This story was making the rounds Friday with multiple sources but may be a hoax or satire. We will keep checking and if it turns out to be a hoax, we will issue a correction. But what’s fascinating about this story is just how rapidly and aggressively the backlash against the initial report has grown.
Hoax or not, this story is sends a VERY important message to the White House: Don’t get in bed with Monsanto!
WASHINGTON, D.C. Eagle News – Michelle Obama’s effort to slim down America’s youth has struck a “potentially transformative” deal with a major agriculture company.
According to DailyLeak.org reports the first lady is teaming up with Monsanto to promote “‘healthy’ genetically modified food to children.” The company has agreed to spend $50 million on the effort over five years.
“When I see a company like Monsanto launch an initiative like this, I feel more hopeful than ever before,” Obama at a recent event to announce the deal. “We can improve how we make and sell food in this country.”
“It’s a natural extension of what we do,” Monsanto official Michael Stern, told the Associated Press.
Maybe so, but it’s not clear how a company that’s primarily known for producing seeds and herbicides for farmers is going to nudge children into eating foods the first lady thinks they should be eating.
Details of this deal have been sketchy, perhaps intentionally so. After all, the unholy alliance of Big Government and Big Business is one definition of fascism.
DailyLeak.org suggests the first lady’s willingness to partner with a big food corporation could be yet another sign that “she’s getting more aggressive” about promoting her “Let’s Move!” anti-childhood obesity campaign.
“Late last year she convened a White House summit to convince agribusiness to rethink their marketing efforts towards children,” the news site notes.
That wasn’t the first time Michelle Obama has urged a food-related company to “rethink” its business practices. In 2012, the Mars candy company agreed to discontinue its king-size candy bars, in deference to the first lady’s effort to control what Americans eat.
“Let’s Move!” Executive Director Sam Kass called the White House’s deal with Monsanto “potentially transformative.”
Again, what that means in specific, concrete terms is anyone’s guess.
But as DailyLeak.org notes, “One move by Monsanto can ripple throughout the industry, and the company has grown increasingly bold in tackling complex social and political issues.”
The company also has strong ties to Democrats. Again from DailyLeak.org:
“In recent years, Monsanto has reached out to Democrats and sought out political appointments within government. Michael Taylor, Monsanto’s former Vice President for Public Policy, is now Deputy Commissioner of the Federal Drug and Food Administration.”
Ben is a communications specialist for EAG and joined in 2010. He is a former member of the Michigan Education Association.