Older but important stories.
5 professionals (below), all doing their jobs, fired because they raised questions about Monsanto’s bovine growth hormone.
We followed the shattering attacks on four other scientists: Ignacio Chapela, Tyrone Hayes, John Losey and then Arpad Pusztai who also suffered greatly at the hands of Monsanto. See 2004-01-11 Biotech critics at risk, San Francisco Chronicle. Scientists attacked. Corruption of science by corporate interests.
We’ve discussed organic farmers whose families received visits by the RCMP, sent by Monsanto – – intimidation tactics. The list of aggrieved persons is very long.
(Click on the category “Genetically Modified” and scroll through the thumbnail sketches to get a sense. I did that. And am now thinking . . hmmm .. if contacted, there are large organizations (the American Rice Growers, just one example) who have a big reason to become active in the March Against Monsanto. . . . We have work to do!)
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BACK TO “THE 5”:
John writes: An interesting video that I stumbled upon. Good to know at least the officials in Canada are doing their job.
Monsanto & Cancer Milk: FOX NEWS KILLS STORY & FIRES REPORTERS. Uploaded on Sep 10, 2008
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My reply to John:
Excellent video! (Jane Akre and Steve Wilson, reporters fired by Fox News)
(1) BUT! Re your statement: Good to know at least the officials in Canada are doing their job.
The irony is that two of the three were eventually fired, too! Citizens lobbied hard on behalf of the scientists, but to no avail. It is another sad story.
Shiv Chopra, one of the Canadian whistleblowers, appears briefly in the youtube you sent (preceding link). I have been in contact with him on and off over the years and read the book that Shiv eventually wrote about his experience in Health Canada.
The firing of the Canadian whistleblowers is at: 2004-07-20 Monsanto’s attempted bribery, Firing of Health Canada scientists
(INSERT: CORRECTING THE RECORD:
John’s statement about the Canadian whistleblowers gives credit to Health Canada which is not deserved. I emailed Jane Akre (see the youtube: she was fired by Fox News). Does she know that the Canadian officials were eventually fired? Jane replied: no, she did not know. I contacted Shiv. Correspondence with Jane is in progress.)
(2) The video is more powerful – but it’s interesting to read the written version we circulated: see 1998-04-02 Monsanto and Fox TV Unite to Suppress Journalists’ Free Speech on Hazards of Genetically Engineered Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH or rBST)
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SO! there’s a beginning to the stories of people and organizations who have been harmed by Monsanto. Allies, don’t ya think?! IF you have a phone package, maybe you would like to contact some organizations?!
(Next big global day: Oct 12, 2013 – Thanksgiving Saturday if you’re Canadian!)