Monsanto cheerleader Kevin Folta is no stranger to OCA. Folta relentlessly dogged our organization in 2012, 2013 and 2014, when we were part of a coalition working to pass laws that would require labels on GMO foods.
Most recently, Folta attacked us for revealing that Ben & Jerry’s ice cream is contaminated with glyphosate—news that was reported by the New York Times.
Now Folta, chairman of the Horticulture Sciences Department at University of Florida, is suing the Times and Pulitzer Prize winner Eric Lipton, for allegedly misrepresenting him as a “covertly paid operative of one of the largest and most controversial companies in America, Monsanto.”
Folta claims the Times, and Lipton, misrepresented him in order to “to further their own anti GMO’ agenda.” That’s quite an accusation, coming from someone who’s made a career out of, well, lying.
In this detailed and well-documented fact sheet, US Right to Know, an independent nonprofit partially funded by OCA, spells out just how deceitful Folta, who has referred to the food movement as a “terrorist faction,” has been about his relationship with Monsanto.
Here are just a few of accusations against Folta:
- He partnered with two groups that misled journalists and scientists about their industry funding
- He proposed hiding the Monsanto money from public scrutiny
- He allowed an industry PR firm to ghostwrite for him, then denied it
You’ll find details about these, and many other examples of Folta’s work on behalf of Monsanto (while pretending to be an “independent scientist”) in ‘The Misleading and Deceitful Ways of Dr. Kevin Folta.”
As Monsanto comes under increasing pressure both here in the U.S., and in Europe, we wonder: Will Folta try to step up his game? Or will legitimate publications finally see through his lies?
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