of the most egregious examples of Monsanto's dirty tricks involving the use of academic shills to further its profit-driven chemical warfare agenda, but it's certainly not the only one that has been brought to light.
The stakes are extremely high, and we're not only talking about obscene profits and greedy corporations trying to gain monopolies on a global scale.
We're talking about full-out biological warfare that is capable of wrecking ecosystems, harming humans and destroying many species of animal life, including vitally important bee colonies and endangered insects such as the monarch butterfly.
This is not speculation; there are proven links to cancer and neurological disorders in humans exposed to Monsanto's poisons such as glyphosate, and there is mounting evidence that the neonicotinoid insecticides produced by chemical companies are harming bees and butterflies as well as other types of wildlife.
It's bad enough that Monsanto peddles these poisons in the first place, but the fact that they are all too eager to enlist shills at the highest echelons of academia to churn out propaganda proves once and for all that the company is truly evil incarnate.
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