USDA whistleblower claims censorship of pesticide research

“A senior scientist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture filed a whistleblower complaint on Wednesday accusing the federal agency of suppressing research findings that could call into question the use of a popular pesticide class that is a revenue powerhouse for the agrichemical industry.

Jonathan Lundgren, a senior research entomologist with the USDA’s Agriculture Research Service who has spent 11 years with the agency based in Brookings, S.D., said that retaliation and harassment from inside USDA started in April 2014, following media interviews he gave in March of that year regarding some of his research conclusions.”  harvestpublicmedia.org

GR:  If it proves to be true that we have been betrayed by the agency with the most control over the quality of the food we eat, we should demand criminal charges, closure of the revolving employment door, and more external peer review of the agency’s research and decisions.

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