BEES AND BUTTERFLIES are dying in alarming numbers and more and more scientific research is showing pesticides are to blame. Not surprising, the big chemical companies are pressuring government agencies in the U.S. and U.K., especially the USDA / U.S. Department of Agriculture, to silence scientist and prevent their research from being made public. Jonathan Lundgren is fighting his suspension from the USDA because he refused to be silenced, and his whistleblower court case has been approved to move to trial. This from +Us @ SumOfUs .....
One of the world's top bee scientists has been suspended for publishing research on bee-killing pesticides.
Jonathan Lundgren was an award-winning scientist for 11 years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. But once he started publishing data linking pesticides to bee and butterfly die-offs, he was ordered to stop talking.
When he refused, he was suspended.
Now Jonathan is fighting back. He's filed a whistleblower complaint to make sure that corporations can’t get away with gagging science.
Will you chip in $25 to help make sure that Jonathan Lundgren and other bee scientists can speak the truth without harassment?
Yes, I'll chip in $25 to help stop the censorship of bee science.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen corporate-influenced governments trying to silence bee scientists.
In the U.K., the government silenced scientists who disagreed with a decision to lift a ban on bee-killing pesticides. Big Ag lobbyists wanted the ban lifted, but when the scientists wouldn't go along with it, the government simply told them not to publish their views.
But this time the corporations picked on the wrong scientist. Jonathan Lundgren is refusing to back down.
Now a judge has ruled that Jonathan's whistleblower complaint may go forward -- meaning he has a real chance of getting justice and showing how corporations are exerting undue influence over government research.
Will you chip in $25 to help fight back?
Yes, I'll chip in $25 to help stop government censorship of bee scientists.
Thanks for all you do,
Carys, Jon, and the team at SumOfUs
Suspended USDA researcher alleges agency tried to block his research into harmful effects of pesticides on bees, butterflies,The Washington Post, October 28, 2015
UK government gags advisers in bees and pesticides row, The Guardian, July 17, 2015
Is the USDA Silencing Scientists?, The Atlantic, November 3, 2015
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