According to new information from the Organic Consumers Association, Monsanto is partnering with media conglomerate Conde Nast to help spread its message.
Conde 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 Conde 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. Thats not the case. Im 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 Conde Nast and Monsanto. According to Gawker, the memo read:
The Conde 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: