Is Google Helping Monsanto Hide the Truth?

30 September 2017 — Organic Consumers Association

OCA fundraising meter at $135kFirst, the good news. The work we’re doing together is paying off.

This week, the EU Parliament banned Monsanto lobbyists from attending any meetings there—because the Biotech Giant refused to show up for hearings into allegations that it had interfered with safety studies.

This, on top of class action lawsuits by farmers whose crops were damaged by Monsanto’s dicamba herbicide, and hundreds of lawsuits by people who have non-Hodgkin lymphoma cancer after being exposed to Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, is eroding Monsanto’s power.

This type of progress toward exposing the truth about Monsanto’s products, and the company’s intentional misleading of the public, is a result of the work of millions of people who write and publish exposés on Monsanto.

That leads us to the bad news: Now we also have to fight back against corporations trying to keep you from finding and reading the truth about Monsanto.

Our third-quarter fundraising deadline is fast approaching. Can you pitch in today, any amount, to keep this work going? You can donate online, by mail or by phone, details here.

In April, Google introduced new search algorithms and protocols. The company’s stated intent was to block “fake news.”

We’re all for finding solutions to the growing fake news problem. But who decides what is fake, and what isn’t? Will Google promote Monsanto’s propaganda—and censor the truth about GMOs and Roundup?

As part of OCA’s mission to educate consumers about food, health and the environment, we publish both original content, and articles written by others.

Recently we’ve noticed, as have many independent, alternative and progressive websites, that our web traffic has plummeted. That means fewer readers finding articles about corporations like Monsanto and Dow, and about pesticides like Roundup. Fewer people learning how industrial agriculture pollutes our water and contributes to global warming. Fewer search results exposing the corruption of our politicians by corporate lobbyists.

Don Hazen, executive editor of the independent news site Alternet, put it this way:

“So the reality we face is that two companies, Google and Facebook—which are not media companies, which do not have editors, or fact checkers, which do no investigative reporting—are deciding what people should read, based on a failure to understand how media and journalism function.”

As you know, we rely on you, our readers, to help pressure lawmakers and corporations by signing petitions, organizing protests, handing out leaflets, making phone calls and sharing social media posts.

If google and Facebook censor our work, not only does our readership suffer, but our networks shrink. Our power is diminished.

Our mission first and foremost is to protect consumers from corporations that poison and pollute.

But now, it seems, to fulfill our mission we’ll need to also fight corporate censors.

We need your continued financial support now more than ever. But today, I’m also asking you to step up your efforts to share our articles and social media content far and wide, to counter the negative impact of Google and Facebook’s censorship.

And please, send this link to sign up for our newsletter and alerts to as many like-minded friends as possible, to help get the word out about what’s wrong with our food system—and what we need to do to change it.

We have a long way to go yet to meet our quarterly fundraising goal. Please pitch in whatever you can today—every dollar helps.

Together, we will get out the truth.

In solidarity,

Ronnie Cummins
International Director