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Bayer Buys Reporters and Sprays Illegal Poison

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

Bayer Buys Reporters

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  • Bayer had clandestine discussions with a media foundation aimed at promoting and protecting the company’s interests
  • In exchange for Bayer becoming a “major supporter” of the Foreign Press Foundation (FPF), as well as offering financial incentives to one of its executive directors, the media association promised to carry out a list of planned initiatives to benefit Bayer
  • As part of the deal, Bayer’s vice president would get a seat on FPF’s advisory board and be allowed to participate in board meetings
  • The press association also promised to organize forums for media influencers and journalists on topics relevant to Bayer’s goals
  • Monsanto pleaded guilty to spraying a banned pesticide on the island of Maui, Hawaii. As part of the settlement, Monsanto must pay $10.2 million, which includes $6.2 million in criminal fines and $4 million in community service payments to the Hawaiian government

Bayer has been making headlines since it acquired Monsanto in 2018 for $63 billion, inheriting lawsuits alleging their (formerly Monsanto's) glyphosate-containing Roundup caused cancer and other health problems. Recent revelations also suggest the corporate giant had clandestine discussions with a media foundation aimed at promoting and protecting the company's interests.

The records obtained by The Guardian, which include email communications that took place from 2018 to 2019, suggest Bayer senior vice president Ray Kerins and external communications vice president Chris Loder had discussions with Thanos Dimadis, a communications strategist who formerly served as the executive director of the Foreign Press Association (FPA) and the related Foreign Press Foundation (FPF).

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