Is Google Helping Monsanto Hide the Truth?

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.”

First, 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.

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