Syngenta PR’s Weed-Killer Spin Machine: Investigating the Press and Shaping the “News” about Atrazine

– These are corporations whose sole aim is not the good of the people, not the betterment of the world, but it is only for the maximuization of return on their shareholder’s investments.  

– Beyond that, truth, polution, harm to humans and all such consideration only matter if they begin to interfere in the bottom line: the maximuization of return on their shareholder’s investments.

– I know this rap sounds so cynical and over the top, but the more I look at such stories and reflect on what motivates corporations, the more I think it is a fair analysis.

Dennis

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Documents obtained by the Center for Media and Democracy, recently unsealed as part of a major lawsuit against Syngenta, reveal how the global chemical company’s PR team investigated the press and spent millions to spin news coverage and public perceptions in the face of growing concerns about potential health risks from the widely used weed-killer “atrazine.”

his story is part of a new series about this PR campaign to influence the media, potential jurors, potential plaintiffs, farmers, politicians, scientists, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the midst of reviews of the weed-killer’s potential to act as an endocrine disruptor, over the past decade or so.

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One Response to “Syngenta PR’s Weed-Killer Spin Machine: Investigating the Press and Shaping the “News” about Atrazine”

  1. Kathy says:

    I don’t think you’re overly cynical at all. Most corporations legal mandate is to maximize shareholder return. At all costs. There are some horrible horrible corporations in the world existing not to benefit humankind but to benefit its shareholders only. Syngenta, Monstanto, all the agri-business companies were not created to find solutions to food production and agriculture — they were chemical companies dealing in toxic chemical production, especially during the war years. Herbicides, pesticides, insecticides are not good for the environment or for humans. Don’t believe the claims that they are ‘safe’ and non-toxic.