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New Yorker article re: Syngenta and the lengths they go to

 
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 3:24 pm    Post subject: New Yorker article re: Syngenta and the lengths they go to Reply with quote

The nefarious lengths Syngenta (and Monsanto, Bayer, Du Pont, etc.) will go to to cover up valid, scientific evidence of the dangers of their chemicals is mind-boggling.

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A Valuable Reputation

After Tyrone Hayes said that a chemical was harmful, its maker pursued him.

Hayes has devoted the past fifteen years to studying atrazine, a widely used herbicide made by Syngenta. The company’s notes reveal that it struggled to make sense of him, and plotted ways to discredit him.

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/02/10/a-valuable-reputation


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According to company e-mails, Syngenta was distressed by Hayes’s work. Its public-relations team compiled a database of more than a hundred “supportive third party stakeholders,” including twenty-five professors, who could defend atrazine or act as “spokespeople on Hayes.” The P.R. team suggested that the company “purchase ‘Tyrone Hayes’ as a search word on the internet, so that any time someone searches for Tyrone’s material, the first thing they see is our material.” The proposal was later expanded to include the phrases “amphibian hayes,” “atrazine frogs,” and “frog feminization.” (Searching online for “Tyrone Hayes” now brings up an advertisement that says, “Tyrone Hayes Not Credible.”)


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