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“The Corporation” Reveals How Much Control Monsanto Has Over What Gets Reported in the News

The Corporation is a documentary that was released in 2003. Since then, it has received numerous accolades, including “Best Documentary” Genie Award.

Part of the film includes a ten-minute segment with FOX news investigative reporters, Steve Wilson and Jane Akre. “The Investigators” was to be a supplemental news program for Fox Broadcasting Company station WTVT in Tampa, Florida. Wilson and Akre decided their first breaking story would focus on Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH), present in nearly all milk in Florida, and nation-wide.

What they found in their investigation was how adept Monsanto was at organizing a public relations team- including field experts, reporters, and even the FDA. Although the longest test done for rBGH on human toxicity was 90 days- on rats- the FDA gave its seal of approval in 1993.

Scientists at Health Canada were not so easily swayed, however. They found that Monsanto did not comply with safety requirements. According to their studies, rBGH could be easily absorbed by the body and therefore was dangerous for human consumption.

Prior to airing the story, Fox received notification from Monsanto’s law firm saying, “There would be dire consequences for FOX news if this story runs in Florida.”

Feeling pressured by Monsanto, FOX demanded the story be changed. It went through 83 revisions- unheard of in the news world. Terms like, “cancer” were reduced to “human-health implications”. After being offered a bribe to keep quiet about Monsanto’s threats and Fox’s response, Wilson and Akre were ultimately fired for refusing to “cooperate”.

See the interview to hear the rest of their story:

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