Hillary Clinton’s Support for GMOs Confirmed by Gates Foundation

Posted on Feb 6 2016 - 10:15pm by Sustainable Pulse

On Friday it was revealed that the global GMO promoters Cornell Alliance for Science, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, are giving Hillary Clinton as an example of one of the ‘powerful people‘ who supports GMOs and the Biotech industry worldwide.

Source: allianceforscience.cornell.edu/quotable

Hillary Clinton, who is currently in a race with anti-GMO Senator Bernie Sanders to become the Democratic Party’s Presidential candidate,  is coming under increasing pressure following a series of revelations regarding her ties to Monsanto and the Biotech Industry.

This latest blow to Clinton’s campaign was revealed on Friday when she was quoted on the Cornell Alliance for Science website as saying: “I stand in favor of using seeds and products that have a proven track record. There is a big gap between what the facts are and what the perceptions are.”

More Hillary Clinton Biotech revelations

  • Speaking Fees from Biotech

In 2014, Hillary Clinton received a $335,000 “speaking fee” for giving the keynote address to one of Monsanto’s main GMO lobbying front groups, Biotechnology International Organization (BIO), to help the industry address consumer fears over GMOs.

Dave Murphy, Founder of Food Democracy Now!, stated; “This is an outrage! $21 Million for speeches to the big banks etc.. revealed on CNN today, of which at least $335,000 from Monsanto and friends?”

According to an Organic Consumers Association report on the keynote address, Hillary Clinton received a “standing ovation” for her encouraging advice on how to get more people to like GMOs.

Clinton’s advice to the Monsanto biotech crowd was so cringe-worthy that it earned her the nickname the “Bride of Frankenfood” among progressives and rural activists in the U.S..

Rather than lecture the audience on the need for transparency and improved safety assessments, Clinton coached the audience of biotech devotees to develop “a better vocabulary” to change negative public perception about GMO agriculture.

“‘Genetically modified’ sounds Frankensteinish. ‘Drought-resistant’ sounds like something you’d want,” said Clinton. “Be more careful so you don’t raise that red flag immediately.”

  • Fundraising at Monsanto’s Law Firm

Murphy continued; “In 2007, Clinton’s campaign was so out of touch that they called her fundraiser at Monsanto’s law firm “Rural Americans for Hillary”.  The Clinton campaign even had the audacity to put a “Welcome Hillary” on the back of a giant soybean sprayer! You know the type that sprays Roundup, which has been linked to cancer, on Monsanto’s patented GMO seeds.

“While some might think the Clinton campaign was just trying to be cute, in Iowa, chemical agriculture is no laughing matter. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Iowa has the highest rates of cancer of any state in the Midwest and it should come has no surprise that 97% of soybeans and 93% of corn grown in Iowa are genetically engineered to be sprayed with Monsanto’s Roundup, which the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) recently linked to causing cancer in humans just last year.”

You can find the full information on Clinton’s 2007 fundraiser here, including an exclusive poster used to advertise the event.

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26 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Jane Peters February 6, 2016 at 23:24 - Reply

    Well I’m definitely feeling the Bern now.

  2. Ron February 7, 2016 at 03:18 - Reply

    Hillary said “I stand in favor of using seeds and products that have a proven track record. There is a big gap between what the facts are and what the perceptions are.”
    How does this prove her support for GMOs?
    This statement refers to heirloom/non-GMO seeds. That is the fact, the false perception is what pro-GMO supporters say.
    She definitely is on the side of GMOs, but this statement is ambiguous politician talk. Doesn’t prove anything.

    • Sustainable Pulse February 7, 2016 at 16:14 - Reply

      Hi Ron,

      We believe that the main point here is that the Gates Foundation is using her comment, obviously with her permission, to show that ‘Powerful People’ are supporting their promotion of GMOs Worldwide – especially in Africa at the moment.

      Best Regards,
      Sustainable Pulse Team

    • Buffy February 9, 2016 at 05:25 - Reply

      That she is in favor of GMOs is enough for me. I mean for godsake at least come out in favor of labeling for GMOs. This attack on clear labeling is clearly an industry attempt at hiding their cancer-causing agents in food products nationwide.

    • Mhenley July 19, 2016 at 17:06 - Reply

      Clearly talking about heirloom seeds?!! Ya, right! If she has done any research at all and knows anything about GMO’s, she wouldn’t be supporting them, unless of course she doesn’t give a shit about the American people…..

    • ARA July 23, 2016 at 23:08 - Reply

      WHEN YOU LOBBY FOR MONSTANTO YOU ARE IN FAVOR OF IT OBVIOUSLY. for whatever reason, financial etc. Without proof without research she supports Monsanto and more in her financial portfolio.

  3. Lori February 7, 2016 at 16:05 - Reply

    I’m not a Hillary Clinton supporter, but I found the cartoon of her at the top of the article offensive. I thought Sustainable Pulse was above making these kind of tacky swipes at people, even women.

    • Sustainable Pulse February 7, 2016 at 16:12 - Reply

      Dear Lori,

      We believe that anyone who support an agricultural system that poisons women, children and men worldwide is open to being criticized in the strongest way. This is not a tacky swipe – it is a very strong criticism of a politician who has thrown their full support behind a terrifying form of agriculture. She has taken a position that is not democratic and she must be ridiculed for it at this important time.

      Best Regards,
      Sustainable Pulse Team

      • ARA July 23, 2016 at 23:10 - Reply

        thank you team..agreed. men are cartooned as well. get over the gender bender Lori, Just because she is a woman doesnt mean she supports women in any way.

    • Peter Triestman May 20, 2017 at 23:03 - Reply

      You are right. Sustainable pulse should not have Photoshopped out her fangs.

      Glad to see this vampire out with the trash . She and Bill Clinton can enjoy her McDonald’s GMO soy burgers to the end of her days.

  4. Linda February 7, 2016 at 21:00 - Reply

    I’m a 64-year young, disabled veteran who lives on Social Security and a small VA benefit…Due to GMOs, I have had to completely change my lifestyle…I am now an organic vegetarian…! At least 85% of the ‘food’ in grocery stores have GMOs in them in some way…down to a small amount of soy lecithin…Monsanto, which has given us DDT, Agent Orange and now Roundup with the main ingredient glyphosate which causes cancer amount many other health issues, needs to be stopped…along with their evil cronies, i.e., Simplot, BASF, Bayer, DowAgrisciences and more…Wake up, America…They’re poisoning the entire world…!! (stepping off my soapbox…)

    • DrMaat April 1, 2016 at 14:59 - Reply

      Corrections: (So Much better when I handwrite instead of using digital methods.)

      Let’s not blame Black support of Hillary on not having the Internet or being a conservative senior. During the Reconstruction era and during the 1960s, the public had no access to the Internet. Yet, more Blacks got the word out and on those who were running for Congress, and this nation elected more Blacks into Congress than any other period in history, and that was before Blacks gained real voting rights. Blacks supported JFK as president and supported Robert Kennedy when he ran. So when we want, we can communicate outside of the web. The churches, mimeograph machines, word of mouth worked in the past. Internet draws larger crowds, but where it is not used prolificly for information, not only going door to door, but going church to church and meditation, prayer and rallies also generate information and support. I do not think the Clintons hate Blacks so much as Blacks are blinded politically by the glitz, glamour and wealth of the Clintons that they have forgotten what they stood for in Whitewater, when Bill was president and most never knew that they accepted money from Monsanto, leader in GMO production, through the Clinton Foundation; nor did they recall that Bill placed more Black males in jail and eliminated more people from receiving government human services than any other president. Yet we gave corporate welfare to the banks who took more homes (foreclosures) from seniors and others than ever. Monsanto’s former vp was set in place as the head of the FDA. Would never happen under Bernie. He does not owe favors to the heads of GMO manufacturing or Wall Street execs. I have watched the diabolical effects on the thinking, choices and voting records of Blacks who may be seniors, have low income or low disposable income, watched way too many news programs that blocked out Bernie initially, live in food deserts, do not access information on organics vs GMO-produced produce and medicine, attend churches in Illinois, esp. Chicago with pastors who support politicians such as Hillary, Gov. Rauner or Chgo mayor Rahm Emanuel. Misdirected, misguided, not savvy about truth in politics, whatever you want to call them, they need to stop eating the GMO food, taking the GMO medicines, drinking the non-nutritious soda and corn syrupy, artificially flavored cheap drinks marketd as juice, and reducing or eliminating their intake of processed foods, esp. white sugar, white flour, soy products that are non-organic and non-fermented. Then they may better be able to see and hear the truth and vote for Bernie. I ran as a delegate for Bernie very proudly. I plan to go to Philly for the march on July 24. Looking to the Most High as my Source and others as resources. Not worried about Hillary and Blacks who refuse to change their thoughts or have a mind not to grow or support Bernie. Adding my voice and support to those who have awakened, grown up and decided to join a political revolution to restore democracy through people who want a future for all that they can believe in, live in and grow in, and leave America better than it has been without the hidden GMOs, war, lies and deceit, toxic chemicals, the TPP, political scandals, and outrageous buying of elections. Winning with Bernie is better than giving power where it is not warranted nor worthy or standing by and watching as a few billionaires destroy honest democractic elections through unscrupolous SuperPacs and the Koch Brothers. America is menat to be home to the I Am Race (rearrange the letters). I Am with Bernie all the way. I Am not moved by the false power of political candidates who buy elections or are suported by SuperPacs that buy them or a flip of the coin to determine winners or polling places that closed at early voting sites due to fear of violence after Trump rally at UIC. So many were denied the right to vote in Illinois and Arizona primaries and could not get to polling places the next day and of course it was too late to vote by mail. But the general election is still ahead November 8. We are alert to the deceptions and Error. We are watching and praying. Others are standing on Truth or volunteering in the Bernie campaign. Mark this as the year of the Bern. And the defeat of the DARK Act. DARK as in Denying Americans the Right to Know that there are GMOs in the food. #stillOrganic #stillBernie #bernie2016 #wewillnotbesilent Loving the fact that we have a chance for a president that reresets people. Still need a Congress that represebts the people and will chose people over the profits of Wall Street and cooperate with the President without scarificing what is right, and stop the disrespect of the President

  5. Jerica February 9, 2016 at 14:52 - Reply

    Thank you for this article. It makes me furious that food and farming hasn’t come up once in any of the democratic debates, and Hillary is leading her supporters to believe that she wants to fight global warming and protect the environment. She’s straight forwardly lying to her supporters about the most important issue, bigger than ISIS, food terrorism. This needs SO much more attention. Thank you.
    Be well,

  6. Lisa February 9, 2016 at 19:21 - Reply

    Just curious why the subject of GMO’s is never brought up during the debates. I have read that 90% of Americans are in favor of GMO labeling. I would think the American people would want to know where the candidates stand on this issue.

  7. El February 10, 2016 at 04:24 - Reply

    Alas, Bernie is not anti-GMO as the article says – please get your facts straight. But he does support GMO labeling and protecting organic farming, which is a far sight better than what we getting from that lying “We’ll-let-folks-know-whether-their-food-has-been-genetically-modified-because-people-should-know-what-they’re-buying” Obama.

    • Jacquie Diamond February 10, 2016 at 23:20 - Reply

      Not true- I have known Bernie Sanders most of my life. I am a native Vermonter and know for a fact he is vehemently against GMOs – in every conceivable way, he sees them as a blight upon the food chain and knows very well their potential to cause lasting harm within our food supply, he even opposes the use of Roundup as a pesticide- this I heard him say with my own two ears!
      Check YOUR facts!

      • El February 11, 2016 at 08:12 - Reply

        I gave you the webpage – read it yourself!

        • V March 6, 2016 at 23:01 - Reply

          EI, I checked your website reference. That’s pretty weak evidence for your accusation. It’s not even an official website.

  8. El February 10, 2016 at 05:49 - Reply

    Alas, Bernie is not anti-GMO as the article says – please get your facts straight. But he does support GMO labeling and protecting organic farming, which is a far sight better than what we getting from that lying “We’ll-let-folks-know-whether-their-food-has-been-genetically-modified-because-people-should-know-what-they’re-buying” Obama.
    Visit feelthebern_org

  9. Alice February 10, 2016 at 23:07 - Reply

    He wants to level the playing field for organic farmers… Tho I am not sure if it’s in his policy … Yet

  10. TC February 10, 2016 at 23:07 - Reply

    God help us all!

  11. Donald Williams February 11, 2016 at 00:17 - Reply

    As a Founding Member of “Ready for Hillary,” I withdrew my support within days of discovering her ties with Monsanto. She is shameless.
    Additionally, I viewed a film sponsored by the Gates Foundation that advocates for GMOs, especially with regard to drought-resistant grains in Africa. About two minutes into the film, Gates inobtrusively admitted that the seeds were produced by conventional means. This seems deceptive and undermines his argument in support of GMOs, doesn’t it?

  12. Bernie Sanders 2016 February 11, 2016 at 08:29 - Reply

    She’s got more than Monsanto ties. Hillary Clinton praises Margaret Sanger, a woman who wanted to KILL BLACKS poor and disabled people. Are blacks this STUPID that they would vote for Hillary Clinton? No wonder Hillary is pimping herself out for Black lives matter. What a JOKE! OMG people wake up.Seriously! What is wrong with anyone who would vote for Hillary Clinton? You would have to hate blacks, disabled and poor people to support Hillary Clinton because this is what she values. People who do the same. Get it? Duh. You have been hoodwinded by Clintons. They hate blacks. They hate disabled. They detest the poor. They are sociopaths preying on your ignorance. Vote for Berine now! Feel the Bern! Berning away the evil of the Clinton’s non stop lying and scandal machine.


  13. Richard Archer April 17, 2016 at 11:14 - Reply

    I was doing some research on the relationship of the Clinton Foundation to the exploitation of political power for personal benefit by the Clintons. It was the first time I had done much research of the Foundation. I was amazed when I saw the Clinton Foundation materials covering the Clinton Development Initiative agricultural programs in Malawi, Rwanda, and Tanzania. Reading the write-ups on the Foundation website, in the Foundation’s annual report, and in the websites for each of programs in the three countries was like reading a PR marketing piece for Monsanto or one of the other GMO-agrichemical corporations.

    The Clinton Foundation sponsored programs in those three countries involves converting to mono-culture agriculture based on large scale commercial production of commodity corn and soybeans, rather than a broad mix of traditional food crops. The process is described as providing “high quality inputs” illustrating “the benefits of using certified seed” and “investing in fertilizer and agro-chemicals, and practicing other advanced agronomic techniques”. The programs have reported initial increases in yields, which would be consistent with the initial results in other countries in which agriculture has been shifted from traditional crops to high intensity farming of commodity crops using GMO seeds and chemicals. However, it totally ignores the long term negative consequences that the other countries have experienced from using patented seeds under license and relying on environmentally damaging agricultural methods that require higher and higher levels of fertilizer and agro-chemical use in order to try to maintain yields.

    The State Department under Clinton was very active in pushing governments in developing countries to block seed sharing by farmers and mandate use of GMO seeds and agro-chemicals from Monsanto and other corporations over the objection of small farmers in those countries. There is increasing evidence on the problems of GMOs and related chemicals that are being reported from studies in European countries. As a result, EU governments are banning or restricting Monsanto type products in their countries. In spite of that, the US State Department is still aggressively trying to force developing countries to mandate use of the same GMO seeds and agro-chemicals that EU countries are banning. The Clinton Foundation appears to be active in cooperating with the Gates Foundation and Monsanto to ensure that Monsanto’s profits are protected by promoting the use of their products over any other agricultural approach in developing countries.

  14. Leon May 30, 2016 at 18:49 - Reply

    I wish more was said about the Cancer Queen’s hubby, Bill, killing the Delaney Amendment when he was president, another boost for big corporations such as Monsanto in that it really opened the doors to a cancer invasion of the populace by food suppliers and the use of toxic components in the fields. Most people don’t even know what the Delaney Amendment is / was. I wish they would check it out.

  15. ARA July 23, 2016 at 23:06 - Reply


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