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Bayer Hunts Down Journalists

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Monsanto compiled veritable hit lists containing hundreds of names and other personal information about journalists, politicians and scientists, including their opinions about pesticides and genetic engineering
  • Monsanto’s so-called “stakeholder mapping project” was first uncovered in France, but now it appears Monsanto likely had multiple lists to track people in countries throughout Europe
  • Bayer hired law firm Sidley Austin to investigate Monsanto’s privacy breaches and said it had stopped communications and public affairs activity with the public relations agency FleishmanHillard, which was reportedly involved in creating Monsanto’s surveillance lists
  • More than 13,400 cases are currently pending against Bayer, alleging that Monsanto’s Roundup caused their cancer and the company failed to warn consumers about cancer risks
  • In the first three cases to go to trial, jury verdicts have overwhelmingly favored the plaintiffs, leaving Bayer saddled with billions in damages

When Bayer acquired Monsanto in 2018 for about $63 billion, you have to wonder whether executives knew the extent of the liabilities they were inheriting. The latest debacle is a collection of veritable hit lists compiled by Monsanto, containing hundreds of names and other personal information about journalists, politicians and scientists, including their opinions about pesticides and genetic engineering.

Monsanto's so-called "stakeholder mapping project" was first uncovered in France, but now it appears Monsanto likely had multiple lists to track people in countries throughout Europe. Matthias Berninger, Bayer's head of public affairs and sustainability, told reporters, "It's safe to say that other countries in Europe were affected by lists ... I assume that all EU member states could potentially be affected."


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