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Monsanto Pays Mommy Bloggers?

I was shocked and insulted to read the headline, “Big Food Uses Mommy Bloggers to Shape Public Opinion.” This had been going around on Twitter with whispers that mommy bloggers were getting paid by none other than Monsanto to shill for them. How dare Monsanto pay off mommy bloggers and not include me?! I mean, I want the image of me and my Monsanto Money Piles to come true, right?!

Money and DNA, like two peas in a pod.

Money and DNA, like two peas in a pod.

 

 

I had to click on the link to find out where I could get my hands on some of those sweet shill benjamins. So I headed over to Al Jazeera to check it out. The piece opened with this:

“This past weekend, biotech giant Monsanto paid bloggers $150 each to attend “an intimate and interactive panel” with “two female farmers and a team from Monsanto.” The strictly invitation-only three-hour brunch, which took place on the heels of the BlogHer Conference, promised bloggers a chance to learn about “where your food comes from” and to hear about the “impact growing food has on the environment, and how farmers are using fewer resources to feed a growing population.” Though the invitation from BlogHer explicitly stated, “No blog posts or social media posts expected,” the event was clearly designed to influence the opinions — and the writing — of a key influencer: the mommy blogger.”

WTH? Here I am writing pro-GMO and anti-labeling pieces of my own accord for free when I could be rolling in a cold hard pile of $150? This was like a stab in the back, you guys. I feel a little used myself. Here I am toiling away to spread awareness about how GMO technology has potential to improve health and environmental outcomes worldwide. And for what, just personal satisfaction?

 

Note – this piece is satire.

 

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Kavin Senapathy

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Kavin Senapathy is a mom of two, co-Executive Director of March Against Myths, public speaker, Forbes contributor and author in Madison, WI. She is also co-author of "The Fear Babe: Shattering Vani Hari's Glass House". Follow her on Facebook and twitter @ksenapathy

12 Comments

  1. August 5, 2014 at 7:33 pm —

    Seriously Monsanto… think of all we could do with $150! We could get that Grounded Parents Solid Gold plated Yacht we’ve been dreaming about.

    • August 6, 2014 at 2:56 pm —

      I love the idea of a solid gold yacht that was then plated with gold as well.

      Signed the petition for Kavin’s Jeffersons.

      • August 7, 2014 at 7:56 pm —

        I wanted a solid gold yacht, but The Girl pointed out that such a vessel would be unlikely to be seaworthy.

        • August 7, 2014 at 8:04 pm —

          The girl is right. Plus, that way I get to pocket the excess gold. After all, I’m the Head GMO Shill at GP. Big Pharma shills – y’all get a separate yacht.

          • August 7, 2014 at 10:13 pm

            I hope Big Pharma has a budget for commenters who rip into people who are anti-vaxx.

            Because my wife wants a new coffee mug, and that sounds like the right budget range!

        • April 1, 2015 at 6:16 pm —

          Pffft! Seaworthy, shmeaworthy! This is about status, not practicality!

  2. August 5, 2014 at 7:45 pm —

    I did better at 40 bucks! Here’s a petition: http://ow.ly/zZW0K

  3. August 5, 2014 at 7:47 pm —

    (than you that is…and it was 40 bucks of schwag)

  4. August 5, 2014 at 8:28 pm —

    40 big ones?? Watch out for the gold diggers! And Lou, that yacht is mine if I ever manage to make $150. All mine!

  5. August 6, 2014 at 1:34 am —

    You could be making tens of dollars!!!

  6. August 6, 2014 at 3:46 pm —

    Yep Chris, tens. That’s with one, sometimes two zeroes. And Hanoumatoi, thank you for helping me in that objective.

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