What to do?
<p>How about convincing journalists that food biotechnology is the solution to the world's food problems and that any criticism of it is a critique of science in the same category as <a href="http://www.ecowatch.com/tag/climate-denier">climate-change denial</a> (as I told Thacker).</p><p>The journalist Paul Thacker explains that strategy in an article in <a href="http://progressive.org/magazine/how-the-biotech-industry-cultivates-positive-media/" target="_blank">Tuesday's Progressive</a>:</p><p style="margin-left: 20px;">In recent months, media outlets have reported on a disturbing trend of corporate-sponsored journalism. <em>The British Medical Journal </em><a href="http://www.bmj.com/content/357/bmj.j1638" target="_blank">exposed</a> a multiyear campaign by Coca-Cola to influence reporters covering obesity by secretly funding journalism conferences at the University of Colorado. The watchdog group Health News Review <a href="https://www.healthnewsreview.org/2017/04/journalism-ethics-questions-swirl-around-u-of-kansas-opioid-survey-pharma-funding/" target="_blank">reported</a> that two journalism professors at the University of Kansas asked more than 1,100 health-care reporters about their views on opioids in a survey that was funded, in part, by the <a href="https://www.practicalbioethics.org/" target="_blank">Center for Practical Bioethics</a>, a group the <a href="https://www.finance.senate.gov/chairmans-news/baucus-grassley-seek-answers-about-opioid-manufacturers-ties-to-medical-groups" target="_blank">U.S. Senate Finance Committee investigated</a> for its ties to opioid manufacturers ... Hints of the biotech industry's media tactics have leaked from court cases filed against Monsanto alleging <a href="http://www.ecowatch.com/tag/glyphosate">glyphosate</a> causes cancer. Several filings reference internal Monsanto documents that describe the company's social media strategy called "<a href="https://usrtk.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/MDLLetNothingGomotion.pdf" target="_blank">Let Nothing Go</a>"—a program in which individuals who appear to have no connection to the industry rapidly respond to negative social media posts regarding Monsanto, GMOs, and agrichemicals.<br></p><p>His article describes the fierce industry pushback against anyone who raises questions about food biotechnology.</p><p>I know about that pushback firsthand. That's why this site no longer accepts comments.</p><p>We need open discussion about issues related to food biotechnology. This article is a good place to begin.</p>
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