Agricultural economist and co-director with Graham Brookes of PG Economics, which brings out regular reports commissioned by the biotech industry claiming extraordinary successes with GM crops.
Article: GMOs cut greenhouse gas emissions, says new report
Links to: Graham Brookes, ISAAA, AgBioForum
Worked for Monsanto for 20 years and credited with having found the gene for glyphosate tolerance that made Monsanto's Roundup Ready crops possible. Coordinator of the Golden Rice Network at the International Rice Research Institute. Advisor to the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF).
Links to: International Rice Research Institute, Ingo Potrykus, Monsanto
Free market lobbyist who promotes an industry agenda from multiple platforms, including aggressively promoting GM and attacking organics.
Articles: How the Battle Over a Pesticide Led to Scientific Skepticism
Links to: Julian Morris, Dennis Avery, European Science and Environment Forum, Institute of Economic Affairs, American Enterprise Institute, Competitive Enterprise Institute, International Policy Network
Controversial former head of Sainsbury Laboratory at the John Innes Centre.
Article: False Reports and the Smears of Men
Links to: John Innes Centre, Royal Society
Former director of USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Formerly president of the Monsanto-backed Danforth Plant Science Center.
Links to: Chris Lamb, Danforth Plant Science Center
Beckett Brown International, Inc. (BBI)
Private security firm hired by PR agencies like Ketchum and Nichols Dezenhall (now known as Dezenhall Resources) to spy on groups working to expose GMO safety concerns. Clients included Dow Chemical and Monsanto. Firm's name subsequently changed to S2i.
Articles: Black Ops, Green Groups
The dirty history of corporate spying
Greenpeace finds itself in cross hairs
Video: Greenpeace Spygate lawsuit breaks on CNBC
Links to: Ketchum, Nichols Dezenhall
Former Vice President of Scientific Communications at the industry front group the American Council on Science and Health (ACSH) and contributor to the Genetic Literacy Project, which works with Monsanto. He's also the founding editor of Real Clear Science and is on the USA Today editorial board of contributors but USA Today does not disclose Berezow’s ACSH affiliation or ACSH's corporate funding despite repeated complaints. Berezow co-authored with Hank Campbell the book, Science Left Behind: Feel Good Fallacies and the Rise of the Anti Science Left.
Articles: Alex Berezow Hates Science, Is a Menace to Public Health
Council on Strategic Risks Cuts Ties With Alex Berezow
Links to: Elizabeth Whelan, Henry I. Miller, Dennis Avery, Gilbert Ross, Hank Campbell, Cameron English, Jon Entine
Berman has been called the "king of corporate front groups and propaganda" and his PR firm Berman & Co aggressively targets GM and food industry critics, among others.
Profiles: Powerbase and Sourcewatch
Articles: Why Tricky Ricky's carping about GE fish campaign
'Win Ugly or Lose Pretty': Industry Talk Secretly Taped
5 Astroturf Groups You Should Stop Sharing From
Links to: Center for Consumer Freedom, ActivistCash
Sir Colin Berry
Emeritus professor of pathology, and former Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Pesticides, who has consulted for Monsanto, BASF, Bayer and DuPont. He is a shareholder in Spiked and an advisor to Sense About Science and the Scientific Alliance, among others.
Articles: Phony experts with veiled conflicts of interest polluting debates on endocrine disruptors, glyphosate, GMOs
Smelling a Corporate Rat
Links to: International Policy Network, Science Media Centre, Spiked, Scientific Alliance
Biofortified (Biology Fortified Inc)
A non-profit for pro-GMO activists listed by Monsanto as one of its "industry partners". Its directors have included Kevin Folta, Pamela Ronald, David Tribe and its co-founders Karl Haro von Mogel and Anastasia Bodnar. According to one critic, "The group's name gives away its PR-centric mission: to disguise a technology used chiefly to promote greater pesticide use as one that instead produces non-existent crops 'biofortified' with vitamins and minerals to alleviate malnutrition."
Profiles: USRTK and Sourcewatch
Articles: Once aligned to fight for Monsanto, GMO activists now battle among themselves
How "the Biofortified boys" defended the pesticide industry's secrets in Hawaii
New row erupts over Folta’s failure to disclose lucrative Bayer consultancy
Why Is the Co-Founder of a Monsanto "Industry Partner" Advising the USDA Secretary?
Links to: Anastasia Bodnar, Karl Haro von Mogel, Kevin Folta, Pamela Ronald, David Tribe, Mary Mangan, Cami Ryan, Drew Kershen, Calestous Juma, Steve Savage, Kavin Senapathy
BioScience Communications Ltd
Former PR company with links to Life Sciences Network, which lobbies for GM foods.
Links to: BioScience News and Advocate, Communications Trumps, Life Sciences Network
BioScience News and Advocate
Pro-GM website with links to the PR company Life Sciences Network.
Links to: BioScience Communications Ltd, Communications Trumps, Life Sciences Network
Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO)
The biotech industry's major trade association, formerly known as the Biotechnology Industry Organization.
Links to: L. Val Giddings
Controversial PR firm that worked for Monsanto on internet PR.
Article: The Fake Persuaders, Corporate Phantoms, Immoral Maize
Links to: Jay Byrne, Mary Murphy, C. S. Prakash, Andura Smetacek, Center for Food and Agricultural Research
Co-founder and a former director of Biofortified and an advisor on biotechnology to Secretary Tom Vilsack of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). One time member of the Kevin Folta fan club.
Articles: Why Is the Co-Founder of a Monsanto "Industry Partner" Advising the USDA Secretary?
Once Aligned to Fight for Monsanto, GMO Activists Now Battle Among Themselves
Links to: Biofortified, Karl Haro von Mogel, Kevin Folta, Pamela Ronald, David Tribe, Mary Mangan, Kavin Senapathy
Green Revolution scientist and keen supporter of pesticides, including DDT, and the "Gene Revolution". The only agricultural scientist to have received a Nobel Peace Prize, Borlaug is credited with saving millions from mass starvation. But recent historical research is forcing a complete rethink on the Green Revolution, suggesting the number of lives Borlaug actually saved may have been zero.
Articles: Historians rethink the Green Revolution
New histories of the Indian Green Revolution
Links to: American Council on Science and Health, C. S. Prakash
The once editor of The Whole Earth Catalog is a strong champion of nuclear power, GM crops, synthetic biology, cloning and geoengineering. A signatory of An Ecomodernist Manifesto. Mark Lynas acknowledges Brand as a major influence. In recent years Brand has become particularly associated with the rebranding of Jurassic Park-type cloning as "de-extinction" (bringing back the woolly mammoth etc.), which has been called "a transparently phony concept" that "in general won’t work as typically advertised".
Articles: The Repentant Environmentalist: Part 3
When will Stewart Brand admit he was wrong?
Dear Stewart Brand: If we can't trust your claims on DDT, why should we trust you on anything else?
Should We Be Trying to Bring Extinct Species Back to Life?
The Zen Playboy, On Floating Upstream
Links to: Mark Lynas, Ryan Phelan, Patrick Moore, George Church
Think tank co-founded by Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger, who helped co-author An Ecomodernist Manifesto. They have been described as "lobbyists for techno-fixes who engage in endless battles with environmentalists." Shellenberger left Breakthrough in 2015. The Breakthrough Institute's "Food and Agriculture Analyst" Emma Kovac aims to enhance "understanding and appreciation of the environmental benefits of agricultural biotechnology." Kovac's boss at Breakthrough, Ted Nordhaus, has appeared on tax forms as a board member of the Science Literacy Project - the parent organisation of the Monsanto-funded Genetic Literacy Project, where Kovac previously worked.
Article: The New Denial is Delay at the Breakthrough Institute
Links to: Ted Nordhaus, Michael Shellenberger, Emma Kovac, Mark Lynas, Owen Paterson, Matt Ridley, Pamela Ronald, Julie Kelly, Tamar Haspel, Keith Kloor
Agricultural economist and co-director with Peter Barfoot of PG Economics, which brings out regular reports commissioned by the biotech industry claiming extraordinary successes with GM crops. Reviewer for Academics Review's organic attack report.
Article: GMOs Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Links to: Peter Barfoot, ISAAA, AgBioForum, Academics Review
Director of Sense About Science since shortly after its formation in 2002. Part of the LM Group as was her original Assistant Director at Sense About Science, Ellen Raphael. Both also previously worked for the PR firm Regester Larkin. Brown earlier sought to collaborate with the tobacco industry.
Articles: Seeding Doubt: How Self-Appointed Guardians of “Sound Science” Tip the Scales Toward Industry
'Science one, whining greenies nil', Smelling a corporate rat
Links to: Sense About Science, Dick Taverne, LM group, Science Media Centre,
Former chair of the UK's regulatory committee on GM foods (ACNFP) and a leading lobbyist.
Articles: The GM Godfather
Links to: Nuffield Council, ACNFP, Ian Gibson, John Innes Centre
Farmer who has travelled the world promoting GM crops for Monsanto.
Articles: The Uncle Tom Award, A Disaster in Search of Success
Report: GM Crops and Sustainable Poverty Alleviation in Sub-Saharan Africa (particularly pp.53-55)
Links to: AfricaBio, Monsanto
Monsanto's controversial former director of public affairs and chief internet strategist. President and CEO of the PR firm v-Fluence. Heavily involved in the attacks on the research of Ignacio Chapela and Gilles-Éric Séralini. Organized press event with Nobel Laureates to attack Greenpeace over GMOs. Helped set up Academics Review as a Monsanto front group. PR advisor to the Cornell Alliance for Science (2014-Present). A co-author of Let them Eat Precaution: How politics is undermining the genetic revolution in agriculture, edited by Jon Entine and published by the American Enterprise Institute.
Profiles: Powerbase and USRTK and SourceWatch
Articles: Immoral Maize, The Covert Biotech War, Smelling a Corporate Rat
How the #Nobels4GMOs campaign is rife with biotech industry ties
Barred from Nobel laureate press conference, 107 Nobel Laureate Attack on Greenpeace Traced Back to Biotech PR Operators
Monsanto Fingerprints Found All Over Attack On Organic Food
Links to: v-Fluence, AgBioView, AgBioWorld, Bivings Group, Center for Food and Agricultural Research, Mary Mangan, Mary Murphy, C. S. Prakash, Andura Smetacek, Jon Entine, American Enterprise Institute, Mark Lynas, Cornell Alliance for Science, L. Val Giddings, Academics Review, Bruce Chassy, Eric Sachs, Sarah Evanega