Kevin Folta, chairman of the horticultural sciences department at the University of Florida, began to correspond regularly with executives at Monsanto in early 2013. He soon teamed up with the company and other industry representatives to defend their genetically engineered crop technologies as they lobbied Congress and other government authorities. Dr. Folta has said he worked as an independent scientist. But Monsanto helped cover his costs.
Biotech Industry's Big Gifts to University of Florida
An Email Relationship Begins
'Misinformation Campaign' Is 'More Than Overwhelming'
Enlisting Academics in P.R. Campaign
Drafting Answers for Academics
Monsanto Relies More on Folta
A Trip to Hawaii to Testify, Paid by Industry
'I Have Not Been Compensated for Any Testimony'
Monsanto Expands Its Efforts
Sending Folta to Washington