As more and more people wake up to the reality of the pesticide and GMO intensive agricultural model that has coincided with America becoming one of the most unhealthy nations on Earth, the companies that produce such products are becoming more and more desperate to protect their image.
In the case of the Monsanto Company, the need to protect the reputation of its chemicals and GMOs has never been more pronounced, and to do so they’ve continually sought the help of academics in the past in order to support their narratives.
They have also been caught recently, however, such as in the case of Stanford University Professor Henry Miller.
Leaked emails prove that yet another professor has been offered an “unrestricted gift” by Monsanto in order to help their fight against California’s declaration that Roundup weedkiller causes cancer.
An “Unrestricted Gift” for University Professor from Monsanto
As noted in this article from the website GMWatch.org, Professor Andrew Kniss of Wyoming was offered an “unrestricted gift” from Monsanto.
The information was uncovered by the Dutch news outlet OneWorld, which found that the company made the offer in an email dated July 14, 2014. The email reportedly said, “Hi, Dr. Kniss. Would you please send me your mailing address. Monsanto would like to send you an unrestricted gift. Thanks.”
Kniss is a professor of weed biology and ecology at the University of Wyoming, and speaks often in media outlets defending pesticides and GMO crops. He has spoken in the past about some of his research and the fact that it’s been sponsored by agrochemical affiliated organizations, but has not been specific about where the money has come from, exactly.
One of the examples of his articles is ‘No, California, Roundup won’t give you cancer.’ which was written with the goal of countering the state’s recent decision to add a warning label to the herbicide. But as the GMWatch.org article notes, he is not a toxicologist or an expert in public health.
Kniss also wrote a retort to a popular recent analysis piece in the New York Times titled ‘Broken Promises of Genetically Modified Crops’ for the Genetic Literacy Project website, during which the research money he received from the agrochemical industry and Monsanto was not shared with readers.
Monsanto and GMOs on College Campuses
Monsanto has been active on college campuses for multiple decades, donating big dollars to use public universities as research arms and as PR mouthpieces.
For example, Cornell University has been on the receiving end of multiple millions of dollars in recent years from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to promote GMOs around the world, and other universities have long received grants for GMO research programs including Michigan State University, Illinois, and others.
Students are also given jobs with companies like Monsanto after doing research at these universities, continuing the full circle that leads to the proliferation of a system that has placed an enormous chemical burden on our environment and food supply.
For more information on the Kniss controversy, check out the full article from GMWatch.org by clicking here.