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Anti-GMO Activists Hoax Mainstream Media with Mock Monsanto Press Release

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Why is Monsanto's Chief of Community Relations scrambling to defend the mega biotech giant that employs her?

Why is the chief overseer of Monsanto's worldwide research and technology justifying his actions at major press conferences?

It's all because of a group of Anti-GMO activists from Mexico named Sin Maiz No Hay Vida.

The activists created a webpage called "Monsanto Global" with the intent to bring awareness to Monsanto's control of agriculture worldwide.

So how did they rattle the global Monsanto juggernaut?

The activists used their Monsanto Global site to send a press release to the email inbox's of media organizations all over the world. In their hoax press release request, the activists wrote that "Monsanto had received approval from Mexico's Secretariat of Agriculture to plant a quarter million hectares of GMO corn in Chihuahua, Coahuila, and Durango." Their email also announced that Monsanto was funding a new seed bank that would preserve Mexico's 246 native strains of corn. They mentioned a new museum was being funded by Monsanto to promote Mexican culture, established for the mission of "never again will the wealth of this region's culture be lost as social conditions change."

Activists hoax media Their hoax caught the attention of many media moguls, especially since Monsanto was in fact in the process of being approved by Mexico's Secretariat of Agriculture to plant GMO corn in three new states.

The activists group says that they hope to alert people around the world about what Monsanto is doing to the biodiversity and sustainability of their corn. We want "to raise consciousness about Monsanto's current application to seed genetically modified corn on a commercial scale in three states in Mexico, a huge expansion of their current projects in Mexico. We wanted remind [sic] the Mexican officials who have the power to make this decision, that activists are paying attention. We urge them not to grant Monsanto the permit to seed commercially."


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