On Friday it was revealed that the global GMO promoters Cornell Alliance for Science, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, are giving Hillary Clinton as an example of one of the ‘powerful people‘ who supports GMOs and the Biotech industry worldwide.
Hillary Clinton, who is currently in a race with anti-GMO Senator Bernie Sanders to become the Democratic Party’s Presidential candidate, is coming under increasing pressure following a series of revelations regarding her ties to Monsanto and the Biotech Industry.
This latest blow to Clinton’s campaign was revealed on Friday when she was quoted on the Cornell Alliance for Science website as saying: “I stand in favor of using seeds and products that have a proven track record. There is a big gap between what the facts are and what the perceptions are.”
In 2014, Hillary Clinton received a $335,000 “speaking fee” for giving the keynote address to one of Monsanto’s main GMO lobbying front groups, Biotechnology International Organization (BIO), to help the industry address consumer fears over GMOs.
Dave Murphy, Founder of Food Democracy Now!, stated; “This is an outrage! $21 Million for speeches to the big banks etc.. revealed on CNN today, of which at least $335,000 from Monsanto and friends?”
According to an Organic Consumers Association report on the keynote address, Hillary Clinton received a “standing ovation” for her encouraging advice on how to get more people to like GMOs.
Clinton’s advice to the Monsanto biotech crowd was so cringe-worthy that it earned her the nickname the “Bride of Frankenfood” among progressives and rural activists in the U.S..
Rather than lecture the audience on the need for transparency and improved safety assessments, Clinton coached the audience of biotech devotees to develop “a better vocabulary” to change negative public perception about GMO agriculture.
“‘Genetically modified’ sounds Frankensteinish. ‘Drought-resistant’ sounds like something you’d want,” said Clinton. “Be more careful so you don’t raise that red flag immediately.”
Murphy continued; “In 2007, Clinton’s campaign was so out of touch that they called her fundraiser at Monsanto’s law firm “Rural Americans for Hillary”. The Clinton campaign even had the audacity to put a “Welcome Hillary” on the back of a giant soybean sprayer! You know the type that sprays Roundup, which has been linked to cancer, on Monsanto’s patented GMO seeds.
“While some might think the Clinton campaign was just trying to be cute, in Iowa, chemical agriculture is no laughing matter. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Iowa has the highest rates of cancer of any state in the Midwest and it should come has no surprise that 97% of soybeans and 93% of corn grown in Iowa are genetically engineered to be sprayed with Monsanto’s Roundup, which the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) recently linked to causing cancer in humans just last year.”
You can find the full information on Clinton’s 2007 fundraiser here, including an exclusive poster used to advertise the event.