Journalism & Media

"Food Industry Enlisted Academics in G.M.O. Lobbying War, Emails Show"

"At Monsanto, sales of genetically modified seeds were steadily rising. But executives at the company’s St. Louis headquarters were privately worried about attacks on the safety of their products. So Monsanto, the world’s largest seed company, and its industry partners retooled their lobbying and public relations strategy to spotlight a rarefied group of advocates: academics, brought in for the gloss of impartiality and weight of authority that come with a professor’s pedigree."

Source: NY Times, 09/07/2015

"Is Chipotle Evil? This Ad Campaign Says Absolutely"

"This morning, a new, controversial ad campaign hit the press. New Yorkers, en route to work, were likely the first to see it, because its inaugural imprint was in the New York Post, in the form of a full-page advertisement. And it isn't at all kind to Chipotle."

Source: Wash Post, 09/04/2015

"There Is Literally A US Government Conspiracy Against Vegan Mayo"

"Hampton Creek, the food technology company, has apparently been the subject of much discussion at the American Egg Board—an egg research and promotion program overseen by the US Department of Agriculture. Newly released documents show high-level members of the American Egg Board, a USDA employee, and an outside PR firm discussing strategies for dealing with Just Mayo, Hampton Creek’s plant-based mayonnaise substitute, the Associated Press first reported."

Source: Quartz, 09/03/2015

"Welcome to Beautiful Parkersburg, West Virginia"

The story of how a DuPont chemical called C8, or PFOA, harmed the health of people around Parkersburg, WV, is an epic one that resulted in a huge class-action settlement. "DuPont deceived as many people as they could deceive as for as long as they could," one resident said. Under the current regulatory system, the same thing could happen again.

Source: Huffington Post, 08/28/2015
September 28, 2015

DEADLINE: Mobile Film Festival

The Mobile Film Festival, taking place in Paris, France, Dec 2015, announces its first international edition in partnership with the United Nations on Climate Change. 30.000 € Grand Prize. Deadline: Sep 28, 2015.

"Attorney Hounding Climate Scientists Covertly Funded By Coal Industry"

"Christopher Horner, an attorney who claims that the earth is cooling, is known within the scientific community for hounding climate change researchers with relentless investigations and public ridicule, often deriding scientists as 'communists' and frauds. ... New court documents reveal one source of Horner’s funding: big coal."

Source: The Intercept, 08/26/2015


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