Monsanto is standing in the way of free inquiry

The May 26 article on genetically modified organisms included a quote from executive director of the Hawaii Crop Improvement Association, in which she said, “The scientific consensus about their safety is overwhelming.” She then stated that she represents feed farmers and that she is not paid by Monsanto, Dow or another biotech company.

However, HCIA member companies include Monsanto, Dow and Syngenta. The president of the association is Monsanto’s Fred Perlak. So, her statement was highly misleading.

Monsanto has invested heavily in university research departments.

But the main way it stifles food safety research into GMOs is by making it illegal for anyone to study GMO food without permission from the patent holder, Monsanto itself. This prompted Scientific American to state “when scientists are prevented from examining the raw ingredients in our nation’s food supply or from testing the plant material that covers a large portion of the country’s agricultural land, the restrictions on free inquiry become dangerous.”

Ernest Hilberg