MSM Can’t Understand Why Consumers Want Non-GMO Despite Industry Science

obey_consumeBy Brandon Turbeville

The mainstream media seems oddly perplexed.

A few days after a report released by the National Research Council claiming to “prove” that GMOs are safe to eat and are harmless, data still shows that customers want non-GMO food and they are doing whatever they can to get it.

Many outlets are now asking the question “why don’t consumers seem to care about the NRC report? Why don’t they seem to care about the ‘science!?!?!?'”

After all, as USA Today reports,

Concern over GMO ingredients has grown in recent years, swept along by local ballot measures that proposed requirements for labeling foods with GMOs. Increasingly, the phrase GMO became part of the question about what’s considered safe, healthy and natural food. Sales of foods labeled as non-GMO have gone from $12.9 billion in 2012 to $21.2 billion in the year ended April 30, according to Nielsen.

And all this in the middle of an economic depression.

Darren Seifer, food and beverage industry analyst at the NPD group has an answer. According to Seifer, the debate is “based on fear, not logic.” Of course, the debate is partly based on fear. Consumers are generally fearful of contracting cancer, chronic illness, and irrevocable environmental destruction. The fact that GMOs pollute and distort the natural environment is well established and the science demonstrating harmful effects to humans is also there despite the need to save pennies to fund it. So Seifer is obviously wrong when he says that anti-GMO activists are illogically fearful. They have a logical basis for their claims and are fearful of legitimate and quite possible outcomes.

But the mainstream media always happy to chalk up criticism of major corporations, banks, GMOs and pharmaceuticals to ignorance and stupidity of the little people who don’t have impressive letters behind their names (always careful to omit the ones that do) is having a hard time rationalizing why these consumers would still fear GMOs after allegedly reputable scientific organizations declare them safe.

To paraphrase another famously imbecilic and frustrated bit of propaganda, mainstream outlets are saying “just eat your damn GMOs!” But it is not science that consumers are so skeptical of. Indeed, after decades of approving GMOs, Vioxx, mercury, BPA and derivatives, American regulatory agencies simply no longer have any credibility in the minds of any thinking American.

Take the infallible NRC as an example. The organization which professes to stand for independent scientific research is instead packed full of industry scientists, GMO promoters and millions of dollars of donations from major biotech companies. In fact, the NRC has been described as having a revolving door of staff directors who move back and forth between the federally chartered organization and Big Ag corporations.

Food and Water Watch also presents evidence that the NRC regularly provides scientific conclusions on agricultural issues that are heavily watered down and mostly based on industry science. Indeed, while major corporations involved in the biotech industry and pro-GMO academics are welcome in the NRC, critics are shunned.

According to Food and Water Watch,

With the NRC’s 2016 report, more than half of the experts selected to participate in the project have apparent conflicts, such as receiving research funding from industry, developing GMOs (or patents), consulting for industry or working for industry-funded organizations… Some of these scientist also have promoted GMOs in the media or lobbied government regulators in favor of GMOs.

Food and Water Watch also reveals similar conflict-of-interest when it comes to animal agriculture.

Food and Water Watch states,

Corporate influence at the NRC is by no means limited to the work that the group does on GMOs. In 2014, the NRC undertook an investigation into how to improve “sustainability” in animal agriculture through research and development. The NRC took corporate funding and recruited industry scientists to produce this report, with Monsanto, Tyson, Smithfield, the National Cattleman’s Beef Association and other industry groups involved.

In this instance, the NRC appeared to function as a private, for-hire research contractor, lending its name to a report that had both industry funders and authors – and that made findings that largely support industry’s goals in animal production. Industry advocates can use the report, which bears the prestigious NRC name, to defend controversial industry practices, which has already occurred.

Food and Water Watch makes four recommendations in regards to industry influence at the NRC.

  • Congress should expand and enforce the Federal Advisory Committee Act to ensure that the scientific advice the NRC produces for the government is free of conflicts of interest and bias.
  • Congress should immediately halt all tax-payer funding for agricultural projects at the NRC until meaningful conflict-of-interest policies are enforced.
  • The NRC should no longer engage funders, directors, authors or reviewers that have a financial interest in the outcome of any of the NRC’s work.
  • The NRC should prohibit the citation of science funded or authored by industry, given the obvious potential for bias.


As Wenonah Hauter of EcoWatch writes, “Agribusiness companies like Monsanto have an outsized role at our public universities, at peer-reviewed journals and the NRC. We won’t have good public policy on new technologies like GMOs until these rampant conflicts-of-interest are addressed.”

With reasoning like this, it is no wonder why Americans are unfazed by the NRC’s declarations. If Darren Seifer wants to talk about logic he should talk about the logic of taking the word of an organization that is so eaten up with conflicts of interest, it sounds more like a PR firm for Monsanto than a research organization. Perhaps he should also discuss the logic of believing organizations that have repeatedly dropped the ball at virtually every opportunity where dropping the ball benefits big corporations and banks.

This article (MSM Can’t Understand Why Consumers Want Non-GMO Despite Industry Science) can be republished under a Creative Commons license with attribution to Brandon Turbeville and Natural

Brandon Turbevillearticle archive here – is an author out of Florence, South Carolina. He is the author of six books, Codex Alimentarius — The End of Health Freedom, 7 Real Conspiracies,Five Sense SolutionsandDispatches From a Dissident, volume 1 and volume 2, The Road to Damascus: The Anglo-American Assault on Syria, and The Difference it Makes: 36 Reasons Why Hillary Clinton Should Never Be President. Turbeville has published over 600 articles dealing on a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, government corruption, and civil liberties. Brandon Turbeville’s podcast Truth on The Tracks can be found every Monday night 9 pm EST at UCYTV. He is available for radio and TV interviews. Please contact activistpost (at)

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16 Comments on "MSM Can’t Understand Why Consumers Want Non-GMO Despite Industry Science"

  1. Despite Industry Science

    Despite WHAT???

  2. Why don’t they believe the science!! It’s science!!! Well what about the forking climate change/global warming science?? Manufactured science to fit a narrative… why don’t the believe?!? CUZ we woke up when our wallets began getting so much lighter!!!!!!!!

  3. Maybe people are finally (albeit slowly) starting to think for themselves? Too many people still rely on the MSM to make the decisions for themselves regarding:

    -What to eat
    -What to fear
    -Who to vote for
    -What to wear

  4. Pyra Gorgon | May 20, 2016 at 1:18 pm | Reply

    This ought to be fun…
    “”A few days after a report released by the National Research Council claiming to “prove” that GMOs are safe to eat and are harmless, data still shows that customers want non-GMO food and they are doing whatever they can to get it.””

    National Research Council are liars and because everyone knows this, no one believes their findings. Why the MSM cannot figure this out is a ruse: they absolutely know why.

    “”Many outlets are now asking the question “why don’t consumers seem to care about the NRC report? Why don’t they seem to care about the ‘science!?!?!?’”””

    Because it is NOT SCIENCE. It’s propaganda and obvious lying. People know this, also.

    “”And all this in the middle of an economic depression.””
    Does not matter when. Poison is poison and ROIT NAOW is a great time to stop ingesting poison. People know this because well…its obviously obvious, yanno?

    “”American regulatory agencies simply no longer have any credibility in the minds of any thinking American.””

    They never had credibility among thinking Americans.

  5. Arlene Lane | May 21, 2016 at 1:30 am | Reply

    the US government and MSM are all part of the PLOT to depopulate the earth by any means possible, the WORLD does not need to look any further than VIETNAM, the people are still suffering the effects of AGENT ORANGE and AGENT HADES that was implemented by MONSANTO, and some of the babies that are born to the women look more like CROCODILES and OCTOPUS. and it is all down to this wonderful legacy of GMO, and the USA STILL HAS TO ANSWER FOR THIS.

  6. MSM is controlled by the unholy NWO crowd.
    Monsaintano is one of their weapon factories.
    I wonder if they all sit around the lunch table full of gmo crud.

  7. what you see is a fraud | May 21, 2016 at 9:32 am | Reply

    Fake science is more widespread than commonly thought . There numerous example of faked research , faked conclusions , fake scientists . When the money is so important , many companies put on the market products unsafe , harmful or dangerous . A few years later some customer dies and there there is a law suit and a trial the company is condemned to pay some billions but in the meantime they made many times the billions they pay in compensation . When you have people connected to Monsanto in the FDA …… trust is gone out of the windows . In times like this every thing the government agencies tell us is BULL dung . I always think that the opposite of what the government tells me is the truth !

  8. The fact is, as with the co-opted government, it isn’t ignorance they suffer from; It’s a “vested interest” in helping their owners with Agenda 21 etc. They both have a vested interest in betraying God/country. Now the middle and lower management swine, (police/military), are simple toadies with a touch of sociopathic fervor who become sexually stimulated at the thought of maiming/killing/destroying. All nation’s are cursed with them, it’s just Sewer Nation has more than it’s fair share.
    One important point I feel has to be made;
    I’m sure most of you are aware of Texas’ continued plans on seceding? When, ( I say when because the Judas Class will try this), The Republic of Texas makes its decisive move to pull away from Sewer Nation, we’ll be inundated with lies etc. about this or that “terrible thing” they perpetrated. Don’t fall for it! From this point forward all things coming from the dual citizen infected government will be an amalgam of “false flag attacks”. All R.o.T. wants to accomplish is ridding itself of an Oligarchy rife with parasites and breath the un-fouled air of a true republic and be free of the same Central Bank. blood-suckers which have conquered the planet thanks in LARGE part to Sewer nation.

  9. The fascist corporate propaganda MSM machine is not telling us the truth. The billionaires are poisoning us, frracking our water, our air, destroying the earth for profit! Boycott Walmart, they are parasites! Support GMOs! Don’t pay for poison! A global March against Monsanto is happening today! Take action, show up, represent, demand a complete ban on GMOs! Together, we can do this???

  10. andrew james | May 22, 2016 at 12:09 pm | Reply

    They need to be behind bars. All of them. This would have to make the top ten list of biggest crimes against humanity.

  11. rhondareichel | May 23, 2016 at 8:20 am | Reply

    Like we have any confidence in the NRC when countries all ove rthe world ban it.
    Maybe if the NRC can explain why gastrointestinal disease has skyrocketed since GMO we might listen….but doubtful even then

  12. A really good (scary) but apt article comes to mind:

    Galalae K (2016) Turning Nature against Man: The Role of Pandemics, Vaccines and Genetics in the UN’s Plan to Halt Population
    Growth. Epidemiology (Sunnyvale) 6: 232

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