Bayer (in talks to merge with Monsanto) just poured money into a YouTube advertisement, that is 99% inspirational video about a skateboarder named Aaron “Jaws” Homoki, and 1% encouragement to take risks with genetically modified foods, CRISPR, ect. It was released nearly 3 weeks ago with 2 other videos on the new YouTube channel “Leaps by Bayer.”
Comments are disabled on the video, so people can’t blow up the comments with information about how Bayer and Monsanto have committed crimes against humanity, characteristic of the mainstream media’s tendency to disable comment sections. It’s currently at over 264,000 views.
It features a voice over from famous skateboarder Tony Hawk. It has nothing to do with Bayer, telling the story of a feat performed by skateboarder Aaron “Jaws” Homoki : it’s a cheesy attempt to entice support from the youth, and if you understand the risks it’s downright predatory.
Did you or your kids ever play Tony Hawk skateboarder games?
The video’s description reads:
“Discover the true story behind one of the most legendary locations in skateboarding: the Lyon 25. And find out how it has inspired the innovation initiative Leaps by Bayer to bring an attitude of daring to the life sciences.
Filmed in Bolivia on the largest salt plain in the world and featuring a voice-over by Tony Hawk plus an exclusive track from Berlin-based musician Paul Kalkbrenner, the legacy of Ali Boulala and Aaron “Jaws” Homoki is more than a jump. It’s a story that dares us to leap. #daretoleap
Learn more: http://leaps.bayer.com/the-film“
Remember last year when Swedish plant biologist Stefan Jansson ate his own CRISPR-modified cabbage and became sick? If you look at the Atlantic article about it, you’ll notice they are trying really, really hard to sell people on GMOs:
“Against this awesome diversity of cabbages, the deletion of one gene in Jansson’s cabbage seems almost puny in comparison. Yet CRISPR has been hyped as a world-changing innovation because it allows scientists to easily edit the genomes of nearly any species in the world: plant, animal, or even human. And CRISPR could be an opportunity to reintroduce genetic engineering to the world—to get beyond poisoned names like “GMO” and Monsanto.” To make products that exciting and novel and cooler. Way cooler than slower growing cabbage anyway.
In the early days of genetic engineering, big-ag companies focused on traits that could help farmers, either by reducing pesticides or by making weedkillers easier to use.”
So now it’s “CRISPR-edited,” and “Bayer” instead of GMO and Monsanto? Sounds like propaganda. At the end of the article Jansson confessed he felt sick to the stomach after eating it. It continues:
“His stomach didn’t feel great after, Jansson confessed— “as if I had spicy food at an Indian restaurant.” But CRISPR, he suggested, could help with that.”
The propaganda piece recieved an accurate review from GM Watch:
“CRISPR is well known by now to cause off-target (unintended) effects, though the medical research community are a lot more honest about it than the plant genetic engineers. Astonishingly, right after The Atlantic’s Zhang admits that the gene-edited cabbage might contain toxic levels of glucosinolates, she uncritically quotes Jansson as suggesting that CRISPR “could help with that”.
So even if gene editing hasn’t created “delicious” new GMO foods, it might be useful for reducing high levels of toxins that are present in a gene-edited crop and may indeed have resulted from disruptions caused by the gene editing process? Are Jansson and Zhang serious? Is this the fabled wonder technique that will “redeem the reputation of engineered crops”?
Anyone cheering yet? Anyone willing to risk a bad stomach, or worse, in the quest for a brave new world of gene-edited crops – beyond the hype merchants who stand to benefit?”
Apparently Tony Hawk and Aaron Homoki are willing to be sellouts for Bayer-Monsanto, encouraging people to “#daretoleap” for “CRISPR-edited” foods.
Unfortunately not all people are sharp enough to recognize this effort is about as ham-handed as the man who said he could drink a glass of harmless RoundUp pesticide.
For more info on why Bayer has possibly an even worse criminal history than Monsanto, watch this.
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