You might think the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) hires the best scientists, to do the most reliable and unbiased research, in order to protect the public.
But Dr. Jonathan Lundgren tells a different story. The story of a respected government scientist who is harassed, blocked from speaking to the media and publishing his work, and ultimately suspended—for speaking the truth.
Lundgren was once considered to have a “stellar” career at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). He even earned the agency’s Outstanding Early Career Research Scientist title in 2011.
But all that changed, when this once highly regarded researcher went public with some of his findings about neonicotinoids, the pesticides implicated in the demise of honeybee and monarch butterfly populations—findings that Big Ag and the pesticide industry didn’t like.