Monsanto Partners with Media Conglomerate to Spread its Message

According to new information from the Organic Consumers Association, Monsanto is partnering with media conglomerate Condé Nast to help spread its message.

Condé Nast is the publisher of such magazines and sites as: Vogue, Vanity Fair, GQ, Wired, Golf Digest, The New Yorker, Bon Appetit, Self, Reddit, Architectural Digest, Allure, Brides, and many others.

According to the Organic Consumers Association, “On August 5, Gawker published an email from Condé Nast outlining plans for a Monsanto-sponsored TV panel on ‘food, food chains and sustainability,’ featuring celebrity chef Mo Rocca. Rocca contacted Gawker the next day saying that yes, he had been pitched that project, but before he could say yes or no, a letter went out suggesting he was signed on. ‘That’s not the case. I’m not involved with it,’ Rocca said.”  And, so Monsanto continues to seek a celebrity chef to back its message.

Gawker also published a confidential joint memo between Condé Nast and Monsanto.  According to Gawker, the memo read:

“The Condé Nast Media Group is producing, showcasing and distributing a Monsanto sponsored film series entitled “A Seat at the Table” (working title). Hosted and moderated by a well-known media figure, each episode will feature an eclectic mix of industry and non-industry notables with diverse viewpoints about food in this country. Guests from all walks of life (two guests and one Monsanto expert per episode) will be encouraged to engage in spirited conversation…”

This raises numerous concerns for me:

1)  Is Monsanto just trying to buy its way into mainstream media via Condé Nast to promote genetically-modified foods?

2)  Which celebrity chef will step up to be the spokesperson for Monsanto given its reputation?  After all, a quick Google search on Monsanto shows the most popular search term linked to the company is “Monsanto Evil.”

3)  What does Monsanto know about food and sustainability, considering its lengthy history as the maker of genetically-modified seed and foods resulting from it–the foods research links to serious illnesses and environmental degradation?

4)  Maybe Monsanto needs to take “a Seat at the Table” of public opinion surrounding its genetically-modified food rather than attempting to inform us about its warped vision of sustainable food and its one-sided message.

If you’re not familiar with Monsanto and its designs on the food supply check out my earlier articles:

Monsanto is Messing with Animals’ Sperm

Investor Warns:  Monsanto Stock Leaves Bad Aftertaste

Monsanto Charged with Chemical Poisoning

Food Industry Sues Vermont for State GMO Labeling Law


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Justina Fedorchuk
Justina F4 years ago

Boo Monsanto

Danny Wilson
Danny Wilson4 years ago

Wow! Evil launches PR campaign!

Nancy Black
Nancy Black4 years ago

Monsanto has found an even better way to spread their message and make money.

Tonya Freeman
Tonya Freeman4 years ago

"...each episode will feature an eclectic mix of industry and non-industry notables with diverse viewpoints about food in this country. Guests from all walks of life (two guests and one Monsanto expert per episode) will be encouraged to engage in spirited conversation…”

If this is true, then maybe, just maybe there will be a change taking place that is good. One can pray a prayer of thanksgiving for doing the right thing because it is the right thing to do.

Barb Hansen
Ba H4 years ago

what could monsantos message possibly be?

william Miller
william Miller4 years ago

money can buy anything if that cant find a cheff they will just create one if it can be bought and it can be they will buy it to get their way and more money it is all about bottom line for them

Patsy D.
Patsy D4 years ago

PS I look for a label where it says non GMO it's so hard as Massachusetts has yet to label. Vermont keep up the good fight. GMO's are banned in 30 countries- yet the govt here wants to depopulate us with these horrible evil & non nutritional foods. I read to be careful of Vitamins as they are in to that too now ugh! How can my X raise his 2 sons knowing the company he works for is creating a bad life?

Patsy D.
Patsy D4 years ago

To think I lived a 1/4 of a mile from a Monsanto plant that my X husband works at. Needless to say you could smell the chemicals in the air. To me they were disgusting. 1 thing they do is they have shifts where you rotate 6 days on midnight to 7am 2 days off 6 days on 4pm to midnight 2 days off 6 days on 7 am to 4pm It was almost impossible to live with my X on that schedule. Never mind they were not in to foods back than but the lack of sleep the rotating shifts divorce rates high. 1 day my x stopped over & said lucky we didn't blow up a lady during a divorce mixed a wrong batch of chemicals- yikes. GMO foods just sickens me. I thought the fireproofing of pajama's & all that were good but not foods. Another thing the people that retire from Monsanto usually die of a heart attack early after retirement. Tells how good ( Not) the chemicals are.

Nimue P.

This is bad. Get rid of Monsanto and all their lying propaganda, they are BAD to the bone!

Elsa A.
Elsa A4 years ago

I live in a subburb yet my husband and I grow most of our food. I must say it is because of Monsanto. If we have a poor corn crop, we go without since Monsanto has control of most corn crops. I just need to think of Agent Orange, and vow to stay away from anything Monsanto touches, including magazines.