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Biotech lies are passed off as ‘science’ for schoolchildren

It’s not enough that the biotech industry — led by multinational corporations such as Monsanto, Dow, Syngenta, BAS, and Dupont — is poisoning our food and our planet. It’s also poisoning young minds.

In a blatant attempt at brainwashing, the Council for Biotechnology Information (CBI) has widely circulated what it calls a Biotechnology Basics Activity Book for kids, to be used by “Agriculture and Science Teachers.” The book — called Look Closer at Biotechnology — looks like a science workbook, but reads more like a fairy tale. Available on the council’s Web site, its colorful pages are full of friendly cartoon faces, puzzles, helpful hints for teachers — and a heavy dose of outright lies about the likely effects of genetic engineering on health, the environment, world hunger and the future of farming.

CBI’s lies are designed specifically for children, and intended for use in classrooms.

At a critical time in history when our planet is veering toward a meltdown, when our youth are suffering the health consequences (obesity, diabetes, allergies) of Big Ag and Food Inc.’s over-processed, fat-and sugar-laden, chemical-, and GMO-tainted foods, a time when we should be educating tomorrow’s adults about how to reverse climate change, how to create sustainable farming communities, how to promote better nutrition, the biotech industry’s propagandists are infiltrating classrooms with misinformation in the guise of “educational” materials.

Brainwashing children. It’s a new low, even for Monsanto.

You don’t have to read beyond the first page of Look Closer at Biotechnology to realize that this is pure propaganda:

Hi Kids! Welcome to the Biotechnology Basics Activity Book. This is an activity book for young people like you about biotechnology — a really neat topic. Why is it such a neat topic? Because biotechnology is helping to improve the health of the Earth and the people who call it home. In this book, you will take a closer look at biotechnology. You will see that biotechnology is being used to figure out how to: 1) grow more food; 2) help the environment; and 3) grow more nutritious food that improves our health. As you work through the puzzles in this book, you will learn more about biotechnology and all of the wonderful ways it can help people live better lives in a healthier world. Have fun!

Before we take a closer look at the lies laid out in Look Closer at Biotechnology — lies that are repeated over and over again, the better to imprint them on young minds — let’s take a closer look at the book’s publisher. The Council for Biotechnology Information describes itself as “a non-profit 501(c)(6) organization that communicates science-based information about the benefits and safety of agricultural biotechnology and its contributions to sustainable development.”

According to the Internal Revenue Service, a 501(c)(6) organization is a “business league” devoted to the improvement of business conditions of one or more lines of business. The mission of a 501(c)(6) organization “must focus on the advancement of the conditions of a particular trade or the interests of the community.”

The bottom line is that CBI exists to advance the interests of the corporations that it was formed to promote — in this case, the biotech industry. While it purports to communicate “science-based information,” in fact, that’s not its mission at all. Its mission is to maximize the profits of Monsanto and the biotech industry.

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5 comments to Biotech lies are passed off as ‘science’ for schoolchildren

  • June Schappert

    This post is worth everyone’s attention. When can I find out more?

    • Another point to make is that the pesticides being used and deeeolpvd at this time are systemic , they are meant to be absorbed into the plant. So not only do we eat pesticides such as Bt Toxin, we are eating a second pesticide such as clothiandin that is being sprayed on the GMO plants. The EPA approves the pesticides, however does no testing of its own. They are not allowed to recommend labeling cautions. The FDA also does not test on its own. Plenty of studies show the endocrine disorders etc. We deserve to make our own decisions because afterall, it is a free market, eh? Well, truth be told, it’s only a free market for the big corporations, not for us because we’re kept in the dark.

    • I believe GM inhiibts the will to live. It disrupts the natural process.Scientists who practise GM in this form have a short term vision: profit’ or direct gain’, they do not understand what has made the genes to exist in its complexity.Essentially it is very easy to understand: the physical can’t be the source for the physical. These scientists are like athiests, they only believe in what we can see / measure. They think Gene X has result Y and it is nothing more then that.But how could this logically be? The source of life and the comple genetic coherence is more then the building blocks. It is more than we can possibly measure/see.I don’t believe in God, but I think it is more stupid to believe there is nothing more then we can see.If you would mess with the genes, you actually create something that should be as it is and therefor inhibit the will to live.

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  • Yeah, Godot. We are looking at one of Yankeedom’s finset sub-speciman there, surely. Most assuredly. No mistake about it, either.And Bad Yankee, you say that It’s more mainstream in America to live green, eat organic, and be a goddamn hippie. Well, despite your catchy screen neme, it is obvious to me that YOU haven’t been to the United States at all. If you had, and let’s say spent a little time at a local Wal Mart, McDonald’s, Burger King, or at the Old Country Buffet, you would not be telling your Hungarian readers such nonsense that Americans, by and large, are eating organic foods (ha-ha-ha), live green (ha-ha-ha), and are hippies (phew ).Of course, I sort of missed the Summer of Love in Frisco in 1967, only having gotten to that fine city by the bay (San Fran today) in May of 1970. So who knows, you could be right, Bro’. But today, most Americans are like T-Rexes on two feet.

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