Is the Royal Society Monsanto?

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A Guardian sub-editor turns European science academies into “food companies”

John Vidal, the Guardian’s environment editor, has a particular talent at passing off opinion pieces as news. Today he is writing about GM crops.

When it comes to GM crops Vidal is a very late 1990s type of green, believing any old piffle passed his way. This can be seen by his ridiculous demands that we should take the thoroughly de-bunked study of Seralini seriously. This is not that different to an environment editor telling us we should take seriously a study showing the stars are causing climate change.

Now, he seems to be moving into even more absurd territory, implying that the Royal Society and others are in on some kind of conspiracy theory to get GM crops grown in Africa:

Africa is expected to be the next target of GM food companies, as European scientists and policymakers travel to Ethiopia to boost the prospect of growing more of the controversial crops on the continent.

Anne Glover, the chief scientific adviser to the European commission, and other prominent pro-GM researchers and policymakers from European countries including Germany, Hungary, Italy and Sweden will this week meet Ethiopian, Kenyan, Ghanaian and Nigerian farm ministers as well as officials from the African Union.

The Royal Society is thus implied to be shilling for Monsanto and Syngenta. Really, is this any better than the most vacuous of climate change deniers claiming the majority of climate scientists agree on climate change simply to push some kind of left wing agenda? Some people don’t like the term anti-science, but in the case of Vidal it is hard to see how it is not literally correct.

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18 thoughts on “Is the Royal Society Monsanto?

    mem_somerville (@mem_somerville) said:
    February 24, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    This is a completely bogus statement:

    talks take place as industry data shows the planting of GM crops has practically halted in the US

    I just laughed out loud when I read that.

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      Robert Wilson said:
      February 24, 2014 at 2:12 pm

      Yes. Can you imagine Vidal writing a piece saying organic sales have halted if he had similar statistics in his hand? Hard to believe this is what passes for journalism.

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      Samuel said:
      February 24, 2014 at 3:11 pm

      Surprising to see you here Mary, are you also interested in energy and following Robert or do you have a clever trigger when someone is writing about GMO & Monsanto ?

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      Samuel said:
      February 24, 2014 at 8:41 pm

      Haha not at all, sorry if my comment seemed intrusive I just though it was quite surprising to cross someone you know in a completely different area on the same blog, the Internet being that big.

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    Paul @ Eco Stores said:
    February 24, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    Such poor writing it’s hard to imagine why the Guardian have him in charge of such an important area of news. Truly, it boggles the mind

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    Michael Stephens said:
    February 25, 2014 at 1:27 am

    Vidal is kind of an idiot. Why do I say that? Anyone who blindly believes what you can read on the internet provided by anti-GM activists must be an idiot. His latest is blaming maize farming for flooding ! Meanwhile the organic food he supports …..kills people. That’s hash you might say — but its true – organic food contaminated by bacteria from organic manure has killed people

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