Jun 21, 2013

In the Bag for Big Ag!!!

Don't Stop Fronting: 9 Industry-Funded Groups That Promote Big Food and Big Ag
These groups exist to do the bidding of the giants in corporate food and agriculture.
By Steve Holt
June 21, 2013

In The Bag For Big Ag

SLIDE SHOW: In the Bag for Big Ag

Food and biotech corporations like Coca-Cola, Monsanto and ConAgra have the best public relations teams money can buy. A huge (and incredibly deceptive) part of these companies’ PR and damage control strategies is the buying or formation of front groups—often with nice-sounding, farm- or consumer-centered names—to work on their behalf, pushing for a more industrialized and genetically compromised food system.

These groups hire the best and the brightest scientists and researchers to “prove” that genetically modified foods are good for our bodies and the world, that sugary soda “hydrates” us, that pesticides and high fructose corn syrup are harmless—and that anyone who says otherwise is a crazy conspiracy theorist.

Recently, Center for Food Safety researcher Michelle Simon pulled back the curtain on these groups, their funders, and how they operate in an enlightening report titled, “Best Public Relations Money Can Buy: A Guide to Food Industry Front Groups.” Click through this gallery to see a few of the groups who want Americans to eat more junk and farmers to further contaminate our food supply—and download the entire report to read about all their dirty tricks!
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