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Wednesday, October 29, 2003
Connecting The Dots: John Stossel, ABC And Agribusiness

Connecting The Dots: John Stossel, ABC And Agribusiness

Barbara Keeler and Robert Sterling

"Science is highly politicized .... Beware of science that feeds political agendas."—John Stossel, "20/20" reporter in a segment called, "Junk Science: What You Know That May Not Be So."

John Stossel himself may exemplify his own statement about science that feeds political agendas. His "20/20" hatchet job on organics is old news to readers of NFM. Long a controversial voice in journalism, Stossel became more so after his Feb. 4 "20/20" report, "The Food You Eat."

Stossel's main hatchet man on the segment, Dennis Avery, was not identified on "20/20" as the author of Saving The Planet With Pesticides And Plastic, or as an employee of the Hudson Institute. The audience was not told that agribusinesses such as Dow, Monsanto, ConAgra, and Novartis are leading funders of the Hudson Institute. Represented on Hudson Institute's board is the biotech industry's PR firm, Burson-Marsteller, which has been linked to a massive PR campaign to counteract the escalating global anti-GMO movement in the U.S. and abroad. Those familiar with Avery and the Hudson Institute were not surprised that he was eager to smear the organic food industry on "20/20".

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