By MB July 14, 2013
Jon Entine has made a career out of flacking for GMOs, Monsanto and Bill Gates. Entine appears to be the public face of Bill Gates and Monsanto’s media campaign to present GMO food as the holy grail. He writes hit pieces in Forbes Magazine against real (non corporate) GMO studies that show health risks.
Entine’s lucrative empire includes a media consultancy (clients: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and formerly Monsanto), a pro-chemical book deal with the Monsanto-funded American Council On Science And Health (Paul Offit is on the Board), a GMO media lobbying outfit called The Genetic Literacy Project, a relationship with STATS (George Mason University ‘advocate scientific and statistical methods as the best way of analyzing and solving society’s problems’), Senior Research Fellow with the Center for Health and Risk Communication (George Mason University) and he is a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (with a focus on anti-environmental issues).
With all these seemingly professional and academic positions you might assume Entine has ironclad scientific credentials.
You would be wrong.
Science degree? No.
Statistics degree? No.
Medical degree? No.
Media communications degree? No.
Paid activist flack? Yes.
His degree? BA in philosophy.
So what is Entine doing advising the public on medical, statistical and health issues? What is Entine’s meal ticket? Why would Bill Gates and Monsanto finance his empire?
Answer: Mainstream media access. Entine was a producer for Tom Brokaw (NBC News) and ABC News. Entine’s empire is based on tapping his media background to counter consumer resistance to genetically modified products.
The mainstream media laps it up, Entine is one of them. That’s why he gets such big exposure.
But you know what? Entine and the mainstream media are on the wrong side of this issue. Polls show 82% of Americans support GMO food labeling (GMOs are currently hidden ingredients in most prepared foods). Industry opposes this because they fear labeling will be a skull and crossbones mark of the devil that will destroy their GMO markets. And they are probably right. They are running scared.
So let Bill Gates and Monsanto throw their GMO money around like drunken sailors. Let Entine soak up their big bucks with his cavalcade of mainstream media pro-GMO activism.
You know what? They’re gonna lose.
When you see Entine’s byline on mainstream media pro-GMO hogwash, you know who paid for it.
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