This issue of Organic Bytes is about censorship and our suspicions that Bayer-Monsanto’s new PR strategy is to censor its biggest critics by painting us as “anti-vaxxers” who are a “public health threat” and must be deplatformed.
If you’re reading these words, please know how important you are.
The sad truth is…
Every day, nearly every American eats something that was produced with genetic engineering or pesticides. This has become even more true during the pandemic, as more people have had to tighten their food budgets or rely on food assistance.
About half of Americans take a prescription drug, including drugs for healthy people that are used long-term, like birth control and mood stabilizers. One in four women use pharmaceutical contraception, which can lower libido, and antidepressants, which can cause numbness and dependence. Before the pandemic, one in six people were taking psychiatric drugs and, as Business Wire gleefully reported, COVID-19 caused a surge in demand.
If you’re reading this email, you are one of the lucky ones.
You have access to uncensored information that can help you buck these trends. Use it to:
• Feed yourself and your loved ones the most nutrient-dense organic food from the most regenerative farms you can find.
• Do everything in your power—love, eat, sleep, exercise, get outdoors in the sun, connect to a higher power—to keep yourself and your loved ones healthy and happy.
• Stay out of the clutches of corporations like Bayer who have so many ways to get you to buy their poisons.
• Live by example and invite others to join you in the joy it brings you.
• Find community in the food system by connecting with the most regenerative farmers and joining community supported agriculture projects, food coops, buying clubs and community gardens.
And, pass it on.
In the old days, before social media, we kept email lists of our friends and family, and forwarded them our favorite jokes, pictures, articles and calls to action. Today, everyone’s on social media, but it’s getting harder and harder to actually connect with one another.
Facing censorship on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, OCA has been experimenting with new social media channels. You can find our censored videos on Rokfin and get uncensored updates from us on Telegram.
It’s still very important to share OCA’s news on the biggest social media platforms. It’s much harder to block a thunderstorm than a single raindrop!
But, it’s even more important to reach out to folks directly. Without email, we wouldn’t exist. We get just about all of our donations this way.
So, please share this email!
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As Event 201 eerily foreshadowed, the pandemic response has included severe censorship.
After a year-and-a-half of trying to avoid the censors by limiting what we say on social media, it’s finally become clear that they’re going to try to take us down no matter what we do.
On June 8, the 33k-member Facebook group of March Against Monsanto, launched in 2011 and now known as Battle Against Bayer, was disabled.
Members of Congress are trying to get the Organic Consumers Association deplatformed, as well.
Despite our reticence and self-censorship, the Organic Consumers Association has been put on a list of vaccine safety advocates that the House Energy & Commerce Committee sent to Facebook, Google and Twitter, demanding our deplatforming.
On March 24, the Center for Countering Digital Hate and Anti-Vax Watch published “The Disinformation Dozen: Why Platforms Must Act on Twelve Leading Online Anti-Vaxxers.”
On March 25, the Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing "Disinformation Nation: Social Media's Role in Promoting Extremism and Misinformation.”
On May 27, the entire Democratic leadership of the House Energy & Commerce Committee sent letters to Facebook, Google and Twitter asking these social media companies to de-platform more than a dozen organic and natural health experts and websites, including the Organic Consumers Association, accusing us―without evidence―of spreading vaccine disinformation.
TAKE ACTION: Stop censorship! Don’t let Congress tell social media companies who to deplatform!
There are conventional medicine doctors, university researchers and even a former Pfizer VP who have spoken out this year about the public health response to COVID-19 and vaccine risks.
On the other end of the credibility spectrum, there are real scammers out there deliberately sharing disinformation, like George Webb and Zed Phoenix/Ben Fellows.
But, the ONLY people who were put on this list of vaccine safety advocates who should be deplatformed are well-known, long-time natural health practitioners and educators who are supporters of organic food and farming.
Has the unholy alliance between agribusiness and the pharmaceutical industry, exemplified by the Bayer-Monsanto merger, given these corporations an added incentive to team up to take out their biggest detractors?
Bayer’s shady PR firms are notorious for public deception scandals employing front groups to target their opponents, so it’s no stretch to suspect they’re working behind the scenes on the Disinformation Dozen campaign.
They're probably working overtime as Bayer teams up with GlaxoSmithKline and CureVac to develop and produce “next generation mRNA COVID-19 vaccines.”
We haven’t cracked the case yet, but there’s plenty of circumstantial evidence.
Voices for Vaccines is one of the pharmaceutical front-groups that’s been circulating the hit list. It is a project of the Task Force for Global Health, which is funded by vaccine and pharmaceutical companies―including Bayer and GlaxoSmithKline.
The authors of the Disinformation Dozen report, the Center for Countering Digital Hate and Anti-Vax Watch don’t reveal their funding, but the experts who provide the rationale for deplatforming us, Heidi Larson’s team at the Vaccine Confidence Project, are funded by GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson and Merck. Larson is also paid to sit on the Merck Vaccine Confidence Advisory Board and GlaxoSmithKline advisory roundtables.
We are definitely getting warmer...
READ: Organic & Natural Health Advocates Are Being Targeted for Deplatforming
READ: Is Bayer behind a hit list of organic and natural health experts?
It should be no surprise that Heidi Larson’s team at the Vaccine Confidence Project, funded by GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson and Merck, produced a flawed study that inflated the impact of so-called “vaccine misinformation” on social media and that the most impactful “misinformation” was actually “correct” according to Larson and her coauthors.
And, it should surprise no long-time reader of Organic Bytes that this misinformation about misinformation ended up in the New Yorker.
The New Yorker remains a guilty pleasure, but we’ve long realized that, amongst the longform goodness, is the occasional carefully placed and well-written piece of misinformation fed to them by their corporate advertisers.
That became all too clear with the publication of Michael Specter’s hit piece on Vandana Shiva in August 2014, at the height of the GMO labeling movement.
Since 2009, the magazine had been running Monsanto’s greenwashing print ads falsely claiming that genetically modified crops were intended to help farmers “squeeze more food from a raindrop.”
(We’ve never believed for a second that GMOs were ever for anything other than selling pesticides. According to industry data, more than 99 percent of GMO acres are in crops that either produce an insecticide or withstand an herbicide—or both. Read the latest on the “squeeze more” ruse at GM Watch: “Monsanto’s GMO drought-tolerant maize failed in US, now pushed on Africa.”)
As you’ll recall, 2009 was the year Monsanto’s favorite governor Tom Vilsack became President Obama’s Agriculture Secretary over the protest of hundreds of thousands of citizens who wanted GMOs safety-tested, labeled and kept from contaminating organic crops.
So, we weren’t terribly surprised to find that the misinformation funded by GSK, J&J and Merck, would end up on its pages.
Never shocked, always appalled.
READ: The New Yorker Publishes Misinformation About Misinformation
We AREN’T going to tell anyone to get vaccinated or not get vaccinated.
Above all, we believe in individual freedom, privacy, and informed, voluntary medical decision making.
Your body, your choice!
We ARE going to carefully watch for vaccine safety information and share it with you as we learn it.
Each week, on Mondays at 10:30 AM PT/1:30 PM ET, we’ll be broadcasting a discussion with naturopathic doctor and nutrition educator Dr. Henry Ealy of the Energetic Health Institute on the latest information coming into the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS).
WATCH: June 14 VAERS update with Dr. Henry Ealy
READ: Learn more about VAERS from the National Vaccine Information Center
WATCH: Political Director Alexis Baden-Mayer on why OCA is addressing vaccine safety
WATCH: The Truth About COVID-19 Tribunal
WATCH: Dr. Henry Ealy’s analysis of the “public health” response to the pandemic
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