Government bullying…Ya THINK? :-)

Government scientists bullied for exposing GMO secrets

NOVEMBER 27, 2015   By Jenny Thompson, Director, Health Sciences Institute

Is our government treating its own scientists like terrorists?

For years researchers at federal agencies like the FDA and USDA have warned that they’re being bullied, demoted and even fired for trying to bring you life-saving health information.

Especially when their studies could harm the bottom lines of billion-dollar drug, food and biotech companies.

President Obama vowed to put a stop to it — but dozens of scientists are learning the hard way just how much a politician’s promise is worth.

A prominent USDA scientist has been suspended and even yanked off an airplane for trying to expose the risks of genetically-modified foods.

And it looks like his shocking story is just the tip of the iceberg.

The man who knew too much

When USDA scientist Jonathan Lundgren started a career in public service, he probably thought he’d get to, you know, serve the public.

But he learned fast just who our government health agencies are set up to serve.

When Lundgren published a study on neonicotinoids — a type of pesticide that’s been linked to brain damage and has been killing off bees — our government started treating him like a Soviet spy!

The USDA poured through his emails, launched a six-month investigation into his lab, started denying his research requests, and even demanded that he stop talking to the media.

They said he had no right to publish such “sensitive” information.

Excuse me? Sensitive to who? Trust me, this information was only “sensitive” to companies like Bayer and Syngenta that are making billions selling this stuff.

But when Lundgren tried to take on Monsanto and the powerful GMO industry, things really boiled over.

Lundgren was on his way to a National Academy of Sciences meeting to talk about how GMOs are endangering American farmland and our nation’s food supply, when he was ordered off the airplane!

You would have thought he was working for ISIS instead of taxpayers like us!

The USDA made some lame excuse about how Lundgren’s paperwork wasn’t in order. And if you believe that, they have some tainted beef they’d like to sell you.

Make no mistake about it. The USDA was trying to stop Lundgren from saying anything that would harm companies like Monsanto that spend millions lobbying the federal government.

And that’s not exactly a new tactic. Just a few months ago, I told you how 10 USDA scientists were censured and ordered to retract studies about the risks of GMOs and Monsanto’s GMO-ready weedkiller Roundup.

And if there’s any good news here, it’s that Lundgren isn’t taking this sitting down.

When the USDA suspended him in August, the watchdog group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) filed a whistle-blower complaint on his behalf.

AS PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch put it, “If you want to prosper at USDA, don’t make waves. When you do what Jonathan is doing, you do so at your own peril.”

I guess nothing scares our government more than people willing to tell the truth.

And the USDA isn’t the only government agency where scientists are being intimidated or told to keep quiet.

Two years ago, the EPA appointed a “scientific integrity” official who was supposed to make sure scientists were free to conduct their research without industry interference or bullying.

So far, there have been 40 EPA staff complaints and only three “minor” ones were resolved. The majority of them — 23 — were dismissed outright.

As an EPA whistle-blower said, the grievance process doesn’t exist to protect scientists. It’s to “keep complaints from going outside the government’s control.”

Take a moment to write your members of Congress and demand better protections for government scientists who are supposed to keep us safe.

Otherwise these agency officials will continue to use censorship to protect big corporate contributors, and not you and me.

You know, the ones who pay their salaries with our tax dollars.

Z:  WHAT CAN BE DONE ABOUT THINGS LIKE THIS, GEEEZ READERS?   Think writing to your congressman helps?


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7 Responses to Government bullying…Ya THINK? :-)

  1. Farmer John says:

    The problem you describe is not limited to FDA…


    “Indeed, the process has been so widely commented upon that one writer postulated a common life cycle for all of the attempts to develop regulatory policies. The life cycle is launched by an outcry so widespread and demanding that it generates enough political force to bring about establishment of a regulatory agency to insure the equitable, just, and rational distribution of the advantages among all holders of interest in the commons. This phase is followed by the symbolic reassurance of the offended as the agency goes into operation, developing a period of political quiescence among the great majority of those who hold a general but unorganized interest in the commons. Once this political quiescence has developed, the highly organized and specifically interested groups who wish to make incursions into the commons bring sufficient pressure to bear through other political processes to convert the agency to the protection and furthering of their interests. In the last phase even staffing of the regulating agency is accomplished by drawing the agency administrators from the ranks of the regulated.”


  2. Silverfiddle says:

    What Farmer said. It’s called regulatory capture.

    Wall Street types infest government agencies that supposedly regulate and oversee banking.

    The Green Goblins have hijacked government environmental programs to shout down and punish “climate change” dissenters, and open the government money floodgates, sluicing money to “green energy” companies, allowing them to provide “free” solar energy setups to customers.

    GMO doesn’t automatically mean it is bad, but we need free and open science-based debates, and regulatory capture slams the door on that.

    Most likely, the scientist in question got in trouble for disclosing company proprietary information, violating laws that safeguard information commercial enterprises share with government. While such laws serve legitimate purposes, they can also be used to shield malfeasance and silence whistleblowers, which looks like what is happening in this case.


  3. bocopro says:

    Back in the 60s and 70s, I wrote frequently to my senators and Congrep on issues which seemed to me were counterproductive to good order and discipline, not to mention common sense.

    Then when Carter was trying desperately to give away the Panama Canal with nothing in return, I couldn’t believe the rhetoric that was coming out, so I wrote a letter to both my senators, along with copies to several others, expressing my dismay and disgust.

    The letter was completely gibberish except for some standard coordinating and subordinating conjunctions, articles, and demonstrative pronouns, just to give it a sense of flow. Except for an unmistakable tone, it said precisely nothing, most of the words being nothing more than amphigory created by me for the nonce.

    I got two replies back thanking me for my advice and counsel and assuring me that my ideas were being seriously considered by those involved in making the final decision on the issue: one from my representative and one from a senator (Indiana at the time).

    That was the point at which I abandoned all hope in ever hearing anything even close to the truth from government. And although I occasionally e-mail my rep today (Miller, 1st district FL), I stopped wasting paper, postage, and time on letters to Congress.


  4. Baysider says:

    Writing to your congressman never helps unless there is a big, fat check enclosed. Of course remember that my congress critter was Henry Waxman. So that was a non-starter. I did better with Barbara Boxer – NO KIDDING!

    In this example of GMOs, there is WAY too much money at stake. Monsanto aggressively prosecutes farmers whose land is tainted by GMO seed blown in from elsewhere. Farmers have been furious at losing organic certs because of this damage, and if they try to get recompense from Monsanto the company fires the first shot to keep them on the run. Monsanto makes it clear THEY OWN the seed. They accuse innocent farmers of stealing when their seed is deposited on someone’s land without their (the farmer’s) permission. They did this in Iraq to farmers who have saved and re-planted seed since time began — and were unhappy to find out they had to keep buying more from the company every year.

    You can see where this is going – an attempt to corner their market, which is planetary food staples. And they don’t want the fact that their Roundup causes gut disease and promotes autism, depression, infertility, heart disease, Alzheimers, Parkinsons and MS to get in the way of that level of market control. I’m not surprised they have the clout to pull this scientist off a plane.

    I’m with SF – GMO doesn’t inherently make it bad, but any crop GMO’d to be “Roundup Ready’ IS BAD. The bacillus they tuck into the seed causes paragraph 3. The company and a host of A list lawyers know this, too. But they do not want to own responsibility for it.


  5. Mal says:

    I stopped believing all these “studies” a long time ago when I told my doctor about a recent study by some doctor, he exasperatedly replied “Oh, there’s always going to be another study by some doctor!” Since then, we simply use common sense when it comes to advice on how we need to live and its worked okay for us thus far. Moderation in all things…………..except one, perhaps! (smile!)


  6. geeez2014 says:

    Hi, Mal…it’s more how these studies are conducted and what’s been covered up to protect anybody but us that we’re questioning here…
    but, yes, most studies are immediately brought to task by another study!

    Sadly, I think we all know that the America where our voices counted is definitely GONE…unless, of course, the media latches on and runs with it, then SUDDENLY, people are on it….until there’s a shooting in a parking lot and the media leaves the subject.
    Writing Congressmen is a joke these days, but I do know that they look at every one message as representing thousands “If someone’s thinking this, many others are”, so it’s not completely ineffective.

    You’d think all those liberal “we’ll make things better and take care of you” groups would be all over the info in this article…but, silence.

    So, we eat, we consume, we are not told about USDA information…to our peril…and that of our children.


  7. Kid says:

    Well, the FDA, nor the USDA do their jobs to any extent. I’ve read the USDA doesn’t actually inspect anytihng.
    So, what can you do aout this? Research best you can and as a general statement, avoid processed or modified food of any kind. Use natural sugar for example not the stuff the scientists create. I do try to avoid genetically modified foods and will be very happy when and if they are forced to reveal this on the packaging.

    Beyond that, enjoy life, reduce strees and try to enjoy life more.


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