When I was a full time elementary school teacher, I remember receiving curriculum from companies. Bic lighters would send writing workbooks. PG&E would send power safety coloring books. I would always toss this marketing propaganda into the recycling bin. Although some of the content was not bad, the company logos all over the curriculum screamed of commercial advertising in education.
The Council for Biotechnology Information (CBI) has joined this “educational” marketing strategy attempting to brainwash our kids in favor of their genetically modified organisms (GMO).
Look Closer at Biotechnology is a coloring book that let’s our kids know how wonderful GMOs are!
Welcome to the Biotechnology Basics Activity Book. This is an activity book for young people like you about biotechnology — a really neat topic. Why is it such a neat topic? Because biotech- nology is helping to improve the health of the Earth and the people who call it home. In this book, you will take a closer look at biotechnology. You will see that biotechnology is being used to figure out how to: 1) grow more food; 2) help the environment; and 3) grow more nutritious food that improves our health. As you work through the puzzles in this book, you will learn more about biotechnology and all of the wonderful ways it can help people live better lives in a healthier world.
The Council for Biotechnology Information is a non-profit 501c6 organization that communicates science-based information about the benefits and safety of agricultural biotechnology and its contributions to sustainable development…CBI members are the leading agricultural biotechnology companies.
The book is full of easy to digest facts and activities, including a fascinating word scramble that reveals some of Monsanto’s favorite terms like “soybean,” “microscope,” and “biotechnology.” And if that doesn’t turn your stomach, this will: One section of the book is titled “How Can Biotechnology Help the Environment?”
“Many farmers plow their fields to destroy these weeds,” the book explains, “but plowing can cause soil erosion. Thanks to biotechnology, a farmer can manage the weeds without having to plow. This saves energy as well as the soil! Giving farmers more choices to control harmful bugs and weeds helps their farms and the environment.”
Unfortunately (but not surprisingly) the book fails to address scientific evidence that Monsanto’s “biotechnology” causes a myriad of health and developmental problems (especially in young children), breeds superweeds, reduces genetic diversity, contaminates the natural gene pool, and requires massive amounts of chemical pesticides, herbicides and fungicides.